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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

The one with... 2Ks go to terawikh ♥

Embarrassingly, I must admit that I’ve not been to surau or masjid for terawikh ever since I have kid(s) (not proud). So imagine my excitement recently when Mama told me that there’ll be a berbuka puasa sesh at the surau, followed with the rest of the ordeals in the month of Ramadhan – solat Maghrib, Isyak, Terawikh, Tazkirah, Witir, and Moreh!

I did not hesitate at all when she asked me to contribute and join simply because:
  • It was held during the weekend.
  • It’s the surau that I used to frequent to for terawikh when I was single and still staying with my parents. So I’m familiar with the surrounding and I know the neighbourhood well.
  • Khayr used to go for a mengaji class at one of the neighbour’s houses last year – so he will have some friends.
  • Kazim goes to a babysitter place there – so he too will have some friends.
  • Its about the right time. 2Ks are big enough now so I’m feeling more confident and comfortable to bring them for such a long routine activities.
  • Basically, it’s the area where I grew up at. So familiar faces and surrounding do help when you have kids to manage.
The reverse of each of the above is pretty much the reasons why my intro of this entry was as such. (I know, nak seribu daya, taknak seribu dalih. But this is just me so don’t judge).
Anyways.

Khayr was so excited, he said he has been wanting to experience it because “Upin and Ipin do that too” :) He even asked whether were we going to be there early because he wanted to help to susun and bentangkan sejadah. Awwwww★ ☆ ✮ ✯

Kazim got excited at the idea of bringing the pop-pop mercun to play with friends (Mercun is such a BIG word for that pop-pop thingy kan? Anyway, what is it actually called again? Bunga api pop-pop? or just pop-pop? Haha well whatevs, you know which one I was referring to kan? )

- On our way to surau. The kids are into comics now! -

We let Khayr prayed with his abah and my brother at the men's saf section, and Kazim was with me together with my mom and my sister. But it’s a small and cosy surau so Kazim can still take a peek at his elder brother.

We had the nicest of experience! So proud of my babies. Of course, they lost it at Isyak prayer. (kinda expected hehe) but the surau also provides an open area for the kids so we can still pray in peace by still watching over them through the corner of our eyes (and taking the lead from their loud voices! Heh ok this one, cannot pray in peace coz I kept on feeling apologetic that it was my 2Ks who were the loudest! ).

Kazim made such a lasting impression that night. At the end of witir prayer, after everyone wanted to part ways, he actually went around and salam everyone (yes, everyone!) from one saf to another! Can you imagine the “awwwwws”, “baiknyaaaaaa” “comelnyaaaaa” and how-adorable faces he received that night? Hehehe. Loudest voice and noise? Forgiven! Hahaha.

- I was all ready to leave but Kazim was still making his rounds like a YB :D -

- Kazim enjoyed the food sesh that night, moreh especially! -


Their first, well our family first, and to many more session like this to come, InsyaAllah... 

Friday, 19 June 2015

The one with... telepathic communication

The other day while getting stucked in a bad traffic jam, I was thinking "Hmmm it would be nice if I get to listen to the soundtracks from the Pitch Perfect movie". So sambil drive tu sambil terkial2 search kat Youtube (note: nope, haven't learned how to use Spotify) for the playlist. Well, ada tu ada. But the process wasn't smooth. It's either the connection got interrupted or the song got interrupted by Mr Waze's deep voice (I use Waze all.the.time in driving even if it means going to and fro home-office).

So that was it. It ended there. Got home and continued on with life.

The next day, suddenly while being in an early morning meeting I received an sms from hubs that said "check your email". Told him I will check later because I was in the middle of a meeting.

Later in the afternoon, I checked my email and my oh my, guess what?! He sent me the mp3 link of the Pitch Perfect song list!!! ^◕‿◕^



Faith in telepathic communication, restored! 

This morning before leaving to work I told my hubs that I'm sending a telepathic request on what do I want for berbuka today. Hahaha. He laughed it off but let's see whether he received it or not (not feeling hopeful though hahaha).



