Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Deepavali Weekend

Besides celebrating Raya or Aidilfitri if you will, I am lucky enough to experience two other yearly celebrations celebrated widely here in Malaysia. The first one is Chinese New Year, thanks to my hubby B, who's half Chinese. Every year, during Chinese New Year, we actually do make that trip to visit B's Chinese relatives, where we also participate in the ang pow (money in a red envelope or packet) giving custom, which usually means Mariuca is broke around this time! ;)

Yesterday was the Deepavali or Diwali celebration. Also known as the "Festival of Lights", Deepavali is celebrated by Hindus around the world, to mark the victory of good over evil. This
is the second celebration I was referring to earlier, one that I've been "celebrating" since I was a little girl. And now that B is married to yours truly, he too celebrates with me and my family. Some of you might not know this but my grandmother (bless her soul) was married to my grandfather who hailed from India. So though we don't go out of our way to really celebrate this colourful occasion in its true definition, my mom still carries on the tradition of cooking a special family lunch or dinner every Deepavali.

So that's how I celebrated Deepavali yesterday, having lunch at my parents' home. This year my mom cooked tomato rice, which happens to be one of my favourite dishes from her. Everything was yummy and as I helped myself to 2nd servings, that diet I've been meaning to start became a mere distant memory on my to-do list! ;)

Though we would have much preferred our 3-day Deepavali weekend to be less hectic, there's just too many things to do
now that we're married. Our weekend was quite busy with visits to the in-laws, grocery shopping, meeting friends for dinner and before we knew it, it's already Tuesday and B has to go back to work in a couple of hours. Lucky for me though, I work from home so my working hours can be pretty much be determined by my boss, which is ME of course!

So instead of waking up early to get dressed for work and braving the traffic to get to the office, I'll still be nicely snuggled up in bed. If previously, I'd be busy planning an event with the rest of my colleagues in the Corporate Communications department, today will see me enjoying a nice afternoon break while going over my schedule for the day. Instead of busy making calls discussing trade show exhibits, table covers, table top display and all that jazz in ensuring a successful event for my former employer, I'll be happily fiddling around on my laptop working on MY own stuff, at MY own pace and time and in MY home office. Oh yes, I definitely love my life as a freelance copywriter working from home! ;)

I hope it's not too late to wish all my Hindu friends here and around the globe a Happy Deepavali. And to those returning to work today, have a great day at the office! :)

Posted at 7.15 AM


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ruthinian October 29, 2008 11:44 PM

I experienced Deepavali for the first time when I was in Singapore in September of 2006. It was such a colorful and amazing festival. I love the street decorations.

Mizé October 29, 2008 11:55 PM

Hi Mariuca.
It´s good to participate in your family´s traditions and make them live. I like knowing about different traditions, gotta check which chinese year is next.

Jean Chia aka Ms.Yummy~licious October 30, 2008 12:50 AM

thanks for the tomato rice, marzie! :)

am dropping off TGB here! ;) Hv a nice day! :)

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:01 AM

Crikey folks!! Grandy is somehow still holding on to the #2 spot.

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:01 AM

And with a mere day (or 2 because Grandy is never sure of the time change) left in the competition.

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:02 AM

Look at LJ....MEOW little kitty!! You are up to the #4 slot.

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:02 AM

You have definitely gained some ground, Miss Slow & Steady. ;)

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:03 AM

Debbie is still holding on to the #1 slot with 329 comments.

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:03 AM

And Wonderful RIZAL is still in #3 with 269.

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:04 AM

Doesn't that sound funny? Amazing really...someone left 269 comments in 30 days. REALLY??

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:05 AM

And we know it to be more than that because of the whole, spilling out of the bucket thing.

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:05 AM

You rememember...when everyone was getting bumped off the list because of the great comment flood of 2008.

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:06 AM

Several comments so far...and no Debbs yet.

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:06 AM

Could it be? She is finally sleeping??

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:06 AM

YooooooooooooooooooooooHooooooooooooooooooooo!!!! Debbie!!

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:07 AM

Wakey wakey...Rise and Shine!!

Make your bed, then come make mine!!!

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:07 AM

It's so sad the way Grandy has to entertain herself.

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:08 AM

I would have never survived as an only child.

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:08 AM

You all are doing great!!

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:08 AM

Keep up the great work!!

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:09 AM

But Grandy really wants to see her ostrich but over in that pic over there. ;)

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:09 AM

How fun would that be?? :)

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:10 AM

Okay...maybe just more fun for Grandy than the rest of you. But still, you must admit my Functional Shmunctional pic is fun.

