Friday, March 9, 2018

Leave the Negatives Behind

Some stupid array of events happened today at work that got me all worked up. Needless to say, by 5 pm, I was ready to curse just about anything or anyone that crossed my path. I left the office at 5 pm sharp, and made my way to pick Ayna up from the minder. She was in a jolly good mod and in less than 5 minutes, she fell asleep in her rear facing car seat in the back seat of the car. This was a huge relief and blessings, it made the crawling traffic much more bearable than normal.

As I approached Aisyah's school to pick her up, I made a mental note leave all negativity behind. After all, God had given me a break without the usual baby wailing at the back and thus had a much needed relaxed drive.  I spotted her in the field, playing ball with her friends. She had gotten good at catching and throwing the ball, and made even more friends. As I walked to her, she'd said good bye to her friends and walked with me hand in hand. 'You're in a cheery mood, Mummy'. Oh, if only she knew how rubbish the day was just half an hour ago.

I'm sharing this as today's reflection to remind myself that kindness is contagious and that children are truly blessing. Work will forever be unfinished, but you only have one chance at parenting. Thank goodness it's Friday. Time to be make up for all those lost moments with the kiddos. 

Have a great weekend!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Hello, World!

This blog has been neglected for almost a year now. What had happened since?

Well, the biggest answer to that question, is this:

Alhamdulillah, we welcomed the fifth member of our family (and third child), Ayna Nur Mardhiyah on the 29 September 2017. She came into this world via elective c-section (3rd time for me now), weighing 3.3 kg at Columbia Asia Hospital, Cheras. Today marks her 110 days, Glory Be to Allah!

I had pretty bad morning sickness, which really was the main reason for abandoning this poor blog. and of course, following birth, I just didn't really have much time, especially since there are two other children to take care of. But I would love to take up blogging again, if only to document Ayna's progress. To be honest, I miss my blog and the people I used to follow.

Hope it's not too late to wish Happy New Year to All. Here's to make blogging a staple from now on :)

Friday, February 10, 2017

Design, Arts and Technology Club

Last week, Aisyah's school handed out notes to parents regarding the various extra-curricular activities they offer the children, including prices  for each activity (they vary). I am one proud mummy when Aisyah told me that she has thought things through, and she wanted to join the Design, Arts and Technology Club (Kelab Rekabentuk, Seni dan Teknologi). It's not the choice she has made that made me proud (she could've chosen the Chess Club, or the Arabic Language Club, it wouldn't have made a difference to me to be honest), but the fact that she made her own decisions - already understanding her strength and passion at the age of nine - that's what's made me filled with pride inside. 

In Year 1, she took up Swimming. Her school didn't have a swimming pool, so they had to transport the children by bus at 2.30 pm, had the swim lesson, finished by 5 p.m. and headed back to school by bus once more, only to be stuck in the rush hour jam, before finally arriving back at school around 6.15 pm. It was tiring, but she loved every single second in the pool. It was a pricier option as it had to cover the cost of the school hiring an outside swim instructor as well as the bus. This option was discontinued by the school the following year.

In Year 2, she took up Nisa' (Girls' Club where they do girlish activities. I don't want to be stereotypical, but the club did cooking, baking, flower arrangements, bookmark making, some small momentos etc - your typical domestic sciences stuff - as well as talks about female body changes, handling menstruation, and introduction to several Muslim female icons in the history, etc. Aisyah chose this club herself, mainly because most of her friends signed up for it too. It was one of the cheaper options as far as fees went.

I hope she'll be happy with her choice this year. It's good to see that she's willing to try something new every year, and that this time, she didn't choose to follow the crowd like last year. In terms of fees, it's in the medium range. More expensive ones include Taekwando, Badminton and Archery. If I were a student at her school, I'd probably be intrigued to try Archery, but Aisyah flat out refused this. 'Nanti org lain tercucuk kepala Kakak' (other people might spear me in the head). And it is her genuine fear, ok people? She was not being funny at all. We might just have to accept that this one ain't ever going to be an athlete (not that it's a bad thing). It just means she doesn't inherit her Ayah's sports genes. Her dad was once a college hockey player, and has a slightly deviated nosebridge as a proof of his athletism. But fret not, we still have Zayd, the boy, and he's energetic plenty, so we'll just wait and see for now if he follows in his Ayah's footsteps (but Lord, please don't let it be hockey. Hubs' once told me how he blacked out from the pain of having another player's hockey stick struck him smack in the middle of his nose, and the blood that soaked his shirt after, is too much for this faint hearted Mama to take in).

PS: I knew Aisyah was gonna pick some sort of arts club to begin with, but it's good to hear it from herself without me meddling).

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Books Can Stink Too

This is one of the reasons why Aisyah loves to hang out at my office so much. She can spend the entire day drawing, colouring, and then read children storybooks which my undergraduate students from the Creative Design class have submitted as part of their assignments. I have stacks and stacks of them in my room, and Aisyah looks forward to read time every single time. If she finishes reading without much comment other than stating that the characters are cute or sweet, then the book has most likely been given an A in the past. The C books, well, even Aisyah can tell them from a mile away. They stink! :P 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Girls' Day Out

The girls from my office all took leave (applied in advance) one Monday in the month of January. All of us synced our leave that it left our Head of Department a little puzzled wondering of there was anything he was missing out. Yeah, our Girls' Day Out, that's what tee hee.

So we started the day with our brunch at Dotty's, and of course, the girls made a beeline for the infamous Salted Egg Yolk Cronut. In case you are wondering what a cronut is, it is a dessert in the shape of a donut, but made from a croissant-like pastry. The salted egg yolk is the 'frosting' that goes on the donut, much like salted caramel (sweet and salty). I'm not too crazy of sweet desserts (the sugar goes straight to my brain and I get a headache almost instantly), but the main menu was great. We ordered lamb stew, salted agg yolk pasta, wild mushroom sandwich with fries.

The next activity we did was - SHOPPING. It's kinda sad that we'd rather go shopping than hiking or rock climbing, or paintballing, or at least bowling (these were some of the valid suggestions we came up with). But we all went shopping instead. We kinda did actually need to take leave to shop for clothes and other womenly stuff, as work and family took a lot of time from us young moms to squeeze in clothes shopping in. Sad or not, last time I checked, everybody was happy by the end of the day, so a happy girls' day out indeed it was.  Encore!