Monday, November 6

Selamat Hari Raya Idul Fitri 1427 H, Mohon Maaf Lahir Batin

Back from visiting Indonesia for Raya - we went to Padang and Bukittinggi in West Sumatra, where my mother-in-law's family live. My wife's lineage is Minangkabau, which is matrilineal, so when we have kids they'll also be Minang - how cool is that! Everyone was very friendly and interested to meet the new 'Inggeris' addition to the family. I learnt so many words in two weeks - much more than in Malaysia, mainly because not many people spoke english over there (older people can understand some dutch/german, as it used to be a dutch colony).

Food was fantastic, but oh-so-more spicy than I'm used to in KL. We had rice at every meal, even breakfast, along with various dishes like Rendang, Dendeng (like beef jerky with hot chili) and Cincang. We even managed to bring back some smoked eels, which smell horrible but taste great.

More to come later... hopefully with some photos!

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