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  • Travel News Wrap: 19 October Week

    Singapore Airlines relaunches the World’s Longest Flight Image Credit: Isaac Struna on Unsplash From 9 November 2020, Singapore Airlines (SIA) will operate from Changi Airport to JFK International Airport in New York. SQ23 and SQ24 will fly thrice a week on this route, both ways. Due to the demand for flights to New York, this resumption of flights to JFK International Airport will help with a mix of passenger and cargo traffic. Flying the A350-900, this route will replace the Singapore-Newark route that was suspended due to the climate of the global pandemic. Currently, SIA is operating non-stop services to Los Angeles, USA.    Traveling to Thailand is now possible for Singaporeans Image Credit: Dan Freeman on Unsplash Traveling to Thailand for Singaporeans have been made possible again with the recent developments in Thailand. However, this border-reopening comes with certain conditions that must be met in order to enter Thailand. Since October 7, Thailand requires a Special Tourist Visa (STV) for anyone to enter their country.  Similar to earlier reports, Singaporean residents will have to meet strict conditions in order to be eligible for entry to Thailand. You can view these conditions here. Some of the conditions that have to be met are that visitors must stay in Thailand for a minimum of 90 days and must not have any criminal record either in Thailand or Singapore. Additionally, visitors must also only fly with Singapore Airlines in order to gain access to the country. Please refer to the Thai Embassy’s website for more details.   Germany-Singapore Green Lane Arrangement Image Credit: Håkon Sataøen on Unsplash As announced in a joint press statement, Germany and Singapore have recently agreed to set up a Reciprocal Green Lane for essential business and official travel. Similar to the other existing reciprocal green lanes, visitors traveling under this arrangement will have to abide by the COVID-19 safety measures which have been agreed on by both countries. The decision of this announcement came as both countries have shared that they are planning to use the green lane as a model for similar arrangements between Singapore and the European Union in the future. The details of the arrangement have not been released yet, at the time of writing. Please check with the respective authorities for more details.   Australia is currently in talks with Singapore, Japan, and Korea Image Credit: Paul Carmona on Unsplash In other news, Australia has also been busy with the establishment of their own travel arrangements. Recently, Australia is in talks with Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and the South Pacific nations on the reopening of travel. This development came after a steady decline in infections since early August. The countries selected for this have been limited to countries that have been performing well on the health front, according to the authorities in Australia. It has been reported that the arrangement to resume travel between Australia and the countries in question will help businesses on both sides of the arrangement. Currently, no dates have been set for the launch of the travel agreement. Please refer to the respective authorities for more details. Singapore Tourism Board (STB) partners with Airbnb Experiences Image Credit: Zhu Hongzhi on Unsplash Virtual Tourism has been the talk of the town in recent times. Now, the Singapore Tourism Board is partnering with Airbnb Experiences to promote Singapore with the help of Virtual Tourism. The partnership will offer a range of online experiences that are said to be “one-fo-a-kind activities designed and hosted by locals” to the global audience. These Virtual Trips experiences will include cooking sessions with locals, guided museum tours, and dance classes, a virtual visit to The Intan (Peranakan home museum), and a sustainability-themed tour of the Cloud Forest in Gardens by the Bay amongst others.   United Kingdom Quarantine List Update Image Credit: Eva Dang on Unsplash Some recent changes have been made to the United Kingdom’s travel corridor list.  Escaping the cold winter has is now a reality with the addition of Spain’s Canary Islands, The Maldives, Denmark, and Mykonos being added to the ‘safe’ destinations list. Travelers will not be required to be quarantined upon their return to the UK from these locations from the morning of Sunday, 25 October. However, there are still some safety requirements that have to be met in order for travelers from the UK to enter these destinations, except for Mykonos. Please refer to the respective authorities for more information on the safety requirements of traveling...

