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  • Eid 2020: 10 Best Food and Dishes You Shouldn't Miss Out This Eid al-Fitr

    This year's Eid al-Fitr celebration would definitely be one of a kind as we may miss out on doing things that we usually do during the previous celebration due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Many governments have encouraged their people to remain at home and avoid large gatherings to prevent further spread of the virus. This means that we may no longer be able to go house visiting like we usually do previously. Nonetheless, that doesn't mean we can't celebrate Eid al-Fitr. We could still enjoy this festive celebration by cooking or buying delicious food and dishes for Hari Raya Eid al-Fitr. There are still online grocery stores that provide ingredients we need to prepare these Hari Raya dishes and food. These online grocery stores deliver right to your doorstep so you don't have to step out of your house! There are also food delivery services that you could use to get your ready-to-eat Hari Raya food and dishes delivered to your house.  Time to get into the festive mood! Here are 10 best traditional food and dishes across Southeast Asia countries you shouldn't miss out this Eid al-Fitr! via GIPHY 1. Chicken Opor Image Credit: Opor Ayam by Julie Baskara on cookpad This is one of the most famous menus in Indonesia that everyone looks out for during Eid. For those of you who are not familiar with this menu, this dish can be considered as a bowl of yellow chicken curry. This traditional dish contains chicken cooked with coconut milk and served with Ketupat (rice cake in a woven palm leaf pouch). You can also enjoy a bowl of Chicken Opor with fried shallots as a garnish. Chicken Opor is dominated with savory taste, yet you can add some extra chilly or sambal to have a spicier taste. Sambal Goreng is the best addition to your Chicken Opor! These are some ingredients you need to have to cook Chicken Opor, chicken cut into small pieces (of course you need this one!), lemongrass, bay leaves, coconut milk, shallots, garlic, galangal, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, salt, and sugar. Try making your own Chicken Opor this Eid!    2. Sambal Goreng Image Credit: Sambal Goreng by Cooking with Subhan This is known as “fried sambal” in English. Commonly in Indonesia, Sambal Goreng is the best companion for Chicken Opor, but we can also have Sambal Goreng as a separate menu eaten alongside warm rice or lontong. There are various fillings in Sambal Goreng, for example, potato, chicken liver and gizzard, tofu, and even tempe. It depends on your preference. Basically, you just need to stir-fry all of the ingredients in a single frying pan. Make sure that you have these ingredients in your kitchen to cook your sambal goreng. Other ingredients include red chilies, shallots, garlic, onion, shrimp paste, lime leaves, and tamarind. For the fillings, you can choose whatever you want as I have mentioned above. You can practically find sambal goreng in many households that you visit during Hari Raya as this dish is quite popular and easy to prepare. Since there may not be visiting this year, why not whip out your own sambal goreng? You can eat it alongside some rice, lontong or chicken opor!    3. Soto Image Credit: Soto Ayam by recipepocket Soto is an easy meal to prepare which only takes three steps. Yet, it is a delicious meal with a savory gravy soup, suitable for Eid. The main ingredient is not so hard to look for; you can either choose chicken or beef as the primary filling. For the additional filling, you can include boiled eggs, red tomatoes, boiled potatoes, fried chips, and fried shallots. Essentially, if you have red onions, garlic, coriander, cumin pepper, ginger, turmeric, coconut milk, salt and sugar in your kitchen, you are ready to whip up your own soto at home! Soto is a dish that is loved by many especially kids as it does not taste spicy. However, if want to add a little bit of spiciness, you could always include some chili in the gravy. Anyway, don’t forget to put extra lime in your bowl of Soto! You shouldn't miss out on this dish for Eid al-Fitr this year as it is convenient to make!   4. Rendang Image Credit: Beef Rendang by Rasa Malaysia Now, this is the ultimate menu for Eid-al Fitr! No one can resist the best dish in the world. This dish which originated from West Sumatra province, Indonesia, was crowned as the best food in CNN’s World’s 50 Best Foods in 2011. Perhaps the appearance may not look that appetizing; brown-colored meat with gravy. But once you give this dish a try, it is totally unstoppable. The taste is just a little bit spicy but it may not be as spicy as Sambal Goreng. There are also many different types and variations of the rendang dish all over Southeast Asia, so all you have to do is to pick your favorite kind of rendang. This meal is served during special occasions to honor guests and also during festive seasons like Eid al-Fitr. To prepare this dish, you need to cook the main ingredients like beef, lamb or mutton for a few hours until all of the seasonings are completely absorbed by the meat. Cook with coconut milk, chilly, ginger, galangal, turmeric, lemongrass, garlic, and shallot.  