Monday, July 18, 2016

Moments with my Sisters and Family Just Before Ramadhan

So after my long hiatus on the blog I wrote about "Staycation : Back from Absence" where I spent some time off from everything when I felt like I was experiencing a burnout. It was the weekend just before Ramadhan started. After my staycation, I felt like I could breathe again. And after that, I spent some time with my family and sisters.

I met up with my sisters and it was really great as it's been a long long while since we got to spend time, all of us together. I blogged about these sisters of mine in my post "The 'FOR JIBRAEL' Sisters" a while back. 

We finally visited Shereen who had just given birth to Aaliyah. We chatted, caught up with each other and of course we ate so much of the delicious food since it was our last lunch before the fasting month. Khubayb helped capture these special moments via photos and we snap chatted away together with lil Hannah (Shereen's first daughter) and Ruzana's lil brother Rayyan (who's already a big boy now) and also baby Adeena (Sanah's second baby) and we laughed and laughed about random stuffs. It was fun and just the kind of moments that I needed for the weekend. 

Lepas rindu sekejap. Missing my girls.

After that, I went off to meet my family to celebrate my baby brother Hariz's birthday. Youngest brother, not so baby anymore. We went for a quick karaoke and celebrated his birthday with an ice cream cake and also did a first family boomerang too, especially for my parents. LOL! 

It was also a much belated celebration of all of his recent achievements. 

My brother Hariz has been very active in his university. He has been participating in university plays and theatre, appointed as a student representative, and very surprisingly, was awarded "Tokoh Budayawan" of the college University recently! We were all surprised because among all our siblings, Hariz is the one following closest to our father's footsteps. He recently was selected to go for a student exchange program to Perth too. We're very amazed at his growth in university and I'm very extremely proud of him.

The day ended with the coming of the holy month Ramadhan, and I'll share some of the highlights of this Ramadhan in my next post!

Sisters love. Hasanah Hilmi, Sarah Rusli, Shereen Bahawi, Ruzana Ibrahim and Fahima Salleh. Oh and not to forget Baby Adeena and baby Aaliyah.

Anddddd now... 

First time Boomeranging with my family. Quite fun and funnyyyy... 

Watch below :

My beloved bro Raja Ahmad Hariz. 
May Allah bless you always and may you always be protected and be blessed with His Love.


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Staycation : Back from Absence

Selamat Hari Raya everyone!

First of all, I'm going to be honest and say I feel terrible! I haven't blogged in ages (2 weeks to be exact). Last month, I posted a lot more... I had so many things to write especially with so many, many things happening but I really just did not have the time to sit down, open my laptop, log into my blogger account and just write. 

Don't get me wrong. It's not that I feel terrible about what's happening in my life right now. Far from it! On the contrary, things have been really, really great and unexpected good opportunities kept on coming. I feel good, happy, blessed and grateful for what's been happening. The only thing I feel terrible about is that I didn't get time to blog when I have so many things to write and share about. As a blogger and someone who loves to write, when whatever that's meant to be expressed and shared is just kept inside for a very long time... It feels like it's about to explode. So yes, that's how I feel right now. (Even though I have occasionally shared happenings and feelings on my personal Instagram... But I still miss the blog so much!)

So here I am sharing this quick (turned out to be super long) post to update on what has been happening.

As you all might have known, before Raya it's just been a crazy hectic period. It begun even before Ramadhan. I was really shorthanded for aere due to some unfortunate events so I had to juggle multiple roles at the same time and felt like sometimes I was splitting myself up into 3 different persons. At the same time there were a lot of good and amazing opportunities that I couldn't refuse so I went ahead with it even when I was really shorthanded. It was a lot of sleepless nights, working throughout the weekends and basically neglecting family, friends and even neglecting my own health during that period because I just had to. 

At one point I even felt like I had an extreme case of a burn-out. I was constantly on the phone or in front of the laptop or was just at work and didn't have time for the ones I love what more to socialise. It was so bad that a few of closed ones around me alerted me that I was under so much stress. A friend suggested for me to just take 1 day on a weekend off and just spend it with Khubayb without any interruptions for a while. It's actually a good reminder, without which I would have continued just focusing on work and not think about everything else. Sometimes, we just need that reminder to make sure that we take care of our own health as well as to maintain healthy relationships with the ones we love and who really matters.

