26 December 2009

The Lake Club rendezvous - in person

It was a very pleasant evening, meeting fine people previously I got to know and used to 'talk' only in the blogosphere. It all started when I called Kak Teh to fix a 'mengeteh session' with her and her husband, Abang Wan Hulaimi (notably known as Awang Goneng in the blogosphere). Both of them happened to be in town for a short break and some official engagements. She instead invited me on behalf of another ardent blogger, Kak Puteri for a small dinner gathering at the Lake club.

Few amusing surprises awaited me during the meeting. Having no prior knowledge on who else to expect (except Kak Teh, Puteri and their partners of course) meeting other interesting bloggers and none bloggers was a very enlightening experience. NanaDJ was a mysterious lady who doesn't have a blog (as yet I supposed, not sure what will trigger her to start sharing in the blgosphere - probably a bowl of steaming mee jawa will do :) but a regular visitor to my blog. Others are a sort of cat and mouse type of relationship. I from time to time stumbled upon Oli's, mostly from Kak Teh's. A silent reader to Puteri's and I read comments by Yani in Kak Teh's blog but never have gut to say something in hers (Yani's , Oli's and Puteri's). That actually goes to Awang Goneng as well. Sometimes I am too mesmerized indulging with the intriguing facts and beautiful story line presented in one's blog, I found it is hard for me to participate. But now, knowing them in person, probably have sort of broken the ice.

The night ended with a karaoke session at the club. Even though challenged by several strong in-house contenders, undoubtedly Kak Puteri and Pak Abu were the star for the night. I couldn't join them on the floor as I fear if not the voice broke down on me, the microphone or the sound system will.

Again it was a night to remember. Thank you Kak Teh to make this thing happen and few surprises, thank you Kak Puteri and Pak Abu for being so generous and thank you everybody for making the night a memorable one. That night was simply beautiful, God willing we shall meet again.

These wonderful ladies of the night are now no more strangers of the night. From right Oli, Kak Teh, Kak Puteri , NanaDJ, Yani and my significant half.

Awang Goneng (in the middle), a prolific writer and one great persona I admire and really wanted to meet and talk with. As he is also a fellow Ganukite with vast experience of course, any knowledge-sharing on Ganukite and the keropok-lekor land will spark my feeling to travel down the memory lane. En. Sulaiman (Oli's hubby) on the other hands, was surprisingly shares similar interest with me and turned out to be a 'segayong'. A master of the ancient martial art, he told me (in his own word) "I still kick ass around". I supposed bad asses, that was what he meant. He wrote an interesting book on martial art (details can be read in Oli's blog)

As the light of the hall started to dim, the atmosphere started to became quite spooky too when Yani (extreme left) started to share her experience on the unseen entity. I was hoping there was no uninvited guests recorded on this photograph, as Kak Teh related her personal sighting during one of her visit to Terengganu's Pura Tanjung Sabtu. That really raised my goosebumps.

Next on the itinerary was a karaoke session. Bravo Pak Abu (Puteri's hubby)! He can really sing and he sang very well that night. Broery's evergreens were his favorite. Earlier, I was about to ask Pak Abu to play a round of golf on one of fine day, but upon hearing that he played three balls and a single handicapper, knowing my shortfall (mine was 18, now probably worse) I might as well become his caddy :)

The very attentive audience. From left Shaheeda of the Cape Town, Kak Teh, NanaDj and Yani. Yours truly (at the back row) seemed very attentive as well but with both eyes closed (concentrating too much on the lovely song...'sakit hati ku...sakit hati ku...). Sitting beside me was Abang Mahathir (NanaDj's hubby) and Yani's hubby.

I am not sure what was so ticklish that they were laughing and giggling at, but I am sure this meeting will be a memorable one for all of us.


Mia's Mom said...

Salam DrSam :-D

What a lovely time you have! So, Kak Teh and Shahieda (isn't she from Capetown?) is in KL, ya! I do subscribe to their blogs but most of the time, am a silent reader!

Kak Teh said...

salam dr sam, i think we were still in stitches over "sakitnya hati ini......."

catz said...

salam DrSam,
wut a lovely meeting..dari alam maya ke alam realiti..

pal7 said...

seronok kalau dapat berjumpa dengan rakan blog..tambahkan lagi ikatan tali persaudaraan sesama kita..

DrSam said...

Mia's mom,
Salam sis. Yes they are here in town and what a rare occasion to have caught them in person.

Kak Teh,
Hi...hi...small stitches won't mend the 'tapi hati rindu'...

Selalunya begitulah harapan. Semoga persahabatan berkekalan.

Insyaallah pal7. Harapannya kita-kita yang tak pernah bersua ni pun dapat keluar dari alam maya dan bersua muka jua suatu hari nanti.

Tikno said...

A meaningful moment.

Anonymous said...

doc, this gath looks classy. how i wish i could join. hopefully next time when i'm less busy :)

adiwarnatasya said...

Pertemuan yg baik...
Bestkan dapat jumpa kawan2...

DrSam said...


God willing, we will meet one day bro. Pay close attention to your assignment/study first.

Petemuan yang sudah lama ditunggu-tunggu.

Abd Razak said...