Rendang can be served with warm rice, lontong or ketupat and lemang. This dish is sure to bring out the festive vibe this year! You could either prepare it yourself or order online, to be delivered directly to your home.  5. Meat Ball Image Credit: Bakso Recipe (Indonesian Meatballs Soup) by Arie's Kitchen Almost everyone loves Meat Ball! (Me too!) For those of you who feel full after eating all those heavy dishes, let's take a look at this light dish. Meatballs is similar in texture to the Chinese beef balls or fishballs. For Eid, meatballs with beef broth is the best snack of the day. To make this meal complete, simply serve your meat balls with beef broth with some noodles added to it. Again, for those who are a fan of spicy food, don’t forget to add chili in the beef broth.   6. Ketupat Image Credit: Recipe Ketupat on foodpanda Ketupat is really famous in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. It is a diamond-shaped rice cake. The rice is cooked, compressed, and wrapped in woven coconut leaves. Ketupat is a perfect substitute for rice when you are eating the Chicken Opor, Sambal Goreng, Satay or rendang. Preparing ketupat may take some time given that you would have to weave the ketupat before filling it with rice. However, if you have the time, you could prepare the ketupat together with your family. If not, you could easily get it online! Make sure to place your orders early!  Eid al-Fitr celebration is definitely not complete if we don’t eat Ketupat!    7. Satay Image Credit: Dedit Yasa from Pixabay  Satay or Sate is a typical Southeast Asian meal that is mouthwatering, famous in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. There are several types of Satay like chicken Satay or mutton Satay. The meat are cut into smaller pieces on a stick and grilled with charcoal. Chicken Satay is often served with peanut sauce and sweet soy ketchup while mutton satay is usually served with sweet soy ketchup only. Another type of Satay found in Indonesia is Padangnese Satay which uses beef and a salty-spicy gooey sauce. As mentioned earlier, Satay is commonly eaten with peanut sauce. You could also serve Satay with some ketupat or Lontong. This would make the taste better! The best time to have satay is during the evening or at night. Eid al-Fitr night celebration would be merrier with satay and ketupat!    8. Lontong Image Credit: Lontong Sayur Lodeh by Chef Rossham Rusli on kuali Another substitute for rice and ketupat is lontong. Lontong is primarily made from rice. There are different ways that lontong is prepared. One way is that the rice is cooked, compressed, and rolled inside the banana leaf. For a more modern and quicker way of preparing lontong, you can find instant ones where the rice is filled in clear plastic and all you have to do is steam it. You can have lontong with sayur lodeh which is quite commonly served during Hari Raya in Singapore and Malaysia.  However, lontong is also suitable to be eaten with many Eid-al Fitr dishes like Chicken Opor, Satay, or Sambal Goreng. This dish can be found easily in Indonesia, Singapore, or Malaysia.   9. Candied Fruits Image Credit: Michal Jarmoluk from Pixabay  We have discussed heavy and light dishes, so you must be quite full just from reading it right? Now let’s take a break and have some dessert. The first recommendation is candied fruits which are usually kept in transparent jars and served on the table. It is very eye-catching as it is made from colorful fruits like mango, papaya, guava, snake fruit, kiwi, pumpkin, and many more. These fruits are being fermented so it can be kept for a long time in jars. It has a sweet taste to it which is no wonder why kids usually love eating them. It is to be noted that candied fruits shouldn't be consumed too much due to its sweet taste. The solution to this is that the candied fruits can be served in smaller jars so that it wouldn't be over-consumed.    10. Dodol Image Credit: Dodol on asian inspirations  Another sweet treat which very common in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Philippines, and Thailand is Dodol. Dodol is a sugar-palm based dessert that is caramelized for hours in a big fireplace or oven. Dodol has a chewy texture and is very dense. It also sometimes cut into a diamond, strips, or into squares. Nowadays, there are a wide variety of flavors such as vanilla, coconut, apple, durian, or mango. This sweet dessert can be found easily in every souvenir shop in some Southeast Asian countries, and it is a must-have dessert during Eid al-Fitr celebration Once again, have it in moderation! If you have time, you could prepare the Dodol from scratch. However, you could also easily get it from online stores or the market.   We will welcome Hari Raya Eid al-Fitr in a couple of days. Several countries in Southeast Asia may still have regulations in place to prevent large gatherings or house visiting due to the virus. This may be disappointing for some of us as we try to find new means of celebrating Eid al-Fitr this year. However, we could still get into the festive mood by preparing or buying some of the dishes and food listed above. With that, we hope that all our readers stay safe and spend the remaining days of Ramadan meaningfully with your loved ones!  via GIPHY...