Wednesday, 17 June 2015

The one with... alarm clock ☄

During the outing with kids the other day, my husband and I, we were on the mode to spoil rotten them. We voluntarily offered them to buy any toys of their choice (subject to our final approval la of course ツ ) and guess what 'toys' they wanted?


Yessssss, an alarm clock! Haha.

They (well, more like Khayr actually coz Kazim was more of a-monkey-see-monkey-do little brother), were so serious about having one that they turned down my offer to go to ToysRus! Dead serious wow! Hahaha.

But Khayr really melted our hearts when he said "Khayr nak alarm clock. Nanti Khayr nak set alarm pukul 5 pagi, nak bangun sahur"... Awwww somebody has grown up so fast! And these few days, he has been waking up in the morning to go to school using the alarm clock! ★ *proud parents moment* :)


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Salam Ramadhan to all my Muslim friends. I apologize if my writings have hurt you in the past. Trust me, that was never my intention. Semoga Allah permudahkan ibadah puasa kita tahun ni, semoga perjalanan berpuasa kali ni lebih baik dari yang sebelum and lastly semoga kita dapat manfaatkan bulan mulia ni sebaik2 nya.. InsyaAllah.. 

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

The one with... school holiday activities ☼

The 2-week school break is finally over and the KL-lites have to welcome the horrific morning and evening traffic to and fro work back in the life :(

Anyways. Looking back, although we didn’t have any specific plan on how to fill up the school break for the kids (especially Khayr), it turned out to be pretty much eventful eventually (most of the activities were ad-hoc! hehe). I did have in mind though to have a day dedicated to baking Nutella cookies with them boys, but that didn’t get to materialise. But that’s ok. Next time perhaps.

Holiday Camp
At the start of the school holiday we signed up Khayr for this 2-day 'holiday camp' activities held by his kindy. They did not really go for a camping trip but I kinda like the idea and concept.


Khayr particularly enjoyed the scavenger hunt session, he said whoever managed to find the items in the list first gets the rewards from the teachers. Sounds fun to me too!




Genting and Bukit Tinggi quickie
Then there's this one day on Friday when we were having breakfast at Pappa Rich, Kerol and I, we were like, "What do we do today?" (It's my off day and he was working from home). The next thing we knew we were at Genting and Bukit Tinggi :D We thought it would be much cooler up there but hmppphhh it was not cold at all, much to our disappointment. The kids had fun feeding the rabbit though ◕‿◕





Kids Carnival at GE Mall
One fine Saturday morning, we had a breakfast together with my family at Souled Out (never knew their breakfast buffet is reasonably priced and have a reasonable spread for selection too). And then since we know GE Mall was having the kids carnival, we went there after breakfast. Khayr and Kazim got so excited (read: jakun :P) with the cotton candy! Haha.








Disney Channel School's Out
I took leave on Thursday last week to bring the kids to Sunway Pyramid for the Disney Channel School's Out activities. After knowing that they featured Toy Story, Monsters University, Nemo and Cars, I knew I had to bring the boys. These are their favourite Disney cartoons! Hubs had a morning meeting that day so I drove to Sunway Pyramid with just the 2 boys. We had so much fun 


It was on a weekday so crowd was pretty much bearable. We get to do all the activities, and even better, another one go with hubs's presence hehe. He came and join us after his meeting ended.


 

These were the four activities and can you guess which one we enjoyed the most? Well of course it gotta be trying to score for the scream O meter! Hehehe.







Speaking of Sunway Pyramid, it was yonks years ago I last been there. I must say, I'm pretty impressed when I spotted this notice:


Has anyone utilised this service? I'd love to use them if I happened to come here again. It was when we wanted to go back that I saw this notice.

Free stay at Swiss Garden Damai Laut
The school holiday was wrapped up with a trip to Lumut, Perak. My in-laws bagged a free voucher from the Matta Fair, for a 1 night stay at the Swiss Garden Damai Laut. 


I've been there in 2010 so this was my second time. Only thing was, the free stay was at the apartment whereas before this I stayed at the hotel. Regardless, my comment is still the same - you need a good company (or a free voucher!) to enjoy your stay there :)


We went to the Lumut Waterfront. And then we went to Teluk Batik and hang out by the beach. (note: Kazim didn't dip himself in the water - he just played by kat gigi air tu saja and watched his elder brother enjoyed swimming and playing in the water. You can see that his swimming attire was dry from waist and above).





