Ramadhan 2017 – Day 23

Its been a very busy week …. I’m bushed and my body is totally whacked!!!

It is this period of time I wish our culture is so different than the ones I know presently …. I wished Eid is spent only for a day or two without us going thru the hassle of preparing so much for it. I’d rather hibernate in the last week of Ramadhan than having have to do so many chores and yet trying to maintain benefiting from the last days of Ramadhan.

It is now day 23 …. less than a week more to go and then it will be so long … till next time if Allah s.w.t. wills it.

My poor hubby is having a trial starting from the past week till now…. he has been on MC on and off due to swollen toes and swollen feet. His pain threshold was usually high but this time he could not stand it and initiated the idea to see the doctor. Usually it was me who will nagged him to go see the doctor whenever he was sick but this time he sounds out before I could do so.

In fact, tonight after breaking fast, he has asked me to bring him to the hospital. So we decided to go to NTF hospital in Jurong. What time we will be going will depend on when he comes back from work. His management has been kind to allow him to wear slippers to work since he is not able to wear safety boots nor any kind of shoes right now.

Hubby is worried about being on MC for many days … he is afraid he will be earning less because of the MCs. I told him not to worry about that, whatever happens we will just have to cope and insya;Allah we will.  Most important is for him to find a cure and we hope seeing the doctor in the hospital will be able to help, insya’Allah.  Before this, he had already been to the polyclinic a few times and a blood test had already been done to test whether he had diabetes. Alhamdulillah, no diabetes, so now rather than keep going to the polyclinic, it’s to the hospital instead.

I just hope the A&E dept. won’t be crowded and we could come home as soon as possible. More importantly I hope there’s a cure for his illness.

May Allah s.w.t. give ease to us in these remaining days within the blessed month. Aamiin ….

Khalas!

Ramadhan 2017 – Day 15 and 2nd iftar with the family

Alhamdulillah …. its the 15th day of fasting and tonight, we had iftar at my 3rd sister’s abode. A request made by my eldest nephew who had missed the first family iftar the other day. He made the request to my sister right after the day after our recent family iftar hehee …. I supposed he must have truly wanted it … must have missed the bonding and ambience of family gathering so much that he wanted a chance to attend another family gathering 😉

This time, our menu was akin to Nasi Ambeng style. My sister cooked the rice, sotong sambal, urap, and sambal goreng. My eldest niece-in-law cooked ayam merah. I made the begedel (potato cutlets) and sardines puff. There was even epok-epok sayur, fried banana wif condensed milk and chocolate and karipap.

The iiftar dishes and surprised birthday cake for us 🙂

After the iftar, the June babies had a surprised waiting 😉

The family members had bought a cake to celebrate our birthday …. Thank you Everyone! 🙂

Well, ok enough on the iftar topic.

Day 15 of Ramadhan …. I can’t believe how fast the time really flies. It’s like only yesterday we started our fasting and now we are in the middle of the month and soon the blessed month will say goodbye to us all 😦

Not looking forward to it …. really really not looking forward to it but really have no choice but to go through it.  Hoping that the Almighty will bestow on us all another chance to see the blessed month next year, insya’Allah!

Recently, a colleague recommended me to watch the Halaqah series by TV9.  You can find the videos via Youtube. You need to just type “Halaqah 2016” or “Halaqah 2017”.  I would highly recommended our muslim brothers and sisters to watch this.  Its in Malay and the series is an eye-opener for me. Its like a revision and yet at the same time, I learn a lot more new information from it. The Halaqah 2016 touched on the topic of “kiamat” (the end of the world). Believing in “Kiamat”, is the 5th pillar of Iman (faith). The discussion and shared knowledge were very in-depth and supported by verses in the Quran and Hadith. In between there were also comparison on the findings of science that matched what were mentioned in the Quran. Subhanallah!

Halaqah 2017 moved on to touch on the topic of death, after death and life in the hereafter. Another thought provoking topics and mind-blowing.  Alhamdulillah!

I hope many of our brothers and sisters will watch this series. It’s truly beneficial and hopefully will encourage us to continue auditing ourselves to become a better person and servant. Insya’Allah!

 

Khalas!

Ramadhan 2017 – Day 10 cum Family Iftar

Alhamdulillah today mark the 10th day of fasting.

Yesterday our family held an iftar session at my abode. Not everyone was able to come. Nevertheless, it was still fun gathering and breaking our fast together.

