Nov 16, 2016

Don't break the chain!

I was having a major writer's block. 

I stared at the blank page on the screen for hours. Kept on flipping on the printed journal papers on my desk for hours.

Still nothing.

Then I found one of the videos on PhD and thesis writing saved about a year back titled "How to Finish Your PhD Thesis in 6 Months Even if You Have No Idea What to Write". So I spent my lunch time watching and listening to the video, hoping by the time I finished listening, I finally know what and how to write.

The first tips given by the speaker, Scott Rank from is;
He mentioned how by writing EVERY DAY, even a non-academic, non-PhD related, would help the PhD thesis writing eventually. 

Just keep on writing.

If possible, have a daily writing target or goal to meet.

Just draft whatever you can think of.

Write, write, write.

"A simple habit to help you write every day."

So, here I am - writing.

Hope this is the start to a longer (non-academic) write up and eventually the journal paper and thesis writing.

(And hope to regularly update this blog again, too. :P)


Wish me luck, guys!

Mar 28, 2016

Review Daiesu Jigsaw White Linen

Daiesu Jigsaw White Linen 
 75% Organic Cotton 25% Linen 
Jacquard woven, Ecru warp with a Bright White weft
 Size 6 

 Wearee : 1y, 4m, 79 cm, 9.5kg

Dec 21, 2015

Perempuan by Ustazah Halimah al Aydrus

I've listen to this poem for a few times on IKIMfm and it always get my full attention, to listen words by words. I'm not a fan of poetry, but I just love this one.
Maybe simply because I am a Perempuan.

Dedicating this to all the ladies out there.

(Gambar sekadar hiasan. Hehe)



Siapakah kau ini.. ?
Jika jadi anak, ia adalah bidadari kecil ayah bunda
Permata yang siang malam dijaga keduanya
Jika jadi pasangan, ia adalah kesenangan terindah
Surga untuk pasangannya di dunia.
Jika jadi orang tua, waaaaah..
Surga itu telah berpindah di telapak kakinya
Ia bawa kemana-mana.
Nabi pun membilangnya sebagai tiang
Tatkala kehidupan adalah bangunan.

المراة عماد البلاد اذا صلحت صلحت البلاد واذا فسدت فسدت البلاد

Ya, engkaulah tiang itu.
Engkaulah perempuan.
"Perempuan adalah tiang negara. 
Jika perempuan baik, baiklah negaranya. 
Jika perempuan rusak, hancurlah negaranya"

Engkaulah tiang dalam bangunan rumah tanggamu
Engkau sandaran bagi dinding, pintu, atap dan jendela
Nabi selalu benar memilih istilah kata
Karena di rumahmu semua urusan kepadamu bertumpu.
Maka, sebagai tiang kau harus kuat tak tergoyahkan
Sebagai sandaran kokohmu adalah karang di lautan
Tidak rentan diterjang angin dan badai

"tapi aku tak sekuat itu...", katamu..
"aku tak berdaya menghadapi kebrutalan dunia ini"
"zaman semakin menggerusku, bebannya melumatku hingga luluh"
"aku begitu lemah, aku tertindas, aku teraniaya..", katamu pula

Tunggu, wahai perempuan..
Kau lupa..
Ada ALLAH dalam hidupmu
Yang siap Menanggung segala keluh
Ada ALLAH dalam harimu, 
Sumber kekuatan yang penuh 
Ada ALLAH dalam hatimu,
Jika kau serahkan padaNYA segala sesuatu
Ia akan Menjaganya hingga utuh..

Dalam tiap gerimis kesedihan
Hanyutkan dirimu dalam dzikir panjang malammu

Dalam tiap kerikil tajam di jalanan
Benamkan wajahmu dalam sujud kepasrahan

Dalam tiap duka yang menyapa
Hanyutkan air matamu dalam sungai KasihNYA

Dalam tiap nestapa
Larutkan pahit air matamu dalam manis CintaNYA

Dan dalam tiap kelabu langitmu..
Panggillah NamaNYA.. 
Dan tunggulah..
Hingga Ia Merubah mendungmu menjadi pelangi warna-warni..

- Ustazah Halimah al-`Aydrus

Dec 6, 2015

Review Daiesu Sakura Autumn Wrap Conversion Mei Tai

Daiesu Sakura Autumn Baby Size Wrap Conversion Mei Tai

Wearee : 1 year old, 75.5 cm, 8kg
Duration of wearing : about 1.5 to 2 hours

First impression of mei tai : Lovely color irl! <3 <3

First impression when wearing : Baby looks happy in it. No pain on shoulder after few hours of carrying my baby.This is the second mei tai i've tried and first time trying Daiesu's WCMT - definitely more comfortable compare to the other MT. Super love it!

