Ramdhan Mubarak to all Muslims! Alhamdulillah, the holy month of Ramadhan is back with us and once again, vendors flock the streets around the Kampung Baru Mosque to sell the much loved and awaited iftar delicacy, Bubur Lambuk Kampung Baru. Since this special porridge is only available during the month of Ramadhan, hundreds of people from all parts of Selangor and Kuala Lumpur could be seen lining up to get their share of this delicious dish. Of course, bubur lambuk is given out by many (usually mosques) all over Malaysia but up till now, no other bubur lambuk that I know taste as good as the Bubur Lambuk Kampung Baru from the well-known Masjid Jamek.
Bubur Lambuk Kampung Baru
Due to the fact that the Masjid Jamek Kampung Baru is so famous for its ‘bubur lambuk’, the queue at the mosque would be very, very long and some may even have to wait for over an hour for a pack of free bubur lambuk. Those who would rather skip queuing may buy the dish from the many vendors who set up their stalls around the area for about RM2.00 per pack. Unfortunately many were disappointed since the bubur lambuk sold by the vendors taste far different than those given out by the mosque. However, there is one stall that sells the authentic Bubur Lambuk Kampung Baru and taste just as good the ones given out by the mosque, ‘Bubur Lambuk Kak Sham’.
Aunty Sham stirring a pot of bubur lambuk
If you have not tried the authentic bubur lambuk Kampung Baru, you should try to get some before Ramadhan ends. Believe me, it is worth the trip especially for those who love bubur lambuk. We stay in Ampang and there are lots of places around our area that give away free bubur lambuk (without us having to queue) but we would still be making our journeys to Kampung Baru for our bubur lambuk; and it has to be Aunty Sham’s, of course. And it is always nice to see the delighted faces of our friends when we send them the delicious bubur lambuk. If you are a bubur lambuk lover like I am or have never tasted the famous Bubur Lambuk Kampung Baru before, try to queue at the Masjid Jamek for a pack or just drop by at Aunty Sham’s stall which is opposite the mosque and you would surely be back for more. Aunty Sham’s stall is located in front of the Al-Islam Specialist Hospital.
Today, picked pocket, snatched theft and stealing are considered as a part of our everyday lives in KL (and also other cities and town in Malaysia). It is very unfortunate that more people are getting so ruthless and commit crime openly.
A few months ago someone smashed the window of my aunty’s car. The car was parked at a well lighted parking lot (outside a restaurant) by a busy main road near Ampang Point (refer to ‘A Sad Incident In Ampang’). Last week my sister saw a man took something from her teacher’s car after smashing the car’s windows in the bright daylight. The car was parked in front of her school (by a busy road). And my mom was so close to become another victim of snacthed theft only that Alhamdulillah she did not carry her handbag on that occasion.
My siblings and I used to be able to run around and enjoy ourselves in parks and playgrounds; but now our parents won’t dare to let us out of their sight in those places. And I dare not go to my neighbour’s house next door without at least having my sister Aeshah watching over… Unsecured? How else can we feel when kids were kidnapped, abducted and some were even killed for no reason; for example the tragic cases of Allahyarhamah Nurin Jazlin and Sharlinie.
Is this a part of civilisation? Or is this a price to pay as we become a more developed nation? How odd when all these nasty incidents are almost unheard of in Columbus (Ohio), Palo Alto (the city of the prestigious Stanford University, California), Chicago or in San Francisco (except in slum areas).
I hope that we can put a stop to all these problems. And we could Insya Allah if we are willing to help each other to make our world a better place to live in (please refer to ‘Our Solution To A Better Future’).
Last few months after having dinner at a restaurant near Ampang Point we were shocked to discover that somebody had smashed the windows of my aunty’s car.
Among the things stolen were my bag and (believe it or not) my sister’s school bag! My poor sister broke down to tears thinking about her school books and homeworks that she spent long hours to finish. We just can’t understand why on Earth did somebody wanted to steal a primary school child’s school bag? Or maybe the thief wanted to be more educated so that he can look for a better job…
I was so sad to lost my bag. It was a bag I received during the ISNA (Islamic Society of North America) Convention in Chicago, Illinois two years ago. There was only about RM 20.00 in my bag but I lost my diary, a file of ‘precious’ items and my favourite pencil case.
My diary means a great deal to me. I wrote about my travel experiences, things that I saw around me, and even some science and mathematics formulas. And my drawings, songs that I wrote … they mean everything to me. It makes me wonder what did the thief do with all of my things (except the RM20.00) – as those things were of no value to others. And I can’t help laughing thinking about what I kept in my pencil case. Well, it was a real big pencil case in which I kept lots and lots of broken pens, little pieces of broken erasers and little pencils (less than an inch long) that looked too cute to be thrown away. And also there lots of small pieces of papers that my mum calls junks (please refer to my previous posting ‘precious vs junk’)in my pencil case and my bag.
We found out that the thief also broke into another car nearby and took away a briefcase and a suitcase. Actually the incident happened at a private carpark outside the restaurant. It was well lighted and right by the busy main road.
Dad always warn us about snatch thief in the Ampang Point area. It seems that this problems are getting worse nowadays. It’s sad that all these are happening everyday when Kuala Lumpur was a very safe city just 10 years ago. I just wonder how things will be in another 10 years if we are not serious about putting a stop to all these negative behaviour.