Monday, December 31, 2012

Bye bye 2012, Welcome 2013

2012 is going to leave us soon and we are welcoming the new year, 2013.

Alhamdulillah for my 2012, it has been a great year for me, I got several things I've wished for years, thanks to Allah, nobody can understand me better than Him.

The year 2012 marked to be a meaningful year for me. I was 'dirisik' early 2012, got engaged in middle 2012 and now counting days to our big day. Everything happens so fast and I am going to enjoy my last single days with beloved family and friends as much as I can.

Early November this year was also the time I got great news, in terms of my future financial and job security, inshaa Allah, so what I have to do now is struggling to be the best as I can, so that I can give back the best to the people around me. Please pray for me, so that everything I have to do will be easy for me, because I do all of this because of Allah, I continue living because of Allah, so I hope He helps me in everything I do. I have been dreaming to work in an area where I can share my knowledge and passion in research with others, so for sure I will grab this opportunity to make my dreams come true. It is still a long journey to go through before I can be what I really want to be, but with this opportunity Allah gives me, this journey will be easier inshaa Allah, not only to me, but also to everyone around me. 

Alhamdulillah I get a very understanding and supportive fiance, he already knows his responsibility in order to make my dream comes true, so what more can I ask for...

In 2012 I am working in my hometown, with parents and family to take care for each other, it is very great. And I decide to continue working here in early 2013 until the month of me getting married. After that I will have to move nearer to my future husband, and do everything I have to do in terms of job and study, to secure my future. I pray that Allah helps me in everything, gives me courage and strength to be able to go through all circumstances and challenges.

To everyone, I wish the best for you in everything you do, do not forget to pray always to Allah, du'a as much as we can. We will be strong by remembering Allah, so in everything we do, do with all our hearts, so we will be content always.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013 to all my friends, may Allah bless us in our 2013... Have a great year everyone. ♥♥♥

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Nothing forever like Allah and Akhirah

I always remind myself, everything that I have now is not mine. All of them belong to Allah. The family, the friends, the money, myself, even the knowledge that I own, not exactly mine. They are all belong to our one and only one Allah. And for that I always remember, do not be proud of anything I have, they are only owed by Allah, because Allah knows we need them, and without them our lives will be worse.

When it comes to thinking about death, what always comes to our minds is, what will happen to everyone around us when we leave them. I did that before (thinking about what would happen to my loved ones after I die), until last week, I realized that it was not the right thing for me to do. When it comes to thinking about death, thing I should be wondering is, is my 'pahala' enough for me to entitle me to enter Jannah. 'Cukupkah amalan aku buat untuk bertemu dengan Allah.' 'Adakah semua yg Allah bagi di bumi ini kepadaku, ku manfaatkan dengan baik supaya aku tidak malu untuk bertemu dengan Allah.' Repeating these questions in my mind, obviously I am crying all the time with the answers, because until today I feel ashamed to meet Allah, in my current condition. What I have done to 'mengangkat martabat Islam dan mendidik orang lain untuk tidak mempersekutukan Allah di muka bumi ini?' Everything I do until now is still not enough, compared to what Allah gives me till today. If you do your best to everyone around you before you die, obviously you do not have to think about what will happen to them after you have left. Because you know Allah is with them. Do your responsibilities well to everyone around you, and they will be okay even after you go.

The family that Allah gives me now, I am very grateful, for they always be there for me, help me, support me in whatever I do. The money that Allah gives me, not that much like others, but more than enough for me to eat, pay everything I have to, and never not enough. The love from everyone that Allah gives me, I am very thankful, at least I know what real love is, one of Allah's creation. And the knowledge that I have now, alhamdulillah to Allah, with this knowledge I can help, teach others, and I hope Allah will grant more knowledge for me. The health I have now, excellent health, syukran to Allah, nothing can beat having a healthy body. But above all, everything I have is from Allah, at anytime Allah may take any of them from me, and I have to be ready for that. And whatever Allah will give me after this, I will always remember that they are not fully mine. So for now, I have to struggle with everything I have now, make 'pahala' a lot, because only with that, I will live happily ever after. Jannah is absolutely my goal, but only Allah knows am I eligible to go there or not. I am so afraid to go to the Hell, I always pray I will not be there.. It is scary, even imagining about it is scary. 

