I do miss being wished ‘Ramadhan Kareem’ by some strangers when I walked along the Curry Miles.
Malay food is on its way to making me fat. Currently considering a change in lifestyle – probably more exercises and less fat in food? I don’t want my artery to be clotted with fat anytime soon.
And maybe I should cut down coffee too. Regardless of how tempting it can be, due to the ease at which I can have a cup of coffee, thanks to the boom in 3-in-1 coffee market, I have not drink coffee for, err, five days or so. Which is an achievement. With additives like sugar and milk, the calories count can be frightening too. And I know I am at the edge of being an addict, so I better stop.
I should not whine, I know, but I was born in a country which temperature can be around 30-31 degree celcius, which is not fun. I am thirsty most of the time, and I could not bear the thought of having to buy bottled water everytime I go out (and to quote one writer, it is the stupidest thing anyone can do), so I bring my beautifully-decorated aluminium bottle everywhere I go. Plastic water bottle is not easily degraded once you throw it away, and it stays there for hundreds of year. For me, it is a sin by itself.
I fear going out to Bazaar Ramadhan, and I didn’t have to on my first day fasting this year. It is really saddening to see my people eagerly buying food, and I don’t think we have absorbed the essence of Ramadhan by doing that. Why suddenly everyone craves for different ‘kuih-muih’ while normally they don’t eat that? It is dinner, so just have dinner, not dinner and lunch and breakfast and tea breaks.
Two nights of tarawih, and I am very pleased with the imams in-charge. They recite beautifully, and though it was long (not really, we finish before 10 p.m. normally), I don’t mind – I refuse to wear ‘telekung’ which adds extra layers that induce heavy perspiration, the experience seems to be more enjoyable. And the imams read verses that I can fully understand their meanings. Well, until tomorrow only.
Ramadhan Kareem to all!
p.s. I’m going to Penang tomorrow inshaAllah for a week, then to KL to settle things about my job for another week. Still considering to stay in Shah Alam for the third week, if I miss home much I will go back to Perlis.