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Volunteer for Projek Iqra at Baitul Ehsan

On Saturday I had the opportunity to help kids buy their Raya cloth. It was an experience of a lifetime and it’s worth repeating.

banner projek iqra

Firstly I have to thank Kak Jie for giving me the opportunity to replace her. I have to say, this is the most convenient orphanage, it was close to my old house, somewhere in between Desa Pandan and Kampung Pandan.

barisan depan, biasalah nerd

The day started with a speech by the Head of Baitul Ehsan. He told the story how the house started, that he gave away all his fortune to help these kids. There are 60 of them all together, boys and girls. First, they started renting a house (and still renting) with just 5 kids. Soon the size grew, as more parents  seeking refuge, largely due to financial constraints. Space became limited, the place was swarmed with kids. They eventually expanded to Gombak (for boys). Now they have 2 homes. In this house, they were taught to recite and remember the Quran (creating tahfiz).

pengetua berucap, rasa mcm sekolah

The kids came from various backgrounds, origin and age. There was once a 10 day-old twins, which they raised to 9 years old today. They were unwanted kids, nobody wanted to take them in but Baitul Ehsan did. I lost it the minute I reflected it to myself. Where was I all this while? How could I help? What needs helping? What’s stopping me from helping?

I couldn’t help but feel saddened as the story unfolds. I’m sure it sparked a few to continue helping these kids, I know I am.

gambar dgn anak

Anyway, our task as volunteer was to take these kids shopping at Tesco Ampang (about 10 minutes drive). We were given RM150 per kids, help them pick their raya cloth and other necessities. Aisyah and me were given 2 kids, Fadli and Aiman. Fadli has a twin brother in the same house, Aiman has a little brother too.

We created a shopping list before we head to Tesco.

sedang pilih kasut, ada budak nakal interframe

Our ride was flashy, my dad’s BMW 6-series. We wanted to change the day before, but I had Negaraku dinner and we made our move from Shah Alam, it doesn’t make sense to replace our car early morning. Thankfully our kids were tiny, easy to fit at the back. Their reaction to the car was like WOW! They were looking at every aspect of the car, window, seats, even my dad’s golf hat.

Shopping List

The shopping list was long, it means longer walks, but we’re up for it!

They were both clear on getting a robe (jubah) for Raya. After strolling for half hour, we couldn’t find a place that sells a robe for 12 year olds. They were all for adults. Our kids was ok with another option, a Kuta (Pakistani shirt, and I have no idea how to spell that). It proved to be a challenged as well. They were at the age with odd size, can’t fit kids nor adults size.

baju terlebih besar, tapi dorg suka

Eventually we got one for each though it was bigger than expected and I’ve tried reasoning with them to get a Baju Melayu instead. They loved it and I couldn’t refuse. I can now understand how hard was it for mom to pick baju raya for us.

muke senyum fadli

Shoes for Aiman was easy, he wanted a North Star, which is dead on cool. As for Fadli, he wasn’t sure what he wanted. His timid personality made it harder to understand his words but we eventually got one for him. We got perfume at Watson, and we were lucky enough to qualify for a free back pack!

beli jam dekat amoi

The watch was straight forward. Aisyah decided to pay for them instead. Aiman got one with some super lighting display, meanwhile Fadli got a G-Shock-ish watch. Aiman has a boyish-teeny personality, Fadli was at that age, an adult-to-be teen. Hence why his taste were all over the place. (I went through similar phase at 16-17!) We all know how teens are, confusing era!

Gambar dengan anak-anak

Video of the event that took place by Projek Iqra

We finally got back at Baitul Ehsan about 12.30 pm. We did manage to loiter for a while in the hall, it was very spacious, unfortunately, I forgot my camera. No photos were taken. We bid good bye and sort of forced the kids to pray for us. Haha (Doa anak yatim makbul yooo)

As soon as we got home, we went flat in the living room for hours.

It was worth it. It’s what I missed doing and should’ve done often, these little random act of kindness. No amount of money can buy that. The feeling of free from all this misery and the joy of helping others, is truly remarkable.

Food & Outing

Berbuka Dengan Jus Kurma

I love dates, especially those juicy and succulent ones. They’re the best.

Ever since I caught hemorrhoid, doctors has been advising to increase intake of fiber. Fiber comes in many forms, the best are fruits. I’m not really a big fan of fruits as they come in surprise, sometimes sweet, sometimes tasteless. Dates however has never failed me.


Here’s my choice of dates. Iran ones.


Of course you need to peel away the seed manually.


Borrowed my wife’s blender, which is super helpful and awesome ice crusher!


And there you have it.

The weird this is, it’s black when entered, white when blended. It’s the fiber I guess. Anyway, the rule of thumb is, per glass, use 5 dates. I jug that serves 6 cups, use 30 dates. The more the better of course. Don’t mix with ice until time, add a bit of water if it’s thick. Sesuai untuk berbuka puasa 🙂

For honey lovers, adding some would definitely rock your world.

Good luck!

Food & Outing Sports & Health

Warga Emas ke Tanah Suci Mekah dengan Pajero

Saya pernah dengar cerita orang naik motor pergi Mekah, naik kereta, tetapi belum lagi warga emas. Subhana Allah, walaupun berusia, misi mereka untuk sampai ke sana dengan Pajero amat rumit.

Bayangkan tidur dalam kereta, mandi di tandas awam, tiada peti ais, tiada aircond, lagi difikirkan, lagi runsing kepala. Persoalan utama, kenapa tidak naik kapal terbang? Kenapa mesti kereta? Soalan ini lebih sesuai dijawab peserta sendiri. Pada hemat saya, ini adalah adventure. Kapal terbang, kapal cruise, speedboat semua ini boring.

Warga emas ke Tanah Suci

Perjalanan mereka akan menjangkau 13,000 km! (Balik kampung 350 km pon dah penat) Pasangan bertolak pada 13 July 2013 dan akan berpuasa sepanjang perjalanan.

Ikuti kisah dan perjalanan mereka di facebook page hasil update daripada anak.

Mari kita sama-sama doakan pasangan ini selamat tiba dan pulang dari tanah suci. Semoga Allah sentiasa bersama mereka menunjukkan jalan yg benar. Amin!

Kepada Pakcik dan Makcik, You ROCK!