Saturday, December 20, 2014

December Diary


Hello and Good morning to my dear readers ;) I seriously did not realise I haven't blog in a month plus that I don't know where to start. As soon as my reading week ended (the last post was the last night before I started lectures again) I began to have coursework and more every single week until I handed in the last one last Wednesday yaay me :)

Two Fridays ago, my girlfriends who are staying at the same place as me, Capucine and Natalie had a pizza movie night. We walked over to get Vegetarian pizza along the road then we watched 27 Dresses at the basement movie room. It was so fun and such a nice catchup! :)




 


 

This is my home-made salad on nights that
 I am not so hungry so I just have a light dinner
 


Now I have started my Christmas break and since Wednesday I have been busy skyping with my besties, 4 so far and also my sister and family. 4 more planned skype sessions dued soon. And one time I skyped for 2 hours and 40 minutes *omg jawdrop I barely realised that. Guess I have had so many stories and she has too that we literally talked and definitely not realise its been that long ^^

Yesterday I met my Singaporean friend, WanTing for lunch then at 5, I met my Malaysian friends for ice skating in Westfield, Shepherds Bush! My first time ice skating in the UK, it was so fun but it felt too quick because we paid £9 for an hour (student price) but we entered at 620 after getting our skates and all then we had to go out at 655pm. Hopefully more next time. Then we surveyed restaurants there to see if any were halal. I was fine with vegetarian food but most of my friends weren't so keen on it so in the end we decided to eat at Penang, a Malaysian restaurant there. It was so epic, an outing with my Malaysian friends, eating Malaysian food and the British waiter spoke some Malay- I felt like I was back home for a moment. I had Nasi Goreng belacan then for dessert we had pisang goreng with vanilla ice cream, reminds me of my favourite one in Madam Kwan. Then after dinner, my friends wanted to go to Body Shop but then Aira took me into Lush and the organic beauty of the shop made me stay and browse longer. She began to tell me of all the nice products there. Then suddenly one of the sales-lady approached me and I told her about my hair loss and if there was any suitable product and she introduced me to a bar shampoo.?? It felt so weird at first I thought bar soaps are for body only, I've never tried for shampoo and did not even know it existed. And since the one she showed me was for hair strengthening and I really was keen on natural products, I bought one :)



Lush was the last shop we went to before heading back home. The journey back was only about 30minutes or so and that was the beginning of my Christmas break :)

Feeling particularly relaxed today and had roti canai and sugar for breakfast. I am so glad my course works are done. Some people wonder what we do for coursework and its basically like interpreting a map, drawing what you interpret to be beneath the surface and then draw a 3-D section its very subjective because different people would draw it in different ways but generally the pattern should be the same then we answer a few questions based on the map and write about the geological history of the area. It is pretty cool to me doing these stuff but of course it is definitely not easy. And I like the fact that for all my coursework we use colour pencils and require colouring hehe. Another one required me to look at thin sections of a rock under a petrological microscope and come up with a specific rock name and put all the rocks together on a simplified cartoon map then come up with the history of the place. So yeah, the main purpose is to learn about the history in a particular place. I feel like my course has an element of geophysics (this year one of the best chapters is locating Earthquakes), geochemistry, biology ( fossils, plants, Earth in general), astronomy (supercool), history (tad bit boring), English (write essays and papers- last year I researched into Gemstones), maths, art (because we draw and colour) and it feels great to be doing an element of everything into 1 degree, I really enjoy it. 
Just a computer modelling image of Structural Geology, we haven't
really learned how to make this because mostly it is
 manually done in class but we're heading there

I remember last weekend, I was working on 2 courseworks to hand in last Monday and Wednesday (just a few days ago) then on Monday I also had an Arabic test! So last weekend was one of the most hectic ones. But my favourite part of last weekend was cooking with my <3 & feeding ducks in Hyde Park *sempat oops, still handed in coursework on time :D and also visiting my uncle, aunts and cousins. They came for a holiday and stayed at my aunt's place here. I was so happy to see them and visited them Sunday night, yup night of my Arabic test and submission and at my aunt's house I ate lamb asam pedas with leek soup and for tea, I had potato and shrimp fritters that my aunt made. It was soo yummy. Then my cousins and I played wii and a card game and before I left, we took pictures. Here comes the funny part, you see two of my cousins where headscarves so when we wanted to take a photo, they grabbed theirs. And when my little cousin Sara saw that, she grabbed hers too. And then my other cousin, Adam was wearing my muffler around his neck and then when we started to take photos he wore it like a headscarf and looked very much like a pretty girl! It was super funny and everyone laughed as he was taking different poses then wearing my aunts' sweater. 



When I'm so immersed in reality I always forget I haven't blogged for a long time but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy blogging anymore , I really do and especially when people say I've helped them or leave nice remarks on my blog, I truly appreciate it and feel happy to have a positive impact on another being..

Speaking of which I'm such a sensitive person, sometimes I easily feel offended when people act foolishly to me or criticising directly without any rationale. I always try my best not to offend others and some people simply don't care, which is simply rude. This statement is made because you know when you're in a committee and there's that one person who you really can't get along with but you act politely and professional. They are much older yet act childishly rude and harsh. Urgh if you know I'm in which committee then you know what I'm talking about. So this incident happened 1 week plus ago but I've settled it in a diplomatic manner.

Advice for people out there who are kind and polite to others yet feel hurt at times yet don't want to defend or say anything because they don't want to offend anybody:
Stand up for yourself because if you don't nobody will. And be as kind and polite to people but when people do wrong to you, make sure they get the message that you are the wrong person to mess with. There is no need to be all b**ch-y to convey the message because that just makes you look weak. A simple word of wisdom and the truth about the way the person is acting is good enough to guard your dignity and self-worth.
 
This message is mostly applied for people who are just acquaintances, not really family or close friends, I guess in those cases you would need a better personalised approach.


