Road Trip Around The City

It was 6am on a beautiful Sunday morning. I am usually not awake yet at this hour on weekends, but that day was an exception. My daily routine mainly revolves around indoor activities with my children, so it’s great to have something to do outdoors once in a while. We had made plans to have a picnic at Putrajaya Botanical Garden and proceeded to prepare our food and drinks in a picnic basket that morning.


I love that the Honda CR-V’s boot space is large and spacious! We managed to pack everything in the boot, together with the girls’ bicycles.




Our next activity involved animal petting at Farm In The City. Even if it is short distance, travelling with young children can be pretty challenging but I like that the Honda CR-V has all that my family needs in one car. To make the car ride even more enjoyable, I played our favourite songs from my iPhone, thanks to the built-in USB port.

The animals in Farm in the City are free to roam in their own enclosures and my girls really enjoyed feeding and touching the animals. They even get to do a little bit of ‘longkang’ fishing and ride on a pony!








After that, we went to the newly opened shopping centre in Cyberjaya, D’Pulze for lunch. We discovered an indoor playground for kids and after about 2 hours of jumping around and diving into the ball pits, it was time to head to our last destination of the day.

We took the girls to Putra Square in Putrajaya for a bicycle ride. It was such a great spot for family activities with a breathtaking view of the Putra Mosque.




At the end of our road trip, we were quite surprised that our tank was still half full as we only pumped RM50 of fuel. My husband was pretty sure that the ECON mode that he used has helped to improve the fuel efficiency - all the more reason to love this car.

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Ariani Lebaran 2015

Salam Ramadhan all!

It’s the third day of Ramadhan today. Alhamdulillah, so far so good. But time flies so fast, huh. It felt like I just wished you guys happy new year last month… and suddenly half a year has passed! Let us strive to make the most of this Ramadhan so that it doesn’t slip away just like that.

Anyway, a few days before Ramadhan, I attended Ariani Lebaran Fashion Show at Mandarin Oriental KL. It was my second time attending Ariani’s fashion show and I was looking forward to it because their events are always so big and grand.


IMG_6505My sister and I at their photobooth, just outside the Grand Ballroom



IMG_6441Love the Moroccan theme. Everything is so bold and bright!

This year’s event was even more extravagant as Seri Paduka Baginda Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanky Sultanah Hajah Haminah was there, as well as other important guests including Toh Puan Datuk Seri Utama Hajah Majimor binti Sharif, Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil and Datin Seri Hamidah Khamis.




IMG_6458And then there’s us, with Shea. Hehe

IMG_6469With the rest of the bloggers. I’m pretty sure you know who is who!

Ariani has been in the Muslimah fashion industry for 8 years now, with various tudung choices for all ages. This year’s fashion show showcased over 40 designs from their ‘Graceful Lebaran’ and ‘Lavish Lebaran’ collections. These collections feature lots of plain and printed shawls in vibrant colors, as well as pastel hues. Lace, Swarovski crystals and embellishments add a touch of luxe in their ‘Lavish Lebaran’ collection.








TDP_5902They also have telekung collection now






Those beautiful jubahs and dresses you see on the models are some of Ariani’s ready-to-wear collection, which they had just launched recently. They are all affordably priced, and best part is, they are now available online at

Yes guys, you can now shop for Ariani at the comfort of your home! Yay to more online shopping choices! #iloveonlineshopping

Superhero Moment

There’s something magical that happens when you enter motherhood. Suddenly, BAM! Your inner superhero revealed herself. All the “powers” you never knew you possessed just sprang into action!

Ok, so we may not be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, or fight crimes on the street, or save thousands of people from atomic explosions, but we moms sure have our own super powers!

Don’t believe me?

Well as moms, we have so many responsibilities and we also hold so many job titles. We are the chef, the caretaker, the housekeeper, the chauffeur, the alarm clock, the teacher, the nurse, the handyman, the nutritionist, the laundry maid, the personal assistant, the photographer, the life coach, the event planner, the therapist, the wardrobe stylist, the personal shopper, and the list goes on. Sometimes we even do a few things at once. I mean, who else can feed the baby, reply an email and talk on the phone all at the same time? Heck, we can even go without sleep for days! I think that is some kind of a superhero power. *blows nails*




But what amazes me the most is the supersonic hearing that God has given to us moms (that, and the unconditional love we have for our kids even when they drive us crazy!).

You know, before becoming a mom, I was a very heavy sleeper. Alarms don’t wake me up, nor the loud banging on the door. My mom used to joke that even an earthquake won’t wake me up (it’s that serious)!

But now that I’m a mom, things have changed. I have changed. I have now become super alert and I can even hear the sound of a cry or a thud in the middle of the night, from the other room, with my supersonic hearing. It’s like a miracle! It must be a mom thing.

I am convinced that our alertness and strength may double or even triple when our children are in distress. It’s like we have a telepathic power that can sense when things are not right or something.

Like the other day, I was awaken by a faint sound from my kids’ room at around 3 o’clock in the morning. I went to check on them and saw my eldest child was shivering. I felt her forehead and sure enough she was burning up with fever. Turns out, she had tonsillitis and her temperature was quite high (39°C). 

I don’t think I really slept during those nights when my child was sick. I think I woke up every hour to check if her temperature spiked again, or whether she was breathing fine, or if she was too cold, or whether she needed a drink because she kept telling me her throat felt hot. And then came morning, I had to do my usual routine despite having a headache and backache from lack of sleep. Headache or not, mom duty must still go on (thank God for Panadol Actifast, an instant headache relief)!


IMG_3503Lunch in bed because she was too weak to move around.

