Monday, October 22, 2007

Images of KT on Syawal 1428H

We made our journey to KT on second day of Raya. As expected, the traffic was quite smooth with almost no congestion albeit we could still see many cars making thier journey to the east coast. Along the way, we made several stops at the rest areas or at the service station. In general most of the service areas were crowded with people and not as empty as we might have expected. It was more than 7 hour journey from KL to KT with all the stop overs including Pantai Teluk Chempedak were we had our Nasi Lemak lunch prepared at home by my other half.

In KT, as of the normal things people do during Hariraya, we visited close relatives to my other half around KT. Now, KT has Giant Hypermarket and Mydin which were recently open. I heard that locals are flocking to these hypermarkets and added up to the traffic congestion around this area. In fact, the bridge connecting KT and seberang Takir was so congested that some had to take 1.5 hours by car just to cross it during the Raya period !

I also took the oppurtunity to snap many views in KT. The following photos were taken mainly at Kuala Ibai and Marang and I thought they are quite good to be posted here. Enjoy !

Masjid Putih at Kuala Ibai

Near Marang Jeti to Pulau Kapas

Near Marang Jeti to Pulau Kapas

View of Pulau Kapas from Pantai Kelulut

View of the uncompleted Masjid Kristal from Losong

Closer View of Masjid Kristal

Road in front of Pasar Payang

View inside the Pasar Payang Textile Store

Selection of Fabrics

Sea Products of Pasar Payang

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Satu Hari di Hari Raya...

Allahu Akbar...Allahu Akbar...Allahu Akbar..Walillahilham..

We celebrated the first day of 1428 Hijra Eid-Fitri in Bukit Jelutong and Kg Sungai Choh Rawang yesterday. This Eid will be the 4th Eid for us since we moved to Bukit Jelutong and the 5th Eid without my mom who passed away in 29 October 2003. My dad passed away in 1994 due to heart failure when he was about 65 years old. Time really flies. I could still vividly remember celebrating Eid with both of my mom and dad and the rest of the family members some years ago. Things have surely changed for the last several years and the joy of Eid as what I used to feel during my childhood is no longer the same now. Both of my in-laws have also passed away some years ago. Although time heals the pain, I still sometimes miss my parents and I am sure my other half is feeling the same about hers.

But I do wish that my children will cherish the moment of celebrating Eid like I used to enjoy it when I was a kid. As long as the parents are still alive, children should not be deprived of joy and happiness of Eid and as parents, we have to strive for this. Let each Eid be a celebration to remember for our kids so thier growing years will be filled with love and happiness !

As of our previous Rayas in BJ, the celebration really started after Isyak prayer on Raya eve. The Mosque will organise 'takbir rumah ke rumah' for those wanted to participate. I participated in this event for the last three years but this year I decided not join in because initially we were planning to join my brother and sisters' family in Rawang one day earlier. However, since we can only plan and Allah decides, we did not manage to go to Rawang on Raya eve but instead changed our plan to go after the RAya prayer !

In Kg Sg Choh, we visited several relatives who are much older than myself whom I considered very close. Also, they were very kind to my parents before and always willing to help out during time of need. These are the relatives for life and insha'allah I will not forget them for all the good deeds that they have done to my parents before.

Visit to the cemetary is also a must during Raya. This year, together with my other siblings and thier families, we visited the graves of both my parents in Kg Sg Choh. During Raya, the cemetary will be crowded with people right after the Eid prayer. However, we went to cemetary only in the afternoon and spared the huge crowd and the traffic congestion leading to this area.

Insha'allah, we will be making our journey to Trengganu on second day of Raya. Last year we skipped the trip and only went back to Trengganu during CNY holiday. This year I told my other half that we should not miss again and insha'allah we will spend our Raya until the fifth day in Kuala Trengganu. I will be bringing my camera in this trip and insha'allah will take as many photos as possible once we are there !!!

To all of you frequent visitors to my site, I wish you all SELAMAT HARIRAYA AIDILFITRI and MAAF ZAHIR BATIN. Please apologize for my writings should they have caused you some discomfort. Too err is human, and to forgive is divine !