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Travel Halal: Shanghai

This is my story of our Shanghai trip...

First of all, it is so different that the Shanghai you've watched in Shanghai Noon (hahaha). Shanghai today is very moving forward, and sophisticated.

You can ride the fastest bullet train in the world, from Pudong Airport to Shnaghai City. The train is called Maglev Train. We didnt get to ride on it though. We did get the chance to ride on the second fastest in China, the bullet train which took us from Shanghai to Shaoxing.

Transport:
We had a local guide, so basically, transportation was included in the price as well. We were given a bus for us 12 people. Talk about the spaces and empty seats!
I think it would not be a trouble to catch public transportation as there were many and probably more efficient than ours! (lol)
We decided to hire ground agent to take us around because we have small children with us. We didnt want to hassle of getting caught in the cold of winter season and communication issues that could make it worse. Unless of…

1st Year Survival of At Home MOM

It will be my 1st year anniversary as a Work/Stay At Home Mom. Oh gosh I have a lot to share about, on what to expect, the feelings, how to cope, etc. And this will be a long one so bear with me ait?
What to expect?
Laziness/tiredness..  you call it lazy, I call it TIRED la wei.
For about the first 3 months, I felt..lazy. All I wanted to do was being lazy. But that was because I was heavily pregnant, I was in my third trimester. Hahaha that explains the laziness right? I wanted to do a lot, well at least my mind was not lazy. But the energy was mostly used by the baby in the womb.
After Amal was born, I concentrated on taking care of her, with breastfeeding and constant napping. It drained the energy out of me. I was thankful though that I didn’t have to rush in to work cause I would be sad to leave Amal behind. Just like what I felt when it was with Ayra and Amna.
Despite the perk of having to be there all the time for Amal, I was/am exhausted. All freaking time. I was lacking good …

Feed a baby, feed others

One of the lessons I am instilling to my children is that we must learn to give. Especially to those who are less fortunate than we are. Have empathy as that makes us human.

When I started Lil' Tummy, I was aiming in helping busy moms and dads to feed their babies with good food. As I go on, I kept on wondering, who will care enough to feed underprivileged babies with good food?

No doubt they eat, but what kind of food? porridge, the same lame porridge? what else.
Do they get to taste other yummy food, but also healthy food?

I always believe health starts from the gut. You eat good, you live good. You can be good physically, emotionally. Whole. But, if these poor children could not afford good food because of economy status, then what do we do to help? What have we done to help.

I decided then to start something good for my family, for Lil' Tummy.

We wanted our business to help others. Other than making money, our mission is to provide healthy and nutritious foods to the under…

My Many Hats

I have so many hats to put on lately.


Family (Wife and Mom) Hat, Pharmacist Hat, Mumpreuner Hat, Chef Hat and.. I have an additional Hat to be worn from now on: Wealth Planner Hat a.k.a Takaful Agent Hat.

Lil' Tummy

Not too long ago, a mommy, who was working full time in a corporate world, with all the blings and dramas, decided to quit her stressful job, and just be a mom (and of course a wife).
even though she didn't know what to do financially, she did not regret at all on her decision. 
but to make sure she is doing something for herself and to support her family, she knew she had to do something. plus, she can never sits quietly and be..still.  it's not in her DNA.
after searching high and low of what she should do, and eliminating possible things that she could do, she ended up wanting to cook. cooking and baking have always been her interest. even though she may not be the world class cook or baker, the satisfaction of doing so makes her want to do it.  she loves cooking healthy meals for her children. ever since they were small, she had always prepared their meals on her own, despite her busy schedule.  for her, children should not be fed with processed, MSG packed food at all. t…

