Archive | October, 2008

a post dedicated to my favourite fruit

31 Oct
Never, put your banana in the refrigerator!!!This is interesting.After reading this, you’ll never look at a banana in the same way again .

Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes.But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit.It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

This has worked for me. I absolutely LOVE banana and so does dear daddy. I remember being so happy for no reason and i think it could be overdose of banana. I tend to eat alot of bananas!

PMS: Forget the pills – eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

I think i should try this instead of snapping at my brothers which i often do. But maybe they deserve it? Haha

Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana i! ndustry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability ! to reduce th e risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

For this, you can judge for yourself if it had an effect on me. Yea? Noooo?

Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

This i can vouch for! It has helped me a zillion times! I have chronic constipation!!!

Hangovers: One of the quickestways of cur! ing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened! with honey. T he banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

I will never have this but those who do, please try and feedback!

Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Mosquitoes has never been interested in me so i dont really need it…should suggest it to my dear brother who can get terrible bites from his “friend”.

Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and crisps. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found ! the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a ‘cooling’ fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

Smoking & Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking.! The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and ma gnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body’s water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

Has helped definitely though unknowingly.

Strokes: According to research in ‘The New England Journal of Medicine, ‘eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on! the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

p.s : Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time!

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a photo with the girls alas

30 Oct
That building was where i called school for this past 2 months. That actually mean South Karelian Polytechnic, soon to be renamed in January 2009 as Saimia University of applied science. For your information, the other line on the building is in Swedish, second language in Finland. Swedish is second language in Finland because all of scandinavia used to be Sweden, i think. A Swedish told me in the plane.

new bedspread! and good food

28 Oct
My new comforter cover, never has the need for it in singapore and since i think it would be kind of stupid to bring my big comforter down to wash it. I dont even know if it can fit. P.s. I love it! I just love it because of the GREEN!
Something i tried, i mixed 2 different recipes. Its actually zucchini, i figured it out recently, with some scallions which i cant find so i put some vegetable. I added little prawns which i love! So it turned out like this! It was delicious on its own but i put sauce and tartar. I dont know what it is called so lets just call it a zucchini thing.

mellow day

27 Oct
Despite the mellowness of my day, the flow of events caused an uplift in my mood towards the end of the day, Alhamdulillah.

1-Have you heard that many people go into depression during winter because they don’t see sunlight some days? IT IS NOT EVEN WINTER YET!

2-And so I decided to get out of the house though there is really nothing much to do here, in dear ol’Lappeenranta. I actually googled for places to go and not surprised to find nothing except museum which I have been to.

3-Since the supermarket has become my favorite place of late, I had a thought to take a short walk there BUT guess what?
People in Lappeenranta do not go to the supermarket on Sundays. We had to walk further down to like another market down the street. Actually, we didn’t need to go to the market for any specific purpose but wanted to get CHOCOLATE. Another of my cravings of late.

4-Another really funny thing is when we were dressed up in our coats and all, we realized it was RAINING. Not the weather you want to go out in. It didn’t stop us though, with our umbrellas and forgetful me didn’t wear my gloves. We were walking with our umbrellas almost parallel to our bodies against the very strong wind. My Singapore umbrella will not withstand the wind much longer, sadly. Remember the advertisement of the candy thing you can take to stop smoking and the crazy guy holding an umbrella, going out in the heavy downpour just so he can smoke. We looked like that. (get the picture?)

5-The harbour which was soulless! Maybe human less is a better choice of words. It is a nice quiet place and has a different feel at night. Not only the harbour was human less but the streets were quite like that as well.

6-The sky was pitch dark at 6pm. Not a surprise but there is also something different today. The timing actually weird, my prayer times are fast forward by an hour and that normally doesn’t happen even though Maghrib is around 5.30pm nowadays. Today, it is 4.26pm. The best time to fast man! Haha…

7-When we came back, it was only 7.15pm. Felt like 9pm. We couldn’t stay long outside also because it was very cold. My hands were freezing! Then she checked the news and actually today is the day when the timing should be adjusted to 1 hour back. Meaning it was 6.15pm only. It is in all of Europe.

I felt a whole lot better after that freezing walk outside and laughing and chatting. If we were in the room, we would just use our laptops without talking much except sometimes. We do share those long sharing sessions where we would exchange about our countries and family…etc…

reflection

25 Oct

Has a simple message to everyone. Reminds us about death. Something we should think about all the time so that our actions will reflect our values and increase our faith, Insyallah.

