Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Celebrating Deepavali with Tosai and Arundhati

Public holiday was great, as always. Me and the little explorer woke up as early as the birds started chirping and I got him going round the neighborhood finding some kuih puteri ayu (our fav). Then we proceed with breakfast at the Mamak place near my house. Tosai telur for me whilst roti telur for the little guy. As expected, Faheem was behaving excellently when there's only the two of us going out. Marvelous!

Arriving Mamak it was fully loaded with homosapiens! Both the car park and the tables. But it was indeed our lucky day as there was a car moving out as soon as we are approaching; exactly in front of the restaurant and teduh pulak tu. Alhamdulillah.. Got in the Mamak place and I just need not more than 2mins to be seated as there was a family that have just done with their meals. Great! Faheem's table manner was perfectly in place and he ate a lot. Double the greatness!

Done with breakfast I decided to took him for a morning stroll along the pavement since it's still early and the powerful Vitamin D was shining brightly and nicely to ourselves. Approaching 7Eleven I get him a Vitagen (his forever fav), as a token of reward and appreciation for behaving so well with momma this morning :) Then only I realized people were crowding the place for food so I hurriedly get back to our ride and drove home.

I was browsing the TV channels when I noticed there was no Handy Manny or Timmy Time or Jungle Junction during afternoon so I started to randomly click the remote button and there you go, Arundhati on Astro Fiesta. Agak epik la cite ni. Syok pulak melayan dengan babysitter Faheem tu. Tapi banyak sangat thriller and scene yang berdebar2, seriously not good for the pregnancy. So I watched it half way je. Hoho. This is the second Hindustan horror movie I watched. The first one tu lupe dah, it started with K. Hmm. Memory loss..

image: googled

Hmmm.. Faheem has been sleeping soundly since 12.30pm. He's right on my side now. Tetibe rasa mengantuk yang amat. I need to doze off lah for a while.. Petang nanti bawak Faheem pergi playground and mandi manda at the wading pool skalik kalo kudrat mengizinkan. Signing off now. Zzzzzzz....

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Peritnye Perpisahan

Feels like voicing out so many things just now.
But when the fingers started dancing on the key board,
yours truly seems totally clueless. Hmm.

We had breakfast together every morning at my office cafe!

Went babymoon-ing at Colmar Tropicale..

Faheem's parents at Dewan Felda Merak Kayangan..

Well, as others might have noticed the beloved husband is away once again. Far far away. A place where by it took so many hours for one to arrive. A place where it costs us thousands for the flight tickets. A place where we are 'not allowed' to see each others frequently, yet due to the distance. The remoteness, the hardship of being separated, the longing for a husband's care and seeing the little boy who frequently asking for his papa is really heart-wrenching.

I took Faheem to our room and he asked me, "Maaa papa manne?"

I replied with "Papa kat office.. Papa kene keje. Nanti papa balik ok" I repeated the same sentence each time he asked me the same question until he even memorized it. He asks me the same question and reply back himself. "Papa ofissss appa kejeeeeee.." With his eye balls looking inside mine, as if he's telling me, "I miss papa badly. Please make him coming home now mama" Owh dear.. Kuatkanlah semangatku ya Allah!

And last night there's only the two of us on the bed. I know he's feeling a bit weird but I tried my very best to ignore perasaan dan keadaan tidak best itu. Faheem needs a lot of cuddling before going to sleep, and while I'm hugging him along with some mommy and baby talk while rubbing his chest he suddenly turned to the left side - which is papa's side on the bed.

He said softly, "Aleyyykumm papa aleemmm" which means Asslamualaikum papa Faheem.

Ya Allah I really sadden with his sentence! ='( I just can't help my self as I'm bursting into tears at that instance. Faheem saw me crying, he said "Mama angishhhh" and he tried to wipe the falling tears on my face. Then die golek2 kat bantal, I hardly saw his face but I know he's shedding some tears too because he used to acted the same during the days papa was off to the states - few months back (He's actually wiping his tears to the pillow case). I hold him tighter and told him to get to sleep cepat2 as I'm going to work tomorrow.

With hiccups and watery eyes, I finally fell asleep.

