Sun, Sand and Sea(food)

Went for buka puasa at Aroma Ikan Bakar in Jeram yesterday. Not the best seafood place I’ve ever been to, but for the past few weeks we’ve been having iftar at malls and hotels (besides at home of course), so it was a nice change of view and venue. Sun, sand and sea! The kids enjoyed it the most.

 

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IMG_8909Hubs and his bffs. They’ve been friends for more than 15 years and still hang out almost every week! Sheesh.
(I’m secretly jealous coz I don’t even get to hang out with my friends once a month)

 

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Can’t believe we have less than 2 weeks to enjoy this holy month. Let’s make the most of every remaining days guys, especially the last 10 nights of Ramadan!



A week of weddings

Tis the season to get married, fa la la la la, la la la laa…

Aahhhh… Finally, I can sit down and update my blog.

These past few weeks have been a little hectic for my family, mostly involving my little sister‘s wedding preparations (and parties which I will blog about soon), hence the lack of blog updates.

Last week was the busiest week – we had 5 wedding events to attend (6 actually, had to miss one). Can you imagine five weddings! And because they were all family weddings, we had to dress up according to the theme colors. Peach, gold, yellow, light pink, dusty purple. Bankrupt aku! :P

Here are some photos from all the weddings. I don’t have the official ones, so these camera phone photos would just have to do for now.

1) My husband’s cousin’s nikah

Theme color: peach
I’m wearing a kaftan kurung top and batik skirt by Salikin Sidek, and satin shawl by Nawy Aris
My girls are wearing lace overlay dress from babyGap

2) My husband’s cousin’s reception

Theme color: gold
I’m wearing modern kurung by Nawy Aris and Tudung People Maysaa shawl

Flower girls! My girls kinda looked like woodland fairies (without wings), no? Hehe.
Their tulle dresses are from zulily.com, flower garland from Monsoon.co.uk and gold glitter ballet flats from Cotton On Kids.

With hubby’s aunt and cousins

3) My sister’s khatam Quran

The theme color was yellow but because it was on the same day as my hubby’s cousin’s wedding reception, I decided not to make/buy any baju and just wear the gold one. Gold and yellow almost the same whattt. Heh.

4) My sister’s akad nikah

Theme color: light/dusty pink

Sah sekali lafaz, alhamdulillah

With Wani’s friend, who is now my friend too – Farhana. Thank you so much for helping out at all events!

I’m wearing Rizman Ruzaini modern kurung and Tudung People Maysaa shawl

My cannot-duduk-diam girls. They’re dresses are from Monsoon.co.uk and flower hairclips handmade by yours truly (which you can’t really see in this pic)

With Leen, Farhana and Fadd. Thanks for coming ladies!

5) My sister’s reception at Marina Putrajaya

Can’t believe she’s married! I still feel like she’s only 22 or something.

Theme color: dusty purple

Me and my preggy sister.
I’m wearing Mimpikita modern kurung and FleurMalaysia satin silk shawl

Had fun taking silly pics at the photo booth

Aww I love this pic. My parents bersanding atas pelamin, with my brother and sister as the pengapit!

So…. 5 down, 2 more to go!



Raya 2013

Selamat hari raya err… keempat belas! :D
Maaf zahir batin.

Sorry for the lack of updates. These past few weeks have been really exhausting for me.

We spent the first week of Raya at hubby’s kampung in Alor Setar this year. The journey to Alor Setar was smooth – took only about 4.5 hours. But balik KL was the total opposite. We were on the road for 11 hours, can you imagine? I think that’s the longest car journey I’ve ever experienced! But the girls weren’t cranky, thank God. They were super hyper for the first few hours (which is totally normal) and later slept throughout the rest of the journey. But other than the bad traffic, we actually enjoyed our little trip up North! Sambil beraya, sambil pergi jalan-jalan cari makan.

Of course my husband is the most excited one, and it’s mainly because of the food. He has a list of his “must makan food” when in Kedah. Nasi lemak Royale, mee Abu, nasi tomato Pak Ein, Jo cendul pulut, pasemboq, apa entah lagi. But the top of his list is nasi lemak Ali.

He had been raving about nasi lemak Ali even before we were married, telling me how out-of-this world that nasi lemak is, how there’s always a loooong queue and something about the kuah that makes it different than any other nasi lemak, blablabla. I just rolled my eyes. Haha. I mean, how different can kuah nasi lemak be? It’s either sambal sotong, sambal telur, sambal ikan bilis, sambal kerang or even rendang.

The first time he brought me to eat nasi lemak Ali was 5 years ago, when I was pregnant with my first child. I didn’t admit this but I was a little excited to finally get to taste this “famous” nasi lemak.

This is nasi lemak Royale, but they both look the same (Ali’s tastes better, IMO)

I remember how puzzled I was when the nasi lemak arrived. The rice was yellow like nasi minyak, with some sort of kuah kari… macam kuah nasi kandar. Didn’t look like nasi lemak at all.

“Dudeeee this is not nasi lemakkk!”.

“Yes it is. This is how nasi lemak in Kedah looks like. Cuba try”.

“But there’s no sambal”.

“Try aje”.

