Thursday, August 28, 2014

We are family, Happy 57th Day, Malaysia!

InsyaAllah, in 3 days time we will celebrate our 57th Independence Day. Although it's been a long time since I last joined the crowd and watched the parade at Dataran Merdeka (Merdeka/Independence Square), the patriotic side of me is still thick, deep within. I always look forward for 31st August each year and will make a point to watch the parade on TV instead.... 



A proud Malaysian I am :)



Among all the adverts that are currently showing on TV and social media in regards to the coming Independence day, Maxis (the previous company I've worked with) advert won my heart the most. I just love how simple and straightforward the clip is, but at the same time it carry a big message to all Malaysian out there; the multi-racial harmony of us as a big family. It's funny, and it's sooo us! It's sooo Malaysian! 


Good job, Maxis! Thumbs up! :)






and to all lovelifecompletely readers, 


"Your family is larger than you think. Selamat Hari Merdeka, Malaysia!"

:)

Love,


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

3rd Eid: The Outdoor Pleasure


Ever since my other half was confined at home due to chickenpox, we did not go anywhere during the 1st week of Eid. Pity of the kids for staying at home so long (we've stayed at home most of the weekends since Ramadhan because of Faaz), and since my husband has already went into the recovering stage, we've decided to go out on the 3rd Eid...




We chose to have a picnic at a lake because we knew not many people will be there because of Eid and public holiday for Eid is only for 2 days. I woke up very early in the morning and prepared nasi lemak for our picnic-lunch menu that day but my husband woke up quite late that day...so we ended up having lunch at home instead and postponed the picnic later that evening (during tea-time). :P





Since we have just did our groceries shopping a week before Eid, we have a huge stock of snacks so I packed some of it (yogurts, drinks, biscuits, crackers, and chocolates) and brought it together for our simple picnic that evening. We went to Taman Tasik Shah Alam, which is about 14km away from our house.



It was indeed almost empty and it was only us when we arrived at the park. So we quickly chose a spot, set up the mat and the food stuff before Faaz and his daddy started to kick the football they brought along. 






Falisya and me went for a short sightseeing, while Faiqa refused to join any of the activity. The minute she saw I unpacked the food stuff, she sat down on the mat and started requesting for food (she's the food lover in our family, btw...just like her mommy *blush* :D). She couldn't be bothered to join us at all, not until she finished off her meals..hahaha!



"I don't care, I won't get up until I finished off my yogurt and snacks, mommy"




Falisya came to visit her twins, but failed to convince her to left the mat :P



It was fun to see that the kids especially enjoyed being outdoor after quite sometime confined in the house. They ran, they jumped, they played with each other with laughters...blessed!







Since me and my husband loves photography, we brought along our digital cammie (which we did not use that often since we have iPhone :P) and the tripod. It was time to explore the camera again and at the same time brushing off our photography skills...






I just love this shot of my happy boy jumping :)




But my best shot was this candid. Unfortunately, it's not using the digital camera but my iPhone..hehe :D I just loved how Faiqa had a big laugh when she saw her own photo from the cammie screen :)





Me and my twin (not-so) babies. Thanks Sayang for this photo! :)


Since we brought along the tripod, we took the chance to snap some family photos, which surprisingly turned out quite well since the kids were looking and smiling to the camera. I guess the environment did help to cheer them up and brought the mood :) Here are some of our personal favourite shots...








Right before we went back home that evening, hubby spotted a huge tortoise swimming in the lake and it quickly catches the kids attention. I think they spent like 5 minutes at the bridge admiring and watched the tortoise while I packed our stuff to bring back home.




It was indeed a fun outing for all of us, and we were so glad that the kids enjoyed it. Should do this more often I guess :)

Love,


 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Low Key Eid (2014)

Assalamualaikum and Hello to my dear readers,


How are you? I hope you are in the pink of health, insyaAllah. I hope it's not too late for me to wish my dear Muslim Brothers and Sisters...


Eid Mubarak 1435 Hijrah and Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Maaf Zahir &; Batin. Taqabbalallaahu minna wa minkum :)



With humbleness and sincerity, I hope you can forgive my wrongdoings either through words, speech or my actions. I'm sorry if I have offended any of you as long as we know each other, personally or virtually.



Hope all of you had a great time with your loved ones during the Eid :)




This year, first Eid was celebrated in a very low key for me and my nucleus family. My husband got a chicken pox a week before Eid, as soon as my son Faaz recovered from it during the Ramadhan. Since he had to be quarantine for 2 weeks, we only celebrated Eid at home. No balik kampung to my grandmother's house in Johor like every year, no visiting the relatives, no open house...tsk! dugaan...




