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  • 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...

  • 10 Tips on How You Can Save Money For Hajj

    via GIPHY Every Muslim must have the desire to go for Hajj. As a complement to the other pillars of Islam, namely, saying the two sentences confession of faith, do five-time prayers, pay alms or zakat, fasting in the holy month of Ramadan. So, Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam. Hajj itself is mandatory for those who are able. Being able has a very broad meaning. Not only financial matters but also the physical health, mental health and mentality of the people themselves. Also, anyone can go for Hajj. It is ruled out any profession and the earning. As long as someone really wants to go for Hajj, they always find their way. For example, saving some money earlier by setting aside a few percentages of income dedicated to Hajj cost in the future. Muslim need to prepare a quite huge amount of money for Hajj especially for people with small incomes. Yet, surely there is no reason to reach Muslim’s dream to pray in Mecca. Therefore, we need some strategies to manage every income that comes in. Here are 10 tips to save your earning that will bring you to the holy land, Mecca:   1. Save 20% off Your Earning on Hajj Saving Account Determine the amount of the percentage that must be saved into the Hajj saving account. Take about 10-20% of monthly income. So, there will be money to save your hajj, with approximately the same amount every month. The same amount of value and consistent every month, will be more easily calculated and estimated when it will meet the target.   2. Limit Your Monthly Expenses You can divide your expenses into several parts with a certain percentage. Determine how much the cost that for daily consumption, investment, health insurance, alms, emergency needs and of course for Hajj savings. For example, daily consumption like food, electricity, water, living expenses, and other expenses, you should limit with maximum 40% of monthly income. Then, allocate 10% from your earning for investments. 10% for health insurance. Do not forget to pay annual sacrifice and alms around 10%. Save 10% of your wage for emergency needs. Last but not least, 20 % of monthly income for Hajj. 3. Self-punishment If You Fail to Save There are times when temptation comes like buy some goods that aren’t really important. It is our nature to spree and mere pleasure. So, we need to set rules from the beginning if we feel negligent in saving, we should punish ourselves. For example, if we fail to save money this week, we have to double my saving in the next week. We could also double our quantity and quality of our Sunnah prayers. Most important to be noted is, the punishment will positively push yourself to be more productive and work hard. 4. Find Supporting Buddy Saving money alone might feel tiring or even bored. Perhaps, the amount of saving is not increasing much or also tempted to raise a white flag. Well, we must push ourselves to remain consistent and continues the spirit of reach the Hajj. We can invite our husband, wife, or best pal from the beginning to open a different Hajj account. Another way, we can compete with each other who is faster to reach the target amount. By having a supporting buddy, hopefully, we can go together to pray in Mecca. 5. Spend Money Only on You Need, Not What You Want Use money only for primary things. Don't spend money just because you like or want to. This will have an impact on your expenses, which will also increase. For example, if you always have breakfast and lunch outside, try to reduce the intensity. Having breakfast from home before leaving for work. Or, you can reduce visiting shopping mall since that place always provide what you want like clothes, shoes, bags etc where those stuffs are not really needed in immediate time. 6. Looking for a Side Job If we have a chance and able to manage our daily agenda, we can have a side job. For example, be a content freelance writer, freelance translator, or even a barista. But don’t forget your health and prayers. A side job is a good way to increase our saving. 7. Make Note Before Shopping Shopping list need to be made before going you go shopping . The goal is to prevent buy something you don't need and stick to the plan. Therefore, it is necessary to check the needs in the house whether it is used up, or will run out, and need to be purchased immediately. Other than those noted, it should not be purchased. This point is very crucial since how many of us are going crazy when in shopping centers offer a massive price discount. Don't get tempted with the price discounts. 8. Think Twice Before Buying Something For example, if you want to buy clothes, shoes or bags, just make sure that your existing stuffs has been damaged, torn, or can no longer be used. If your stuffs are still good, you can still use them. You should save your money instead of spending it for unnecessary goods. 9. Buy Goods Based on Quality It is important to consider the quality of the items you are going to buy. The goal is we can use with the long time, minimal maintenance costs, and less likely to be damaged quickly. Such items are usually of the highest quality. Actually it is acceptable for you to reach deeper your pocket to get the best quality product. It's better to buy once, yet for long time instead of buy at a cheap price, but have to buy many times because it is often damaged. Precisely this will increase spending in the future. 10. Discipline in Taking Note on Expenditures Taking note on spending regularly is very helpful when you have to monitor on how much money is currently left, and how much is already spend it. We can control the next spending since we already know the current financial capabilities. Also, by taking notes like this, it's easier to do a small review of personal finances. Is it the initial plan runs well with the implementation? So, there are no expenses that are not as planned in the beginning.   Set the strong wiliness from the beginning. Determine to fight. Be good in goodness. Consistent in saving money for Hajj. Slowly, little by little, it just fine. Allah sees the struggles of each God’s fellows. Hopefully, all of us who struggle can go for Hajj, put our steps in the holy land, Mecca, in due time....

