Original Artwork by Papa, Azhan and Nine (click image to link)
‘In the Name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. By Time, indeed humanity is in a state of loss. Except those who believe and do righteous deeds, and (join together) in the mutual teaching of truth and in the mutual teaching of patience’ (Surah al-`Asr, 103:1-3)
"Professional Architect lives almost by faith. When called upon he can do the job without fear or favour. He possesses aspecialized skill and lives by a code of ethics cloaked in honour andintegrity. He is expected to speak his mind and give his views. Whenfaced with absolute wrong, he can resolutely disagree and walk away." quote from THE PROFESSIONAL MAN by Ar Dr Tan Loke Mun PRESIDENT PAM

Wednesday, 30 May 2007



Aku di laman luas ini,
melihat kebanggaan itu,
tanpa rasa cemburu,
tanpa rasa malu,

Sekadar berdiri melihat,
perjalanan panjang insan lain,
yang mereka tempuhi dan lalui,
mungkin berbeza; mungkin serupa

Tapi pasti aku punya kendiri,
dan mengingatkan saat ini
di waktu aku insan kerdil,
meniti perjalanan panjang...

Orchard Road.
Kisho Kurokawa Building, Singapore
26th June 2003 - 11.35 a.m

Tuesday, 29 May 2007


History of Architecture
Diploma Architecture 08- back in May 2001


The architecture of traditional Malay house is of unique and distinct quality. It has its own distinct history, which should not be taken for granted. This unique architectural heritage should be restored and appreciated. This is of great necessity one civilized nation can only be acknowledge via the characteristics exhibited through one’s own unique style of architecture.

The Malaysian architectural heritage is deemed as one of the unique collection of robust architecture, which do not exist for the sake of existence but also function as a projection of the diversified yet unified the Malaysian culture.

Realizing the importance for these architectural heritage to live the ‘north life’ of today’s machine age built environment, there fore some forms of continuous yet effective measures need to be taken. One of the initiatives taken by Universiti Teknologi Mara ( UiTM ) is
to develop a study termed as Measured Drawing as a portion that make up the course
History of Architecture.

  • To document the details of selected of the study subject via proper field study methodology.

  • To study the selected building in relation to its cultural, social and physical context.

  • To produced detailed measured drawings of selected subject via analysis of information and other related study for restoration purposes.

  • To adapt the proper measuring technique and to obtain the level best accuracy.

  • To established the pattern of relationship between man, natural environment and man-made environment.

The group members are grateful to the following for their contribution during the preparation of this Measured Drawings Project which was held in Kota Kuala Muda, Kedah.

1. En. Abu Bakar bin Hj. Ahmad and family
- brother to En. Ibrahim; the owner of the house.

2. En. Kamaruddin bin Zakaria
- Director of Archaeology Malaysia, Department of Museum and Antiquity

3. Zatul Najahah @ Najihah Alwi
- One of the officer at the historical site

4. En. Amran bin Abdul Rahman and his wife Puan Nakiah Md. Amin
- for the guidance and support given in preparing this project

5. The villagers of Kampung Permatang Pelumpang, Kota Kuala Muda, Kedah
- for their co-operations

Monday, 28 May 2007


back in 27 April 2005

Graphic for my PC wallpaper - I always make my current work as a graphic wallpaper on my PC.

3d modelling study A modern house; too good to be true if we want to build it on our tropical climate. Nevertheless this was one of my great opportunity to put imagination in gear. Thanks so much to my former boss Mr. Ong from A&A Architects. I haven't put it on my previous review works in A&A simply because it was just an experimental exercises.
When I looked back at this work, it taught me how my mind works when there is less limitation. I've planned to update the entry soon with a critical thinking about the work (still looking for the original file). For the time being I've just recorded it as something that keep me grateful of the gift that God has given to me; talent.

Again it reminds me about compliments like "excellent!, you are talented" or "you got talent!" etc. I'm curious to understand what is talent.

We are all born with wonderful gifts. We use these gifts to express ourselves, to amuse, to strengthen, and to communicate. We begin as children to explore and develop our talents, often unaware that we are unique, that not everyone can do what we're doing!
Lynn Johnston, Lynn on Ideas Canadian cartoonist

You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you're working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success - but only if you persist. Isaac AsimovUS science fiction novelist & scholar (1920 - 1992)

Sunday, 27 May 2007


started on 8 July 2004 - last finished with approved submission 18 January 2006

1. The house on its original site (final version)2. perspectives study model

3. Ground floor plan
4. First floor plan
5. Elevations

I've just realised how long this house had been designed from its original sketch (23 recorded revision). Maybe because this was not so urgent job and a favour to a client. I tried to document the housing works that I've done before which I believe is the first step in understanding architecture and design. This was my first job that I was mentored by my 'sifu'-Zafar until it get a building approval. It was also a good opportunity to get in touch with a client-personally.

