Friday, 28 December 2012

Dust Management

Assalamu'alaikum. I don't know others, but I hate dust. Allergic to it. Sinus is one thing, yes. But headaches contributor is another one bigger thing. Owh, yeah that's right.. Dust gives me headaches. Most of the time. Makes me feel inadequate and incompetent to bits. Why? Because it gives this impression of how lousy I am at making my place in order.
No, not that really. It's more to shooting right into my eyes, heart and soul. 
I can't explain it, but let's just say that I just love to see everything shining at me.
Know what I mean?

All those perfumes you see above had been stealing loads of my time whenever I cleaned the dressing table. I had to take each one of them down and put them back like almost everyday? Oh My Goodness, Nai...! So enough was enough. I went to the nearest Cosway distributor and redeemed those two multi-purpose racks to save my day.
Yeah, Alhamdulillah.. my job has been easier ever since.
That's what I call as the 'Dust Management' as far as my bedroom is concerned.

That's all, guys. Thanks for reading, appreciate it from the bottom of my heart.
Until next entry, Cheerio..!
Much Love, Nai at Tak Pe Je.

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Beautifully Caged White Tigers and A Kid's Preference

Assalamu'alaikum. How are you guys doing? Any of you loves tigers? Well, Junior does. In fact, he's crazy for almost all animals. Tigers in particular. That's why he keeps asking to keep going to the zoo, which I'm so not into. In Phuket FantaSea Theme Park that was exactly what he wanted to go and see. Come shine come rain, he was adamantly determined. Thanks to the disposable rain-coats I had brought along from home, we bid farewell to other visitors who were stranded in the rain. Off to the tigers' haven.

No smiles, a'ah. Not until he could get to the tigers. 

Then only he could smile... ^_^ Well, much much much better compared to four years ago, when all he did was either crying or making us wanna cry. Then he found nothing interesting in Phuket FantaSea. Now at least he had his preference. White Tigers, apparently. 

What a gorgeous showroom a.k.a cage for the controlled species.

Kids, that's just the way they really are. No pretension. They say what they mean and mean what they say. Protected from sins. 

Once he got what he wanted, he was very much ready to compromise things.
By then, it was already getting dark. But then again, that particular venue was meant for him anyways from the beginning. 

That's all for today. Thanks for reading, really appreciate it. Until next entry, Cheerio..!
Much Love, Nai at Tak Pe Je.

Wordless Wednesday ~ First Time Ever!


With Loads of Love,
Nai at Tak Pe Je.

Monday, 24 December 2012

Quad Bike, the Mainland Jet-Ski

Assalamu'alaikum. Hi there, everybody. How are you doing? It's Christmas tomorrow and a big shout out to my Christian friends who're celebrating it. Hope you guys have a blast!
For today, here's a picture of Junior on an ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle). This quad-bike looked tempting to me but my flu didn't compromise at all, so I just sat under an umbrella-ed tree waiting for Junior and his daddy for half an hour or so. 

I didn't even know they have all this in Phuket ~ I thought it's all about paradise islands only. But apparently they also have this city tour thingy, one of which is a park with ATV ride, go-kart, shooting and elephant trekking all in one place in a district called Si Sunthong.
Extremely hot, but adventurous to bits. Junior loved the place so much he asked to go again some time. But we said we'd find ATV rides in Malaysia itself soon.

Do you love this kinda thing as well? I think it's just like jet-ski, only that it's on land. 
Let's give it a shot some time, shall we?
That's all for now. Thanks for reading. Until next entry, cheerio..!
Much Love, Nai at Tak Pe Je.

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Paint Me Surreal

It's a wonderful sunny Sunday here in Kuala Lumpur by far. No sign of rain. Well, not just yet. Our lunch was great, Alhamdulillah. Fresh from the humble kitchen of mine.
The menu was simple (Beef Curry - Ikan Pekasam - Mixed Salads - Sambal Belacan).
Simple But Heavenly Tasteful. 
Thanks to my SIL, who took charge right after I was done making the Beef Curry.