  • 3 Mouthwatering Halal Cuisines in Bali, Indonesia

    Are you planning to visit Indonesia anytime soon? Well, even if you aren't, you can't deny that Bali will be one of your destination ideas! Beaches, sunsets, volcanic mountains - these three words are usually most associated with Bali. But did you know Bali is also famous for its food?So scroll down as we show you the top 3 most scrumptious Indonesian cuisines that you can easily find in Bali. Not to worry, they're all Halal dishes and have very affordable prices too - perfect for a dine in with family and friends!   1) Nasi tekor Credit: @jalanmakanbali on InstagramThis one-of-a-kind Balinese cuisine is known as Nasi Tekor. Nasi Tekor is a dish which constitutes rice, chicken serapah, lawar, fried beans, Balinese condiments, young banana trunk soup, and all wrapped in traditional banana leaves. You can find this dish at Warung Nasi Tekor, which is located at Kertalangu Village, East Denpasar. There, you can enjoy the atmosphere of eating in an ancient Bali house made up of wood and bamboo! The stall owners I met there are very nice too, so that's definitely a plus. Their menu item is also pretty simple as it consists of various versions of Balinese mixed rice, namely Tekot Jukut Gonde Rice, Lawar Biu Batu Rice, Sere Lemo Grilled Chicken. Besides the food, this stall also sells a variety of drinks such as banana juice ice and coffee. The prices of their menu items range from a low cost of IDR 10,000 to IDR 20,000 only! How can you not resist? So why not pay Warung Nasi Tekor a visit the next time you go to Bali - you really have no reason not to! Address: Kertalangu Village, By Pass Ngurah Rai Tohpati number 28, Denpasar Phone number: +62 821-4785-7858 Opening hours: 8AM - 9PM (everyday)   2) Nasi Tempong  Credit: @nailworx_soapsuds on Instagram Nasi Tempong is a dish derived from Java, Indonesia. This delicacy is served with many side dishes such as salted fish, tofu, tempeh, boiled spinach and not forgetting, super-spicy sambal - Yum! As for the main component in this dish, you are free to decide whether you want to have catfish, chicken, duck - the list is endless! Nasi Tempong is sold at a food place called Nasi Tempong Pink, which is located at Jalan Teuku Umar, Denpasar. They also have another stall located at Jalan Raya Kuta. What makes this stall so special is that their entire dining room is coloured in pink - perfect for an Instagrammable shot!Interestingly, their stall goes by this slogan: “Monyor Monyor”. When translated to English, this means that you will be guaranteed to feel a spicy sensation that makes your lips swollen when you eat their food. So if you can take the heat, why not give this a shot! Fret not, their menu items are very affordably-priced at IDR 26,000 to IDR 45,000 only. So if you love spicy food or are up for a challenge, be sure to stop by Nasi Tempong Pink! Address: Jalan Teuku Umar number 176, Denpasar, Bali Phone number: +62 8174700003 Opening hours: 10AM to 11PM (Everyday)   3) Fish Soup Credit: @bennybong74 on Instagram I've saved the best for last! Presenting to you one of my favourite Indonesian cuisines: Fish Soup from Warung Mak Beng restaurant. This fish soup tastes so fresh and is full of flavour, unlike any kind of fish soup I've ever tasted. Even on your first scoop, you can already taste the galangal, turmeric, chili sauce and squeezed lime in the soup - how could you resist?Warung Mak Beng restaurant has opened since 1941 and has never been empty of visitors. This stall only has one primary menu, consisting of white rice, fried fish, fish soup and also super spicy sambal. What's more, while dining in, you can watch the sunsest at Sanur beach - perfect for a date with your partner.  As for its menu prices, you can get one whole portion of fish soup for just IDR 45,000, so it's totally worth it! Hurry, the seats are limited here so make your way to Warung Mak Beng Restaurant as soon as possible! Address: Jalan Hang Tuah number 45, Sanur, Bali Phone number: +62 361 282633 Opening hours: 8AM to 10PM (Everyday)    ...

