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  • #LetsFastNotFeast: 7 Things We Tend to Overdo

    During Ramadan, Muslims often make changes to their lifestyle as most of them pledge to break their bad habits and replace them with a good ones. This is done in hopes that they can reap the blessings of the spiritual month and abstain from commiting sins as much as possible.Despite this, it is pretty normal that most Muslims tend to lose this driven momentum as they feel tired while fasting and cannot rely on food and drink to energise themselves throughout the day. Thus, unproductive habits like sleeping long hours in the afternoon or overeating during iftar, begin to arise as the month progresses. To combat these unproductive habits, we've come up with a list of things that Muslims tend to overdo during Ramadan so have a look below and reflect on whether you are guilty of commiting these acts, and if so, how you can make changes to your lifestyle before Ramadan ends.   1) Overeating during iftar or suhoor Credit: Pixabay While you might be eager to break your fast with your family and friends with a hearty iftar meal - do try to avoid overeating. After all, Ramadan is about sympathising with the less fortunate. Thus, while it is good to replenish your body with nutrients after a day's worth of fasting, you should eat in moderation.Furthermore, you should consider breaking your fast with healthier options such as rice, fresh fruits, vegetables, grains or pulses, that will give you energy to fast the following day.Going for nutritious food options as well as quality over quantity will be good for your well being. By following these tips, you will most definitely reduce feelings of bloating and lethargy during fasting hours.   2) Spending too much time on social media Credit: Pixabay While there is no harm in keeping up with important news, try to limit your phone usage to prevent it from becoming a distraction. Ideally, you should download Islamic or Quran apps to help you stay focused and maintain a spiritual mindset. Examples of these apps include Halaltrip, LearnQuran and Tasbih.Alternatively, you could also read Islamic literature books or watch educational Islamic documentaries rather than stay glued to your phone 24/7.   3) Stressing out too much Credit: Pixabay While it is difficult to control your emotions, you should always try your best to maintain a postive mindset while fasting. Yes, you might feel pressured during Ramadan because everyone around you seems to be making many positive changes to their life all of a sudden. But the truth is, no one can be completely prepared for Ramadan. As long as you have tried your best to be a better version of yourself, you are already doing enough. Take everyday one step at a time and be glad that you have gotten the chance to visit Ramadan this year, together with your loved ones and other fellow Muslims. Remember, Allah is very forgiving. Yes, you shouldn't take advantage of this quality, but this should serve as a reminder that as long as you put your best foot forward and are genuine in your actions, Allah is already proud of your progress, no matter how much. So take time to value this Ramadan experience rather than stress about it.   4) Oversleeping during Ramadan Credit: Pixabay While fasting is both spiritually and physically beneficial, it is inevitable that some of us may feel lethargic since we are not able to rely on food and drink to reenergise ourselves throughout the day.Hence, it is okay to take power naps every once in a while, as long as you are not overdoing it. Oversleeping will only serve to make you feel even more tired. Additionally, this might even interfere with your prayer times, which is something you should avoid at all costs during a holy month like this. In essence, take short naps rather than long slumbers and believe me, you will be more productive throughout the day.   5) Excessive shopping Credit: Pixabay Admittedly, most people cannot resist the Ramadan bazaars and special discounts that are being heavily advertised. With shops open until late hours of the night in some countries, it is very easy to get carried away. But how many things do we really need? Be honest with yourself! Material things will make you feel content for a limited period of time. Ending the day with a lighter wallet because of how much you've spent is not going to make you feel good at all.Try your best to limit your spending by only purchasing what you need rather than what you want. Avoid being materialistic during Ramadan becuase that undoubtedly goes against the main purpose of this Holy month - giving.   6) Getting too relaxed Credit: Pixabay As mentioned earlier, feeling tired during Ramadan is common especially during the first week of fasting. It's quite tempting to sit around and relax a bit longer than usual. However, rather than laze around, you should stand up and do simple exercises such as light stretching or brisk walking. This will surely help you keep active and reduce that lethargic feeling. You do need to do extremely strenuous exercise, just keep fit so you can stay focused on completing your daily tasks.Moreover, do rememeber to make time to perform acts of worhsip whenever you can. And hopefully, as Allah has promised, all your rewards will be mutiplied by 70 during Ramadan.   7) Wasting food  Credit: PixabayAs mentioned above, Muslims tend to overestimate their appetite by overeating during iftar to make up for the lack of food they ate during the day. Once again, this is completely unneccasary because it leads to something we all tend to do a lot: waste food. This is wrong on all levels. You must put yourself in the shoes of the poor people. Rather than waste food, perform acts of kindness like charity or feeding the poor, because that is an essential part of what makes Ramadan. Yes, it is common for people to cook large amounts of food or order food in bulk portions during this month because you will feel hungry during the day. However, if you end up with extra food on your iftar table, do not hesitate to give it to someone who needs it more. Perhaps, you could also package it and then donate it to the masjid or give it to your neighbours as a treat.So Muslim brothers and sisters, let's make the best out of these last two days of Ramadan insya'Allah :)...

  • Fun Facts About Ramadhan

    The holy month of Ramadan has arrived and it is a time where Muslims all around the world focus on strengthening their spiritual ties with each other and showing their devotion to Allah SWT through fasting and abstaining from negative actions and thoughts. Ramadan is a time where all ummahs come together and encourage each other to do good deeds and become the best version of themselves possible.From waking up for the morning meal of suhoor together to breaking fast with our family at home or with strangers in the mosque - Ramadan is also a time of reflection and spirituality for Muslims.But why is Ramadan observed? Do all countries have the same fasting hours? Have a look some of these interesting facts about the Holy Month and find out!   1. The dates of Ramadan are different each year. Why you may ask? Well, it is because Ramadan is based on the Islamic or Hijri lunar calendar which follows the moon phases, so it always starts 11 to 12 days earlier than the previous year. Thus, the months on the Islamic calendar are shorter, which differs from the Gregorian calendar which is a solar calendar - resulting in different dates each year.    2. Laylat-Al-Qadr is an important night. Also known as the Night of Power, Laylat-Al-Qadr is one of the most revered nights of Ramadan where Muslims will pray to Allah to seek forgiveness for their past sins as well as to ask Him for blessings. While its precise date is unknown, Laylat-Al-Qadr falls on any one of the final ten odd numbered nights of Ramadan. Some Muslims will spend an entire night in prayer until the dawn, while others will practice I'tikaf (an Islamic practice consisting of a period of staying in a mosque for a certain number of days while devoting oneself to ibadah).   3. What does 'Ramadan' mean? The Holy Month of Ramadan usually takes place during the summer, so it’s derived from the Arabic root word “ramiḍa or ar-ramaḍ” which means intense or scorching heat.   4. Exceptions for those who cannot fast. Even though all healthy adults are required to fast during Ramadan, those who are suffering from health issues such as chronic illnesses or elders who aren’t physically fit are excused from fasting. The other exceptions include women who are menstruating, pregnant or breastfeeding, children who haven’t reached adolescence and travellers as well.   5. Ramadan is a very spiritual month One of the five pillars of Islam is fasting during Ramadan, and Muslims also refrain from negative behaviour, thoughts or emotions and other distractions.The Holy Month of Ramadan is a time for Muslims to strengthen their spirituality and consider how much suffering the poor go through without food or water.   6. The importance of charity. Giving to charity or performing zakat is also one of the five pillars of Islam and Muslims are always encouraged to be generous to the less fortunate. Performing zakat during the Holy Month of Ramadan is considered to be even more spiritually rewarding so Muslim families will donate food items and clothing to the poor.   7. Ramadan fasting hours will be different depending on the season and region. Muslims fast during the daylight hours from dawn to sunset, and this can differ depending on where they live as well as the season. In Northern European countries the winters are usually longer which results in shorter fasting hours, but fasting during the summer would include more than 20 hours of fasting. Muslims in these countries will often follow the time-table of Mecca in Saudi Arabia for suhoor and iftar.   8. Fasting is traditionally broken with dates. It's an Islamic tradition to break a fast with dates - which are especially rich in sugar, fibre, potassium and are great for restoring energy after fasting. These nutritious fruits are easy to digest and will help stabilise the blood sugar levels – and are quite delicious as well.   9. It's very common for people to gain extra weight during Ramadan. Despite the month-long fast, people often gain more weight during the Holy Month due to the consumption of oily or sweet food during iftar and suhoor. There is a high tendency for overeating due to fasting.Most iftar tables are usually full of foods that are high in carbohydrates and sugar, so people are encouraged to stay hydrated and include more fruits, vegetables as well as good protein in their diet.   10. Cities in the Middle-East and Asia are lit up with lanterns Traditionally handcrafted lanterns that adorn entrances, shops and homes are known as fanous. This is actually an Egyptian tradition. There is a small number of workshops in Egypt that specialise in creating these lanterns with metal and coloured glass. However, it is very common to see these lanterns even in other Middle Eastern and Asian countries. ...