During revision 8 - a tropical Asian house approach
I really tried my best to make a great house for them. I treated it like my first baby. But, when I recall back that moment, I wonder myself what is home? We have been well trained on the technical part of housing or building house but we were not provided with the exact meaning of home which I find amusing when Francis D.K. Ching in his book "a visual dictionary of architecture" just define house( cannot find home) as"a building in which people live"-simply because it derived from the dictionary.1 a building for human habitation.

But in WIKIPEDIA someone had been define the home

"the concept of "home" is broader than a physical dwelling. Home is often a place of refuge and safety, where worldly cares fade and the things and people that one loves becomes the focus"

It also quotes from one of my favourite movie Patch Adams 1998 "Hunter Patch Adams: All of life is a coming home. Salesmen, secretaries, coal miners, beekeepers, sword swallower's, all of us. All the restless hearts of the world, all trying to find a way home. It's hard to describe what I felt like then. Picture yourself walking for days in the driving snow; you don't even know you're walking in circles. The heaviness of your legs in the drifts, your shouts disappearing into the wind. How small you can feel, and how far away home can be.

Home. The dictionary defines it as both a place of origin and a goal or destination. And the storm? The storm was all in my mind. Or as the poet Dante put it: In the middle of the journey of my life, I found myself in a dark wood, for I had lost the right path. Eventually I would find the right path, but in the most unlikely place."

During revision 15I guess I had make a very good architectural house design during that time but not yet a home. Even though, I'm now more into commercial and mix development but the continuous discoveries of home will guide me to find my own peaceful sanctuary.

Nota: Rumahku syurgaku
Hadith :
Dari Jabir r.a katanya, Rasulullah SAW bersabda:”Apabila kamu telah menunaikan solat (wajib) di masjid, maka kerjakanlah pula solat (sunat) di rumah kerana dengan itu Allah akan menjadikan rumah itu bahagia.”


1. Rumahku syurgaku adalah rumahtangga yang mempunyai ciri-ciri keislaman yang sebenar boleh menyediakan persekitaran yang harmoni dan melahirkan kasih sayang, hormat menghormati serta pelaksanaan ibadah yang membawa kepada ketenangan dan ketenteraman.

2. Ada beberapa tempat, yang jika dilakukan ibadah di dalamnya, akan mendapat pahala dan keutamaan yang lebih besar berbanding dilakukan di tempat lain seperti solat di Masjidil Haram, setara dengan seratus ribu solat di tempat lain. Solat di Masjid Nabawi, setara dengan seribu solat di tempat lain dan solat di Masjid al-Aqsa, setara dengan lima ratus kali solat di tempat lain. Solat yang paling utama dilakukan di masjid itu adalah solat wajib. Sementara untuk solat sunat yang paling utama adalah jika dilakukan di rumah.

3. Waktu di rumah seharusnya diisi dengan perkara yang bermanfaat dan mendatangkan pahala kerana perhatian terhadap pembangunan rumah dan isi rumah merupakan perkara yang paling penting untuk membangun masyarakat muslim. Hal ini kerana sebuah masyarakat akan terbina daripada gabunagn isi rumah. Jika unsur dasarnya baik, maka akan kuatlah sesebuah masyarakat itu.

Sumber : Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia

Saturday, 26 May 2007


done on -8th March 2007
  • Before and after

This is a small conversion project and it just takes a simple quick visual. A car showroom transform into a retail shop. It 100% done just in Photoshop and it's magic! A good example on how material position on the building is important.


original works done on - 26th September 2006

  • Sample board preparation
  • Coloured Site Plan
These were works done during the period when I'm on the residential department. The coloured drawing was based on the true type of specific plant from the landscape drawing. It helps the visual to be more relevant. In one way I get to know the actual plant being proposed. Another interesting approach is by mapping the aerial photo of the site. This will show the development affects on the site. Finally, it was used by the client for the advertising.

