Monday, December 22, 2014

POWER OF DOING GOOD


I've always like the idea of the reward system which has been introduced and practised by the Western society. I can see that this system has grown widely here in Malaysia too. To me, it is a fun and motivating system which can improves a child's behaviour and teach them how to take responsibility besides setting a focus on the positive things that your child do. 



But we are still staying with the parents, so it's a challenge for me to create a reward chart as we don't have a personal wall to stick it to begin with, and the kids (Faaz especially) is a bit pampered by the grandparents. But we are going to move out soon, insyaAllah...so I really I hope I can start to introduce this system to my children soon! *excited mode*



Speaking of reward system, Disney Junior has just launched a new website called; Disney Junior’s ‘Pirate and Princess: Power of Doing Good’ on 9th December 2014.



The Power of Doing Good campaign aims to introduce kids aged 2-7 to the idea and values of - caring for nature, animals, and helping others. This aim to empower preschoolers to participate in acts of service encouraged by parents and supported by the community.


I think this is a great campaign as Disney Junior is a well known kid's TV channel and it is proven that children are easily influenced by the characters or stories from their favourite cartoon shows! Besides that, this campaign is also supported by  WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), SPCA Singapore and Selangor, and Singapore Environment Council. This is a good start for children to learn from a young age to be aware and care for the environment, the animals and society. Isn't it great? :)



Two popular Disney Junior characters; Jake (from Jake and the Never Land Pirates) and Sofia (from Sofia the First) will take the kids on a journey of personal empowerment through the ‘Power of doing good’ campaign through this website. As a parent, all we need to do is to log on to the website here , and register your child:



Next, all you have to do mommies/daddies is to download fun activity sheets from the websites, from 4 different themes offered - Community, Animals, Nature and Storytelling and start the activity with your child!



Online badges and certificate are simple rewards offered to encourage your child to complete all the activity sheets and learn the ethos of doing good. In addition to this, you can also reward your child with their favourite toy, book or even favourite food for each online badges or certificate they collected...just a suggestion, if I may :)



I have tried it and oh my, not only me but my 5 year old son also liked it and pretty excited to complete it all! With internet and Disney Junior website, who needs a wall to stick a reward chart. Hehe... :D


There's 13 more days to go before the 2015 school session starts. Why not fill it with the power of doing good activities with your child? Not only your child will get the reward, you and your child too, insya Allah (with God's will) will get the reward for the hereafter (the pahala), simply by doing good to yourself, community and nature :)


Have fun exploring www.disneyjuniorpowerofdoinggood.com ! 

Love,








Monday, December 1, 2014

Frozen + Holidays? It's the Fa-la-la-lidays!!

Assalamualaikum and Hello everyone,


It's been a while since my fingers meet the keyboards. Hihi. Hope everyone miss me as much as I miss blogging :)


Time flies fast and without realizing, we already come to December 2014 which means; a year almost passed and it's the time for holiday season. For children especially, year end is the time they look forward to. No more school or homework but it's time for fun activities or holiday with the family. Blessed! Hihi. :)


I still remember, about a year ago, somewhere in the end of November, Frozen - the Disney animated movie was released and it has been a huge phenomenon since! Until today, I can see a lot of young girls still wearing their "Anna" and "Elsa" costume at the malls and a lot of Frozen merchandise and toys are still hot selling in the market :)




My twin girls are also a huge fan of the movie. I think we already watched it like more than 50 times now and yet, we can still enjoy it just like the first time we did :) 

My Falisya especially, loves to sing the famous OST of Frozen; Let It Go :)




Can you see the "passion" in my Princess Elsa wannabe? hihi :)


Parents, if your child LOVES the movie FROZEN so much, well I have a good news for you! :) In conjunction with the current holiday season, Disney Channel (Astro Channel 615) has bring the magical holiday season to you with a very special Frozen treat called the Fa-la-la-lidays Contest. You can even stand the chance to win a trip to Hong Kong Disneyland to meet Princess Anna & Princess Elsa plus winning other Frozen goodies!! Weeee!!! :)



Well, if that does not make you excited enough, why not you check  this special clip of Fa-la-la-lidays Contest ;)




What you and the kids should do to join the contest?


