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Monday, June 20, 2016

Stains, don't go!


Greetings from Mrs Nazzmie!

Yes you heard me right. Nazzmie and I became Mr and Mrs on 7 May 2016. We tied the knot over an intimate ceremony witnessed by our closest friends and families. Simplicity at it's best, just the way we like it.

I hope this explains the lack of update the past months but this special occasion deserves a post on its own; which should be up soon. *I promise* 

A month plus since we said I do and I'm all sentimental over my fading henna stains. Please don't go! The entire time I had my henna on, I was obsessed with it. So much so that I kept taking photos of it and avoided scrubbing my hands just so the colour won't fade.


I recall reading somewhere that most brides want their henna to be as dark as it possibly can because it means they will have a happier marriage and they'll get along better with the mil. Other traditions state that the bride doesn't have to do any housework for as long as the henna stains appears on the bride! Now THIS, I must share with Nazzmie. *Gotta put on more henna*

Needless to say, my henna stains were as dark as it could've been. It went from bright red to maroon and dark brown; literally screaming "Bride-to-be!". While running errands on the eve, I received many heartwarming 'Congratulations!' along the way. And even when we're in Bali! I felt like a celebrity! 


If you're in love with this strikingly intricate design, my henna was done by a talented friend, Rini. Go look her up in instagram #inaibyrini. 

I'm no henna expert and completely trusted Rini on the designs. I must commend on her wonderful service and patience. In a blink, we survived the 'unofficial' henna night! Especially Rini who was heavily pregnant at the time while I was all fidgety layan-ing my nieces. 

Actually Rini didn't look heavy lah. Oklah I change. "She was slimly pregnant at the time". Man, wish I will look that slim when I'm pregnant. Hehe! In shaa Allah!


Another vain snap from me. Till then let me enjoy my "Pengantin Baru" feeling with what's left of my henna stains. Boohoo.... Till the next entry, Selamat Berbuka! 

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Celeb-shy at the Celebfest



Who else is going to Celebfest this weekend? I conquered Day 1 with my Cik Siti. Honestly, I had no plans of going. But ofcourse, I was brainwashed by the girlfriends and it doesn't help when instagram keeps shoving it to my face that this is a must-go event! 

Judging by the crowd last night, it must've been the talk of the town.



I must admit, it's pretty cool to have so many celebs under one roof while you shop! Though most of the celebs has left by the time I reached, maybe because it was after iftar. Looks like I might need to come down again for Day 2. This time with Nazzmie, for more shopping power ;P while pretending that I'm actually giving him an up close and personal chance with the stars. 

Unlike Nazzmie, I'm celeb-shy. Every time I see one, I turned into a star-strucked kayu, contented even just by staring adoringly at them from a distant; channeling the inner serial stalker in me. Haha! It's funny how social media has made us feel like we personally know them when in actual fact, we don't. We only know what they want us to see of them.

Will somebody tell me, how should one react when you see a celeb? What should you say or do besides "Can I take a picture with you?"

I mean how often do we get this lucky and yet a picture is all we want?

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Ramadhan and our nameless project!


And we meet again. My favourite thing about Ramadhan is to see how everyone is putting in extra effort to reunite for iftar. Some lucky ones gets to leave work earlier while others make it a point to put a pause on their work just to come home on time for iftar; which can be a rare sight on normal days. 

Ramadhan comes to life in the night time with some choosing to perform terawih, Quran recital, catching up with their loved ones or busy with the latest craze; food hunting at the Ramadhan Bazaar. Which I completely don't blame them for it ;P I mean just look at all the varieties! Wait, shouldn't we be shedding some kilos this Ramadhan instead?? 

Amidst all the buzzing festivities, my heart is filled with peace and brimming with exuberance as once again I am given another chance to be a better person than I was yesterday, to seek forgiveness and to be forgiven. This is the best time for us to cleanse our hearts from bearing grudges or bitterness and break away from those old habits.

Every Ramadhan I would strongly urge myself to elevate my good deeds and religious efforts. Mind you I am no where near to being a perfect Muslimah and my flaws fills mountains, but I try to be a better person.



This year I am inspired by the mother daughter duo of The Telekung Project when they made an appearance in "Selamat Pagi Malaysia" on their initiative. It proves how small yet simple acts of kindness can go a really long way.




It got me thinking, what can I do to give back to the community? So I collaborated with a friend to join her in her annual efforts to give back during Ramadhan. A mini charity project inspired by Ramadhan on Wheels, but on a really small scale. I was tempted to name our project Wonderwoman in Heels (since it rhymed with RoW. Haha!) but it makes no sense at all cus there's no way I'm doing this in heels! So at the moment, the project is currently still nameless. Suggestions will be most welcomed! 

Let's hope it will be smooth sailing and most importantly, we gotta have fun doing it! 

As we move into day 12 of Ramadhan, I hope everyone is having a blessed one. May the divine blessings of Allah protect and guide us all. Ending this post by seeking forgiveness from anyone that I have wronged, be it deliberately or unintentionally. 

Ramadhan Kareem!
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