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Hi,

I have moved to http://ayshardzn.com/

This blog will remain here because I’m not going to export my old posts to my new site for many reasons!

Cheers
AR

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Society

Yesterday, the issue of Muslim women in Malaysia eating in public during Ramadhan went viral on social media. This woman was having lunch at a mall and she claimed that it angered the public who saw her eating in this holy month.

Personally, I don’t mind if anyone eats in public during Ramadhan for whatever reason. I don’t think anyone should scold others who did it either because it’s none of your business. That’s how I feel about it. Then again I personally wouldn’t do it. Even if I don’t fast, I wouldn’t eat in public especially not in Malaysia because I just don’t like being stared at.

When I was younger, I visited Singapore during Ramadhan. Muslims or Malays are a minority in Singapore. So as a Malay, you don’t feel ‘superior’ in Singapore as you do in Malaysia. I saw some Malays smoking and eating at McDonald’s and it did feel a bit odd because in Malaysia we won’t dare to do such things so openly. But in Singapore, nobody cares.

The same for Malays with tattoos. You can see plenty of Malays with tattoos on their bodies in Singapore. Be it women or men. There was one time I saw a young Malay couple with tattoos at a food court with their kids. It was strange for me to see that but my Singaporean friend told me that’s actually quite normal in Singapore. Malays here lead different lives than those in Malaysia. Again, Malays showing off their tattoos in Malaysia is not something that is normal.

If I stared at Malays with tattoos or Malays eating in public during Ramadhan in Singapore, I am the odd one. Not them. While in Malaysia, you are the silly one if you get angry at people who stare at you when you eat in public during Ramadhan.

The woman could avoid eating in public during Ramadhan but she chose not to and then she felt that people can’t get uncomfortable with it because it’s her rights. I don’t agree with those who went to the extend to scold someone who was eating but that could have been avoided.

I believe we must know how to behave in a society no matter what your beliefs are. You have to adapt and you can’t be surprised or shocked when people act a certain way towards something that’s out of the norm or just deemed unacceptable to the majority.

Yogi In Me


About two months ago, I decided to join Yoga. I have always wanted to for quite a while but I never got the chance. Since my previous job was quite flexible with the working hours, I signed up for Yoga to fill up my time.

I have never been a member for anything ‘fitness’ so this was my first time. I signed up for 10 classes of Yoga Basics.

Since it was all new to me, I remember worrying about what to wear, how do I do my hair, what should I bring…I just need to know what to expect, as always. So Google did help as well as reading from others’ experiences.

My first class was fine. But who knew breathing can make you sweat a lot? Who knew breathing can be a hard work? Yes, Yoga involves a lot of breathing. After all it’s the most important thing in your life.

When I’m at a Yoga class, I feel at peace. It may sound cliche the word peace in the same sentence as Yoga but that’s when I can focus on myself only. The stretches and poses can be difficult sometimes but you are supposed to get better in time. I still couldn’t get my feet on the ground during downward dog though. That’s how inflexible I am.

I haven’t gone to Yoga for so long now. It’s fasting month and my working hours just sucks and I’m quite disappointed about it. I wish I could go everyday so I can see the improvement I could make.

Well, I hope I can get back to it again soon…

Happy International Yoga Day!

“Be at least as interested in what goes on inside you as what happens outside. If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

Hopping

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I have lived in Singapore for five months now and it’s safe to say this second stint of living in Singapore has been unpredictable.

Two different jobs in a span of four months I’m here. I didn’t see it coming either. I moved here after I received an offer from Sunset+Vine Asia late in February and I started at the company in March. Just about a month into the job I was told that the company will cease operations in Singapore. Imagine how I felt when we were all called for a meeting as they announced that we will all be retrenched. Worse for me…after only one month! Do I have to move back to Malaysia? What’s going to happen to my place here? How am I going to get another job? All these were running through my mind.

My boss then felt really bad, of course because if he knew, he wouldn’t have offered me the job. It was just bad luck, or was it…?

