Thursday, December 20, 2012

A Spirit Lifter

Just when I was feeling super-depressed down and sorry for myself, I came across this status update on MukaBuku.




2012 has been a very tough year for famyBoy and I. We have gone through (and are still going through) dugaan demi dugaan, most of which are just too depressing to tell/share. I pray that Allah will grant us strength and perseverance throughout. My hope is these myriad of 'tests' will make us stronger and wiser, change our lives for the better and bring us closer to Him and to each other, In Shaa Allah.

Meanwhile, eventhough things are getting overwhelming at the mo, I shall continue to berikhtiar, make du'a, count my blessings and be grateful with what I already have, while searching for the silver lining.

I found this article on the internet and had it saved in my 'Useful Readings' folder. I forgot to note the origin of the file, though. Regardless, may Allah bestow His blessings on the author and his/her family.

Bismillaheer Rahmaneer Raheem – In the Name of Allah the All-Beneficent, All-Merciful 
As Salamu Alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, 
All praise be to Allah and may Allah’s peace and blessing be upon his last messenger, Muhammad alayhe salat wa salam. I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad (sallallahu alayhe wa salam) is his slave and last messenger. 
The topic is about calamities and hardship and tests facing the Muslim Ummah today. If someone is afflicted with a calamity, and that person shows patience then it will be good for him/her in the here-after and that is similar if Allah’s favours are bestowed to them and they are thankful and grateful for Allah, then once again it will be good for them in the here-after and in surat Az-Zumar Allah subhana wa Ta’ala says concerning these type of people: Say: “O My servants who believe, have taqwa of your Lord. Good is for those who do good in this world, and Allah’s earth is spacious! Only those who are patient shall receive their reward in full, without reckoning.” (Surat Az-Zumar 39:10) 
If a person is obedient to Allah subhana wa Ta’ala then he/she will benefit in the hereafter, however if he/she is disobedient by committing sins till he/she meets Allah then he/she is surely one of the losers. We have been given this life and there are a lot of beneficial things to do to increase our eeman and deeds and instead of wasting our time, we should be busy with the worship of Allah Azza wa Jall. Allah the Almighty says: We have not created jinn’s and mankind except to worship Me. (Az-Zariyat 51:56) 
Allah the Almighty has also ordered us that we fear Him as He should be feared and not to die except in a state of Islam: O believers! Fear Allah [by doing all that He has ordered and by abstaining from all that He has forbidden] as He should be feared and die not but as true Muslims. (Surat Alee-e-Imran 3:102) 
Similarly, Allah subhana wa Ta’ala described His believing slaves as the one who joined between fear of Allah’s punishment and sincerity in worship in their hearts: Verily! Those who live in awe for fear of their Lord; and those who believe in the ayat of their Lord; and those who join not anyone [in worship] as partners with Allah; and those who give that [their charity] which they give [and also do other good deeds] with their hearts full of fear, because they are sure to return to their Lord [for reckoning]. It is those who race for good deeds and they are foremost in them (Surat Al-Mu’minun 23:57-61) 
Allah subhana wa Ta’ala does not put any hardship on a person in the religion of Islam and does not burden a person beyond his scope. Allah has said in Surat Al-Hajj: Strive in the Way of Allah as you ought to strive with sincerity and discipline; He has chosen you and has not laid upon you any hardship in the observance of your faith… (Surat Al-Hajj 22:78) 
Allah has also said in Surat Al-Baqarah: Allah does not burden any human being with more than he can bear. (Surat Al-Baqarah 2:286) 
Islam is a simple and flexible religion. Everyone, regardless of where they live, can easily practice the Deen of Islam. At the same time, we get tested by Allah subhana wa Ta’ala in different situations. The main test is whether we turn to him for help or not and be steadfast in His worship. Allah Azza wa Jall says in Surat Al-Kahf: We have decked the earth with all kinds of ornaments to test the people and to see which of them do the best deeds. (Surat Al-Kahf 18:07) 
Similarly Allah said in Surat Al-Mulk: The One Who created death and life, so that He may put you to test, to find out which of you is best in deeds: He is the All- Mighty, the All-Forgiving. (Surat Al-Mulk 67:02) and also in Surat Ad-Dahr: Indeed, We have created man from the sperm drop containing both sexes, so that We may test him. Therefore, We gave him the faculties of hearing and sight. (Surat Ad-Dahr 76:02) 
By Allah subhana wa Ta’ala passing us through various test, he is trying us to see who is best in deeds and who is the truthful worshipper. We should turn to Him in repentance for indeed he is the Most Merciful. If Allah afflicts you with a calamity there is none who can remove it but He. In Surat Yunus Allah says: If Allah afflicts you with a calamity, none can remove it but He; and if He intends to bestow a favor, none can withhold His bounty. He bestows it on whomsoever of His servants He pleases; He is the Forgiving, the Merciful." (Surat Yunus 10:107) 
Allah also has mentioned that everyone shall go through a trial and be tested: Do you think that you will enter paradise without going through the trial? Allah has not yet tested you to see who among you strive hard for His cause and who show patience for His sake. (Surat Alee-e-Imran 3:142) 
Therefore by turning to Allah for forgiveness and being patient, by the will of Allah that calamity will end and mercy will be shown. Allah subhana wa Ta’ala commanded us to seek his help with patience and that He is with those who have patience. O' You who believe! Seek My help with patience and prayer: surely, Allah is with those who are patient. (Surat Al-Baqarah 2:153). And surely, the good news is for those who endure with patience as Allah mentioned: We shall surely test your steadfastness with fear and famine, with loss of property, life and produce. Give good news to those who endure with patience; who, when afflicted with calamity, say: "We belong to Allah and to Him we shall return." (Surat Al-Baqarah 2:155-156)
Just as I talked about Allah describing the believers as fearful Him, Allah Azza wa Jall also mentions that those who are punctual in their Salah are those who fear Allah and we shall seek help through patience and salah: Seek Allah's help with patience and Salah: it is indeed hard to be patient and to be punctual in offering Salah except for those who fear Allah, who are certain in their mind that they are going to meet their Rabb and that they are going to return to Him for final judgement. (Surat Al- Baqarah 2:45-46)
Therefore, lets be sincere in our worship, fear Allah as He should be feared and have patience so that we may succeed. And if we are facing a calamity, then lets seek help through the salah and patience insha’Allah. If I have said anything wrong then know that it is either from the Shaitan or me and if I have said anything good, then know that it is from Allah. 
…O Rabb! Give us patience and cause us die as Muslims." (Surat Al-A’raf 7:126)