Back to more happy stories :)
 
Last Monday night we had a Yoga Christmas dinner and I ate veggie pizza, celery sticks and carrot sticks while chatting with our Pilates instructor, Francine who is from London. When some of us mentioned we were staying in London over Christmas, she recommended a few nice places to go! And the next day we had Vinyasa Yoga with music flow and our instructor, Sarah recommended me to a few places to, they are so sweet another reason why I enjoy going for yoga/pilates.
One crazy thing that happened while at the Christmas dinner is that I did not know minced pies had Brandy and after eating 1/3 of it, only did I realise when they passed me the box. At first I thought it was alright because it had a green V- okay for vegetarians and so yeah urgh- good lesson for me.. Its unavoidable sometimes when you are overseas. For example last year, I freaked out when I got to know the sausages that I saved from falling out of the fridge was actually pork... I wore a mitten to class that day and eventually threw it away and had to clean my hands with pure soil. Some memories I will always remember  >.< The worse of it all is to know that black pudding is actually pig's blood and people actually eat it yucky. And no no I did not eat this, its just that I was at a buffet at Dorset and I wanted to try the black pudding because I just thought it was literally black pudding, but no it was actually something else luckily my friend told me.
 
Oh before I forget, there was this sweet Christmas dinner in the Queen's Tower Room! You see, Thursdays after Global Geophysics lecture , my course mates and I always have lunch in QTR. I remembered that QTR was going to organise a Christmas Dinner but I was not sure when and just figured that they might have special dishes, that's all. Little did we know that that fine Thursday was THE DAY. You see we finished lectures early that day so we headed down together and SURPRISE!! Christmas songs, Christmas trees, candles, table cloth, waiters wearing red and santa deco outfits, wow!... It was amazing... one because I was with all of my friends at that time, two because I was not expecting that, three because it was genuinely so beautiful and magical....four because we were one of the first ones who reached.. five because they had a veggie option for the meal that day... I was so so happy and there was even Santa Claus going around giving chocolates to students. And on the table it was beautiful with glitter, candles, shiny things that said Merry Christmas ohh they were so creative and sweet to have this for us :') on top of all that amazingness, there was small gifts for us in packages on the table!! And also games like Charade and riddles that we can play after eating and even paper hats. The gifts in the boxes were like a comb, large bookmark, keychains, card games and things like that. It really made my day in the midst of coursework busyness. Thank you to all the staff and cooks in QTR :D
 
 
 
This is entirely vegetarian food, I'm actually getting used to veggie food.
 
 
I think I have covered all the highlights from since I last blogged and to many more memories to come :) I'm really looking forward for a visit from my high school friend, a daytrip with my <3, more Skype sessions, more outings in London and of course studying :) Alhamdulillah I learned that when you are patient, perseverant and positive as well as faithful, Allah will help you out. Always bersangka baik with Him and do the best you can to make yourself, people you love and God happy. Take care everyone and till I blog again :)
 
 

My cute little baby was a little ill so happy he is much better
and just like to have his pictures all over my room,
laptop and this time even at the end of my blogpost :)

 

Monday, November 17, 2014

What I Did on Resting @ Reading Week :)

Dear blog, today was such a nice wrap up for this week. I had one reading week and it was just amazing and I have to say, its been pretty productive. I've been so busy at times I forgot I am on a reading week. I started this reading week last Friday night (my dad's birthday) and also my friends pre-birthday dinner. Persian food. Then on the beautiful Saturday, I went to Greenwich! It was amazingly beautiful and I had a good walk in the park. Fed wild ducks, the ducks in Hyde Park are so much tamer. These pigeons and ducks don't mind coming close to you and would even land on my hand. I began to panic and started making them fly away but they were so determined to eat omg they would come immediately back again. So I finished the food quickly and made our way to the Royal Observatory Greenwich. We witnessed that line that separated the East and West side of the world and took loads of pictures around the place. Then we bought souvenirs at the shop and then it started drizzling. Winter over here is drawing near and maghrib is at 410pm while isyak at 630pm. So yeah by 3ish it was getting dark so we decided to have evening tea at Cookies. That place was super cute because you could go there to design your very own mug. I had custard tart and hot chocolate and we shared the scones and tea. It was such a nice teatime and the place was so cheery and happy. Then we headed home and started to cook chicken curry and veggie. It was super yummy :P Then Sunday I prepared for my presentation the next day on the 3 Gorges Dam in China and also had a night working shift from 5-8pm. Although we were on reading week, I still had:
Monday- Tutorial + presentation, Arabic class and then another night shift for my part time job
Tuesday- Safety training with Marlin and first aid practical class, then yoga
Wed- Stay at home day, did some reading and resting
Thurs- Careers Day then a RCC meeting- I represented yoga for the first time, it was very informal and brief
Fri- Catch up on work and important things online, stay at home day, dinner with Claire then did laundry
Sat- Yaay I get to shop in Oxford Street after a morning work shift because I felt better (was initially a bit sick). Had lunch at Subs in South Kensington. Accompanied my <3 to buy his necessity winter clothing then shopped for myself hihi. I got a free Uniqlo Heat Tech because apparently we were suppose to search for his clothing there and suddenly I saw them giving this free item and I went directly in the long queue. It was so funny because I did not even know what it was for initially and yet suddenly super eager to get the Heat Tech thermal top ( the free gift which I only discovered while queueing up). After shopping we cooked salmon sweet sour and stir fry veggie omg so sedap! Then I ordered some online books for my dearest brother and chose his favourite ones because it is so much cheaper on Amazon UK and also a paintset for him Shhhh... its a surprise.