Ya Allah ku tak layak  ke syurgaMu, namun tak pula aku sanggup ke nerakaMu.." 

'Mari beramal kerana Allah dengan apa yang Allah pinjamkan kepada kita.' InsyaAllah... ♥

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Getaway: Pulau Redang

Alhamdulillah, managed to have some fun girls days out with beloved friends early this month (October). We planned to have our island getaway for quite some time, and we made it finally... And this trip was superduperfun!

We went to Pulau Redang (Redang Island) early October, luckily we got the time to go there before the resorts are close due to monsoon season November till March every year. We departed to Redang (by ferry) from Merang Jetty, and the journey took about 45 minutes. As we arrived at our resort, we were welcomed with the Redang's crystal clear blue water, which is so beautiful. 

We stayed in Redang Mutiara Beach Resort, a quiet resort that is located quite far from other resorts, which is an excellent resort for those who prefer to stay in a private resort. For those who love a lively happening surrounding, I advice you to stay in resorts located in Long Beach area, as there is where you can enjoy an energetic environment around you. But for people who love to be in a more private area like me, Redang Mutiara Beach Resort is the right resort to stay in!

We took snorkeling full package, for our 3 days 2 nights stay, 3 times snorkeling, and 4 times meal per day. We went snorkeling at Marine Park Centre in Redang too, where most of colourful fishes and corals can be found easily not far away from the beach.

Snorkeling with bestfriends were so enjoyable, and we also grabbed our chances to swim around the beach happily! With the blue clear water by the beach, how could you say no to take a dip in the sea.. We were also lucky to get kind boatmen, which offered helps to us whenever we felt not so confident to go snorkel around the area of deep sea water, as they wanted us to see the magnificent and fascinating fishes and corals in deep sea water area (which is of course very different with corals and fishes found in shallow sea water area) ..

So, overall, Redang must be in your-must-go-place-to-visit list, as it welcomes you with its own beauty and attraction. Make sure you take care of yourself very well as you will be in the water most of the time when you are having vacation in an island. And don't panic while snorkeling and swimming, for you to enjoy your island getaway better. If you are good in diving (and confident to dive), some resorts in Redang also offer Diving Package (apart from Snorkeling Package), so choose any package that suits you best. And if you plan to go for a honeymoon in a romantic island, Redang is the island to go!

Vacation will be more fun when you are going with your besties! Me and my besties are planning for our other next vacations too, so let's enjoy our Mother Nature while we still can. ;-)

Friday, October 19, 2012

Perkahwinan Impian Saya

Sejak dari kecil lagi saya sering dibawa pergi ke kenduri perkahwinan saudara mara oleh ibubapa, sejak zaman makan dalam rumah duduk bersimpuh dihidang makanan di atas kain sepra tu sampai lah ke zaman makan buffet macam sekarang. Dari kecil lagi tengok pengantin, terasa majlis perkahwinan itu sesuatu yang cantik. Bukan diukur kecantikan itu daripada mekap pengantin perempuan, bukan juga daripada jenis bunga tangan apa yang dipilih, bukan juga daripada besar mana pelamin yang digunakan, tetapi daripada air muka pengantin dan keluarga itu sendiri. Kemeriahan majlis yang terindah adalah yang buat pengantin, keluarga pengantin dan tetamunya senyum mekar sepanjang majlis berlangsung.