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:10 AM

Not the Grandy pic for the comments. That's just from when we went to Mexico last year.

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:11 AM

I use it to remind myself of the following...

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:11 AM

A) My new camera rocks and I MUST remember to take it with me places.

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:12 AM

And B) I want to travel more with my family.

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:12 AM

WTF? Debbie? Are you SERIOUS??

Elara October 30, 2008 1:12 AM

Surprise! I'm here! :)

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:13 AM

Woman...you're almost like a stalker!

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:13 AM

Did you hear me calling you?

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:14 AM

Dang! I was too loud with my yoohoo wasn't I?

Elara October 30, 2008 1:14 AM

I won't let you talk to yourself, Grandy. :) How are you today?

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:14 AM

You're spooky lady...you know that??

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:15 AM

I'm great! Fixin' to go meet my Mom for lunch and visiting.

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:15 AM

After I finish folding laundry & mopping the floor.

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:16 AM

Since the surgery my house has...well...suffered a bit.

Elara October 30, 2008 1:16 AM

You're doing an awesome job too, keeping your spot here, Grandy.

Elara October 30, 2008 1:17 AM

Lol!!! Grandy you're always cute and funny. I just love your expressions.

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:18 AM

::feeling a little defeated::

I just refreshed after making like 30 comments here and I'm still holding the same 319 number.

Elara October 30, 2008 1:19 AM

Lol! Maybe I AM kinda like a stalker.

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:19 AM

The people I work with call my sayings, "Maryisms".

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:19 AM

I think I should patent the phrase "Grandyisms"

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:20 AM

Yeah you're a stalker...but it's amazing!!

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:20 AM

You always come in when I'm on.

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:21 AM

Here in the states we've got 3 letters to handle something like that.

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:21 AM

T. R. O.




Grandy October 30, 2008 1:22 AM

HAHAHA!! I love ya Debbs!! You know I am kidding.

Elara October 30, 2008 1:24 AM

Oh I hate mopping the floor.

Elara October 30, 2008 1:25 AM

Oh Maryisms sound so...spiritual and mythical! :)

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:26 AM

Me too!! I actually have to be leaving to get on that.

Elara October 30, 2008 1:26 AM

And Grandyism sounds so...uhmmm...GRAND, majestic!

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:27 AM

I'm always late everything so I have to get going.

Elara October 30, 2008 1:27 AM

Oh no you're not gonna put a restraining order on me are you, sweet Grandy? :)

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:28 AM

No restraining order for you, dear Debbie!!

Elara October 30, 2008 1:29 AM

I just processed 4 orders at my craft store today. Yeeha!! I asked God for at least 2 customers this month, and He did gave me more than 2!

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:29 AM

I gotta get running (or walking quickly) now.

Elara October 30, 2008 1:30 AM

I know you're kidding, Grandy. :)

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:30 AM


Elara October 30, 2008 1:30 AM

You know what? I haven't sleep since last night.

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:31 AM

{{HUGS}} Debbie!!

Elara October 30, 2008 1:31 AM

I just took a short nap earlier.

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:31 AM

Holy Macaroni!! Get some sleep woman!!

Elara October 30, 2008 1:32 AM

Oh so technically I DID sleep, oops!

Grandy October 30, 2008 1:32 AM

Get some sleep...eat some protein... and I'll go so you can do that.

Peace Out Lady!!

Elara October 30, 2008 1:32 AM

I'm sleepy now, though. Gonna turn in soon.

Elara October 30, 2008 1:33 AM

I stayed up all night tweaking my Craft blog. You should have a look, it's no longer pink and purple. :):)

Elara October 30, 2008 1:34 AM

Thanks, Grandy! Yay!! (((HUGS)))

Elara October 30, 2008 1:35 AM

Take care Grandy! :) Cya later.

foongpc October 30, 2008 1:36 AM

Ooh! Looks like you are from a "rojak" family, and further complicate things by marrying another "rojak". Haha! Well, that makes you truly Malaysian! : )

foongpc October 30, 2008 1:37 AM

It's always better to be your own boss than work for others, right? Less stress and you dictate your own hours. And can blog while work from home. It's a dream job! : )

foongpc October 30, 2008 1:39 AM

Btw, something wrong with Entrecard website. Could not log in, sorry can't drop on your widget.

bluecrystaldude October 30, 2008 3:20 AM

Anyone else is here? Just checking. hehe

bluecrystaldude October 30, 2008 3:24 AM

I like going to Deepavali open houses. They usually very considerate in making sure that the foods are all halal and good to eat by all the races. I could sense their unity! Open house is a good tradition :)

bluecrystaldude October 30, 2008 3:27 AM

My parents unfortunately rarely do open house. At least not every year. But when we did, it will be huge like a wedding. LOL.. Seriously. Many people stop by our house and asking whether this is a wedding or just an open house. Hehe

