Monday, December 23, 2013

"Anklong's" Wedding and Food Poisoning

Assalamualaikum w.b.t.,

It was the day of Luthfi's uncle's wedding. The theme was all red and bright. So for the day, I dressed him up in a cute red spider-man outfit. The groom is actually my cousin. The day starts with us attending the bride's reception in Parit, Kuala Kangsar *this is where the picture was taken* since I couldn't attend the solemnization day on the day before due to work. However among all day that we have, Luthfi actually choose that day to throw a bit of a tantrum in which forced my husband and I to leave the reception earlier than the rest of our relative. Luckily we have decided to bring our own car since the original plan is to go to my in-law's house after the wedding.

On the next day, Luthfi seems to become a bit calmer at the groom's reception. I guess the tantrum earlier on the day before must be due to the journey and lack of sleep. Alhamdulillah, it is much easier during the groom's reception. We just bring his cradle to the groom's house and let him rest there. He only wakes up for milk and nappy time and a bit of chit chat. 

After the wedding, as we go home on Sunday night - while we still on the highway, we started to have diarrhea. At that point, I suspect that it should be food poisoning prior to the wedding since the food was prepared by a catering service. The symptoms last for the whole night so we have decided to go and visit a doctor. I end up receiving two days MC from work plus a public holiday on the next day in which makes it a total of three days leave. I consider that as a good news since the weekend has been quite busy and I end up not being able to spend a lot of time with my husband.

I am thankful that the food poisoning comes at a perfect time. Thank you food poisoning for providing me with the chance to stay with my husband for a wee bit longer. :)

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Birthday Talks: A Year Wiser

Assalamualaikum w.b.t.,

Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me~~ happy birthday to me! 

Hihi, I guess I am officially a 23-years-old now. Alhamdulillah, this year has been a very wonderful journey to me. I am deeply thankful to Allah S.W.T for each and every moments in my life; the opportunity to become a wife of a very loving person, able to experience the beautiful world of pregnancy, giving me the chance to give birth to a little caliphs and also able to venture into the joy of a motherhood world.

However, I am most thankful to Allah S.W.T for opening up my heart to improve myself towards a better person. Alhamdulillah, now I can see a more mature 'me' over these past few months. A person who cherish her responsibility towards everything around her. InsyaAllah, I will strive to become a much more better person over the years to come. Amin. 

p/s: Thank you so much to my colleagues for celebrating my birthday on that day. I really appreciate the effort. :)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Nature of My Workplace

Assalamualaikum w.b.t.,

As I have mentioned in the earlier post, I have just graduated in Bachelor of Education (Hons.) [TESL]. Alhamdulillah, I gave all my praise to Allah s.w.t. since I am currently employed in a multinational language service provider as a permanent translator.

SpeeQual Language Service

If I had to say, the nature of my workplace requires me to be working in a lab where only authorized people are able to enter. Any type of device in which can carry data is not allowed in the room, including a smartphone. Therefore, I can't be contacted through phone during office hour. I will usually receive a project to be done, in which normally consists of 9000+ words to be translated and period will be around 3 days. In general, it's like 3000+ words per day. It was quite tiring in order to finish the tasks within the due date given. However, when there's no translation project going on... *Unofficially* I am allowed to surf the net; Facebook, you tube, watch online dramas, blogging, etc. for the whole day as long as I don't have a project to be done or a due date to catch. Haha!

Funny that the office is located in One Ampang Avenue *also recognized as Korean Village*, in which makes  the activity of bumping into some Koreans seems like a routine already. It feels very interesting every time I overheard these people talking. It feels like I'm watching K-Dramas already. Hihi.

If only I can meet korean people as handsome as Lee Min Ho, or CN Blue's Jung Yong Hwa! Hahahahaha! *sorry husband! No matter what, I'll still love you!*   :)

Monday, December 16, 2013

A Date in Kota Damansara

Assalamualaikum w.b.t.,

It was a memorable day indeed. After a quite tiring night due to attending Bella's wedding, we kick off our morning a bit late actually. We go on our way through DUKE all the way to NKVE and all. The journey was fine since we're not caught in traffic jams. Our first stop is at Dataran Sunway Damansara for a lunch. At first we are aiming for my favourite 'asam pedas' but there has been a renovation going on in the area so the store is closed. I was a bit disappointed and we decided on eating Nasi Ayam only. 

The road to IKEA, The Curve, etc. was a bit confusing actually since there has been an MRT construction going on along the road. So the traffic was a bit bad, and lane are all mixed up. As we arrived at around 12pm, finding a car park in IKEA is also a bit difficult - as expected. After around 30 minutes in going in circles, we finally managed to secure our spot and went our way to The Curve. 

As we enter the lobby, there's a piano performance by a Japanese pianist in front of us so we stop by for a while to listen. The performance definitely adds on the romantic mood on that day. We only go for window shopping at The Curve since we actually don't have any intention of buying anything. However, IKEA is a whole another story since we there are a few orders to fulfill. That is the first reason for going there actually and we use that chance for a date. Haha!

However, I think that the date is definitely satisfying since we only left the area at around 5pm. :)

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Big Bad Wolf Book Sale and Pesta Buku 1 Malaysia

Assalamualaikum w.b.t,

Have you ever heard of the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale? Oh well, I haven't been there during the past years but among all the reviews that I heard, it was a great book sale. I've been meaning to come every time the event was held since I am definitely a book lover. So for this year; since I am currently staying in KL, I really grab that opportunity to go and visit the sale.

