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This Ramadhan..

Ramadhan is here…
It’s super special time for me and my family.

This year is Azra’s first attempt to start fasting. It’s such a big deal for him. Apparently not eating and not drinking for a 5 year old is not easy. He’s a persistant little boy though, after the 2nd day he manages to fast between 7-11.30am and 1-6pm.

We’re still getting use to waking up at 3-4am, while we still get home very late from work. As I remember it from last year, after the 1st week we get into the new habit really really fast.

What else is new during Ramadhan?

I’ve had friends complaining that prices go up during Ramadhan.

Doesn’t it always happen? Every year you hear the same complaints. Every year you see the same pattern. I don’t have the power to solve inflation. I don’t have the tools to fix everybody’s problem with rising prices. I do know that… if we know it happens every year, shouldn’t we be doing something about it? Shouldn’t we be working on our finances to make sure that we are prepared to face rising costs?

I’m not saying we shouldn’t care about it.

I’m saying we should take care of ourselves.

Most of us are from the middle classes. Like it or not the middle classes are the backbones of the country’s economy. The super wealthy have people to take care of their money. The poor – well by UUD’45 the country should take care of them, the reality is everyone should be helping them. So for us, we should be taking care of ourselves. If we cannot help ourselves, no one will… and how are we going to help others?

This Ramadhan, we’ll talk more about how we are going to help ourselves. We’ll talk more about cashflow management. We’ll talk more about how we will be working on managing THR. And how we can help ourselves, and help others…




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