  • Tips For Muslims Working From Home During Ramadan

    The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in numerous individuals working from home due to lockdown and restrictions put into motion by their relevant nations. With Ramadan now ongoing, a lot of Muslims across the globe ponder on how to remain productive while juggling the work from home lifestyle and Ramadan. If one thing is for certain it is that that the COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed how we work. While we all have begun working from home, a large number of us are still struggling to acclimate to this paradigm shift. Working from home implies more interruptions, fewer approaches to associate normally with fellow colleagues and loved ones, and increasingly social isolation. In any case, a large number of us have additionally gotten exceptionally inventive during our time at home in the course of recent weeks! From arts and crafts to baking, gardening, and much more, a considerable lot of us have acclimated to make a sound work-life balance in what we call the current status - a `new normal`. via GIPHY The current situation in what we are has a likelihood of being extending for a considerable length of time. The advantages of working from home during Ramadan are in bounty. You can make an adaptable timetable that suits your everyday exercises. You get the opportunity to pick where you might want to work from – be it from the solace of your bed or your dining table. You get to save up on the time you would ideally spend on your commute, giving you more additional time to indulge yourself in prayers and reflection. And to top it all of, you get to spend more time with your family! In all situations, along with the advantages, there are disadvantages too. The difficulties of teamwork and correspondence become obvious when colleagues are scattered across the nation in the confinements of their homes as opposed to how it would be when meeting at office premises. Due to working in isolation, you can encounter forlornness, unable to adhere to a boundary between your working timetable, your prayer plan, and your family time which could hinder your motivation. In advance, let your employer know as to when Ramadan is approaching and keep your employer and colleagues on the loop that you will be fasting. Many individuals respond to working from home in various manners. To those who have never had to work from home, it might appear to be a recently discovered opportunity to venture out and indulge in other productive activities at the same time. During this Ramadan, if you end up working from home, here are some valuable tips for you! These tips can help you to get used to working from home during Ramadan and ensure that you remain productive. via GIPHY 1. Keep Up a Schedule and Plan for the Day Image Credit: Jess Bailey on Unsplash It is essential to develop strict schedules or working hours. Wake up at your typical time and go through your standard day to day routine whilst incorporating time for your prayers. On the off chance that you are a parent with an infant, utilize their rest times effectively, and attempt to plan work that requires extreme concentration or telephone calls during these occasions. You might need to have a discussion with your manager about an altered timetable that works for both of you while working from home with a child. It is vital to set a timetable for the day and monitor your daily routine and whether you are sticking to it. Likewise, include brief breaks in your calendar to invigorate and reenergize to increment and lift your efficiency levels. Be in the present and focus on tasks for the day. Look forward to the end of the workday. Plan for the week using task management techniques. 2. Keep Tabs on Your Children Image Credit: Shitota Yuri on Unsplash Along with us having to work from home due to the closure of offices, children too will be at home with you due to school closures. Like how you would draw up a schedule for yourself, plan a timetable which consists of a few exercises such as arts and crafts that would keep them involved and occupied while you work. To ensure that your children do not feel disengaged, make sure to include their meal times as well.  3. Set Up a Beneficial and Comfortable Workspace Image Credit: James McDonald on Unsplash If you have experienced working from home previously, you would know that the main tools required to carry out your tasks efficiently and effectively are a high-speed solid internet connection and router, as well as a comfortable and relaxed workspace that is well lit, ventilated and preferably with an ergonomic chair. 