Ukhwah persahabatan...

yohteh said...

salam DrSam...
kalu ssaloh nye pakat turung ke tganung, hok dok glémer buléh juwéng ke ddok..? bimbang kut nye dok héndoh ddéme... hetcchiunggg....!!! excuse me...

Gayong Int. USA said...

What's up doc! Yep, I had a great time at the LC and I think everybody else did too. Especially at the Karaoke session with the 'pain in the heart' song. Knew a couple of rocket scientist while in the States and am happy to hv met you. I got a couple of crazy invention ideas that might just work with the right guy. Lets hook up and make this world of ours a better place to live. Oh yeah, thanks for the book mention. I need all the help I can get on this 1st baby. C yah. Peace out.

DrNotts said...

wow, you had blogger meeting? fantastic! (I wonder why am not in the scenario)

Please contact me at haqyani@gmail.com said...

Dr Sam,

Am glad I went to the dinner...me too have seen your comments in Kak Teh's blog, but tak sempat nak jengok jengok your "home"...lepas ni, lepas ni. Salams to your sweet wife Zayda.

balqissy said...

waaah~ menarek. lepas ni pasti lebih ramai, ye x? ;)

Temuk said...

Hi Dr Sam
That was a great get-together! If I'm not mistaken, Kak Teh lives in England, right? I do enjoy her blog. She must be missing our ever-lasting summer & ocassional hujan + halilintar, especially now. Salam bahagia.

umi_e said...


bestnya dapat jumpa kawan alam maya ;)

DrSam said...

Abd Razak,
Insyaallah. Kita doakan agar ukhuwah berpanjanagan.

Salam yohteh. Bedooh sunggoh deme. Ambe bab kawwang ning, dok kkira sangat. kecik beso tue mude kawwang belake. Hok malu-malu senyum khissing ke...hok riuh rendoh bissing bangor ke dok kisoh stabok ame. Boleh masuk regu. Nek staing ambe balik kkapong, ambe cari yohteh pekena teh beng segelah due bawoh jabattang kuale iba tu. Guane gamok?

Gayong Int. Usa,
Feel very honored meeting you sir. Meeting you was like meeting a legend. A true Panglima Hitam is very rare these days. Rekindle back my 'harimau menghambur dahan' memory. I should pay you a visit one day. Will do that for sure... Insyaallah.

Yes, a good invention/innovation may come and from a very crazy idea. A noble intention always worth a support.

wish you were there too.

DrSam said...

about kitchen guardian food,
Nice meeting both of you. Too short a meeting, not much time to talk to. Visited your other 'home'. Hope Muhammad is getting better now.

Salam to your hubby who was so 'sporting'!

The more the merrier!

Salam. You are right about Kak Teh. Like most bloggers of her age, I learn a lot from reading her/their blogs. Yours included.

salam. Kawan biar beribu :)

idasm said...

what a memorable gathering u had. cayalah. dr alam blog ke alam nyata. tima kasih sudi singgah ke seberang sana.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Dr.

DrSam said...

tima kasih menjenguk ke sini. Harap ramai lagi kawan maya dapat berjumpa.

Happy New Year to you too!

laki cikgu kimia said...

so catchy doc!

Hunny said...

salam Doc,

tak ajak kiter punn.. hehehe.. tetiba kjer enter frame. Enjoy your days bro!

patungcendana said...

salam doc.

hey...nice gathering. bila kita nak jumpa ni...?

DrSam said...

laki cikgu kimia,
which one?

salam. I thought you were at Cherating, enjoying your sandy beach stroll?

Salam mdm. Kena plan tu.

Encik Ariff said...


kenari said...

Dr..yg jauh didekatkan, yg dekat mesra2kan, itulah magiknya dunia blogging

Adliff said...


jelesssss sungguh saya dibuatnye.

3yearshousewife said...

Wow, what a gathering to remember. From virtual to real.

DrSam said...

encik ariff,

ya, begitulah cita-cita dan impiannya. Menyambung ukhuwah sesama insan.

aliff muhammad,
Jangan le jeles-meles. Jom kita set sesi mengeteh lagi.

Virtually unforgettable.

haidan said...

selamat tahun baru Dr Sam!!

Naddiea said...

Doc,once in a while event must be full with excitements rite.Happy New Year Doc!

adiwarnatasya said...

Hapy New Year 2010 Dr:)

Pn Kartini said...

Salam DrSam..:)
Selamat Tahun 2010..
Semoga ia menjanjikan segala apa yg terbaik..
Dimurahkan rezeki dan dianugerahkan kesihatan yg baik..:)

Zareda Norman said...

Dr Sam

Wah meriahnya pertemuan interblogger ini.. begitulah kan pertemuan membawa eratnya silatulrahin yg lama terjalin dalam blog...

DrSam said...

Selamat Tahun Baru Nad. Semoga gembira selalu.

We make our life beautiful, yes. Happy New Year to you too.

Happy New Year!

Pn. Kartini,
Salam pn. Selamat melangkah ke tahun yang baru. Tahun yang diharapkan menjadi tahun yang lebih baik dari tahun-tahun sebelumnya.

Zareda Norman,
Alhamdulillah. Pertemuan yang tidak dijangka. Insyaallah ukhuwah berkekalan.

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