Selamat Hari Raya 2013

We wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Eid Mubarak!

[[image:2013-aidilfitri-10.jpg:Chuffed that it’s Hari Raya!:center:0]]

* Mouse over the pictures for captions

Just a quick one with pictures. We begin with a photoshoot of the kids wearing their Raya finery (thank you Opah and Atok!): 

[[image:2013-aidilfitri-08.jpg:Happy Adik in his baju melayu:center:0]]

[[image:2013-aidilfitri-09.jpg:Eid camaraderie:center:0]]

[[image:2013-aidilfitri-11.jpg:Another good one of the kids together:center:0]]

[[image:2013-aidilfitri-01.jpg:This is Yaya’s impression of a Malaysian girl (aka “where did I go wrong?”):center:0]]

[[image:2013-aidilfitri-13.jpg:Yaya talks Papa into posing like that too!:center:0]]

[[image:2013-aidilfitri-12.jpg:Yaya and Papa, normally this time:center:0]]

[[image:2013-aidilfitri-16.jpg:Adik in the kitchen:center:0]]

[[image:2013-aidilfitri-14.jpg:I love this photo – too bad it’s blurry!:center:0]]

[[image:2013-aidilfitri-15.jpg:Togetherness is the Raya message:center:0]]

The above pictures were taken on the day that the package arrived from Malaysia. On the actual first day of Raya, I worked. But I did make beef rendang and nasi minyak:

[[image:2013-aidilfitri-03.jpg:Somewhat traditional Eid food:center:0]]

No kuih rayas, sorry. No pulut either. On the second day of raya (Friday), I took the afternoon off and we went to Jungle Jim’s, a local international grocer/superstore:

[[image:2013-aidilfitri-04.jpg:Mangosteen!:center:0]]

[[image:2013-aidilfitri-06.jpg:Lychee!:center:0]]

[[image:2013-aidilfitri-05.jpg:Very scary looking rambutan!:center:0]]

We got some mangosteens and lychees, but decided to pass on the black rambutan. For those who do not know, a ripe rambutan should either be a bright red color, or a bright yellow color. Unripe rambutans are green. Black rambutans – well, let’s just say that is not the ideal condition for a rambutan to be eaten. We spent a good couple of hours at the store – Yaya loved all the exhibits that they had – Campbell’s can of soup with a face riding on a swing, pirate ships with pirates and other characters and animals, etc. Yaya’s favorite was the zoo-like exhibit outside:

[[image:2013-aidilfitri-07.jpg:Happy Yaya did not want to leave the “new grocery store”:center:0]]

Then we detoured to the Straits of Malacca, picked up a bunch of takeout and stuffed our faces that night. Selamat Hari Raya, maaf zahir dan batin from all of us here. We miss you all and wish we could be home celebrating with you.

[[image:2013-aidilfitri-02.jpg:Eid Mubarak!:center:0]]

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