Wednesday, January 03, 2007


ambigrams: ryan.alexander.tan
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Design for bookmarks and stickers to one of Nag's student. The phrases 'genggam bara api biar sampai jadi arang' and 'berakit-rakit ke hulu, berenang-renang ke tepian, bersakit-sakit dahulu, bersenang-senang kemudian' are Malay Peribahasa (literally 'language adornments', idioms).
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'Genggam bara api biar sampai jadi arang':
Grip tight ('genggam') to a burning ember ('bara api') until it turns into ('jadi') charcoal ('arang').
Meaning: 'To do something with true grit and conviction until the end'
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'Berakit-rakit ke hulu, berenang-renang ke tepian, bersakit-sakit dahulu, bersenang-senang kemudian':
Take a raft ('berakit-rakit') upstream ('ke hulu'), then swim ('berenang-renang') dowstream ('ke tepian'), the struggling / pain ('bersakit-sakit')comes first (dahulu), the comfort ('bersenang-senang') comes later ('kemudian').
Meaning: 'To reach comfort, you have to first struggle'. A similar imagery would be 'first, paddle uphill, then feel the breeze downhill'.

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