Fleeting Moments: Illustrated Haiku Poems

One day while browsing through books in a second-hand bookshop, I found a book entitled The Classic Tradition of Haiku; An Anthology, edited by Faubion Bowers, published by Dover in 1996. I flipped through it and liked the contents, so I bought it for RM5.00. I took it home and read it several times to understand more about Haiku poetry.

Fleeting MomentsHaiku poetry makes me wonder and wander far beyond the written words. I fell in love with it. I can read it with ease and sometimes I can interpret a Haiku poem with mental pictures. I decided to create my own Haiku poems. I posted some of them online and a friend told me that it would be great if I could publish them.

So here I am with my own Haiku poems, Fleeting Moments: Illustrated Haiku Poems, published by Oyez!Books. As I am an illustrator, I thought I could add value to each poem with an illustration.

Most of my Haiku poems are inspired by my travels. Some might be about the feelings I felt while sitting alone in my hotel room looking out the window. Some purely based on the feelings I had while travelling.

I hope you will enjoy reading my illustrated Haiku poems. You can buy from my store or at Oyez Book Store. My store only accept PayPal and credit/debit car via PayPal while Oyez accepts payment via iPay88.


You can view sample pages at the bottom of this link.

BACA – The Reading Room & Cafe, Temerloh, Pahang.

The first time I went to Temerloh was 4 years ago and recently I had the chance to be there again to conduct an art workshop at BACA’s Meet the Author Series 2016 at BACA – The Reading Room & Cafe, Temerloh, Pahang.


BACA – The Reading Room & Cafe, 81, 1st Floor, Jalan Dagang 1, Dynaton Bukit Angin, Temerloh.
Photo credit: BACA.

BACA is situated in a new commercial area in Temerloh; Dynaton Bukit Angin. With alluring strategic location within Temerloh town and the main road, BACA’s location allows for local booklovers community (or passing-by travellers) to just come and seek a great perhaps (this is the motto of BACA).

According to BACA’s owner, Surina Suhaimi, its core objective is to promote reading in the local community. BACA’s range of books include literatures (new and vintage), fictions, non-fictions, autobiographies, children’s books (be it chapter or picture), indies (those from Fixi, Dubook, Selut, to name a few), comics (Marvel, Ujang, Tiga Dara Pingitan, etc), Chinese books (I saw those from Jimmy Liao!), travel books and many more!




Surina even put on sale some of her own books that she collected from her travels. I found a book that caught my eyes, Blumenmärchen by Ernst Kreidolf, published in 1982. The book was printed in Japan and Surina told me that she picked the book up during her travel to Japan. It is now in my possession, for free! Thank you, Surina. I really appreciated it.

BACA has been in business since November last year and in its effort to promote local authors, as well as reading, it is now having a BACA’s Meet the Author Series 2016. In its 1st series, BACA introduces me (I am truly honoured) and next in row will be Gina Yap Lai Yoong (the date is yet to be announced). The series will be conducted once a month.

Apart from books, BACA offers light food and drinks (will update the list soon). You can read and have coffee at the reading area. So, if you chooses to drop by, you can stay the whole day without the worry of stopping for a lunch break. List of drinks include Espresso, Mocha, Cafe Latte, Cappucino, Chai Latte, Hot chocolate, Decaf of no 1-5, Kopi O (1 cafetiere) – Aik Cheong blend and many more. While list of food includes Thick Toast set of 2 with kaya and margarine, Thick toast set of 2 with butter and imported jams, Assortment of cakes (sliced), Tour les jours soft cookies, Creamy egg sandwich, Famous Amos cookies, Peanut cookies and Haw flakes. Their weekend brunch set will be introduced soon.

With a multitude of offerings, BACA invites all to fill its space. Do find your way to BACA – The Reading Room & Cafe.
Address: 81, 1st Floor, Jalan Dagang 1, Dynaton Bukit Angin, Temerloh.
Opens from 10am until 10pm.
Tel:  011-1089 0415
Facebook page: BACA – The Reading Room & Cafe.

I found a heaven in Temerloh.

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BACA’s Meet The Author Series 2016: Emila Yusof

Last Saturday, I was given the honour to be the first author to appear in BACA’s Meet The Author Series 2016 at BACA – The Reading Room & Cafe, Temerloh, Pahang.

Apart from signing books, I conducted a drawing workshop, where children learned how to draw Dina, a girl protagonist in my books: My Mother’s Garden, My Mother’s Kitchen and My’ Father’s Farm.

18 children turned up and we had fun drawing Dina together. Here are some of the artworks done by the beautiful and bright children:


Here’s one special drawing (based on the cover of my book: My Father’s Farm) by Aina who travelled from KL to attend the workshop:


More pictures from the workshop:




Kids at work.


Fatin Irdina.


Zheng Ji.



Winners of January 2016 Top Commenters

Here are the top 3 winners that entitled for my 2016 handmade calendars.

Hazural (179 comments)
imaisha (152 comments)
Sarra Leya (100 comments)

Congrats Hazural, Imaisha and Sarra Leya. Please do e-mail your mailing address for me to mail the calendar. My e-mail is emilayusof@gmail.com. Thank you!