Thursday, March 31, 2011

Cara Wardina Safiyyah didik anak solat. Baru tujuh tahun dah tak miss solat!

I took this precious tips by non other than the beautiful muslimah celebrity, Wardina Safiyyah. Thanks sis for letting us sharing this meaningful idea to train our little precious the foundation of being a good muslim, that is none other than solat. My son is approaching 16 months now and I know I should slowly get his soul to get used with solat.

When my son celebrated his first birthday, my mom always advised me and my husband to let Faheem witness us while performing solat. We actually did the same thing before he's turning one unfortunately, whenever we solat berjemaah we tend to leave Faheem outside with his babysitter. You never know what a baby may do when both of you were praying right (security and kiam-ness issue here).

And when we are not berjemaah, one of us will take Faheem outside too! well when he started to sit on the pray mat, tarik2 telekung/kain pelikat etc. But when my mom frequently calls me (she rings me up almost everyday. Read: Over protective mother) and told us to let Faheem mingle around while one of us is praying, my husband seriously take an action right away. But still keep an eye on him la, jangan tarik2 telekung mama sampai nampak aurat etc.

Anakanda Faheem angkat takbir. Sampai belakang kepala tu... Hikk..

And alhamdulillah.. At nearly 14 months Faheem always imitates the praying position when ever he was playing around with the pray mat. As to date, he only knew the angkat takbir and sujud lah. Hehehe.. With his very own style =D But at least he gets it with just indirect ways of teaching method. Pardon me if I'm way exaggerated here. This is our first experience with our first born. Every first thing he did was indeed an amazement for us =)

Anyhow, I really have to agree that this is just a tiny effort in realizing the huge mission. There are more years to come, more obstacles to overcome. May Allah SWT always smoothen this little happy family's path towards worshiping Him till the end of life. Aminn..

Tengah sujud boleh tunjuk2 kt kipas.. "pahhhsss... pahhsss..." Hihihih..

Sujud baring style sambil hembus2 bulu sejadah.. =D

Ok, lets proceed with Wardina Safiyyah's story!

Dear Mama, Ummi, Mum, Ibu, Bonda...

I have to share this with you... because i feel so happy and i feel that all my penat lelah paid off...

I started to make my Amna to solat 5 times a day when she was 7, on her 7th birthday...we had a talk...(check note lama) tapi preparation since 6 la...tapi dari kecik memang selalu ikut2 la kami solat....she hasnt missed her solat since. Walaupun lambat, tetap solat. I made sure of that - because the key is SOLAT ni kalau tak tanam dari kecik memang LIAT nanti....But it is very important to keep this in mind:-

1) kalau kita bagi dia tinggal WALAUPUN sekali nanti we are sending the wrong signal - kena make sure - every waktu without fail, walaupun penat, ataupun lambat

2) Selalu kalau boleh solat together..mula2 memang kena solat together....kalau tak ada rumah make sure an adult in the house pastikan anak kita solat. (hari tu Amna pergi her reading class, i asked her teacher to take her to the suarau) - lepas solat time tu lah peluk cium, senyum - i always kiss her at the head and say "Barakallahufiha" Ya Allah make my Amna a good Muslim Ya Allah....make her never miss her solat Ya Allah.....kuat2 bagi dia kalau kena amik cuti ambillah - bukan waktu exam je amik cuti - buatlah STEP ini, yakni melangkah ke alam 7 thaun dan tidak meninggalkan solat A BIG Thing! "mama amik cuti hari ni sebab nak pastikan yang adik solat 5 waktu sehari!"

3) Selalu cerita how IMPORATANT it is to Allah is watching us... how we are good Muslims when we solat, how Allah loves us, Solat tu, untuk kita, bukan untuk Allah.....TAPI selalu jugak cerita yang akan ada orang TAK solat...acknowledge the fact that sometimes we feel lazy to solat....itu semua kerja SETAN! Fight them off....! I tell Amna that even some grown ups tak solat! I tell Amna that....we have to be strong.. we have to tell ourselves we will NEVER miss our solat...

4) Awal2 subuh ni memang tak bangunkan, tapi as soon as dia bangun pagi, ill ask her to solat straight away.(yes memang leceh..but we have to, and we have to do it with LOVE diselang seli dgn strictness)

5) kalau dia tinggal - DENGAN sengaja, i take the rotan and hit her on her tapak tangan slowly, just as a reminder. After that i hug her and tell her i love her, and i just want her to remember - and guess what?? memang dia ingat!!! (3 kali baru, i think not bad, sampai satu hari dia terlambat solat, sebab keluar dan memang tak ingat, dia yang suruh rotan) But i tell her kalau TERLUPA atau TERTIDUR its ok...but kena solat terus bila bangun.

