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Twenty First Day of Ramadan. The Last Ten Nights

O Allah, on this day, show me the way to win Your pleasure, do not let Shaytan have a means over me, make Paradise an abode and a resting place for me, O the One who fulfills the requests of the needy.
It's the last 10 nights and days of Ramadan; the days are even more blessed than the rest of Ramadan. Among these nights is Laylat al-Qadr or what we know as Lailatul Qadar (the Night of Power) – a night more blessed than a thousand months.

The last ten nights of Ramadan are very special. The first of these nights occurs on the eve of the 21st day of Ramadan. In other words, it is the night that commences after the completion of the 20th day of fasting.

Sometimes there are only nine nights, whenever the month of Ramadan lasts for only 29 days. Nevertheless, they are still traditionally referred to as "the last ten nights".
I made it up to 19 days of continuous updates in this post this Ramadan month. I decided to take a break on the twentieth day. Just to be restrain…

Nineteenth Day of Ramadan. Unguarded Moments

O Allah, on this day, multiply for me its blessings, and ease my path towards its bounties, do not deprive me of the acceptance of its good deeds, O the Guide towards the clear truth.
My blessings are the people I love. My family.  I am blessed. ^^

Eighteenth Day of Ramadan. It's Autumn?

Where's the memo on the season change? I must've missed it because I thought it should be still summer now? See?
Senjyu is having this seasonal promotion in July?
Anyhoo, we made a last minute decision on Thursday to have our iftar there. Had wanted to treat Raimie to a McD meal but at the last minute, Zaini and I both realised that we have about RM13.00 combined in our wallets! hur hur
What to do when cash in hand is not enough? Splurge by eating at a place that accept credit card. *weird logic* Hahaha

Anyhoo... we ended up eating these
Well, Mommy had this. Daddy had it without the salmon sashimi. Nice, I guess but I still prefer Miyagi. I guess in keeping with the autumn menu, the yakiniku is cooked with plenty of mushrooms. I love mushrooms, but in this dish, the mushrooms kinda drown the beef taste.
Son had this. Chicken katsu curry. Not too sweet. He managed to wallop everything on the place plus
Mommy's salmon too!
Service was good and attentive here so no complai…

Seventeenth Day of Ramadan. Of Clashing Events And Priorities

This is the year of road races postponement and clashing events. EPIC!

The month of September will be a havoc month for runners. My birthday month. ^^

There's River Jungle Marathon on Sep 1st for me. It's supposed to be my third full marathon after Malaysia Women Marathon and Borneo International Marathon (BIM) but BIM got postponed to August due to the General Election.

I'm hoping to join Pacesetter's Back to Basics 30K run on Sep 8th, which made my decision not registering for the popular Men's Health & Shape Night Run on Sep 7th a good call.

Sep 15th will be crazy! Remember my post about Live Great Run appreciation dinner? I got free VIP registration to join the run. I had also registered for CICM Responsible Care run, a 21K run in Putrajaya. Then, the McD Olympic Day Run which was supposed to be held on June 23rd was postponed due to haze had now been confirmed to be held on the same day as the other two races on Sep 15th.
Just imagine, I registered for 3…

Hard Work Pays Off

No. No Ramadan countdown for today's post.
Why? Just watch the clip. ;p
Don't be offended by the content in the video OK...
You have been warned.
Look at the whole picture and appreciate what it wants to convey and don't hog your attention to the one particular being that is featured in there.
Bottomline :

Hard work pays off.
Good advertisement like this grab our attention. 

Tomorrow is Friday!

Fifteenth Day of Ramadan. Of Awesome People In My Life

O Allah, on this day, grant me the obedience of the humble expand my chest through the repentance of the humble, by Your security, O the shelter of the fearful.
We are halfway through Ramadan. 
Time sure flies.
Another day for me to take stock of my life and be thankful for the awesome people I have met (or yet to meet) but came across at some point or another.
You all have made me who I am today.
My family.

My friends.

My colleagues.

My online friends.

My running friends.

Everyone who touches my life.

Thank you.

Let's strive to be a better person, yeah? ^^

Found this adorable photo and went awwww...
That's how my own "little cub" behaves. He's rather protective of his Mommy. He clucks like a mother hen too, whenever his Mommy wanted to do something silly.

Fourteenth Day of Ramadan. Have Faith And You'll Have Strength

O Allah, on this day, do not condemn me for slips, make me decrease mistakes and errors, do not make me a target for afflictions and troubles, by Your honor, O the honor of the Muslims.
For those who are fasting for the first time - hang in there! You are doing it marvelously! ^^ 

My son has so far no problem fasting. Good job, Son!

Anyway, talking about Son;
I guess he was a bit bored yesterday and he offered to look and pull out my *uban* white hair.

I asked him "I have white hair???" #denialmode
"Yes, you have. You have it under all those black ones" he answered 
and he proceeded to pull out a dozen white hairs.
Nothing made me feel old like having lots and lots of white hair.

