Thursday, 27 December 2007

I *heart* the new template

Yes, I am still a child at heart.
And I love cute cupcakes :)

The kitchen cabinets

Untuk jamu mata... Kitchen cabinet saya pakai 100% solid wood material.


kitchen cabinet 1

Ini kitchen cabinet bentuk C-shaped. Quotation RM 2500 (built in oven not included *kena letak disclaimer, nanti orang ingat Alwi datang pasang dengan built in oven.. hehe*). Handle berbeza sebab nak yang canggih, saya beli di IKEA. Minta Alwi pasangkan melintang, daripada stail menegak yang biasa.


kitchen cabinet 2

Saya buat kitchen cabinet terus sampai ke atas.
Sebab:
1. Nak fully utilise space.
2. Malas nak bersihkan habuk yang bakal beranak pinak kalau tak buat kabinet sampai atas.


kitchen cabinet 3

Rak pinggan (tapi Alwi belum habis pasang). Quotation RM 750. Dalam kabinet ada segala macam ubat-ubatan. Sebelah kiri, letak barang-barang untuk membasuh. Mesin basuh terletak betul-betul bawah rak ini.


kitchen cabinet 4

Kitchen cabinet 7 pintu bentuk L-shaped. Quotation RM 1050.
Disclaimer: Harga tidak termasuk hob, sinki dan tiles.

Total spent for kitchen cabinets:
C-shaped kitchen cabinets RM 2500
L-shaped kitchen cabinet RM 1050
Rak pinggan RM 750

TOTAL RM 4300 (murah kan?)

Antara yang lain saya minta Alwi buatkan:
Built in wardrobe untuk 3 bilik
Meja belajar untuk 2 bilik (memang sangat cantik, saya pun tak sangka)
Rak buku
Kayu tangga

Stail kerja Alwi macam orang Cina, sebab dia dulu memang bekerja bawah orang Cina.

Monday, 24 December 2007

21.12.2007

5 years of marriage eh?
The good, the bad, the best!

Hmm, let me remember:
21.12.2002 - We got married
21.12.2003 - We got Amni
21.12.2004 - We got Fawwaz
21.12.2005 - Thinking to add another family member
21.12. 2006 - We went for Hajj
21.12.2007 - We got Fahri and a new house

Isn't it nice to have a family? Yes, I am not a melodramatic person, so please do not expect me to go down the memory lane. The summary should be enough for me for the time being.

19.12. 2007
We moved! Goodbye No. 34, you have served as well for the past 4 years. Yes, the long silence was because of moving, packing and unpacking the things cum spring cleaning the new house.

Anyway Kak Nita, thanks for the awesome Laksa Sarawak and the touchy touchy SMS I received from you before Aidiladha celebration. It was nice to catch up with the happenings :)

Monday, 17 December 2007

Ulasan buku: Ketika Cinta Bertasbih 2

Saya sebenarnya ternanti-nanti sambungan Ketika Cinta Bertasbih 1. Rasa terseksa jiwa apabila buku pertama tergantung tanpa menyudahi kisah Khairul Azzam, si penjual tempe dan bakso yang menghabiskan 9 tahun di Cairo untuk menyudahkan S1-nya.

Apabila seorang adik memberitahu bahawa buku Ketika Cinta Bertasbih 2 sudah keluar di pasaran Indonesia, saya jadi sangat teruja! Ketika itu, harapan tinggal harapan untuk mendapatkan senaskah buku KCB2 apabila saya mendapat tahu, hari pertama KCB2 diterbitkan di sana, sudah sold out.

Apalah lagi yang diharapkan? Disebabkan masyarakat Islam Indonesia di sana sangat besar, dan Habiburrahman El-Shirazy menyajikan kami dengan sebuah kisah Islamik yang penuh penghayatan. Saya tidak terkejut dengan sambutan sebegitu. Malahan, penulis fenomenal Ayat-ayat Cinta ini telah menandingi jualan Harry Potter di Indonesia (AAC diulang cetak sebanyak 24 kali!).

Saban hari menelefon sebuah toko buku yang mengimport buku-buku dari Indonesia untuk mengetahui status stok KCB2. Itu pun selepas seorang rakan memberitahu, KCB2 sudah masuk pasaran Malaysia. Saya kira, tidak ramai yang teruja seperti saya untuk mendapatkan buku tersebut. Habiburrahman tidak semasyhur JK Rowling atau JRR Tolkein yang didambakan oleh ramai peminat.

Menanti buku KCB2 seperti menunggu bulan jatuh ke riba gamaknya. Akhirnya, Selasa lepas saya pergi juga ke toko buku itu selepas tuan toko buku mengesahkan stok KCB2 sudah tiba. Sampai di sana, saya terpaksa berebut dengan 2 orang Muslimat Indonesia untuk mendapatkan 2 naskah buku KCB2. Muslimat itu mungkin agak terkejut dengan saya, apabila terus sampai di toko, saya terus menanyakan tentang buku itu di kaunter tanpa dolak-dalik lagi. Harus saya berbuat begitu kerana buku KCB2 hanya ada beberapa naskah di kaunter.

Sampai sahaja di pejabat, saya terus membaca. Begitulah terujanya saya dengan novel KCB2.

Harus diingatkan KCB2, settingnya bukan di Cairo seperti buku KCB1, tetapi di Indonesia. Jadi, haruslah kita lupakan kisah Fadhil dan cintanya yang tidak kesampaian. Atau kisah Hafez yang ingin menyunting adik Fadhil, Cut Mala.

Buku ini sebenarnya dilihat melalui kacamata mereka yang sudah kembali ke Indonesia seperti Khairul Azzam, Anna Althafunnisa dan Furqan.

Ternyata, penulis pandai menyambung rentak yang tidak berkesudahan di KCB1. Azzam hanya muncul dalam KCB2 bermula dari Bab 7. Bab-bab awal, dilihat melalui kacamata Ayatul Husna, adik Azzam dan Anna Althafunnisa. Pembaca akan mengetahui kerinduan yang dialami oleh keluarga Azzam yang menanti abang mereka kembali ke Indonesia selepas 9 tahun si abang berlelah dengan susah payah di Cairo untuk menyekolahkan adik-adiknya. Dan seperti ditulis sebelum ini, ramai menyangka Azzam hanyalah mahasiswa yang hanya menjual tempe atau bakso dan tidak lulus-lulus S1-nya.

Ada beberapa kejadian yang tidak dijangka berlaku. Penulis merungkaikan sebab kematian bapa Azzam. Ayatul Husna, adik Azzam diberikan ruang dalam kisah ini untuk berkembang. Azzam, seperti yang dijangka, dengan semangat keusahawanannya, akan terus berusaha sendiri untuk maju dan tidak mengharapkan kerja di syarikat-syarikat besar. Sebuah kisah teladan, si kambing dan si singa menyebabkan saya rasa tertampar kerana saya merupakan si kambing, bukan si singa yang bangga dengan jati diri dan mengenal potensi diri sendiri.

Ini bukan sekadar kisah cinta, malahan lebih dari itu. Pandai penulis menulis dengan susur galur supaya kita mengenal dan belajar Islam. Didampingi perdebatan Azzam dengan adik-adiknya, atau pengisian kitab Al-Hikam yang dijelaskan oleh Azzam di masjid.

Akhirnya, ini mungkin satu spoiler: Hati saya terasa sangat berbunga-bunga apabila mengetahui Anna bernikah dengan Azzam.

Tapi, jangan dijangka perjalanan untuk menuju ke happy ending ini sangat mudah.
KCB2 ternyata lebih hebat daripada KCB1!

*
Oh ya, bagi mereka yang ingin mengetahui kisah di sebalik filem 'Ayat-Ayat Cinta', bolehlah ke catatan si pengarah: Kisah di Balik Ayat-ayat Cinta

Thursday, 13 December 2007

My 27th birthday: 11 December

How was my birthday? No, we didn't celebrate it. It's normal in our household just to celebrate our kids' birthday. With Amni & Fawwaz not around, it does seemed much quieter than usual.

The SMS from my dad and mom came. My dad cheekily asked whether we will have a celebration and I said none. Anyway, thanks to both my parents for helping us a lot with our new house.

