Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Samurai's Residence

We have been watching so many Ninja and Samurai programs on TVs and the movies over the years. It has been my lifetime dream to visit a real Warlord Samurai's house someday to observe and appreciate the way they lived.




1. We visited the Kumamoto Castle earlier in the morning and took a short slow walk to see a Samurai's residence which was located just outside the castle's grounds.





2. The Spring's weather was cold and perfect for a lovely stroll, passing all the pretty Japanese styled landscapes. The Spring's air was so fresh and clean too.





3. We reached the entrance to the beautiful gardens of the Hosokawa's Residence. This Hosokawa Clans were powerful samurai descendants who ruled Kumamoto from the early 17th Century until the Meiji Period of Japan.




4. My wife is always flexible like a rubber band and there is nothing she could not do on earth! She has finally won my approval to climb the base camps of Mount Everest. God knows when I will embark. My poor legs! Help!



5. Welcome to the main gate of the fantastic Hosokawa Residence. 
The entrance fee is 300 Yen per person.
The address is: 3-1 Furukyou-machi, Kumamoto City, Kumamoto, Japan.



6. I found a broom and decided to help sweep the garden of pebbles! 
Pat my head please!





7. The Zen gardens of Japan are always very neat and beautiful. 
Do you like my sweeping designs? Ahem!



8. Sorry I lied to you. I didn't sweep those lovely neat lines.
I decided to fly with the broom like a witch.



9. Some called it Hosokawa's Mansion because they have so many rooms inside but
I will only post half of the numbers. This historical place was built in the 1870s.



10. The first room looks like a Guest Receiving Area.





11. All the rooms have typical sliding doors that could open up into huge halls for ceremonies.




12. I believe the last tenants who resided this fabulous place was Hosokawa Tadotoshi as the history recorded his great contributions to the garden landscapes which survived to this day.




13. If you are fat and enormous, you can forget about crossing the many corridors! 
It is so narrow and I had to walk side ways.




14. They have several courtyards inside which helps to ventilate the many rooms.
The architects have been smart since the ancient times.






15. This is the reading room of the Samurais.





16. There is a small cottage by itself which could be a guest house.




17. The pretty water container with a fresh flower from their gardens. So avant garde!



18. Another long & narrow corridor with low ceilings for the petite occupants. 
I believe the samurais must be very thin and muscular people.




19. This is the kitchen area which has neat boxes and trays everywhere.





20. This is the bathroom for the Samurai to shower. 
They barricaded all the doors, so I had to stand outside.




21. We spent over an hour walking inside the samurai's mansion. 
Look at the length of its garden walls!



 

22. This is back door of the Hosokawa Residence. My next blog post will cover the impressive Kumamoto Castle nearby.



85 comments:

  1. Got geisha's residence or not? My connection's cranky...taking ages to wait for all the photos. Never mind lah, come back some other time...

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    1. Oh Well, I guess the little adjoined cottage could be the Geisha's harem. You would love it there.
      So, have you finished browsing the hamsap magazine?

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  2. Good evening TM, I will come back again, now using mobile phone to view...

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  3. Hi! Nice captures. It's very interesting to see your photos. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Minoru-San, Thanks for your compliments!

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  4. You sure you didn't mess up the rock garden ah?

    If you did, phiak Anay's head! LOL

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    1. before you piak i think anay will be huanted by generations of gardener with spike to kaboom him liao

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    2. Amboii!!! You ladies are so garang and protective towards the gardens like the Geishas who played there!

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  5. Beautiful place !! Did you wore a samurai outfit and touch the sword?

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    1. It was a beautiful place and I wished they rented out the samurai outfits for me.

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  6. Thank you for sharing Anay!

    Nice photos! :)

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    1. Welcome Mak Glam. I wonder if you visited this place too.

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  7. one of my interests is actually to get to know how the ancient people led their lives in the past days.. it certainly has to be a whole lot of difference compared to how we lead our lives nowadays.. and that is what make me curious - one simple thing i would imagine, no electricity and internet, how do they spend their night?? no cars and all they had to do is walk from one place to another..

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    1. how spend the night? errr....maybe that's why in old days couple have more children than now leh :p

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    2. There's this nice outdoor museum that my family visited in Shikoku called shikoku mura. Tokyo has a similar open air museum SK :-)

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    3. Ah boy,

      I think one thing you have to factor is... most would be working hard during the day & would be too pooped out to want to stay up long. Lol

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    4. yeah, i guess they rise before the sun and retire as soon as the sky darkens??

