Thursday, 23 September 2010

Hari Raya

Some of those whom attended 'buka puasa'
 The mood sets in when we had a buka puasa with close friends. Saliha, was back from Bahrain to spend Eid here, and thus was the guest of honor of the day. Huge portions of 'Lamb Mandi' and ' Chicken Mandi' were ordered. Hours were spent catching up on old times and updating ourselves with the latest info...aka gossip haha. One thing that is common between us all were our enjoyment for good food.

My playful twin nephews
The hamsters were the center of attraction
This year is the first year I am celebrating Eid as a husband...again...after so many years. CaTz, my significant other, has a kampung somewhere in Melaka. Thus, also a first in my whole life, I had a kampung to go back to (my original kampung is Kampung Baru right smack in the middle of Kuala Lumpur, thus does not really qualify as a kampung). This year, my 2 sons would only come over after the 3rd Raya (its alternate year cycle).

I never would have thought the 'balik kampung' affair would be quite tedious. CaTz had way, way earlier asked me to decide where we will be spending 1st Hari Raya...KL or Melaka. Over the duration of Ramadan, my mum showed indications that this year, she is not celebrating Raya. Thus, I made the biggest mistake of assuming that its OK to not to inform her earlier that I shall be in Melaka for 1st day of Raya.

My favorite picture
Tauke of SK Homebake
Thus, on Raya eve, I went over to her house, surprise, surprise...she was really upset that I would not be around on 1st Raya. What ensued was real I was distraught that my mum was upset with me. That evening I had no choice but to go back to Melaka. CaTz's father lives alone, and her siblings would only be back on the 1st day Raya after Friday prayers. So, she had to go back to clean the house and prepare meals for Eid.

I cannot tell them apart

No matter how hard I try to hide my sadness, somehow, my wife knew how upset I was. The next morning, after Hari Raya prayers, she suggested we go back to KL and celebrate Raya with my mum. We did just that, after Friday prayers. To cut the story short, I was much happier after that coz I got to kiss my mum's hands and asked for forgiveness.

Girls and boys...different styles
The highlight of my kampung trip is getting to meet 2 sets of identical twins, my 2 nephews, and 2 other relative's daughters. How often would I get to see that? My mood to take photographs were affected by everything that has happened between me and my mum. However, my twin nephews were too cute to resist... so here are their pictures...

I take this opportunity to wish all muslims 'Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri, Maaf Zahir & Batin'. It was an interesting experience celebrating Eid this year.
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