Monday, October 22, 2007

Our 2007 Eid ~ Bangi

*This vewy vewy long Eid journal is specially intended for my youngest bro Udi in Bath, my adik sepupu Kak Yeen in Manchester, my adik sepupu Zuf in Japan, and my mom's adik sepupu Dek Na in Kuwait... mwahs!*

Alhamdulillah… amidst me dok malas nak beraya and all that jazz, Raya this year was very fulfilling albeit in a very modest way.

Spiritually, everyone was calmer, tenang, jovial even… and in a very good mood.

I think the joy can be seen clearly on our faces, no...?


The Rosleys on Eid 2007 morning, sans Udi who is in Bath, U.K

Thursday before Raya.

Abang was still working that Thursday. So he sent the boys & I back to Bangi first that late Thursday morning. I reached home, however, to a rather quiet house. Umi Ayah ke pasar, and Ahy tengah mandi. Celi tak sampai rumah lagi from Shah Alam.

Soon after making LabuLabi comfy in the bedroom (God they were sooooo penakut of new places! Habis sorok dalam-dalam bawah my katil yang berabuk-abuk tu!), UmiAyah came back from pasar.

Masa tu muka aku dah lain macam dah, sebab I specifically told Ayah not to ask Umi to temankan dia berjalan merata-rata.

I think Umi saw my face, and quickly told me, “Umi teman Ayah pergi pasar. Tapi Umi duduk dalam kereta aje. Ayah tak kasi Umi keluar, sebab Ayah kata nanti Kak Lin marah Ayah sebab suruh Umi ikut, tengah sakit-sakit pinggang ni…”

Tau tak pa! I said.

Deep inside my heart masa tu, I was smiling coz Ayah takut jugak kalau aku marah, hehehehehehe.

Umi kata she had just feeling better since our family doc Dr.Husni gave her both painkiller and ubat gastric to go the day before. So she could then take the painkiller without having really bad gastric, and could at least walk around without rasa pitam-pitam any longer.

Nevertheless, I helped Umi like a whirlwind that day with the barang-barang pasar, as would Celi and Farhi if they were around. Farhi masa tu tengah sibuk perabiskan the last batch of cookies for home after having done all that he was selling the previous weekend.

Alhamdulillah, Ahy managed to complete his décor project (a décor of an entire apartment) and also a total of 80 boxes of cookies way ahead of time. So masa aku balik Bangi tu dia saja je nak buat cookies untuk rumah pula. Bless his soul, Ya Allah. Aaaamiiiin.

Masa ‘buka, Abang balik lewat sebab kena interview orang before the Raya break starts. Umi & I decided to buka dengan kuih je dulu, and wait for Abang. Alhamdulillah, Umi larat kulu-kiler dari pagi sampi ke malam macam tak pernah sakit! Nevertheless I made sure Umi took her painkillers and gastric, not wanting to take her condition for granted. Ayah pun nampak happy sangat with Umi’s condition. Ayah said perhaps Umi rasa seronok anak-anak dah mula balik. Perhaps so.

At night, Umi and I sat through our sewing and berborak-borak till 1am! It was really nice to be sharing stories of family matters that, I suppose, only married children would understand better. I don’t think I would take things calmer to the stories/issues that Umi shared with me that night should I were still single.

Ayah pula kept mencelah, “Selalu-selalulah balik and borak dengan Umi macam ni, Kak Lin… Umi seronok borak-borak macam ni. Sebab itu terus hilang sakit Umi…”. Perhaps so. And perhaps I will, rather than dok bergayut je kat telefon dengan Umi.

I slept late that night, alone sewing the beads to my baju Raya till 3am. Itu pun tak puas hati. Rasa nak buka balik beads tu. Tapi teruskan juga. Kalau nak buka balik, biar lepas Raya, I thought.

Friday before Raya.

In the morning, Abang balik Cheras to draw while I stayed back to do our last-minute compulsory pineapple jam tarts.

I made 4 adunans… even though that was only like 4 ½ trays of tarts, but it took from late morning to just before Asar to complete. Mujur Celi and Ahy were around to help with the jam toppings and also, what we all call as the “grilles” ~ fine strips that we cut from the dough and we lay selang-seli on the tarts supaya nampak cantik and bila simpan dalam balang would lessen the impact of the tarts melekat to the kertas minyak.