Hubby bought me a gift. I was actually surprised eventhough I already told him "Aini beli mixer." Maybe he tought Aini bought it for herself, and I conveniently (?) forgot to mention Aini bought it for me. Now I got 2! And after some bartering done with Aini, I settled with 2 books (Ketika Cinta Bertasbih & Dalam Mihrab Cinta).

Thanks to my hubby for my gifts: my Kenwood mixer, the plush toy and the card.

Oh yes, the scrapbook above summarise the gifts from my hubby. It did consume a lot of my time (tak boleh buat selalu, nanti kena marah dengan boss :P).

I was surprised to find a card inside my bag yesterday. The words were so touching.

Thanks for the love, the kids, the support, accepting me and everything.

So today, the kitchen cabinet people will be coming to our new house and install my built in oven. I will start my baking project by next month. I was brimming with ideas, and actually give the excuse of not having an oven and a mixer to make biscuits and cakes. Now, I have both, I cannot dilly dally anymore.

Anyway, I still have this boy for my next excuse of not cooking or baking... Ngeee :D

Tuesday, 11 December 2007

Anak-anakku

Semalam, masa hendak balik ke KL, dua-dua cakap nak duduk kampung. Sebab ada pakcik dan makcik yang nak melayan.

Ibu: Kalau nek ummi tanya kakak mana?
Amni: Cakap je Amni tak ada..

Semasa di telefon,
Fawwaz: Ibu, jangan lupa balik kampung ambil Fawwaz tau tau tau
(Siap sebut 'tau' 3 kali untuk emphasise kepentingan ayat di atas).

Abah dia cakap Fahri dah macam panda, nak bergayut dengan ibu je. Lagi naik lemak bila abang dengan kakak tiada.

On another note, happy 27th birthday Aini. And happy anniversary. Dah dapat bunga, jangan lupa tunjuk kat saya!

Saturday, 8 December 2007

Rutin seharian ibu di tempat bekerja

Inilah rutin harianku di tempat kerja. Curi masa sikit untuk anak tersayang. Alhamdulillah..
Alkisahnya...






1. Hasil sesi pengepaman pertama pada 10.30 a.m. Sesi pertama biasanya 4-8 oz.
Kiri: Medela Swingku yang sangat berjasa.
Beli pam dengan duit sendiri (sangat berbaloi).











2. Hasil sesi pengepaman kedua pada jam 3.30 petang. Sesi kedua biasanya dapat 5- 7 oz.











3. Susu sebelum dipek masuk ke dalam beg. Hasil tenusu nampaknya agak memberangsangkan :). Sudah lama tidak mengepam lebih 5 kali sehari. Susu Fahri banyak sangat dalam peti sejuk beku. Next production, mungkin kena beli freezer satu.









4. Susu dimasukkan ke dalam liners. Bersedia untuk disejukbekukan.
Kanan: Botol susu Fahri berisi susu ibu (daripada nurseri), dibuang begitu sahaja. Fahri 100% direct feeding di rumah.







5. Kisahnya, peralatan mengepam (barang paling berharga buat masa ini). Memang sangat-sangat berjasa. Sudah balik modal pun Medela Swingku. Harganya RM 768, selepas diskaun RM 652.80. Alah membeli, menang memakai (mungkin akan ada orang berkata saya membazir)! Jimat duit belanja susu.. heheh.










6. Pelakon pembantu. Sibuk di dapur kalau ibu mengemas susu Fahri.

Friday, 7 December 2007

Ayat-Ayat Cinta: The Movie

I love this part (I think this is where Fahri is getting married with Aisha).
I can't wait for the movie.

Thursday, 6 December 2007

Ketika Cinta Bertasbih 2

Dengar khabar kawan, hari pertama diterbitkan di Indonesia, sudah sold out.
Kalau mahu, kena book in advance.

Tapi, yang panasnya..

Ada kawan sudah telefon Penerbitan Fajar Ilmu, KCB2 sudah ada di bumi Malaysia!!!

Adakah Anda Mampu Tinggal Di Rumah?

by Sharon Davis

Beberapa tahun dahulu, selepas kelahiran anak kedua kami, saya dan suami memikirkan sama ada boleh atau tidak saya tinggal di rumah.

Pada mulanya kami sangka kami tidak mungkin dapat melakukannya memandangkan pendapatan kami berdua hanya sekadar cukup untuk perbelanjaan sekeluarga. Tetapi apabila kami membuat pengiraan dengan lebih terperinci dan mengambil kira pendapatan yang kurang tanpa gaji saya, kami agak terkejut dengan apa yang kami dapati.

Kami dapati bahawa kos sebenarnya lebih tinggi jika kami berdua bekerja. Walaupun ini mungkin tidak berlaku kepada semua orang, anda mungkin dapati bahawa pendapatan kedua sebenarnya hanya menyumbang sedikit sahaja kepada pendapatan keluarga. Menurut Jan MacGregor, seorang penasihat kewangan dan bekas juruanalisa, "Ramai orang yang menyangka keadaan kewangan mereka akan lebih baik (selepas mereka kembali bekerja) dan tidak sedar bahawa mereka sebenarnya lebih rugi atau hanya menyumbang tidak lebih daripada $4,000 setahun (selepas perbelanjaan)."

Ini mungkin kelihatan sukar dipercayai, tetapi itulah hakikatnya jika anda mengambil kira perbelanjaan "tersembunyi" yang berlaku apabila dua orang bekerja. Perbelanjaan yang jelas termasuklah penjagaan anak dan kos perjalanan. Beberapa perbelanjaan tersembunyi pula termasuk perbelanjaan untuk makanan seperti makan tengahari, kos makan di luar dan makanan segera untuk hidangan makan malam, serta perbelanjaan untuk pakaian seperti kos cucian kering dan membeli pakaian pejabat.Kos perubatan anak-anak juga meningkat kerana mereka terdedah kepada penyakit semasa berada di pusat penjagaan kanak-kanak.

Sesetengah keluarga pula terpaksa menggaji pembantu rumah atau tukang kebun untuk membuat kerja-kerja di rumah kerana mereka tidak ada masa melakukannya. Faktor yang paling penting ialah pendapatan yang dikenakan cukai. Pendapatan kedua boleh mengakibatkan jumlah pendapatan yang dikenakan cukai menjadi lebih tinggi. Walaupun tidak kesemua pendapatan kedua itu digunakan untuk membayar cukai, tetapi apabila anda masukkan perbelanjaan-perbelanjaan lain, anda mungkin dapati bahawa tidak berbaloi bagi kedua-dua ibu bapa bekerja.

Wednesday, 5 December 2007

Fawwaz & Amni & the book

I know this event had passed, but I can't resist to post the pics with Fawwaz's cheeky smile and Amni keep saying "Kita pun nak tiup-tiup gak. Fawwaz je ada tiup-tiup."

Sorry dear, with Fahri in chicken pox mood, your birthday celebration had been delayed. Nek Ummi had been kind enough to order Sate Kajang Haji Samuri for your delayed birthday celebration (in spite of the fact, you don't have a cake for your birthday).

Both of you have grown up! I can't believe how times flies. Still, people keep getting shocked when I said Amni is going to enter the kindergarten next year :P

Fawwaz is smiling for the camera! (Auni suka interframe gambar Fawwaz)

Kak Amni can't wait to eat it. Auni also :P

Ahh.. lastly, my new book. Thanks to Mix.FM. I haven't started yet, but I am so excited since Kathy Reichs is the one who inspired Temperance Brennan in Bones. I will give a review later.

Thursday, 29 November 2007

Milk pumping technique

Sha, hope this helps.

[1] Do not get too stress when you are pumping.
Do not even think about your MPI (milk production index) at all. Do not even stare at your milk bottle. You just have to distract yourself from thinking about it. I read when I pump (in case you are wondering, I use an auto pump). I know it's hard, but it is a learned art. You will get the hang of it :).

[2] Learn how to do letdowns.
Different techniques works with different people. My letdown occurs when I pumped really fast in the first phase, and when letdown starts, I pump slowly to maximise the milk output. Thus, using Medela Swing really helps. But I know lots of people who even can do it with their manual pump. I even make do with Medela Harmony (manual pump with 2-phase expression) before.

