Umrah Part 1

Alhamdullillah.. We are back from our umrah trip.

It was a short one but I believe a visit to the Holy Kaabah will always be memorable for me. We brought Bella and Tasha along with us. I have to admit, they can be quite handful sometimes but the thought of leaving them behind is… unthinkable! Haha.. 

We flew to Jeddah via Dubai. I was sooo thankful because Frozen was shown on the in-flight tv. That one will keep B quiet during the flight, and I only left with Tasha to deal with. Haha..

I get a lot of questions from mothers out there on how to manage toddlers while in Tanah Haram. I’m not an expert, I’m just a struggling mommy like most of you.. *cheers* and of course with the help from my dear hubby and God’s willing, alhamdullilah..
B is already at the age where she can understand what what we are trying to tell her. So it’s quite easy to bring her around for solat at Masjid Al-Haram.. We can tell her not to run around, where we gonna pray so she know where to find us, or the easiest way to make her sit down and quite… the ipad!!! Hahah.. I know I know you’re giving me that you-give-your-child-ipad look ;) I rather let her play with ipad next to me than losing her.. So pls, if you wanna judge me, go ahead as long as my kid is safe!!
But on the other hand, T is still young. She only 15 months old, really active and her hobby is running around and climbing whatever she can climb and not to mention picking up anything that looks edible on the floor and shove it into her mouth…! That is the challenge!! Hahah.. I got T a harness where I can strap her to myself. She can still run around but only as far as 1 meter away from me. So, during solat, it’s either she’s attached to me or my husband will hold her during solat (and put her down during rukuk and sujud). That’s the only way to survive. Haha..
We decided not to bring stroller for this trip since we are not going around so much and I tend to forget about the stroller easily.. (Almost lost a stroller during our trip to Jordan/BaitulMaqdis before!!) And my girls prefer to run around rather than sitting in the stroller. When they are tired, we just carry them ourselves. No baby carrier ok!! B is about 14kg and T is about 8kg. That will definitely tone up our arms!! Haha.. Many parents put their child on the wheelchair available in Masjidil Haram. I didn’t see many stroller there. I don’t know whether it is allowed to bring it inside or not..
We did our tawaf and saie after subuh when the weather is not so hot and the crowd is not too big. During tawaf, B loves to sit on her daddy’s shoulder and I will carry T. When I came across a crowded area especially in front of Hajar Aswad, I tried to carry T a little bit higher to make sure it’s easy for her to breath, or else she will cry..
Saie is quite fun for B because she  can walk on her own (without people pushing her) and stop to drink zam zam water and walk again.. B loves to just hold the tail of her daddy’s ihram, and Tasha will be carried. B can walk for about 3 trips to-and-fro between Safa and Marwah before she demanded us to carry her.
B and T taking a break drinking zam sam water during Saie..
By the end of the tawaf and saie, my legs were already shaking. It’s like going to the gym!!
In front of Masjidil Haram, there’s a huge road/empty parking space (facing the Royal Palace) where pigeons always come to eat, bird food were provided for them by the general workers. We brought our girls there in the evening just for them to do kids stuff (and that is running around!) So, in between asar and maghrib, they will be chasing the pigeons.. and feeling tired after that!! Speaking about smart parenting ;) Haha..
My husband has a Malaysian friend there who owns a Malay food restaurant. (We will get back to this restaurant story later..) One morning, he brought us to the camel farm (Hurmmmm.. Is it called farm? I’m not sure..) Anyway, he brought us to see this big fat camels who are taken care by the Badwis. Seriously.. These peoples are Badwi!!! They live under the tent in the desert, like Rasulullah SAW time but I saw one of them holding a mobile phone!! Haha.. Not bad for people who actually lives on a desert!!
Having fun with camel, I was just actually playing brave in front of Tasha!! Haha.. Mommy must show good example, right?? ;)
Diancam camel.. hahahah…
I seriously think Tasha is much more brave than me!! Hehe..
Fresh from the camel!!
For the first time, I drank camel’s milk!! Surprisingly, it doesn’t have any funny smell and it taste quite good. One funny-but-real fact about camel’s milk.. You can’t get any milk from the mommy camel until the kid camel drank from the mother first!! Isn’t God great?? MasyaAllah..

Part two coming soon, insyaAllah.. till then..

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Leaving On a Jet Plane

Insyaallah, we will be leaving for Umrah this coming Thursday..

We = Bella + Tasha + daddy + mommy

This is my first time bringing these two girls there. Last time we were there, B was about Tasha’s age and Tasha was about 6 month in my womb. So, my first time handling two toddlers in Tanah Haram. I know it’s not gonna be easy since both of them are very active and I need to keep both of them in my sight all the time. I pray to God to ease things for both me and my husband taking care of our children especially when we are there so we can focus on our ibadah and being parents at the same time.

I’m quite nervous actually..

May Allah ease..

Amin…!

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Is It Time?