  • 12 Best Reusable Masks in Singapore

    Gone were the days when we only donned the mask during the haze period. We are currently living in a new normal where wearing a mask is mandatory when you are leaving the house. Unlike the beginning of the global pandemic breakout, we can see boxes of surgical masks available in any store everywhere. If you are one who prefers reusable masks like me, the options in the market are vasts. Not only are they inexpensive, but they come in various designs and colors, becoming fashion wear for us. Personally, for me, reusable masks are much more comfortable to wear for a longer time. But what's more important, they are kinder to the environment and helps you reduce waste. If you are keen to try on some reusable masks, let us list down the best reusable masks that you can find in the local market.   1. Pomelo Image Credit: Pomelo If you are an avid online shopper, especially when it comes to clothing, you must be familiar with Pomelo. This fashion brand has different kinds of masks available, but the one I will be highlighting is the People+ series. They are designed with triple defense layers, which is suitable to keep you protected during this period. Fret not if you have sensitive skin as the inner layer of the mask is made from 100% cosmetic grade silk cotton. Various designs, ranging from florals and abstracts are made available.Price: $14.00, Free Delivery available on online orders.Website   2. Bewa Image Credit: Bewa Bewa is known for its Muslimah fashion from Baju Kurung to Baju Jubah. Bewa has also ventured out into designing its own reusable masks. Its designs and patterns don't only focus on floral but also Batik and lace. You may choose materials from cotton to satin, whichever you feel comfortable in. Not only are the masks beautiful and unique, but most of them also contained an anti-microbial filter to keep you protected. For those who are wearing Hijab, you should definitely check Bewa out as some of the masks are designed with head ties instead of earloop.Price: Starting from $15.00; Delivery charges starting from $3.80Location: Joo Chiat Complex, #03-1041/1043Website   3. ShieldMask+ Image Credit: ShieldMask+ ShieldMask+ is known for its high-quality masks. It is designed with 4 layers of protection and an adjustable strap to fit you perfectly. The simple designs make it suitable for both males and females. You can also protect the little ones as they have specially fitted masks for kids.Price: Starting from $18.00; Delivery charges starting from $5Website   4. Zalora Image Credit: Zalora Zalora must have been another popular online shopping site for you to source for apparel. You can find different kinds of clothing styles, the same goes for their reusable masks. Its ergonomic designs make it comfortable to wear. It contains a slit for filters that you can install it yourself to double the protection. Its solid colors are suitable for both males and females, or go for the pineapple design if you fancy!Price: Starting from $9.00Website   5. Ans-Ein Image Credit: Ans.ein The love for arts of two Singaporean mumpreneurs drove them to establish Ans-Ein, a wearable art. Each pattern on their apparel is unique, designed by various passionate artists. Similar to any other local labels here, Ans-Ein had added in the reusable masks as their line-ups. Their reusable masks are made with 3 layers of protection with an option to choose between the earloop strap or the head loop strap. You will be spoilt for choice to choose from the different designs available; solid colors, batik, or denim to name a few. You can also purchase their masks for a good cause as Ans-Ein has started on a project to distribute reusable masks to essential workers.Price: Starting from $5.00; Free normal deliveryWebsite   6. OliveAnkara Image Credit: OliveAnkara OliveAnkara patterns had been focused on African prints and fashions. The founder of OliveAnkara, Ifeoma, has introduced African inspired clothes