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By Sarimah Othman

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Food waste is like a disease for which there is no panacea. Sometimes it flares up, at other times it is manageable.

Food waste is seasonal with the wastage usually turning more pronounced during the fasting month and festivals.

Ramadan has just ended. We all know that. We just celebrated Aidilfitri and we are still in the month of Syawal.


By Nurul Halawati Mohamad Azhari

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- For sisters Nur Firuza Amira Fairuz Nizam, 9, and Nur Firuza Aqila, 6, this is the third Hari Raya they will be celebrating without their parents.

Orphaned two years ago after their parents and youngest sister perished in a road accident Amira, in particular, tends to get emotional when reminded of her loved ones who departed from them suddenly in a cruel twist of fate.

The sisters, accompanied by their aunt and guardian Yusnidah Hussain, 49, visited the Bernama headquarters, here recently to receive Hari Raya contributions from various sponsors, including Busana Saizara, Canggih, Teratak Spa and Yusa Food Products Sdn Bhd.


By Nur Firdaus Abdul Rahim

Bernama journalist Nur Firdaus Abdul Rahim was among 62 Malaysians who participated in an expedition from April 24 to May 5 to the Annapurna Base Camp in the Himalayan mountain range of Nepal. In this second of a two-part article, she recounts the high and low points of her adventurous trek.

KATHMANDU (Bernama) -- Since my return from the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) expedition, not a day has passed without me wishing I had spent more time at the base camp proper.

The spectacular views of the imposing Himalayan peaks that surround the base camp, located some 4,130 metres above sea level, keep lingering in my mind.

Yes, I definitely want to go back there but I will make sure that I am fitter and better prepared to take on the challenge the second time around.


By Nur Firdaus Abdul Rahim

Bernama journalist Nur Firdaus Abdul Rahim was among 62 Malaysians who participated in an expedition from April 24 to May 5 to the Annapurna Base Camp in the Himalayan mountain range of central Nepal. In this first of a two-part article, she writes about their arduous trek to their destination.

KATHMANDU (Bernama) -- The date April 30, 2017, will forever be etched in my mind for that was the day 61 other Malaysians and I successfully completed our expedition to the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) in Nepal.

It was no small feat as we had to scale a few peaks in the mighty Himalayas along the way.

At about 2 p.m. that day (local time) as soon as all our expedition members arrived safely at the base camp in the midst of a snow storm and freezing temperature of negative-five degree Celsius, we had the honour of being crowned "ABC summiteers".


By Zalina Maizan Ngah

KUALA TERENGGANU, (Bernama) Whenever Terengganu-born Elias Mohd, who has been living in The Netherlands for 30 years, becomes homesick, he will go into the kitchen to whip up some traditional kampung fare.

For this professional artist who has made his mark in Europe with his paintings and ceramic sculptures, cooking food that he grew up eating evokes wonderful memories of his childhood

It also has a therapeutic effect on me and keeps me reminded of my roots,\" said Elias, 59, who is now in Malaysia on a two-month break to celebrate Hari Raya with his family and relatives.


By Erda Khursyiah Basir

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Festivals like Hari Raya are synonymous with sumptuous spreads and feasting.

Hard as it is to resist traditional Malay fare like lemang, rendang, ketupat and lontong, it is best not to overindulge as "our body would not take kindly to it", said Universiti Putra Malaysia's Faculty of Science and Food Technology lecturer Dr Ahmad Faizal Abdull Razis.

"Although we celebrate Raya with an array of colourful delicacies that come in various flavours, it's not the ticket to brush aside healthy eating habits.

"Indeed, it's part of our tradition to prepare and serve a variety of food during Hari Raya but it is up to us to choose to eat wisely and practice healthy eating at all times to safeguard our health," he told Bernama.