Sunday, 29 September 2013

The Dots In My Life, Mom To The Rescue

Assalamu'alaikum. I attended a packed and tensed professional course on Friday recently, which had drained me both mentally and physically. Like, all four corners of the huge hall were hitting me bit by bit - minute after minute, hour after hour. Boy, I must have aged ten times older that day! I somehow managed to stay alert right until the last slot in the evening but almost lost it at the very end of the closing ceremony. Thank God the guest of honour didn't have much intention to lengthen his speech more than necessary. 

Anyways,  that day I wore a black and white polka dots kurung Pahang paired with white shawl. The dots seemed to represent the uncertain links in my career, the missing ports in my life. Well, sort of. That much the course had affected me in loads of ways. Hence, the emotional drain. 

And for the first time in a long time my heart was calling for rescue,"Mom... I'm tired!!!" Yeah, we adults still crave for moms..

- Nai at Tak Pe Je.

Saturday, 28 September 2013

That Dreading, Painstaking Guilt of A Mom

Assalamu'alaikum. This past few weeks have been the busiest time ever, really. That I just practically froze some moments and took Junior out for dinner, you know, that pang of guilts each working mom share in common. I didn't have time to change - didn't even had the guts to bathe but rather just washed and freshened my face up before Maghrib prayer. On I went for dinner afterwards with the very same outfit I wrapped myself in from the morning. Time Is Black Gold, the Oil and Gas Value. 

And yeah, I think I have somewhat improved a great deal in styling the voluminous kinda of hijab. Gotta learn some more, though. Anyways, the speed and record time of getting ready is everything I'm looking for right now. So that I can be in loads of places in one single minute, you know. ^_^

Junior isn't used to mummy being too busy, actually. Like: Let daddy get the busiest of his nature, it won't be a problem. Not mummy, she's mine. That sort of possessiveness, you know what I mean? That's what a boy his age is like, so help me God..!

Weekend comes again, Alhamdulillah. Even slept like a baby after Subuh prayer today, didn't even bother to ride my exercise bike downstairs. Bliss, eh? Well, that's all for now.. Thanks for dropping by. Do enjoy your weekend, dearest. Till then, Assalamu'alaikum.

- Nai at Tak Pe Je.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

The KL Sentral Day

Assalamu'alaikum. It was a hectic day for me, apparently when I spent most of my time in KL Sentral, back and forth. I literally rushed myself between the central port and my office, commuting to and fro. That's what happens if your assistant is on maternity leave, that is. Thank God I still have my left hand back in the office, Alhamdulillah. 

Anyhow, I started to try wrapping my shawl in quite a different style, in case you haven't noticed. It's been awhile, yeah I know but this kinda style requires some sort of practice and hence, the delay. I took a close look at how sister Liza Razak has been wearing her shawls and a few videos from other sisters, especially that of Zukreat (Keeping Up With Zukreat) and went bold enough to finally try it out myself.

It would have been much easier with an oversized cotton shawl, I guess but I really wanted to wear this cotton-lined chiffon shawl that I got at Hong Kong's Ladies Market recently. By the time I went to pray Maghrib and had to wear the shawl all over again, I felt much more confident with the wrapping. I finally got it, really. All I need is a little more practice now and then,  I guess.

I had to stay in the prayer room from 630pm after I did my Asar right until Maghrib so as to meet someone at my favorite hangout place at 830pm. So much that I even snapped a photo while I was there, something I never did my entire life, in fact. Looking at the picture later on made me a bit touched, realizing that in the end we all are gonna end up wrapped in white. Subhanallah.

Meantime, let's make ourselves useful to the society at large. You guys do take care and thanks a bunch for dropping by. Love you loads! Till then, Assalamu'alaikum.

- Nai at Tak Pe Je.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

When You Feel Like Caffein Yourself

Assalamu'alaikum. So i did feel like a caffein myself today, at least that much my golden brown long satin shawl from Nadia hijabs had made me feel somehow today. 

