The Ramadan month is always something that Muslims around the world look forward to every year. With an entire month dedicated to removing oneself from wordly temptations, stripping things down to the basics and bringing oneself closer to the divine, there are plenty of ample opportunities for religious and spiritual reflection. In addition, there are also plenty of opportunities to spend more time with your loved ones, as businesses typically cut down on working hours throughout the month. If you're a newlyweds, this is obviously good news! Just ask musician Ritchie Ismail, who recently got hitched to TV personality Syahnaz Sadiqah, meaning that this is the first time they spend Ramadan as married couple. We spoke to Ritchie and asked for his insight on navigating Ramadan as a husband and whether there are any significant changes on his Ramadan habits now that he's a married man. Read on to find out!
"As I'm certain any newly married couples would attest, the main difference to Ramadan when you're married is definitely having a partner accompany you for your suhoor (pre-dawn meal) and iftar (breaking the fast). When I was single up until we were dating, I would usually wake up alone for both and prepare everything myself; but now that I'm married, my wife would prepare suhoor and iftar for the both of us. It's a nice and comforting feeling to have a partner with you when you're observing a religious activity.
That aside, there is not that much difference in my daily activities in comparison to the other months. But obviously there are certain specificities that you can only do during Ramadan. For instance, I would go out and get snacks for iftar. I love doing that, especially when my friends join me.
However, nothing beats spending time with my wife. Ramadan is the perfect time for that, I think. In fact, I would recommend all newlyweds to just spend more time with each other for your first Ramadan together. It allows your bond to become stronger, and at the same time, the two you can be closer to God and observe the month of Ramadan to its fullest extent. We are planning to do everything this Ramadan: suhoor, iftar, all the prayers. It enriches your soul and it teaches you the true essences of life: love, connection and God." - Ritchie Ismail
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At the mention of the word ‘savanna', your mind probably wanders to the vast grassy plains of Africa. But do you know that there are actually a few savannas in the world that are worthy of your attention? Even more surprising, some of the best ones are located in Indonesia, ready to be explored to your heart’s content. To celebrate the release of the new Disney's Photo-Realistic Animation THE LION KING, let's unleash our inner Simba or Nala, it’s time to roam here in our 5 picks of the most beautiful savannas in the world:
Said to be a major inspiration to the movie Lion King, the Serengeti which is located near Cape Town (www.sweetescape.com/en/cities/capetown) goes as far as the eye can see- and then some more. The seemingly endless grassland is located in Tanzania, Africa and is one of Africa’s most classic safari destinations. It’s the home of the Big Five, over 500 species of birds and Africa’s most well-known great wildebeest migration.
With countless tour packages available for your choosing, more and more attractions are introduced including hot air balloon, camping, walking safaris and so on. Excitement aside, nothing beats the tranquility of just sitting and waiting for sunset or admiring the landscape up close.
Home to East Sumba’s savanna, the grassland expanse is an iconic jewel that will struck any traveler with an awe-inspiring wonder. Just a 30-minute drive from Waingapu, the open stretches of grassland gets even more dramatic with backdrop of rolling hills at one side and oceanic stretch at the other. Cue in the galloping sandalwood horses and there you have it, the best nature scene one could ever wish for.
In fact, the golden-yellow savanna and blue skies have made the screen plenty of times in the movies. It’s also a highly-requested prewedding location, all thanks to the beach that is adjacent to the meadow with the same name.
The Palouse is the most serene and pastoral of the seven wonders of Washington. Located in the Southeast area of the state, the grassland boasts a unique landscape that is also a designated wheat and barley plantations. As the produce matures from time to time, the Palouse changes in colors too, from lush shades of green in Spring to crispy harvest brown in summer.
The meadow is a gem that captivates the hearts of many photographers, ready to hunt for the next most picturesque memory under the sun. One thing is for sure, with such wonderful sight to see, any shot is going to be as good as it gets.
We’re not kidding when we say some of the best savannas in the world is in Indonesia. Just check out our next contender, Savana Selo that is nicknamed after the pathway to reach it. With the majestic mount Merbabu as the backdrop, you can expect to find a few savanna spots, all with the same exotic yet carefree panorama. The beauty often stops hikers in their tracks, inviting them to take a long rest while absorbing the fresh view it has to offer.
Plenty of other mountains in Indonesia also share the same geographical feature of mountainous savannas. To name a few, there are Mount Sindoro, Mount Lawu, Mount Bromo, Mount Argopura and the list continues! So if you are yet to step foot in Africa or other foreign countries, Nusantara beckons your savanna visit anytime of the day.
Nothing gets more instagrammable than the stretch of lovely pink savanna in the form of one endless park. It’s one of the most visited places in Korea during autumn, the pinkish and violet grass sway dreamily like one huge fluffy carpet.
The pink sea of flowers is not the only thing that you get to enjoy, because Nari Park also houses many different other floral species that share one thing in common : extra prettiness! Just get your camera ready and prepare to experience a day of natural beauty at its finest height.
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