My spirits were somewhat lifted and I felt comforted after reading that MukaBuku status. The article above gave me hope.

And somehow, hati pun terasa tenang...


Thursday, December 06, 2012

Hari Domino's Sedunia

What we (me+kids) had for lunch today... :)



The best part was, Ibu got to take time off from chef duty. Wooo hoooo!!!


Friday, November 30, 2012

Kempen Membaca Surah Al-Kahf (The Cave)

One of the good habits that I managed to adopt, cultivate and indulge from Ramadhan this year is the weekly recitation of Surah Al-Kahf (Quran 18: 1-110). Alhamdulillah. *pats self on the back*

I tend to get caught up with chores and work and kids during the day on Fridays, so I try to finish the entire surah on Thursday nights before going to bed. If I don't force myself to do this, I'd feel uneasy, restless and guilty (which is good!!). So, I do what I can to complete reading the entire surah, and then I can go to sleep smiling. :)

I came across a book that explains and elaborates the meanings of each verse in Surah Al-Kahf during one of my unplanned visits to a book fair earlier this year. It is the 1st edition & 1st printing, published by Abul Qasim Publications and produced in collaboration with Saheeh International.

The book gives a background of the surah, and then proceeds with explanations and elaborations of each verse from 1-110. Examples and references to other surahs in the Quran and authentic hadiths are also included. Where necessary and applicable, also narrations by Muslim, Al-Bukhari, Ahmad, At-Tirmidhi, Al-Bayhaqi and Ibn Hibban.




Taken from the back cover of the book:
The Prophet's recommendations to memorize and recite the surah weekly is an indication of its importance. It contains reminders of the end of the world and has been described by scholars as a source of guiding principles, instructive ethics and a foundation of sound belief.
You can preview sample pages here.


I have just started reading this book and currently I am at verses 23-24, where our beloved Prophet had forgotten to include the phrase "In Shaa Allah" (If Allah wills) when he responded to the Quraisy, informing them that he would provide answers to their questions on the following day. The story behind this was the Quraisy had given three questions to Muhammad S.A.W and demanded that he answered them to confirm his claim of prophethood. Muhammad S.A.W expected Allah S.W.T to provide him with the answers and waited for a revelation to be sent to him but none came until about two weeks later. These two verses serve as a reminder that anything and everything beyond the present is an uncertainty, and nothing can happen unless Our Creator wills it. Coincidently, di MukaBuku recently sedang heboh tentang isu penggunaan InsyaAllah or Insya-Allah as opposed to In Shaa Allah. Wallahu'alam.

Anyways...

I am trying to get myself familiarized with this surah and its meanings. And I hope to one day be able to memorize at least the first and last ten verses in the surah, In Shaa Allah. Ini adalah salah satu azam saya. May Allah make it easy for me.





Copied this image from PB's entry in tumblr sometime ago (Thank you, PB! :) *hugs*.

I think this is a good summary of the surah. Macam study notes gitu. Simplifies the process of remembering the gist of the surah. I like. :)




Jadi kawan-kawan, tunggu apa lagi? Jom baca Surah Al-Kahf today! :)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Road Signs on the Journey to Jannah

Helping to spread-the-word for some friends of mine...

It's still not too late to register your teens/pre-teens for this workshop (although you won't get the Early Bird promo price anymore, I guess).


Monday, November 19, 2012

Marrying The Right Person

I found this article saved in the Drafts folder. Why was it there in the first place? Err... makcik tak hingatlah. :P



During one of our seminars, a woman asked a common question. She said,"How do I know if I married the right person?"

I noticed that there was a large man sitting next to her so I said, "It depends. Is that your husband?"

In all seriousness, she answered "How do you know?"