And trust me, when you're in such mood, it's somewhat normal if you can actually finish off the entire long mug of hot caffe latte. PLUS the cranberry scone, mind you!

Oh my! I still can't believe it! Well, calling it a day at 6pm today after a high spirited appointment in KL Sentral,  I took the lrt and headed home feeling like a champ. May be for finishing off that latte. May be for concluding a meeting with quite a satisfying impact. May be that, yeah. Or may be not. Anyhow,  I enjoyed my working hours today.

- Nai at Tak Pe Je.

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Long Satin Shawls ~ A Personal Review

Assalamu'alaikum. It's been awhile since I last fell in love with hijabs, really really seriously in love, I mean. Until these long satin shawls from Nadia Hijabs came into my life. ^_^  I practically wanna have all colors available except for black, coz I've got too many black hijabs under my bed in my closet in my head! 

Anyways, these beauties are measured 0.56 metre wide and 2.0 metre long (giving you necessary coverage), of Dubai silky satin. Unlike most satin materials, they are not over shiny and less 'slippery' and hence, makes them very easily wearable without much mess whatsoever. They won't fall off your head all of the sudden, so afraid not, dearest..! And at Nadia Hijabs, they are worth MYR35 each exclusive postage. Bargain at your risk, ya.. LOL. Among others, they are of the following colors:

They come in quite a number of intoxicating colors to begin with, so behold dear friends! You might just end up melt under your own preference just like I did. Argh! 

Check out Nadia's cozy facebook for better view...

- Nai at Tak Pe Je.

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Abaya of The Day ~ Juma'ah Barakah, a flashback

Assalamu'alaikum. This is gonna be a quick Abaya of the Day post, just to share you guys a picture taken after office hour at work yesterday, being the chief of all days, Juma'ah. This abaya was given as a present from Egypt to me a few years back and I used to wear it a lot mostly for tahlil and iftar that I had to attend back then. It's still as good as new - that's what I love about Middle East abayas, really. And the maroon embroidered square hijab used to belong to my mom but since she had come to loving instant hijabs this few years, I asked it from her, rather than just lying in her wardrobe. If you notice, I've been regularly posting entries wearing the same hijab throughout the blog.

Anyhow, with less is more tagline, this Abaya of The Day was lightened up by the embroideries on the hijab, I guess. My perfect Juma'ah outfit, it seemed - at least to me, of course. Yeah, that's it for now. Thanks a bunch, dearest for keep coming back here. Till then, Assalamu'alaikum.

- Nai at Tak Pe Je.

Satin Shawl, Saree Traditional Kurung & Dinner In Cyberjaya

Assalamu'alaikum. I juz got myself a few satin long shawls from Nadia Hijabs and immediately wore one of them for dinner more than five hours ago. We went to Tuan Haji Shahrin Low's Cyberjaya branch which served us superb Chinese Muslim cuisine. I personally prefer his Ampang branch actually but the one in Cyberjaya is of equivalent standard (didn't have any pictures of the food, sorry..!)  And I had a blast with the dinner attendees, which mattered most.

Yeah, I did wear a traditional baju kurung on purpose, especially with the dark olive satin shaƔl in my possession. The kurung, which was from saree has remained to be one of my beloved attire collections that I tend to wear for special occasions (like this one). I wish I had taken loads of solo pictures but yeah, I had been so busy talking and gossiping and catching up things with my dearest friends that it just didn't happen somehow.

But at least we did take group pictures, right? Hence, this entry. ^_^ The three of us had meant to meet over a cup of coffee or two for quite some time now but our times are yet to match one another. Not just yet, that is. Hopefully sooner than later, Insya Allah.

One thing for sure, though: I will definitely get myself more colors of this long satin shawl. Positive.


That's it for now, thanks a bunch for dropping by. Enjoy your weekend, dearest! Till then, Assalamu'alaikum.

