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DJ Deckstream ft Mos Def – Life is Good

I’ve always been a fan of DJ Deckstream since a good friend of mine introduced me to him. He’s always on point with the dope samples and the smooth boom bap elements. This track is one of my favorites of his release, Deckstream.  Featuring Mos Def, you know what it’s all about, banging beats, deep lyric and just plain good music. This song has a refreshing uplifting feel to it, givvit a listen!

MashaAllah! Life is goood.

s’all gooood

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Chicken Cutlet Rice w/ Mushroom Black Pepper Goodies

This week on The Good Life menu set A:

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Always wanted to try cooking this. Original asian chicken rice with a lil bit of western twist. Yummeh.

s’all goood

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Comfort in childhood memories

My childhood is filled with fun and long family road trips. We’re in Singapore so naturally any adventurous road trips will involved crossing the causeway into Johor, Malaysia. The long two lane snake roads that seems to stretched forever covered by the thick oil palm plantations. It’s quite a beautiful scene. In the car, my Dad will always have Ron Goodwin’s ‘Music for an Arabian Night’ CD on the stereo and the music really sets you down into a, what I call, cool blue mood.  It’s like wearing polarized shades on a sunny day, you feel like you’re in a totally different reality.  A calmer one.

Anyway here’s one of my favorite tune from the CD;

This is the song I absolutely adore. As some of you Singaporeans might have already realized, yes, this is the song that is usually played after Warna 94.2 Mahgrib Azan.

I’m very happy that I managed to find this old CD.   Whenever I’m not feeling at my best, this song certainly provides a uplifting feel. Alhamdullilah for providing me with such beautiful memories for me to seek comfort in.

s’all goood.

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Cat Stevens becomes Yusuf Islam

Watch the documentary here.

I came across this very interesting documentary on the journey of Cat Stevens converting to Islam. It’s interesting because of how much I can relate to it. I urge any Muslim musicians or artists to take a moment to watch this piece of clip. It will certainly open up your eyes to a bigger cause, inshaAllah.

Anyway, this makes me want to share about my experience with Hip Hop and how I try to make sense of it through Islam.

I was a avid Hip Hop listener. Having organized my own hip hop music compilations and gigs, I had my fair share of experience in this beautiful subculture. Hip Hop has developed much throughout the years, from what started in the streets of Bronx in the late 70s is now one of the major genres featured in MTV. Hip Hop is now a vast subculture and is appreciated all over the world, from China to France.

I think Hip Hop in essence is a celebration of life. It manifests itself from that idea and from there you have the different elements like Rap, Graffiti, DJing and breakdancing. Its provides a celebratory perception to life. It’s like an addictive which makes life more colorful and spicy.

Unfortunately, having received much mass-appeal Hip Hop has inevitably fallen into the hands of corporatism. Suddenly it has become a tool for generating money. It has swerved from its foundation to being something that is extremely rigid. It promotes masculinity, sexism, and promiscuous living. From being a celebration of life, it has turned to something braggadocios. This is of course is the mainstream view of Hip Hop.

I’m a born Muslim and my values are exactly the opposite of the mainstream’s view of Hip Hop. Nowadays in gigs, fellow Muslim brothers and sisters are getting way too influenced on what’s showing on MTV. It’s worrying. Even smiling has become something that is sinful within this bunch.

Is that what Hip Hop is all about? I disagree. Islamic way of living is beautiful and when we moderately include Hip Hop in it, it will become more enjoyable. Let’s take some time off and reflect back to Islam and inshaAllah, we’ll see the bigger picture and fight towards it.

s’all goood.

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Singin to dancing glasses

Beautiful song for the evenings. Nothing too complicated, just a simple tune and heartfelt words guiding you through. At some points it drives you high, then it gets low.  Kind of like what most of our days are like right?

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Cendol + Agar-agar? Absolute flavor!

I’ve always wanted to try making my own agar-agar but I couldn’t find the right flavor to fuse with it. It’s always either rose or pandan flavor and it’s too…common. SO! I stumbled upon a Cendol agar agar recipe online. Btw to you cats who don’t know what Cendol is, you suck. Cendol is a kickass street food dessert and its base flavors are coconut and palm sugar. And of course those funky cendol strips.

Very basic flavors but damnnnnnn, it smells and tastes gooooood. Just what I needed for my agar-agar.  So I tweaked the recipe a bit and here’s the result;

overview(2 strips – The coconut & palm sugar. A whole bite equates to cendol!)

s’all goood.

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