Eid Mubarak 2018 everyone! I hope everyone got to celebrate Aidilfitri in health, peace and prosperity. Alhamdulillah, my family were all in excellent health this month and none had any problems during Ramadhan fasting. In fact, this year, fasting was quite a breeze for us, honestly, not to brag! What’s the secret?
Unlike previous years where we felt quite drained by mid-Ramadhan, this year we only felt a bit thirstier than usual towards the last few days. Hunger – none at all. And we broke our fast with simple meals, small but satisfying. I wonder, was it due to the Tea Bird Tea and supplements that we took? Or could it also be due to the fact that we hardly drank any caffeine during the period nor eat much kuih-muih? Even when we had buffet at Hyatt Kinabalu Regency, I ate only a small amount of cakes. My focus was on fruits and protein. Yes, I think that’s it – better food choices.
This year, we celebrated Raya at Hubby’s hometown, Muar, Johor. Our awesome nieces and nephews have grown so much since we last saw them and we’re absolutely thrilled to find everyone in excellent health. This year is extra special because all of Hubby’s siblings and their families were present. My father-in-law’s house were fully packed, not only with family but also with other God’s creatures such as cats and monkeys.
The stray cats either live or occasionally visit the house. Among the cats, there were an orphan kitten and a hearing-impaired cat. The monkeys were there for the langsat and the mangoes. They took everything within their reach and left nothing much for us. Naughty monkeys!
A few days of feasting
Of course, we also had a few days of feasting on lots of delicious food. I ate a little bit of everything, couldn’t resist any. Hubby insisted that we all eat Mee Bandung Muar (which is sometimes too spicy for the kids) and also unsuccessfully attempted to have satay for breakfast on the 3rd day of Raya. There were too many customers, the queue at the satay shops were really too long for us to endure. The demand for satay was incredible!
In the afternoon of the first day of Raya, we walked from the house to Tanjung Ketapang. It’s really a custom of ours to visit the monkeys there with the kids. Not as many as the previous years, but we managed to take a few photos. The walk was very challenging for me because my simple shoes were not made for miles of walking, and neither was my baju kurung.
On the 3rd day of Raya, we spent time at Tanjung Emas. Bought some Rojak Buah and Rojak Petis and marvelled at the way the young seller calculated each customer’s costs. Sorry, no photos, we were busy enjoying the food and the scenery.
Visit KL, Putrajaya & Selangor
After 4 days in Muar, we travelled to Kuala Lumpur. Our first stop was Suria KLCC because the kids wanted to get some books at Kinokuniya. I expected them to require at least 3 hours of browsing but the books there were pretty expensive so, they cut it short. We barely spent an hour there before the kids decided to look at other bookstores, such as MPH. Me – I found a kiosk that sells organic premium virgin coconut oil. Will write about it later, hopefully.
For 4 days, we traveled to Putrajaya, Cyberjaya and some parts of Selangor. It was a fun trip. And returned home to Kota Kinabalu totally exhausted, but with fond memories.
For now, I hope everyone has had an amazing holiday. To those who celebrate Aidilfitri – Eid is a time for joy, a time for togetherness and a time to remember God’s blessings. Eid Mubarak – may Allah bless your life with continued success and prosperity now and in the hereafter.