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Wishing all my Muslim friends Selamat Hari Raya and Eid Mubarak ✨🌙

Selamat hari raya

Wishing all my Muslim friends Selamat Hari Raya and Eid Mubarak ✨🌙

This is a drawing I did recently on IG live with my beautiful friend singer songwriter Chelsia Ng. She is the sunflower and I am the moon. There is a traditional ketupat, rice wrapped in palm leaf in the background which is a typical dish served in Malaysia during this celebration. 🌻🌙

This year, out of solidarity, I have followed the Ramadan fasting with my friends, except I allowed myself water as is my first time. The fasting is similar to intermittent fasting. You can eat between 720pm and 540am, when the sun sets. I think if I didn’t have the water, it would have been more of a challenge. Exercising was not easy either, I timed it so that I would exercise just before breaking fast and incorporating a 20 mins meditation session at 7pm.

Ramadan is a time of spiritual reflection, self-improvement, and heightened devotion and worship.  I took this on in a non religious way because i believe it has much to teach. I focused on self growth and gratitude. I enjoyed the experience so much that I think I will make this a yearly practice. It was indeed rewarding and I found a sense of belonging ✨🌙

Gratitude flowers: orchids. Ramadan Kareem to my Muslim friends.

White orchids

Ramadan kareem my friends.

‘Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love’ ~ Rumi

It’s covid-19 lockdown day no 38/45 in Malaysia.
This week I’m dedicating flowers to the strong women in my life. I don’t thank my friends and family enough or tell them why they are important to me in my life, so I’m taking this opportunity during lockdown to remedy this 

Sketch of the day no 1348 in my moleskine sketchbook : white orchids for my beautiful and talented friend Abby

We became fast friends because i admire your independence, courage and strength right from the start.
I knew we would be great friends when we survived our adventure to Turkey. What an amazing trip!
Thank you for being my friend, art supporter and critic. I cherish our midnight chats about art and life when the world is sleeping. You inspire me to push my boundaries and step out of my comfort zone.  Love you Abby and i will be liquid fasting this ramadan because you asked me to ❤️

Stay home and stay safe xoxo

Wishing all my muslim friends Selamat Berpuasa and Ramadan Mubarak

Ramadan Mubarak to all Muslims

Wishing all my muslim friends Selamat Berpuasa and Ramadan Mubarak.

A poem by Rumi.

There’s a hidden sweetness
in the stomach’s emptiness.

We are lutes, no more, no less.
If the sound box is stuffed
full of anything, no music.

If the brain and the belly
are burning clean with fasting,
every moment a new song
comes out of the fire.

The fog clears, and a new
energy makes you run up the
steps in front of you.

Be emptier and cry like
reed instruments cry.
Emptier, write secrets with
the reed pen.

When you’re full of food and drink,
Satan sits where your
spirit should, an ugly metal
statue in place of the Kaaba.

When you fast, good habits gather
like friends who want to help.

Fasting is Solomon’s ring.
Don’t give it to some illusion
and lose your power.

But even if you’ve lost all
will and control, they come
back when you fast,
like soldiers appearing out
of the ground, pennants
flying above them.

A table descends to your
tent, Jesus’s table.
Expect to see it, when you
fast, this table spread with
other food better than the
broth of cabbages.

–Rumi

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Sketch of the day no 655 in my moleskine art journal: Malaysian Kuih Muih. Selamat ramadan.

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kuih muih tradisi malaysia

Sketch of the in my moleskine art journal are of a selection of traditional Malaysian Kuih Muih or cakes. These are part of our colourful food which is eaten all year long but is especially popular during ramadan. A lot of people will make to sell these traditional cakes at food stalls all over the country.
Selamat ramadan! Ramadan mubarak! May you be blessed with peace and happiness.

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