Misc. entry

21 Oct
I got this on the way home from Helsinki at Macdonalds. Yummy! I agree with Rachel. We went from Mcd to Mcd in Paris and it was packed with people. Once we lined up and the guy said it was out.

If you look closely it looks like some of the trees are lighted but actually it was a moment where the sun was reflecting its light in the leaves.

Sun setting at like 5pm or so…its already having an effect on me. boohoo!!!

That was lunch cum dinner yesterday. I successfully made nice looking thosai but it is using instant flour. The chicken curry looks fine and taste good too…yay! I used some readymade kentuky flour to fry the chicken.

This is extremely rich and delicious. No kidding. It is something that turned out wrong at first but in the end it still taste good. Something that was supposed to be chocolate macaroon but was too watery so i just poured all of it like a cake mixture.

instead of a normal vegetable soup i decided to try something new…tadaa! It was a thick,creamy soup.

Eurotrotter journal: Venice

14 Oct

I always refrained myself from spending unnecessarily on anything on flights but this time, i satisfied my craving for hot chocolate. It was well worth it.

This was my residence for a night and i went back all the way there, out of Venice to put my bag down otherwise i wouldnt be able to enjoy sightseeing.
I lived in one of those further to the right of the picture, like a cabin. I had it all to myself and it is kind of cheap also.
I was really angry! That stupid bus which comes like half hourly just zoomed past me, while i was looking at the bus in the opposite direction because i was unsure. Argh! But i didnt have anything to do with the crack in the galss in my background. No seats at the bus stop somemore!
Back to Venice. Where anyone who want to take a ride on the Gondola can go. I didnt bother, it is super expensive.
If you see properly, you can see someone at the window of that building, its where the locals live…walking was the best way to soak in Venice.
Grabbed a super large piece of super thin pizza. It was delicious. When the guy gave it to me, i was like uh? How to eat?( in my head) then sat down and slowly ate. Then a saw a girl came in, got a piece and walked out eating it on the way. Because it was super big, i was thinking how clumcy i will look with one big piece of pizza in my hand.
The Grand Canal.
Many small alleys and bridges overlooking the river.
Some place selling soe art stuff. It just look very nice.
GONDOLAS!!! Some really very well decorated like meant for kings and queens.
One of the many churches again. I see a church at every turn.
Piazza San Marco. That man is not my friend. He was the extra there.
What i find very irritating is the renovation work at so many of the old building i have visited in here and Frankfurt as well.
Common design of most buildings there.
I was so tired so i decided to take the water bus back to Piazzale Roma. It wasnt so late but was starting to get dark. THAT in the background is another church.
I was standing at the railings of the boat. It was a wonderful ride.
Do i need to say more? You can what is this. I saw so many beautiful sunsets that i got tired to take more at the end of my trip.
The moon out so early. Just …
That is the bus stop or should i say water bus stop.There are many lines as well.
I bought milk called Latte. And water. The rest were from Finland.
 
Since i walked all around already. Decided to visit the islands. I met a very nice German couple at the bus stop and they told me about the Torcello island. It was a long journey. The water bus could only go at 20km/h and sometime 7 km/h. That is super slow. I had to take 3 boats to reach that island after like 2 hours.
The ruins of a once erect building.
Water sign? There were others with the speed limit.
Alas. here…
This is the old church. I peeked in only. Personal reasons. Since i was alone, no one could question my decisions. Hahahaha….
They sold scarves and other touristy stuff there. I like the Italian accent. Rather a random comment here.
Really wanted to visit the Jewish museum. Turned out to be closed but i sat around there for a while since i walked around alot to find it alas with a really nice girl’s help.
Old Ghetto.
A nice post card which showed most of what i saw in Venice.
Resting. Waiting for time to pass. Was carrying my bag all around today.