[3] Switch from one breast to another.
To ensure maximum output, try to pump 7 minutes and switch, 5 minutes and switch, and 3 minutes and switch. In total, 15 minutes for each breast.

[4] Add more pumping session.
To ensure your stock is not fastly depleting, ensure that you achieved the baby's milk consumption for the day. Let say, if your baby drinks 20 oz of milk while you are working, please pump till you get 20 oz per day. If you want to make stock, add more pumping session to achieve more than that.

It is really tiring, but I managed to pump more than 20 oz per day when Fahri is less than 6 months. I woke up 1-2 times at night and ensure that I should pump at least 5 times per day to achieve my 20 oz target.

[5] Do tandem pumping.
While your baby drinks from one breast, try to pump from the other breast. I find this works and yield more MPI results.

[6] Feed from one breast ONLY at night.
Your other breast, you will save it for morning pumping session. You will have more MPI in the wee hours in the morning.

Credit to kak Amiizaa (with contributions from other forumers), the food that increase your MPI:

Pemakanan:
lobak putih
ikan semua jenis ikan ikan yu, ikan sardine, tuna, salmon
kurma
jantung pisang
kucai +tauhu+tougeh
petola
kentang rebus
longan kering
roti
biskut marrie
daun turi
susu/ soya
halba (msk dlm nasi & air rebusannya minum)
pengaga
kacang buncis
madu
cheese
sayur sawi

Minuman:
air masak
susu soya
nestum
oat
horlick
milo
jus buahan
buahan betik/honeydew
rebusan buah pala
spirulina
air kelapa
rebusan air halba

supplement yg perlu ambik:
omega 3
obimim
kalsium
vitamin c

Utk urutan plak:
1) sikat setiap hari, baca selawat pastu sikat dari atas ke puting....kanan dan juga kiri
2) cuci dengan berus gigi puting2 tuuu takut tersumbat liang2 puting susu
3) kalau sblm mengepam tuuuu, ambik kedua belah tangan urut dari atas terus lurutkan kebawah...(bc selawat dulu)...insyaallah itu salah satu urutan utk BF

Masa pengepaman:
1)cuba pam sekerap mungkin, lagi byk kita pam...lagi byk pengeluaran susu cthnya 3jam sekali
2)mlm bagi baby isap kerap ....sebab bila mlm kalou kita bg baby isap boleh membaykkan pengeluaran susu juga
3) bila pam, pam sampai susu tak keluar.....nanti tetek kita akan produce susu baru....istilah yg kita selalu guna mcm kita'buang sampah...sampah dah penuh, kita buang dlm tong sampah...pastu kita ganti dgn plastik sampah baru' gitu jugak mcm air susu kita...bila kita dah habis pam, die akan mengeluarkan susu baru
4) sblm pam minum air suam dulu....lepas pam pon minum jugak.
5) jgn minum air sejuk/ais nanti susu cepat kering
6)jgn minum teh/nescafe tau.....mkn supplement jgn tinggal

Ubat
Ubat untuk tambah hormone prolactin (* recommended)
1) Domperidone*
2) Maxolon
3) Metoclopramide (boleh jadi depression)
4) Motilium
5) Raglan (boleh jadi depression)

Cara-cara Lain
1) baca surah al baqarah ayat 60. sambil baca letakkan tangan pada breast tu. (Koci baca kat thread sebelah ada satu lagi surah surah al-Hujurat kalau tak salah)
2) Sapukan sedikit minyak kelapa pada daun sirih. Kemudian layurkan pada api sehingga layu. Setelah suam, tekapkan pada buah dada. Lakukan setiap hari.
3) tuam tuala suam ke atas payudara
4) urut belakang
5) urut kat payudara
6) urut tetek pakai sikat… mcm sikat rambut
7) sentiasa berfikiran positif
8) invest pada pam susu yg berkualiti
9) Kerap menyusu bayi
10) kurangkan stress, jangan fikirkan perkara yang menyusahkan hati
11) doa
12) tawakkal

3 am, 7.30am, 11 am, 3pm, 6pm, 9pm = 6x

And lastly, my milk output, for motivation. I used to stare at kak Amiizaa's milk output before, to motivate myself.


Tuesday, 27 November 2007

5 things

Went to Taiping for my cousin's wedding last Saturday-Sunday. He looked stunning in crimson red baju melayu. Shed off many kilos for his wedding. Ditto for him!

Met all my mom's relatives there. It was nice to meet them after not going back to Kelantan this year. I haven't meet Ayah Chik for nearly 5 years already. Last time, I saw him during my wedding day. He is still working in Pahang with the Sultan, always holidaying in London.. heheh..

Am not sure whether we will be taking leave to celerate Aidiladha over there since my grandma is staying from one house to another. No one is at the kampung anymore since my aunt got married last year.

Oh, I owed this to Ida

5 things in my bag
1. Purse
2. Handphone
3. LRT card
4. Pil ASI
5. '2nd chance' by James Patterson

5 things that are in my wallet
1. Money
2. Name card
3. I.C
4. ATM card
5. Pen

5 favourite things in my bedroom
1. My reading desk lamp
2. Moschino 'Funny!'
3. Hairbrush shared by the whole family
4. Fluffy pillow
5. Fahri's small pillows

5 things I wish to do
1. To be a housewife
2. Learn to sew
3. To do water painting - it has been ages since I last draw and waterpaint something
4. Engage professional kid photographer to take pictures of the kids and frame it
5. Treat myself for a holiday

5 things that I am doing now
1. Updating the blog
2. Reading office e-mail
3. Eating pil ASI
4. Drinking water
5. Look at laminated flooring quotation (for the new house)

5 people I would like to tag
Hmm... none

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Pre-kindergarten class

My Amni was enrolled for pre-kindergarten classes yesterday for a month.
She was so excited. Her class consists of 5 people only.

She was telling us she learned how to write #1 and #2.
She will be learning how to write #3 today.

Kindergarten fees nowadays.. hmmm.. I have been scratching my head about it.

My Fawwaz told us his kak Amni is going to Taska yesterday.

I can't resist the temptation to write about Amni going to school. It does makes me feel old *tsk*

Sunday, 18 November 2007

Hoo-hummm (with a very long 'm')

With this ongoing colouring cum painting project for our new home (thanks to dh for giving me the freedom to express my taste in paints :P), I kept myself busy dreaming at nights, which colour should I choose.

Yes, I am quiet obsessed with paints these days. Thanks to the paint shop for giving us generous discounts (berapa kali dah bertapak ke sana membeli cat).


And to sum up, how's my weekend going (apart from selecting the paints), scroll down to look at this boy....


Ibu, I got chicken pox!! *BIG sigh*

Thanks to my MIL for willingly helping me to cope with Fahri. He is off from the nursery for one week. My MIL is staying with us for the moment because I am still breastfeeding him.

Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Amni is 4 today!


Happy birthday dearest Firzanah Amni!

Tahun depan dah masuk tadika ye yang.. :)
[Ops.. I forgot to contact the kindergarten to ask about registration]

Sunday, 11 November 2007

A series of events

The gathering

"Ni haji kecil," everyone keep saying that to Fahri.
"Dia ikut mama dia tawaf, kan?"

I remembered that clearly, we have to do the tawaf nearly 2 hours due to the huge crowd inside Masjidil Haram.

"Ma, ni baby siapa ni?" Syira (the 13-y.o. who went for Hajj with her mom and shared the room with me) asked Kak Linda, her mom.
Kak Linda laughed. "Anak makcik Aida."

It was nice to meet my friends, whom I know during our Hajj trips. It was nearly one year, that I haven't meet my roommates and camping trip mates (yes, I refer Mina as a camping experience - we need a lot of laughters to break the angers).

"Kak R datang tak?" one of my ex-roommates asked.
"Siapa kak R?"
"Alaaa.. yang blur blur tu."

Another peals of laughters. We were giggling like schoolgirls reminiscing old memories during our Hajj trip.

"Ustazah kan pesan, lepas jadi Hajjah, ketawa tu kena adjust volume sikit," said Kak Pah.

We laughed and laughed. Sharing our experience during our Hajj trip. And everyone keep remembering each other's funny experience.

