Thursday, January 19, 2017

Planning for school holidays

Planning for a trip during school holiday is not pleasant at all. The accommodations rate is freaking hike up. Ye la masa ni la the hoteliers taking over advantages nak untung kan, knowing malaysians ni kalau ada cuti sikit mesti nak holiday (termasuk diri sendiri) pfft!! hehe. Ok2. There's always a reason for a holiday. But on top of that, the quality time we spend with the loved ones that count. And oh, we also regard holiday as a reward. So there it is. Reward :)

Dah tiba2 pagi ni boleh terrr booking pulak accommodation in penang for 17-19 March. Eh eh. Apparently I've got a good deal from Agoda for *this* hotel, inclusive of bfast, pay later and free cancellation before 14th March options at lowest rate. The hotel of our choice must have swimming pool for the kids. N they have a huge pool. What's there to lose? Hehe.  So being a wise planner, I guess, why not? It's a great deal among the list. Ni kalau MM tau ni habislah aiii. huhu. It's not our regular hotel n area but I'm pretty sure he will love the location though. Haha.

The initial plan was to go to Legoland on March. Mama la plan kan.. konon nak reward Sara for being such a good girl when she's in standard 1. Indeed, she's doing great since the first day of schooling.  Acah-acah MM will agree terus la. Haha. Kau hingat dia cop duit ke ape? =p But come to think of it march kan mcm fast approaching je pejam celik dah nak habis January and nak saving pun macam tak sempat so we decided to make way to other places yang reasonable sikit. Legoland inshaAllah akan pergi juga this year but we plan it around Aug school break. Dah plan where to stay etc etc (yes I'm very smart like that lol). Ye la kalau dh pegi JB tu haruslah pegi Hello Kitty Town skali kalau tak mmg muncung sedepa je la. So penang it is. A place like no other- good foods; nasik kandaq pasemboq hoih sedapnya, hassle-free (tapi jem jugak), ada Kidland yg sara suka and it's not that far. And a plus point, dekat dengan kedah kihkih. And oh next trip ni I'll make sure we go to Butterfly Farm. Dulu nak pergi tapi tutup.

So  lets hope and pray that this "secretly-planned" trip will happen. May Allah ease our plan and give us (esp the kids) the best of health. Aamiin..

Hello (in advance) penang and legoland! hehe. Ooppss!

bye~

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Thinking of 2017

This is a scheduled post. Haha. 
Eh extra rajin pulak harini (yesterday). 
Okay let's go straight to the point.

I foresee 2017 will be a great year (trying to be positive!). InshaAllah. So in 2017, I hope to unlock few of my personal aims and lucky charms. 

1. To always be early. 

2. Fast, quick and efficient esp at HOME

3. To love more and to hate null.

4. To read more. and more. and more.

5. To write more.

6. To explore my expertise (i love CST)

7. To start working on my studies (future). To look for (sungguh2) any opportunities may come. 

8. To put my time on writing technical paper. To at least present 1 conference paper. At LEAST.

9. To start saving. I mean to save more money.

10. To go to more places with my family. (read: holiday)

11. To be more patient and wise. 

12. To cook dinner at least 4 days/ week.

13. To spend more QUALITY time with the kids and fam.

14. To be a better person, better muslimah

15. To avoid conflict (eh ada ke? )

16. To be a supermom and superwife to my children and kids

17. To achieve all the above and extra extra extra (yang tersirat)


InshaAllah.

Aamiin..~

Monday, January 16, 2017

So much in January 2017

2017 is a meaningful year. 

It is a year of beginning.

It's a year of change.

It's a year of transformation.

Sara Hana is now 7 years old by year. She's now in Standard 1. Time flies.Yup I noticed. My little princess is growing up and now she's a primary school student.