And today finally the end of my hectic yet very needed  reading *ahemahem rest week (I suppose) I had lunch with my <3's aunt who made asam pedas fish, chicken wings and rojak. I realise I only get to eat homemade food in the weekends, my weekdays are so packed I don't have time to cook. Then after lunch, I headed over to college for the Islamic Sister Charity Event called Smoky not Smudgy!
The entrance fee was £5 then I went for the Make-up Tutorial Class by Taniya Khan which was £3.50 then I bought a head piece for shawls at £5 then I went for an amazing 15 minute massage at £15. I haven't had a massage since I was in Malaysia and it felt so so relieving. After the massage I ate the halal marshmellows and haribo I bought with Wan Ting. I haven't seen her since her birthday ( I wrote about this on my last post so that was the last time I met her). We chatted then around 6ish we went home. As soon as I reached home, after praying I began reading the free Sister Magazine that they gave us. 

PS: I know there are barely any photos, I do have them on my phone and will try to update it asap. Thought I might as well write this before I sleep to end this blessed week insyaAllah. Also I haven't had a chance yet to respond to some of you. Will do it asap and thank you for visiting my blog,please bear with me. Being in university is more hectic than you think especially over here.

I'll end this post with some motivation:


Nothing is completely perfect and if you expect it to be then happiness is nowhere near. Happiness comes with the ability to overlook imperfection and being positive and thankful with whoever, whatever, whenever and however Allah destined your life; past, present and future to be. 
-LittleMissMeen

Stay happy and smile :) Warm wishes from me :*



Sunday, November 2, 2014

Life Updates :)

Dear Diary,

Its drizzling outside and pretty gloomy but I've decorated my room recently to help make my day and surroundings look good even if the weather isn't (especially since Winter encourages people to stay indoors). 



Well, it was pretty sunny last Friday afternoon, people say its the positive effect of global warming :) But it gets dark quickly, maghrib is at 5 and isyak at 630. Yesterday I went to Camden Market and bought 1 cream-coloured knitted cardigen and 1 emerald green tights (if it gets too tight I'll just use it for yoga). And yes speaking of yoga, I am now on the committee wee! The good news I wanted to say last Easter. So officially now I am in the committee, AGM was last March and before we got a Secretary I was partially the Secretary as well as the VP, pretty busy. SO glad we elected a new secretary last Tues.

Classes are going good, I am enjoying the lectures and materials we are learning this term. A bit of geophysics and more geology. I haven't had a Math module for a year, yaay next Spring I get to do Math again. 

My new place? Lovely I like it so much and that is why I dont mind compromising and taking public transport in the mornings or even walk back. I think the price I am paying although quite expensive, it is reasonable for the facilities and the convenience, safety and comfort I have here Alhamdulillah. 

Now that I stay slightly further I usually just cook in the weekends. This weekend I made meehoon, last weekend fried chicken and veggie, previous weekend baked chicken.  

Later I am going to celebrate my friend's birthday at a Thai restaurant and later going for dessert and in the late evening, my hall is having a gathering :)

Something funny happened this morning, I was just about to shower when the fire drill happened. It was so loud I was super alarmed and blur for a moment. Great that I had the time to grab something decent to wear before heading down >.< 

I'm feeling so artistic at the moment hehe I just finished making a card for my friend, cutting, pasting, colouring, I like art. One of my favourite subjects. I have this art side of me who enjoys language, writing, painting, literature, classical music and poetry. Then I have the scientific side of me who likes calculation, real nature and Earth sciences, how the world functions, all those branches of sciences. Here is a painting I made while I was back home.




Latest news? Well I am recently employed part-time :) I like it so much and it keeps me much busier which explains the single post I did last month. 

I'm about to have a skype session now. Will update more soon. Take care and have a wonderful week. Stay positive and happy, remember that to experience a rainbow, we need to bear with the rain. Warm wishes from me :)


ALL THE BEST FOR SPM!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

How to Overcome Your Fear and Stay Confident

Dear Readers,

I know its been some time since I updated wow! When I checked the last date that I posted only did I realise. Its one of those transitions that consume a lot of time like before I returned to UK I was busy catching up with family and friends, buying the numerous things I needed here and getting ready for campus life again. When I reached here it was unpacking, moving to my new place then arranging my stuff, settling in going to uni, to banks, exploring the new place then catching up with friends over here and telling your family all about the new place :) Now that I'm the Yoga VP more work load piles up. On top of that, I'm also the temporary Secretary so enough said. You know what I mean. Official classes started yesterday so I had a full day. Freshers fair was last Tuesday so I was promoting yoga to the newbies and answering any questions people had, trying to recruit members. That was amazing ! I really enjoy public relations, speaking and interacting with a public audience, definitely my favourite! Emma and Fiona even dropped by and said 'Look at her, she speaks so well she could be doing Sales.' Hmm I never thought of being a saleswoman *zzz* My friends, Min Wen, Priya, Aira, Nas, Zee and Wanting dropped by as well. I just had a very fulfilling day doing something I tremendously enjoyed. 

Somebody commented on one of my SPM posts and asked how he can overcome his fear and not let his confidence level go down. Let me speak of my own experience and then you can relate it to any situation.

Basically in life, there will be points and periods that you feel afraid and that fear also makes you fear of losing your confidence. So there's fear #1 plus fear #2. As you grow older, this happens more frequently at times that are not related to exams. In school, that feeling only comes when you have exams but in reality its a feeling that you need to learn to overcome and not let it overtake you. 

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Life is never as perfect as we picture it to be and will never will. That's why we have a hereafter to look forward to and that is why God did not make life on Earth eternal. He wants to offer a better place for those who do good in this world so this group of people can spend the rest of their life in Heaven in bliss and life happily ever after.  Its a life every person dreams of. Heaven. We are on Earth so that picture perfect life is not possible but there is one thing called positivity that can save us from feeling too disheartened or troubled. 