here in Singapore and it can be beautifully donned on any woman. This same concept can be found on their reusable masks. Their pleated masks are available in kids' and adults' sizes. A pocket can be found on the reusable masks for you to fit in a surgical mask or filters for extra protection. Also, 10% of the proceeds will go to local charities!Price: Starting from $15.00; Free normal deliveryWebsite   7. Le Petit Society Image Credit: Le Petit Society You may have heard of Le Petit Society as they have a few outlets in the malls. Catering to clothing for children, their stylish yet comfortable collections are suitable for all. Their range of reusable masks doesn't only come in kids' sizes but also for adults. The double layers masks allow you to insert filter for extra protection. You can also request for names or initials embroidery at the bottom corner of the mask, adding a personal touch to it.Price: Starting from $10.00; Delivery charges at $5.50Website   8. MeowPrint Image Credit: meowprint.sg Have you ever wanted to customize your own reusable masks for your class or maybe for your company? MeowPrint is a company specialized in customizing fabrics like T-shirts and bags to name a few. Now, you can also customize your own reusable masks. From choosing the fabric colors to inserting logos, it is all made possible at MeowPrint. The price is attractive too for bulk orders, making it a perfect souvenir for your company.Price: Starting from $3.11 per pieceWebsite   9. Littleoddforest Image Credit: littleoddforest If you are into colorful, whimsical, and quirky designs, then Littleoddforest is for you. You can find animal-inspired designs like alpacas and even unicorns. Their reusable masks are not only designed for kids but adults likewise. These reusable masks are made up of 3 layers of fabric with pockets for you to insert your own filter. The best thing about the masks is the open-ended elastic bands, where you can adjust them according to your face size. If that sounds like a hassle to you, you can opt to add the rubber stopper at the end.Price: Starting from $22.90 for kids, $24.90 for adults; Free local deliveryWebsite   10. Uniqlo Image Credit: Uniqlo AIRism Uniqlo has no doubt been providing us with comfortable and stylish apparel for every occasion. As with any other brand label, Uniqlo has also produced their own lines of reusable masks. When it was first released officially in Japan, we had been wondering if we will be able to get our hands on them. The AIRism face mask is designed with a 3-tier structure, giving you comfort while getting you protected. Comes in a pack of 3, you can find them in most Uniqlo outlets or even purchase them online.Price: $14.90 for a pack of 3.Website   11. 1929Mask Image Credit: 1929Mask 1929Mask is known for its high quality, effective yet comfortable reusable masks. A Singaporean family has created a 3-ply reusable mask that is water-repellent and provides maximum protection. Its patterns are suitable for both males and females. For our Hijab sisters, don't forget to add in the mask extender to your cart when purchasing a mask here!Price: From $25.00; Free local deliveryWebsite   12. CYC Made to Measure Image Credit: CYC Corporate Label One of the most renowned tailors in Singapore, CYC Made to Measure has expanded its apparel lines to reusable masks. Its unique prints ranged from Singapore icons to solid colors and even Liberty London prints. All of the masks purchased come with a hydrophobic filter. They have all sizes available too, for both kids and adults. You can visit its two stores or order them online.Price: From $20.00; Free local shippingWebsite There you have it, the best reusable masks you can find in Singapore. You can always add some colors and prints to your everyday look while donning a face mask. It will also keep you protected during this pandemic period. Don't forget to also keep your distance when you are outside to help curb the outbreak. Stay safe!...