Celi so perfected her topping the jam agar tak melimpah ruah, and Ahy with grilles so meticulously done that nampak macam tangan orang perempuan yang buat! Umi pula menjahit baju Raya Celi nearby... one spot at one corner of the dry kitchen, just nearby the oven, yang Umi dah letak segala pekakas menjahit dia including the mesin jahit tepi and big huge cushions for her to rest/take naps between the sewing.

Satu hari tu Umi tak rest pun. Menjahit dari pagi, and kadang-kadang tolong lay the dough-grilles. Right after Asar, Umi terus siap-siap pekakas untuk rendang and kuah kacang segala. Risau juga dengan belakang dia, tapi Umi kata Alhamdulillah it was still bearable and she still didn’t feel too tired to work.

This Raya was rather extra special in the sense that Ayah bought kerang untuk dibuat masak rendang. Initially the kerang smelled pretty bad masa Ayah cuci and eventually Umi rebus. Tapi lepas Umi masak the kerang as rendang… huiyoooo, sedap gila!

So, that evening after Asar, Abang came back to help Umi with the parut kelapa and perah santan while Celi & Ahy helped around with other things.

One and only menantu tolong parut and perah kelapa

Aku masa tu dah letih gila sebab tidur tak cukup. So Umi let me sat down at her sewing corner to finish off my beading work.

At the end of the day after us all adik beradik dah tukar alas meja utama and keluarkan segala pinggang mangkuk sudu garpu specifically for Raya, that Raya eve, Umi managed to complete rendang kerang, and all her most infamous and much awaited rendang ayam, rendang daging and kuah kacang... and all semua of course indelibly yummeeeh!

Biasanya she’ll also do the complete jazz of rebus nasi for nasi impit and tuang dalam a few plastic tebal bekas kampit beras and then impit dengan granit alas lesung gelek. This Raya, however, Umi resorted to nasi impit plastic rebus je.But what new thing she added was a “lemang tipu” ~ pulut yang dia masak dalam microwave in the periuk Vision, and then she bungkus balut the cooked pulut dalam daun pisang in “batons” measuring 6 inches in lengths with the diameter of a typical lemang, ikat each of them with tali rapia at both ends and in the middle, finally the whole jango direbus till kering air… and voilah! Jadi la lemang instant! Terror, kan?

And you know what, she only decided to do the “lemang tipu” in the wee hours of midnite... boleh? Superwoman betul. Aku nak lelap mata pun tak sampai hati. So we both end up calling it a night around 1.20am gitu. Itupun dia kata Ayah had requested lontong for this Raya, so she said she would only do it esok pagi lepas Subuh.

Phew, I just know I won’t be able to substitute her passion for providing that much food for Raya, ever

That Raya Saturday.

Umi woke up earlier than anyone else… I woke up enough time to solat Subuh. Mujur dah siap-siap gosok baju Abang & I the night before, so tak payah kelamkabut nak sediakan sarapan nak gosok baju bagai.

The tradition of the house is that, orang-orang lelaki makan alas perut dulu sikit and pi solat sunat Raya di Masjid UKM, while the ladies stayed back berjuang di dapur dan bercantik berlawa.

So, at around 10.30am when semua dah balik dari solat, dah makan puas-puas and yang perempuan-perempuan (namely Umi la) dah bercantik segala, barulah upacara bersalam berpeluk bercium bermaafan and exchange of angpows happen.
Bermaaf-maafan dan ber-posing-an

Tengoklah kat gambar atas tu… Umi Ayah tak leh nak lepas dengan angpows they got from anak-anak, heh2. Punya lah diorang suka! Seronok tengok diorang suka! Insyaallah by Raya next year when semua dah habis belajar and mula bekerja, they will get more, InsyaAllah…

Belum puas bergambar-gambar, our first guests arrived ~ my younger cousin Neeza (aka Kakak), her policeman hubby Zul and their two lovely lovely kids. Their mom, who is Umi’s eldest sister, and the whole of their family beraya di KB dengan Ba, Ma and the rest of the Kelantan clan. I presume Zul kena bertugas that Raya and also nak balik ke kampong his side di Kluang pula, so by tradition memang Kakak&family will tandang rumah their Cik Zan first thing before ke tempat-tempat lain on the 1st Raya.

