Some time last year, I reported that I had for the first time bought a kebaya at the Babazaar. The sarong kebaya is not uncommon amongst the Malay community in Singapore and Malaysia but amongst the Chinese, it is typically worn only by the Nonyas in the Peranakan community. Indeed, Nonyas would have many kebayas for different occasions, or just for every day. But, not many young Nonyas do so today and maybe would not even have owned one.
[The last time I went to the Peranakan mass was some 3 years ago, when it was the year of the Pig. This year, it's Selamat Taon Baru Harimau to all! It was nice to be at the mass and to see all the kebaya-clad ladies in the choir. And this year, of course, I could surreptitiously compare my kebaya to all the others too :-) As always, the mass is full of warmth, good humour, a very appropriate CNY sermon reminding us that it is God who provides. ]
Here's to a good year ahead.
edited/updated: 26 Mar 2010