Let me answer this question because the chances are good that it's weighing on your mind.

Here's the answer.

EVERY relationship has a cycle. In the beginning, you fell in love with your spouse. You anticipated his/her call, wanted his/her touch, and liked his/her idiosyncrasies.

Falling in love with your spouse wasn't hard. In fact, it was a completely natural and spontaneous experience.

You didn't have to DO anything. That's why it's called "falling" in love... Because it's happening TO YOU.

People in love sometimes say, "I was swept of my feet." Think about the imagery of that expression. It implies that you were just standing there; doing nothing, and then something came along and happened TO YOU.

Falling in love is easy. It's a passive and spontaneous experience.

But after a few years of marriage, the euphoria of love fades. It's the natural cycle of EVERY relationship. Slowly but surely, phone calls become a bother (if they come at all), touch is not always welcome (when it happens), and your spouse's idiosyncrasies, instead of being cute, drive you nuts.

The symptoms of this stage vary with every relationship, but if you think about your marriage, you will notice a dramatic difference between the initial stage when you were in love and a much duller or even angry subsequent stage.

At this point, you and/or your spouse might start asking, "Did I marry the right person?" And as you and your spouse reflect on the euphoria of the love you once had, you may begin to desire that experience with someone else. This is when marriages breakdown. People blame their spouse for their unhappiness and look outside their marriage for fulfillment.

Extramarital fulfillment comes in all shapes and sizes. Infidelity is the most obvious. But sometimes people turn to work, church, a hobby, a friendship, excessive TV, or abusive substances.

But the answer to this dilemma does NOT lie outside your marriage. It lies within it.

I'm not saying that you couldn't fall in love with someone else. You could.

And TEMPORARILY you'd feel better. But you'd be in the same situation a few years later. Because (listen carefully to this):

THE KEY TO SUCCEEDING IN MARRIAGE IS NOT FINDING THE RIGHT PERSON; IT'S LEARNING TO LOVE THE PERSON YOU FOUND.

SUSTAINING love is not a passive or spontaneous experience. It'll NEVER just happen to you. You can't "find" LASTING love. You have to "make" it day in and day out. That's why we have the expression "the labor of love."

Because it takes time, effort, and energy. And most importantly, it takes WISDOM. You have to know WHAT TO DO to make your marriage work.

Make no mistake about it. Love is NOT a mystery. There are specific things you can do (with or without your spouse) to succeed with your marriage.

Just as there are physical laws of the universe (such as gravity), there are also laws for relationships. Just as the right diet and exercise program makes you physically stronger, certain habits in your relationship WILL make your marriage stronger. It's a direct cause and effect. if you know and apply the laws, the results are predictable... you can "make" love.

Love in marriage is indeed a "decision"... Not just a feeling.





Bila difikir-fikirkan, it kinda makes sense, doesn't it? *ponders*

I do believe that jodoh telah ditentukan oleh Allah SWT, but that does not mean we do not have to usaha to make the marriage work, especially when you have kids and tend to get overwhelmed with life's never-ending demands and challenges. Soooo exhausting, I tell you!! But I try to constantly remind myself of the sweet rewards that'll come in the end, In Shaa Allah. The Road to Jannah is not a smooth one, y'all.

There's no such thing as a dugaan-free marriage. I learned this along the way. Communication is the key. And as clic as it may sound, so is perseverance. But most important of all, never forget to make lots and lots of du'a.




Happy 13th Anniversary, famyBoy!! *muahhsss*

May Allah SWT bestow upon us guidance (and lots of patience!) to carry out our duties as husband & wife and Ibu & Ayah, in ways that will please Him. May He shower our family with health, wealth and happiness and may we, as a family, always always always live our lives in taqwa.


Saturday, November 10, 2012

This morning, after breakfast...

The kids woke up early this morning, voluntarily lagi. No need for me to bebel continuously to ask them to go mandi before having breakfast (which consisted of pancakes, sausages, baked beans and Milo).

After breakfast, they all decided to camp in Abang's room.


Melepaskan gian masing-masing


The school holidays have begun. *pulls hair*


Friday, November 09, 2012

(My) 2-Year-Old: Taming Fears

Came across this article from the email sent by BabyCenter.com to me earlier this week:

Your 2-Year-Old Now 
A lively imagination often gives temporary birth to monsters, dragons, ghosts, and other mysterious creatures of the dark. Fear of the dark is common as a child's mind becomes capable of inventing its own stories. (You can actually think of night fears — the result of an overactive imagination — as a sophisticated cognitive development.) 
To help calm your child: 
• Take the fear seriously. Never belittle it or make fun of your child's fantasy. 
• Skip the logic. A patient explanation that there's no way a monster could live in the closet but only at night won't wash. 
• Look at the room from your child's viewpoint. Maybe there's a weird shadow that really does look like a spiderweb. 
• Try some light. The reassuring glow of a nightlight or a light in the hallway has vanquished many a scary creature. 
• Give a little extra TLC. Often fears reflect some other anxiety in your child's life; she might just want some hugs and snuggles. A happy and secure bedtime routine before your child is tucked in is important, too.



We have not really addressed the concept of fear in Le Petit Pwince Nuaym's life.