4. Collaborate with Your Team and Loved Ones Image Credit: Gabriel Benois on Unsplash Given the current situation in the world, sentiments of detachment and isolation are common with all those currently working from home. Presently, things are quite tough without the capacity to see companions or depend on standard ways of dealing with stress like meeting up with friends, going for a movie, or even enjoying a meal at your favorite restaurant. Working from home can be lonely, so make sure you have sync up call with your team on a daily basis and conduct a sanity check on each of them. Continue conversing with individuals so that you do not feel disengaged. There are various applications that you can use like Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp, and Google Meet. 5. Limit the Time Spent on Social Media Image Credit: Rahul Chakraborty on Unsplash If it is one guilty pleasure the modern generation has – it would be being very attached to social media. This addiction can be one goliath mood killer in case you are not cautious and use it in small doses daily. When you spend your time on social media, ensure that it does not cause a negative state of mind. Limit time spent checking the news to break times. Choose alerts from a few trusted sources if necessary. 6. Self-love and Self-care Image Credit: Karthik Thoguluva on Unsplash During these troubling times, work should not be your only priority. Deal with your physical and mental prosperity during this delicate time too. Set yourself up for progress by getting enough physical movement and keeping up your emotional well-being. This can incorporate meditating, having a blog to let out your thoughts and to express yourself, yoga or online workout tutorials. These exercises, even if they are in small doses, may assist you with letting out some repressed steam and bad energy so you can concentrate on your work better. Consolidate more exercise into your everyday schedule to keep up your empowered state of mind. Ensure to also snack healthy and right. Substitute your junk food consumption with brain foods like fruits and nuts which help maintain your vitality levels. Wash your hands routinely with soap and water taking into consideration the 8 stages to clean your hands. Make sure to wash and disinfect your hands often. Abstain from touching and making contact with your face. What more would you be able to do to make the most out of Ramadan this `Working from home` period? When creating your schedule for when you are working from home during this Ramadan, make ensure you incorporate your daily prayers and iftar preparation timings in your list. Nowadays it is easier to draw up lists and forget about them the very next moment. Be disciplined to ensure that you stick by the schedule and not evade or take into consideration all that has to be done during the holy month of Ramadan. Here are some pointers that you can take note of! via GIPHY Morning  Take ablution and perform Tahajjud and Fajr. Practice manners and Dua of waking up & morning Azkar. Keep updated with the news around the world and stay connected with your loved ones. Catch up and have a virtual meet up with family, friends or colleagues. Perform Duha. Be in the state of Wudu for the entire day. Incorporate short breaks for breathing exercises or light stretches in between tasks. Afternoon  Perform Zuhr. During your lunch break, utilize it for iftar preparations. Try out a new recipe. Cook a healthy and hearty meal for Iftar! Take a 20-minute power nap during the day to recharge and wake up feeling refreshed! Evening  Perform Asr. Complete Evening Azkar. Perform Maghrib. Have iftar with your family and inquire about how their day went and if there are any challenges they require assistance with. Use serving spoons to prevent germs from spreading. Spend some time reading the Quran and learning religious knowledge. You could also listen to Islamic podcasts. Perform Isha. Sleep early. Working from home can get exhausting, so getting ample and consistent sleep is key to being productive the next day.   Make an effort to be cautious about your eating and napping timings when you are not fasting. Try not to keep awake until late at night, entertaining yourself with different exercises. Make it a point to sleep early. Working from home can deplete your energy, so getting as much rest as possible is critical to having a fruitful day the following day. Talk it out with your boss with regard to the chance of not having your lunch break. Inquire as to whether they will permit you to keep working at noon or take a shorter mid-day break for prayers. Keep yourself hydrated well during the night and at Sahoor and after iftar, with the goal that you don't get dehydrated during your working hours. via GIPHY Working from home during the holy month of Ramadan may not be what you arranged or anticipated prior to the pandemic. However, you can take advantage of it. Figure out what's vital and organize your schedule appropriately. Remain concentrated so you can work capably and possess more energy for different undertakings like your prayers.  ...