  • Rawa Island, Johor: 7 Reasons Why You Need To See This Island

    What’s the best destination for a beach holiday? If you prefer an uncommon spot, Rawa Island might just be the ideal destination for you. Framed by the China Sea with unspoiled beaches of powdery white sand, Rawa Island is a hidden gem off the coast of Malaysia that is part of the Johor Sultanate.  Often known as the “Maldives of Malaysia” due to its pristine beaches, Rawa Island has become one of the wonderful destinations for family-friendly travel with enough to keep younger family members occupied while the adults kick back and relax. You can reach this tropical paradise within a 20-minute boat ride from the coastal town of Mersing, and this is the only way to get to the island as there is no airport. We have listed out some great reasons to take that Halal-friendly family beach holiday at Rawa Island Beach so that you won’t miss out on all the fun. 1. Dive in or go snorkeling Rawa Island is part of the Sultan Iskandar Marine Park and boasts of some of the best diving and snorkeling sites in Malaysia, where you will get to explore intriguing underwater diving spots. You will find marine life such as turtles and stingrays along with shoals of fish. The corals are bright and healthy at Rawa Island compared to other diving sites since this is a protected area. Do head down to Orca Scuba Rawa which offers diving courses with PADI certifications, and diving excursions as well. The Rawa Island Resort also provides diving and snorkeling excursions as well - so don’t miss out on this fun activity if you are staying at the resort. 2. Go kayaking What could be a better way to enjoy the ocean than kayaking around Rawa Island? This is a great way to explore the island’s surrounding and spend some quality time with your travel buddies or family.  Kayaking is the perfect activity for those who enjoy water sports or something more engaging than lying on the beach. 3. The Water Slides Credit: Rawa Island Resort Why run into in the waves when you can enjoy a thrilling slide straight into the ocean? There are two huge water slides on Rawa Island which are the perfect addition for a day out at the beach. The water slides are some of the highlights of the island, which are ideal for children and adults alike. 4. Play beach volleyball If lazing around the beach with a mocktail in hand is not your thing, a game of volleyball with the family or your big group of friends might be the best thing to do. Plus, it’s always great to get some exercise even if you are on holiday. Beach volleyball is a great excuse to take a break from technology and make the most of Rawa Island. 5. Get on a hiking trail One of the best ways to enjoy the rustic charm of Rawa Island is to get on the hiking trail. This is undoubtedly the best spot to get a fantastic view of the island and its surroundings while taking some photos of the gorgeous sunset. It can't get any better than that! For something less strenuous, just go on the Island Walk Trail to explore the rest of the island which is quite relaxing. 6. Enjoy fun activities and just relax Orca Scuba Rawa and the Rawa Island Resort both offer activities such as trampolining, pool, volleyball and more, so there is something for everyone here. If you are not into diving and snorkeling, playing a few games and enjoying other water sports such as stand-up paddling might be better options. Alternatively, you can enjoy your freedom from technology and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of Rawa Island by just soaking up some sun. 7. Unwind with nature Some of the best things about Rawa Island being an unspoiled paradise is that the water is so clear that you can see marine life swimming along the corals even without diving. Don’t forget to look out for the peacocks either! There are several sightings of the gorgeous birds roaming free around the area, so do keep an eye out. Where should you stay? Rawa Island Resort There are just two accommodation options on the island - Rawa Island Resort and Alang’s Rawa since Rawa Island is far from the sprawling cities and the daily bustle. When considering family-friendly travel, Rawa Island Resort is the family-friendly option with fun activities, spa treatments, and simple yet comfortable accommodation options. Alang's Rawa Credit: Alang's Rawa on Facebook Alang’s Rawa is the budget option and ideal for that beach vibe accommodation, however, children below 16 are allowed only during weekdays. Where can you find Halal food? You can choose to stay at Rawa Island Resort where buffets for breakfast, lunch, and dinner are available daily and are part of the package. There are no pork products included in the food preparation at the Rawa Island Resort, and all food is Halal even though they serve alcohol. Guests are not allowed to bring food from outside on to Rawa Island since cooking facilities are not available....

