Saturday, April 16, 2022

My Ramadhan 2022 so far

It's Ramadhan!! Alhamdulillah we're here yet again. It's day 14 of puasa already. I'm on my menses (worth noting I got it 20 minutes before berbuka yesterday) so I'm on a weeks break. But otherwise, it has been going well. It was great that the first day of Ramadhan fell on a Sunday so it was a good start for everyone - to be able to have a day of just rest and getting used to fasting again. I think the one thing about fasting is that you wake up for sahur and that tends to make sleeping difficult. I often get super super sleepy in the office because I don't get great sleep after sahur. When I mean great sleep, I mean longer than an hour or two. Haha. So in the past couple of days, I've actually skipped sahur. I'd wake up to drink and solat and then sleep again. I've also found that eating SO much for sahur doesn't really affect how late you'd be hungry again. I ate roti canai and a whole plate of rice one morning only to be hungry by 11am. 

I've been having a good mix of berbuka in and out. Here are some of my really really sedap dinners I've had. 

I'm soooo excited for Raya this year! We finally get to beraya with our families insyaAllah. And in Penang too!! I'm so stoked. It's been so long and most importantly, it's been so much longer for our grandparents who have had to spend it alone these past 2 years. 

Spoilt for choices for baju raya this year but I made mine months ago so I don't think I'll be buying anything anymore. But the Raya collections this year have been pretty impressive! You have to appreciate how creative designers have to go about creating something along the silhouette of the traditional kurung/kebaya. 

So excited to see what everyone will wear this year. Macam MET Gala pun ada gak rasanya. Refreshing Instagram after lunch to see what people have been doing/wearing/eating. Always so fun.

Ooh! I also recently went on a trip to Kuantan with Marissa. Our first trip out since our 2014 Amsterdam/Berlin one. It was so so so fun and just something both of us needed. I loved every second. Can't wait to blog about it and show you some photos! I haven't been on a beach holiday in eons so it was so wonderful to be reunited with the sand and sea. 

Selamat Berpuasa everyone! At the risk of sounding like a broken record, my sincere hope is that everyone gets some clarity and a lot of light this Ramadhan that continues throughout this whole year. Make lots of doa and do a lot of good this year. InsyaAllah, prayers answered soon for everyone. 

"Whatever is prayed for at the time of breaking the fast is granted and never refused" 
-Nabi Muhammad SAW

Be good!!


Thursday, March 3, 2022

Suite 29th

I've just realised I've not blogged about my birthday party this year! I feel like there's just a lot of birthday content on this first front page but it's only cause I just had a lot of fun this year! So bear with it. Lepas ni, no more for 2022.

Ok! So for this year, I decided to get a suite to have my friends over for a birthday hang. We'd play games, borak and have dinner at the hotel. I ended up getting the Ritz for the night. Invited my best babes. Had a ball of a time. The room was so much bigger than what I had anticipated. It was a two-bedroom suite but they also had a whole kitchen (with oven, full fledged fridge, etc) and a study. So it was super spacious and it fit us really comfortably. That mattered most to me, I wanted everyone to feel like they could be there all night long! In the end, I had Marissa, Putri, Nana and Hanna stay over with me. Though I wouldn't have mind if more wanted to bunk in!

Ok, since it's been some time since the party, I'm going to blog via photos. I've got loads to share! 

Did a bit of a world tour before going to the hotel. I love driving as you might or might not know and I love myself some company while at it. Picked up Aina, my birthday cake, Nana and Putri before heading to Ritz. I've also just realised all three friends in the car come from completely different circle of friends! I love bringing my favourite people together.

There's a video somewhere in our phones of the room tour. It was just me going around enthusiastically.

Aina, Sarah and Marissa helped me put together the party packs. One of my favourite childhood memories was packing the party packs when I was a kid before every/any birthday parties we'd have at home. We'd have different stations and everyone was in charge of a sweet/gift to put in the bag. It was like a well-oiled production line and it was just always fun. So for all the parties I've done (and will do), I like doing the same! I had sweet treats, a face mask, scrunchie, hair clip, sticker, and socks if I can remember all correctly. I got them all via Shopee! Which was super easy and convenient. 