  • Ibn Sina on Quarantine, Medicine and Pandemics

    Covid-19 represents one of the greatest challenges mankind has faced in the 21st century. Over 10 centuries ago, Ibn Sina, the father of modern medicine and polymath, unlocked the nature of epidemics. He discussed this in his seminal book "The Canon of Medicine". Once, Ibn Sina, who was born in Bukhara, visited another polymath named Al-Biruni at his Urganch academy in Khwarezm. This movie/documentary, released in 1956 by the Tashkent Production Studio in Uzbek, includes a conversation between them on Ibn Sina's views on how to overcome epidemics, how to quarantine, and how to keep the population safe at the time. In this movie clip, we could see how certain measures in place to overcome Covid-19 today, were already emphasized by Ibn Sina over 10 centuries ago. Ibn Sina, also known as Avicenna, is regarded as the father of early modern medicine. He was also one of the most significant physicians, astronomers, thinkers, inventors, and writers of the time. Al-Biruni was well versed in physics, mathematics, astronomy, and natural sciences. He also distinguished himself as a historian, chronological, and linguist. Al-Biruni spent the first twenty-five years of his life in Khwarezm, in the current day Uzbekistan, and made most of his findings in the Urganch Academy.  Both these scientists were the product of the Golden Age of Science in the Muslim lands of that time. The period where exchange and preservation of knowledge flourished. With Muslims discovering paper making technology from China, they revolutionized the transfer of know-how, by writing voluminous books.  Ibn Sina's book "The Canon of Medicine" (القانون في الطب‎) was a multi-volume encyclopedia of medicine used as one of the primary books in the universities up until the 17th century. He wrote the book in Arabic, which was the lingua-franca of the time. This video was produced by HalalTrip in partnership with Uzbekistan Tourism. The movie footage was used with the permission of Uzbekistan Tourism. For more content on Dua(s), Halal food places, and travel ideas, subscribe to our YouTube channel: Also, you can visit us on our website or social media platforms for more updates: Website | Facebook | Instagram  Download the HalalTrip app on Google Play or App Store now! ...

  • Ramadan 2020 | Certainties in an Uncertain World

    The month of Ramadan is dawning upon us, the period of fasting and prayers for Muslims. Ramadan is viewed as the holiest month of the year for the Muslim community. It is commended as the month Prophet Muhammad received the holy book for Muslims from God - which is known as the Quran. During Ramadan, Muslims around the world will fast from dawn till sunset while refraining from indulging in sexual acts and wrong deeds or thoughts. Muslims are also encouraged to do good and cultivate good habits. As per tradition, this sacred occasion encourages social gatherings, but considering the recent events, it becomes impractical.  The coronavirus has altered the notion of festivity. In spite of these new limitations, there are still a lot of chances to reach out to others. Regardless of the tough situation today, we will prevail. Celebrating Ramadan during this tough period will hopefully offer us the chance to unlearn and relearn, and to develop as a focused individual prepared to confront the real challenges of a new tomorrow. To do so will require persistence, compromises, assurance and above all, faith in ourselves and our own family to manage the approaching holy month during this crisis. Here, we have compiled a list of what your Ramadan may look like this year!   via GIPHY 1. Zoom: An Online Savior Image Credit: Gabriel Benois on Unsplash Despite the outbreak of the pandemic, it doesn't mean that we can't stay connected and close to our faith, beliefs and loved ones during this blessed month. While many are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible during this period, Muslims across the world can still carry out their daily prayers as well as Tarawih with their family members within the confines of their homes.  Additionally, one can still connect with other family members or friends who are not living in the same residence, through video calls using platforms like Zoom during this Ramadan period. Zoom is an audio and video conferencing mechanism that permits up to 1,000 members to join the call at the same time. Several activities can be carried out this Ramadan via Zoom! You can attend online religious classes, tune in to Islam related podcasts and even learn to recite the Quran through Zoom! Large religious gatherings at all holy places of worship in numerous countries around the world have been told to postpone these activities as a measure to curb the spread of the virus. The Religious Affairs Ministry in Indonesia which is the world's greatest Muslim dominating country of 270 million individuals, has released a detailed memo consisting of guidelines for Ramadan this year, which talks about constraining social gatherings due to the ongoing situation. Muslims need not leave their homes to pay their zakat, officials will visit the individuals at their homes to collect the dues. The entire Muslim community has been encouraged to perform Tarawih with their family at home. These limitations have not prevented Muslims from looking for inventive approaches to pray with their loved ones amidst this crisis. During this period, one should utilize innovation and the use of technology during this holy month of Ramadan in these difficult times.   