  • Storytime: History of Ramadan

    The word 'Ramadan' is sourced from the Arabic word 'ramiḍa' or 'ar-ramaḍ' which translates to “scorching heat” or “dryness”. Ramadan falls under the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and it is known as the holiest month. During this time, Muslims are required to fast everyday for the entire month, based on the teachings of the Quran. Muslims are also encouraged to perform good deeds as their rewards are said to be mutiplied by 70 throughout the month.  The main reason why Ramadan is so special is because it is the time when the Quran was first revealed to Prophet Muhammad SAW through Angel Jibril. The Quran was revealed to the Prophet SAW orally over the course of 23 years. During that period, the followers of the Prophet would memorise the verses of the Quran by writing it on objects like stone, silk and leather. The main reason why the Quran was revealed was so that people could use it as a guidance in their life where they learn about the history of Islam, the stories of previous Prophets and mentions of this life and the hereafter. Credit: Pixabay Before there was an order to fast during Ramadan, the Prophet had carried out the fasting of Ashura Day (10 Muharram) while he was situated in Mecca. It was not until the second year of the Hijrah (during the month of Sha'ban) when the Messenger of God migrated to Medina (previously called Yathrib) and the command of Ramadan fasting was officially revealed in Surah Al-Baqarah, verse 183-184. The obligation to contribute sadaqah was also revealed in that same time period. The Prophet himself had completed and witnessed 9 years of Ramadan before he unfortunately passed away. Credit: PixabaySo in this special month, let’s double our prayers by pledging to practice Sunnah prayers, Tarawih prayers, Tahajjud prayers and so on. What's more, we should celebrate Ramadan by reciting the Quran whenever we can. Alongside this, let's give to the poor in whatever means possible. After all, Ramadan's purpose is for Muslims to empathise with the poor people who cannot afford to eat three meals a day. Hopefully, by doing all of this, we can all achieve our ultimate goal which is to get closer to Allah SWT. Credit: Pixabay Another specialty of Ramadan which does not exist in other months is Laylatul Qadr. It is known as the 'Night of Power' of 'Night of Decree' and it is said to be the exact night when the Quran was first revealed to Prophet SAW as a human guide. It is explained that performing good deeds during that night is better than 1000 months! Moreover, the night will glow to those who persevere in worship. It is said in a hadith, that Laylatul Qadr occurs during one of the last ten days of Ramadan. And some Islamic scholars have even specifically mentioned that Laylatul Qadr will occur on one of the odd nights of Ramadan.  Credit: PixabayThe reason why this day is being kept a secret is so that we can all put in effort to optimise all the last ten 10 days of Ramadan. If the date of Laylatul Qadr were to be given to us, then most of us would most likely only exuberate our efforts and ibadah on that one day only. That is not the spirit of Ramadan.In essence, not knowing the exact date of Laylatul Qadr serves as a blessing in disguide to us. During the last 10 days, increase your worship even more than the first 20 days of Ramadan by practicing i'tikaf (staying in a mosque for a certain number of days to devote yourself to ibadah and stay away from wordly affairs), reading more pages of the Quran in one day, doing more dhikr and reading dua for us and our loved ones in this life and the hereafter. Credit: Pixabay In just 2 days time, Ramadan will end and Eid will begin. So before Ramadan comes to a halt, let's make full use of the remaining time we have left by encouraging each other to be better Muslims. May we all receive His mercy and forgiveness, and hopefully meet Ramadan again next year insya'Allah....