OK mommies..
Let’s just straight to the point..
How soon do you wait for no 3?
I’m just curious. I wanted to have as many children as I can.. InsyaAllah but I think Bella and Tasha still needs attention in term of educating and managing them..
Tasha is 15 months now and B is turning 3 years old in 3 months time.
At home, my husband and I managed the girls ourselves even we have a kakak staying with us to help. And these two toddlers are quiet a handful. Bathing, feeding and play time really taking a lot of time. Night time is spent playing with them.. building blocks, pretend cooking, flash cards, play doctor and watching Doc McStuffin (hahah.. must teach them early!!) I haven’t watch Glee for soooo long! Hahaha.. American Idol? Forget it.. too much commitment!!
Imagine when I’m away and my husband doing this on his own..
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This is what happened when I leave them with daddy..
All sorts of adventures.. Hahaha..
And now Tasha is at the stage where she wants to feed herself. The mess after meal is like..
*I have no word for it!*
and I keep telling myself “she’s learning.. let her learn..” over and over again.. Haha..
And if we leave them alone, they will definitely look for us.. There’s no where to hide at home. It’s like they have GPS tracking to look for us!! Trust them to stuff their face behind the glass door until we come and get them..
So, how long do you wait?
What’s your experience with having 3 children (and two hands to hold all three!) Haha..
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Piercing T’s Ears

Tasha had her ears pierced yesterday!!!

That is like her birthday present for turning one!! Haha..

We did the same for Bella when she turned one. At that time, I was scared because.. Bella was only one! But this time, I was the one who is over-excited and keep reminding my husband over and over again that we have to pierce Tasha’a ears!! Haha.. Well, Bella turned out fine. InsyaAllah Tasha will too..

So, yesterday was my post call day.. after coming back from work, getting the girls ready (my best personal record is 23 minutes to shower and get them dressed!!) It’s not easy you know. Of course it involves running around, pretend hide-and-seek, singing and rolling PlayDoh in between.. just to get them to shower and dressed! Haha..

The shop that we went is in Ampang. We looked around many places before when we wanted to pierce Bella’s ears but they don’t want to do for a year old kid. So, we travelled all the way to Ampang just to get this done..!

Just to answer some of the questions I got from my instagram.. This is the shop that we went to.. Kedai Emas Rasa Sayang..

If you’re coming from Jalan Ampang, you’ll pass Ampang Point on you left hand side, there will be the first traffic light in front of Ampang Point. Just go straight until you reach the third traffic light, that shop is at the shop lot row on your left hand side. Quite easy to find actually.. Exactly beside the main road.

That’s Tasha not knowing what’s gonna happen..

And that’s her sensing something is not right.. probably she was already planning to run at this time.. Haha.. Before piercing the ears, ethyl-chloride was applied to numb the earlobes area so the child will feel numb rather than pain.

She cried for a while and then got distracted by the cartoon Little Einsteins. No more crying after that ;)

Here’s the young lady…

That’s my girl!!

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Tasha Is 1!!

Alhamdulillah..

Time really flies. Tasha is one year old today..

MasyaAllah, God gave us this cheerful, bubbly little girl to our family. I have no words to describe my feelings towards this little angel. When we first had Bella, I thought I have given my all to her. All my love that I have inside me, all for Bella. Before Tasha was born, I was worried I could not give Tasha as much love as I had for Bella.. simply because I have given all to B!! To my surprise, I was wrong.. the love just grow and grow and grow.. and I equally love these two girls so much, not even an ounce less between these two.

Subhanallah.

I guess that what mommies do, right?

To love..

Happy birthday Tasha!!

I love you more than you ever know..

XO

The Laid-Back and The Clean-Obsessed!

Another outing day..

This time the girls get to enjoy the beach!!

We were in PD yesterday evening. It was just a day trip. We drove down to PD after lunch and already back in KL by 7pm. Both grandparents came and join us together with their cousins. We had real fun, we brought food from home, with tikar.. had our teatime under the tree. It’s just so nice to be together with the family enjoying the nature..

To our surprise, we gotta know Tasha is such a laid-back child. She loves running around (ok, not really running but walking..) with her barefoot enjoying the sand. She just sit on the sand and started to play with it (and that includes putting it in her mouth!! Haha..)

That one definitely she got it from her daddy!!

She doesn’t even bother the sand in between her toes. She loves it!!

And that’s her enjoying the waves and wet sand on her own. No drama at all!!

And Bella, on the other hand… is a clean-obsessed!! (Like mommy!! Hahah..)

She wanted to build a sand castle but doesn’t want her hands to get dirty. Haha.. I had to sit down with her and slowly make her touch the sand and explain to her it’s ok that her hand is dirty. It takes time but towards the end, she’s getting better at it!

And to get her into the water, is another episode of drama. Maybe the waves scares her. She’s only convinced to go into the water when I told her the sea is just a huge swimming pool.. Hahahha.. It’s true isn’t it??

And she believes me!!

