Tuesday, September 23, 2014

multilingual baby


Alhamdulillah Nadrah is 10months plus old already.
In years, she's 0.1 years old. still in point form =p

so, what can she do now?
(people always ask me that. like "ooooo, dah 10 bulan. apa je boleh buat dah sekarang?". things like that. hehe!)

she can:
1. crawl, since 0.07 or 0.08 years old. now, she's learning to walk. ta-tehhh, taaaa-tehhhhhh, cleber girl!

2. eat solids. or more accurately, wants to eat what adults are eating, except she can't yet. she'll stare and cry and pull our legs and threaten us by throwing herself back. ish ish si comel ni!

3. talk german and hokkien. she likes to talk while pointing too. almost every morning when she wakes up, she'll give me her full blown story of her dreams or "adventures" while pointing her (index) finger everywhere. but she speaks german and hokkien, so i pretend to understand. heehee!

4. dance. which is bouncing on the spot (if she's standing) or turning her body side to side with her arms in the air, like she just don't care (when sitting). she likes Hi5 intro song the most.

5. sneeze and fart at the same time. happened once though..

6. "talk" into the phone. whenever my mom/dad/husbeng/family members la basically, whenever they call, i'll let her grab the phone from me and she'll put it to her ear and stay silent. kesian whoever on the other line... i can hear them calling "Nadrahh~ TAYANG! bishhbushhhbleerrr (babytalk)" but nadrah just buat dek je. on rare occasions, she'll reply la. in german of course! hehee!

and then she'll throw the phone down. my phonee..... ='(

she loves FaceTime though.

so cute tau! few weeks ago i went to a parenting course  over the weekend. so husbeng was looking after nadrah. when class ended, husbeng Facetimed me and showed nadrah. si comel was surprised at first, because i think usually we facetime my husbeng. this time, i pulak on the other side.

so she looked at me, looked at her dad, at me again and then jumped on her dad while crying! hahahahaha!
and then she spoke german hokkien with me.

of course, i pretended to understand =p

7. climb stairs. she used to get so much attention when she climb stairs. but nowadays, i just chill chill je when she climbs. she'll always look back at me, expecting a praise. bahahaha =p

8. lick and chew. her favourite pastime. she'll take something and puts them in her mouth -__-''

9. sujud. when she starts her crying fit, she'll go into sujud position. HAHA!

10. make me feel special.
sometimes i have to leave her with my mom. when i come back to pick her up, her eagerness to be picked up by me makes me feel like i'm loved. hehehe!
babies love us unconditionally. no matter how many times we ignored them or make them cry, they forgive so easily and continue loving us.

that's true love.

oh well. that's it about nadrah's perkembangan! there might be more i've forgotten about, but oh well. biarlah. i'm just sharing this for no particular reason, only that to remind future me what 0.1 year old baby could be doing. hehehe!

Alhamdulillah, thank you Allah for everything =)

Friday, September 19, 2014

Sharp Plasmacluster Air Purifier Review


as a stay-at-home mom, one of the many things i penat buat masa cleaning up the house, it's sweeping, dusting, and vacuuming.

our home is a condo unit in damansara perdana where, nearby is a huge construction project (Empire City tuuuuu), and nak tanak, the dusts from there and everywhere else comes flying into our home.
i like having the sliding door open so that the wind comes in and kononnya dapat fresh air sikit (duduk level atas atas, itu lah harapannya kan) but instead, what comes in..

is dust.

because of that, i have to keep everything shut.
the sliding doors and the windows.
thing is.. even with them closed, there're still dust everywhere. can't blame everything on construction now, can i? hehehe!
it's lesser but nonetheless, they exist.
and the thing i can't stand most is that stuffiness coz the air feels so still!!
fans and airconds can't get rid of that stuffiness. i think korang mesti faham kat feeling tu!

so recently, we borrowed a Plasmacluster Air Purifier (Sharp) to see if there's any difference in our home.

this is model FP-E50E
small, petite and nice to look at. haha!
oh and it's sold over 50 million already. famous gak ek dia ni!