Belum puas golek-golek gomol-gomol dengan my niece and nephew, Abang kata nak pi lawat kubur Abang Umar nearby. And so we went.

Selamat Hari Raya, Abg Umar

Rupanya batu nisan dah pun naik, along with the batu bukit/granite someone had mentioned to cari for Abg Umar’s kubur. Cantik betul batunya tu.

After sedekahkan Yassin and clean up the dried leaves on his pusara, Abang decided to go visit the infamous pejuang among the circuit, Pak Lang, a.k.a Anwar’s bro-in-law and also Che’GuBard’s dad-in-law, yang sedang terlantar sakit prostate cancer which has now metastasized into bone cancer.

Boy was he so happy to see Abang. He held Abang’s hand the entire time we were there talking to him in his room for almost an hour, sampai lenguh-lenguh lengan dia.

He told us tales and stories about him and the medical students during his stays in the hospitals, also about him and Anwar dari zaman budak-budak sampai lah kena tahan ISA.

He was one of Anwar’s closest buddies before he married Anwar’s sister, you see. So, he knows how Anwar was like even before the entire nation does.

At one point, he was even on the verge of tears bila dia cerita how dulu masa zaman-zaman sekolah when Anwar announced to his kampong friends that he wanted to become a Prime Minister when he grew up, Pak Lang said, “Ehhh suuuuuuda la! Kalau kau betul jadi PM, aku akan berenti apa ja kerja aku masa tu dan jadi drebar kau!”

True enough, when Anwar got sacked in 1998, Pak Lang decided to voluntarily quit his job and became Anwar’s driver and “protector” when taking him on his campaign tour around the Peninsular.

Bergenang mata Pak Lang. Those were the days, he said.

It was really sad to leave Pak Lang. He’s deteriorating every minute as we speak. Doctors estimated that Pak Lang has a couple more months to go; but Pak Lang refused to accept other than Allah’s own estimation and will.

Kita jumpa lagi Pak Lang, dalam keadaan yang lebih sihat, ya?

Pak Lang (adik ipar DSAI, juga pejuang Reformasi) yang cekal



Tok Rimau said...

Selamat Hari Raya. Maaf Zahir Batin

Roti Kacang Merah said...

alamak... blogger tersohor just dropped-by, lah... *malu*

Salam EidulFitri ke Tok juga! Maafkan juga segala salah silap kami kalau ada, ya?

Zetty said...

aiyaks...meleleh air liur reading abt ALL the food! respect la larat masak macam2.

selamat hari raya, kak lin. maaf zahir dan batin.

cheguBard said...

selamat hari raya.... maaf zahir bathin.... maaf masa bro. Zunar dtg rumah kami berada di Seremban

Roti Kacang Merah said...

itu la, even kak lin pun baca balik pun rasa macam tak larats. heh heh. nanti bila-bila Raya lain (like, Raya haji ke...) sila bawa Ummi dan adik-adik awak kita makan rendang Umi kak lin di Bangi, otey???

salam aidilfitri pada kalian juga! tak pa, cuma terkilan sebab terlepas nak jumpa Puteri Reformasi! ;-D

elisataufik said...

wah wah your mother so very the vogue gitu. macam bintang filem.

errr i nak try cuba teka which one is you nih..
yang baju kurung brown ke?
(sebab takkan che'abang you peluk orang lain kot ek?)

eh Ahy pun boleh tahan jugak ek? too bad all my sisters are married. tee hee.

kak yin said...

WAAAAHHHHH RENDANG KERANGGGG????!!!!eeeeeeeee dah lama tak makan rendang Cik Zan tauuu....taun depan nak request rendang kerang bolehhh????? ehehehe

Roti Kacang Merah said...

sebab tu i tak suka nak vogue-vogue sangat, nanti lawan my mother... heh heh.

Actually, bukan Ahy aje, Udi kat U.K tu pun boleh tahan juga. My sis tu pun also boleh tahan juga (dia rupa kelantan, size pung separuh i, hehe). Tapi semua single-mingle lagi. Memang dalam adik beradik kami suka cari jodoh lambat-lambat kot. ikut kakak tua dia. grins.

Roti Kacang Merah said...

kak yin
jangan request aje, tapi tak balik mesia! ke, raya next year awak dah graduate??? kalau dah, buuuuleeeeeeh sangat request dengan cikzan for her rendang keraaaaaang. yum yum!

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