Saturday, 24 August 2013

Post Raya Guilt.

Assalamualaikum,

First of all, I would like to welcome all of you, my (imaginary) readers to the post-raya-guilt-let's-eat-salad-everyday bandwagon! It's really amusing scrolling down instagram now seeing lot's of people posting greens as their meal, including *cough* myself. Haha bunch of hypocrites :p

I don't know how long this 'eat clean' thing will last for me, not planning to be too ambitious considering few failed attempts before but hey, i now know how to make yummy salads! At least i love my greens now and can finish a whole big bowl of it and not coming for another session of nasi campur later.  

I realise now, the reason i hate my salads before was because they're were boring and plain. Salads doesn't have to be plain and boring. I tried incorporating few of my favourite ingredients into my salads and the results turned out great, at least great for my liking.

I used butterhead lettuce and err romaine i think, and a whole plum for this salad.


I love salmon, so i throw some in and make poached egg to add the creaminess to the salad. Egg and salmon is such a good combo! The dressing for this salad is also so simple, one teaspoon of cream cheese, sour cream and mayonnaise each, sprinkle some pepper and dried parsley, a splash of hot water to thin out the gravy and you're good to go!

YUM!

It's really fun experimenting with ingredients and flavours. I love simple meal like this, no fuss in the kitchen, less cleaning, healthy, and delicious! WIN.

Till then,
xx

Monday, 19 August 2013

Aidilfitri 2013

Assalamualaikum.

Dear Blog and (imaginary) readers, 

I think it's not too late to wish Selamat Hari Raya to you. Well, I think we missed May, June and July but nevermind, I'm here now *smooch*

This year's Eid has been as awesome as previous Eid. I had a great time with everyone in my big family. Alhamdulillah, everyone in the family are blessed with abundance of good foods, peaceful and comfortable place to celebrate this beautiful day. 

Thank You, Allah for such a lovely experience and it just makes me sad thinking that somehow, somewhere in the world, our brothers and sisters might not be able to enjoy things that most of us have, so Alhamdulillah for all the good things in life.

Bits and pieces of Aidilfitri this year.

While we're in this spirit of Hari Raya, let's not forget our brothers and sisters in Egypt, Palestine, Syiria and all over the world. May Allah accept all those death fi sabilillah in Egypt, Palestine, Syiria and all over the world as Martyrs. Ameen

Till then, Bye
xx

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Reclaim Your Heart


I can still remember the first time reading sister Yasmin Mogahed's article two years ago (i even blog about it here) and i was impressed at how her writing have affected me till today. 

I learnt a lot about the concept of love and attachments, about tawakkul, about what really matters in life and what's not. I learnt that we are more than just human beings, we are a mind, a soul, a servant of Allah and our love for Allah should be above all things. 

It is through her writing too, I learnt that women should never be on display and our value is too high to be reduced to an object. I learnt that Allah swt loves us too much that He orders us, women to cover ourself.

I see the beauty of Islam, through her writings and talks. May Allah grant her the highest rank in Jannah, may Allah inspires her and grant her more knowledge and strength to continue giving dakwah.

Light upon light presented Yasmin Mogahed live in Malaysia, and Alhamdulillah I was among the lucky ones to attend the talk. 




It was a full house that night. 

Sister Yasmin Mogahed began with the story of Prophet Adam AS. How evil refuse to prostrate to Adam AS out of arrogance and was thrown out from Jannah forever. The same happened to Adam AS, he was thrown out from Jannah too but because he was humble and he repented, Allah swt forgive him and make him a leader to the mankind.

Prophet Yunus story. The du'a lailahailla anta subhanaka inni kuntu minazzolimin (There is none worthy of Worship besides You, You are far exalted and above all weaknesses, Surely, I’ am from among the wrongdoers) when he was trapped in the belly of the Nun fish.

Our external situation will not change if we don't change our internal.

I find the story of Prophet Musa the most inspiring story ever. He was born in the era of Pharoah, the tyrant that was killing newborn boy babies. At that crucial time, Allah swt inspires mother of Musa to place him in a basket in the Nile river. Allah swt was actually giving a lesson to mother of Musa, He wants her to put her ultimate trust in Him.

