Ramadan in Malayisa
During the third week of Ramadan my husband decided to take a weeks annual leave to Kuala Lumpur and I was luckily enough to accompany him.
I'd never visited Malaysia during Ramadan so I felt privileged to see Malaysia from an fasting perspective.
Every morning at Fajr was beautiful while we ate suhoor (pre dawn meal all Muslims take before we start fasting) we could hear the muezzins reading dua'as before he made the call to prayer.
Ramadan in my humble opinion is about self discipline, giving to others and is the month of mercy. This blessed month is a time for deep contemplation and for prayers to be answered.
During the week I prayed and we both enjoyed walking around K.L's lively Bukit Bintang area.
Believe me when I say it was humid at 32 degrees.
We were in awe of the two chefs below who were rushed off their feet preparing iftar for so many.
Delicious Teppanyaki iftar at the Pavilion Mall, Kuala Lumpur
ADVICE: Reserve your dining place/s at 'TEPPANYAKI' during the afternoon. The earlier the better.
PRICE: You will be asked to pay in advance, take your time to choose your dishes and vegetables from the menu.
Keep your receipt safe you must show it when you arrive for iftar. I believe we paid about 120 Malaysian ringlets for two.
Ramadan is a peaceful time where most of us who can, spend our iftars (breaking of the fast) with family or friends.
AS a traveller you will discover that Malaysians also like to spend time with their friends and families and parking in Kuala Lumpur's major malls is impossible.
DON'T BOTHER DRIVING! WALK!
DO NOT TAKE A TAXI who will be stuck in traffic for hours.
From 6pm onwards traffic is at a stand still.
KUALA LUMPUR BUTTERFLY PARK
I particularly enjoyed visiting the Butterfly Park which was an oasis of calm and tranquility in the concrete jungle.
Not sure if I would ever return. I didn't like how they were kept under a blanket of netting. Butterflies should be free to flutter around.
Photographs and videos of our visit to K.L and Malaysia during Ramadan 17.
Large butterfly resting on a tree trunk
Oasis and Coy Fish
Cool fountain and playful coy
LATA ISKANDER WATERFALLS
Lata Iskander waterfalls
My husband likes to drive and had hired a car for the week.
We drove and stopped near a the Lata Iskander large organic waterfalls near the Cameron Highlands where I purchased some hand made baskets.
Base of the Lata Iskander waterfalls
Sitting at the base of Lata Iskander waterfalls
Lata Iskander waterfalls
Map of the area with tourist attractions
Beautiful hand made traditional baskets for sale near the Cameron Highlands
FAIR TRADE KUALA LUMPUR
This visit to Malaysia was a short period and I did not have the opportunity to visit any fair trade or ethical producers.
However, I'm always on the search for unusual hand made authentic products and fairtrade brands.
It was good to see a display of fairtrade tea at the Suria KLCC and recycling bins for used batteries, tube lights and electronic devices. The campaign must have been popular as it expired 2015.
Fairtrade tea on display
Fairtrade decaffeinated tea
Fairtrade extra strong tea
Recycle bins for used batteries, light tubes and electronic devices
The week flew by and we returned home after a restful 7 days in Kuala Lumpur.
Thank you for reading and I hope you will leave your comments below.
Further Reading and Links
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year to all my fair trade friends and family around the world.
My right shoulder is still very painful and inflamed again and I have struggled to type this blog.
Despite my pain I managed to attend a webinar and record videos about PIE Community members expressing an interest to join.
I joined a couple of sessions about Mental Health and Suicide Training.
These sessions were organised by THRIVE LDN.
Translation in Urdu
نیا سال مبارک ہو!
دنیا بھر میں میرے تمام منصفانہ تجارتی دوستوں اور اہل خانہ کو نیا سال مبارک ہو۔
میرا دایاں کندھا اب بھی بہت تکلیف دہ ہے اور دوبارہ سوجن ہے اور میں نے اس بلاگ کو ٹائپ کرنے کے لیے جدوجہد کی ہے۔
اپنی تکلیف کے باوجود میں ایک ویبنار میں شرکت کرنے اور کمیونٹی کے ممبران کے بارے میں ویڈیوز ریکارڈ کرنے میں کامیاب ہو گی جو اس میں شامل ہونے میں دلچسپی کا اظہار کرتے ہیں۔
میں دماغی صحت اور خودکشی کی تربیت کے بارے میں کچھ سیشنز میں شامل ہوے۔
ان سیشنز کا اہتمام THRIVE LDN نے کیا تھا۔
During December 2023 I was invited to join the Powershift Inclusive Excellence Committee (PIE) ad hoc sub group to encourage and motivate new World Pulse Community members to join.
Despite my poor health and painful right shoulder I have recorded a video in English, edited it and added subtitles in English and Urdu.
Please kindly click below to apply as a member of the Powershift Excellence Committee.
Application Form link https://forms.gle/TUDeGiXwTtzqv4oh6
The date for the submission of the application form is the 2nd February 2024, but this date could be extended.
I forget to mention in the video that Community members must adhere to the following criteria:
1. Applicants must be World Pulse Community Members for 2 years.
2. Applicants must be World Pulse badge holders.
This December I continued to heal from my shoulder surgeries.
My right shoulder was very painful and inflamed again and I have struggled to type this blog.
I attended the last encourager party webinar for World Pulse 2023.
I joined the second ITC Webinar Series Export Essentials December 2023.