As our first Eid in Malaysia after 11 years of being overseas, I am happy to report that our Eid this year is for us, probably the best ever. The best thing was, that all our family members from both Mama Sarah's and my side has gathered here in Terengganu. And by "all family members", I do mean ALL - including all my brothers and their families. Appararently such an Eid where all the family are gathered is unprecedented.
What I haven't forseen is how quite intimidating, busy and dizzying it would be to entertain families - full of their own expectations - of both sides at around the same time. And that - as well as limited internet access - is my excuse for the infrequent updates, and lateness in my replies to your comments & SMSes - I am so sorry!!
It's the first time that Sarah is having the full Eid experience in Malaysia - the family, the excitement of waiting for Eid, the food, the fireworks, the new clothes, "duit raya" and so much more - it kinds of reminds me of the Eid I've had with my family when I was her age.
Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to say Eid Mubarak & pray for forgiveness from everyone all the readers of Itchiness. Our thoughts and prayers absolutely goes to our friends who are unwell and recently hospital and we pray for a rapid and complete recovery. Our thoughts and prayers also go to their families.
I'm afraid that's all I have time for in this update - it is already 3.30 am and we are off to visit our relatives in Perak early tomorrow morning (that's an 8 hour of vomit-inducing drive by car from here!) . The following are my favourite pictures from this Eid. Again, I wish you all Eid Mubarak!
Catching the beautifull early light in the traditional "baju Melayu"
Sarah in her Eid dress
Nisa and Sarah
The ladies in our family
Nisa's photogenic and cheerful aunt
Nisa's cousin Fara
Nisa's cousin Fariza
My family in front of a traditional Malay house
Nisa & I - I was so busy taking pictures of other people that I didn't realise there are not many pictures of us and NO pictures of us as a whole family at all :(:( -- photographer wanted!
Nisa's grandmother entertaining guests
Even though it's Eid we still went to the beach (might as well while we're in Terengganu, right?)
Going home (tengah Azan ni)
Sunset at the beach - notice the change of costume just like in Kush-kush Hota Hai
A line of boats
Another picture of Nisa & I
From left: My mum, Nisa, Nisa's mum and my sister Nurul
Sarah's cousin Ilya
Our Eid breakfast --- yummm