The fasting American

By FARIK ZOLKEPLI farik@thestar.com.my

KUALA TERENGGANU: Although it is her first attempt at fasting, English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Hannah Carr relishes the experience of sampling tasty local delicacies during iftar.

Describing the experience as an eye-opener, the 22-year-old lass from Oregon in the United States even woke up at 5am to accompany her fellow ETA and Muslim housemate Nazeeha Jawahir, 22, for sahur.

“It is a wonderful experience fasting.

“I feel that I get to be part of something special … the best thing about it is the reward at the end of the day, relishing delicious dishes,” she said.

Carr, who teaches at SMK Kompleks Gong Badak, said she decided to experience fasting with an open mind, having only heard of it back in the United States.

“Back home, there were not many Muslims so I am grateful for the experience here,” she said.

After more than six months in Terengganu, Carr has picked up some Bahasa Malaysia, and it has become handy especially at the Ramadan bazaar where she uses phrases like berapa kuih ini? (how much for the kuih?) and saya suka makanan ini (I love this food).

“My favourite food is nasi beriani served with ayam rempah,” she said.

Initially planning to fast for just a few days, Carr got caught up in the excitement of fasting and ended up fasting for 12 days.

Carr plans to celebrate Hari Raya with a Malaysian friend in Marang.

“I love every moment of my experience here … I’m sure Hari Raya will be even more special,” she said.

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Bukit Besar, Lorong Mok Pe, Jalan Wireless, Kuala Terengganu Ampang, Selangor SSPS1 1965-1969 SMSSKT 1970-1976 UPM 1977-1981 SIUC 1982-1984 UIS 1985-1987
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