Monday, September 28, 2009

Jalur Gemilang ... Selamat Merdeka from the Malaysian Embassy of UAE!

Thanks to LL, we registered with the local embassy here in AUH (Abu Dhabi), and went along for the Open Day, celebrating both Merdeka 52 as well as Hari Raya!

Oh ... oh ... I didn't have a batik shirt, I went along anyway!
LL even gave us a ride there, located along Muroor Road it was rather easy to find!

Welcome to the Embassy of Malaysia at Abu Dhabi!

Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri and
Selamat Hari Kemerdekaan Yang Ke-52!

There were probably about 200 Malaysians there, hmmm .. never knew there were so many of us in town!

It was time to raise the flag, oops Jalur Gemilang ... Have to admit I felt a bit of a patriotic rush as we all sang along to Negaraku! This was perhaps the first time since I left La Salle Klang in 1989 that I sang our national anthem. Has it been 20 years?

Raising our flag...

A glorious Abu Dhabi evening...

The newly appointed Ambassador made his speech, then it was time to dig in!

Chants of Merdeka ... Merdeka ... Merdeka!

Mental note ... Why are we all only patriotic when we are so far away from home ... Perhaps its cos we miss our families, the food, the rain and even the grass.
Starters :-)

Ah ... Kenduri with Kari Ayam, mee hoon, prawns and sambal sotong even!

Loved the rendang with Nasi Dagang, Nasi Kunyit and Ketupat too!

Our guest, KS, who just arrived from Malaysia earlier that morning, reminded us that this was called Sirap Selasih (Its got sago-like seeds of a fruit at the bottom of the drink), refreshing on a very hot evening!

Just as I thought I had enough, a man tapped me on the shoulder at the buffet tent, "Nak Nasi Lemak Bungkus, ke?" YES, please!

A closer look :-)

There was even Roti Jala :-)

Finally ... beating the crowd, or more like waiting for the food crowd to disperse, we took stick after stick of Chicken Satay. Best!


"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

did u get the supplier's name? haha for future cravings..

Julian Si said...

Haha... No lah, somethings best enjoyed once a year :-)

shirly said...

always like to read your blog so interesting and nice. Get to go different places and eat different types of foods

Julian Si said...

Very kind of you, thanks Shirly!

dannie chOOng said...

u left La Salle 1989 ??? which class were u in ??? me left La Salle Klang 1989 too, class 5N...

Anonymous said...

Sure your nasi lemak from Malaysia?? It could be the Singapore's nasi lemak???!! Honestly, Singapore's claim to nasi lemak is mind boggling since I don't think most Singaporeans understand what the following terms:-

i) Sambal;
ii) Ikan bilis;
iii) Timun;
iv) Telur rebus;
v) Lemak; and lastly but not least
vi) Nasi!!

Ha!Ha! Sorry bout this mate. Anyway, nice blog and keep it up!! ;p