Raya 2010

It has been quite some time since my last entry in this blog. Every now and then, I do check the stats report on this blog and I am amazed that people still visit this website – mostly directed by search engines based on Malay Genealogy-related keywords.

For this entry, I’d like to share my Hari Raya vacation for this year. At first, I was still undecided whether to celebrate Hari Raya in Kelantan or Perak. My suggestion was to celebrate the 1st day of Eid in Perak and travel to Kelantan on the 2nd day of Eid. That was only a suggestion. Due to unforeseen financial circumstances, we’ve decided to just celebrate Eid in Putrajaya.

But, on Wednesday evening, at about 9pm, someone who owes me unexpectedly paid-up their debt (though not all) and the funds are more than enough to cover our Eid expenses.Within the hour, we’ve decided to travel to Kelantan that very evening. We started our journey from Putrajaya at about 3am. Traffic was rather smooth from Putrajaya to the toll at Gombak. From Gombak, we took the Karak highway and to our surprise, we were stucked in a very long queue which began from the entrance of the Genting Sempah tunnel. Imagine traveling from Genting Sempah to the Petronas station just before the Bentong exit at 20km per hour!

From that particular Petronas, traffic was surprisingly clear. We stopped at Temerloh for Subuh prayers and continued our journey to Kemaman via the East Coast Highway. Oh by the way, we did not want to use the Gua Musang route to Kelantan – just to avoid the long queue in a trunk road. We arrived in Kemaman at about 8am and we switched drivers just after the KSB junction. From there we continued our journey to Kota Bharu via Kuala Terengganu.

Before departure

Before departure

Clear traffic...

One day before Raya - and the traffic is CLEAR!

We reached Kuala Terengganu at about 11am and spent an hour walking down the memory lane. Not long before, we used to stay in Kuala Terengganu from 2003 – 2007. My son Idris spent his early months in Terengganu. We had the opportunity to see our old house in Gong Badak which is now converted into a homestay. We also went to Universiti Malaysia Terengganu where my wife and I first met in 2003. We went on to the coastal road near UMT to continue our journey to Kota Bharu.

Traffic was also smooth here. In fact the next long queue we encountered was in Jelawat! We arrived at my mother-in-law’s house in Bukit Marak at about 1.30pm. My wife’s siblings were already there the day before except for Puteri Azlian who celebrates her first 3 days of Eid in Kuala Kelawang, Negeri Sembilan. She joined us in Kelantan in the evening of the 3rd Eid.

Border: Terengganu-Kelantan

Traffic clear at the Terengganu-Kelantan border

Jelawat Jam

Traffic Jam at Jelawat!?

Here I would like to share several pictures taken during the Hari Raya celebrations in Kelantan. First day pictures, family dinner on the 2nd day – sponsored by Ayah Ngah, Ayah Su’s open house and visiting distant relatives on the 3rd day and of course, the Megat Ramli’s Family Photo-Shoot on the 4th day.

Khutbah Raya

Khutbah Raya delivered by Ayah Chik

Tahlil Umi

Morning of 1st Raya - tahlil at Ummi's tomb. Visited by her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and their respective spouses

Dinner Ayah Ngah

2nd Raya - Dinner sponsored by Ayah Ngah at Four Seasons, Kota Bharu

My Family

My Family - Megat Iskandar, Puteri Nuur Khadijah, Megat Idris Naquiyuddin and Puteri Mariam Sophia

My Big Family

The Family of Megat Ramli Bin Megat Adnan

We intend to go to Perak on Wednesday but due to my laziness – I extended one more day in Kelantan. On Thursday, as we plan to make our move at about 3pm, my wife convinced me that we would waste one whole day traveling today. She suggested that we travel at about 4am the following morning and I agreed. But, at about 6pm, I just realized that if I were to travel tomorrow morning and spend the night in Perak, I will be traveling to KL on Saturday. On Sunday, we had to wake up early as Ayah Ngah called for a meeting to discuss the itinerary of his daughter’s wedding. So, it came to my mind that if I were to travel the following morning, I won’t have a full-day’s rest as I start working on Monday.

Reluctantly, we began our journey to Perak on Thursday night departing from Bukit Marak at about 9.30pm. Traffic was again smooth. We reached Kuala Kangsar at about 1am and spent the night there. We were told that Yong arrived in KL at about 2am that day (she began her journey from Bukit Marak at about 2pm). In Perak, we visited our relatives in Kota Lama and Bukit Chandan before making our way to Beruas. In Beruas, we visited my late mother’s, grandmother’s and uncle’s grave. After the cemetery, we visited my aunt Enda Wan Mazenah and later her eldest sister – Wan Nyah.

On our way back to KL, we’ve decided to take the coastal road via Kuala Selangor. Traffic was once again, smooth. When we reached Kuala Selangor, it was about 9pm and we’ve decided to have our dinner at the Muara Seafood Restaurant in Port Klang. After dinner, we head back to Putrajaya. That was our Hari Raya trip for 2010.

About Megat Iskandar At-Terawis

Born 18 February 1979. Received primary education at King Edward VII School, Taiping, Perak and continued his secondary education at Sekolah Tuanku Abdul Rahman (STAR), Ipoh, Perak (1992-1996). He was awarded a scholarship by the Public Service Department to further his studies in the United Kingdom. Completed his A-Levels at Brooke House College, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, United Kindom in 1999 and gained entry to the University of Kent at Canterbury, United Kingdom. Graduated with a Joint Honours Degree in Computing and Accounting & Finance in 2002. He later pursued his post-graduate studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London in 2003 specialising in Malay Aristocratic Genealogy. Former Chairman of the United Kingdom Executive Council for Malaysian Students (UKEC) from 2001-2003. He was a banker by profession – specialising in Cash Management & Islamic Finance. He is now heading the corporate affairs of a technology company based in Putrajaya. An appointed member of the Community Representative Council for Putrajaya (MPPWP Sub-Zone H) by the Minister of Federal Territories. He is also an elected member of the Executive Committee for Persatuan Darul Ridzuan, heading its Heritage Bureau. He is also the founder and currently serving as Secretary of the Persatuan Keturunan Megat Terawis Malaysia (The Megat Terawis Clan Association of Malaysia). A Grade 8 holder in Pianoforte, he is an active musician, composer and arranger. He married his 3rd cousin – Puteri Nuur Khadijah Binti Megat Ramli in 2004 and was blessed with two children – Megat Idris Naquiyuddin and Puteri Mariam Sophia.
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