Anyhow, I'm not displaying any picture of the menu here. For I was too tired and too hungry to even remember to snap any. Hurmm.. 
So, here's just a surreal painting of me, thanks to LunaPic Online Photo Editor.

There goes nothing from me. Thanks anyhow for reading. Hope your weekend has been a bliss, guys. Until next entry, sayonara. Much Love, Nai at Tak Pe Je.

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Back To Basic With Blouse and Pants

Assalamu'alaikum. How are you guys? Hope you are all doing good, Inshaa Allah.
In my recent trip to Phuket, I felt like going back to the good old days when I was always dressed in blouse and pants. When I preferred pants to jeans. So I packed several matching blouses and pants together with separate hijabs. Other than advocating the basic ensemble, that had proven to be weight friendly, both to the luggage and the hands holding them. Here's one of them:

The hijab was a square one of 60 inches opening. I really had to exercise the ultimate patience while styling it. Wasn't a wise idea it turned out to be.. not suitable for the Phuket hot and dry weather. Loved what I saw, though. ^_^

There goes nothing from me. Thanks for reading. Until next entry, bye for now. 
Much Love, Nai at Tak Pe Je.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Phuket Revisited ~ Phang Nga Bay Tour

Assalamu'alaikum. I'm back in town. Safe and sound. Alhamdulillah. I went to Phuket. Again. From the moment we stepped our feet in the island four years ago, we vowed to come back again. And again. What a heaven on earth. Subhanallah...!

Phang Nga Bay ~ Q to get into the narrow cave  

This time around Junior knew to appreciate the beautiful scenery unlike before.
 Which was a bliss, coz we had the nicest time together. Last time he was all moody due to the hot and extremely dry weather. Can't blame him, though. What do you expect from a four year-old boy, right?  

Boat Ride ~ Phang Nga Bay Tour
Junior particularly loved the narrow path in the cave, which was very adventurous according to him. We had to lie down flat in the boat while going into the dark cave.
The air was so tensed due to the heavy traffic with the boats coming in and out of the cave. There was only ONE entrance, which also served as exit. Phewww!

Worth the narrow cave ~ Mangrove Trees awaited us.

With him being such a good sport, everything was even more wonderful.
Even the scenery looked much better. For our hearts were much happier. He even couldn't wait to come again. Especially now that he really enjoyed snorkeling.
Would blog more about our trip later.

Until then, bye for now. Thanks for being with me, love you for that.
Much love, Nai at Tak Pe Je.

Friday, 14 December 2012

It's Friday Again, December Almost Bids Farewell..

Assalamu'alaikum. Hi there, dear friends. How have you been doing this week? It's friday again, how fast time passes. Next thing you know, December almost comes to an end. 2012 will become a yester-year. 2013 steps in to succeed the throne. And we all become a year less younger. Scary, don't you think?

Anyways, I'm out of town now. Would blog about my location soon.. ^_^ Just to do a quick post and say Hello to those who have been kind enough to keep coming back here. Because you guys really add up to the spice in the blogging space of mine. Appreciate it so very much. Thank you, it's been goooooood all year round with you all. Now I must go, you have a great weekend ahead, ya? Until then, Cheerio...! Much Love, Nai a.k.a Tak Pe Je.


Tuesday, 11 December 2012

KL-Langkawi-Penang-KL ~ A Road Trip

Assalamu'alaikum. How was your weekend? Hope you guys had a good rest.
Mine was spent mostly in the car, literally speaking. We drove from KL after Isya' prayer all the way to Kuala Perlis Jetty, where we took a ferry to Langkawi Island. Our trip was the 8.15 a.m ferry, the tickets we got after 2 hours of queuing. The Jetty was ridiculously full with people. I slept all 60 minutes of the journey to Langkawi Island. Bliss..

