Sunday, 29 December 2013

That Pink Hijabi Again, In Cotton Kurung This Time

Assalamu'alaikum. HERE I used to blog about my cotton baju kurung-to be. My tailor took two months to finish off the order, reason being her mom had been sick and that she had to put me in line. Knowing her and the amount of orders she's been catering I didn't make a scene. Not that I was in a rush anyways. And I wore the pink cutie last Monday with a matching plain shawl. Other than these three selfies, I didn't have any other picture taken, unfortunately.

Anyhow, the cotton proves to be of very good quality. Despite a bit much thicker than its siblings, you won't feel hot wearing it. The only shortcoming to me is that the sleeves will sort of roll up by themselves, showing your arms very easily that you will have to definitely wear arm socks underneath. That will be a bit challenging unless you're forever in aircond areas or cooler climate countries. Other than that, it's simply superb. Especially the fact that it doesn't seem to wrinkle much, which is very very good for all day wear. 

This cotton kurung has just become my favorite as of date. I really wanna wear it every other day, if possible. ;) For someone who doesn't really like floral prints, this has come as a surprise, really.

And I might consider to get more in near future if I were to forget about the storage hiccups at home, so help me God!

There you have it, dearest. Thanks so much for keep coming back, appreciate it from the bottom of my pink heart. Do take care and enjoy the rest of your weekend. Till then, Assalamu'alaikum.

- Nai at Tak Pe Je.

Five Minutes Too Late, Florence... Roma Termini Blues

Assalamu'alaikum. So I lost my purse, but life must go on. Keep smiling. Keep shining. Even if we missed our train to Florence the following day! Yeah, we were like less than 5 minutes late but still late nonetheless. What we did was get the next train to Pisa instead for we had already bought online return tickets from Rome-Florence-Pisa-Rome months before our Europe tour. Since we had about two hours before departure, we went to Trevi Fountain after snapping pictures at the nearest fountain (Naiad Fountain) from Roma Termini. 

Naiad Fountain, Cute Vespa and I.

Trevi Fountain, taken from wikipedia.

Taken from our camera. But of course..! 

They said we should throw coins into the water so that we would come back to Rome someday. Not that I believed any of it but heck, I didn't want that to happen so I didn't throw a dime! (The scar of losing my purse, remember?) 

Then we waited for our train to Pisa at the Termini afterwards. Oh, ya! We had walked to a halal Pizza resto nearby the Termini beforehand. In case you don't know, we Malays eat pizzas with bare hands so please excuse my oily right hand. ^_^

I wouldn't have had any smiles on my face had I travelled alone with no hard cash, mind you. So I had my family friend and of course dearest husband to thank for loads of things. And I still could transfer online some money into their accounts and use their debit cards to buy anything I wanted. So, I had no right not to be thankful to Allah in any way whatsoever. But yeah, I couldn't spend as much as I could have, not that I had much anyways! ^_^ 

And I had Junior after all.. Who had been crying so hard because of the misfortune that happened to his mummy. Pity mummy, ke kept saying. That had warmed my heart..

That I had the reasons to keep smiling. 

And even laughing...

It's how we view things that matters, dearest. Let's not dwell on what we don't have but rather on what we do instead. In the end, it's all about deeper happiness. With that, I sign off. You take care and see you when I see you, if I ever see you. Farewell and Assalamu'alaikum.

- Nai at Tak Pe Je.

Saturday, 28 December 2013

The Day Of Bad Luck In Rome

Assalamu'alaikum. It was the 1st day in Rome in our 3rd day of Europe tour. It had been raining from morning when we left the apartment and boarded the Hop On Hop Off bus. I didn't particularly like Rome per se but never knew I was about to have scarred memories there. I'm not gonna throw the hundreds of pictures taken but here are a few worth sharing.

Lessons learned, never ever bring any handbag without zippers while roaming in Rome (or Europe, for that matter). I didn't even know when my purse was taken and only realized it at the Hard Rock Cafe, at the cashier counter, to be exact when I wanted to pay for the merchandise that I picked. That had left me speechless. Spellbounded. Apalled. Confused. Lost. All at once.

Couldn't be here. This time I could still see my black travel purse inside the bag.

Or here at the Vatican City. 

Oblivious to the world around me, I was content and focusing on the tourist guide narrating the stories of the smallest country on earth.

