International Food Factory!

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Hello!

In this post i will introduce all of you to my new blog: InternationalFoodFactory.wordpress.com . I’m loving this blogging experience, You can share your thoughts, inspire others, learn internationally at your very own comfy corner.

Well I’m a foodie! (a big one) and i love to take pictures of it from every possible angle. So, i thought, why not blog about it and share my “international” food with my fellow bloggers.

I will still blog here but whenever it will come to food, you will see the post about it on InternationalFoodFactory.wordpress.com

Right now, its still “under construction” the hardest part is choosing the theme especially when all the good ones AREN’T Freeee!!!

Battery Running Low! “See” You all next Post! Till then, Play hard, Blog Harder!

Researching in progress. Stay tuned!
Amnaholic

 

 

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Ramadan Mubarak!

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Ramadan Mubarak/ Ramzan Mubarak/Kareem Selamat berpuasa etc.. You’ve been hearing this or even seeing these wishes on twitter or FB and even on IG! What really is Ramadan? and Why do Muslims all over the world celebrate it?

Ramadan is a 9th month of Islamic Calender, in which Muslims (Men and Women) fast for the whole month (period of 30 days) for the sake of Allah. Fasting during Ramadan is regarded as one of the Five pillars of Islam (Believe in one Allah, 5 Prayers, Charity, Fasting during Ramadan and Pilgrimage to Mecca ~ Hajj). Fasting during this is an obligatory for all the adult (once they’ve reached Puberty) Muslims, except those who are ill, travelling, pregnant,diabetic or going through menstruation.

However, they are required to pay back their fast when they are healthy or return back from their journey.

Chapter 2, Revelation 185 of the Quran:

The month of Ramadan is that in which was revealed the Quran; a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the criterion (of right and wrong). And whosoever of you is present, let him fast the month, and whosoever of you is sick or on a journey, a number of other days. Allah desires for you ease; He desires not hardship for you; and that you should complete the period, and that you should magnify Allah for having guided you, and that perhaps you may be thankful. [Quran 2:185]

The time of the fast is from dawn until sunset.  Food and drink is served daily, before sunrise and after sunset. Dates become the important part of the Meal as its the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.

During their fast, Muslims refrain from eating/drinking, smoking, and engaging in sexual relations and all other forbidden things in Islam like swearing, backbiting gossiping, lying etc.

In this month, all the rewards are multiplied and therefore Muslims are encouraged to increase their good deeds! A good deed in Islam can be as simple as Smiling and Giving to Salam to each other!

The Month of Blessings, is divided into 3 parts. The first 10 days are believed to be of Allah’s Mercy, the next 10 days of Ramadan are for Forgiveness and the last 10 days are Release from hell fire.

During this month, the Gates of Heavens are open and the Gates of Hell are closed and Shaitan (Satan) is locked. During this Month, many Muslims who usually don’t abide by the rules and regulation of Islam (May Allah Guide Them) turn over a new leaf and make many resolutions such as to pray 5 times a day, quit smoking, giving charity etc.

Qura’n, the holy book of Islam was revealed in the month of Ramadan. Many Muslims read the Qura’n with the translation during this month so as to become better Muslims even after the Ramadan. The act of fasting is said to redirect the heart away from worldly activities, so as to cleanse the soul by freeing it from harmful impurities. Thus, fasting cure the diseased hearts and souls.

Ramadan also teaches Muslims self-discipline and to be in the shoes of those who are less fortunate; thus encouraging compulsory charity (Zakat – another important pillar of Islam)

Tarawih, special evening prayer is conducted after Isha (The last prayer of the day) during the month of Ramadan. During this prayer, one recite long sections Qura’n (1/30 Juz every day or more) So, before the end of Ramadan, the whole Qur’an will been completed.

When The month of Blessings and mercy ends, its followed by Eid-ul-fitr (Feast of breaking the Fast) or Hari Raya Puasa and its also the beginning of the 10th month of Islamic calendar – Shawwal.

And when its the time of Eid, all we do is eat, enjoy and Thank Allah and of course, not forgetting the resolution we’ve made and practiced during Ramadan!

There is a lot more about the Blessed month of Ramadan which i can’t summarize into one blog post! Kindly, Pardon me for the mistakes! Indeed, Allah knows best!

That’s all for now! happy Fasting! May Allah make me and you a better Muslim and Human.

To have Evil Desires, is Human, but to Resist them is Muslim!

Source: I’m a Muslim, Google, Quran

Picture: Google

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THE ART OF WRITING!