So the first two weeks at school went smoothly. Alhamdulillah. It was beyond our expectation. Sara, she didn't cry a bit. She was all smiles. The school organized a two weeks transition for newly enrolled students; to get the students familiarized with school environment, to get used to the dedicated assembly area for each groups, to get to know with their classmates and teachers, to 'teach' them how to buy foods at the canteen, etc etc. So being such a "worry and anxious" parents, we were there for the whole first week. We were there when she had her first assembly before she off to classroom, and during her recess too. Of course we have to be there. We want to witness our first child's first experience's of every new phase in her life (and our first experience too-as parents). And on top of that, we want to make her feel secure and confident with our presence. We were just monitoring her from afar. Just to make sure everything is okay for her, and alhamdulillah she can handle things on her own. Oh c'mon. That's what every parents do right! Haha.

Now that we are involved, I totally agree with having transition weeks. At least they have an ample time to adapt to the school environment which is totally new to them. And also, knowing that going to primary school may somehow might gives some 'nerve' to the children, so I believe they have to be taken care of very well, that we parents have to serve them with extra love and extra attention so that they will not feel demotivated or down. Ye la why not first or 2nd day jengah2 tengok ok ke tak dia kat canteen, makan ke tak, kot sesat ke kan. Hehe. So during first two weeks tu tak boleh la marah2 dia, layan je apa dia nak albeit it makes you furious. Hahah. Swallow it and you'll be fine.

Ok.
So Sara is going to two school. Morning she goes to sekolah Kafa until around 11. And the she's home for lunch and shower and a little rest and off to primary school aroun 12:35 and back at around 6:40 and reach home around 7. Tu pun termasuk singgah kedai beli crackers or singgah beli uncle bob. The routine will go round and round until she's in standard 3. Lepas tu standard 4 primary school pagi pulak. And then the story will still continue but it differs.

And then after 1 week, Sara came home telling us she has friends named this and that. And stuff she did at school with her friends, etc etc. Now that she has friends in class, they eat together, and they walk together, it gives us a HUGEEEEEE relieve. But then, knowing her..Sara ni rileks je kalau tgk dia makan bekal dia sorang2 she'll still chill. Bila kita tanya Sara tadi makan duduk dengan siapa. She said "Sara dok dgn kawan Sara la.Tapi Sara tak tau nama dia. Dia bukan class Sara". or sometimes she will answer "Sara duduk meja boys. Tapi ada kawan sara la class sama." and "Tadi Sara beli air laici dengan kawan Sara. Senang je beli. 1 ringgit je" Hahaha. Okay. So chill and brave! That's my girl. Thumbs up. :)

So that's more or less about it. Apparently I have a lot to tell but so little time. I will write more this year. More about Sara, Adib, and us. InshaAllah.

So I ended with pictures of Sara during the first week at school.

First day

During recess (1st day)

Sport attire of Friday

Sekolah KAFA - recess

Acara membeli ;)




Thursday, December 22, 2016

Hello December. Opps!

What a misleading title.
I should write hello January instead.
Ha ha.

Okay where do I start? Hmmm...

We had our long holiday last week and all of us feel super fresh back from the hols, I suppose. Not to mention the works at the ofc (never ending). What we need is just a get together time and alhamdulillah all went well. We took 3 days of leave and got to spend all 9 days in total of holidays. We went to penang to chill for 3 days (2 days spent at Kidland) and the rest lepak dekat my hometown. Our parents joined the penang trip during day 1. You can't imagine the traffic in Penang during school holiday. Jammed! Took us hours to reach hotel. Dah la nak naik feri beratur pun almost more than 1 hour. But it's worth it and the kids mmg enjoyed it! Even my mom pun ckp dah berapa puluh tahun dia tak naik ferry. So ok la. Dapat makan kari kepala ikan batu maung, and tetiba ter'stay pulak overnight dekat hotel. Hahaha. The initial plan is my parents takde la nak stay pun, but the the traffic was super crazy so we think it is impossible they will reach ferry and catch train on time. So stay je la. The next morning after breakfast we sent them off to ferry.

