Projek Masjid 5: Masjid Ara Damansara & Impromptu Ladang 16 Visit

Sunday, 15 Oct 2023

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Yeah, that's perfect. Assalamualaikum. This week, I have a lot of things to do, like a lot of tasks to complete. However, it will be a more pleasant week compared to the previous ones because I think I will be alone in the lab, well, other than the lab manager. So, yeah, I want to talk about the latest Projek Masjid.

Yesterday, I went out with one of my dear friends, Munas, to Masjid Ara Damansara. First of all, it looks like the Masjid Besi in Putrajaya. As far as I can remember, those two look alike, but for this one, there's no dome. Some mosques are like this. I think there's one in Bangladesh, and another I know of is in Qatar; they do not look like typical mosques due to the lack of a dome.

One thing that really surprises me is how cool it is inside, as in, it's cool due to the breeze. I'm not sure if there is air conditioning inside, but as far as I know, it's cool, maybe because of the location, the airflow, the architecture, and the building's design. The mosque utilizes natural airflow, which cools down the whole mosque, and I think that's quite awesome.

They do have a large fan on the ceiling because of the lack of a dome. It's pretty convenient. It's really pleasant inside, and it feels quite cold, despite the hot and humid weather in Malaysia. I think the temperature inside the mosque is about 22 to 25 degrees Celcius. That's really cool for a mosque in Malaysia, which normally requires a lot of ventilation and cooling.

It's not that small; it's on par with the size of Masjid Putra. For the latter, It looks big from the outside, but it's not as big as I thought. However, it's the opposite for this mosque; it looks smaller on the outside but larger when you get closer to it, maybe because of the lack of a dome. Other than that, it was a really pleasant experience. So, that's the 5th or maybe the 6th project. I'm not sure.

After that, we visited Ladang 16 in UPM. We spent over an hour there, looking at cows, rabbits, goats, and chickens. Other than that, this weekend has been nice. I got to swim, and when I was swimming, I wasn't even thinking about breathing. I was more confident than ever when I was swimming in Unipark swimming pool. That's a good sign, I guess. But other than that, it's been a nice experience. I wasn't productive this weekend; something had to give, and I needed to sacrifice something in order to have fun.

Yes, I sacrificed 3 calls, my productivity during the weekend, and one laundry session. That's a significant price to pay because I didn't bring my laptop, and I didn't bring my phone charger, so I have to conserve my phone's battery. I should be doing laundry today, hopefully assuming I will have enough time because I have a call at 6:00 PM. So I need to leave around 3:30 PM because the laundry will take about 75 to 80 minutes, and the round trip is about 30 to 40 minutes (to the laundromat), so that's about 2.5 hours, more or less. Today is going to be a busy day, in addition to my labwork and meetings, which I'm not going to mention in this post for obvious reasons. Other than that, it's been a nice weekend. I managed to complete last week's Projek Masjid. And now we'll see where I will go this week. I've been meaning to go to this mosque (stay tuned) for a while, ever since the first Projek Masjid, but something better came up. So, yeah, it's OK. Bye!

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