Fairy song

For RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #106, the word prompts are ‘sing’ and ‘flower’. I thought of forests, and streams, fairies and flower meadows – the enchanted world of our imagination. 🙂

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Fairy song

Flowers in my hair
Singing in the dew-drenched dawn
Summertime so fair

Khor Hui Min
19 July 2016

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#atozchallenge: B is for Bukit Gasing

For my second post for the Blogging A to Z Challenge, I am writing a piece on Bukit Gasing, which is a favourite hiking place for residents of Petaling  Jaya.

B for Bukit Gasing

In the Malay  language, ‘bukit’ is the word for ‘hill’, and ‘gasing’ means ‘spinning top’. So, directly translated, Bukit Gasing is Spinning Top Hill! Indeed, if one is not familiar with the paths that go round, and criss-cross all over the hill, that would cause one’s head to spin like a top, and the unfortunate person(s) would spend the greater part of a day there. 😉 Therefore, it is best that visitors and hikers new to the area embark on their hike with friends who are already familiar with the paths and terrain therein.

 

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The official entrance to Bukit Gasing. Photo by Levine Lee.

 

 

There are lots of little paths and tarred roads in the Bukit Gasing area, offering difficulty levels ranging from easy walks to challenging steep climbs. A new friend told me he had started hiking there over 40 years ago! He said it was quiet there at the time, and there were few visitors to the area. Often, he and his friends had to use machetes to make their own paths.

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View from the top of Bukit Gasing. Photo by Levine Lee.
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View from the top of Bukit Gasing. Photo by Levine Lee.

Nowadays, Bukit Gasing attracts hikers by the dozens. During the weekends, large groups can be seen waiting outside the main entrance at 7am to have a healthy group activity together. Sometimes, groups of schoolchildren can be seen. At other times, there will be groups of working adults, and even senior citizens who look like seasoned hikers.

 

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View of Kuala Lumpur City at sunrise. KL Tower and the KLCC Twin Towers can be seen. Photo by Levine Lee.

However, the issue of safety has been in the news headlines in the past few years, as robberies and snatch theft cases have been reported every once in a while. We hope that hikers will leave their valuables at home before coming for their hikes and the relevant authorities will help to keep an eye on the security of the area for our peace of mind. Last but not least, please don’t hold your shiny new iPhone or Samsung Galaxy smartphone in your hand while you are hiking. Keep it out of sight in your bag, pouch or pocket. There was an unfortunate case last year of a lady’s phone being snatched from her hand!

 

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Landscaped grounds near the suspended bridge

I shall end my post for today with a haiku:

Hiker’s Haunt

Hikers throng the hills
In search of fresh challenges
Test of strength and will

Khor Hui Min
2 April 2016

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Suspended bridge at sunrise

Scorched Earth

I love writing poetry every week, and this week, it’s about our home planet – Earth. For the last #‎MYWritersPoetryPrompt‬ for February 2016 in the ##‎MYWriters‬ FB group, it is haiku writing time. I put up the word prompt EARTH, and we shall pay homage to Mother Nature, on which we all depend on for our survival. 🙂

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Source of photo: https://www.pininterest.com/pin/142215300707621437/

Scorched Earth

Mother Earth watches
As we scorch the land with greed
Riches to ashes

Khor Hui Min
24 February 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #72 Life & Give

After being MIA from Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge for a few weeks, I’m finally back at haiku writing again. I just missed the deadline, I think, but I shall write my haiku anyway. 😉 The two word prompts are ‘life’ and ‘give’.

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Challenge of Life

What challenge endured
What would you and I but give
For a life well lived

Khor Hui Min
24 November 2015

Lead

Finally, I’ve gotten around to writing haikus again. This one is for week 78 of Haiku Horizons. It is a haiku prompt page, where a new prompt will appear every Sunday. This week’s word prompt is ‘lead’.

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Multi-petaled cherry blossoms outside the Taipei Confucius Temple, located on Dalong Street, Datong District, Taipei City, Taiwan.

Lead by Example

Lead by example
Walk the talk; I’ll toe the line
Do care for people

Khor Hui Min
19 August 2015

Gain & Hound

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge week #50’s word prompts are ‘gain’ and ‘hound’. The words led me to think not of dogs or the hounds of hell (LOL), but rather the hounding of people. 😉

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Little dogs sleeping outside our room at our boutique guest house in Old Town Baisha, Yunnan Province, China (13 October 2013)

Gain & Hound

What is there to gain
By hounding incessantly
Everybody’s bane

Khor Hui Min
23 June 2015

Charge & lovers

For this week’s Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #44, the word prompts are ‘charge’ and ‘lovers’. It took me quite some time to think about what haiku to write. But at last, I thought of a graceful dance, such as the waltz, salsa or tango. This kind of dance is a form of perfectly synchronised movement between two individuals. It is like a dance of courtship, filled with grace and passion. Too bad I haven’t taken any photos of couples dancing the waltz, salsa or tango before though. 😉

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Charge & lovers

Sweet lovers’ embrace
Filled with charge of affection
Dance infused with grace

Haiku by
Khor Hui Min
15 May 2015