Friday, December 12, 2014

Our Dream TV For Our House

After attending the Toshiba Convention (which I blogged about in Moving Into a Smart Future), my living room had a void that I didn’t realize before. The husband and I do actually watch some series on our computer when we both have some free time together. I really wanted that TV!

If you don’t know, I’m talking about the Toshiba’s L9450, the 84 inch Ultra HD 4K TV with Android which they launched at the convention.

So, it came as a big surprise to me when Toshiba chose me to review their TV! I was stunned. Though the unit that I reviewed was of the L5400 series LED TV with Android, I was as excited when I came home and the TV was in the living room.

We quickly and carefully unboxed the TV. And lo and behold, there it was. The Toshiba TV was big and beautiful. It was crisp.

It started up just like an android phone would. There was basically two modes: TV and android. The android menu was quite extensive. They had a browser mode, youtube, facebook, etc.

Wifi connection was seamless and there were no issues of the Wifi connection dropping at all. I logged on the TV using my gmail, and the information on my phone was basically transferred to the TV. It truly is a connected world with the Toshiba L5400 LED TV with Android.


Personally, I really loved watching the Youtube channel. I liked how the TV would automatically play the next video once you’re done with the first video. So in the mornings when I’m getting ready for work, I’ll just crank up a youtube video that gets the mood going.

This is the trailer to the Avengers 2 movie that we streamed from Youtube. The picture was so good it felt even better than in the cinemas
I also used the browser feature to stream the tv series that we both love to watch. My husband also used the TV to live stream his favourite team Tottenham Hotspur lose (I think they lost last weekend) in big, crisp, HD detail. Hehe. No, I don’t watch football.

Watching music videos on youtube

I actually came home and found him using the browser menu to read news articles, comics, and basically everything he would normally do on a computer on the TV. When I asked him why he didn’t just do it on his computer, he said he liked the super huge screen and the quality of the display.

The TV comes with two remote controls. There’s your normal and standard remote control, and it also comes with another smart remote control that has a mini-joystick thingy to be used as a scrolling feature and acts like your mouse to navigate the huge screen. It was an excellent idea and the navigation button was quite responsive. The smart remote control also has convenient home and back buttons. It’s just like any smart phone.

our remote control holder

The remote controls

The sounds were also very sharp and precise. Everything could be heard clearly and smoothly. They also have an audio filtering function that helps to filter out noise coming from the source.

I just loved using the TV and got used to having it. It was very user-friendly and definitely a must-have for entertainment. Previously, I thought that it wasn’t such a big deal not having a TV, but Toshiba’s L5400 LED TV with Android has managed to change my mind. I’m not sure if Toshiba has released the TV and the pricing yet, but I’m very curious to find out. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to afford it, but having a goal lets us have a focus to go out and achieve it!

Now that the review is over, our lives are just not quite the same anymore without the TV. So hang in there, hole in my living room, while I try to fill you up with Toshiba’s L5400 LED TV with Android.

Saying Goodbye

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

RNadiaGiveaway #1 : Dinner Winners' Shortlist

Hello dear readers :)

If you follow my IG you would have noticed that I did a #rnadiagiveaway right after my post The Big One : My search for a bag has ended

Here is the picture I posted together with its caption!

"1,2,3 or 4? Which bag did you think I finally got and WHY? I will treat the lucky person who gets the correct and best answer to dinner. No joke! Clue is in my blogpost "THE BIG ONE : MY SEARCH FOR A BAG HAS ENDED". #rnadiagiveaway"

It's not much, but I really wanted to get to know my readers more, a bit more personal and I thought it'd be nice to treat them and get to know them over a quiet dinner. I received 112 comments on the post guessing the answers and giving their reasons. 

Reading all those comments really showed me how observant my readers are and their reasonings were not wrong. Eventhough there is only one right answer, I loved all the bags for different reasons and I am happy to read the comments. To be honest though, I actually REALLY wanted bag #4 the most but as mentioned in the clue post, they don't ship it outside US.

So, that was why I went for #1 the Alexander Wang Diego Bucket Bag with Antiqued Gold Hardware which isn't a bad runner up!

So now, out of all those comments, I had a real hard time choosing the winner. Yes, it took me so long just to cut the finalists down to 5 contenders who gave the best answers, and I really felt bad for those who didn't make it because I loved their answers too. In fact, I don't think I'll be able to choose just one winner, so I've decided to choose two. Haha. Yes, that's me.

