Baby#2’s Birth Story

7 Sep 17

Bismillah. In the name of Allah. I have dragged myself here to blog about this important, life-changing milestone that is the birth of our second son!  I really wish to have this written down and documented just like Nu’man’s birth story — otherwise I know I would forget the details. The account below is quite […]

Mulu, Sarawak

17 Jun 17

This is a slight throwback as our trip was in April 2017. It was a work-related trip (husband’s, obviously) and I was quite excited at the prospect of being able to come too, because: We’ve never technically had a holiday as a family. Though coming home to the West Coast (our parents’ places) sometimes feel […]

Design Walkthrough: Ramadan Campaign Poster

27 May 17

I’ve hardly ever done tutorials for my graphic design work, perhaps with the exception of one post which talks about my digital doodlenote workflow. I remember following and reading Alia Nadhirah‘s blog entries though — she is a talented medical-illustrator-to-be — and greatly enjoying her reflections and analysis on her own designs. I thought I […]

A letter to my son

23 May 17

I wanted to write this so I wouldn’t forget, like after he’s no longer my only child, or my mum-brain gets progressively worse over the years… Dearest Nu’man, Even though you are in your Terrible Twos, life with you is not all terrible. It is an honour and a joy to witness and take part […]

And He plans

29 Dec 16

Assalamu’alaikum! 2016 came with surprises and is leaving with some very welcomed closure. It is so cliché but true: that we plan, we have expectations and wishes, but God’s plan is the best and ultimately the one we submit to. What I would remember from this year is the time that I was this close […]

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 […]

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)!

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 […]