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  • Top 9 Holiday Destinations in Spain That You Need To Visit

    Everyone needs a plan to roll out and get some fresh air after the pandemic. While we all have big plans to resume our travel plans, we need to be sure that we adhere to health safety protocols. Starting July 1, Spain reopens its Portugal land borders, completing the country’s reopening transition. Spain has eased travel restrictions since June 21 when the Spanish borders reopen to EU and UK tourists without quarantine. Famous for its matador show, Spain continuously attracts tourists for its historical monuments, beautiful architecture and vibrant culture. That includes the history of Islamic civilisation in Spain. Spain is a huge country with so much to experience and explore. So get off your couch and start putting together your dream itinerary to discover the beauty of Spain with your family. But first, apart from coffee ☕️, take a look at the 9 best holiday spots in Spain! via GIPHY 1. Retiro Park, Madrid | The City’s Green Lungs Image Credit: Illán Riestra Nava on Unsplash Comprising of interesting monuments, fabulous sculptures, and gardens, kick start your day at Retiro Park by doing some fun activities like working out at La Chopera Municipal Sports Center, stroll around the park and discover the history behind the admirable Jacinto Benavebte Statue, La Casita del Pescador, El Paseo de las Estatuas, and The Royal Observatory of Madrid or you can simply lay a mat in the park and people watch while enjoying your brunch! This well-preserved park is home to a beautiful lake where you can rent a rowing boat. Be sure to spot the gorgeous Alfonso Martinez Monument while you’re at it! Near the rose garden you will discover the Statue of The Fallen Angel, 666 meters above sea level, symbolising the devil. The fountain is surrounded by devil-like creatures, spouting water from its mouths. For art lovers, you must have a look at Velázquez Palace and The Crystal Palace that hosts a contemporary art exhibition, monographic art exhibitions of different artists from 1900, and enjoy its remarkable interior! 2. Tibidabo Amusement Park Image Credit: Tomáš Nožina on Unsplash Challenge yourself to attempt some attractions in Tibidabo Amusement Park! With more than 30 attractions for all ages, the Tibidabo Amusement Park is one of the longest-running amusement parks in the world with some unique vintage attractions and breathtaking views in Spain! Don’t miss out on the park’s most famous ride – Avió. Feel yourself ‘fly’ in the air in an aircraft replica! Next, get on the ride on Muntaya Russa, bringing you more than 500m above sea-level and the best view of Barcelona from above. Also Read: 11 Must-Visit Islamic Historical Sites In Spain 3. Sacramonte Caves Museum, Granada Image Credit: Victoriano Izquierdo on Unsplash I would say it is a quiet holiday destination in Spain. Step back to the old times in this fascinating museum located inside of caves is the real authentic deal! This is where you explore the diverse geography within the region. Inside the museum, you will see how traditional handicrafts were made, a representative of the Gypsies lifestyle in the past. While you’re outside, admire sensational views of Alhambra along the sides, the white slopes of the Albacyn, and the River Darro. We’d recommend staying a night or two at the Gypsies and take your time taking in the view and experience the Flamenco Show. 4. Mezqueta Catedral de Cordoba Image Credit: Florian David on Unsplash The astonishing building of Andalusia city is transformed into the cathedral of Mezquita. Located in the Southeast part of Madrid, the dashing Cordoba mosque stands at the foot of Siera de Montana hill. The Cordoba mosque had witnessed the heroic moment of Islamic civilization in Spanish land. The mosque was once a cathedral called Visigoth St. Vincent and changed into mosque under Abd Ar-Rahman tenure in 784. Then, It was changed again into a cathedral during the 16th century of the Christian army's conquest. The center of the mosque turns to the main altar and the choir hall. The architecture has strong influence of the Islamic relics with pillars and marble structures surrounding the mosque. The architecture of the Cordoba mosque resembles the structure of Damascus’s great mosque, Syria. The Quranic calligraphy on the Mihrab wall is well preserved. On December 15, 1994, UNESCO defined the Cordoba mosque as one of the most historic and important relics in the world. Make sure you have a chance to pray there! 5. Plaza de España, Sevilla Image Credit: Joan Oger on Unsplash The Plaza de España-Sevilla is love at first sight! A seamless fusion of the Renaissance and Spanish Moorish architectural styles. Become the point of interest, this magnificent plaza will make everyone fall in love at first sight. The beautiful building has a nice taste since the combined architecture of Renaissance and Spanish Moorish style. It was originally built as construction and symbol for the Ibero-american exposition held in 1929. This building is a must-see attraction when you’re in Seville. In recent years, Plaza de España has also become a movie set, on Lawrence from Arabia (1962) and Star Wars: Attack of the clones (2002). Many arcs and columns, along with the red brick facade and gardens, make this construction looks stunning. Don't leave Seville before visiting this site! 6. City of Arts and Science, Valencia Image Credit: Jurre Houtkamp on Unsplash Integrating ultra-modern scientific and cultural complex, Valencia, the city of arts and science is not only best known as the largest holiday destination in Spain but also in Europe! This place is simply mind-blowing. The area was designed by the well-known Valenkcian architect, Santiago Calatrava, who lies on the dried bed of the river (which was diverted), and it's an impressive example of modern architecture. Be prepared to spend the whole day there because it's worth it and here are the attractive contents you should touch! Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia, Hemispheric, Museu de les Ciencies Principe Felipe, Oceanografic, The Umbracle, and Agora. We would recommend getting the tickets online in advance on their official website before it is sold out! 7. 3 Halal Restaurants in Spain Images Credit: Artiom Vallat on Unsplash Having a trip to Europe especially Spain is the thing that you always waiting for! Besides famous with its historical places, this country also serves you Halal cuisine from all around the world that you can find in Barcelona, Granada, and Madrid easily. Ascent, Barcelona Ascent is located in the heart of Barcelona city. It offers the Mediterranean, Spanish and French cuisine. What a surprise, all the dishes are delicious. We strongly recommend this restaurant! El Taj Halal, Granada A Moroccan Halal Certified Restaurant is the best places to eat fresh halal food. The service is great and the food is amazing. Their falafel wrap is a must-try! Bombay Palace, Madrid This restaurant serves you with various tasty of Indian food. We recommend you to give a try on chicken Madras, Naan and Chicken Briyani! Local Markets! Image Credit: Caleb Stokes on Unsplash For travelers, wander around to the local market is a must! It is impossible if you leave that way without pick some original craftworks from Spain! We have 2 local markets for your last destination in Spain: 8. El Rastro, Madrid With more than 1,000 stalls are available and free to check out. Both locals and tourists make the crowd there to browse antiques, flamenco attire, and old furniture to kitchen appliances, T-shirts, and leather bags. Maybe you won’t find any amazing items on sale on these crowded sloped streets but you will get a sense of life in Madrid and a living tradition. 9. Alcaiceria, Granada A beautiful open market, sited in a couple of little alleys which full of vendors selling dresses, lamps, handmade objects. You will experience the atmosphere of Moroccan here. we can say, it is a must-see in Granada. Well.. what are you waiting for? Start putting together your itinerary and find the treasures for all the above 9 destinations in Spain right away! Also Read: A Muslim's Traveler's Guide to Spain...

