It is estimated that no less than 10k Malaysians will be celebrating this year’s Hari Raya Aidilfitri in the foreign lands.

I still remember my first Raya abroad in 1997 when I had to celebrate the first day of Aidilfitri in my classroom, wearing a Baju Melayu and Songkok. There were no rendang, ketupat and dodol. What more duit raya or firecrackers!

But being Malaysian, we are quite good at entertaining ourselves during this “sentimental period”. Here are the top 10 most popular activities which Malaysian would definitely not want to miss during their Hari Raya celebration abroad.

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This unforgettable incident had happened to me 15 years ago but I never thought it could change my life forever.

Let me go back down the memory lane and recall what really happened back in early May 2002. Just like any other freshly hired employees, I had to participate in the compulsory orientation program at the training center. It is normal for big companies to conduct a similar program for their new employees.

Most parents would be proud to have their kids doing well in sports. As for me, I would be satisfied if my kids are able to swim and ride a bike. These have been my very least targets, apart from their spiritual, psychological and academic goals.

As a father who works from home, I am thankful that I have more time to spend with my family. It is fun to talk to my kids like explaining simple life philosophies while juggling with my daily responsibilities (such as freelance coder, side businesses e.g. selling ‘takoyaki’, teaching and consulting).