- Nai at Tak Pe Je.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Creep 4eva

Assalamu'alaikum. This is gonna be a leisure quickie..
One of my all-time favorite songs:
Creep by Radiohead. Again, those using Apple gadgets might have to view via Photon.

And I really wanna watch this french movie called 'And They Lived Happily Ever After' starring my all-time favorite actor, Johnny Depp. Gotta find time to do just that soonest..! That's all for now.. Thanks a bunch for dropping by. Till then, Assalamu'alaikum.

- Nai at Tak Pe Je.

OOTD Post ~ Smart Casual Day With Lee, Sugarscarf & Poplook

Assalamu'alaikum. It's been a while since I did an OOTD post for it's quite edgy to find anybody to snap my photos - not that I've got much time, either. Anyways, it happened yesterday at work after 630pm when I was ready to go home. Smart Casual Day, it seemed, looking at the Lee jeans paired with the mint blouse from the Poplook and the lime yellow shawl from the Sugarscarf. The blouse is fully lined actually, thus you have the option not to wear any other inner but I somehow found the need to do so for extra comfort (read: personal assurance). Here are two pictures taken with this entry in mind..

That's it, dearest. Today I'm all formally dressed in yet another monotone color,  by the way. How about you? Do take care, ya.. And thanks for dropping by. Till then, Assalamu'alaikum.

- Nai at Tak Pe Je.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

WW - Light At The End Of The Tunnel

Assalamu'alaikum. Some Color Splash... ^_^ 

Nai at Tak Pe Je.

Up Town Boy, Tuna Subway Sandwich & The Animal Kaiser

Assalamu'alaikum. This child of mine is always bored, it seems or may be kids nowadays are like that. This kinda boredom usually becomes uncontrollable comes long holiday and the same goes with weekend plus Malaysia Day on Monday recently. I didn't have the heart to prolong his agony and took him to play his fave game called the Animal Kaiser at the nearest mall. 

He has this unspoken schedule before playing that game, i.e. having a half inch of tuna sandwich at Subway. A routine he has never once missed thus far, ever so loyal, eh?

Not that he could ever finish the whole sandwich, though. But then again, he would always finish the leftover at the end of the day somehow or rather, when he's back in the house, that is. I guess that has become his sentimental value routine, don't you think? Kids usually tend to do things in recurring patterns to feel belong and secure.

Well, there goes nothing, really. Thanks for dropping by. Till then, Assalamu'alaikum.

- Nai at Tak Pe Je.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Hong Kong City Tour - A Shortcut Trip

Assalamu'alaikum. This time let's talk about Hong Kong City Tour, shall we? We took this 4D3N deal from MAS promotion in the internet, which included the airport transfer to - from the hotel, one deluxe room in the (Kowloon) Regal Oriental Hotel, one day city tour and Disneyland package - altogether ka-chinged the debit card of MYR2k+++ when we could have gotten less than MYR2k had we clicked the purchase button a few days earlier. Yeah, in the internet a few days delay does give a major difference. Lessons learned, of course.. But heck, we didn't have enough budget that few earlier days! ^_^ 

Anyways, one of the itineraries was a city tour, which was a shortcut here and there as per the Hong Kong tourist agent in charge, Terry's sole discretion. The coach we were in transported three families including us, two of whom were from the Philipines. Terry's English was thankfully fluent enough to make us understand the gists of what he was saying. He brought us to the oldest jewellery shop in Hong Kong where you can buy anything with money, if you know what I mean. The silver magnetic bracelets and gold lucky charms are worth the buy, though. Other than that, I won't recommend anything much unless of course your purse and/or credit card limits are gorgeous. 

We were then driven off to the Victoria Harbour waterfront where we could snap some pictures at the Golden Bauhinia Square, a significant monument for the handover of Hong Kong from the British to the Mainland China Government. I wasn't really crazy of the monument though, due to the extreme heat especially. But the harbour was a babe so I was a willing victim to capture loads and loads of pictures there. Even Junior was up to the moon, in fact.