So our so-called lonngggg holiday was super best! So homely, lazing around, fed our tummy with yummy foods, pastu sara & adib dapat pulak tengok tangkapan musang wan. 2 ekor u'ols. Musang ni rare kan. I don't remember when is the last time I saw one. It looks like a fox from the face tapi badan mmg tak sama sbb ekor dia panjang. And to our surprise sara said she likes the musang. haha. Dia siap tulis dekat buku "sara sayang musang" lol. So cute. And during the day we're leaving kedah she was a bit sad sbb dia nak tgk orang perhilitan datang ambil musang for the second time. But when I told her tok will send their photos later she was okay. Back to chill.

During our stay in aloq staq we went to Kuala Perlis for seafood. Dekat area Hotel Brasmana. Was okay. The food was okay. The price-wise I wasn't pretty sure sebab mak belanja hehe. Thanks mom! *spoiled daughter*. Kuala perlis dah. Langkawi je the kids belum sampai. InshaAllah soon hehe.

Ok gotta go. Will write more later!

See ya!


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

November..December 2016..January 2017

Ntah la idk why. But I feel like January is fast approaching. And it's kinda sad that 2016 is leaving us very very soon.

2016 has been a great year for all of us. For mama, ayah, Sara, Adib and our family too. It is a remarkable year for us. I can say 2016 marks a sweet and lovely memories in our mind and heart. Among them are:

~ Aug 2016 : Me and MM graduated and convo for Master
~ Aug 2016 : Mak & Abah went to Makkah for Hajj
~ Aug 2016 : Sara joined her school trip to Kidzania and it was so much fun!
~ Nov 2016 : Sara's convocation. Alhamdulillah she has graduated preschool.
~ Nov 2016 : Highlight of the year >> Sara has been awarded the Child of The Year 2016. It's a major surprise and we are beyond grateful.
~ in 2016 : Adib shows a good progress and development.
~ Oct 2016 : Holiday in Hong Kong Disneyland!! This is like a dream come true for Sara. And it's Adib 2nd trip to oversea
~ Somewhere in June or May 2016 : Short trip to Bandung. Adib's first 'luar negara' trip.
~ Sep 2016 : MM's first '2' golds in ASC 2016. Hats off. The hard work is paid off. Syukur.
~ Nov 2016 : Adib's first movie. Upin Ipin jeng jeng jeng

Okay apparently this post is not about the highlight of 2016 tapi ok la dah teringat ni baik tulis je. Ok since december is approaching, we had plan for our little family. Baru je plan sebab kan baru balik from Hong Kong so I dare not plan something big (not another 'highly expensed' trip) so I guess penang is a great choice because : 1. it has kidland (Sara's favorite), 2. Hotel + Beach + Swimming pool is enough 3. nasik kandaqqqq, 4. Near to Aloq Staq. 5. MM approved! Ni yang paling penting hehe.

Ok so we will go to penang on 11th Dec which is on Sunday. Plan asal nak check in on Saturday but most of the hotels are fully booked and kalau ada pun mmg what-the-heck the price is super hike up! So MM suggested that we go back to Kedah first on Friday night, pastu ahad baru gerak to penang from Kedah. After spend 2 days in Penang balik kedah balik. Haha so funny kan. But so interesting. Cuti seminggu oiii. Sara must be super happy. InshaAllah. May Allah ease our plan and trip this time.

Ok so I got to go. Nak update tu je pun. But I still have few pending items to update. Mcm Sara at BBIM Part 2.. and the about our HK Trip. Oh banyak..banyak. But that's all for now.

Toddles!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Happy 6th Birthday Sara

15.11.2016

Sara celebrated her 6th birthday at school after the convocation (will blog about this soon). This year is extra special because 1st-it's her last year celebrating birthday with her Brainy Bunch friends and aunties, 2nd-she will go to a new phase in her life next year (don't take it seriously it is just a primary school student) and 3rd- because she needs no reason to be special because she is special in our heart.

