It’s the 2nd day of Syawal today. Alhamdulillah, praise be to God,
I have reasons to be in a celebratory mood. Reason #1: I managed
to complete another Ramadhan whilst fending off my own personal
demons, especially when it comes to driving on the roads of Kuala
Lumpur and Petaling Jaya when it was close to iftar. Reason #2: I
survived the annual Malaysian Balik Kampung Road Massacre and
made it safely to and fro the family’s hometown of Johor Bahru,
although my driving legs are a bit traumatized from the massive
traffic jam stretching from Pedas/Linggi all the way past the
Seremban/Port Dickson exit on the North/South Highway that took
2 hours of our lives that we will never get back. Reason #3:
Unlike past years, my tummy remains intact from making any funny
bowel movements from the shock of getting food during daytime for
two days already. Can’t say the same about my family members.
Which explains why we were all an agitated bunch of people when
we were stuck in that traffic jam.
On that note, I’d like to thank all those who sent those Raya
greeting SMSes, cards, e-cards, etc. To those 7-8
of you who participated in the The 2006 Eid Greeting Card Initiative,
thank you for providing me joy in sending those cards out.
Selamat Hari Raya. Maaf zahir dan batin.