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A Familiar Face

Found this – dah lama, tapi still relevant – dari The Star;

A stickler for detail


Wandering the heritage streets of the Old Town of Edinburgh, a Malaysian artist decided to record its splendour on paper.

A collection of black-and-white sketches is spread out in front of me, with every little detail painstakingly recorded. The artist must have had so much patience to attempt such a feat.

Ruzaimi Mat Rani, 33, has laboriously sketched 500 pictures of Edinburgh Old Town which, when put together, represent the entire town. He carried out this project when he was given a scholarship by the Government to do his Masters in Landscape Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art from 2000 to 2002.


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OVERFLOOR (or is it?)

History lesson time;

Taken from MCOBA-Malaysia Yahoo! Group (without asking for permission, of course);

Email 1 (Dah difilter dari thread yang panjang lebar, dan yang sebenarnya discuss benda lain)


Its OVERFLOW,bukan OVERFLOOR! Dunno how this term has been corrupted over the years!.Salam

Email 2

Bebudak ni juga menukarkan perkataan Kolet kepada Koleq.

Kolet adalah cara/gaya sebenar org KK tradisional menyebut College.

Koleq pula adalah tiruan cara/gaya Tongkat Warrant fikir College patut disebut.

Tongkat Warrant dll Malay-educated perlikan MCKK dgn ungkapan dgn rangkaikata

Bungkek Kek Kek > bongkak (snobs/conceits) !

Email 3


OVERFLOW it is and should have always been. That section of the building was to accomodate the “overflow” of students from the two attached wings, which have been accordingly and ordinarily assigned to the respective houses (Idris, Ahmad, Mohd Shah & Sulaiman). During my time, it was also meant for the “overflow” of students from Prep School and Sixth Formers stayed there before Sixth Form Pavilion was completed. I remember having to be transferred from Prep School to the “overflow” in the third term of 1961 (when I was a jambu in Form 1) and to stay in the same dormitory with Wan Hanafi, the terror & President of the disbanded Tarinaga. Remember the folklore “Beauty And The Beast”? Right!

OVERFLOOR is not in the “Oxford English Dictionary”, has never been and can never be. The more appropriate word, in bringing out the same meaning as what has been generally meant for “overfloor”, is either OVERHEAD or simply FIRSTFLOOR. Thank you.

Email 4

Former juniors who now have begun saying correctly Overflow instead of Overfloor, please try to say Kolet Kolet Kolet instead of not Koleq !

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So, rupa2nya building kat tengah2 Big School tu asalnya dipanggil Overflow, sebagai reference kepada status pada waktu tu – sebagai dorm untuk students yang overflowed dari East/West Wings dan Prep School.

Camana boleh corrupted sampai jadi Overfloor? cuba consider scene ni;

Mana? Depan Overfloor/flow

Sapa? Gedebe dengan F1

Bila? Masa Gedebe kat Koleq (duh) – minggu orientasi budak2 F1


Gbe: Pade’ (padang) depan ni guno maing bola, ragbi denge kriket. Pokok hok besar tu ore’ panggey Bi’ Tri (Big Tree)

F1: Building yang besar ni cikgu?

Gbe: Bangune’ ni namo dio Overflow

Malam tu budak2 F1 tu decipher balik semua perbualan masa guided tour siang tadi. Habis semua ayat2 Gedebe di”de-kelatenized”, termasuk la Overflow yang akhirnya ditukar jadi Overfloor dek kerana salah faham accent Kelate milik Gedebe.

As Email 3 correctly pointed out, Overfloor is not listed in any dictionary of any language. Even my Firefox spellchecker puts a red line under the said word (I would like to also point out that it’s underlining the word spellchecker as well, hahaha). BUT… BUT… neither is kolet (as Email 4 tried to point out as the only pronunciation for MCKK’s pet name). What I’m trying to say is, if you want to stop using the word Overfloor because it’s not in the dictionary, please treat the koleq/kolet issue the same way too.

As for me, this is a non-issue. Small matter lah. Languages do evolve, apa lagi bahasa2 slanga ni. Overfloor ke, Overflow ke, it still refers to that same building. And not like we would mistaken Overflow for another building – we can always assume the speaker hails from Kelantan, kan?

If you are talking about marketing/branding, I’d say go with Overfloor. Why? Well, try to Google for Overfloor and then Overflow. Compare the two and you’ll see what I mean. Or you can also try with Google Images (Overfloor/Overflow) and the standard-bearer for “what is” questions, Wikipedia (Overfloor/Overflow).