Ok, it's simple. From now until 14 December, tune in and watch the great shows lined up for you this month on Disney Channel (Astro Ch 615) and look out for the cool Frozen-themed contest questions.


Whether it’s counting the number of Olafs or the number of snowflakes, you wouldn’t want to keep your eyes off the screen because winners will be selected EVERY DAY to receive a very special Frozen gift pack. Best kan?! :)


In addition, every week during the campaign period, one lucky winner will win a trip for 4 people to Hong Kong Disneyland to meet Princess Elsa and Anna in person!


To find out more information, head over to: www.disneychannel-asia.com/holiday

Don’t miss the chance to have a magical Fa-la-la-liday experience on Disney Channel ok :)


Have a falala-liday week ahead everyone! 
Love,

Friday, November 7, 2014

Food For Soul: The Power of Bismillah






Once, long, long ago, there lived a pious man who often spoke about Islam to the people. One day, he was speaking about Bismillah (In the Name of Allah). He told the people that they would get a lot of reward for reading Bismillah before doing anything. 


There was a non-Muslim girl in the crowd. She loved what she was hearing so much, that she became a Muslim. Now, she also had a very good habit. She would say Bismillah before doing anything. It so happened that her father; who was not a Muslim found out that she now believed in one Allah. Oh! You can just imagine how very upset he was! 


You see, he was the King’s Minister and was afraid that people wouldn’t be too happy when they heard about this. In utter despair, her father tried to get rid of her. He went up to his daughter and gave her a ring. Now, this ring was a stamp that was used to seal all the King’s letters. Her father told her to keep the ring until he asked for it. She said Bismillah, took it and put it into her pocket. Later that night her father crept into her room and stole the ring. You’d never believe what he did next! He threw it into a nearby river! He was a very cunning man and his plan was to see what the King would do to his daughter.


Early the next morning, a fisherman arrived at the Minister’s house. He had brought him some fish as a gift. The Minister thanked the fisherman and told his daughter to prepare the fish. So, she read Bismillah and began to clean the fish. Imagine how surprised she was when she saw a ring inside the fish. At supper time, she served the fish to her father. 


Afterwards, he asked her to bring the ring. What did this girl do? Why, of course, she read Bismillah and took it right out of her pocket. It just didn’t make any sense to him at all. He sat down with his head in his hands and told her what he had done with the ring. He anxiously asked her where she had found it. She replied that while preparing the meal, she had found it in the fish’s stomach. Mentioning The name of Allah in your life will protect you from the doings of the Shaitan.


-shared from @ponderingmuslim via instagram-

Love,

Friday, October 17, 2014

Food For Soul : The Man & The Necklace


Assalamualaikum dear readers,



From today onwards, I would like to share with you inspiring stories from @ponderingmuslim on every Friday, on my "Food For Soul" section. Hope it awaken and incite you to be a better Muslim/Muslimah as much as I hope it will for me, insyaAllah... :)



JazakAllahu Khair to @ponderingmuslim for her kindness. I really appreciate it. May Allah reward your kindness my dear sister. You can also follow her intagram account here.






Ibn Aqeel Rahmatullah alayh was really poor, one day he was doing tawaaf around the kaaba and he spotted a necklace. Being a poor man, he was tempted to take it thinking that he'd be able to provide for himself and no one would even realise it's been taken, but fear of Allah stopped him. But now that he lifted the necklace he felt like he had to find out whom it belonged to. 



After announcing it to the people, a blind man approached saying it belonged to him.. He stopped for a moment and thought, 'the man's blind, i could easily walk away from him with the necklace and he wouldn't realise, he can't even see me so i wouldn't get caught' - But again the fear of Allah stopped him and he returned the necklace and made du'aa that Allah Ta'aala provides for Him.



He then reached a little village called hallaah, the people of the village noticed that a pious man has entered and so approached him saying their Imaam passed away and asked him to lead salaah, so He did, after salaah they asked him if he could be their new Imaam, he had nothing to lose, he'd be getting a place to stay as well as lots of thawaab, so he agreed. 