  • 10 Best Things To Do In Iceland After Covid-19

    Welcome to the land of fire and ice in the northern part of Europe, Iceland. This country, well-known for its Vikings, has been crowned as the fourth happiest country in the world according to the World Happiness Report 2020. In this beautiful country, you will encounter the exquisite active volcano and glacier, pleasant cold weather, gorgeous wildlife animals, and the breathtaking landscapes. Iceland offers many tourist-friendly spots and is attempting to attract foreign tourists to the country, including Muslim travellers. We strongly recommend Iceland as your next destination due to its magnificent scenery and! If you are planning your next travel post-Covid-19, Iceland might be the perfect destination for you! Without further ado, here are the 10 best things to do in Iceland! via GIPHY 1. Northern Lights in Reykjavík Image Credit: Davide Cantelli on Unsplash; The Northern Lights at Reykjavík, one of the best places to see this spectacular view. In Iceland, seeing the Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis, is at the top of most traveller's bucket list. Aurora is a natural light created in the sky by a disruptive solar wind in the magnetosphere that affects the particles in between, which then produces flashes of lights. Its epic colors and movements can thrill millions of tourists to tour and enjoy the aurora with their bare eyes! There are some excellent towns that you must visit to capture the Northern Light perfectly like Grótta Lighthouse, Öskjuhlíð Forest, and Elliðaárdalur. Be sure to visit these places to see this spectacular view, you won't regret it, we promise! 2. Visiting Mosques in Reykjavík Image Credit: An-Nur Mosque on Facebook; An-Nur Mosque, also known as Félag múslima á Íslandi, officially opened in 2002. For Muslim travellers, visiting mosques when travelling can be an enlightening experience. Not to worry as there are some mosques in the capital city of Iceland, Reykjavík, where you are able to visit and pray. Here are the three magnificent Mosques in Reykjavík:  An-Nur Mosque Situated in the third floor of a building in Reykjavík, An-Nur Mosque, also known as Félag múslima á Íslandi, was founded by the Iceland Muslim Organization in 1997, and officially opened as the first Mosque in 2002. Just like other Mosques, it holds the five daily prayers and Friday Prayers as well. Islamic Cultural Center of Iceland (ICCI) Islamic Cultural Center of Iceland (ICCI) Mosque facilitates children by providing Islamic Education through the Iqro School that is managed by the Youth Islamic Organization. Since it is located on the second floor of a building, the Youth Islamic Organization organizes worshipping activities such as Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha by capitalizing on the spacious place.  The Grand Mosque of Iceland The history of the Grand Mosque is pretty unique. In 1997, this mosque was used as a Cultural and Music Center but later became a restaurant. However, around 2011 to 2012, the Muslim Community had acquired this building and turned it into a mosque. Please note that since you’re in Iceland, it may be difficult to find Islamic materials like prayer mats being sold here. As such, please bring your own prayer set like Travel Mukena & Sejadah to make things easier for you. It is also recommended to bring your own prayer sets for hygiene purposes.  3. Visiting The Blue Lagoon Image Credit: Maarten van den Heuvel on Unsplash  This is a must-visit phenomenal spot that you can enjoy while in Iceland. The massive geothermal spa gives you an extraordinary experience the first time you step foot into the Lagoon. The temperature may reach up to 38 degrees Celcius which is a total fit for relaxation. You will get to experience the warmth of milky turquoise water while trying out a silica mask. This would be an unforgettable and unique experience, so be sure to include this in your itinerary!  4. Sightseeing in Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Image Credit: Andy Wang on Unsplash The place that you can’t miss out is Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. You will get to see some of your favorite action movie scenes like 'A View to Kill' and 'Day Another Day' come to life at this amazing spot. Take a drive from Reykjavík and you will reach your destination in about three to four hours. The journey is definitely worth it; I believe you will not feel worn out looking out of your car window, admiring the greenery and scenic view along the way. Once you get to Jökulsárlón, you will be welcomed by a myriad of the free-flowing iceberg.  Try touching some of the 1000-year-old crystal icebergs but be very careful! If you plan to stay longer till dawn, you will find a beautiful sunset reflected on the iceberg that gives you a breathtaking view. You might even see a bob of seals swimming here! Sightseeing at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is one of the best things to do in Iceland, particularly with your loved ones as you could make new memories here.   5. Strolling Around Westfjords Image Credit: Zak Boca on Unsplash; Westfjords offers many beautiful spots for you to explore. One of the most isolated places in Iceland is located is Westfjords or the Iceland Base Camp Secret. Even though it remains largely off the tourist radar, it still offers outstanding water pools and beaches spread out across the location. There are so many spots you can explore all at once. You will discover the cute little town, old cafes, and beautiful scenery at Ísafjörður. Image Credit: Yanshu Lee on Unsplash; Witness the exotic Atlantic Puffins in Látrabjarg. Stroll along the high cliff to see the exotic Atlantic Puffins in Látrabjarg, and see seven small remarkable waterfalls in Westfjords. You could also see a 10kilometer-beach with sparkling brown sand and deep turquoise seawater surrounded by cliffs in Rauðisandur Beach, and the list doesn't end there! So if you're looking to visit a place that does not have many tourists, Westfjords is the perfect place for you! You get to see, explore and experience largely unique sights, that you would not be able to in other parts of Iceland. 6. The Black Sand Beach at Reynisfjara  Image Credit: Rémy Penet on Unsplash; The famous Black Sand Beach at Reynisfjara, a must-visit when you're in Iceland. One of the most famous spots for those of you who love admiring the sensational view at the beach, you must visit the Black Sand Beach when you're in Iceland! This beach offers you a unique experience especially with the black sand, beautiful Basalt rock formation, cave formation that is uniquely shaped, and even the beauteous geometric patterns that you will not get to see elsewhere. Beware though, of the huge waves in this beach! 7. The Golden Circle Tour  Image Credit: Clark Van Der Beken on Unsplash; Thingvellir National Park, one of the spots you get to visit on the Golden Circle Tour.   You will not regret taking a spectacular trip around the Golden Circle! You get to witness the landscape of Thingvellir National Park during this tour. This park is considered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Iceland. It reflects the history of the Vikings, which came to set up one of the first European Parliaments.   Another activity that you can do here is to swim in a place called Silfra to experience one of the clearest water. After Thingvellir National Park, you will move to Iceland’s best-known Stokkur Geyser and see it erupting several times per hour. The last step-over will be super hypnotic Gulfoss Waterfall. Enjoy the magnificent double rainbow transverse the swift waterfall! 8. Whale Watching Tour Image Credit: Ferdinand Stöhr on Unsplash; Whale watching in Iceland is an exciting and popular activity to do in Iceland. Seeing whales in the high seas can be really exciting. For the whale watching tours, you will get to wear special clothes to see the attraction of swimming whales. Starting from the open upper deck of the ship, the expert guards will assist passengers and point out where exactly the whales will appear. The common whales in the area are humpback whales and minke whales. You will find out how amazingly big these animals are! 9. Halal Restaurants in Iceland Image Credit: Pushpak Dsilva on Unsplash; There are several Halal Restaurants in Iceland like Mandi Reykjavík, Shalimar and Meze, suitable for Muslim travellers. Looking for a Muslim-Friendly Restaurant here can be slightly difficult, but don’t worry as we have found a couple of Halal Restaurants scattered along the Reykjavík area. Below are the lists of Halal Restaurants in Iceland: Mandi Reykjavík: An eatery that serves Middle Eastern Cuisine such as shawarmas and falafel dishes.Shalimar Pakistani Cuisine: A highly recommended restaurant that provides curry, grapevine, chicken makhani and many more.Meze: This Turkish Restaurant has a wide range of food on the menu that comes from Mediterranean cuisine, European Cusine, and Middle Eastern Cuisine, all at a reasonable price. 10. The Best Iceland Souvenir Shops Image Credit: Puzzled by Iceland on Facebook; Be sure to bring back some souvenirs from Iceland! Before heading to your home country, buying some souvenirs that best represents Iceland is a must. Try walking down the main shopping centre in Reykjavík to get to these 3 souvenir shops in Iceland!  Omnom Chocolate: Chocolates originating from Iceland can be one of the best gift for your loved ones. You will get a taste of chocolates that are produced from the best beans around the world covered with licorice and sea salt. The combination of rich ingredients is the best distinctive flavor you will ever have. Another special souvenir that you can take home is the sweet candy that everyone loves. You can grab all of these candies in supermarkets or grocery stores. For Muslim travelers, please ask the storekeeper first whether the ingredients used are Halal or not.  Hrím: A beautiful icon for home decor in downtown, Hrím is an excellent option for souvenir shopping. It provides an affordable Nordic style of kitchenware and households. You are free to choose the pieces that fit your home the most.Puzzled by Iceland: This souvenir shop sells authentic products like clothing items, accessories, and bags. The design printed on the items will be the best reminder of your travel to Iceland. What makes them look fabulous is the image of natural phenomena and wildlife such as the Northern Lights, Atlantic Puffins, and Iceland Horses - all of which best represent Iceland.Pick Iceland as your next destination and have these 10 best things to do on your bucket list. Traveling to Iceland is a once in a lifetime journey!  via GIPHY ...