With the place that Pope gives surmons every Sunday at the back, this picture is vintage.

It was getting darker in the evening and the rain was about to pour in very heavily. Still we made a point of snapping some pictures at the Colleseum.

I think this was the place I lost the purse. It must have been when I was boarding the tourist bus here. The rain was so heavy and everybody was literally pushing themselves into the bus. It was so crowded that I almost fell down. Can't think of anywhere else.

The 3rd day of a fortnight travel I was left penniless. Back in the apartment I immediately called the hotlines for Maybank and CIMB Bank to cancel off my debit cards. Gone were the Euros and Ringgits inside together with my Identity Card, Junior's Mykid, debit cards, medical cards and some other member cards. Thank God I didn't have any credit card and that my passport was with my other half. But then it was hard not to feel down anyways. Just that I chose not to spoil the mood of everyone else. So I wore the bravest smiles all throughout the remaining days. 

Well, that's it for now. Thanks for dropping by. Do take care and see you when I see you, if I ever see you. Farewell and Assalamu'alaikum.

- Nai at Tak Pe Je.

Friday, 27 December 2013

An Organizing Freak Nai

Assalamu'alaikum. So I have a confession to make : I am an organizing freak. Yes I am. It has become more and more obvious, much and much worse as years go by and I have actually come to terms with it by now. Then again, it's not in any way a bad thing in the first place. Yeah some might think it's some sort of an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) or in my case as my best friend versed it, Obsessive Compartmentalize Disorder but I beg to differ. It's more to building up a system that gives me (and those around me) a tranquility, peace of mind on a daily basis. It's a mad, mad world we're living in now so if only we could minimize any imaginable and foreseeable unnecessary discomfort, we'd be able to enjoy morning smiles more easily. That's how I view and justify the whole idea, actually.

And I didn't spend more than necessary to get all this system done. All the equipments were bought here and there, which were later on assembled and mix-matched as per my likings (with relevance and importance) taken into considerations. The hangers, rack and hanging units were from Kenanga Wholesale while the boxes were from Ikea, Daiso and Cosway and there you go, a budget walk-in closet in the house! 

There are still room for imrovement, of course but I'm so happy with what it has transformed into. Most importantly, it makes a whole lot of sense to me for with everything within reach and apparent sight, my life has become much easier. 

Like this existing wardrobe, for example. I took the sliding doors off and turned it into a storage for handbags, knapsacks and document bags, which makes it such a darling choosing my bag of the day without having to pack, unpack or wrap and unwrap anything in between. The white adjustable racks that I had bought 2 years ago in Ikea are now very much usable in a more stylish way. Point is, you just have to make full use of what you already have in store.

And you don't even have to over spend either. Take a look at the following items, which I bought in Daiso for merely RM5 each. Again it's about mix-matching just like you assemble your daily outfit. Be creative and comfortable. Never outdo anything. Then you'll be just fine. 

That's what has been keeping me very busy lately, now you know why I haven't been updating this blog as often. Anyhow, I hope you can relate and pick some idea out of this post. Thanks for dropping by, love you guys so much. Do take care and see you when I see you, if I ever see you. Bye for now. Assalamu'alaikum.

- Nai at Tak Pe Je.

To A Wedding And Back

Assalamu'alaikum. So we had to at least show our faces at some relatives' wedding(s) right? Yeah, that's the least expected by the parents of the brides and/or the grooms, actually. Even if you never really know other than the parents themselves. That's why when we went to a second cousin's wedding recently, we didn't get any picture taken with the bride/groom but the parent instead. I had intended to say hi after eating actually but by then they had already left to prepare for their honeymoon. Well, may be some other time - during eid, perhaps. 

My sister and I took the highway and not the by way to the wedding, together with my son. But when we headed back to KL, my son asked to stay and would rather take a lift with my mom the following day, so that he could play with his cousins and relatives in kampung. So it turned out that my brother Apih joined us, which means that he had to be the driver. I did actually fall asleep most of the way while the pilot and his co-pilot were chatting non-stop.

Then we went to Ikea for some closet organizing staffs I'd been working at and later went to have our separate fave lattes at the nearby Starbucks. What an exclusive time it had been that day, really. Something I wouldn't wanna trade with anything at all. 

That's all for now, thanks for dropping by. Sorry for skipping posts one after another, been very busy with work and organizing closets at home. Will blog about that when everything's done. Till then, do take care and see you when I see you.. If I ever see you, that is. Bye. Assalamu'alaikum.