from what i can see, the dust level ada la kurang sikit. and even the odour from our surroundings doesn't hurt our hearts. haha! =p

also, the air purifier has a Haze Mode.
the haze mode function cleans the air by running at maximum power for a few minutes, and then chill sikit, and the run maximum again. convenient gak la =)

i put the air purifier in our living room, coz it's the center of our home.
so far, it's not as stuffy as before, and our home does feel ok. i mean, tak rasa rimas dah =D
i just keep it on and put in on auto. it seems to know better what its doing. hehe!
good thing the air purifier is safe for kids too. nadrah likes playing around it. better dia main ngan benda ni dari kipas kan. hehe =p

i think it's convenient to have since it does help mengurangkan dusts and odour. and i think because the air purifier can neutralise the air, that's why our home doesn't feel stuffy, and that's a good thing too!

it may not does all the cleaning for us, but at least it lessens the tiredness of doing it. it would be nice though, if the air purifier can vaccuum and suck up all the dust in the whole house. bahahahahaha!
i wish =p

but oh well. for now, this is as good as technology gets.
check out more at www.sharplovelife.com for more info!

hope this helps! =D

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

save money by changing plan


we all had that prepaid phase kan.

dulu masa kat matrix, kedekut betul nak belanja beli topup untuk sembang ngan family.
message pun seketul dua yang panjang secukup cukup "character". hahaha!
pastu sambung lagi perangai tu masa masuk uni.
kedekut nak beli topup untuk sembang ngan family, tapi amboi! bila nak gayut ngan teman lelaki, KEMAIN!
sanggup tu lari turun gi kopetro beli topup bila dah habis credit!
sanggup beli topup siap siap untuk sesi berborak hentahpape.
sanggup duduk kat tangga kena gigit nyamuk demi berborak hentahpape.

haih. zaman remaja..

please adik adik kakak kakak, jangan la macam saya yang dulu ye!!

i switched to postpaid masa kat uni gak sebab malas dah nak berlarian ke sana sini cari topup. i have better things to do with my time.
like watching How I Met Your Mother. hahaha! =p

and since then, memang i saved a lot.

i hope this blogpost can help you manage your money better =)
i have been using Digi the longest. i've tried others fyi.
and i like Digi coz they don't have hidden charges.

if you take the DG Smartplan 78 - means RM 78 per month, you get 3GB internet usage, 100 mins free talktime and 100 free SMS. FYI, 3GB internet tu cukup je for me. boleh check email, download stuff and whatsapp, surf, the norm. pastu, upon singing up, dapat lagi FREE 100 mins talktime and 100 SMS and rebates up to RM 60. pastree, dapat extra freebies like unlimited whatsapp, free norton security (sangat penting ini!) and free Deezer (music streaming app).

if you're a student, and you need a smartphone but can't afford it, you can actually get one for free.
cekidaut HERE to see the range of smartphones Digi has to offer k?

ada yang Free and ada yang kena topup duit

check out HERE to see other plans!

zere you go!
make a smart choice, have internet for all and save your money for a rainy day!
you'll be surprised by how things like this can really affect your savings. =)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Haircare for Hijabees

assalamualaikum lovelies!

tup tup, dah few years went by since i've first became a full-time-hijabi.
alhamdulillah =')

one of the things that i needed to get used to, was bungkus-ing my hair into an inner scarf. my hair is kinda thick (everytime i go to a hair salon, hairdresser mesti comment pasal rambut banyak and tebal! wahahaha!) so bila rambut dibungkus, i used to feel very uncomfortable and when i sweat, my scalp feels ultra itchy! also, my hair rasa kepam sangat! eeeeeeee!

i remember at one point, i had a real bad dandruff case!

but alhamdulillah, nowadays kan ramai dah peka ngan hijabis and their hair problems, so one of the first shampoos yang ada buat specially for this reason, is Sunsilk!