Snaps of the iftar … (photo taken by my niece Suria)

Our main menu was Gado-Gado, provided by yours truly. The rest of the foods such as otah-otah, takoyaki, Nasi jagung dan lauk pauknya, donut, home-made ice-cream were brought by my sister, nieces and nephews.  My girls had fun making the takoyaki real-time with her cousins 🙂

Home made takoyaki … my niece, Aishah brought along the electric maker over to the house and made them on the spot, together with her two assistance (my eldest and Nisa)

This year, Alhamdulillah, even though not all were able to come, we still had our 3 generations of the Mahmood family together and of course, the kids, our 3rd generation of the Mahmood clan were the stars of the day 🙂

During our meet-up, we also took the opportunity to discuss the plan for our family Raya outing. Another annual event that usually happens during the 2nd day of Eid or 1st weekend of Eid.

This year marked the 4th year we plan our outing together by renting a mini bus (which include the driver). Also, this will be the 2nd year in a row, our eldest sister and BIL will be joining us. Insya’Allah, they will be coming down from Brunei on the eve of Eid itself.

Looking forward to Eid and yet at the same time I’m reluctant for Ramadhan to leave. I am grateful for being able to live and experience this year’s Ramadhan. Before the arrival of the blessed month, I was not confident of being able to do what I should be doing but Allah s.w.t., being the Most Merciful has continue to surprise and shower me with His mercy and blessings. I am humbled by my experience and the opportunity given to me. It is more that I had hope for. Alhamdulillah Ya Rabb!

Hoping the coming days will be fruitful for us all as well and continue onwards even beyond Ramadhan!

Before I end this post, I’m just going to share a quote from one of the Sahabah, Abdullah Bin Mas’ud r.a., which I am typing it down in Malay.  This quote, is more of a reminder to myself which I hope I will be able to hold tight insya’Allah!

“Taat, jangan maksiat. Ingat Allah, jangan lupa. Syukur, jangan kufur.”

These words contain the important message on how to live life.  Obey God, Do not commit sins, Remember God always, Be a grateful person.

Khalas!

Heartwarming

Sometimes I can’t believe my girls are now moving on to the young adult stage instead of being teenagers.

There are times, I will just sit and observe them …. see the physical changes as well as the emotional changes in them.

This January, my second girl turns sweet 17. Since it falls near the CNY period, we had a family get together and celebrated her birthday on the same day.

Our feast! Yumss….

Our loveable maknae enjoying the birthday cake … so cute hehee…

This morning, I accompanied my eldest girl to her medical appointment and  after the appointment, my eldest girl gave me a treat at SG….. ooh! my favourite eatery place 😊

Thank you so much NH!

BBQ time!

Now, right this minute in fact, as I am typing, my eldest girl is in her room, practising her presentation script. Tomorrow is the D-day and so she is practising hard since the POM is a difficult subject to score.

May the Almighty bestow success on the team’s effort. Aamiin….

Looking at her …. I was brought back to the past …. its like right in front of my eyes, like a movie, I could see her as a little girl with chubby cheeks and curly hair and see the years passes by till my vision of her now 🙂

I can tell you that my heart just skipped a beat just now and I knew I had to write this down … which is why I am typing away at this blog.

How my girls have grown!

As for my youngest, she is now lying down on her tummy near me …. studying for her science test. I marvel at the youngsters these days …. studying while listening to music uh huh! …. I can’t see myself doing that cos when I study I need a place that is quiet 😉

The second girl is in her room doing her own stufff as well.

Moments like these …. being able to be with them are so precious to me. These are the moments that warm the heart 🙂

Alhamdulillah!

Khalas!

The start of a new year..

Alhamdulillah…still breathing and able-bodied to go on with this life.

The start of 2017 has been good. Weather has been cool wth frequent showers of rain especially in the evening.

The second day of 2017, our abode received guests from Selangor… it was a joy to be able to see hubby’s aunt and cousins again 🙂

They lost their way while driving to our house. Finally, reaching us at around 8.30 pm. In a way, I considered it as a blessing cos my husband was able to meet them then. If they had reached earlier, he would have missed meeting them.

Hubby and his Mak Bam

We also had another guest, my MIL staying overnight that weekend. I was kind of surprise that she agreed to pay us a visit and sleep over at our house. All these years she had always declined to do so, even to the extreme of creating negative situations. Anyway, I’m just hoping there’s no negative outcome out of the recent visit. Hubby was worried but I hope it did went ok 😉

He knows I can be brutally frank when provoked and so not wanting him to worry, my kids and I, we keep ourselves to the minimalist in our verbal communication.

 

Group foto before saying goodbye to the guests

I went to fetch her cos initially she told me she wanted to learn how to go to our house via public transport. So I told her no problem I can show her the way But when I came by, I was told by my bil that she could not even board a bus. He offered to call a cab and so I agreed. Frankly, I could not understand why she said what she say to me on the phone. So I did told her nicely while in the cab that in future do tell the truth next time. Being truthful would eliminate unnecessary miscommunication and misunderstanding.

Well, all in all, I hope she felt comfortable while at our house.