Around 2.20am I was awake. This has been a routine for me since 2 weeks back. I just woke up during wee hours and only get back to sleep few hours later (I experienced the same thing during the first pregnancy). Mata kelip2 teringat kat papa.. Teringat kat Faheem yang suke sangat main dengan papa. I even felt worse when I remember papa had left his perfume and deodorant. He asked me where was it while packing his stuff but the wifey simply said - I don't know. When I'm back from sending him off at the train station, I saw them in my dresser! =( I was the one who hides them there sebab faheem suke sangat main bende tu.

The guilt is torturing me since then. Realizing that he's already off for the long journey and there's no chance for him to get it back, I was crying again and again last night. To the extend that I really felt so down and hopeless, I hurriedly ring the faraway husband. With a deep voice he told me to stop crying and istighfar banyak2. Crying is not good for the pregnant mommy. I know but I just can't help it. I'm sorry papa..

I'm used to be pampered by the husband. He caress me A LOT. He's willing to sacrifice so many things in his life just to see me happy. He's totally a family-man. That's one of the enchanting criterias that makes me choosing him as my forever prince charming years back. And as a result of that, yes I'm a bit spoil due to that. Memang saya terlalu dimanjakan. Sehingga hati ni dirasakan terlalu lemah. Tak sanggup nak hadapi apa2 cabaran kerana he's always there for me!! Astargfirullah.. Sedarlah Lisa. Semua kesenangan, kebahagian di dunia ini hanyalah pinjaman dari yang maha Esa. Sampai masa Dia akan ambil semula. (Teringat kata2 isteri solehah lagi cekal kepada arwah photographer Bernama yang terbunuh di Somalia)

But deep inside my heart, I know things are happening for a reason. Dear god doesn't make us separated just to see us suffer. Yes, we are the ones who chose to be on this path of distress but He had planned this before hand. To make me a stronger person inside and out. To make the husband pursuing a better career. To get Faheem to get used of being away with the parents (he's a stay at home kid). And to get ourselves nearer to Him. Subhanallah.. Hanya solat dan ayat2 Quran yang dapat menenangkan hati kami sekarang.. Disamping papa menyibukkan diri dengan training and sports activity while mama with work and house chores..

Dear husband had sacrificed a lot to both of us. Masa, tenaga and wang ringgit. And it's time for me to really appreciate his efforts. He has resolved a total of 32 pending items in my to-do-list during the short break. Technically speaking he has erased 60% of the cluttering bubbles in my mind so I should be very grateful of that. He only wants me to be a stronger person. Just for another 3 months. And he'll be back.. INSYAALLAH papa..

And remember Zun-nun, when he departed in wrath: He imagined that We had no power over him. But he cried through the depths of darkness, "There is no god but thou: glory to thee: I was indeed wrong!" - Al Anbiya':87

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Welcoming Second Trimester


Mama: One

Faheem: Tu..

Mama: Three

Faheem: For..

Mama: Five

Faheem: Et, nan, tennnn!

Payah la student lagi pandai dari teacher ni..

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

3D Scan at 13 Weeks Pregnancy

There you go! =) Our precious second lil one. Subhanallah.. Went to Prince Court Medical Center for the routine prenatal visit with the beloved husband yesterday. The lil one is currently in his/her 13w4d of gestational-weeks. The gynae switched to the 3D probe just incase if the most anticipated gender-issue is visible now (but I'm sure it's way too early for that, hihi) - to explain the picture below..

Assalamualaikum uncles and aunties!

The gynae managed to capture the best position of his genital part but as expected, we hardly saw anything there. He/She is way too small to freely pose his tiny 'toot' to the parents, ngee. Anyhow, it's great to know that the gynae still remember us. The husband who frequently went overseas, the wife who used to work with her ex uni-mate, the office-politics (her issue and mine) and the symptoms and complications I had during last pregnancy. This has made the ice breaking session runs faster than expected muddled with laughs and teasing like we used to have in 2009. Nice one!

The baby - Baby is doing fine (well that's all I can say now since I'm still in the early phase of pregnancy tho I'll be entering the 2nd trime next week?!). I can hardly feel any kickings or any acrobatic movements as yet. Buy seeing the precious one with 3D view makes me the happiest mother on earth, literally. I know it's still early, tapi selalu je datang perasaan kenapa la tak rasa pape ni. Ok ke tak ni. Tak kan baby tido je.. Huhu. The 3D view really comforts me! I can see the baby vividly clear, moving round and round in the womb and stretching his cutie legs and hands wherever it wishes to. Leganya.. Alhamdulillah!

