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Friday Prayers

Location: Alam Impian Mosque

My first ‘solat Jumaat’ in four months, alhamdulillah. Thank you to the mosque committee members for making all the necessary preparations for congregational prayer.

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Besar 2.0

Location: Shah Alam, Selangor

I’m really happy with the Portrait Mode on my iPhone 11 Pro Max. Sure it may not give the most technically accurate picture, but the results are very pleasant to look at (which is arguably more important).

This here is Besar, or rather Besar 2.0.

When I was a kid, my family used to have a grumpy cat called Besar (which means ‘big’ in Malay) because she was considerably larger than the 2 kittens we also had at the time. The cat in this picture belongs to my mother-in-law, but she looks similar to my old one (the cat, not my mother-in-law!), so to keep things simple I’ve named her Besar as well.

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Starbucks

Starbucks cup

Location: Subang Parade, Selangor

Check out this beautifully-designed paper cup by Starbucks. I immediately asked if they sold a mug with the same design on it but unfortunately the answer was no.

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Leg Day

Leg day

Never skip leg day.

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Crowd Control

Crowd control

Working from home ain’t easy, especially with kids around! Had to recruit new bodyguards to try and impose some sort of crowd control…

Update (12.09pm):

None survived the encounter with a 3-year-old child. Puny minions!

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Mango Tree

Mango tree

It felt good to be able to plant this mango tree that my father-in-law gave to me. May it bloom and bring bountiful rizq to passersby inshaAllah.

P/S: As you can expect, I have absolutely no idea if this is a mango tree even. I guess we’ll see in a few years’ time.

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Origami Spinosaurus

Origami spinosaurus

Location: Selangor, Malaysia

I thought it would be a good idea to introduce the kids to origami during this Movement Control Order period. My son found a YouTube video purporting to show an ‘easy’ way to make a spinosaurus. Try as I might, I couldn’t get the head to fold correctly so for some weird reason this spinosaurus ended up looing upwards. Oh well, better to spot a falling meteor I guess!

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Books

Books

Location: Oxford, UK

Just some of the books that I managed to read last year. I particularly enjoyed ‘The World As It Is’ by Ben Rhodes.

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Ship

Ship

Location: The National Gallery, London

I can’t be the only person to appreciate the amount of love and care that went into painting this ship.

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Peacock

Peacock

Location: Sunway Lagoon Wildlife Park, Selangor

I was struck by how smoothly the colour blue morphs into green on this peacock’s body.