Thursday, December 11, 2008

Hari Raya Haji in Sudan - Part 1

Day One of Hari Raya Haji celebration in Sudan. We were to Petronas Sudan headquarters for a get together for Malaysians.

They put up tents to shield the food from the heat ...... so that we can have fantastic Malaysian food. We arrived there quite late and only managed to salvage some 'sup kambing' or lamb soup / mutton soup whatever you name it.

The place we sat on was situated between the two residential blocks. My company was involved in the construction of this Petronas headquarters.

It comes with the office complex and there are places for badminton courts, gym and ping pong area.

The other side of the office complex is facing the Blue Nile River. It will join up with the White Nile River few hundreds metre downstream to form the great Nile River that flows through Egypt up the north and out to the Mediterranean Sea.

As it was winter time, cool air was felt and of course, we were blocked from the sun ray by the building. Otherwise it would still be stinging hot on yr skin.

My colleagues, all got used to the Sudan environment and culture (not all though). We chit chat till it was time to adjourn to another invitation.

We are supposed to cross to the other side of Khartoum city, Omdurman, for the next invitation. We had a map drawn up for us but still got lost. Everywhere looks the same to us.

We called for help ..... the host, who sent his eldest son to lead us the way.

Here we are, found at Mr. Sasooq's huge bungalow house that has five bedrooms, three living halls, one dining area overlooking one of the living hall and one cat ..... but didn't ask how many washrooms were there. He's one of the senior engineers in our client's office.

This living hall was big and if you want to talk to the person opposite of you, like where Amin was sitting, you just have to speak a bit louder than usual.

Don't know what Nazril was trying to depict to our host who was besides me.

At long last ................ meal time. We ate enough to cover our dinner and supper and maybe part of tomorrow's breakfast.

We were joined by senior Petronas staff. Boss, if you were reading this blog, don't worry. We behaved ourselves. In order not to mess up the dining table, we took the dishes to where we were seated.

Let me try to recall what was on the table - deep fried mutton, briyani chicken rice, turkish salad, turkish vege, fresh fillet fish and fresh fruits were served at the end.

As I behaved, I didn't get to take close-up shots of the food that was served. My apologies, has to follow office instruction.
Tags: Petronas, Petronas Sudan Headquarters, Blue Nile River, White Nile River, Nile River, Egypt, Mediterranean Sea, Hari Raya Haji



Blogger Jason Law said...

It seems like you are enjoying your life there,meeting friends and never stop eating !

11 December, 2008 18:22  
Blogger Gorgeous Ol' Eve Loves Vanilla. You? said...

Where are the women? LOL

11 December, 2008 21:04  
Blogger Kay Leaf said...


11 December, 2008 22:06  
Blogger Unknown said...

nice u can join fellow msians for this festive period :)

11 December, 2008 23:42  
Blogger Va:L said...

Your life there is so happening ler...

12 December, 2008 10:23  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

jason - might as well enjoy la .... dont tell me u want me to be depressed in this 3rd world country

gorgeous eve - ahhhhhhhhh

kay - yeah ... it was really superb

quachee - oh yes ... msians over here dont practise quotas .... everyone's a family

val - we made it happening otherwise we can die of boredom

13 December, 2008 01:22  

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