This is our first year away from home, and away from our annual multicultural festivities.

I miss going rayaing. I miss rendang and murukku. I miss ketupat and satay. I miss all the Deepa-raya (to hell with you oversensitive pricks) ads. I miss all the free Nescafe along the highways during balik kampung. I miss all the gentle (and sometimes hysterical) pandu cermat reminders. I miss all the illegal fireworks.

Most of all, I miss the mad rush to finish work so that can enjoy the week-long holidays.

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri to all my Muslim friends reading this blog. Maaf zahir dan batin!

Happy Festival of Lights to all my Hindu friends. May the new year be blessed with many more bright victories!