My family always spend Eid on the road. We rarely had open houses and used the holidays to spend more time getting on each others’ nerves, being stuck in a closed/tight space i.e. a car. We soldier through traffic jams and battle road rage as if our life depended on it. We live out of suitcases and our car boot is always overflowing with clothes and food.
Eid 2012 started in Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan, on Mama’s side of the family. Highlight of Eid in Pilah annually is Rendang Daging. This year we also had Giant Udang Masak Lemak Cili api. My favourites!
Another highlight is of course being able to spend Raya with the whole family. This is Rayyan with his pocketful of duit raya.
We left Pilah shortly after to head to Bangi where Babah’s side of the family was waiting for us. Non stop eating followed which led to epic stomach aches the day after. Haha. We also stopped by Kajang to visit an aunt. At this point my mind was totally blown by how much time had passed since last Eid. Male cousins had grown so much taller! The girls looked more matured than ever.
Second day of Raya was spent tidying up the Cheras home. It’s funny how everybody else cleans before Raya and we do the exact opposite. We are never the ones to follow the crowd. Haha. Left KL around 2pm and spent the next 8hours on the road! The traffic was murder but we finally arrived in my 2nd home, my temporary home, home away from home, Kulim. I do miss it everytime I’m back in KL..
3rd day of Raya was specially for more Penang island exploration! This time we visited the Pinang Peranakan Mansion on Church Street.
It was educational to learn about the Peranakan culture and history. One interesting fact: Newlyweds had a rooster and a hen in a basket under the bed on their 1st night together. If the rooster comes out of the basket 1st on the next day, they will get a baby boy and vice versa. If none jumps out of the basket on the next morning, it is believed that the wife is barren and the husband may take a second wife. At times the hubs tie the feet of the chicken when the wife is asleep. Thus no chicken can escape from the basket and the hubs may take as many wives as he pleases. Cheeky basterd ain’t he? Haha. We had a tour guide with us, Robioul from Bangladesh. He spoke fluent English and Malay; we were undeniably impressed.
The privately owned Museum belongs to an antique dealer. Entrance fee is RM10 for adults and there were 1000+ visitors on Raya day. Kachinggg indeed. The antique collection comprises a huge camera, record players, and also stuff that they used to smoke opium. Apparently opium was legally traded n smoked as long as you have the license for it.
Beautiful imported tiles cover every inch of the museum’s ground floor.
The temple attached to the mansion felt a bit eerie to me.
We left the mansion/museum and headed to Strait Quay for lunch. The Quay is one of my favourite spots on the island because of the relaxed atmosphere and the selection of restaurants/coffee shops. Lunch at Delicious is a must do! Anyways, Babah has an obsession with yachts and he was practically salivating looking at the yachts berthed at the Quay. Cheapest yacht on sale will cost you RM 400,000++.
The Long Beach food court along Ferringhi is a hot tourist spot due to the myriad of hawker food. We had Italian and also Chinese cuisine. Must try: Fried Oyster with Eggs.
Eid celebration continues around Kedah as we visited Maksu’s side of the family in Kodiang. Kodiang is almost 2 hours away from Kulim and the highway is lined with scenic paddy fields. Definitely a welcoming sight for sore eyes.
So that’s pretty much how I spent the earlier part of Syawal. More adventures coming soon! Trust me, 29 August onwards will be more exciting 😉