  • The Hague: 9 Gems That'll Let You Indulge In Art & History

    The Hague is the seat of the Dutch Parliament and is just as famous for some of the best art collections in the world, interesting historical buildings and is also known as the “Royal City by the Sea” - is the home of the Royal Family. From shopping spots to wide streets with a bustling city life where you can explore interesting art museums and beautiful old Gothic buildings, you will also enjoy the fusion of cultures. We have listed out the best places to visit in The Hague if you plan on making any trips to the Netherlands. 1. The Binnenhof Located right next to the Hofvijver lake, the Binnenhof translates to the Inner Court, a place where the Dutch parliament have been carrying out their meetings since 1446. Right in the heart of the city, the Binnenhof is surrounded by old buildings, framing a courtyard with a neo-Gothic fountain. Take a stroll to the famous Ridderzaal (Hall of Knights) which is an impressive Gothic castle that was built in the 12th century, and where the King gives his annual speech. One of the towers known as Torentje has been the Prime Minister's office since 1982, and another highlight you cannot miss is the Erste Kramer’s, richly decorated interior and magnificent painted ceiling. Address: 2513 AA The Hague, Netherlands 2. Mauritshuis Credit: Mauritshuis on Facebook Overlooking the Hofvijver Lake, the Maritshuis was built in the 17th century by Johan Maurits in the classic Dutch architectural style and is well known for its impressive art gallery. You can take a guided tour through the museum and admire the fascinating paintings of the Dutch Golden Age – that includes works from Jacob Van Ruisdael, Rembrandt, and Johannes Vermeer. The museum is home to 841 paintings, and you can sign up for some engaging workshops or group tours as well. A five-minute walk from the palace will take you to the Prince William V Gallery which is known as the ‘Gem of Hague’ for a good reason - with over 100 works of priceless artwork. Mauritshuis Museum Address: Plein 29, 2511 CS Den Haag, NetherlandsOperating Hours: 1PM to 6PM (Monday)                                 10AM to 6PM (Tue & Wed | Fri-Sat)                                 10AM to 8PM (Thursday) Prince William V Gallery Operating Hours: 12AM to 5PM (Tue-Sun)                                 Closed on Mondays Ticket Prices | Website | Facebook | Instagram 3. Escher in Het Paleis Credit: Escher in Het Paleis on Facebook Originally the former winter palace of Queen Mother Emma, the Escher Het Paleis is located a quick walk away from Binnenhof. The building itself is quite regal with unique chandeliers that light up the elegant interior making it a popular venue for events. You can experience the mesmerizing artwork of renowned graphic artist Maurits Cornelis Escher, so do take a guided tour which will be quite fun. Some of Escher’s notable artwork includes Drawing Hands, Hand with Reflecting Sphere and Day and Night. From landscapes to woodcuts and a floor dedicated to interactive optical illusions, there is something for all ages which makes this an ideal attraction to visit during a family holiday in The Hague. Address: Lange Voorhout 74, 2514 EH Den Haag, NetherlandsOperating Hours: 11AM to 5PM (Tue-Sun)                                  Closed on Mondays Ticket Prices | Website | Facebook | Instagram 4. Peace Palace Credit: Vredespaleis on Facebook The Peace Palace is one of the most popular attractions in The Hague, which is home to a famous law library and houses the International Court of Justice. The building features the neo-Renaissance architecture styles and was built between 1907 and 1913. The domed hallways with tiled floors are quite beautiful, and most of the interior was designed by Herman Rosse. You can take a tour of the fascinating building and even join a garden tour, or simply explore the museum for free. Some of the highlights include the Eternal Peace Flame and the unique Polar Bear peace fountain as well. Address: Carnegieplein 2, 2517 KJ Den Haag, NetherlandsOperating Hours: April to November                                  10AM to 5PM (Tue-Sun)                                  November to April                                  11AM to 4PM (Tue-Sun)                                  August                                  10AM to 5PM (Mon-Sun) Website | Facebook | Twitter 5. Panorama Mesdag Credit: Panorama Mesdag on Facebook The Panorama Mesdag is a unique circular mural that was painted by Hendrik Wilhelm Mesdag and his wife, Sientje Mesdag-Van Houten with other art students from the Hague School. The mural which is 46 feet in height and 280 feet long, depicts the Scheveningen seaside in 1880 with sand covering the edge of the painting to make it look more realistic. You can stand on the observation deck in the middle of the attraction, which will give you the unique experience of being in the painting itself while marveling at the wonderful details. This intricately designed mural is something unique that is worth visiting while you are in Hague. Address: Zeestraat 65, 2518 AA Den Haag, NetherlandsOperating Hours: 10AM to 5PM (Mon-Sat)                             11AM to 5PM (Sundays & Public Holidays)Ticket Prices | Website | Facebook 6. Madurodam Credit: Madurodam on Facebook When it comes to interesting things to do at The Hague, you should definitely make a visit to the Madurodam to see miniature versions of Holland’s highlights on a scale of 12:5. The park is divided into sections that each have something unique to offer. Drop by the Water Park where you can see the boats and watermills in action. You can even get a miniature 3D model of yourself at Innovation Island! It's easy to get a quick tour of the best parts of Holland in just an hour at this unique attraction and enjoy the details of the miniature building and windmills. You can even see paintings through the tiny windows of the mini Rijksmuseum. Madurodam is the best place to visit while you are on a family holiday in The Hague, as there is something for all ages to enjoy here including engaging tours. Address: Zeestraat 65, 2518 AA Den Haag, NetherlandsOperating Hours: 11AM to 5PM (Mon-Sun)                                  *Specific timings for various datesTicket Prices | Website | Facebook | Instagram 7. Gemeentemuseum Den Haag Credit: Gemeentemuseum Den Haag on Facebook It’s no secret that The Hague is the city for art buffs, especially when it comes to the Gemeentemuseum. Not only does the museum showcase a variety of paintings, but collections of musical instruments, furniture and fashion exhibits which will certainly keep you interested. The museum building was designed by Hendrik Berlage so that art lovers can enjoy the exhibits in a pleasant setting with beautiful decor, and there are five rooms that depict different time periods as well. You will find artwork from Monet, Picasso, Kandinsky, and Mondriaan to name a few, along with several paintings from the Hague school. Address: Zeestraat 65, 2518 AA Den Haag, NetherlandsOperating Hours: 10AM to 5PM (Tue-Fri)                                  Closed on MondaysTicket Prices | Website | Facebook | Instagram 8. Louwman Museum Credit: Louwman Museum on Facebook Car enthusiasts should not miss out on the Louwman Museum where the oldest collection of cars admired in their glory. You can take a guided tour to check out old models of past eras, modern times and even see some racing cars. The museum highlights include the first patented motor car - the Benz Patent Motor Car, James’ Bond’s Aston Martin, and Elvis Presley’s Fleetwood Cadillac. The museum was established in 1934, and the collection of 250 cars is currently owned by Evert Louwman. There is no doubt you will enjoy spending some time at the Louwman museum! Address: Leidsestraatweg 57, 2594 BB Den Haag, NetherlandsOperating Hours: 10AM to 5PM (Tue-Sun)                                  Closed on MondaysTicket Prices | Website | Facebook 9. The Prison Gate Museum (Gevangenpoort) Credit: Museum de Gevangenpoort on Facebook The Prison Gate Museum is one of the most prominent historical buildings that was initially a gatehouse built in 1296. The building became a prison in the 15th century, and there are many tales of the severe punishments and torture that prisoners had to endure. You can get an idea of how prisoners were treated during a different time, and about some of the most important moments in Dutch history. Going on a guided through the cells and torture chambers is certainly an experience where you will learn about the time before the prison became a museum. Despite its history, this museum is worth visiting if you want to delve into the past of the Netherlands. Address: Buitenhof 33, 2513 AH Den Haag, NetherlandsOperating Hours: 10AM to 5PM (Tue-Fri)                                  12PM to 5PM (Sat & Sun)Ticket Prices | Website | Facebook | Instagram...

  • KL Food Galore: You Haven't Tasted KL Without Checking Out These 19 Eateries!

