Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Something to Listen to.

Alhamdulillah for the advancement of technology. We can listen to lectures while we are at home.

I introduced to haziq mostly, to a speaker mainly famous in the States - Nouman Ali Khan. His target lecture are mostly for the young Muslims. And also the parents of the youth.

Among his lecture. Beware of trendsetters.

Go through his many lectures, perhaps you will something that you can share with your family.

Also for those with podcasts on their smart phones, perhaps you can consider his (and counterparts) lectures on tafsir. currently on Juz Amma and tabarrak. In your iphone for example, go to itunes-podcast-search for bayyinah podcast - and download them.
Also can be directly downloaded using ipod touch and ipad. With ipod classic though, you have to extract it from your computer after downloading it. Just click the link above to get it downloaded into the computer.

Some of the arabic lessons are a bit deep if you are not studying arabic yet. However it will still be beneficial Insya Allah.

I am also currently taking up tafseer of Suratul baqarah. Qadr Allah, I found this lecture which describes the hypocrites in a simple but effective manner. May we not be among those who are hypocrites.

May Allah preserve him.

So what are you currently listening to?

Saturday, November 19, 2011

More Goddessy Gadgets

Once a while I try to reclaim my goddessy position in my imaginary goddessy world. Like in this entry for example. I present you my latest purchase.


Yes you heard it right. The steamer.

It helps to smooth down fabrics which are tedious to iron.

Especially long thawb for example. We have been spending lots of money on sending the thawbs to laundry for ironing. Thawb are long and tedious to iron on the ironing board. With the steamer you can just steam the thawb standing. As in the thawb is put up on a hanger and hang up on its given rail.

And not to mention long flowing abaya. Especially if you have tedious folds or beads on them. The steamer is your saviour.

Also scarves with beads on them. Or any of your beaded baju kurungs. Steamer is just the best.

And also no wore ugly wrinkly table cloth for me.

Goddess Goddess Goddess

Downside for me

I bought the steamer with a big tank - 2.8 litres of water. The more the water is the longer it takes to heat the water. So I am kinda used to the iron which just at at the flick of the switch, I can iron immediately.

But I have learned to manage the time. I will just heat the water up and do otehr things for perhaps 5 minutes. Then only I do the steaming.

The other thing, the pressing of the iron on the board gives a satisfaction of actually ironing wrinkly clothes. Then you are actually hitting on something. With steamer is like a quiet not much punching action. It is like doing a slow repetitive dance. In that sense it is quite boring.

I also think I need something to stretch the fabric to somewhat feel more satisfied when I steam.

Ahhh maybe i really am not this slo-mo kind of person.

I also think the rail they give is too short. It doesnt allow me to adjust it as well. I wish I could get it higher so i could steam the hem of the long abaya/ thawb easily.

I also do not own many beaded materials. LOL! But I guess when I do need to iron that, it makes me wonder how did I do without the steamer before?

I was just thinking whether you can use this to steam your face and attack the comedones myself.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Role Models

Haziq is a growing teenager now. In his young and cute days, I would (and lover) be his reference and role model. Ibu knows everything. And he learned really fast now that my answer when he asked usually comes out with a "I don't know Haziq."So yeah Ibu doesn't know everything in this world.

Haziq is a growing teenager with mood swings and bumps of pimple on his forehead. His hormones are raging and species of the opposite sex is peculiar and somewhat attractive. He is taller and stand towering against his siblings and his Ibu now.

These are the years that he would need good role models for him to emulate and learn from.

I am so glad that I (and lover) made the decision not to buy any hand held games like PSP and such. For I have seen children who are just too engross with games that they fail to realise that there are people around them and adventures to explore and ideas to be shared. Now the world has moved on to Ipods and Iphones and IPads and such, the children don't seem to know how to communicate with others anymore. Undeniably these I-products are very good and educational thus it should remain in the home for such purpose. Well except for Iphone because I need it. :P. And camera is allowed too.

I cringe watching the teenagers in a crowded place full of their peers, sit quietly in the corner of the room with ears stuck to music banging their head eyes fixed on the screen. They only became alive but frantic when their gadgets run out of batteries.

Anyway I was saying, I encouraged my children to talk to people. Start by giving salam (need reminder of course) and make friends.

