February 2012 became the historical month that we, my 24 colleagues and I, finally moved to Kulim, Kedah after living in Kangar, Perlis for 3 months. Since then I have settled in quite comfortably in Kulim. Kulim is only 45 minutes away from Penang island and Penang finally became a substitute for KL. I’ve now fully adapted to the slower pace of Kulim and rarely miss the KL hecticness.
However, those who I had to leave behind in order to embark on that new chapter in my life will forever be missed when I cant find the time (or $$$) to go back to KL.
This Eid I finally had the whole family to come visit and stay in my Kulim rented home. They stayed for 5 days and they got a glimpse of my Kulim life. I showed them where I work (in case you didnt know, I’m a graduate trainee engineer in a semiconductor fabrication company), my favourite places to eat/hangout and also go for a run. My parents loved Mengkuang Dam, a beautiful and serene water reserve near Bukit Mertajam.
Remember to bring stale bread to the dam as you can feed the fish just for entertainment.
I also took my sisters to Ayu’s open house With Pura and we had yummy Sup Tulang.
After my parents and siblings left for KL on Friday morning, my grandma and uncle’s family then came for a visit on Saturday. I brought them to Sg Dua Char Kuay Teow – Telur Ayam Dibasuh and it was my 1st time there as well. I would definitely recommend this restaurant as the price is quite reasonable and the prawns are fresh and yummy. This is Rayyan again, trying on my new sneakers 🙂
I was planning to stay in Kulim until my prebooked flight to KL today but loneliness got the better of me. With no housemates or friends around, I hitched a ride with Paksu to get back to KL on Sunday. This after much coercion from my Bangi friends to join them for an Eid bbq on the beach!
So I arrived in KL at 6am and proceeded to take the train to Bangi at 9am. Girlfriends were waiting at my previous rented home in Kajang. Desa Dahlia, the home which bear witness to the suffering of completing my Final Year Project while I was pursuing my undergraduate degree in UNITEN. This house holds so many both fresh and repressed memories and a random slideshow kept on playing in my head – shots of all the laughter and also tears.
The girls were preparing food to bring along for our picnic-slash-bbq on Pantai Sri Purnama, Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan. I helped by taking pictures and packing things into the car, lol. We had chicken bolognaise spaghetti, mashed potato with crab meat and also raw chicken/hotdogs to be grilled on the beach.
Before heading to the beach, we observed the Eid tradition of going to open houses first. We stopped by Nina’s in Semenyih and also Fatihah’s in Kajang.
We finally reached the beach and the weather was perfect for bbq and laughter. Present on that day were Pura, Leng, Su, Nina, Fatihah, SirMeg, Rashidi Mansor, Lan, Kevin and Mat Jas. The food was delicious and there were smiles all around. Here’s proof 🙂
After the bbq we stopped by Lan’s for prayers and drinks before starting our 2hour journey back to Bangi. I took this picture so that I wont miss these people so much when I get back to Kulim hehe.
I definitely will remember this bbq trip for many years to come :’)
Friends that I also miss when I’m away are my school friends. I rarely see them and it took a hospital visit for us to meet up again. Fendi was admitted overnight for a thyroid surgery and we (me, Gadap, Nazi and Fahmi) paid him a short visit by making noise and hijacking his wifi in his private ward. There was also the Awkward Moment where Fendi farted for more than 10 seconds straight while everybody stared at him before bursting into fits of laughter. Haha.
Later that night Bangi friends came all the way to KL to watch a movie 5minutes away from my Cheras home. I was again touched by their effort in coming to spend more time with me :’)
A total 20 days of leave from work and Eid 2012 is becoming the best Eid ever! Plans for this year’s getaway were finalized yesterday with Yan and as you can see on my countdown calendar on the right, today is THE DAY! I’m both excited and anxious as this will be the farthest trip away from home. I already cleaned out my bank accounts and half-packed my suitcase. Wish me a safe flight!