  • Public Transport Safety Tips for the COVID-19 Pandemic

    COVID-19 continues to be a significant impact on our lives, with the number of cases on the rise again recently. With many out there already traveling to their workplaces to pull through these tough times, public transport commuting is still the top mode of transport to commute to and from our destinations, whether it is work, school. In addition to that, due to the travel restrictions imposed, there might be more traveling by buses and trains now as people might also use public transport to travel to the various domestic recreation sites to cure their holiday blues, especially in dense cities like Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, and London.  To help you get that extra peace of mind, here are some tips for you to stay as safe as much as you can while traveling on Public Transport in this COVID-19 pandemic.   Alternative modes of transport Image Source: Photo by Angelo Pantazis on Unsplash Choosing a different mode of transport where you will be less likely to come into close proximity with others is a great way to start. This will not only benefit you, but it will also lessen the pressure and the number of people taking public transport. The lesser contact, the better. Walk or Cycle Think about walking or cycling to your destinations if you can or when they are closeby. Remember to keep a distance between you and others around you at all times. Car-Sharing If you want to get somewhere fast, Car rentals and Car-sharing are a viable option as they are now more accessible than ever. Always sanitize the car before and after you use it and make sure the cabin is well ventilated during your journey to minimize the risks. You could argue that taxis, Grab, uber, or gojek do the same but, by renting and driving the cars yourself, you are staying in your own safety bubble, sparing you and the cab drivers with more risks.    Travel Off-peak Image Source: Photo by JOSHUA COLEMAN on Unsplash Peak hours in Public Transportation means more people, which also means that you will come into contact with many people in packed trains and buses, making their way to and from work or school. Choose to travel during off-peak hours whenever you can, leave your house earlier in the morning, or make your way home later in the evening. A bonus to doing this is that if you do choose to travel during the off-peak hours, your journey will not only be that little bit safer, but it will also be a bit more peaceful as well.   Plan your Journey Image Source: Photo by Jeremy Downes on Unsplash Before actually setting out to your destinations, plan ahead, and choose your routes carefully. Take the most direct routes that lead to your destination to minimize the time you spend outside. Avoid going to and through places where you know are generally busy, you can alight a stop before your intended station if you know there are more people there. Another thing to consider when planning your journey is that you could walk for more parts of your trip.   Contactless Technology Image Source: Photo by Mika Baumeister on Unsplash Minimize your contact with everything when you are out and about. Go contactless with your purchases by using contactless payments such as ApplePay, GooglePay, or any contactless cards available. Where possible, use your mobile phones when topping-up or purchasing tickets by doing the transactions through the respective mobile apps.   Personal Protection Image Source: Photo by Anshu A on Unsplash It has to go without saying that you should always follow the standard safety measures such as wearing a mask at all times and maintaining a safe distance between you and the next person. Safe distancing might be a hard thing to do when traveling on a packed bus or train, but whenever possible, always try to distance yourself from the next person. Bring a hand sanitizer with you when using public transport. Clean your hands after alighting as you may have used the handrails or touched some other parts of the vehicle. Due to the nature of the virus spreading through droplets, try not to speak during the commute (even if you’re already wearing a mask). If you are traveling overseas, check out our past blog “Planning To Travel Soon? Here Are 10 Travel Safety Tips For You To Know” for travel specific tips.   Safety Checklist Image Source: Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash In summary here is a checklist of what you should ask yourself whenever you plan to go out on Public Transport: When is the best time for me to make my way there? Can I walk or cycle there? Am I taking the most direct and fastest route? Are there a lot of people on my route? / Is it busy? Are there any alternative routes with lesser people? Can I take any other alternative modes of transportation?  COVID-19 is a complex virus that we are all still trying to understand. These traveling tips are just precautionary measures to help you minimize the risks as much as you can whenever you are traveling around domestically. Of course, staying at home as much as possible is still the best, we understand that sometimes we really have to get out of the house to attend to something. Stay Safe!...