Macam ni ceritanya, i told Amna, kalau Ummi ambik Amna dari sekolah lambat, Amna solat dulu Asar kat sekolah....tadi memang datang lambat...i was loking for her..and guess what???? She was actually praying her Asar prayers...sorang je kat dalam surau tu....i wanted to pengsan and cry...she did all by herself.... i pun told her how happy and how proud i was of her...i tanya dia kenapa? dia kata "Amna ingat apa Ummi cakap".....cair nya hatiku ini.

Apa lagi, Ummi ni peluk cium dia....and called nenek at im sharing with all of you!!! Because i want us to raise generation of good Muslims that are disciplined, smart, intelligent -that remembers Allah because the world so BADLY needs good QUALITY Muslims like this!!! And the foundation is - to start them off right - solat at SEVEN! Yes just as how Rasulullah asked us!

I love you all!!! Good night.....

But the key to all this IS Mak Ayah KENA dan WAJIB solat dulu...anak ketam tak boleh diajar berjalan terus...fahamkan?

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - KFC Egg Tart

I always crave for the mini egg tarts at food court level 2 whenever I'm at KLCC.
But nowadays, I have another option. It's scrumptious, juicier and it's bigger. Yuummm!!!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Wifey's Bonus Treat - Sri Ayutthya Restaurant

Last Saturday was such a hectic day for the three of us. Faheem woke up at 8.15am and we bathed him half an hour after that. I was quite lazy to prepare breakfast so papa went out to buy nasi lemak and newspapers. Done with nasi lemak we brought Faheem to the pool. Lucky enough, there were only us and the other family-of-three! Without hesitating much we vigorously spent the Saturday morning in the swimming pool until we ourselves can't bear the midday heat..

As for lunch (again), I'm lazy to get busy in the kitchen that day. Heheh. I just received an interim bonus (Alhamdulillahh..!!) on Friday so it's time to treat Mr husband a good lunch outside! =) Usually I would treat him lunch at Chakri Palace KLCC. Our forever favorite! But this time around I decided to switch to Sri Ayutthya since it's much nearer from our house and we may proceed with grocery shopping at Carrefour or Cold Storage soon after that.

The comfy seat and the shining chandelier in front of the main entrance. As expected, we were greeted "Sawaddikapp...." (for plenty of times!) as soon as we step foot in the restaurant. Few of the waiters there were good looking indeed. And there's one gentleman loves to entertain my little Faheem too. Hee.. =D

Pretty nice deco isn't?

This is dear wifey's view from her chair. There's a bigger area upstairs suitable for a family occasion or tiny celebrations etc. Oh by the time we were seated, there were two big families having lunch beside us. My tummy started to shrink and I can't stop my mouth from continuously salivating when I saw numbers of appetizing dishes served on their table! Seriously..

And what have I ordered that day? I guess you've already sorted it out. Heheh..

Ini adalah meal wajib kami suami isteri! Siakap with kerabu mango..
Oh boy.. it was superb, marvelous, tasty and whatever similar to that.
Rasa nak makan sorang je ikan tu =p

Mixed vege. Out to our surprise, Faheem loves this to bits! Banyak sangat dia makan nasi with those yummy veges especially broccoli and baby carrots. Maybe he was so hungry after attended the 'swimming-class' for one whole morning that day. Heheh

The Chicken Tom Yam was awesome too.
Plenty of chicken and mushroom in there!

And this? This is my energetic son, Faheem the explorer. He just can't stay put even for seconds now. He pushed the baby chair, he wanted to walk the stairway, he got on the sofa and he slided down back and he touched every pots and vases in the restaurant. Thank god non of them were broken!

Done with the splendid luncheon, we were quite amazed to witness the total bill. It was way cheaper than Chakri KLCC. I guess it was most probably due to the location right? (To have your eatery inside KLCC and to have it outside, 20 minutes away from the KL center. That's a huge difference). If that's so we shall come over Sri Ayutthaya je la lepas ni. Good bye Chakri! =D

Oh though this should be my treat, err.. it was actually my treat. But my beloved husband pays for it because he wanted to earn more points with his Amex. American Express gives him 5 times the treat points when he spends during weekends. So.. Nevermind lah, my treat but he pays for it. Macam la tak biasa dengar kan? Hik..