As a result, he is pretty much fearless. *rolleyes*

When he was smaller (I think about a year ago, he was still learning to walk at that time, tengah taaa-tih taaa-tih lagi), he was quite taken aback by his own shadow. I remember seeing him being alarmed and on the verge of crying because the black thingy refused to leave his side and kept following him wherever he went. Ok, ok, so I was guilty for not comforting him right away, but it was too cute and funny to watch. Imagine a baby (dengan bont*t besar sebab pakai diapers) waddling around trying to run away from his own shadow. Adorably amusing, y'all!

But then Kakak and Abang found out about the incident and started to tease Adik by turning off the big light and turning on the little light and trying to scare him by having shadows chase him here and there. Grrrr... those big bullies!

I had to put a stop to the afraid-of-my-shadow phase. Nuaym eventually learnt that he had nothing to fear. Shadow? What shadow? Adik is not afraid of shadows!!

And the fun ended for Kakak and Abang. Padan muka.

Anyways...

He is not afraid of the dark. For him, dark = Nuaym kena tidur. Time to ZZZZZZ. Ibu also ZZZZZZZ.

Alhamdulillah, so far we have managed to avoid scaring him unnecessarily with ghosts and ghoulies or monsters. He is not afraid of momok(s) (because he doesn't know what a momok is) nor is he afraid of hantu(s). He stood and stared at the TV screen when TeeVee3 showed Seram the other day and watched it like it was a normal drama. No reaction or emotion whatsoever. At times, he just couldn't care less and played with his toy cars or trains or Transformers instead, while lying down and sucking his left thumb. Screaming humans or wailing hantu(s) are just background noise for him.

Last I checked, he is not afraid of any ulat(s), i.e. creepy-crawlies yang make Ibu geli-geleman. In fact, when he sees insects like ants or small roaches or other small bugs, he'd make it his mission to stomp, squash or swat them to death.

The other day, he witnessed me screaming like a little girl when a huge and slimy house lizard fell, plonked onto my desk, WHILE I WAS SITTING THERE. Ohmygod, eeeewwwwww-ness!!!!

But instead of screaming with me, he giggled. He was apparently entertained by Ibu's screaming. Soooo entertained that after that unfortunate incident, he would sometimes, out of the blue, yell out, "Cicak! Ibu, cicak!", pointing to an invisible cicak that sits on the wall above my desk. Very funny, Nuaym. Verrrrryyy the funny.

And then one day, I discovered his 'weakness'.
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Le Petit Pwince is afraid of flies. Yes, L-A-L-A-T. Especially those that hover above your head, buzzing and flying around you. Very annoying ones.


He is terrified of them


So, nowadays,...

- When he misbehaves: "Haaa, siapa naughty, nanti lalat datang."

- When he refuses to finish the last spoonful: "Cepat, cepat! Makan ni. Nanti lalat amik."

- When he tries to run and hide: "Eiiii, Adik, kat situ ada lalat!!"

- When he insists on having the front door open although we want it closed: "Tutup pintu tu, nanti lalat masuk baru tau."

:) :) :) :) :)


We know your secret, Adik! Jangan marrrraaahh! :P


Ohh... Adik takut lalat rupanya... hee hee hee


I have a plan to counter-scare him with an invisible lalat the next time he tries to scare me with the invisible cicak. *evil grin*


Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Sempat Ke?



Sometime ago, I happened to listen to some callers on Radi0 S1nar who called in to share stories/memories of their mothers (tak kira yang masih hidup atau yang sudah kembali ke Rahmatullah). Most of them remember their mothers as very special individuals. Their stories made me smile since I could easily relate to some them, being a mom and a daughter myself.

But some of the stories brought tears to my eyes, not only because they were sad stories, but more of how they made me think.

And think.

And think even harder.

I have to admit, listening to those callers made me termenung jauh.

What do MY kids think of me?

A very loving, supportive, caring and understanding Ibu? I wish, I wish, I wish...

Or Ibu yang super-mean yakni garang macam singa? As in I-wish-I-had-a-different-Ibu? *shudder*

How do they see me as their Ibu? How would they describe ME? Nak suruh depa buat karangan ke? Tapi saya tak berani nak baca nanti.

Would they recall their childhood as memorable and cherishable and special because they had me as their mother?

Would they have fond growing up stories to share with their own kids in future?

What would they remember about me when they tell their kids stories about their errr... Nenek Ibu Tok?

At this point in time, mengenangkan insiden menjerit-pekik-membebel-tanpa-henti earlier this morning, I am afraid to find out their answers. Afraid to even imagine.

Gosh... I have SOOOOOOOO many areas that I need to improve on. :(

But, How? What? When?

I must not waste the (limited) time and opportunity that has been given to me.

Maal Hijrah is just around the corner. I should include this as one of my new year's resolutions.

May Allah SWT ease my affairs and guide me throughout this journey.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Bread Pudding (Easy-Peasy and Yummy!)

