Posts Tagged ‘Islam’

POTD: Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Here’s wishing all Muslim friends: “Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri“!

Custom designed twinkling lights specially for Hari Raya Puasa. Photo taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Custom designed twinkling lights specially for Hari Raya Puasa. Photo taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

It’s Hari Raya Puasa today.

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POTD: Poetic seller beckons with traditional Pantun poems

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Lifestyle and technology blogger Mohd Hisham went on a Ramadan walkabout at the night bazaar.

Waxing lyrical - literally - about his wares. Photo taken with a Nikon D90 with a 50mm f/1.8 lens. Photo credit: Mohd Hisham.

Waxing lyrical – literally – about his wares. Photo taken with a Nikon D90 with a 50mm f/1.8 lens. Photo credit: Mohd Hisham.

“In our current age of fast and furious, we don’t always get to beat around the bush to make our point. Knowing when someone is about to get lyrical in a pantun manner, prepares you to know that the actual point of the message is further down the line,” says Mohd Hisham, Lifestyle & Technology Blogger at mhisham.org.

What caught Hisham’s eye was this guy perched on a high chair holding a microphone and selling his wares by reciting traditional 4-lined poems.

According to Hisham, the Malay poem style is known as pantun, comprising usually 4 stanzas, sometimes 3.

The gentleman in the photo was reciting the traditional and more common 4-stanza poems.

Hisham blogs at his Lifestyle and Technology blog: mhisham.org.

POTD: Mannequins at the Ramadan Night Bazaar

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

These mannequins give an idea of what it’s like to be dolled up with the prettiest outfits.

These mannequins look so life-like you wonder if they might actually come to life! Photo taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

These mannequins look so life-like you wonder if they might actually come to life! Photo taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

These mannequins look all ready to welcome the approaching Hari Raya Puasa.

POTD: Cheap and versatile – shish kebab and doner kebab

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

My favourite dish not only in the local night bazaar but also when I travel overseas – the variations of kebabs – especially the shish and doner kebabs.

Nothing beats a smoking hot kebab on a Winter’s night in Europe. But here in tropical Singapore, it is no less inviting. Photo taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Nothing beats a smoking hot kebab on a Winter’s night in temperate countries. But here in tropical Singapore, it is no less inviting. Photo taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Originating in the Middle East, kebabs have become popular in many other countries for many years now.

They are delicious and affordable, and can be eaten at a roadside kiosk, a proper restaurant, or taken away to be enjoyed on the go.

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POTD: Masjid Sultan Mosque in Singapore’s Kampong Glam

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Photo of the Day: Masjid Sultan is the Malay name for Sultan Mosque, which is located at Muscat Street and North Bridge Road in the Kampong Glam district of Singapore.

Masjid Sultan partly framed by tree. Shot handheld with flash at f/1.8, 1/100 sec, ISO800. Resized and cropped to 5:4 aspect in Photoshop. Both photos taken with a Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II compact camera. Photo credit: John Tan.

Masjid Sultan partly framed by tree. Shot handheld with flash at f/1.8, 1/100 sec, ISO800. Resized and cropped to 5:4 aspect in Photoshop. Both photos taken with a Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II compact camera. Photo credit: John Tan.

The mosque – first built in 1826 – is one of Singapore’s most important mosques.

The current building dates from 1928, when the original mosque was rebuilt.

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POTD: Sandals snaking down the walls

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

If you’re looking for a new pair of sandals, you’ll be spoilt for choice at the Ramadan Night Bazaar.

Sandals snaking down the wall at a stall in the Ramadan Night Bazaar. Both photos taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Sandals snaking down the wall at a stall in the Ramadan Night Bazaar. Both photos taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Most of the stalls at the night bazaar were open to photographers, especially if you ask the stall holders politely before snapping away.

Some even offered to pose with their wares.

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POTD: Twinkle twinkle little lights

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

What’s Hari Raya without those twinkling lights that brighten up the neighbourhood at night?

Lights galore at the Ramadan Night Bazaar. Photo taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Lights galore at the Ramadan Night Bazaar. Photo taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

One of the distinctive signs that Hari Raya is approaching is the lights that you see decorating homes – both inside and outside – as the festival approaches.

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POTD: Arabic calligraphy to decorate the home

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Arabic calligraphy is the artistic expression of handwriting and the Arabic script, and is often framed up and used to display excerpts of the Qur’an in a Muslim household.

Arabic calligraphy beautifully framed and ready to decorate the wall in the home. Photo taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Arabic calligraphy beautifully framed and ready to decorate the wall in the home. Photo taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Arabic calligraphy is based on the Arabic script, which was used by Muslims around the world in their own languages.

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POTD: Henna to beautify your hands and skin

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Henna is a dye made from the henna tree, which can be used for applying intricately-patterned body skin tattoo that is temporary.

These two friendly Malay girls at the Ramadan Night Bazaar were generous enough to offer their beautifully hennaed hands to model for the photo - while waiting for the freshly applied henna to dry. Photo taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

These two friendly Malay girls at the Ramadan Night Bazaar were generous enough to offer their beautifully hennaed hands to model for the photo – while waiting for the freshly applied henna to dry. Photo taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Many cultures use henna to decorate their body and arms, as well as dye their hair and nails.

Nearer home, they are used by Indians and Malays.

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POTD: Hari Raya cookies for family, visitors and friends

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

One of the things I love about Hari Raya is eating the delicious cookies that Muslim friends and colleagues share when the festival approaches. They are tasty and make delectable snacks suitable for all occasions.

 Rows and rows of Hari Raya cookies on sale at the Ramadan Night Bazaar. Both photos taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Rows and rows of Hari Raya cookies on sale at the Ramadan Night Bazaar. Both photos taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

You can also buy them at shops and the Ramadan Night Bazaar.

If you’re a baker or feeling adventurous, you could also try baking some yourself!

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