  • 5 Things To Note About Laylatul Qadr

    Everyone knows that Muslims around the world celebrate Ramadhan by fasting for 30 days. But what many do not know is that out of all these 30 days, there is one night in particular that all Muslims look forward to: Laylatul Qadr.   Benefits of Laylatul Qadr Also known as the Night of Power, Laylatul Qadr is significant because Muslims recognise it as a night where all your sins will be forgiven if you seek forgiveness for them genuinely. Alongside that, all your good deeds will be multiplied by a thousand months. But why is Laylatul Qadr so special, you may ask? Well, Laylatul Qadar is historically known as the night where the holy Quran first descended to Prophet Muhammad SAW through an angel named Jibril.The Quran that we've all exposed ourselves to today has the exact same content and verses as the Quran that was orally revealed to Prophet Muhammad SAW many centuries ago. In case you didn't know, the Quran stands as a guideline for worshippers of Islam to follow through. The Quran also contains historical recounts of old Prophets so humans can educate themselves about the history of Islam as well as how it spread. In summary, the Quran is intended to make people stay on the right path.   You should maximise the last ten nights  Nobody knows when the specific time of Laylatul Qadr is. However, a few well-known Islamic scholars have mentioned that Laylatul Qadr falls on one of the last ten nights of Ramadan, and some have even specifically suggested that it falls on one of the last ten odd nights of Ramadan. And so, you should work smart and make full use of all the ten days. Do things which you would not normally do like perform the tahajjud prayer at night. You should also spend your time reading the Quran, seeking forgiveness from Allah SWT, praying for your family's wellbeing, everything! That way, you will not risk missing the blessings of this beautiful night.   Remain in i’tikaf I'tikaf means to stay in a mosque for a period of day(s) whilst devoting yourself to ibadah (worship). The purpose of staying in the mosque is so that you will be away from other distractions and worldly affairs. You can invite your friends and family to practice i'tikaf with you, on condition that they make you feel motivated to do good deeds and become a better Muslim, not distract you instead.   Charity If you want to get God’s blessing in Laylatul Qadr, you can donate your food to the less fortunate who have little to no food to break their fast with. Sharing food with others is a form of charity. The smiles that we see on the people's faces who receive this food would serve to always make this act of giving worhtwhile. What's more, did you know that all your good deeds during Laylatul Qadr will be rewarded as if you have done it consistently for 83 years? That's longer than many of us will live!   Now's the time to go on your social media detox As mentioned above, you should stay away from wordly affairs and the best way to do that is by spending time at the mosque. However, this would be pointless if all you do in the mosque is spend time on your phone using social media. Social media if filled with rumors, fake news and scandals that would serve no purpose or benefit for us. So turn off your phone during the last ten nights of Ramadan or at least use it less frequently. Your attention should be put on the imam making Islamic lectures, not what the Kardashian sisters are up to.   Having said all this, let's all pray that we get to meet Laylatul Qadr this year. We have just 4 more days to go before the last 10 days of Ramadan so now's the time to start planning all the things you have to do to maximise Laylatul Qadr. All the best everyone!...

  • Here's Why We Think Having Iftar At The Mosque Is Beautiful

    Fasting falls under one of the five pillars of Islam. Hence, it is an obligation that all medically-fit Muslims must abide by. Muslims around the world will fast anywhere from 11 to 20 hours. Once the period of dusk begins, only then will Muslims be allowed to break their fast by quenching their thirst and filling their stomachs. And what better way to break their fast than by surrounding themselves with other people? When Muslims break fast their together, they will feel a sense of connection to each other as they both talk about how accomplished and happy they feel upon completing a day of fasting.  One place that you can go to to break your fast with other people is the mosque. Indeed, the mosque has many benefits and so, below are the various reasons on why you should have iftar (break fast) in the mosque:   1) Foster new ties When we have iftar in the mosque, we will get the opportunity to eat with people from all walks of life. Among these people, everyone will have a different life story to share about themselves. Thus, you should take this chance to forge new bonds with poeple, perhaps strengthen ties with your existing friends and hopefully, gain a newfound persepective on life and Ramadhan from other people.    2) Learn to be humble What's more, a mosque is a place where you can learn to be modest because everyone - regardless of race, income or gender - is perceived as being equal to one another when they sit down and break their fast together. The only one who is seen as higher in rank than them is Allah, the Creator of mankind.   3) Refresh your mind and soul Even after a tough day during Ramadhan, one of the best things you can do to calm yourself is going to the mosque and listening to the verses of the Holy Quran or Islamic lectures carried out by religious teachers. Even the azan (call to prayer) in itself is one of the most beautiful things that you can listen to to keep your stress levels low. The mosque is a beautiful place indeed.   4) Motivate yourself to pray terawih In addition, praying at the mosque serves as a great way to motivate yourself to pray terawih (a series of prayers performed after Ishak, throughout the month of Ramadhan). Terawih is usually performed right aft Ishak prayer so after breaking your fast, complete your Maghrib and Isyak prayers, and then hang out for a bit while you wait for the imam to begin gathering everyone for terawih.  Ramadhan kareem everyone! Let's be the best version of ourselves this Ramadhan....