He settled down in the village and after some time, the people of the village asked him if he was willing to marry the previous Imaams daughter as the Imaam had written it in his will that His daughter be given to a pious man, he accepted and  soon noticed that his wife had on the same necklace that he found during tawaaf, he was really puzzled so questioned her and told her about the situation, she said the necklace was a gift given to her by her father.



Allah accepted both their duaa's, the poor man made du'aa Allah provides for him, and he was provided for in many ways and the father made du'aa at that point that "Oh Allah give my daughter a trustworthy husband like this man, and he was the one who married her"


Do good and good will come to you. -ponderingmuslim-


Love,


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Model Wannabe






Love,

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Celebrate Your Child Talent with Dugrostar™

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Dear readers,

Still remember my blogpost entitled, "Dugrostar™ - The Child Star Search"? If for adults we have the "Akademi Fantasia", Dugrostar™  is the platform for your child to showcase their talent which includes singing, dancing or playing musical instruments and win themselves attractive prizes while boasting up their self-confidence. Who knows it might be a platform for them to polish their talent to become a professional one day!



My dynamic duo who loves to sing and dance.
Errr... Spice Girls who???  Pinkie Pies in da house, yo!! :D
Well, with Dugrostar™ your child can be so much more! 
Parents, lets celebrate his/her talent, shall we?? :)




The last date for participation is this coming 12th October 2014; which means you have another 4 days to submit your entry/entries! So if you are a parent with child aged between three to six years AND six plus to 10 years, wait no more and submit your child's video in either these 3 simple steps!  



i. by uploading a video of your child’s performance at www.dugro.com.my



ii. by visiting select nationwide roadshows where live recordings can be made at the Dugrostar™ Recording Booth; or 

iii. by submitting the completed registration form with a recording of your child’s performance and mailing it to the address found on the registration form. 



If you ask me, within these 4 days the most convenient and fastest way to submit your entry/entries is via step 1.


Let me guide you how k... :)


Firstly, log in to http://www.dugro.com.my




Click on “Pendaftaran” and then “Borang” as per below:



Fill in form below:




For lovelifecompletely.blogspot.com readers,  key in YOUR Unique Code given in the space highlighted below BEFORE submitting the video under “Fail Video” and press “Hantar".
(the code is: HH0008   so don't forget k!!)




You  will be notified via SMS or email if you or they have successfully uploaded the video submission, within one (1) week.

If you don’t hear from the organizer, please call the Dumex CareLine at 1-800-38-1038.

You can also view or share your/their child’s video on the Dugro website as well once it’s uploaded. Simply click on the Video Gallery tab and share! :) simple!


The best part is,  participation in Dugrostar™ is absolutely free, with no proof of purchase requirement! 





So what are you waiting for mommies/daddies, enrolled your child today and let him/her be a Dugrostar™!!



Oh, by the way....Faiqa & Falisya has been practising. Ehem!

Here's a sneak peak of their performance  :)



video


Amacam, boleh challenge tak? Hehe :D



Happy submitting your child video, k. All the best!

(and don't forget the special code ya!!)


Love,


Friday, October 3, 2014

The Everly Hotel, Putrajaya


We've been invited to spend a 2 days 1 night stay at The Everly Hotel, Putrajaya in early August. This hotel is quite new and it is situated at Precint 1, Putrajaya and it is interconnected with Putrajaya's famous shopping mall; The Alamanda Shopping Centre.





The check-in time was at 3pm and since the hotel is only 30 minutes away from home, we made a move after Zuhr prayers and after having our lunch at home. After a smooth check-in, we went up to the 3rd floor. We stayed in Deluxe room, with king bed and free breakfast for 2. If I am not mistaken, during the promotion period, Deluxe room with breakfast for 2 person only cost you RM206 (including taxes!). Quite cheap, aite? 