Frankly speaking, it's quite sad actually. Especially when I got the news on the eve of Eid that my beloved Tok Mak was warded that midnight. Only God knows how worried I was! Alhamdulillah, she finally being discharged by the 3rd Eid and currently resting at her crib. It's such a relieved to see her smiles again when my cousins sent me her photos resting at home. Love you and miss you Tok Mak. Get well soon, aaminn! Hope to see you in few more weeks, insyaAllah :)





Despite that, we made a point to have a small celebration of the 1st Eid at home for the sake of our children. Alhamdulillah, Faaz Naqi had his first Eid prayer this year, dah besar anak mommy! (:





Faaz Naqi posed before he went to the mosque for prayer



Me and Faiqa, the last ones to get ready...
anak dara sorang ni susah tul nak bangun pagi :P


And it was the first Eid that I solely prepared the Eid dishes for my family (usually I'll be the co-chef or the helper only, now dah naik pangkat, ahaks! :P). Among the menu that I prepared was my favourite and must have dish to eat with Ketupat; Sambal Goreng Jawa and Tomato Rice with Ayam Masak Merah as requested by my hubby. Wanted to prepare Rendang Ayam cili padi (the Rembau style) but my MIL already prepared Beef Rendang (and Kuah Kacang)...




Sambal Goreng Jawa


Tomato Rice


Ayam Masak Merah



Acar Jelatah



My Falisya, waiting for her Daddy to come back from the prayer :D



As soon as the men (Papa, hubby and Faaz) came back from the mosque, we had our Eid meals before proceed to the hall for the forgiveness ritual (the young ones come to the elders and seek forgiveness).




My Eid staple food...nyums! I can eat this same menu for 3-4 days!
(I'm not a fan of Kuah Lodeh, fyi)


After the session, we had a simple photography session with the help of our tripod (we are not a fan of monopod...maybe not yet :P). If last year we went for color blocking (royal blue + yellow) - refer here, this year we went for monochrome + chili red :)



My girls in peplum kurung :)



My children with their Nana & Nani
:)



With my in-laws :)


This year, it was only us and my in-laws. My brother in-laws family quarantine themselves in their house since all my nephews were also down with chicken pox and my sister in-laws family spent the Eid away...



When it comes to our family photo, as usual it was ain't easy...there's always at least one not looking so here are few shots that we had that morning before me and hubby got fed up. LOL! Sampai gambar berdua pun takde, tsk!



Take 1: only hubby was ready :P




Take 2: Falisya looked away, Faaz had his cheeky grin :P



Take 3: Faiqa looked away, Faaz still had his cheeky grin :P


Apart from the chicken pox, we also celebrated our Eid in a moderate way as we are truly sadden with the #MH17 incident and the Gaza attack. May Allah grant strength to the families affected and let us keep on praying and helping the Palestinian especially, as much as we can (through prayers, donations, boycott, etc.). Let's get united in the name of humanity...


Love,
 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Food For Soul: Powerful Tips For Last 10 Nights of Ramadhan



(Repost and sharing from @ramadhanreminders)


1. Do not let your 'performance' until now affect your last 10 days. The moment of forgiveness could be today or anytime in the coming days! It is not all lost! If you sincerely wish it could have been better - Chin up and get ready to make it your best yet! Start with a positive, sincere intention! 




2. Today, take a little time to read the Tafseer of Surah al-Qadr to understand what actually happens this night! You will feel its power & greatness so much more! 



3. Do not wait for the 27th Night to give it your "all". The entire last 10 days should be your target. Stay up each night! Would you want to miss Laylatul Qadr even "by chance"? 



4. Do not fall into any innovations/celebrations any masjid or culture might try to promote. Follow the Sunnah! The Prophet (sallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam) guided us simply: "Whoever stays up and prays on Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.”  


5. Memorize and keep asking the dua' taught by Rasulullah (sallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam): Allaahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibb al-‘afwa fa’affu ‘anni (O Allaah, You are forgiving and You love forgiveness, so forgive me). 


6. Prepare a short dua' list. Remember this is as awesome as it ever gets for a servant of Allah! The Night of Qadr, of Destiny! Consciously pick each and everything you crucially wish for in this dunya, in your deen, family, and in your aakhirah! Don't forget to include the brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering and in grief


7. Take brief naps during the day, if possible. Keep your stomach light and sleep as soon as you have prayed 'isha. Do not delay! After a brief nap, refresh yourself and get. ready for worship. 


8. Don't neglect your family! Rasulullah made it a point to wake up his wives throughout these nights! And yes, your children are not too young to stay up some part of the night - if they can be allowed to play video games or watch TV, they can be inspired to be up at least for sometime! Prepare them, make them excited, plan some activities for them to do!





9. Look the Part: The way we dress and prepare.has a big effect on our psychology. Wear your best, perfume yourself, and feel the energy! 