Being a superhero mom is not about being a perfect mom. There’s no such thing! It’s about doing the best that you can for your children. Whether it’s looking after a sick child, or killing a cockroach with your bare foot to “save” your children from it (I cannot believe I actually did that – once), or fixing broken dolls, we are all superheroes in the eyes of our children.

We might not be anything to someone else, but to our children, we are everything!

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

I just started my day with the most delectable chocolate treat – Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding.

I can’t believe how good it was. So creamy and dreamy, and it’s secretly super healthy. Who doesn’t love that!




Chia seeds, as we all know, have been in the “superfood” limelight for the past few years because of its amazing nutrient density and health benefits. I usually just toss chia seeds in my protein shake and chug away, but this morning, I decided to try something new.

This recipe has been in my to-try list for months now (along with other yummy healthy recipes which I have yet to try) and I finally gotten around to do it. Not that it was hard or anything, it was actually very simple. No cooking required! (Don’t you just love that? hehe).




Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding.

1 1/2 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
1/3 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
5 tbsp pure Maple syrup (or you can substitute with honey)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)

Blend all the ingredients in a blender. Pour mixture into a jar, cover it, and leave it in the refrigerator overnight.

Serve pudding with your desired toppings (berries, bananas, kiwi, mango, pomegranate seeds, nuts, seeds, cacao nibs, dried cranberries, raisins, Greek yogurt, etc).

I had my pudding with strawberries, toasted pecans and desiccated coconut.


IMG_6008I do not know how many calories is in this pudding, but let’s just pretend that it’s calorie free because it’s healthy. Hehe (I got the spoon on Etsy, by the way)


Moms + Kids Private Shopping Event

The other day, Uniqlo held a private shopping event for mommy bloggers at Fahrenheit88. Ahhh… shopping. Just hearing the word gives me a jolt of excitement! :D

You probably know how much I love dressing up my girls and shopping for their clothes. I just love organizing and coordinating them into adorable little outfits. I think I’m a little obsessed, hence the #ayrarainalookbook on Instagram! :D

There was a mini contest on our social medias prior to the event, where participants need to answer 2 simple questions and 2 lucky winners will be chosen to join the private shopping event with RM200 shopping vouchers each! How fun is that?!




 IMG_4473With one of my winners, @bellatrixue, who’s actually my ex-schoolmate in Taiping! When I found out she was one of the winners, I was like OMG I cannot believe it! Haha.

Anyway, Uniqlo opened their store extra early that day (8.30 am) just for us so that we can have the store all to ourselves before it opens to public. Felt so special. Hehe.

The first thing we saw when we went up to the kids’ section was this – balloon station!


IMG_4193This aunty is so “terer”. You can request for any balloon shapes; she can make it for you.
Flower, magic wand, heart shape, butterfly, lady bug, dog, bike, gun, sword, even Elmo! (Wonder if she can make balloon shoes too)


IMG_4194Ayra wanted a magic wand…


IMG_4191Nakisha’s girl got a butterfly. How cute is that?!


IMG_4202They also set up a photo booth with props.


And then the shopping began!

To be honest, that was my first time shopping for my kids at Uniqlo. I never really bothered to check out their kids collection before because I’m used to shop at my girls’ regular brands, which are mostly online from US. All I can say is, I’m definitely going to shop here again for my kids, especially their tees.

Ooohh their tees!

If you’re looking for cute and comfy daily wear tees for your kids, just go to Uniqlo. Seriously, they have so many selections of tees and tops, and they are so affordable (RM29.90 – RM39.90)!

Their most popular range is the UT graphic t-shirts. They even collaborated with Disney Project (they have Frozen tees!), Snoopy, Sanrio (Hello Kitty), author Leo Lionni, Mr. Men and Little Miss series, and Michael Bastian collection.





IMG_4306These are the Steteco (for boys) & Relaco (for girls) collection, which are shorts in the cutest prints! They are so light and comfy, which can be worn as loungewear or even outdoor.


IMG_4230Having a hard time deciding which printed cropped pants to get for Ayra. I finally let her choose herself (she chose pink, of course)





IMG_4477Uniqlo, you guys want new kids models?


IMG_4355…coz you know, these two just love the camera (or at least mommy’s camera) hehe.


IMG_4370The event ended with brunch at Dome


IMG_4479With the other winner, @homelivingshop.
(Thanks for the gifts! My girls love the pink vespa thingy and said it was perfect for their dolls LOL)


So… here’s what I got for my girls – something chic and comfy!

For Ayra, I got her a white cardigan, navy blue top with ruffled hem and printed cropped pants; and for Raina, a pink cardigan, blue gingham top and white leggings. Apparently, you can get a lot with RM200 at Uniqlo!


IMG_4838Pink, white and blue #gengsilangkaki


I find Uniqlo sizing runs big – or maybe my girls are just so petite! For reference, Ayra, who is almost 7, wore the smallest size for cropped pants (for 4-5 years). Raina’s leggings is from baby/toddler section (size 90, which is supposed to be for 24 months baby! LOL). And those cardigans that they are wearing? They are also from toddler section - Ayra wore size 100 (3-4 years) and Raina wore size 90 (24 months). Hahaha! But whatevs, as long as the clothes fit well, right.

What I like most about Uniqlo clothing (besides the affordable price) is the variations. Each piece of clothing comes in a few other colors or prints and I really like that because, you know, when you like something, you just want to get it in every single color and print! Like that top with ruffled hem that Ayra is wearing, it also comes in other colors – white, grey, red and something else (can’t remember already). I really like that top and I think it’s perfect for layering and dressy enough to be worn on it’s own. I’m so gonna get more! I also like those cardigans because they’re lightweight (like t-shirts material) which is perfect for our hot weather. And yes, it comes in other colors as well.

Thank you Uniqlo for this fun shopping experience! We surely had a great time and my girls love their new outfits :)