Ramadhan and Hari Raya Preparation 2017

June 21, 2017

As I'm typing this, it's just left about 4 days before Hari Raya. So, how's your Ramadhan this year? Hopefully, towards the end of this holy month, our 'performance' is better than first week of Ramadhan. And I think the most important thing is not to overspend as it is indeed something that the devil loves and we should avoid in falling into this habit.

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My first 3 weeks of Ramadhan is without my husband as he needs to works outside the country. Even though, he is a frequent traveler, in our 4 years of marriage, this is the first time we welcome Ramadhan separately. Still, I am grateful that we still had the chance to meet Ramadhan again this year. Talk about being a 'single' parent for a month, it is difficult as I am used to cook various and new recipes specially for my husband. But when, I am the only one here, so of course, more to the bazars (haha) rather than home cooked meals. Then, the Raya shopping. I've promised my husband that we will go together to the mall to shop for us and Hanna. The waiting game thought me to be very patient, even I've had bad days. That's how this Ramadhan really different from previous years.

Yup, talk about Raya shopping, the key here is moderation. Well, I used to spend lots of money during my single years and also during Hanna's second Raya. Her first Raya was when both of us in confinement period, so we don't really celebrate. This year is her 4th Raya with us, and I spend just a little for her baju kurung and casual wear, which she can later wears on daily basis. See, jangan membazir! I learnt of course, Hanna grows up fast, I mean physically. Even she'll be 3 this July, but she wears the clothes of 5 years old. Imagine what a waste if I spend like crazy. And for me, I've got myself a pair of baju kurung and got 2 blouses that my husband insisted to treat me with. Thanks sayang! No kasut raya, tudung raya or handbag raya. And I'm okay with it, I guess I've come to the age where Raya is a celebration with my family rather than the-day-I-wear-all-new-things.

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Raya cookies? This normally looks very delicious during fasting month. Tengok makanan ape pun nampak sedap bulan puasa ni :) Then, I started to buy jars of cookies which will end of up (most of it) in the dumpster months later. So, this year, I asked my husband to buy kerepek (like chips with more real flavor of real food) instead because this one will be gone in a short time. And I'll be making chocolate chip cookies and cornflakes cookies. Dah, settled on Raya cookies! The same thing on house deco, I don't spend anything this year, recycle last year curtains / cushion covers / bed sheets. As long my home is clean and organize, that's all I wanted.

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Last, but not least, I know most of us will be travelling, right? Wherever you're headed to, safe trip during this festive season and Selamat Hari Raya!

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