I was surprised to know one of our friends will held a wedding celebration for her 21-year old son. And she is only in her mid 40s! Yang terkejutnya, anak lelaki, kahwin muda.. And to give the measuring stick to us, dah kira advanced!

"Abang rasalah, mesti semua orang kenal kita kan? Kalau sebut, alah.. haji muda tu.. mesti ramai tahu kan?"
"Yelah, sebab kita jer yang datang sebagai suami isteri. Orang muda yang lain datang dengan mak bapak."

Fawwaz Amin

He celebrated his 3rd birthday last Friday! My mom cooked a lot of food. We bought a tiramisu cake for him. He is still wearing diapers.. Hmmm..

Measles

Fahri was with high fever starting last Wednesday. It was unfortunately, a series of unfortunate events. Yes, yes, my baby was contracted with measles.

After two series of chicken pox attacks with Amni & Fawwaz; Fahri (amazingly) did not get any chicken pox bug since I still fully breastfeed him.
Inilah yang membakar semangatku untuk meneruskan penyusuan ibu.

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

I wonder...

Our family attended my Mak Su's open house at Ara Damansara last Sunday.

I got to know that Mak Su resigned from her post a month ago. She was the 2nd top person in the Finance Division and accummulated 5 figures income per month.

She was one of the country's top SPM scorer and was offered to do her A-level at a prestigious college in UK. She graduated with First class Degree at LSE. And her career is steadily soaring when she came back from UK.

Her next step is pursuing a full time class Masters. She is aiming to be a lecturer.

I wasn't actually shocked by her decision, to be a family woman.

Sometimes I wonder, if I am in her shoes, I would also be happy just to choose my family over a booming career.

To Mak Su, I salute you on your decision.

Monday, 5 November 2007

Mixed news

[1]

Congratulations to Siti & Fahmee for your wedding! It was indeed a splendid reception. I love this picture. I can't remember when was the last time I laughed SO much at a wedding!

The girl clad in the green baju kurung was not mine. The boy who looked at me was Fawwaz with his exclamations of "Nak balik rumah.." (he was bored while mom was having a fabulous time meeting old friends).

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I received an SMS from one of my online friends on 1.04 a.m. last Sunday:

Salam. Bb nur hamizah izzati, telah kmbali ke rahmatullah jam 11.15 p.m. td. Regard - yan

To Del @ Yan, I know you are strong. Hamiza was a fighter, when she was warded for 2 months due to her premature birth. But Hamiza was strong! She was released from NICU and went home with her mom.

She even got to celebrate her first Raya with you.

Dear Yan, you are a lovely mom. Do not ever doubt that Hamiza will be waiting in heaven for you..

Monday, 29 October 2007

Kisah sedih di pagi Isnin

Pagi ini ada kisah sedih :(.

Saya kena buang 30 liners berisi susu 2 oz (jumlahnya 30*2 oz = 60 oz). Sebab saya tidak sedar pintu freezer tidak tertutup dengan rapat malam semalam.

Semalam sebenarnya, saya sibuk menyusun susu-susu Fahri di dalam freezer dan mengasingkannya mengikut bulan.

Dalam hati, dari minggu lepas lagi, saya asyik terfikir bagaimana hendak menyimpan EBM kerana peti ais sudah overstocked dengan susu perahan.

Fahri, selepas balik bercuti raya yang panjang, hanya minum 4- 10 oz di nurseri. Saya pula dapat hasil perahan 14 oz setiap hari. Sebelum raya, 16-20 oz habis licin dikerjakan. Dia sanggup tunggu saya balik dan buat reverse feeding. (Untuk Ayu a.k.a. Ummu Amin, terima kasih atas kata-kata nasihat ketika saya menyuarakan kerisauan tentang milk intake Fahri di nurseri, saya sebenarnya tiada rakan yang menyusu badan di pejabat untuk saya kongsikan masalah).

Pagi tadi, saya turun jam 6.45 pagi, ingin mengambil susu Fahri. Saya hampir menangis apabila tersedar pintu freezer tidak tertutup rapat dan saya terpaksa membawa keluar susu-susu yang sudah cair. Tengok gambar tu! Bukan sedikit 30 liners.. Hasil usaha berminggu-minggu saya memerah.

Nah, Allah dah makbulkan permintaan saya rupanya. Freezer sudah separuh kosong. Bolehlah saya hendak menyimpan ikan/daging selepas ini.

Dalam hati, walaupun terkilan, saya tidak terlupa banyak lagi EBM yang masih beku dalam freezer. Alhamdulillah, masih ada lagi rezeki Fahri.

Masuk yang ini, sudah 2 kali Allah uji saya.
Tidak mengapalah, untuk anak yang tersayang. Seperti saya tulis tadi, masih ada rezeki Fahri untuk minum susu ibu.

Ini kes tiada mainan yang sesuai untuk Fahri di kampung. Saya bagi dia 'makan' pinggan plastik kepunyaan nenek.

Fahri selepas bangun tidur di kampung. Tersenyum sebab puas minum :)

Wednesday, 24 October 2007

2nd person

Kakak kena chicken pox! :(

Sunday, 21 October 2007

How was my Raya?

Meriah! (on the first part)

Rabu, 10 Oktober/28 Ramadhan sudah balik kampung. Kena bertungkus lumus membantu mak mertua kemas rumah. Adik-beradik suami yang perempuan semua tak balik lagi. 3 hari puasa di Melaka, 3 hari jadi chef buka puasa. Kalau puasa 30 hari kat sana, mahunya bersilat kat dapur fikir menu untuk berbuka puasa hari-hari. 3 hari terakhir Ramadhan, dapatlah masak hari-hari. Mak mertua tukang supervise ajer, dia pun sibuk nak siapkan rumah sempena Syawal.

Balik kampung, terus bersilat kat dapur buat kueyteow bandung.
Khamis, buat nasi ayam, Jumaat, buat bihun sup.

Mujurlah orang kat kampung tu jenis makan tak kisah, jadi buat macam-macam eksperimen memasak pun, ramai juga jadi tukang mencuba masakan.

Tapi.. tapi.. tapi... (on the second part)...

Fawwaz terkena chicken pox @ cacar air pada 12 Oktober/30 Ramadhan (sehari sebelum raya). Jadi berayalah kami dengan seorang anak yang penuh badan dengan cacar air. Yang lagi 2 belum kena lagi.. fuh, minta dijauhkan. Fawwaz kena chicken pox pun, tersengih-sengih nak beraya sambil main bunga api. Tapi, kami berjalan ke rumah saudara, dia tinggal di kampung seorang. Atuk tolong belikan itik 2 ekor untuk menghiburkan hati. Sekarang ni, itik-itik ditinggalkan di kampung sebab tiada siapa nak jaga kalau dibawa ke mari..

Raya, chicken pox or not, memang meriah sebab adik-beradik suami semua ada. Riuh rumah mak mertua dengan jerit pekik cucu-cucu (mujur anak kakak ipar semua dah kena chicken pox).

Fahri pertama kali beraya pada umur 6 bulan. Amni dengan Fawwaz dah tak ingat kami sebab jumpa sepupu.

Ini sahajalah gambar kami sekeluarga dalam keadaan anak-anak tersenyum dan sempat disusun sebelum mereka melarikan diri bertempiaran dengan sepupu-sepupu.


Hari Rabu sudah balik KL. Tapi nak kemas rumah, huhuhu.. online connection memang tak jenguk langsunglah. Minta maaf kalau lambat dapat balasan e-mel. Err, terima kasihlah atas ucapan hari raya dari kawan-kawan online :).

Alkisahnya, si Fawwaz dah sembuh. Hari-hari kami sapu minyak gamat untuk hilangkan parut.

Tuesday, 9 October 2007

Mari kita beraya!

Baju raya
Sampin raya
Songkok raya
Kasut raya
Tudung raya
Butang baju raya

Bunga api belum beli lagi daaa

Tahun ni adik-beradik bertiga dapat persiapan dari hujung rambut sampai hujung kaki :)

Selamat Hari Raya semua
Maaf Zahir dan Batin

Daripada:
Firzanah Amni Muhammad Firdaus
Fawwaz Amin Muhammad Firdaus
Fahri Ahmad Muhammad Firdaus

P/s: Berkali-kali ibu bising sama abah anak nak tulis nama abah dalam borang peperiksaan panjang sangat :P

Monday, 8 October 2007

Fahri's milestone

Since he can sit on his own, he started to crawl (he skipped the melungsur ke depan part).

