Happy raya guys and dolls!
It’s the time of year I both most and least look forward to for two very different yet similar reasons. I look forward to the gathering of the whole family, the salam-salaman asking for forgiveness, house visiting, the dressing up, the giving of duit raya (how did this fall into the look forward category? You master the art of giving with age) and most of all the foooood!
And what I least look forward to? The foooooood!
Yes it’s a battle every year, much similar to my 2012 raya post – we (or me at least) waste no time trying to pile back on all those pounds we lost over Ramadhan. I love the food, I mean, who doesn’t?
I just don’t love the expansion of a waistline. But if I just put a little more effort on exercising maybe I won’t keep whining about this huh? Uh-huh.
Traditionally, I start off my mornings at my grandmas in PJ, before visiting my grandad’s grave for prayers. Followed by a visit to my great grand aunt’s place, and then finish the day off at my dad’s sister’s home. There’s not too much traveling involved as they’re all based around KL, so I’m quite grateful that I never get stuck in the horrendous highway traffic most people endure.
Every year, it gets harder and harder to round up the family for a group photo let alone a picture perfect one where everyone’s smiling perfectly while looking straight into the camera. However, the candid ones make the best shots. My best shot is apparently one that coveys the perfectionist I try to be, “eh, look into the camera please. stop talking. SMILEEEEE”. Way to kill the fun!
Looking back at this year’s raya album, I obviously don’t practice what I preach. I’m hardly looking into the camera 90% of the time!
We’ll try again next year, ok?
For now, selamat hari raya aidilfitri, maaf zahir & batin everyone!