Saturday, September 24, 2011

Still in Eid Mode

It's almost the end of the Shawal and yet we still get Eid Open House invitations. In fact, we could only attend a few in a day as sometimes we get so many invitations, too much for our stomachs to handle too. Anyway, to cut the story short, we attended two Open Houses today...technically, one Open School and one Open House.

In the morning, we went to Cyberjaya, a new city about an hour's drive from home. It was to Mama's old school. The school was having a 3-in-1 event - Eid party, birthday party for some current students, and a prayer session for those taking their exams in a couple of weeks' time. These are Year 3 students who will sit for their Lower Secondary Assessment (Penilaian Menengah Rendah in Malay) in early October. Good luck, girls!

We were happy to meet old friends as well as making new ones. The school had reserved a table for alumni members and even assigned some girls to be at our beck and call. OK...maybe we use the wrong term there....but we can't call them waitresses for day, right? Anyway, we enjoyed the food and the company. My only complain, we didn't get to taste the BBQ lamb. But at least we had chicken satay (again????) Aunty Ona came with us as Mama needed someone to bully in the car as Dad had to work.

Handmade cards greet us at the hall's doors.
At the alumni table....you know who with some of her seniors.
Aunty Ona (middle) with our "waitresses" of the day. You did a good job, girls. Sorry I didn't quite catch your names.
Oh yeah...it was free for all balloons at the end of the day.
Aunty Ona and you know who posing with some cupcakes. The cakes were iced pink and blue as those are the theme for the party. The dresses worn, I think, suited the theme though it was actually unintentionally done.
Aunty Ona and you know with another senior who they bumped into as well. Those cupcakes were surely tired of you know who's mishandling....
Oh yeah...the BBQ lamb. That's all left of it by the time we recce-ed the stalls outside the hall.
You know who managed to entice this young lady who's one of the birthday girls. She won the best dressed prize too.
The Eid cake.
The birthday cake....too many cakes, I tell you.
We left Cyberjaya in the afternoon and head off to Taman Bukit Teratai (Lotus Hill Garden???), Cheras, to fulfill Ayoh Wang's (he blogs here) Open House invitation. Took us about an hour as we had to negotiate some winding roads in an unfamiliar area. It was almost "closing" time by the time we reached his house. The aroma of ghee rice, chicken and lamb dishes greeted us. Phew! Thank God we didn't eat too much at the earlier party. And while we were eating, Aunty Puteri (she blogs too, here) and Uncle Mizi arrived. So we had a fun time chit chatting (as most bloggers tend to do), oblivious to the surrounding. Ayoh Wang said he was expecting Aunty Ninot (she blogs here) and family too but they must have lost their way as by the time we left, they still haven't arrived. We'll catch her some other time then.

The host with a grandniece....
Some of the food on offer, prepared by the lady of the house.
Tapai pulut - fermented glutinous rice - wrapped in daun jambu laut.
Ayoh Wang's very shy daughter refilling the layered cake's container.
....while his son was the pawpawrazzi of the day. We shot him shooting us.
Aunty Puteri and Uncle Mizi....hmmm...hogging the pappadoms?
I love that pink plush kitty....
One for album before we left...
Angelina's note: Burp! Excuse me....am too full. Mama said we should all go on diet tomorrow. purrr...meow!

34 comments:

Carolyn said...

"Mama needed someone to bully in the car" Hehehehe!

Lovely food. Feeling hungry now lol

Al-Manar said...

Two parties in one day and here I am wondering what to eat. I wish Ayah Wang's open house were on Pulau Duyong with mermaids and all.

Wan Sharif said...

Thank you for coming to our open house braving the traffic and unfamiliar terrain and all.
Tumpang lalu..
bang Hassan..I stayed in Pulau Duyong in my Grands house now the house belong to my uncle and I have nothing on that island to call my own other than the memories of my earlier years ;)

Pat said...

Your mama's had a busy time of it - but she looks blissfully happy! Saw her at Ayoh Wang's blog, too!

It's lovely to drag out celebration-mode, isn't it? :)

Repositório said...

Nice to know you and you culture!!! purrrrs!

mokjadeandell said...