      Eat. Sleep. Repeat. via GIPHY Malaysia is famous for its scrumptious local cuisine as well as international restaurants, which makes it quite easy to find some great spots. If you have any doubts about where to eat in Kuala Lumpur, we have listed out some fantastic places that range from hawker stalls to food trucks, without forgetting popular restaurants too. So simply take your pick from the spots listed below! Malaysian Cuisine 1. Village Park Nasi Lemak Credit: Village Park Restaurant on Facebook This eatery is owned by a Chinese Muslim couple and is very famous for their nasi lemak ayam goreng. The succulent fried chicken is the best part of this dish which is excellent when paired with the fragrant coconut rice.The restaurant was chosen as the winner for the Best Ayam Goreng by Blogger’s Choice in 2011 and at the Time Out KL Food Awards 2014. The restaurant is a local favorite for Halal food in Kuala Lumpur that travelers to the city also enjoy. Address: No. 5, Jalan SS 21/37, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, MalaysiaOperating hours: 6.30AM to 7.30PM (Mon-Fri)                            6.30AM to 6PM (Sat & Sun)Contact: +60 3-7710 7860Facebook 2. Sate Kajang Haji Samuri Credit: Sate Kajang Hj. Samuri Are you craving some satay? Drop by this Muslim-owned restaurant to get your fix of delectable marinated meat paired with some fine peanut sauce and ketupat. This restaurant had its humble beginnings in 1992 and is a top favorite for satay with several branches operating in Malaysia today.Sate Kajang Haji Samuri has been among favorite food places in KL for a very long time and is bound to run into huge crowds – but it’s worth the wait and you won’t be disappointed. Address: Lot 7G & Lot 7LG, Jalan Melati Utama 4, Taman Melati Utama, 53100 Kuala Lumpur                Various LocationsOperating hours: 11:00AM to 12AM (Mon-Sun)                            3:00PM to 12AM (Fridays)Website 3. Nasi Kandar Pelita Nasi Kandar Pelita is another Muslim-owned dining spot that is famous for its fusion of Indian and Malaysian cuisine, where some of the famous dishes include nasi kandar. While the kuah campur is a favorite as well.Nasi Kandar Pelita started out small in 1995 but rose in popularity because of their famous nasi kandar, and now there are more branches located throughout Kuala Lumpur today. Address: No. 149 Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia                Various LocationsOperating hours: 24 hours dailyWebsite 4. Nasi Lemak Ong Credit: Nasi Lemak Ong Malaysiaon Facebook This outlet which is famous for its own version of nasi lemak, which is actually nasi kandar is located at the Pavilion Shopping Mall. The original stall has been around for over 20 years in Alor Star, and the locals in the area refer to nasi kandar as nasi Lemak which is the reason for this mild confusion.The founder, Ong Tee Kea who hails from China gained his expertise from an Indian Muslim chef and the dishes here boasts of the wonderful fusion of Chinese, Indian and Malay flavors. From spicy curries with fragrant rice and even unique charcoal-infused roti canai - you will certainly enjoy the menu here. Address: Lot 8.105 Level 8 Pavilion Shopping Centre Bukit Bintang Kuala Lumpur Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur(Pavilion Shopping Mall - 168, Bukit Bintang Street, Bukit Bintang)Operating hours: 10AM to 10PM (Daily)Contact: +60 3-2110 3499Facebook Street Food 5. Mansion Tea Stall Formerly known as Al Amnah, the Mansion Tea Stall is famous for its teh tarik which is considered as the national drink of Malaysia. It’s even better when you pair your drink with their Roti Banjir Special which is served with gravy, soft boiled eggs, dhal, and spicy sambal. This stall has been one of the go-to places for teh tarik and roti, which is great if you are wondering where to eat in Kuala Lumpur for a late dinner. Address: Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaOperating hours: 24 hours daily 6. Cendol Durian Runtuh Credit: Cendol Durian Runtuh CowKit on Facebook While the durian is renowned for its pungent odor, durian cendol is a very popular dessert in Malaysia that you should try at least once. If you need to beat the heat with a durian cendol, pay a visit to the ever-popular Durian Runtuh which serves up one of the best versions of this dessert.Due to the popularity of the stall, you might encounter a long line, however, it’s certainly worth the wait for a big bowl of the cool dessert. Address: No. 57, Lorong Raja Bot, Chow Kit, Kuala LumpurOperating hours: 2PM to 3AM (Daily)Facebook 7. Babarittos Food Truck @ TAPAK Urban Street Dining Credit: Babarittos Delight on Facebook The Muslim-owned Babarittos food truck was started by Aircraft Engineering graduate, Muhammad Hafiy whose father played an important role in the kitchen as well. You can head down to Babarittos at TAPAK Urban Street Dining which serves up delights such as burritos, quesadillas, and nachos which will leave you wanting more. Both the beef and buttermilk chicken burritos are the favorites you cannot miss, but it won’t hurt to check out the other flavors as well. They serve up some pretty great pasta and burgers if you are in the mood too. Address: Tapak Urban Street Dining, Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaOperating hours: 5PM to 1AM (Tue-Sat)                             5PM to 12AM (Sunday)                            (Closed on Mondays)Contact: +60 16-682 4877Facebook 8. FirstOrder Food Truck @ TAPAK Urban Street Dining Credit: First Order The FirstOrder food truck who is famous for their Milky Mango drink should be your next stop if you want to cool down after a long day. Every drink on the menu is mango-based, the food truck was started in 2015 by the founder Kamal; who thought of creating a business around his favorite fruit.You can catch FirstOrder at TAPAK Urban Street Dining, and do try the refreshing Mystic Mango shake which is another favorite. Address: Tapak Urban Street Dining, Jalan Ampang                Various LocationsOperating hours: 6PM to 12AM (Daily)Website | Facebook | Instagram 9. Borak Time Food Truck @ TAPAK Urban Street Dining Credit: Borak Time on Facebook Wondering where to eat in Kuala Lumpur and get a hot fresh meal? The Borak Time food truck has just what you need. Their most popular dishes are definitely the Nasi Lemak Kukus with Garlic and Herb Grilled Chicken.Doesn’t that sound delicious? They also served up some awesome Grilled Lamb as well as Bangers and Mash which is great if you want to deviate a bit from the local fare. Address: Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur City Center, Kuala LumpurOperating hours: 6PM to 12AM (Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday)                            6PM to 1AM (Friday)                            6PM to 1.30AM (Saturday)                             (Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)Contact: +60 13-257 2054Facebook Indian Fine Dining 10. Betel Leaf For Indian cuisine fans who are looking for Halal food in Kuala Lumpur: the Betel Leaf restaurant is dedicated to serving up delectable Chettinad cuisine with all those exotic flavors. This fine dining restaurant has been part of the food scene since 2009, and has a very pleasant ambiance and boasts of an extensive menu.Take your pick from the aromatic biryanis, spicy curries, thalis and so much more when you decided to dine at Betel Leaf - some favorites include the mutton biryani and deep-fried cauliflower. Do note that the restaurant is not Halal certified, but dishes are only prepared with Halal ingredients. Address: 77A, Leboh Ampang, City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaOperating hours: 11AM to 11PM (Daily)Contact: +6012 3992312 / +603 20325932Website Korean Fried Chicken 11. KyoChon Credit: KyoChon Korean fried chicken is known for unique flavors, but finding Halal options might not be so easy. You don’t have to worry about Halal food at Kyochon - all the chicken is sourced from JAKIM Halal certified Halal suppliers, and there are several outlets located throughout Kuala Lumpur as well. The star items on the menu are crispy, succulent chicken with Kyochon’s own unique flavors such as Soy Garlic, Red Pepper, Honey and there are rice batter options as well. Additionally, Kyochon focuses on bringing a fresh, quality and preservative-free chicken to their customers - and it certainly pays off. Address: Lot 1.54, Level 1, Pavilion KL, 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100, Kuala Lumpur                Various LocationsOperating hours: 10AM to 10PM (Daily)Contact:  +6017-283 3707 / +6012-611 9435Website | Facebook | Instagram Japanese Shabu Shabu 12. Suki-ya Credit: Suki-Ya, KL on Facebook At Suki-ya, you can enjoy the famous shabu shabu which is a healthy combination of fresh veggies, thinly sliced beef and more. The restaurant features four tantalizing soup bases to choose from and a nice range of appetizers as well.Even though alcoholic drinks are served at the restaurant, no alcohol is used in food preparation and the meat suppliers are JAKIM Halal certified. Suki-ya has been around since 2003 and is based on the Japanese shabu shabu spots which promote a comfortable and cozy setting. Address: Suki-Ya @ Tokyo Street Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Lot No. : 6.24.04, Level 6                Various LocationsOperating hours: 11:30AM to 10PM (Mon-Sun)Contact: +603 2141 4272Website | Facebook Halal Dim Sum 13. Dolly Dim Sum Credit: @dollydimsum on Instagram Dolly Dim Sum is another great spot for Halal dim sum that is completely pork-free, with pretty delectable menu options too. This nice dim sum spot aims to create a modern concept of the Chinese tea house and give their customers a unique experience. Dolly Dim Sum has it all - from Siew Mai and Har Gao dumplings in bamboo baskets to egg tarts, as well as a nice range of drinks to go with your meal. Address: Lot G9 Ground Floor, Avenue K, 156 Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Opposite KLCC)               Various LocationsOperating hours: 11AM to 10PM (Daily)Contact: 03-2181-3830Website | Facebook | Instagram Seafood Heaven 14. Muhibbah Seafood Restaurant Credit: Muhibbah Seafood Restaurant on Facebook This Muslim-owned restaurant’s specialty involves a nice little fusion of Chinese and Thai cuisine with a menu that boasts of variety. The best dishes you cannot miss include sotong (deep fried squid), as well as the Thai Style chicken.This is one of the best Halal food spots to visit if you get the craving for seafood or for those savory Asian flavors, and it has been around for over 30 years as well. Address: Lot 2851, Jalan Seri Penchala, Kg. Sg. Penchala, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya, MalaysiaOperating hours: 12PM to 2:30PM | 6:30PM to 10PM (Daily)Contact: +60 3-7727 3153Facebook 15. Shell Out - Publika Credit: Shell Out on Facebook The Shell Out at the Publika mall is a Muslim-owned restaurant that features Cajun style seafood which is quite unforgettable once you try it. Founded by a husband and wife team, Shell Out is must visit for seafood lovers who are looking for fresh, delicious food with great flavor.You can choose from crabs to clams and prawns, or even octopus and select the cooking style, sauces, and spice level. There are some great combo deals to choose which is great for a large group or even you prefer sampling a bit of everything.Address: A2-G2-1, Solaris Dutamas, No.1, Jalan Dutamas 1, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia               Various LocationsOperating hours: 10AM to 10PM (Daily)Contact: +6016-3054616Website | Facebook | Instagram Western and Fusion Cuisine 16. Chili’s Credit: Chili's Malaysia on Facebook Known best for serving up Tex-Mex food, you can taste your share of burgers, wraps, nachos and so much more from their mouth-watering menu. Popular items on the menu include their Chicken enchiladas and fajitas, but do give the Classic Ribeye steak or the Classic Club Sandwich a try too. Even though Chili’s is not Halal certified and serves alcohol, they do have a Halal kitchen so you can still enjoy Halal meals here. We advise readers to consume at your discretion. Address: Lot 346B, Level 3, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur               Various LocationsOperating hours: 11AM to 11PM (Sun-Thu)                             11AM to 12AM (Fri & Sat)Contact: 03 2164 1400Website | Facebook | Instagram 17. My Burger Lab Credit: myBurgerLab on Facebook Want to try something unique? My Burger Lab specializes in a little range of burgers with charcoal infused buns, and you can even create your own burger with the delicious options on offer. With burger delights such as the Nasi Lemak Ayam Rendang and the In-N-Out Tribute, you will be back for more.The restaurant was founded by Ren Yi, Chang Ming, and Wee Kiat who initially had no professional culinary experience, but gained their expertise through part-time jobs in the food industry. My Burger Lab uses only Halal ingredients, so you can dine here with no worries. Address: No.8, Jalan Awan Hijau, Taman OUG, 58200 Kuala Lumpur               Various LocationsOperating hours: 5PM to 10.15PM (Mon-Fri)                             11AM to 4PM | 5PM to 10.15PM (Sat & Sun)Website | Facebook | Instagram 18. Kay’s Steak & Lobsters Credit: Kay’s Steak & Lobster on Facebook If a hearty dinner or lunch is what you are after, Kay’s Steak and Lobsters might be that perfect dining spot. You can enjoy a range of juicy steaks - from Angus Ribeye to Sirloin with a side of mashed potatoes and a sauce of your choice, while seafood fans can opt for their famous Lobster Thermidor as well.Founded by a husband and wife team, the restaurant features an extensive menu and has been a favorite for western cuisine for a while. Additionally, you can easily reach the restaurant within a 35-minute drive from the Kuala Lumpur City Centre Address: 12A, Jalan Putra Mahkota 7/6b, Putra Heights, Subang Jaya, Selangor, MalaysiaOperating hours: 5PM to 10PM (Tue-Fri)                            1PM to 10PM (Sat & Sun)                            Closed on MondaysContact: 03-5887 1081Website | Facebook | Instagram 19. Cor Blimey British Fish and Chips (Damansara Uptown) Credit: Cor Blimey Damansara Uptown on Facebook Cor Blimey’s founder Adam Joseph Hanrahan who was raised in Hampshire, United Kingdom, started the restaurant to share his favorite British meal - fish, and chips, with Malaysia which is his second home. This is one of the best spots for Halal food in Kuala Lumpur, and for authentic British fish and chips.Of course, you must try their Signature Fish and Chips where you get to choose the type of fish, batter, and sides or add-ons. With platters, burgers and other British staples such as Bangers and Mash, this is an ideal outlet for a casual night out. Address: No 33 Jalan SS 21/1A, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia               Various LocationsOperating hours: 5PM to 10PM (Tue-Thu)                            12PM to 10PM (Fri-Sun)Contact: +60 37733 8358Website | Facebook | Instagram...