Thirteenth Day of Ramadan. The Night Is Alive

O Allah, on this day, purify me from uncleanliness and dirt, make me patient over events that are decreed, grant me the ability to be pious, and keep company with the good, by Your help, O the beloved of the destitute. Come to Putrajaya this Ramadan month and there's a Ramadan Festival along Qiblat walk, heading to Masjid Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin (Masjid Besi) apart from the Ramadan Bazaar.
Do the Tarawih prayer with Imam Samy Ahmed Abd El-Rahman El-Feky from Mesir/Egypt.
Check out the calendar of events in Putrajaya here.

Twelfth Day of Ramadan : A Change of Pace

So it's the fasting month.

So some of us still need to train as there are races, marathons and ultra marathons waiting for us come August, September and till the end of year.
Life doesn't stop during Ramadan.
It goes on, with a little bit of adjusting.
No morning runs, we made do with night runs. Late night runs in Putrajaya with a couple of running groups, after the Terawih prayers.
Happy to say, Putrajaya is alive with people enjoying healthy activities. ^^ Running with Gaited Community gang on Saturday night.  Then, the Sabun night run on Sunday.

Thanks everyone for a great night out! Thank you for your generosity in time and also the food and drinks. Thank you for the friendship and camaraderie.
Stay safe while running! :-)

Eleventh Day of Ramadan : My Young Man

No rambling words.
Just a photo of my growing boy, turning into *hopefully* a fine young man. ^^ O Allah, on this day, make me love goodness, and dislike corruption and disobedience, bar me from anger and the fire [of Hell], by Your help, O the helper of those who seek help.

Tenth Day of Ramadan : Out of My Comfort Zone

It was Tuesday. The car was still in the workshop. A few colleagues and friends offered me a ride to office. I declined. I walked from my house to the KTM station and took komuter train to office instead. Yeah, there are buses that ply the route to the KTM station but oh what's wrong with a little bit of walking?

Zaini walked with me, of course.

Anyway, the 30 minutes walk was nothing to sweat of, but I decided to sulk and pout at Zaini. Just because. HAHAHA

Poor guy. Not his fault the car got into an accident and the workshop took longer than promised to get the car ready.

Anyway, he just ignored my sulking and behaved normally because he knows I'll cool down soon. I hate that guy somethimes. But I lurrvvve him too. *dush*

Talking about comfort zone... With reports of robberies, mugging, snatch thefts, kidnapping... If we are all so alarmed at our safety, why do most of us stayed glued to our gadget screen whenever we have the chance. Walking, crossing the road, driving?

Ninth Day of Ramadan : What's For Iftar?

Or for break fast? Buka puasa?
My family doesn't go overboard. We just eat like we always do for dinner. Simple.
We enjoyed a Malay fare, Nasi Kerabu a couple of times; bought from a makcik who lives 4 floors below my FIL. She sells Nasi Kerabu and Nasi Dagang at her stall during Ramadan. 
We are not really fans of trying everything and anything at the Pasar Ramadan anyway.
For other days, Something like this. Simple home cooked meals. One glance and I can't help think - carbo loading for race ke apa nih? Hahaha
Last night we had this. Love the RM9.90 Subway Ramadan month promo! I always do! ;-) But maybe someday, I'll cook something nice... 
I was drooling over Millie's pucuk paku masak tempoyak the other day. ;)

Anyway, just because we fast the whole day doesn't mean we need to fill up our dining table with food that may just go to waste after that!

Eighth Day of Ramadan : Training

My first week of Ramadan running mileage.
Lower than what I should be doing but still OK. I skipped Sunday run because I wasn't feeling too good. Didn't run on the first two days of fasting too because of some matters that kinda prevented me from doing it.
Hope I can do more this week and the weeks after this, during Ramadan month.
And I take whatever mileage I can get. Junk or not junk. Running or walking. Like this :
Walking from LRT station to car workshop instead of taking a bus or a cab and deal with traffic jam.
Or taking the KTM and walking to the station instead of taking a bus there.

My, my.
A short running post from me?
Now, this is a change. LOL

Seventh Day of Ramadan. My Name Is Islam

A good reminder to self.
An insight for others to Islam. Do watch the 4 minutes video. I promise it is not preachy. It's not fuddy-duddy either.
I admit I'm not a good Muslim. I am very much lacking.

But hopefully, I am getting there. The first step towards that is realising it.

And of course, be a better person and human being.

To err is human.
To forgive, divine.

We commit sins and make mistakes.

But strive to be better we must.
And learn from our past.

I've still got a long way to go. :(

Maaf zahir batin.  Forgive me of what wrong I've done to you whether physically or emotionally. We shouldn't restrict this to Hari Raya only. ;-)

Sixth Day of Ramadan. Counting My Blessings

With food. Kinda.