I landed a new job probably a week or two after that while I was serving my one month notice and that’s where Hokkaido happened. I just needed a break before I started a new job, again!

Some people say I job-hop a lot. Can’t blame them. Just look at that list above. That is in a span of five years. In a way some may think it’s a bad thing. But honestly not for me. By now I have experienced a lot and there will come a time where I just stop ‘hopping’. I believe this. Not that I ever intended to not stay at one place for long anyway.

To be fair, I wouldn’t have left Fox Sports back in 2013. I started at ESPN which I truly enjoyed working at and then Fox Sports took over and a lot of us had to leave because they have different directions than ESPN. Most likely I would still be there now if they needed me. But they didn’t so I had to move back to Malaysia.

That’s when the ‘hopping’ happened, I guess? Joining FAM-FMLLP was my biggest mistake, I would say. In a way it may not be all that terrible since I have learned a lot from working with them but I think I was unhappiest when I was there. I was miserable. That’s just one of my bad decisions in my life. It’s almost traumatising.

Now I am already a month into my current job as a Social Media Manager with FourFourTwo. Basically I oversee the social media content for FourFourTwo Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia. Maybe being retrenched earlier was a blessing after all. And I’m grateful for it.

I have never written publicly about this matter actually so if maybe some people think I had it easy in my career, you are not exactly right. There were formidable hurdles and you just don’t know what’s coming. Anything can and will happen. You just have to embrace it because that’s just part and parcel of life. :)

Penang

Most of the time, we are always about exploring foreign countries when we haven’t even seen much of our own country. Because we thought that we are here, we can go anytime we want but in the end we never did.

I went to Sarawak for the first time just maybe a year ago and I have never been to Sabah. I think that’s a shame and I will check that box soon, I hope.

I went to Penang recently for a short getaway. I never really treasured Penang before and I’m glad I have now because Penang is LOVE. I honestly don’t mind living in Penang. The vibe was all good there.

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My first meal when I arrived – Mee Sotong. I’ve never had this before. The queue was long for this but it was worth it! You can find it at a food court alongside the paper hot air balloons in Georgetown. I apologise for the vague information. I can’t recall the name of the place :(

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Batu Ferringhi was fine but I didn’t go for a swim because it was more for water sport and you’re not allowed to swim so far. At least that’s how it was at Parkroyal Resort. I wanted to stay at Hard Rock Hotel but it was fully booked.

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And then we went to check out a triathlon and duathlon event that was going on at Teluk Bahang Dam. It was cloudy when we got there but it was beautiful. We even bumped into my best friend, Aliaa’s ex-boyfriend who was competing so we stayed a while to support him. Not that Aliaa cared…hahah

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It was so hot on the first day in Penang but it rained all day the second day and this was the queue for Nasi Kandar Line Clear. Normally, I will not queue for food especially when it’s so uncomfortable but since I don’t go there everyday so I just went ahead with it. Well to me, it’s just like any other Nasi Kandar.

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I told myself I must eat as much as I can when in Penang because I don’t really eat in Singapore :( and so I ate as much as I can as you can see.

The queue for this cendol is always long. This was my second time but if you don’t want to queue, you can get inside the restaurant, order something else and the waiters will get the cendol for you. Since I wanted laksa, so I didn’t have to stay in the long queue. Try to go there around 4-5pm, it won’t be too crowded inside.

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This is the gorgeous McCalister Mansion. I just love everything about it. The building and interiors are stunning and just perfect for special occasion dinner. But be careful when choosing the meal for each course especially when you’re not familiar with the menu.

And of course we had to go up the Penang Hill (Bukit Bendera) since we were already there. Unfortunately the view was not fantastic from up there because it was dusty and cloudy.

There’s still more to see and eat actually but I didn’t have the whole week for that. I hope next time I can visit the hipster cafes there. Oh did I mention, there are loads of Starbucks in Penang? almost at every corner. There’s even a stand-alone Starbucks there.

Overall it was a lovely trip and I could definitely retire in Penang.