Sunday, 19 July 2015

Aidilfitri 1436H / 2015M

The aidilfitri celebration, like most other religious and cultural festivals in Malaysia, is a time when family members gather for the chance to reinforce or renew relationships. It is a time when sons and daughters, who work in the city, make the trip back to their respective home-towns or villages to spend the first day of Syawal with their parents. For those whose parents have already departed, it then becomes a day of remembrance and reminiscing the memories of hari raya days of a long time ago.

I am very lucky to still have both father and mother to celebrate this special ocassion with. However, for the past two years, the annual family gathering had been a bit different. Last year, my father spent his hari raya in the ward of National University Hospital in Singapore. He was suffering from pneumonia and was hospitalised for a total of 42 days. This year, on the third day of fasting, my mother had a heart attack and was transported to the same hospital in an ambulance. She was discharged just 2 days before Aidilfitri, after undergoing treatment for 24 days. She is now staying with me for a short while before I have to send her to be re-admitted to another hospital for further therapy.

Praise be to the Almighty. I am counting my blessings each day.

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri to all my friends and readers. May all of you be in good health and joyful spirit.

Masjid Ubudiah in Kuala Kangsar, Perak. Pic taken in May 2015.

6 comments:

Sister said...

Dear Sir, Hope your mother is alright. If she does need some step down care or recuperative care, please do consider our nursing home in Gelang Patah, Johor. Thanks. For more information, Clover Care Centre

doc said...

Salam Oldstock,

Hope your mum gets well soon!!

3yearshousewife said...

Selamat Hari Raya En. Oldstock. Having both parents still at our advanced age is indeed a blessing. Hoping that your mother is coping well with the treatment.

Oldstock said...

Dear Sister,

Thank you for introducing your nursing home. I'll give it consideration should the need arise.

Oldstock said...

Doc,

My mother was re-admitted to NUH due to fever and vomitting. I am told that her condition is now stable. Couldn't visit her myself because, as luck would have it, I'm down with dengue myself. Tough life...

Oldstock said...

Selamat Hari Raya As. My mom's condition still not out of the woods yet. And myself just discharged from hospital 2 days ago. Dengue. Hope the raya has been a good one for you.