Eurotrotter journal: Paris

13 Oct
On the way to Paris by bus. Quite a comfortable bus actually though it was a long journey from Frankfurt.

Paris’s metro. I guess metro everywhere is the same in Europe.
That is the metro station i got to. It was good to take bus so i dont have to take airport transfer.
I couldnt sleep despite not really sleeping for the night so i took a shot of the sunrise from my friend’s 5 th floor apartment.
Heroglyphics was our first stop in Concorde Square. That is me and Rachel.
Rachel. We were sitting in the Jardin du Toileries on a Sunday morning. It was a nice sunny day.
Walking towards the great Louvre.
The entrance of the Louvre. Look at the horses up there…
Louvre. You should know this if you know the Da Vinci Code.
Look at how big this painting is.It covers from ceiling to floor. There are so beautiful…
The great painting of Monalisa by Leonardo da Vinci. It wasnt east to get a nice picture of it with the swarm of tourist crowding there.
The amazing things about the ceilings which you must definitely not miss…you will be awed by them if u were there.
I took a photo of my sign-Taurus…
That was lunch. Museums were not my cup of tea but the Louvre was not to be missed. I was starving as we were wondering around so had to grab a bite somewhere. This was delicious. Rachel recommended it to me. I think she can be a tour guide already. I forgot the names of these food.
Arc de ‘Triumph.
La Defense. It looked so much like CBD in Singapore. So many shopping centres as well. Rachel and i sat there for a few hours before we headed into an empty shopping mall for dinner. Its Sunday and the common thing about Europe is most of the shops are closed early on weekends.
Dinner. I was still full after lunch so i packed the sandwich for later.
I told Rachel for the whole day that i didnt feel i was in Paris even after she brought me to so many beautiful places. So ungrateful right. We just exited the Champs-de Mars and the light of the Eiffel Tower wasnt on. As i was admiring the beauty of the eiffel without the lights on, the lights came on. It was a beautiful moment. I told Rachel, now i believe im in Paris.
This was stolen from Rachel’s blog as she hasnt sent me the photos we took there. Her camera captured the beauty of the Eiffel more than mine…still waiting for more pictures.
RER which is like the major metro. Its less frequent but faster to get to places as you can take shortcuts with this than the opther lines. Not all are double decked though.
Notre Dame Cathedral. It is a really old church and Rachel freaked me out with her stories of orbs. I went in at the entrance then quickly got out. I dont really like to enter places of worship because of some reason. Its not because im afraid or anything but just personal reason.
We were enjoying the Parisian lifestyle which was cafe or chocolat by the street as you watch the people go by.

 

Sacre Coeur which was just behind Rachel’s apartment. But to climb all the way up was very tiring…

This guy was like Rachel’s friend. He is really cute…funny actually.
The Parisian lifestyle…
This was Montmarte, many talented artists. Look at how real the potrait looks.
A bird’s eye view of Paris from the top of the stairs.
Where i got lunch for myself. Also recommended by Rachel. It felt good to be in Paris where French, a language i really like was spoken around me.
Paris is famous for its beautiful parks as well. Recommended by Rachel’s friend. I went there by myself. Parc des Buttes Chaumont.
That was late lunch. Delicious indeed. I sat on a hill as i watched people, children playing, families having picnic…
I was sitting right where those people were sitting now. I climbed up the hill and was looking for another spot for a change.
Near some waterfalls in the Park.
Its a blurry picture…there is a bridge somewhere if u look closer.
It was so enjoyable. So peaceful. Just sitting there, someone was playing his guitar, the scenery was…simply superb. The weather was perfect, it was getting colder though..
I wanted to visit the mosque and the only one i saw in the guide book but when i got there, it was rather creepy. So peopleless the streets were. Im not sure if it was open though.
Im not sure if this is the main entrance but i saw some arabic scriptures above this door.
this is for Azlina. I remembered your attachment was with this company right?
The metro station. It is different everywhere. In Germany, there is no specific entrance where you have to insert the ticket like there is here.
Rachel’s apartment building. I was leaving early in the morning to head to my next destination.
That is like wet tissue in the toilet cubicle in the Paris CDG Airport. I think its cool to clean the toilet seat.

Eurotrotter journal: Frankfurt

10 Oct
Frankfurt main Am. Hbf. I dont know how to say it in German. Its another diffucult language. Argh all languages are difficult!

Streets of Frankfurt.
I wanted to rest so badly. After a restless night at the Skavsta airport the previous night, travelled by plane to Hahn.
Met a rather rude German lady from whom i bought a bus ticket to arrive at Frankfurt. From there, i had to take a metro down to central station. I was headed straight to the hostel so hoping to rest but was disappointed to hear i could check in after 3 hours.
It wasnt stated in the booking that check in was at 2pm but i didnt say anything, i left my bag there and wandered in the streets. There was si much to see. I saw an Asian market, many kebab stalls and many supermarkets selling halal meat which was like heaven to me. Unfortunately, i was not heading home after that otherwise i would have bought in bulk and dragged it home with me!
I wanted to sit somewhere so i bought some red tea from starbucks and sat outside which wasnt the wisest choice as it was super cold. I didnt expect Germany to be that cold.
I didnt know where they were heading to but i just had to snap a shot.

After taking a nice hot bath. Hot baths are the best after i went to Finland. I rested for a while and couldnt waste too much and headed to see the sights. Before that, serve my growling stomach with Donner teller from the kebab shop right next to my hostel. I just love kebabs! Yummy!!!

