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


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
Few spoons of cooking oil
Scott Calorie Light kitchen towel


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)


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Pray for Gaza

*Photo courtesy of Google Image*


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Twinnies Are 3

Alhamdulillah, my twin daughters; Faiqa Nayra and Falisya Nayla turns 3 years old yesterday (sorry babies, mommy was too busy to write a post for you both yesterday). As a mom, nothing can beat the happiness of seeing their own child growing in front of her eyes healthily, cheerfully and cleverer each year. It such a blessing!

Few months before turning 3, both girls finally can talk in complete sentences and less "pelat". Faiqa especially has that British accent, all thanks to the cartoons they've been watching all these while...hihi. Whilst Faiqa is still shy when it comes to certain things, Falisya on the other hand has built quite a self confidence on herself. She is no longer shy dancing and singing in front of the crowd, and she kinda love the attention she got :)

Physically, they grew taller faster as compared to weight. I just discovered that they no longer fit in size 3 years old, especially when it comes to pants and skirts. The other day, the kurung for Eid that I ordered for them arrived and I made them both tried it out (I bought the size for 3 years old). Although the kurung blouse fits them both well and nice, unfortunately the kurung skirt were too short for them! >.< Am still figuring how to overcome this shortcoming..huhu.

As for their birthday celebration this year, since it fell on the month of Ramadhan, initially I only plan to buy a cake and let them cut during the iftar. However, only few days before their birthday (it's always the case with us! :P) that my husband wanted to do a small celebration with our close relatives and his parents suggested that we do an iftar. Kelam kabut juga we went here and there to get the things and prepare for the birthday iftar. Alhamdulillah, it finally went well. Will share about it in my next entry, insyaAllah :)

To my babies Faiqa & Falisya,

Happy Birthday sayangs! 

Mommy and Daddy feel so blessed that Allah gifted us with you both. Thank you for coming into our lives and cheer it up together with Abg Faaz. I can see that both of you has grown beautifully each day, alhamdulillah. Keep on smiling, keep on shining :)

Mommy pray that both of you will grow healthy and safe. May you have wonderful journeys growing up together and may you both have successful journey in life and the hereafter. Jadi anak-anak solehah, insyaAllah.

My blessings and love will always be with both of you, remember that k :)


Friday, July 4, 2014

Food For Soul: Why Feed The Poor

"When you become people of salat, your heart soften towards Allah, and when your heart soften towards Allah  then necessarily it's soften towards Allah's creation. 

But if you're making salat but your solat doesn't make you want to give, then there must be something wrong about that salat, because one should lead directly to the next.."

"May Allah SWT make us as the people of salat, and make us as people who give."


"And when we give, maybe our deeds were not enough but the do'a of those we gave to, maybe their do'as are the ones who gonna save us during the Day of Judgement..."


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Laila's Farewell: Buffet Lunch Cafe @ PICC

**This post has been in my draft box for quite sometime so I decided to publish it this week together with my other drafts. My apologies to you if some of the photos below causing uncomfiness during this fasting period**


Lately, I heard a lot of resignation news either from my own department or from other departments from my workplace. Some migrated, some retired, some ventured into business and some jumped to work with operators/competitors.

The same goes with our PP clan, after Hanim left us last month, our Finance friend, Laila follow suit. Since her last day will be on the month of Ramadhan, we decided to organize her farewell "makan-makan" session earlier. This time, we chose to dine in at PICC Cafe, and tried out their Buffet Lunch.

The buffet lunch promotion has started since March this year and since that we heard a lot of good reviews on the the variety of food served and it's affordable price. FYI, for a total 65 assorted menus, each person is required to pay RM15.00 nett (tax included). Cheap, isn't it?

We had pre-booked our table earlier as advised, and lucky we did because we saw the crowd started to build up as early as 12pm. By 12.30pm, it was packed!

The crowd, when we arrived at 11.45am

Us..from the right side

and from the left side..ahaks! :P

There were a lot of dishes to choose from the starters to the desserts and all were equally good and consistent with the reviews we heard before. There were two types of rice served; White Rice and Tomato Rice. I opt for white rice, of course because I wanted to indulge into traditional Malays cuisines such as Masak Lemak Cili Padi or Patin Masak Tempoyak. It won't be a good match if it's eaten with Tomato Rice, unless I opt for Kurma.

First round..hehe

I had the Sup Tulang for my starters. Quite spicy, and actually I saw a lot of cili padi "swimming" inside the soup! hihi. Then, I proceed with my rice meal as I was too hungry (I skipped breakfast that morning just for this occasion..hehe). I took the Masak Lemak Nangka with Rebung, Ayam Goreng Berempah, Lala Goreng Cili, Salted fish, Ulams and a bit of cencaluk. Nyums! There were a lot of other dishes too such as Patin Masak Tempoyak, Kurma Telur, Fish Curry, Beef Rendang and Siput Sedut Masak Lemak

I had to skip this as I did not want to stain my scarf..

But guess what, my friend Zai who sat beside me ate a full bowl of this and he enjoyed it so much that he accidentally stained my scarf T_T

Nadine is not Nadine if she did not have her second or third rounds of buffet meals :P so for my second round, I opt for Penne Pasta, Grilled Fish (Ikan Bakar) and Kerabu Kacang Botol. Nyums!

Then I had their tauhu bakar, rojak buah and desserts which consists of  bubur kacang, jellies and cakes (I have forgotten the details). Usually, when I went for a buffet lunch/dinner, the desserts will be the last to finish (at the buffet area). However, in this case the desserts in this cafe finished so quick that during the 1 1/2 hours time, it has been replenished for 3 times! They were good... :).

As usual, the PP clan gathering would never been complete without loads of selfies and photo sessions...hihi so yeah, we posed for a while before we went back to the office when the lunch hours ended. 


Group selfies.. heheh!

and candid!!


To Laila, nice knowing you for the past 2 years (FYI, she was my junior in IIUM and we used to go to zumba class together) I wish you all the best for your future career with the new company. Don't forget us ok!! :)

Laila & I

p.s: During this Holy month of Ramadhan, PICC Cafe also offered buffet for Iftar (Buka Puasa) with variety of food at a reasonable price. Do check it out, if you interested ;)


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: World Cup Fever