Saturday, 20 October 2007

Celebrating Hari Raya...



Ok, this is a belated post, but I could not upload the photos before this…

I am finally back home again, for a week…




Anyway, I wanted to blog about Hari Raya…

I usually spend Hari Raya, well, pigging out…=) Lunch time means going to *Umi’s place, for her famous rendang…I was quite upset (boohoo) that I couldn’t make it back this year, but Umie says she’ll cook for me again one of these days! Yay!



Anyway, by teatime, this whole set of rendang, lemang (sometimes with the bamboo too), cookies etc will be at my doorstep…

My mum’s good friend is Cikgu Khatijah, and it has become an unspoken tradition that every Raya, Cikgu will bring all these stuff to my house, while during Chinese New Year, we bring stuff over to hers…It’s the opposite of going for Open House, I guess…




This year was also special in the sense that I went ber-raya-ing as a blogger…Hehe…Cikgu Kata Tak Nak invited me over to his place, after getting my number from Tokasid, who is in Malacca…

I was very touched that Doc (Tokasid) actually asked if he could give out my number, and that Chegu Nazir actually wanted to know if I would be ok with him getting my number…That is something most people do not extend to young people, so thank you! I appreciate it…



I initially was not keen on going because I am naturally very kiamsiap when it comes to taxi fare…

Anyway, when I spoke to my parents, they said that no matter the cost (these Penang taxi’s charge like mad…Going most places about 20 minutes away would set me back about RM 40, to and fro), I should go because Chegu took the trouble to invite me, from Malacca! Luckily, this dear friend of mine, Ruverny was around, so both of us went! It helps that she has a car…





Clockwise from left: Ruverny, Mrs Nazir, Me and Chegu Nazir...



I had a great time in Chegu’s house…Mrs Nazir is an excellent cook…Her curry mee was stupendous, and the sambal made it better…She was worried we would find it too spicy, but we felt it wasn’t spicy in the least!


Anyway, I came back, and found two tupperwares of cookies waiting for me…Both from the guards, Kak Z and Makcik Pazilah, in my hostel…






Ok...So I'm almost done through this batch...All the chocolates are gone...





Since many people know what a chocolate fan I am, I naturally found chocolate cookies in the box…



Once, Kak Z met with an accident while on her way to work…As a result, Makcik Pazilah who was doing the previous shift, had to stay the night too (since they couldn’t find a replacement on such short notice)…I felt bad for her since she had already worked a 10-hour shift, so I went and korek-ed my collection of food to see if I could offer her anything…It was the last few days of my semester, so I was practically all cleared out (just enough to last a few days)…

I had some 3-in-1 cereal, nestum (Strawberry flavour!) and coffee left…So I picked up one of each and gave it to her so she could get something to eat before her break…The coffee was to keep her awake, since it was past midnight…





Halfway through: From Makcik Pazilah...



I guess the cookies at my door was her way of saying Thank You

The other Makcik in our hostel (we have only 3 female ones) had given me cookies waay before Raya…I came home from class late one night to find a Tupperware of specially-made Jam tarts and Peanut cookies waiting for me…Makcik Fazelah knew I loved those two cookies too (besides Chocolate), and that I liked them not sweet, so she made me a small batch that had considerably less sugar…



My family and I visited her place once during Chinese New Year to give her pomeloes once too… You see, my parents, if they come down to Penang to pick or drop me, will usually cart down Pomeloes for the guards on duty…If it isn’t the season, then well, some other time…



This is all what being Malaysian is all about, isn’t it?


If you’re nice to people and you remember them, they remember you too…It isn’t about being educated or whatever, it is just common human instinct to reciprocate something which makes you feel good, no?

I think so, anyway…


Whatever it is, I am sooo looking forward to Umi’s rendang!



Just don’t bother to ask my weight afterwards…;)

Or cholesterol levels...



*Note: Umi means Mother in Arabic...



18 comments:

kl_gal said...

Girl, you deserve every mouthful of that delicious rendang, every spoonful of that scrumptious curry and every bite of those mouth watering cookies, tarts, chocolates.Its a good tribute to your kind and gentle spirit.My only gripe is why lah do I have to live so far away..if I lived near you, I'd tumpang and partake of all those goodies shamelessly :))

the Razzler said...

Dear Daphne...

I sincerely believe that every good deed will be reciprocated one way or another. As for you, I guess there will be more to come!!

Have a wonderful day .. :) :)

I've send you an email. Do keep in touch & don't hesitate to call when you are around the vicinity.. more like, my territory laaaa... hehe :) :)

Ru-V said...

