On the third day of Hari Raya, my firstborn
went rushed to me and said,
“Mummy, I just checked my wardrobe. We still have one more baju kurung to wear, you know? Can still celebrate Happy Raya. You don’t know arh, Mummy?”
Well, I didn’t know that kind of rule existed, Sharleez.
So yup, my Nadyas actually had the inkling that they should and must wear a brand new outfit for every raya outing. Cannot repeat the same outfit. Wah? So rich ah? Of course I corrected them and told them that it is more than okay to repeat the same outfit for another raya outing on another day. For goodness sake, it is not Fashion
Week Month, Nadyas! It is not a crime to wear the same outfit again and again as long as it is still clean. Nadyas need to know that their mummy does not own a textile company. Mummy only owns an online boutique called STUDIOFROST lor.
Sorry for sidetracking.
I like how this year’s raya has actually brought us cousins closer than ever. I actually do have awesome cousins both on the maternal and paternal side, and I am just so proud of their achievements so far be it academically, career wise, or family life. Every visit to my cousins’ did inspire me in more ways than one. I am truly proud of myself too for feeling so happy for others’ achievements because let’s face it, it is not that easy sometimes to be truly happy for others. We are only human. You know, I know. But I also truly believe that when we practice blessing others consistently, we will end up getting blessed too. Isn’t it true? When we give what Allah requires of us, we always get something in return.
So here it is; our Hari Raya so far, as captured by my faithful Nikon D60 and iPhone 4S.
The beautiful family. Cannot wait for my niece to be born! Few more months to go! <3
I like this picture below too despite the fact that Mysha and I were not ready for the camera yet.
How is it that my fraternal twins are looking more and MORE alike the bigger they get? This picture especially did freak me out a bit because the similarity is just too uncanny. I had to spend slightly longer to figure out who is who.
But can YOU guess who is who?
On my left is Mysha. Right is Myreen.
Guessed it right? Well that’s because I told you!
Best friends are forever. This Shan Ehan and his Papak (Papa Yat) are inseparable.
So nice of Bertram to actually prepare his raya outfits beforehand, and to be excited to join us for our raya outings. He even went to Woodlands Bazaar Ramadhan on his own just to buy the buttons for his baju melayu. We really appreciate it Bert, if you are reading this! Hope that we will get to celebrate hari raya with you every single year, with God’s will. Don’t break Myreen’s heart, okay? (Myreen adores Bert so much, you see?) Haha!
Sharleez and Shan. Gosh. I hope they will stay this close forever.
Cik Arah with her girls, Natasha and Natalia, and of course Ili and the Nadyas.
Pak Nasir was not in the picture because he was busy taking a video of us, as usual.
This picture below was taken at his house. I had to force him so many times to change to his baju melayu so that I could take a picture of him together with his siblings; Mak and Cik Pau. Obviously I failed.
You know, when I was smaller and Cik Arah was still flying, I always looked forward to her off days because she would always bring Ian and me out to Parkway Parade. Cik Arah and Pak Nasir were also the ones who made my costumes, dressed me up, and choreographed my dance moves for various costume competitions like Singa The Courtesy Lion costume competition and all. And for all those competitions that they made me enter, I actually won! So yeah, there’s just something special about this couple, and how they will always try their very best not only for their daughters, but for the ones they around them. I guess it is absolutely not a surprise then why their daughters are such high achievers too. They must have learnt a lot from their exemplary parents.
Here’s a picture of me without eyeliner. I don’t know, I just feel so weird without the eyeliner on.
Mak and my auntie, Cik Pau. They are inseparable, by the way.
Best Friends Forever by default. Hahahah, Estee and Aton have only each other so no choice but to be BFF right? Hahaha!
Celebrated Sharinna’s belated birthday at Nurul’s house too! And we are just super glad she is so in love with the gift we got her.
Dearest Sabariyah actually prepared steamboat for us when we came over her place. It was really so sweet of her to do that because she was still at work when we gave her a ring.
Besides Sabariyah’s steamboat dinner for us, this year’s highlight has got to be my cousin’s (Kak Tini) Fried Udon!
You have no idea how SEDAP it is, puan puan! So sedap that we begged Kak Tini for the recipe. All of us had more than just one serving, and Mak ate quite a bit too. Mak is such a fussy eater, so to have her eating that and having a second serving must really mean something. Thank you Kak Tini & Abang Fazil for the awesome food!
Love it when there’s great food and even greater company during raya visits.
I have come to the realization that Hari Raya is no longer about looking extra good in that brand new outfit or bag. Hari Raya is more about starting afresh with the ones who matter, and about seeking forgiveness from each other.
It is a bit challenging though to be serious and ask for Daddy’s forgiveness because he is always cracking something up to make us burst out laughing. Heheh.
Like what Mak said to us the other day during the forgiving session (lol!),
“It does not mean that I am always correct just because I am older. Sometimes, I may be wrong too without realizing it.”
Forgiving may be a notoriously difficult thing to do. Forgetting is even tougher.
But we have got to start somewhere somehow, right?
I think I have a lot to learn from Mak because she is the kind who easily forgives and forget, no matter how small or big the matter is, or who started it. She has taught me that forgiving someone does not necessarily mean whatever that person did or said to you is acceptable or okay. It just means we learn to forget no matter how big the scar. Just as long as the same injury does not happen again, then the scar will not do us much harm, won’t it?
OR WILL IT?
I like to think that when I forgive and forget, it does not imply that I have wiped it totally out of my memory but rather, I have wiped it out of my arsenal to use it as a weapon against the very same person who hurt me.
Sometimes, when conflicts arise between me and Mak for example, Mak will always take the first move to talk to me and pretend as if nothing happened. Blame it on my ego, but at least I always SMS her to say I am sorry, or give her a card occasionally.
A bit paisey to say it verbally la!
So maybe that’s why my parents and us siblings are super close. We fight, we argue, we get angry, we get REALLY angry on days, but at the end of the day, we will always come back to each other to work things out. One thing for sure, I know I will never remain angry with my children for more than 10 minutes. I am just super glad too that we do not practise cold treatments because seriously, nothing will ever get solved if you choose to do so.
At the end of the day, the rule of the thumb is,
“If we expect forgiveness, we must forgive.”
How’s your Hari Raya so far? Are there houses that you have yet to visit? We have yet to finish our visiting too, but I think the Nadyas are pretty exhausted (and bored!)already from all the visiting this far.
Overheard this conversation between Mysha and Myreen the other day just as we were about to go out for raya visiting.
Mysha: “I don’t like Happy Raya anymore. So tired you know everytime do the same thing?”
Myreen: “Ya la. Later there’s no more space in the house for green packets because everytime people give us. Then how?”
Mysha (as a matter of factly): “Then you don’t take anymore la.”
Myreen: “You are so busuk, Mysha!”
Mysha: “MUMMMMMMMY…MYREEN CALLS ME BUSUK!”
HAHAHA. NEVER ENDING.
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