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Arabian nights revisited
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Tupai's quiet dendang perantau

Couldnt get inside the mosque, but they have big carpets outside
Oit.. sign your name in the guest book first
Part of the courtyard, no mosquitoes though
Dato' Ismail at the rostrum. He thinks he's putting on weight
Imagine raya without kuih raya. What a beautiful sight this
I forgot to bring detergent... would be nice to see bubbles
Yo. Another angle of the ambassador's excellent crib
The residence from the front, the lights gave that raya touch
There's a mini fountain. No coins in there yet
The interior, lush and spacious. White leather couch, ouch.
A bunch of coppers doing nothing
El classico. Copper iron with wooden handle. Good weapon.
Yus and Azman, cool telco men of Riyadh
Sahrin resting on a giant lazyboy. So where's the TV?
Dato' Ismail bidding adieu to Ustaz Hassan
Bersekutu Bertambah Mutu is apt, as is Manliness Through Wisdom


It is official, this year's raya is my most low profile raya ever.

It was, in fact, close to becoming a non-event. After the eid prayer (performed as early as 6.15am... almost missed it, got the 2nd rakaat in jamaah though!) I did not go out of the house or see anybody until the evening, 6.30pm to be precise.

Thanks to fellow Riyadians, Messrs Sharif & Azman, they rescued my raya and brought me to the ambassador's residence in the Diplomatic Quarter in the west of Riyadh. It was a good get together for those who are still left in Riyadh for raya, my guess is that about 200+ came to hear a speech by our new ambassador, Dato' Dr Ismail Ibrahim (previously of IKIM). After that, we went makan.

As anticipated, the customary nasi himpit & kuah kacang was served (hence my raya finally felt like raya), alongside nasi beriyani, bihun goreng, biskut cornflakes and others. Whew, what a relief!

If given a choice, I would rather celebrate at tanah tumpah darah anytime.....

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