Kerana itulah saya tidak pernah ada perkahwinan impian yang subjektif. Saya tidak pernah berangan baju kahwin saya macam mana, saya tidak pernah berangan pelamin saya besar mana, saya juga tidak pernah berangan saya akan pakai bunga apa pada majlis perkahwinan saya, tapi apa yang paling saya angankan ialah - semua di sekeliling saya gembira dan teruja dengan perkahwinan saya...

Apabila tiba masanya kini, iaitu saat saya perlu membuat persiapan melangsungkan perkahwinan, saya cuba untuk memilih semua benda yang membuat orang senyum. Saya tidak memilih baju, pelamin, kek secara terlalu spesifik kerana saya tidak merasakan itu semua penting. Yang penting, saya kelihatan gembira sebagaimana keluarga saya gembira pada hari perkahwinan saya nanti. Saya tidak menitikberatkan sesuatu persiapan itu terlalu detail, kerana saya tahu setakat mana kemampuan saya dari segi masa, tenaga dan wang untuk semua itu. Yang saya impikan adalah, semoga majlis pernikahan, persandingan dan sambut menantu saya berjalan lancar.

Yang lebih saya titikberatkan ialah; adakah saya sudah bersedia menjadi seorang isteri kepada seorang lelaki yang bergelar suami, adakah saya sudah bersedia menjadi seorang ibu kepada anak-anak suami saya, adakah saya bersedia untuk menjalin hubungan baik dengan semua sanak saudara suami saya nanti... Kerana itu saya cuba untuk menambah pengetahuan dengan bertanya kepada kawan-kawan, orang tua yang lebih berpengalaman dan pembacaan melalui buku-buku dan blog. Bagi saya bahagia itu tidak terletak pada gah nya majlis perkahwinan yang diadakan, tetapi bagaimanakah saya melalui kehidupan sebagai suami isteri nanti..

Maka, dapat disimpulkan disini, bahawa perkahwinan impian saya adalah satu perkahwinan yang bahagia, gembira dan berjalan lancar. Setakat ini persiapan perkahwinan saya berjalan lancar; baju persalinan, pakej pelamin, make up artiste, jurugambar sudah pun saya tempah/beli (settled already), alhamdulillah, dan untuk persiapan seterusnya saya akan lakukan sedikit demi sedikit. Semoga Allah mudahkan segala urusan saya dalam membuat persiapan perkahwinan ini.. insya Allah.. Amin..

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Brides of 2013

We would like to invite all brides of 2013 to join this group, with a hope that we can share and exchange our knowledge about the wedding preparations.

Please click the image below to join ;-)

This admin for this group is Scha Nur (not me), also one of the brides for 2013. So let's help each other with our wedding preparations.

See you there, 2013's BRIDES TO BE! :-)

Monday, September 17, 2012

Let's Strive To Be A Better Person

I don't like to judge other people. I am not God and I realize that I don't have the right to judge anyone. But when we are looking at someone doing mistakes repetitively, to a level that annoys us, we don't know anything else to do but complain.

"Mengumpat" is not my thingy. Yes I am not that perfect to free myself 100% from backbiting, but at times when people start to badmouth about others, I try as much as possible to run away from that situation. I have a principle in my life that says, "I have so many problems already in my life, why should I think bad about other people.." The headaches that I get from my own life problems are enough already to make me over thinking everyday so I don't want to waste my time thinking negatively about others. Just let them be and to those who annoy me from time to time, I do nothing to you but only pray day by day that one day, sooner or later, you will change yourself to be someone better... (And remember, I also pray that thing to myself too, I am not perfect yet, okay, I 'sedar diri'..)

To all muslims, you should know and understand that praying five times daily is compulsory, it's not an option. In our 5 times daily prayers there are du'a to soften our hearts, give us strengths, ask for forgiveness of our mistakes, protect our sustenance and many more... To those who don't perform salat/salah, your hearts are hardening... When people give you advice, you listen to them reluctantly, you question why they are like that and you think they are acting as in they are perfect... In fact, when people advise us, no matter how bad they are in their lives, we should listen to them wholeheartedly, because we have to know, the advice comes from Allah, the people are just the medium for the advice to arrive to us. Please, soften your heart, soften your heart, soften your heart... You can soften your heart by praying and du'a, and at the same time, always remember that at anytime, death may come to us, because once we are dead, nothing else we can do to undo our actions...

