Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Mango, Everyone!

October 23, 2018 1 Comments

Last quarter of the year there is mango season here in Indonesia! Hurray...!

That's the unique thing of living in Indonesia. We have many seasons, not only dry and rainy ones, but there are also season of durian, rambutan season (usually coming soon after mango season!), getting married season, and entering school season. LOL. Don't take it seriously. It is only a joke.

Okay. Back to mango.

I love mango very much. I had a mango tree in the backyard of my old home. It was 'honey mango'. The name tells us all. Yes. The mangoes are so sweet and orangish! There is a kind of visible dark orange line in the flesh circling the seed.

I always enjoyed picking them myself. Not by climbing up the tree but by using a specific tool to pick. With the help of my father, ofcourse. 😄

My dad, mom and my siblings love mango as well. We really, really felt blessed to own such a tree in the backyard.

Fun Facts About Mango

I always thought that mango was originated from my country as we call the fruit 'mangga'. Not far from its International name, right? But, I was wrong. Study told us that mango came from India.

Mango contains great amount of vitamin A and C, potassium and dietary fibers.


How to Get Mangoes When I Don't Own Any Mango Tree?

But, now the situation is different. I don't own any mango trees here. However, I still can enjoy this tropical fruit.

I can buy, ofcourse, at the nearest market. There are always fresh fruits at the market or stalls. But, buying them sometimes can be wrong when the price is still high. I have to wait until it goes lower.

Around my neighbourhood, there are a lot of mango trees. I heard that the previous era of local government stated a policy that mango trees should be planted along the sidewalk. Years after, we can see mango trees everywhere. Wow, what a great policy!

Mango trees are not only planted for the fruits, but for the shading function as well. Sultry days will be better with mango trees around as they are evergreen and can reach as tall as the house or even over.

Two days ago, one of my neighbour gave me four ripe mangoes. Alhamdulillah. I was sooo happy because I thought that I had to wait a little longer to taste the fruit, waiting for the peak of mango season to come, as the price will be lower and the fruits reach their ripeness.

So which of the favors of your Lord would you deny? (Quran 55:16).

After that, another neighbour gave me two mangoes along with the Javanese palm sugar. What is it for? I will tell you later.

How to Eat Mangoes?

I love to eat them raw. It's not that I don't like mango pie or something. It's just common to eat mangoes raw here in Indonesia.

I just wash the fruit, peel the skin and cut it in to smaller pieces.


I also like to cut the fruit into this style.


My nephew said, it is the spider style. Hmm...it looks a bit like a spider web. Yeah, it makes sense. 😄

If you've looked at the first picture of cut mango above, you probably noticed some near-ripe mangoes. Yes, there are some. They taste a little sweet and crunchy, but most of all, they are all sour! I don't have the gut to eat them right away.

That's why I need some palm sugar I got from my kind-hearted neighbour I told you before.


Near-ripe mangoes are perfect for making rujak, a kind of sweet-sour-spicy fruit salad.

All we need are some near-ripe mangoes, jambu air or water guava, cucumbers, pineapples, jicamas, and any other watery fruits. Slice the fruits thin and serve with the dipping sauce.

The sauce is made of Javanese palm sugar, a pinch of salt, bird-eye chilly and a little of Kaempferia galanga. Grind them all together, add a little amount of water into paste. Ready to serve.

Easy peasy lemon squeezy, right?

Rujak comes in many variation. Don't get lost by other names of rujak. There are rujak cingur, bumbu rujak, or rujak petis. The fruit salad name is rujak buah. Here is a video of how to make rujak in a slightly different way than mine.

So, what about you? Do you like mangoes? Raw or cooked? Please, tell me your story about mango.

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Cycling With Kids Around The Paddy Fields

October 13, 2018 0 Comments
Cycling with kids around the paddy fields is amusing. My sons (8 and 9 yo) love to bike. You know, they are young boys. And young boys love to make themselves sweaty and dirty. No matter what the risk is, what they care about is they are having lots of fun.

I love to bike, too. That's why on certain times when I know they are bored, I take them out for cycling. And thank God, where we live has the best place to cycle around: the paddy fields.

We usually start from home, bike slowly to North and then turn East. After some minutes we will see the vast paddy fields in front of us.

Not only rice, actually. There are also fields of sugar cane tree. Not far from our place there lies a sugar factory which was build in 1903 at times of Netherland's colonization.

The existence of this factory, and other four, can't be separated from the Colonial's policy called 'CulturStelsel'. Local farmers had to plant sugar cane tree which was sent from Central America.

Along with the factory, there came a railway system connecting farms and factories. It was a huge system, but, it is not shown that much today. One of them has collapsed and stopped operating last year.

Back to the cycling activity. What I love the most about biking with kids is that I can spend quality time with them. Biking, planning the route, enjoying the nature. Sometimes we cross the road and bike to other village. We also take pictures 😄

Other than doing physical activity, cycling is also good to strengthen our closeness. We also learn new things everytime we go out. We saw different phases of rice growing, we saw the harvest of sugar cane, we greeted the farmers, we saw some birds we never had seen before, we fixed our broken bike, and we also witnessed a fallen truck.

After we finished cycling, we rewarded ourselves with some treat. Simple ones. Just a bottle of water is enough. Lol.

What about you, guys? Do you love to bike around?

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Zikir On Fingers Using Right Hand

October 07, 2018 0 Comments

Doing zikir after each salah is strongly recommended. Prophet Muhammad Shalallahu alaihi wa sallam (pbuh) always used his right hand to do that. That becomes sunnah for muslims to follow.

In hadith narrated by Abu Dawud, it said that:
"I saw the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) counting the tasbih." Ibnu Qudaamah said, "With his right hand." (Sunan Abu Dawud).


How to Do Zikir on Fingers Using Right Hand Only?

I used to use each finger to count 1. I needed to count each finger on both hands to make 10 and repeated them again three times until I reached 30. And then added 3 to make 33.

Unfortunately, using this technique was hard because I sometimes got blank and not sure how many I had counted.

Related article: Teaching Kids About Hajj

Now,  after searching in Google, I use different method to reduce mistakes, and it really helps.

Here is how.

On each finger we have 3 joints, except the thumb that only has 2. Each joint has inner and outer parts and its point.

Each finger (except thumb) has 6 inner and outer parts of joints plus 1 point at the tip. So, by counting them all we have 28.

Thumb has 4 inner and outer parts of joints and 1 point at its tip. So, there are 5 spots we can count.

By adding them all: 28 + 5, we have 33.

Thirty-three for tasbih (subhanallah), 33 for tahmid (alhamdulillah) and 33 for takbir (Allahu akbar).


As it is not narrated in hadith which finger we should use first to start zikir, so it doesn't matter whether you start with your thumb or your pinky.

You can watch the video for the whole tutorial.

With this technique I really don't need to worry about miscounting.

What about you? Have you tried zikir on fingers using right hand only yet? Or have you got another way to do zikir with right hand?