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  • Feeling Distracted? Here Are 10 Tips On How You Can Have a Productive Study Session at Home

    Each one of us may have our own preferred study spots. Some like quiet places like the library, while some may prefer parks. Some prefer cafes, while some prefer designated public study corners. For some students, choosing the right study area is important to ensure productivity. However, due to the recent COVID-19 situation, schools are disrupted as most students have been scheduled for home-based learning. The public is also encouraged to avoid crowded places and stay at home. There has also been recent closures of public spaces like the library, as a precautionary measure. As such, this has an effect on students who may no longer study at places they used to frequent.  via GIPHY We can all agree that home is always the best place to be. At home, we are away from the pressures of the outside world and we can do almost anything at home, comfortably. But of course, it's not all pros when it comes to studying at home. Trust me, when you are too comfortable at home, there comes the distraction. From watching shows on your favorite movie sites to checking social media every few minutes and worst still, not being able to resist the temptation of sleeping on your comfortable bed, your motivation to study slowly disappears. This makes it difficult for you to have a productive study session as you tend to dread studying and completing your assignments. But hey, don't get demotivated and fret about it. Who says studying at home is always unproductive? Here are 10 tips on how you can have a productive study session at the comfort of your home! via GIPHY 1. Study at a Conducive Study Space Credit Image: Daan Stevens on Unsplash  Studying at your bed is a no-no. This must be avoided at all costs because the next thing you want to avoid is taking too much nap and forgetting your actual goals for the day. If you don't have a study space for yourself, then it's time to create one! You can find your new favorite spot in the house, be it the dining table or the desk in your room. If you find your study area too dull or stiffle, you can recreate your study environment by introducing new decorations or colours. Houseplants are a good example as it improves air quality and makes your study place more serene. But most importantly, keeping your study space tidy and neat gives a positive vibe and will motivate you further to complete your daily tasks. 2. Create a Timetable or Schedule  Credit Image: Jealous Weekends on Unsplash We are all used to our school timetables; our class durations and break times are all listed down. Similarly, creating your own timetables or schedule for studying helps to keep you on track. Plan your day out and write them down so that you can visualize your time spent and refer to them whenever needed. You can be flexible (and creative!) but at the same time, discipline yourself to follow the timetable or schedule that you have designed for yourself. Segregate your time for study, breaks and also praying time. This is very helpful especially if you have multiple subjects to study so that you can keep track of the time allocated for each activity. Also, you can have a stopwatch or timer next to you, to help you keep track of the time.  3. Eat Healthy Fruits or Snacks Credit Image: Melissa Belanger on Unsplash Caffeine will definitely keep us fresh and awake but alas, since we are away from our favorite cafes that we used to frequent, we may no longer be able to drink the nice coffee we always do. Snacking while doing our work can also do the trick as it can keep us awake and alert. If you are alternating between sweets and crackers, how about a healthier choice like fruits or cereal? Before the word 'healthy' makes you back away, try dark chocolate or almonds. Both almonds and dark chocolate can boost up your mood and provide you some energy. Other nuts like cashew and walnuts can do wonders too. You can also mix different kinds of fruits to create a fruit salad. Not only will it provide energy to the brain, but it also provides vitamins and fibers to the body. Another great snack combination that you can consider are apples dipped in peanut butter. 4. Have a Healthy breakfast and Lunch  Credit Image: Monika Grabkowska on UnsplashWhile we are at healthy snacks, we should not forget to eat healthily for the rest of our meals too! Having a proper diet can help you to focus better and be more attentive. It can also improve your mood. A proper diet consists of meals built on a high protein, omega-3, healthy fats and fiber. On a side note, skipping meals is a no-no! You can lose focus and get distracted easily. Start your day right by eating a healthy breakfast to help you sustain for the day. As for lunch, you can incorporate more greens in your meals or switch to brown rice, depending on your preference.  5. Take Short Breaks Credit Image: Norbert Levajsics on Unsplash We are not robots. We can't work or study non-stop as it will definitely tire us out. Thus, taking breaks are important. It helps you to retain information better, increase your focus as well as reduce stress. But how can we ensure that taking breaks in between studying is effective? One recommendation is that you should take short breaks set every 20-30 minutes. Take this period to stretch your muscles and relax your mind. Look out of the window to enjoy the fresh air and to rest your eyes. Always remember to keep yourself hydrated too. Try to stay away from social media during this short period as much as possible as it can get you carried away. You can even take a short power nap to refresh your mind. 6. Form Mini Group Chats or Online Video Calls with Friends Credit Image: Gabriel Benois on Unsplash Having mini group chats or video calls with your peers for studying purposes, can boost your motivation to study. It is also the best way to keep yourself attentive and on track. This is because your understanding and perception of the subject may differ and through this medium, you can always discuss and share new ideas. This gives you a better understanding on certain topics and concepts. It is also easier to memorize information when you are discussing it with someone else. It is thus recommended that you create mini group chats or video calls with your friends to update each other on your daily study progress.  