Dah lama tak post foodie entry... It's obvious that I've not been adventurous in the kitchen for quite some time. No new experiments (menjadi or not tu, belakang kiralah), just the same 'ol same 'ol masakan hari-hari. Nak amik gambar pun takde mood. :P

Was craving for something baked-and-sweet the other day. Ovenku dah meraung memanggil-manggil sebab dah lama kena abandoned. Realized that I had sebuku roti Gardenia that was going to expire in 24 hours. How come nobody ate roti last week???

Immediately thought of bread pudding. I know, SOOOOO creative.

Mintak tolong kat Pak cik G00gle and I found several versions of the recipe on the net. All of them were not too difficult to follow. I ended up combining two or three recipes, lebih kurang gitu.

The end result? Not bad, not bad at all... :)



Simple Bread Pudding
A combination of several recipes found on the internet

6 slices day-old bread Note: I used sebuku white Gardenia bread (how many slices is that? 10?) that was about to expire.

2 tablespoons butter, melted  Note: I added another tablespoon of butter, so 3 tablespoons altogether.

1/2 cup raisins (optional) Note: I used sliced almonds coz I had some left and didn't know what to do with them.

4 eggs, beaten  Note: I used 6 medium-sized eggs.

2 cups milk  Note: I used 3 cups coz I wanted to make sure there was enough liquid to soak the bread.

3/4 cup white sugar Note: I used brown sugar instead of white. Turned out just fine.

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Note: I added a pinch of nutmeg sebab saja suka-suka. :)


Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2. Break bread into small pieces into an 8 inch square baking pan or 9x13 inch baking dish. Drizzle melted butter or margarine over bread. If desired, sprinkle with raisins. (Note: I sprinkled almond slices on the top).

3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. (Note: I added a pinch of nutmeg to the mixture as a perisa tambahan). Beat until well mixed. Pour over bread, and lightly push down with a fork until bread is covered and soaking up the egg mixture.

4. Bake in the preheated oven for about 45 minutes, or until the top springs back when lightly tapped.

Additional Notes:
- The best part was this recipe was so easy to follow and the result was very yummmmmmyyyy. Some other recipes called for scalded milk and water baths (ayoooo, so leceh one!!).
- My kids loved it (and showered Ibu with compliments, yayy!!), so that's a plus for me. ;)
- The picture above was taken when the pudding was just coming out of the oven. Nampak so fluffy, gebu yang amat, kan? Don't panic. As it started to cool off, it collapsed a bit.

Monday, October 08, 2012

The 7 Highly Effective Habits

I came across an article while hopping from one MukaBuku update to another, in the list of pages/sites that I'd Like(d).

Due to the fact that I need constant inspiration and motivation on how not to become a bad Ibu on good parenting skills, I've decided to make this entry a reference cum reminder (for myself and for famyBoy if he reads this).


 
Image googled

What are the seven highly effective habits that successful Muslim families must have?

- The first most effective habit of a Muslim family should be to have Tawheed in Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala), and how to worship Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala).  To be able to know who He is and what His characteristics are.

- The second highly effective habit that every Muslim family must have is worshipping Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala) together as a family.

- The third highly effective habit that every Muslim family must have is knowing who the Prophet (SallAllaahu 'Alayhi Wa Sallam) is, and practicing his sunnah.

- The fourth highly effective habit that every Muslim family must have is mercy for the young, and respect for the elders.

- The fifth highly effective habit that every Muslim family must have is to listen to each other, and learn to communicate with each other.

- The sixth highly effective habit that every Muslim family must have is constantly learning and growing as a family.

- The seventh highly effective habit that every Muslim family must have is for them as a family to lead by example.

*** Original article can be found HERE.



 
Image googled sometime ago

Another du'a for me to hafal, and regularly baca... InsyaAllah.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Dua Doa

Dearest Kakak, 

Wishing you all the very best in your UPKK examination (that starts today and ends on Thursday). Baca soalan betul-betul, THINK CAREFULLY before you write down your answers and make sure you check them (re-check pun takpe, if sempat!) before you hand in your exam papers to the examiner. 

Truthfully, Ibu rasa sangat nervous dan worried yang amat, bagai nak rak gitu. Ibu can only make du'a that Allah makes it easy for you. Semoga Kakak ditabahkan, ditenangkan dan diterangkan hati serta dibuka minda. May Allah guide you throughout the whole thingy, insyaAllah.

Anyways, Good Luck!!! And *hugs* banyak-banyak.

Love,
Ibu


**Taken from the inside cover of an old issue of Majalah Asuh


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Terima Pun Salah, Tak Terima Pun Salah

When your PART-TIME employer sends you an email on a Saturday evening with an assignment that will be due in 1.5 days (i.e. the following Monday!), does she *expect* you to work over the weekend?
It's not like I'd be paid extra pun if I did. Dahlah kiter ni setakat pekerja sambilan kecil-kecilan sahaja.

Declining the assigned job is like pushing away rezeki. But accepting it is like implying that the weekend familybondingqualitytime is not a priority... Dahlah last weekend pun kerja OT. Hmmm.

To accept or not to accept? Dilemma sungguh. But the look on famyBoy's face helped me answer the question.


 
 
But, but, but, why do I feel so guilty? *sigh*


Monday, September 24, 2012

Realization

I should at least *try* to start blogging again and/or take lots and lots and lots of pictures. Lagipun, I cannot rely on my memory forever, kan?