He is really attached to me. When he hears my voice, he wants me to hold him. When he saw me, he would get excited (abah pegang pun dah tak pandang :P)

He feeds little amount of EBM at the nursery. The caretaker said he only feeds when he is REALLY hungy. He would rather wait for me to get his daily milk intake.. :( (Tak lapar ke, sayang?)

Wednesday, 3 October 2007

Yayyyy!!!

Tuesday, 2 October 2007

6-month milestone

Tomorrow, I will achieve the 6-month milestone of breastfeeding for Fahri.

Yes, there are so many ups and downs in my breastfeeding journey. I could not say that Fahri had been exclusively breastfeed (2% formula), but I have upgraded from mixed feeding to the exclusive feeding.

It is quite an achievement for me, since my breastfeeding journey is not easy for my 2 elder child and I was quiet sceptical myself about my ability when I was pregnant with Fahri. And, come to think of it, since I am also a working mom, it was really hard to maintain the exclusive feeding relationship, but I managed to do it.. alhamdulillah.

I set my target slowly, and try to achieve exclusive breastfeeding in the first 7 weeks. Then slowly, I try to increase my target as the days goes by.

Fahri was formula fed in the afternoon when he was 3 months old due to the fact that his daily consumption increase from 12 oz to 20 oz. At that time, I started to pump at least 5 times per day and added another pumping schedule at 12 a.m. (yes, at midnight!). This night pumping was done till Fahri was 4 1/2 months.

Yes, it is worth it! I managed to exclusively breastfeed Fahri back when he was 3 1/2 months old. The key to increase milk supply is to add more pumping session :)

When Ramadhan came, I slowly decrease my pumping schedule, from 4 times to 3 times during the day. Alhamdulillah, I still managed to fast (I haven't had my menses yet). The freezer had been overstocked already, and I am so grateful with the nursery people since they are quiet pro when it comes to handling the EBM.

As of yesterday, I have already pumped, stored and used more than 800+ EBM.

Since he started on solid food last Saturday, I tend to be more relaxed in my pumping schedule.

I am actually SO glad that I achieved the 6-month milestone by tomorrow.

Monday, 1 October 2007

PMR starts today

Good luck Fiqah.. buat elok-elok yer ;)

Friday, 28 September 2007

Book review: Maximum Ride: School's Out Forever

'These kids don't need broomsticks to fly'

That's the motto for the Maximum Ride series.

Since I am currently obsessed with reading all James Patterson's books, it was a simple matter to pick this up eventhough this is the first venture by James Patterson for teen adult market.

Maximum Ride series is a spin off from his previous adult novels, When The Wind Blows and The Lake House.

And as I wrote earlier, I prefer this than Harry Potter. Yes you, who have not known what to read after HP, I have found the perfect replacement to fill your time.

I have searched high and low for the first installment of Maximum Ride (Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment), but since I could not find it, I started with this second book; Maximum Ride: School's Out Forever.

Meet Max (14), Fang (14), Iggy (14, he's blind), Gasman (8), Nudge (11) and Angel (6) (oh, don't forget about the talking dog, Total). They are reengineered kids with wings to fly (human-bird hybrid). They were being hunted by the Erasers (another pack of kids with the ability of turning into wolves; human-wolf hybrid) since they escaped from the lab.

This book is funny! It is sharp, had street slangs and all the right punches from what you expected from James Patterson's books. It also proves girls can be tough (oh yeah, Max is the leader of the pack, and she's a girl!).

I was laughing along the way with the book, with a lot of scary moments when they were being hunted by the Erasers. Fang even had the time to blog (http://maximumride.blogspot.com/) eventhough the pack were always on the run. Along the way, they try to search for their own identity and long-lost parents.

A few scenes that makes me smirk and LOL:

When an FBI agent asked Gasman his name;
'And how do you spell that?' the agent asked.
'Captain, like the captain of a ship,' the Gasman explained. And then Terror, you know, T-E-R-R-O-R.'
'Your name is Captain Terror.'

Angel, who had the ability to read and manipulate minds, while fighting with an Eraser:
'You're getting scary, you know that?' I said to Angel, not really kidding. I mean, making an Eraser drop right out of the sky by just telling him to - jeez.

Angel even manipulate the mind of the President of USA! (no kidding)

And this one tops the cake, when they were trying to break codes and said maybe a book can be matched with the code series.
'Not yet' Nudge said. 'There're still a couple of things we haven't tried. Like if the numbers all relate back to a book.'
'Which book?' asked Iggy.
'A big book, with lots of words. A book that wouldn't be hard for you to find,' said Nudge. 'Something all over the place, that a lot of people have.'
'The Da Vinci Code?' the Gasman suggested.

By the end of the book, the kids were still on the run. I would expect that since this book is the second from the trilogy. But it ends on high notes, all ends well :)

Yes, the third (Maximum Ride: Saving The World and Other Extreme Sports) is out already, eventhough it hasn't reach our shores yet.

I am keeping my fingers crossed since I aready read rave reviews for the last installment. (ops, dear me, dear me, I just found out this series will have 12 books in total?)

Bring it on, James Patterson!

'The man is the master of his genre. We fans will have one wish for him: write even faster' -USA Today

Sunday, 23 September 2007

The Red team

I thought we would not have a theme colour for this Raya.
However, since I already made a new red kebarung, dh decided that we MUST wear red for this coming raya.

Yesterday, a trip to Jalan TAR ensures that our little off springs will be getting red baju melayu and red baju kurung.

L-R: The pink red baju kurung (cotton casa?) for Amni (RM 35), red baju melayu for Fawwaz (RM 19.90) and another one for Fahri (RM 19.90).

The kids who will be in the red team this coming raya :) (their first picture 3-together)

Friday, 21 September 2007

Balik kampung ye?

Minggu ini, bila Fawwaz buat nakal atau Amni mula nakal, awal-awal aku cakap;

"Ha, kang ibu tinggal kat rumah ni.. Raya tak boleh balik kampung. Duduklah jaga rumah."

Terus jadi baik budak 2 orang tu.

Masalahnya, lepas sudah berkata sebegitu.. rasa menyesal pun ada.
Sebab hari-hari budak berdua tu ingat kami angkat beg (beg pergi nurseri) pagi-pagi sebab nak balik kampung.

"Nak balik kampung ye?"
"Bukan, nak pergi nurseri."
"Tapi saya nak balik kampung."

Huhuhuh..

"Bulan depan baru dapat balik kampung ye."

Monday, 17 September 2007

Buah-buah hati saya :)

Dalam ramai-ramai anak saya, Fahri seorang sahaja yang pandai tongkat dagu semasa kecil :P (his special talent for the moment)

Abang Fawwaz kata nak ambil gambar dengan adik Fahri, tapi suruh dekat² dengan adik, punyalah susah. Bolehlah, semua buah hati saya dalam gambar ini :)

Hujung minggu habiskan masa buat apa ye? Masak nasi ayam untuk satu keluarga (pertama kali ummi puji masakan saya sambil berpesan kalau saya bersara, boleh buka kedai nasi ayam :P).

Dan sibuk menggubah hantaran untuk Siti (komen di sini). Siti, I hope you love it :)

Wednesday, 12 September 2007

2nd Hajj?

We went to TH just now and registered for Hajj (again!).

The year would be 2017.
Bolehlah tu, anak-anak dah besar :P

Tuesday, 11 September 2007

Maximum Ride!

What would you do when you are crazy about this series but you have not read about it yet?
Ok, I admit it.. I am a crazy bookaholic.

And yes, the kids with the big wings also blog! I already believed they exist! Move aside, Harry Potter! You don't even blog :P

And to justify my readings.. ahem.. here is a wonderful article :) (P/S: Who wants to give me the Maximum Ride series? *wink wink*)

Reading fiction could help enhance your social skills.

Bookworms are no nerds.

In a recent study published in the Journal of Research in Personality, pschology researchers at the University of Toronto discovered that frequent fiction readers possessed stronger social abilities than frequent non-fiction readers.

Readers more exposed to fiction performed better on tests measuring empathy and social cognition than readers of expository non-fiction.