A few get together with running friends, colleagues and of course enjoying meals together with my lovely family. Food brings people together. ^^ Had a small Krazirunners gathering some time back, a week before Hat Yai Marathon which one of the ladies participated. Congrats Nannoor on her second full marathon there!
I had not planned to stay long for dinner but the dinner party was great and we actually stayed on chatting till it's almost closing time! Great company. A pleasant surprise too, that Rashid was there having dinner  with his friends. A department head is leaving the company soon and had arranged for a party to inform her staff about it. I was invited to join her and her staff for the lunch. I am touched that they included me.  All the best to you! My own department lunch and I shared two dishes with a colleague. We always do that whenever we eat out. Actually, usually it's the three of us but one was away for training. A once-a-week treat with the fam…

Fifth Day of Ramadan. Decisions and Imposition

Registration for Putrajaya Night Marathon  is open. For a few days already.
I have yet registered for it.
Zaini and I ran the half marathon in Putajaya Night Marathon last year. I ran my first Putrajaya Night Run in 2011, doing a 10K. This year, I am still undecided which category to register for. A natural progression would be a full marathon?
The thing is, this year the Putrajaya Night Marathon will be held on the night of Oct 19th. On the morning on Oct 20th, Adidas King of the Road will be held. I would love to run both. Adidas King of the Road is special, because when else does one get to run on a road that is totally closed for traffic during a race? I can even monkey around, lie on the road and stuff.
Some of us are actually seriously thinking about doing both. Like, really. Doing a back-to-back events.
I think it will be a unique experience.
But then, to do both will be subjecting one or two family members to tag along and wait for me for hours. Like someone *ehem* mentioned…

Fourth Day of Ramadan. A Passing Thought

It’s the wee hours in the morning.
I’ve just finished my run. I needed to do a 26K run this week as River Jungle Marathon is a mere 7 weeks away but I’ll take whatever mileage I can do and hope to “pay-it-back” next week with the running group in Putrajaya. I chose to do my long run in the weekend very early (or rather late at night), so that I finish in time for sahur. I plan to just hibernate at least half a day after this. HAHAHA
Raimie has no issues with fasting. He’s been observing this every Ramadan since he was 6. Of course, when he first fasted; we allow him to break fast at noon or whenever he felt he couldn’t continue anymore. It was never a big issue to get him to fast anyway.
When he first started, we promised him a certain amount of “duit raya” for each day he managed to fast. Turned out, he never bothered to claim the “duit raya” after that so now, just to indulge him a little bit for being such a good boy; he gets to choose whatever he wants to eat for sahur and iftar.…

Third Day of Ramadan - The Real Meaning of Puasa

A reminder to all of us who are observing the fasting month and those who doesn't, something for me to share with you. ^^
It's from Wardina's FB page and I whole heartedly agree.

It's Friday folks!

Weekends is almost here.

I'm planning to either do a longish run tonight or really early tomorrow morning. Can't go to Putrajaya, what with the car being "sick" so I'll just settle with running in loops for 2-3 hours around my carpark. No use whining. Just do! ^^

Second Day of Ramadan - Trials And Rising Above Challenges

First day of fasting came and went. We survived it without any hassle. Life does go as usual, albeit a wee bit differently.

Waking up at 5.00am to cook pre-dawn meal for instance. Zaini was marvelous and actually cooked our first sahur of Ramadan. Raimie wanted to eat fried rice and that was what he got. Brown rice fried rice. Chewy. ;)

Massive traffic jam experienced on Wednesday. Yeah, yeah... blame it all on us rushing back after work to break fast at home.

The boys got a bit of shock earlier.
This red car banged into Zaini's car somewhere along Jalan Bangsar. The lady was pretty much shaken. Raimie too. Poor boy. Good thing no one was hurt.

The car will be in a workshop this weekend "recuperating".

That's one small trial for us during this holy month.

With trials, one should rise above the occasion, tackling any challenges headlong and come out stronger.

As does this guy, Ray. A fellow Malaysian. Running in the legendary Leadville Trail 100 soon.

He's the onl…

First Day of Ramadan

Don't forget to baca niat puasa ye? ^^

Let's us observe Ramadan properly before we go all excited about the arrival of Eid, yeah?  Puasa sebelum raya. Fasting before celebrating the Eid. ^^

Ramadan Kareem

Kul 'am wa enta bi-khair! May every year find you in good health!

Ramadan Mubarak! Blessed Ramadan!

May You Enjoy This Ramadan Month

As A Month Of Blessings

A Holy Month That Is Full Of Forgiveness

And Guidance For You And Your Blessed Family

May Allah Stay With You And Guide You

Through His Ways To Live A Happy Longer Life

Ramadan Kareem

Never Again!

That's what I told Zaini after I finished my Seremban Half Marathon. No, not never again running a half marathon or running but I told him I won't ever ask him to drive me over to Seremban to run in this race again.

There were a small number of female half-marathon runners at this event, but every time I saw one of them before the start, I went OMG! OMG!
1. The runners were all fast and seasoned runners
2. This race only gives out limited amount of medals.
OMG! OMG! Omaigad!!! But I have to give credit where credit goes.

Pros :
Punctual start. A member of Negri Sembilan royalty flagged us off and yet, he was there before 6.30am! Respect. Other members of VVIPs in Malaysia should take heed of YAM Tunku Dato' Seri Utama Naquiyuddin ibni Almarhum Tuanku Ja'afar example and follow suit on time management.Ample water stations, stationed at every 4km and also cold sponges too. If I'm not mistaken, there were three sponge stations. Gatorade was served!Cheerful student vo…