Monday, August 16, 2010


This entry has little punctuations and so it is a downhill run from the first paragraph. You need to punctuate where necessary, very much like reading those ancient kitab, commonly referred to as Kitab Kuning where the Jawi is free flow and you need to master the Fi'lun, Harfun and Ismun of the Arabic grammar.

YOU DON'T WANT TO BE ANY WHERE IN THE WORLD during this time of the year except right here in this here country where you can go to bazaar Ramadan in the evening to watch people coming and going looking happy in the face now that they've got all the kuih muih and lauk pauk all wrapped up in red plastic bags much too thin to hold everything in but it's the only kinda plastic bag all the traders in the country are using on account it's the industry standard.
This is the time to be feasting and tucking in all the nice things they've got at the bazaar Ramadan and you've got a few more weeks of this good tucking time before it's all over. Miss this and you're gonna have to wait for a year before all this repeats itself all over again. You don't want to do that because you may not live that long when this comes back on next year - what with things like high blood pressure and cancer and all that stuff that can kill you before you have the chance to re-live the tucking and feasting galore that only bazaar Ramadan can do to you.
To some ustaz and motivational experts on TVs bazaar Ramadan isn't a good thing. They say Ramadan is not about feasting but about something I don't get it on account they always talk using Arabic terms here and there and everyone including the Mayor of Beruas know I don't speak a word of Arabic to understand what those ustaz and motivational speakers on TVs are so mad about when they talk in high-class tone of voice that people shouldn't be feasting and tucking nice things from bazaar Ramadan. I got the feeling they are mad with themselves for not being able to go to bazaar Ramadan because they have a busy schedule talking and giving advice on TVs that they don't have the time to themselves to able to go to bazaar Ramadan to do the feasting and tucking like everyone else who enjoys being there. And they know that it is twice the fun to be there when you fast all day and everyone knows when you fast all day, everything looks good that you get the feeling that you can eat anything including the red plastic bags.
People do the thing they do. And people understand Ramadan differently and I believe those ustaz and motivational speakers on TVs should just let people do the thing they do because let's face it, not everyone takes time off to study Soheh Bukhari on fasting, which takes about three years to cover, if you don't miss a single class, that is. And not every one takes time off to study Al Azkar or Riadhusolehin. It is a lot more fun to visit bazaar Ramadan than to study something like that and so when people come down to the bazaar to do feasting and tucking I believe those ustaz and motivational speakers on TVs should leave them alone to experience Ramadan they way they do. And if they want to experience Ramadan feasting and tucking nice expensive buffet in high class hotels, or enjoy their iftar on a boat cruising down a lake, I'd say leave them alone. Everyone understands Ramadan differently. Otherwise, they'd be ustaz and motivational speakers talking on TV about it isn't a good idea to be feasting and tucking all those nice things from bazaar Ramadan.



Blogger Wan Sharif said...

An interesting take Brother Bergen.
I believe that some ustaz and motivational experts on TVs know that when you fast all day, everything looks good that you get the feeling that you can eat anything including the red plastic bags...
I guess that what they would like to prevent the marhaen from doing (eat the red plastic bags, I mean), he..he
Take care and keep healthy will ya..

3:05 AM  
Blogger Zendra-Maria said...

For working and maidless mothers who are pressed for time to prepare the iftaar meal, these bazaars are indeed convenient, necessary even - more so in the Klang Valley when these stoic ladies have to fetch their children from school or day-care and then battle traffic jams to get home. The only thing is not to overdo on the purchasing and my guess is this is what Ustaz2 TV are advocating? :)

7:51 AM  
Blogger Kama At-Tarawis said...

Salam Berg. I'm very much a bazaar ramadan person, in that I buy food for iftar from these 'bazrams' (a newly-coined term as I understand it) almost everyday.

I'd buy a couple of types of kuihs and some lauk for both iftar and sahur. on days when i cook lauk, i'd buy just the kuihs. likewise, on the day that i made bubur kacang durian the other day, i just bought some lauks.

i patronise bazaar ramadan because of the convenience it affords; it leaves me with time to do other things in the house instead of spending my entire afternoon & evening in the kitchen.

the one thing pak abu and i no longer do is ramadan buffet; it's a personal choice, we just don't feel like spending so much when we can only eat so little, that's all.