The mommy - Momma has gain only a kilo since the day I knew I'm pregnant (8th week). She said that's too little, but I never bother about that. I'm sure, sooner or later I'll gain more and more kilos as the second pregnancy journey went by, just like the first pregnancy. Awal2 slow dulu.. Once I'm on the right track, haaaa.. We'll see how laaaa... =D

Lunch nasi ayam tadi with 2 slices of rock mellon. Tapi lapar lagik!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Resipi Mee Jawa terbaik!

This is my family-breakfast yesterday, Mee Jawa (Javanese Mee). Prepared by none other than the best cook in the family, me momma a.k.a nenek Faheem. To have a homemade Mee Jawa and to enjoy every sip with the whole big family was indeed, splendid. Thank you Allah for the happiness and joy that you bring into this family. Alhamdulillah..

And the recipe? Err.. Sorry guys. Mama Faheem pakar bab2 tolong kat dapur sahaja. Kekeke. Wanna know more about the step-by-step of making a scrumptious Mee Jawa, I need to consult my mom again and again. And to list down every single thing she does! Anyhow, roughly the steps would most probably be like this one. A recipe taken from MyResipi.Com Give it a try!

And this is the Mee Jawa prepared by, again, the most loved person during raya this year.
I'm salivating now. Gulp!


By the way all the family members were spending their 4-days-off at my crib last week since we are attending my cousin's wedding reception at Dewan Merak Kayangan, that is nearby the Dewan Perdana Felda. Again, feels so blessed when everyone is in the house! But nothing lasts forever.. Sob sob. They have safely traveled back to our hometown this morning. And the person that would 'suffer' the most would be: My dearly Faheem.. =( Sabar eh Faheem, takmo nangis2.. Nanti kite jumpe pakcik2 and makcik2 kat Kedah pulak ok!
I'm planning for a great getaway with hubby and the young man.. Where about eh? Thinking of Universal Studios Singapore and hubby already agreed with that. But I'm not so keen with the time constraint.. Humpp..

Friday, October 7, 2011

How Healthy is Dim Sum? No more Dim Sum!

This is what I'm having today for breakfast, dim sum. A so called healthy breakfast?
Along with the charming husband who has just arrived from the states safely..

Well, apart from this actually. Grilled chicken burger.
And err.. another dish that I've forgotten to capture =p

To make a long story short, something struck into my mind later this afternoon. Well the clinicians are busy with their valve summit today - that leads to a very low activity to the non clinicians like me. And it's Friday. And it's raining heavily outside. Ahh..

Ok lets get back to the real picture here. Are the dim sums we had today really healthy as what the rumors have been spreading around the globe all these years? I googled and the answer was NO! Hong Kong Center for Food Safety has conducted a study entitled Nutrient Values of Chinese Dim Sum and resulted to this shocking but true statements..
The results showed that the total fat, saturated fat and sodium contents of some Chinese dim sum were quite high, whilst the calcium and dietary fiber contents were generally low.
A balanced diet can be achieved by choosing food carefully during a dim sum meal in Chinese restaurants. Members of the public are recommended to choose Chinese dim sum that are low in total fat and rich in complex carbohydrate as the staple foods; consume about half plate of boiled vegetable per person (preferably without sauce); consume steamed salty dim sum in moderate amount; choose less pan-fried and deep-fried dim sum and avoid consuming the soup of rice-in-soup and noodles-in-soup. Chinese restaurant patrons are also advised to have one to two servings of low-fat/skimmed dairy products for the rest of the day to ensure adequate intake of calcium.
Just click the link if you wish to know more about the study.

But I really have to agree that the dim sums I had this morning were yummy indeed. With the multi-color presentation and the salty sauces. Hohoho. Thanks to the the Hong Kong body who came up with that simple yet important analysis. You have opened up many eyes to the food lovers of the Cantonese traditional snack. Anyway, it's not that I'm gonna stop eating dim sum at that instant! Hehe. But to make gaps between each dishes I'm gonna have.. =) And to choose wisely..

- TGIF -

Weekend ni tengok The Three Musketeers jom!!