2. Ramadan Bazaars Hit The Web! Image Credit: Jordan Ling on Unsplash As Ramadan draws near, what the vast majority will anticipate is the delicious Ramadan delicacies offered at the ideal hustle and bustle of Ramadan bazaars. As a substitute to the normal street bazaars, the vendors of these bazaars will take it to the Internet this year due to the cancellation of the yearly Ramadan bazaar to eliminate the spread of the pandemic. For example in Malaysia, Siti Nur Hanani Sulong has further supported the vendors by making a few Facebook pages for the vendors to join and distribute their menus on this virtual stage. Some of them are: Bazar Ramadhan Bandar Universiti Seri Iskandar Bazar Ramadhan SIDEC SIBC Seri Iskandar Bazar Ramadhan Tronoh Bazar Ramadhan Titi Gantung Bazar Ramadhan Kampung Gajah Bazar Ramadhan Batu Gajah Bazar Ramadhan Manjung. Merchants will first advertise their products on these groups. Customers can then visit these pages to look at the wide variety of items sold. The customers can then notify the relevant vendor about which items they wish to purchase via WhatsApp and the relevant orders will then be delivered to the customer. The online bazaar will eradicate human traffic being caused at one spot. This will likewise offer the chance to entrepreneurs who usually do exchanges at bazaars, the chance to go online to sell their goods and items to generate income. In the interim, relevant parties will register and enroll the suppliers via other delivering means, for example, Grab Food and Foodpanda.   3. Self-improvement Activities This Ramadan Image Credit: Jonathan Borba on Unsplash Below are a couple of self-improvement activities which you can dive into while under quarantine this Ramadan 2020: Stay in contact with friends and family Stay in touch and stay updated virtually with your loved ones this Ramadan. If you have an elderly family member or neighbours living close to you, try to look out for them by calling them constantly. It will help them feel relaxed and allow them to feel loved and nurtured during these troubling times. You never know when they would require support but are too shy to ask for it! Relax through means of meditation and prayers The advantages of committing time to reflecting upon yourself through meditation and praying are various. To genuinely sit idle yet think or implore can appear to be difficult to fit during a hustling and bustling morning while managing your work life and family life. Presently, with not having to go to work and recently having additional time for yourself, you now have the freedom to adjust your daily routine to fit in some `me` time. At the initial stage you don’t have to go all out or spend hours meditating. You can start small by allocating 10 minutes all to yourself and try not to look at your mobile phones or check your social media. Once you get accustomed to this lifestyle you can increase your daily quota. Whatever suits you best! Get into another leisure activity Now that you have extra time on your hands this Ramadan, dive into web-based classes; practice and harness skills that you would never usually take on during an ordinary day, or even learn a new language! Gain some additional skills that would value-add to your current profession, or simply one that you've been dying to try! Exercise and remain fit this Ramadan Exercising will no doubt keep you in shape and refrain from making you feel lethargic and lazy while at home. The gym is not the only means where you can work out those muscles. Thanks to the Internet, you can now use social media sites like YouTube or Facebook to check out exercise-related workout videos or even join an online workout class.  4. Whip Up Scrumptious Meal With Your Loved Ones Image Credit: Becca Tapert on Unsplash Numerous individuals are starting to find solace in cooking during this coronavirus pandemic. They are likewise utilizing it as an inventive outlet, sharing their cooking outcomes via social networking media and interacting with others online during this social distancing period. You can experiment and teach your family how to cook different sorts of recipes for sahoor and iftar this Ramadan! While cooking together, also attempt to make it a point to eat together as well. As families remain at home to curb the spread of COVID-19, this is a perfect opportunity to inculcate new good habits into your children. Having iftar or sahoor together as a family can be a great first step to tighten bonds between families. 5. Quran-time During This Quarantine Image Credit: Masjid Pogung Dalangan on Unsplash  A large number of us have since a long time ago delayed the learning, reciting or understanding the Quran because of some interruption or the other. We may find ourselves too overwhelmed with work in the past that we may not have dedicated some time to learning and understanding the Quran. We may find that every other aspects of our life has developed and prospered aside from the rapport with the Quran. Now with our general life and day to day activities coming to a halt during self-quarantine, now is the time to get back on track with the recital of the Holy Quran. We now can set aside time to recite, learn and understand the Quran during this upcoming month of Ramadan! We believe that this year's Ramadan will be filled with self-development with most of us taking some time to learn and understand the Quran.   6. A Solemn Eid? No way! Image Credit: rizky yogatama on Unsplash Eid, which marks the end of Ramadan, will be considerably different because of the ongoing pandemic in comparison to other celebrations carried out in the previous years. In any case, it is dependent upon you to guarantee that the state of mind doesn't bring about a solemn one this Eid! You can in any case keep up the exuberance and the joy from your home! You can figure out how to feel merry with the involvement of your loved ones. You can call up your folks, call up your friends and family and celebrate Eid virtually. You can do so through online means like having a Zoom video call with your family while feasting on your Eid delights. Celebrating any occasion during this time will be different as to how it would have been carried out previously and yet, it can still be exceptionally celebratory in its own distinctive manner. Who says you can't have a great Eid celebration amidst this pandemic? It's all up to you to plan.  via GIPHYResilience and commitment to manage this crisis will be required during the month of Ramadan. As this pandemic keeps on unfurling, new difficulties are being presented each day, affecting the lives of each individual, convincing us to think of better approaches to adapt and move beyond this pandemic. While there is a feeling of gloom all through the world, we can try our best to remain positive and strong by supporting one another, and staying connected with our families during the month of Ramadan. We wish you and your family good health and a very blessed Ramadan 2020!...