There are things in life that we do not want or least hope for but we still have to, must , need to get through it. For instance, I'm sure if given a choice you would not want to take SPM and some people prefer getting on their degree/life without having to face such a big and stressful exam. People who are sick wished they are free from their sickness/disease, the UPSR students would not want to retake certain papers if they did not need to, I myself would prefer not to be too far from my family and at the same time still study at where I am. That's not possible of course but its called circumstances and all of us need to accept and learn to adjust your life, thoughts and yourself based on the circumstances that you are in. You need to remember that everything you face has its pros and cons. That sick person may have learned a lot of patience, discipline of eating the correct medication at the right times and also perseverance of getting on with life and appreciating the small things. That person may not have learned those values if they were not in that condition and lived life in ignorance and arrogance. The same goes with your exams, as much as you want to get it over or simply avoid it, always bear in mind that with a good result you will increase the chances of a bright future. Also the preparation for that big exam must have taught you a lot like how to divide your time well, manage your priorities and apply all that you have learned throughout your school years. If I come to think of it, I would say that SPM year would be one of those years that I studied intensively and literally all the time compared to my A-levels and degree. It seems like as you grow older there are more other commitments and you need to divide your time for more things. A-level taught me how to study smart because not all you read comes directly out in an exam. It involves thinking out of the box as well.

Speaking of my experience abroad, I will not deny that I miss my family incredibly and although its been only 2 weeks in London, I feel like I haven't seen them in a very long time. I miss my room, my bed, my house at home, I even miss that comforting feeling of simply being at home. But I know that I have commitments and my time at home felt very relaxing because it was a holiday. When you work or enrol for education, along comes commitment and enjoying it means a great deal as well. I enjoy my commitment and had a really long holiday so I am thankful for it and tell myself that the holidays could have been shorter. It will make you more thankful and help you appreciate what you have. It may not be easy but tell yourself you will get through. Along the way, many fun and happy things usually happen and just enjoy it. My SPM year was definitely fun, I had many many memories and I created those alongside studying. Now 4 years after SPM, if I request for that time again it will never come back no matter what I do. Same goes with your SPM year or any other exam. Its once in a lifetime so create all the good memories you can. Try not to be too stressed out that you deteriorate the relationship with friends and family. On the morning of SPM, I still remember Puteri Raihan and I having this little picnic in the school hall. (although I would not recommend this) but we actually had hot tea and shared some food whenever we reached early. Of course this did not happen every single day but we did and I remember it vaguely because if I'm not mistaken Puteri would buy McD's takeaway before exam. On another occasion I remember being in the school hall again with them to collect my results. Memories :) Now we are all on 2nd and 3rd year degree. Sounds unbelievable but its true and insyaAllah we will start working. 

Time passes by and before you know it, you might be saying 'Oh remember the time that I...'. 
So try not to be too afraid of the future :) Smile ad trust that God has good plans for you. Trust that your future is very special and will be amazing no matter how it will be. You will be positive and believe that whatever happens, it happens for a reason.

Stay positive, confident and happy! Have an amazing weekend everyone :)


Friday, September 26, 2014

Next Update

Hi all,

Thank you for reading. LittleMissMeen is very busy now and just wanted to inform that this blog will only be updated in October, comments will be replied then. Thank you and have a pleasant week :)

Friday, September 12, 2014

SPM Tips: Sejarah

Dear SPM students, 

If you are studying for History, you know that the number 1 requirement is memorisation. Almost everything for the subject revolves around memorising facts, dates, names, places, sequence of events.

The textbook is very packed with writing and jumbled into long essays so I decided to make my own notes. I wrote everything in the textbook and spend hours and hours making my own notes and writing every single important thing in the text book because my aim was that I just wanted to use my notes. Once I completed them I did not require the textbook any more other than referring to the pictures. 

If there is not enough time to do very detailed notes then brief mind maps are sufficient as long as you still refer to the textbook when doing revision. Either way is alright because it depends on you and how you like your revision :)

Think of easy ways to remember a sequence. When you are doing this you really need to imagine the story in your mind. Some people even draw comic strips or catchy pictures to remind yourself about something. 

Find similarities about the past and the present and relate the events to your life or to something you are familiar with.

Read the history textbook like you are reading a story book and make sure you are not sleepy when you are reading. The best time for me to read history was either when I just woke up and had breakfast or after a cup of coffee. Also the time of the day which I am most alert works best.

Do loads of practice questions and find the answer on the spot when you are unsure. I find that doing questions help me remember better especially when I get an answer incorrect.

Find acronyms to remind yourself about a particular place/name that fall in the same group. For example the pahlawans or tokoh tempatan; if the first letter of all those people start with K, D, S, M and R. The find a catchy statement to remember that "Saya Memang Suka KaDet Remaja". This is just an example but this is one way to help you memorise things in groups.

Remember not to eat things like Maggi and fast food that may affect your memory. Eat more raisins and nutritious food, fruits and vegetables. Read doa's to enhance memory:




If you ask me, History is one of the subjects where revision is the simplest because it requires memorisation and repeated exercise. The pattern is almost the same and less variety of things to do compared to other subjects. However, History is one of the most challenging because it is purely facts and not much understanding. 

Refresh your memory even on the day or night before exam because it constantly requires refreshing the facts. Just read, prepare and do your best, that's the most you can do right? Don't worry and I wish you all the best! :)


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Monday, September 1, 2014

Being Grateful & Kind Makes You Happy

Dear beloved readers, hope you are doing good and had a wonderful weekend. I definitely did! My brother's pool party and the wedding kept me busy throughout. This morning my brother, sister, dad and I played tennis, it such a relaxing day after 1 week of outings with my girlfriends, 1 week of vacation, 1 week of party planning and now this 1 week will be for pampering myself and catching up with errands. I just had a cup of Nescafe and sat on the sofa when I felt like writing a few motivation words here. Motivation is not a one-off thing, its something that you need constantly like food, air, clean water. When you feel slightly demotivated then you know what you should do. Get your motivation book out, start reading and listening to words of wisdom.