  • Tokyo Olympics 2020 | 9 Out-Of-This-World Things You Need To Know

    Sports fans worldwide are getting all geared up to watch their favorite athletes in action at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, taking place from 24th July to 9th August in Japan. This year’s event is set to be as interesting as ever, with Japan extending their reputed hospitality to visitors and making great efforts to create a welcoming environment. What is special about the 2020 Olympics is that Japan’s technology will be taking things to the next level. And yes! This does include robots and self-driving taxis! via GIPHY Furthermore, organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics have decided to make Japan a lot more Muslim-friendly which is certainly a great move when bringing different communities together. As first-time hosts, Japan aims to make the Tokyo 2020 Olympics a unique and memorable experience for everyone. 1. Look Out For The Mobile Mosque Credit: Japan News-Yomiuri on Portland Press Herald While the Tokyo Grand Mosque is easily the best place to perform your prayers, it might be time-consuming and a hassle to navigate your way back and forth the event venue and mosque. This is when the mobile mosque would come in really handy! The massive 48 square-meter mobile mosque can accommodate up to 50 worshippers. The 25-ton truck comes with a portable ablution area for worshippers to make wudhu. The mobile mosque was created to encourage Muslim travelers to Japan for the Olympics without having to worry about their personal needs. 2. Stay Tuned For The 2020 Paralympics The excitement of the Olympics will continue on to the 2020 Paralympics which will be held from August 25th to September 6th. Not only will this event be an inspiring one, but two new sports will be added to the agenda - badminton and taekwondo. The 2020 Paralympics will also include the traditional torch relay, and events are set to take place at all prefectures that will be hosting the event in Japan. 3. New Sports Will Be Part Of The Agenda If you are wondering what is special about the 2020 Olympics, look out for the sports that will be part of the agenda for the first time Baseball/Softball, Karate, Sport Climbing, Surfing, and Skateboarding. It’s well-known that one of Japan’s favorite sports include baseball, which will be marking its return at the 2020 Olympics along with softball as well. 4. Halal Meals Will Be Available As one of the moves to make the Olympics more Muslim-friendly - athletes and visitors will find it easier to get Halal meals. So, you don’t have to worry about locating Halal restaurants, instead, you can focus on the thrilling sporting events. The Halal meals will be provided by the Muslim World League (MWL) which is also set to be the provider of Halal items in Japan under a new agreement with the country. The MWL has promised that quality products and services will be certified accordingly as well. 5. Let The Robots Take You Into The Future Credit: Techspot It’s no secret that Japan is among the most technologically forward countries in the world - so be prepared to let robots carry your luggage! This is all part of the 2020 technology to create a futuristic environment and with a swarm of robots performing tasks to make visitors feel welcome and enjoy a convenient stay during the major sporting event. Majority of the robots will be at the athlete’s Olympic village in the Odaiba area and at the airport, where visitors will get assistance with translation, directions, transport and even sight-seeing. 6. More Cutting Edge Technology Credit: Voicetra Part of the amazing 2020 Technology that Japan will be presenting includes an app that features real-time translation known as VoiceTra that is designed to translate 10 languages and will be available in public areas such as shopping spots and landmarks. Panasonic will also be introducing a palm-sized translator that can translate Japanese into 10 languages. Finally taking things further for viewers at home, the NHK plans to broadcast the event in glorious 8k high definition where you can enjoy the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in a high-quality display. 7. Olympic Medals Will Contain Parts Of Old Electronics With all this progress in technology, creating a unique experience for visitors to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Japan is also taking a sustainable approach to the medals for the event. The Japanese are encouraged to donate their old and unused electronic items which will be used to manufacture up to 5000 medals for the Olympics. 8. A Unique Take On Technology And Transport Credit: Nikkei Asian Review Japan plans to the next level once again by introducing the self-driving taxis to the streets. The taxis are installed with sensors, with more vehicles to be launched out in time for the Tokyo Olympics. Additionally, there are big plans to power the entire Olympic athletes’ village with hydrogen by using fuel cells and hydrogen-powered buses as well. 9. Artificial Shooting Stars? via GIPHY Another fascinating feature of this year’s Olympics include plans to release an artificial meteor shower from a cubic microsatellite that will be operated from earth for the opening ceremony, which will be the very first of its kind.  ...

