bingregoryZayn Gregory

Official organ of an American Muslim in Malaysian Borneo, featuring plants, pantuns and pictures from the Malay archipelago. Oversharing since 2002.

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Episod 8: Anak Anak Kita

Sempena Hari Merdeka, mari kita baca – bukan nyanyi ye – lagu M. Nasir serta terjemahan yang sentuh hal-hal kemerdekaan dan kebebasan secara halus dan puitis. Anak Anak Kita by
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Episod 7: Gelaran dan Pangkat

Episod 7 ini berdarjat tinggi kerana topiknya Gelaran dan Pangkat. Moga para pendengar boleh naik ke status yang lebih mulia seterusnya.
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Episode 6: Puisi dalam Terjemahan

Kawan-kawan, mari berjalan ke arah Ithaca bersama saya dengan puisi C.P. Cavafy dan A. Samad Said.     Anda rasa ada karya-karya lain yang patut dikenali luar malaysia? Sila tinggal
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Episod 4: Landscape of Dreams

Salam alaykum guys! Episod ini penuh pembayangan dan bayang-bayang yang tak terbayang sebab kali ini topiknya the landscape of our dreams. Harap enjoy.
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Episode 3: Jalan depan Rumah

Salam alaykum everybody! Episod hari ini kita seberang laut untuk bersembang pasal jalan depan rumah saya di New Delhi, India pada zaman 70an.  Gajah, unta, beruang, dan banyak lagi. Iboh
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Episode 2: Beras Perang

Hey Guys!  Episod pada hari ini penuh serat, zat-zat dan karbohidrat sambil kita berbahas hal-hal beras!  Beras putih, beras perang dan macam-macam lagi. Ingat, Rice is Life.
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VLogging at Bin Gregory Productions

Bin Gregory Productions has been adding value to the public internet with free and original content since 2002! But I can’t deny the need to keep up with the times. So
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Hari Raya 2017

After several years of balik kampung, we’re celebrating Hari Raya in Kuching.  Opah spent Ramadan with us. Hopefully it will be our last Raya before the house is torn down
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Exit West by Mohsin Hamid: Review

A meditation on migration of every sort. As a muslim migrant who has chosen life outside The West I feel like Hamid is chronicling the particular world I inhabit more
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Shah Alam Botanical Garden

Not ten minutes drive from downtown Shah Alam is the Shah Alam Botanical Garden. An enormous green space gazetted on Bukit Cerakah, the gardens range from open lawns to jungle
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Inggeris Pantun for Princess Santubong

Stuck in traffic day by day /
Clouds wrap ’round Mount Santubong /
Try’s I might, try as I may /
English pantuns come out wrong /
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Kitty Caught in Tree: Tropical Edition

A kitten adopted us this Ramadan. I wasn’t eager to take in another cat but one should feed a hungry guest, what more during the fasting month.
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Datuk Hj Ibrahim and the Isle of Lakei

An old friend dropped by for Raya.  After the usual pleasantries he disclosed his purpose: a side quest to Pulau Lakei, the final resting place of the fabled Datuk Hajji
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Three Roods Farm for sale

Dear muslim friends in the USA, After 20 years of organic farming, my parents are retiring. Their Michigan homestead Three Roods Farm (www.threeroodsfarm.com) is up for sale and it is
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Biawak Hunting

Four days after moving into my home in Kuching, I met my first biawak, lounging on my front porch. Over the last 12 years, they have been a constant presence, stalking kittens and slaughtering chickens
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Kuching Modern: A Windshield Survey

over the last ten years, there have been dramatic changes in the style and appearance of the new housing stock toward a more Modern look, all the more noticeable since the city is booming
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Beras Perang

A twitter-essay on Beras Perang, unpolished, unbleached, lightly milled local long grain rice.
Beras perang tampi di nyiru,
Tumpah melukut merata-rata.
Haiwan yang garang lagi diburu,
Siapa takut semut melata?
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Review: Islam and the Destiny of Man

The sensitivity and respect he shows the Christian outlook is a great example to other converts in how to come to grips with their origins. Who we were is part of who we are, and being comfortable in yourself means coming to terms with that.
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Tanah Air

America has the Homeland, Germans the Fatherland, Russia the Motherland. Only the Malays have a Waterland.
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Review: Salonica, City of Ghosts

“They all claimed the city for themselves in God’s name. But is it not said: Where God is, there is everything?” Nearly five hundred years of history for a city
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Susu and You: Milk in Malaysia

Milk and Honey. Symbols of purity and goodness from Biblical times. But Filled Milk? Susu cair? Recombination? What is this stuff? A brief guide…
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Pearl of Faith

Original English translation of Raihan’s 1997 hit Iman Mutiara from the Puji-pujian album.
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Me and Damon Gupton

Sam Raimi. Megan Fox. These are but a few of the Hollywood names I have a distant, tenuous, nearly imaginary, and at this point fairly pathetic connection to from my time as a child actor. Here’s another.
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Raihan’s Sesungguhnya, in English

A translation of the classic nasheed Sesungguhnya by Raihan into English. Hard to believe it has been nearly 18 years since this first came out.  It is merely old now,
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Climbing Mount Santubong