Obviously I'm not involved in the planning which had been done before the day I joint the company. Even though I'm way capable of doing such layout but when you work as one team you hardly become “one-man show”. You should be someone who could help the team at it best. And I'm the best artist that you can find in town!!

However, apart from being a coloured artist I also learn the type of material been used in UK when making the sample board.

Friday, 25 May 2007

PORTHSMOUTH - revisited

This is an exercise done on my own effort in order to keep reviewing all the project that I'v been involved in. By viewing them from different angles I do hope it would bring different perspectives all together.


30Th October 2006

This is an example of my first exercise on retail and commercial area. The exercise initiated in the month when I was shifted to Commercial department (the department where I'm supposed to be assigned to) after I was loaned to the Residential Department for 4 month. What does this imply? It simply means less pure housing scheme project for me and more retail, offices, commercial and mix used development projects (urban housing). I'm going to be specialised on this subject matter. I guess it is a good move after all those years in housing area, (or actually all rounded work) it's time to get specialise in something.

This visual was made to convince the planner that the proposed development would not cause any problems to the surrounding neighborhood.

Thursday, 24 May 2007


This is an alternative design proposal for RGP office's brochures. The firm is trying to prepare a fresh new look on the company profile. There are also several other alternative being prepared by advertising company. However, this design is quite interesting because it is similar to the architects' colour card. In addition this design should also reflect the "colours" of the company. Each project starts with the brief pallate then followed by images or perspective collection and the third slide is the best piece of art for the project.

Tuesday, 22 May 2007


My colour sketch - still struggle to get back the perfect art stroke My Azhan's colour sketch - a freedom is in his mind

This was a simple exercise done during weekends. Instead doing an outdoor painting like previously we did, I set up a still life and spend some time drawing it together. I tried to make the same subject to be draw so that he could see how I paint and I could inspired from how simple expression a child would portray.

It’s really sad to think of that I did not keep my childhood art work, but I won’t let go this opportunity to wonder and imagine again...and the best part is to grow together with my son.

Children are born true scientists. They spontaneously experiment and experience and reexperience again. They select, combine, and test, seeking to find order in their experiences - "which is the mostest? which is the leastest?" They smell, taste, bite, and touch-test for hardness, softness, springiness, roughness, smoothness, coldness, warmness: the heft, shake, punch, squeeze, push, crush, rub, and try to pull things apart.
R. Buckminster FullerUS architect & engineer (1895 - 1983)


“Papa, look! Azhan draw earth.” Said my son. “Well let me have a look.” I said. He showed me the not-so-rounded kind of earth with green spot on it. This might be my son’s mind view about how the earth looks like. I’m sure I’ve already showed him the world map, so that he knows where his mom and younger brother are currently staying; Malaysia. But I guess this was his expression about his small world. “See papa, Azhan's here on an Island!”Again my son inspired me.

I will keep his drawing for us to wonder about how small the
world is after all


masa dan kenangan,

pergi dan berlalu,
tidak bisa kembali;
memori itu,

apakah waktu terhenti,
bisa perjalananku tamat disini,
atau bisakah is kekal seperti itu,
selama dan bersamanya,

kini waktu itu berubah,
berdetik dan berdetik,
seperti degupan jantungku;
akan debaran cintamu,

biarlah ia terus berdetik,
tanpa henti dan penghujung,
seperti kasihku kepadamu;
untuk waktu ini dan di waktu lain,

waktuNya yang menentukan,
waktuNya jua yang memisahkan,
aku berdiri di menara waktu;
menyatakan waktu lalu bisa kembali!

lakaran dan puisi -7 November 1999
Puisi untuk wardina - Kembara Taiping

This poem tries to capture the time and memories spent together with my beloved wife. it expresses the emotional attachment that i have for her and how i wished for the moment and the love for her to be eternal.

The poem was written quite a long time ago in my old travel book. During those times I'd always go for travelling and make sketches of places that I visited. Sometimes those sketches came together with spontaneous poems which came across my mind at the moment. It documented the emotions that I felt during that time. (Didn't have video camera-couldn't afford one)I should continue the be continued.

"A poem is never finished, only abandoned."Paul Valery

Ambroise-Paul-Toussaint-Jules Valéry (French IPA: [vale'ʀi]) (October 30, 1871July 20, 1945) was a French poet, essayist, and philosopher. His interests were sufficiently broad that he can be classified as a polymath. In addition to his fiction (poetry, drama and dialogues), he also wrote many essays and aphorisms on art, history, letters, music, and current events. from wikipedia