Sunday, 14 October 2007

A Malaysian Malaysia Hari Raya At Captain Azmi's

Since most of my friends balik kampung for Raya, I thought it would be a good time to catch up with some reading and some stuff around the house this holiday weekend. It is now Sunday night and it seemed this weekend flew past with the winds that brought the heavy rains since Friday.

Nevertheless, the invitation by Old Tiger Capt. Azmi to his Hari Raya gathering on Saturday night for traditional Penang Asam Laksa was most welcomed.

A few of us (Harjit, Liz, Suet Fun) decided it best to car pool and special thanks go to Baii’s better half, Susan for being the designated driver for the evening. We all fitted nicely in their monstrous Ssangyong Stavic.

Azmi, Hamisah and their kids are wonderful hosts and apart from our Old Edwardian gang, the others present were close neighbours. The other times I had attended parties at Azmi's were at their weekend condo in Bandar Utama.

I knew Azmi's place was being renovated in time for his daughter's wedding, more than 3 months back’s and we were very impressed with what he has done with it; a contemporary Melayu concept very tastefully done. Much of the wooden features including furniture were refurbished from old pieces collected from some small towns. One could almost imagine P. Ramlee sitting on one of the chairs in the wooden lanai. Not bad for a budak kampong from Tepin!

Liz's Bombay Sapphire gin, bitter lemon, and tonic concoction made for a potent evening but the highlight was Hamisah’s laksa which must be one of the best around! My son JJ would certainly agree - he had 6 helpings and was decked out on Azmi’s sofa at 2.00 am!

We now know what Azmi will be doing after MAS has had enough of him….he will start a new career/hobby as an interior designer.

Brought the wrong camera…photos did not turn out right.

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