Food stalls, little and big, were mushrooming everywhere with the advent of Ramadhan. In almost every corner and available spaces by the road-sides you could see them selling cookies, lauk and juices.
Like always, Malaysians are in too deep thinking about what to relish during breakfast after their long dawn-to-dusk 'starvation & thirst'.
This time around as you know I spent 5 days in a week observing fasting alone. You also probably would have known by now that I am just too plain lazy to go out and buy food and drinks for iftar.
I would rather rely on bread dipped in hot plain tea if I have to. Hj Sanadi, my landlord, was generous and caring enough to provide a rice cooker, a stove and a gas cylinder on the eve of Ramadhan so that I could cook something.
Last weekend my wife bought me a non-stick pan and some plastic laddle and spatulas with it.
So for the last three evenings there I was preparing simple but just as equally nutritious if not delicious food for breakfast and syahur. Food like fish & chips, steamed white rice, canned beef, tuna and chicken curry and for drink I rely on my favourite guava juice.
Disliking any sort of sauce, fish & chips are consumed just like that, bland and tasteless, but that is what I like.
Heated canned food is kind of appetizing when taken in steaming hot.
With that kind of arrangement I know that I won't face much difficulty observing Ramadhan as usual.
It is a bit lonely though having to prepare, serve and eat alone! Anyone care to join me?