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WW: Cooking during Ramadhan

 Ramadhan is soon coming to the end.


This special month has taught us many things, including how to share with others, how to control our emotion and how to redeem ourselves in front of our Creator. Special month indeed require special treatment and one of the beauty of Ramadhan is that we spend extra time with our beloved family, friends and communities.



I do spend more time at home and after all the prayers we have to do, I cook a lot.
I really enjoy it and for me, cooking is certainly one of my cup of teas. I don't really cooking something fancy but the fact that you are creating something special for your beloved ones is really a luxury already. At least for me and my family.


So during our first Ramadhan in New Zealand, I managed to prepare some meals for shaum or our breakfast before dawn, and ifthar, or breaking the fasting. I cooked some entrée as well as the main courses of the day. at later stage, I cooked some cookies too, like kaastengels, nastar and more. Some cooking are successful, some are not LOL, particularly the new areas of bread that I have been exploring lately. 

here come nastar..


I guess I have shared some recipes before and this year, I have to admit I got so absorbed with the work at the office that I haven't shared any recipes. My bad! I hope I will be able to sit down and share more. What I manages to get is some photos of the food I cooked so far and here they are.










lasagna for Ifthar











This is really a special time and I am so grateful for being able to experience all this here in Wellington, New Zealand, with the Frakarsas, my beloved. 

See you on the next stories and meanwhile, stay safe, happy and healthy, wherever you are!

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How is your Ramadhan, dear friends?

Wellington has been so nice and gentle for us who are observing Ramadhan. Not only that the days are getting shorter, but the weather is so friendly as well. We have beautiful days but not too hot that makes us thirsty during the day. The works continue but we have shorter hours in the office. The kids are now enjoying their 'Fall' break as well so they don't have to go to school. it makes things easier for sure. All in all, Ramadhan has been very nice and special.

During the Easter break, we didn't go anywhere. Besides Ramadhan, we were thinking of  going somewhere a bit up in the North during the Lebaran break. Since many things are getting more and more expensive, we definitely have to plan it well and therefore save some money as well. 

We are pretty much busy at the office as meetings never stop. But most of the meetings or courtesy calls we have with different counterparts are very intriguing and enriching. We discuss a lot about the latest global issues, the bilateral priorities and possible collaborations as well as economic cooperation. Not to mention the networks and friendship we get from these new friends, colleagues and families here in Aotearoa. For sure, all the journey here in New Zealand is one that my family and I cherish. Well, I will certainly try to share more stories from the land of the Kiwis.

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Welcoming Ramadhan in Wellington, New Zealand



Alhamdulillah..

Ramadhan is soon coming.

This holy month blessed with so many beautiful pahala and deeds, given to those who dedicate their niat or willingness, as well as their deeds and action only for Allah SWT the Almighty. Ramadhan is not only about refraining from eating, drinking and conducting intimate intercourse. Or stop gossiping and It is also the perfect time for us to reflect upon everything we have done and redeem ourselves, trying to be a way better person. Ramadhan will be the high time for us to restrain from unnecessary and consuming greed, to share more to others and to get closer to our Creator.




This year, we have our Ramadhan in Wellington, New Zealand.

Our first time ever.

Selalu ada saat pertama untuk banyak hal dan kali ini, kami puasa untuk edisi perdana di Wellington, Selandia Baru. Well, tentu saja hal ini menambah keistimewaan bulan penuh berkah yang selalu kita tunggu. Selandia Baru menjadi negara ke-lima untuk saya yang menjadi 'rumah' dan tempat menjalankan ibadah puasa. Selain Indonesia, alhamdulillah saya diberi kesempatan untuk menikmati Ramadhan di Melbourne, Australia; Brussels, Belgia; Geneva, Swiss; New York City, AS; dan Wellington, Selandia Baru. Along with me, Udi my hubby menggenapi pengalaman saya di 4 negara, sementara untuk anak - anak, ini kali ketiga mereka berganti tempat tinggal.  Tentu saja, tempat yang paling menyenangkan untuk menjalankan ibadah ini tak lain dan tak bukan adalah di tanah air tercinta.

