Sunday, April 23, 2017

Chatuchak Market Thailand


The saying goes as ... " it will not be a complete visit to Bangkok if you did not go to the Chatuchak Market". Therefore, its our priority on the list.

Chatuchak Market is the weekend market which opens only on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Its a large market with many stalls. The stalls are grouped according the goods they are selling. Its adviceable to have a map of the market when exploring it. Chatuchak market is the place where you can get souveniors for a reasonable price. But... be sure to have a good bargaining power.
As we had done our homework earlier, going to Chatuchak Market from the hotel was a breeze. We took the shuttle boat from the hotel to the Santhorn Pier. The pier is connected to the Saphan Taksin BTS station. BTS is the Bangkok Mass Transit System, the transportation system that connects the important places in the Bangkok City.

From the Saphan Taksin station we  headed to the Mochit Station. The nearest station to the Chatuchak Market. From the many blogs that we read, we were assured that we cannot be lost once disembarking the train at Mochit station because most of the people whom disembark at the station are heading towards the Chatuchak Market. We can just follow the crowd to go to the Chatuchak Market.

And... it was very true. Mochit is the last station on the train system line. Almost everybody whom disembark from the train headed to tge market except for few locals who have other errands. We cross the crossover bridge from the station and went straight to the market by following the crowds. Our first aim is to find a musolla to perform our solah, then lunch. We printed a map of Chatuchak Market before starting the trip. It looks easy to find the musolla with the map, but we were wronged. There were too many people there and being the first timer, we could not figure out our location. Alhamdulillah we found and information counter and managed to get a better map of the market, and by asking around, we managed to locate the musolla.

It was a small room in an alley within the block. Male and female area was divided well. However, the ablution area is in the open space. Its a challenge for us with the aurat issue. Alhamdulillah... one mission completed. Next challenge is to find a place for lunch. We were assured through blogwalkings that there are few muslim eating places within the Chatuchak Market. And we set to meet the challenge. With the help from few locals we managed to locate Saman Restaurant near to the clock tower within the market. As it was around 3pm, there are too many people queueing for lunch at the restaurant. We were cautioned about the pricy food, but we do not have any option. We waited for few minutes to get a seat. The food was OK, the sticky mango rice was excellent. For a 150Baht for half portion of the sticky rice it was fulfilling. We had fried rice. We wanted to try the Tom Yam but when told that the waiting time is more than 20minutes, we decided to be satisfied with what is availbale. After lunch we began our venture of the Chatuchak.

Honestly, it was a very exhaustive venture. Walking pass the small alley, between throngs of people. Too many things to see, and not sure what to buy. If you need a foot massage, there are plenty of it in every alley within the market. However, i shall not advice muslim lady to go for massage as it was done in a joint place with male customer, again it will be the issue of upholding our aurat.
My advice, buy the things that you want at the first sight as you might not be able to find the same stall again after moving on.

My second advice is to wear a comfortable shoe for walking. You are sure to burnt your calories away through walking at Chatuchak Market.

My third advice is to have the mineral water with you. It is definitely very hot and you will sweat a lot and needs a good drink to replenish your body fluid.

Overall.... its a good experience. Alhamdulillah. Allah permits us to view the variety walks of life

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Going to Bangkok

Salam alaykum

Ita a good feeling to be able to leave the nest and went for a trip with others once in a while. Here it goes .... another conference trip with my good buddy and our husbands. And this time its Bangkok.

We decided to go 2 days earlier to get a better glimpse of Bangkok and Allah's beautiful creations.

Prior to going to Bangkok, we did a research on what are the interesting places, the transportations system, halal eating places, prayer (solah) places and what souveniors they offer. Alhamdulillah... we the advent of the technology... all these information is just a click away. Through some blog walking and site viewing, we prepared a thorough itenarary that is agreed by both.

We began our day at 4am. We leave the house at 5am heading to the airport. We parked our car at the Putrajaya LRT station and took the ERL transit to the airport. As we took the AirAsia, our airport will be the KLIA2, Malaysia's low cost carrier terminal. It has been on few occasions that we parked our car at the Putrajaya station when taking the flight to any places. The parking fees and ERL ticket is cheaper than taking the airport cab to and fro the airport and our house. For 4 days, the parking charges was only approximately RM24.