botol hijau lak tu. my favourite colour =D

*not pregnant by the way. kena cakap awal awal nyahaha =p*
*oh ya, jubah dari La Kayena ye kengkawan!*

lepas pakai shampoo Sunsilk Lively Clean and Fresh, my scalp did not bother me at all! i was doing outdoor activities like who-cares and sometimes even bila balik lambat dari kerja or classes, my hair and scalp tak rasa oily nor itchy still!
best gilos!

dulu ada orang pernah tanya "how do you stand wearing that (points to my overly bebelit shawl.. zaman tu wahaha!) in this kind of weather (referring malaysia's hot summers' day. macam everyday je kan. wahahaha!)". i just said "entah lah. rasa biasa je."

padahal, secretnya ialah:
shampoo and breathable shawls. seriously, these 2 combo goes a loooooonnng way. and you need that. *wink*

take note ok dear sisters! hehe!

masa tu i didn't think my hair and scalp had anything to do with it. tapi betul tau. if you take care of your hair and scalp, they won't bother you when you're sweating ke apa.
in fact, my hair is at its healthiest since i've become a full-time-hijabi!

did you know that Heliza Helmi is the face of Sunsilk Lively Clean & Fresh?
dari dulu sampai sekarang, muka dia merata kat adverts in magazines la, billboards and tv for Sunsilk kan? haaa.. sebab dia lah i confident nak pakai shampoo ni dulu!

this year, sunsilk nak buat digital contest - Menemanimu Sejak Tahun 2000 - to encourage women in hijab to share inspiring stories with Sunsilk Lively Clean & Fresh! even Heliza will share hers!
all you have to do is share your stories here:

Sunsilk - Menemanimu Sejak Tahun 2000

senang je!

the grand prize winner will get RM 20,000 cash!!! ada lagiii! dapat T-shirt and Sunsilk products with your tudung journey illustration!
jaw-dropping kannn. i knowz!

consolation prize winners (10 people) will get RM 3000!! a T-shirt and also Sunsilk products with your tudung journey illustration!

so go on and korek your memory sikit, karang baik baik, and share your inspiring stories to all of us k!!

all the best!

Friday, September 5, 2014

secret #1 ihiks!


when i was 18 years old, 27 seemed so far. and this year, mashaAllah, i will turn 27 in december!!
rasa macam ohyamjee sangat!
*checks face for wrinkles*

truthfully, i never imagined to be a family person when i was younger. i hardly ever thought of weddings, children and even settling with a guy, coz i thought of being a traveller konon ala ian wright. heheheh!

things are so different now than what i had imagined. i have my own family unit! alhamdulillah =')
so if a person were to ask me about the 1 thing i care most, of course, it's my family =)

Nadrah's aqiqah months ago 

and i was naive to think that having a child would be easy peasy.
boy, oh boy.. was i naive!

it's a lot of work! not just physically, but mental and emotionally too!

i was so exhausted during the first few months after having nadrah and i wondered, "how did every mom handle this??? with babies, toddlers, household chores, cooking, hamagaahhhh!!"

and now.
mothers and mothers-to-be's..

the secret is HEALTH.
macam simple je kan?
like "pssshhh! i knowwww" right?
but please.

bila ada anak sume, memang penyakit malas melanda mendalami jiwa raga dan procrastinate.
reality is uglier than our expectation. hahaha!

anyways, i started doing light warm ups whenever i can and eating supplements regularly.
it did wonders!
not only my body starts feeling better, i can handle pressure better!
alhamdulillah =D

so i STRONGLY STRONGLY STRONGLU STRONGLA encourage you ladies to take good care of your health!
whether you're single, married, have kids, working, whatever, health is not something we should take for granted. this is a nikmat! a gift from Allah SWT!

jom ramai ramai cakap "Alhamdulillah!" =D

dan kakak kakak adik adik sayang, bukan setakat exercise je ye, makan pun kena jaga. i've been training myself to cook with olive oil and eat more vegetables. eeegghhh.... sebab sayang family dan sayang kesihatan, maka ku paksakan diri menelan sayur. *turn on jamie oliver cooking shows*

if you're keen in joining runs (it's so common nowadays, means ramai suka healthy lifestyle!), Allianz Pacer ada buat gak! we are all welcomed to participate =D

if i ask you what's the one thing that matters to you, what would it be?