8:11 AM  
Blogger Saya... said...

Well Berg i dunno i kinda get peeved myself looking at the amount of food people buy and eat during ramadan when it is supposed to be a time of restraint and i think the ustaz have a point there to educate and remind the public the spirit of ramadan as Allah wished it to be which is self restraint in all aspects though i have myself failed many times and actually eating less and simple foods just as our Prophet SAW did and he is of course the best example we could ever have and we should follow since Allah sent him down for us as we are just too stupid to think for ourselves because when left to our own devices we humans just do whatever we fancy and then the whole world goes straight to hell and becomes chaotic and its everyone for himself and herself and back to the ramadan bazaars i think that while some are pressed for time and can buy instead of just wasting time cooking and cooking and could better use that time for ibadah and good deeds its still a habit of people in Malaysia to overbuy and overeat during ramadan which is self defeating as people get fatter and consume more sugar when there is actually no need because we are encouraged to eat dates and drink plain water as the Prophet said that is the best food to break fast and who are we to argue with that and make loads and loads of kuih when we can make do with 3 dates and give the money to the poor in the world and with this i think i have the longest ever sentence and probably beat your record and i also wonder how people can get up and cook and eat a full ten course rice meal for sahur too so i suppose people do need these reminders from the good ustaz for their own good as reminders in themselves are very good we all need them and eating too much during ramadan brings us no good. :P

9:56 AM  
Blogger Saya... said...

PS: I think its the tucking and feasting and smoking that keeps killing us malaysians so thats why its a good idea to eat leass than our daily calorie requirements and leave ourselves a little hungry and so back to the ustaz advice its actually good advice to starve our diseases to death but mark my words we won;t really die from a little empty stomach maybe be more motivated and energetic so tucking and feasting is a no no no in fact my Arab neibor died on first day of ramadan even before he had chance for sahur and all his 5 girls and 3 boys were wailing non stop because daddy died and now they are orphans and i think he didnt take of his diet because he was overweight and had diabetes and cholesterol and thats what we get from eating and feasting and so i tell myself i better start eating less and not till im bloated like a pig too because for all my advice i still cannot make myself have that discipline :)

10:10 AM  
Blogger Bergen said...

Wan Sharif: You have a point there, sir.

Zendra-Maria: I get it. The ustaz is trying to tell us not to over indulge but how can we not over indulge when it is the time of the year when every where you look is good stuff.

Kama At-Tarawis: You and Pak Abu would be 'Bazariyun' hehe, it's plural, kalau untuk female gender I think it is 'Bazariyunat' - I could be wrong.

Saya: You got me, ma'am. You write like Bergen or is it Bergen writes like you. I get you, yes the ustaz is trying to tell us that bazaar Ramadan or its kind isn't in the true spirit of Ramadan, but people being insan yang lemah, we give in to our selera and in a way, it is okay because we still berpuasa and menghormati bulan Ramadan, so in a way we don't need to be talked down as if we are doing the thing we are supposed to be doing. Maybe I don't like people who behave as if they are holier than the rest of us. Ustaz are people too, and I'm sure they too over indulge - how can they not over indulge when most of them are rather overweight. That's a dead give away, ma'am.

11:27 AM  
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12:32 PM  
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12:34 PM  
Blogger pakmat said...

..and what will old coots like me do without the bazrams..?..and I know that my non-Muslims friends are ecstatic during Ramadans..they just loved the bazaar..

3:24 PM  
Blogger Bergen said...

Pakmat: I agree. Bazaar Ramadan is a good thing.

4:53 PM  
Blogger Nin said...

Salam. Something about pasar ramadhan that entice you to overspend. I have been bitten one too many times and I still am not shy. What I mean is that, despite being through many disappointments with pasar ramadhan food (lets admit it, in cutting costs and maximising profits, they sacrifice the food quality and taste), and being fully aware of this fact, I still find myself splashing away whenever I visit one. *sigh*

8:12 AM  
Blogger mekyam said...

