Saturday, February 25, 2017

Kouda Entry_327: Umrah 2017 (Part 2)

So, my pilgrimage with the fam took a little over a week, and we spend time visiting some (religiously significant) sites. T’was an experience.

There’s a kind of calming effect in how the urban planning. I had absolutely zero concerns about getting lost while running around town taking photos and videos.

Run-down 2.0:

  • Went to Jabal Uhud (Mount Uhud). Which was… brief.
  • So many birds.
  • The Al-Masjid an-Nabawi was gorgeous, and the Giant Umbrellas fascinated me to no end. Seriously, that stuff is Final Fantasy-grade awesomeness.
  • Shawarma good. Like. Moar plis.
  • Wind chill is still not fun.

 

Watching in HD is always a good thing:

Umrah 2017 (Part 2)

 

 

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Kouda Entry_326: Umrah 2017 (Part 1)

Went on a (lesser) pilgrimage with my family recently. Took the opportunity to some spend time with them and cross a few religion-, and travel-related achievements off of my bucket list.

Seeing the Kaaba in real life was amazing. Being shoved around by random strangers during Tawaf was not. There were just so many people i kenot tahan.

Run-down:

  • Spent the entire flight there in full ihram clothing. i.e. “8 hours in an international flight wearing only 2 large white towels”.
  • Performed Tawaf at around midnight and was done at 3am (8am Malaysian time). Jetlag was real.
  • My feet were rekt by the end of the Sa’ee.
  • The Masjid al-Haram is absolutely breathtaking. The entire thing exudes a sense of purity. Design win.
  • A staff in the Mosque told me off (nicely) for recording in the there with my giant-frikkin DSLR. Oops.
  • I regret not recording the Kaaba, but refer the above point. Lol.
  • My nephew is the adorable-est.

 

Watching in HD is always a good thing.

Umrah 2017 (Part 1)

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