We got lucky when we found a landlady whose homestay was still available at such a short notice.
D'rumah Warisan Homestay was such a cozy kampung-style place, as it turned out.
And we got it for a mere RM140 per night, which was da bomb good, just what we wanted and more.
Later I had been told that I could have gotten at least another 10 bucks cheaper had I asked for discount. But come to think of it, I'd rather not. Just because she was an angel, not necessarily that I had to play a devil. What goes around, comes around.. remember?  

We checked in after taking our breakfast at Pekan Kuah and caught our sleeps properly right until 12 p.m. or so. Then we drove around the island, round and round, enjoying the scenery.
Since we've been there so many times already, we didn't really bother to make an official visit anywhere in particular. Just the 'mandatory' ones, like chocolate hunting and gamat warehouse.

The next morning we checked out and wandered about Langkawi once more, before boarding our ferry at 4 pm and reached Kuala Perlis Jetty around 5 pm. Then we drove to Penang.
It was such a fun experience boarding the huge ferry across the Malacca Straits together with the car. 
I for once was put in quite a stress to find ways to the ferry terminal using google maps.
Thank God I found this blog: Reena's Online. But If were to choose, I would have just opted for sign board readings, you know what I mean? I hate maps... HELP....!

With my brother-in-law
I almost threw out when was 'forced' to find ways to get to Nasi Kandar Kapitan Keling a.k.a Nasi Kandar Beratur AND Nasi Kandar Line Clear. Thank God I had the chance to delegate the task to my brother-in-law.
Since the former opens daily at 10 pm, we went to the latter.
And by the time of which, I was totally hungry and dizzy. Of course contributed mostly by the map reading! As it turned out, I ate like a giant. Not that I loved the Nasi Kandar so much, but more due to earlier explanation. We drove back to KL after that, taking Penang Bridge this time. Equally great experience, actually.. both the ferry and the bridge. 

Well.. that was it. Truth be told, I'd rather eat Nasi Kandar at Pelita, Ampang.
Hurmmm... Thanks for reading, anyway. Until next time, bye for now.
Much Love, Nai at Tak Pe Je.
Assalamu'alaikum. Peace No War....!

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Saree Turns Abaya

I sent this soft green saree to my tailor to be made into an abaya. She gave me a weird look for a glance or two, but smiled nonetheless at the third one. 
And she said she was pleased when she saw the outcome. So, my response was:
"Told ya.."

I wore it the first time at my brother's nikah day and the second time yesterday at work. 
The detriment was temperature factor. I would never wear it in a hot place. Air-cond friendly, rest assured. 

With my practical student

Since I love it so much, I'm gonna get another nice saree for another pretty abaya. 
May be for Eid. May be for office wear. May be both. Hehehe.

That's all, folks. Thanks for reading. Appreciate it so much. Bye for now. 
With Love, Nai at Tak Pe Je.


Tuesday, 4 December 2012

MOTD (Meal of the Day): Simplicity

 Salam. Instead of doing Outfit of the Day (OOTD), let's change to Meal of the Day (MOTD). Hehehe. Naaaaah... just kidding.
I sometimes tend to snap some pix each time I cook, but most of the time I choose not to. For I normally would be too hungry to do so or too tired. Either that or just can't be bothered.

Recent weekend I purposely took some pix for this blog. 


I chose to cook the simplest meal possible. And the fastest that I could. Since my sis-in-law (SIL) had already taken out from the fridge some beef and fish, I made them for a good use. Hence, the Kerutuk Daging and Kembung Bakar Tawar. Just added Salad and Cili Potong, 
VoilĂ   we were ready to eat!

Reason being, I had a date.
And we watched the latest Bond movie, Skyfall.
OMG! I love DANIEL CRAIG even more now.
And Adele was smoking hot with the theme song!
My simple MOTD gave me a fab day, Alhamdulillah.

There goes nothing from me. Thanks for reading.
Bye for now. Assalamu'alaikum.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Shila Hamzah, Zheng Fu and Print Turban.

