Syawal is the month of celebration after 1 month of fasting in Ramadhan. On the 2nd last day of Ramadhan, we held a small gathering here in Kota Kinabalu. We have been celebrating Raya alternately between KK and Muar since our marriage, 16 years ago. This year, its Muar.
That’s why we held the small feast, sort of an advance Raya gathering for family in KK. The next day, on the 28 July to be exact, we flew across the South China Sea to Kuala Lumpur and then drove to Muar to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri in Hubby’s hometown.
And I brought along these two cuties with me, just in case I have spare time to do some stitching.
I didn’t expect much, but I did manage to do a bit of cross stitching during the flight. I brought along a baby nailcutter because scissors are not allowed on board. At first, I was a bit nervous stitching on the plane – worried that the other passengers may not feel comfortable seeing needles on board. But no one seemed to have a problem with it, fortunately. And the light from the window was wonderful. But I dare not turn on the iphone to take a photo inside the plane.
We arrived on the eve of Syawal, and those Raya cookies were sold at a huge discount. Hari Raya means family/friends gathering, food and festivities. We received visitors and we visited relatives and friends, especially our elders. And this duku-langsat tree came out in full force to give us joy.
Kids were especially excited because they get to play with fireworks and sparklers.
And of course, the kids were also super-excited to receive Raya packets/ ang pows from their elders …
There were food aplenty, especially delightful cookies, and I am sure the weight lost during fasting month has all returned in a week. And I am still dreaming of the beef rendang which I ate almost everyday during that period. Rendang is a special dish – the longer you keep it in the fridge, the tastier it becomes, and we can eat it with rice, bread, other food or on its own! Aahhh…. I totally surrendered to the seduction of delicious hi-cholesterol and sweet stuff during those period!
And then there were the local food and delectable delicacies of Muar which I couldn’t resist such as these Mi Bandung Muar,
Both otak-otak and sata consist of fish, spices and coconut milk. Personally, I couldn’t get enough of sata. 😀 Of course, we also ate sate (satay) for breakfast – Muar style. In all other places in Malaysia, satay are eaten in the late afternoon or evening, only in Muar can you get it in the early morning. And, there was also a trip to a fish spa:
We spent 4 days in Muar and another 4 days in Kuala Lumpur. Besides visiting relatives in KL, we also get to visit the pandas at the National Zoo. Kids were delighted, of course.
We departed KL on 5 August.
Back in KK there were tonnes of laundry (including those piling before the trip), work and to-dos, and the kids’ went back to school immediately the next day. It was a hectic trip, but totally wonderful.
I’m glad I brought along the 2 cuties because it turned out that I did have time to stitch in Muar and KL. After 8 days of festive celebration, this is the current status of my two cuties:
I am really thankful for the family and friends that we are blessed with – their love, support and understanding are really priceless. They are precious beyond compare. I hope everyone have had wonderful weeks too. 😀
Salam Aidilfitri everyone!