Mount Santubong looms ahead of my morning commute every morning, as it has for a dozen years. I’ve skirted the base of the mountain countless times, on the way to Damai
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You can get used to anything

The hazy weather Kuching had the last few days made me think of an old song from my childhood. It’s by Fred Small, and it goes like this: YOU CAN
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Spelling Champions of Sarawak

The biggest annual national spelling tournament in Malaysia is Spell-It-Right. Starting early in the year, several of my daughters had participated in rounds starting within the school itself and moving
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Mengapa rebung adiknya buluh

Bamboo thrusts dramatically out of the soil, clean, symmetrical, very sharp. The shoots grow fast, shooting over my head within a matter of days. Only once they have reached their final height, long
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The Years of Rice and Salt

An alternative history where all the Europeans die in the Black Death and the great civilizations of the world are Islam and China. Such an exciting premise. We follow three
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Menjelang 1 Mei

A rousing poem in Bahasa Malaysia from student of agriculture Chairil Aswad, on twitter as @schwarzenmann.  First published in E-Sastera Sajak Facebook group, 30 April 2015. Translation into Inggeris mine.
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Hari Raya 2015

Selamat Hari Raya Maaf Zahir Dan Batin Eid Mubarak from Sarawak.  May your fasting and ours be received by the Most High in His Mercy rather than by our merits, amin.
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MRE: Botok and Pulut Udang

As Ramadan winds down, I race to give credit to local foods that got me through the month. These MREs, Malaysia Ramadan Essentials, are practically complete meals in one package.
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36 hours in KL

Time for my semi-annual ritual humiliation at the Immigration Department. After 12 years here married to a Malaysian, I ought to be well on my way to Permanent Resident status.
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MRE: Ikan Masin

Sweets and savoury dishes of every sort fill the special neighbourhood markets set up for Ramadan.  While our kids binge on the colorful kuih and sugary drinks that they rarely get
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America Bombs Indonesia over Drug Deal Gone Bad … in 1832

American troops bombed and invaded Aceh in 1832, becoming the USA’s first military intervention in Asia.  The affair began with the Friendship, a trading vessel flying American colors, coming to port
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On Children

  One of my mother’s favorite poems, from The Prophet by Khalil Gibran    
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Bonsai four years on

I started messing around with bonsais four years ago.  At the time, I guessed it would take me four or five years to have something decent to show.  Four years
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Sheep, Honey and Lots of Jews

A review of The Jews of Khazaria by Kevin Alan Brook Soon after the Persian Empire fell to the Companions of Prophet Muhammad (saws), the armies of the Caliphate reached
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Crocodocious

Sometimes you don’t realize what you have in your own backyard.  I realized I have crocodiles.  Jong’s Crocodile Farm is only a short drive out of town but in 12
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Who Killed Sultan Tengah?

The story of Sultan Tengah ends abruptly. Throughout his life, Sultan Tengah was a tireless Caller to Islam and was a guest in the royal courts of three kingdoms. Returning from an odyssey of 40 years, he was assassinated by one of his own followers within the shadow of the solitary mountain that marked his domain. What clues to his murder can we find in the legend of Sultan Tengah?
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The Maqam of Sultan Tengah

Mount Santubong rises out of the South China Sea a lone mountain.  Two rivers meet the sea on either side, a narrow isthmus of land between them.  Mount Santubong has its own
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Tongkat tongkat ali

It is well known amongst Malaysians that any illness on earth can be treated by drinking the appropriate 3-in-1 instant coffee.
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Myth of the Lazy Native – Review

An anti-colonial short-course for Malaysians in one volume. The Myth of the Lazy Native was an influential book in post-colonial studies, published a year before Edward Said’s Orientalism[1]. Syed Hussein
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Lebah Kelulut

A hive for kelulut, Malaysia’s wild honey bee.  They are in the genus Trigona, where the bees are small and stingless. Not quite as efficient an operation as the box hives of Apis honeybees,
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The Souls of Black Folk – Review

By W.E.B. Dubois An old book, over a hundred years old already. Some of the essays have passed from contemporary relevance into historical record, but it is history rarely discussed,
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Commander of the Faithful: Review

By John W Kiser An enjoyable and easy introduction to an amazing life. The book is strongest in the first third, showing his upbringing and describing Algerian society in that
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Nothing Left to Say – Blues Gang

1. Another pop song in the dialect of Negeri Sembilan 2. Originally published as “What’s left to say”, I couldn’t live with it after FB fren AA suggested a far
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Tapai ubi, tapai nasi

A banana leaf wrapped and held with lidis could hold just about anything. In this case, it holds tapioca root, ubi kayu, that has … crossed over. Normally a dense, bland, starchy tuber considered poverty food or at best home cooking, it is transformed into a pillowy soft sweetness soaking in a fiery liqueur
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KL Bird Park Part 2

The Kuala Lumpur Bird Park was so big and so fun we had to go back again.  This year we were less two aunties, but we picked up seven cousins, making
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Gurindam 12 Fasal 6

by Raja Ali Haji (1808-1873)
English translation © Bin Gregory Productions

This is the gurindam of the sixth issue:

Seek you a companion
Who can be for you a medicine …
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