Selamat Hari Raya people !! This is my first day back from Raya holiday and feels sooo... lazy ? Did I really take 1 week off work ? Didn't feel like it. Raya was good.. actually it is still Raya kan ? Tapi inilah duduk kat bandar. Raya rasa macam dah habis... ( hehe tak pernah pun duduk kat kampung, so I can't really vouch if my statement is correct ).
Pagi Raya with Dan's family, after that straight to the next section to my parents' house ( Umar and Elsa, please take this leaf out of your parents book. Carilah pasangan orang Shah Alam so tak de gaduhnya mana nak balik kampung... takde sedih - sedih tak dapat raya pertama dengan mak bapak. Paling jauh pun PJ.... ). Tengahari went back to Kuala Selangor to Dan's kampung. Usually after Kuala Selangor we will go straight to Perak but this year my Uwan is with us so tak yah balik. Next week when we send her back then we will beraya with our family there pulak. Malam tu beraya dengan Bab, my father's eldest brother and the next day to Angah's ( Dan's aunt ) house and my Tok Chu's ( my Uwan's youngest brother ).
Esoknya, balik Penang !! But I have to say Penang is a sad affair. My Tok died last year and most of my cousins are in KL. Tinggal Mak Ngah still in Bukit Minyak and Pak Mat in Jitra. We stayed in Batu Feringghi and it became more of a holiday then a trip balik kampung. But I love Penang. So I have to go. Although it took only a few hours for family visits, but still we went, right ?
Food was glorious. The laksa, the rendang ( I have to say I prefer Perak's rendang tok ) and the ever wonderful ketupat palas. I have to say I was rather ignorant of how other people in Malaysia eat. As far as I know raya is ketupat and ketupat palas, with kacang putih. But when I started working, then I know orang Johor ketupat nasi sahaja. Orang Selangor ketupat nasi and lontong. Orang Melaka ketupat nasi and some do eat lemang. Orang Perak ketupat nasi and lemang. I think orang Negeri Sembilan lemang je kot. Then go up north baru ada ketupat palas. I have been served ketupat palas with jagung instead of kacang putih. Orang Terengganu pun ada ketupat palas. Funny huh ?