A few days ago, I was sitting next to the pool while doing something important on my laptop. The internet connection in my home was not very good at that time so I needed to use the alternative. While I was starting to turn on my laptop and feeling slightly stressed that I was catching a deadline and having trouble with the connection, I saw a reflection on my laptop screen. A reflection that made me tear. I saw 2 figures and I knew immediately who that was. It was a father and a son that I met before. They smiled at me and were very polite. The son was not well, he had an illness that I was not quite sure but what I saw was that it limits his muscle coordination. On that same day, I encountered so many rude people at shops, public places and came that peaceful evening where I was alone at the pool facing a laptop where these 2 polite strangers made me realise the beauty of life, humanity and kindness. You know when people are rude to you, at times you have an urge to let them have a taste of their own medicine. Please don't. Its not good to repeat bad things that people do to you. It shows a low level of morality and wisdom. Nobody is perfect but even Prophet taught us to never have revenge against somebody who is evil or rude to you. He even prayed for them to God to make them realise their mistakes and repent...:') Oh what a beautiful character he has.. and what a clean heart. Even if its hard for normal people like us to pray for evil people, Prophet taught us not to not repeat their evil actions. Silence is better than non-beneficial speech and only speak up to protect yourself. People who talk too much I once read is less respected compared to a person who only speaks good things or when necessary. No offense here darlings, I myself like to talk a lot actually and that one of the reasons why I blog because I simply have so much to say sometimes! :) Only I restrict myself to certain speech and try my best to stay far from back biting or foul language. 

Back to my story, I thought to myself how offended I felt by those random people that day and how stressed I felt that the connection was not working properly at a time I really needed it. And then I begin to think, look at that family and how happy and pleasant the mum, dad and son is. Although they are going through something different in life and God knows what challenges but they are positive and polite to people. You must be thinking, how do I know that they are positive. Well, simple actually. People with a positive mind are pleasant to be with and their smile or presence warms the heart. A simple gesture from them and seeing them having fun just made me happy. Even it was just a reflection on my laptop. I met them 3 times last week and every time I did, there was a smile that made me happy. It made me realise its not what you have in life but actually how you perceive it. Let some people be grumpy, angry or whatever they like to be but do not let it ruin your mood or your happiness in the day. Laughing is contagious just like yawning, so spread happiness and be happy.  And who knows ..Your smile could even be a remedy to another person's moody day!  


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Family Vacation in Kota Kinabalu

Hello there everyone! Its almost the end of August and little did I know that I would be writing about my holiday of the year! And yes I have voted this vacation to be one of the top best places I've been to. It was planned in August and the flight and hotel was confirmed a week before we went there. Sometimes best things happen unplanned, as organised as I try to be, I actually enjoy fun unplanned things sometimes, especially since I'm free. If you remember me blogging about Cameron Highlands back in 2012, you'll remember that that vacation was always on the top of the list and now we have KK sharing number 1 for my top family vacation list (every family member involved).

I've always wanted to go to Sabah since I was in school days, I like nature and Sabah seems to be just the right place. I've never been there and have always wondered how it might be. While we were in the hotel after checkout last Saturday, my mum told us for the first time that since 10 years ago she has always wanted to go to Sabah too and stay particularly at Sutera Harbour Resort which is a 5* hotel. We never knew that and Alhamdulillah now in 2014 we had a chance to go to our holiday destination together.

On Wednesday morning after Subuh, we got ready, ate light breakfast and loaded the luggages in the car. We had 4 bags to check-in and our flight was at 10am. The night before I had already got my things packed and ready to go so in the morning, I only had to get myself ready :) We were going to stay at the Pacific Hotel within Sutera Harbour Resort and we were all anxious and excited about the adventure awaiting us. At KLIA2, AirAsia flights were now available and we had breakfast at Dunkin Donuts. The last time my brother took an aeroplane was last October so he was definitely excited to get a window seat. 

At the airport I even bumped into a college friend who was heading to the same destination. The journey took 2 and a half hours, longer than I expected and when we reached it was bright and sunny, the perfect weather for a vacation and very swimming-pool friendly. So we took a taxi to the hotel and yes it was as perfect as a hotel can ever be, even the meal prices at the cafes and restaurants there screamed 5* hotel, nasi lemak was RM50. Just when I thought London's nasi lemak was overpriced ;)



We were hungry and did have plans of eating in town the next few days so we thought of trying the food at Breeze Cafe which was outdoors, by the swimming pool. My dad and I had steak and salad, mum had a sandwich, sister had fettuccine and my brother had chicken chop, if I'm not mistaken. We ordered a jug of apple-peach tea. It was so yummy either because I was super hungry or because I only ate a doughnut for breakfast or because it was nice and breezy eating by the sea. Right after that my parents and I checked out Magellan Hotel, right next to Pacific Hotel, they were all within Sutera Harbour Resort. Right after that, my bro sis and I went swimming! It was so fun and the Breeze Cafe was playing the latest hits and my sister was practically dancing in the water while Erfan piggy-backed me when the swimming pool was too deep for him and also played the slides. After swimming, my mum and I stood by the beach and took beautiful and breathtaking pictures of the sunset!






After a good swim, we took the free shuttle from the hotel to town and shopped in Filipino Market. My dad bought a toy monkey for us that wrote Sabah. Mine was green and has a little baby on it. After that we got pizza and ate while we walked because shops in Sabah actually close quite early, its not like that in KL. After eating, we returned to the hotel and planned what we wanted to do whilst we were there. That was the end of a nice long day and we slept early before the start of another day of adventure. Since we were there for 4 days and 3 nights, the second day was wet-day and the third day was dry-day. So the next day, we woke up early for breakfast downstairs provided by the hotel. There was so much to choose from: nasi lemak, beef bacon, omelette, hard-boiled eggs, muffins and cakes, bread and jam, fried rice, noodles, hot tea, juices and different kinds of coffee. ooh there was even kimchi! My favourite korean food. Of course it was impossible to try all but I did do a few rounds ;) Right after that we headed off to buy tickets for snorkelling, banana boat and parasailing. We tried on the life jackets and flippers that fit us, I grabbed some towels and we headed on the boat and off to Sapi Island.