  • The 12 Best Things To Do In Penang Once It Is Safe To Travel

    Penang is a beautiful destination in Malaysia that continues to attract tourists from all over the world. This beautiful gem will satisfy you with its rich culture and history as well as the many Muslim-friendly services it offers. There are historical places, epic views, a myriad of shopping spots, and even famous Halal food spots that will leave you coming back for me.  As Malaysia eases travel restrictions, you can expect to travel to Penang really soon! We highly recommend Penang as your next destination as there are just so many things that you can do and explore here.  Here are the 12 best things to do in Penang once it is safe to travel!  via GIPHY Also Read: Here Are 10 Best Family Road Trips In Malaysia   1. Visit the Ancient Fort Cornwallis Image Credit: Fort Cornwallis by George Town World Heritage Incorporated History should not be forgotten and visiting old ancient ruins and historical sites can be a good way to learn and remember the past. Take a trip to the largest standing Fort Cornwallis in Penang that will bring you back in time.  The Fort Cornwallis was built in 1786 as a defensive structure against pirates. Located in Georgetown Area, it is reachable via bus, taxi, or any other public transportation provided in Penang. You can visit around 9 am to 6.30 pm. There are so many things to do in Fort Cornwallis! You can request a fort tour with the guide, take photos of the unique interior of Fort Cornwallis, taking photos with a Bronze statue of Captain Francis Light at the main entrance, exploring prison cells, storage areas and barracks. Make sure not to leave the fort if you haven't taken enough photos of the numerous bronze cannons available! Bring a camera or smartphone to capture wonderful memories here.  2. Famous Local Halal Cuisine Spots in Penang Image Credit: RestoranDeen on Facebook Here is a list of mouthwatering local halal food spots that you can enjoy in Penang. Meal for Breakfast: For breakfast, we recommend you to get the famous local delicacy, Roti Canai at Roti Canai Transfer Road. With the special curry poured over the roti canai, you are sure to enjoy this local delight. Order some Teh Tarik too which is the best companion for this dish.  Lunch to Recharge: After walking around the beautiful Penang, you may find yourself hungry and feel the need to recharge with a filling lunch. Restaurant Nasi Kandar Deen in Jelutong should be placed at the top of your list! This restaurant is regarded as one of the best restaurants serving Nasi Kandar in Penang. Nasi Kandar is a popular northern Malaysian dish that originated in Penang. You can choose from a wide variety of dishes freshly cooked in the restaurant.  Dinner to call it a day: For dinner, you can step into Restaurant Kapitan which is famous for having the best tandoori chicken in Penang! The tandoori chicken could be served with a fresh piece of naan or clay pot biryani. Beware! This savory meal might leave you wanting for more, and you might end up ordering a second serving. 3. Street Art at Georgetown for Instagram Feed Image Credit: Steve Douglas on Unsplash Want to make your Instagram feed more lively and aesthetically-pleasing? If you are walking through the Mural Street of Penang, there are plenty of cute paintings on the wall and buildings that feature the antics and innocent kids at Georgetown! Those paintings were the masterpiece of an artist who came from Lithuania named Ernest Zacharevic which had existed since 2012. This tourist hotspot has an abundance of high-quality spots to have your photos taken. If you are keen to visit the street art at Georgetown, you can walk along the following streets: Penang Street, Muntri Street, Weld Quay, and many more! This should definitely be at the top of your list!  4. Visit Mosques in Penang Image Credit: Siti Rahmanah Mat Daud on Unsplash As one of the Muslim-majority countries in the world, visiting mosques could easily be included in your itinerary. You could go mosque-hopping in Penang since the city is made up of many beautiful and remarkable mosques. I recommend visiting two mosques that I feel are the two most outstanding mosques in Penang.   Firstly, you could visit Masjid Negeri which was built in 1980 and designed by the Filipino architect, Efren Brindez Paz. It is the largest Mosque in Penang that is able to accommodate up to 5,000 visitors. You could also visit the Penang Floating Mosque. This is one of the popular mosques in Penang. It’s called “Floating Mosque” as it appears to be floating, anchored by concrete pillars over the sea. Mosque-hopping is definitely one of the best things that you could do in Penang!  Also Read: 5 Mosques to Visit in Penang 5. Escape Theme Park Penang Image Credit: Escape For those of you craving for some adventure, this tourist spot will boost your adrenaline. Bring your most loved one to experience an adventure at Escape Theme Park. I believe your friends or family will love this theme park, especially kids! Escape Theme Park Penang includes Adventure Play, Water Play, and Gravity Play. The best thing is, it is awarded as the No.1 Theme Park in Malaysia! Good news for you guys, there’s no age limit for all rides and games!  6. Back to Nature at Tropical Spice Garden Image Credit: Tropical Spice Garden on Facebook Tropical Spice Garden offers you the chance to get closer to nature! This garden divided into three areas; the Spice Trail for the spice plants, the Ornamental Trail which includes a variety of exotic plants, and the last but not least, which is the Jungle Trail where you can see the various ferns, palms, and also different kinds of wild orchid here. You can either go around the area on your own or with a tour guide. For more information, visit their website here. 7. Visit Kek Lok Si Temple Image Credit: Geraldine Ng on Unsplash Explore the unique Buddhist heritage in this city, only at Kek Lok Si Temple, which is the largest Buddhist Temple in Penang. The temple offers a unique heritage where Mahayana Buddhism and traditional Chinese rituals come together to blend into a harmonious whole, as seen through its temple architecture and daily activities of worshippers. This temple is definitely a must-visit as you get to appreciate and learn more about the rich culture and heritage that Penang offers. 8. Trishaw Ride Around Georgetown Image Credit: Yaopey Yong on Unsplash Getting around in a trishaw is a brilliant idea! The trishaw is a 70-year traditional public transportation in Penang. These rides are easy to find around Georgetown city. The trishaw drivers decorate their trishaw with flowers, in order to attract tourists. In addition, they also put an umbrella on the trishaw to protect passengers from the sun as the weather can get really hot in Penang. A trishaw can carry up to two persons and the driver can bring you around to some spots in Georgetown area such as Fort Cornwallis, Clan Jetty, or the Kloo Clan Association. Feel the breeze of Penang and get the experience of a lifetime by taking a ride on the trishaw! 9. Penang Peranakan Mansion Image Credit: Penang Peranakan Mansion on Facebook  The Penang Peranakan Mansion introduces tourists to the culture and heritage of the Peranakans in Penang. Visiting this mansion is a good opportunity to learn about the lifestyle of the Peranakans during the colonial period in Southeast Asia. This historical spot is impressive with unique interiors and furniture that allows you to catch a glimpse of the past. Visit the website for more information here. Also Read: Word Of Mouth - Penang Locals Tips 10. Entopia Butterfly Farm Image Credit: Entopia Butterfly Farm on Facebook Entopia Butterfly Farm is a natural learning center that would totally fit into your itinerary with your family, as you will be get to explore and learn about butterflies and their habitat. Everyone can enjoy a visit to this farm which is divided into two main areas, The Natureland and The Cocoon. The Natureland is the largest butterfly park in Malaysia, with 15,000 free-flying butterflies at any time while The Cocoon is a center of exploration for visitors to get involved in enjoyable learning activities. Don't miss out the chance to visit the Entopia Butterfly Farm with your family and friends!  11. Enjoying Batu Ferringhi Beach Image Credit: Kelvin Yup on Unsplash Another most visited destination in Penang is Batu Ferringhi Beach. This beach provides a serene and relaxing atmosphere. You can walk along the white sand beaches which stretches along the coast and the incredibly blue seawater. There are many other activities that you could experience at this beach too! You can try some of their water sport activities like banana boat, parasailing, jet ski and many more. Or simply take a dip into the clean seawater with your loved ones!  12. Window Shopping at Batu Ferringhi Night Market Image Credit: Batu Ferringhi Night Market on TimeOut Your trip is never complete if you don't bring back some souvenirs as memories of the wonderful time you have spent in Penang! You can find some affordable and locally hand-made goods like bags, cheap decorations, accessories of Penang, and even bargain to get these goods at a lower price. After buying some souvenirs, you can also spend some time snacking at the food stalls to enjoy some Thai-Malay cuisine. Be sure not to miss this night market which should definitely be included as in your list of some of the best things that you could in Penang!  Make sure you have jotted down all of the above 12 best things to do in Penang! Don't forget to download the HalalTrip App for more information on Halal food, Qibla Direction, Duas, and many more, here.  via GIPHY  ...

  • Hal-Hal Yang Kita Rindukan Dari Hong Kong

    Artikel ini aslinya ditulis oleh Nazirah Nurfatin dalam bahasa Inggris. Kamu bisa membaca artikel versi Inggris yang ditulisnya di sini. Hong Kong adalah kota metropolitan yang penuh antusian dengan banyak daya tarik dan bangunan-bangunan terkenal. Ada banyak tempat yang bisa kamu jelajahi dan nikmati di Hong Kong misalnya gedung bertingkat tinggi, warisan budaya, dan makanan adalah beberapa pilihan yang bisa kamu dapatkan di sini. Tapi, karena kondisi saat ini yang menyebabkan kita tidak bisa pergi ke sana, kita belum bisa menikmati keelokan yang ditawarkan kota ini. Sebagai wisatawan, terutama yang sudah pernah ke Hong Kong, ini adalah beberapa hal yang dirindukan dari kota tersebut! via GIPHY 1. Lingkungan Perumahan yang Asyik Image Credit: Merlin Shaw on Unsplash  Perumahan di Hong Kong memiliki pemandangan cantik yang bisa dipakai untuk tempat berfoto. Beberapa perumahan terkenal terkenal di kalangan selebriti, social influencer, dan turis. Choi Hung Estate adalah salah satunya. Di sana terdapat bangunan yang berwarna-warni dan lokasinya menarik para wisatawan dan fotografer. Katanya, berfoto di sana membuat kita merasa berada di pusat dunia. Perumahan terkenal lainnya adalah Lok Wah Estate dan Ping Shake Estate. Tempat-tempat tersebut pasti selalu dikunjungi para turis. Image Credit: Michael Rivera  on Unsplash Selain itu, kita akan merindukan gedung-gedung tinggi dengan banyak toko di bawahnya yang memenuhi kota Hong Kong. Gedung Yik Cheong dengan estetikanya di mana unit perumahan terletak berdekatan satu sama lain dan ada berbagai toko di bawahnya. Gedung ini menawarkan kesempatan langka bagi para wisatawan untuk menikmati bangunan disekelilingnya. Kita pasti merindukan warna-warni kawasan tersebut yang menambah keunikan dari Hong Kong. 2. Kuliner Lokal Image Credit: SJ Baren on Unsplash Sewaktu lagi mikirin Hong Kong, pasti terlintas makanan khasnya yang sangat terkenal! Dim sum rumahan, tart telur, nasi bebek panggang, veal goulash (mantap!) dan masih banyak lagi. Untuk mendapatkan rasa yang khas dan asli dari hidangan lokal ini, Hong Kong adalah kota yang paling cocok. Pastinya kita bisa makan hidangan ini di tempat lain, tapi cita rasa yang didapat akan berbeda. Rasa dari veal goulash halal yang selesai dimasak di Restoran Ma, macam macam menu dim sum yang bisa kita pilih di Islamic Centre Canteen atau telur tart dari toko roti Chrisly yang akan meleleh oas masuk ke dalam mulut (duh kangen banget!). Kita bakalan kangen dengan pengalaman mencari kuliner lokal di Hong Kong. Pasti kalian pernah gantri untuk beli dim sum atau tart telur yang terkenal, dengan aroma lezat yang tercium sampai ke luar toko. 3. Makanan Halal Berbintang Michelin Image Credit: bady qb on Unsplash Kita pasti kangen makan makanan halal dengan bintang Michelin. Sebagai kota kosmopolitan, Hong Kong punya banyak pilihan masakan dari seluruh dunia, termasuk makanan lokal sampai makanan Western. Ngomogin kualitas hidangan yang terbaik dan rasa yang enak dari makanan bersertifikat halal ini pasti bikin para wisatawan lapar dan pengen segera makan. Image Credit: Bombay Dreams on Facebook Bombay Dreams, sebuah restoran India yang dianugerahi Bintang Michelin menyajikan beberapa masakan terbaik yang menonjolkan cita rasa dari India Utara. Kita pasti kangen makan di restoran ini, menikmati suasana dan kebersamaan saat menyantap hidangan yang tersedia. Image Credit: Imperial Patisserie on Facebook Dan, buat pecinta cemilan manis, kita pasti akan rindu datang ke toko roti bersertifikat halal seperti Imperial Patisserie. Toko roti ini juga dianugerahi penghargaan Bintang Michelin menawarkan macam-macam hidangan manis seperti kue kering, kue basah, pastri yang bisa dipilih para pengunjung. Desain dari toko roti ini menggabungkan gaya modern dan tradisional agar para pelanggan dapat bernostalgia. Beli hidangan manis di toko roti ini buat hadiah untuk teman, keluarga, atau diri sendiri pasti sangat dirindukan. 4. Kereta Trem Hong Kong Image Credit: Ruel Del Jamorol on Unsplash Kereta trem di Hong Kong menjadi jenis transportasi paling populer di kalangan wisatawan. Hal ini disebabkan karena jalur kereta trem mennjangkau berbagai tempat wisata, sehingga memudahkan para wisatawan untuk melakukan tur keliling Hong Kong. Kereta trem juga menjadi pilihan alternatif yang terjangkau untuk berkeliling kota melihat pemandangan cantik dan bangunan ikonik di seluruh Hong Kong. Tak hanya itu, kereta ini juga mudah ditumpangi; penumpang dapat membeli Octopus Card di stasiun MTR manapun dan menggunakannya untuk membayar tarif kereta. Image Credit: Photo by Chromatograph on Unsplash Kereta trem memiliki sejarah yang panjang. Kereta ini adalah salah satu angkutan umum pertama di Hong Kong dan sudah bertahan sejak jaman pemerintahan Inggris. 5. Cuaca yang Sejuk Image Credit: John O'Nolan on Unsplash Salah satu hal yang dikangenin dari Hong Kong adalah cuacanya yang sejuk. Cuaca Hong Kong dari bulan Oktober sampai Desember dinilai paling ideal karena cerah dan sejuk. Wisatawan sangat direkomendasikan untuk berkunjung pada bulan-bulan itu. Jika kita ingat saat dulu bisa berkunjung ke taman hiburan seperti Hong Kong Disneyland dan foto-foto di Victoria Peak didukung cuaca yang bagus, kita pasti pengen balik ke Hong Kong untuk merasakan euforia itu lagi. 6. Keramahan Warga Hong Kong Image Credit: Big Dodzy on Unsplash Hong Kong terkenal sebagai tempat tujuan yang ramah untuk wisatawan. Sebagian besar dari penduduknya dapat berbahasa inggris dan mereka sering menawarkan bantuan kepada wisatawan mancanegara. Ada juga penduduk setempat yang selalu menawarkan bantuan di stasiun kereta. Mereka membantu wisatawan yang kesulitan dalam bertransportasi. Selain itu, rambu-rambu jalan juga ada dalam bahasa inggris, ini memudahkan para wisatawan untuk berkendara di jalan. Keramahan yang luar biasa dari penduduk setempat bakal bikin para wisatawan asing menikmati liburan yang aman dan nyaman tentunya akan sangat dirindukan. 7. Budaya dan Warisan Lokal Image Credit: Hong Kong Museum of History Apa kalian ga rindu belajar tentang budaya dan warisan setempat di Hong Kong? Saya merindukannya! Hong Kong menawarkan banyak bangunan ikonik dan bersejarah, serta museum yang menjelaskan tentang sejarah dan kekayaan budayanya. Museum Sejarah Hong Kong menampilkan berbagai pameran dan artefak yang tersebar di 8 galeri. Budaya dan warisan lokal dapat dipelajari di sini karena museum ini menyoroti perkembangan Hong Kong dan menunjukkan peristiwa serta tokoh penting yang berperan dalam perkembangan kota ini. Di sana juga terdapat warisan peninggalan budaya Cina dan Kolonial yang bisa dikunjungi untuk mengetahui lebih banyak sejarah dan budaya Hong Kong. Kita pasti akan kangen masuk ke museum satu ke museum lainnya dan warisan budaya yang terkenal di Hong Kong.   Itulah 7 hal tentang Hong Kong yang akan sangat kita rindukan. Walaupun sekarang ini kita tidak bisa pergi kemana-mana karena situasi yang tidak memungkinkan, semoga kamu tidak akan melupakan kenangan indah saat menghabiskan waktu di Hong Kong, ya! Mudah-mudahan, setelah situasi ini mulai membaik, kita dapat mengingat kembali kenangan indah di kota ini dan bahkan membuat memori baru dengan mengunjungi tempat lainnya. Artikel ini dipersembahkan oleh Hong Kong Tourism Board. via GIPHY...

