Celebrating Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2013

It has come to yet another end of the fasting month. If you realise that recently, I’ve posted a picture of me in a Hari Raya costume with Christmas antlers, well that picture was last year. 🙂

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This year, my family decided to go for purple for the first day and green on the second. It feels more chill towards last year. I was able to curb my appetite and not suddenly just jump and gobble up the food at everyone’s house. Hurray!

It feels good to be able to celebrate Raya again, and though I come from a small family on my mum’s side, we’re really close. Usually,  first day would be to go to dad’s side followed by mum’s side the next day but not for us.

First Day

It was celebrated with a visit to my aunt’s house on mum’s side and we all gathered there.

The difference that  happened last year compared to this year would be me driving the car. Yes, my family has finally decided to appoint me as role :The Driver 😛

We went on a trip to the relatives on my dad’s side after going home, a few houses to stop by, but we didn’t take photos though :\ , maybe next year i will hopefully.

Second Day

Second day was then a visit along with my mum’s side, visiting some of my aunts, uncles, and some people that the parents knew. Managed to get more shots this time round.

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Some of other good times we shared together

The day I can say was spent with more compassion this time. We didn’t go to a lot of houses compared to last year, but we did manage to spend more time with closed ones. I feel more calm because I managed to go through the memories of fasting month and I felt better because i stayed on more , and feel so appreciated of what I’ve gone through, so I decided to spend time with them more.

In conclusion,

This year Raya felt more deep than last year’s and I hope that bonds us even more. I didn’t get more duit raya from people, but that’s to be expected since I’m already more independent now.

That’s about it  😀 till the next post !

 

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Stoner Wishing you Selamat Hari Raya AidilFitri!

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There’s much to be learnt from the 1 month of fast I’ve experienced lately. I was not only fasting but at the same time learning how to curb my emotions and controlling the bad desires. I learnt how not to be angry and let it go when someone decides to pull my strings. I tend to give in to other people’s complains. I learn to not gossip and badmouth, prevent myself from saying all those vulgarities people keep on saying.

I learn to accept the hard truth and forgive myself for the mistakes I’ve done. I learn how to love myself and despite not having to have everything, I’m contented with having to have nothing and make something out of it.

The 1 month has allowed me to open up to approach others and ask them for forgiveness for the things I’ve done. I’ve learned to willingly accept that mistakes is a part of a human being’s life, and feel the better about it.

I was able to read books during spare time, to read up books on life,  ‘The Meta Secret’, its humble teachers and its knowledge.

I’ve learnt to appreciate the people around me for having to break fast with me during the occasion, and bond more.

After all that, it has finally come to the end of fast. Its time to celebrate Hari Raya. I take my life lessons with me and bring it with me in my pocket so that I can remind myself of the better man.

Selamat Hari Raya to my Muslim friends Happy National Day for you Singaporeans!

Thanks for the support and i hope you can also pick up some of the life lessons of this post and apply them in your daily life !

 

and yes that was a reindeer’s hoof I wore.

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Hold in there, lets chill.

I’m in the train hearing the sound of the rail tracks rubbing against the train’s wheel axels and gear.

I see on the window panels the construction of a building every 3 mins, Progress.

I see the school kids gathering up for assembly on the concrete floor as early as 7am; Growth.

I see the complicated yet seemingly well planned architecture of a high rise condominium building, Technology and Stability.

There we are, just moving in our ordinary lives  in a microscopic approach involved in a extraordinary way together holistically.

Each of us do our part, that benefits the movement of the world one way or another. Every living being that’s in sync with the rotation of hers that surrounds us grows as a nation.

But, i see lads in their suits and ties and girls in their firm blouses stepping into a train station. We can understand that the clanking of brogues and heels is pretty normal on a typical busy weekday. We learn to adapt to the pace of others, or move aside to let them pass.

I’m trying to understand the situation that we’re facing through. Are we really rushing for time? Are we moving too fast? The young are equipped with information and status, that maybe 50 years ago might be irrelevant, because it wouldn’t have as much impact.

It might not seem like chasing a degree as fast as possible,then to start working after ,matter back in the days, but now everyone wants to be the best, and it’s starting to sound irrelevant.

What if one day, every human being that starts to have a degree before the age of 20? What then next?