EAT THAT, ustaz and motivational speakers talking on TV against pasrams (is it, princess?]! LOL! :D

8:56 AM  
Blogger Bergen said...

Nin: Good thing this happens once a year. So I reckon that makes it OK.

Mekyam: I got the feeling most of these ustaz or motivational speakers on TV don't do the thing they want people to do. I guess it is easy to preach than to practise.

10:26 AM  
Blogger mekyam said...

you know berg, i too always suspect preachy people never really listen to themselves. it must be some kind of built-in reflex. :D

12:23 PM  
Blogger Red Alfa said...

According to BFM 89.9 my favorite Business Station that I normally tune to on my drive home, they have called bazaar ramadans in Klang Valley "Params" for Pasar Ramadams and they had live coverages of the Param they got to visit that day!

The DJ at the station got live reportings on the many food stalls at the Param. The part that really had me tuned in were the interviews with the Param patronizers not unlike the interview/surveys they do with voters as they exit polling stations!

One would now think Params have really arrived!

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Preachy sure is better than them bitchy ones, sir :DDDDDDDD

(no reference to you here sir, just a comparison in general)


8:25 PM  
Blogger Ray G said...

You're still alive? OMG! I swear I saw someone posting a comment saying you passed away couple of months ago!

I am so glad I came back to check your blog (your writings amuses me and cheers me up)

Only God knows how happy to see you "back"!

12:40 PM  
Blogger Fauziah Ismail said...

Salam Bergen
I haven't gone to any bazaar Ramadan and I haven't gone on any of the buka puasa invites outside the office.
Yet, my Ramadan is satiated, alhamdulillah.
Have a Blessed Ramadan!

6:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

salam bro,
nice to see you back here again :)

i always like bazar ramadan. it comes in handy for ppl like me. who can straight away after office hours look for lauk/kuih for berbuka before heading back home. but it was those days. now after back to stay near my parents place since 2005, masakan ibulah yg best. seldom do that ronda2 bazar ramadan anymore.

selamat berpuasa
-mek na

2:06 PM  
Anonymous Miz Lavender said...

Talking about Param (Pasar Ramadhan) got me in stitches yesterday..
My daughter asked me let's go and see Param.
I told her Param is no longer with us.
He died two years ago.
Laughing, she told me that's the new word for Pasar Ramadhan she heard on radio.
Now it's longer bazaar but Pasar Ramadhan.

10:45 PM  
Blogger mokjadeandell said...

I have the lazy feet ,hence no trip to param except on 1 occasion.If we were to do an account based on the daily wash down the drain untouched food,by the end of ramadan,how much would it be.Sikit sikit jadi bukit.Entah entah boleh beli kereta baru.

1:17 AM  
Anonymous Miz Lavender said...

Talking about preachy ones, there's this Ustazah Bahyah Mahmiood who really irritates me.
She's always on TV3, in fact the main staple of most TV3 agama shows.
With her glossy lipstick and bling-bling sponsored bajus, there she goes yakking and with her hands flying every which way.
Really, no moderation this ustazah when Islam said everything must be in moderation!
She also has a show on TV9 with the hubby and they acted like they are the happiest and most blessed couple.
Meluat betul with their over-acting. Like young love-birds and on air.
There are so many more ustazahs with degrees from Al-Azhar or from Madinah Uiversity which TV3 can sourced from.

11:00 PM  
Blogger Bergen said...

Red Alfa: Trust us to come up with things like Pasram or something like that. Frankly, I don't like it but then I've got a feeling this word is going to be made official soon enough.

Anonymous 8.25pm: I haven't come across some onle like that. Have you?

Ray G: I here, and still writing and eating. So that makes me not dead yet he he.

Fauziah Ismail: A simple Ramadhan is the best.

Mekna: I won't know for sure how tasty mother's cooking is because I've never experienced that but I reckon it's the best.

Miz Lavender: Oh ok, THAT Param. The short guy.

Mokjadeandell: I know what you mean. You have a feeling you can eat the whole thing at the bazaar Ramadan when in reality all your body needs is just a glass of water.

Thank you folks for visiting. You have a nice day now.

8:58 AM  

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