It never crossed our mind that these people would come over to our place for raya. The least expected, but they certainly were "welcome guests".
The big bikers, friends of Muhammad Jorge, my son-in-law, came roaring.... and after a brief stay, left.... vrooooming. Raya vroooom! They decided to see Bangi and pay us a visit after a morning trip to Genting.
My niece, Ani, befriended Ian and his wife while studying for her first degree in Australia many, many years ago. While they and their two children were here for raya, Ani gave them a really fun (and tiring!) time by asking them to tag along behind her, visiting kampung and bandar relatives in Perak, Melaka, Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.
Our recent raya was also made more colorful by the boot-camp group visit to our house. This boot-camp bunch consisted of sweet and cheerful anak-anak muda who are friends of my daughter, Afiza. They came over after doing their 'keep-fit' activities.... somewhere. Afiza gave us a one-day notice of their coming. So, the visit wasn't totally unexpected. Alhamdulillah, we managed to prepare sikit-sikit makan basah for them, instead of just kuih kering.
We also like to cherish the raya visit by a group of Singaporeans, consisting of affines of my wife's niece, Am. They were around, visiting their relatives in Negeri Sembilan and took the opportunity to join Am's family to our place.
Syawal 1434 is long gone. But we thought the unexpected ziarah raya by these lovely people should be documented.