Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Royal Visit To Boston
I will never forget the days I got to spend with DYMM Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Ibni Al-Marhum Tuanku Syed Putra Jamalullail - Tuanku Raja Perlis and DYMM Tuanku Fauziah Binti Al-Marhum Tengku Abdul Rashid - Tuanku Raja Perempuan Perlis, accompanied by Datuk Dr. Vanamaly K.S Menon, En Kamil Busu and a travel coordinator during their private visit to Boston from June 28th 2007 till July 1st 2007. The Royal Couple were traveling from Canada, on their way to New York City and Washington DC. From the very first day the Royal Highnesses, former King and Queen of Malaysia - Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di Pertuan Agong and Raja Permaisuri Agong ke-X11 - showed graciousness and appreciation towards whatever was presented to them. Meeting both the 'modest', caring couple was a real honour. Not that I get to meet many royalties before but...to me Tuanku Fauziah reflects a true 'Queen'. Her mannerism..., her appearance..., no 'dayang2' or maids with her but she still managed an elegant and sophisticated look, that captivated me! She just laughed when I summed up the courage to ask her on her spotless, untarnished, glowing complexion. I could see she misses her grandchildren very much as her mind and thoughts were mostly on them. Her days at the Istana Negara were refered to as 'kerja' .. but she has fond thoughts of the staff that she had then. " ...kasih kita dekat Istana Negara, sayang kita dekat Istana Perlis" confirmed that she is a very loving and caring person, indeed!
Of course the King didn't hold much conversation with me but I could see him 'lightened up' whenever he was telling stories about his army days. Quite a few times he had Dr Menon- his personal doctor, and my husband chuckling listening to his stories. The Royal Couple took in the sights of Cambridge - took pictures in front of MIT and entered Harvard Yard; walked on the cobbled stones of Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall; and also shopped for both family and friends. I really hope they had a sweet and memorable time while they were here.
"Ampun Tuanku sekiranya terdapat cacat-cela dan Menjunjung Kasih Tuanku dari kami di Boston."