Salam. I never liked Shila Hamzah until I came across her videos in playing guitar and doing covers of latest hit songs. I for once fell in love with her. Then she did a marvelous job in the Asian Wave 2012, which sent me shivers right up to the bones. And how pretty she's become in my eyes now that she's beautifully covered as a Muslim lady. 

Of all the songs that she sang in the Asian Wave 2012, Zheng Fu by Na Ying really caught my heart. The way Shila performed the song gave me a weird feeling of sadness, regardless of the fact that I didn't understand a word of what she was saying. Recently there's a version of that very performance with English translation. Then again, I believe there's more soul to the song than the translation will be able to illustrate, looking at Shila's interpretation of the same. 

My son knows more Mandarin than I do, good for him. I've been finding my own time to have some grasp on the language as well, just not the right time yet, I guess.
Anyways, here's how lovely Shila was:

Always feel like crying every time I see this video. She must have understood the lyrics so much to be able to deliver such an outstanding performance. Apart from that, she has brought turban to another level here in Malaysia. Even I started to wear it, with my own modification and interpretation, though.. *wink.
And she has also inspired lots of Malaysians to master foreign languages other than English.
Moreover, she has proved that covering your auraah is not a hindrance in any way whatsoever to be living your dreams. That if you respect yourself and your religion, others will learn to respect you and your religion just the same.

Proud of her. Hope she'll be doing much better in years to come.

An Ice Cream Worth Trying

Last two weeks I went to Alamanda Putrajaya for a meeting. Since I was quite early and not in a position to do any window shopping, I decided to park myself at The Cream & Fudge Factory. Mainly because the weather was too hot and the ice cream looked too hot a temptation to resist.
Yeah, it was worth every dime.. 
A little bit too sweet for my taste, but delicious nonetheless. When asked, I couldn't recall the price, as usual. Never really stall pricing in my head, a habit I'm still trying to escape from.

Ice cream lovers, do check it out. You'd love the wafer, the very least.
Rest assured, it melts in your senses..

Batik Day ~ Orange Kurung Loves Purple Hijab

Thursday is the official day for batik attires in Malaysia, especially for government servants. Being in private sector, I'm not subject to such requirement.
But last Thursday I felt like wearing my orange Kurung Pahang batik, without really connecting to the batik day in the first place. A plain coincidence it was, actually.

Got a few appointments that day, felt this pang of feminine sparks one way or another. Quite contrary to the previous times, I paired the orange batik with two tone purple syria hijab. Color blocking, eh?
Kinda loved the outcome. My face was actually reddish that day, after the cinnamon herbs mask and rock salt scrub I wrote about earlier here. But it didn't show in the picture, too bad.

There goes nothing from me, really. Thanks for keep coming back, dear friends.. appreciate it so much. Until next time, Assalamu'alaikum.
Much Love, Nai @ TPJ.

Friday, 30 November 2012

Defeated By Cinnamon and Rock Salt

Salam. I've been looking for a spa with resdung (sinusitis) facial nearby my place. Quite some time already, now that my friend whose place I've been getting treatment at has been closed. Then I decided to try Yoyoy Kamphora Spa in Melawati Square. The candles that they used didn't have much smoke, which was a pleasant in every way. I decided to try the aftermath Herbs Mask, which apparently made from a mixture of cinnamon. Alien to my skin, I felt like crying and my face was burning tremendously, it seemed. What came next did make me cry and shout: Rock Salt Scrub. Oh My God! Never before I felt so hurt while doing facial. 

It took me two days not to appear red-faced. That's a detriment for someone with extra sensitive skin like me. It was back to normal on the third day, though. Alhamdulillah. True to what has been told, my face felt much 'lighter' after all the reddening process. 