  • Lepaskan Jiwa Kanak-Kanakmu di 4 Tempat Wisata Hong Kong Ini

    Artikel ini aslinya ditulis oleh Rashmi Wickramasinghe dalam bahasa Inggris. Kamu bisa membaca artikel versi Inggris yang ditulisnya di sini. Hong Kong punya banyak hal yang ditawarkan untuk bersenang senang. Ada banyak pilihan destinasi dan pengalaman yang bisa kamu dapatkan ketika berkunjung ke Hong Kong. Para turis sebaiknya memiliki daftar hal hal yang harus dicoba saat berada di pulau tersebut. Hong Kong adalah rumah untuk beberapa atraksi termegah dan terbesar di Asia! Kamu mungkin akan dibuat pusing dengan banyaknya pilihan wahana dan kegiatan untuk dipilih. Jadi inilah beberapa atraksi tempat bermain untuk melepaskan jiwa anak-anak di dalam dirimu saat berada di Hong Kong! via GIPHY 1. Hong Kong Disneyland Kredit Gambar: Hong Kong Disneyland Siapa sih yang ga suka bermain di Disneyland?! Dan kamu ga perlu pergi jauh-jauh ke AS untuk mencoba bermain di Disneyland karena sama bagusnya dengan yang ada di Hong Kong. Malah ada nuansa perpaduan Timur dan Barat Hong Kong Disneyland memiliki 7 area berbeda yang memiliki daya tarik, wahana, dan acara sendiri. Salah satu atraksi utama di Main Street, AS adalah Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad - perjalanan kereta indah yang akan membawamu melewati seluruh negeri dan berakhir di Fantasyland. Tempat seru lainnya adalah Disney Paint the Night Parade di mana kamu bisa ikut berpesta menggunakan LED barengan semua karakter Disney selama 30 menit. Oh ya, kamu harus masuk ke Royal Princess Garden kalau kamu mau foto bareng dengan Ratu Disney favoritmu! Wahana lain yang kamu harus datengin di adventureland adalan Festival of the Lion King. Di sini kamu bisa menyaksikan kisah animasi klasik Disney. Kamu juga bisa cobain wahana Jungle River Cruise yang seru banget karena berhadapan dengan hewan animatronic. Buat kamu yang suka naik roller coaster, kamu wajib banget ngerasain keseruan di The Big Grizlly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars dengan roller coasternya yang retro abis ala old school. Kredit Gambar: Hong Kong Disneyland Di Disneyland juga ada rumah hantu lho. Di area Mystic Point ada wahana namanya Mystic Manor – Disneyland Haunted Mansion versi Disneyland Hong Kong. Di situ kita bisa menikmati kisah Lord Henry Mystic dan asistennya si monyet yang menggemaskan. Di sini kamu bakal ngalami banyak kejutan. Ada juga tempat namanya Toy Story Land yang isinya penuh kegembiraan. Lihat deh RC Racer, pipa yang terbagi dua berukuran 27 meter dengan mobil yang naik turun. Menegangkan dan mendebarkan! Kredit Gambar: Hong Kong Disneyland Mau liat sesuatu yang ajaib?! Fantasyland tempatnya karena ada wahana yang sayang banget untuk dilewatin namanya Mickey and the Wondrous Book. Pertunjukan di sini bisa dikatakan sebagai pertunjukan terbaik di Hong Kong. Pertunjukan tari dan music spektakuler berdurasi 30 menit yang menyatukan semua karakter Disney. Cinderella Carousel adalah suatu keharusan bagi setiap tamu, semua orang bermimpi mendapatkan satu komidi putar klasik dengan kuda jingkrak dan musik yang indah. Perjalanan terbaik di Fantasyland adalah Mad Hatter Tea Cups - cangkir teh raksasa yang akan membuat kamu pusing tetapi bersemangat. Image Credit: Hong Kong Disneyland Kunjungi Tomorrowland untuk menikmati atraksi dan wahana yang terinspirasi futuristik. Di Hyperspace Mountain kamu bisa meraskan perjalanan rollercoaster yang didedikasikan untuk semua penggemar Star Wars, menghindari tembakan blaster dengan soundtrack Star Wars yang disetel sebagai latar belakang menambah kesan epik. The Iron Man Experience adalah satu-satunya wahana Marvel yang tidak ditemukan di Disneyland lain. Kamu bisa terbang di atas kaki langitHong Kong dengan Iron Man dalam petualangan 3D epik ini. Disnyeland juga memiliki resor di mana kamu dapat memesan akomodasi selama di sini. Kamarnya keren banget terutama yang suite karena bertemakan Disney. Kamu bisa memilih di antara tiga hotel. Bagi kamu yang berjiwa petualang ada Disney Explorer's Lodge. Buat kamu yang ingin merasakan tempat yang anggun bisa coba menginap di Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel. Nah yang terakhir nih buat penggemar film film Hollywood harus ngerasain tidur di Disney's Hollywood Hotel! Rute Menuju Lokasi Kamu bisa menuju Hong Kong Disneyland dengan kereta MTR, rutenya sangat indah dan kereta merupakan moda transportasi yang lebih murah. Kamu harus mengambil jalur Tung Chung ke Stasiun Sunny Bay, transfer ke Disneyland Resort Line dan ke Kereta Disney - kereta dihiasi dengan memorabilia bertema Disney. Harga Tiket Biaya tiket standar untuk 1 atau 2 hari mulai dari HK $ 639 untuk dewasa dan anak-anak berusia 12 tahun ke atas. Paket untuk 2 hari dimulai dari HK $ 719, disertai dengan voucher diskon HK $ 30 untuk barang dagangan dan akses langsung akses tiket elektronik Disney. (Kunjungan pertama harus pada atau sebelum 31 Desember 2019). Ada juga tiket Disney Priority Ticket + Paket Combo Satu Hari mulai dari HK $ 938 dan HK $ 838 - lihat situs web untuk info lebih lanjut. Tempat Makan dan Lokasi Belanja Ada 2 restoran bersertifikat halal di dalam taman - Tahitian Terrace di Adventureland dan Explorer's Club Restaurant di Mystic Point. Kamu bisa mendapatkan makanan bersertifikat Halal tersedia atas permintaan di restoran berikut: Chef Mickey di Disney's Hollywood Hotel Studio Lounge di Disney's Hollywood Hotel Walt's Cafe di Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel Dragon Wind di Disney Explorers Lodge World of Color Restaurant di Disney Explorers Lodge Layanan Kamar di Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel Fasilitas Ruang Sholat Disneyland terdapat ruang Sholat di sebelah Explorer Restaurant Club. Tempat ini juga ada fasilitas Wudhu yang luar biasa. Tapi di sini tidak ada sajadah jadi ingatlah untuk membawa sendiri. Alamat: Pulau Lantau, Hong Kong Jam buka: 10:30 pagi hingga 8:30 malam Harap diingat! Waktu untuk berbagai atraksi dan wahana dapat bervariasi, jadi lihat situs web resmi mereka untuk info lebih lanjut. Situs Web | Facebook | Instagram 2. Ocean Park Kredit Gambar: Ocean Park on Facebook Ocean Park adalah taman hiburan bertemakan kehidupan laut yang telah membuat wajah pengunjung tersenyum sejak tahun 1977. Jadi tentu saja destinasi ini wajib ada di dalam daftar destinasimu. Ocean Park Hong Kong itu seperti toko serba ada. Di taman ini sungguh lengkap karena menggabungkan taman hewan hewan laut dengan hewan lainnya dalam satu taman hiburan. Di sini rumah buat dua panda raksasa namanya Le Le dan Ying Ying. Siapa sih yang ga suka Panda? Taman hiburan ini luasnya 915,000 meter persegi atau sekitar 174 kali lapangan sepak bola. Ocean Park memiliki dua area utama yaitu The Waterfront dan The Summit yang terbagi menjadi 8 zona dengan tema berbeda. Semuanya meliputi pertunjukan acara, atraksi, dan wahana. Para pengunjung pertama akan mengunjugi The Waterfront karena dekat dengan pintu utama. Kalau kamu ingin bersenang senang sepanjang hari sepenuhnya, bisa mulai dari naik kereta gantung atau kereta ekspres langsung ke The Summit. Kredit Gambar: Ocean Park Di The Summit kamu akan menemukan wahana sensasi dan Polar Adventure. Ocean Park dikenal memiliki wahana yang gila seperti Hair Raiser, Raging River, The Rapids, dan The Flash. Kamu wajib nyobain Mine Train wahana rolllercoaster yang benar benar unik karena menggunakan teknologi VR! Kalau kamu  pecandu penantang adrenalin ekstrem, waha ini paling pas buat kamu. Setelah kamu puas memacu adrenalin, mengapa tidak melakukan sesuatu yang sedikit lebih dinging, secara harfiah. Tengok deh Polar Adventure yang menampung hewan-hewan dari Kutub Utara dan Selatan, Kamu bakalan ketemu sama penguin, anjing laut, dan banyak hewan khas kutub lainnya. Kalau kamu mau lebih dekat dan akrab dengan para hewan daripada cuma melihat dari balik kaca, kamu bisa ke bagian Animal Encounter. Kredit Gambar: Ocean Park Setelah kamu puas berkeliling The Summit, kunjungi The Waterfront, soalnya atraksi utama di sini adalah Giant Pandas, Grand Aquarium, dan Old Hong Kong Street. Grand Aquarium keren banget dengan 5000 ikan dari 400 spesies berbeda. Kamu pasti akan kagum pada varietas yang tersedia. Old Hong Kong Street oleh Kee Wah Bakery akan membawa kamu kembali ke Hong Kong di asa 1950-an dan 1970-an. Jangan lupa untuk mengunjungi Le Le dan Ying Ying, mereka ini para jagoan andalan taman ini! Anda tidak akan bisa tahan dengan tingkah dua panda  yang berputar dan bermalas-malasan di kandang mereka. Untuk menutup