Next we went for a ride on a local fisherman's boat-turned-taxi to witness the fishermen's village and the obvious double standard yacths parked alongside the harbour at the other end. Rich becomes richer and poor becomes poorer. Argh! And yes, the local fishermen had got to renovate and/or modify their boats into tourist taxis because they could no longer compete with the mainland fishermen who started to flock the islands and sell fish at much cheaper rates. At least that was what I had been told. Hence, the forced half smiles of mine.

Enough of the mentally pressing moment, ya? Then we were driven up to the central part of the famous Victoria's Peak where again we snapped a few tons more pictures. The tour didn't include the peak itself, mind you. That you've gotta arrange for yourself, which we apparently had done so earlier the night before. The other two families would have to make it themselves some other day, I guess, if they wanted to. I wasn't that crazy of the view there for I'd seen much better right at the peak but was glad nonetheless for I could actually go to the washroom! ^_^

That was the end of the city tour, where later on we dismounted the bus at the Lochhart Road area for lunch at this HALAL Indian/Middle Eastern superb restaurant called Ebeneezers. We ordered chicken kebabs, chicken briyani, pizza and Coke and paid HKD200 something including the 10% dining-in service tax. Pergh..! 

But that night at the hotel we cooked rice and some Malay cuisine, what to do.. Orang kampung! 

That's it for now, dearest.. Thanks for dropping by. Till then, Assalamu'alaikum.

- Nai at Tak Pe Je.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Addicted To Friendship - No Man Is An Island

Assalamu'alaikum. Many married women tend to make a common big mistake i.e. not having some time out with their own sets of friends. That is freakin' important to keep you sane, really, so never outcast yourselves from your lady friends EVER just because you are now married. Catch up with your best friend(s) every now and then, no matter how brief it might be. We're talking about quality here rather than quantity. 

You can do quick lunch together, for instance. Like, you've got less than half an hour to even eat anything, so how about ordering juice over a chat?

Or catching up with quick wrap up of hot gossips on the way to the airport when all you got was a few brief hours together? That would give you loads and loads of love duly recharged! 

Or attending a quick reunion over an eid open house, even if that means you have only got a few secs - just enough to snap some pictures together.

Because in the end it's all about showing each other love and support right from the bottom of your heart...

Remember, no man is an island...

- Nai at Tak Pe Je.

Saturday, 14 September 2013

The Memory Remains, dear James...

Assalamu'alaikum. You know what? I did attend the Metallica's Concert in Kuala Lumpur last month and was the only one who wore pink that night among those in blacks. Hahaha. Never mind, so long as I was also "the Metallica family", as ever so handsome James Hetfied put it that night. It would have been different had the phenomenal metal band come 10 years ago when I wore black on daily basis. But seriously, I was amazed at mere idea of seeing James, Kirk and Lars live on stage that I literally felt numb and dumbstruck, unblinkingly stared at James and James alone! But Jason was not around so it felt a little bit weird, at least to me.

And my being there was too much not to stir up the memories that have always been very much alive deep inside my heart. It was very bitter-sweet especially when they played Wherever I May Roam, Enter Sandman and Nothing Else Matters. It was so pressing emotionally that I had to close my eyes and hide within my own soul. Only to be all awake by the sound system, of course. It was a rock concert, after all..! 

The glimpse of James was so haunting.. Lasted days afterwards, in fact. And because of that I dialled one particular number that I held myself against dialling for quite some time. I owed that much to myself, so I thought.

Anyways, it was just like a festival that night with so many people inside the Merdeka Stadium and even more so outside. Traffic jam was not even a question anymore.

There you go, girl.. Clad in office attire. Who cares? ^_^ 

No one did. They all went to see and feel Metallica. Nothing else did even matter. 

Here's a picture of my baby sister, who apparently is no longer a baby. No! No! No! 