  • How To Get Around Hong Kong

    Hong Kong not only offers a lot of cheap and reasonably priced items to buy, it also has incredible attractions like the famous Hong Kong Disneyland, and Victoria Peak, where you can spend romantic moments with your loving partners. Imagine spending the best quality time and experiencing an adventure you've always dreamed of here in Hong Kong.  via GIPHY Other than Disneyland and Victoria Peak there are a bunch of interesting places to visit depending on your preference. The Hong Kong Museum of History and Madame Tussauds are must-visit places. You can also visit the Dragon’s Back, Lion Rock or Lantau Peak. There you can see Hong Kong from various perspectives. If you crave for something more challenging, then you should take The Hong Kong Observation Wheel, Ngong Ping 360 or The Peak Tram. For those of you who desire a unique travelling experience, you should definitely check out Lamma Island which is rated as the most indie island in Hong Kong.  Now with all of those interesting places listed, the most important question you should ask yourself right now is, how do I get there? Here, we present you a list of how you can get around Hong Kong! via GIPHY  1. MTR Credit Image: MTR Mass Transit Railway (MTR) is one of the cleanest, fastest and safest modes of transportation in Hong Kong. It includes Heavy Rail, Light Rail, Rapid Transit Service and Feeder Bus service with rapid transit network that connects urban areas of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, and the New Territories. MTR offers Adult Tourist Day Pass and Child Tourist Day Pass. The Adult Tourist Day Pass costs HK$65 and the Child Tourist Day Pass costs HK$30. The good news is, this Tourist Day Pass could be used for a full single day of unlimited travel using MTR, Light Rail and MTR Bus only (Airport Express, East Rail Line First Class and travel to/from Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau Station are not included).  Or, you could purchase an Octopus Card, an e-money card-like to exclusively purchase types of transportation tickets. There are prepaid or postpaid types of Octopus card. You can get this card at any MTR (subway) station, including the Airport Express station at Hong Kong International Airport. It costs for HK$150 with an initial HK$100 credit and a refundable HK$50 deposit A useful tip for you if you decide to take the MTR to get around Hong Kong is that it is best if you avoid the MTR rush hours which is between 7.30am to 9.30am and 5pm to 7pm on weekdays. To save time, you can buy the Day Pass online from the MTR official website, here. You can also find information on routes, timetables and MTR fares on the MTR website.    Heavy/Commuter Line There are a total 4 heavy rail lines available which are East Rail line, West Rail line, Tuen Ma line Phase 1, Tung Chung line. Among them is the East Rail line. It starts at Hung Hom station in Kowloon and branches in the north at Sheung Shui to terminate at Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau stations and stops at 14 stations. The second line which is the West Rail line starts from Tuen Mun to Hung Hom and stops at a total of 12 stations. The Tuen Ma Line Phase 1 runs from Kai Tak to Wu Kai Sia while the Tung Chung line links Tung Chung with Hong Kong Island. Rapid Transit Service There are 6 Rapid Transit Services available, namely the Kwun Tong line, Tseun Wan line, Island Line, Tseung Kwan O line, Disneyland Resort line and the South Island line. You can make use of the convenient MTR to get to one of Hong Kong's most popular tourist attractions, the Hong Kong Disneyland by taking the MTR to Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.  Airport Express Airport Express links the principal urban areas and starts from Hong Kong station and end in AsiaWorld-Expo, on the northeast corner of Chek Lap Kok. This island is where Hong Kong International Airport is located. The fare depends on which station you start your journey with and the type of tickets you hold. For example, with Smart Ticket, it costs HK$115 for adults and HK$57.5 for child from Hong Kong station as your starting point. With the Octopus ticket, it costs HK$110 for adults and HK$55 for child. Light Rail Light Rail Transit (LRT) is a modern, air-conditioned version of the trams in Hong Kong, but it is way faster. It runs in the northwestern New Territories. Light Rail operates from 5.30AM to 12.15AM. You can buy an LRT ticket for HK$4 to HK$6.5 based on the travel distance. Light Rail is perfect for those of you who want to roam around the city comfortably while still maintaining a good budget. Here, you can enjoy the city's view from the train's windows. Website | Facebook | Instagram  2. Hong Kong Tramways Credit Image: Hong Kong Tramways on Facebook Hong Kong Tramways is one of the oldest modes of transportation in Hong Kong. It was established in 1904 and has been the most environmentally friendly mode of transportation in Hong Kong. One interesting fact about this tramcar is that it is the only on-land vehicle in the city which emits zero roadside emissions!  