I’d like to see myself enjoy the time, not rushing on a crowded train, probably eat a bread, before heading of the train to work but at the same time, i sometimes cannot afford to not be in sync with others.

What do you think?

Nasi Lemak Kukus at Upper Thomson Road | Openrice Invitation

There’s time to play, time to work, there’s also a time to eat delicious food.

I got an invitation to attend a food tasting event by OpenRice which was a first for me.

Upon reaching Nasi Lemak Kukus located at 908 Upper Thomson Road , i was greeted by Mr Calvin and asked to join in with the rest on the front table specially reserved for the session. It was yet again another pleasure to meet up with new bloggers in the expand my connection in the blogosphere.

Openrice SG goodie bag pictures

The start of the event was followed with a introduction to the event and getting to know one another, and what is our favourite food.

 Hi, My name is Nasri, and I’m  an ‘anything under the sun’ blogger. My favourite food is Nasi Ayam (Chicken Rice)

yeah uhmmm okay…that’s what i said (very brief) 😛 ,partly because I was shy, and i didn’t know what to say, but hey i actually found other bloggers introduction even more interesting that mine. 😀

Mr Calvin himself, has a taste for pasta, and italian food,he talks about perfecting its exquisite taste during the session.  Another blogger likes Ban Mian, she could eat that for the rest of her life and WOW there’s so much more to the discussion of food when it comes to their favourite.

I also met Lina, a really amazing halal food blogger, who does a lot of reviews on halal food , and Rena who runs a lifestyle blog.

As the sun starts to set as the sound of the Mahgrib prayers starts to play on the radio, it was time to eat.

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Varieties

The variety of dishes that was served was like ordering Nasi Padang, or something similar our Singapore’s coffeeshop stall. Then there’s also a burger stall, and the Nasi Lemak corner section. Indulge in your favorite food, or try something new altogether

Things to try

  • Nasi Lemak – The rice is cooked in a traditonal way of steaming the rice, so that the fragrant is seeped into the grains of rice. A longer method, but definitely nicer. It tastes chewy yet its not sticky.
  • Specialty Rendang – nice gravy
  • Nasi Lemak sweet sambal chilli
  • Power Burger (*yet to try)
  • Vietnamese Drip Coffee*

The Vietnamese Drip Coffee, is a specialty in Nasi Lemak Kukus, there’s a cup covered with a pot on top that filters the coffee, and the it basically drips into the cup filled with a milk.

Here’s a video i took.

Price

The price of the food is reasonable. My best advice is to go for the food you want to taste, an average meal can be about $7-10. Rice is also free flow.

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People

Coming there feels like you’re a part of the small but happening family. The staffs were so friendly, and they made me feel like home, with the way they interact. I managed to take photos with the staffs there, and they were all such fun people to talk and laugh with

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If you like to go to have dinner at Nasi Lemak Kukus, the address is,

Nasi Lemak Kukus
908 Upper Thomson Road
787111

Other bloggers and helpful related links

Nasi Lemak Kukus Openrice
Nasi Lemak Kukus Facebook
OpenriceSG
Lina Halal food blogger from WorldHalalQuest
Rena from Revamp Spunky Rena
Calvin Timo from CalvinTimo.com

I’d like to thanks Open Rice for inviting me to the event and also Nasi Lemak Kukus for the delicious food.

Have you tried the food before? Any good recommendations to Singapore food? Share it with me on the comments! 🙂

5 things to help you understand Ramadan better

Ramadan is not just about not eating or drinking. Understanding its purpose and the reason behind it will help you understand why Muslims fast during Ramadan,.

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Fasting 

Fasting is done from the start of dawn till sunset for one month. Muslims still do go about our daily lives as per normal.

A few closed ones said to me that we also fast to remember the suffering of the kids who are in starvation not having enough food in their daily lives. By fasting we can understand how they feel better and be more appreciative of what we have.

Forming good habits

“Fasting is not merely to go without food and drink; fasting is to abstain from idle talk and obscene language”

It’s a good month to practice self-discipline, and by that it also helps Muslims to learn to do good deeds. No swearing or cursing, smoking.

Its a good time to tell them to be patient, to control our sexual desires, (which means no sex during the month) also to be kind and humble. This i feel with context of Singaporeans to help a lot, because complaining is a common thing; and overcoming people’s bad judgement by being calm.