7. Ask for Help from your Teachers, Friends or Family  Credit Image: Helloquence on Unsplash  It can be frustrating when you continuously get stuck on a certain topic. One solution is to move on and try out a new topic, and come back to that previous topic later on. However, if you still encounter difficulties, you should ask for help and clarify the topic with someone. You can seek assistance from your teachers or peers, either through email or by sending them a text message. Remember that studying alone doesn't mean that you can't ask for help from anyone. Apart from breaking away from the state of confusion, you will also have a deeper understanding of the topics. Never be afriaid to ask! 8. Determine your Study Techniques Credit Image: My Life Journal on Unsplash As cliche as it sounds, we all have our own abilities and skills. Some things might work for you but not for the rest. Determining your study techniques and style will help you to memorize better and effectively. It is an ongoing process to find what out works best for you. Depending on your preferred style, you can write notes after every lecture or simplify your study materials to help you understand and retain concepts better. You may use charts or mind maps to help you visualize (and see if this works for you). This doesn't only simplify the information given but it also helps you to remember key words and concepts that stand out for the topic. Never be afraid to try out new studying techniques because after all, this is an on-going process! 9. Have Sufficient Sleep Credit Image: Gregory Pappas on Unsplash  You may have heard students burning the midnight oil regularly to study and if you were to ask me how effective it is, it actually depends on your learning style. The timing where one is productive differs as some people concentrate better in the morning while others are night owls. Of course, there is no denying that it is more peaceful and quiet to study at night when everyone else is asleep, but it is more beneficial to get enough rest. Getting at least eight hours of sleep ensures that you get sufficient energy to get through the day. It also allows you to process information better and makes you more alert. Studying too late at night can tire you out so we suggest you get a good night's sleep to prepare for the day.  10. Good Intention Credit Image: Masjid Pogung Dalangan on Unsplash We are taught in Islam to always have a good intention in everything that we do in our daily life. The same goes for studying. We can easily attain knowledge when we have good intentions. Apart from this, we should always seek forgiveness and protect ourselves from undesirable traits such as arrogance and self-pride. It doesn't only help us to understand the topic easily but it also makes us more open to learning new things. Always be humble and help our friends who are struggling in their studies. With mini online chat groups and online video calls available, we can always check up on our friends and guide them if they are struggling to complete a task. By helping to guide and teach others, we too can benefit. Insha Allah. via GIPHY There you have it, 10 tips on how you can have a productive study session at home! Who says studying at home isn't always effective? With these 10 recommended tips, you can plan your study sessions at home better and adjust to studying at home during this COVID-19 situation. With that, we wish all our readers great health. Stay safe and stay home.  via GIPHY ...

  • You Can Now Shop For Groceries Online With These 10 Online Grocery Delivery Services In Malaysia

    Worried about the long queues in the supermarkets during this COVID-19 situation? This coupled with the uncertainty of finding your daily groceries still sitting on the shelves during this serious situation? Well, you no longer have to worry for we have 10 online grocery delivery services lined up for you to order from! Skip those queues and simply purchase your daily fix of groceries right at your fingertips from any of these 10 online grocery stores and shopping sites. We promise it won’t tire you out as your groceries will be diligently delivered right to your doorstep.  via GIPHY 1.Tesco Credit Image: Tesco  Tesco is now available online, with a wide variety of fresh vegetables and meat to choose from, as well as other household items like health and beauty products. Isn’t it amazing how you can have your daily groceries and home essentials delivered right to your doorstep? Look out for their e-coupons too for great discounts. Make sure you register for an account first before starting your shopping! The Tesco Online Delivery is only available for selected locations within the Klang Valley area, Penang and Johor Bahru. Download the Tesco app now or visit their website for more information.  Website | Facebook | Instagram  2. Happy Fresh Credit Image: HappyFresh on Facebook Happy Fresh allows you to shop for your groceries from your favourite stores online. Your groceries are freshly handpicked for you by Happy Fresh’s trained shopper, before it is delivered at your convenience, in as little as one hour. Some of the prominent supermarkets that Happy Fresh delivers from include Giant, Cold Storage, Mydin, and many more. What’s so great about Happy Fresh is the wide range of discounts it offers. There is also a wide variety of food and household essentials to choose from which includes meat and seafood, dairy products, dry and canned goods, frozen food and even organic products. Happy Fresh also provides simple recipes for everyone to try out. So what are you waiting for? Start ordering from Happy Fresh now!  Happy Fresh only serves selected areas in Klang Valley, Penang island and Johor but they are constantly seeking to reach out to more areas. Check out if they deliver to your location by downloading the app or using their website. Download their app now to get the latest updates and great deals right at your fingertips.  Website | Facebook | Instagram  3. Mydin Credit Image: Mydin  Shopping for groceries has never been easier with Mydin Online Store! With the Mydin Online Store, you can save time and enjoy a hassle-free shopping experience by skipping the queues. Simply register with Mydin Online store and you are all set to place your first online grocery order. Mydin also carries a wide range of Halal products commonly found in hypermarkets which are now made available online. Some of these items include fresh groceries, household essentials, pet food and necessities, and many more. More products are added on a daily basis so customers are encouraged to browse through the website.  