Remember, pray, du'a, think about death. These really help you to make you realize that you are nobody on Earth, but 'hamba' Allah. And make your heart survive... For Allah does not see your results but what you have done to achieve something... ALLAH IS THE FAIREST OF ALL... And for that, thank you Allah, thank you...

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Kek Lapis Sarawak

I love eating Kek Lapis Sarawak since 18-19 years old. Not only the colors look pretty but they taste wonderful. Make sure you buy the real Kek Lapis Sarawak so that you know how delicious the cakes really are..

I remember when I was in Melbourne, Australia, the closest one to Kek Lapis Sarawak I can find & eat is..Lapis Legit...made in Indonesia. Yeah at least I still can find layer cakes in Melbourne hehehe...

So for this Aidilfitri, I bought some layer cakes from Sarawak.. I prefer cakes from Kek Lapis Afifi and Mira Cake House than Kek Lapis Dayang Salhah, because their cakes are not dry and taste quite good. Kek lapis Dayang Salhah are also okay, but if you keep them in your refrigerator, you have to thaw them for a while before you can cut & eat them (several minutes to hours are consumed here). Anyway it depends on your preference, because some people would love Dayang Salhah's more than other brands.

Photos from Kek Lapis Afifi

Favourite flavour of mine - Chocolate Cheese, of course I bought this one a lot, because I want to eat it too (not only serving it to guests). Other flavours I love - Kek Lapis Cadbury, Keladi and Masam Manis. You should buy your favourite flavours and not just taking any flavour randomly, because for sure, you will be able to finish your favourite flavour cakes without any problem! (no wasted cakes then, hehe).

If you want to buy these layer cakes, better buy from Sarawakians, because that's where this cake originates (in Malaysia), they know how these cakes should taste really.

Have fun doing preparation for raya to all! ☺

p/s: every cakeshops in Sarawak is closing orders for raya, so if you want to buy but didn't buy yet, please search for other cakeshops which sell delicious cakes, okies. 

Friday, August 3, 2012

Oh Cantek Sekali Cupcakes!

Tried a few online cake shops in Kuala Terengganu. Most of them fail to gain my attention as their cakes taste so fail. Their cakes are so beautifully decorated but when we eat... oh.. is this a cake or not a cake? I also bake cakes so I expect these so-called 'bakers' to bake better cakes than me, or at least, the taste of the cakes should be as the same level as mine.

Until I found this online cake shop (based in Terengganu), by Sis Rina Rahman (I met her once when she sent her cupcakes to me at my office, she's as beautiful as the cakes she bakes and decorates). Tried her Nutella, Oreo and Red Velvet Cupcakes and all of them tasted very good. Gave some of the cupcakes to my friends and all of them said the cupcakes were so delicious & yummy. My nephew, Rafiq, likes the Oreo cupcakes so much as he said, "sedap gilerrr kek Oreo ni.." :D

So below are the pictures of the cupcakes I ordered from Sis Rina (pics taken from OhCantekSekali Fb page )

 Nutty Nutella Cupcakes (the frosting tasted like chocolate ice cream!)

 Suprisee Suprise Oreo Cupcakes (I love this one the most!)

Red Velvet Cupcakes (a true red velvet cake)

So if you are in Terengganu and want to have cupcakes in any of your events (or at anytime you crave for some indulgence), do visit her Facebook Page or OhCantekSekali blogshop, and order her cupcakes. You'll never regret. ☺

p/s: purposely write an entry about cupcakes during Ramadhan, because I want to you crave for more food hahaha ☻

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Ramadhan 1433H

Been neglected my blog for months. That's the main reason why I make it private. No idea on what to write.