harimu, pergilah ke Aqua City di mana kamu bisa menyaksikan pertunjukan 360 layar air  pertama di dunia. Ini adalah pertunjukan malam hari dengan lampu, kembang api, musik, dan animasi. Pertunjukan ini akan menjadi akhir yang sempurna untuk hari yang menyenangkan yang dihabiskan di Ocean Park Hong Kong. Kamu bahkan bisa memesan penginapan di Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel, yang terletak di pintu masuk taman. Rute Menuju Lokasi Kamu bisa naik bus lokal atau lintas batas lalu turun setelah melewati Aberdeen Tunnel. Dari situ kamu tinggal berjalan kaki sebentar ke Ocean Park. Kamu bisa mengambil rute Citybus 629 yang beroperasi setiap hari dari Central Star Ferry setiap 20-60 menit. Naik kereta dari stasiun MTR ke Ocean Park melalui jalur South Island. Pastikan kamu sudah punya Octopus Card. Pakai mobil juga bisa. Kamu hanya perlu ke sana dan cari tempat parkir karena di sana juga ada fasilitas parkir. Harga Tiket Kamu bisa membeli tiket di gerbang atau bisa langsung pesan online di situes web resmi Ocean Park. Tiketnya juga tersedia di gerai-gerai 7-11. Tiket masuk umum dihargai HK$498 untuk orang dewasa termasuk anak-anak berusia 12 tahun ke atas, sedangkan tiket anak dihargai HK$249. Kalau kamu tidak suka berdiri dalam antrian lama, kamu bisa beli tiket Ocean FasTrack (Standar) dengan harga HK$280 untuk anak-anak dan orang dewasa - ini memungkinkan akses prioritas ke 7 wahana dan atraksi. Ada dua opsi FasTrack lainnya: Deluxe (HK$400) dan Grand (HK$520). Tempat Makan dan Lokasi Belanja Ada banyak pilihan tempat bersantap di Ocean Park Hong Kong, dari kafe hingga restoran yang bisa kamu pilih. Ada juga banyak kios makanan yang tersebar di sekitar taman, jadi kalau kamu mau mengemil sesuatu sambil jalan jalan untuk mengembalikan tenaga kamu yang terkuras setelah naik beberapa wahana. Kamu bisa menemukan makanan halal di Cafe Ocean, Dive into A Float (di Marine World), Panda Cafe Food To Go (di Amazing Asian Animals), dan Popcorn Cart (di Aqua City). Semua hidangan yang disajikan di restoran dan kios ini telah disertifikasi oleh Trustee Incorporated dari Islamic Community Fund Hong Kong sebagaimana dinyatakan di situs web taman resmi. Ada juga banyak toko suvenir di taman, jadi pastikan kamu beli suvenir untuk kenang kenangan dari taman ini. Fasilitas Ruang Sholat Tersedia ruang sholat dengan petunjuk kiblat. Ruang sholat bisa ditemukan di Guest Relations Offices yang terletak di pintu masuk utama dan di Thrill Mountain di The Summit. Alamat: Aberdeen, Hong Kong Jam buka: Senin hingga Jumat, 10:00 pagi - 7:00 malam                   Sabtu dan Minggu, 10:00 pagi - 9:00 malam Situs Web | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter 3. SuperPark Hong Kong Kredit Gambar: SuperPark Hong Kong on Facebook Taman olahraga dalam ruangan dengan segudang kegiatan untuk semua orang. Kamu benar-benar bisa bebas dan bersenang-senang! SuperPark Hong Kong adalah jaringan dari Finlandia dan memiliki banyak cabang secara global. Fokus utama perusahaan ini adalah bersenang senang, jadi ini adalah tempat yang sempurna untuk melepaskan jiwa kanak-kanakmu untuk bermain! Image Credit: SuperPark Hong Kong on Facebook Taman ini dibagi menjadi 3 bagian - Adventure, Game Arena, dan Freestyle Hall. Ada banyak pilihan permainan di Area Adventure seluncur di dalam tabung, flying fox dan, bahkan trek menjajakan mobil! Arena permainan adalah tempat semua kesenangan! Dengan macam macam permainan menarik seperti Superball, Hotstepper, dan pinball super,  kamu bisa berkeringat dan tidak lelah selama berjam-jam karena kamu akan begitu asyik bersenang-senang! Mereka bahkan memiliki RoboKeeper sebagai kiper sepakbola! Freestyle Hall mungkin adalah bagian terbaik di Superpark karena memiliki trampolin! Siapa sih yang tidak suka lompat-lompatan?! Mereka juga memiliki tas tinju yang dikendalikan AI SuperBoxer dan dinding panjat 8 meter di SuperClimb! Rute Menuju Lokasi Kamu bisa naik kereta MTR dari Olympian City dan dari sana hanya 15 menit berjalan kaki. Kamu bisa naik bus yang melewati rute-rute berikut: 13D, 43C, 87B, 701 / 701S, 971, N23, E21, A21. Rute mini bus adalah: 46, 78, 70 Harga Tiket Harga tiket  didasarkan pada hari kamu berkunjung ke sana. Periksa kalender tiket di situs web resmi untuk mengetahui tanggal dan harga. Tiket Reguler Tiket Satu Hari: HK$180 Setelah jam 18.00 : HK$120 Tiket Super Day Morning mayhem (09.00 sampai 13.00): HK$180 Middle Session (13:30 sampai 17:30): HK$210 Setelah jam 18.00: HK$150 Tiket satu hari: HK$250 Tempat Makan dan Lokasi Belanja SuperPark Hong Kong memiliki satu restoran di dalam taman tapi tidak halal. Fasilitas Ruang Sholat Sayangnya Superpark Hong Kong tidak memiliki fasilitas ruang sholat jadi bawalah sajadah, buku saku doa dan pakaian untuk berdoa! Alamat: G/F One SilverSea, No 18 Hoi Fai Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong (near Olympian City) Jam Buka: Senin sampai Jumat, 10:00 – 21:00                 Akhir pekan, libur sekolah dan hari libur, 9:00 – 21:00 Situs Web | Facebook | Instagram 4. Noah's Ark Kredit Gambar: Noah's Ark on Facebook Noah's Ark atau Bahtera Nuh sebenarnya berasal dari kisah di Alkitab tapi kamu bisa menemukannya di Hong Kong. Ini bukan Bahtera Nuh yang sesungguhnya, tapi sebuah taman hiburan yang dibangun mengadaptasi konsep cerita dan bahkan membuat replika bahtera yang sesuai ukuran aslinya. Image Credit: Noah's Ark on Facebook Noah's Ark lebih bernuansa pendidikan daripada mendebarkan, jadi kalau kamu mau pengalaman yang lebih santai, tempat ini cocok untukmu. Taman ini dibagi menjadi 3 bagian utama - yaitu Noah's Ark, Solar Tower dan Nature Garden. Sebagian besar fokus taman ini adalah pada hewan dan alam sehingga kamu akan menemukan banyak hewan hidup yang dipamerkan serta beberapa patung seukuran aslinya menyambutmu di pintu masuk. Tempat ini lebih lanjut dibagi menjadi Ark Garden, Ark Expo - rumah salah satu meteorit terbesar yang dipamerkan di Hong Kong, Adventureland adalah tempat kamu bakalan menemukan kesenangan bermain halang rintang. Sementara itu Ark Life Education House, Treasure House dan e-Planet semuanya menawarkan kegiatan interaktif untuk anak-anak. Noah's Arl juga memiliki sebuah hotel di mana kamu bisa memesan akomodasi saat berkunjung ke situ. Solar Tower memiliki salah satu teleskop surya vakum profesional terbesar di Asia yang terbuka untuk umum. Solar Tower sebagian besar berfokus pada sains dan teknologi dan menawarkan banyak kegiatan interaktif. The Nature Park adalah rumah bagi berbagai pohon dan tanaman hijau yang menawarkan pemandangan menakjubkan untuk tempat berfoto. Alamat: 33 Pak Yan Rd, Ma Wan, Hong Kong Jam Buka: Taman ini beroperasi dari jam 10:00 sampai 18:00.The Noah’s Ark Hotel and Resort beroperasi 24 jam.The Harvest Restaurant (10:00 to 21:30)The Nature Garden (8:00 to 18:00) Harap Diingat! Setiap wahana punya jam tutup yang berbeda: Solar Tower: 17:00 Nature garden: 17:00 Ark Expo: 17:15 Treasure house: 17:45 Ark Garden: 17:45 Rute Menuju Lokasi Untuk sampai di sana kamu harus naik feri dari Dermaga Feri Central 2 dan menyeberangi Victoria Harbour ke Pulau Wan AMA. Perjalanan dengan feri akan dikenakan biaya sekitar HK $ 27 dan akan memakan waktu sekitar 30 menit. Harga Tiket Kamu bisa membeli tiket di gerbang atau bahkan melakukan pemesanan online melalui situs web resmi mereka. Tiket masuk umum dihargai $ 198HK sedangkan tiket anak dan senior dihargai HK $ 158. Tiket termasuk tiket masuk ke semua atraksi di taman kecuali untuk Adventureland. Tempat Makan dan Lokasi Belanja Taman ini memiliki dua restoran: Harvest Restaurant dan Noah's Kitchen. Harvest restoran menawarkan makanan yang mewah yaitu prasmanan internasional. Noah’s Kitchen lebih seperti sebuah kafe dengan lebih fokus pada makanan penutup dan minuman. Tidak ada informasi yang menyatakan jika makanan yang disajikan di restoran itu Halal, namun, kamu selalu bisa memilih opsi vegetarian atau makanan laut. Rainbow Gallery dan Kid’s Deck adalah toko-toko suvenir dan menawarkan mainan lunak, boneka, dan alat tulis bertema binatang yang lucu. Fasilitas ruang sholat Tempat ini tidak memiliki tempat sholat. Sebaiknya kamu membawa sajadah dan pakaian sholat sendiri. Sekarang kamu sudah tahu taman hiburan / tema mana yang harus dikunjungi ketika berada di Hong Kong. Ini akan menjadi perjalanan yang menyenangkan - jadi kendurkan otot otot yang tegang dan nikmati! Situs Web | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Artikel ini dipersembahkan oleh Hong Kong Tourism Board. via GIPHY...