Monday, March 28, 2011

Earth Hour 2011

In support with Earth Hour this year, (that fell on last Saturday) we eagerly switching off most of the electrical appliances in our house. Leaving only the TV screen and that table lamp. Semangat tak?

Unfortunately it lasted for 20 minutes only. Since my son was drenching up his pyjama (it was so hot last weekend!) so I need to turn ON the air-cond. and my husband wanted to use his laptop. The darkness was killing his eyes so he turned the lamp ON.

We'll try again next year Earth Hour lah..
Tak pun buat Earth Hour sendiri every weekend =D

Friday, March 25, 2011

An email from the TripAdvisor CEO

I received this email from the TripAdvisor CEO himself, Steve Kaufer. Unauthorized third party had stolen part of TripAdvisor's member email list! that leads to a portion of member email addresses were taken but the passwords were remain secured. The affected members will somehow received unsolicited (spam) emails as a result of this incident.

Goshh.. For the time being, my inbox is free from any unwelcome messages. And I do hope it will remain unchange till forever! Huhu.. Dear TripAdvisor, thanks so much for updating us about this. However, kindly resolve this serious problem as soonest possible, squeeze the current security policy and catch that naughty data theft hackers!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wordless Wednesday : Wooden Alphabet Blocks

Where can I find those blocks with alphabets printed on? Like the ones in Thistle. I went to Jusco, Isetan, Toys 'R' Us and Ikea but to no avail. Found something similar on-line but it was in alphabet shapes and can't be stacked up one by one. Hmmm...

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ten best things about being pregnant

So much of attention is given to the negative aspects of pregnancy, that the joys are often overlooked! Here are the top ten best things about pregnancy.

1) You get to eat more! - Dear husband treats me everything from dessert to main course every single day! And developing width is no more a big issue..

2) Cleavage - He just can't get enough of it! =p

3) No period for 9 months! - No period cramps, no pads, no mood swing..

4) People give up their seat for you - Never experience this but I can always be seated on his lap =D

5) Lots of gifts - Especially from nenek, siblings and nenek's circle of friends!

6) No more awkward silence - The pregnancy is a great conversation start, indeed

7) Glowing hair, skin and nails - A diva for 9 months

8 ) Maternity leave - Plus unpaid leaves and MCs? =D

9) Legitimate reason to go shopping! - Oh heaven!!

10) Sex - for the first time in your life you don’t have to worry about getting pregnant or trying to get pregnant – you can just enjoy sex for the fun of it! Indahnya perancangan tuhan.. =)

Source: TheAsianParent

Oh I miss being pregnant! But.. We're not sure whether we can really survive with that. At 13 months plus dear Faheem is becoming more energetic, he threw mild tantrums for the first time last weekend! and he still went to sleep very late at night, 12.30am. That leaves us very exhausted and sometimes highly de-motivated in the early morning at the office. I do believe in rezeki anak since we experienced it before but.. Do we really have the courage to handle two kids now?

For the time being we are saying NO and we make sure it is NO (though at times we're in total denial). Until when should we actually hold and wait for the second miracle to happen? I'm turning thirty (entering the 3 series title) in two years to come. I'm physiologically deteriorated in conceiving pretty much 5 years after that. And I have few personnel goals and missions that need to be achieved by then. So when? Haiyohh..

Friday, March 18, 2011

Trip to Thistle Port Dickson - Part 2

Hi loves! Here comes the second part of the Thistle travel tale. To begin with, do you know how draining it was to view, edit and segregate a total of 360 piece of pictures and to choose only few of them to stick in here? It involves hours to get it done, to get it served nicely to all my fellow readers. Yes? Good.. Then you should appreciate my effort in putting up this entry within 4 days! Hee.. =)

Done with "yummy" asam pedas luncheon and souvenir shopping at PD beach, we went back to the hotel, get changed and off to the swimming pool! Beloved Faheem was extremely in total enthusiasm once his tiny cutie toes splashes the cold water. He was kind of reluctant to use his HydroKids flotie before this but not anymore. He enjoys it to bits! He's a big boy now what.. =p He's able to paddle faster and longer and I'm no more afraid of floating in the pool momma!

Papa teach him how to float.. =)

I'm a big boy now so please stop holding my back papa! Haha.. I'm quite surprise to see how brave he was in the pool that day. He loves bathing hours since newborn, that's one thing for sure. And now he wants to walk freely in the pool all by himself? Hmm.. how time flies!

