May Day!

Since 1st May is Labour Day and it’s a public holiday, my daughters and I went down to the zoo. Only my youngest did not join us for she was busy revising for her mid-year exam.

We reached the zoo around 11 plus … and the day was very sunny.  My daughters kept teasing me saying that “every time go to the zoo with Ibu, sure hot” hahahaa

We decided to explore the River Safari first cos its always less crowded during the first half of the day.

I simply enjoyed watching the fishes in the big aquarium, Red Panda and our iconic pandas… Kai Kai and Jia Jia. As usual, Kai Kai was the more active between the two 🙂

Here are a few pixs of the animals.

Love the beauty of nature 🙂

 

Red Panda … very active cos it was moving up and down, to and fro

 

This is Kai Kai … the male panda and very active at entertaining us

 

This is Jia Jia … female panda and so shy

The weather became wet as we left the River Safari and as we went and continue to explore further within the zoo, it became a downpour.

😊 it was fun walking in the rain and running for shelter when it became too heavy.

And guess what my gals said to me this time? They said, “it always rain when go to the zoo wif Ibu” hahahaa 😂

Our highlight of the day was watching the feeding show on tropical animals. I was mesmerized by the beautiful Albino peacock. Subhanallah! It was so beautiful…. definitely worth seeing and a treasure.

The beautiful Albino Peacock!

All in all it was a good trip. I told the girls, maybe next trip we shall go to Night Safari 😉

Khalas!

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!

Gift

I had a recent order to make 35 pieces of ribbon brooch last week. The brooches are to be given as gift for the 35 girls from the local orphanage.

All ready!

Alhamdulillah, within 2 days I was able to complete them and to make the gift more memorable, I had added on 2 smaller brooches made from buttons. All the 3 brooches are pack individually and I hope the girls will like them 🙂

A closer look …

The act of giving is the most pleasurable any human can make. It does not have to be expensive nor difficult. Even a smile is a gift …. even a 5 cents gift is a gift …. what’s important is the thought behind the act. I hope the orphans children will enjoy their time during the Maulid celebration later in April. My du’a for the volunteers …. that all those who contribute to the success of this event, receive blessings and barakah from the One. Insya’Allah!

Its the month of Rejab now …. soon it will be Syaaban and then the most awaited month, Ramadhan will arrive.

May Allah s.w.t. make ease for us all during these 3 blessed months. Aamiin…

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!

 

 

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!