Okay so on 16th Nov (a day after her actual birthday) we had the cake, goodies and stuffs ready for her party. Cake ordered from Lynn Babycake in Bangi has been picked up the night before. In fact she had few celebrations before her birthday. And this year she also received loads of presents; from us, tok & wan, and her aunties as well.

So, I guess the photos can tell the whole stories better than me.

Anyway, happy birthday Sara Hana darling. We are thankful to have a child like you. Lotsa love!

1st celeb (with acu makcu us tok adib at home)

Tada!!

Tok belanja pizzeeeee


Want some?? :P

Suprise from Ayah MM!!

From aunty Ain



Lego Cake




Dengan student baru playhouse haha

Giant card. Thank you Aunty Siti, Mimi & Anis

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Hello from Hong Kong Disneyland

[this post was written on 1.11.2016]

A remarkable trip for 2016.

Destination : Hong Kong Disneyland
Hotel : Disney Hollywood Hotel
Duration : 4 days (29.10.2016-1.11.2016)

Hi Sara & Adib,
Alhamdulillah..we made it to HK Disneyland as per planned. Just so u know your mama has been planning for this trip since February 2016. Thanks to the promo ticket of Air Asia. We managed to squeeze the affordable ticket fares according to our budget. Syukur anak2 mama. Rezeki ni Allah yang bagi. We must be very thankful and grateful to Allah for what we had. Alhamdulillah.

Well okay the moment i'm writing this post is during our last night in Disney Hollywood Hotel. Just a quick update before another detailed post-vacay entry.

1. The hotel 
We stay at Disney Hollywood Hotel inside Disneyland resort. It's easier to commute because there are shuttle services available every 10 minutes (i might say it is less than 5 minutes wait) very efficient indeed. Room per night costs about HKD 1700. Do not convert to MYR =P





2. Princess makeover at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.
Cost us about 1800HKD per session. And again, Do.not.convert.to.MYR
[Day 1 and Day 4]







2. [Day 2]
Disneyland Park



Note: mama & adib naik carousel masa kakak n ayah naik flying dumbo hehe








3. [Day 3]
Yes we took 2-days park pass because we thought 1 day is not enough. But apparently, 2 days are not enought too. 








Okay pretty a sum up of our day huh.
Ok i'll make a decent post next time.


Mama to SaraAdib

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Sara the Brainees :)

[PART 1]

2016
This is the final year Sara in BrainyBunch Semenyih. Time flies. My little girl is going to finish her preschool life soon. Being the state of mom, I realize how important the childhood (read:preschool) moments for my daughter to reminisce when she's grow up. I hope she will always remember her childhood experience and those happy moments she had especially during her preschool years. Alhamdulillah, as parents we are beyond happy knowing that she's having a great time at BBIM and honestly we never, not even once, regretted our decision of sending her off to BBIM. It is a wise decision indeed. Alhamdulillah.

Her aunties took loads and bunches of pictures of Sara and her friends during her years in BBIM. I am still keeping all of them because I love them. Who doesn't love seeing their kid's in action? Especially when they are away from us? I just love all her pics. Credit to the aunties.

Worrying I might lose those photos, so I think I should keep them all. Not just in phone, laptop (I have no confident with gadget I'm afraid I might lose them) so I choose to keep them in my blog instead. And my other plan is to create an email for Sara so I can write to her, send her pictures and videos and when she's 12, I will handover the email and password to her. I'm sure she will be pretty amazed! Sara kan loves suprises. :)

Okay enough of rambling. Here's the compilation of photos. I guess some of them are 2015's.

From the latest (Oct 2016: Doing Art)



Math class with Aryana

Arts
Precious moment. Get together with bff. Aunty Ain took both of them to KFC for lunch after extra class on  Sat 22.10.16

Extra class


Merdeka Day Celebration at school 2016
Dapat present from aunties sbb dpt jawab soalan quiz

Art. yes she loves art

Exam for 6 y.old (English)

Exam (math) SEP 2016

yuuuhuuuuuuuu exam is over

My battery is running low. Will continue in Part 2.