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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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