9 Things You Didn't Know About Steve Jobs

For all of his years in the spotlight at the helm of Apple, Steve Jobs in many ways remains an inscrutable figure — even in his death. Fiercely private, Jobs concealed most specifics about his personal life, from his curious family life to the details of his battle with pancreatic cancer — a disease that ultimately claimed him on Wednesday, at the age of 56.

Steve Jobs leans against his wife, Laurene Powell Jobs (Lea Suzuki/San Francisco Chronicle/Corbis)

While the CEO and co-founder of Apple steered most interviews away from the public fascination with his private life, there's plenty we know about Jobs the person, beyond the Mac and the iPhone. If anything, the obscure details of his interior life paint a subtler, more nuanced portrait of how one of the finest technology minds of our time grew into the dynamo that we remember him as today.

1. Early life and childhood
Jobs was born in San Francisco on February 24, 1955. He was adopted shortly after his birth and reared near Mountain View, California by a couple named Clara and Paul Jobs. His adoptive father — a term that Jobs openly objected to — was a machinist for a laser company and his mother worked as an accountant.

Later in life, Jobs discovered the identities of his estranged parents. His birth mother, Joanne Simpson, was a graduate student at the time and later a speech pathologist; his biological father, Abdulfattah John Jandali, was a Syrian Muslim who left the country at age 18 and reportedly now serves as the vice president of a Reno, Nevada casino. While Jobs reconnected with Simpson in later years, he and his biological father remained estranged.



Reed College


2. College dropout
The lead mind behind the most successful company on the planet never graduated from college, in fact, he didn't even get close. After graduating from high school in Cupertino, California — a town now synonymous with 1 Infinite Loop, Apple's headquarters — Jobs enrolled in Reed College in 1972. Jobs stayed at Reed (a liberal arts university in Portland, Oregon) for only one semester, dropping out quickly due to the financial burden the private school's steep tuition placed on his parents.

In his famous 2005 commencement speech to Stanford University, Jobs said of his time at Reed: "It wasn't all romantic. I didn't have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends' rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5 cent deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the seven miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple."


Breakout for the Atari


3. Fibbed to his Apple co-founder about a job at Atari
Jobs is well known for his innovations in personal computing, mobile tech, and software, but he also helped create one of the best known video games of all-time. In 1975, Jobs was tapped by Atari to work on the Pong-like game Breakout.

He was reportedly offered $750 for his development work, with the possibility of an extra $100 for each chip eliminated from the game's final design. Jobs recruited Steve Wozniak (later one of Apple's other founders) to help him with the challenge. Wozniak managed to whittle the prototype's design down so much that Atari paid out a $5,000 bonus — but Jobs kept the bonus for himself, and paid his unsuspecting friend only $375, according to Wozniak's own autobiography.

4. The wife he leaves behind
Like the rest of his family life, Jobs kept his marriage out of the public eye. Thinking back on his legacy conjures images of him commanding the stage in his trademark black turtleneck and jeans, and those solo moments are his most iconic. But at home in Palo Alto, Jobs was raising a family with his wife, Laurene, an entrepreneur who attended the University of Pennsylvania's prestigious Wharton business school and later received her MBA at Stanford, where she first met her future husband.

For all of his single-minded dedication to the company he built from the ground up, Jobs actuallyskipped a meeting to take Laurene on their first date: "I was in the parking lot with the key in the car, and I thought to myself, 'If this is my last night on earth, would I rather spend it at a business meeting or with this woman?' I ran across the parking lot, asked her if she'd have dinner with me. She said yes, we walked into town and we've been together ever since."

In 1991, Jobs and Powell were married in the Ahwahnee Hotel at Yosemite National Park, and the marriage was officiated by Kobin Chino, a Zen Buddhist monk.


5. His sister is a famous author
Later in his life, Jobs crossed paths with his biological sister while seeking the identity of his birth parents. His sister, Mona Simpson (born Mona Jandali), is the well-known author of Anywhere But Here — a story about a mother and daughter that was later adapted into a film starring Natalie Portman and Susan Sarandon.

After reuniting, Jobs and Simpson developed a close relationship. Of his sister, he told a New York Times interviewer: "We're family. She's one of my best friends in the world. I call her and talk to her every couple of days.'' Anywhere But Here is dedicated to "my brother Steve."



