Long-distance lovers to tie the knot in 5 weeks

Long-distance lovers to tie the knot in 5 weeks
Happy couple: Aadil and Athirah are in the midst of finalising their wedding arrangements.

PETALING JAYA - Lovebirds Aadil Marzani Samsuddin and Nik Nurul Athirah, the subject of Malaysia Airlines' short film #LundangtoNew­castle, are eagerly counting down to the day they will be married, even as Hari Raya beckons.

Aadil, 27, a London-based engineer, is thankful that he would be able to exchange Raya greetings with Athirah, 26, through the social media.

"As Raya will fall on a Friday, I'll be at work after morning prayers because it's not a public holiday in the UK. I live a stone's throw away from my office, and we'll get a short but sweet moment to wish each other Selamat Hari Raya via Skype.

"I actually chose to live near my workplace (in Norwich) despite it being in the middle of nowhere purely to keep my lunch times open to see Athirah via Skype," he told The Star in an e-mail interview.

The couple's agony at being apart will end in five weeks, when they will wed.

"There's still a lot of preparation. I've more or less sorted out the hantaran (wedding gifts). It's been difficult organising it as I am in a different country!" he said.

This was echoed by Athirah, a doctor in Kota Baru, who said that they decided to keep things simple as elaborate preparations would be stressful.

"We are trying to keep it as simple as possible. Alhamdulillah, my mother has been a great help and my family has been supportive, which is such a blessing," she said.

Athirah will be on-call today.

"Hopefully, I'll get some free time in-between to Skype Aadil. But on the second day, I get to balik kampung."

Aadil will head back home to his family's home this (Friday) evening to hang out with his family, including his nephews and nieces.

"My mum usually makes a modified UK version of lemang. At my age now, I've learned its more about spending time with family and asking for forgiveness," he said.

Athirah's Raya will be a typical Malaysian one - traditional goodies and visiting her grandparents' graves.

"As I grow older, I think to be able to see friends, family or relatives is a chance not to be missed. You never know when it will be the last time you see that person," she said.

Aadil and Athirah's story has garnered over 2.35 million views on YouTube.

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