- Nai at Tak Pe Je.

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Souvenir Paradise In Bayswater, London

Assalamu'alaikum. Here's a tip to share with you guys who will visit London some time in near future. Yeah, most first timers would end up buying souvenirs at Oxford Street, of course at some expensive price. Well, from now on do dismount at Queensbay Station and head for Bayswater across the street, shop number 88 to be exact. Look for a Muslim named Shafeek and say hi for me. ;) You won't miss this shop for it's very near from a halal dining restaurant in the street. A definite shopping spree there, I promise and Shafeek would be nice enough to give you buddy buddy price, not to mention a tax free refund or VAT slip.

Loads of Malaysians flock into this shop, especially during winter - a long school holiday for us. Some would be thrilled to exchange smiles or small talks and others just choose not to even have any eye contacts with you whatsoever. They most probably have quite a bad day or run down by the weather, who knows? But as for me, I'd rather choose to smile and create a friendly environment everywhere I may go. 

Anyhow, do be very picky at choosing T-shirts there for you might regret the poor qualities of the facrics used. Please don't hesitate to touch and feel the shirts first, but of course that means a liitle bit more expensive. Either way, everything is considered expensive looking at the huge currency difference in the first place, so it's better worth paying. May be you should look for something like this, for example: 

I wish I had bought that kind for my siblings rather than some poor downrated cottons. Lessons learned in a hard way, but please don't do the same mistake like I did, ya? Thanks anyway for dropping by, much appreciated. Do take care and I see you when I see you. If I ever see you. Till then, Assalamu'alaikum.

- Nai at Tak Pe Je.

Two Speckies From The Blog

Assalamu'alaikum. We did actually meet in person finally, pheww..! After a few unmatched dates of our tight schedules, hers in particular, that is. She keeps saying that I am humble but little that she knows, she has humbled me to see how humble she is despite who she is and what she has. I'm glad we think alike in so many ways, especially in relation to families and friends and career and passions. She's called ELLY and pictures don't do her justice for she's way a looker in person.  

We are both speckies, which is common in our professions actually and strangers would even think we're related by blood, I guess. Well, at least from my point of view. Anyhow, never mind the delay Elly, it wasn't your fault and it didn't bother me at all for you had taken all the troubles to come down from Bangi in the first place, remember? Let's hope to see more of each other in near future, may Allah Grant our wishes and dreams and good luck to us! 

You guys, thanks for dropping by. Take care and I see you when I see you. If I ever see you. Till next time, Assalamu'alaikum.

- Nai at Tak Pe Je.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Monday, 16 December 2013

Big Bad Wolf 2013 - Wee Hour's Madness in MIECC

Assalamu'alaikum. Good morning dear friends, hope you've had a great weekend. Let's brace Monday without the slightest blues whatsoever, shall we? I'm writing this while waiting for Fajar Prayer for I won't guarantee not to miss it if I go back to sleep now. Anyways, the biggest book sale by the name of The Big Bad Wolf is over now, much dismay to many and relief to others. Total madness it was, really. Opened 24 hours from 6th - 15th December, you could actually sleep eat pray there if you chose to. 

It has somehow become a place to see and be seen, a social event to be exact. But anyhow, I'd love to take it positively for at least more and more people are interested in books. Even if some might just have the urge to buy for the sake of buying at totally good bargain, so be it. Some even confessed that they only 'buy books once a year' but at least they do actually buy, right? Whether they read those books or not is none of our business, right? ^_^

I went there with my brother Apih and sister Ida and yeah, my son Ajieq, who even after midnight was recorded to be repeatedly saying he wasn't sleepy and wanted to follow us. Never mind, it's a school holiday anyways. It had been a hectic and tiring Friday and I was still there at the Mines International Exhibition & Convention Centre (MIECC) right until 3 a.m! It would have been longer, actually but since we had a kid with us and I was too tired and old for such madness, we went home to catch some sleep. Here's a picture of some of the catches that wee hour:

I would however grab cooking books after this, Insya Allah so God Bless Kuala Lumpur! Yeah, thanks for dropping by. Do take care and I'll see you when I see you, love. Till then, Assalamu'alaikum.

- Nai at  Tak Pe Je.