My first few guests! Including baby Adam Noah, Sarah's baby who also happens to be the cutest baby around.

Time for make-up! I basically forced Marissa to do my eye make up for me cause she's really really good at it and I love how she's so daring and bold with it. I'm not as adventurous but I loooove myself a good eyeshadow action.

I wanted dinner to be something fuss-free and can be shared all ways. So that's usually just down to pizzas! We ordered from Pizza Mansion which isn't too far away! I had also ordered in a few other things like brownies and lemon tarts. My absolute favourites and I had to share that with everyone else.

I'm not sure who asked for it but mid party, we decided to make a Tik Tok! Hahahaha our in-house specialist Sherry (in pink) seen here filming a scene. It was SO much fun and I loved seeing how sporting everyone was to join. It's somewhere on Tik Tok/Stories but I won't post it here haha soz!

Brought my old friend Avalon to the party. It was intense because you have to remember this was an all-girls party so there was a lot of screaming and swearing. All around great party game hahaha

My cake's from Tiny Baker, they're located in Kota Damansara. It was so good too! I first tried them out at Mun and Nana's NYE party. The one I ordered was a vanilla peach one. And it was well received by everyone so take it from them! 

Anis, Dibs and I. These two are cracking hilarious, there was no way I wouldn't invite them to my parties and all of any events to come.

One of the most notable people in my life that has had a lasting effect for me: Aina. What would I have been if I hadn't moved schools and became classmates with this sunshine of a person? Love you so much Aina, you're the inspiration.

Budak Sri D!!!! Hahahaha

Um wait scuse me, can we take a minute to appreciate this HANDMADE BAG FROM DIBA????? The flower print is so ridiculously good and like??? Is there seriously anything sweeter and more thoughtful??? No. I have brought this bag for travels already, it's just the best and I can't thank Diba enough for this. Cry.

I also LOVE THIS BAG SO MUCH. I came across it on Carousell and was immediately sold because the colour is divine and it's just so damn pretty. Aina asked what I wanted and I sent her the link. Tip: Carousell's a fantastic place to buy evening bags. So far I have 5 from there and they're all so beautiful.

Missing in action: Pana who was busy getting ready for her climb to Kinabalu.

My babe for life for ever for all of time.

Top: Mango, Pants: Topshop, Shoes: Charles & Keith, Birthday Tiara: Shopee.

Before heading to bed, Marissa and I Facetimed our favourite Scotsman Kanda. We love and miss him so much!! He's too busy being a bougie doctor in Glasgow for us but it was so sweet of him to give us a call. He's truly seen us at our best and at our lowest (also... ugliest). He was also very nice to buy us bougie breakfast the next day for all of us who stayed over! Hehe bagus ni ada kawan baik kaya raya earning in Euros.

My birthday presentsssssss!! This year I was practical enough to let people know straight up what I wanted! That pink glittery bag was a link I gave Aina, that eyeliner was what I asked from Diy, those pyjamas were what I wanted from Putri, Aina and Sher. The gold hoops I asked from Hanna are the only two gold hoops I wear these days. I loved all presents though!! I use them all the time, from candle to perfume to blusher to bags. Thank you everyone!!!! Sayang like mad, y'all.

Our VCR breakfast courtesy of one very sweet Dr Kanda.

All in all, this was probably my most favourite birthday yet! I love rounding up some of my favourite people from all parts of my life together celebrating my turning a year older. It always feels like a reunion. I love my guy friends, of course, but I find so much fun and comfort in having an all girls party. Everyone feels comfortable and we get to do whatever we want as much as we want however we want. And I'd like these girls to know that I'll always have them for all of my birthdays to come insyaAllah. I'm truly not the person I am today writing this post if not for the girls in this photo (and some other favourites who unfortunately could not make it). I looooove everyone and I already can't wait for the next party (mine or anyone else's hehe).

Ok dah, that's it. No more birthday posts for this year. Next year pulak.