Falisya went straight to the daybed as soon as we went into our room. Hihi



Twinnies checking the view at the balcony while Faaz has just tested the king size bed. :P


The Deluxe room is quite spacious. We have a king size bed, a daybed, and a balcony with the view of the Putrajaya lake (and a bit of swimming pool view). The wardrobe is equipped with iron & ironing board, safety box and sajadah for prayer. Well equipped I must say. ;)





The bathroom is decent and equipped with toiletries and standing shower. Please ignore the reflection on the mirror :P



Since we did not have any special itinerary or plan, the 2 days 1 nite stay was spent well at the hotel area, especially in the swimming pool and at the shopping mall. It was a total relaxation in this short excursion. Blessed! :) The kids especially enjoyed their swimming activity and during the 2 days stay, hubby managed to brush up again Faaz's floating and swimming skills. Hurray! Really look forward for the day Faaz Naqi able to swim on his own, without any support. Insyaallah, soon k sayang? :)



Faaz and his swimming instructor :D




The adult swimming pool in Everly Hotel is a long pool with infinity concept. From the pool, we can see the Putrajaya lake view which is quite nice especially during sunset. Since the children pool is quite small, twinnies refused to go there. They too swam inside the adult pool, with the help of the floats of course! Hihi..



Hubby enjoying his long stroke...



Falisya too, practising her swimming skill. So eager this young lady to learn to swim. Good baby! :)



Haaa, yang ini ikut mommy. Agak malas dan lebih suka terapung saja. 
Keh Keh Keh...


That night, we went to Alamanda Shopping Centre for dinner. Since the buildings are interconnected, we decided to walk. We dine in at Manhattan Fish Market that night before bringing the kids to Toys R Us for window shopping and later made a short visit to Aeon supermarket to buy some snacks.


Nyums!


As we entered the hotel's lobby, we decided to spend some time at the lounge. That night, we were entertained by Mr. Kenny Tay who was famous in 70's & 80's with the group Kenny, Remy, Martin (with the hit song "Suratan atau Kebetulan). 






It was a nice show, and when he sang the current hit song "Say Something" by A Great Big World, Falisya jumped in excitement! Haha! Look at her reaction below which I managed to snap! :D


FYI, it's one of Falisya's favourite song and she addressed it as "Kakak Tasya's song" because our niece Tasya has performed this song few times with cousin Faris during our family events. Hihi, cute! :D



The very next morning, we went to the buffet breakfast downstairs. The buffet spread is quite good but the food finished quite fast and they took sometime to replenish it back. Well, people hate to wait you know, especially when it comes to food. Remember, "a hungry man is an angry man" :P



My breakfast... (the first round) :D


Budak tak mandi pegi breakfast. Ahaks! :D


The rest of the day was spent at the swimming pool again before we went up, refreshed ourselves and packed to check out. Saja let the kids enjoyed the swimming activity as much as they can since it was quite sometime we haven't do this activity.







This young lady refused to leave the pool until she shivered in coldness. FYI it was quite windy and gloomy that morning. Pukul 11.30 pun air masih sejuks! Hihi.


Overall, it was a nice stay at the Everly and I would recommend this hotel if you just want to get away from your normal routine and have a time-out/spend some quality time with your loved ones within the Klang Valley area. The price is affordable, the hotel is quite new and complete with facilities (they also have free wifi) and sooo near to a mall (less than 5 mins walk!). If you are bored with malls, you can always go sight-seeing around Putrajaya area itself. 



Sounds quite perfect for a short family getaway, yes? no? :)


Love,

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Crumbed Baked Fish


I am the only one who loves fish in my family. My husband and the kids do eat fish dishes, but only certain type of fishes, with certain type of cooking style. Very fussy these fella I tell you... :P



One of the fish dishes which becomes the favourite of the family is Crumbed Baked Fish. It's an easy and healthy fish dish. My children especially, loves the crunchiness although it's baked, not fried. As requested by my cousin Aqilah, let me share with you the recipe...


