Colourful smiles of Syawal

Alhamdulilah we are able to celebrate our victory in Ramadhan this year. When I was younger, I looked forward to celebrating Eid because I knew I would be getting all the green packets (of money) from adults. Now, I look forward to Eid because it is a time to reflect and spend time with the family. It is difficult to spend time with the family all the time so I truly appreciate the time off from work to reunite with everyone.

This year, our place was the ‘headquarters’. This means that both paternal and maternal sides of the family would be gathering at our place. I am thankful for this because I am still nursing a very bad back pain. Our first guest was of course my brother’s family.


Trying to take a decent family photo is always a challenge. I thought we did good this year but look who decided to be cranky lol.


Our usual 10 shots recorded my little niece crying more and more lol. It was actually quite funny.


The guests started coming and our house started to fill up.


My very talented auntie who can create anything with her magical hands! She sewed this quiet book for my little niece and I was so impressed with it, I wanted to play with it too! Can you make this quiet book for my future kids as well? Lol. All her three daughters are so tall, I used to babysit them when they were babies and infants a few years ago.


My youngest cuzzie, Umar!! Super cute. He was so tiny during Eid last year I am glad he is growing bigger and healthier.


Eid celebration also means seeing everyone dressed in colourful and cheerful outfits. I love how everyone is dressed in traditional outfits, and this goes the same for everyone celebrating Eid in Singapore. We are always proud of our ethnicity and our peaceful unity among religions and races here.


My dad and his siblings, missing some aunties and uncles. First time missing my late grandma this year. 😦


Mum’s side. I made everyone pose for a group photo because if not for me, there would be none. They love me for it. Lol.


My lovely cuzzies, nieces and aunties gathered in my room, all coincidentally in the same colour.


At the end of the day, my feet was aching terribly. I was not looking forward to going to work the next day! Nevertheless, I hope everyone enjoyed the food and the time spent in our humble home.

We started our visiting on Saturday. It is also our tradition to visit each other during Eid. It is a time for family and friends to bond. This also means spending time with my little niece!


Reunited with my cuzzies and aunties at Cik Ya’s place. All my aunties are such good cooks it is impossible not to like whatever food they serve.


Actually my nerve pain (in my leg)  was so unbearable but my little cuzzie and little niece were amusing and made me laughed.


As the celebrations and visiting continued, I wanted to capture everyone’s beautiful smiles.


People who skip visiting during Eid, you are missing out a lot. It is a time to catch up and bond. Regardless of how old I am, Eid visiting with the family has always been a priority to me. I remember being so busy with work and assignments a few years ago, I stayed up late to finish my assignments because I did not want to miss out on visiting.

This year during Eid, I realized that my cuzzies grew taller, some graduated from school, some got themselves a new job and some had new girlfriends lol. My aunties and uncles may age a little more every year but their presence and jokes never get old. Everyone’s lives are evolving too quickly and despite being so busy, Eid is time reserved for those special ones closed to our hearts. I find that the older I am, the more I appreciate spending time with loved ones.

This year, if I don’t make it to your place, please accept my sincere apologies. My back injury prevents me from walking and standing too much and currently I am under strict orders by the doctor to stay home. I hope you can understand.

The future is unwritten and unpredictable so I always appreciate every moment that bring smiles to my face.

Hope your Eid celebration was just as colourful. ❤