 
 
Diri ini terasa tua sudah.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Abang 2012

Aidiin celebrated his 8th birthday this year, specifically on August 14, 2012. Seperti biasa, Ibu akan recap memorable events.


 
Pop-up birthday card & cookie labels: DIY by moi; Birthday cookies: baked by Titi (Thank you, Titi!)

A special intergalactic message from the Autobots to YOU:
All systems go for an all-day awesome birthday!!!


Aidiin, sempena the 8th year of his life...

... is the Class Monitor for his class. Errr... Ripley's, Believe It or Not?





... was chosen to be the Imam for the 2nd time during the Solat Bestari Camp this year. This time, I managed to save whatever pictures I could find on the school's website. See? Saya belajar dari kesilapan lalu. :)

Original article and more pictures here.


... lost not just one, not two, but three top front teeth. Bila dia tersengih, kelakar giler. Tapi, rasa kesian pun ada jugak. :P

New tooth making an appearance


... was selected as a Trainee Prefect during the second half of the school year. At the time this entry is being written, he had gotten the offer letter to become a school Prefect for next year. The offer letter came with  the order form for new uniform, tie, badge and nametag. Tu tak termasuk long-sleeved shirts and black school shoes. *pengsan*

 
So very "belia" one


... has had no accidents this year (so far), Alhamdulillah. The scars from accidents dolu-dolu are still very visible, though.


Let me end this post with the following pictures.

 
Good Hair Day vs. Bad Hair Day


HAPPY 8TH BIRTHDAY, ABANG!!! :)

WE LOVE YOU VERY VERY MUCH!!



Relevant reads:
- 7th birthday, 6th birthday, 5th birthday, 4th birthday, 3rd birthday, 2nd birthday, 1st birthday


Monday, June 18, 2012

Anak Rabbit

In case you don't already know... Le Petit Pwince Nuaym has two gigi 'mancung'. Adorably cute tapi tersangatlah kelakarnya bila tengok dia tersengih. :)


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Gigi 'mancung' or not, we love you all the same, Adik... (except when you naik angin and start to whine!)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Random Facts about my 2-Year-Old

** Consider this entry a continuation of a previous entry.

Some random facts about Le Petit Pwince Nuaym:

1. He runs from one point to another, regardless of distance. "Walk" has no meaning to him.

2. He likes chicken... fried chicken. Home-fried, KFC, mamak-fried also can.

3. He is VERRRRRY passionate about football. In fact, I noticed that ever since he started walking, he has already shown interest in kicking a ball around. And he can kick, this boy, despite kaki yang panjangnya about 2 jengkal lebih sahaja. He also likes to dribble the ball and sometimes does a drop kick as well. Why do I need to mention this? Because I didn't see this same passion in Aidiin (who was more into trains and railway tracks when he was Nuaym's age).

4. He loves automobiles. He loves to watch the wheels on a car or a bus go round and round, round and round, round and round. He enjoys playing with his toy cars, buses, trains, trucks and fire-engines.

5. He likes to immitate his elder sister and brother. He also likes to annoy them by taking their things and claiming that they are his. Noo-aiym nyerr. He gets really upset when they ignore him or when they lock themselves up in their rooms. He'd be banging on their doors asking to be let in.

6. He enjoys books, and he likes pretending to read them out loud. Any books with words are A, B, C, G, X, Y, O, W, or any other alphabets he can recall at that point in time. Any books with numbers are 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10.

7. He would be the one yelling "Ayah fonn!" or "Iboo fonn!" when my fonn or famyBoy's fonn starts to ring or vibrate (when in silent mode).

8. He still sucks his left thumb before he goes to sleep or when he has nothing to do. Sampai dah kecut (or kembang?) dah jari tu dia nyot-nyot.

9. He likes jajan and/or any other form of munchy, crunchy food like potato chips. And kacang grams.

10. He likes to sing and hum tunes. He knows quite a few songs and jingles. Memang tak reti duduk diam (senyap-senyap) dia ni, unless he is asleep. Currently he sings and hums to tunes from the Voices of Ummi CD. He also likes the chorus of Awan Nano.

11. He is the 'safety policeman' during our car rides. He would insist everyone to "pakai seek-belk".

12. He is one garang Adik. Abbangg and Kakkakk selalu kena bully marah dengan dia.

13. He knows body parts: eyes, nose, mouth, hands, kaki, linga (ear), gigi.

14. He yells out "Ottobotts Transform!!" and makes creaking-transforming sounds when he sees any transformable Transformers. Bumblebee is Boobaibee and Optimus Prime is Nee-nee-mus Pwime.


Relevant entries: 1, 2, Nuaymish dictionary


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

And He Speaks (and Speaks and Speaks)

I have finally compiled a list of Nuaym's most commonly-used words, in conjunction with his 2nd birthday, which was err... about 4.5 months ago on Jan 31, 2012. I know, I know, I am such a bad, bad, bad Ibu for not putting up an entry on time.