  • 10 Best Virtual Museum Tours In 2020

    The COVID-19 situation has placed some business on a halt, some may have even closed their doors. We have seen how entertainment centers, tourist attractions, zoos, and even museums were affected by this outbreak. There is no denying that technology has made life simpler, making us feel that the world is at our fingertips. As travel bans have been imposed all around the world, you may have heard about virtual traveling. Exploring the world at the comfort of your home might not give you the best experience but think about its convenience; you don't have to deal with the crowd! Even better, some of these tours are free! From the deepest part of the world to local zoos to historical and art museums; there's an abundance of virtual tours made available for you. Can't travel to visit these iconic museums? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are 10 best virtual museum tours you need to check out in 2020!  via GIPHY   1. The British Museum, London Image Credit: Ryan Stefan on Unsplash The British Museum in London was opened in 1759 and was the first national public museum in the world. You can learn about human histories and culture dated way back to over two million years.There are several ways for you to enjoy these historic artifacts. Explore the virtual museum tours through Google Street View. You can visit up to 60 over galleries like the Egyptian sculpture gallery and The World of Alexander. You can also view an infographic timeline of each artifact through History Connected. You can easily read through the facts or even listen to the audio made available. It is very informative and must not be missed by all history buffs! For those of you who had always dreamed of visiting this museum, this is your chance. And the best part is, it's free! Website 2. The Broad, Los Angeles Image Credit: Tu Tram Pham on UnsplashThe Broad in Los Angeles features contemporary art from the 1950s to the present. With almost 2,000 pieces of artwork, you can find collections from influential contemporary artists like Andy Warhol and Yayoi Kusama.Get inspired by the effort made by The Broad to bring this wonderful experience to you at home. Watch one of The Broad's famous installations, Yayoi Kasuma's Infinity Mirrored Room, over some lights and sounds environment. If you want to find activities you can do with the kids, get inspired through the family workshops at home series. It contains step-by-step tutorials that you can enjoy with your family. If you can't get over the Infinity Mirrored Room, then you can learn how to create one from one of the videos.Website 3. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Image Credit: Mitchell Luo on Unsplash National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, is one of the oldest museums to exist in the country. Founded in 1861, you can find artworks from both local and international artists, ranging from contemporary art, fashion, architecture, and dance.Fans of KAWS, you no longer have to feel disappointed about missing this exhibition. Now available via virtual tours, head down to the website to visit KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness exhibition. Other exhibitions you can visit virtually includes the 'Japanese Modernism' and 'Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines.' The latter exhibition is worth visiting as you can listen to the audio tour by the curator himself. Wonderful isn't it? Website 4. National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul Image Credit: National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art has established four museums in different venues; Gwacheon, Deoksugung, Seoul, and Cheongju. It is one of the most famous museums in Korea that showcases Korea's art and culture. The four museums are unique; each showcasing different aspects of art and culture in Korea but are geared towards a common goal which is to provide a rewarding cultural experience to visitors. You can find various artworks ranging from literature to calligraphy, architecture to design, and family-oriented space and children's museum.One of the ways you can enjoy a tour around the museum is through the official website. You can watch tour videos on Jonathan Borofsky's Singing Man or Kim Whanki's Two Moon. Meanwhile, on Google Art & Culture, you can view more collections from renowned artistes or even go on a virtual tour on all levels.Website 5. Musée d’Orsay, Paris Image Credit: Armand Khoury on Unsplash Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France, holds French artworks dated way back in 1848 to 1914. These artworks range from painting, sculpture, furniture, and photographs. Fans of impressionist will find solace in this museum, witnessing artworks