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As long as you are human being you write! Many people do private writing and some do publicly – from a protest letter to report writing in office and in schools. Some scribble a few paragraph secretly (like me) at your study table when everyone is asleep or nowadays many of us will just blog but our intention is that our writing will become the reading matter, obviously an enjoyable one! We all have that little wish to become famous.

Writing is a very old form of communication for conveying ideas and feelings from one person to another! Well im not saying that writing is all about journalism or some romantic novel writing, we need to learn this art or skill for taking notes during lectures or meetings or just jotting down a funny incident in your secret diary!

Well you must be thinking that, of course everyone knows how to write unless you were born yesterday! Well think again! Don’t like to think? its alright just keep on reading this post then! Below are the some tips you can follow:

  • Learn the ABCs! yes! learn it! A = accuracy, appropriateness,attentiveness. B = Brightness. C = Clarity, consistency etc
  • Remember your readers, even if its your own self!
  • Be attentive and logical
  • Your purpose
  • The choice of words
  • Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation
  • Tone

ImageLook at this picture as well!

The list goes on! if you’ve paid attention in English lessons then you would have already known all this by heart now! Well i cant emphasize enough on the importance of good writing! We have to write no matter how hard we try not to; resumes, letters etc!

OK! i believe that everything in this world have a partner, and the partner of good writing is good reading matter! It can be anything from biographies to novels to fashion magazines to dictionaries or even blogs! Try to look for errors and edit them! (Tip!)

So go get a book, a notepad and a pen and start practicing now!

Source: Reader’s Digest Book: How to write and speak better
Photos: Google

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Sunglasses!

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Sunglasses can do more than making you look good! Wearing sunglasses actually prevents you from many health conditions due to UV rays! There are several medical benefits to wearing sunglasses depending on the medical condition, below are just SOME of the benefits:

  • UV Protection
  • Reduction in headaches and eye strains
  • keep your eyes wet
  • Reduce effects of jet leg! yes im serious,research shows that people who limit  exposure to UV rays during a long overseas trip, effects of jet lag may be greatly reduced.
  • Prevents Cataracts – Blur or cloudy vision (mostly common in senior citizens.
  • Prevents Photokeratitis. Photokeratitis is a sunburn on the eyes.
  • Pinguecula. A non-cancerous eye growth on the white part of the eye that can develop in everyone from kids to seniors.

ok now you must be excited to get yourself a new pair of sunglasses but must be worried at the same time about the type of sunglasses you should get so you don’t become a laughing stock infront of others! In order to choose the perfect fit you must know your face shape:

  • Oval
  • Heart
  • Diamond
  • Square
  • Round
  • Oblong

Oval face: Just like with choosing a haircut, an oval face is the (ahem) “ideal”, meaning that most shapes will suit you.  Go nuts, ye of the blessed face shape!

Round face: You’ll want frames that make your face look longer & slimmer.  Frames that are equal to or a little wider than the broadest part of your face will help achieve this.  You can add some definition by going for frames that are quite angular or rectangular in shape.

Diamond face: As your face is quite angular naturally, oval-shaped sunglasses will soften you.  You can also try gently curved square frames.  You will look best if the frames aren’t any wider than your cheekbones.

Square face: You can reduce the squareness of your face by wearing frames that are soft & curvy while having a strong shape.  Cat’s-eye frames are ideal, as are ovals & round shapes.

Oblong face: Frames shouldn’t extend past the widest area of your face.  You should go for round & square shapes as this will widen & shorten your face.

Triangle/heart shape: The aim is to make the jaw look narrower, & the best way to do this is by accenting the eye area.  Cat’s-eye styles are good as well as metal frames with rimless bottoms

For more info read up this article or go to any sunglasses or optician they should be able to help you! (http://galadarling.com/article/choosing-sunglasses-that-suit-you)

Now! im not asking you to go crazy over my research and buy those expensive pair of glasses, the truth is any sun glasses which are able to provide UV protection and are  polarized will be able to help you and your eyes!

BUT!  i dont want you to buy them from those dollar shop as those sunglasses offer no UV protection, you increase your exposure to UV rays. The cheap sunglasses block some of the light, causing your iris to open to allow more light in. This lets in more of the UV light as well, increasing the damage UV light can cause to the retina. DONT worry not all GOOD sunglasses are expensive and NOT all the useless ones are cheap! The prices can range from Less than $20 up to several hundreds, depending on the features and the name! and your budget allowance aswell!

Source: TV, magazines, Google
Photos: Google

amnaholic

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