Crumbed Baked Fish


Ingredients


4 fish fillets (cod/snapper)
salt 
pepper
2 cups of bread crumbs
1/2 cup of paprika 
1/2 cup dried parsley
1 cup of colby cheese (grated)
olive oil



Method:

1. Marinate the fish fillet with salt and pepper and set aside at least for an hour.
2. Preheat the oven at 180 degrees for 15 minutes.
3. In a bowl, mix bread crumbs, paprika, dried parsley, salt, pepper and grated cheese.




4.  Coat each fillet with the crumbs evenly and placed the fillet onto a baking tray and sprinkle olive oil on both sides of the fillet.



5.  Place some of the grated colby cheese on top of the fillet and bake in the oven between 20-30 minutes, or until the crumb turned to brown color. 



Serve while it's hot with any side dishes that you desire. I chose boiled vege since I wanted it to be a total healthy dish plus I am trying to make my kids loves boiled vege (still failed, but I will not give up easily :P).




Happy Trying!

:)



Love,

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Self-Service Laundry Experience


Since I was born, I never sent my clothes for laundry. I only visited laundry shop when I have to do dry-cleaning. During uni years, I was more comfortable to wash my clothes with hand wash and if I were too busy or too lazy (:P), I just packed everything up and washed my clothes using my mom's washing machine at home (my mom's place and my uni are only 10 minutes journey, fyi! hihi).



However, few weeks ago it was raining almost everyday. Dirty clothes started to pile up and the ones which has been washed took 2-3 days to completely dry. It was a headache and eyesore that I finally decided to go for a laundry. Being someone who is totally clueless, I went to consult my friends first. Most of them advised me to go for the self-service laundry instead of the normal laundry. More convenient, and we can get our dry and clean clothing on the same day.




Frankly, I was totally clueless at first. Did a bit of googling too, (nervous ok! tak pernah punya pasal...ahaks! :P) so that I have a rough idea on what to do, whatnot. Based on my findings, there are two well known self-service laundry chain in Klang Valley; Wash and Save and Clean Pro Express. I went to the latter, the Puchong branch during my lunch break.





First thing first, you need to bring:

1) dirty clothing (of course lah kan! :P)

2) laundry detergent & softener (OPTIONAL) - You can purchase at the machine there (RM1.00 for each box)

3) 50 cents coins (OPTIONAL) - They provide a coin exchange machine there.



I decided to give it a try...not bad, the softener smell so nice!
(RM2 in total for the detergent+softener)



Before you start to do your laundry, you get to choose which washer machine and dryer machine that suits your needs. There are 3 options based on the load by weight; 9kg, 14kg, 25kg.



Since my load was quite big, I opt for the 14kg washer/dryer and I choose for warm washing. So the amount that I have to pay was RM7 for the washer and RM4 for the dryer (RM11 in total).





When you have choose which washing machine you want to use, you can start to load your washing machine with your dirty clothes and close the machine. For operating the washer, you can refer to the step-by-step poster which was posted on the wall. 



As soon as your washing machine started to operate, you can have a seat and wait for it to complete before transferring the load to the dryer for the next process. I choose to sit on the bench provided in the laundry shop and read my favourite story book to kill time. If I am not mistaken, it took about 30 minutes to complete the washing process.




I chose lucky no. 9 as my washing machine and lucky no.18 as my dryer :D



Next, I transferred my clean and wet clothes to the dryer above and set the dryer before starting to dry my clothes. Again, you may refer to the poster on the wall on how to set the setting for the dryer.

(Note no. 1# Don't set the dryer temperature to be so high, otherwise some of your clothing might shrunk)

(Note no.2# Don't leave your clothes in the dryer too long after it finished drying or else your clothes will start to crumple)





There is also a general guideline on washing and drying which I think is good to read before you proceed to do your laundry activity such as which item is suitable, etc...



Overall, it took me 54 minutes (30 minutes + 24 minutes) to complete my laundry and have my clean, dry clothes, yay! And it only cost me RM13 in total (RM11 for washer/dryer + RM2 for detergent/softener). Not bad, aite? Kalau hantar dobi, they measure per kg, have to take note of the clothes that we send in and have to wait at least 2 days to get the clothes back...berbaloi la jugak :)


Love,