Ramadan

FillingTheBlues an Infographic

Filling The Blues Just as my body clock and daily routine have adjusted to Ramadan hours and a new routine, it’s over and today we celebrate Eid.  They say it takes 30 days to change a habit, and I guess that’s true, although I’m hoping to undo some of the habits learned over the last 30 days, literally overnight and switch back to a normal eating and sleeping routine asap.  One of my habits was to volunteer for FillingTheBlues over the entire period of Ramadan.  This is now the fourth year I’ve done this and you can read more about FillingTheBlues  in the following posts : #FillingTheBlues Homegrown Restaurants & Volunteers give back during Ramadan #FillingTheBlues | Alternative Ramadan #FillingTheBlues a third year Ramadan in Dubai #FillingTheBlues Ramadan has flown by this year, and whilst it seems a long time ago that it started, the end came really quickly. Last night after handing out lots of food, drink, clothes and …

Ramadan – Iftar & Suhoor for less than 100/Aed for two

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]After just over fifteen hours of fasting, the first thing on my mind when I break my fast is to take a sip of water, to nibble on a date or two and to drink a glass of laban. Next I always want a big mug of coffee which smells amazing and tastes equally good. After this I usually move onto something light perhaps a soup, or a light salad, or a crunchy cracker before having my main meal later in the evening.  I do this because mostly I find that I’m unable to eat much more as, despite the long time without food, I’m actually not that hungry and don’t have much capacity to eat much. I’m spending the majority of Iftar time this year helping at Filling The Blues and therefore having Iftar at home or somewhere low key, usually on my drive home from Filling The Blues which is quiet affair. Ramadan doesn’t have to be a …

Ramadan | Dubai Homegrown Restaurants giving back

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A memory popped up on Facebook a few days ago, the memory of the first ever Filling The Blues which started in 2012.  The shaky video and photos from my Facebook page got me thinking back to how a simple tweet from 1 person (Tahir from Moti Roti) started something which has grown year on year.  The tweet started something which was initially referred to as #FillABlueBelly and has morphed over the years to something now called FillingTheBlues.   This year is the fourth year that restaurants and volunteers have come together to give a little something back to the boys in blue.  Here’s the Filling The Blues story so far with a few more poignant memories along the way. Enjoy x[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title=”#FillingTheBlues” color=”blue” border_width=”3″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”21858″ img_size=”medium” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]June 2012 – It’s Ramadan in Dubai and Tahir Shah owner of Moti Roti tweets about providing Biryani to some workers on a local building site for Iftar. He …

Ramadan | My second year fasting

  Fasting Year 2 How did Ramadan sneak up so quickly? It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since I first did my full fast. This year I’m doing a second year of Fasting and am sharing here some of my experiences. Day 1 I learnt a lesson from fasting last year, and the lesson was that I need to wake before dawn prayers and drink otherwise my day would go badly due to dehydration. I set my alarm for 3.45, woke up and downed a large glass of water before going back to sleep. Unfortunately I don’t sleep straight away and was awake til about 4.30 am reading. I can’t imagine waking up to eat and pray at this hour (or before) as frankly just drinking water this early in the day feels very counter intuitive. I wake at 8 am and immediately miss my morning coffee routine. Instead I watch the news with an empty hand …