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Ramadan 101 for Expatriates

10 Jul

From Wikipedia

Ramadan (Arabic:; رمضان) is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and the month in which Muslims believe the Quran was revealed.Fasting during the month of Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The month is spent by Muslims fasting during the daylight hours from dawn to sunset.

Ramadan officially started today, 10 July 2013. In observance of Ramadan, it is mandatory for UAE and other Muslim Countries to lessen the working hours. Non Muslim Expatriate like me is quiet delightful with this because it means extra hours of rest and sleep, we can do movie marathon with family and friends, spare time for household activities cleaning, re-arranging things at home. But please bear in mind that it is also a best time for spiritual reflection and prayer. Even Non-Muslim like us can also participate by giving things you don’t need (clothes, books, toys etc) to charity or by just respecting our Muslim brothers and sisters.

Below are the do’s and dont’s during the Holy month of Ramadan.

1. Refrain from eating or drinking in public places 

Please respect those people in fasting, avoid eating, drinking or even chew gum in public. We expatriate are allowed to eat but do it in private and with discretion.

2. Avoid playing loud music

Please observe silence. People are usually pray from time to time so please respect them by not playing loud music.

3. Dress appropriately

I know Ramadan falls on Summer season but please don’t use your revealing clothes in public.

4. Do not get angry or curse in public

Many of us is not in a mood specially when outdoor because of scorching heat. Please be  cool specially when driving, I’ve seen a lot of  drivers who are irritated in the road please be more patience with them.

5. Do not engage in public display of affection

It is a law in the UAE not only  this Ramadan , please avoid showing affection by holding hands and kissing in public.

6. Exchange Ramadan Greetings

Greet our Muslim friends and colleague by saying Ramadan Kareem or Eid Mubarak during Eid Celebration.

7. Accepts Invitation

Attend  their gatherings if invited. Our boss usually invite us for Iftar and I’m happy to join them to meet and greet each ones family.

These are the things that we need to observe during Ramadan, if I miss any just please make a comment below.

Wishing you all a blissful Ramadan.

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August Rush!

29 Aug

It’s like yesterday when I tweeted about my favorite month and how excited I am about it, now 2 more days and we will bid  goodbye to the month of August. Time flies really really fast.

August is indeed  special for me, since majority of the family member (including myself) born on this month. It is also start of Ramadan, wherein our Muslim brothers and sisters do the fasting for almost a month and offer more prayers. It also means less working hours for us. yehey!

I also called August a Pig-out Month, Lots of celebrations, gatherings, activities occured during the month. Lots of weight gain also… nyay!

August 11 – House Warming for our New House

August 18 – My sister and nephew’s birthday celebration

August 21 – Special Dinner from our Housemate Ching (she accepted a job offer from one company)

August 23 – My mom and hubby’s birthday celebration

August 25 – Company Iftar Dinner at Sheraton Hotel

August 30 -It’s My birthday and Start of Eid Al Fitr… Thanks for the Long Holiday (5 Days of Fun and Rest), supposedly we have work on Thursday since Public Holiday for Private sector were 2 days only (Tuesday and Wednesday). Thanks to my kind boss for an extra day. I considered this as a birthday gift!

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I would also like to say thanks for my sis Ayin, my colleague and PEBA for an Early Birthday Present… I’m so much blessed and happy!

My sister gave me a voucher for Aromatherapy massage, Aromatherapy Hair Spa and Full Body Scrub. Thanks sis… I really need this, my body needs a complete overhaul. hehehe


I’ve got dinner buffet for two (2) at Al Diar Dana Hotel from our supplier.

I’ve got 300 worth of Globe TipIDD Card courtesy of “Where the Heart is Photo Contest”. Very happy because it’s my 1st reward as a blogger even It’s an early bird entry only.

Thank you Lord for all the blessings! For giving me another year!

Thank you August! See you Next Year 🙂

Happy Eid!