  • Be Astounded By 6 Of Turkey's Most Impressive Architectural Beauties

    Turkey is undoubtedly a popular travel destination that ties the ancient world to modern times with a fascinating history. Among the bustling city of Istanbul and other parts of Turkey, you will find that much of the country’s architectural marvels have interesting stories behind them, mostly relating to how past rulers made their mark during their reign. It’s quite intriguing to see the influence of different cultures through the architectural style of a building. Turkey is famous for some of the most beautiful mosques such as the breathtaking Blue Mosque. It is also home to a long list of fascinating buildings so check out these 6 architectural beauties that will blow you away. Read more about Turkey 1. Hagia Sophia The famous Hagia Sophia was constructed in 537AD by Roman Emperor Justinian I and served as the largest cathedral during that bygone era. The Hagia Sophia features the marvelous Byzantine architecture with a beautifully crafted dome and some of the most amazing ancient mosaics you will ever see. The Hagia Sophia was converted to a mosque in the 15th century by the Ottomans who conquered Constantinople. The minarets were added to the structure during this period and the panes of Islamic calligraphy are jaw-dropping. Finally, the Hagia Sophia was converted into a museum in 1935 and is now an attraction in Istanbul you simply cannot miss. You can easily travel to the Hagia Sophia by hopping onto the Metro that will take you to Sultanahmet Station which is a short walking distance from the building. Address: Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, TurkeyWebsite: AyasofyaMuzesiOperating Hours:Summer schedule - 15 April to 25 October9AM to 7PM (Daily)Winter schedule - 25 October to 15 April9AM to 5PM (Daily)Ticket Price: Adult - 60 TL                      Turkish children 18 years and below - Free                      Foreign children 12 years ad below - Free 2. Topkapi Palace You will feel like walking through portal into the Ottoman era when you step through the gold, ornate courtyard entrance at the Topkapi Palace which was once home to the sultans and their families. This magnificent palace was commissioned by Mehmed the Conqueror and was constructed between 1460 and 1478. You can get a glimpse of the past from the intricately painted walls of the Harem section and The Throne Room. The Hagia Irene, a cathedral that became an armoury, is within the premises too. The Tokapi Palace stands as a museum today, which you can explore through guided tours. A simple way to get there is by taking the Metro or Tram to Sultanahmet Station and then take a short walk to the Topkapi Palace. Address: Cankurtaran Mh., 34122 Fatih/Istanbul, TurkeyWebsite: TopkapiSarayi  Operating Hours: Summer Schedule - 15 April to 31 October9AM - 4PM (Wednesday to Monday)Winter schedule - 30 November to 15 April9AM - 6PM (Wednesday to Monday)Ticket Price: Museum Ticket - 60 TL                      Harem and Halberdiers with Tresses Dormitory Ticket - 35 TL                      Hagia Irene Ticket: 30 TL                      Foreign children 12 years and below - Free                      Foreign children 6 years and below - Free (only for the Harem)                      Turkish children 18 years and below - Free 3. Basilica Cistern The Basilica Cistern was once the largest cistern that supplied water from Belgrade Forest to the entire city. The underground cistern was built in the 6th century during the reign of Byzantine emperor Justinian I, and is supported by 336 columns which are highlighted with warm lighting today. The most popular attraction at the Basilica Cistern is the Medusa pillars that are carved with the stone heads of the Gorgon, Medusa. The water level is quite low but very fresh. There are still fishes swimming in the waters today. If you want to get to the Basilica Cistern, simply take a Tram or get on the Metro to Sultanahmet Station and walk to the attraction from there. You can even drop by after visiting the Hagia Sophia which is located opposite the Basilica Cistern. Address: Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3, Istanbul 34410, TurkeyWebsite: YerebatanSarniciOperating Hours: 9AM to 7PM (Daily)Ticket price: 20 TL 4. Kariye Museum Picture: AyaSofyaMuzesi With Byzantine architecture and shimmering mosaics, the Kariye Museum is located a bit further from the city of Istanbul but is worth visiting if you want to see experience something unique. The museum is still known as the Chora Church by many as it was originally a church before it was converted into a mosque in the 16th century. It only became a museum in 1948. The painted walls and impressive ancient artwork that depicts Biblical stories will make you feel as though you are travelling back in time. Look out for the magnificent domes which are inlaid with artwork and ornate gold touches as well. To get to the Kariye Museum, take a bus from Eminonu and get off at the Edirnekapi stop. You can easily reach the church within a five-minute walk. Address: Dervişali Mahallesi, Kariye Cami Sk. No:8, 34087 Fatih/İstanbul, TurkeyWebsite: KariyeOperating Hours: 9PM - 4:30PM (Thursday to Tuesday)Ticket price: 45TL 5. Dolmabahce Palace This spacious building is located on the shores of the Bosphorus Strait and was built in 1854 by Sultan Abdülmecid. This palace is recognised as one the most opulent buildings in the world with 285 rooms, and features an interesting blend of Ottoman and European architecture. You will be amazed by the decorative marble entrance and the gorgeous garden decorated with ornamental fountains. Don't miss the luxurious interior, highlighted by massive crystal chandeliers in the ceremonial hall, which was said to be a gift from Queen Victoria. To get there, you can take a tram to Kabatas from Sultanahmet Square, and then reach the palace within a ten-minute walk. You can also take a bus from Besiktas or Taksim and get down right in front of the building.Address: Vişnezade Mahallesi, Dolmabahçe Cd., 34357 Beşiktaş/İstanbul, TurkeyWebsite: DolmabahcePalaceOperating Hours: 9AM - 4PM (Tuesday to Sunday)Ticket price: Selamlik section - 60 TL                      Harem section - 40TL 6. Beylerbeyi Palace Picture: IstanbulStudioTour The Beylerbeyi Palace was commissioned by Sultan Abdülaziz. This palace, which is located on the Bosphorus coast, used to be the lavish summer residence of the Ottoman sultans and consists of 24 rooms and 6 halls which included a hamam. You will first notice the palace’s impressive white marble exterior with lion statues at the entrance. The interior is just as impressive with intricately decorated ceilings, marble columns and Bohemian crystal chandeliers. There is a marble pool and fountain in the reception hall as well. To get to the palace, you can take a bus on the Kadikoy-Beykoz line and get down at the Beylerbeyi bus stop. Alternatively, you can take a ferry from Eminou, Besiktas or Karakoy to reach Kadikoy or Usukdar. Address: Beylerbeyi Mahallesi, Abdullahağa Cd., 34676 Üsküdar/İstanbul, TurkeyWebsite: MillisaRaylarOperating Hours: Summer schedule – April to October9:00 am to 4:00 pm (Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday-Sun)Winter schedule - November to April9:00 am to 4:30 pm (Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday-Sun)Ticket price: 40TL Read our Halal Travel Blogs...

