Sydney โ€“ Day 2, 3rd Sept

Over in Sydney, the morning prayer time started at 4.48 am. By 4.20 am I was awake and after readying ourselves, we ensembled at 6 am for the tirp to the farm. Boarded the bus and it took us about an hour to reach the farm. The muslim-owned farm, owned by Global Ikhwan, was about 100 acres.

Beautiful view (foto credit to Cik M.)

Upon reaching the farm, we were greeted by the sight of small herd of goats, Angus cows and horses. Everyone was excited for the animals were friendly and we were able to touch them and pet them.

The herd of goats

Angus cows

The two white horses …. so friendly, I could not stop from petting them ๐Ÿ˜‰

Miniature horses …. simply adorable!

I love the farm house and its surrounding areas. There was a set of swing, which I had fun swinging as well as taking photos. Besides that, I had fun stroking and feeding the goats.

This pix is super cute … could not resist posting it here … taken during the feeding session ๐Ÿ™‚ (foto credit to Cik M.)

My oh my! the goats were very aggressive when it comes to feedng time hahaha…. the only thing I missed was riding the horse. Too bad! Maybe next time ๐Ÿ˜‰

A side view of the farm house

While I was having fun with the goats and other animals, the jemaah in our group performed their Qurban one by one. Alhamdulillah everything went smoothly.

Besides playing with the animals, I had fun loving this little boy, Mu’az. ย He was sooo adorable. Not afraid of strangers and he took to me so easily ๐Ÿ™‚

Little Mu’az and me โค

It felt so nice to be hugging a little body to my bosom …. so cuddly! Teasingly I told my two acquired friends, Lin and Sufi, that I shall named my first grandson Mu’az ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„

It was great to be at the farm with everyone very friendly and after the activities, we were treated to a scrumptious lunch.

A plate of our lunch at the farm

By 2 pm, we said goodbye and proceed to Wyong Chocolate Factory. Spend a bit of time buying chocolates and then we made our way to Paddy’s Market.

The chocolate factory cafe

Over at Paddy;’s Market, we, the 3 sisters (Lin, Sufi and I), had a ball choosing souvenirs for our family members at home. We had fun selecting and laughing over our own antics in choosing the souvenirs. The souvenirs were mostly t-shirts, magnets, pens etc. I bought a few for my husband, kids, nieces, grandnieces and grandnephews.

After Paddy’s Market, we went back to the hotel and had our dinner. After that it was free and easy time. I chose to rest in our room instead of going out. Time to preserve my energy ๐Ÿ˜‰

to be continued …

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20 wishes – Update on the first 5 wishes

Remember the post I wrote on having 20 wishes but I choose to start with 5 wishes first?

Well, I am happy to share the news that I have managed to fulfill 2 out of the 5 wishes and a 3rd wish is about to become fulfill, insya’Allah, sometime in September this year. But this 3rd wish will be an on-going one until I truly fulfill all of its criteria ๐Ÿ˜‰

With the above, I am left with only 2 more wishes to fulfill and then I will have to start thinking of the next 5 wishes, wishes 6-10. Insya’Allah!

So what were the 2 wishes I was able to fulfill? The two wishes were wish number 1 and 4.

1st wish: To buy a new oven.
Alhamdulillah …. Thanks to my eldest sister, I was able to have a new oven, much earlier than I plan. It arrived exactly on my birthday, which is today ๐Ÿ™‚

My new oven … loving it ๐Ÿ™‚ Its bigger than the old one.

This year is the 2nd time I’m celebrating my birthday during the month of Ramadhan and this year, its a bit special to me cos it actually falls on Thursday, the actual day of my birth!
Alhamdulillah …. I thanked Allah s.w.t for the gift of time given to me.

4th wish: To do more volunteering works
I was able to do more volunteering works during Ramadhan …. I volunteered to become a “kitchen-aid” ๐Ÿ™‚
Once a week, I went down to help prepare the ingredients for the “bubur” (porridge). The porridge once cooked, were packed and distributed to the community in our area.

