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The transience of human life


"You are most welcome to my humble abode."

If I wish really hard, maybe the owner of this traditional house on Jalan Sulaimani, Chukai, Kemaman, Terengganu would invite me to his or her home with these words.

I chanced upon this traditional Malay house on a recent trip to Terengganu and its blue windows drew me to it.

It represents country living at its best and the simplicities of our old way of life.

This structure on stilts reminds me that human life is temporary. Just when it seemed life was going well, we were blindsided by disasters.

Abu Bakr said: "Our abode in this world is transitory, our life therein is but a loan, our breaths are numbered and our indolence is manifest."

We have been warned!
  

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