Malaysia has been enjoying a recent festive season; Hari Raya (the end of Ramadan) and Merdeka Day (Independence from the British Empire in 1957). In two weeks’ time it’s Malaysia Day (birth of the Malaysian Federation in 1963). Families and companies give over whole days to celebrate. For Hari Raya in particular the month is dedicated to traditional foods at ‘open houses’. If you like your food, now is a time of plenty.
The feasting is amazing – except if you get food poisoning, which isn’t uncommon – but the events, being Malaysian, are obviously dry. The atmosphere feels a little like Christmas – apart from the arguments about Brussels sprouts and which James Bond film to watch – with lots of gift giving, colourful decorations and the sluggishness brought about from eating too much.
Trying to save money on account of some poor financial planning this month, we’ve hardly had anything to drink recently. Poverty-related abstinence and tee-total partying can only be tolerated for so long. The booze we bought in M&S a few weeks ago tempts us from the wine fridge (being free as we’d already shelled out for it) and last night it was cracked open at record speed. Read the rest of this entry