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7 places you can Donate gently used stuffs in Singapore

Besides Salvation Army, where can I donate gently used goods that are still in good condition?

1. H&M 

Donate pre-loved clothes for a 15% off voucher. 1 voucher per bag. Max of 2 voucher daily. A reason to shop some more…
More info: H&M Garment Collecting

2. SCWO

Donate clothes, shoes, bags and accessories, books and toys.
More info: New2U Thrift Shop

3. Foodbank

For those food in hamper gifts you do not want.
More info: Foodbank

4. MINDS

They accept all items that are in usable, good condition – such as clothes, bags, books, small furniture, household items, toys and more.
More info : MINDS Shop

5. Pass It On

They accept home appliances, furniture, medical aids, mobility aids. Wish list by needy families made through the NWOs. Monetary donations can also be made online here. More info: Pass it On

6. Global Ehsan Relief

Another on of our favorite is Global Ehsan Relief. Especially winter clothes, and you have sworn you will not visit a cold country anymore. More info: Global Ehsan Relief Winter

And of course, there is always

7. Salvation Army

Shopping in Singapore

A visitor asked me where to shop in Singapore.

I asked where she has been to?

She mentioned the shops in Orchard and Marina are out of her budget. Where do the locals go?

1) Mustafa

Suitable for families, as there’s something for everyone. It never closes. It sells electronics, bedsheets, medicines, toiletries, basmati rice…just name it. Check out the perfume and fragrance section for last minute gifts.

It also has a wide range of tourist souvenirs. Good if your return flight is early morning and you realised you need more of those Merlions or “Singa Muntah”.

Nearest MRT: Farrer Park

Bonus: While you are at Mustafa, check out:
City Square Mall, where there is Decathlon SG a sports retailer from Paris. They have everything for cyclists, runners and even something for archers and equestrians.
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2) IMM

Arguably, the biggest outlet mall in Singapore. Selling mostly past season goods. Some of the tenants are brands like Club21 which carry Paul Smith and the likes. There is also Coach, Adidas, Nike, Puma, Rockport, Clarks and many more. Check the store list here.

Nearest MRT: Jurong East MRT Station

Bonus: If you are on a tight budget, and want to get gifts, plenty of gifts without tearing a big hOle in the wallet, check out Daiso. Please don’t complain why the things have no price tag. Eveything is $2. Caps, t-shirts, brooms, japanese cups and saucers…the list goes on.
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Dental Obsessíon

In developed countries, there is s secular dental obsession.
Clarke Johnson DDS, PhD mentioned it in “The Cultural Modification of Teeth.”

“An alien visitor to Earth might describe a tooth-related cult now common in many industrialized societies. The people believe in the tooth cult so unquestionable, they call the holy doers doctor… The cult requires an initiation wherein the holy material objects are fastened to their teeth. They then go through two difficult years of trial until they emerge purified and the holy material objects are taken off in a rite of passage. These people live in a
society that admires what it sees on

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billboards, in magazines and a mystical place
they call Ho
llywood. Both believe
rs and priests learn their ideals there. The
practitioners of the cult have an obsession with lines and angles.”

Hebron and Bethlehem

We visited al-Haram al-Ibrahimi, also known as The Cave of the Patriarchs (Christians), and the Cave of Machpelah (Jews). Located in al-Khalil, aka Hebron.

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Very rich in history. My mind just couldn’t absorb it all. And with doubts lingering especially when the guide goes…”The Jews believed…”. I mean we were not supposed to consult the Jews as informed in Al-Kahfi.

Anyway, this site was our closest encounter with the IDF. With high fence, barbed wires, metal detectors, turnstiles, concertina wire and loaded rifles pointing at us, the IDF here were ready to engage. The guy in View Tower was reporting back about each and single one of us back to central command.

Nevertheless, we took wudhu and proceeded into the masjid; the House of Allah. And screw them IDFs.

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Al-Quds

We went out early for Fajr prayers at the Al-Aqsa mosque. A comical sight as we saw Ustaz in a black polo shirt and wearing bright red gloves. He had to borrow his wife’s gloves.

That walk along the Lions’ Gate took us pass the Golden Dome first.

First sight What a sight. The shining golden dome. Walk past it. It was truly humbling. I imagined our beloved Prophet (sa , walked down the stairs and we see the Masjid Aqsa. Masjid Al-Aqsa
We toured the Golden Dome.
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We also visited the Western wall aka the Wailing Wall.

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Along the way we actually encountered some European men trying to enter the Aqsa compound but was stopped by the IDF soldiers. One was pretty persistent.

IDF Soldier: You can’t go in.
European guy: Why? I want to go in. I am a tourist.
Soldier: Are you Muslim?
European guy: Yah.
IDF Soldier: Read.
European guy: Read what?!
IDF Soldier: You are not a Muslim.
European guy: I can be a Muslim. Why not?

At that point, I actually said Ameen. May you be a Muslim one day.
Interesting to note here is that the IDF soldiers are actually protecting the Aqsa compound.

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That bridge though...

After the Western Wall, we headed for the Dead Sea. The Neve Mid-Bar Beach. The creepiest beach

And Makam Nabi Musa (alaihi salam).

Tel-Aviv

We landed in Tel-Aviv after a stopover in Istanbul.

The immigration officer, flipped through our passports. Raised the eyebrow and asked, “You visited Saudia Arabia. When? How long were you there? Please go over there. We waited for like close to 2 hours.

We proceeded quickly to the Old Town of Jaffa for a very very late lunch.

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Our first hummus. And many more delicious ones to come on this trip.
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By the time we finished, it was just enough time to do our Jama Takhir of Dzuhr and Asr. We stayed for Maghrib. It was a nice beautiful quaint masjid called the Masjid Al-Bahr (the Sea Mosque), named because it was overlooking the harbour. It was built in the 16th Century during the Ottoman.

We then took a stroll at the seaside area. Noticed the people here in Tel Aviv are on the edgy side towards us.

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What was sad, when I reviewed the pictures, the dark background could have possibly been Gaza. And the fish that we were served.

Just DOA it

​Me…?

I have a few doas.

Bits and pieces.

Here and there.

It’s true they say humans will never be satisfied.

Look at what you have today.

Does it look like your DOA you made years ago.

It’s hard to remember, I know.

But, it could have just been a tiny whisper in your heart which Allah answered.
So, make that doa, we will be in the highest place in Jannah with our Rasul and families and friends that we loved.
Hopefully, we can look back to our life on Earth with no regrets. That life on Earth was indeed  short and may our doas, the deeds and Allah’s infinte mercy saved us from the hellfire.