Sep 10, 2015

Babywearing journey

I got to know about safe babywearing when I was pregnant with my little Balqis. Before that, I thought narrow-based carrier was okay. I started to read on the information regarding safe babywearing with interest. After Balqis was born, I started to join babywearing groups in Facebook such as Malaysian Babywearers, Babywearers' Haven and Malaysian Babywearing FSOT. I was being a silent reader for quite some time - just read and read to know more about safe babywearing.

I was still looking for options and still considering on which gear would I like, which I should buy - wrap, ringsling, ssc, mei tai? And for that, I opted to try using the kain batik lepas I got from my mum - which she got from my grandmother. That was for me, the cheapest safe babywearing option I had, as long as we wear them right, before making decision on which gear I would like to have.

First try. Balqis at 3 months old.
Kindly ignore the sloppy tie job. 

Aug 25, 2015

Jalan Jalan Langkawi Part III

We had a quite early flight back to Penang on the third day. Flight was at noon hence there wasn't much time to go for more jalan-jalan.

Early morning after breakfast we went out to Kuah town for last minute shopping. Then we headed to the must-take-photo place in Langkawi - the Dataran Lang (The Eagle Square).

Aug 19, 2015

Jalan Jalan Langkawi Part II

(Prev post - Jalan-jalan Langkawi Part I)

We woke up early on the second day as we knew we'd take time to get Balqis ready and to prepare for her thing milk food. We tried our best to give her home-prepared food for as long as we could. Hence we brought frozen food from home and thank to the invention of ice pack, the food stayed frozen until we reached Langkawi.

We got out of the hotel for breakfast at the nearby food stall. It was drizzling so we decided to go for indoor places/activity first and went straight to the Underwater World, Langkawi. This was my third, (or fourth time?) time going to the Underwater World but somehow it still amazes me. I wish I could be a mermaid and live underwater. Or at least I know how to dive. But trust me I don't even know how to swim! -___-"

Babywearing dad is seexxyyy :p

Aug 18, 2015

To all working mother

As much as I have high respect towards SAHM... working mothers, you rock too! 
So to all working mothers, this one is for you. 

 And to lovely Mdm Rokiah, thanks sebab eventhough last time you had to work by shift day and night yang tak menentu, you still managed to attend all of my activities at school - ambik report card, hari anugerah cemerlang for both school SRK & SRA, all PIBG meetings, gotong royong and the list goes on... took care of me waktu tak sihat, prepared breakfast so I won't go to school with empty stomach, prepare lunch box for me even until I was in secondary (ye, saya tak malu nak bawak bekal) and have time to celebrate my birthdays every single year. 

You are one strong lady and you've set the bar so high. 
I hope I could be a good working mother just like you.

And to my husband, Mohd Aminuddin Shahimi, thank you so much for being very helpful and understanding with my ongoing study workloads and always give your hands with the house chores, and taking care of our little Balqis. You've set the bar for our future son-in-law as well. I love you #tiljannah hehe!

Aug 13, 2015

Jalan jalan Langkawi Part I

I won't count Melaka as our first family trip because Balqis slept most of the time when we jalan-jalan there and Cameron Highland was just a stopped-by.  So Langkawi will be the official first jalan-jalan for Balqis. Hehe. 

We booked the flight and hotel at the very last minutes, just about a week before we went there. We planned to go to Langkawi for quite some times but there were always other important things that we need to attend first. We actually had few places to choose i.e Kuching, Kota Kinabalu, Terengganu - but there are no direct flights from Penang, hence we opted for Langkawi. Besides PEN to LGK is just a 30 minutes flight - just enough for us to see if we are able to handle Balqis on flight. And if not, well, it would be just 30 minutes huhu. Honestly I did a lot of reading on tips of how to handle infant onboard lol.

The backpacking family (kononnya). Hehe.

May 21, 2015

Jom #TajaMereka berbuka!

Ramadhan is coming again!

And as previous years, the Kindness Malaysia team has started planning for Taja Mereka, which is a buka puasa activity with orphanages, the poors, as well as homeless around Malaysia. Taja Mereka concept of buka puasa donation and activity is you - individual or company - donate in form of sponsoring the recipients, and you are also welcome to join the buka puasa.

Last year was the first time that husband and I joined Taja Mereka where we buka puasa with the Rohingya children at Rohingya Education Centre, Seberang Perai, Penang.