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RAMADAN IN THE EYES OF AN EXPAT

Back in my home country, I grew up reading about Ramadan in our history books. I knew it as just one of the main events celebrated by muslims. When I came to Jeddah, celebrating Ramadan became an experience for me. Although I am a Christian, the way Ramadan was done in Saudi Arabia will forever stay with me as part of my expat life. You will never experience this kind Ramadan in other places. The change of timings, the ways of people, the vibe, the practices, it’s different in every place, and the way it is done here is what…

EID ESCAPES

The holy month of Ramadan is coming to an end and Eid Al Fitr is around the corner, it is a truly joyous time to book a quick getaway for the festive mood. This is the perfect opportunity to go on a holiday and rejuvenate oneself. Explore, unwind and get psyched with some super-exciting destinations that will certainly ensure an outstanding Eid escape. So, here is a breakdown of some super-exciting destinations that will undoubtedly ensure you experience a rather memorable Eid Al Fitr 2018! ALLURING GEORGIA The European…

Expressions to Say in Ramadan

 Joyeux Ramadan Here are some expressions to say in French during Ramadan English French  Joyeux Ramadan Bon Ramadan Happy Ramadan Fasting le jeûne (faire le jeûne, jeûner) From sunrise to sunset du lever de soleil /au coucher de soleil To break the fast rompre  le jeûne Audio

Beautiful places to travel for the ultimate Ramadan Experiences

Ramadan is a time to distance oneself from the stresses and vices of daily life and make more time for family and friends, spirituality and closer attention to religious righteousness. Hence it is a wonderful time to travel and have a unique cultural and religious. Some great reasons to travel during Ramadan are The cities are less crowded which means discounted rate on flight and hotel rates. The night markets in these cities are extra radiant during Ramadan. Enjoy the grand feast with most delectable cuisine for iftars.…

Ramadan Muslims

Ramadan Kareem  The ‘’holy month of Ramadan’’ is on the ninth month of Hijiri (the Islamic calendar). Muslims fast during Ramadan and it is believed that the holy Quran was first revealed to prophet Muhammad (PBUH) during this month. Muslims pray, recite the Quran, fast during the sunlight hours and practice abstinence not only from food but also having intercourse and all evil thoughts and deeds. I want to introduce the term ‘Ramadan Muslims’. They are Muslims who practice Islam only during Ramadan. Unfortunately, during…

Think Twice

This was supposed to be a speech for this year’s graduates or for students going back to their home countries.  I realized however, that this piece is also perfect for every college student, for every student. THINK TWICE When I was in your place 18 years ago, I was so excited. I was seated there, but my mind was already flying in the Philippines. In my mind, I was mentally listing down all the things I wanted to do once I set my shoes on my home country’s asphalt grounds. The thought that I’d be so free! Yey! My mom and dad…

The Woman in the Balcony

Standing in the balcony, there she stood looking as far as she could. I was stuck in traffic when I saw this old lady in the second floor of her house. She was running her weakly wrinkled fingers just below her jaw, gently brushing her fingertips down her neck while in deep thoughts. She seemed so sad. Her eyes looked worried, questioning some things, and yet calm at the same time. Maybe she’s thinking of her kids, I thought, as I hurriedly took my small red notebook to record as many details as I could about her. I looked…

Kindness – Ramadan Series – Kids Activity

This Ramadan let's celebrate the theme of compassion and kindness. Here are a series of coloring pages for your little one, download and color and be a part of this celebration.   Download Coloring Page 1 Download Coloring Page 2 Download Coloring Page 3

Ramadan Perks

The most awaited month of the year is just around the corner. Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic lunar calendar that has a very different feel to it incomparable to the rest of the months, especially here in Jeddah. Preparations for this month, mainly known as the month of giving, caring and sharing, are already in full swing. Stores all over the city are beaming with this spirit by adding a festive touch with their stock of Ramadan themed goods. The adored traditional red, blue and white patterns (often yellow and…