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!

Fairprice Walk 2017

Yesterday morning, we went out of the house at 6.45 am to go to Marina Barrage. Our aim? To join with the rest of the crowds….. walking to keep fit and giving support for community causes.

View of the barrage at 8 am

Yesterday….. we celebrated the Fairprice Walk 2017!

Upon reaching the Barrage, the walk had just started and so without delay, we continued walking towards the bridge ….. towards the walking crowd…… all the way to the Sports Hub, the final end point.

Our starting point

As we walked, we enjoyed the beauty of the surrounding area.

View of the city from where we walk

Before reaching the 2 km marked, we even saw an otter near the bank. So cute! 😊

Our special guest appearance … Mr Otter!

Along the way, mineral water, breads, 100 Plus, bananas, milo and many more were given out free to us. Not only that but there were cultural performances as well 👍

Milo … Milo … Milo!

I love seeing the sights as we walked. All in all we covered 4 km …. and by the time we reached home it was past 11 am. As my eldest daughter said, “Not bad for a morning activity.” 😊

Yeah!!! Finish line …. we are done!

It rained for awhile … as we walked onto the bridge to the stadium

The joy of walking and exercising together 🙂

Insya’Allah we shall participate and look forward to next year’s event.

Thank You to all the organisers and volunteers 😊

20 wishes

Recently, I read a book about a middle aged woman, a widow and childless. The woman was lonely and still grieving since the husband had died less than a year ago. She joined a widow’s club and during one of their meet up sessions, they each agreed to come up with a 20 wishes list of things to do.

After reading this book, the 20 wishes list makes me think of my own list of things to do … things that I wish I could do. Should I really list these down and make it a goal to achieve? Should I?

Perhaps I can start small … maybe just listing 5 things to do instead of 20.

Yah! Maybe that will works for me 🙂

So ok maybe I should start listing my 5 wish list to do now.

Ok what do I want to do … really really wish I could do? hmm here goes…

1. To buy a new oven
2. To relearn cross-stitch
3. To travel to 3 new countries/states that I have never been within the next 5 years
4. To do more volunteering works
5. To join a baking class

Ok done … let’s see how many I could achieve by end of this year and I will visit this list again and checked them out.

Thank you 20 wishes for making me think and start out this list 😉

Good-Bye!

Last night, my oven which has been with me …. my precious “baking partner” for almost 10 years finally said ‘goodbye” to me forever huhu 😦

The oven has been very good to me and precious as well cos it was a birthday gift from a good friend of mine. I was sad to see it dying so suddenly on me while I was trying to bake my savoury muffins. Shocked and sad!!!!

Goodbye my fren …. with you gone, it hiatus time for any baking projects now …. I will have to wait for quite sometime before I am able to purchase a new oven to replace you 😦

Khalas!

March 2017

Today … I just realise how I have not been visiting my blogs for quite sometime.

So while waiting to get ready to go to work I thought perhaps I can just do a quick updates.

March and April gonna be another busy time for me. Few things to accomplish at work and home. I love being busy and though I can’t deny the stress that always follows with the situation, I still love it! 🙂

The brooch project 2017 is almost done. Left only 20 pieces more and then it COMPLETE!!!!! Yeay!!! 🙂

My maknae is off for a three days camp trip today. As a student leader, she and her committee members has been busy planning, recceing and executing the schedules for the camp. I hope everything goes well and the students thoroughly enjoy themselves 🙂

Yesterday, I spent almost 20 mins looking through photos in the albums. It is actually my habit to do this every now and then. Love looking through the old photos, especially the photos of the kids when they were young. I still miss my little nephew Hadi and my parents. May their souls rest in peace. Aaamiin.

My eldest has just finished with her exam, so now she’s on holiday till April. She has already plan her holiday schedule 😉

As for my middle child, she’s now busy doing her school project. Looks like everyone has a task to do and accomplish this month.

As for me, I am putting on weight again huhu …. no change in size for clothing though but I simply just hate to see the increase in my weight.  My colleague said it could be due to my muscle and I was like uh huh! hahahaha…. It’s really a struggle to maintain or even lose further since I just love eating hahahaa…. I still do my exercise but I’m guilty to say that for many months now the exercise has not been so regular.  I really think having an exercise buddy would helps a lot but it’s rather difficult to find one.  Excuses excuses right? The fact is the lack of discipline in myself hehehe 😉

My house is now very messy …. really messy and so I thought since there’s a term break from school this month, I will try to mobilise my kids to help do an early spring cleaning. I hope by doing so by the time Ramadhan comes, the house will be ready to welcome the bless month. It’s less than 90 days more to go.

This year the Eid celebration will be as last year. Minimal preparation and visitation.  I am not into all these anymore, rather spend more time in my own company I suppose.  I find more comfortable in doing so and I do not go out of my way to socialise any more. The number of chats in whatsapp have also reduced until in a day I need only check once or twice …. sometimes more but even then it’s more to chat with my girls.  I’m finding peace in doing so …. the less you know about others, the more at peace you feel.

Even with my own sisters, I do not seek interaction unless it’s necessary.  Most time, they are the ones who made contact with me first, especially my eldest sister in Brunei. She will call personally via my home phone or use the call in watsapp.  Sometimes, she will even have video call with me 🙂

I have this scenario in my mind that when or if I reach the golden age of 70 or more, I will become a recluse hahaha… I suppose I am ok with it, as long as I have my books and laptop with me 😉

There are also a few changes I want to do in my life, but these will have to depend on various factors … hmm will have to see if what I have in mind is also decreed by the Almighty. Insya’Allah …

Khalas!