Solo trip

Set to go!

I’m embarking on a solo trip …. actually not that solo since I will be accompanied by other people …. just not any of my family members πŸ™‚

I almost had to cancel on this trip …. but Alhamdulillah the doctor said hubby’s condition was stable and he was discharged last Friday.

So now here I am ….. after so many years, embarking on a vacation just by myself. I do feel a bit apprehensive and yet at the same time excited. Looking forward to seeing the many wonders of Allah’s creation and praying that it will be a good and safe trip for us all.

Bismillah!

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5 KM

She woke up 5 plus in the morning today and before going out she laid on my lap for awhile, hugging me. That’s her… my Liyana, the eldest 😘

Her mission today was to complete the Safra 5 km marathon run @ Esplanade. Β This is not her first marathon …. she has been joining short distance marathon since 2 years ago. Β An active gal, her interest in sports has started since young. Β Even after a few incidents that involved a fractured wrist, sprain ankle and sprain fingers, she still continue to be active …. never letting injuries to forever stop her from being active and participating in healthy events.

Her mementos

Alhamdulillah mission accomplished ….. Congrats girl!  😘

Spring cleaning

It takes me 2 days to spring clean my blog as well as my private collections of stuff in my PC. I think I must make a habit of spring cleaning them more often rather than wait 2-3 years.

I have this urge to clear my stuff and settle personal matters before my departure. Hoping to right matters so that my children will know what to do while I’m not around.

I am also hoping that after the Fest next week, office matters will settle down.

The weather has turn cool these days …. more rainy days that it feels almost like spring has come to Singapore πŸ™‚

Maybe that’s why I’m having the mood to do spring cleaning hahaha …. πŸ˜›

The only place I do not have the mood to clean is my house ….. when I look at my store room, I feel faint huhu …. such a mess. Gonna leave that to my husband. Hoping he can spare some time in future to do so.

Ok time to rest …. the energy level has become almost zilch now.

Khalas!

Of stress and chats

Hah! ….. this week is just one of those weeks when my kids decided to throw out unexpected aches on me 😦

fening fening kefaler arr … huhu

I think one of the most hazardous jobs …. at least to the emotional side is being a mother ….. Mother with the middle name being Stress! πŸ˜›

Though I have moments of relief …. have to thank the new chat group that sprung just a few days ago. Woke up in the middle of the night and when I checked the time on my hp, was surprise to see the new group and my name in it. Reading the funny chats among hubby relatives was a stress reliever and the photos shared are like precious gems πŸ™‚

I am really an old soul hahaha….. I love anything old …. to me they are more valuable and so very very precious. I think this is something I get by being a librarian for more than 25 years πŸ˜‰

So yeah this week has been stressful and I think it's time to take a long break and go jalan-jalan …… time to plan for one πŸ˜‰

Look-See Look-see ….. where should I go and when????

πŸ™‚

Happy 52 Singapore!!!

This is the day when one can see staff and students in red and white dress codes and even ethnic clothes walking around the campus.

A day in which all will gather in the triangular plaza to watch the marching contingent by our students and sing the national anthem and say the national pledge.

Today, is the day we all celebrate together our nation’s 52nd independence day!

A tradition over the years, we at the campus celebrate this wonderful event a day earlier ….. joining in the nation festive mood πŸ™‚

I will be missing out this year’s celebration at the plaza since I am on counter duty. Nevertheless, my heart and spirit of being a Singaporean will be there when they sing the national anthem and the pledge πŸ˜‰

Here’s wishing all Singaporeans …
“Happy National Day!”

Wishing those born in the year 1965 “Happy 52nd Birthday!”

and to my dearest eldest niece …. “Happy 26th Birthday Aishah!”
it’s a double celebration for her every year since her birthday falls on today …. just a day before National Day! πŸ™‚

To commemorate this beautiful day I am posting a few pictures that are nostalgic to me …. reminding myself of how it was in the past. Hope you all will enjoy the sight of these treasured items πŸ™‚

These photos were taken during my visit to the National Museum about 2 years ago.

The old telephone

Old Passports and ID

Old Tellie

Traditional desserts

Traditional games kids play

Fire!!!

I was woken up at pre-dawn by sounds of heavy running and shouting. At first I thought there was a fight somewhere nearby …. I quickly got up and look out of the window but could see nothing. Still hearing those sounds, I made my way to the living room and look out of the balcony. What I saw shocked me for a team of fire-fighters were all busy putting up water hoses ….. it was then I realised that there was a fire nearby.


I looked further down and thought it was the block opposite my house but then I realised more and more people were gathering at the void deck at the opposite block and looking at my block.

I went to open my front door and that was when I saw the smoke coming out from the 7th storey. A neighbour’s flat was on fire 😦

Praying and hoping no one was injured, I continued to watch as the fire was put out.

Alhamdulillah …. within moments the fire was out and everything was silent again. Kuddos to the firemen for their hard work. As for my neighbour, I hope everything could be settle as soon as possible and that no one was injured during the breakout.

Evolvement of life

Happy Monday everyone!

Hope today begins as a start of all good things to happen within this whole week. Insya’Allah!

The rest of my kids are starting their new term today. I hope the traffic will be smooth despite the begin of new term for the ITE students. Hope the red and green MRT line do not have any further hiccups throughout the day and the week.

Today’s topic on my mind is actually on the evolvement of life … how everyone of us goes through life either by facing hardships or a life of ease at the beginning and then it gets better or we fall from grace and how like a cycle, again we go through up and down at different interval of our lives …. how at times we start with being a badass and yet midway we evolve to be a better person.

So really change is a cycle and very constant …. always happening, sometimes slowly and at times rapidly … and the how and when we go through this cycle is the only unpredictable factor.

Whatever it is …. whether its negative or positive …. we can’t avoid change. All we can do is try our best to evolve our internal self to accept and adapt to the changes. At any time, most important is not to let go of the tie between us and the Almighty. The link between us and God is something that acts as an anchor, stabilising us when going through life’s negative cycle. Do not let go even if our link seems to be the weakest …. just hang on to it and pray and be positive. For in every hardships there will be ease. Be patience for the silver lining will be there.

A quote from Mufti Menk: “Calamity has its blessings. Embrace it. The Almighty knows. He has seen how it can transform a harsh person into one with the kindest heart.

And when we are facing the positive changes …. always be thankful and do our best to keep the blessings hidden. Why?

Another quote from Mufti Menk:Don’t underestimate the evil-eye. It’s real. As far as possible, keep your blessings hidden. Be humble. Make the Almighty your focus.

Jealousy is real …. the people whom we think likes us and trusts us are the ones most likely to back-stab us. I’ve seen it and I’ve gone through it. People whom I thought are like my own sisters, smiling one moment in front of me and yet behind me spread falsehood about me. The most disappointing are those who in the face of negative situation do not even defend you when they know they could have done so and help ease the situation.

Office politics is also another thing that are always happenings …. and these are mostly negative as well.

So be humble and protect the heart from hurt by keeping a certain distance from other people. Continue to be kind and friendly but be aware of life’s treacherous ways and learn to protect yourself. For these reasons, I am now more comfortable being in my own company and do not seek other people companion unnecessarily. The less we interact, the less we are open to mistakes and negative situations.

As a reminder, I too need to protect myself from feeling jealous towards other people, must always be thankful for what I am and what I have.

Happenings in life will make us evolve ….. what we should watch out for and hope for is that the evolvements are positive ones. Do not be afraid of changes …. accept and adapt. Insya’Allah we will come out better and wiser.

Khalas!