  • Can't Wait For Your Graduation Ceremony? Here are 8 Best Places For Your Post-Grad Trip in 2019

    No more rushing for classes or staying up late to complete your assignments before their deadlines. You are finally out of college and it’s time to celebrate with a well-deserved break!  So what could be better than an unforgettable post-graduation trip with your buddies? Maybe you have exhausted your expenses for college fees or student loans and travel is the last thing on your mind. However, we have listed out some fun places to visit that won’t cause much damage to your wallet while still having a good time if you wisely balance out your expenses. 13 New Experiences To Try In 2019! 1. Thailand There are many great reasons to visit Thailand that range from delectable cuisines to fascinating sights and a rich culture - not to mention breathtakingly beautiful islands to explore. Some of the best places to travel to with your friends include the islands of Phi Phi and Krabi, especially for snorkeling in the turquoise waters or catching that gorgeous sunset on a beautiful beach. In Bangkok, you can also visit those famous floating markets and admire the beautiful temples including Wat Arun to take in the city and really explore the local culture. The best part is that you can find reasonably priced accommodation and cheap, delicious places offering a variety of seafood and vegetarian delights if Halal options are not available. When it comes to getting around, it’s better to stick with public transports or travel by train to save your cash for fun activities. 2. Bali Bali is the ideal getaway with its lush tropical greenery and gorgeous beaches where you can take some memorable photos with your friends. Whether you go trekking up Mount Batur, island hopping or enjoy some swimming and snorkeling - there is no doubt you are in for an enjoyable time. Additionally, head down to the famous Waterbom Bali park for a thrilling day out. You can get beautiful accommodation options for great prices when you travel with friends. You can also get your money’s worth by trying out the local cuisines especially if you stick to warungs that provide Halal food options. 3. Malaysia Spectacular sights and delicious street food are just some of the reasons why Malaysia would be among the best places to visit. You can find reasonably cheap accommodation and amazing Halal food options and you can shop for anything! You must climb up Petronas Tower to see Kuala Lumpur in all its glory and take some unforgettable photos. There is something for everyone in Malaysia - if you prefer an exhilarating time, consider an engaging trek up Mount Kinabalu or spend the day at the Sunway Lagoon theme park. However, if your group is looking for a beach getaway, take a trip to Pulau Besar and Pulau Kecil islands and get away from the city bustle. 4. Vietnam Vietnam is known as a budget travelers paradise that is just great for backpackers and those who are looking for excellent destinations at a lower cost. It’s not hard to find cheap accommodation options and it is also affordable to travel around the main towns when you need to go sight-seeing. Unfortunately, there are only a few Halal food options in most areas, but there are plenty of vegetarian and seafood options everywhere. Some fun places to visit include the famous Ha Long Bay which is great for hiking, scuba diving, and even kayaking. Take some awesome photos of their unique limestone cliffs during the sunset while you're there. We would recommend you to explore the fascinating culture of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Saigon as well to have an unforgettable post-grad trip. 5. Costa Rica A trip to Costa Rica would certainly be an unforgettable one! You can swim at some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, go zip lining above lush tropical forests and even take a laid-back coffee tour after all the excitement. Do drop by the Arenal National Park which is known for some excellent hiking spots and the Manuel Antonio National Park where tropical rainforests are framed by sandy beaches. Costa Rica is a the top pick among travelers with a budget due to its affordability when it comes to accommodation. Do note that Halal food will be quite hard to find, but you will have plenty of options for seafood and vegetarian meals. 6. Peru Trekking up Machu Picchu to admire the region’s amazing landscape and exploring the ancient Inca trail with a group of buddies sounds pretty appealing doesn’t it? Peru is just perfect for an adventurous post-grad trip that are not hard on your budget, especially when it comes to accommodation options and transportation. You will be pleased to know that their delicious local cuisines are pretty affordable too! You can find plenty of seafood or vegetarian options as well. To get a taste of local life, you can explore Peru’s capital city, Lima, where you will learn a lot about their culture. You can take a stroll through the intriguing city of Cusco and make a detour to the famous Rainbow Mountains as well. For a unique experience, take a trip to the sparkling blue waters of Lake Titicaca where you can step onto the floating islands made entirely of reeds. 7. Bulgaria Bulgaria is a favorite among backpackers navigating through Europe, mainly because of its affordable accommodation and food as well as its wonderful spots that does not require visitors to spend too much. Sofia is a very beautiful city with interesting museums and galleries - some of the main attractions include the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Rotunda of St. George. You can experience Sofia’s landscape by going on a hike at Vitosha Mountain and even enjoy some skiing. You will find a few Halal restaurants in the city centre as well. Bulgaria is also known for its beautiful beaches such as Sunny Beach or Smokinya Beach where you can spend a relaxing day out during your post-graduation trip. Don’t hesitate to visit the old Plodiv Town and take some photos at the famous Plovdiv Roman Theater. 8. New Zealand New Zealand is just a stunning place for a roadtrip or backpackers to enjoy the fresh outdoors and take a break from their busy lives. You can preserve your cash since you will be able to find hostels and budget accommodation. There are Halal restaurants in most of the main towns as well. New Zealand is actually an ideal destination for nature lovers who are looking for a budget getaway. You can take a thrilling adventure to Queenstown to explore its natural beauty and rugged landscapes - there is no shortage of activities here from rafting, hiking to cycling, which will be fun if done with a small group. Do visit Rotorua to take a look at their famous geyser, volcanic craters and the beautiful fjords of Milford Sound with your friends. After all the effort you put in for school, you deserve a huge reward and a time away from everything. There is no better way to do it then going on a trip to celebrate with your fellow schoolmates. It's time to pack your bags and go travel! Get more inspiration for your 2019 trips  ...

  • Productive Muslim Retreat 2019: Discover What's In Store For Our 3rd Edition in Bintan

    The modern lifestyle can get pretty chaotic when we are always wrapped up in different areas of our lives ranging from work or school to family and friends. It always seems like there is so much to do in so little time. Sometimes stepping away from the daily grind for a healthy, new perspective can work wonders and help you handle stress better. So doesn't an escape to a tropical island where you can have a transformative experience like no other sound appealing? If you want to start afresh or need some clarity, attending the Productive Muslim Retreat 2019 is definitely a great idea for you. Productive Muslim Retreat: Treat Your Soul To A Spiritual Retreat at Nirwana Bintan What is the Productive Muslim Retreat? With the success of the previous retreat that was also held in Bintan earlier this year, Halaltrip has teamed up once again with the Productive Muslim Company for the 3rd edition of the retreat. This is the first Halal retreat that aims to help you become the best version of yourself by combining Islamic practices and modern productive methods. The Productive Muslim Retreat 2019 has been designed to spiritually, physically and socially help you figure out how to achieve your goals and live a life worth looking back on. The retreat will be led by Mohammed Faris who is the founder of the Productive Muslim blog and the author of 'The Productive Muslim: Where Faith Meets Productivity.' He is an international coach and speaker who was added to the list of 500 Most Influential Muslims by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre. He was also awarded the Islamic Economy Award 2016 by the Dubai Government. Who can benefit from the retreat? It does not matter if you are a student who needs a break from the books or a professional who wants to spend some quality time with your family. Everyone of different ages and backgrounds can surely benefit from this short getaway! This retreat is for anyone who wants to reflect on their life or get equipped with some useful insights to change things around, especially for someone who feels stuck or overwhelmed with multiple issues in life. This is a great opportunity for transformation, and to learn how you can live a productive Muslim life through great coaching and workshops. You can also connect with other participants and do some networking as well. The Dates and Location The week-long retreat will be held from 1st to 7th March 2019 on Bintan Island, Indonesia at the beautiful 5-star Nirwana Resort Hotel. Just a ferry ride away from Singapore, the Productive Muslim Retreat at Nirwana Bintan is the perfect serene location to unwind and do something worthwhile to improve the quality of your life. Productive Muslim Retreat 2019 Packages The 3-Day Weekend Escapade The first three days of the retreat will include informative workshops, fitness sessions and engaging activities such a game night. There are optional activities or excursions that are part of the package as well. You are in for a rejuvenating weekend and will return in time to tackle a new week with a fresh perspective. The 7-Day Retreat Experience The full retreat experience will be quite rewarding as you will spend remaining four days participating in in-depth workshops and one-on-one coaching sessions with Mohammed Faris that will certainly be very enlightening. You will also have a choice of optional excursions or social productivity projects. Both packages will include coffee breaks, main meals and prayers as a group. Our Testimonial Not only will you feel great after unwinding and enjoying the good company in a gorgeous resort, you will also learn how to incorporate good habits and Islamic practices in your daily routines, including better time management skills. Many participants have greatly benefitted from the retreat after learning how to lead a productive Muslim life and had unique, rewarding experiences. Just have a look at the testimonials from previous participants. Hina Shahid, Physician, UK: “I came to the retreat to reset my life. The workshops were amazing, I really feel like I learned a lot that I can take back and implement practically in my daily life. I met some amazing people as well. It was an amazing experience!” Abdur-Rahman Syed, Brand Strategist: “Different people will get different things out of the retreat. Someone who wants to work on their schedule - like I did - would definitely benefit from it. I brought four kids and my wife to this retreat and Alhamdulillah, we had a very enjoyable time.” Join us! Reserve your spot and learn more about the Productive Muslim Retreat 2019 here!...