You know, when you let go something for the sake of Allah, He will replace it with something a lot better for us. Allah swt will never leave people who trust Him. 

Prophet Ibrahim is the epitomy of tawheed. He was the Khalilullah (a friend of Allah). His journey of finding the true god was so admirable. From his story we learn that no matter how impressive a creation, it will always set. But Allah doesn't. Allah is always there and He is close, closer than our jugular veins.

Prophet Ibrahim's story is also about slaughtering our attachments. Our attachments to human beings, to  our money, to our jobs, to all this worldly means. 

When you're enslaving yourself to Allah swt, you're actually freeing yourself.

The more you run after the creation, the more it runs away from you. The more you're dependent on a creation, the more they'll let you down, but Subhanallah, the more needy you are of Allah, the more Allah comes to you. 

So, so amazing!

You don't get the love of a creation by running after a creation, you get the 'real' love of a creation by running towards Allah, the Rahman and the Rahim.

And lastly, her words from the talk that I love the most,

When you love the giver more than the gift, then you'll be gifted. 

This is just a tiny weeny fraction of the content of her talk and I am truly sorry if the information that I conveyed is wrong or misinterpreted. Please do not take this as it is, do some reading on your own as well as this is only my personal note from the talk.


May Allah open our hearts and our minds to continue seeking and receiving knowledge, InshaAllah.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Banana leaf

Assalamualaikum :)

I am not the kind of person that can get along easily with just anyone. I am awkward and quite shy, really. It took me forever to be close with new friends i met. I can only hold a conversation for few minutes before things become awkward. I am just weird like that. Haha. 

I like to do my own thing. Alone, most of the time. I am happy that way. (anti-social alert)

But if I know a person long enough to trust and be very comfortable with, I can be quite crazy. I loveee to laugh and crack stupid jokes and my best friends can verify that.

This girl right here is one of them,


She is the kepoci one in the group, always with the latest gossips. lol

Even though we do different things now and stay at different places, we always find time to meet up to know everyone's latest updates, who started dating, who is in the middle of a relationship crisis, who have got a new crush. You know, important things like that hehe

Last weekend, we went to Sri Nirwana Maju in Bangsar to try their banana leaf rice since my friends have been raving about it in our whatsapp group 

My very excited face -_____-

The banana leaf rice was not disappointing in fact it was quite tasty. I loveee the fried bittergourd and the kuah kari ikan. Ugh, writing this makes me want them right now!

haha admiring the aney

There were so many people at the restaurant, so we decided to continue gossiping at Chawan.


My Bestfriends ( These are just half of them)

I am forever grateful to Allah SWT to be surrounded by all this lovely people, MashaAllah. I have been friends with them for eleven years! We have gone through ups and downs, tears and joy together and I hope for many more years to come.

I love my bestfriends. They're priceless :)

Monday, 8 April 2013

Very Belated Birthday


In our house, it has become a tradition to celebrate each and everyone's birthday, and last Thursday we finally found time where everyone can sit at the same table, talk and enjoy each other's company. 

Thursday is also our masjid-hangout day, so we decided to head straight to dinner after. It was my time of the month so I was the one responsible to buy the cake for the birthday girl.

The initial plan was to dine at JM Briyani tapi boleh pulak nasi dah habis, so we had to change the plan. Since the Birthday Girl loves Ayam Penyet so much, we decided to have dinner there instead.

She had no idea that we're going to surprise her with a birthday cake.

 Birthday Girl
We really don't know how to surprise her with the cake and when one of my friends took the cake to our table the situation became very awkward and i just couldn't stop laughing. 

Mmehh ruined the surprise. 

My Housemates

When you decided to change for the better, Allah swt will send all good people to be around you and Subhanallah, His promises is true. 


He sent to me my roommate and my other housemates. These are amongst the people that keeps myself in check, tells me all the good islamic courses and talks to go to, and we tell bedtime stories too ( girls stuff you knowww). I am just so grateful to have them in my life.

Happy Belated Birthday, Lala. 
Uhibbuki Fillah :) 

Friendship till Jannah, InshaAllah.