Not to mention Overfloor sounds a hell more elegant than Overflow. What’s your first impression when you hear the word Overflow? Plumbing? Or toilets? Or that huge white building in Kuala Kangsar?


PS. I meant no offense to Orang Kelantan. Hanya sebagai contoh sahaja. (Kalau korang boleh tolong finetune dialog kat atas tu lagi cun)

PPS. I also meant no offense to all distinguished senior old boys out there. All 3 posters (yup, 4 emails from 3 different posters) are very, very prominent figures

PPPS. Yup, aku dah try search for Koleq/Kolet. On Google (Koleq/Kolet), Google Images (Koleq/Kolet) dan juga Wikipedia (Koleq/Kolet)

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OBW2007 In Pictures

Saturday, 28 Apr 2007

09:31 am, Hockey Field, NH – The oldest player clearing the line

09:40 am, Hockey Field, NH – supporters, well…. supporting the team

09:49 am, Hockey Field, NH – Ipin & Ahpek taking a breather

09:53 am, Hockey Field, NH – Bunyok the goalscorer after giving the lead to the OB’s

10:01 am, Hockey Field, NH – Ahpek, back on the pitch, taking a shot

10:41 am, Hockey Field, NH – Khoja after the match (which ended 1-1)

10:53 am, Rahmaniah Rest, KK Town – First meal in 12 hrs

12:58 pm, Big Field, MCKK – Kadir & Wadie having a chat under the trees

02:04 pm, Saudiah Rest, KK Town – The newly-married guy making a quick visit during lunchtime – was gone by 5 the same day

02:40 pm, Our neighbour, KK – Today is Monday, Tomorrow is Tuesday, But Tuesday Is Not Everyday, The Ship Is More Than The Crew – credit to Wadie for slowing down the car just enough to snap this one

02:48 pm, Hargreaves Hall – No they are not discussing about the concert

02:56 pm, Hargreaves Hall – Mon of ’86, Ayul of ’94, Minh Anh the Vietnamese chick, Aris of ’93, and Kichi of ’96 during sound check. Notice the evil grins

03:07 pm, Hargreaves Hall – And Kadir joins in

04:30 pm, 16B, Overfloor – Watching touch football, or rather the touch football player

06:00 pm, Big Field – Football match (ended 6-1 or 7-1 to the Present Boys)

06:12 pm, C Field – while Ahpek the captain is giving instructions to his own team

07:17 pm, C Field – “Abang hang dah balik Penang dah dia cari hang tak jumpa tadi”

10:24 pm, Hargreaves Hall – Suhaimi Sulaiman of ’79 kicking off the (proper) concert

10:40 pm, Hargreaves Hall – What’s Kichi doing down there??

10:46 pm, Hargreaves Hall – No wonder…

11:55 pm, Hargreaves Hall – Sapet of ’98 with a superb rendition of Kamelia. Most of the audience had left by this time, but the band still put up a magnificent show

Sunday, 29 April 2007

10:06 am, Rugby Field – The cheering squad was there, but not the cheering

10:10 am, Rugby Field – A present boy consoling his teammate after the thumping by the OB’s

More pics at my PicasaWeb

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Bihun Sup Utara

Another guy got hitched last weekend, taking the single guy species from 9296 a step closer to extinction (exaggerated). Quite a number of us made the journey up north to Air Melintas Besar last weekend (refer Exhibit A) to be a part of Moq’s wedding ceremony, whose size is comparable to that of TV3’s Karnival Sure Heboh (not exaggerated)

Exhibit A;

But I’ll leave that part of the story for now – this post is about a guy who lives in the same area – the legendary Caca

We were recovering from the exhausting long trip in our hotel room when Todd (refer Exhibit B) arrived to take us to dinner. Someone mentioned about Caca’s invitation to his newly-opened stall, and off we went in Todd’s Proton Wira to Bandar Perda.

Exhibit B;

We were greeted by the smell of hot soup and the sight of Caca chopping some part of a cow’s anatomy for a customer. Tak ramai orang, since a few of other stalls were not open that night. Our bihun sup, kueyteow sup, mi sup and bihun+mee sup (the last one was Todd’s – a favourite menu in this part of the country, maybe?) arrived a few minutes later, and were cleared out in under 10 minutes.

Exhibit C: Before

Exhibit D: After

And satisfied customers went back happy (and full)…

Verdict? Caca’s bihun sup was waaay better than all the “Bihun Sup Utara” I’ve tasted in KL. You’ve got to be in Utara to get a Bihun Sup Utara of this quality.

Hats off to you, bro! May this be the start of something bigger…

Here’s the guy himself, in action (pic by Kichi);