for me, it's health. because in order to be there for my family, to be able to do things i want, learn, to perform ibadah and travel, i need my health =)

Allianz wants to know too why your health matters to you!
share them with Allianz at their website HERE and the first 300 will get a free Allianz Pacer T shirt! remember to LIKE their Facebook Page too!
you could also share your pictures of the things that matter to you on Instagram and tag #matters2meMY or #matterstomeMY

simple kan?

here's something you should watch =D

hope this helps make you make the right decision to protect the things that matter to you =)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


aka wuduk, wudu', air semayang

assalamualaikum dearies!

alhamdulillah, a few years ago masa i bergiat aktif join usrah groups, i was blessed with the opportunity to learn something that is valuable, mashAllah. and i thank that sister for teaching me this =') may Allah SWT reward you immensely Kak Ija!

i want to share this with you because i believe it's beneficial, in sha Allah taala =)

here goes. ehem.
masa kita ambil wudhu, kan kita baca niat dalam hati kan?

additional to that, kita berdoa dalam hati juga untuk setiap anggota yang kita sapukan/basuhkan dengan air.

for example,

when we wash our face, with each wash, we pray that our face will be filled with nur (light) when we meet Him in the Hereafter, that our face brings ease to our families and friends

when we wash our mouth, with each wash, we pray that we speak with truth and honesty, that we speak words that ease the listeners, that we speak of things that are beneficial, that we can control our tongues from speaking and eating things that are haram

when we wash our ears, with each wash, we pray that our ears will listen to things that will raise our iman, that we listen to the Quran often, that we become good listeners to people

when we wash our hands/arms, we pray with each wash that our hands/arms will do beneficial things for others, that they'll answer to Allah of the deeds that we've used them for

when we wash our head, we pray that Allah will increase us in knowledge of the Deen, that Allah will increase us with understanding of the Deen, that Allah allows us to use our knowledge for good, that we increase our remembrance of Allah SWT 

when we wash our feet, we pray that our feet will take us to places that are clean, good, and beneficial like masjids and majlis-majlis ilmu, that our feet will be strong at standing up for what is right and halal, that our feet will keep us on the siratal mustaqim (the Right Path) and bring us to Paradise

these are what i niatkan when i take my wudhu, and i am no ulama or ustazah, so i don't say that you need to follow them exactly! just nak share je, and perhaps you have some doa/niat that are even better than mine! do share ya =D

i do hope this will change how we all take our wudhu.
sebab kalau basuh camtu camtu je, macam tak menghayati sangat kan. heeee.. at least when we wash each parts with doas included, we will be more attentive, more "in the zone", and more focussed, in sha Allah, in our prayers.

i guess that's all!
hehee =D

thank you for reading this, and may it benefit you in sha Allah taala =)
sorry kalau ada tersalah! kalau ada gunanya, semuanya sebab Allah SWT hadiahkan =)

Monday, August 11, 2014

cerpen: Aku budak tol, aku ok.

assalamualaikum geng!

aku Kassim Ghani, tapi panggil aku Bo je.

aku hanya seorang budak tol. ye, tak glamer macam kau. 
aku duduk dalam opis aku yang sejuk gila, pastu amik duit dari engkorang, pastu aku bagi balik baki. 
aku mengaku. masa aku mula kerja kat kaunter tol ni, aku 17 tahun, dan aku malu.
aku malu nak bagitau kawan kawan aku yang aku kerja jadi budak tol.

bukan aku nak, 


dulu aku pandai kat sekolah. aku dapat 5A untuk UPSR, 8A untuk PMR. hebat kan?
kata dah aku pandai.
sebab aku jadi sombong, aku biarkan diri aku jadi rosak.