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    5. Life before was just as hard as today's. They used horses and we use cars. We had the same day and night hours too.

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  8. #1.. very nice photo, but CB, why is this particularly smaller than the rest of the photos??

    #2.. ah, the Japanese style landscaping, it looks so tranquil and calm..

    #3.. fuyoh, very gaya pose dei.. like a hybrid of Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Amir Khan!! all girls must be screaming~~

    #4.. fuyoh, Letchumy so powderful dei!! and why didn't she do the split with her legs on the pillars?? that would be even more amazingly acrobatic dei~~

    #5.. haha, nice pose at the entrance of the samurai house!! did anay say "ようこそ!!" to the people??

    #6.. hahaha!! the gardener left that broom for you purposely after thinking you were there to take over his shift?? :p

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    1. #3...michi busy fighting off all the girl hence photo so far away

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    2. Muahahahaha... Your comments really cracked me up dei. So damn farnee la.

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  9. #7.. those circles are too perfect to let me believe Anay did them!! kept me wondering if you were joking or telling the truth!!

    #8.. muahahaha!! crazy silly pose dei!! Anay doesn't look like a witch flying on the broom.. but you looked like kena cucuk by the broom from your asshole and right through your groin, and you were screaming for help!! muahahahahahaha!!

    #9.. such a solemn looking mansion.. even the entrance already makes you want to kneel down and beg the samurai not to kill you..

    #10.. ah, a very cosy area to receive the guests..

    #11.. hmmm, this layout of sliding doors reminds me of the movie we watched, where the actors will hide behind the doors, or slide the doors to run away from the villains chasing behind.. :p

    #12.. indeed very neat and clean and so well maintained..

    #13.. errr, i think i still can get through this narrow aisle right?? don't tell me i cannot dei, i will be very sad!!!

    #14.. ah!! another photo i like, just love the gardens and courtyard.. maybe i love seeing greens!! i can feel fresh air immediately.. :)

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    1. #8 i was going yo say something similar like what you had said but i deleted LOL...you said it spots on!

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    2. Aiyo I kena cucuk by the broom? Goodness! I was hoping I could fly over the castle nearby!

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  10. #15.. nice reading room, so spacious!! but somehow the angle Anay took this photo makes it look like a fake miniature, haha~~ :D

    #16.. ah, guests stay in a separate cottage in the courtyard!! that's nice, all privacy respected.. :)

    #17.. oh, that looks very nice.. the flower on the bamboo places on top of the water storage.. feels calm..

    #18.. from the height of the door and ceilings, one can actually see that the ancient Japanese were really petite type of nation.. when i was in Kyoto, the very old house has a door which is so narrow maybe i have to get in by turning my body sideway, and it is just my shoulder height.. so different from the Chinese, where houses must have doors as large and as huge as possible, it shows how humble the Japanese were and still are??

    #19.. hmmm, doesn't look like a kitchen at all.. they should have put some food and meat and veggie there.. :)

    #20.. ah, that private bathroom?? hmmm, i am really curious how it feels like to bathe in there.. soaking yourself in that small wooden tub..

    #21.. wow, very huge garden!! and i guess the ancient people had not much entertainment, so they spend most of the time in the day admiring flowers in the garden, that explains why the garden is one of the important elements..

    #22.. eih, how did Anay split into three at the same time??!! what did Letchumi do to Anay?? haha.. seriously, Thambee is interested to know how to do this lah, superimposing different you's into the same photo..

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    1. #22 - Use photoshop lah! Let me do it for you dei for a fee.

      #20 - I was not allowed to enter the bathroom otherwise I would have showered and scrubbed myself clean.

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  11. wow, I like the pose by your wife..I won't be able to do that!

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    1. You should force yourself bit by bit each day and you will succeed!

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  12. What a fantastic trip you two must have had... That is super that you were able to see a Samurai home/mansion... AND--the gardens looked wonderful also... What a fabulous trip!!!!

    Your wife is quite agile, isn't she? I walk alot at my OLD age --but walking is the extent of my 'heavy' exercise... ha

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. I am sad that i could not even bend to reach my toes. I guess my wife's veins and tendons are made of rubber. LOL

      Your frequent travels with George certainly inspired me a lot.

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  13. Wah, everyone commented so late at night, princess ribbon already zzz lor.. Lastnite was feeling crappy, so went to bed early lor..