Download the app for the latest deals and added features.   Website | Facebook | Instagram  4. RedTick Credit Image: RedTick  RedTick offers a personalised online shopping experience for customers. Simply set a delivery timing and RedTick will choose your groceries for you and get it delivered right to your doorstep. If you spend a minimum of RM150, you get free delivery. Great deal isn’t it? RedTick is also committed to delivering the freshest groceries right to your doorstep. You can pick from more than 10,000 different types of groceries, fresh produce, dairy products, and many more.  RedTick delivers to selected areas in the Klang Valley, including Kota Damansara, Bandar Utama, Tropicana, SS2, Subang, Sunway, TTDI, Bangsar and Ampang. Website | Facebook  5. Lazada Credit Image: Lazada on Facebook Lazada not only offers the latest tech gadgets, fashion trends and home products, it also offers online grocery services. With Lazada around, you can get your groceries replenished without having to step out of the house. For those who are familiar with Lazada, you would know the great deals and discounts it offers. Fret not as the online grocery store at Lazada comes with attractive prices and generous discounts. You can get your daily fix of groceries at affordable prices. Simply visit the website or download the Lazada app.  Website | Facebook | Instagram  6. Big Box Asia  Credit Image: Big Box Asia on Facebook Bix Box Asia is the best online store to visit if you prefer organic products. Bix Box Asia offers a range of organic groceries some of them include frozen meat and vegetables, canned and powdered food, and many more. Some of their popular food items include organic and halal chicken meat so be sure to get them quick before they are sold out. While Bix Box Asia covers nationwide delivery for dry goods, the delivery for chilled and frozen goods are only available in Klang Valley currently. For purchases above RM100, there will be free delivery. Don’t miss out on this great deal. Simply register with Big Box Asia and you’re all set to shop for the freshest groceries. Website | Facebook | Instagram   7. Sunshine Online  Credit Image: Sunshine Online on Facebook Sunshine supermarket is now available online at Penang Mainland. At Sunshine Online, you get to experience the convenience of shopping for your groceries at your fingertips. Forget the long queues at the supermarket for you get to enjoy fast delivery of the freshest produce everyday, simply by adding these to your online cart. Sunshine Online also provides a great selection of your favourite brands. You can find a wide variety of produce like fresh vegetables, fruits and meat and not forgetting frozen and chilled food. Sunshine Online also offers canned food, snacks and desserts as well as cooking ingredients for you to prepare your home cooked meals. This way, you don’t have to step out of the house and physically get your groceries for Sunshine Online has got you under cover.  Website | Facebook     8. MyFishman Credit Image: MyFishman on Facebook MyFishman delivers some of the freshest fishes and seafood from the local sea in Malaysia. Here, you can choose from over 50 types of fishes and shellfish found in Malaysia. MyFishman is dedicated to providing the freshest fishes and seafood and thus, they work together with local fishermen to pick the best seafood that is available in the season for you. Your fresh seafood delivery will vary accordingly each time it is delivered to your house to ensure that you get to taste fresh seafood of the season as well as to try a variety. By ordering your fishes and seafood from MyFishman, you are also contributing to the sustenance of the healthy fishing ecosystem since getting seasonal fish indicates that you are getting seafood available in large quantity and the freshest one of the season. Why not place your orders now with MyFishman? That way, you get to enjoy delicious meals made with fresh seafood from this online delivery service!  Website | Facebook | Instagram 9. Potboy Groceries Credit Image: Potboy on Facebook Potboy Groceries is an online grocer shopping site where you get to choose from new brands as well as your daily essential products. PotBoy Groceries aims to provide a simple yet exciting shopping experience for users through their well curated tips, finds and tools and inspirations shared for daily living. They also source their products directly from suppliers and are committed to get their products delivered directly to your doorstep. By placing your orders online with PotBoy Groceries, you are not only saving your precious time and effort but also avoiding the crowd, as you no longer have to step out of your house to get daily groceries. If you fancy this convenient and fast option, order your groceries online now!  Website | Facebook | Instagram  10. Jocom Credit Image: Jocom on Facebook Jocom is a well-known online grocery shopping mobile application in Malaysia which stands for ‘Just Order Conveniently On Mobile’. It offers over 5,000 products, specializing in groceries and household staples. To use the services offered by Jocom, simply download the app and register for an account. Now, you’re all set to start shopping for groceries and other household items listed. Look out for their website or Facebook page for exciting deals and coupon codes. Jocom delivers within 24 hours to your doorstep and is a preferred alternative to grocery shopping at a physical store, particularly in this COVID-19 situation, where we try to avoid the crowd and practice social distancing as much as possible. Download the app now for more information or visit the website!  Website | Facebook | Instagram  via GIPHY Grocery shopping is no longer a hassle with these 10 online grocery delivery services in Malaysia. Given the COVID-19 situation, online grocery shopping becomes a better alternative where you no longer have to step out of the house and queue for your daily groceries. Simply order your groceries online and they will be delivered right to your doorstep. Convenient isn’t it? With that, we wish that our readers all over the world will stay safe and strong. Practice good social hygiene and never stop praying and hoping for the best situation. We will get through this, Insha Allah. And remember to stay home! via GIPHY ...

