Its Friday! The The first Raya weekend is here!
Tomorrow, the whole Mohd Dom's large family will be go visiting to our grandmother's home and each other's houses as well.
Finally, we get to enjoy the Hari Raya Aidilfitri visiting together in one big entourage... storming into each others houses and enjoy each other's company.
The entourage will never be possible without chartering a coach for the day.
At S$35.00 an hour, the air-conditioned coach with its designated driver will take us all over Singapore to as many houses as possible within the space of 10 hours.
That will total to S$350.00 spent, but I volunteered to fork out S$200.00 while the balance will be spread across and shared amongst the rest of the families.
Chartering a coach is so much efficient and convenient for various reasons:
- Definitely cheaper per family than to take cabs or public transport that will take us to only a few homes.
- Moreover, since it is raining season now, chances are you may end up waiting for cabs or get stuck at a train station or bus stop somewhere; spending more time on the journey than with your siblings.
- Mom will not be needing a cab to move around, but join the whole "clan" together throughout the day.
- With time saved, we may be able to go to our Uncles' and Unties' houses too.
The whole thing is just great and will be so exciting!
When there are about 30 odd people in a coach - mothers, fathers, sons and daughters, nieces and nephews, grandsons and granddaughters; with lots of catching-up to do and in a wonderful mood of celebration, everybody in their best Raya clothes... the whole day will be fantastic!
Like the many visiting years before that, I am like a child, excited and just cannot wait!