That is where the minister works, someone told me.

Very cute graphics at the traffic light where not many conform to the rules here in Germany. It says wait till its green. A friend translated for me.

The trams i caught sight of similar to those in Helsinki which were green. Here its red. I find it interesting. Havent taken any though.

I like the design of this building which i know not the name.

This is a palace i think.

This area had really interesting buildings which was an attraction as there were many tourists.

Must find someone i can trust to ask for help to take a picture of me.

I really old church which half of it is on renovation.

Its like a castle. I saw it when i was lost. So i saw everything in a day and without using the map which was useful but just got lost more than found my way around.

That is the view i caught as i was heading back after a long day of sightseeing in Frankfurt city.
I was so happy to see breakfast was great. To me it was but when i tell people, they thought it was buffet or something. Well it is a HOSTEL not a HOTEL. The location was perfect, right in front of the central station, in the heart of the city. The rooms were clean and toilet was in the room. I could store my luggage in the room for free before check in and after check out. Nice breakfast; i could have taken more if i wanted but this was enough to keep my going. It was also the cheapest hostel of my choice; an all girls dorm.

That is the beauty of Frankfurt; old buildings amongst skyscrapers.

Lucky enough to be in Frankfurt on a Saturday and got to visit the Flea Market! After asking many people, some even ignoring me for some weird unfathomable reason. I got a really nice German girl who told me the way there. I got there when it was almost time to close. After crossing a big brigde across the Mainz river, nothing compared to London brige though, i ended up on the other side. It is as its name, a flea market selling everything. The best deal i came across was VArta AA batteries. I bought the exact same one at the city for 5.95 euros and the man sold it to me at 1.50 euros at the flea market.

That is the view of the flea market, the whole long stretch.

A really huge cheese pretzel; she told me it was 2.50 euros and i was relunctant so she said 2 euros and i got it. I didnt know i could bargain for food as well.

This was lunch cum dinner as the cheese pretzel didnt last me that long. Yummy meal. I actually looked for like restaurant as i had to kill time. I sat there for like an hour and this meal was very feeling. I couldnt pass up the chance of seeing so many halal stores and not trying them. I always tell myself, its not everyday im in Germany.

1 Euro macdonalds cappucino which cheap skate me got so that i could sit there and rot for a few hours because i had till 10pm for my bus to Paris. It wasnt as boring as you would think so. There were many actors and actresses to watch.
Not one, not two but so many beggars came into macdonalds to ask for alms and some are dressed quite well. Not even one asked me but they asked everyone around me. I think its just i look different and well it is to my benefit, Alhamdulillah.
There was a mother, son and a little boy and they were an entertaining bunch. Th little boy was a spoilt brat! I hate brats!
There was a lone guy sitting across me like on another table and he had the same cup in front of him and he was sitting there as long as i was. Someone just came up to him and started talking and i looked at the person, the person stared at me. Its weird. Then when that person left, the guy was trying to control his laughter. The whole thing is so weird.
There was also a bunch of underaged punk girls; i got this from a couple of skater boys who bought 8 cheeseburgers and was eating one after another without any drink. There were conversing in old, wonderful english so i could eavesdrop..haha. They were talking about the punk girls.
Well…i saw more than that just in the one and half hour i sat there in the corner of Frankfurt Main Am Macdonalds.

Eurotrotter journal: Stockholm

9 Oct

I know most of you have enough of this sight. It is Finland and there is nothing much!

The tram which goes everywhere and it is really fast…havent taken it yet though.

Some sights of the streets of Helsinki…

Is it not like in the fairy tales we read about? It is not all fake after all you know. I love this ship! It is real, dont doubt me! I asked someone to take a picture

I was walking from Helsinki main train station (Matkakeskus) to the South or West port. I thought it was South port but the name was so confusing to me that i just wandered a long way ended up at the wrong port and manage to end up at the right port alas. Because i went to the wrong port, i saw many vendors selling vegetables and fish and there was a whole stretch of boat vendors selling bread, fish, seafood etc right from their boats. Some of their boats were so beautifully decorated such as the one above.

On board Gabriella-viking line. I was suprised that i paid 30euros to have my own little cabin in this huge ship.

The view actually shows like a little island, i spotted a little house there which reminds me of my dear adilah who would love to have that house-just like in her dreams.

The ship was about to depart from South Port of Helsinki.

The sun was just setting at 5.30pm.

I was still in Helsinki. The cruise hasnt departed yet but amazing sight! The feeling i was experiencing there, no words could describe it. Excitement. Contentment. Amazement. It is a chame i was all alone!