The boat ride was super fast and it took us 15 minutes to reach the island. From far, the island looked like just a piece of land with only forests. When we arrived only did it look so happening and super duper fun! For snorkelling they put a border around the island, basically balls tied by strings so people would not snorkel beyond that point and remain safe. I was just about to snorkel when the tourguide introduced seawalking to us, basically he would be able to take pictures and videos of us underwater and let us walk while guided with lifeguards and special kits underwater and see the corals and the beauty under the sea. *Ahh I'm starting to hum Little Mermaid's song~ Under the Sea.



We started with the boat ride and went banana boating. Basically our banana boat was tied to another boat and the boat will go fast and pull us. Before we had a chance to ride this, we had to wait for our turn since other people were doing Flying Fish. Suddenly our boat engine broke down! OMG and we were stranded for a few minutes in the middle of sea until the guy called 'sea mechanics'. They were like 'sea mat rempits' says my sister because they circled our boat a few times using their jet skis and did dangerous stunts. Finally they helped the driver changed the battery of the boat and yaay, off we went again. After the banana boat ride which was a bit thrilling because if we didn't stabilise the boat or hold the handles tight we would fall into the sea and I was worried about my little brother- he is so tiny and he still wants to join the adults ride omg so brave. Then we headed for seawalking, initially it was only my sis and I, then my brother wanted to join too. Seawalking was RM150 per person and snorkelling RM90 pp. Before we went down the sea, we had to wear special rubber shoes and also a big mask that looked like an astronaut's white suit. I told them that since my brother was small I wanted him to test only for 1 minute and bring him back up so he can tell me if he is ok with it. Only if he says yes then I will go down. Because if all of us go down at the same time, I won't be able to talk to him down there. When one minute was over, the life guards said he was fine now you can come down. I said no, please bring him up now. I want to hear from my brother himself that he is ok. I will not hear about his well being from a stranger, he will tell me myself if he is ok. The moment they brought him up and took off his mask, his face was red and he was crying so loud. I quickly carried him and hugged him because he said 'I'm scared' in between his sobs. Poor thing, I knew it! I trusted my instincts and luckily I did not just believe what those guys said. They probably just did not want to lose customers and that's not how it works with me. Safety comes first *urgh geram sekejap. So we waited for my sister to finish seawalking and my brother did not let me go down even when there was somebody that could accompany him up there. He just wanted me to sit with him and return to the island. I felt that maybe there is hikmah why I did not have the chance to go down there, maybe next time perhaps :) 



After that we did snorkelling and I even got a chance to see a family of Nemo(clownfish). When we tried to see closer we got stung by sea anemones oopsies! By 3pm we had to leave the island because it started drizzling and the tour guides were afraid that the weather may prevent us from returning to the hotel. After the lifeguards gave us vinegar for our hands, we took the boat and said goodbye to a very adventurous day on the island. In Sabah, sunset is at 630 quite early actually compared to KL and sunrise is at 610am. Both 1 hour earlier than KL. We returned to the hotel rested and got ready to go our to town for lunch/dinner. The exciting day made us forget all about being hungry. I had nasi paprik and tomyam soup and after eating we returned to the hotel to have a rest because the next day would be even longer.



The next day started off with a heavy breakfast and at 930am the taxi driver reached to hotel to begin the journey to the foot of Mount Kinabalu. We booked him for a day road trip and he was good at suggesting places to go. On the way, first we dropped by the Upside Down House of Sabah, the 5th in the world and can be found in the Book of World Records. Then we headed to Desa Dairy Farm, Kundasang Sabah where they had lots of cows and some goats. The best part was that we could feed the calf and baby goats milk and also grass which was only Rm1/ 1.50 for each so I finished a few ringgits feeding them alone.



Then we headed to their cafe to try their own processed milk and ice cream. I chose chocolate for both ^^ That was basically our lunch because we did not feel hungry until later around 6pm. After the cow farm we went to Poring Hot Spring and soaked our feet in hot water, ahh it felt so hot at first and after a while it felt better.



Thankfully there was a surau there. Right after that we headed to see the special Rafflesia flower that could even eat insects and small animals! This was all definitely our first time! And the flower only lasts for a week so the taxi driver had to call somebody and ask where we could find one on that day because it exists randomly. It was between Rm10-20 per person to look at the unique flower and we actually had to go to somebody's house compound to see it. There were so many tourists there, the people living there are so lucky they are earning lots of money that week! Rezeki from a flower :) In front of their house there was a fresh lime tree with many ripe limes, most of us liking sour stuff asked permission to pluck a few. Yaay we had a lime feast in the taxi after that ;)



It started drizzling at this point so we quickly headed to Kinabalu Park to drive around Mount Kinabalu and see people beginning their journey to climb up. It was pouring so we did not go out to take pictures. Instead we headed off to Nabalu Market and that's where I bought many of the souvenirs around 5pm. After taking a few pictures once it stopped raining, we made our way for dinner. Sunset was dued soon so we prepared cameras to snap pictures on the way to the seafood restaurant. oh yummy I requested for a seafood feast that night. We had 2 types of fish, 2 types of kerang, crab sweet sour, fried calamari, siput tarik and my favourite veggie, kailan! Oh so yummy, the procedure of this seafood place was that we had to choose which raw seafoods we wanted then request how you preferred it to be cooked. Yes, it was a lot but we were definitely hungry because we skipped lunch. I had coconut drink as well and finished dinner by 830pm. It was a very nice dinner indeed, RM200 felt so worth it. We were exhausted by the time we reached the hotel at night because after dinner my parents stopped by a night market to buy dried seafood to bring back home. The end of a productive road trip :)







Last day at Sabah. Felt a but sad to leave, we were having so much fun. My siblings start school that Monday and parents working too. It was necessary to get back. Saturday was spent eating breakfast, chilling and swimming at the pool, snapping pictures around the hotel, my brother played table tennis and bowling, ate maggi cup which was a tradition to do once during most of the holidays, tried chocolate cookies at the hotel thank you Adik for belanja-ing me! and packed up to leave the hotel by 4pm. Flight was at 6 and we left the airport feeling both happy and grateful for this amazing and memorable family vacation. During take off, we could see the sunset clearly and managed to snap a few photos. I only saw the sunset clearly on the day I arrived and left Sabah, a way perhaps the place was greeting us and saying goodbye. 