Volunteers at work …. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ok insya’Allah will update more regarding the wish listย sometime in September, after I have done the first part of the wish ๐Ÿ˜‰

Khalas!

“Ummi, will I die if I fast?”

A beautiful and meaningful read … Alhamdulillah, thank you Ustadhah for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

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Bismillahi mashaAllah!

Alhamdulillah for Ramadhan.

Alhamdulillah for Quran.

Alhamdulillah for The Moon and Sun.

I Pray that this Ramadhan will bring Rahmah, Maghfirah and โ€˜Itquminannar for all of us amin!

When I first experienced Ramadhan in Tarim, one of the Ustazah said this and it has been on my heart and mind On every Ramadhan.

On the first 10 days in Ramadhan, Allah bless us with Mercy.

On the second 10 days in Ramadhan, Allah bless us with Forgiveness.

On the last 10 days in Ramadhan, Allah free us from the hellfire.

Iโ€™ve learned to embrace Ramadhan with a high expectation and hope to do every Ibadah just like in Tarim. But after marriage and with kids, I struggled. Iโ€™ve learned to make do and make duโ€™a.

As I am explaining Ramadhan to my 4yo daughter, She asked: โ€œWill I die if I fast?โ€

I said: โ€œNOโ€

Then I decidedโ€ฆ

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November happeningsย 

A few things to record down for this year’s November.

1. First and foremost … I would like to say that finally the waiting is over for the P’sixes. May all of you passed with flying colours. Take heart that you all have done your best and now its time to reap the rewards! Congratulations kiddos! ๐Ÿ˜˜


Should the opposite scenario happened, do not be sad but look forward to strive again. There’s more to life than the classroom and grades. Embrace life for in the stories of success and failures, there are blessings and lessons that we all can learn and derive.

2. This November also marked a new timeline for me. Alhamdulillah this year marked my 25 years of service, working in the educational sector. Yesterday, at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, along with 300 plus staff from various educational sectors, we were all awarded long service awards. A number of staff were awarded the Efficiency and Commendation Medals. Congratulations everyone! ๐Ÿ˜Š


3. Earlier in the mid of November, I used up my last quota to visit the Zoo. Initially I wanted to go with my SIL and the nieces but it was not to be when no date was proposed after sometime. So I went ahead with just my 2nd daughter as company. The weather was good that day and we had a lovely time exploring the River Safari as it was not crowded at that time…. yet! hehee
My most enjoyable time was spent looking at Kai Kai the Panda. His posings was sooo cute ๐Ÿ˜


4. This year’s November also a time of trial for me … but this I shall not expand cos I wish to just forget and move forward.

Musings alone in my thoughts…. I hope the year 2016 will end well for all of us and 2017 will start in a positive ways. 

Khalas!

Syawal 2016

Eid Mubarak everyone!

Even in the midst of this joyful event we keep hearing shocking and bad news around the world and yet I hope we will all continue to pray and hope for the best… For the whole of the ummah.

It’s the 2nd day of Eid and I was able to go along with my sisters to the graveyard… When we reached the site, it was raining. I love it! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Hubby did not go due to his injured toes. Tomorrow I will have to bring him to the polyclinic. In fact, due to this we had to cut short our Eid visitation yesterday, faster than we expected.

Today, my 2nd daughter had a severe stomachache and had to go see the doctor. She was given 2 days mc. Luckily she received a message from her teacher regarding the postponement of her class test. Phew!!!

Next….We are all looking forward to this coming Saturday outing…. Can’t wait to see my aunts and uncles ๐Ÿ˜Š

My reflection for the beginning of this year Syawal…. hmm..

It’s better late than never … Though forgiveness had already been given long time ago even before it was uttered.

It’s preferable to accept what was given at face value than spending time pondering what was hidden…

Never forget the lessons learned from the past…. Be aware and beware!

Take ownership of my own deeds and do no harm to others…

Remember to ask for forgiveness with immediate effect and not wait till Eid arrives…. For death awaits no man…. 

Culture can be change …. All it takes are perseverance and time!

Khalas!

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