Nuaymish-English-Malay Dictionary

abbal "bantal" (pillow)

Abbanngg "Abang", when referring to his elder brother Aidiin.

aagi adik "Bagi kat Adik", i.e. Give (it) to Adik (him).

aagilaaaa "Bagilah", usually spoken in a loud, merengek manner (very irritating one), i.e. Give (it) to me, now!

ahr-fraim "aiskrim" (ice-cream)

ahr-fuam "air suam" (warm water)

ahr-plain "aeroplane", sometimes also used for helicopters. Ahr-plain was previously "ah-dee-daaa" (don't ask me why).

Alllaa... too-pah "Alaa... tumpah", i.e. Ohno, a spill. Usually followed by "Amik tee-syoo."

amiklaaa "Ambilkanlah", i.e. Take (it) for me, now!

and freyn "and Friend", referring to Thomas the Tank Engine (and Friends). Thomas is sometimes also known as Teeeet-teeeet.

Awwah Ke-bar "Allahu Akbar" Normally used when he hears the azan, or when he wants to tell that someone is performing his/her solat or when he wants to take part in performing the solat (in which he would be seen grabbing his little sejadah and dragging it around before doing the takbir, rukuk, and sujud). So cute, I like! :)
Also when pointing to or looking at a masjid or surau or any Quranic text or tulisan Jawi.

Al-Maaajid, Al-Waaajid referring to Asma-ul-Husna performed by the nasyeed group Hijjaz on Yo0tube, whenever he wants me to play it out loud on my phone, usually in bed when he is drinking milk before he falls asleep.

Assam-eykom "Assalamualaikum"

asyuk  referring to a blanket. This is to say that he wants to get under the covers.

Atok grandfather (can be either my dad or famyBoy's dad)

ayah dad, daddy (his dad, i.e. famyBoy) This is probably one of his earliest spoken words, apart from naak and nenen.

bahss "bas" (bus)

ball, say-pak ball, goal  for football, kick the ball, goal

baybee "baby", referring any little human being (although he/she may be older than him).

bay-lak "berak", poop. Sometimes "yak".

beck "beg" (bag)

beekot "biskut" (biscuit)

bobbomm to sleep or lie down

bo-bo-la ah-pong  "Bola Kampung" the series.

boiiboiiboii The one and only Boboiboi, of course. Ter-baekkk.

Boobaibee "Bumblebee", one of his favorite Autobots.

bubbye "bye bye"

burds "birds"

cheee-kern "chicken" or ayam

dah sahmpai  "dah sampai", i.e. We have arrived. Normally prefixed with Yayy!

deedee burds Angry Birds :)

deedee popp "lollipop" I guess Madame Lollies would then be Aunty Deedee then, eh? :P

dock "dog"

eee-yok The car that we're currently using. :P This is a weirrrrd one. When we first got the car, its alarm was very loud and it went something like 'eeee-yok, eeee-yok'. Nuaym likes to immitate the sound it makes. So now, even after the alarm has been replaced, he still refers to the car as "eee-yok".

eeowww "meow", i.e. cat. This is usually spoken in a very high-pitched voice.

ellphen "elephant"

finniiiish "finish"

fissh "fish" or ikan

fonn "telephone"

geeg-git I want a bite of [something]

Haaaaa!! to indicate Yes, or when expressing approval.

hallo "Hello"

iboo mom, mommy (me)

Kakkakk "Kakak", when referring to his elder sister Sofea.

kasyut shoes/sandals/sneakers

mahndee "mandi" (to take a bath)

mammam can either mean "food" or "eat". Usually prefixed with "nak".

mannnnak "banyak", as in a lot or many (in quantity).

moooon La Luna, of course. And also anything circular/round (except for ball), e.g coins, mints, circles, brooches etc.

naaaak "nak" (I want this/that/those).

nak ikott  "Nak ikut so-n-so" (I want to follow so-n-so).

nannak  "tak nak" (I don't want or don't want to). Usually followed by shaking of head indicating "No".

nasyik "nasi" (rice)

nee-ohh to sit on a chair or sofa or seat. This one is really weirrrrdd. It took me a while to figure this out. Seriously. But as it turned out, he would use the word "nee-ohh" and points to a chair/sofa/rocker/seat to indicate that he wants to sit on/in it. Now we all say, "Nuaym nee-ohh", whenever we wanted him to sit down, and he would oblige.

Nee-nee-mus Pwime "Optimus Prime", leader of the Autobots

Nennek grandmother (my mom)

Noo-aiym, Adik as in referring to himself

nyerrr "punya", belongs to, e.g. Abbangg nyerrr (belongs to big brother). But normally all things belong to Noo-aiym.

ooo-kakk pittu (sometimes pintu) "bukak pintu" means open the door, or do not close the door.

ottobotts "Autobots", any Transformers bearing the Autobots insigna

oh-yo "Oreo"

pahn-daii "pandai" (clever) Usually followed by clapping of hands and a Yayy.

pattah "patah" (Anything that is broken)

pipin pipin Upin & Ipin

pray-ter or voo voom "kereta", car/van

saaayaaangg "sayang" (love) which, to him, actually means to hug someone or be hugged by someone

seek-belk "seat belt"

syokelat "chocolate" (as in syusyu syokelat or a candy bar)

staaar anything star-shaped, including nuggets and Honey-stars cereal

syoop "soup" or anything with gravy

syusyu "susu", i.e. milk

tee-bee "TV"

tee-syoo "tissue", usually comes after "Alllaaa... toopah."

toolees "tulis", i.e. write/draw/color using a writing instrument (read: conteng)

treyn "train"

too-won "turun" (come down or go downstairs)

twuck truck

Uwan grandmother (famyBoy's mom)

Wa-aiy-komsalam "Waalaikummussalam"

woosh-shen "wash hands"

Yayy to express joy and happiness, normally after accomplishing something or arriving somewhere.