from renowned painters like Monet and Van Gogh.As Musée d’Orsay used to be a railway station, you may catch a glimpse of its history through an online exhibition called From Station to the Renovated Musée d'Orsay. Apart from that, get inspired by the canvas painting and oil painting made available for you in Google Art & Culture. You can now enjoy the artworks from this exhibition in the comfort of your home!Website 6. China Paper Cutting Museum, Yangzhou Image Credit: China Paper Cutting Museum on Discover China  The China Paper Cutting Museum in Yangzhou holds a diverse collection of paper-cutting arts from around the country. With almost 400 pieces of artwork, its genre ranged from landscapes, birds and flowers, and plants, and insects. Paper-cutting art has always been important to Chinese folk culture. These delicate and detailed arts may leave you in awe and keep you inspired in many ways.You can view the artwork virtually from local artistes via the online exhibitions made available. If you wanna try making some paper cutting art, how about watching the online exhibition called 'The Art of Cutting Paper by Zhang Muli?' All you need is just a pair of scissors and some paper. Time to get crafty! Website 7. Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts, Kyoto Image Credit: Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts The Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts, also known as Fureaikan, features Kyoto's traditional crafts. With almost 500 collections ranging from Kimonos, lacquerwares, and textiles, there is always something to see and learn on Kyoto crafts.The traditional garment Kimono has always featured beautiful and intricate designs. Learn its history from the online exhibition, 'The Ancient History Making and Wearing a Kimono' and 'Historical Development of Kimono Pattern'. The beautiful textiles of a Kimono will leave you in awe, as you learn to appreciate them more given that the time and effort it takes to make the textiles can be excruciating. Website 8. Singapore Art Museum, Singapore Image Credit: The Singapore Art Museum The Singapore Art Museum is dedicated to contemporary art based in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Whether the museum is closed for major transformation or due to the COVID-19 situation, you can still visit the museum and view the exhibitions virtually. Singapore Art Museum has been an organizer for the Singapore Biennale in four different years. If you missed it, you may get the chance to view the last years' collections in the online exhibition 'Singapore Biennale 2019: Every Step in the Right Direction.' You can also go on a virtual walk in the museum and explore all levels that are made available.Website 9. National Museum of Natural Science, Taichung Image Credit: National Museum of Natural Science on Taichung Travel Net If you want to skip the art and history, or if you are just into nature and science, then this museum is for you! The National Museum of Natural Science in Taichung, Taiwan, covers exhibitions like astronomy, space science, and ecology. With over 50 permanent exhibitions to look out for, there is always something for everyone to learn from, be it adults or children.As one of the most visited museums in Taiwan, there shouldn't be a reason to skip this museum especially when you can visit it virtually!. Run through the 100 specimens of different departments; geology, botany, zoology, and anthropology in this online exhibition. You will never leave this virtual tour without learning something new, we promise! Website 10. Fubon Art Foundation, Taipei Image Credit: Fubon Art Foundation Fubon Art Foundation may be a little different from the rest of the museums on this list. Its aim is to promote art education and support art-based events. To incorporate art into one's lifestyle, it is not necessary to visit a museum or a gallery. Hence, "Very Fun Park" is established where people can experience art from the streets and alleyways in the city.Don't be sad if your trip to Taiwan is canceled, and you can't witness these awesome artworks. Now, you can navigate through the online galleries and view the various installations from different contemporary visual artists. The colorful and unique installations are interesting to look at; it makes you want to witness them in real life too!Website If you think that you can't experience new things without leaving your house, then you are wrong! This list of virtual museum tours will occupy your time, give you some inspiration, relax your mind, and perhaps, allow you to learn something new. If these museums piqued your interest, then you can include them in your itinerary the next time you are traveling!  via GIPHY...

  • Eid 2020 | 15 Must Have Kuih Raya For Eid

