Wednesday, 31 May 2017

My Sons And Their First Day Of Ramadan

May 31, 2017 0 Comments
This is the start of 5th of Ramadan 1438 H this year. And my two sons have been fasting from the beginning of Ramadan. So far so good for those 7 & 8 years old boys, but that doesn't mean there were no dramas.

My husband and I have sounded the coming of Ramadan from one or two months before. We talked about the fasting month with our sons, told them what they should do during the month and so on. This is not their first time fasting, they experienced fasting last year but not seriously enough and we didn't encourage them too much to fast as we thought that they were too young to start fasting. But this year is different. They are already studying in elementary school now, so we think that it is the right time to start.

First Day of Ramadan

It went smoothly. Alhamdulillah, although my first son broke his fasting by drinking two glass of water one hour after Zuhur salah. He continued his fasting after that. Alright, that's okay for me.

My second son fast for a whole day. Alhamdulillah. I gave him a praise. Good job, Son.

But, the drama began right before the time to break the fast. We were on the road after visiting my brother-in-law who just returned home from hospital. We were not really ready to come home for iftar. My first son started to complain and my second son showed his tired face. They said that they didn't like fasting.

"I'm hungry and thirsty! When is iftar time!?"

"How long should we wait until iftar!?"

"I don't want to fast anymore!"

and many more complains.

My husband and I really understood what they felt and we didn't argue them. I just said, "Be patient, please. It's just a few minutes ahead." And we stopped at a warung for iftar. Our menu were nasi goreng and mie goreng (fried rice and fried noodle). Indonesian style ofcourse.

The drama ended as my sons filled their stomach with food. Surely.

The next drama was the tarawih salah. I didn't think I could bring them to pray at masjid, because my sons usually have their bed time right after Isha salah. So, I offer them to do the salah with me at home plus a two rakaah of taraweeh and a three rakaah of witir salah. As what I anticipated, they started to grumble. But, they did follow my instruction at the end.

Okay, first day of fasting went well. Not perfect, but well enough to me. Good job, Sons.

Alright. For the story of second, third and fourth of Ramadan, I will publish it in my next post. What it would be? Would there be a similar drama? You can read the next story here: My Sons Ramadan Fasting After Day One

Monday, 22 May 2017

Ginger, My Best Friend During Ramadan's Suhoor

May 22, 2017 3 Comments


Ramadan is approaching. Muslims all over the world will have to fast during the day for the whole month. Here in Indonesia, Ramadan is predicted to come in 26th May 2016 according to astronomical hisab method. But that date is not a fixed date yet until the government establish an itsbat meeting which combine the hisab and rukyah method. Hisab is based on a calculated theory of seeing hilal. Hilal itself is the first crescent right at the time when the sun comes down. While rukyah is a method to see hilal by naked eye or by specific tool from the surface of the Earth.

It’s been a long argument between the hisab and the rukyah method followers which one is the most valid. But, Rasulullaah Muhammad (PBUH) himself used the rukyah method.

Okay, let’s not talk about the argumentation. I’m going to tell you about ginger, my best friend during Ramadan’s suhoor.

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Pic source: http://food.ndtv.com/health/6-ginger-water-benefits-and-why-you-should-have-a-glass-of-it-every-day-1692618

As you know, ginger is abundance here in Indonesia. It’s a kind of perennial root. It's aromatic and tastes hot, good to make traditional drinks such as wedang ronde, wedang uwuh or wedang jancruk. Ginger is also good to be mix with coffee, tea or milk. Oh, I like ginger tea and ginger milk.

For some time, I used to serve tea for our Ramadan’s suhoor. Hot tea after eating late supper is great, I guess. However, I found some discomforts with it. I needed to go to the toilet very often at the start of the day. It’s because tea contains a specific ingredient that trigger urination. Beside that, I had a problem with my stomach so I can’t consume tea too often. So, I think I need to replace the menu, but I wasn’t sure what it would be.

Until then I tried to drink warm ginger for the suhoor. My stomach feels good with warm ginger drink. I’m very glad to know this. Then I offered it to my husband, and he likes it too. After that, we always have warm ginger for our drink during Ramadan’s suhoor. Our stomach feel fine and our body feel fresher as well. Alhamdulillaah.

I just wash the root and chop it into small pieces, then I boil the pieces with water. Serve it warm. Very good. You may add some sugar if you like, but I heard that consuming too much sugar during suhoor is not healthy as it trig the feeling of thirsty along the day. The best way to maintain ourselves fit during fasting is consuming enough water. Two glass of water for iftar, four glass of water along the night and two glass of water while we have suhoor.


Well, that’s all my story about having ginger for Ramadan’s suhoor. What’s your story about your Ramadan’s suhoor, guys? You can drop your comments here. Thanks for stopping by!

This is the 7th blogging collaboration with Annisa Nurjannah
This bi-weekly theme is Ramadan
Read Annisa's post about Suhoor

Monday, 8 May 2017

My Favorite Traditional Snacks

May 08, 2017 1 Comments
This is the 6th theme of my blogging collaboration with Annisa Nurjannah. She had an idea to talk about traditional snacks! Yeay!!

I feel I'm blessed when I look back and see that my childhood times is full of traditional snacks. My mom isn't a good cook, she can't cook snacks very well, but she always tries to cook them or  at least serve them for our breakfast and early dinner. From her I know many varieties of Indonesian traditional snacks. And...here are my favorite traditional snacks:

PASTEL
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Pic source: https://cookpad.com/id/resep/1629092-pastel-goreng-renyah

I call this pastel, but people may call it curry puff. Yes, Indonesian curry puff. During this 4th pregnancy I always crave for it. Unfortunately it's a little bit too hard to find. I need to go to local market to buy it which means I have to ride my motorbike to get there.It's getting uneasy to ride with this big belly, so I just hold my saliva.

Indonesian curry puff is savory and crisp because it's a fried snack.What I like from Indonesian curry puff is its form, its crunchiness and its filling. Diced carrots and potatoes, and the most important thing I like is...the boiled egg inside! I love it so much.

LUPIS
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Pic source: http://witagivika.blogspot.co.id/2013/05/lupis.html

Mmm...I looove this traditional snack. It's made of boiled sticky white rice with melted brown sugar and grated young coconut for its topping. It’s a combination of stickiness, sweetness and savory. It’s also a memory that lasts up to today from my childhood times.

When I was a kid, there was a lupis seller in my neighborhood. She was an old lady with Javanese clothes and caping (cone shaped traditional hat made of bamboo).
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Pic source: https://capucinnolover.wordpress.com/2009/12/28/caping-gunung/

I always love to see how she did her job. The lupis she brought was in tube shaped, covered by banana leaves. She peeled the banana leaves and started to cut the tube with a string. One by one, a coin shaped of lupis came down to my plate, then she poured the melted brown sugar and grated young coconut. Yummy!

Yes, both of pastel and lupis are my favorite Indonesian traditional snacks. Not only for the taste, but also for the memory. Alhamdulilah, I can still find these two things here in local market. What about you, guys? What are your favorite traditional snacks?

This is the 6th blogging collaboration with Annisa Nurjannah
This bi-week theme is: traditional snacks