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

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

  • Self-Love Series: 10 Books to Read for Personal Development and Growth

    Ramadan in 2020 is different from the previous years; some of the things that Muslims used to do as part of their tradition as fasting month approaches may have changed. Due to the current pandemic, it seemed that many could no longer do activities they used to, including going to places of worship and gathering in large groups with their family and friends, in order to curb the spread of the virus. However, if we look at the positive side of the situation, we may find ourselves having lots of time at home to start on activities that we usually put off in normal circumstances due to the lack of time. As we spend most of our time at home, we are able to get back into reading to improve ourselves and boost our capacity. We can also start to focus on personal development and growth by being exposed to various literature that guides on the ways in which we can achieve this.  Here, we will provide 10 book titles, which are highly recommended for those of you who want to start reading for personal development and growth!  via GIPHY    1. The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson Image Credit: The Subtle Art Of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson on Amazon This book is a good guide to figuring out what you want in life and at work, and how you can go about achieving it. It provides a counter-intuitive approach to living a good life. There are points of recommendation that you can find in this book if you want to reduce the level of stress and anxiety that you may feel around your personal goals, performances, and abilities. It will help you to build some self-awareness around the kind of lifestyle that will make you happy in the long term and make you understand why one tends to give too many f*cks about problems that don’t matter and give too few to those that do.    2. The Art Of Letting God by Mizi Wahid Image Credit: The Art of Letting God by Mizi Wahid on Wardah Books This is an evergreen book; an Islamic book collection that re-defines the concept and mechanism of effort and Tawakkul. It provides new insights on the meaning of surrendering and relying on God for the truth. The fact that we are powerless beings and yet still given the power to choose what we want to do in life. The book also elaborates on how to with heartbreaks and frustrations and also acts as a guide on how to achieve a positive outlook in life. You might not find an answer during certain points of your life but this book will make you reflect on everything that has happened; all of these happenings are a blessing and God always has the perfect timing to give you that blessing. The author portrays his experiences and also the real-life lessons of another person, into words that we can relate to in our lives. In this digital era where social media seems to control our lives, where there is a lack of privacy, where it is easy for people to judge us and also where people constantly search for popularity - he puts some guides that will slowly get us back on track.  3. Light Upon Light by Nur Fadhilah Wahid Image Credit: Light Upon Light by Nur Fadhilah Wahid on Wardah Books This book would definitely help you see things in a new light, if you haven’t already, according to the book's title. This book is highly recommended for you to read throughout the month of Ramadan so that you could reflect and relate it to your own life. You don’t have to rush every chapter to finish the book quickly. Read it when you are at your lowest because it will remind you that you are never alone in facing troubles and worries of life. The way the book is written is easy to understand as it is written with humor; it doesn’t become too heavy and yet still deals with really deep thoughts and ideas. Also, the book is about working on one's self to be the best version of ourselves by making small changes in our lives. 4. Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis Image Credit: Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis on Amazon Hi ladies, if you want to chase your dreams, let's get started by reading Hollis's work. This book is perfect for those who believe that women should work outside their homes. This book guides you to improve your ability by making your goals and dreams come true. In following this path, the author emphasizes that one should not apologize for having such goals in the first place. The best thing about this book is that the author, Hollis, puts what is important to her first, despite what others may think or say. She doesn't shy away from sharing her thoughts or ideas even if someone may get offended, as long as it is valuable for her readers. 5. The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins Image Credit: The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins on Amazon  This book is like a tool for one to overcome bad habits. There are several tips on how to become confident, break the habit of procrastination and self-doubt, bear feat and uncertainly, stop worrying, and feel happier, and lastly, sharing your ideas with courage. Mel Robbins' writing style is simple and I highly recommend it for college students as situations described in this book may be more relatable to them. The author motivates readers by challenging them to do something that will break them out of their comfort zone by following one of her rules, “doing things that scare you actually make you more confident…” So, if you find yourself struggling with some of these bad habits, The 5 Second Rule is the best choice of book to read this Ramadan to improve yourself. 6. Whatcha Gonna Do with That Duck by Seth Godin Image Credit: Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck? By Seth Godin on Amazon Despite this book being published many years ago, Seth Godin's work is definitely relevant in the current situation. This masterpiece covers his perspective on marketing, leadership, creativity, careers, innovation, and many more. These are several of his quotes related to self-development;  “Dreamers don’t have special genes. They find circumstances that amplify their dreams’’ This quote is very insightful since everyone has an equal opportunity to set goals, even dreamers. Yet, we need to find out a circumstance that will grow our effort to reach our purpose. “Persistence isn’t using the same tactics over and over. That’s just annoying. Persistence is having the same goal over and over” This quote gives a good motivation for all of us when applying for a job. Persistence is how we set the same goal but try to achieve it through different means. This book is definitely useful during this current climate where many face difficulties finding jobs. Hopefully, this book would inspire one to never give up and constantly try to achieve their goals.  7. The True Secret by Amira Ayad Image Credit: The True Secret by Amira Ayad on Amazon This book will help you to unlock a potential skill that you might not have noticed before. Basically, you could find motivation when reading this verse in the Qu'ran 13:11 which says:  “Verily, God will never change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves” The True Secret written by Amira Ayad is a motivational book that suggests forward-looking life guidance to readers. Ayad combines Islamic teachings with scientific researches to help her readers evaluate their life situations and action plans that need to be taken. Once you apply the advice given in this book, it will help you find a path towards achieving success and happiness. Reading this book during Ramadan and reflecting on it is highly recommended.  8. Mindset: The New Psychology for Success by Carol S Dweck Image Credit: Mindset: The New Psychology for Success by Carol S Dweck on Amazon Every book authors would have conducted deep research before writing an inspiring book. Carol S. Dweck, Stanford University Psychologist, did years of deep and thorough research which resulted in this mind-blowing book written for her readers. She focuses on how our mindset can be a good compass for our life. She believes that mindsets can be a huge determinant in achieving one's goal. Dweck is pretty sure that every aspect of human life can be leveraged by the mindset, added that we have options on how we take strategies to get closer to our primary goals. During Ramadan, while exercising social distancing, mental health issue becomes a concern as we stay at home for days, not exposed to the outside world. It is best to constantly have a positive mindset so that we are strong enough to stay healthy mentally during this crisis. 9. Awaken The Giant Within by Tony Robbins Image Credit: Awaken The Giant Within by Tony Robbins on Amazon Tony Robbins described in his book that every human being has their own huge potential. Unfortunately, some of us may not be aware of how to "turn on" this hidden talent of ours. As such, Robbins wrote a book that will help us all to find who really are, what our life purpose is, and how to awaken our ability. In his best-seller book, Robbins mentioned that in life, lots of people already have an idea of what to do and yet, only a few of them actually act upon this. We need a clear purpose first and then set out to do some actions to achieve this. Surely, not every action will result in positive outcomes that we expect but according to the author, it is best if we take charge of our own emotions rather than let these emotions take control of us. We are the ones controlling life and not the other way round.  10. The Power of Boredom: Why Boredom is Essential for Creating a Meaningful Life by Mark A. Hawkins Image Credit: The Power of Boredom: Why Boredom is Essential for Creating a Meaningful Life by Mark A. Hawkins on Amazon Yes! You are reading this title right. Mark A. Hawkins’s book is apt during this current situation. Staying at home for days can eventually drive us into boredom. Yet, boredom is not always negative, so let’s change our paradigm about it. At the beginning of social distancing, we may still be able to fill our time by doing some household chores, some activities at home, and also watching entertaining movies or videos. However, we may ourselves bored with this routine eventually. According to the author, we should not avoid this feeling of boredom and accept it as normal, since it is able to push us further to create a more meaningful and purposeful life.  The author further elaborates that boredom can be seen as spaces or avenues for one to discover their creative potential and could be the source of energy for a life transformation. Treating boredom as fuel to search for creative ideas is recommended. For example, there are so many entertaining and inspiring videos either on TikTok or other social media platforms. Most of the captions written by all of these successful content creators include – "boredom during social distancing has pushed me to find this Do-It-Yourself recipe" - further reinforcing that boredom may be the key to unlock your creative juices.  via GIPHY I hope that you guys enjoy our recommendations and gain some benefits from reading those books. Don't forget to share our recommendations for these self-help books with your friends. With these recommendations, we hope that you can have a more meaningful Ramadan, as you focus on personal development and growth, Insha Allah. ...