With the slippery slide some more? I still remember how the little guy screams in excitement when the water splashes on to his face and gets into his eyes and nose! =) Kenapa la pool kat rumah kita takde slide kan..

Done with the slide. Now it's the wading pool with showering rains! =D

The pool and hotel view from the wading pool.. Nice isn't it!

Now it's papa's turn! Excited sangat dapat jumpa pool 2.5m depth!

The kids pool view from the Glass Restaurant.. Mama's getting exhausted entertaining both of you. Please let me have some rest with a hot cup of earl grey and I'll continue the adventure with you guys soon after that ok. Heheh..

Dah puas bermain air, encik suami ajak bersantai ke tepian pantai pula.. Thistle owns its very own private beach and it's just a bonus for us. The sea shore was clean and there's only a few of us right there! Oh by the way, that was the first time Faheem step foot on the beach with totally bare footed! Dia tak geli pun.. Yeayyy... =D

Jangan makan batu tu faheem! Nasib baik tak sempat masuk mulut.. Pheww...

It was almost dawn by the time we're strolling back to the room. That was hubby's favorite foot reflexology plates.. I managed to walk on the thorny stones just half way through though. But Mr Man completed one full cycle while holding Faheem some more! Such a thick epidermis you have hunie! =p

Reached our room, cleaned ourselves and get ready for dinner. See how cheeky my son was.. Time papa solat la dia ngade2 nak suruh papa timang2 cat tu.. Geramnye insan kecik itu!! Err.. It's actually a puppy, but we called it a cat. It sounds better =p Oh please don't make it an issue. Rasulullah pun bagi Fatimah main patung puppy kan.. They just kids, tak mumaiyiz pun lagi..

Buah hati pengarang jantung mama & papa.. He was afraid of that Gosig little puppy during infant-hood but now? It's his best companion especially during the nap hours! Sweetie pie!! =)

Water activities with a small kid is really exhausting. Not merely just the kids, but the parents who were looking after them while they were having fun as well! At sharp 9pm we rushed out for a great meals to feed the hunger tummy. And something so miracle happened, dear Faheem fell asleep as soon as our car started moving?! Gosh.. He never behaves such way before this. He needs his milk in order to get to sleep and he never sleeps before 12am! Haha.. Penat sangat eh anak mama? Ciannn..

Since we both starving like hell so we decided to dine in at any restaurant that we came across first. But dear husband found Ummi Seafood Restaurant in his GPS was quite attractive. So we followed the route map but by the time we hit the place, there was no more fresh fish left!! Sedey sangat.. Huk.. Half-heartedly we checked in at Nisreen Songkhla Restaurant, and seriously it was jam packed with peoples and vehicles (very well expected though). But we don't mind waiting since the little boy was sleeping soundly. 45mins gone by with Facebooking and browsing the tsunami video clips on YouTube.. And siakap tiga rasa came by!! Sedap sangat murah sangat. Enough said! =)

Went back to hotel to have a good anniversary dialogue and went to sleep with happy faces and contented hearts.. =)

On the second day.. Papa's breakfast meal..

Spot the bald man behind there people!! It's Azran ape tah.. The CEO of Airasia X! At first I wasn't so sure whether that was really him or not. I don't think a person who earns living as an aircraft CEO would spent their holiday at Thistle PD?? Tapi lepas few times usha2, it came to mind yes, that's him. The broad smile, the spectacle and many people greeted him whenever he steps to.. Maybe he's visiting his parents somewhere at Negeri Sembilan and decided to bring the family to Thistle for a short trip, well it's school holiday =)

Yogurt is yummy! Mama kasi yogurt yang beli kat kedai tu tak mau. Tapi yogurt kat Thistle mau pulak.. Hehe. Sedap sikit kt sini kut. Same thing with hash brown. Yang McD punye Faheem makan camtu2 je, tapi hash brown kat Thistle siap kene tapau lagi! Heheh.. =D

As promised, we brought Faheem to the Kids Play Room soon after breakfast. There were so many blocks out side the box but he still insisted on the ones IN the box? And end up he was the one that was in the box! lol

Papa builds the railway..

And he happily destroys it.. =p

Building tower blocks with papa. Where to find one like that eh? I searched in Jusco and Ikea but to no avail. Found something similar at Isetan KLCC but there's only few blocks, I want plenty of them, from A to Z, just like they had in Thistle. Maybe I should search them at Toys 'r' us?