    Are you sure you are ready to celebrate Eid Al-Fitr? The next most important question is, have you listed out your must have Kuih Raya? If you don't have any ideas yet, then you have come to the right place because Hari Raya Eid Al-Fitr will not be complete without Kuih Raya. These sweet or savoury Kuih Raya are a must have for Eid as they will get you into the festive mood. So, let’s rejoice this moment of Ramadan and Eid with sweet delights. Now that you have more time to do some research, maybe you should try those types of Kuih Raya that you have never ever tasted before. During this time, you can even try baking one yourself! Here are 15 must have Kuih Raya for you to note down! via GIPHY  1. Pineapple Tart (Kuih Tart) Image Credit: Tart Nenas by Debbie Teoh on kuali  The classic famous pineapple tart is one of the most favorite kuih to serve for Eid Al-Fitr. This kuih is very common in Southeast Asia, including Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. It is very easy to find pineapple tarts in every houses you visit during Eid Al-Fitr in Southeast Asia. Pineapple tart itself is a bite-size pastry filled with pineapple jam. It has a buttery and crumbly pastry texture on the outside and melts on the inside. Well, sometimes they also put the pineapple jam as a topping instead of a filling. So, which team are you on? Is it pineapple tart with pineapple jam as a topping, or filling? 2. Suji Biscuit (Semolina Cookies) Image Credit: Sugee Cookies by Chef Nermala Dass on kuali Suji biscuits originated from India. It is a cookie made of flour, ghee (clarified butter) and sugar with a pinch of salt. Imagine tasting a balanced flavor of sweet and salty. This biscuit has a soft texture that melts in your mouth. Yum... This is definitely a must have Kuih Raya for Eid. You could get them from online stores or better enough, bake your own! 3. Honey Cornflakes (Cornflakes Madu) Image Credit: Honey Cornflakes Biscuit by Dish by Ili Honey Cornflakes also known as Cornflakes Madu is made of crunchy cornflakes coated with sweet honey and either topped with chopped cherries or colorful sprinkles. It is one of the easiest cookies to make that requires only 4 ingredients. Those ingredients are plain cornflakes, honey, butter, and chopped cherries. Furthermore, it only takes less than 30 minutes to make one. We recommend you to try making one yourself!  4. Almond London   Image Credit: Almond London by Debbie Teoh on kuali Almond London is one of the most favorite kuih for Hari Raya. It could be because of its mouth-watering look or the richness of its taste. Almond London consists of roasted almond inside a milky cookie, coated with delicious dark chocolate with almond nibs as toppings. This sweet but also dark chocolate bittery cookie has a crunchy texture. 5. Rempeyek Image Credit: Rempeyek Kacang - Indonesian Peanut Cracker by dapurmpoknobi on cookpad Rempeyek is a very common kuih in Southeast Asia that originated from Java Island, Indonesia. Like pineapple tarts, most people are familiar with it and it is popular amongst many Southeast Asian countries. Rempeyek itself is a fried peanut cracker. It is relatively easy to make and does not require an oven. It is made from peanuts, lime leaves, white rice flour, egg, tapioca flour, coriander seeds, galangal, garlic, candlenuts, and salt. You can even add anchovies to the mix.  Imagine that rich savory taste coupled with the crunchiness of the nuts. Delicious isn't it? 6. Popia Simpul Image Credit: Resepi Popia Simpul (Simpul Kasih) Terbaik by Iluminasimedia on Iluminasi  Like rempeyek, popia simpul also does not require an oven. Popia simpul which is very famous in Malaysia and Singapore is a fried bite-sized knotted spring rolls filled with chicken floss. The main ingredients are spring roll pastry and chicken floss. It has a crispy texture that will make it hard for you to stop nibbling. Surely you would've come across a bottle of the popia simpul when visiting your relatives during Hari Raya. This kuih is sold in many stores, including online stores. Why not challenge yourself this Eid and make your own popia simpul? 7. Nestum Cookies Image Credit: Nestum cookies by suzilawong on cookpad Nestum cookies are one of the most delicious kuih that is perfect for Hari Raya. Nestum cookies is everyone’s favorite. Nestum itself is a brand of a cereal that is well-known for its taste and aroma. When used as an ingredient, it gives off a crunchy texture with sweet aroma filling in the air. There are varieties of Nestum cookies recipe that you can follow on the internet, from Original Nestum to Almond Nestum cookies. 