Sunday, 19 September 2010

Fasting month is over, Syawal is here

Fasting month went in a bliss, the highlight being the last ten days of Ramadhan. We had the chance to perform tarawikh at Masjid Al-Falah where the jemaah had two imported imams from Mesir, reciting the whole Qur'an during prayers. The khatam doa was performed during the last witir (qunut)of the 27th Ramadhan, and guess how long we stand up for it - 20 minutes :-) You could imagine how we kneal down after the doa. On the night of the 29th, we had another imam from Mesir, the guru of the two imported imams. He was on holiday and was kind enough to lead the last tarawikh for the month. We had another round of 20 minutes of doa during witir... I'm very thankful to have experienced another Ramadhan since I was diagnosed, and I hope I'll get to see more Ramadhans in the future, Insya'Allah...

My BP reading was really good during Ramadhan. What does that imply? Maybe I should fast real often even if it's not a fasting month. My immediate action is to pay back what I missed during Ramadhan and continue with the 6 days sunat Syawal. I also plan to fast every Monday and Thursday and every 13th,14th and 15th of the muslim calendar month. Hopefully I can lose some weight that I have regained during Syawal. My BMI is over the normal range and I need to shed a few kgs to get my ideal weight.

Hari raya was celebrated rather moderate. This year the kids had quite a long school break and we spent most of the time in our hometown. As usual, we visited our relatives, eat lots of ketupat, lemang and rendang as well as raya cookies. I don't really control what I ate as I ate whatever I please. To counter that, I have my baking powder & honey every morning and night, and not forgetting, my mahkota dewa tea everyday.

Latest picture taken during first raya, on the way to my auntie's house. Compliments that I had while visiting relatives - I look a lot younger than my hubby eventhough we are of the same age :-) I guess the extra virgin olive oil has shown its effect, on top of the daily massage on my ceragem. When the blood flows well, and every organ is functioning well, it shows on the face. Put a lot of smiles on it, I sure look a lot younger than my age :-)

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