Joan Baez

6. Celebrity romances
In The Second Coming of Steve Jobs, an unauthorized biography, a friend from Reed reveals that Jobs had a brief fling with folk singer Joan Baez. Baez confirmed the the two were close "briefly," though her romantic connection with Bob Dylan is much better known (Dylan was the Apple icon's favorite musician). The biography also notes that Jobs went out with actress Diane Keaton briefly.

7. His first daughter
When he was 23, Jobs and his high school girlfriend Chris Ann Brennan conceived a daughter, Lisa Brennan Jobs. She was born in 1978, just as Apple began picking up steam in the tech world. He and Brennan never married, and Jobs reportedly denied paternity for some time, going as far as stating that he was sterile in court documents. He went on to father three more children with Laurene Powell. After later mending their relationship, Jobs paid for his first daughter's education at Harvard. She graduated in 2000 and now works as a magazine writer.

8. Alternative lifestyle
In a few interviews, Jobs hinted at his early experience with the psychedelic drug LSD. Of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Jobs said: "I wish him the best, I really do. I just think he and Microsoft are a bit narrow. He'd be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger."

The connection has enough weight that Albert Hofmann, the Swiss scientist who first synthesized (and took) LSD, appealed to Jobs for funding for research about the drug's therapeutic use.

In a book interview, Jobs called his experience with the drug "one of the two or three most important things I have done in my life." As Jobs himself has suggested, LSD may have contributed to the "think different" approach that still puts Apple's designs a head above the competition.

Jobs will forever be a visionary, and his personal life also reflects the forward-thinking, alternative approach that vaulted Apple to success. During a trip to India, Jobs visited a well-known ashram and returned to the U.S. as a Zen Buddhist.

Jobs was also a pescetarian who didn't consume most animal products, and didn't eat meat other than fish. A strong believer in Eastern medicine, he sought to treat his own cancer through alternative approaches and specialized diets before reluctantly seeking his first surgery for a cancerous tumor in 2004.


9. His fortune
As the CEO of the world's most valuable brand, Jobs pulled in a comically low annual salary of just $1. While the gesture isn't unheard of in the corporate world — Google's Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Eric Schmidt all pocketed the same 100 penny salary annually — Jobs has kept his salary at $1 since 1997, the year he became Apple's lead executive. Of his salary, Jobs joked in 2007: "I get 50 cents a year for showing up, and the other 50 cents is based on my performance."

In early 2011, Jobs owned 5.5 million shares of Apple. After his death, Apple shares were valued at $377.64 — a roughly 43-fold growth in valuation over the last 10 years that shows no signs of slowing down.

He may only have taken in a single dollar per year, but Jobs leaves behind a vast fortune. The largest chunk of that wealth is the roughly $7 billion from the sale of Pixar to Disney in 2006. In 2011, with an estimated net worth of $8.3 billion, he was the 110th richest person in the world, according toForbes. If Jobs hadn't sold his shares upon leaving Apple in 1985 (before returning to the company in 1996), he would be the world's fifth richest individual.

While there's no word yet on plans for his estate, Jobs leaves behind three children from his marriage to Laurene Jobs (Reed, Erin, and Eve), as well as his first daughter, Lisa Brennan-Jobs.

Source - Yahoo! News

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Makin Hari Makin Manja..

Itulah dia anakanda saya, Faheem Darwish..
Ada orang kata itu syndrom biasa nak dapat adik.
Well it may be true. Since he started to act such way ever since raya lagik.
The week before I even know that I'm carrying his lil sis/bro =)
Sometimes I'm thinking this happens merely because his papa is abroad.
For quite a long period. Much more longer that he used to experienced.
Kesian hero papa ni. Tak dapat manja dengan papa, so dengan mama jela.
Nak tido malam2 kalau tak berpeluk bercium puluh2 kali memang bukan faheem la tu.
Last2 tertido beralas bahu mama, and mulut muncung tu melekat kat pipi mama.
Kalau video call dengan papa, bertalu2 Faheem kiss papa kat iPad tu..
Hehe.. Faheem Faheem.. =)

Thank you Allah for the happiness that you bring to this tiny family.
And InsyaAllah the good news is coming nearer my son.
Faheem tunggu ok.. =)

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