  • 10 Halal Restaurants Available For Delivery In Singapore So You Don't Have To Leave the House.

    2020 has been a difficult year with the presence of COVID-19 which not only affects health but also livelihoods. Some of our readers may be working from home or on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) or Leave of Absence (LOA) due to the COVID-19 outbreak. While working from home or serving the SHN or LOA, here are 10 places where you can get halal food delivered to your doorstep so you no longer have to worry about what to eat for your next meal.  via GIPHY 1. Fatty Bom Bom Sizzle Credit Image: Fatty Bom Bom on EatBook If you are craving for some awesome, mouth-watering western food, look no further, Fatty Bom Bom Sizzle is the place to order from! With their melty cheese on burgers to their creamy pasta selection, you will definitely fill your tummy with lots of oozing goodness.  Fatty Bom Bom Sizzle’s Jerry’s Burger is a must try as the melty cheese will leave you wanting more. On top of that, the fries is richly seasoned with paprika with is just the perfect match with that melty cheese (goodness).  Fatty Bom Bom Sizzle has various outlets across Singapore. To check if they deliver to your place or not, visit their Facebook page here. You can order from Fatty Bom Bom Sizzle via food panda and GrabFood.  2. Kenny Rogers Credit Image Kenny Rogers Singapore on Picuki  If you live near Novena, Great World City or JEM, then you are in luck for some crispy chicken to be delivered to you. If you are at home with your family members, be sure to order the Outrageous Mouthwatering Guiltless (OMG) (yes, that is what Kenny Rogers calls their menu of 5 pieces chicken, 9 pieces nuggets, sides and soup). You can place your orders from Kenny Rogers via deliveroo or food panda. Don't miss out on this delicious, crispy and juicy fried chicken! 3. Srisun Express Credit Image: Srisun Express on Facebook Oh Srisun, why does every single thing on your menu have to be oh-so-perfect? From Crispy plain prata to Maggi Goreng, Srisun never fails to impress. Don't forget to try their delicious coin prata. For the Coffee Lovers out there (big shout-out to you, homies!), the Bru Coffee from Srisun is to die-for. For all those staying in Ang Mo Kio, Bukit Batok, Serangoon Garden and Tampines (also lucky people), you are in luck! You could order directly from Srisun Express or utilise food panda, deliveroo or even GrabFood to get this awesome Indian Food delivered right to your doorstep! Srisun also offers some western food choices which you could check out if you are craving for western food. Be sure to place your orders quick. You wouldn't want to miss out on this awesome Indian food. Website | Facebook | Instagram 4. Penang Culture Credit Image: Penang Culture Craving for some good wok-style cooking? Penang Culture is your perfect solution. Dedicated to serving the most finest and authentic Penang Hawker Food, we assure you that you'll feel as though you've been transported back in time in the streets of Penang as you taste some of their original and authentic dishes. We definitely recommend the Premium Crab Meat & Salted Eggs Fried Kway Teow (well, we were trapped at Salted Eggs). Just look at the picture for further mouth-watering experience (why choose to just look at the picture?).  Credit Image: Penang Culture On top of wok-style cooking, Penang Culture offers a wide variety of food selection such as Penang Tze Char, BBQ platters, Nasi Lemak, Western Food and desserts like Penang Cendol (yum). Best news yet, they deliver islandwide! You could send your order directly to Penang Culture's website here.  Website | Facebook | Instagram 5. 4Fingers  Credit Image: 4Fingers on Facebook In Korean dramas, there is always that one scene where the actor would crispy fried chicken that would make our stomach grumble. I don't know about you but I always crave for some crispy fried chicken right after that. Well, you could also eat some of that tasty crispy chicken like those in the Korean dramas by getting them delivered from 4Fingers. Our personal favourite from the menu is the Wingettes & Drumettes in mixed hot and soy garlic sauce. You could check foodpanda, deliveroo and GrabFood for details on areas for delivery. While you're at it, why not eat some fried chicken while watching Korean dramas during your work break at home?    Website | Facebook | Instagram 6. Ayam Penyet President  Credit Image: Ayam Penyet President on Facebook Who doesn't love Ayam Penyet? Ayam Penyet from Ayam Penyet President will make you lick every finger especially when you order the Grilled Chicken set that comes with mind blowing belacan sauce (sambal belacan). We highly recommend you to order the Tahu Telor too so that you can experience the full authentic Indonesian taste. On top of that, Ayam Penyet President offers a variety of soup to fill your tummy with some warm feelings amidst this down time. Try the oxtail soup (sup buntut), one of Indonesian's famous local delicacy. We promise you won't regret it! If you're some who is not really a fan of chicken, they also offer Beef, Seafood and Fish choices to go with the rice sets. You can place your order on GrabFood or foodpanda. Key in your address to check whether they could deliver to your area. One thing for sure, we know that the Tampines (told you, they are the lucky ones) would be able to get their hands on the tasty food from Ayam Penyet President!  Website | Facebook | Instagram  7. Arnold's Fried Chicken Credit Image: Arnold's Fried Chicken on Facebook Arnold’s Fried Chicken is simply part of everybody’s childhood. Do you remember begging your parents to buy some good old chicken from Arnold’s as the best fried chicken has got to be from Arnold’s? If you yearn for some good fried chicken for lunch while you're working from home, you can get Arnold’s fried chicken delivered right to your doorstep when you order from Deliveroo, foodpanda and GrabFood. While browsing, check whether they are able to deliver to your area first so that you won't be disappointed after choosing the tasty chicken only to find out that that they don't deliver to your area. Have fun diving in to that tasty fried chicken!  