Bukan bermaksud untuk sombong tapi kami benar - benar mencatat dan menikmati kesempatan yang diberikan Allah SWT kepada kami sekeluarga. Tentu saja banyak suka duka yang dialami saat menjalani ibadah di bulan suci Ramadhan jauh dari keluarga besar dan tanah air kesayangan. Ada banyak kerinduan yang terasa di dada. Nanti aku cerita lebih lanjut deh mengenai keseruannya ya, terutama dari the land of the Kiwis.

Now, let's see how Ramadhan is here in Wellington, New Zealand. Since we started it at the end of summer and the beginning of fall or autumn, the length of time for our fasting is pretty much similar to that of Indonesia. We start the fasting from 5.15 AM and end it t 6.15 PM. So more or less it's 13 hours. Really manageable. Especially since the weather here is also friendly now. Well, it's still cold but that's way better than if it is too hot. we are so privilege as we have got the experience of doing the fasting month in summer. Long hours, hot weather, regular work schedule and school were really huge challenges for us while fasting in Geneva and in New York. 

We follow the announcement from FIANZ or the Federation of Islamic Association of New Zealand. FIANZ has a special working group dealing with the sighting of new moon to confirm the start of Ramadhan. Based on FIANZ memo, Ramadhan starts on April 4th, 2022 in New Zealand. So, that's Monday for us.

So far, we don't really have preparation in particular besides making sure that we have our resolute commitment to be a much better, more righteous follower. 



Untuk puasa kali ini, kami tidak memiliki persiapan khusus kecuali meluruskan niat dan meneguhkan hati untuk bisa terus memperbaiki diri dan menjadi hamba-Nya yang lebih taat. Jujur saja, saya pribadi merasa ada begitu banyak kekurangan diri yang rasanya membuat saya malu untuk bersimpuh pada-Nya dan banyak meminta. Saya harus mengakui bahwa berbagai tanggung jawab di dunia kerap membuat saya alpa akan prioritas pada akhirat. Sementara anak - anak yang beranjak dewasa juga menyadarkan saya dan suami betapa cepat waktu berlalu dan masih banyak PR yang harus kami kerjakan sebagai orang tua sesuai ajaran-Nya dan teladan dari junjungan kita Nabi Muhammad SAW. Semoga semua niat baik, puasa, ibadah, doa, permohonan ampun dan sujud kita pada-Nya bisa menjadi peluruh dosa - dosa kita dan membuka pintu surga untuk kita kelak. 

Marhaban yaa Ramadhan.

Kami sekeluarga mengucapkan selamat menjalankan ibadah puasa dan mohon maaf lahir dan batin ya teman -teman. 

Have a solemn Ramadhan.


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It has been another solemn week of Ramadhan for me and my family, with virtual as well as hybrid meetings in between. For sure I have done 2 extra antigen rapid tests and 1 PCR to ensue that I am well and fit before and after meetings. With the new variant of viruses and how infection spread even faster, we take a lot of precautions. Even for the Eid al - Fitr, we are prohibited from making trips back home or what we warmly call home coming. Usually, days before the end of Ramadhan, we will be traveling back home and ready to spend the victory day with the family and your loved ones. But then I guess with the latest development of cases developing in India and other countries as well, it is for the benefit of us all that we stay at home and reduce mobility. Lebaran Day will be as solemn and victorious as it can be without us gathering in big crowds or making some trips. We have seen how the cases in India get worse and worse and I believe we all have to learn from it.

Anyway, all of us at home is happily continuing our Ramadhan. The kids are so used to it and it's always comfortable to celebrate Ramadhan at home. The kids have finished their online classes and only getting some exercises through Google Classroom. They help us clean the house, cook and bake, and take care of the kittens. We have been cooking a lot at home and/or receiving food hampers from friends.

Ow, have I mentioned that we have 3 new kittens? Let me introduced you to PJ, Ink and Yellow. All of them are super cute indeed!

Cheers from Cemong, Yellow, PJ and ink somewhere there LOL

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