The event was held at MIECC in which located just beside The MINES Shopping Center. I went there with three of my colleagues on Tuesday night, 11 December 2013 as soon as we got off from work. Actually my original plan was to find some specific book by a certain publisher and only to grab a few of them. However, I end up not be able to find that specific book and buying another 6 different book.

  • Riwayat Hidup Nabi Muhammad S.A.W
  • The Hobbit: Visual Companion by J.R.R Tolkien (Harper Collins Pub. UK)
  • 40 Love: A Novel by Madeleine Wickham *also known as Sophie Kinsella* (St Martin's Press)
  • Something Borrowed by Emily Griffin (St Martin's Press)
  • The Crazy Things Girls Do for Love by Dyan Sheldon (Walker)
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul: Here Comes the Bride by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Susan M. Heim (Chicken Soup for the Soul)
The book prices are waaaayyy crazier than a normal book sale. I even buy something for my two-month old baby. It's obvious that he can't read yet but I can still keep it in order to use it later since it was a really good bargain. It's a book that giggles! The original price was RM90+ but I bought it at RM15. I absolutely love it!

Well then, the next day is actually a public holiday for Selangor state. While I was browsing through Facebook that morning, I found out that there's another book sale located in PWTC, KL. It was Pesta Buku 1 Malaysia. While Big Bad Wolf offer you a wide range of books, it was mainly consists of English books. Since I read both languages, I decided to go to PWTC for another round of books... but this time I was aiming for Malay novels by Jemari Seni. I don't know why but it seems like I've had a crush with this publisher. Haha! I bought another 4 books there in which makes the total counts of books that I've bought for this month into 10 books!!!! If I were to include Luthfi's book into the count, it'll be 11 books. The books that I bought in PWTC are all from Jemari Seni.

  • Hlovatinta by Hlovate *this is a limited edition book* 
  • Lazuardi by Nasz
  • Kalau Jodoh Tak Ke Mana by Naurah Iman
  • Jet & Jonah by Ika Madera

I was aiming for some long published titles since I'm afraid it'll be out of print soon. I think my next buy will be Hlovate's book since I've been meaning to complete my collection of his novels *not sure if the mystery writer Hlovate is a 'he' or 'her'* for a very long time already. 

I guess I've had enough books for at least another 2-3 months! :)

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Happy 1st Year Wedding Anniversary

Assalamualaikum w.b.t.,

Happy 1st year wedding anniversary, my love!

Alhamdulillah! What a well-spend weekend. I reached home with a wide spread smile from husband and had a great date yesterday. We were too busy with each other on the date until we even forgot to take our pictures. Thanks a lot my dear for the presents! Thank you for always be in my side, - the perfect friend that I could wish for, and a precious husband in my heart. 

Let us hope that this happiness will continue for many more years. InsyaAllah.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

A Tale on December

Assalaualaikum, w.b.t.,

It's already in December, people! While the month signifies the end of the year to most of the people in the world, this month signifies as the beginning for me. There's a lot of things that had begun in the same month throughout the past years. The first is definitely the day where I started to breath, the day when I was born. Then the month witness another important day of my life; the day of my marriage. A new step into new responsibilities and now, it also marks the day when I started working.

At first, the month for this year feels a bit rough even with the thought of having had to go through the whole month. This is because I have to work here and live all by my own. Yes, without my husband and my lovely son. The plan was to come home every fortnight but since I've just started working and with the fact that I haven't received my salary for the month, it will be very difficult to come home. I even have to save my allowance *given by my husband* as much as I can so that I won't have to keep on asking for money. I am definitely not the type of people who'll ask for money from people even if he's my husband. Due to this, even the thought of not being able to come home makes me burst into tears. I miss my family so much, with even the slightest thought of them will cause rain to fall on my cheeks.

Nevertheless, I am feeling like the flowers for now and I am glad for that. I am very thankful to my husband for inviting me home this morning. He asks me to come home for the weekend and not to worry about the allowance since he also missed me a lot. Hee~ I am so excited to be able to come home. I definitely can't wait for tomorrow! :D

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Luthfi's Journey: Two-Months Older

Assalamualaikum w.b.t,

Alhamdulillah; praise to Allah s.w.t., Luthfi is entering two-months mark now. I'm so sorry for being far away and not be able to hug and kiss you a lot on your precious day. As I'm told by my mom, Luthfi is not gaining much weight during the last month. It's only around 0.5kg increase. But Alhamdulillah, after consulting with the pediatrician it seems like he's in a good health. However, it was advisable for us to change his milk into normal milk since he was in lacto-free formula earlier due to some reason.

Over the past month, I was told that he started to coo a lot now, and quite loud too. He even laugh with sounds and all. It funny when my mom told me that he'll make different sounds for different things that he feels or wants such as feeling hungry, wanting to sleep, want to play, etc.

Oh, I can't wait to come back home and meet him! Love you so much, dear! Be a good boy to atuk and tokwan, yeah! :)

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Luthfi's Journey: Our Last Hug

Assalamualaikum w.b.t.,

Ooh, the picture of our last hug! I'm so sorry dear son for being far away for now and will only be able to come and visit every fortnight. However, my heart will always be with you. 

"Semoga baby Luthfi membesar jadi anak yang soleh, selalu dengar kata atuk tokwan dengan opah and kekal sihat selalu."

Remember, ibu will always love you!