This retro transportation operates everyday connecting Kennedy Town and Shau Kei Wan and brings you to 120 stations. You could either buy an Octopus Card or pay in cash upon entering the tram’s front exit. Just prepare some coins in your pockets. Traveling by tram is very cheap, it costs only HK$2.60 for adults and half price for Children under 12. For senior citizens, it costs only HK$1.20. If you want to save even more money, there’s a 4-Day Pass which you can get that costs only HK$34. For more information about the schedule and fare of the tramcar, you can visit the website here.  Website | Facebook | Instagram    3. Buses & Minibuses  Buses Credit Image: Jeanne Rose Gomez on Unsplash  There are a total of 5 bus companies in Hong Kong which travels to various routes. Most of them are air-conditioned and comfortable. The popular ones are the double-decker buses, in which if you sit at the top deck, you can get a great view of the city. The double-decker bus tickets in Hong Kong costs around HK$4 to HK$46 depending on the destinations, For night buses, it costs around HK$7 to HK$32. You can either pay the exact amount in cash or with an Octopus card. For more information, you may visit the Citybus website, which is one of the bus companies in Hong Kong.  Minibuses Credit Image: Carles Martinez on Unsplash  Minibuses or Public Light Bus are vans with around 16 seats only. They come in two varieties: Red Minibus (RMB) and Green Minibus (GMB). The Green Minibuses cost around HK$4 to HK$24. The Green Minibuses have designated stops and have fixed fares. Prepare the exact change in your pockets as you must give the exact fare in the cash box, or you can always use the Octopus card. The Red Minibuses operate in a more flexible manner where passengers can hail these minibuses and be alighted at the fixed routes or the non-restricted areas. The best place to grab a minibus on Hong Kong Island is the Exchange square and along Queen’s Road East. Most of the minibuses have their destinations displayed in English but some may not provide them. As the drivers do not speak English, it is better if you know your routes and destinations well, or you might end up lost. Visit the website for more information here. Website    4. Star Ferry Credit Image: Star Ferry on Facebook Being aboard Star Ferry can be a very exciting and romantic experience. Star Ferry has been rated first in the "Top 10 Most Exciting Ferry Rides” by the Society of American Travel Writers in 2009. It carries passengers across Victoria Harbor, between Hong Kong Island, and Kowloon. The adult fare for the Nighttime tour is HK$200 and HK$175 for children, senior and disabled (Concessionary). For A Symphony of Light Tour, it costs HK$230 for adults and concessionary fare for HK$200. Website | Facebook 5. Taxi Credit Image: Thomas Patrick on Unsplash  Hong Kong Taxi provides taxi services for travelers and the taxis they provide are clean and air-conditioned. Its rate ranges from HK$19 to HK$24 for the first 2 km, depending on the location and the taxi colors (Red, Green, and Blue). This mode of transportation is perfect for those of you who prefer an easy, private and simple transportation. Visit the website for more information, here.  Website    6. E-hailing Cars Credit Image: Uber on Facebook E-hailing car services are indeed a trend now and this trend continues to grow all over the world. There are e-hailing car services in Hong Kong such as the Uber service. Uber’s total minimum fare is HK$45. After that fare, Uber will charge you HK$6 per km and HK$1 per minute. E-hailing car services like Uber is highly recommended in Hong Kong for those of you who prefer to travel around the country in comfort and with convenience. Simply download the Uber App and you're all set to use it to get to your next destination. Website | Facebook | Instagram   via GIPHY With this guide, we hope that our readers have a better idea of how to get around Hong Kong. You have no excuse now not to visit such an amazing city like Hong Kong! For a modern big city like Hong Kong, their transportation fares are relatively reasonable and economical. We recommend you to visit the city and make use of these convenient modes of transport to get around the city. By now, you are more than ready to travel to Hong Kong. We hope you have a safe and fun travel to Hong Kong, dear travelers!...

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