  • Quran-tining Now | How To Start your Quran Journey

    The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed most countries to take social distancing measures more seriously by encouraging people to stay at home in order to reduce the spread of this virus. Most companies have also started to get use to telecommuting during this global pandemic. If you take a look outside your window, you could see that the city is taking a rest now.  Most of us have been urged to slower down our pace by spending more time at home. This includes doing almost everything at the comfort of our home. While some may feel that this quarantine is starting to bore them, there are meaningful activities that one can get into during this period. This quarantine period is definitely a perfect time for Quran-tining, a Quran journey that will lead you closer to God.  As a Muslim, we have an obligation to recite the Quran and also implement its teachings. We will be blessed with every single letter that we read. Our Prophet had also told us that reading the Quran will benefit us.    We shall refer to Surah Al-Ankabut 29:45: اُتۡلُ مَاۤ اُوۡحِىَ اِلَيۡكَ مِنَ الۡكِتٰبِ وَاَقِمِ الصَّلٰوةَ ​ؕ اِنَّ الصَّلٰوةَ تَنۡهٰى عَنِ الۡفَحۡشَآءِ وَالۡمُنۡكَرِ​ؕ وَلَذِكۡرُ اللّٰهِ اَكۡبَرُ​ؕ وَاللّٰهُ يَعۡلَمُ مَا تَصۡنَعُوۡنَ‏ (O Prophet), recite the Book that has been revealed to you and establish Prayer.7Surely Prayer forbids indecency and evil.7And Allah's remembrance is of even greater merit. Allah knows all that you do. We can learn many things from Quran such as life guidance, being thankful for God’s kindness, and many more. As our primary guidance in the world, we have to read with an open heart in order to understand the Quran. It's not all about your age, or your profession when you first flip open the page of this holy book, but rather how big your motivation is to read, learn and remember the Quran.  So let's get started on how you can begin your Quran Journey during this Ramadan period! via GIPHY 1. Reading Quran with Translation Image Credit: Syed Hussaini on Unsplash It is very important for us to understand the content of the Holy Quran without misunderstanding its meaning. This Sacred Manuscript was written in Arabic when Prophet Mohammad received it directly from God. This Holy written guidance was initially meant for the understanding of the people living in that area. However, with the spread of Islam all over the globe, it may be difficult for non-Arabic countries to fully understand what they are actually reciting in the Quran. Not to worry about it. Thank to M.A.S. Abdel Haleem who did a great job in the translation of the Quran that is written in contemporary English langauge, you can now read and understand the Quran through the Qu'ran (Oxford World's Classics). The meaning and essence of the original text is still retained in this translated version with notes attached by Haleem that offers explanations on geography, history and many more aspects of the Quranic materials which makes it easy for readers to refer to.  Reading the Quran with translation is thus one way for you to start your Quran journey as it allows you to understand and delve deeper into the meanings of the text that you are reciting.  2. Boost your Day with Quran in Subh Image Credit: Masjid Pogung Dalangan on Unsplash The perfect time to read the Quran is before Subh until after Subh Salath as our mind is still fresh and not burdened by our daily routines. By reading the Quran during this timing, we will be more focused and can absorb more. However, there are some principles that we need to comply with such as taking wudhu before reading the Quran, dressing well, facing the Ka'bah and finding a clean room to recite the Quran. Another thing that we need to consider is committing to this routine by setting aside some time everyday to read the Quran, if possible. It is also much better to start small by reading a few pages per day, and make this a regular routine. 3. Read Three Pages Each Day Image Credit: afiq fatah on Unsplash Consistence is key. Being consistent and reading a minimum of three to six pages each day can boost your comprehension. For example, when you read the first page for about 10-20 times, before closing the book, you are able to practice memorizing the Quran. If you are able to do this consistently each day, Insya Allah, you'll be able to memorize these verses well. Another way is to mark those short verses that you find resonance with and incorporate it into your Salath, or reciting it before doing your daily task, or remembering it again (Muroja’ah) before you sleep. That way, this can continue to pique your interest and in no time, you may find yourself remembering this verses by heart.    4. Use Sticky Notes Image Credit: Amanda Jones on Unsplash Do you remember those colorful sticky notes in your office that is usually used to mark important documents? Hope you still have some in your home as these sticky notes can be very useful to mark the Qur’an pages that you stopped reading at. In the sticky post-it, you can write on the verse’s title or some keywords that best describes the content of the verse. You can even note down the translation of some of the verses that you like or resonates with you. Using these colourful sticky notes can be helpful as you can easily find the pages you have last stopped at using the easy references made by the sticky notes. Pink, green, yellow, or blue, it’s all up to you!  5. Favorite Verses are your Treasures Image Credit: Kasturi Roy on Unsplash Most of us would have our own favourite verses that enlighten us all the time. We may have different opinion on each verses, but I would like to share several of my favourite verses. Hopefully, this may inspire some of our Muslim readers.  Surah Al-Ma’idah 5:3 – This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion. Based on a historical note, Islam is the last religion that came in the history of mankind. Our Prophet Mohammad had just finished his last Haj pilgrimage and said farewell to His followers. In His last Haj, our Prophet received a revelation that explained the perfection of Islam that had been blessed by Allah SWT. Currently, Islam has developed rapidly and had spread all over the world. There are many people all over the world who had converted and vowed to Islam. The glory of Islam is arising. Surah Ya-Sin 36:82 – His command is only when He intends a thing that He says to it, “Be,” and it is. This verse shows how God Almighty is truly powerful. When God says "be," it becomes, and this does not exclude death. Also, if we pray to God and ask for forgiveness, mercy, or blessings, God has the full authority to decide on everything that we ask for in our prayers. While we stay at home during this COVID-19 period, we can still help to combat COVID-19, which has taken so many casualties, in our own ways - and that is to pray to God as well as doing our part by maintaining physical and social distancing. Leave the rest to God. 6. Digital Platform to Assist your Quran Journey Image Credit: Gabriel Benois on Unsplash An issue that arises is when we read the Quran without the guidance of a teacher. Moreover, given the current situation, we are encouraged to practice social distancing which means that some of us may no longer be able to go out for our regular religious classes. Thank to current digital development, we can easily make use of digital platforms like Spotify or Zoom to guide us in our spiritual journey. We can listen to recitations from Misyary Al Rashid on Spotify or on another platform like Qur’an.com. It would feel as though we are being guided on how to read and pronounce verses in the Quran properly by listening to these recitations. On the other hand, if we prefer being guided by a religious teacher, we can always set up a Quran reading session through online platforms like Zoom or Skype. Despite using digital platforms to read and learn the Quran, never forget to take your wudhu first. 7. Social Media Interaction Image Credit: dole777 on Unsplash It's been weeks of staying at home as a measure to control the spread of COVID-19. Some of us may feel uneasy or start to lose interest when we read the Quran all by ourselves. As such, it may be better if we connect virtually with others through social interactions on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Linkedin to find similar communities who are also doing Quran-tining. Finding like-minded individuals can make us feel a certain connection and motivate us to continue our Quran-tining journey. We can also get inspirations and tips from other individuals online to make our Quran journey better. Learning from the experiences of others as well as sharing our own Quran experiences can be beneficial during this trying times as we become aware that we are not alone in this journey.    via GIPHY  There you have it, some recommendations on how you can start your Quran-tining during this Ramadan period. Quarantine during this upcoming Ramadan period can also be beneficial as it means that you have more time on your hands to start your Quran journey. Good luck!   ...

  • 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...