Website | Facebook  8. Tang Tea House Since travelling is no longer a viable option right now, you won't be able to go to Hong Kong to get authentic dim sum for the time being. However, fret not as you can get the authentic taste of Hong Kong dim sum over at Tang Tea House! They have a great selection of dim sum to choose from but our personal favourite is the Red Chilli Dumpling. This dumpling will tease your taste buds as it has a combination of hotness, sweetness and juiciness that will make your heart beat faster.  Moreover, Tang Tea has wonderful noodles selection to choose from. Every single bowl of noodles on the menu tastes great but we definitely recommend the Beef Horfun. After eating the Beef Horfun, you would realise that sometimes, money can buy happiness. Sweetest deal is that they deliver islandwide! Visit their website to order, here.  Website | Facebook | Instagram  9. EPIKebabs Credit Image: EPIKebabs Who would have thought that you could get Kebabs delivered right to your doorstep? Well, even better, any doorstep since EPIKebabs delivers islandwide! Try their best seller Kebab Roll (you could choose Beef, Chicken, Mixed and even Veg!) or get a little funky by trying their tasty Indomeeat which fuses Indo Maggi with Beef or Chicken or vegetarian. We definitely think that EPIKebabs is perfect for all you adventurous souls! Order online here. Website | Facebook | Instagram 10. Love, Tingkat!  Credit Image: FattyDaddy FattyMummy on Facebook If you feel like eating healthier food, Love, Tingkat! has exactly what you are looking for. Their food is guaranteed to have less salt, less oil, zero MSG, zero canned food and no processed food. They offer hassle-free service depending on the number of days packages whereby you do not need to crack your brains thinking of what to eat. They would do the thinking for you and ensure that everyday, your food comes with nourishing soup. You could send your enquiry to them and send your dinner (dinner only) orders in advance so that you could focus your time on your work (for those working from home).  Website | Facebook | Instagram   via GIPHY  There you have it, 10 Halal Restaurants that are available for delivery so that you don't have to worry about what to have for your meals while working from home or serving the LOA or SHN. Given the situation currently, we are encouraged to stay home as much as possible and avoid going to crowded areas outside. Let us do our part as a community by staying home as much as possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19! That's it from us, take care and stay safe!  via GIPHY ...

  • 10 Meaningful Activities You Can Do At Home During COVID-19

    Looking for activity ideas here while having a self-isolation at home? You have come to the right place. via GIPHY Before we get into it, to Muslim readers all around the world, may Allah protect you and your families from illnesses and harm. Amin. Countries all over the world are facing the same situation up till this day, fighting against the Coronavirus, known as COVID-19. It is indeed a really unfortunate event, but we must keep our lives going and believe that this only comes temporarily and that the situation will eventually be back to normal. Here, we must appreciate our Governments’ effort to do their best to overcome this unfortunate situation. One of their efforts to deal with the global pandemic is their order to “Stay-at-Home”. Furthermore, most schools and universities now have their classes online. Most companies have also implemented the work from home policy, where employees now work online, aimed at encouraging people to stay at home and avoid going out of their homes unless there is an emergency or unavoidable matters to attend to.  This stay-at-home order has divided us into two groups; namely some of us might enjoy it and some of us who might be struggling with it. However, in this crucial time, our cooperation and commitment to stay at home to prevent the spread of the virus further is essential.  For those of you struggling or having a hard time adjusting to spending most of your time at home, believe this, staying at home can be fun and meaningful! We finally have the time to do the things that we have been procrastinating about back then. So, how could we make this “Stay-at-Home” order fun and meaningful? Here are 10 meaningful activity ideas for you to try!  via GIPHY    1. Read the Quran Credit Image: Masjid Pogung Dalangan on Unsplash Reading the Al-Quran is a stress reliever and can ease our anxiety. In this particular time, it is important for us to take care of our mental health and one way to do so is to recite the Al-Quran and put our hopes and trust back to Allah SWT, our source of strength. In this time, let us surrender to His power and draw ourselves closer to God. Perhaps, in the past some of us had little time to Khatam Al-Quran. Well now, we have all the time to do it! Insha Allah it will be very meaningful for you and also for the world. 