Of all the kiddo things in the room, he was afraid of the countless tiny balls?! Faheem Faheem..

When the kids room started to receive more kids (so many Singaporeans!) we decided to stroll around PD beach once again. Meriah la sangat! Cuti sekolah.. Huhu.. Bawak Faheem tengok lembu eh kuda, mkn goreng pisang yang tak sedap and bought mini cars for Faheem. RM10 for 2 pieces. The next day I pegi Isetan tengok original Tamiya mini cars baru RM5.90 each! Shining some more! Sigh..

To PD residents, my thousand apology for saying this.. PD beach tersangat la kotor.. =( Especially the stalls. I know it's school break but Pejabat D.O PD should have anticipate this kind of situations each time the holiday kicks in. You should do something guys. Malu sangat with all the Singaporeans that came here. I went to Singapore 2 years back and there's not even one chocolate wrapper on the pavements! Dear Dato' (or who ever you are), please provides more tong sampah, assigns more PBTs to monitor the eatery and what ever it is that comes into your mind. You should know better! Sekian Terima Kasih.

Lucky us we're staying here..
With so many top-of-the-lines facilities provided to you as clean as a whistle..

Avillion PD. For our next PD trip perhaps?! Initially we planned to stay here but cancels it at the very last minute. Avilion is a beach resort with water chalets and villas. We stayed at Golden Palm Tree before this (a water chalet itself) so there is no point to stay at the most-alike place again right? We went to Avillion to sneak peek the resort and future promotions if available but the parking space was full. The only designated parking space available was across the main road? No way.. Maybe next time lah..

When we reached home it is still hot to get Faheem outside what more in the pool again so we agreed to wander around Thistle with tandem bike!! Just like we've done at Taj Rebak Island Resort =) We eagerly put the sport shoes on but regrettably the gym staffs told us the tandem bikes were under repair.. Sigh.. =(

So we went upstairs, gets Faheem his swim suit and wanders to the beach and then to the Cumulus to kill time. Cumulus is a beach bar with an adult pool over looking the ocean and the house DJ spinning great music every now and then. Nice! Oh there's live band performance during night life. This reminds me of our stay at Hard Rock Hotel Bali during our second trip of honeymoon years back. The center stage was near the lobby and the rooms it self and you just imagine the pounding sound that gets into the cochlear before we went to bed. But we were totally dried out when the bed times come so nevermind lah.. Hehe

Done with Cumulus, we were at the pool again! Look who is the one that's very excited about being in the water? =) The crowds back there are getting bigger, but in an acceptable manner I really have to say. The pool is big enough for everyone of us!

Kalau kat rumah bukan main mama marah budak2 dengan swim suit basah main slide. Tapi kat sini mama sendiri buat? Haha.. Takpela, Faheem sorang je pun yang main kat sini. Yang lain sume busy dekat swimming pool.. =D

Mandi sendri. Good job my son!

As for dinner we went to the same eatery, Nisreen Songkhla. But this time we tried the siakap stim limau. Perghh.. Sedap! And again murah! Papa Faheem even asked the cashier for 3 times regarding the total bill, manela tau kut2 tersalah kira meja orang lain ke kan? But it's not. Siakap stim limau + tomyam ayam + kailan ikan masin + 2 hot tea = RM35 ONLY! Kalau kat KL siap la
RM50. Or maybe more than that!

Oh makcik dan pakcik di background tu menumpang di meja kami sebab dah full sangat kan. They were local's and I bet dorang orang kuat parti politik tanah air. Duk cakap pasal cawangan itu cawangan ini dan saya rasa makcik tersebut adalah 'cawangan' pakcik yang terbaru kan? Sebab die jaoohhhh lagi muda dar pakcik dan makcik tu malu2 je bile bercakap. Haha.. =p

With happy tummy we went back to Thistle.
That's the hotel lobby during night. Very simple..

Anakanda yang tak cukup penat. Almost 11pm but still energetic. Hmm...

The road to Cumulus..
Finally it's the end of the anniversary and birthday trip to Port Dickson!

That's dear Faheem on the day to depart home. I have no idea why he loves the cushion at the lobby so much =) In a nut shell, I just love everything at Thistle Port Dickson. The facilities were awesome! The room was nice (but few parts are not kids friendly - sharp edges. So if you're bringing little charming ones with you, please pay extra caution). The food at the Fresh restaurant (in house dining) was indeed fresh, yummy, innumerable and the staffs had a smile stuck on their face every now and then.

And to have all these at super affordable room rate? Splendid!


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