Friday, June 30, 2006

reflection: italy.and-ukraine

Second quarter final match: Italy vs. Ukraine
ambigram: mrmiyagi

One of Singapore's most celebrated bloggers. Done in oriental strokes to complement the Japanese-sounding name. Another popular blogger ambigram.
ambigram: france

ambigram: brazil

Fourth quarter final match: France vs Brazil.

Check out the Spanish version by Alberto Portacio.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

ambigram: berita.harian

Singapore's only Malay newspaper, another one for the 'local daily' series after this. On their umpteenth revamp.

ambigram: england

ambigram: portugal

Third quarter final match: England vs. Portugal.
ambigram: teh.tarek

Roughly translated as 'pulled tea' ('tarek': pull; 'teh': tea), the humble teh tarek is one of the many unique manifestations of the tea in South East Asia. Made with tea leaves (found abundant in this part of the world), hot water, sugar and the quintessential condensed milk, the teh tarek is then 'pulled' to create the signature foamy and frothy 'head'. The perfect any time, any where drink for all ages.

The specially-honed art of tea-pullimg

The teh tarek

ambigram: phobia-afraid

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

reflection: pirates-nagfa

Idea from Fa, my Muse. The handrawn first draft:

reflection: pirates

ambigram: germany

ambigram: argentina

First quarter final match: Germany vs. Argentina..

Check out the Spanish version by Alberto Portacio.
ambigram: dictionary

Check out the Spanish version by Homero.
ambigram: thailand

ambigram: myanmar

Monday, June 26, 2006

ambigram: brasilia
ambigram: angelina.jolie

Couldn't resist the obvious and 'too perfect' rotational symmetry of her name..
ambigram: vietnam

Saturday, June 24, 2006

ambigram: portugal
ambigram: germany
ambigram: spain
ambigram: (heart-shape).nur-hidayah-ngadnan-jun.25

For my younger sister - Nur Hidayah bte Ngadnan - on her birthday on June ('Jun' in Malay) 25th.
reflection: xavi.8

Spain's midfielder in this year's World Cup, and his jersey number.
ambigram: fidel.castro-guevara

anbigram: fraction-percentages-decimal

Highlighting the Mathematical relationship between fraction, percentages and decimal.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

ambigram: fareena-lisda-asmirah

For Fa's three sisters.
ambigram: jose.fraga

The first draft, which leads to:

ambigram: jose.fraga

Fraga revisited. For our Brazilian friend: journalist, humorist and 'bad cartoonist' (according to him!). A newer, more suitable design, after this and this.

ambigram: argentina

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

ambigrams: 20062006
ambigram: naguib.ngadnan
ambigram: fadilah.abdul.rahim

nagfa is the incomplete form of Naguib and Fadilah. Naguib and Fadilah are the incomplete forms of Naguib bin Ngadnan and Fadilah bte Abdul Rahim. Here are the pictures of two very special persons in our lives, persons who make us a little more complete, a little more whole; our real-life heroes :

Nag and Ayah Ngadnan

Fa and Bapak Abdul Rahim

To all Fathers, nagfa salute you. Happy Fathers' Day!

* 'Ayah' and 'Bapak' are but two (of many) ways of addressing one's father in the Malay culture.
* The head dress worn by Ayah Ngadnan and Bapak Abdul Rahim is called the 'songkok', the shirt-pants combo is known as the 'baju Melayu' and the piece wrapping them around the hip area is the 'kain songket'. This ensemble is usualy worn on special occasions (like a wedding, Hari Raya Puasa: Muslim festival celebrating the end of the fasting month of Ramadhan, etc.).

Monday, June 19, 2006

ambigram: racial.harmony

ambigram: racial.harmony

An often-used buzzword in Singapore to describe the 'phenomenon' of how well people from different 'races, languages or religions' can live harmoniously, working closely-knit 'so as to achieve happiness, prosperity and progress for our nation'.

* The main races in Singapore are Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian; just to name a few..

* The Singapore Pledge
reflection: malayalam

Another piece on the mutability of language. Not only is 'Malayalam' the longest palindrome in the dictionary, it also possesses natural symmetry.

Not only that, on closer observation, the word is also made up of another word - 'Malay' - which reads both from the front and from the back.

Malayalam: a language and race of a group of people living in India.
Malay: a language and race of a group of people living in most parts of South-East Asia.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

reflection: el.naguib

The Naguib.

On 'El':
The word 'El' (sometimes 'Al') is equivalent to the English 'the' and functions to separate a particular entity (a noun) from its generic or common group.

The usage of 'El' is shared both by the Spanish speaking communities ('El Nino' basically means The Kid) and those in the Arab world. Historically, 'El' originates from the Arabic language (*'Al-Quran' roughly means The Recital) and was adopted by the Spanish language when Islam entered Spain's Andalucia in 12 Century A.D.

*Just discovered that the word 'Il' used in the Italian language has the same function, too (eg.: 'Il Roche' means 'The Rock')!

*Another two manifestations of 'El', 'Al' and 'Il' can be seen in the French language: 'La' and 'Le' (eg.: 'La Papillon' means 'The Butterfly')!

Language is a wonderful thing; it divides and unites the human race at the same time.

Friday, June 16, 2006


No, just an autograph of:

bryan robson

Bryan Robson's, former captain of the England soccer team, autograph definitely holds a 'secret desire' or a 'Freudian slip'.

The original autograph (pardon the image quality, it was scanned from a newspaper, unedited):

bryan robson's autograph

(Hmm.. Now, we just need someone to show this to the Englishmen..)
reflection: world.cup-germany-'06

Thursday, June 15, 2006

ambigram: asmirah-bte-a.rahim

For Fa's youngest sister.

In the Malay culture, 'bte' (sometimes also 'bt' or 'binti', derived from the Arabic 'Bintu') means 'daughter of'. On the other hand, 'bin' (sometimes 'b', taken wholly from the Arabic 'Bin') means 'son of'. The name which comes after 'bte' or 'bin' is the father's name.

Thus, (chosen merely because of universal familiarity) Osama bin Laden means Osama 'son of' Laden. *The ignorant American usage of referring him as 'Bin Laden' is thus a generic (and wrong) way as the term 'Bin Laden' could easily refer to any one of Laden's sons..

Two persons have the distinction of being contrary to the rule:
1. Prophet Adam (p.b.u.h.) as he is the first man; and
2. Prophet Isa (p.b.u.h. or known also as Jesus in Christianity) as his was of a miraculous birth. His name is hence: Isa bin Maryam (Jesus son of Mary).

Saturday, June 10, 2006

ambigram: wolverine.(wolverine's downward blades)

This is going to be our last ambigram posting till after the World Cup.

Friday, June 09, 2006

ambigram: superman.(superman logo)

Another comic book-inspired ambigram incorporating its distinctive logo, after the success of our Bruce-Wayne ambigram.

Monday, June 05, 2006

ambigram: quran-hadis

The hadis, also known as 'hadith' or 'sunnah', contains the practices and examples of Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) in the life of an ideal Muslim.

".. I leave behind me two things: the Quran, and my example, the Sunnah and if you follow these, you will never go astray.."

- an excerpt from Prophet Muhammad's (p.b.u.h.) Last Sermon, delivered on the ninth day of Dzul Hijjah 10 Hijrah in the Uranah Valley of Mount Arafat.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

ambigram: tanah-air,api-angin

For all ambigram lovers of the Malay-speaking world, presenting a Malay version of the furiously famous Illuminati Diamond by John Langdon. Conceptualized by Fa, designed by Nag.. Tanah: Earth, Air: Water, Api: Fire and Angin: Wind..