2. Salah Sunnah Credit Image: Aamiraimer on Pixabay صَلاَةُ المَرْءِ فِى بَيْتِهِ نُوْرٌ فَنَوِّرُوْا بُيُوْتَكُمْ“A person has a light in his home if he does Salah, so decorate your homes with it.” (Syarh Al-Bukhari, Ibnu Baththal, 5:191, Asy-Syamilah) During this period, we can also perform Salah Sunnah at home and draw ourselves closer to Allah SWT. Performing Wudhu immediately makes us feel more energetic and enlightened, helping us to get through the day better. Let us pray for healing and protection during this tough period. Let there be a light in your homes, Amin. 3. Do a Spring Cleaning Credit Image: CDC on Unsplash  Now that you've got some energy and determination after performing Salah, why not get up and moving and do a spring cleaning? You can always start with your own rooms. By tidying up your rooms, it will look neater and cleaner. Make sure to wipe away all that dust and dirt. Most importantly, remember to wash your hands and take a thorough shower after that! And if you are up for more challenges, go one step further and redecorate your homes. Since you have the time now, there's nothing to lose! You can try redecorating your room for a change and maybe this can be a source of motivation for you! 4. Exercise Credit Image: Jonathan Borba on Unsplash  Let’s get pumped up and work towards that healthy body! Now that you have ample time, you can get that toned abs you've always dreamt of by exercising at home. Just to assure you, you don't exactly need a lot of equipment to do your daily exercise or workout. In fact, there are a tons of online videos and mobile applications available to be downloaded for free that teaches you how to maintain fitness without any equipment. All you need is just an exercise mat. These videos will show you how to do simple workout moves like planks, push-ups, sit-ups and many more. Make sure you choose the most appropriate workout videos for yourself. Let’s get fit and healthy, everybody! 5. Read Books Credit Image: aranprime on Unsplash Remember those books you had bought a couple of months ago but didn't have the time to start reading? Now's the time to look for those books and start on them! Even better, why not challenge yourself and see how many chapters you can reach each day? Or how about making a cup of tea or coffee while diving into the most interesting novel? Such a great idea, right?  For those of you hungry to read even more books, you can place your orders online on websites like Book Depository, Better World Books and many more. They offer free worldwide shipping! Or simply purchase e-books where you can read them from your laptop, smartphone, or on Kindle. Have fun reading fellow bookworms! 6. Reach Out to Your Family and Friends Credit Image: Steinar Engeland on Unsplash This is a tough period for all of us all over the world. While we may have different ways of dealing with this outbreak, be sure to check up on our loved ones and ask them how they're coping with COVID-19 as well as their stay-at-home experience. You can even share your own experiences on how you're dealing with this situation. Remember, sharing is caring; keep your family members and friends updated by sharing your daily experiences and stories. While you're at home, spend more time with your family members, sit down and have a chat about anything under the sun. For those of you living alone, you can always do a group Video Call with your family or friends. Trust me, having a group video call with your friends can just be as exciting as meeting them in person! During this period, you can also connect with those you have not kept in touch for a while. Let's stay connected! 7. Listen to Podcasts Credit Image: Austin Distel on Unsplash Find yourself having a lot of free time? You prefer to take things slow and do activities that are more relaxed and less strenuous? Well, you've come to the right place. Let's start listening to podcasts! There is a wide variety of podcasts that you can listen to; some of the content covered include History, Technology, Religion and Spirituality, TV and Film, to name a few. If you are interested in Islamic or educational podcasts, you can listen to TMV, Salam Girl!, Radiolab, Revolution Health Radio and many more. There are a lot of podcast platforms and mobile applications that you can stream or download podcast content for free. You can listen to any podcasts to get insights, learn some fun facts or discover new knowledge to satisfy your curiosity about the world. Have fun listening to them! 8. Enhance Your Skills and Hobby Credit Image: Mayur on Unsplash  What to not love about all of these free time, because now you can actually start and commit to a hobby, as well as enhance your skills! Do you like singing? Writing? Dancing? Painting? Or maybe cooking? Well now, one of the most meaningful things to do for your well-being at home is to enhance your skills. If you have a skill or hobby that you have neglected for a while because you were busy with school, college or work, now is the perfect time to get on to it and dive in into your creativity realm. If you have always dreamt of becoming a barista, wanting to try out new coffee recipes and mix but never had the time to, why not try making the viral Dalgona Coffee in your kitchen? Snap a picture or two once you're done making it and share your achievement with your family or friends. And if you like writing, maybe you should write a journal or poetry to express yourselves. You can either write it for yourself to see or upload it online! No harm showing off that hidden writing skills right? Time to get those creative juices flowing, peeps! 9. Learn A New Skill Credit Image: Dan Gold on Unsplash Now that you have enhanced your skills and hobby, picking up a new skill can be as interesting and meaningful. Like learning a new language for example! I heard that French is pretty fun to learn, or maybe you could try learning Spanish? Mandarin? Or Arabic? The best part about learning a language is that you are no longer limited to language textbooks or guidebooks as there are many online materials for you to choose from. You can download online applications and learn languages for free or you even watch language lessons online on YouTube. Isn't technology amazing?  Learning something new could keep you productive and challenge your mind. Picking up a new skill isn't only limited to learning a new language - you can also acquire new skills in the Arts, such as handicraft, music or dancing. We assure you that there are a lot of online platforms and mobile applications available to be downloaded for free to help you acquire these new skills. Never stop learning!  