3 days holidays with Nuzul Al-Quran as the initiator – will I ever let the holidays gone by the drain although the other party claimed that to be so busy and occupied with professional schedule? Nay, not a chance though I might be bombarded with too many accusations and prejudice-based harsh words. Whatever, like I care.
The Eid 2013 Baju Melayu – The Paris Green by Jakel.
So, as the Eid is drawing near, I took the opportunity to buy something for myself – pampering myself once a while do no harm, I guess. Made plan with Kord who happened to come down to KL visiting his sister in Puchong; and off we went to the popular destination during Eid in Malaysia – that is, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman (affectionately known as TAR) & Jalan Masjid India! These two streets are the most famous spots for KLites during Ramadhan and nearing The Eids. People throng these two streets every years when Eid is drawing near as there are hundreds of retail and clothes shops selling varicoloured dresses and traditional wears, suitable for the upcoming festive seasons. Besides, the prices could be bargained if you know the tricks!
My scent and smell for my skin this year. Fancy the smell of my skin? It is Eros by Versace. (,”)
As expected, the crowd thronged the streets and we were nearly SUFFOCATED!! The flood of people were congested and blimey, I had to literally gasping for OXYGEN in the middle of “human-entrapment” in the middle of Jalan Masjid India. Honestly, I don’t understand; how come people bring toddlers and their small children to the places during Ramadhan??? You could expect there would be crowd congesting and yet you are bringing infants and toddlers??? Sheesh!
Iftar at “Kembangan Paradise” in Seri Kembangan.
Anyway, we finally made it to Jakel; of where I bought my this year’s Baju Raya. This year, I opted for a bit plain of colour since for the last two years, I chose the tri-colour stripes pattern. I never had the Paris Green colour for my “Baju Melayu” so I chose that. There goes my RM180. It suited my peacefulness and balance I found in my 29th age of life.
Squids cooked with turmeric. It’s a typical; nothing fancy cooking. But it looked good in the picture, aite?
Mixed Tom Yam. Very Thai-ish.
Next, my personal ritual for Par Fum! Every raya season, I made a point to buy myself a perfume. Well, I am not perfume aficionado and I won’t risk my money into perfume-frenzies but I think once a year is OK to buy a perfume. So far, I’ve tried :
- TruStar by Tommy Hilfiger;
- Escape by Calvin Klein;
- The Beat by Burberry;
- Acqua di Gio by Giorgio Armani;
“Kailan with salted fish”. Not TOO salt; just nice! We practically licked all the soup! Yummy!
So, this time around I bought myself Eros from Versace. I love the smell. Not too masculine and not too feminine – simply fresh androgynous – like my personality. Hahahaha! It is a bit of mixture smell from Escape by Calvin Klein and Acqua di Gio by Girogion Armani. Well, according to review I found in Internet, it is said that Eros is claimed to be the “heart” of Versace House as it is the first to be launched within 5 years :
“Eros was created by Aurelien Guichard of Givaudan and it was announced as fresh, woody and slightly oriental. The fragrance includes mint oil combined with green apple and Italian lemon. Warmth is provided by tonka mixed with Venezuelan ambroxan and geranium flowers giving a fougere twist to the fragrance this way.”
The popular Malaysian beverage – the Teh Tarik!
Either way, apart from the fresh smell, I am also loving the classy turquoise bottle with the Medusa emblem on the bottle’s body and top. The Grecian affiliation of Eros is intact with The Versace Logo! Well, there goes my RM299 from Sogo! Well, that is my smell of this 2013 Eid y’all.
The sweet-soured “siakap”!
Then, we managed to catch “The Wolverine” at TGV Balakong. On whole all I can say that though Hugh Jackman looked so buffed and good but the storyline was fragile and the love interest, Mariko was just a damsel-in-distress love toy. More credit should be given to the character Yukio. Very spunky! 3.5 stars outta 5!
Hugh Jackman as Logan, The Wolverine.
Next, we had our Iftar at a restaurant called “Kembangan Paradise” at Seri Kembangan. It was suggested by Kord. According to him, the food were pretty good as he frequented there with his friends during his UPM years. The restaurant is located opposite the Serdang Fire Station. On whole, I can say that the food were good and delicious. We ordered the simple “siakap 3 rasa” (sweet soured flavour); “kailan ikan masin” (kailan cooked with salted fish); “tom yam campur” (mixed tom yam) & “sotong goreng kunyit” (squids cooked with turmeric). I could vouch that the food were neither too salty nor too spicy. Simply JUST NICE! I love the food! Furthermore, the ambiance was nice and cozy with “Malay hut”-like seating. The price? Well, it was around RM50++ which I thought was OK for the food served. Perhaps, I am coming there next time!
Posing before the Iftar food!
Kord decided to pay a visit to my residence in Serendah as he had never visited my Desa Anggerik’s residence; he did once come to my residence in Kampung Seri Serendah for Raya convoy in 2010, I think (that was ages ago!). So today, I just showed him around Batang Kali and the site of my upcoming property in Tamu Hill, Batang Kali; Insya ALLAH and then off we went to Genting Highlands just for a peekaboo. Later this evening, Kord drove back to Pahang.
My heart sank when I saw this picture of the late Allahyarhamah Mak Cik Nah. Nostalgia played in my mind. I remembered that we used to buy “kuih” from her before we went to school and rent some Hindustan VCDs. You know, people leave us… only memories remain…. Inalillah. May ALLAH SWT rest us in peace among The Believers. Amin. – Courtesy of Kak Yanti & Faiz’s FB picture.
Tonight is already Ramadhan the 20th. Time flies so fast. And last but not least, today also a melancholic day. Mak Cik Nah, a dear neighbour back in FRU Flats (mother of Anas, Kak Yanti and Faiz) passed away after 8 years of battling with cancer. My heart sank when I saw the last picture taken while she was battling the cancer and depended on the life machine. Nostalgia played in my memories. *Sniff* God SWT is Powerful. So many known faces in our lives left us; only to be able to be reminisced in our memories…. Al-Fatihah…. . One day, the days for my parents will come…… I hope I can be strong that day. Amin, amin, amin. May ALLAH SWT bless her soul.
My scent. I feel so Grecian and mythical.