10. Choose a spot, whether in the Masjid or in your home, where you can have peace and solitude. Keep your mushaf, praying mat, and water at hand so that you are not distracted by constantly getting up for this or that. 



11. IMP: This is not the night to tweet pics or update FB statuses about how amazing the night is and how you are feeling & worshipping Allah! Let that be a secret between you & your Rabb! So switch off those phones, wifi, laptops and computers. Disconnect with the world, and connect with al-'Afuww! 



12. If you find yourself feeling sleepy, vary your acts of worship. Alternate between qiyaam, heartfelt dua'a, reading the Qur'an. Do not spend the night listening to lectures or recitations. Or do it only for a short while when you feel the sleep coming on! 



13. Patience is the Key: The last 10 days might be tiring. You might still have work or school. This is the time to bear all that hardship, and keep firm sabr. Think how Allah has blessed you with this tremendous opportunity that might NEVER come again in your life again. If you knew for sure that this was your last Ramadan , if you knew certainly that Jannah was up for grabs, wouldn't you sprint for it no matter what it takes? 



14. This is most important: Keep husn adh-dhann bi Allah (good expectations from Allah). When you ask, remember you are asking the Most Generous King. If you hope for the best, He will give you the best. Don't hold back. Trust in Him, pour out your heart in front of Him, and let no doubt, no barrier, no evil thoughts keep you away from ar- Rahman, ar-Raheem! Allahumma ballighna laylatal qadr..

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Great Scott Calorie Light Challenge: Baked Oatmeal Chicken Fingers

Scott, one of the famous household brands in Malaysia has recently introduced the brand-new Scott Calorie Light, which is the pioneer kitchen towel with superior oil absorbency and proven to reduce calorie intake.





We the Malaysians are well known for the loves of food and we all knew the fact that most of our favourite local delicacies are high in calorie consumption (since most of it are fried food! :p) so thank God for this Fiber-Tech technology! :)



Scott Calorie Light Premium Towel has been tested by independent party and result shown that it reduce calorie intake from fat by an average of 25% by just using 3 sheets to soak up the excess oil from food such as fried chicken before serving *applause*



When Scott Malaysia invited me to join the "Great Scott Calorie Light Challenge" for bloggers, I quickly said "YES". I wanted to experience and see the outcome by myself on this premium kitchen towel. All I have to do is to share my creative version of a fried chicken recipe, using the Scott Calorie Light premium towel.



Since my son Faaz is currently on abstinence and he can't take any fried food, I decided to prepare and share the recipe of simple Baked Oatmeal Chicken Fingers, another version of Fried Oatmeal Chicken Fingers that I always cooked for him. 


Baked Oatmeal Chicken Fingers



Ingredients:

1 Chicken breast (skinless), cut into strips
4-5 cloves of garlic
1 bowl of instant oatmeal
1 cup of fresh milk
Mc Cormick Steak Spice
Crushed Black Pepper
Salt
Few spoons of cooking oil
Scott Calorie Light kitchen towel



Method:

1. Cut the chicken breast into strips and wash it with some flour and rinse.



2. Crushed the garlics to become a paste (I like to use the traditional method using the "lesung", and I like the garlic texture to be not too fine).




3. Next, marinate the chicken with the garlic paste, steak spice powder, salt and pepper. Set aside for at least 30 minutes.



4. Meanwhile, season the oatmeals as well with salt, pepper and steak spice powder. Mix it well and set aside.



5. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 200 degrees for 15 minutes. Dip each chicken strips into the fresh milk and coat it with the oatmeals. You can do this process twice for double coat. Repeat this step for all chicken strips.




6. Place the chicken strips in a baking tray and drizzled it with some cooking oil. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, depending on your oven. Best to cook until the chicken turn brownish.



7. Drain the chicken strips with Scott Calorie Light kitchen towel to remove the excess oil before serving.


Although I used minimal oil for this chicken fingers, I can still see oil trace when I drained the chicken strips onto the kitchen towel. Amazing!



The final outcome, my healthy version of Fried Oatmeal Chicken Fingers :)




Faaz had his first bite as soon as I served the oatmeal chicken fingers. Glad he loves the baked version as much as the fried version. It's ok son, once you are well and out of abstinence, you can enjoy your fried oatmeal chicken fingers again. Mommy have less worry on fried food now that mommy have Scott Calorie Light with me!! ;)


p.s: The new Scott Calorie Light Premium Towels is available at major supermarkets, hypermarkets and provision stores nationwide at the recommended retail price of RM6.20 for two rolls and RM14.90 for 6-roll packs (West Malaysia) and RM6.80 for two rolls and RM16.40 for 6-roll packs (East Malaysia)


Love,