    Wah, first and second picture like postcard.. The first picture very nice, I like. Feel very peaceful looking at it.. Wah, you very yau-yeng at #3. Posing like the man in black.. With your “hak chiu” (black glasses) somemore.. I realized it’s your favourite pose also hor, with one leg up on something (a rock or what), teehee.. Wah, then I scroll down to #4, fuiyoh, wifey did the split wor.. That’s what we usually call it – the split.. She learned ballet? To me, only skinny people with soft & flexible bones can do that.. Me? Cannot la, belum kangkang habis already scream in pain liao.. Haha, your #5 is funny, like promoting the place.. Wah, semakin I see you, semakin I feel you very yau yeng la.. All in black leh.. From head to toe.. Errr but when I reached #6, like not very yau yeng liao, hahahaha, holding a broom.. But I’m sure you will be blessed for offering to sweep the floor voluntarily. Eh, in #8, you look like the witch from Smurfs la.. The one in black also, and always holding a broom.. the difference is that he’s bald, and you are not la, hehe.. The rooms in the mansion look interesting, just like the ones I see in movies.. Is the door fragile? I always got a feeling I can easily bring the whole place down, coz I always feel the doors and walls are made of “paper”, teehee.. Call me jakun, at #17, yes, I know it’s a water container and a flower, but what are those batang batang thingy.. Fuyoh, oohhh lala, nice photo editing in your last picture..

    Psssttt, my turn to ask you, what apps are you using and how much I need to pay you for copyright if I want to follow your style? Share a bit can ahh?

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    1. I learned many lessons to wear grey and black during Falls, Winter and Spring so that I won't look like a sore thumb wearing pink and blue. The majority of them dressed like that.
      My poses are many and funny just to make the photos less boring. Most people would stand upright like a statue! Why not dance or do planking la!!! Try it...

      What apps you talking about? I have no copyright la. The world is just an illusion and we all share everything la.

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    2. I'm talking about the photo editing in the last picture lah.. What apps?

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  14. Good morning TM, i am back!!! The weather now in Singapore is so hot...

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    1. You like the witch or the broom stick??

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  15. #1 & 2# very nice o look at . The gardener sure very hard working leh. Have to daily rake the leaves

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    1. Yeah all the 4 season countries get worst nightmares in Autumn when all trees will have falling leaves daily. Seeing is believing!

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  16. #3...i was going to say Matrix landed in Kumamoto Castle ah...


    Then saw the two batu...was going to ask you why tarak do the split on the two batu. Maybe old times samurai train there leh...


    Laufghed when i scrolled to #4 see Michi had done what i was thinking just now

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    1. The 2 batu was not planted into the ground, it was shaky and stood like 2 stools to barricade only.

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  17. #5...what u trying to do? The Crane kung fu or some indian dance leh?

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    1. It looked Indian to me! I dunno why I posed like that? Siao Lang!

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  18. #6 alamak...harry potter landed in Kumamoto Castle ka?

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    1. Harry Potter also swept the pebbles meh? I didn't watch or read any Harry Potter's at all. I think I need to watch this movie that raked millions!

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  19. #7 LOL.....yeah yeah....you sweep hor..come come my house help me with my garden pls

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    1. Your Kaldip needs to exercise and sweep your lovely garden. Why call me dei?

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  20. #8...witch? u go japan sekaligus "change" ah? should be Warlord la ...or wizard

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    1. I took the broom out from their worker's den just to pose with it. Luckily no one caught the witch!

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  21. #9 back in 1870s.? can really last well leh.

    #10. can see got some writing there. too bad all in japanese writing...no english.

    #11...wondering where they store all the furniture...the "pillows" and etc

    #13...alamak.......

    #14. at least got ventilation and not gloomy.

    #15...left hand side got gray are...why barred ya?

    #16. at least guest can have some privacy

    17# wondering what the bamboo is for

    #19. Now the box storage staircase very popular in modern design. Impressive that it's pioneer by them back in the old days

    #22...LOL Neo...the matrix in Samurai Residence

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    1. #15 - The gray area was the carpet for visitors to walk lah. I stood on another gray to snap the photos.

      #17 - The bamboo was handy to whack any stray kucings la! Muahahaha

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  22. From the last picture, I reckon you get to master some of the samurai's skills.

    Enjoy and have lots of fun with your lovely wife.

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    1. Thanks a lot for your kind compliments. I really wished I was a Samurai! We had lots of fun and look forward to visit Japan again soon.

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  23. This place reminds me of one of the story from detective conan, hehe!!! And I like the last picture the most!!! =]

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    1. A story from Detective Conan! They copied me, I am sure! LOL

      Did you know how the last photo was done?

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    2. Don't know, some sort of Photoshop? O.o!!!

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  24. Good afternoon!!

