My favourite time of the year. This is also the busiest time of the year. Having to abstain from food and wake up for Sahur and attend iftar invitations and terawih at the mosque is a huge lifestyle change!
Nevertheless we look forward to it every single year – it’s a month where I watch out for my every move… the level of conscience at this time of the year is very different. I force myself for terawih even though I hardly got any rest on a particular day.
I feel a little different towards food cravings this year. There isn’t any. At all. I think this is due to the fact that I am more occupied these days. Let’s rephrase that- extremely occupied. There’s not much time to think about food, let alone cravings. I do have time to blog though, because this is what I do in between my classes, just to blow off steam. This is my outlet, from those children who sometimes test my patience. Time flies when you are so occupied – which is a good thing because you don’t think about hunger, but when time flies as fast as this then it’s not so good either because you usually delay ‘spiritual’ tasks to later and finds out there’s no time for it anymore in a day.
It’s sad that I am also busy at this time of the year – I wish there will be a year when I can just take off and spend Ramadhan in Mekah – InsyAllah I’m sure that time will come when we have more money, less obligations and a whole lot of assets. I hate being busy in Ramadhan, I hate not having to enjoy iftars with whoever or wherever I want. Just need to bear with things as they are right now.
Sahur is a special time for me and banker – we wake up to pray and get our daily morning dosage of oats, cereals and bread with nutella. Sometimes I’d make corn beef with some french loaf and olive oil. I call this the 5-minute Sahur, where I can prepare and consume everything in 5 minutes. Then we sit down for coffee for me and milo for him in front of our great idiot box. These days we put on Frasier on Fox channel. Niles is my favourite character. On weekends we go out for Sahur, embracing KL at 4am in the morning. Banker’s all psyched up for a Sahur buffet so we are gonna look for one to go in the weekend.
Iftar plans are usually made with the husband.. We love Ramadhan bazaar hopping… but we love buffets too. Shang ri la’s our favourite, but I personally like Hilton’s food layout too. Whatever the buffet is, Arab food buffet is my ultimate favourite – Hummus, Lebanese bread and Lamb – my perfect iftar menu.
We try to do things for others too in Ramadhan. Among other charities, I try to donate something every day. It’s good that I work for UIA and they are big on organizing donations drive there. My input is to a particular box at the office. Hope that helps.. it does help me mentally and psychologically.
I’m glad I am a teacher, every hour of the day. It does give me some good vibes now that Ramadhan is here. Plus, unlike the consulting job which I had to endure in last year’s Ramadhan – teaching is not mundane, teaching is so full of life and I love laughing with my kids in the class. I so do hope – that teaching keeps me young too.
As for Ramadhan – teaching makes it more fulfilling.