Some people request me to make this blog public again. They want to see my 'biskut raya' recipes. So yes, take your chance to read my recipes and don't forget to jot them down :p LolJk

Picture from System Of Life

It's already 13th Ramadhan today, what have you achieved so far? Take this chance to pray as much as you can, do every good deed you can, everyone is aiming for Jannah, so let's struggle for that.

Have a blessed Ramadhan to all! ♥♥♥

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Love and Loyalty

You might be married to the worst man ever, like Asyah was married to Pharaoh - but it didn't change her and her loyalty to Allah SWT.

You might be married to the best of men, like a Prophet of Allah SWT, and still not be saved from punishment - like the wife of Prophet Lut (alaiha salam).

You might not be married to any man, like Maryam (alaiha salam), and Allah SWT can make your rank higher than any women on the Earth.

Know your priorities.

Love and trust is with Allah first.

The only relationship where you'll never have your heart broken is the relationship between you and Allah SWT.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Ladies, Let's Help The Environment...

*This entry is dedicated to WOMEN/GIRLS only... :)

It's the time of the month, again. Slight-severe headache, breast tenderness, stomachache, diarrhea - just to name a few. And the emotions are so unpredictable. Can be happy in 5 minutes followed by tears few seconds later. Look so psychologically not okay. But that does not mean we are crazy. Blame the hormones (to some extent, not 100%, duhh).

And when the mense session starts, the right pad is the priority! The one that can make us feel so comfortable, gentle to the skin and breathable. But which one is the best?

I've tried several brands for pads, and yes, all of them looked okay the first time I tried them, but one thing most of them gave me, for sure - skin rashes (babyskin, you know, LolJk). So it came to my mind, to find pad that is really good for my sensitive skin, and makes me happy whenever my period comes. And then I found these ones:............


The colours are amazing, you know, so cheerful. They make you feel happy wearing them. And yes, very comfortable, for sure. And most importantly, they are chemical free, they cause no rashes, at all. I've tried these cloth pads for several months already, and they are very convenient. And I am so happy as I am not contributing to 'more rubbish' anymore, as I don't have to throw away my used pads like I did before. Cloth pads are reusable as you have to wash them after wearing them..(and wear them again the next time, ofcourse). And it's economic too, you don't have to buy them every month, just buy for one-two time(s) & use the same pads every month.

You can try them! Many online shops sell them, just search & contact the seller. As for me, my favourite brand for cloth pad is for sure, Momiji (Sri Lanka brand). Momiji cloth pad is 100% cotton & it is highly absorbent. Other brands available are Saffa, Mama Patch, Sweet Pretty, and many more. You can try any brands that you think is the best for you (make sure you know what material it's made of & which sizes are the best for your heavy/regular/light flow).

So ladies, let's use cloth pads, so that we can save our Mother Nature. ;)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Bye Bye 2011. And Hello 2012!

Had a wonderful year in 2011. Got 1 nephew & 1 niece, both of them are cute. So grateful to have a loving big family, with both parents are still alive & together. 2011 also marks the year of me completing my master degree, yeah it was not that successful, but at least, I did it. Also, I got myself a job, near my hometown. That is so blissful I can live with my family as long as I am single!

And I want to say hello to 2012. This morning I woke up with gratitude, for Allah giving me chance to still breathe in this new year morning. I don't know whether I'm still alive or not in the end of 2012 or early 2013, but I'm always thankful of every single seconds Allah has given to me. Remember, always pray that we will die as a Muslim. Always.

I have lots of things to do in 2012. To be healthier, wealthier, prettier (that's so impossible), and many more. So, I pray that everything will be going on very well. Hope Allah helps me in everything. Only He knows what's the best for me. So I'm going to try my best & I know Allah will give the best to me.

So Happy New Year to all my friends. Alhamdulillah for our beautiful & wonderful 2011 and here's to a lovelier 2012, insha-Allah. Amen.