Then again, I do want to repeat my sessions there, actually. Minus the herbs mask AND the rock salt scrub, of course. Definitely loved the massage that the therapist did to my shoulders and face areas. And I particularly look forward to trying the 'Sunnah Cupping' (Bekam Sunnah) as been suggested by the spa owner, a beautiful hijabi. I heard it's gonna be good for my chronic resdung problem.       

Would blog more about this thing later. Until then, sayonara. Much love, Nai @ TPJ.

Julia Roberts, She and Her Smiles...

It's been a while... and I'm missing this pretty woman, her acting and of course, her smiles...

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Happily Alive

Salam. People keep asking me what am I so happy about. I'm alive, I said. That's why.
So, if there's no other reason for you to be happy, at least don't forget the fact that you're still breathing today. You might lose one eye, be glad there's another one. I remember the moment I lost vision of my left eye and never once that I mourned it. I've always been so glad for the good right eye. Thankful that Allah has given me a pair of eyes, so when one is taken away, there's another one. Thankful that Allah has loaned me eye-sight to begin with. That when He Decided to take away half of the loan, I was embarrass to even complain.   

I read a book by Dr. Aaidh Ibn Abdullah al-Qarni, Don't Be Sad a few years ago.
Then I knew I was going in the right direction. Especially when he shared about the story of a pious man who had lost one of his fingers but never seemed to notice or mind about it due to his gratitude for other fingers. So I got myself a driving license and braved the world of own driving. I scratched the left side of the car so many times due to my limitation, but that didn't stop me from living my dreams.

And people keep saying how different I look now, that I used to look much better before I got sick.
Yes, they are right. But I'm not wrong. I'm okay with everything that happened to me. I'm okay with all the bitter-sweet paths that Allah Has made me walked. All those have made me who I am  today. Allah Has the Power to even cleanse one's blood, replace it with a whole pine of purified fresh blood.

And may be, just may be, that's why I've been given back my lost vision. I might have passed the test, I guess. Alhamdulillah. And I can't be more thankful. Allah Has Given me more than I've ever asked for. Another reason to be happy, for sure.

Life is a journey full of colorful ups and downs. Cherish each and every one of them wholeheartedly.
Why choose to be sad when you have reason(s) to be happy?
If you can't find one, at least let it be ALIVE. 
Let's be happy to be alive, shall we?


Bye for now, Assalamu'alaikum. 

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

All About Chemistry, Honesty & Loyalty

Salam. We have been through thick and thin occasions together. 
All three of us ~ Kak Liza, Kak Ros and I. One is hurt, the other two would feel the pain.  

You just can't fake a chemistry. Or honesty. Or loyalty.
Each one of them is a gift from Allah swt. 

Each one of them is sweet. Pure. Divine.
Thank you Allah, for this ukhuwah fillah.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Hot Sunday Wedding

Salam. How was your weekend? Hope it was enjoyable, really. Mine revolved around family matters, marital affairs to be exact ~ an engagement and a wedding back to back.
Here are two pictures I feel like sharing.
It was a wonderful down to earth wedding but packed with love and hearts and souls...
The bride was so happy, forever smiling ear to ear ever so generously. Well.. obviously having a blast, just like her sister did the previous day on her engagement. I was happy as well, looking at how happy they were.

The weather was so bright all day long, which was a blessing to everybody. So bright that I couldn't take my shades off, being a 'vampire' in every possible way. Lots of other guests were seen wearing shades themselves, so much of the heat. I was having flu actually but never mind, managed to survive the ceremony pretty well. How I wish I didn't look that pale without any lipstick on. Quite an awful 'lipstick eater', as always. Then again, no one's fault but mine. Who asked not to do some touch-up first before snapping any photos? Hurmmmm...

~ That's all, folks. Bye... Assalamu'alaikum.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

And She Got Engaged... A Day Before Her Sister's Wedding

Salam. I seldom go to engagement ceremonies, next to never, it seems. So today was one of the few moments recorded. An immediate cousin of Junior's dad, she's obviously another looker among the big families. A brainy beautiful young lady. Really love her outfit and make-up. She stayed up till 3 am last night, she said.. finishing up all the necessary things for her engagement day.  