So check out if you are one of the contenders for dinner. I've put up the five posts below. Don't worry, if you are not one of them, there will always be a next time. InsyaAllah.

Doing this giveaway has been quite fun and i love to get connected with my readers. I am really thankful for the overwhelming response.

I'll choose the winners soon, after I return from my overseas trip next week, Insyaallah. And I can't wait to treat the winner for dinner! :D (That rhymes.)

I got the bag from Shopbop just within 3 working days after ordering it. I am so happy with the service and the packaging. It really made my whole week!


Monday, December 8, 2014

A piece of cloth on my head: My Hijab Journey 5

Hi everyone, I know it's been a while since I updated this series, but here I am. What I shared previously is not with the intention of exposing the sins that I have made or bragging about my past, far from it. It is with the hopeful intention that people reading this will realize that it is never too late to turn to God, you are never too far down the road to turn back. I am reminding myself first and foremost when I am blogging about this as I can be quiet forgetful too a lot of times.

So what happened when I started to wear the hijab? 

There were a lot of setbacks but one day I felt that I needed to take that step and change my appearance. No one told me to. But I continued my journey as a hijab wearer. The first few years of me wearing it was not easy. It took me a few years to adjust and I know it may be hard to believe but it was a really slow progress for me and it still is a progress. 

I did receive comments that I was being an extremist because people still saw me as someone who wore sleeveless tops and short skirts to suddenly wearing a tudung with really loose clothing when I just started. I couldn’t understand why some people said it was extreme. But looking back at it now I would probably understand their point of view better.

For the first few years it was hard for me to adjust and remain consistent and there were days when I wanted to give in and just take it off. In that sense I was lucky because I chose to go to a university where every Muslim girl had to cover their head with the scarf. 

However the period after I decided to wear it permanently I must say was difficult. It was a great test. Sometimes it was all good but I did have challenges of opening the hijab. Two most difficult things? Going to a  beach trip. And going to the gym.

When I did these two things, initially I felt that I could not wear the tudung. Because it wasn’t natural to be wearing it. It wasn't compatible. The hijab felt like a burden, a chore in those circumstances. I know it's not right to say these things but that's what I felt. I'm sure I'm not the only one who did. The human heart is always tested. Always.

So I went to the beach about 3 times after I started wearing the hijab. I'm ashamed to admit that I actually wore whatever non-hijab wearers wore too when they go to the beach. Same goes when I went to the gym. I felt I couldn’t wear the hijab when I go to the gym. I remember I enjoyed it at that time. I felt free. I didn't know why. Maybe I did not submit fully at that time. Maybe I still haven't.

So ladies, even once you've made your decision to wear the hijab, don't think that it will be smooth-sailing. You will be tested. Externally: all the comments from around you, the judgmental views of those who deem you unworthy of following His path, and those who judge you as hypocritical for even trying, from those who wait just to see you fail and all the discreet persuasion from this dunya to give it up. Internally: all the insecurities and countless self-doubts, the struggles, the battles your heart fights and loses yesterday, even though its the same battles you won just the day before.

That is why our Prophet Muhammad (SAW) taught us this prayer:

"Ya Muqallib al-Qulub, Thabbit Qabi' ala Deenika"

"O Turner of Hearts, make my heart firm upon Your religion"


"Ya Muqallib al-Qulub, Thabbit Qabi' ala Ta' atik"

"O Turner of Hearts, make my heart firm upon Your obedience"

We can only hope that when we reach the end of our journey, our hearts are set in His path, not on that one day when we temporarily give up and stop fighting. Na'uzubillah.

Where I am where I am today is a result of over 8 years of struggles. Bit by bit, crawl by crawl. It wasn't easy. It never is. I'll share more of it with you in the next post in this series. In the meantime, this is pictures of my style three years ago.

Photos from this post are from my posts in 2011 : Knot Me Not, Don't Leave it to Naught and I have me some golden coins

This post is a continuation of:

A piece of cloth on my head: My Hijab Journey 1 where I shared about my mischievous past;

how going to university helped to start my change in A piece of cloth on my head: My Hijab Journey 2; and

A piece of cloth on my head: My Hijab Journey 3, where I wrote how God placed so many inspirational people who helped nudge me towards taking the huge leap of wearing the hijab.

A piece of cloth on my head: My Hijab Journey 4 where I shared about the trigger.