It is an annual event for the family to have gathering; the entourage from Lumut stations at Alor Star and have a “makan-makan” at Jitra, Kedah before all of us visit Tok at Kampung Padang. Initially, Kakak and I were thinking of visiting relatives in Province Wellesley (Seberang Perai) and then make our way straight to the Penang Island; but had to cancelled that. So on the 2nd Raya, Abang Jie/Kak Yati and whole family of Mak Caq’s entourage (Kak Liza, Abang Din, Kak Hana and their respective children) came thronging our house in Jitra.
Anyway, I was so busy entertaining Abang Jie’s stories that I didn’t have the opportunity to snap pictures. Abang Jie was an ex-navy and now concentrating on becoming a contractor, I guess. He was telling me about stories of how disciplines were installed in the army’s lives and they adopted this concept called “Beg, Borrow Or Steal” – it’s a philosophy to depict that do whatever you must do to make sure the task entrusted DONE. It was nice to have chat with him and I also can tap how entrepreneur thinks- sharp, strict and straightforward. Of course these were all concurred by another cousin-in-law, Abang Din who is now an engineer in MINDEF. I like to tap stories of experiences from senior people. So much things we can learn.
The entourage flocking Tok’s house at Kampung Padang.
After the “makan-makan”, we went to visit Tok at Kampung Padang. So happened that Cu A’ also came back. Yes, undeniably he is kinda sloppy-mouth but I retaliated in a subtle manner. Relax and cool.
Patriotism and traditional-wear? Yeps! (,”)
On the third Raya, Kakak, Abang Zam & Rifqi pushed off to Pahang whereas I accompanied Mak and Ayah to Padang Besar to attend a wedding ceremony. Yes, I used to not liking weddings but hey, I love food… so… (,”). On whole, I don’t regret going there. I was so amazed to see that Chuping with vast hacienda (sugar canes farm) and the scenery was similarly uncanny to New Zealand! With the greenish pasture canvas and cloudy and windy atmosphere, I felt as if I was on the way to Lake Tekapo or Pukaki Canal. Subhanallah! Malaysia is indeed Truly Asia. We have everything here.
Savouring the food in Nasi Kenduri. Oh, no wonder I am getting fatter! I LOVE Malaysian food! (,”)
Supposedly, we have gathering at Alor Star today but cancelled due to traffic jams and Abang Jie/Kak Yati’s entourage pushed off to Lumut earlier.
The vast hacienda in Chuping, Perlis. The ambiance in New Zealand is uncanny! I felt like threading road in Pukaki Canal-Lake Tekapo like in New Zealand last time. I love Malaysia, my home!
I guess so far Raya this year has been quite lay-back but still, is a good one. And I think I have received quite few signs from Above that it’s time for me to visit Holy Land. Amin, Insya ALLAH. I pray that my ambition will crystallize. Ya ALLAH. Amin.
The landmark of the vast hacienda as well as the proclaimed the hottest-spot in Malaysia during el-Nino phenomenon in 1998, recording circa 40.1 Celsius.