Ramadhan 2017 – Day 10 cum Family Iftar

Alhamdulillah today mark the 10th day of fasting.

Yesterday our family held an iftar session at my abode. Not everyone was able to come. Nevertheless, it was still fun gathering and breaking our fast together.

Snaps of the iftar … (photo taken by my niece Suria)

Our main menu was Gado-Gado, provided by yours truly. The rest of the foods such as otah-otah, takoyaki, Nasi jagung dan lauk pauknya, donut, home-made ice-cream were brought by my sister, nieces and nephews. ¬†My girls had fun making the takoyaki real-time with her cousins ūüôā

Home made takoyaki … my niece, Aishah brought along the electric maker over to the house and made them on the spot, together with her two assistance (my eldest and Nisa)

This year, Alhamdulillah, even though not all were able to come, we still had our 3 generations of the Mahmood family together and of course, the kids, our 3rd generation of the Mahmood clan were the stars of the day ūüôā

During our meet-up, we also took the opportunity to discuss the plan for our family Raya outing. Another annual event that usually happens during the 2nd day of Eid or 1st weekend of Eid.

This year marked the 4th year we plan our outing together by renting a mini bus (which include the driver). Also, this will be the 2nd year in a row, our eldest sister and BIL will be joining us. Insya’Allah, they will be coming down from Brunei on the eve of Eid itself.

Looking forward to Eid and yet at the same time I’m reluctant for Ramadhan to leave. I am grateful for being able to live and experience this year’s Ramadhan. Before the arrival of the blessed month, I was not confident of being able to do what I should be doing but Allah s.w.t., being the Most Merciful has continue to surprise and shower me with His mercy and blessings. I am humbled by my experience and the opportunity given to me. It is more that I had hope for. Alhamdulillah Ya Rabb!

Hoping the coming days will be fruitful for us all as well and continue onwards even beyond Ramadhan!

Before I end this post, I’m just going to share a quote from one of the Sahabah, Abdullah Bin Mas’ud r.a., which I am typing it down in Malay. ¬†This quote, is more of a reminder to myself which I hope I will be able to hold tight insya’Allah!

“Taat, jangan maksiat. Ingat Allah, jangan lupa. Syukur, jangan kufur.”

These words contain the important message on how to live life.  Obey God, Do not commit sins, Remember God always, Be a grateful person.

Khalas!

Kuala Lumpur – 8th Dec 2013

Saturday, 7th Dec, time 5.30 pm. ¬†Together with my MIL, 2 of FIL’s cousins and myself, the four of us made our way to KL via bus from Golden Mile Tower to attend the wedding reception of hubby’s cousin’s son, Syed Nidzar. ¬†The actual solemnisation ceremony was held last month, 23rd November 2013.

Reached Mak Bam’s house almost 11.30 pm. ¬†The two makciks (FIL’s cousins), were so excited for it was almost 30 years since they last meet their cousins in KL (Mak Bam).

The cousins, Cik Hamidah and Cik Hamimah, sisters, are the late Nek Munirah’s daughters. ¬†Arwah Nek Munirah was the aunt of my late FIL. ¬†So this trip, brings a bit of bonus to me. ¬†I managed to get to update and add more family members to the family tree.

When we arrived, our relatives were already there which included, the family members of Mak Busu from Johor and Kak Endon from Singapore.  As per normal, when relatives meet after a long time, there was a lot of catch ups to do.  By the time we all went to bed it was almost 2 am.

I could not sleep, since I’m not used to the environment, did finally fall asleep but I think it was less than an hour and I was awoke again.

Then around 9 plus am, Abang Rashid (one of Mak Bam’s son) and his wife came to fetch MIL and I. ¬†They took us to visit their house at Keramat. ¬†From Keramat, we then make a move to the wedding reception hall where many more relatives awaits.

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The view from the reception hall

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The foods

The food served was delicious, I like best the mango kerabu (mango salad) and the sweet sour fish.  Amidst all the talking, laughing and hugging, lots of photos was taken and most of all, as I listened to the exchanged of stories, I learnt lots of lessons and gems that help me to reflect on a lot of things.

The relatives in KL are wonderful people. ¬†Among these people, there are some whom I truly loved as my own even though in reality they are my husband’s family.

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A shot of the corner of the hall with the photos of the bride and groom

The bride and groom looked lovely. ¬†The whole reception went well and we went back to Mak Bam’s place around 5 pm. ¬†Took a bit of rest before departing back to Singapore at 7.30 pm. ¬†The bus was supposed to depart at 9 pm but there was a delay and so when we finally departed from Berjaya Times Square, it was almost 10.30 pm.

Finally, reached Singapore, home sweet home aroundd 3.30 am.  I was too tired to even think of anything but just my bed.

Mil followed me home, and once reached home, I told husband, to take care of his mom and off I went to bed.  By then, my head was throbbing so hard and giddiness has set in.

Luckily I need not report to work ¬†ūüėČ