The school-holiday week is finally over! I am all back to Serendah, Hulu Selangor today after driving from Jitra, Kedah for 4 hours and a half. I pushed off after Subuh approximately 6.15 A.M. because it is expected that today, the traffic will be CONGESTED with vehicles coming back to KL; I guess I made a brilliant decision as the traffic was all smooth-flowing; and I used the old road from Gopeng to Serendah just to avoid any traffic fiasco. It was cool.
This year’s Baju Raya – Peach & Violet stripe! Initially I thought of using the last year’s Baju Raya, but since I’ve never had any stripes-Baju, I thought “Hey, why not?”
Anyway, on Aidilfitri night, my bestfriend Syafiq Ghause is officially a FATHER to a baby girl! Wow! It’s amazing, right? I appreciate Syafiq for calling me; he is a good friend who never forget and I appreciate those who appreciate me, do I not? WOW, all I can say is that CONGRATULATIONS to him and after the first miscarriage (REFER TO MY ENTRY LAST YEAR) circa Ramadhan 2010, Allah SWT has bestowed a gift for them. Hahahaha, honestly I was kinda envy him but I couldn’t ask for more than what I have now. I’ve been blessed with people who love me so much now and I’d hope it would never last, Insya ALLAH. Congratulations, Syafiq!
My Fairy Godmother, Teacher Noraini – teacher in SK Sultanah Asma. Lots of things can be learnt from senior player in the field like her!
This year, the Aidilftri is filled with the usual get-together. For the 1st Raya, we performed Aidilfitri prayer at Surau Al-Falah near my housing estate and then whisked to Kampung Padang to fetch Tok to go to Wan’s grave. For me, it was a first opportunity to visit grave in the morning of Aidilfitri and it was a moment of “Death Intervention” that really humbled me. Reciting Yassin and imagining what would it be like for Wan’s soul when we recited the Holy Verses was something that I guess an essential experience to have; especially in the morning of Aidilfitri. Miss Tina came to my house and it was nice to updates what’s-hot-and-not. Like usual, my 1st Raya usually bleak and mediocre. More like lazing around the house.
For 2nd Raya, I started the day by visiting my Fairy Godmother, Teacher Noraini; a mentor-teacher when I was doing my practical in SK Sultanah Asma. It was fun and letting-hair-down to catch up with her; sharing about the lives of being a teacher and how to manage/cope with the students and protocol bureaucracies! Since SK Sultanah Asma is trying to make itself viable as one of the candidate for “Sekolah Berprestasi Tinggi”, there are so much things to do and Teacher Noraini did share some tips and the documentation-hassles that she is preparing when the “Nazir” entourage comes down to the school after Raya. She also shared that SK Sultanah Asma did get the New Deal incentive last year. Cool, right? Talking to seniors is good because you can tap their experiences and knowledge for your own betterment!
Anyway, right after that; the entourage from Aloq Staq – Mak Caq’s entourage (Kak Yati & Abg Jie; Kak Liza & Abg Din; Kak Ana) came to our house and had the ritual “makan-makan” Aidilfitri. Like usual, Mak was the main cook and lavished us with all the typical Northern dishes! Alhamdulillah, it went well. It felt nice to reconnect with relatives that you hardly meet for a year and update each other’s lives. And I like hearing all the live experiences and how they slithered their ways out from problems – being Kak Yati as an ex-teacher who then opted to resign because Abg Jie who was an ex-navy-now-turned-into-contractor is more than could afford the family; Kak Liza, a teacher in MINDEF because Abang Din is a military engineer in MINDEF; etc.
The dishes for the Aloq Staq entourage!
The house was actually thronged by relatives and acquaintances from morning till night! My Godsister/Next-Next Cousin (weird term, right? That’s because our cousins married each other! Haha), Darweena Al-Idrus and the family came to visit too because they were on the way back from Perlis. It was nice of Uncle, Auntie, Syam, Watih, Feesya, Farra & my sis to drop by! Miss her rantings and all the comic jokes – she’s a joker, Hahaha! Around 7.30 P.M.; Pak Long Mie & Mak Long Yati (Ayah’s cousin) visited us. Mak Long Yati is a loquacious lady and you would feel at ease when you talk to her and Pak Long Mie!
Godsis/Next-Next Cousin, Darweena Al-Idrus and family. Thank you for coming, Sis! Muah2x!
It was really a tiring day but you felt happy and exhilarating because you get to reconnect and bonding with your relatives. Like they said in Islamic Maxim, “Guests coming to the house bring prosperities.”
Mak Ngah Nah & I.