The first week of January, school re-opens and today, my maknae went off to be a camp counsellor to the secondary one students. Insya’Allah, she will be back on Friday.  Then, next Monday, the two eldest girls will start their term at their respective schools.

So its back to routine schedule until CNY, cos then we will be off for a short family staycation with the rest of the extended M’s family… Looking forward to all the good foods and bonding time, can’t wait! 🙂

Khalas!

Phuket 2016

The year 2016 is reaching its full cycle soon … I hope everyone had a good year and looking forward positively to the coming 2017 year.

Our family had just came back from the family vacation. This year we went to Phuket, Thailand. It was a 4d3n trip and we went with my 3rd sis’s family. From the 17th-20th December 2016,

Our families decided to stay in a villa that allows us all to stay together under one roof. We chose Indochine Resort (pronouns as Indochin). They upgraded our booking from 4 bedrooms to 5 bedrooms. We were not informed about it and so when we arrived it was a wonderful surprise cos it allows more room and comfort for us all.

View of the villa

The villa is a two storey building. The first floor comprises of a living room and 3 bedrooms with accompanying bathrooms each.

The second floor comprises of 2 bedrooms and bathrooms (very huge bathrooms), a living room, a dining & kitchenette, a common toilet and a swimming pool.

We took off from Singapore at 2.30 pm and arrived at Phuket one and a half hour later.

The airport transfer journey to the resort took us about 1 hour. The Indochine Resort is near Patong and Kata Karon Beaches.

Kamala Beach … one of the many beaches in Phuket

This is our first time to Phuket, and I was happy to see that its rustic sceneries are so familiar to me cos its similar to small towns in Malaysia and Indonesia.

After checking in and had a rest for a bit, we went to Jungceylon, a nearby shopping mall. We had our dinner at the eateries at the basement of the shopping mall. Alhamdulillah, there were 2 stalls selling halal certified Thai foods. The dishes were delicious and we thorougly enjoyed eating them.

One of the set meal at Jungceylon

Our favourite … Clear Tom Yam Soup!

On the 2nd day, we hired a van for 8 hours to bring us around the city. Our first stop was to Bang Mut Seafood Kelong. The journey was about 45 mins and upon reaching the Koh Yao Yai Pier, we had to board a boat to bring us across to the Kelong.

Bang Mut Seafood Kelong

Bang Mut Seafood is a muslim operated kelong. The foods served were so fresh … the prawns and crabs were big and juicy. All of us simply loved the dishes served to us. Price was reasonably cheap…..definitely cannot get that kind of price in Singapore.

A portion of what we ordered at Bang Mut

After the wonderful lunch, we went for a city tour …. we did our shopping at the same time and I must say that the kids thoroughly enjoyed themselves, especially when we went to the weekend night market. Woohoo!! Even I loved that night market. There were plenty of halal foods sold ….. Phuket has many muslims and so finding halal foods was not an issue for us. We did more shopping spree at the night market hahaha… 😉

Lovely banana choc pancakes

Food galore!

On the 3rd day, we woke up early to go for island hopping to Phi Phi Island and a few other smaller islands.

First island stop …. Maya Bay

Panorama view of Maya Bay

One of the cove …. no boat allowed to stop, so just watch from the speedboat.

The kids enjoyed the snorkeling session. I did try the snorkeling but did a bad job at it cos I took a fright while in the water. Twice I went into the sea and twice I did not stay more than 5 mins hehehe…..somehow being in the deep sea and floating using the float still brought phobia to me. I did manage to see the corals for a few seconds though.

My BIL an experienced and licensed diver … he became our coach 🙂

The kids enjoying their snorkeling experience….

On the 4th day, we took our time to rest in the villa. The kids spent time swimming in the pool and we went to Jungceylon again before we checked out.

We reached home sweet home around 1 am in the morning.

Alhamdulilllah … it was an enjoyable trip. The people of Phuket were indeed very friendly and helpful. We even had enjoyable time interacting with other tourists from different countries.

We are now going to start our saving again and plan the next trip. Insya’Allah hoping to go for another family vacation in 2 years time 🙂

Khalas!

Dating time!

Last weekend, I spent my time dating out with my daughters. On Friday evening, I went out with my eldest … she helped to accompany me to IMM to purchase items for our library book display. After the purchasing was done, we had our dinner at Red Ginger. The taste of the foods were good …. truly good and I enjoyed the bonding time with my gal! 🙂

The foods we ate!

On Saturday, it was dating and bonding time with my husband and youngest daughter. We spent time at Jurong Point for lunch and then make our way to West Gate to had my youngest daughter’s handphone repaired. After that we walked around and did a few more shopping.

On Sunday, it was dating time again … this time, the three of us (my eldest, my second and myself) went to watch the movie, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.” The movie was very interesting and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves 🙂

Looking forward to the next dating time with them again … soon I believe if the plan goes well 🙂

Insya’Allah!