To anyone considering a trip to Sabah, I would definitely say yes without a doubt. If you're looking for activities related to nature either keeping you dry or making you wet, Sabah is the ideal place in Malaysia. 

Happy reading and have a beautiful week ahead.




Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Motivation of the Week

Dear all, 
I hope everyone is doing good, I just finished packing for my holiday tomorrow and now feel like writing here. Last week was an outing week I would call it. And this week would be labelled as Vacation week. I'm enjoying my holidays so much, its such a nice break from the hectic uni schedules. I believe this good rest will make me more motivated to start studying again :) weeee

Last week was a busy week for me, I had 4 outings 3 days in a row. I'll upload the pictures if I have a chance :) Then on Sunday I was busy attending events from 1230noon till 1030 pm, longest every so far this raya. It was such a happy day :D

Today I would like to give a quick motivation. I hope everyone reading this feels more inspired after reading, besides all of us need constant motivation in our lives, including myself.


  • Remember to be grateful for the life you have and bear in mind that things could have been worse. If you are healthy, remember how many sick people there are out there.
  • If someone makes you feel intimidated, remember that everyone has their strength and flaws. You have yours, they have theirs. Don't you feel lucky that God chose the particular one you have for you, is that not enough?
  • When anything feels challenging, just ask yourself this question. If I were one of the victims in Gaza, would this pain I am feeling now matter much?
  • People are kind and unkind at times. That is why you should make God your ultimate source of happiness at all times. We easily rely on human beings but at least try your best to bear this in mind so you would not get too disappointed when people behave in ways you least expect.
  • Remember that you are an amazing and special person. Nobody on Earth is created like you. Your family, your life, your beauty is all one of a kind. Your fingerprint will never be imitated, that's a message from God perhaps to remind everyone that they are very special in their own way.
  • If there is something that goes wrong in your day, tell yourself its ok. Smile and think of a solution, be kind and generous to people even if they are not to you. Because in the end it makes YOU happy if not everybody else. If they want to act selfish, rude or cold, that is their loss, not yours. Be happy and spread the happiness around you.
Wishing everyone a lovely week ahead, happy studying and happy holidays. Will blog soon and update you about my vacation. Till then, lots of love :*

Monday, August 11, 2014

Happy Moments Back Home

Good morning everyone :) Hope you are doing good. My favourite time of the day will always be the morning. If I wake up late I will always feel that I lost the best part of the day. When I wake up early, I enjoy doing something productive like chores, studying or simply spending my time outdoors before it gets really sunny, even if it means just walking and smelling flowers ;) I love flowers and that is why maybe my parents named me after a flower hehe and around my house the jasmine flowers just started blooming last weekend! They smell lovely <3

This morning I set my alarm clock super early at 515am because this very day I started my Day 1 for Puasa 6, insyaAllah sempat I'll do as much as I can because there seems to be so many events lately, people coming to my new house or me visiting other people. The thing I like best about going to other people's house for raya is to see what raya cookies they have and try different ones, funny reason i know >.< Speaking of which my <3 gave me this Rainbow cookies during Ramadan and it was the first time I tried them. I'm so thankful because it is a coincidence this year's Summer holiday fits really good so that I have the chance to celebrate fasting month and eid back home.


During sahur, I had nasi lemak, some meehoon, dates and tea and after that I thought I wanted to sleep but I couldn't. I remained awake and just took a nap till 730 then I woke up, dressed in a tracksuit and tshirt and followed my brother to school. After sending him, I jogged a few rounds in my housing area. This is the first time I jogged that early at about 9am. Since I returned to Malaysia for summer break, I really enjoy not setting my alarm clock and allowing myself to wake up at any time. I dont mind doing that if I dont have anywhere to go that morning because I would naturally wake up by 10. So after my jog, I opened my little diary ( I have many by the way- one to record what I do everyday/ anything important that happened, 1 to write reminders/ what I need to do, 1 for university purposes). This is a hobby- I just like to write and prefer writing anytime than putting it in my hand phone.

The food I ate for sahur was from yesterday's event. I would not call it an open house but basically we invited close relatives and family friends to our house for lunch. My mum made lontong in a super big pot, ketupat, meehoon and we bought our favourite nasi lemak. There was also tauhu rojak, kuah kacang, melon and jelly for dessert as well as our different types of kuih raya- my favourite kuih raya are pineapple tarts, cornflakes and kuih samprit! By the way, kuih samprit (butter cookies) taste almost the same as the rainbow cookies but without colouring. We planned this at the last minute last Friday hehe it was so random, my mum was like I want to make lontong and I responded sure ' How about Sunday?' then that lontong lunch turned out to be 'Let's invite whoever is free to have lunch with us, yaay' I like people coming to my house, its so fun. I used to live quite far, near the hilly ends of the city I live in so we did not have too many people coming because at first my housing area was so new they did not even have it on GPS and Pizza Hut would not even deliver to that area *sweat*

Oooh let me tell you about last Saturday! Oh dear I am telling the story backwards, recent ones first and later ones last. On Saturday my <3 and I took my brother to the zoo it was so fun I don't remember the last time going there. Since it is his birthday month, he gets to choose where he would like to go and since we were both free that day, one wish was granted :) People think I pamper him too much but no, of course not, he's my only little brother. And well well guess what. When we reached the zoo, I thought of getting the normal tickets but he insisted on getting the one that included the Panda.