8. Fried Rose (Kembang Goyang) Image Credit: Achu murukku recipe, Rose cookies recipe without eggs by by Sharmis Passion Fried Rose Cookies could be found in Malaysia and Indonesia (Kembang Goyang). It originated from India. Over there, it is known as Achu Murukku. It is crispy, sweet, and salty at the same time. This kuih is fried with a flower-shaped mold. The ingredients are rice flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, coconut milk, egg, salt, and oil. It is pretty easy to make and only takes less than 30 minutes of your time. Worth it right?  9. Snowball Cookies Image Credit: Snowball Cookies by Brown Eyed Baker Snowball cookies have a smooth yet crunchy texture that easily melts in your mouth. This cookie usually contains nuts like pecan, walnut or almond. It is also a buttery bite-sized round pastry covered in powdered sugar, perfect for those of you with a sweet tooth! After feasting on all that spicy Hari Raya dish, why not eat some snowball cookies? It will be worth it (we promise).   10. Cat’s Tongue (Lidah Kucing) Image Credit: Original Lidah Kucing (dgn oven warisan mertua) by моммү jзи on cookpad Cat’s tongue is a delicate biscuit perfect for Eid celebration or as a tea companion. This biscuit exists throughout the world, including Asia, Europe, Australia and South America. They are made from egg white, wheat flour, sugar, butter, and vanilla. Cat’s tongue could be topped with various toppings like chocolate sprinkles or nuts, or dipped in chocolate melt. 11. Kaastengel (Cheese Stick Shortbread) Image Credit: Kaastengel Indonesian Kue Keju (Cheese Cookies)/Cheese Stick by FOOFARAW on FOOD52 Kaastengel is pretty famous in Indonesia. It was brought in by the Dutch. Kaastengel or cheese stick shortbread is a perfect kuih raya. It looks like a golden bar, buttery and savory, making it difficult for you to stop eating once you start. The main ingredients are Edam or Cheddar cheese, unsalted butter, egg, flour, and milk powder. 12. Chocolate Chip Image Credit: Chocolate Chip Cookie by Resepi Che Nom Chocolate chip cookie is famous all around the world and you could easily find served as a kuih raya in one of your house visits. It is one of the ultimate classic cookies one has to try. It has a smooth yet crunchy texture and is best served with tea. A good chocolate chip cookie has a balanced sweet and salty flavor. Chocolate chip cookie is made from butter, white sugar, brown sugar, flour, salt and chocolate chips. The fragrant smell as soon as it comes out fresh out of the oven is oh-so-delicious!  13. Dahlia Biscuit (Kuih Semperit) Image Credit: Biskut Samperit/Custard Cookies by Lisa's Lemony Kitchen Dahlia Biscuit or also known as kuih semperit in Malaysia, is an old custard butter cookie. It is a small cookie shaped like flower topped with chopped cherries. It is made from butter, icing sugar, egg yolk, cake flour, corn flour and custard powder. Kuih Semperit is another popular kuih raya where once you start eating one, you can never stop. This is a must have kuih raya due to its wonderful taste and we recommend you try baking one yourself!  14. Sarang Semut Image Credit: Ant’s Nest Cookies (Biskut Sarang Semut) on asian inspirations Sarang semut (ant’s nest) is a biscuit that is common in Malaysia, especially during Hari Raya. Its pastry has a crispy texture. Sarang semut is made from butter, caster sugar, plain flour, custard powder, vanilla, chocolate sprinkles. This kuih is a children’s favorite because of its rainbow chocolate sprinkles topping. If you have young children at home, be sure to have this must have kuih on your table during Eid! 15. Checkerboard Image Credit: Checkerboard Cookie by Jo Cooks Checkerboard cookie is a perfect solution for those who can’t decide between vanilla or chocolate cookie. It is made from unsalted butter, sugar, vanilla extract, salt, cocoa powder, and egg. You can also replace the cocoa with green pandanus leaves to create a ketupat-shaped like cookie. It is perfect for Eid - the designs and the taste - it definitely embodies the Raya spirit.  Voila! Now you have a list of must-have kuih raya in your hands for your perfect Eid Al-Fitr. Some of them are pretty easy to make. So, why not try to make some? We hope this can inspire you to make your own kuih raya or at the very least, get them from online stores. In this moment of celebration, we usually gather with our big families. This time round however, we ought to celebrate this special moment while staying at home due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, in this special moment, let us make this fun by learning new things like baking cookies or kuihs from our list. Do not forget to wash your hand frequently and use a face mask when you go out! Insha Allah this moment will pass and hopefully things will get better. via GIPHY...



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    Shamsurmrahman

    Excellent Masjid