Friday, 20 July 2012

Busy Friday And Ramadhan Begins

The day before we need to fast for a month and Zaini & I decided to take a day off.

Last day before the fasting month for me to have a run around Lake Garden after dawn, so I did that. I've been slacking this week and today was the first run I did this week! @.@ Terrible. I was huffing and puffing when doing that incline at the Deer Park. Got Uncle with weights in his two hands encouraging me during the run. Nice. ^^ Seasoned (male) runners are always friendly. I like friendly uncles. Hehe

Got back home but not before tapau'ing some briyani (last briyani lunch for a month! kakaka) to do some top to bottom house cleaning. It's nice to herald the arrival of Ramadhan this way... 

We will need to do a bit of grocery shopping later for our sahur (pre-dawn meal). I don't need to think much for our iftar (breaking of fast) because we will be spoilt for choice for food to buy this month! All the delicacies! 

I'm probably cooking something light and simple for sahur - porridge, fried rice and maybe an occasional fried fish/sotong balls & beef patties. We'll see. ^^

Anyway, just for info...
The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar and the day begins at sunset. Ramadhan, the month Muslims fast; is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. The original meaning of the word is scorching heat.


52 comments:

  1. Seasoned (male) runners = equals old men la tu ... like me ... hahaha!

    Happy fasting month. Go easy on the runs!

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    1. More diplomatic way to say it! LOL

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  2. Happy fasting and happy weekend....

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  3. Selamat Berpuasa!! so you are all prepared for the fasting month huh??

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    1. so you took leave to have your last run?? aiyah, doesn't matter also lah, since you won't be running for the next one month also, won't make a difference lah!! hahaha~~

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    2. hehehe!! you like friendly uncle?? ooopsss, i am one, do you like me?? :D

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    3. Who says I won;t be running for a month?

      I still will but I just have to adjust the time of run. Nothing really change, puasa or not. ;)

      You not uncle. You act like auntie-auntie but young boy at heart. Where's the uncle'ness? kakaka

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    4. SK act like auntie-auntie?? LOL!

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    5. when it comes to getting freebies! LOL

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  4. so are the kids still going to school today?? the last day before the fasting month, they should be given a holiday right?? :p

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    1. both of you so happy lah, took leave and ditch raimie at school!!

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    2. so you are going to have a big feast for dinner tonight?? wow wow, all the ramadhan buffet starting already~~

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    3. Just had pizza and then went to Tutti Frutti. No gorging food for us. ;p

      School holiday coincides with the Raya holiday this year. :)

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    4. Both of you took a day off during the last day before puasa? Ahem ahem ahem is it?

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  5. waking up early morning to cook?? have you thought of cooking them a night before, then the next morning you can just reheat?? so you can sleep in a little bit more, hehe~~

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    1. best still, have the leftover from iftar the previous night and reheat for sahur.. :D

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    2. i learned few new vocab again.. iftar, sahur and that ramadhan actually means scorching heat~~

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    3. If I cook fried rice, I just cook rice the night before. But I cook them that morning.

      Aiyoh, same concept also lah... cook the night before or cook in the morning for me.

      And... we don't usually have leftovers. Don't like to reheat stuff. Might as well have simple, tummy friendly meal in the early morning.

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  6. Is it normal to wish Good Luck for Ramadhan?! Or Happy Ramadhan?

    Anyway, I hope it goes OK...it must be super difficult with Malaysian heat (you don't drink during the day either, right?). I'm not surprised you will have to go for pre-dawn runs! I'm sure your iftar meals will always seems super tasty cos you're so hungry!

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    1. Happy. Ramadhan's arrival is celebrated... with joy. But then, we celebrated Syawal (the month of Ramadhan) more, it seems!

      You get used to it. And there's this thing whne you do something according to your belief that you somehow manage to follow it through... fasting is doable with "niat" or when the intention to do it as "ibadah" or an act of worship to Allah.

      But yes, food looks super tasty when breaking fast! And with all the yummy food available with stalls opening during the fasting month, people can go crazy buying them... and wasting them.

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  7. My ex-malay colleague went to the gym during the fasting month too.

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    1. One colleague even smoked during fasting month!

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    2. Fasting is not an excuse to be lazy actually. Life continue as normal.

      But TM... yalor. If you go to parks, you can see Muslim guys eating stealthilty there! @.@

      And smoking - some people sahur with a smoke and break fast also need a smoke. tsk tsk

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    3. Lina

      no smoke body itchy leh.

      actually am confuse. Puasa can smoke or not ah?

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    4. Cannot!!!!
      Batal puasa!

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    5. oo like that ka? looks like some of my ex colleague batal puasa lo :p

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    6. last time there was one who cant stand puasa. asked us to tapau for him. LOL. Pity him also la ccoz he was not well

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    7. Not well OK lah to batal puasa. Otherwise, shame on him!

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  8. Ramadhan month is exciting for me too. I love to walk around the stalls and it will make me salivate and greedy! The sellers will surprise me with new items!

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    1. Ramadhan is the time to enjoy a gastronomic adventure! All the food available at Pasar Ramadhan! *drool*

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    2. Sometimes I dislike to visit ramadhan pasar because it's super crowded and I think I get glare from others because I'm sort of like fighting food with them :p

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    3. I won't glare at you, Yvonne. :)

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  9. Selamat berpuasa Lina. Uh oh, food! The numbers of food for buka omg!

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    1. You too Massy!

      Must avoid temptation at Pasar Ramadhan! LOL

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  10. Wei since u are gng to adjust the time you run, do be careful if u run after dark.

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  11. Don't hv sambal petai ke for berbuka.? Lol.

    anyway I guess thus evening bazaar Ramadan will hv loads if choice :)

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  12. We used to say "Ramadan kareem" in Cairo, but looking at the comments, it looks as if "Selamat berpuasa" is the standard greeting in Malaysia?

    Selamat berpuasa, Lina, Zaini and Raimie!

    Sorry that I'm late with my wishes! I've just finished the university summer semester with a fairly hectic week, but now I can slow down a bit for a few weeks.

    Which is, I hope, what you will do, too? Just a tiny bit? :)

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    1. Selamat berpuasa is understood by all in Malaysia. As you know, with so many ethnicities and languages used in Malaysia, not all understand Arabic. ^^

      Slowing down = more shitamachi walks & temple visits, I hope? ^^

      I've been rather slow these past two weeks and am quite alarmed at the almost non-activity. ;p

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  13. Selamat berpuasa Lina! Busy kan rasanya..I hope I can workout more than what I did last year. Cita2 tu ada tapi kita tengok macamana hehe

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    1. Same to you! :)

      Me too! Hoepfully, the workouts will not suffer much during the Ramadhan but it's going to be a tight fit. :)

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  14. Selamat berbuka puasa, Lina!

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