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Good Dates Bad Dates

A Zine by HAFI

$20


Inspired by true events, this collection of visual narratives takes you on good dates – turned bad – and bad dates in general. Manoeuvre through the bewildering world of modern romance, and see why hell really is other people. 

Woodfree Uncoated Paper
Size: A5 (148 x 210mm)
32 pages







SEASONINGS
#01_The Hari Raya Puasa Edition

A Singapore Noodles X HAFI Collaboration

$38


One cannot fully comprehend the significance of Hari Raya Puasa (Eid al-Fitr) without an insight into Ramadan – they are two sides to the same coin. The literal meaning of ‘puasa’ being ‘fasting’, Hari Raya Puasa refers to a great day of celebration that marks the end of the fasting month.

Ramadan has deep spiritual meaning to Muslims, who believe that it was in this month that the Angel Gabriel revealed God’s message to the Prophet Muhammad, culminating in the Quran. As fasting is one of the 5 pillars of Islam, for 30 days, Muslims around the globe fast between sunrise and sunset to attain taqwa, a conscious awareness of Allah. The sighting of a crescent moon signals the end of the holy month and the beginning of festivities and feasting.

With COVID, last Ramadan and Hari Raya were like no other. Muslims in Singapore exchanged evenings at the bustling Ramadan bazaars for quiet dinners at home. Tarawih prayers and communal breaking of fast with strangers at the mosque were no longer a possibility. Regardless of COVID’s impact this year, we can find unity in the rituals of fasting and feasting, and seek comfort and continuity in the small things: messages from loved ones checking in, food sent by loved ones, and the beautiful sound of the azan (the call to prayer).

One does not need to be Muslim to appreciate and see the beauty in Ramadan and the celebration that ensues. In this issue, we pay tribute to the importance of community, the beauty of rituals, and the diversity of Muslim celebration food in Singapore.

Woodfree Uncoated Paper
Size: B6 (176 x 250mm)
64 pages






SEASONINGS
#02_The Hungry Ghost Festival Edition

A Singapore Noodles X HAFI Collaboration

$38


Of all the festivals we celebrate in Singapore, Hungry Ghost Festival might be the most divisive, one that reveals the cracks and crevices of multiracial and multireligious living in Singapore.

For the duration of the entire seventh lunar month, there would be the smell of burnt incense in the air, flyaway joss paper on the roadside, and performances for the visiting ‘hungry ghosts’. Complaints of noise, ash, and melted candle wax are not uncommon during this period, and can well be cause for religious tension.

For non-believers, it is easy to dismiss much of these practices as mere superstition, a perception exacerbated by the media’s focus on the supernatural elements of the festival. What is less known is the tremendous amount of filial piety, devotion, and compassion that underpins the rituals carried out by individuals or religious groups.

In this issue, we use food as a lens to explore the universal themes of togetherness, remembrance, love, and legacy during the month of Hungry Ghost Festival in Singapore.


Woodfree Uncoated Paper
Size: B6 (176 x 250mm)
120 pages



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