I did. I didn’t quite like it at that time and didn’t get why it’s called nasi lemak (I still don’t get it till now). The rice is not even cooked with santan!

But now I’m starting to like it. Even tho there’s no sambal, the gravy is spicy. I actually ate 5 bungus nasi lemak Ali/Royale sepanjang di Alor Setar recently, believe it or not! :P

The only thing I haven’t eaten this Raya is lemang. God I miss my late grandma’s homemade lemang.

Anyway, I hope you’re enjoying your Raya with your loved ones (and your favorite Raya food)! Lepas Raya, kita diet ok! :D



My Sister’s E-Day

You probably know from me and my sisters’ Instagrams that my sister just got engaged earlier this month.

Am not gonna blog much about it (let’s just wait for my sister’s update since it’s her day), but here are some photos taken on that day. Most of them were taken with my dropped-more-than-100-times iPhone, so please excuse the poor photo quality.

Bersedia untuk terbang :D

The glowing bride-to-be

My girls wore Gymboree aqua cascading tulle dress, Crazy8 flower hair clips and Accessorize sparkly bow shoes. They called this their Cinderella outfit.

 

 

Wedding dress and cake cookies in Tiffany blue. I didn’t get to taste any of them tho -__-

I wore my mum’s Rizman Ruzaini teal kurung top but the skirt is too short, I had to borrow my sister, Hanis’ skirt (also from Rizman Ruzaini). It’s a black skirt and altho you can’t really see the obviousness in this photo, it actually was that obvious! Sigh. Last minute punya hal >_<

Oh, and I forgot to wear lipstick -___-

The three of us. No, I’m not the shortest one; it’s just my sisters wore 6-inch heels and I only wore 5-inch!

There were photo props and backdrop – we had so much fun posing with ‘em!

Cousins

I work out! Soon! (yea right :P)

Ahem. Dato’ Sri

She’s SO gonna blog this! (I just did)

Umm…yeah, we’re married with kids

And my favorite of all…

I asked her to marry me… and I said, definitely YES! :D



The Big Three-O

Guys, I’m no longer in my 20s. *sobs*
I’m… I’m…. I’m 30!!

OMG.

I’m still in denial. I don’t feel like a 30-year-old lady to be honest (when I was younger, I imagined I’ll have 3-4 kids by the time I hit 30). I guess it takes a little bit of time to get used to it. I mean, I’ve been in my 20s for 10 years! :P

A day before my birthday (which was last Saturday), I went out with my sister and brother. Well initially it was supposed to be just me and my sister as we wanted to hunt for something to wear to a gala dinner (which I will blog soon). But my brother decided to join at the last minute and wanted to hang out for a bit, enjoying desserts.

Sorry guys, iPhone camera cropped your faces

We met at Bosphorus in Pavilion and had the best kunafa (kunefe) ever, that we ordered a second round. It was 10x better than Mado’s! We also ordered their rice pudding, which was nice too. But the kunafa is highly recommended.

And thennnn, my brother suddenly reached for a paper bag that was hiding under the table and passed it to me. It was my birthday present!

I opened it excitedly…

And behold… the YSL wallet that I’ve been eyeing for!

I actually knew what he was getting for me. I just didn’t know the color he chose, so it was still a surprise. I made a wish list days before my birthday and he asked what other stuff that are not on my wish list that I want (he said a bag would be too much to give to a sister and that he’d rather give it to his future girlfriend. Pffft. I’m jealous of his future girlfriend already, whoever she is!). So I told him I wanted a wallet (I was planning to get for myself). He told me to list down a few choices and he would pick the one he likes the most. Haha. And he chose this, my fave of all! Thank you, dear brother! You’re the best, even tho you didn’t get me the bag. Heh.

That midnight, my husband made a little surprise. I was fluffing the pillows, pulling the comforter, getting ready to go to bed and when I turned around, there he was, holding a birthday cake (I swear I saw him going to the bathroom earlier)! He and Ayra sang a birthday song and we ate the cake right there in our bedroom!

Ice-cream cake yum!

He let me choose which camera I wanted (2 sales person of different shops recommended the Olympus PEN camera, so I decided to get it). Finally, a smaller camera! I don’t have to lug around my bulky DSLR anymore! :)

The next day I went to Number76 salon in Bangsar. I was invited to try out their service and was very pleased with it. I had a haircut, a scalp treatment and had my hair curled (just the bottom part) for the first time! Oh, they have a section that is covered up with curtains for Muslimah and Bangsar is the only branch that has it.

Love the vintage-y deco

With Amy, the hairstylist. Go ask for her if you wanna come here.

My head felt sooo much lighter after having this treatment. Apparently it’s the only one in Malaysia and only available at Number76 salon!

Lunch at Alexis. I’m wearing a scarf I bought at Giant Putra Heights, Mimpikita <3 FV jacket, Mango top and jeans, Lovisa necklace and Aldo wedges.

My girls wearing babyGap dresses. So hard to find nice green dresses for little girls!
Raina is wearing Old Navy jelly sandals and Ayra is wearing H&M Kids flower sandals.

I still can’t believe I’m 30 already. Huwaaa….