Kita bayar zakat untuk fakir miskin, tapi..?

Bachok: “Saya terfikir juga untuk tinggal di tempat selesa tetapi tidak mampu membina rumah yang elok, hanya setakat begini saja,” kata warga emas daif, Mohd Noor Mat Diah, 61, yang hidup sebatang kara di sebuah pondok usang di dalam hutan dekat Kampung Tepus, di sini, semalam.

Mohd Noor sebelum ini sering berpindah randah apabila tempat tinggal asalnya reput dan mula membina sendiri pondok terbabit sejak tujuh tahun lalu menggunakan kayu terpakai dan dibina pada ketinggian kira-kira empat meter dari tanah.

Tanpa dapur dan tandas, dia menjalani kehidupan serba ringkas apabila hanya menggunakan ranting kayu untuk menghidupkan api bagi memasak serta menggunakan air perigi berhampiran.

Dia sebelum ini bekerja sebagai buruh dengan pendapatan RM40 sehari tetapi kini tidak lagi mampu bekerja kerana kesihatan mula terjejas akibat sakit di pinggang selain alahan.

Katanya, dia bergantung kepada bantuan bulanan Majlis Agama Islam dan Adat Istiadat Melayu Kelantan (MAIK) sebanyak RM250 sebulan untuk menyara kehidupannya.

“Buat masa ini, jika dapat bersarapan pun saya sudah bersyukur.

“Saya tidak menerima bantuan lain dan wang bantuan MAIK itu cuma mampu bertahan untuk tiga minggu bagi membeli makanan kerana kadangkala saya makan di luar, kadangkala masak.

Jika tidak dapat makan, saya berpuasa saja.

“Namun saya pasti meminum air kelapa hampir setiap hari kerana ia kemestian.

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MOHD Noor cekal meneruskan hidup dalam hutan.

Harganya tidak mahal cuma RM1 atau RM2 sebiji,” katanya.

Mohd Noor berkata, empat adik-beradiknya tinggal di Pasir Pekan, Tumpat dan dia kadangkala mengunjungi rumah mereka dengan mengayuh basikal pemberian seorang jiran, Mohammad Abdul Rahman, 52.

Katanya, sebelum mendapat basikal, dia hanya berjalan kaki dari tempat tinggalnya ke Pasir Pekan yang jaraknya lebih 30 kilometer.

“Kadangkala saya ke rumah kakak tetapi mereka pun sudah berkeluarga.

Pernah sekali saya dirempuh kereta ketika mengayuh basikal dan sehingga kini masih terasa sakit di pergelangan tangan kiri,” katanya.

Sementara itu, Mohammad berkata, dia mengenali jirannya itu sejak 30 tahun lalu dan sedih melihat keadaan Mohd Noor.

“Saya sedih kerana pada zaman sekarang pun masih ada lagi yang hidup dalam keadaan begini di kawasan hutan.

“Saya tidak berupaya membantunya dan berharap pihak terbabit dan kerajaan menghulurkan bantuan kepadanya,” katanya.

(Harian Metro)

“Buat masa ini, jika dapat bersarapan pun saya sudah bersyukur.”

Duit zakat aku bayar setiap bulan boleh cover sarapan yang sedap dan kenyang untuk pakcik ni selama sebulan.

😦

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Jigokudani Monkey Park

This place was one of the highlight of the Japan trip. Don’t know how many of the people out there who knew about this place where one is able to witness bathing monkeys. Seriously Japanese monkeys do bathe!

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The gateway to Jigokudani Monkey Park

This place holds ethereal beauty, but do you know the name Jigokudani literally means hell’s valley in Japanese? Fret not there is nothing hellish about this place, it’s quite the opposite, really. Such name was to depict the steam and boiling water that bubbles out of small crevices in the frozen ground, surrounded by steep cliffs and formidably cold and hostile forests.

Apart from human, only snow monkey is a known primate that is able to live and acclimatized  in cold climate. So yeah, I’ve met our only primate relative under the snow covered mountain alps.

To get to Jigokudani Monkey Park is not a relatively easy feat. From Tokyo, we boarded a bus at Shinjuku Bus Station to Nagano. If you’d remembered, Nagano was the host for 1998 Winter Olympics. This place apart from the home for Japanese snow monkey, is famed for hot springs (onsen), ski resorts, and winter sport activities. It also has the largest ski resort in Japan. We could see throngs of people with their snow board and ski board travelling from Tokyo heading up to Nagano. It was nice, seeing all the gears and enthusiastic ski-ers at the bus station.

