Category: festive season

raya traditions

Happy raya guys and dolls!

It’s the time of year I both most and least look forward to for two very different yet similar reasons. I look forward to the gathering of the whole family, the salam-salaman asking for forgiveness, house visiting, the dressing up, the giving of duit raya (how did this fall into the look forward category? You master the art of giving with age) and most of all the foooood!

And what I least look forward to? The foooooood!

Yes it’s a battle every year, much similar to my 2012 raya post – we (or me at least) waste no time trying to pile back on all those pounds we lost over Ramadhan. I love the food, I mean, who doesn’t?

I just don’t love the expansion of a waistline. But if I just put a little more effort on exercising maybe I won’t keep whining about this huh? Uh-huh.

Traditionally, I start off my mornings at my grandmas in PJ, before visiting my grandad’s grave for prayers. Followed by a visit to my great grand aunt’s place, and then finish the day off at my dad’s sister’s home. There’s not too much traveling involved as they’re all based around KL, so I’m quite grateful that I never get stuck in the horrendous highway traffic most people endure.

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Every year, it gets harder and harder to round up the family for a group photo let alone a picture perfect one where everyone’s smiling perfectly while looking straight into the camera. However, the candid ones make the best shots. My best shot is apparently one that coveys the perfectionist I try to be, “eh, look into the camera please. stop talking. SMILEEEEE”. Way to kill the fun!

Looking back at this year’s raya album, I obviously don’t practice what I preach. I’m hardly looking into the camera 90% of the time!

Photo Aug 08, 6 22 27 PMMy ayah and his girls.

We’ll try again next year, ok?

For now, selamat hari raya aidilfitri, maaf zahir & batin everyone!

xo Reem

what’s up august

August is here which means only one thing. Football season is back on television! Wahayy.

To top it off, raya is exactly one week away. Double wahaaaaay! Actually I’m pretty antsy about raya being so close since both baju rayas that I ordered show no signs of being ready in time. Back up plan, Masjid India we go.

Anywho, with the 13/14 season around the corner, Football Overload is set to hit the screens again on 22nd August. And jeng jeng jeng…the secret’s out, we have a new recruit.

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Film maker Reuben Kang from Jinnyboytv has already created waves behind the lens, but how will he fare in front of the camera? TSUNAMI alert!

So, what happened to that tall, hairy, Mr Bean look alike guy also known as Roshan? He’s still very much with us. You may not catch him on FO anymore, but keep your eyes peeled on all Supersport channels. He’s there somewhere. If you don’t find him, drop us a line and we’ll be sure to issue one of those missing person milk cartons out.

Aside from FO, there’ll be a slew of new shows coming up on Supersport which are going to be just plain aweeesome! Part of this awesomeness is a show called Sports Swap. The name says it all. 2 athletes from 2 different sports compete against each other in their respective sports. They’ll also compete in a 3rd neutral sport none of them plays. Winner takes all.

How do I play a role in this show? Comic relief apparently since I can’t hit a golf ball to save my life but somehow manage to almost, I repeat, almost but didn’t, hit a camera man with my killer swing.

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You’d have to watch it to believe it.

Natalie from Hitz is co-hosting and we’re both like handicaps to each athlete’s game. We keep score for each of 13 episodes, and the loser faces a punishment in the end.

Quite clear who’s going to lose this one huh? Tall and graceful Nat, with her svelte and athletic build against uncoordinated, non athletic, humpty dumpty me?

I’m going to go practice my walk of shame now. Hmph!

xo Reem

the snake and the ox

Gong Xi Gong Xi everyone!

I’m almost a week late, though technically, on time considering the Chinese new year is celebrated over 15 days 🙂

It’s pretty cool that we just celebrated the western calendar new year over a month ago, and now we welcome the year of the Snake.

I read somewhere that as an Ox, this year holds lots of promise for the most hard working sign in the zodiac and there’s absolutely no stopping them. In fact, they are so competitive that they’ll even compete with themselves. Having down well once is never enough – they won’t stop until they’ve accomplished everything they can and have beat their previous records.

Perfect! I wouldn’t have described myself better.

Work aside, I hope everyone’s had their tummies filled with great food and lou sangs while making a buck or two over chong dai dee or black jack. I sure did!

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Wishes of prosperity, health, wealth and many many wins for Liverpool.

Sturridge is back after that thigh scare, so let’s embody the serpent and outsmart our predators/prey even if we haven’t been doing that too well lately.

xo Reem

xmas wishlist

It’s that time of year again, Christmas is just around the corner making me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Now, we may not have snow or a big tree like the one at Rockerfeller Center but we do have beautifully decorated malls (Pavilion wins hands down this year) and a Home Alone DVD to dwell in the festivities.

I did my Christmas shopping today, which is possibly my favourite part of the season. Or any season really, not that I need an excuse to shop but it’s more fun shopping gifts for others and relishing in glee at their reaction (hopefully a positive one) when they unwrap it.

Which got me to thinking about the perfect gift(s) for the Kop at heart that I assume are absolutely fail-proof.

1. LFC Official Membership

Nothing says you’re a truer fan than this. Plus you get a member’s pack which comes with a cute scarf that you can wrap around the lips of your loud, proud, swollen headed United fiends  friends.

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2. Liverpool FC Heroes

More than just an official coffee table book, it gives insight on the personal lives of legends who’ve played for ‘pool the past 50 years. A great addition to any Reds’ collection.

Take it to another level, and get 1 of the legends featured to sign off, like this one I received on my birthday 🙂

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Aside from those 2, most importantly what every Kop living in the 21st century needs is…

 

 

 

…a Survival Kit!

The hardest thing for a fan is to watch your team lose. Constantly. Especially, at home ground.

Brendan Rodger’s crest fallen expression. Gerrard shaking his head. Suarez arguing with the refs for not penalizing a defender’s blatant foul. The team walking back to the tunnel with their heads down. Devastating stuff.

But as fans, you suck it up, continue giving moral support and hope for the best. We’ll get our pot of gold eventually.

In the mean time, give a Kop a fun and resourceful kit to cheer them up. Let your creative juices flow with this one.

1. Kleenex: to dry your tears

2. Panadol: to numb that painful feeling in your gut

3. ear plugs: to block out the never ending wisecracks. If I had a penny for every history channel joke I hear…

4. a tub of Baskin-Robbins’ Pralines & Cream: because from young we were taught that ice cream makes everything better. Warning: may cause weight gain

5. rubber band: to keep you bouncing back

6. and lastly, this video: to remind you, that you’ll never walk alone

 

Have a holly jolly Christmas this year everyone! 🙂

xo Reem