Sketch over dinner. I used to do this on a regular basis as a student.

List of Thoughts

4 Dec 16

My toddler’s tantrums remind me that I am raising a human being, not an angel. Developing, struggling, changing… they happen to kids at such an amazing rate! It’s on us to help them, forgive them, for they are feeling all sorts of — literally — new things: and even their response to the new feelings […]

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Downloadable Mutaba’ah Amal

17 Nov 16

Excuse the Arabic and Malay jargon — I made this Excel spreadsheet that can be used as a monthly habit tracker or reward chart, and thought I’d put it up online for others to use. (Confession: I greatly enjoy formatting documents in MS Office. I’m one of those people who can spend hours changing fonts […]

So here I am, writing

Empowered

30 Aug 16

So life plans have drastically changed — again! — but this time the feeling of hearing the news was of immediate relief. It’s ironic and crazy, but you’d probably understand if you went through it too. This site needs an overhaul! Visually and content-ly. See you later alligator (inshaAllah)!

I used a beautiful fabric-covered notebook which was an old gift!

Ramadan thoughts

12 Jul 16

Those who have the desire and who work at it can definitely increase their emotional intelligence […] Take an example: Many children have not experienced loss and its accompanying grief, so they may not fully understand these concepts. However, as we age and experience loss in our lives, we develop a greater capacity to understand […]

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The Best Summer

19 Apr 16

Tonight I just felt like writing about my last summer in the UK, which was also my first summer as a wife and my first summer spent in Cambridge (as opposed to Canterbury, Kent). I was actually reminiscing (I hate this word because unlike my husband, I’m not at all a nostalgic person) the time […]

Life right now

22 Mar 16

But first! Beaches. A tiny video montage of places in Terengganu. Because I missed making a habit of capturing videos — it’s so easy to overlook the beauty around you otherwise — and compiling them for my future perusal. I wish there were more shots but hey, maybe next time.

YUMMY and not that unhealthy!

Cream Cheese Fruit Salad

19 Jan 16

Now, when I said I was going to write more, I didn’t quite envision recipe posts, but hey — why in the world not? These photos are old, but the recipe is tried and tested and evergreen. And a hit with potluck gatherings! Original recipe is from Cooks.com but altered significantly.

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Where did time go?

22 Dec 15

Assalamu’alaikum. Today was a particularly “good” day — as defined by me. The kid is having his second very long nap of the day, mashaAllah, my routine just seemed to fit things in, and I managed to work on (and completed) multiple design tasks — I work with ProductiveMuslim — with, let’s say minimal screaming […]

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Babyness’ birth story: Part 2

28 May 15

Continuation of Part 1… Written on the evening of Thursday, 12 March 2015 After lugging all our stuff, my husband decided that Mama should come over and spend the night with me. I myself could not envision going through labour alone, and though I was sad that my designated birth companion (my husband), the one […]

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Babyness’ Birth Story: Part 1

27 May 15

After a year-long hiatus, evidently I am now feeling up for blogging again. I decided to start with something I’d already written up two months ago, ie. the birth of our baby (nicknamed “Babyness” in the womb ). It is a super-detailed account so looks like I’ll have a few parts to it. Muqaddimah / […]