Owh, and my sister (Dr Hamizah) is back in KL for her maternity leave. She gave birth to a beautiful baby girl last September, Rhea Aireen, now 3 months old. Here she is with her babatok..

Check out her thigh!! Yummehhh!!!

It was definitely a memorable day for all of us. Since we had too much fun.. and Bella needs more beach-training (hehe..) we definitely gonna do this more often!! ;)

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Another Animal-Friendly Trip

It’s family outing time again!!

Both me and my husband are on leave until next year!! Haha.. January 1, 2014 is in 3 days time!! After that, we will be back to our daily work. I guess every parents are the same, we try to spend as much time as we could with our children. To compensate back with our busy schedule!! So, we use these days to bring our girls out. Yes, we have plans for ever single day until new year!!

Today, we went to KL Tower.. Nope, not the tower itself, I don’t think our girls would appreciate KL Tower yet but we went to the Animal Zone at the base of KL Tower.. 

This is just a small place where they keep exotic / rare breed animals. Just a friendly reminder, this place is definitely not a stroller-friendly area. The floors are made of wood and rocks. Too bumpy and small to manouver a stroller (and we brought two! Huh!)

When I say exotic.. this is what I meant with exotic.. hairy spider..

Two headed turtle..

and tokay gecko!!!

Yup, I still remember the computer game called Gecko I played when I was a lot younger. Got really excited when I first saw this lizard.. Haha..

These is one of the smallest snake they have here.. there was also a huge phyton and albino phyton.. probably bigger than me!!

These tortoises are my girls favourite..

But nothing beats Bella’s obsession with chicken.. Hahahha..

Next to the Animal Zone is the Aquarium@KL Tower. Again, not a good idea with stroller because the place is quite congested (but we survived!)

This place is really dark. The lighting comes from the aquarium. Hence the poor quality pictures.

Getting two toddlers to smile for a camera is really difficult!!

It was a short trip but we had fun! And tomorrow, if it doesn’t rain, we will be by the beach!! InsyaAllah..

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Big Bad Wolf is Back!!

It's the school holiday season and the best event during year-end school holiday is on!! Aren't you excited…! (or is it just me alone? Haha..)
It's the Big Bad Wolf book sale!!
Woot! Woot!!!!
Calling all book lovers out there!!
Its 24 hours a day starting from Dec 6, 2013 at 7am until Dec 15, 2013, closing at 9pm!! You can go anytime… ANYTIME!! People even carry a luggage to carry their books coz it's really really really cheap.
We bought a number of books for our children. Even the big colourful cardboard book for kids only cost us RM8 each. You'll definitey go crazy when you see the RM2 ones!! Hahaha..
I found this! Must buy! Hahaha..
Mommy didnt buy much book this time, I just need to focus a little more on Anaesthesia this year, so no more non-Anesthesia for a while. Only some cooking & recipe book. I know everything can just be found online nowadays, but nothing beats the feeling of holding a book in your hand, and the smell of a new book.. ahhhh.. I just love the smell of books! *nerd*
It was crowded yesterday and my girls were hungry and mommy being kiasu not to miss any good books for the girls, I just had to walk 3 times to-and-fro just to make sure I didn't miss anything interesting for B and T.. Hahaha..
So people, bring your family and friends to the Big Bad Wolf book sale. You'll enjoy it! And you can stock up books for the next one year.. until the next BBW sale!!
Enjoy!!
XO
 

Family Potrait

B and T wont be small for so long. My husband and I really having a great time raising our two girls. We love to keep their photos and videos whenever we had the chance to do it. About a month ago, we decided to have a family photography session.. Just for fun at FamGlamStudio at The Gardens. The photograpers are good with children, the environment is very children friendly and the props are awesome. We had great time shooting there.. Here's some of it…
Of course ice cream wasn't provided there.. We just happened to buy it before the session (yup, to keep high sugar level for the girls.. Haha.. Baru lar hyperactive!!)
We took a lot more photos with different props and themes (and baju of course!!) Probably you'll see some of them in the near future.
Mind you, this is not a sponsored post. Please dont ask me details about packages and prices. We just wanna share the happiness with you! ;) If you are interested, you can check their webpage
or you can drop by their studio at The Gardens.. Its on the same row with Baby GAP.. Don't ask me which floor please.. Hahah..
 
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Keluarga Magazine Dec 2013

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Here we are in Keluarga magazine December 2013 issue..

Looking all happy and cheerful!

Little that you know, we shot in the evening where it’s almost Tasha and Bella’s nap time. And that is definitely a guaranteed recipe for disaster!! Hahaha…

When they are bored…

I don’t want!!! 

Milk, mommy M.I.L.K!!!!!

Trying to distract them from the camera for a while before starting again..

And when it’s time to shoot only the two of us..

Tak larat dah nak buat muka romantik! Hahahah..

Anyway, thanks Keluarga magazine crew for having us (again!)

Get your copy now!!

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