I hope that you and the entire family are doing fine in Singapore and are enjoying your holidays with the relatives
Cart and I are both fine. After a month of fasting, yesterday, Cart and I celebrated Eid.
Personally for me, I think that this year was one of the most challenging fast because unlike in Singapore where dawn and dusk are more or less the same, here in Italy, during the first day of ramadan, we started fasting from 4.40am all the way till 8pm.
Even though the timings got more tolerable towards the end of the holy month, Cart and I eventually fell ill.
But that did not keep me away from trying to have a little celebration of our own here.
The day before, Cart and I went to Piazza Vittorio to get some supplies. Its a very interesting place here. There is this wet market which is full of different type of nationalities that it doesn’t feel like Italy at all. I can hear all sorts of languages here. And here, you can find quite a number of goods all over the world. Its really cool. I’d like to show you this place when you come to Italy.
Pics via Rahimah on Multiply
And if you walk a little bit more, suddenly you’ll find yourself in an interesting place full of Chinese people and plentiful of Chinese shops. I was so amazed by the density that it made me wonder how is it possible for any shopkeeper to make a profit there with all the competing stores.
Made in Singapore
Regardless, I found a shop here that sells lemongrass! Thats fantastic! Now I can make a proper Ayam Masak Merah! There is even instant prata! And durian!
Its frozen though. Maybe one of these days I’ll give that packet durian a try to see how it tastes. But for now, I think I prefer fresh durians. For sure, Cart wont even touch them
On Eid itself, I woke up early to cook. Cart wanted to eat Briyani. And I wanted to make Ayam Masak Merah, Sweet and Sour Fish and Satay Goreng. It was really tiring to make all that food. I dont think that it was very good, and hopefully I’ll do better the next time. But how on earth do you have the energy to cook 5 times the amount of what I did?
I wanted to go to the mosque for mass prayers in the morning. But I didnt manage to go since Cart wasn’t feeling very well. I felt a little regret when I read that there were about 30 000 attendees. It must have been very festive! I really wanted to be a part of that. Hopefully we manage to be there next Eid.
I invited Cart’s family for lunch and Cart asked his best friend over.
I had a very lovely time.
I still don’t understand what most of what they were saying though since my Italian is still not very fluent. But it was still a nice day just to get together to talk and bond over a meal. Cart’s mum brought over 3 different types of vegetables by the way. There was so much food, I think that I probably not have to cook the next 3 days. Hehehe
Guess what mak, Cart wore his baju kurong!
Later on in the evening, my Singaporean friends came over.
We had a new addition to the Singaporeans in Rome gang. Her name is Lajay and she’s been living in Rome for about a year now. And I was very happy to see that all of us got together very well.
And Lynn is going to be a mother! I was stunned when she told me that she was going to have twins!
Its really nice to see our group getting bigger! And its pretty cool to have a Chinese, Malay and Indian in the group. Very multi-racial!
We had so much fun and chatted all the way that we did not realise the time was past midnight. Cart probably went to work groggy this morning and I had a nice pile of dishes that I had to wash
But its times like these, I feel more like I have a part here, now that I have good friends and family here. Every day I feel more grown up and adult.
But I still miss you heaps though. I miss being with you. I miss being your daughter.
Marina rindu sangat dengan Mak
Selamat Hari Raya Mak. Maaf zahir dan batin. Tak sabar menanti bulan Disember.