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Smart Casual Friday

Assalamu'alaikum. It turned out that I had been wearing abaya everyday since Monday right until Thursday and ironically decided to appear smart casual on Friday. In fact, I couldn't even remember the last time I wore a pair of slacks with a blouse. Felt a bit nostalgic in a way, for I did that a lot back in the uni. 

Friday was nonetheless just as busy even though I appeared smart casual. The only difference was that I spent the entire day outside and attended one appointment after another at the nearest mall. To be exact, at the Starbucks. Christmas deco was everywhere and I couldn't help taking selfie(s) one or two.

I did go home for Maghrib, though. And for dinner, of course, only to go back to the vey same Starbucks before Isyak coz my sister wanted to buy me coffee. Not that I took coffee anyways, for fear of sleepless night. I took instead some marvellous orange juice, which I love just as much the coffee. We had a good time, really.

Funny, though coz she never appeared in black abaya before and that day we seemed to have some 'changed' personalities. She rocked in that abaya I got from Jordan,which suited her well anyways. Because it would look more like a sexy evening dress on me, I decided to give it to her instead. She was praised a lot at work for it, apparently.

As for me, the peplum blouse looked chic both online and in real life. Glad that I had bought it, really. Well, that's it for now. Thanks for dropping by, love you all so much for that. Do take care and enjoy the remaining of your weekend. Till then, Assalamu'alaikum.

The chic (Jodie Peplum) blouse from The Poplook.

Nai at Tak Pe Je.

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Lady Drivers, Handbags & Traffic Light

Assalamu'alaikum. It's official that lady drivers have been targeted for their handbags, designer or not and the crime scenes are most of the times at the traffic lights. And sadly, in almost all occasions the criminals are men on motorbikes. Men who are supposed to protect women in the first place, have somewhat gone way astray and made women their easy preys. Shame on them! 

Even though many women seem not to learn their lessons not to put their handags at the passenger's seat, loads of us have at least become more careful by placing our handbags underneath of it. Like my best friend, for example, who had just been a victim of such random attack at the traffic light. The criminals must have assumed that she had placed her handbag on the floor mat at the passenger's side, which wasn't true for she had actually placed it underneath the seat. Once the window screen was smashed, the criminal who was sitting at the back leaned toward the door and thrusted his heavily gloved right hand randomly searching for a hndbag, laptop, anything at all. She screamed at the top of her lung but nobody heard her. Luckily she didn't panick and histerically punched the guy's hand while moving the car upward and backward, shaking the bike and the bikers in the process. That must have scared them and they fled the scene. Later at the workshop, the crime tool was found laying on the mat of the passenger's floor, which ironically had been tied with something appeared to be the belt of a woman's handbag. 

Above: The shattered glass. Below: The crime tool.

It could have been worse, really. And thank God it didn't.. Alhamdulillah. In fact this has just stengthened my belief that we should place our handbag at our own feet while driving, dear friends..! Better be extra careful next time around, ya? Gonna leave you with that. Thanks for dropping by, really appreciate it. Do take care. Assalamu'alaikum.

- Nai at Tak Pe Je.

Just Another Day At The Office

Assalamu'alaikum. It's weekend already and here I am posting an entry for Thursday. Reason being: hectic schedule running here and there, to and from the office. In  between  appointments I managed to snap about two to three selfies in my room and not even one full attire picture taken whatsoever. I would love to do an OOTD post wearing this outfit some time soonest, honoring my friend who had chosen the dark olive businesslike abaya for me in her recent trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi. I am super in love with it, really. But yeah, gotta make time for it somehow. Can't write much now, dearest. You take care and have a wonderful weekend! 

Thanks for dropping by, much appreciated. Till then, Assalamu'alaikum.

- Nai at Tak Pe Je.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

A Quick Post About Nothing Much

Assalamu'alaikum. It's 2nd day of the week and I started off Monday with black abaya, which normally means it's gonna be an abaya week. Most probably, but you never know what future holds. Office was very hectic yesterday and we didn't even get to have any Monday blues whatsoever. To a point that I myself was around to set things in accordance with some priorities. Otherwise most things would have been put to hold, which I couldn't afford to allow. And yeah. I'm writing this post before starting off today's agenda, sort of alienating myself a bit from serious expressions. 

I can't write much, though. Just a quickie, that is. You have a great day ahead and do take care. Till next entry, Assalamu'alaikum.

- Nai at Tak Pe Je.