10. Plan a Future Trip Credit Image: oxana v on Unsplash  Last but not least, why not plan a future trip while you're at home? Being self-isolated must have made you feel really thirsty for travelling, especially if you are a travel junkie. Now that you have the time, you can arrange and plan a future trip with your family or friends. Planning a perfect trip requires great preparation and research. With the situation right now, it so happened that you have all the time in the world to do proper research and planning for your next destination. If you are planning a trip with your friends after this whole situation gets better, video call them and share travel itinerary. Isn't planning for a trip one of the best part about travelling? Try reading HalalTrip’s Trips-pirations to get insights on travel trends of 2020 and plan your future trip with us!    That’s all from us, the top 10 meaningful activities you can do at home during the COVID-19 situation. Stay safe and stay at home, readers! via GIPHY We hope that the situation improves soon, and may Allah SWT protect, forgive and guide us to get through this COVID-19 situation. Let us have a moment to perform a dua: “ اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْبَرَصِ وَالْجُنُونِ وَالْجُذَامِ وَمِنْ سَيِّئِ الأَسْقَامِ‏” “ALLAHUMMA INNI AUDHUBIKA MINAL BARSI, WAL JUNOONI, WALJUZAAMI, WA MIN SAYYIL ASQAAM.” Meaning: “Oh Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from leprosy, madness, elephantiasis, and evil diseases.” —Sunan Abu Dawood, Hadith 1554 Amin ya rabbal ‘alamin....

  • Shop For Groceries Online With These 10 Online Grocery Delivery Services in Indonesia

    In light of the COVID-19 outbreak that has continue to plague the world, including the Southeast Asian region, the public has been advised to stay at home and practice social distancing as much as possible to reduce the spread of the virus. In a situation where most people are not allowed to gather in big groups outside and are advised to avoid crowded places as much as possible, online grocery delivery services has become a good alternative to shop for groceries and get basic necessities without stepping out of the house. Through the online grocery delivery services, consumers no longer need to step out of their house to go to the supermarket to get their groceries as it will be delivered right to their doorstep. Convenient, isn't it?  via GIPHY Here are 10 online delivery services that Indonesians can get their Halal groceries from. These recommendations work not only for Indonesians but also other expatriate living in Indonesia currently.  via GIPHY 1. HappyFresh Credit Image: HappyFresh Personal shoppers at HappyFresh will pick the best choice of your daily needs. HappyFresh pops out right away when talking about online grocery shopping in Indonesia. Their personal shopper is very professional and won't let you down. HappyFresh is connected to 17 well-known supermarket like Lottemart, Ranch Market, Giant, Transmart Carrefour, Grand Lucky and many more. They also linked with specific outlets if you have any request that cannot be found in conventional supermarkets, like Kiddobaby that provides the best baby and mom products, or Prima Freshmart that provides poultry and frozen meat. Simply create an account with HappyFresh and you're ready to shop for your groceries. For more promotions and discounts, you may download the app on Google Play or App Store or visit their website for more information here. 2. RegoPantes Credit Image: 8 Villagers RegoPantes This app will help you to get your daily groceries with reasonable prices. RegoPantes is a combination of two Javanese words; “Rego” which means price and “Pantes” which means appropriate. RegoPantes is dedicated in providing quality and fresh agricultural products with reasonable prices that are directly sourced from farmers. Fresh fruits, vegetables, rice and herbs are some of the grocery items consumers can purchase online. With every transaction and purchases made with RegoPantes, consumers are also contributing to the income and livelihood of these farmers. Amazing isn't it? What's even more amazing is that there are various discounts and promotions when you order your groceries from RegoPantes. It will also be delivered right to your doorstep so you don't have to step out of the house.  Convinced? Download the app on Google Play or App Store to place your orders or you can visit the website here.  3. Brambang Credit Image: Brambang Brambang is an online supemarket that offers fresh and good quality food products. Brambang offers a wide range of food products such as meat, seafood, fruits and vegetables, as well as other kinds of groceries. You wouldn't want to miss this online supermarket especially with the discounts offered on selected food items. Brambang also has several good reviews from satisfied customers, so we're sure you won't regret getting your groceries online with Brambang. Also, if you spend more about RP 600.000 every month, you will be automatically become a Star Member. As a Star Member, you will automatically be eligible for a 5% discount for selected products. Isn't that amazing?   Don't wait no more, download the app on Google Play to place your orders or visit the website now for more information here.   4. GoMart Credit Image: GoMart on GoJek GoMart is part of Indonesia’s giant ride hailing, GoJek. To use GoMart, first launch the GoJek application and then proceed to search for the GoMart icon which can be found in the GoJek application. Now you're all set to shop online for your groceries. At GoMart, you can find instant food, rice, beverages, snacks, household essentials and many more. Be sure to look out for discounts and promotions available daily.  