Thursday, December 20, 2007

Selamat Hari Raya Haji

Today is the Muslim holiday of Hari Raya Haji, where they celebrate the folks who have completed the Haj.

On Hari Raya Haji Eve we went to a concert of six Malay guys who played guitar, mandolin and some hand drums and sang with wonderful harmonies. It was very middle eastern sounding. The strange thing was that they looked like Micronesians, but they were playing instruments!

On the way home we watched sheep and goats being loaded off a truck and into a holding pen next to the mosque which is a block from our apartment. This morning we went out and took pictures of them.

An hour or so after these pictures were taken, all of these animals were sacrificed.

Then we hopped on the subway, which is known as the MRT here in Singapore. I call it Mr. T. Below is a photo of me at the MRT stop right outside of my apartment door: Farrer Park.

Our first stop was Rohaizad's parents' home in Ang Mo Kio. Below is the view when you look out the front door of their house. They are a remarkable family in that they own a house instead of living in an apartment (which is known as an HDB flat).

We left Rohaizad's parents' home after a few hours and went over to his grandmother's HDB flat up in Yishun. To take a little break between family stuff, we stopped by Sembawang Park in the far north of Singapore and took a walk.

In this photo of Sembawang Park you can see Malaysia across the water.


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