Sat 17. I was dead tired from working the whole morning up to 3pm. clearing up the old house in Ulu Bendul (See bio -pic). Weeds and grass have started to sprout at all corners and even under the house itself. Worked like a hired coolie under the hot sun, in loving memory of my late parents. Reached home after six and the wife sprang a surprise, She had no friend ( all having their own weekend agenda) to attend a friend's house warming party atTaman Impian Putera at Bandar Seri Putera, Bangi , and she wanted me to come along.
Do I have a choice? Nahi. It was a third request from the office colleague, the last house she bought. No more open house and my wife had missed the previous two. Willy nilly I slipped into a batik and off we went, after she checked with the collegue whether it was all right to bring a husband. Interesting point here. If a husband is invited to a function, taking the wife along is to be expected. But if a wife is invited in a more or less official capacity? You're not necessarily expected to hang along, Bro!
She received the OK and I decided to hang along, throwing the first impulse to just send her there than scoot somewhere else. If the girls want to have a shindig to themselves then I'd clear away. But lo and behold. I saw a number of ketayap and jubah clad people enjoying themselves under the porch where food was served. They were from the local "surau group" and I felt very much at ease. What a wonderfully religious idea, marrying the modern house warming or open-house concept with the traditional kenduri and baca doa.
The ladies were huddled up inside the brand new, well-lit semi D housing unit. I didn't have time to take a shot and so here's a catalog shot to aid your imagination:
Had a nice discussion with them on the religious activities in the new residential area. No surau yet but a house owner graciously allowed his yet unoccupied unit to be used as a temporary surau. According to the teaching of Islam for as long as people use the house for prayers and other religious activities, the owner will reap the"pahala". The same if you plant a fruit tree and let people enjoy the fruits.
Che Norsiah Patah, the hostess for the house warming party, was so non-assuming, friendly and casual. The food was excellent and being tired and hungry, I didn't waste time to have my fill. If my tummy looks a little ' terbonjol' in the picture it's because I ate too much perhaps. Met many wonderful people at the party including Irwan and his charming wife. Again I forgot to take pictures and hope that some will be forthcoming from other shutterbugs present at the occasion.
Sorry, no picture of the food spread for there's too many of such pictures around. Or of people eating.
Thanks Che Norsiah for a wonderful get together.