Time to unwind, catch up

Happy days: Nur Anis and her friends enjoying their time splashing near the waterfalls in the Ulu Yam river in Selangor.

PETALING JAYA: It’s a weekend full of joy for Malaysians as the extended holiday has given them the chance to spend quality time with family and friends, or to just relieve a bit of stress.

Student Nor Ariani Wahida Mohd Nor, 23, will be following her grandmother on a “Hari Raya tour” of her relatives’ homes in the central region.

“My grandmother, who is from Pontian, is visiting for the weekend and is planning to visit her sons in Negri Sembilan, Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.

“Four of my uncles live in Johor and we went to their houses last week, so this week is our turn,” she said.

Nor Ariani said her family tour will be more enjoyable when all her family members are present today as her brother finally has a day off from boarding school.

“I’ll be visiting one of my uncles in KL again after picking up my brother from his school. Then, I will go to an open house hosted by a friend in the same area,” she said.

Nor Ariani added that she is pleased she doesn’t have to face any Monday blues as she will be spending time with her grandmother, whom she has rarely met since the onset of the pandemic.

Student Nur Anis Farhana Rahman Izhar, 22, is celebrating this weekend with a splash at the waterfalls in Ulu Yam, Selangor.

Nur Anis, who is currently studying in Selangor, opted for a break before resuming with her “immense” number of assignments as it is the peak week of the semester.

“I have way too many deadlines coming up and also a lot of meetings on campus as a student representative, so my friends and I decided to take a break and relieve ourselves of the stress before we resume our work.

“It was Earth Day (April 22) recently, so this is also a belated celebration for us to appreciate nature this long weekend,” she added.

Avid traveller Ahmad Irfan Hussain kickstarted his long weekend with a return ticket to Langkawi.

The 30-year-old writer had been eagerly awaiting a getaway since the borders reopened but opted for a local destination as he is still being careful about Covid-19.

It will be his first holiday since 2020 as the number of cases showed a major drop since last year, so he was more confident to travel.

“I’m thrilled that we are able to travel as I have been planning for quite some time. It has been a while since I last travelled in early 2020 to Sabah. Due to the long weekend, I’m taking this opportunity to relieve some stress at the island for four days,” he said.

Ahmad Irfan said he hopes Malaysia would continue to recover so that the tourism sector would boom again for travellers like him.

Student Amanda Tan said she would wind down over the weekend and spend time with her family members and eat out after a long week of stress. The 19-year-old spent her weekdays finishing her college applications and tests while her two siblings prepared for their exams.

“On weekdays, my parents are working and everyone is busy doing their own thing, so this long weekend we can finally spend time, have a meal together and just catch up,” she said.

It is not a “chill and relax” weekend for all Malaysians as content creator and creative agency owner Heer Raj Prem Kumar will be working.

“As I’m running my own business, the work never really stops. I will be prepping for a video shoot for half a day and recording a song with a couple of friends that might take the whole day,” the 26-year-old said.

However, it is also fun and games for Heer Raj as he will be meeting his friends for board games in the evening, which he described as a “chill and relax” time after work.

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