If it wasn't because of her, I don't think I would go there in the first place. She was the one who made the effort to Q in Bukit Bintang for almost three hours to get the tickets. And she didn't have anybody else to go with now that she's single again. Any takers? I've got her numbers, you know..! ^_^

Well, gotta catch some sleep. You take care and thanks for dropping by. Till then, Assalamu'alaikum.

- Posted With Loads of Love By Nai at Tak Pe Je.

Friday, 13 September 2013

Roaming Hong Kong Disneyland In Summer

Assalamu'alaikum. Perhaps it wasn't quite a good idea to visit Hong Kong early September for the summer would normally shift the air mid-September. However, since that was the only free date that suited our calendar, we didn't have much choice to begin with. We had a good time, though despite the heat especially in the Disneyland Resort. It was very challenging for a hijabi like me to be roaming such an enormous wonderland in such a humid and dry weather, I'm sure you can relate to that. Anyhow, as I said earlier we had a good time and for Junior, he had a blast!

We had bought four Halal food coupons from our tourist guide, Terry at HKD60 each, which was da bomb cheaper than what you could get inside the wonderland. We were the first customers apparently and had to wait 15 minutes for the restaurant would only open their meals business at 12pm sharp, no less. After savouring the most awaited lunch, we began our journey by taking a brief raft transfer to Tarzan's Treehouse.

Do you notice the lady in summer dress? Heck yeah, she must have thought I was crazy for 'blanketing' myself with hijab and all. Hehehe. Never mind, I still could smile under the sun and couldn't wait to get to the nearest shop at the halal restaurant to get myself a cute cap. But Tarzan's treehouse was a blessing for the trees had somewhat given me some fresh air and wind. Yet still I had to roll my sleeves up to the elbow, thank God for the arms socks. 

It doesn't take a genius to spot how happy we were, the kid and his hijabi mom. All smiles, eh? That's what the kids in adults' hearts do, you see.. But once exposed to the sun again while boarding the brief raft transfer, my frown returned. ^_^ 

Then I got myself a good cap the first thing after that - pink, no less. Hahaha. Cuteness ruled! Still the sleeves rolled up to the elbow, though. 

When you go to a theme park with not so grown-ups, you have got to go into loads and loads of spinning rides, you know what I mean? Heck yeah, hence the UFO round and round that spinned my jolly good head regardless of how cute the pink cap looked. Urgh! 

So I chose to just sit and switched on my Mobile Data and roamed the internet instead, while waiting for Junior and his dad spinning around some more on yet another ride. See the empty chairs around? Well, they were occupied mostly by elderlies in front of me and I was the only not so elderly woman, not to mention the only hijabi wearing pink cap! Hehehe. 

I was still dizzy when it was time for a boat ride but then again, who goes to Disneyland to just sit and watch the crowd, right? It turned out to be one good jolly boat ride, so yeah.. Alhamdulillah. 

Oh, ya! How about solat, have you wondered? Gotta be patient and search for a good spot to do our solat in such a place. We found ours at the back of the castle and in between a quite hidden cafe but of course never expect a carpeted prayer room. We invited a few curious stare from the restaurant workers and passers by but we didn't care a bit. So long as we could do solat jamak zuhr and asr..

Then we went to snap some more pictures and to Junior’s dismay, the last train had just departed when we reached the station. We climbed the stairs, though just to snap a few other pictures there while waiting for the firework show.

It was so magical, really. Spectacular view coupled with the beautiful love song, A Whole New World embracing the air. I felt so torn between the child in me and my grown-up body! Definitely a night to remember, no doubt.

Especially for this young man...

Then, finally it was time to go after more than 8 hours in the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. Junior kept thinking out loud about the missed last train but I taught him a wise lesson that God had given every other thing that he had asked for, so how about counting the blessings instead of focusing on the negative thing? He nodded and seemed to understand. Well, I hope he did.

There you go, that's it for now. Pheww..! What a long entry! Thanks anyway for dropping by. Love you all dearly...! Till then, Assalamu'alaikum.

- Posted With Loads and Loads of Love By Nai at Tak Pe Je.