Saturday, July 30, 2016

Nap.

Lazy Saturday. Took a two hour nap. All of us. Well, all except abang. He went for his madrasah. The briyani sure had a long lasting kick.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Its already April.

Been some time already. I am currently sitting at the dinner table. Listening to sudirman on spotify. Isn't that something. Bought myself a phono player and connected it to my marantz amp. Playing it on my Mission floor standing speakers. Awesome.

Eldest is at home, in his room practising his light saber moves. Youngest is with the wife and his gandma. Last I heard, they are at waterway point.

Lots of love around me.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Iftar 26 June 2015

Dad came yesterday.
We were hoping that he would, and he did but he does have history of not keeping to his promises. We iftar-ed at my sister's place. I brought roast chicken and my dad and stepmom brought home cooked chicken rice. Not to mention pengat durian, which was so out of this world. We had a wonderfull time, and although there was not a lot of food, the variety more than makes up for it.

The whole gang. During Iftar.

Setting things up. And look who was most interested!

Mummy, my sis, the host.

I think it might have started with me, but somehow we aimed for 7 different types of drinks before each iftar.

Today, it looks like it will just be us. Simple affair I presume. The clean for Hari Raya has begun. My wife is busy with rags. I am here, trying to look busy so that I won't be drag into doing the cleaning up. It always fails.

Pictures taken using EP2 and Olympus 17mm 1.8


Friday, June 26, 2015

Iftar with most.

Yesterday
Yesterday was one of the most fun day for this Ramadan. Yesterday, my two sisters and their family came to break fast with us. It was awesome! There was food, not too much but there were gigantic chicken drums!

Anyway, here are some pictures. Taken with my Olympus EPL2 and the 17mm 1.8.

The cousins. Having a great time.

Kakak Wawa playing with Idris.
With Tante, expecting Amirah Nadine this August.

The whole gang, at the dinner table.
Cant wait for today! My dad and step mom will be here to break fast with us! More food! Better company. And this time, we will be having it at Tampines. In sya Allah!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

No posting of food pictures.

Huhh?
I have come to realise that there seems to be a mind shift in the posting of food pictures onto Facebook during Ramadan. This is in line with the many other Muslims in other parts of the world whose fates are much worse than yours. 

I am all for it. I mean ok, that there are people who does not have enough in their daily meals and I should respect that. In all and as many ways as possible, I do. I do respect that. But I post what I eat for iftar nontheless.

Why not?
Why can't I celebrate the rezeki that Allah has given me and my family? Why can't I show my appreciation to Allah S.W.T for what he has given to me. So I did. I post pictures of the halal food I was given to consume. I really do not see how not posting pictures of the food that lay in front of me can in anyway helped those more needy than me. I may be more needy that the guy next door, and he has no qualm about posting pictures of the restaurant that he owns or he went to.

There is a limit.
Yes, it lies in your intention. Why do you want to post those pictures up in the first place? Some people may think that one is bragging when one post those pictures. My question for those people, how do you know? Am I bragging when I post pictures of my children collecting book prizes? Am I bragging when I post pictures of the books that I have in my collection? How can one tell? One can't. So stop it.

It is fine.
Yes it is fine if one decide not to post pictures because one is afraid one may be "bragging". But its not fine if one were to judge others for doing so. Its just not right. Have I been judged by the "friends" I have on facebook. The answer is, I don't know. Should I care? Maybe. If its somebody close, I would care. But I won't stopped. My wife, me or my domestic helper toiled in the kitchen and produces something extraordinary, something halal, someting pure, for consumption by everyone, is something worth celebrating. An in doing so, one way is to post pictures on facebook. I want to let everybody know, if you work hard enough, Allah s.w.t will provide, in sha allah.

Salam.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Ramadan Mubarak

Fifth Day
Today is the 5th day of the Ramadan. Alhamdulilah, I am still going strong. So are my wife and my eldest son. I must say that this year's Ramadan is most trying for us. Maybe its because its fell partly during the June holidays. Thus we spent most days indoors.

I specifically remembered that I did not last fasting on the third day of Ramadan last year. Because of pain in my legs and also my acid reflux. But Alhamdulilah, I am still going strong.

Prayers and Al-Fatiha to my brothers and sisters who are struggling to go through the Ramadan.

Bismillah.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Bandung

Bandung
Before I bore you with the details, here are some pictures.

At Changi Airport, boarding gate 13.

Choosing whether we wanted our meat grilled or fried.

Rows and ros of garnishes.

At the hotel swimming pool.

Lembang Floating Market.



Balls.

An unnamed eatery where they served gorgeous kway teow goreng.

At Alas Daun Restaurant. Sunda styled cooking.

At the Bandung airport lounge.

Prior to boardimg the flight to Bandung.

The locals called it Pempek, I just called it delicious.

Beautiful blue sky.

On the tarmac. Going home.

Easton dining. At Rumah Mode Factory outlet.

Lembang floating market.

Seller. Lembang Floating Market.

Blue Skies.

Boarding the plane.

Some of the foods that were being sold.

Padang dishes.

SIL and MIL. Happy.

Two of the various sambal sauces.

At Sapu Lidi Restaurant. Where one can choose to eat in a gazebo.

Signages at Lembang Food Market.

Hotel swimming pool.

At De' Ranch

SIL with cream soda.
Still could not rearrange the pictures properly, so they are not in order.

Information
We went to Bandung for a total of 4 days. More like 2 days and 3 nights actually as we arrived late in the evening and left early in the morning. Took AirAsia and had to disembarked onto the tarmac in Bandung. Its a small airport, I think they have about 4 immigration counters only.

Stayed at favehotel cihampelas which, to me was a good choice. Its just across the street from Jeans Street. If you are looking for big sizes for jeans, the biggest that I can find is size 46. Sidewalks are not well paved. So if you have a 2 year old son sitting in a stroller, you would need some assistance.

My take
Traffic is horrible. If you intend to go to several places for sight seeing or shopping, I would recommend that you space them out with only one location per half a day. If not, you will spend much much time in the vehicle travelling at a slow slow pace.

But do not forget to eat. Let your driver bring you around for your meals. The food is cooked in a predominantly two style of cooking. One is the Sunda way, while the other is the Padang way. Padang food is richer, usually contained coconut milk. They are both fantastic. We had our meals at Restaurant Sederhana (Padang), Alas Daun (Sunda) and Sapu Lidi (Sunda / Bandung). I could not fault any of them, ok, maybe if they have a less undulating floor.

Because of the too many places that we wanted to go, we could not shop to our heart's contend. If you do decide to go to Bandung, you need to prioritise, and also, go during the weekdays.


Pictures taken using Fujifilm x100s.

Slim. And happy Ramadan everybody.