  • Semarang, Indonesia | You Haven't been To Semarang If Haven't Try These Street Food!

    Semarang, Indonesia is an amazing city, especially for backpackers. This city is exceptional for travelers who are in for some adventure. But more importantly, Halal food is a breeze to find here in Semarang. If you're on a budget or just curious about the local food in Semarang, we've got 5 mouthwatering street food to recommend. Let's skip the talking and get right into it! via GIPHY Lunpia Credit: @jastipbygendhis on Instagram This is the best halal street food recommendation if you visit the capital city of Central Java province, Semarang. Deep fried with bamboo sprout, carrot, and shrimp inside, the lunpia is pretty similar to a spring roll. You can also request to skip the deep fry if you enjoy the softer version of the lunpia. The lunpia is best to serve with pickled cucumber, a thick sauce, and chives. If you can't stand the smell of bamboo sprout, we recommend you the lunpia stall in Semarang China Town. Lunpia Gang Lombok never fails to serve fresh crispy lunpia. If you happen to grab some lunpia from Lunpia Gang Lombok, you'll find your lunpia in a traditional weaved box with a sticker of the famous lady in striped dress, having a lunpia herself. Lunpia Gang Lombok is located not far away from the iconic landmark of Semarang, Semarang Tugu Muda. Within a 15 mins drive, it will land you right to your crispy lunpia. Address: Jalan Gang Lombok Number 11, Purwodinatan, SemarangContact No.: +62 816 4881 194Opening Hours: 9AM to 5PM (Daily)Price Range: IDR 12,000 - IDR 15,000 (depending on your filling) Tahu Gimbal Credit: @eatfever on Instagram Another typical food of Semarang City is the Tahu Gimbal. This halal street food consists of fried tofu, chopped cabbage, rice cake, bean sprout, eggs, poured over with a shrimp-flavored peanut sauce. On top of that, this mouthwatering dish is also served with deep fried shrimp called shrimp bakwan. The shrimp-flavored peanut sauce is made from lemongrass leaves, spices, sand ginger, bay leaves as well as garlic. If you're craving for this, Tahu Gimbal Pak Edi stall is the way to go! This stall is a 10 minutes drive away from the Tugu Muda Statue. Click here if you want to see the route. For just IDR 13,000 you'll get a generous portion of the Tahu Gimbal! Address: Jalan Menteri Supeno, Mugas Sari, SemarangContact No.: +62 856 4174 2116Opening Hours: 9AM to 11PM (Daily)Price Range: IDR 13,000 onwards Pankuk Ice Credit: @felixkuswardi on Instagram Getting annoyed at the hot and humid weather? Pankuk Ice is the best solution for your thirsty throat. Located just 5 minutes drive away from the Tugu Muda Statue, Pankuk Ice Pak Yono is the ultimate stall you need to go to get your Pankuk Ice cravings fixed! Hit this button and you can see the route. The Pankuk Ice in Pak Yono’s stall is different from most ice cream pancakes since it is still traditionally made. Three scoops of ice cream, with slices of bread, gelatin and thinly cut pancakes to top it all off. Pak Yono still uses traditional tools to make the pancakes. Till today, Pak Yono still retains the traditional way of making Pankuk Ice ever since 1950. This ice pancake stall has three main taste which is chocolate, durian, and avocado. It is only IDR 13,000 for each portion. Address: Jalan Tanjung, Sekayu, SemarangContact No.: +62 812 2877 1554Opening Hours: 10.30AM to 4.30PM (Daily)Price Range: IDR 13,000 onwards Gado Gado Credit: @marthaeva87 on Instagram Yes, we are not moving anywhere. We are still in the same stall that is owned by Pak Yono. This stall is also famous for its gado-gado. Gado Gado is a mixture of rice cake, vegetables, eggs and a scoop of peanut sauce to bring the ingredients together. Pak Yono has his own way of cooking his peanut sauce. Somehow, he is able to make it sweet and sour at the same time! You can have this delicious Gado Gado for IDR 17,000 per portion. Tip: This stall can only accommodate 25 people. Lunch hour is the most crowded time. Address: Jalan Tanjung, Sekayu, SemarangContact No.: +62 812 2877 1554Opening Hours: 10.30AM to 4.30PM (Daily)Price Range: IDR 17,000 onwards Bakmi Jawa Credit: @filipusverdi on Instagram Surely it is Javanese noodle! Javanese noodles are mostly boiled with soy sauce to give that sweet taste. Located just 10 minutes walk away from the Tugu Muda Statue, Bakmi Jawa Doel Noemani is known to serve one of the best Javanese Noodles in Semarang. Using a small skillet over earthenware stoves, heated by charcoal, the Bakmi Jawa is being cooked to perfection. Originally cooked in a stew, you'll find scrambled eggs, noodle, and shredded chicken in a plate of Bakmi Jawa. You can also add extra dishes like chicken liver and gizzard that provided on every table. To add on to that, you could also get yourself some satay to add to your meal. If you happen to drop by the stall, you'll find that all employees would don the traditional batik to uphold the tradition. For one portion of Bakmi Jawa, you only need to pay IDR 15,000 and satay IDR 5,000 per each. Address: Jalan Pemuda Number 117, SemarangContact No.: +62 813 2920 3448Opening Hours: 10AM to 10PM (Daily)Price Range: IDR 15,000 onwards for a plate of Bakmi Jawa If you visit Semarang and try one of those affordable street foods, upload it on your Instagram or Facebook. Don't forget to mention or tag @halaltrip to get featured!...

