14th December 2001
Adrian, Syamalan, Yue Mei, Brenda, Iris, Melissa and Anthony were all packed up
and ready for a trip "balik kampung" to celebrate Hari Raya with Khairul,
Amanda and family.
I' m Amanda and I' ll be telling you about all that was done while we were in
December 2001 - 12 am
news. One of our cars broke down. We had to wait for 2 hours for the mechanic
to arrive and look at what was causing trouble. After his 15 minutes of tossing
and turning under the car, we were delighted to hear that the car was Okay! Pheeew,
for a few hours we thought we would be stranded there the whole night! But no,
thanks to two of our Super Heroes all the way from Subang, we were back on the
road. We slept most of the way and arrived safely at my granny' s house at around
2.30 in the morning.
our luggage out of the car, and we were all ready to have our last "sahur"
before Hari Raya. We had nasi kandar (Yummy). Brushed our teeth and all of us
dozed off to wonder land!
December 2001 - 8am
of us were dragged out of bed and straight into the toilet to brush our teeth.
Didn' t we bathe? No. Why? Because we were off to the wet market! Dum dee dum..we
got in the car and we were off to the market. Vroom, vroom. Once we reached the
market we were divided into 2 groups. One group to go get the vegetables and the
other to get meat, fishes etc. Why were we buying all these stuff? Because we
had to cook our own meal for "buka puasa" . We got home, took our bath,
and it was cooking time!
we didn' t really COOK. But we did the chopping, washing, stirring and that was
about it. (Hey, that was good enough! At least we did something.) After
a short break, we got on a truck and we were off to the "dusun" to pluck
Langsats, Rambutans, Mangosteens and durians!
day - 10 pm
a good meal and hanging "panjuts" around the house we were back on the
road. This time, not to buy anything but to give away food items to the less fortunate
who were in the village. The food items were brought by us from Subang Jaya and
meant for poor families in the kampung. We managed to visit 2 houses that night.
All of us got home with the feeling of satisfaction in our hearts for we were
able to make their Raya celebration this year merrier than before.
day was over and it was time for us to go to bed. We were going to have a long
Hari Raya! Esok Hari Raya! Yahoo!
December 2001 - Hari Raya - 8am
was out of bed and was all dressed up in their Baju Kurungs and Baju Melayus.
(The sight of seeing all my non-Muslim
friends in Baju Kurung and Baju Melayu made me feel so happy).
boys and men got back from the mosque after Raya prayers and we had breakfast
together. (At last we could eat during the day!). All of us had to do something
we call "bermaaf-maafan" before we left the house to go beraya.
are on the road once again to go visiting. Yay! (This is when we get "duit
raya" !). We went from house to house doing the same routine over and
over again. What is it? EATING. We were so full at the end of the day.
that, we also had the opportunity to drop by 3 more unfortunate families in the
kampung to give away the food items. They looked so glad to meet us. And we were
glad to meet them too!
all the eating and eating and eating, we were back home. And that was practically
the end of our first day of raya.
December - 2nd day of Raya - 10am
was up, but not quite happy. Why? Well, it was time for them to leave back for
KL. Before they actually left, we went for a visit to Kellie' s Castle which was
about 30 minutes away from my kampung. We spent about 20 minutes there looking
at the remaining of Kellie' s Castle and we got a chance to feed some smelly deers.
we reached back home, all of them started packing and loading their luggage onto
the van which was there to pick them up. Each of them brought a whole bunch of
Rambutans and Mangosteens home.
I sad? Of course I was! I didn't follow them home because I had to leave for Penang
the next day. Even though I had a feeling of sadness in me, I had a huge feeling
of satisfaction and happiness surrounding it. I was glad that I was able to allow
my non-Muslim friends experience how Raya is celebrated and that I had done a
good deed for them.
I hope we could do this kind of thing again for the upcoming years. And I also hope that they would give me a chance to experience how Chinese New Year, Deepavali and Christmas are celebrated.