On the 3rd Raya, Kakak came back from Pahang (her in-laws’) and we went to visit our relatives in Penang (Ayah’s side). The round-up commenced from Mak Ngah Nah’s house in Lahar Kepar, Kepala Batas. It was nice seeing Mak Ngah, Kak Aida, Abang Nuar, Kak Hasni & Kak Alia who is now back to her old-personality (she was ‘sick’ last year; hence wasn’t really into guests)! Then, proceeded to Lahar Tabut, Penaga where Anjang & Mak Anjang live. It was actually my late grandfather’s house, Arwah Wan Ismail. Mak Anjang now is recovering from a ‘mystical illness’ – and also some kidney failures; it is kinda complicated to fathom.
Anjang & Mak Anjang at Lahar Tabut, Penaga!
We then moved to Pak Su ‘Id’s house. Hahahaha, meeting the talkative-and-friendly Mak Su Ton is cool; I like teasing her. Pak Su who is now the Chief Guard (I guess) at Carrefour is looking healthy as ever and Faiz, their youngest son (my cousin) who is now Form Five student is so tall and big! Whoa, people grow, aite? But I remained dainty! Hahahaha! Pija, was about to get engaged; so all of us were teasing her! After that, we went to Telok Air Tawar for Pak Long Wahab/Mat’s house. Apparently, only Pak Long was there because Mak Long Minah and all cousins went to Perlis for “Raya.” Nonetheless, we managed to catch-up with what’s-hot-and-not.
Pak Su I’d & I.
The last Raya destination was at Kak Nazirah‘s house (cousin of Abang Jie; happened to be cousin-in-law to us!) at Kepala Batas! My heart fell for her because for this Raya, she had lost two of her family members simultaneously; the late Arwah Cu Timah (the mother) & Kak Naja (the sister). My eyes watered when I heard the story that Kak Nazirah recalled – but Kak Nazirah is a strong lady; she joked around and being talkative as ever.
Kak Nazirah’s “Mee Hailam” (Yummy!) & some chocolate-golden-coated cookies. Fuadi, Kak Nazirah’s son & I. Big bloke, isn’t he? But he has a good heart. A very courteous and respect-the-olders lad!
It was around 7.30 P.M. and Kakak was agitated to visit Penang Island! So we boarded ferry and reminisced our nostalgic days to the island. Ahhh, how I missed the smell of the ocean and the sea breeze! Once a Penangite, always a one, aite? We savoured the food at Padang Brown (but Penangite affectionately address it as Padang Broom) – me with my Laksa Penang; Kakak with her Pasemboq; etc. But like usual, Penang was so congested. Ahhh, miss the life in Pearl Of The Orient.
Night scene at Padang Brown. Savouring the Penangite’s food!
On the 4th Raya, just lazed around Jitra. Mak made the sumptuous Mee Kuah (yummy!) and “udang tumis petai” (YUMMY!); and we gave some for Tok who was fasting “Puasa 6” (she always started that on the 2nd Syawal) for her Iftar. Ayah and I visited Pak Lang Lim & Mak Lang Misah at Kota Seputeh, Padang Sera. Kota Seputeh was said to be the place where the mythical Kedahan Princess named Puteri Zaleha was supposed to be married off to an Acheh prince but the Kedah Sultan exchanged Puteri Zaleha with her sister. Acheh Kingdom was enraged and attacked Kedah. Puteri Zaleha was hidden in a fort and died there. It was said that on the night of full moon, the fort where the Princess died is eclipsed from the moonbeam; hence the name of “Lindungan Bulan” (eclipsed from the moonbeam) nickname was coined!
“Udang Tumis Petai” (Slurp!)
Pak Lang proudly showed me his dragon fruit tree! Wow, dragon fruit is a curious fruit,aite? With it’s vibrant fuchsia colour and black seeds, you will think it is a synthetic replica!
Pak Lang Lim & the wheelchair-bound Mak Lang Misah. The fuchsia-coloured Dragon Fruit; the colour of my Myvi!
On whole, the Aidilfitri 2011 in Northern Region was a great one. Some of the updates brought laughter to the eyes; but some were heart-wrenching that make our eyes jerked with tears. Aidilfitri, the month of forgiveness and apologizing amongst Moslems. For those who wronged me in the past, I’ve forgiven all the sins you committed to me; but I never forget. So, just live your life and seek forgiveness from ALLAH SWT; cleansed your heart from hatred and angst; as for me, I have no qualm in forgiving; but yes, I never forget. (,”)
Sunset view at the backyard of Tok’s house in Kampung Padang, Jitra, Kedah Darul Aman – The State Of Paddy Field Vista!