Read!!

Getting the girls to read nowadays is not as easy as before. There are so much distractions like the tv, ipad and even the phone. It has becoming quite difficult to get Bella and Tasha to lie down in bed and listen to bedtime stories anymore (or is it because mommy fell asleep before them?? Haha..) They always wanna play with each other, poking and laughing and singing..
It’s really entertaining to see them having fun but you know, the first 7 years of their life is so important because this is the time which their brain develop the most and absorbs everything we teach them easily. Being a (almost) kiasu parents.. we always wants the best for them. Hence the effort to make reading fun!!
Yes, reading is fun!
 But how do you make it fun for a toddler?
 (two of them actually!)
This is actually an advice we got from a professional..
Besides the usual advice like colourful books, big fonts, interesting pictures, 3D is even better to stimulate their senses.. it’s also better to leave the books on the floor instead of keeping it neat and tidy on the book rack!
 Say what??
 Yes, leave it on the floor!!
 *clean-freak mommy alert!!*
And let them choose themselves…
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It gives them the option to choose..
They might change books every few minutes but it’s ok..
The most important thing is actually to develop the interest to read.
Yes, the keyword is interest!!
Once the interest is there, it is much more easier to get them to sit down and appreaciate the book!
But of course, having said all that, parents or guardian guidance is very important, try to sit down with them while they choose their book and read together.. That is equal to quality time!!
So, forgive me if you see my children’s playroom is in a mess.
That is the part of learning!!
And me, slowly learning to be less clean-freak!!
*breath mommy breath*
XO

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

Meeting Amenakin

Hi all..

How’s 2014 has been treating you?

Hope everyone is doing great!

I’m oncall today, blogging from maternity OT oncall room right now ;) Please God let me have a quite call today. My plan is to google more healthy recipes to cook at home. Haha.. Yes, that’s part of the new year resolutions!! I’ve been a good girl still (girl??). Attended my gym session regularly. Thank you S for taking care of the children while I’m away!! He has been so understanding and helpful. And keeps me motivated! (P/S I love you, S!)

On the other hand, last week I attended a ‘meet-and-greet’ session with Amenakin. For those who doesn’t know her, Amenakin is actually a Youtuber (is that what you called it?) She has her own youtube channel called Amenakin. Her real name is Amena from the UK. She vlog (vlog = video blog, I think so!)) mostly about muslimah fashion, how to wear tudung, make-up, cooking and also issues related to us, ladies and religious issues as well.

I started to watch her Youtube channel when I wanted to learn how to wear tudung.. Yup, Youtube was my guru! Haha.. To my surprise, I actually like her personality. If you watched her videos, you know she is a beauty with brain, kind-hearted and a mommy too! She’s just a good role model for young ladies out there.

Did I tell you she runs an online scarf business as well?  She designed her signature scarf called hoojab! It’s very simple, practical and covers our aurah. Click here to find out more.

Amena came down to Malaysia last week for a meet-and-greet session with her fans. It was hosted at Food Foundry in SS17, in PJ. That’s Amena. Beauty inside out, masyaAllah!And this is her husband, Mr Osama.

Both of them are super nice and friendly and humble. They have been married for 7 years and this is their first time leaving their children at home back in the UK. And they are still like lovebirds!! And fortunately, our seats were in front of her seat! Thank you Za for dragging me to sit in front! (Yes, that’s Dr Zahilah Filzah of doktorbudak.com) Haha.. Yes, she insisted to sit there. She dragged me! Haha.. and that beautiful lady on my left hand side is NOT Amenakin. But she looked like her (for God sake, I thought she was Amenakin initially!). That beautiful lady (did I mentioned that before?) is MyaZulkifli. She’s a student, model and make-up artist herself. Interesting isn’t it? And to be honest, she does look like Amena!!

Owh, and that empty white chair where Amena was seated before she was stolen by other fans! Haha..

I thought of waiting till the end before snapping pictures with her but OMG, it was too crowded and the rest of the girls didn’t seems to want leave her at all! I had to leave the place considering it was almost 10.30pm at that time and my husband already sent a picture of him and the children having fun at home! Haha.. (Yes, that’s how he hinted me to come back! Funny right? But it works all the time!!)

So, Amena, we shall meet on Youtube again, InsyaAllah!

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!! ;)

X

The Best Birthday Gift!!

This is the best birthday gift ever!

I asked B to sing for me again  and again and again until she got fed up and changed from “mommy” to her name.. Hahaha..

I’m so blessed. Alhamdulillah..

XO

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..

XO