Tuesday, June 27, 2017

My Eid Story - 2017 (2) | Honorable neighbors


Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah for yet another opportunity to gather with my honorable neighbors - tahfiz school children, most of whom are from Cambodia. And there's a "rose" among them - an orphan who is a Malaysian. 

Eid is about making people happy.  

A band of huffaz in the making

The "rose" among them.
That smile is priceless!
Spread a lil cheer

Happy gathering

May Allah grant us maqbul. May Allah increase His bounties zahir and batin on us.
Ameen to our du'a.

Monday, June 26, 2017

My Eid Story - 2017 (1)


I am writing this on the morning of 2nd Syawal. Of course, the first day of Eid was full of joy entertaining my special guests, but it was a lil chaotic cos there were at least 100 kids who came to the house! And many of them actually came twice : D
But kids are just kids, they are pure, frank and adorable.

It was tiring, cooking and cleaning in between the group of guests but of course, it was all a pleasure. Alhamdulillah.

This crowd x 8 more.
I lost count actually and was overwhelmed.
But it was all good. I don't mind looking as messy as my kitchen. LOL.
Their second visit - to count their Eid cash collection!
Some of them came back to eat some more
but more of them came back to check their "profit'
and to use WiFi
They said they would come again next year.
Of course! InShaAllah.
May Allah grant me a heart as pure and joyful as these lovely children.

This is just a quick "hello" as I need to prepare for another two big group of guests today.
Catch up soon.

A good hostess deserves a good break herself 🤣

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Eid Mubarak 1438 H | Happy Eid | Selamat Hari Raya


Happy Eid folks : D
Or as we say in Malaysia: Selamat Hari Raya!

It's 4 minutes into the 1st of Syawal 1438 H.

To be frank, I am exhausted and sleepy after non-stop pre-Eid prep and having entertained our first group of guests who came to recite the tahmid and takbir. This is my family's Eve of Eid ritual since year 2000 if I recall correctly.

Maaf Zahir & Batin.

Minal 'Aidin Wal Faizin.

May Allah enliven our hearts tonight, Ameen.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

29th Ramadan 1438 H | Pre-Eid prep


Assalamualaikum warahmatullah 

It's a busy busy day for most of us. Alhamdulillah for His bounties that we are in a position to look forward to Eid happily. We must not forget about our Muslim brothers and sisters in some parts of the world where survival or rebuilding lives is a priority. Many of them are not in a celebratory mood like us. So, let's count our blessings.

On a lighter note, I wanna say that Malaysians have got great talents as far as Eid (Raya) cookies are concerned. Just take a look at this photo below.

Malaysian Eid Cookies are simply the best!

If you are a tourist who happened to be in KL during Ramadan, do check out the cookies sold at Suria KLCC mall - look for KerepekLa brand. Don't let the name fool you. Kerepek in Malay means crackers, but they specialize in premium cookies. I have been their customers for many years so I can safely say, by far, they are one of the best. I have discovered another good brand this year, it's called Essie. Can't wait to delight my guests!

It's going to be a busy day, so gotta excuse myself now.

Wish y'all a smooth and pleasant pre-Eid prep day.

Alhamdulillahi hamdan yuwafi ni amahu wa yukafi u mazidah.

Roses specially arranged by yours truly ; )

Friday, June 23, 2017

28th Ramadan 1438 H | Jumaah Mubarak


Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah.
It's the last Friday of this holy month of Ramadan.

One takeaway from the Shaykh on this second last day of Ramadan.
"Don't recognize giving and withholding, harm and benefit, as being from any other than Allah."

Subhanallahi amma yushrikun.

Many of us Malaysians have just performed the last teraweh. May Allah forgive our shortcomings and weaknesses for our deeds can never be perfect. May Allah grant us a long life until the next teraweh in the next Ramadan. Ameen.

Many of you Malaysians must be heading home. Wish y'all a safe trip. I am fortunate this year to be back in my kampung quite early so I have been making myself useful helping around the house. May Allah make us one who is always ready to offer benefit to others, with our talents, energy, knowledge, time or money. Ameen,

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Ramadan Ramblings (again) | Port of happiness


We are all in a festive mood already here at the "Port of Happiness" - my kampung (village) in Gelugor, Penang.

The highlight is of course great food as in the photo below - a pot of happiness that is. LOL. Scrumptious biryani with tomato chutney. 

Pot of happiness - anytime, every time

Just can't resist another Ramadan ramblings.
I was out and about in Little India in George Town hunting for spice. When I was driving on Queen Street, I could not help but pull over to grab the biryani from Tajuddin Hussain Restaurant. That pot of happiness above is Tajuddin's.

If you are looking for good carpets, Vipin on Chulia Street is a top choice. According to my mother Vipin Carpets was already operating when she started working on Bishop Street. That's like four or five decades ago!

Carpetin' at Vipin
Pomade (hair cream) tubs hanging from trees
in front of the now uber-popular barber in Penang
Son & Dad's
I think I have become the "famous aunty" who accompanies her
nephews at the barber.
I must say the Son & Dad's are super talented cos they
make me wish I was a boy so I could have a haircut there.  

Ah, don't forget to check out Areca bookstore on Kapitan Kling Road.

Areca bookstore - so chic!

Oh, by the way, this year, my guests will receive a special postcard. It's a reproduction of the customized artwork on my wall which I had personally designed. 

Empowering Asmaul Husna
Ar Rahman, Ar Razak, Al Wahab, Al Mughni,
Al Kareem, Al Mujib, An Nafi, Al Basit

OK, folks, I wish you are all having awesome experiences too. May we remain grateful, and may Allah grant us more. Ameen.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

26th Ramadan 1438 H | Allah Al Hafiz


Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah.
Praise be to Allah to have arrived home safely.
Super happy to be in Penang early for the Eid holidays.

I sincerely wish all of you who will be traveling during the festive season, a safe and pleasant journey. May Allah Al Hafiz protect all of us always. Ameen.

Our hearts are of course drawn to our homes.

"Life is not in other places but at home, the place that we are sentimentally attached to forever."

Home Sw-Eid home

When in Penang, it's Nasi Kandar for sahur
at one of the most popular resto for spicy mixed-rice Indian style

Only in Penang, yet not all Penangites will know
about this 70s Malay savory buns.
It's called "Cucur Badak Pisang"
The more common Cucur Badak is made of sweet potatoes with spicy coconut filling
but this one is made with bananas.
Delighted is an understatement when
I saw this at the Ramadan Bazaar yesterday.
Not as pretty as cinnamon rolls,
but we are talking substance over style here.  

Allah Kareem!