  • Inilah 7 Rekomendasi Kuliner Halal yang Kamu Harus Coba di Paya Lebar Square & SingPost

    Kamu mungkin ingin mencari makanan setelah berjalan jalan di kota sambal menikmati pemandangan dan berharap sudah menyiapkan camilan sebelumnya karena khawatir tidak menemukan makanan halal yang harganya murah di Singapura. Tapi untuk apa menghabiskan waktu menyiapkan camilan padahal banyak tempat makan yang cocok untuk orang Islam di Singapura? via GIPHY Kalau kamu berada di sekitar Paya Lebar Square atau Singpost ada banyak pilihan di sana. Kedua tempat itu cocok untuk nongkrong atau cuci mata di toko toko baju dan berbagai kafe, apalagi kalau kamu pecinta kuliner. Berbagai restoran dan kafe seperti Nuodle dan Hawkerman bisa ditemukan di sejumlah titik keramaian kota. Mau cari mie panas atau roti yang baru dipanggang? Paya Lebar Square dan Singpost jawabannya! Also Read: Here's Our Top 7 Halal Food Recommendations You Need To Try At Least Once At Paya Lebar Square & SingPost Nuodle Ini harus dicoba kalau mampir di SingPost Center! Mereka hanya menyediakan tiga hidangan mie - Beef La Mian yang khas (SGD $ 8,80), Seafood La Mian (SGD $$ 8,80), dan Cool Mixed La Mian (SGD $$ 9,90). Hidangan disiapkan dalam 5 menit dan disajikan dalam porsi besar! Beef La Mian klasik adalah favorit di antara para penggemar Núodle; mie disajikan dengan irisan daging sapi, lobak bersama dengan daun bawang dan minyak cabai - semua ini mengambang dalam kaldu sapi jernih. Minyak cabai menambahkan sensasi tenggorokanmu, tapi inilah yang menyatukan semua rasa dalam hidangan. Kamu bisa memilih jenis mie sesuai seleramu dalam kaldu tipis, normal, tebal, rata atau pakai daun bawang! Ya, kamu tidak salah baca. Daun bawang. Tapi itu hanya mie normal yang ditarik ke dalam bentuk daun bawang daun. Mie berserat luar disiapkan di rumah - memberik nuansa otentik pada sajian. Status Halal: Halal CertifiedAlamat: 10 Eunos Road 8, Singpost Centre #01-136, Singapore 408600Jam Buka: 8.30AM to 10.30PM (Mon-Sun)Telepon: +65 6747 1588Email: info@nuodle.asiaWebsite: www.nuodle.asia Maki-San Kredit Foto: Maki-San di Facebook Apa sih yang lebih baik dari sushi yang itu itu saja? Sushi buatanmu sendiri! Inilah tempat pertama di Singapura yang memungkinkanmu membuat sushi dan salad buatanmu sendiri. Dan pastinya halal. “Subway of sushi” yang dibuat sendiri, Maki-san benar-benar menyenangkan. Prosesnya sederhana, langsung saja masuk, isi kolom pesanan mereka - dengan 26 macam isian Sushi, 13 taburan, 21 macam saus, serta 11 isian spesial yang beragam, sehingga kamu bisa menjadi puas bereskpresi sesukamu. Status Halal: Halal CertifiedAlamat: 10, Eunos Road, 8 #B1-165/166, Singapore, 408600​Jam Buka: 11.30AM to 9PM (Mon-Sun)Telepon: +6567476801Email: moshimoshi@rollwithmakisan.comWebsite: www.makisan.com Facebook | Instagram Hawkerman Kredit Foto: Hawkerman di Facebook Hawkerman adalah ciptaan aktor Singapura Ben Yeo. Ini adalah bentuk modern makanan pinggir jalan tetapi terus berkembang dan merupakan salah satu tempat makanan halal terbaik di Singapura. Hidangan ayam goreng, popiah, dan Mie Hokien adalah menu yang paling terkenal dengan cita rasa jajanan pinggir jalan yang otentik. Dengan harga mulai dari SGD $ 2,9 hingga SGD $ 12,9, kamu bisa memilih beragam hidangan dan minuman selain itu mereka juga menyajikan makanan penutup. Mereka menyajikan Ayam Popiah dengan isian pelang  yang pastinya akan terlihat bagus di feed Instagrammu. Ayam goreng mereka disajikan dengan banyak cara. Salah satu hidangan populer yang mereka sajikan adalah ayam goreng yang dilapisi dengan saus bawang bombay dan daun bawang. Ini adalah tempat yang tepat untuk pecinta kuliner yang suka mencari sesuatu yang berbeda karena Hawkerman menyajikan makanan jajanan tradisional dengan penuh kejutan! Status Halal: Halal CertifiedAlamat: Singpost Centre #B1-128/129 409006, 10 Eunos Rd 8, Singapore 408600Jam Buka: 11AM to 10PM (Mon-Sun)Telepon: +65 8110 5218Website: www.tenderfresh.com.sg/hawkerman Facebook Swee Heng 1989 Bakery Cafe Kredit Foto: SWEE HENG 1989 Classic di Facebook Siapa yang sanggup menolak gula gula dan makanan yang dipanggang? Hanya bisa didapat di Swee Heng! Kamu  akan dimanja oleh berbagai pilihan roti dan kue. Outlet modern menawarkan tradisi dengan kejutan dan tempat menarik untuk berfoto. Swee Heng 1989 menyediakan kudapan yang dipanggang klasik dari Singapura serta suguhan yang dinikmati secara internasional. Ini adalah tempat terbaik untuk mendapatkan kopi dan kue dan menghabiskan "me time". Pelayanan mereka sangat baik dengan staf yang sopan dan efisien. Swee Heng menyajikan beberapa makanan halal terbaik di Paya Lebar dengan harga terjangkau. Kamu bisa mendapatkan kue atau roti dengan harga SGD $ 3. Beberapa menu yang harus dicoba adalah Classic Otak, Vienna Sausage, Durian Passion dan Butterscotch Muffin. Status Halal: Halal CertifiedAlamat: #B1-158, SingPost Centre, 10 Eunos Rd 8, Singapore 408600​Jam Buka: 7AM to 9PM (Mon-Sun)Telepon: +65 6655 0300Website: sweeheng1989.com.sg Facebook | Instagram Kraftwich Kredit Foto: Kraftwichsg di Facebook Sandwich adalah makanan cepat saji yang sehat dan sangat fleksibel sehingga kamu dapat menikmatinya saat sarapan atau makan siang atau bahkan sebagai camilan. Jika Anda terburu-buru untuk bekerja, pilihan terbaik untuk Anda adalah salah satu sandwich segar olahan tangan dari Kraftwich! Mereka juga menawarkan menu sarapan, salad, makanan penutup, dan minuman. Sandwich mereka yang populer berkisar dari SGD $ 8 - SGD $ 9, salad mulai dari SGD $ 9 - SGD $ 13, sementara makanan harganya mulai dari SGD $ 13 hingga SGD $ 15. Mereka menggunakan bahan-bahan segar setiap hari untuk menyediakan sandwich dan salad terbaik yang bisa kamu nikmati. Jadi, pastikan untuk mengambil sandwich saat kamu makan siang! Status Halal: Halal CertifiedAlamat: 60 Paya Lebar Road #01-09/10, Singapore 409051, Singapore 409051​Jam Buka: 7.30AM to 10PM (Mon-Sat)8AM to 10PM (Sun)Telepon: +65 6702 2950Website: www.swissbake.com Facebook | Instagram | YouTube Wok Hey Wok Hey adalah kedai takeaway dengan gaya Amerika-Cina yang menyajikan beberapa zi char yang lezat. Mereka menyajikan mie goreng dan nasi goreng yang terbaik! Ada beberapa kedai yang menawarkan pilihan lain. Kamu bisa memilih 4 varian - nasi goreng telur, nasi goreng Shanghai, udon atau ramen, dan 3 pilihan seperti ayam, sapi, atau udang. Kalau kamu ingin merasakan yang lebih, kamu bisa memesan add-on premium segar dari berbagai pilihannya hanya dengan SGD $ 1. Harga keseluruhan dapat berkisar dari SGD $ 1 hingga SGD $ 8. Hidangan terbaik mereka adalah nasi goreng telur dengan udang berbumbu. Jadi pergilah ke Wok Hei untuk beberapa zi char yang mantap! Menurut perwakilan Wok Hey, toko ini sedang menunggu untuk mendapatkan Sertifikasi Halal. Kami menyarakan kamu untuk mempertimbangkan tempat ini sebelum mendatanginya. Status Halal: Menunggu Sertifikasi Halal (per tanggal 13 July 2018)Alamat: 60 Paya Lebar Rd, Singapore 409051​Jam Buka: 11.30AM to 10PM (Mon-Sun)Telepon: +65 6694 0088 Facebook | Instagram Kaffe and Toast Kredit Foto: Coffee & Toast di Facebook Kalau kamu tidak bisa mencari hidangan favoritmu yaitu mie dan masakan Thailand yang pedas, pergilah ke Thai Noodle Bar di Kaffe and Toast! Di sini banyak sekali Mie! Mereka menawarkan beberapa hidangan lezat seperti Noodle Beef Boat Noodle dan Beef Brisket Boast Noodle with Tendon, serta hidangan lainnya seperti Rendang Ayam. Jika Anda membutuhkan makanan sehat dan mengenyangkan maka Kaffe and Toast adalah pilihan terbaik! Status Halal: Halal CertifiedAlamat: #B1-157 Singapore Post Centre, 10 Eunos Road 8, 408600Jam Buka: ​8AM to 9PM (Mon-Thu, Sun)8AM to 9.30PM (Fri-Sat)Telepon: +65 6789 2327Email: feedback@coffeeandtoast.com.sgWebsite: www.coffeeandtoast.com.sg Facebook | Instagram Jadi lain kali kamu sedang di Singapura, jangan bingung mencari makanan halal! Lihat saja daftar restoran Halal Singapura kami dan temukan pilihanmu atau kunjungi semuanya! via GIPHY...

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