25 August 2010, Wednesday –My fellow Filipino medical educators and I were honored to attend our very first event in Penang, Malaysia.

As you may know,Β  they refrain from eating, drinking and sexual relations from dawn to dusk during these times. They practice this for patience, humility and spirituality.

Gathering for the breaking of the fast after sunset is Majlis Berbuka Puasa.

On crossed legs, we sat on the floor in front of each other; there were separate areas for men (lelaki) and women (perempuan).

The event which was in Bahasa focused beyond religion but concern. Videos about inundated Pakistan were shown to raise not only awareness but to plea for help. Donation box was passed on for voluntary contribution.

After they prayed, we feasted on what the’ve served…

Most of us, Pinoy meducationists graced the event wearing our national pride.

with Dr. Ermel, Ronnie and ACMS staff; photo taken by Dr. Lito

With my limited knowledge about their religion and beliefs and our gradual exposure to their culture, I welcome new learnings and experiences with arms wide open.



    1. anong hindi, grace?! sumakit binti namin lahat, long “legged legs” pa naman kami hahaha! πŸ™‚

      seriously, we’re really pleased to be part of their celebration.

  1. I doono pero di ko talaga maalis-alis ang prejudice ko sa mga Muslims. I guess much is to be done on their part to clear the name of the religion. Islam should be a religion of peace. Just glad to know that Malaysia and even Indonesia, our immmediate Muslim neighbors are moderates~~

    1. ask sheng, i’m sure mayroon ganyan din sa mindanao. the end of ramadan for them is really a feast; we even have a long break from sept 10 to 19. πŸ™‚

      …i definitely brought a piece of barong tagalog when i went here for some occasions like this.

  2. hi doc! i’m really learning a lot of malaysian words… (“,) sana makapunta rin ako outside the Philippines… at least dami ko na alam malaysian words kapag punta ako malaysia, hehe…

    1. hello ann! with the affordable airfares from low cost carriers (air asia, cebu pacific, tiger airways etc) surely you can go anywhere now in a blink!

      …punta ka penang, inform me in advance, make sure it’s a weekend and if i’m free, i’ll tour you around..libre mo ako! hehehe πŸ™‚

  3. This new experience must be very interesting for you and colleagues. It is my third Ramadan in the UAE already and this religious practice of the locals still fascinates me as a non-Muslim.

  4. How was the food? I remember during my Saudi days how the Muslims partake in communal feasts like the one you just participated in with enormous amounts of food to match. My favorite Ramadan food was samosa – that pastry stuffed with meat.

    1. the beef was fine, i like the salad they served with cucumber, some greens in peanut sauce. but i am beginning to dislike any curried stuffs. the spicy ones are tolerable for my taste buds. nonetheless, every gastronomic stimulus is enticing.

      …have to try that samosa soon.
      thanks, dennis.
      where are you heading next?

  5. I bet you are enjoying exploring a new place and a new culture. I hope your back didn’t hurt much during the meal πŸ™‚

    Have a great start to your week!

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