Circa 2007, I had one of the worst episodes of mania attack. At that time I was working as a consulting manager in MSC Technology Centre in Cyberjaya. I owned a Palm TX then. So when I was admitted to the hospital, I started drawing profusely. Something I had not done since school days. Shortly after the episode, I never take up drawing again. It came like the Zephyr wind and never to return. I, therefore share some of these images as a legacy of my illness. Some make no sense. So sit back and enjoy...
I also had a little project of constructing a board game I built using figurines and other objects. The figurines are like a chess set with their own set of rules in moving them. Here are the figurines being positioned at various stages of development.
It started with a question, "me and what kind of resources?"
“Animis Opibusque Parati,” or “Prepared in Mind and Resources,”
The mindset of a Samurai - To Serve.
I then turned my SOHO into a Command Control Center (CCC)
I was arranging the objects around me. Not knowing what they meant. Some like the metal object on the left were bought out of curiosity.
I now started playing the game. The chess board is called Al-Araf 7:7 based on the chapter in the Al-Quran
It was a duel of supremacy between two opposing forces. Here presented one of the joss sticks broke in a contest of equal.
The chess game stretched beyond boundaries. Here it encompassed the two bokkens (wooden Katanas).
The Special Ops Black Epoxy Kukri played a vital role at this stage of the game.
Here is the basic setting of Al-Araf 7:7; which signifies the world map.
It also covers the alternate reality dimension.
The complete set of Al-Araf 7:7. The external universe and the Universe Within.
His Majesty Service.
The final outcome of the game, all humans to enter heaven.
Al-Araf 7:7 was a massive project. It took me two years to finish the construction and to play the game. I just finished playing the game mid-2016. There was a time I scraped the whole project vowed not to look at it again. But it was like a calling. Hence, I reassembled the figurines and played until the end. It was worth the effort. I now know more about myself than ever before. Through Al-Araf 7:7 I had discovered my destiny.