mak ayah aku bukan orang senang. mak keje kat mydin, ayah aku keje kerani kat sebelah mydin. 

masa aku dapat 8A untuk PMR.. best sangat tengok mak ayah aku.
diorang bangga sangat dengan aku, diorang hadiahkan aku Blackberry.
bagi aku, itu sangat mewah. aku bersyukur sangat.

sebab aku dah mula bersosial dengan orang orang luar sekolah, aku terikut satu geng yang tak elok. kitorang gi clubbing malam sekolah, main perempuan, tapi aku berjaya elak dari minum arak dan dadah.
malangnya satu malam tu, polis serbu club yang kitorang tengah lepak. aku dan kawan kawan aku kantoi kena tangkap.

mak dan ayah aku memang sedih dengan aku.
aku ingat masa tu..

ayah aku datang ke balai polis untuk keluarkan aku. dia terkejut tapi diam je. tak marah, tegur pun tak. bila sampai rumah, mak bancuh kan aku dan ayah air teh o, pastu terus masuk bilik. tak berkata apa apa pun.
aku ingat ayah nak pukul aku atau pun marah aku.
tapi lepas 10minit dua dua berdiam kat ruang tamu, aku dah naik panas.
aku rasa terlampau malu, dan marah sebab ayah tanak cakap apa apa.

aku bangun dari duduk, aku campak gelas aku kat dinding dan mula jerit.
macam bodoh gak bila ingat balik..

aku ingat lagi.
"Ayah cakap je la ayah malu ada anak macam Bo! cakap je la Bo ni bodoh, anak tak guna! cakap! bo tau mak ayah benci bo! bo tau bo salah!"
dan aku amik gelas ayah dan baling ke tempat sama aku baling gelas aku.
tapi sebab masih tak puas, aku mula amik apa je ada depan mata dan baling biar pecah.
pasu, telefon rumah, meja.
last last, aku baling blackberry aku.

tergamam aku bila tengok blackberry aku pecah kat kaki aku. baru aku berhenti.

aku tengok ayah yang sedang menangis.
dia hanya berdiri je di tempat duduknya, dengan matanya ke arah aku, dan pipinya basah.

Allah. apa aku buat ni?
kenapa aku hilang akal?
kenapa aku lupa mak ayah?

melihat ayah aku menangis, aku pun menangis.
ketat tekak aku rasa. jadi aku meraung dan peluk ayah aku.
aku betul tak ingat apa aku cakap dan aku tau apa yang keluar dari mulut aku tak terbahasa, tapi aku yakin ayah aku faham.
aku insaf.
aku minta maaf.

selama aku terlalai dengan benda tak elok, aku banyak kali menjatuhkan maruah mak ayah, dan aku sakitkan hati diorang. apa dosa diorang? diorang bagi aku semuanya! walaupun mereka tak mampu, tapi demi aku, diorang sanggup keje overtime, bersabar dan cuba memuaskan permintaan aku yang sombong angkuh ni.

aku malu dengan keadaan aku.
aku malu dengan pilihan aku.
aku malu sangat.
apa la sangat semua A dalam pelajaran tapi FAIL dalam hidup realiti? FAIL pilih kawan? FAIL membezakan antara baik dan buruk?

jadi, sekarang, ye. aku keje kat kaunter tol.
dah setahun aku kat sini.
don't worry. aku tengah kumpul duit. aku nak masuk sekolah balik, amik SPM, pastu nak masuk universiti. in shaAllah, aku nak berjaya, demi kesenangan mak ayah aku.

tak perlu ko kesiankan aku ye. aku ok.

ko risaukan diri tu ye. jangan jadi macam aku. mudah terpengaruh dengan orang yang kata mereka "kawan". kawan yang betul tak mau ko rosakkan masa depan kau.
kawan yang betul akan ingatkan kau untuk relax. rendahkan diri. 

tu je geng.


wrote this looooooong time ago haha!
saja nak share.
moga bermanfaat =)

this cerpen does not reflect anyone i know nor related to anyone i know. completely made up. inspired by people.