Jade :know the school.Mamason's daughter was there long time ago...hehehe..lots of experiences.Sweet and savoury.....back then it was right in KL.... puurr.

aby said...

plenty of food to choose .
marvellous ...
that the beauty of eid fitri .
giving chance for old friend and relatives gather again ..

Tamago said...

Two events in one day..you are very busy!! There are a lot of food...delicious looking food!

lemongrass said...

Angelina,
Are you sure it wasn't you who ate all the bbq lamb and left all the bones lying there? ;-P
Poor Mama of yours tak dapat rasa :-(.

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Aunty Caro,
When you travel long distance, you'll need someone to talk to. I'd usually just sleep in the car. purrr...meow!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Dear Pakcik,
Mermaids and all? I'd love that too. But Ayoh Wang had some young ladies singing in French to him yesterday. purrr...meow!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Ayoh Wang,
We enjoyed going on an adventure once in a while. I can't imagine you braving the traffic every morning. MRR2 is not my favourite route ever. The tapai was fabulous. purrr...meow!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Aunty Pat,
Although we don't open our house, doesn't mean we can't enjoy ourselves at others, eh? But traffic was exceptionally bad yesterday. We were exhausted by the time we reached home. purrr...meow!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Aunty Marilia,
I'm glad you enjoyed that. purrr...meow!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Jade,
Mama was in the KL school too. This new one is definitely bigger and with better facilities. purrr...meow!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Uncle Aby,
We managed to control ourselves yesterday. Ate sparingly at the first party so we have room for the second one. Mama didn't cook any dinner either. purr...meow!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Tamago-san,
We actually had four invitations yesterday but could manage only two. It was the distance as well as bad traffic. purrr...meow!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Aunty LG,
It's ok, we still get lamb at Ayoh Wang's place though it was kurma, not bbq. purrr...meow!

Sandy said...

So many food ! Btw.. that layer cake looks very intriguing ! I love the vibrant green colour :D nothing like I've ever seen before .. I hope the kids pass their PMR exam !

Kitcaboodles said...

Oh my goodness, it's 9am Sunday morning here and all this lovely food talk is making me crave cupcakes.. very bad!! :)

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Tante Sandy,
That's the Sarawak layered cake. Didn't you see or eat them when you were living in Kuching? Very intricate designs and vibrant colours. purrr...meow!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Kitcaboodles,
Any festive season is bad for human health, Mama said. purrr....meow!

Sandy said...

oh yeaa...now i remember ! Some of the layer cakes there look like they've been weaved !

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Tante Sandy,
About time you go visit Kuching again. purrr...meow!

Zendra-Maria said...

that's life in KL, Cats... eidul fitri celebrations lasts one whole month. Sometimes we can't make it to every jamuan invite on the list... and hopefully the hosts understand

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Yelah Aunty Zen, perut kita bukannya boleh expand banyak sangat. And I hate the horrendous weekend traffic. But your name was disebut-sebut at Ayong Wang's, tersedak tak? purrr...meow!

one of Fae's humans said...

there is always so much good food in this blog!!! i always end up missing Asia and Asian food when i read your entries. :( seems like you all had a nice time! :)

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Fae's human,
There's quite a sizable Asian community in Brisbane. There's an Indonesian restaurant on Logan Rd, Mt Cravatt that you can try or if you're in Gold Coast, you can try the Malay restaurant in this area where the Hard Rock Cafe is. It's called Maharani. purrr...meow!

ninotaziz said...

Is that Aunty Fatty, Angelina?

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Aunty Ninot,
Yes. That was Aunty Fatty next to Aunty Chott. purrr...meow!

~Covert_Operations'78~ said...

You guys sure know how to celebrate! All those lovely cakes! I love the handmade cards! We should henceforth give each other only handmade cards if not e-cards!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

CO78,
Yeah....but over indulgence isn't good either. Moderation, Watson, everything in moderation. purrr....meow!

one of Fae's humans said...

@Cat-from-Sydney

thanks for the recommendations! i've looked them up on Google and will definitely check them out. :)

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Fae's human,
But I have to put a disclaimer. They're not authentic. Most of their dishes have been adjusted to the chili tolerance of most Australians. purrr...meow!