Sunday, February 13, 2022

My Lunar New Year in Penang

I spent the whole of my Lunar New Year break in Penang. We flew there to escape the 9-11 hour holiday traffic. Penang's always known to be a go-to vacation spot so we're all too familiar with the traffic. One time, it took me eight (8) hours to reach home. Never. Again.

We spent a lot of the week indoors because as it goes, CNY in Penang is a lot like Christmas in the UK. Nothing's opened and you've gotta survive with what you've got. And when I mean 'survive', I mean plentiful of food and snacks at home by our favourite chef - Mak Tok. What about grandmothers and their cooking? She always says "Ala this is nothing much ya Nadia!! You want anything else?" with like 5 dishes and plentiful of fruits and brownies for desserts. I love her so much. 

Being in Penang really feels like a time out from everyone and everything. I also love going back because while everyone goes there for a proper holiday (beaches! nasi kandar! lining up for cendol! taking photos on armenian street! cafe hunting!), I'm there like it's my second home. So we take things pretty slow. We hardly go out to eat and personally I have NEVER gone out to line up for a local hot spot. We'd laze around, complain how hot it is, eat, take naps, go out for the occasional drive for a McD run or to buy groceries for the house, come home, eat, watch movies, sleep. It's the actual best. We're already looking forward to our next trip soon-ish insyaAllah.

I've put this on my Instagram but this is the tote bag Diba MADE for me for my birthday. Insane!!!! I love this print so much, it's so me, super colourful and flowery. Love it soooo much. It's actually made how much I love this bag. I was wearing a black knit top and a brown pair of pants so this bag really did not go with my outfit but I really didn't/don't care. Thanks Diba again for the millionth time, you're the actual best.

The only real shopping we do is at Sam's Batik House. They have these colourful tops that you might've seen me wear many times because it's also the comfiest thing I have in my closet. It's so light (I usually buy the chiffon ones) and airy and it's the perfect no-brainer top I have. Just wear it with a pair of jeans or a pair of white trousers and you're really good to go. I bought 3 tops this time and a jubah (not really jubah per se but something of the sort). My mum, sisters and I love going to Sam's because not only do they have great things but the customer service is unparalleled. Michael and Rachel are the owners and they'd always greet us with a "Hi sisters! Long time no see!". They also have the best employees who'd help us punggah completely just for us to see. Sometimes I'd feel bad but Michael would always reassure us that it's ok and this is the least they can do for us. I highly recommend! It's a great lepak baju!

We found this top at the counter but it's like 8 sizes too big for me but get this!!!!! They also have in-house tailoring services so if you find something that's slightly big or slightly small, they can do the alterations for you totally free and in a jif. This one cause they had to significantly size it down took a day and we picked it up the next morning. It's sooo beautiful, it 's probably my favourite of the day.

Hameediyah is just around the corner so we thought we'd try our luck to get some to bring home. But the line was unbearable so we just ordered it on Grab and it was just as good! That's probably my one and only tip for Penang trips; don't waste your time lining up for food. Unless you wanna do it for the experience then by all means but this island is hotttttt hot heat so I'd recommend you just tapau and eat at the hotel. So much easier and saves you bundle of time.

The light of my life.

These are Tania's buys from Sam's. Cotton single-toned tops. Loveeeee the colours so much.

It's seriously so hot in Penang, look at how brown the grass has gotten despite being watered always!

The yummiest.

Tania was sweet enough to think of buying a birthday cake for us (another excuse to celebrate!) to sing Happy Birthday with my grandparents. We haven't celebrated a birthday with them in so long, so we thought it'd be nice to do so.

I can always get teary talking about my grandparents. Because they have really played such a huge role in our lives since we were born and they have always been so generous to us masyaAllah. Leaving Penang and waving goodbye from the car always makes me sad because as we celebrate more and more birthdays and celebrating the transition into adulthood, they're also growing older and older. And it sucks that I don't get to seem them as often now that they don't come to KL anymore.

God, thank you for the blessings that take form in my grandparents. They're my biggest supporters and they love us unconditionally. What a thing to be grateful for. Alhamdulillah for them here still with us. 

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone.