I pledge to…

Remember the AIG Pledge for Tomorrow contest?
Well, I managed to fulfill it!

My mom is a really good cook (and I’m not just saying that because she’s my mom – she really is!), and she had been wanting to pass down her cooking skills and recipes to me ever since I graduated university. I think I have only managed to learn about 3 recipes from her (I was a little busy back then; you know, what with work, then got married and have kids. I just couldn’t find the time) – and that is why for this AIG contest, I pledged to cook with my mom and have meals together. Better late than never!

Anyways, we spent last weekend at my parents’ place after about 3 weeks of not seeing them. The only time we are able to visit them is on the weekend and public/school holidays. But it depends on our schedules too. Sometimes my parents are away on outstation trips (my dad is a busy man) or sometimes we have things to settle, so we had to postpone our visit to a later date. It’s a good thing my parents live only 30 minutes drive away from us!

They were both at home last weekend, so we decided to come over for lunch. We came a little bit early so I could help my mom to prepare my favourite dishes, just like old times. We made lauk kampung, and mom taught me the step-by-step – from the ingredient preparations to cooking them. (Now I know why my sambal tumis always didn’t turn out good – should have waited until “naik minyak” before adding the air asam jawa! Hehe).


IMG_5867Preparing the ingredients for sambal tumis udang.


IMG_5893Helping her to season the kuah. “Always, always taste your dishes!”, she said. Yes mommy.


IMG_5926Our lunch spread: Ayam goreng berempah, masak lemak tempoyak pucuk ubi, sambal tumis udang, kerabu taugeh, ikan masin and ikan bakar with kuah asam. Soooo delicious, I had 3 plates of rice!



The girls were excited too. They are always excited to come to their Atok and Wan’s place. So manja, especially with my mom. Sheeshhh! #noimnotjealous :P

We talked and laughed at dinner, updated each other about whatever that’s happening in our lives. It felt good to hang out and spend time with them. Even tho we text like every day on our family Whatsapp group, it still feel more special when you actually see and talk in person.


Have you made your pledge and fulfilled it?

You can still join the contest even after the Fulfill Your Pledge Day, as the contest ends on 30th November. Remember to upload your photo on your Instagram and include this hashtag #pledgefortomorrow, and make sure that your Instagram account status is set to public. Who knows, maybe you and your family could be one of the 5 lucky winners to win either one of these 3 prizes!

  1. High tea session at a 5-star hotel
  2. A family trip to Bukit Gandah Elephant Sanctuary
  3. A family cooking session with Le Cordon Bleu trained chef

Log on to www.pledgefortomorrow.com for more info.

Stay tuned to my blog and Instagram on the 21st November as I will be revealing a special treat for you!

Pledge for Tomorrow

I love this photo of my family.


Just us siblings and our parents together and no one else….

Okay, and my bro-in-law. Well, it was taken a few years ago, the day he married my sister, so of course he had to be in it :P.

My point is, I love it when the whole family gets together – be it at family gatherings, weddings, dinner or just hanging out. Because it rarely happens, now that we are all married and have our own little family. We tend to spend less time with them because we are busy with our own life.

Now that I’m a parent myself, I’m starting to understand everything that they have done for me – the cans and cannots, curfews and all. It may all have seemed a little cruel to me back then, but now I understand why they did that. I guess being a mother teaches you a lot of things, and one of them is appreciating your own parents.

Sometimes I miss being a kid. I miss having my mom and dad around. I miss having my mom cook my favourite dishes every day. I miss going holiday together. Sigh. Those good ol’ days.



AIG is having a contest where they want to encourage participants to make a pledge to spend more time with their parents. I think it is a very good initiative from the company to do activities like this that reminds us to be good to our parents.

Here’s what you need to do to join the Pledge for Tomorrow:

  1. Make a pledge to spend more time with your parents.
  2. Fulfil your pledge and take a photo of your special moment with your parents.
  3. Upload your photo to your Instagram with hashtag #pledgefortomorrow.

There will be 5 winners selected and each winner will be able to enjoy a lovely day with 9 other family members at one of these 3 family outings:

  1. High tea session at a 5-star hotel
  2. A family trip to Bukit Gandah Elephant Sanctuary
  3. A family cooking session with Le Cordon Bleu trained chef

Contest runs from 7th October till 30th November 2015. For more info about the contest, log on to www.pledgefortomorrow.com.

As for me, I pledge to visit my parents at least twice a month, and to cook together with my mom for the family, just like the old days – where my mom will be happily passing down all her knowledge as we cook, and the satisfied expression on my dad’s face when he tastes the food.


Let’s pledge to spend more time with our parents, people! It would mean the world to them :)

Raya 2015

Oh my God guys, I have totally forgotten about my blog – what with puasa, raya shopping, balik kampung and everything! Haha #worstbloggerever #doesanyoneevenreadblogsanymore #sorrytoomanyhashtags #canthelpit #iblameinstagram #okfineillstop :P

This year’s Raya is my husband’s turn so we went balik kampung Loqstaq a few days before Raya (4 days to be exact) and spent a week there. I don’t have any complaints (it’s always fun to go beraya in kampung IMO) except… THE JOURNEY BACK TO KL TOOK A FREAKING 12 HOURS! Sigh. Kalau naik kapal terbang dah boleh sampai Turki agaknya. Hehe.

My girls were fine tho, during the journey. No, they were more than fine. They were enjoying it! They spent the first 6 hours talking and singing and playing ponies non-stop, and the next 5 hours or so sleeping. I couldn’t sleep because I wanted to keep an eye on my husband, in case he dozed off or something (Nauzubillah), so you can imagine how super exhausted (and cranky) I was by the time we reached home, which was around 4am!


Screen Shot 2015-07-28 at 12.15.05 AMI guess it’s never boring when there’s ponies around ^_^


IMG_9050They spent almost every night playing bunga api in kampung. Reminded me of the times when I was small. Sigh #funtimes #sometimesimissbeingakid.


IMG_9272Pagi raya.
Saya nak mintak maaf kalau banyak sangat membebel. Pastu nak mintak bag LV lagi boleh? Heh.




IMG_9253I decided to wear something simple and “Kedahan”. Top and skirt both from Mimpikita, which I got from FashionValet (was lucky to grab that Rumi top even though it was a size bigger, because it was sold out so fast!)


IMG_9277My girls in these adorable little scallop bow kurungs from ButtonMyButtons. My favourite so far!


And last but not least, family photo!




(For more Raya pics, can just view my Instagram la ok #sopemalas).

I would like to take this opportunity to wish happy Eid Mubarak to all of you and I hope this Raya would bring an abundant of joy and happiness to you and your loved ones. Do forgive my wrongdoings and umm.. for also not updating my blog regularly. :|

Stay safe, people!

Raya 2014

It’s the 9th day of Raya today. I hope it’s still not too late to wish you guys selamat hari raya!

One of the things I like about Raya (besides the food and visiting family and friends) is seeing families in colour-coordinating Raya outfit. And now with Instagram, Facebook and whatnot, it gets even better! I was on a “Liking” spree on Instagram during the first few days of Raya, double tapping on every photo of Raya OOTD with family that I saw on my feed.

So here’s our family’s Raya OOTD. Hehe.


IMG_9618Shades of mint, aqua and green


IMG_9613My girls in kurung Kedah from Littlenista (DNA at Setia City mall). Totally a last minute purchase!

IMG_9546My favourite Raya dish has got to be my mum’s lontong.

We celebrated Raya in KL this year. On the morning of Raya, we had our customary “bermaafan” session with the whole family in the living room. My parents would sit on the sofa and they would start the session first – mum salam and seek forgiveness from dad and vice versa. Then it was our turn (the siblings) to salam and seek forgiveness from our parents, then sibling to sibling, and not forgetting the little cucus as well (of course they only salam to get their angpau). I love this tradition. I know we should always seek forgiveness from our parents but having a special day just for that makes it even more special and meaningful (and because sometimes we tend to forget to say sorry or we just do it over the phone/sms). Too bad both my sisters weren’t around on the first day of Raya (they still owe me an apology. Haha) so it was just me and my brother.




After saying my sorries to my dad, he said sorry too for any lack in the way he raised and brought me up. It almost teared me up. My dad is a very stern and strict man (he’s way cooler now tho hehe). We grew up with rotan and bulu ayam, and we’d be punished when we did something bad. But I get where he’s coming from and now that I’m a parent myself, I totally understand that he did the best way that he knew how. Plus, my dad (and mum) didn’t have a quick access to the internet on the best parenting style and parenting advise and whatnot at that time like we all do now, so everything he did was based on his upbringing, his beliefs and his best intuition on how to handle us.

My brother made a little forgiveness speech to my mum that must have touched her deeply that when he hugged her, she broke into tears. I don’t know how serious the mess he got himself into (kidding, kidding!) but it was such a touchy moment. Made me realize even more how important it is to have a strong family bond.

I would also like to take this opportunity to apologize to you, my dear readers and followers for my wrongdoings and if I have ever offended you in any ways through my writings, emails and everything. I hope you guys are enjoying this Raya with your loved ones, but let’s not forget our brothers and sisters in Gaza. Do make du’a for them and do our best to show our support. It’s so heartbreaking to read and see the gruesome news and photos of what’s happening there. May Allah bless them and grant them Jannah.

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.














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)




























IMG_8904Where’s my fish?


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!