Oh well, its already coming to end of September. How time flies, irregardless whether you’re having fun or not.
It is now the second week of the Ramadhan. I think I have lost at least 3 kg. The usual breaking fast menu is simple – either fried noodles with plenty of veges in the, nasi kerabu with the obligatory “solok lada”, tuna fish curry and a few dash of yummy budu, or rice porridge eaten with salted fish. Fruits of various kinds such as watermelon, apples and oranges made up my wanting of something sweet and tangy. The menu doesnt really change that much for the past 2 weeks or so. It is so tempting to buy ten gadzillions of the food the Ramadhan hawkers are selling. Many of the items are only available during this month, and that makes it more irresistable.
I realised that if I adhere to a few simple rules during the fasting month, then the one month fasting experience will be better endured..
a) Drink plenty of fluid – tea, coffee, fruit juice (a must for shuruk and usually done around 5am) and plenty of warm water
b) I try not to think while Im too hungry – so what I usually do is to break fast with some hot drinks first. Usually its warm water or black tea, or warm barley. Dates or some local kuih is to follow next. Then, I would usually wait for at least 10 to 15 minutes before resuming main course. To avoid over purchase at the Ramadhan stall, I would make sure that I walk the entire bazaar twice so that I could absorb the whole scenario and making mental purchases before actually buying them.
c) Because the weather during the fastings is usually hot, I notice that the skin on my legs and arms are dry. The fact that I cant drink during daytime make the condition of the skin looks as if I just got back home from a long work under the sun. Creams for extra dry skin (my fav is from Body Shop) helps to eleveate this problem. Dry mist too helps to sooth the skin without getting it too oily.
d) See no evil, hear no evil, look no evil – this is easier said than done. In the line of my work, there are assholes everywhere (dear God, please forgive me). But I do try to limit my expletive French this month, and truly, deep in my heart, I hope I could continue to do this even after the fasting month.