    Your wife is indeed very flexible to do the split, hehe! You also not bad, can do those funny funny poses, haha xD

    Spring is surely super beautiful in Japan!!

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    1. My wife has received the Yoga Practitioner's Certificate to teach Yoga anywhere. So she can see the world upside down with her legs up too. I pose funny because I am funny in real life. I hope everyone would add spices & fun to their own lives too.

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  25. Next time if I want to go Nagasaki, I will find you and ask many many questions xP
    By the way, I received ur postcard. A really surprised to me and thank you so much!!!!! I just love postcard and I will keep it well =) TQ TQ TQ

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    1. I will keep you in my postcard recipient lists!

      Anyone who wishes to read up about travels to Japan should read this blog of Blogger Lina who is Malaysia's Running Diva - http://urutoranohihi.blogspot.com/
      No one has written so long and so detailed like her! She has covered every inch of the soil in Japan except Okinawa.

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  26. Wow...your wife must be the elastic girl and you, the Incredible man ? A perfect couple.

    Love spring season. Not too cold like winter, and not too hot like summer.

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    1. Spring is the loveliest time to visit any 4 Season country when the air is so fresh with flowers blooming and birds singing!

      Me - The Incredible Man? Muahahahaha

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  27. Cool!

    I wanted to go Japan this year considering the lowered visa requirements and nearly did before deciding on the Europe trip instead (can spend more on accommodation since my flight was sponsored). We paid our own way from Germany to France and back but saved about 2.2k which is about the price of a Michelin star meal. Haha!

    I love your Japan posts though - will save up for our next annual overseas vacation! :D

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    1. HB - Visiting Japan is a bonus now without visa and cheap hotels that slash more than 70% discounts. The Yen also fell from 4.20 to 3.2 now. Look out for Air Asia's sales that could get you return tickets at less than RM1K. Good luck man!

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    2. HB - You should read up this celebrity's blog about Japan. http://urutoranohihi.blogspot.com/

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    3. Thanks for the tips buddy!

      Wow! I didn't know about the 70% discount and the currency fall. Hmm...maybe I should buy some Yen now before it rebounds!

      Post more about your Japan trip!

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  28. I've been to Kumamoto Castle ages ago. Wow, I love the last pix! How fun! Are you back already or still travelling??

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  29. Your pictures remind me of some of the Japanese movie :)

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  30. Your sweeping design looks like a mosquito coil hahahahaha.. still creative anyway :P

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  31. I never been to Japan, thank you for the nice picture!!!!!!!!!

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  32. Fantastic photo essay on the quite pretty and neat dwelling of Samurais! Absolutely beautiful place, to take leisure tour across the peace and pleasant environment… I enjoyed those pictures, your wife make superb acrobatic … all the best for her Mt. Everest mission :)

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  33. I like the last photo, the special effect makes you look like a ninja that moving too fast to be caught!

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  34. howwww many posts on japan?!?? :D lol. i'm so jealoussss. omg, gorgeous!

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  35. love sakura. awesome wooden building.

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  36. You don't looked like one samurai but MIB instead haha

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  37. Shintaro comes to mind when you mentioned samurai

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  38. Nice place...I can stay there forever....Kimochi desu!

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  39. Wow! I love the beautiful scenery!

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  40. Posing around? LOL! Wah your wife can do that stretch not bad eh? :)

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  41. So I guess there were no fat Samurais in those days? LOL!

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  42. Fuiyoh! You created clones of yourself in that last photo. :D

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  43. Hey TM, show us your bridegroom attire, of course the bride's one as well... so envious! Mine is only in wedding gown.. nothing else.. unless I remarry again.. hahahahahaa... crazy talk this morning! Thanks for showing us the virtual tour.. cannot go also at least can see pictures...

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  44. Hey, your wife is really Yuen Sook la... Kudos... I think if I do that, I will end up doing traction in hospital Fatimah... hahaha...

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  46. Peperangan adalah satu musibah bagi semua kehidupan bukan sahaja bagi manusia ianya juga kepada seluruh alam.Sesungguhnya manusia yang bertindak dengan menggunakan kekerasan adalah mereka-mereka yang bersyaitan dimata dan beraja dihati dan selalu dengan bertindak dengan sedemikian mereka menganggap bahawa dunia akan aman mengikut cara dan kehendak mereka.Dendam tidak akan terpadam walau pun jiwa melayang kerana dendam merupakan sejenis penyakit yang akan berjangkit daripada seseorang ke seseorang dengan perasaan benci ..

    June 12, 2014 at 10:15 PM

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