Sunday, July 15, 2018


14th JULY 2018 ~ We were busy practising as we had a performance for a school event last weekends so there was no time to celebrate Eid together as a group. A plan was set for the visit and luckily, many members of SMK Taman Universiti's Angklung Group were available at the planned time.

The students had to take a Grab Car from Taman Universiti tomy place, and back. That should cost about RM50 per car and they would have to divide the fares among themselves. 

SMKTUN's Angklung Group Alumni SPM batch 2016, Mr. Haiqal
The house became awkwardly silent after they had gone. Hope they had enjoyed the food and the short time at my house, and will remember this moment later when they grow much older. This was their second time here (for most of them) for Eid and hopefully they will become regulars.

That should be the end of Eid celebration and I have to get back to the real life real soon.

Saturday, July 14, 2018


Dr. Shafiq Shahmi Mat Rebi paid me a visit for Eid, accompanied by his wife and kids. Despite the fact today is no longer the month of Syawal when Eid is celebrated, people are always welcomed to the house. You don't have to come only during Eid celebration.

I should thank Dr. Shafiq, an alumni of SMKTUN [SPM batch 2004] for his kind and thoughtful gesture. He is one of the regular visitors for Eid and hope we will see each other again, but not at the clinic hopefully.

I am expecting a bigger group of visitors right after this....

Friday, July 13, 2018

THE 29th DAY OF EID 1439H

On the very last day of Eid for this year, I made my way to Bandar Dato' Onn to attend an Open House held by Puan Hajah Ida Amiza. She is an English-teacher-friend who is currently teaching in SMK Mohd. Khalid. I am truly touched for her kind thought to invite me over even though we are not teaching in the same school.

I met an ex-student of SMKTUN there, Mr. Fariz Haikal from SPM batch 2010 who happened to be working in the same office as Puan Ida's husband. It is a very small world after all.

I could not stay long as I had to attend another Eid gathering at Taman Pulai Jaya, a continuation of the visiting series done before.

The last house visit for the year was at Puan Rumaiah's place. Besides the scrumptious home-cooked food she served us, we were also presented with the king of fruit, the durian. I could not really eat a lot of this fruit but the temptation was too great too resist.

the host very busy at work

Thanks to all these people for making our cycle of house visits complete this year: Puan Mazzelina Mahmood (SISC+ officer at PPD Johor Bahru), Mr. Mohd. Khir Masbul - the husband of Puan Mazzelina, teaching in STF), Puan Rumaiah Hassan (SMK Dato Yunos Sulaiman) and Mr. Nazree, the husband and also Mr. Saravanan Palanisamy (SM Seni Johor Bahru) who came with his two daughters.

Thanks for the time and company, and I could officially announce we are all already fat. Hence the group's motto: let's get fat together.

That should be the very last episode of the Eid's activities throughout the month of Syawal. I am glad to be able to meet some people, the regulars and the non-regulars. May we see each other again one year from now.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

THE 28th DAY OF EID 1439H

With two more days remaining for Eid celebration, the visiting activities had to be done so as to maximize the time. Right after school, I was invited by Puan Hamimah, an office staff of my former school SMK Taman Universiti. At was I was quite hesitant at first as there should be a meeting after school but then the plan was cancelled and I was jumping up and down. By 3.45 p.m., I already arrived at her place.

Got to see more friends and colleagues at Puan Hamimah's house in Taman Mutiara Rini. It was kind of her to still remember to invite me there for Eid

The next house visited at Taman Mutiara Rini was of Mr. Mohd. Khir and Puan Mazzelina Mahmood. I was there at 9.00 p.m. - the last one to arrive.

The same people who were at my house two days before were again gathered under one roof, but this was not the end yet. The visiting chain will be continued tomorrow - the very last official day of Eid.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

THE 27th DAY OF EID 1439H

Two days before Eid comes to its end, Mr. Sharudin Mazlan (SMKTUN alumni SPM batch 2006) managed to drop by after work. Even though he is staying and working in Johor Bahru, the last time I saw him was during Eid last year.

I still need to thank him for his effort to visit right after work without even going back home and hope our next plan could be initialized real soon.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

THE 26th DAY OF EID 1439H

A group of friends who are English teachers from other different schools came visiting for Eid this evening. Everyone seemed to be very busy throughout the month which had made our effort to start the house visit sessions almost impossible. Not to worry though, Eid is celebrated for one whole month here.

The ladies took their husbands along. I was really happy that Mr. Saravanan Palanisamy was at my place for the first time with his two cute daughters.

There will be more visiting sessions after this for us, right till the very last day of Eid. I am so looking forward to it.

Monday, July 9, 2018

THE 24th DAY OF EID 1439H

Some people came visiting in bigger groups that I worried there would not be enough chairs or glasses. Others preferred to come in much smaller groups, or just came alone. And some people just disappeared.

Those who came alone should be lucky as you could have me all to himself/herself without having to share with others - in a good way. :)

Thanks Mr. Mohd. Tarmidzi, a teacher friend who is one of the people in-charge of the Johor Bahru Chess Team, for finally arriving for the Eid visit after 4 years of planning which had never been executed.