This ramadan marks our family first ramadan away from our family members . All this while, it was us who read and heard news about other people performing their ramadan in foreign land. It never crossed my mind that we will get a chance to do it.
Being away from family makes the heart and mind missing mom's dishes. Eventhough we have gone back more than 3 times in the span of 7 months ofr living in Jakarta, i still miss my mom's cooking.
Hubby being his usual adventerous self , had brought us looking for local kueh mueh. On our first day of fasting which fall perfectly on saturday, we went bazar ramadan hunting. Came back zero result . Instead We bought murtabak bandung aka apam balik from the usual stall near our house.
On the next day, we found one which is located near pasar moderan. Bought and ate kolak pisang n someother local kuehs. Hemmm! I miss our local malaysian kueh la! Ours more tastier in flavour and choices too. That was our verdicts!
And no stalls selling those aromatic ikan bakar , thirst quencher balangs of drinks n good spread of kueh mueh..
Argh! I am missing our bazar ramadan food even if it is only murtabak , or air mata kucing or even roti boom.
And i miss that bazar ramadan feeling... With all those smokes that make your eyes teary n nauseted your nose. And that food stalls operator calling out to customers to stop by and buy their food.. Argh!
I wonder what is the same food that is being sold at the bazar ramadan this year. I remember some ramadan ago where nobody was selling roti bom.
Roti bom is favourite. And i was upset when all of sudden no one is selling it at the bazar ramadan that i normally go.
And for the ramadan after that, so many people are selling it! Talk about having the same mindset or clueless on what to sell when they applied for bazar ramadan license stall?
The same thing also happened at bazar ramadan at subang jaya. I can never remember the section. But it is near jm briani shop la..
So last ramadan there were so many nasi briani stalls compared to the year before. And less roti boom stall! I.did try the new briani stalls. But still the old stall is the best! I can only remember the akak's face who is the cashier for that stall when i went looking for her briani stall.
Hemm...being anak perantau, if one is craving for a certain dish or kuih, then one needs to make it.. So insya Allah we shall eat kuih keria for breaking fast tomorrow.. Got mamafami's recipe already!
Several hours ago you would find me glued to tv. Yeah! And this is something i seldom or rarely do in my entire life! I do and did watch fasting date announcement. But there were time when I missed it . And it is something that i take for granted.
Ya la...all because i know i can rely on my parents and siblings on the date confirmation.
But beinng and living in Jakarta, i cant do that anymore. Which is why i was glued to my tv since 6 pm this evening.
And it was an interesting experience too. Imagine having one party people with a different islamic principles from the norm saying that puasa will start on Friday july 21st. At this time, no national announcement had been made on tv by the government . And there I was feeling confused watching and hearing what these group of people were saying.
Another interesting things was what happened after the date was announce by the ruler keeper or by the official. The ISBAT ie the body that decide and make the announcement , had allowed debates among its members soon after the announcement. And this was live telecast on tv!
Ahahahah.....we dont get to see things like this in malaysia. And i pity the confusion that the young ones may be feeling. Even a foreigner like me is confused.
How come we can have a certain group of people who has started fasting yesterday wednesday july 20th? And another group of people who will start fasting tomorrow friday july 21st ? And the rest of us who fast on saturday july 22nd? Is this too much for a kid to handle?
Imagine going for your prayers at mosque tonight. You came because you want to sembahyang isyak berjemaah. But found out that they are doing sembahyang terawih?
One thing for sure, it's a tough and challenging job for indonesian prime minister to unite his very segregated and racial people. In general they look the same but actually different due to religion beliefs .
My neighbour may looked like a muslim to me for their looks are similar to malays. But who would have known that they could be hindu, or batak , or christian or even atheis free thinker?
Tonight is my last night of sleeping at our own house here in malaysia tanahairku... And eventhough i like it here more than my jakarta house, home is where the family is. Either in jakarta, or any other places.
And eventhough how i wish i can stay here up until after raya which i can too as Arissa will only attend school on Aug 29th, I dont want to if it means being away from my hubby.
Which is why i am surprised and shocked to hear what one lady friend of mine said to me : she will ( is by now) be staying in malaysia until after raya and wouldnt care of leaving her hubby behind all by himself in jakarta. I pity her husband moreover puasa/fasting month will be here soon. Wouldnt it be sad to fast and break fast without your children and wife?
Of course i can understand from where and why she is acting like that. But i just cant accept why she should do it. Even if you are stress with something, family should still be your number one priority.
I do understand that we SAHM do need our little time out here and there. But family should be the ultimate reason when we are making any decision. And not individual or our ownselves should come first.
So i will be sleeping at the same bed size like what i have in my malaysia house tomorrow in jakarta. Of course i am sad to leave this place as no more kedai mamak until my next trip home. But i am happy as my hubby will be with us . And our family will be complete like a unit!
Dont pissed off with me but here i am sitting on my bed thinking of what food should i eat tomorrow!
I only have less than a week to enjoy what ever food that drools me . Sometimes, when i looked back of how i agreed to come back home for 3 weeks instead of 2 weeks , my heart just go out to my hubby.
I do missed him . But i do have to agree with him and his valid reasons too on why it should be 3 and not 2 weeks.
He said that i will get to rest and relax and go out . Its not that i cant do that back in jakarta. But here it will be easier for me to do it as there will be my parents n MIL to keep our kids occupied. And so it is true!
And this 3 weeks has passed by at a good pace. Alhamdulillah i got to eat and do what i wanted to do. Of course how i wish that hubby was around to accompany me.