Sunday, October 17, 2010

Raya Open Houses 2010.

Is it just me, or is it true for everyone else that this year there seems to be countless and endless Hari Raya Open House invites??? I am not complaining, it's great because it was almost all four weekends of not having to cook, and being invited to all those sumptous meals and the opportunity to meet up with relatives, friends and collegues... Simply Divine! If the trend continues, looks like I must prepare more baju raya for next year (hi!hi!hi!). Here are some pictures that I manage to capture at some of the open houses (bear in mind I said some, so there were more open houses attended that I did not manage to take any pictures!). Thanks everyone for inviting us. Hope we could reciprocate soon, god willing.

At Hubby's uncle's house, here's the kids with their 11 year old uncle!

Z's raya open house cum house warming with Azleen and little Yana and Tasha (Z's eldest).

The kids at Z's simply divine garden.

On Oct 2nd my Hari Raya open house began at breakfast as early as 7:45 a.m at Hafiz's. My first breakie open house. Very good concept especially if you have a few more to go to in the same day. This was also where I had my 1st taste of a red velvet cake! Lovely house too, Hafiz.

I met Captain Zed, a ferocious blogger with simply divine pictures.

My 2nd open house for the day after Hafiz's was at 10:30 a.m , my mom's neighbour Lynna, who baked... surprise, surprise... Red Velvet Cupcakes! My 2nd taste of RVC for the day.

The 3rd house for the day was at 3 p.m! I managed to have a bit of a rest, freshen up and change before I went alone to Eva's house not too far from mine. The kids and hubby were too tired to join me. Furthermore, I'm meeting up with girl friends from school, so I thought going alone would be best. Good opportunity to catch up on old times. We were meeting up with a few others and one of them, Fareen whom I have not met since my last day of school almost 19 years ago! Tsk!tsk!tsk! That long ago...

A group photo before we said goodbye. L to R: Me, Pat, Mariza, Sharlin, Eva and Fareen.

We were even given food to take home, lovely! Thanks for having us Eva.

Yup, RVC for the 3rd time in a day, made by Fareen's sis. From never tasting it before to having it at every house in a day. I actually managed to order some from her online the day before and had Fareen whom I have not met in ages to bring them for me. Thanks Fareen!  

Had mine in the evening with a cup of coffee! Simply divine treat.

During the last week of Syawal, the Finance group at the office held a joint Hari Raya celebration with our Planning Department at Seri Melayu, Jalan Conlay. It was quite a major affair as we were welcomed to bring our family.

Of course this little fella came, all dressed in his baju raya.

Me, Fidah (madam organiser) and Izam.

L to R: Zila, Abby (latest edition to our Planning team), Zaim and Me, Z, and Eli (Jamil's wife).

The Finance team... yes, that many people.

Izam's family and mine.

Yup, that was the last Hari Raya event for the year! Simply divine celebration this year, alhamdulillah.

Friday, October 15, 2010

What I did this Raya...

Syawal is way over but I feel that I cannot move on with my daily blog updates without at least an update on the big day or rather big month itself, even though in a brief summary. This Raya we spent the morning at my M-I-L's. After the Eidul-Fitri prayers with my parents we all "crashed" (my parents and brother included) at my M-I-L's for breakfast. We had her lovely Nasi Dagang, yumm!!! I brought my Chicken Rendang of course to be eaten with some Ketupat Pulut. After a long breakfast we had our photo sessions.

The 5 of us.

Cousins Unite.

Big Happy Family.

Kiddies and Tok Mummy.

Nayli and her brothers.

After breakfast my parents and brother left for Negeri Sembilan while we went to hubby's uncle place in Subang Bestari for a Raya Gathering with more cousins, uncles and aunties and of course more food and Nasi Dagang. Yumm!!!

On the 2nd day, many of my relatives on my mother's side came back to my great grandma's as it was my cousin's engagement. So we joined forces to enlarge the engagement entourage. Ha!ha! What a way to put it...

Ladies only cause the men just cannot be bothered to pose in the heat!

Us again.

My tiny tots.

Another one of the 5 of us.

The engagement.

By the 3rd day... this was the only picture taken (worthy of a blog post). Only Nayli and me wore matching colours, by chance really.

On the 4th day, we were already back in KL ending up having brunch in BV and tea at Empire Shopping Gallery. (more updates on this soon).

Friday, October 1, 2010

Another Raya tradition of ours.

Rendang Ayam is our other must have for Hari Raya. Last Raya since we were still at my mom's so we made it at her place. This year we decided to make some, though at a smaller scale. We made enough to freeze a bit for ourselves and three more packs, one for my mother in law (for all of us) to consume on the raya day itself, one pack for my grandmother's home (father's side) and another for my aunt's house where we will be staying on the during raya.

Had to import my mom's medium sized wok though.

Gurgling Away....

Chicken Rendang Negeri Sembilan Style - the green bits
are long beans by the way not Thai Chillies. 

Packed to go or freeze.

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