The ceremony was simple and straight forward. She's now a bride to be whose wedding is a few more months ahead ~ Just around the corner. She looked very vibrant and happy, which was plain and of course, glad to see. Her mom, whom we call Mak Long was struggling, though... must have been missing the recently passed away husband. Understandable, really.  

We will be back to this house again tomorrow. This time is gonna be the cousin's eldest sister's wedding ceremony. Let's call it a pre-wedding and real wedding ceremonies back to be, shall we? I'm sure Mak Long will have to be much stronger tomorrow, for the emotion is sure gonna be much bolder. Especially during the aqad nikah ceremony and the du'a afterwards...

That's all for now. Thanks for reading, appreciate it from the bottom of my heart.
Enjoy your weekend and bye for now.
Much Love, Nai @ TPJ.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Johan, Ain is still Am's wife.... Not COOL at all..!

Salam. I'm crazy for Am, yes.. But still I've gotta write this. No offence, but I feel it's about time Malaysian script writers, bloggers or even novelists do some basic research about Syariah laws before coming up with their so-called masterpiece. As of date, let's clear some air in Adam & Hawa - a big-time hit tele-movie @ Astro Mustika HD Channel 134 every 10pm Mondays - Thursdays. Here goes:-

1- Taklik or the written conditions read and signed by a groom after aqad ceremony will only be officially enforceable by a court order. Meaning to say, a wife needs to go to the syariah court to duly endorse any breach of such condition(s) and get a validation from a judge that a talaq has actually occured due to the same.

~ So, even if Am had never sent any monetary maintenance to Ain for the past 8 years, a talaq would never occur unless and until Ain goes to the syariah court to have the matter confirmed and/or resolved.

~ And in some districts (like in Am's and Ain's case), a talaq upon validation by a judge will be in a nature of khul' (pronounced as khu-look). So, please don't pronounce it the way Johan the Rebonding guy did in the awesome tele-movie Adam & Hawa, i.e. 'Cool'. That's not cool at all, ok?

~ What does it mean, then? In such a case (talaq in a nature of khul') in takliq divorce, the divorce is by the decree of the judge. So, the existing quota of 3 divorces are still intact, untouchable, as in the case of divorce by way of fasakh. This is totally different if the taklik written and read in the Marriage Certificate clearly says that upon confirmation by the judge, then the wife is legally divorced with 1 talaq. In such a case, the divorce by way of taklik would reduce the number of divorce in store. Thus, it very much depends on the contents and wordings of the written taklik in the first place. 

~ So, even if the talaq khul' were given to Ain had she gone to the syariah court due to Am's non-maintenance, there would have been 3 talaqs in store STILL if they decided to re-marry after the divorce granted by the court.

2- Johan asked his mom to make a proposal for marriage to Ain, knowing fully well that she's legally married to Am.

~ What the heck? You can't even propose to a bethrothed, engaged woman.. Let alone someone else's wife. That's totally lame even in a pagan world. C'mon, now!

Well, let's stick to 2 points only. For now. ^_^

Bye.. Assalamu'alaikum.

Latest Pashmina Updates

Salam. Juz got a few pashmina shawls from Middle-East. Wore one of them to the office yesterday. The material is so silky-soft and I fell in love with it at the first touch.

Which was a bliss, the weather being too hot to handle. It rained about 6 in the evening, which explained the extreme heat. Either way, the silky shawl was a darling to me. The tense around a bulk of workloads was apparently too much already. Comfy outfits did help.
One way or another. 

