Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Raya Picts

Here are some raya picts.

Am busy (with Facebook - hahaha) at the moment, so i guess picts will have to suffice for now.

Daddy and the kids

Mummy and the kids

Deli's whole family

Grandparents and grandkids
Deli's youngest brother giving out duit raya for the first time

Deli's elder brother came back from Cairo to celebrate raya

On the way back to Johor

Adik consoling the car-sick Baby Cat

All better and ready to meet his new cousin, Atam (Chu Boy's cat)

Hani, kakak, Natasya & adik

Dads - Tok Ayah, Deli and Ayah Izad

The girls parading their raya dresses

Kids and Ayah Izad at Tok Din's house

Kakak first experience with sup tulang. Eh, where's the soup?

Celebrating Tok Mak's birthday

Saw a stall branding Ayah Izad's sauces (Azad Sauce)
Stopped at Seremban rest area for dinner on our way back to KL
I had mee bandung - yum!

KLCC from afar

Not everyone is blessed with a merry raya. Some had to work. Pict taken at Jalan Ampang.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Of Raya and Stuff

Raya this year was not that different from 2006.

Oh before I forget, Selamat Hari Raya to all. Maaf zahir dan batin if I have ever offended you in any way.

Now where were we?

Oh yes. We had lots to eat, non-stop guests attended the open house and of course, loads of scrumptious food to feast on. I guess the only difference was the way people behaved. I will not divulge further. It might cause a stir or worse – chaos.

Anyways, this year was Deli’s turn to celebrate first day of raya with his parents. I was still working on Friday so we went back to Shah Alam on the eve of raya. There were loads to be done for the open house. Plus the excitement of Soyuz getting attached to the ISS. I slept while waiting for the hatch to open. Never trust the host of Angkasa1 channel when he said ‘in a few minutes’ because it literally meant hours!

Our little family was dressed in purple this year. Kakak looked all grown up in her first kebaya. Adik looked dashing in his baju melayu and samping. You only get to see him dress up once a year, so yes – he looked extremely sharp in it.

Went back to our pad on the same day. I packed for the next destination and dozed off soon after.

Started the journey to Tok Mak’s and spent almost 5 hours on the road. Don’t even mention about the pain from sitting too long – especially the royal ass. Adeh..

I lost count of houses and relatives we visited while the kids had fun counting their duit raya.

We visited atok’s kubur on 3rd day of raya. I wanted so badly to visit my cousin’s kubur and have never stop thinking about her since the day she left us all. Sadly, we couldn’t find it because hers was not marked properly. Maybe one of these days, I’ll have someone to do a proper marking for her resting place. It’s the least I can do for her family. Al-fatihah to both atok and kak Tina.

We headed back to KL on Wednesday. Deli’s dad was admitted to SMC the day before. Alhmadulillah the journey back to KL was smooth. Stopped by Seremban rest area for dinner coz Ayer Keroh rest area were flooded with people. Plus we didn’t want to keep the cats in the car for too long.

Life after raya break will be busier than usual.

1. Kakak is sitting for her final exams starting from 22/10.
2. Adik’s class trip on 27/10
3. Kakak has replacement class on 03/11
4. Adik’s orientation for standard 1 on 03/11
5. Adik’s sports carnival on 11/11

I have not even factored in invitation to open houses in the weekends. I’ve turned down 1 invitation so far. At the rate that we’re going, looks like we’re gonna have to turn down a couple more.

How was your raya?

Monday, October 08, 2007

Of Parang and Soket

I checked Kakak’s homework last night and couldn’t help laughing when I read her sentences.

This is what happen if you let a 7 year old build sentences on their own.

Ini parang. Ayah saya menggunakan parang untuk korek durian.

Ini soket. Soket ini berbahaya kerana ada elektrik dan karen.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

This and That about Eid and Ramadhan

Ten more days before we bid farewell to Ramadhan.

There goes the month where you could really feel safe (read: no hantu) and where you could look deep within and find out who you really are. I always have this perception that people becomes bad/rotten/crazy/intolerable/etc because of the bisikan syaitan and that without it, they are good people like the rest of us.

Boy oh boy. Apparently I thought wrong.

Anyways, got some of the raya cookies today. Judging by the look, they might not live to see raya!

I ordered some sparklers as well. What is raya without these babes, right?

Some colleagues donated their raya cards and money packets to me because apparently, my department was not allocated any. Don’t know why. This is the second time in a row. Jeez.

Oh, before I forgot, the basketball coach tagged me (again!). So here goes.

Name 5 favorite food that you feel like having now
1. Ayam percik with the white gravy
2. Fresh & juicy lobster meat
3. Air katira… *drool*
4. Briyani from Syed’s restaurant
5. Ikea’s scrumptious curry puffs

Name 5 food you would like to have for breakfast if you could *assuming this is morning breakfast and not iftar*
1. Nasi lemak with rendang ayam. No anchovies, please.
2. Sambal sotong *the chewy one a.k.a sotong plastik*
3. Warm waffles or pancakes with honey
4. Bagel with sour cream
5. Honey nut cheerios… *it’s so darn expensive here*

Name 5 food you would most likely to buy for berbuka today.
1. Vege popia.. *hopefully they’re extra crunchy today*
2. Lamb briani
3. McDonalds chocolate shake
4. Watermelon juice
5. Ayam percik

Okay then. It’s quitting time.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Grey strands from a girl's point of view

A touching thing happened a couple of weeks back.

I saw tears running down her rosy cheeks. Her head on her daddy’s lap. Daddy was talking softly, as if consoling her. I approached the two and provoked clarification with my eyes.

Daddy: She saw the bunch of grey strands on my head.
Me: And?
Daddy: She was sad. She said I’m getting older and I will soon die. She doesn’t want me to die.

I saw more tears streaming down her cheeks. For a moment, I though I felt hot streams coming my way too.