It also teaches Muslims to tell the truth.

Purify the heart

During the month of Ramadan, it is believed that God locks up the gate of hell, which means that the devils are no longer being able to tempt the people into doing sins. Whatever we do is made with our own choice ‘without the devil’s work’.

Muslims focus on being active with helping out with the poor, doing charitable events, instead of getting involved with sexual pleasures or enjoying ourselves by listening to loud music. In this time of the year, Muslims come together to pray and recite the Quran in mosques often.

Bonding with People

The thing that i enjoy about Ramadan, is the bonding between family and friends, everyone will be busy helping out with the food or dishes, and at times we do go out together to restaurants in a huge group, to break fast together. It helps to create bonding and sharing good sessions.

It doesn’t matter if you’re Chinese or Indian or in a different religion, we welcome you to also try to break fast with us to share the moment. It’ll be better if you can also feel how we feel by fasting for a day.

To celebrate the end of Ramadan

The best thing about ending of Ramadan is that we get to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri or Eid ul-Fitr (festivity of breaking the fast). It is to also celebrate the endurance we face having a month of self-discipline, withstanding obstacles along the way mentally and physically, and return to our normal eating routine again.

Could you spot the life lessons here? Did you learn anything new? Share with me down below the comments section! 🙂

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Why is the 2013 Singapore Blog Awards Incredibly Awesome?

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I’ve never been to a bloggers award ceremony.

Despite years of blogging for the fun of it, I’ve never really tried to find out if there was even awards for such thing, but this time round, i managed to get invited for the ceremony as part of event coverage thanks to OMY.SG.

My ‘jaw dropped’, when i entered Shanghai Dolly, surprised to experience the glam entering the big sized doors. It felt even more weird when i realised the amount of media and coverage they had on the event.

Bloggers was in their 60’s theme, guys in their hippie costume, AGOGO, afro-style hair, and ladies in their striking and/or flowery 60’s dress, and out of all that, there i was, in the corner with a long grey sleeve and beige pants from Uniqlo 🙂

Despite all that ‘weirdness’ , I was relieved to have Tiffany ‘Orange’ , Carine, and Meryl from the previous Domino Pizza event meet-up to accompany me.

Pre-Award Ceremony
The ambience felt ‘atas’ (high end). There were bouncers ‘guarding’ the event, media with video cameras, lights, action. Large posters, banners showcasing finalists and the SBA award ceremony. Nice gentlemen’s and ladies with their suit serving the guests drinks, and also a even a nice photo booth with props for us to join in the 60’s movement.

Photo Booth SBA

Award Ceremony
The event was followed through with a series of awards given out to finalists of each of the blog depending on the type of categories they were in. There were a lot of awards given so I didn’t get a hold of who won what, thankfully enough, Alvinology’s post helped out on this, so behold the very good list of bloggers.

Main categories:

Celebrity Categories :
Special Categories :

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Food, Food, Food.
Food was delightful, either that or I was just hungry. Part of my presence being there was to swift over to the food corner to eat Fried rice, chicken , sushi’s of all kinds, and desserts

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Pictures with Other Bloggers/Celebrities
A good reason to go to the event was this. It felt really good to be a part of a blogger’s community, meet new friends, know people who’s been doing it for years, doing an awesome job at blogging. It feels even better being able to take photos with them. SBA award with bloggersWith Carine, ShuHui, Orange and Meryl998840 10201542464303242 189556482 n264408 10201542465903282 785188817 nIMG 5016With Forest.IMG 5038Finally happen to meet Mitsueki in person, after following her on her blog for sometime.

Dance Catwalks
It was entertaining watching finalists doing catwalks of the 60’s theme. There’s trademark in each of them, and we had a good laugh and winner was decided by giving the loudest cheer.IMG 5074Mr Smith with his ‘real’ hair.IMG 5083Mr Uncle Char Kway Teow.IMG 5106Policeman in the 60’s (WINNER)IMG 5096Ninja Sisters SG in shiny dresses

Goodie Bag
To top all that, there were still goodie bag with vouchers and small gifts from sponsors for the event at the end of the day.