Subahanallah. I have no idea where but it was in between Helsinki and Stockholm. It was dark on one side and bright on the other…the photo didnt do the sight any justice. When I stepped out of the upper deck, i think i could have flew if i was lighter. The wind was very very strong!

I was unfortunately blocking the sunset which was at 6.30pm. Stockholm, after a long voyage on Gabriella. Quite a comfortable cabin i got all to myself where i had a comfortable night sleep.


To appear in my own pictures, i had to get help…
I didnt notice this in Finland, which i saw in another country which i forgot. They have separate lane designated for bicycles and even at traffic lights, one lane for pedestrian and the other for bicycles.
I had a long nice walk to the city centre in the pleasant weather.
Someone directed me to the metro station when i wanted to ask directions to the city centre. I paid 30 Kr for this 2 stops away from the city centre. Its quite dumb because i could have paid 30 Kr and taken the bus from the harbour itself to the city centre. I prefer walking because firstly, save money and secondly, its the best way to see the place.
I was walking towards Gamla stan, Old town. I didnt really have the read the map because i could follow the street signs. I just ended up walking everywhere and saw many interesteing buildings…the good thing is there is places to sit and rest everywhere unlike in Germany. It could be because they want to prevent any homeless people to make the benches their home. I think the swedish are kind of disciplined as well, just like the Finnish in some aspects.

This is some palace of some sort. As i was just walking about without looking at the map, i dont really know the name of the places.

One of the many churches i saw on my way.

What is really different about Sweden and Finland is the presence of the many rivers around. This is for my girlfriends, the Swedish guys are handsome. There is more of mixtures here than in Finland as more foreigners has moved into Stockholm.
Gamla Stan. Nice place to walk in…many shops, apartments, retaurants, kebab stores etc.
Slussen which was the closest station to the harbour. I took a metro down to city terminal and walked back to Gamla Stan ans Slussen. Well its not that i had many things to do besides walking around though. Those are the buses and Slussen is kind of on a hill or something.
Many of those rocks i see around…

Gondolen – the bridge. I was supposed to go up via elevator but couldnt find the place to take the elevator from the building so i climbed up the stairs which looks really scary. That was the view halfway up the stairs.I was looking for a mosque because someone told me there was a mosque in the area and i was looking for it not sure if i could trust my source who was a little difficult to trust.
Mosebake. Pronounced as Mu say baa k. The Swedish names a little hard to pronounce. For instance, Nyokoping is pronounced as New cho ping.
Alas the mosque. There was nothing outside to show that it was a mosque but the small paper there on the brown door said something in arabic which read masjid something. Haha im ashamed to say i didnt find out the name of the mosque. I was a little unsure if it was the mosque until i saw a woman and man enter. The woman urged me to go in as well. I didnt really got her meaning and i entered from the front door when i was supposed to enter the side door.
The feeling was great and i saw many women clad in hijab and praying together in congregation after a long time, the thoughts of home came back to me. The mosque was beautiful. It was my retreat after a very tiring walk through the few streets of Stockholm. I was waiting for the next prayer when…
Girl: is it asr yet?
Me: Urm…nope someone told me it will be at 3pm.
Girl: Ohh ok…then she prayed.
After she prayed.
Me: Are you from here?
Girl: Yes i am. But the timing here change so much that i couldnt remember.
Me: Ohhh, are you Swedish?
Girl: Yea, i was here since i was 2 years old….
The conversation went on till asr, that was an hour later. I was sitting down after the prayer when the lady whom i met at the entrance came to sit beside me and asked me if i was new there. I said i was visiting from Finland. She lived in Sweden for a long time but previously from Morocco. Very pretty lady.
We continued chatting like old friends after asr. Me and the girl, F. It was such a nice time and at the end, she even invited me to her home. I, with a heavy heart had to reject the offer because i had to catch the bus to Skavsta airport. After Maghrib, she hugged me, wishing me a good journey. Alhamdulillah. It was the most wonderful feeling of sisterhood.
We left the mosque together and she walked me through 2 metro stations because she knew how difficult it was for me to find the mosque in the first place. Before she left me, she ensured that i knew exactly how to get to my destination. One last farewell hug and, I went on my way the same way i came, alone.
This is after prayer Doa pasted on the wall. I think its good and Singapore mosques should do this too. Reminds people like me to make Doa after prayer if they dont pray in congregation.
There is also a hooded thing which i like very much. They dont have telengkung like they do in Singapore but a hooded thing which you can button down to cover your dress which might not be suitable for praying.
View of the city at night, around 7.30pm.