One was RM30 and the other RM50, RM20 difference for the panda alone which was a new thing in the zoo. We always go with majority and since it was 2: 1, he won :) Then in the zoo, he requested for face painting. Basically the adults would have to donate whatever amount they wish and the kids get free face painting. He chose all the scary designs which both of us did not agree until he suggested one decent one, Batman! Since we walked at a good speed, we managed to cover almost everything in the zoo, watched the animal show at 3pm and even paid  extra for the tram ride. Lunch at the Panda Place was expensive but expected ;) We had fizzy drinks afterwards and then orange ice cream during the animal show, his favourite ^^ I remember volunteering at the zoo when I was 16 and clearly remembered that I got the animal show section *goodmemories althought the zookeeper was a little fierce* Imagine last Saturday we spent 6 hours at the zoo 1045am-5pm and reached home at 6pm.





A few minutes after I reached home, my mum told me that a few relatives were on their way to our house. Yaay, so I quickly prepared and got ready, helped my mum prepare the food and tidied the house a bit. 30 minutes later, they were at my house with a little baby. Took the baby to the playground and later ate roti boom, nasi impit and rojak. By the time the guests left at 1030pm, I was super exhausted. Swept the floor and cleared the tables, read a bedtime story for my brother and that summed up a very productive day.

Last Wednesday, we went to play badminton at Sports Planet. It was the 7 of us and we only had 6 rackets so we took turns. We rented 2 courts so one had 4 people and the other had 2. My sister held this baby monkey that belonged to a lady who came there as well. The little monkey kept hugging her, it was so cute. Playing badminton for one and a half hour was so fun and I felt so fit :) On Friday, we had lunch at Paddington Pancakes once I picked up my brother from school at 1pm with my grandmother as well. The picture taken below was for breakfast. This time I did not take a picture of my food ;)

That day I bought a Chicken Soup book after so long. I forgot my Popular card and the cashier was nice. He told me if I had my card I would save a few ringgits on the quite expensive book so he asked my sister and I to borrow a card from a regular customer. This was so funny! I was reluctant and shy to approach her but he was persistant that we should ask the lady and save some money so I tried. OMG The lady was with her daughter and surprised when I asked her but kindly said yes. Unfortunately she searched for the card so long and realised she forgot to bring it too. I said thank you and returned and this time the cashier pointed to another 2 girls in the next counter. He asked me to ask them *oh dear blush, I'll try one last time I guess* They laughed and gave me their card. Yaay, and when I got my discount he told us ' So you both learned something new today' Hahaha it was such a funny experience but at least I saved some money :) After that, we visited 2 relatives that lived nearby and reached home by 10pm.




Raya in Melaka was superb, we spent 6 days 5  nights :) We had BBQ on the first night of raya, basically ikan bakar. There was a pingpong table so the kids and I played that. We also had UNO cards so we played bluff and checkers too. My mum, sister and I took 9 kids to play laser tag on the second day of raya it was so fun and my initial plan to not join and just watch turned into me and my sister playing 2 games! The kids were quite persuasive and it was pretty fun laser-shooting people in the dark. We also watched 22 Jumpstreet with 2 of our teenage cousins, the movie was really nice and had a good plot, minus the excessive use of foul language. Our journey to Melaka was 2 hours this time and on our way back we stopped by Burger King for dinner. My father even plucked mangoes on the tree in front of the Melaka house. Everyone was slightly reluctant to return because there was never-ending yummy food ( you never have a chance to feel hungry in Melaka) there but we knew we had to. Oh in Melaka there was this cute cousin of mine, Salsabiella 6 months old and she is soo cute, chubby, fair and she likes me carrying her. She even slept on my shoulders twice while I carried her.



Thankfully had a chance to visit her house the previous Saturday before last weekend. That same Saturday, we watched Hercules, I like the story too it just ended so soon! After that, my brother and <3 played football. That night, I met my friend Gomi at a coffee shop. It was fun catching up with her because the last time we saw each other was 9- 10 months ago.  I had my favourite assam laksa for dinner and she had chicken chop. *i like sour things*. The Sunday of that weekend, (not yesterday) my family took our relatives from the UK for dinner at an Iranian restaurant yummms

Oh I just remembered that I haven't written a post mentioning about me wearing the hijab. Its been a really nice experience and even today it was the first time jogging in the hijab since I wore it. Before you wear it, you get paranoid that people will look at you but when you think of it, people look either because it looks bad or it looks good. Depends on how you perceive it because when people look, you never know what they are really thinking about. If you wear something nice and someone looks, then in your mind you are thinking ooo they are looking because they think its pretty too. But if you wear a shirt you don't like and people look, you will immediately feel insecure. I realised that and said to myself I am happy with what I am wearing because I know it is for a good purpose and I will feel confident about that, whether people like it or not. The fact that family, my <3 and some of my friends think that it looks pretty on me is a plus point, alhamdulillah and thank you :) That day (last Monday) I was wearing palazzo pants, a grey top and a black tudung sarung while watching my sis, bro and 2 of my cousins swim at my place after we had late lunch. They were playing ball and shark in the pool as well as monkey in the middle. Then after a few minutes, my sis and bro got out of the pool and suddenly removed my glasses and watch. I'm sure you can guess what happened next! They carried me and dropped me into the pool!!!!!!! *no hope of dry survival, they were a good team* I was soaking wet so I just stayed in the pool and played with them until Maghrib. Once we got inside my house, all of us had a hot drink after changing into dry clothes. Nescafe so yummy *ahh 7 hours to berbuka now.

Because its been awhile since I updated, I have written in as much detail as I can remember, hope you enjoy reading and I have included pictures to beautify this post. Have a nice week ahead and till my next post :*