The day before Ummi was admitted again, for her Lumbar Puncture procedure (I realized that lately most of my blog entry openings must have something to do with Ummi's hospitalization). My mentor at Rakan IJN which I regard as my own father, Mr. Bala invited Ummi & I for his Deepavali Open House.
Recalling our previous conversation in the past years;
Me : "Mr. B, so how was your Deepavali celebration today?"
Him : "What lah celebrate. I went to the temple to pray, then relaxed at home ate biscuits." (-__-)
Yes Mr. Bala is pretty strict with his diet, I remember recording his daily readings of sugar & blood pressure levels. =)
So I was pretty surprised that this year he wanted to throw an Open House. So after visiting Aunty Ana at Putrajaya since Ummi wanted to have a chat with her bestfriend prior to her hospital stay, we later on went to Bangsar for Mr. Bala's. I always teased me that Mr. B is Jovian Mandagie's neighbour since his boutique is only across the road from his house, while he never had any idea how famous he is as a fashion designer though he always notices that flashy cars always parked in front of his boutique. Yes lucky people. =D
When I arrived at his place, little did I know that it would be a pretty big affair with pink and white scalloped canopies and balloons! Hahaha! I really looked like a mess at that time I wished I dressed up a bit more to respect the occassion. Mr. B and Mrs. B were delighted to see me and when I asked him didn't expect such an occasion he responded that he hasn't thrown an open house for many years hence this kind of celebration. I noticed some familiar faces from Rakan IJN, as well as some unfamiliar ones, mostly Indians, Chinese and Sikhs. Ummi and I were the only Malays there and typical me clad in an Abaya I realized the photographers were excited to snap my photos maybe because "Ahhhh now we see a Malay here ." =D It felt truly a Malaysian celebration I was pretty excited. And of course, Mr. Bala just had to introduce me as his girlfriend to his friends and family there haha typical Mr. Bala. =D
Oh of course we have to check out the buffet line. =) Mr. Bala hired an Indian catering company serving Indian food but they divided 2 separate areas where one you can have all the chicken and lamb, whereas another area was for Vegetarians which would be suitable for Muslims as well. Cool thing was they still prepared chicken for the Vegetarians or Vegans, but they were all organic, which I know are made from Tofu.
|I had these the most. Shrimps!|
|Putu Mayam & Prata bread as well as Bryani rice.|
|Organic Satay. Yes, believe it. =D|
|My favourites of the night were definitely the Sambal Udang (Shrimps in Chili Paste) and the Papadoms. The prawns were amazing.|
|As for the Organic Satay they were pretty good, of course taste like Chicken-ish tofu but it was pretty good.|
|Ok tried to capture those sharing my table, not a good photo here but the women and kids really dressed up here. =)|
|And there was a cake.|
I could not recall whether they just wanted to cut a cake to celebrate the event or it was their anniversary, but I don't reckon on the latter. Anyways I loved this part because I felt like I was in a Din Teksi or Lat's comic strip (now when was the last time you heard of Din Teksi? =D ) where you could see all races of Malaysians in it. When everyone teased Mr. B to feed the cake to Mrs. B first (those two aren't very romantic) they all insisted to feed the children first and said "Always feed the children first." Awwwww. =')
I am glad I could make it to this occasion, before more days to check in at the hospital. I truly love this couple of husband and wife, both are like my sister's and my own parents. From another race, from another religion. I pray for them to be blessed always in this world and in the HereAfter, insha Allah. =')
Thanks for reading. =)