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Mezquita de Cordoba, My Heart Will Go On

Salam. No sane Muslims wouldn't feel a sharp pain in the deepest soul when they set foot in the Mezquita  de Cordoba. Now even though still called mezquita for Mosque, it is the largest and the greatest church alive. When Muslims invaded Spain, they purchased a building from the Christians to make a mosque and let them have their existing church for their own use as it had always been beforehand. But when the Islamic Kingdom was defeated, no amount of tolerance shown to the Muslims. Not only the mosque was taken by force, not even a single amount of religious practice was allowed among the Muslims. The only reason Islam still survived until today was the Muslims would inherit the religion to their predecessors successors by teaching them syahadah secretly at their death beds. 

Now Christians are free to say their prayers at the Cathedral but no way a Muslim would be allowed to conduct theirs. Very understandable, in a sense, yeah.. for it used to be a mosque, but not anymore. As our friend there said, it's better not to stir or trigger any provocation, coz it would be easier for the local Muslims to keep living as ones in Spain.
It was heart-wrenching, of course. But at least now Muslims are free to pray and practice their religion elsewhere other than the Great Mezquita. Even though way modest as compared to the masterpiece, we did pray at a nearby mezquita with such mixed feelings.

Alhamdulillah, Islam in Spain has been much easier nowadays. Then Muslims were even forced to go out Sundays in total nudity, drink liquor and eat pork under close scrutiny of the authorities. And even if they did all that, they would still be tormented if their faces were still evident of wudhu'.. to that extent. Coz then taking bath wasn't something very popular, so Muslims were easily spotted, especially the practicing ones.

There will be time when Islam will shine again. That's Allah's promise.
But it won't happen in near future if the Muslims keep fighting against one another.
Or if the Muslims keep deviating from the right path of the religion.
Let's pray for our brothers and sisters in Palestine and all over the world.

Medina al Zahra, History and Future

Salam. Things are meant to stay for some reason. Some have been preserved by Allah swt as reminder and evidence of an existence, so that lessons are learned by later generations. That's what history is all about. Medina al Zahra is no exception. It is still there, as a what used to be the earliest modern and civilized city in Spain. Of an Islamic Kingdom in Cordoba.

The kingdom fell apart due to disunity among the Muslim tribes and now it serves as a place must-seen in Spain for public at large. But for those who want to learn, open their eyes and minds and hearts, they would dive deeper to the essence of it. Allah must have had His own Agenda, obviously for so many hearts have opened to Islam and said syahadah at the remains of the once upon enormous Islamic city itself.

The Holy Qur'an says in Chapter 14 (Ibrahim) verse 19 - 20:

Do you not see that Allah created the heavens and earth in Truth? Were He to will, He could take you away and bring new creation. That is not at all difficult to Allah.

And In Chapter 9 (Taubah) verse 39:

And if you turn away, He will exchange you for some other people and they will not be your likes.

Since the alleged 9/11 attack, Islam has intrigued a remarkable number of followers around the globe. At the same time, existing Muslims are lacked in values and many even renounced faith whether officially or not. Reverts are more appreciative than those who are, or were born Muslims. Verily the Qur'an never lies. And no wonder the prophet himself was so worried of his ummah that he kept mentioning them at his last breath.

May Allah save us all. Ameen. 

Zipper Blues In Masjid Tuanku Zainal Abidin, Putrajaya

Salam. This happened quite some time back, about 3 years ago. 
We went to Putrajaya for the hot balloon expo, but the organizers couldn't send any balloon up due to the rain. So we went to the nearest mosque, Masjid Tuanku Sultan Zainal Abidin for Asar and Maghrib prayers. I took a shower there before praying.

And for some reason unknown to anybody, the zipper of my modern kurung chose to be faulty afterwards. Thank God I brought along my praying clothes to the bathroom. And thank God there was a shop at the mosque lobby that happened to sell outfits for hajj and umrah. I bought a sheer white tunic, which apparently was meant for a guy, but what the heck, so long as it would serve the purpose.. worked just fine with me!

So as to make the sheer thingy beautifully hidden to all the public at large, I bought a pashmina shawl together with arms socks. Then I layered the shawl like the above picture, hooked with a spared brooch that happened to be inside my praying clothes bag. And I was happily at ease to mingle around at Alamanda afterwards.

