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.
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.
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.
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.