Back to role model point. Hmmm due to our current lifestyle, the kids tend to be with us all the time and their schoolmates and occasionally some friends when I take them to people's house. So currently the one Haziq is closest to must be his Ustaz ngaji. Keh keh keh. He encourages and pushes Haziq to memorise even more. Perhaps also one of the most noticable thing HAziq has done is by improving his arabic font writing. LOL! It used to be really bad, but because Ustaz writes like as if it was printed from the machine, haziq tried his best to improve.


And who best can be the role models if not for his own father. This is what I have been sweet talking, pestering and bebeling my lover but he is just too lazy. My lover is very good with his hands. He loves DIY job and very good at practical hands on problem solving. I urged him to call Haziq whenever he is up to a project but he said, he didn't learn it from anyone. In other words, so why should he teaches Haziq.

But after years of sweet talking and pestering and bebelling, recently lover began to see my points. Haziq tu biasalah blur but slowly he is enjoying. Slowly I will sweet talk, pester and bebel lover to give Haziq more adult responsibility as part of his continuous learning process. Insya Allah khayr.

At the recent BBQ that I had, haziq enjoyed mixing with the older guys and uncles bbqing for all of us. Thus all the teenage boys got into action. Kalau tak duduk aje tunggu makanan. Meanwhile I enjoyed eating them because I can.


Having a teenager now, it's like jumping into paradigm shift mode in approaching parenting style I think. We need to be their friends but firm. Talk to them and advise them. Discuss with them and listen to them. Easy typed than done. because it is easier to say dengar cakap orang tua.

I am still on the look out for role models in all categories (yang baik preferbally. yang buruk jadi sempadan). meanwhile haziq can start venturing on his own and learn with guidance Insya Allah.

I ask Allah that He will guide us all on the treu path and that he brings to us people who will only bring the best out of us and pleasing to Allah.

If any of you have any stories or info on your own role model or your children or anything, do share. I would love to hear and learn.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Haven't Talked about the Dune for a Long Time

It's coming to winter nowadays. The weather is really pleasant. And indeed is not the time to be spending indoors. I went to dunes as usual. Didn't snap as much photos as before but bits of this and that.

Here is one. I don't know whether it is clear enough in the photo. It shows a car riding on the steep crescent of the dune. This requires high powered car, skill and bravery I must say. I have neither of those thus I will probably never do the stunt.


Or perhaps a youtube on the show. Don't mind the roaring engine sound that shook the sanddune.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Mind Your Language

I love my Arabic Class this time round!

I told you earlier that my new teacher speaks only arabic and when she does it, she does it slowly and ever so patiently. Allahuma Bareek.

Sometimes at the end of the class she would give us tadzkirah. Most of the time I do not know what she says but I do get the gist of it especially if she narrates hadith that I already know in english. A bit cheating but I must say the hadith does sound much better in Arabic.

She also makes us converse in arabic. She would ask to describe our weekends. She makes us write us short scripts, make sentences, write short essay or just hear her read aloud and answer some questions.

Sometimes she would laugh watching us trying to get the arabic words whle at many times she would look confuse with what we said.

I wonder whether she she feels like Mr Brown in "Mind Your Language" sitcom trying to teach us Arabic.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

The Attack of the Comedones

Qadr Allah I have bouts of pimples every time I come back from Malaysia. Perhaps it was the dust in my left-not-touched-for-11-months house or the humidity or or or.

These are not the teenager pop pimple type even though I like to think that my body is slowly transforming into the teenage era but I would prefer it would be smaller hip and flatter tummy rather than hormonal fluctuations of these kind.

I had to go to the dermatologist each time. The pimples just refuse to go away even with my sworn to work cinnamon stick. Read HERE. This is the small type of pimple that will make way to become medium ones and will just stay there forever.

Anyway, as usual, i made the trip to the dermatologist. And this new lady doctor recommended that I go for comedone extraction. Hoping not to mistake this with strawberry flavoured toothpaste, I do like what other people do when they come across medical term. Google. And of course the only thing you find are the horrific ones.

Like this one for instance



I already went for the comedone extraction. It's like doing facial minus the massage and dim light and soft music that makes you go to sleep. It's just a session to attack on the comedones on the face. Piercing ouch!


Ooohh something happen on my first day of the attack of the comedones. Before I agreed, i asked the doctor how much. She told me a certain amount that I can afford.

But come that day she charged me QR100 more. Apparently there are other hidden costs that she didn't tell me beforehand. So I was not happy and felt that she should be honest from the start.

I got a free treatment the second round.

It pays to voice out unhappiness sometimes.


The pimples seem to be less now. But there are a few small ones springing out.

Insya Allah Khayr.