Lessons learned, I have always made sure there would be spare garments in the car ever since.  
You never know what future holds...

There goes nothing from me, thanks for reading. Until next time, Sayonara. Much Love, Nai @ TPJ. 

Monday, 19 November 2012

Bayt al Rihla, A Home All Away From Home

Salam. Andalucia has been in my heart and soul for time immemorial. When I had the chance to actually be there in person last year, I just couldn't believe it. But I'm not gonna blog about it here, though. Not just yet, coz there was a very fateful event that I'm still trying to recover from. Let us begin with the sweet memories that worth sharing, shall we? Look at the scenery, Masya Allah.. Subhanallah... Alhamdulillah... La ilaha Illa Allah... Allahu Akbar! I almost choked when I set my foot at Bayt al Rihla, especially at the balcony where we were welcome with such a majestic view.    

I could spend the whole day just watching the skies, the mountain, the trees... and doing nothing at all. But of course I didn't.. it was a freezing winter, for God's sake..! ^_^ Ever so romantic person, I felt like writing a scene of my long due novel based on the background. Plus, it doesn't take a romantic or genius to actually appreciate such a splendid venue and view.

The kids did a great job of tumbling down the whole house. And we the adults did quite an average job of damage control afterwards. *sigh.
But even looking at the pictures of them could bring wide smile and big laugh to myself. So cute and adorable, all of them. Junior had the most wonderful time of having siblings around, that he didn't bother me much except when he was hungry or sleepy. 

We had the sweetest time there, despite the freezing cold weather. I had a few days of knowing someone there, we got very close like a father and daughter would. He was my friend's father, who had been looking forward to being there all his life. He told me a lot of things, his memories, his hopes, his favorites.. and I was all ears. He asked aspirins, cough syrup and balm whenever he felt bitter. And he even asked me to make him drinks, give him bread or cook him dinner, to which I was happily obliged.

And a few days later he passed away. I just couldn't take it. It's almost a year since he's gone. I still have heartache each time I remember... and I just can't forget. When I'm ready, I'll do more entries about our bitter-sweet memories there. I don't write when I'm too sad....

That's all for now. Thanks for reading. Until next time, sayonara. Much Love, Nai @ TPJ.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

One Convo, One Wedding & No GPS

Yesterday was a packed Saturday for me. Earlier on was my brother's convocation at Sunway Putra Palace Hotel (formerly known as The Legend, KL). The ballroom was filled with lots of Chinese and some Indians and we were among the few Malays around. We were so proud of the grad brother, after such a hard work and difficult route that he had to take to get there. Really glad to see him smile after so many years of pain and suffering.

The university management was kind enough to prepare loads of delicious refreshments. Mom said, it was all deserving due to its expensive school fees. Had to agree for once. But then again, still much cheaper compared to the fees in the London Campus. Anyhow, congrats to him for doing a great job there in the University of Greenwich. He graduated with 2nd Class Upper in Degree of Accountancy and would complete his LCCA ACCA soon. No wonder he was all smiles and I was a proud sister...

I drove home and my sister volunteered to be at the wheel to Kuala Selangor, but she insisted to go pick her GPS at her place. Thing is, I'm hopeless with GPS, have given up long ago. Not saying it's not good, just not working much with me. Distracting me in so many ways, especially when the woman's voice kept asking me to slow down, watch my speed, and re-routing the maps each time I took a different turn. My sister relented at last, after her GPS kept asking her to use different highway as opposed to my directions toward LATAR. And we arrived in an hour or so. Not bad for the first timers, eh?

The bride had already changed into casual kurung. But luckily there was still enough food for us. Alhamdulillah. What mattered the most was that we actually took all the efforts to get there and Allah had smoothed the way for us, due to the noble intention, perhaps.. 

That's all, thanks for reading. Until next time, sayonara. Much Love, Nai @ TPJ.