To end this post,
The event was incredibly awesome because I feel it has allows bloggers to challenge themselves to be creative and find inspiration. Bloggers work hard to deliver time and effort to create good content for readers, they too deserve a good prize.

I’m already happy to be able to see Singapore Blog Awards 2013 without participating in any of the awards,  because  I was able to see and now get to know more of the one’s who won, and hopefully learn more of their blogging techniques.

I hope with this, you were able to also felt how i felt being there. Are you also a blogger from Singapore? Do you plan to participate in the awards or something similar this coming year or the next year?

For more, follow #omysba2013 on twitter or Instagram

Chef Gordon Ramsey Battle With Singapore Hawker Heroes

I’ve got to say, this is one of the best thing that could happen in history watching, Gordon Ramsey battling it out with Singaporean hawkers.

Its Singapore Vs Ramsay

Things to know about Gordon Ramsey

  1. He currently has about 23 restaurants
  2. He used to be a football player playing for Warwickshire until he was marked with injuries.
  3. He started his career in 1980’s as a commis(basic) chef, became head chef in 1993 and opened his first own restaurant in 1998 in Chelsea.
  4. Stars in 14 various television shows some of them are; Boiling Point, Kitchen Nightmares, The F word, Hell’s Kitchen and Masterchef.

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I find it interesting and cool, that he’s coming to Singapore. The only time I’m able to see him would be watching him on Hell’s Kitchen, a reality television cooking show. I would remember him for his straightforward comments towards the chefs battling it out, his cursing, especially.

But, after all of that, I think he still does it good because he’s good. I remembered an episode where Gordon Ramsey himself came in to the kitchen and cooked in order not to ruin the event, which also means that he’s not really a mean pissed off angry green man, all the time.

If he can turn people into masterchefs, transform pubs into gastropubs(high end pubs), and really know his stuff well, then i don’t know how the battle between him and the hawker heroes is going to be.

They had a voting recently for those who is battling it out with him and three has been chosen.

1st and foremost is Foo Kui Lian who think she won’t win because she’s just a housewife, she does however believe if western chefs are willing to study and research, they might be able to do it better than us. Kudos for being humble, aunty! I still wish you the best.


2nd vote goes to Ang Kiam Meng, and he doesn’t think that a foreigner can master Singapore’s Chilli Crab, because his chefs has been cooking the same dish for over 25 years. I hope it’s as good as you say, Mr Ang Kiam Meng, because there’s really no knowing of what he can bring to the table.

3rd vote then goes to Mr Ryan Koh, who thinks he will win because he has more experience than Gordon Ramsey. I hope your experience with cooking Katong Laksa is as good as you say, and though he might not be cooking Katong Laksa in his life, he has been with the best chefs like Joël Robuchon, a french Chef who also owns his own restaurant at RWS Resort World Sentosa.

Personally, i feel that it could be one way or another. There’s a lot to compare for when someone is cooking for a fine-dine in restaurant, and cooking at a hawker centre.

Chef Gordon Ramsey may be good in his kitchen, but maybe not in the hawker stalls, where things are messy, cramped up, and hot.

The taste of Singapore food may be a delicacy to a group of Singaporeans because of its authentic taste, but if Gordon Ramsey was to step up and make it better, then it’s again up to preference. Some people like their dish to taste a certain way, and no amount of change to that taste, would affect their voting.

I’m not going to critic on Singapore food listed above. and how it taste, because I’ve never tried any of the hawker stalls that was listed above, because I didn’t even know they were nice. Obviously I’m not much of a food-searching fan 😀 , and some of it might not be exactly Halal. Though i would say if Chef Gordon Ramsey can make better Chilli Crab, Singaporeans might just be in a bit of trouble because Singapore is known for their Chilli Crab, at least that’s what locals or wiki would say. Until now I’ve never really known why cause I’ve never tasted Chilli crab outside of Singapore and compare them together.

If you’re out there, then I think you should come down to Newton because there will be a the final showdown.

Event details:
Date: 7 July 2013 (this Sunday)
Time: 6:30pm to 9pm
Venue: Newton Food Centre, 500 Clemenceau Avenue North, Singapore 229495

Follow #hawkerheroes or http://info.singtel.com/

Just so you know, here’s how crowded it already was when he came.

Gordon Ramsey in Singapore

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