  • Witness Beauty And Experience Excitement At These 9 Islands In Indonesia!

    The archipelago of Indonesia is made up of at least 17,000 islands which are blissful spots that will entice anyone yearning for a tropical getaway. You can get immersed in the local culture when you visit the islands in Indonesia, and marvel at the unique features of each island. If exploring tropical jungles or enjoying the vibrant sunset on a secluded beach sounds appealing, a vacation in Indonesia might be just what you need. Here are 9 of the most exciting and beautiful islands in Indonesia you should visit for your next trip! Visit These Amazing Mosques in Surabaya - Indonesia 1. Bali Picture: NomadCapitalist Bali attracts numerous travelers for its charm - from natural beauty to city attractions, and of course beaches. You can also stay at eco-lodges or traditional style hotels for a unique experience. There is just so much to explore and boredom is never an option! You can take in a serene view of the winding green Tegallalang Rice Terraces in Ubud or spend a fun day out at the white sandy beaches of Seminiyak or Jimbaran and take a dip in the clear blue waters. Picture: MountBaturTrekking If you are feeling adventurous, try trekking up the famous Mount Batur to catch the beautiful sunrise. You can even go flyboarding at Tanjung Benoa Beach in Nusa Dua for a great thrill. Last but not least, don’t miss out on a water splashing experience at the Waterbom Bali park especially if you are traveling with your family. Finding Halal food here wouldn'n’t be too hard. You can drop by spots such as Bale Udang or the cafes that line Jimbaran Beach. You can also opt for some delicious seafood or vegetarian options at other dining spots too. 2. Lombok Picture: JourneyEra From luxurious accommodation in tranquil locations to unspoiled natural landscapes, Lombok is really ideal for a peaceful vacation. Lombok is the idyllic getaway for a honeymoon or relaxing vacation in Indonesia, especially if you prefer a chilled-out exception to Bali. It is best known as a surfer’s paradise because of its attractions such as the Tangsi Beach, with its pink sands and excellent spots for diving and snorkeling. If you are a nature buff, trek along Mount Rinjani, where the Segara Ana lake reflects the blue sky or drop by Senaru Village to take in the lush green setting. You have an option to trek to Tiu Kelep Waterfall as well. When it comes to Halal food, Lombok is known to be quite Muslim-friendly. You will easily find great restaurants that serve the local fare, as well as big chain restaurants such as KFC and Mc Donald’s. 3. Gili Islands Picture: Bali Pocket Magazine After Lombok, head down to the Gili Islands to continue your island adventures. Gili Trawangan is ideal for diving and exploring vibrant streets at night, which is great if you are looking for a lively holiday. Gili Meno is just 2km long and great for that peaceful romantic trip and for those looking for a serene spot - and there is a bird sanctuary as well. For thrill seekers, Gili Air has a lot to offer in terms of beach activities such as parasaling. There are plenty of places that serve excellent seafood and more Halal food spots on Gili Trawangan. You can really experience the local flavours at the islands. However, you can enjoy swimming, diving, snorkelling, kayaking or admire the sunset at all three islands mentioned so far. 4. Bintan Island Picture: Bintan Resorts Bintan is a known favourite weekend getaway among Muslim travelers in Singapore. From lush mangrove forests to delightful beaches and plenty of engaging water sports - there is something for the adventurers and beach loungers alike! Some of the highlights of Bintan island include the seaplane rides, where you can get an impressive view of the island scenery, and the Sultan of Riau Grand Mosque on Penyengat Island. Bintan Island is dotted with gorgeous resorts which makes this the perfect spot for relaxation, honeymoons or big family vacations. You will be pleased to know that finding Halal food won’t be a problem here - you can easily visit the Pujasera Hawker Stalls or simply go for the delicious seafood options. There is a popular restaurant known as Sederhana Restaurant Nasi Padang as well. 5. Wakatobi Islands Picture: Wakatobi.com The Wakatobi Islands are best known for diving and snorkeling spots that are teeming with brightly colourful marine life and coral gardens. If you are a beginner or an advanced diving enthusiast, do drop by The Wakatobi National Park where you can appreciate the underwater scenery. The island is located within the Coral Triangle and is ideal for an escapade for something quieter rather than the ever-popular Bali. If you prefer something more engaging – motorcycle tours, kayaking, and kitesurfing are some of the livelier things to do on the Wakatobi Islands. It might be a bit hard to locate Halal food on the Wakatobi Islands, but there are few spots such as WarKop Sombu DIVE and Kopi Paste Shop that you can visit. There are plenty of seafood options here as well. 6. Flores Picture: CruiseMapper This beautiful island with lush greenery gets its name from the Portuguese word ‘flores’ which means flowers. The island beaches are known for their pinkish sand that frames the blue waters. You can swim or dive in this serene paradise. Some of the unique aspects of the island include the uniquely beautiful crater lakes on Mount Kelimutu with their ever-changing colours. Liang Bua Limestone Cave, is another unique aspect of this island. Home to a number of fossils, it would definitely appeal to trekkers and backpackers. In addition, when it comes to Halal food options, there are a few restaurants that serve Halal food such as Blue Corner and Warung Mama. You can stick to seafood or vegan/vegetarian options as well. 7. Komodo Island Picture: Unesco World Heritage Centre After your trip to Flores, head to the home of the famous Komodo dragons – Komodo Island. This island, with its diverse marine life and gorgeous coral gardens, is ideal for those who enjoy diving and snorkeling. You can stroll along the pink sandy beaches and enjoy the beautiful sunset too. Even though island is quite popular among tourists, don’t let that deter you from enjoying the wonderful scenery or going trekking among the dormant volcanoes. Of course, you must visit the famous Komodo National Park to observe the Komodo dragons and enjoy the wonderful outdoors. Do note that there are very few restaurants on the Island. However, the island has a Muslim majority so you have high chances of finding Halal food options. Do not hesitate to ask the locals for help. 8. Belitung Picture: Indonesia.Travel Belitung is a peaceful getaway from the bustle. Located east of Sumatra, it is notable for its white sandy beaches lined with large granite boulders. You can enjoy a swim in the turquoise waters, or go snorkeling to admire the diverse marine life and bright corals at the Tanjung Tinggi Beach or Tanjung Kelayang. Some island highlights include the Danau Kaolin or the Blue Lake where you can take insta-worthy photos. You can also climb the old lighthouse on Pulau Lengkuas for a bird’s eye view of the area. When it comes to Halal food options, you can stop for some delicious seafood at Pulau Kapayang or enjoy most of the restaurants on Belitung as the island is a seafood heaven. However, it might be hard to locate Halal restaurants on this island. 9. Nusa Lembongan Picture: AirBali Nusa Lembongan is a tropical paradise which is located southeast of Bali. The first things you will notice as you approach the island are azure waters and unique rock formations. Along with some great resorts, the island is another spot that is extremely popular for snorkeling and diving sites. If you’re for up something adventurous, you can head to the famous Blue Lagoon for cliff diving! Nusa Lembongan is ideal for beach lovers who doesn’t mind small crowds and loves breathtakingly gorgeous ocean scenery. From catching the sunset at Jungut Batu Beach to unwinding at Mushroom Bay, this island is a great spot for a beach holiday in Indonesia. Unfortunately, finding Halal food on this island will be quite a challenge. However, you can stick to the seafood or vegetarian/vegan options during your stay. Read more about Indonesia...

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