Rewinding memory to 1990............
It was a cold winter Ramadhan in Japan.The weather was gloomy most of the time but the feeling of really lonesome still vivid in my mind.No sunny cool winter, not cool...but just a very very cold winter.I love and cherished all those sunny summer day in Japan.Fasting was easy at daytime but a little longer hour until break fasting at 8.00 p.m.
A close friend,Ando san invited me to enter an Art Competition in Nagoya just for fun and for the sake of trying. The idea make me nervous and excited, as I recalled how Bakat Muda Sezaman used to make my eyes open and sleepless for all those hardworking night during my student days.I was one of the winner in 1988 but not the first runner up. Enough to received RM 1000 from the sponsor and a letter of recognition by the late Vice Director UITM Dr. Ahmad.
There in Japan the entry fee was a staggering 6000 yen and it will just vanishes or burned to nothing if your work was not chosen by the committee and that makes me so nervous.Very close to breakdown. Luckily two of my artwork was chosen even though few had question if it can be considered as painting.Unfortunately my friend Ando lost his entry fee even though his portraits painting was cool enough to me.