I want rendang too!!!!!

And I had fun at Cikgu's place that day.Glad you brought me along,dear!

Bring me back some rendang!!!!

tokasid said...

Daphne:

Glad to know you and Ruverny enjoyed Che'gus hospitality and their food.

The bonding you had with the Mak Guards is something special and a rarity nowadays.I remember during my student days few of us kampong boys were close with Pak guards and kitchen makciks.Actually we didn't no much for them but whenever we see them we'll call them kakak or makcik or pakcik.But if you are late for dinner or lunch, they'll make sure you don't have leftovers. They'll bring out your tray with the best portions from the cupboard!

And you know what? You are the practicing Muhibbah Malaysian.

Have a nice break in Ipoh.
( last wednesday I stop by tesco extra(Ipoh) and had cham at my friends kopitiam-Jom Bali)

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

whoaa, look at cikgu nazir. sitting on the sofa like a king, surrounded by three gorgeous ladies...hihi...

if i happened to be in penang on raya i wld sure switch on to my tak malu-face and pay him a surprise visit. i'm sure he wont mind and wld welcome anyone. after all its raya, mrs nazir dont have to cook as kuih raya are there and we just need to help ourselves..

Raden Galoh said...

Daphne...wahhh you sure had a good moment there hadn't you? I was supposed to meet them the last time I went to Penang but time didn't permit or it wasn't permitted by God, actually...so looking at your photo brings a little envious feeling lah dear...coz you got to meet him in person...

Like kerp...if I were anywhere closer on that day sure I pun dah 'ambush' dia wehhh...

Nightwing said...

Hi Daphne, thanks for sharing your Raya stories.

Ya..positive attract positive...u r good to people, people in return are good to u. Vice versa.

Keep it up...:)

zorro said...

Chegu KTN, you lucky devil with three beautiful women fully backing you!I am glad you had a good time at Sir's home. Yes he told me about it as a coincidence in one of our posts.
My Nepalese guards look forward to roti chanai and teh tarik whenever I return from my twice a week visit to top up. They objected and said that I could do it twice a month...to ensure that the same shift of 6 get equal chances. People who appreciate kindness never take advantage of your generosity.

Daphne Ling said...

Hi KL_Gal,

You are most welcome to tumpang shamelessly if and when you are in the area! I pun sama lar...Memang pakai tumpang only when it comes to food! And thank you for your very flattering words...=)

Daphne Ling said...

Hi The Razzler,

What goes around comes around! Hehe...Simple right?

I read your email and I replied di...I saw it the other day, but I was in such a hurry that I thought it was a comment, and not an actual email, since I only saw 'The Razzler' as the sender.

And yes, will call you if I get down to Johor! Thanks for the offer =)

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Ru,

Haha...Glad you could make it...Glad to have the company...

And no, I am selfish...No rendang for you!

Bleh...

Kidding ler...I haven't had mine either...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Doc,

Ah...Mak Guard! I wrote a short piece on one of them guards, Makcik Fazelah for the papers (Star) last year, during Ramadhan...The papers dubbed her 'Mak Guard' too =) Makcik treats us like her children, so we too treat her like our ibu angkat!

And thanks Doc for introducing us (me and Chegu) formally...Ru and I appreciate it loads! We had a great time...

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Kerp,

Looks like you have another club of mine to join...

First, it was the blur club...

Now, the muka tembok club...

Sorry ah, this time you can't be Vice-President...

Ru and I make up the President and the Vice already! But you're welcome to join as Secretary!

Hehe...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Aunty Raden,

Haha...Yay! I met Chegu...Keke...I am sure we will all get to meet one day...Question is bila only lor...

You're welcome to join the Muka Tembok Club too! Haha...

Daphne Ling said...

Oh, KL_Gal,

I forgot lar...You are welcome to join us at the Muka Tembok Club also...Looks like we now also have Treasurer and Director! =)

Daphne Ling said...

Hi NightWing,

Firstly, I want to thank you for your email...

And thank you for sharing in this story too! You take care as well =)

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Uncle Zorro,

Long time no see ;)

You got them Gurkha's? They're very efficient and capable, aren't they? And yeah, I believe that by being nice to them, they would be nice to you too...And that includes not taking advantage of your generosity...

And yeah, I was beginning to think maybe you had six sense or something since you knew I was visiting Chegu about a few hours after I said ok...=)

PrincessJournals said...

everybody loves daphne! ;) next time boleh raya kat cali pulak ok?