Now, all you have to do is sit back, relax and wait for your groceries to be delivered. Convenient isn't it? Download the app on Google Play or App Store to shopping for groceries or visit the website for more information here.  5. SayurBox Credit Image: SayurBox on Facebook If you are a big fan of healthy produce, this app is the perfect choice for you. Sayurbox offers you fresh fruits and vegetables that comes from local farmers in Indonesia. You can place your orders for any agricultural produce of your choice and SayurBox farmers will receive your orders two days in advance to give them ample time to prepare for harvest based on your orders. This will be delivered right to your doorstep within 24 hours of the harvest day.  What is so special about SayurBox is that all your produce comes directly from the Indonesian farmers, straight from harvest, indicating that it is fresh. Also, SayurBox provides the opportunity for you to get to know the farmers growing your food by having the farmer's profiles listed on the website. Other than that, by placing orders with SayurBox, you're also helping to improve the livelihood and income of the local Indonesian farmers.  Ready to place your orders? Download the app on Google Play or App Store or visit the website for more information here. 6. SeroyaMart Credit Image: Seroyamart on Facebook Seroyamart is an online mart, made in Indonesia for Indonesians, which sells products like gourmet food products, household care, personal care and other daily essentials. This online mart is perfect for you to get your daily groceries as Seroyamart brings you the best and healthiest products, delivered to the comfort of your own home. Simply visit their website and place your orders once you have set up your own account. You are also given the option to choose the delivery schedule. Convenient isn't it? Now you no longer have to step out of your house and stand behind long queues to get your groceries. By purchasing your groceries online with Seroyamart, you're also helping to reduce traffic on the road which lessens congestion and pollution.   What are you waiting for? Place your orders online now by downloading the app on Google Play or visit their website for more information here. 7. Dropezy Credit Image: Dropezy on Facebook Imagine how easy your life is when you wake up in the morning, open your door and find your groceries already delivered silently. Dropezy is an online delivery service designed to deliver your groceries daily before 7:00AM silently. What's great about this service is that there are no minimum orders and free deliveries available. Household needs like milk, bread, eggs, vegetables and many more can be purchased online without the hassle of going to the supermarket every morning. Dropezy is definitely a useful service in times like this during the Covid-19 outbreak where you are encouraged to practice social distancing and stay at home as much as possible.  Simply drop a WhatsApp message with your personal details to Dropezy to register and you can start ordering your items over WhatsApp before 9:00PM. Visit the website for more information on how to place your orders here. 8. Green Valleys Jakarta Credit Image: Green Valleys Jakarta on Facebook Green Valleys Jakarta offers a wide range of household products such as fish, egg, fruits and vegetables, and many more. You can even find organic herbs and spices on this on online store. To start shopping for groceries, you will have to create an account with Green Valleys Jakarta. Don't miss out on this easy-to-use and convenient online grocery delivery service!  Visit the website for more information here 9. KeSupermarket.com If you are looking into premium quality products, this online grocery store is the right solution for you. KeSupermarket is an online supermarket that is linked to the two best premium supermarkets in Indonesia – Ranch Market and Farmers Market. Here, you can find a range of products; frozen food, meat and seafood, fruit and vegetables and many more. Shopping online on KeSupermarket feels like you are shopping for groceries at the supermarket except that this time, you're doing it at the comfort of your own home. To start shopping online, simply choose a city that you live in and choose the supermarket near your home. Check out special discounts on selected items offered by KeSupermarket. Skip the queue and the traffic, and start purchasing your groceries online with KeSupermarket. Download the app on Google Play or App Store. Visit the website for more information here. 10. Hypermart Online Store Credit Image: Hypermart Online Store The Hypermart Online Store is another online grocery store that offers the same experience as when you're shopping for groceries in the supermarket. The products that the Hypermart Online Store offers is almost the same as the ones you can find at the Hypermart physical store. With your groceries delivered right to your doorstep, you can save time as you no longer need to make your way to the supermarket to get your groceries. Getting your groceries online becomes a greater alternative, looking at the Covid-19 situation.  Simply select your province, your city and your area, and you're all set to shop for groceries online. Download the app on Google Play or App Store or visit the website for more information here. There you have it, 10 Online Grocery Delivery Services in Indonesia that you can use to shop for your groceries. This way, you can save time and shop at the comfort of your home. Most importantly, you can avoid the crowd and spend most of your time at home to protect yourselves from the COVID-19 virus. Hopefully, these recommendations will be helpful for those of you living in Indonesia. Remember to take care of yourselves by avoiding large gathering, keeping a healthy lifestyle and staying at home as much as possible.  via GIPHY...



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