Monday, August 12, 2013

Going shopping with the host family

Written Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 11:32 PM

Selemat Hari Raya!

As Hari Raya approaches, I am quickly getting ready for the experience. In addition to fasting yesterday and today, Meor took Max and me to the Ipoh Station 18 shopping mall yesterday and the Tesco supermarket today. I got sandals and a new baju melayu and songkok to wear tomorrow. We also went to Pasar Ramadan ("Bazaar Ramadan") today and bought some food there. Bazaar Ramadan is basically a large market that is open only during Ramadan in order to sell food for people to break the fast with. You can see all types of food, including mee goreng ("fried noodles"), nasi putih ("white rice"), nasi goreng ("fried rice"), and many different types of meat.

The last few days of fasting have really shed light on the culture of Muslim families here. Despite not eating or drinking for 15 hours straight, nobody in my host family complained of hunger or thirst. And the fact that everyone can "puasa" (fast) for 30 days in a row is absolutely amazing! I was surprised that I could do it for 2 days. Either ways, for me, the notion of puasa shows people's determination, self-restraint, and devotion. Hats off to everyone who participated in fasting during this Ramadan! And have a safe and happy Hari Raya no matter where you are!

Selemat Hari Raya untuk semua!-Happy Hari Raya for all!

Me in baju melayu on the right with my liasion and the Perak chapter leader

The Aeon Station 18 Shopping Complex (the biggest in Ipoh)

Sandals... or flippers as they are called here

An awesome mini vending machine in the shopping complex

Bazaar Ramadan

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