20 Sep

Eid ul-Fitr or Id-ul-Fitr (Arabic: عيد الفطر ‘Īdu l-Fiṭr‎), often abbreviated to Eid, is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. Eid is an Arabic word meaning “festivity”, while Fiṭr means “to break fast”; and so the holiday symbolizes the breaking of the fasting period. It is celebrated after the end of the Islamic month of Ramadan, on the first day of Shawwal.

Ngayong araw ginugunita ng mga kapatid natin Muslim ang unang araw ng Eid. Sa aming mga Non Muslim naman ito ang unang Araw ng Lakwatsa… Holiday Vacation, more sleeps, more rest, more gala to come.

Road Trip to Al Ain with my bro. and friends sort of Road Test na rin para sa bagong nyang sasakyan.

Location: Al Ain, UAE

Ist Destination: Al Ain Zoo

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2nd Destination : Al Ain Museum

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3rd Destination : Jebel Hafeet

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We enjoy the Trip yun nga lang dahil Ramadan hindi kame nakapasok sa Al Ain Zoo and Museum iba kse ang timing nila pag Ramadan…. Kamusta naman ang 9:00 PM – 2:00 am na bukas ng Zoo aba eh puyat na puyat na mga hayop nya eh, kaya picture taking na lang sa labas ng Zoo ang nangyari.

Sa Jebel Hafeet naman sobrang ganda ng view sa taas, tamang tama lng ang pag akyat namin kase papalubog na ang araw. Grabe…  ang gagaling ng mga friends naming paparazzi ganda ng mga shots.

Sana may sunod na gala pa… looking forward for Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque… ganda daw mag photo shoot dito eh and Emirates Palace.  Sana walang lakad si kuya Inshalla!

Ramadan

28 Aug

Ramadan (Arabic: رمضان, Ramaān) is a Muslim religious observance that takes place during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, believed to be the month in which the Qur’an began to be revealed. It is the Islamic month of fasting, in which Muslims don’t eat or drink anything from sunrise ’till sunset.

Ngayong September 1, 2008 gugunitain ng mga kapatid nating Muslim ang Holy Month of Ramadan. At dahil dito ako nagtatrabaho sa bansang majority ay Muslim syempre kailangan natin igalang ang kanilang paniniwala. 1st time ko mararanasan ang Ramadan sabi nila medyo boring daw dahil sarado lahat ang mga malls, restaurant at iba pang establishment.. usually nagbubukas sila 6:00 ng gabi. Halos wala ka daw makikitang tao sa kalye pag umaga… nabubuhay ang tao sa gabi. (Parang mga aswang…)

Pero ang maganda naman maiksi ang working hours sa office namin until 2:00 PM lang kame, mababawasn ang oras ko na pagpetiks sa opisina at paglalaro ng mga games sa excel, (para hindi halatang walang ginagawa kunyari busy busyhan.)

Ano ano ba ang pwedeng paglibangan sa Ramadan syempre maaga ako makakauwi ng bahay.

  1. Balak naming magkakapatid magpuno ng balik bayan box para ipadala sa Pinas. Kailangan kse namin maipadala ng maaga dahil madalas di umaabot sa Christmas pag late naipa cargo. And marami daw Sale before and after ng Ramadan kaya gagawin naming hobby ang pagshoshopping (sosyal… ha.ha.ha)
  2. Mag movie marathon – magdownload ng mga hindi mo pa napapanood na movie kahit yung mga pinaka classic.
  3. Balak ko mag gym after office, sasabayan ko na rin ng diet medyo magandang timing ito kase nagfafasting ang mga Arabo, sa office naman bawal kumain makakatulong to sa pagdidiet ko, sobrang lumobo kase ako dito sa UAE halos lahat ng damit ko sumikip. Haaaayyy… sana nga maiwasan ko kumain ng ice cream and chocolate.
  4. Syempre ang pinakamagandang libangan ang pagba blog siguradong ma iikot ko buong blogsphere nito. Makakapag isip ng husto ng mga pwedeng I post .

Ang bilis ng panahon after ng Ramadan, Christmas season naman ang hihintayin nating mg Pinoy… Ibig sabihin malapit na naman akong umuwi sa Pinas. (excited ako kahit alam ko ubos na naman ang pinagputahan pinagtrabahuhan ko.