  • Upsize Your Ramadan With These Ibadah

    Muslims worldwide are eagerly waiting for Ramadhan to come as they will be fasting from start to end of the entire holy month. Through this, Muslims hope to cultivate patience, restrain lust, give to others in need but most importantly, attain piety. Ramadhan this year will begin on 5th May 2019. As such, we, as Muslims, must do the best we can to welcome Ramadan in with high spirits. In order to do so, we can make the effort of practising a few fasting sunnahs (the way of the Prophet Muhammad SAW) as shown below.   1) Taraweeh According to a hadith narrated by Bukhori and Muslim, whoever performs the taraweeh sunnah prayer based on faith, will receive a reward from Allah SWT and all his past sins will be forgiven. Carrying out the taraweeh sunnah prayer during Holy Month of Ramadan in the mosque is not merely a human worship of God, but also a part of prospering the mosque. So go find the nearest mosque from your place and start doing this Sunnah!   2) Read the Quran The Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad thousands of centuries ago, during the month of Ramadan. This holy script contains the words of Allah SWT, where he describes historical accounts of previous prophets and people, directives for his followers; etc. Essentially, the Quran is good for helping someone to distinguish between good and bad, as well as to strengthen a person's faith as he will feel closer to Allah. Due to all these benefits, as Muslims, we should do our best to spend as much time as we can to read the Quran from start to finish during this sacred month. Even 4 pages after every fardhu prayer is enough to complete the whole Quran throughout the 30 days. Additionally, for all those non-Arabic speakers, you can make it a point to learn the meaning of each verse, and then memorise it before you pass the knowledge onto other fellow Muslims.   3) Iʿtikaf I'tikaf is a practice in Islam whereby Muslims stay overnight at a mosque for the last 10 days of Ramadhan. The last 10 days of Ramadhan is better known as Lailatul Qadr. Muslims believe that on one of the nights of Lailatul Qadr, all their sins will be forgiven if they seek forgiveness for them sincerely.I'tikaf is a form of silent worship to Allah SWT as you will be devoting yourself to Allah and not get distracted by other worldly affairs. Indeed, doing i'tikaf is a practice that will make you feel calm and at ease.A hadith by HR. Bukhari explained that Prophet Mohammad did this sunnah for twice as long (20 days) in the year that he passed away. Having said this, while we are all still alive, we must be appreciative of the fact that we are able to meet Lailatul Qadr. Hence, let us all make the effort to do as many good deeds as possible and not miss this once in a year opportunity to get rid of all our sins.    4) Umrah Carrying out Umrah during Ramadan has its own specialty. Prophet Mohammad revelead that Umrah in the month of Ramadan is more like a pilgrimage with the Prophet.All in all, there are still many sunnahs you can do during Ramadan such as breaking your fast immediately after hearing the call to prayer, eating dates during suhoor and iftar and so much more! You must remember that doing worship and kindness during this holy month will let you will be rewarded many times as compared to other months in the Islamic calendar. Hopefully we can all fast with deep meaning and solemnity this Ramadhan and may it will all be worth it in the afterlife.Have a blessed Ramadhan Muslim sisters and brothers!...

