Backdated story :D
Back in Ramadhan we had our holiday trip to Ho Chi Minh City , Vietnam ,. It was the first and only trip in Ramadhan , never experienced it before and hopefully no more holiday trip in Ramadhan .. I'll tell you why later on ....
My Darling had bought 9 tickets for all of us in the family including Zaid and his family ( 3 of them ) not knowing that my DIL would then be pregnant with her second baby ( lamaaaaa dah beli tiket ) .. so 3 of them couldn't make it to HCMC since my DIL delivered her baby early August and our HCMC trip was on the 19-22 August . However in the end my SIL ( Darling's eldest sister bought a ticket and followed us ) made 7 of us altogether .
HCMC is always a very busy city with millions of motorbikes on the road and this time around ( this is my 2nd trip in 5 years ) taxis are also everywhere and most all of them are Toyota Innova .. thousands of Innova on the busy street of the city .
As usual we had our tourguide ready to bring us to a few places of interest all and around HCMC :
1st day .. The Old Post Office Building , The Independent Square , The War Museum , The oldest Buddhist temple, The Judge , The China Town .
2nd day ... HCMC Mosque and met the Imam and then shopping day at Benh Thanh Market and malls around the city .. happy , happy , happy but..... I'll tell you later the ' but ' story ...
3rd and final day ... Cu Chi Tunnel , 65km from the city centre and we experienced the real historical war zone including shooting with real bullets .
That's the end of the trip..a very short trip in Ramadhan ...
I don't know about others , but for me this trip was the most tiring trip ever .. maybe because I am a diabetic person and need more energy and need a lot of water during day time especially when I am fasting . On the 1st day I I was quite exhausted but Mimi looked so tired .. so for the visit to the temple ( we joined a few other tourists , so visiting a temple was in the package ) , I stayed with Mimi in the van and I told mimi it's ok for her to break her fast if she couldn't hold any more and she nodded . There was a shop selling mineral water beside the van and I told Mimi I'd buy her a bottle of mineral water and as I was about to leave the van, rain started pouring very very heavy and I just couldn't get out of the van ... seeing the rain and the wind blew brought some sort of relief to me and Mimi .... then I said to Mimi , Allah doesn't want you and me ( I was exhausted too ) to break our fast since we are very strong and good muslims ) and Mimi nodded again ....guess what ... all of us only broke our fast when maghrib azan was called( the muslim restaurant where we dined let us know it was time to eat ) .. so we were safe and sound on the 1st day .
On the second day here we spent our time shopping at the hot and humid market .. oh boy !! It really was a torture to me .. I just couldn't stand the heat and sweat and I was almost passed out and I just sat outside the market where I could breathe some fresh ( smokey ) air and was really felt like dying there .. I told my darling I wanted to go back to the hotel and rested but the rest of the family members were still actively and busyly shopping and shopping ... I told darling that i wanted to break my fast , make it the musafir reason for me to break it and Darling didn't say anything because he knew my condition was getting worse , I couldn't even epeak well .. I needed water, water and water .. When the kids came around after f inished shopping I was much better then ( still fasting ) and when Darling said let's go to the Mall to buy a few telekungs I was strong again knowing that the Mall was a/c and I could already see the telekungs in my shopping bags ..hahaha . There we went shopping again but I was too thirsty and after comng back from the mall, I rested in my room and imagined that I'd have 5 different types of water for maghrib later on ( iced tea, iced milo, watermelon juice , cincau syrup and mineral water ) you tengoklah my puasa nafsu ..... hohoho ... I stayed in my room with Mimi while the rest continued shopping and guess what .. I only orderd iced tea and watermelon juice that evening and and I was so happy I didn't have to puasa ganti for the most tiring trip ever ...and Mimi completed her 30 days fasting this year ..Alhamdulillah .
That was our 1st Ramadhan holiday trip and it was a wonderful experience to be in another country in the fasting month ... but ... it was not the last trip in Ramadhan ... early Sept we had another holiday trip to Bandung ... just a few days before Sya
wal..and the experience of 'balik kampung ' with thousands of Indonesians brought a sweet journey .. I'll blog about it later ...
As a travel lover, I always look forward to any trip ... no matter where and when ... might it be the best or the worst trip ..
I LOVE TRAVELLING !!