As fictional narratives often correspond to our social environment, they give opportunities to relate to characters and situations in the stories. “By continually placing ourselves in these fictional social worlds and simulating social experiences, we can either hone the processes used for comprehending others, or come to learn concrete information about how onterpersonal relations work,” says Raymond Mar, a PhD candidate on psychology at the University of Toronto.

"The difference between fiction and reality; Fiction has to make sense." TOM CLANCY

Monday, 10 September 2007

The VCDs

Last week, our office had Garage Sale and my mom contributed quite a lot of old VCDS to sell.

And demmit, my mom even had the nerve to pick some of my best Hindustan movies and going to give it away. I had to rush and pick up my Dil To Pagal Hai and Chori Chori Chupke Chupke VCDs. I beli yang original ok!

Manalah pula VCD Kuch Kuch Hota Hai ni?

Oh yes, eventhough I am not watching Hidustan anymore, I am still living in the era of Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol :P

I am still not shocked to know DDLJ is still running with full packed cinemas in India.

As of 13 April 2007, the film's initial theatrical release lasted 600 weeks--more than 11 years--a world record.

Oh, do read the analysis from a Mat Salleh here..

Friday, 7 September 2007

Fasting for pregnant women & breastfeeding moms

Question :
Is it permissible for my wife who is breastfeeding my ten-month-old son not to fast during Ramadaan?

Answer :
Praise be to Allaah.

With regard to breastfeeding mothers – and also pregnant women – two scenarios may apply:

1- If the woman is not affected by fasting, and fasting is not too difficult for her, and she does not fear for her child, then she is obliged to fast, and it is not permissible for her not to fast.

2- If the woman fears for herself or her child because of fasting, and fasting is difficult for her, then she is allowed not to fast, but she has to make up the days that she does not fast.

In this situation it is better for her not to fast, and it is makrooh for her to fast. Some of the scholars stated that if she fears for her child, it is obligatory for her not to fast and it is haraam for her to fast.

Al-Mirdaawi said in al-Insaaf (7/382):

It is makrooh for her to fast in this case… Ibn ‘Aqeel said: If a pregnant woman or a breastfeeding mother fears for her pregnancy or her child, then it is not permissible for her to fast in this case, but if she does not fear for her child then it is not permissible for her not to fast.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked in Fataawa al-Siyaam (p. 161):

If a pregnant woman or breastfeeding mother does not fast with no excuse, and she is strong and in good health, and is not affected by fasting, what is the ruling on that?

He replied:

It is not permissible for a pregnant woman or breastfeeding woman not to fast during the day in Ramadaan unless they have an excuse. If they do not fast because they have an excuse, then they have to make up the missed fasts, because Allaah says concerning one who is sick (interpretation of the meaning):

“and whoever is ill or on a journey, the same number [of days which one did not observe Sawm (fasts) must be made up] from other days”[al-Baqarah 2:185]

Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers come under the same heading as those who are sick. If their excuse is that they fear for the child, then as well as making up the missed fasts, according to some scholars they also have to feed one poor person for each day missed, giving wheat, rice, dates or any other staple food. Some of the scholars said that all they have to do is make up the missed fasts, no matter what the situation, because there is no evidence in the Qur’aan or Sunnah for giving food in this case, and the basic principle is that there is no obligation unless proof of that is established. This is the view of Abu Haneefah (may Allaah have mercy on him) and it is a strong view.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) was also asked in Fataawa al-Siyaam (p. 162) about a pregnant women who fears for herself or her child, and does not fast – what is the ruling?

He replied by saying:

Our answer to this is that one of two scenarios must apply in the case of a pregnant woman.

The first is if she is healthy and strong, and does not find fasting difficult, and it does not affect her foetus. In this case the woman is obliged to fast, because she has no excuse not to do so.

The second is where the pregnant woman is not able to fast, either because the pregnancy is advanced or because she is physically weak, or for some other reason. In this case she should not fast, especially if her foetus is likely to be harmed, in which case it may be obligatory for her not to fast. If she does not fast, then like others who do not fast for a valid reason, she has to make up the days when that excuse no longer applies. When she gives birth, she has to make up those fasts after she becomes pure from nifaas. But sometimes the excuse of pregnancy may be lifted but then immediately followed by another excuse, namely breastfeeding. The breastfeeding mother may need food and drink, especially during the long summer days when it is very hot. So she may need not to fast so that she can nourish her child with her milk. In this case we also say to her: Do not fast, and when this excuse no longer applies, then you should make up the fasts that you have missed.

Shaykh Ibn Baaz said in Majmoo’ al-Fataawa (15/224):

With regard to pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers, it is proven in the hadeeth of Anas ibn Maalik al-Ka’bi, narrated by Ahmad and the authors of al-Sunan with a saheeh isnaad, that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) granted them a dispensation allowing them not to fast, and he regarded them as being like travelers. From this it is known that they may not fast but they have to make up the fasts later, just like travelers. The scholars stated that they are only allowed not to fast if fasting is too difficult for them, as in the case of one who is sick, or if they fear for their children. And Allaah knows best.

It says in Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah (10/226):

The pregnant woman is obliged to fast during her pregnancy, unless she fears that fasting may affect her or her foetus, in which case she is allowed not to fast, and she should make up the fasts after she gives birth and becomes pure from nifaas.

Tuesday, 4 September 2007

Book review: Cradle and All

I picked up this book, not knowing what a bizarre coincidence it was, when I just watched the remake of The Omen last 2 weeks. It was a Christian novel, no doubt about that. I just didn't know it was a Christian novel until I started to read it.

"Breathtaking.... The master is back. Oh, what a writer!" -Larry King, USA Today

That was the quotation printed on the book cover.

However, the story does not move in such a breakneck speed like The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown (one of my favourite novels). In fact, when I was reading this, since I have just watched the movie about Satan's child, I could not shake off the comparison between the novel and the movie.

The plot outline was simple: Two virgins find themselves pregnant. And around the world, it seemed that apocalypse is coming. The question is, which one is the God's child and which one carries the Satan's?

The book had so many creepy scenes, but, even it move in fast paced scenes, I still feel that the book cannot be absorbed much by me. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the turns of events in the book, which makes me questioning what happen next. It had such a shocking ending that reading it (eventhough it was a tad slow for me), seemed blurred. Many secrets were revealed that makes the main character, Anne Fitzgerald (former nun turned P.I.) questioning her faith.

I love knowing Colleen's secrets at the end of the book.
I was shocked knowing about Kathleen's uneventful day when she got pregnant.
And I feel like I was watching a movie with an open ending.

I guessed, I just had to stick with James Patterson's other CSI lookalike novels. This book screamed faith on Christianity all over it.

Why am I writing this?

We always marvelled at some people who embraced Islam after reading the Quran and compared it with the Bible.
We were proud of Ahmad Deedat and Dr. Zakir Naik who can quote comparisons between these two; The Quran and the Bible.

But, as a Muslim, we were ignorant of the fact to know about other religions. I believe that as a Muslim, I should not be reading about Islam only.

We were afraid that other Muslims would be looking at us and questioned why we read this kind of book that stressed on Christianity. We were afraid that people would label us as losing faith in Islam when we watched Christian-like movie, such as The Omen, Stigmata or The DaVinci Code.

But, I feel that if I am ignorant of these things, I would not understand others' religion. I have been to a church in England before, where Princess Diana and Prince Charles got married. And actually looked around the people who offered their prayers in the church. I have also been in a church turned to a mosque in Turkey. And marvelled in the time where Islam is strong.

As other Muslims converts had done, they read our Islamic books with open mind, but we, as a born Muslims do not read other religions' books, and feel that it would harm our faith.

I have not read The Bible yet. But DaVinci Code, amidst its Christianity controversy, makes me understand more about the root of Christianity.

I am glad I read it with an open mind, it actually strenghten my faith in Islam.

Alhamdulillah..

Thursday, 30 August 2007

Retail therapy

After a lunch with Lynn and Aini at SEED Cafe yesterday, we went for a retail therapy session at MidValley.

Since Aini announced to us that she will be going back with her officemates, Lynn and I took the opportunity to linger around the shops.