We even went to the Menara Condong (and take some pictures there like a true tourist! hehe)

Okie dokie that's all I have for now. Amboiiii rajin pulak bercerita ':) I hope this is not too long-winded! (My azam is to have the blog being frequently updated but on a 3S mode - simple, short, and sweet!)

I hope the kids had a great holiday coz I'm sure I did. Especially that bit when the 2Ks had an overnight at their Atuk's house, leaving mama and abah some ME time 


Thank you hubs for entertaining this wifey's request to have a fancy breakfast followed with a shopping spree! It's so much easier and fun (and dangerous) to shop without the kids! Haha 


I also chanced upon having some pampering sesh at JVM's wife new salon in Ampang. Gotta love the girlish and chic set-up and ambiance!

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

The one with... masa mencemburui.

Tau tak that feeling when you think you have more time, and yet is not enough?

Well, I know that feeling!

Like bangun pagi dah awal dah ni, efficient sunggoh dah siap masak semua awal ni. Tapiiii sebab ada masa, gatai pi buat breakfast fancy2 during week days kan. Slalu ambek je cereal for the kids tuang susu – nah sila lah makan. Tapi ni takkkk, sebab ada masa gatai pergi sapu Nutella cantik2 siap offer - anak2 ku sekalian, nak bentuk apa? Car? Plane? Boat? Mari mama buatkan. Haaa pastuuuuu ended up kelam kabut jugakkkk pagi ku *ugh*



Malam pulak. Dah berjaya ni settlekan dapur awal. Siap kan baju for tomorrow, tidurkan the kids. Pastu macam, eh awal lagi ni. Mari lahhh layan tv series yang dah record kat Astro tu. Haaaa lambattt jugak ku tidur. Pastu bila bangun pagi rasa tak cukup tidur.

Benci tau -_-

Monday, 8 June 2015

The one with... mommyhood talk.

Recently I had a conversation with my mommyhood friends, about seeing how our kids socialising with their peers and trying to fit in.

Although it is part and parcel of growing up, but as mothers, it is just so heart-breaking to see our kids being 'rejected' with that infamous sentence of ‘tak nak kawan!’ or ‘kita jangan kawan dia!’ at such a tender age. Sobs. I’m sure we’ve gone through ourselves when we were at their age (well bad news: it’s a lifetime process except that the more we age it happens in a more subtle, political way rather than such straight to the face kind!), tapi tu lah, sedih kan. Because now we are looking at the situation from the perspective of a mother. A mother who feels the need to protect her children. Like how to talk to our kids to deal with such rejection. How to talk to our kids to NOT do that to their peers. And how to talk to the PEERS to not do that as well.

Well of course if we were to act on our hormonal, over-protective mother mode, the solution will be – pergi je kat kawan2 tu and say “Aunty tak kira, korang kena jugak kawan dengan anak aunty, I don’t care! Say sorry balik”. Gitu… Hehehe.

Well against the backdrop, having said that how many of us parents ‘practise’ (unconsciously) the ‘taknak kawan’ approach at home when our kids do not want to oblige certain request? Sounds familiar? Well, I know it DOES happen at ours. Sigh. 

Between Khayr and Kazim, when they fight over stuff, they always say things like that.

“Kazim taknak share dengan abang, abang taknak kawan Kazim!”.

“Mamaaaa tengok abang Khayr tu, dia taknak baca buku sama2. Kita jangan kawan dia ok!”.

I can’t remember how it actually started :( And somehow it does not stop there. It goes beyond our home, i.e. not just with us. With the grandparents, aunties and uncles too. I mean, we all have the tendency to say that. 

Guilty.as.charged!

And based on the conversation I had with my mommyhood friends, somehow it's a common scene at every home. Well ok, maybe not every home lah. But it's common. Something that I'm sure started unconsciously with a no-harm intention now have a different harmful impact huh. Sigh.

Back to parenting 101. Lets do something about this. Calling for parents united.