So the journey from Tokyo to Nagano took about four hours by bus, costing about JPY4,000 per trip. The price sure is hefty, but bearable, as opposed to using the shinkansen, in which the fare is twice as much.

At the point after arrival I was getting worried about the hike to the monkey park the next morning. Though it was not snowing in Nagano, but according to the live feed from Google, we could see the monkey park in Yamanouchi is covered with thick snow. It was already so cold that night in Nagano, I just couldn’t imagine how it’d be like the next day at Yamanouchi. Thus we planned to head up to Uniqlo to buy extra jackets / thicker muffler to prepare for tomorrow. But then after dinner we were already tired and knowing that shops closed early in Japan during winter time, none of us would want to risk walking out of the hotel to look for Uniqlo. We’d just made do with whatever we had then.

The next morning only 3 of us, being my brother, nephew and I went to Yamanouchi. The rest stayed in late at the hotel. We took a train from Nagano Station to Yudanaka Station in Yamanouchi. The fare is JPY 1,210 per trip. Fellow travelers, worry not. Adequate information on ways to get to the monkey park could be found inside the train station, plus the station guard is able to assist when needed.

After the scenic one hour train ride, we arrived at Yudanaka station. We then hopped a bus (couldn’t remember the fare) that took us to Kanbayashi Onsen, the starting point to the monkey park (Jigokudani Yaen-koen). Oh and the entrance fee to the park can be bought at the Yudanaka train station.

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The nephew admiring the view of Japanese alps

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The train from Nagano to Yudanaka

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I didn’t take much pictures of the scenic route towards Kanbayashi, cause my hands refused to come out of the jacket 😛 soo cold. It was my first time being in a thick snow. The cold was somehow kinda bearable cause there was no wind at that time. The winter jacket that I wore, MNG angorak was suffice in that kinda weather. I also added on head band to cover the  ears and leather gloves for the hand. But the upmost important item would be snow appropriate boots. Mine is not so cause I still could feel the cold ground underneath me but I had to make do with whatever that I had at that time. My nephew was wearing converse (!) so he had a bit of difficulties hiking the icy ground.

But I digress.

Okay, from Kanbayashi Onsen, we hiked the 1.6 km track in the jungle to get to Jigokudani park. The trees were all covered with snow, the view was really breathtaking. Slow walkers and serial picture takers like us took about 45 minutes to reach the park. There were about 3 monkeys frolicking in the hot spring when we arrived there. A few were roaming around looking for food.

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These monkeys, luckily were docile and kinda tame. Just be careful not to feed them or stare them directly at the eyes as these are wild monkeys, they might misinterpret your action as hostile. So avoid eye contact or any contact at all.

Pandang sipi-sipi only.

Met with a Malaysian family from Odaiba, dad is a nuclear engineering student on a government grant, mom is a housewife with 3 kids. Kinda glad to see familiar faces at such a remote place. They also I presumed were surprised to see 3 of us Malaysians there. Initially they thought us to be from a tour group. Then I’d explained that we were travelling on our own, hopping on trains and buses to get there and even across districts and Japan prefectures.  We neither possess JR pass nor internet mobility. And most of our hotels were booked on the day itself/night prior to arrival via booking.com. Impressive they said. Apparently they’ve never met any traveller like us in Japan. Hah. We were bemused as this is they way we’ve been traveling on budget all these times. 

This trip to Yamanouchi surely is a memorable one. Worth the long and tiring journey from Tokyo. See I’m not a fan of monkeys, apes, orang utans, gorillas and the likes, but somehow looking at these furry snow covered monkeys, they were kinda cute and yeah these are fine monkeys. I dont mind visiting again 😛

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The kitty from hell

I love watching silly animal videos on Youtube. Pooping cats, cats vs babies, talking dogs, playing puppies, you name it I’d probably watched it.

Then there’s this show on Animal Planet, My Cat From Hell. I got hooked on that one too. It’s where the host, this trained cat whisperer got to help solving mean kitty issues.

I showed one of the episodes on Youtube to my niece. She said “what an ungrateful cat! the owner give him food and shelter but he decides to be mean!”

ha ha. true!