He is extra chatty nowadays (as opposed to 6 months ago), expecially when he is able to communicate better and be understood by those listening to him. He is able to string 3-4 words together to form sentences.. Penat nak melayan, tapi tersangatlah adorable-nya.

Iboo, Noo-aiym nak bikut. Noo-aiym nak cheee-kern.

Abbangg, ukak pittu. Ukaklaaa. (same context used for Kakkakk)

Noo-aiym nak mahndee. Or the opposite. Noo-aiym nannak mahndee.

Kakkakk, bahss!! Kakkakk, too-won!!

Alllaaa... Boobaibee dah pattah.




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Sometimes I still find it hard to believe that it has been 2 years since I gave birth to the little darling. Maybe because I still carry my pregnancy weight even after all these years *sob sob*

I pray that Allah SWT will shower him with His bounties, bestow upon him His blessings and protect him from harm. May he grow up to be a righteous and successful Muslim, both in this world and the next. Happy Birthday My Petit Pwince Nuaym.

Relevant entries: 1 and 2


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

11 Years Have Passed



The only Pwincess in the family turned 11 on May 13th, 2012.

Among the family members, we call her Sofea (aka Kakak). Her teachers and friends in school call her Addina. Each time the phone rings and the caller asks for "Addina", it'll take me a few seconds to figure out who the caller is asking for. Itu pun after asking her/him to repeat the name twice. :P

Alhamdulillah, she has managed to khatam the Quran, sometime in Dec 2010. But the actual Khatam Quran ceremony was held at Intekma Resort in Shah Alam on Nov 21, 2011. Kalau nak dikirakan, the majlis was quite besar-besaran juga; dengan paluan kompang mengiringi salawat ke atas Nabi S.A.W as the graduates walked into the dewan and up the stage, colorful bunga manggar, decorative bunga telur dan yang sewaktu dengannya.


 
Notice the bunga telur with little teddy bears? Comel sungguh!




Alhamdulillah, Sofea (or should I say, Addina ;)) is doing well in school. But not as cemerlang as the Tahap 1 years, though. I have to admit, the Tahap 2 subjects and syllabus are quite challenging, even for me. *pening*

Naturally, I'd expect her to work extra-hard and be extra-studious. And naturally, if she starts slacking off, I'd start to bebel. Ibu sooo kiasu one, aye? Kesian tu memang kesian, but what to do? I don't want her to be left behind. I don't want her to miss out on any opportunities in future. Therefore, membebel-bebel I shall, if she starts showing signs of l-a-z-i-n-e-s-s.

She will be sitting for her UPSR and PSRA examinations next year. I think at this point I am feeling more nervous and stressed out than she is. I am already seeing symptoms of procrastination taking place, and this worries me because I do not believe in cramming or last-minute studying (*cough* *cough*), definitely not for big exams. Tension ooooo.




Happy 11th Birthday, Dearest Kakak!!! :D

May Allah guide you, ease your affairs, keep you on the Straight Path, grant you with useful knowledge and provide you with true understanding. Always remember that Ibu banyak membebel sebab Ibu sangat sayang. :)


Other relevant entries: 9th birthday, 8th birthday, 7th birthday, 6th birthday, 5th birthday, 4th birthday


Thursday, April 05, 2012

Hari Itu Dalam Sejarah

Aidiin lost one of his two front teeth two days ago. Gigi ni dah goyang since the past 2 weeks actually. The thought of going to the dentist and having the tooth pulled out (by the dentist) made him nervous and anxious, so by hook or by crook, little by little, day by day, dia cuba try test untuk cabut sendiri. *roll eyes*


Tooth-less in BeeJay


If I had not panicked to see his bloody mouth and hands (and rushed him to the toilet to gargle and wash up), I would've taken a picture of him, WITH his bloody mouth and hands, 10 minutes earlier. :)

So, total gigi susu replaced including this one, errr... 3, I think. Nanti kena check balik dengan tuan empunya gigi.

On another note, ada banyak benda lagi nak cerita sebenarnya, but no time to blog yet. *sigh*

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

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Two years have passed...


 
Happy 2nd Birthday, Adik!!! :D



Lots of lots and lots of love, hugs, kisses, tickles and cuddles from Ibu, Ayah, Kakak & Abang.

May Allah shower you with His bounties, bestow upon you His blessings and protect you from harm. May you grow up to be a righteous and successful Muslim, both in this world and the next. Ameen. Jangan naughty-naughty, okay?

p/s: Abang pesan jangan suka amik/usik/main barang-barang dia (without his permission, that is).


Relevant entry: 1


 

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