Lynn bought a nice ELLE handbag as a treat for herself. I bought a pair of sandal from x:odus for less than RM40 with a cash voucher (to match with Amni's sandals on Hari Raya). I got the cash vouchers since I bought fragrances for my husband as a belated birthday present (I told the salesman he aimed the right person when he did the promotion, "Macam tahu jer suami akak cakap semalam perfume dia dah habis"). Nice perfume from Sean John (I just surfed the net to confirm Sean John is actually P.Diddy as what Lynn told yesterday) entitled 'Unforgivable'.

Anyway, since I just got back from a long holiday at the Palace of the Golden Horses hotel (pening makcik tengok banyak sangat patung kuda sampai nak mandi pun ada bath foam bentuk kuda), we did a retail therapy session at MINES shopping fair (since it is Mega Sale) and splurge on buying the kids new clothes for Raya session (yes, I did my Raya shopping pretty late this year).

From top: Sleeveless t-shirt for Fahri, sleeveless top for Amni and t-shirt for Fawwaz (he loves the green car).

Fahri in the bumbo seat (this thing is a lifesaver!)

It was nice to do some retail therapy session to relax the mind.. ahhhh :). And thanks to Lynn, I got a free lunch!

Wednesday, 29 August 2007

Beratnya ujian Allah

We went for a kenduri tahlil arwah last Saturday.
Berat mata memandang, berat lagi bahu memikul.

To Zarid and Fahmy, both of you are strong. Both of you.

I called Yati last Friday and she cried while I also had to shed a few tears when I heard the story.

It wasn't easy to cope with the loss of your newborn. It was never easy to know that you were giving birth to a stillborn when you are already having contractions and was expecting your beautiful baby.

Anak kecil itulah yang akan menjadi benteng api neraka kalian.

To both of you, I salute you for your patience.

Friday, 24 August 2007

Sibuk sebab..

Fahri masuk 4 hari demam berjangkit Amni
Fahri meleleh hingus berjangkit selsema dengan Fawwaz
Fahri batuk-batuk sampai muntah susu
Fahri cirit-birit sebab ibunya tersalah makan

;| ;|

Kalau kita sendiri demam tak adalah rasa susah hati sangat, kasihan tengok anak-anak demam.
Hari-hari berjaga dari jam 3 pagi.

*
Baru sahaja hendak bersuka ria dengan buku-buku baru (beli di Kinokuniya hari Rabu lepas), tetapi kisah anak demam lagi sayu.
Punyalah malas untuk membalut buku sekarang, saya bayar RM1 untuk book jacketing service. Terbayang kalau saya berniaga membalut buku, kaya juga kalau dapat RM 1 untuk satu buku. Ada sesiapa mahu?

Bulan ini sudah beli 7 buku, mungkin sekejap lagi saya tambah 1 lagi koleksi buku James Patterson untuk siri The Women's Murder Club.

Dan akhir sekali, saya sudah mengkayakan pakcik yang membuka kedai sewa buku di CM. Dalam 2 minggu sekali, pergi tukar buku baru.

Tuesday, 21 August 2007

Musim demam

Anak sudah 3, berderet-deret berjangkit demam.

Amni sampai muntah dalam kereta semasa perjalanan untuk ke usrah di Kinrara. Pagi-pagi sudah mengadu sakit perut, muka sudah lembik, mata sudah layu.
"Nak muntah," lembik suaranya.
Suami sudah panik, saya menghulur plastik. Tengah jalan sudah muntah. Habis gaun yang dipakainya cantik-cantik terpaksa ditukar. Sampai rumah kawan, dia tidak mahu tidur. Berapa kali keluar masuk bilik air sebab katanya mahu muntah.

Fawwaz, belum kena lagi. Tapi selsema dan batuknya masih belum sembuh. Sudah berminggu-minggu. Kalau disuruh telan ubat, mukanya mencebik.
"Fawwaz, telan ubat ni. Jangan kehek," suara sedikit tinggi.
Anak teruna yang seorang ini memang kena dipaksa baru makan ubat. Kalau disebut rotan (yang sudah dipatahkan oleh dia), laju saja membuat perkara yang disuruh. Hari Sabtu lepas batuknya makin kuat sampai muntahnya merata-rata atas tilam.

Anak nombor 3, si Fahri, tidak pernah sakit (kagum dengan kurnia Allah tentang susu ibu). Entah apa anginnya, pagi ini, hampir jam 4 pagi sudah muntah susu. Cirit-birit 2 kali. Dengan mata suami masih terpejam, saya kerahkan minta bangun. Fahri memang manja, tidak boleh ditinggal-tinggalkan.
Tangan saya sentuh dahinya. Panas!
Walaupun muka mencebik semasa diberikan ubat, laju tangan menyuap. Upahnya, susu badan. Jam 5.15 pagi, baru dia tidur semula.

Susah hati memikirkan sekiranya perlu cuti segera. Banyak cuti dihabiskan kalau anak-anak demam. Walaupun tiada yang bising, tapi segan juga rekod cuti asyik tertulis 'cuti kecemasan'.

Meriah rumah anak sudah 3, tapi selalunya terduduk juga dibuatnya!

Bila bertanya kak Ija, banyak sistem rumah yang sama. Lega rasanya bila tahu dia pun hampir terduduk dibuatnya dengan 3 anaknya.

Antaranya;
Sistem memasak.. hari kerja memang tidak sempat, kami beli luar sahaja. Kak Ija pun sama, tapi keluarganya makan di rumah emaknya.
Kerja rumah pun terpaksa dibahagi-bahagikan. Kalau suami ada hal, memang rumah tidak berkemas.

Hehehe, siapa nak tambah anak nombor 3 tu janganlah rungsing. Kalau susah sangat, ambil saja bibik. Tapi bagi saya, tidak mahu ambil maid.. susahnya memikirkan privacy dan rasa percaya yang semakin menipis.

Thursday, 16 August 2007

Apa makna + kisah di sebalik nama si buah hati?

Tagged by Baiti

[1] Firzanah Amni

Masa mengandungkan Amni dulu, memang kena sediakan dua nama. Sampai bersalin, masih tak tahu jantina anak. Sekejap-sekejap doktor cakap perempuan, sekejap-sekejap lelaki.

Masa tu, tertarik sangat dengan nama Saudah Marriyyah, Aisyah Khadijah (semua nama isteri Rasulullah s.a.w.). Dan, kalau lelaki, sediakan nama Talhah Fawwaz (Talhah: sahabat nabi, Fawwaz: menuju kejayaan).

Tapi, entah manalah puncanya.. masa bersalin, terus blank nak bagi anak daraku nama apa. Mungkin sebab masa tu masih in pain lagi lepas C-sect, dan suami dah mula pilih-pilih nama lain, walaupun dalam hati panggil bayi dengan gelaran "Saudah". Nenek sebenarnya bising di kampung sebab nama "Saudah" tu, kalau tak silaplah, nama orang yang tidak disukainya.

Terus suami buka buku cari nama lain. Sebab nama suami mula dengan huruf F, dan nama sendiri A.. dapatlah Firzanah Amni.

Maksudnya;
Firzanah : yang cerdik, pintar
Amni : keamanan

Dek selalu dipanggil Amni, maka anak daraku ini memang mudah dijaga sampailah sekarang. Tersangatlah mudah, alhamdulillah. Kena marah pun, senyap je. Kena cium pun, senyap je. Tapi selalu senyum, manis sebab ada lesung pipit.