On the last weekend before Ramadhan, it sinked in and I felt I needed a staycation otherwise I would have crashed and burned since there were moments that I felt like it, but the staycation helped me a lot. Basically just spending some quality time with the husband. Alhamdulillah.

You really don't need to go far to get away from it all. Just somewhere quiet, somewhere secluded, somewhere no one knows. That's enough just to clear your thoughts and relax your mind, body and soul. So even though I love going on holidays, a staycation was just what the doctor ordered and it really did wonders. Here's me spending some time with Khubayb at the staycation. 

Dinner. For a special day. It was a significant weekend for both of us. An emotional one too... But we are both very grateful. Will share about it, when I'm ready...

Night view...

Morning after with @kneok. ❤ I don't usually take breakfasts and the past few weeks before that that I've been missing a lot of lunches too. But today I'm having this big big and delicious breakfast with the husband coz it's a special day. (Adik Jibrael's EDD)

Only when we reflect can we get the chance to see the light. Ramadhan is a beautiful month of reflection so hopefully we will have the chance to reflect on ourselves, our weaknesses, flaws and imperfections and hopefully transform ourselves to be better than yesterday. It's also a month of forgiveness. So as we enter Ramadhan, I seek forgiveness from each one of you if I've ever hurt and offended you in any way including any of my writings. Forgive me for any wrongdoings. May God guide us and bring peace to our hearts, may God forgive us all and bring us closer to Him and bless us with His Love. I hope that everyone had a happy Ramadhan and may a beautiful blessed one this year. 

All blue that day in aere's CELIA Top and CERUS Pants.

After that I spent some time with my sisters and my family for my brohter's birthday. Will blog about that next :) InsyaAllah.


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Moroccan Inspired Raya

Before I started out in the fashion world,  I had no idea how important the Raya season would be for our local fashion industry.  I mean, really no idea! It has been crazy! But in all of the craziness, last weekend I managed to get some time with the husband to buy some stuff. There was something camera-related that he really wanted to buy, and when he checked online and called up a few shops, there was only one place nearby that sold it: NU Sentral.

So last Sunday, we went to NU Sentral. I’ve been there once or twice just to eat, but I’ve never really explored this new shopping mall. All I remember that it is pretty big.

When we got there, there was quite a huge crowd. The camera shop that we wanted to go was on the LG floor, and just outside it, there was the Centre Stage. It was beautifully decorated for the Raya season. There was a unique stage in the centre, and a modern contemporary design with a hint of Moroccan Night Theme inspired lights and décor. I saw a lot of people taking pictures and selfies with their families and friends all around the Centre Stage. I really wanted to take some too.

Amidst the sea of people, it was just a coincidence that we stumbled upon my uncle and cousin, Paklop and Asrar! Really surprised to see them there. My aunt Mak Yong was also there at NU Sentral, but my uncle told me she was off shopping at the many bazaars around the Centre Stage. There were a variety of shops selling clothes, perfumes and other Raya necessaries. I met my Makyong when she was done and then we decided to take a group picture at the Centre Court because the backdrop was just too lovely. And of course, I also took a few pictures there too afterwards.

While we were snapping away, shortly after that, the emcee announced that there was going to be a fashion show by one of the vendors of the Raya Bazaar: KeQaseh by Anas Abdullah. My curiosity got the better of me and I stayed on to watch. The unique stage worked well for the fashion show. I think there were 10 looks by KeQaseh featuring classic Raya wear and there was an interview with the designer at the end.

The emcee later informed that there are many activities that are going to be held by NU Sentral during the weekends from 29th May to 3rd July for the throngs of shopping goers there. After the fashion show, there was even a special activity just for the kids too. I saw some happy kids on stage having fun with their parents looking on. Whilst the rest of the peeps were happily snapping away selfies in front of the beautiful decorations and backdrop. 

You can really tell that NU Sentral put a lot of thought and effort into trying to breathe life into the Raya Spirit, and they have done a great job! If you’re on the look out for a shopping mall that caters for your Raya needs and with the bonus of having some perfect spots to take your selfies and ootds for Raya, check out NU Sentral. Drop by these weekend maybe?