For the past days, my Father had has his experience of the Bruneian and Japanese dish. Interestingly, in one evening, I tagged him along in the thanksgiving dinner of my Sri Lankan Officemate named Nish who's blessed with a new born healthy boy.
|Nish and His wife with the healthy baby boy|
In this rare evening, my father and I felt that we miss the baby in our family. As you all know, our family is blessed too with a healthy baby boy this year; our baby’s name is Joaquin Gabriel, the first grandson of my father from my eldest brother. Having said that, there was a connection on seeing how Nish and his family excitedly and carefully carry the baby around.
|Troy, Jomai, Nish with his Baby and Papc!|
The evening was packed with Sri Lankan food. They had the Viryani ( Is the spelling right?) Rice which I kinda like. I guess there was a coconut milk in it. Then, they had the ever famous curry dish, more onions, and some potato rolls.
On this night, I tried eating the “Dates.” It is an appetizer that Muslims take before they proceed with the main course of the Sungkai. Based on what I tasted, the “dates” tasted like castanas or kamote.
After two to three hours of eating non-stop and hanging around with Nish’s family through a “you-sing-a-song-and-I’ll-sing-after” activity, we all headed home.
Overall, the experience was wonderful. The house of Nish shows their culture – valuing family members as conveyed in the family photo album and some portrait shots in the wall and in a tall standing frame. Interestingly, on the same night, the moon was sighted in Brunei which indicated the start of the Hari Raya or Festive Season, the much-awaited moment for all Muslims.
|The wall with the portrait of each family member|
|Jomai, Troy and Papc. We just arrived.|
|Nish, his wife and Soc|
|Nish, Soc and her childhood bestfriend Diana|