Travel with 3

It has been a hectic week and weekend! 
It started when Hub's granny died, and we went back to KT last week. and that became our first long distance journey together all 5 of us.  adhoc journey lagi tu.
We departed at about 2am, as soon as we got the news.  Amal was kind of surprised to see yellow lights in the middle of the night.  (the street lamps), so it took her some time to get settled and finally sleep. I could not sleep soundly cos, well, I can hardly sleep whenever I am on long distance journey, especially by car. I needed to make sure Hub was not sleepy. Alhamdulilah, we arrived safely and managed to catch her funeral. I didnt know her well enough as she is really really old, but she is one of the nicest people i have ever known. such a gentle person.  i know for sure Hub loves her so much and that she has big impact on his life..
I pray that her soul be blessed and Allah protects her from seksaan kubur.
Our trip to Terengganu was really short as Hub needed to work. We …

Pre Birth Short Gateaway

One of our pre-birth rituals would be to go somewhere where we can relax and enjoy before Mommy pops out and sleepless pantang session comes in.
We went to Penang prior the 1st birth. and we went to Andaman Langkawi prior to the 2nd birth. For the 3rd one, we didnt go far. we stayed really really close. Like, 15 minutes drive from home.  We went to Holiday Inn Glenmarie.
Why on earth did we do that? What happened to our so called long distance trip? Well, Hub was really really busy. He could not take days off. and the only holiday we got was the public holiday, which was Chinese New Year at that time. and for us to travel out of KL during CNY is like asking me to forever sulk and asking me to turn into a monster throughout the trip.  I dont deal with traffic jams well. I mean it. I will become irritated and moody and wanting to scream to everybody in the car. and for me to scream to my 2 daughters, who can be pretty handful during a long trip, will not be nice. And I was about 33-34 …

Qu Puteh much?

"Qu Puteh Qu Puteh, Baru Puteh".
One fine day, Ayra uttered the glamorous phrase. 
And we laughed our heads off. Advertising really gets to you right? even the little ones. Now, perhaps that's what is called good advertising gimmick.  You know it is happening when the kids are doing it. 
And to add to our shock, few days later, Amna started to say: " Ku Teh, Ku Teh," and putting her 2 fat fngers on her cheek. We didnt expect that!
But something to laugh off for sure. 
They look wayyyyy cuter than the originator of the phrase.  hahahahahah
and now, little Amal is here..  so what did i find one fine day? 
tadaaaaa...

3rd: Amal's Birth

Salam and Hello World..


Presenting to you our 3rd princess, Amal Nafeesa Muhd Hilmi.. I was hoping for the little one to come out on a nice date, and yup she did!  3rd March 2016. at 12.30 noon.
Alhamdulillah, it went as smooth as it can. I have Allah to thank for, for all the strength that he gave me and for hearing my prayers.
So here goes the story, Amal.. for your reading pleasure when you are big enough.
           *** I had been having Braxton Hicks for quite some times. for few weeks earlier. and the increased frequency to the loo. and to pass motions.  basically, all the symptoms were there. I was literally waiting for the time.
Nesting? done that at about 34-35 weeks of pregnancy.  Cleaned the kitchen in and out, up and down, scrub and dub.  Organized the pantry, the house, the cabinets, the drawers. Printed out latest pictures of the fam and bought additional frames.  (Hub yet to put them up the wall though) Almost regularly exercise. for pregnancy. those that can expedite …

Home Vege Garden

Our very own Vege Raised Garden!
I decided to grow my own veges few months ago. Was inspired by few raise garden pictures that i was looking at online. impressive!
I wanted to grow my own veges simply because:
1. Cost effective. We could cut cost of veges weekly purchasing. 2. Pesticide free. I know it will be healthier and safer for my family. 3. I can help to increase the oxygen level in my community. That can be like a continous sedeqah from me.
I have started planting few vege plants previously but I didnt care too much for them that they did not go well, except for few plants which seem to be growing nicely regardless of the lack of tlc. I was busy vomiting during the first timester, hence the lack of attention to them. sob sob.
So, going into the 2nd-3rd trimester, I decided to focus more seriously on this.  i googled up on how to make our very own vege raised garden.  searched for the companion plants, which means, what plants are suitable to be planted together, next to each …