Reaching the airport we hurriedly to the Drop Bag counter as we had ealier done the online Checked-in. We, later proceed to perform our solat Subuh. And later leisurely walk our way to the designated Gate. The flight is scheduled at 8.20am.

Alhamdulillah... the flight was on time and smooth. We ordered in-flight breakfast earlier. Alhamdulillah the food was satisfying.

Immediately upon disembarking the flight and passing through the immigration checks, we were greeted by the mamy telco companies for a temporary sim card. We were offered an unlimited data plan for 300Baht for duration of a week... and we accepted the offer. While the girl set up our phones, another lady briefing us on how to get about to the various interesting places. And were suggested to take the metered taxi to our first destination, our hotel, the Royal Orchid Sheraton.

For the taxi, we proceed to the left of the airport exit to Exit 8. There was a taxi counter there. Alhamdulillah it was a smooth drive through the highway to the hotel. It took us approximately 30 minutes to reach the hotel from the Don Mueang Airport (unlike the many readings on the massive traffic jam in Bangkok which estimated for an hour 30 minutes to the hotel from the airport).

Alhamdulillah... we were allowed for an early check-in at the hotel.

Our first destination as per in our itenarary is the famous Chatuchak market.

Tadabbur alQuran bersama Ust Basit Abdul Rahman


Hari ni perkongsian dari Ust Basit Abdul Rahman.

Allah SWT berfirman:

يٰۤاَيُّهَا النَّاسُ قَدْ جَآءَتْكُمْ مَّوْعِظَةٌ مِّنْ رَّبِّكُمْ وَشِفَآءٌ لِّمَا فِى الصُّدُوْرِ ۙ    وَهُدًى وَّرَحْمَةٌ لِّـلْمُؤْمِنِيْنَ
"Wahai umat manusia! Sesungguhnya telah datang kepada kamu Al-Quran yang menjadi nasihat pengajaran dari Tuhan kamu, dan yang menjadi penawar bagi penyakit-penyakit batin yang ada di dalam dada kamu, dan juga menjadi hidayah petunjuk untuk keselamatan, serta membawa rahmat bagi orang-orang yang beriman."
(QS. Yunus 10: Ayat 57)

* Via Al-Qur'an Melayu

Janji Allah mengenai alQuran sebagai penawar bagi segala penyakit. Iaitu dengan bertadabbur ayat-ayat Allah

Dalam Imam Nawawi mengatakan alQuran itu penawar sempurna kepada hati juga kepada badan. Tetapi malangnya orang tidak pandai menggunakan alQuran kecuali orang yang beriman kepada Allah.

Iaitu alQuran adalah syifa' bagi manusia.

Penawar kepada penyakit badan adalah bersandarkan kepada kisah di mana para sahabat Nabi mengubati seorang ketua kampung yang digigit kala jengking dengan hanya membacakan surah alFatihah.

Banyak kecelaruan berlaku di akhir zaman. Kecelaruan tidak sepatutnya berlaku jika berpegang kepada alQuran dan al-hadis.
Hadis2 tentang akhir zaman tidak boleh disandarkan hanya pada suatu keadaan yang berlaku.
Kecelaruan juga berlaku bila timbul kisah2 Israiliat yang hanya menyeronokkan tanpa sandaran yang penting diambilkira.

Ilmu tadabbur alQuran adalah bukan menghalusi apa yang tidak dinyatakan dalam alQuran tapi mengambil iktibar dari kisah dalam aLQuran.

Surah alKahfi:
Dalam Quran tidak disebutkan bilangan ashabul kahfi dengan nyata. Tidak disebutkan keadaan anjing dgn jelas. Maka tidak perlu dihujahkan perkara ini. Tetapi yang perlu dihujahkan ialah kenapa anjing disebutkan dalam alQuran.

Para ahli tafsir mengatakan anjing yang merupakan najis mughalzah disebut dalam Quran kerana dimuliakan oleh Allah apabila anjing tersebut berdamping dengan orang beriman.

Ibrah dari ini, jika berkawan dengan orang yang beriman maka akan dimuliakan oleh Allah. Dari itu hendaklah kita berusaha untuk berada di kalangan orang yang beriman.

Subhanallah. Indahnya alQuran.

Wallahu a'lam