Friday, March 6, 2009

.: Mendelssohn :.

The day Venice came to our shores.

Kuala Lumpur, has recently enjoined itself with Bangkok as the Venice of the East.

Photo source:: Bernama.

Chaos as flash floods hit city.
Thousands caught unawares as 2m-high flash floods hit KL.

I never experience flash floods. On that day, while taking an alternative mode of transportation, I witnessed it first hand. Kuala Lumpur submerged under 2metres of water. Friends have likened it as our eastern version of Venice. I beg to differ. It was nothing like it. In replacement of the romantic atmosphere of gondolas and gondoliers in half-unbuttoned white/striped shirts, sleeves rolled up, with a hat and scarf twirled over their necks fantastically serenading Italian love songs to the passengers, all I saw were people trying to get to the safest place as quick as possible. Faces filled with humor, amazement, confusion and sheer horror.

Note:: The description of the gondoliers were based on the accounts I had 10 years ago.


Current local headlines are overflowed with the fiasco in relation to morality, the constitution and ethics. This piece of news adds further to it. Much to be thought upon the unaddressed ones i.e. the Orang Asli community. On another scale, a friend has returned to his homeland. I took the interest to read about his country, relying on the net as it apparently does not count as 'news' here. I may have sidetracked a little, reading more on the casualties at the bordering areas. Quite a number of sisters and brothers have highlighted it in their blog, offering their thoughts. As I am not there, nor have I been there, I dare not start a dialogue based on my perspective. The issue I brought up is the one in Swat Valley, Pakistan.

The winds are blowing.
5.23pm Malaysian Time


Sketched Soul said...

As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu my dearest sister,

Oh.. this is very sad.

Not long ago they went through the whole flood thing (maybe that's what your friends are talking about?)... it ruined so much. And what were the gondoliers doing.. haha.. it's so funny. Gotta love their spirit.

Love Farhana

Hajar Zamzam Ismail said...

How terrifying! I hope everyone reaches safety. Insha Allah.

BARAN said...

salams dear sister..u hav a very nice blog.rely enjoy reading urs.i just start visit me n leave ur comment n guides.hope it can b an educational one.

ipv6 said...

Never experience flash floods eh?
wo, how lucky or shold I rephrase how strange while ten of thousands of people need to faced the reality of bad bad city planning/infrastrusture maintenance..

oh wait a sec, I get it..;)

Aisyah Mazelan said...


Teringat banjir besar kat Segamat. Time tuh ada pengumuman kata kawasan kami nak kena gak. So, cepat-cepat kami pindah ke pusat yang kumpul orang banjir. Semua orang di kawasan tuh. Sekali ada polis datang, kata, suruh berjaga-jaga. Bukan pindah terus. Terus tergelak semua orang.

Hajar Alwi said...

Sketched Soul:: Wa'alaikumussalam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh dear Sister Farhana.

You're referring to the acqua alta phenomenon. :) I believe the people are rather used to it and are the least bothered to kick up a fuss. The exact thing was seen here, thus explaining the humor.

Hajar:: Alhamdulillah, there weren't much casualties involved.

Baran:: Wa'alaikumussalam sis. Welcome to the blog. ^^ Insya'Allah, I'll visit one of these days.

ipv6:: :)

Miss Ash:: Wa'alaikumussalam. Rasanya yang terburuk untuk Johor jadi kat Kota Tinggi kan? Seram bila tengok tv, lebih-lebih lagi masa dorang tunjuk yang kat Kelantan. Tapi kalau diikutkan, dalam berhadapan dengan malapetaka, ada juga hikmah disebaliknya. Budak-budak duk main air hujan, orang kayuh sampan etc ...


Ms.Unique said...

The worst part would be reminding about tsunami at this unfortunate moment .... hope all were f9 and safe ....

Yeah thing abt Swat is really heart-breaking ...

Hajar Alwi said...

Makes one appreciate the life that Allah S.W.T has blessed us with.