Ramadhan Al-Mubarak

“Verily, the month of Ramadhan is a month in which the holy Qur’an was revealed. It was in this month that the Prophet of Islam was infirmed of being a Prophet. The Night of al-Qadr which is better than one thousand months and therein every matter of ordainments is decreed is in this month.”

~narrated from Imam ar-Ridha’ (a.s)


Fasting in the month of Ramadhan, is one of the five pillars of Islam. It is stated in the Qur’an (2:183) – “O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed to those before you that you may learn self-restraint.”

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This year would be my 7th time fasting in overseas. What’s the different between fasting in New Zealand as compared to Malaysia?

Personally, I prefer fasting in overseas. Why, you ask?

Majority of people in Malaysia are Muslims. Hence fasting in the month of Ramadhan in Malaysia is becoming a norm. Instead of focusing on the actual meaning of this holy month, the month of Ramadhan can be considered the most awaited time for people to make more money by selling food, tailoring clothes or baking cookies. It has become more of a celebration, rather than a spiritual one.

Whereas in overseas, in a non-Muslim country, Muslims are the minority. We fast without thinking too much of what food to buy for iftar or will there be a new clothe to wear on Eid or worrying about “duit raya” (money that is given to kids or elderly during Eid).

I’ll say we have less distractions and can focus more on what is important in this holy month.

Didn’t I miss fasting in Malaysia?

I miss fasting with my family. I miss waking up for suhoor with them. I think that’s the only drawback in here, since I don’t have any family in here, and live by myself.

If God wills, I’m heading home to Malaysia in two weeks’ time, to be with my family for Ramadhan and Eid. Ameen!

Sharing Is Caring

Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.
~Aldous Huxley~

When I was in high school, I told myself that if I did not do well in academics, I would become a chef. Yeah, since I was little, I have passion over cooking. Almost everyday I would leaf through this one big baking book, imagining that I was baking those tasty looking cakes.

During Ramadhan (our fasting month), I never failed to watch cooking shows every day. Then I would bake cookies for Eid. But that was as far as I go at that time.

I started enhancing my cooking skill while in overseas. Cooking all my favorite dishes and learning new recipes. But this hobby also made realize something.

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Pavlova

I love cooking and baking for other people, but not for myself.

When I made something for myself, I don’t feel much joy. As long as the food is edible, I’m okay with it. However, if I were to cook for other people, I would put 100% into my cooking, and make sure that the end product is at the acceptable quality.

I feel really content if people love eating my food. I would not mind cooking for others if they are happy with it. What I’m looking for is the satisfaction in providing good food to other people.

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Lasagna
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Cinnamon Roll
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Yong Tau Foo
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Beef Rendang
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Chocolate Chip Cookies

This year, I hardly cook anything special because I’m living all by myself. But once in a while, I do bake something to share with my friends in the boarding house.

Now I can’t wait to go back to Malaysia for Ramadhan because my hands are craving to cook and bake for my family!