Today is Sunday. Hubby was off to Teheran until Thursday, and Along and Ain were off to school this morning after a week raya break. After a long 'blogging' raya break, I'm now before my laptop updating and reporting the glorious raya celebrations here in Dubai.
Yes, we should expect the unexpected...but my first ever raya celebration away from home is really something that I didn't expect. It is one of the most glorious raya celebrations I've ever had. Only pictures could describe how glorious it is...
1st RAYA - To 5 open houses :
1). Raya Breakfast at Abang Fudzail and Kak Azma's House (At Twar 3)
Abang Fudzail (in dark blue baju Melayu) is one of the most respectable Malaysians here in Dubai. He, a famous blogger in Malaysia, and his wife, Dr Azma (in black), are very down to earth couple and we really felt at home being in their house.
2). Pak Payne's House (Arabian Ranches)
Pak Payne (in purple baju Melayu) is another respectable man among Malaysians in Dubai. He's our Penghulu in fact.
3). Kak Jah's House (Mirdiff)
Kak Jah and husband, Abang Azman, are one of our Malaysian seniors in Dubai.
4). Riri's House (Sharjah)
My ever friendly blogger friend Riri (wearing glasses) and husband, Mahadi, also invited us to their house.
5). Zaida/Imran's House (Uptown Mirdiff)
The friendliest couple in Dubai, none other than my colleague Zaida with hubby Imran, also 'opened' their house for us that night.
2nd RAYA :
1). Neighbours came over to our abode. We were glad to have shared our raya special dishes with this group of orang-orang bujang and 'bujang sementara' .
2). At Nor and Fazil's house (Al Nahda)
3). At Abd Karim and Salina's house (Al Mizha)
This is the most grand raya open house in Dubai so far. There were a lot variety of food including Salina's own signature dish laksa Sarawak.
3rd RAYA : Another neighbours came over to our house. Too busy eating and chit-chatting that we forgot to snap pics.
4th RAYA : At Ziela/Haza Hilmy's open house
Our very own open house...
The first entourage, Kak Jah's family arrived
The next rombongan Cik Kiah...Zaida and the gang
Alhamdulillah our cute abode could accomodate these so many people. But we're really sorry friends if there's any inconveniences. We're so delighted to have served you friends. For those who couldn't make it, we still have 3 more weeks before Zulqaedah coming...
Our very last guests that night
Thank you very much friends for making my raya day and all the raya treats and invitations. We also feel very grateful and indebted to those ANGELS who have lent us their helping hands. May Allah bless you all.
p/s - Penat beraya rupanya tapi sangat menyeronokkan. Betul kata sesetengah orang...pengalaman beraya di perantauan is NOT bad at all! Seronok dan meriah. Mungkin lebih meriah dari di tempat sendiri, cuma ibu bapa famili terdekat je yang takda.