  • Jodipan: The Colourful Settlement In Malang, East Java, Indonesia

    A long time ago, Jodipan in Malang city was a slum area located on the banks of the Brantas River. Today, the area has transformed into a popular instagrammable and halal destination. There are three appealing settlements in the Jodipan area, namely 'Kampung Warna Warni', 'Kampung Tridi' and 'Kampung Biru Arema'. Scroll down and enjoy!   1) Kampung Warna Warni Credit: @kampung_warna_warni on InstagramIn English, Kampung Warna Warni means 'Colourful Settlement'. The settlement is located right on the edge of the Brantas River, just under a bridge called 'Buk Gluduk'. It all began a few years ago when a group of college students from Muhammadiyah Malang University, who called themselves 'Guyspro', received a corporate social responsibility fund from paint companies and turned this slum settlement into a colourful settlement. They did so because they wanted empower the local people living in that area.Indeed, there are so many excellent photo spots at Kampung Warna Warni that you can take and upload onto your social media. Furthermore, if you are looking for a light meal or some snacks, you can conveniently purchase it from the local people there.Just be prepared to perspire while visiting Kampung Warna Warni because the paths situated there are pretty narrow and hilly. Apart from that, it is easy to reach Kampung Warna Warni since it is near with Malang City Centre and Kota Baru Train Station. Lastly, you will only need to spend IDR 5,000 to get yourself both a ticket and free key chain souvenier - how awesome is that?Opening hours: 8AM to 5PM (Daily)Click here for detail location.   Kampung Tridi (3D) Credit: @kampung_tridi  on InstagramKampung Tridi is located directly opposite Kampung Warna Warni. You may use the iconic glass bridge that leads from Kampung Warna Warni to walk to Kampung Tridi. The only downside to this is that the glass bridge is limited to 15 people at a time due to lack of space and safety purposes, so you must wait for your turn. In the meantime, you can always capture attractive photos with your camera or smartphone at the area surrounding the bridge.This settlement offers you a unique experience which provides three-dimensional photo spots. Once you capture your photos, you can share them with your friends and family on and play eye tricks on them with your photos. Don’t worry about getting lost because there are many signpost prepared by the local people there which give you directions around the area. All in all, the best part of this settlement has got to be the tree house that allows visitors to view the landscape of the city.Hurry! Purchase your tickets because each ticket is priced only at IDR 5,000 per person.Opening Hours: 8AM to 5PM (Daily)Click here for detail location.   Kampung Biru Arema Credit: @officialkampungbiruarema on InstagramIn English, Kampung Biru Arema means 'Arema Blue Settlement'. Arema is the most popular football club in Malang where its players wear blue jerseys. So this explains why the settlement is blue in colour. Everything - people’s house roof, wall, every corner of the settlement is blue!Kampung Biru Arema emerged as new tourist destination in Malang city. It is located on the bank of Brantas river, just across Kampung Warna Warni. One of the greatest sights to see is the mural painted on all the walls there, which depict stories about the Arema football club. What's more, you only need to pay IDR 2,500 per person to enter this area. So come here during your leisure time, you won't regret it!Opening Hours: 8AM to 5PM (Daily)Click here for detail location....

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