Penatlah nak buat open house every year. My mum ar paling kesian. Nak layan tetamu lagi, need to make sure the house is ready and so much more.. Huhu

Mariuca October 30, 2008 4:32 PM

Hey Ruthi, thanks for sharing and welcome to Mariuca's blog! Festivals are great and always so colourful, I like! :):):)

Mariuca October 30, 2008 4:33 PM

Hey Mize! Nice to see you here too, thanks dear! I agree, that's why we make sure we carry on the tradition of Deepavali, even with a simple lunch or dinner. Have a good one! :):):)

Mariuca October 30, 2008 4:33 PM

Jean, thanks for dropping off TGB here today, love ya! :)

Mariuca October 30, 2008 4:35 PM

Grandy!! I really enjoy ur comments here, they always make me laugh! Esp love the bit on the great comment flood, ha ha!

Sorry I was not available to chat with u last night, I was busy working on 2 new posts for both my blogs. Happy Thursday Grandy! :):):)

Mariuca October 30, 2008 4:36 PM

Debbs! Thanks for being another awesome moderator for Mariuca, you're so sweet! And I'm so happy to hear about ur big biz purchase at Crafty! Ka-ching! :):):)

Mariuca October 30, 2008 4:37 PM

Hey Foong! Thanks for visiting and commenting despite EC's breakdown last night. Hope u can drop ur EC here today, happy Thursday! :):):)

Mariuca October 30, 2008 4:37 PM

LOL Foong! That's right, thanks to my heritage and now B's, I am truly Malaysian eh? And get to celebrate all the major celebrations here yeeha! :):):)

Mariuca October 30, 2008 4:38 PM

Foong, I love working from home. I think it was the best move I made, career wise that is. Even now, I'm happily in my baju tidur he he!! ;)

Elara October 30, 2008 4:38 PM

Thanks GP! :):) Mod aka stalker here, reporting for evening shift. :) hahaha..

Mariuca October 30, 2008 4:40 PM

HaaziQ! Hi there and thanks for sharing ur thoughts here! I remember u said that this year's Raya open house was very meriah kan? If we have an open house, we usually cater je, cause tak larat wan to cook for so many guests. Anyway, it's usually at my parents' home, he he...I'll be there to welcome the guests LOL! :):):)

Mariuca October 30, 2008 4:41 PM

HaaziQ! I agree, Deepavali open houses are some of the best and the food is always so yummy! Makes a nice change from the Raya goodies eh? CNY pun best jugak since I love Chinese food, but yes, they too will ensure the food is halal. :)

Mariuca October 30, 2008 4:43 PM

You're welcome Debbie! It does help me when u come by and moderate he he...makes my visitors feel welcome too, love ya! :):):)

Elara October 30, 2008 4:46 PM

Hehe I'm having fun here, so no worries. :):) But some commenters I tak kenal so later2 can get to know them la. :)

Mariuca October 30, 2008 4:57 PM

Monica!! Welcome back sweetie and hope u had a nice time in Penang! :):):)

Mariuca October 30, 2008 4:58 PM

Mon, yeah la...hubby is half Chinese he he...best! ;)

Mariuca October 30, 2008 4:58 PM

Debbs, exactamundo!! By being my moderator, u are making new friends too, which is way cool! Keep it up dear! :):):)

Mariuca October 30, 2008 4:59 PM

Jackie! I see u too, thanks for coming by yesterday, love and hugs! :):):)

Elara October 30, 2008 5:03 PM

Ooh foreign language..suki desu! :)

LadyJava November 01, 2008 11:17 PM

vote vote vote!! good luck dearie!!

Cherry November 02, 2008 12:01 PM

Tomato rice looks so delicious~

Mariuca November 02, 2008 1:42 PM

Hi Debbs and LJ! Thanks for the vote last night, I won YAY! :)

Mariuca November 02, 2008 1:43 PM

Hey Cherry! It was delish indeed, YUM! :)

Anonymous,  November 08, 2008 5:15 PM

Good to see your Indian Connection
I'm following you since few days. You had great writing Skills, hopeyou will give me a visit.

Great Fan of Yours
Shanker Bakshi

Mariuca November 09, 2008 1:21 AM

Hi Shanker! Thank you so much for ur support and welcome to Mariuca's blog! :):):)

I'll visit your place too, have a great day .. or night! ;)

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