[2] Fawwaz Amin

Masa mengandung 6 bulan, doktor scan dah cakap lelaki. Tak sempat nak buat surprise, tak sempat nak pesan kat doktor jangan bagitahu. Sebab anak pertama suami sudah pilihkan nama (Lama juga frust menonggeng sebab tak dapat namakan anak sendiri. Teringat kisah Irra mengenai ibunya yang berhempas pulas melahirkan 8 orang anak, dan kecil hati tidak dapat namakan anak sendiri, sebab ayahnya awal-awal dah pilih nama anak). Yang nombor 2, pesan awal-awal kat suami, biar Aida namakan.. :P

Nama yang lama masih disimpan: Talhah Fawwaz
Tapi bila sudah tiba masanya untuk bersalin, tiba-tiba terasa hendak letak nama Amin. Kenapa? Sebab teringat Rasulullah s.a.w. mempunyai sifat amanah, sehingga baginda sendiri digelar 'Amin'

Maka terciptalah nama Fawwaz Amin. Talhah buang mana tah dah (sampai Aini komen, kenapa drop nama Talhah, kan dah best tu.. huhuh :P)

Fawwaz : menuju kejayaan
Amin : yang amanah

Kena sangatlah dengan namanya anak terunaku ini, hari-hari hendak menuju kejayaan. Kejayaan terjun katil 2 tingkat di rumah nenek, kejayaan memanjat meja dan terhantuk kepala (semalam baru kena daa kat rumah atuk dia), kejayaan memanjat kerusi untuk mengambil barang atas TV kami. Aduh, semput nak jaga anak teruna ni. Ligatnya, masya Allah, awal-awal lagi suami pesan kat Fahri jangan nakal-nakal macam Abang Fawwaz ye :P

Anak teruna yang ni, kalau tak jatuh satu hari, tak kena marah satu hari.. memanglah tersangat pelik. Ada saja mischief on his sleeve. Entah macammana otak dia berjalan pun tak tahu la, ligat sangat.

[3] Fahri Ahmad

Frankly speaking, anak no. 3 ni yang paling tak bersedia apa-apa. Nama dipilih masa 9 bulan mengandung. Itupun Aini yang cadangkan dek terkena wave "Ayat-ayat Cinta" tulisan Habiburrahman El-Shirazy. Almaklumlah, hero buku bernama Fahri Abdullah Siddiq.

Tapi anak ini istimewa, sebab dengan perut yang membulat itulah, dibawa ke hulu ke hilir masa mengerjakan haji. Kalau ibunya lupa meneguk air zamzam, dialah yang tolong ingatkan menendang-nendang dalam perut minta ibu minum dulu. Sepanjang di sana, hari-hari minum air zamzam.

Mula-mula hendak pilih nama Fateh/Fathi.. tapi mungkin terasa Fahri tu, bunyinya lagi manis, terus minta Aini tanyakan suaminya apa maksudnya. Suami pula hendak sangat nama Ahmad (nama bapaku :P), kerana Rasulullah s.a.w. pun dipanggil dengan gelaran 'Ahmad'.

Fahri : kegembiraanku
Ahmad : gelaran Rasulullah s.a.w.

Setakat hari ini, Fahri seorang yang sangat manja. Mungkin baru 4 bulan. Masih belum masuk stage nakal macam Fawwaz lagi.

Tapi... anak-anak ibu, semua ibu doakan agar faham dengan agamanya. Berjuang untuk agamanya, tidak kiralah dalam bentuk apa sekalipun, insya Allah.

Tuesday, 14 August 2007

Our home

So many things to tell.

It finally hit me, that we will be missing our old home. "Nanti tak ada orang baca Al-Quran dah dalam rumah ni," he said. We have lived there for 3 1/2 years, nearly the same age as Amni.

The deal was sealed last Thursday. A Chinese family (with 3 kids) bought it for RM 255,000. They came to take a second look and decided on the spot they must have our fully renovated home (when one of the women mentioned our house is clean, hehehe).

My mom wanted to sell the house. Insya' Allah we will be moving to a new home by end of this year, I suppose.

Thursday, 9 August 2007

YAHOO!!

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Wednesday, 8 August 2007

Abah's favourite bald boy

Fahri, pandang sini sikit.. Mari nak tengok pipi bulat mana

Cak! Very da' tembam the cheeks :)
I think he finally hit the 6 kg mark

Monday, 6 August 2007

He can be so unexpectingly sweet, sometimes

I am on MC today. Caught a virus fever from Nilai, I suppose. I went to sleep on 11.30 p.m. but suddenly felt so cold that I was shaking uncontrollably. I had to call him to send me air badak and Panadol.

He slept with Amni and Fawwaz last night. I was asleep with Fahri on the master bed. He fetched ColdFever for me.

Since I was still not well this morning, he took a half day leave.

Oh, did I tell you yesterday, we watched The Sound of Music? I watched my favourite film with him, with all the sing along songs. Yes, he can be so unexpectingly sweet.

Saturday, 4 August 2007

My new hobby: scrapbooking

I am currently engrossed with a new hobby; scrapbooking. I have been dreaming to start scrapbooking since I was 25. Kak Ida supplied these things for me to start my own project. And to make things much easier, her office is just behind mine, so imagine meeting her and having lots of supplies at one go :D. I arranged to meet her last 2 weeks, and she had been kind enough to sort supplies for me (I told her I am a newcomer).

The books..
Left: The Complete Book of Scrapbooking (a gift by Aini for my 25th birthday when I was keen to start my project)
Right: Let's Start Scrapbooking (bought for a mere RM 9.90)

My box of supplies

Colourful arrays of cardstocks, patterned papers and letters

My attempt on scrapbooking

Another simple attempt dedicated to Amni

Amidst being busy with stocking up my EBM and readings, I am pleased with the turnout on my new project :).

Thursday, 2 August 2007

On nearly being a Harry Potter ex-fan

My ex-best friend cum buddy (notice I use 'ex'? BTW, my ex-best friend is a guy, and I don't think it's proper to continue being best friends with the opposite sex when you have a husband.. tehee) SMS-ed me last Sunday while I was at PD saying he finished reading the last installment in the HP series - Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallow.

I SMS-ed him back saying that I want to borrow his book but he SMS-ed me back saying he was shocked that I haven't read the book yet.

Duh, like whatever..

Yesterday, I said to him that I am not a die hard HP fan anymore. I used to get so excited when a HP book was released. I will get starry eyes all day long and wondering what was in the store for me. I will be talking about Harry, Hermione and Ron non stop. It wasn't easy being with me while I was talking about Harry Potter all the time. I still remembers that there are not so many Harry Potter fans around at that time, and people just got so confused when Aini and I started being Potterish all over, talking about how would you imagine Voldemort looks like.. or what do you think about bookish Hermione, that kind of stuff etc.

That excitement just died, I suppose. I have noticed my interest towards Harry wavered after I finished the 5th book (Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix). I told my buddy that JK Rowling lost her touch in the 5th book and that makes me nearly being a Harry Potter ex-fan.

If you guys notice the book list that I wrote in March, do notice that I also wrote at my no. 9 this quote "I stopped reading HP after the 5th book, guess my HP mania is cured". And yes, dear readers' guess are right. I haven't read the 6th book yet. Aini said it bores her to tears (OK, I exaggerated that!) and most of my friends did give bad reviews about the book. My buddy asked me how am I going to read no. 7 without reading no.6? And I answered, in the world of internet, Wikipedia is always useful. That's where I got my quick summary of book 6 without causing a hole in my pocket to buy the book.

Anyway, I heard from a friend that the new HP film is really good, but my buddy said it is really boring. Now I got a mixed review, but my buddy did say the 5th book is the best. Yucks!!

I am still not immune to Harry Potter, I believe. But I am nearly becoming an ex-fan of Harry Potter.

Dear JK Rowling, do not make me bores to tears anymore.
And puh-lease, why didn't you let Harry die in the last book? I would be so happy to know that Harry dies young and he will forever be branded as the legendary wizard who defeated Voldemort (it will be like a myth, eh?)

Oh God, now I am being Potterish all over again.
I have to remember Harry Potter is just a character, not a real life figure. *dazed*

Friday, 27 July 2007

Hatiku berbunga-bunga

Hatiku berbunga-bunga sebab minggu ini dapat hit 20 oz untuk dibawa balik khas buat Fahri...

EBM yang menyendatkan fridge. Sukanya hati!

Dan ini adalah bayi yang membesar dengan susu ibu. Susu ibu sedap, kan Fahri?

Susu lemak manis,
Santan kelapa muda,
Adik jangan menangis,
Nanti emak balik kerja

Thursday, 26 July 2007

How to breastfeed in the early days

Continuation from my previous post, I would share my experience during the first few weeks (when I was in confinement) on how I handle breastfeeding.

[1] Breastfeed soon and breastfeed often
To stimulate your milk glands in producing milks, try to initiate breastfeeding soon. Play by the rule that your baby is the most important factor in milk production. If he demands to be feed every 30 minutes, so be it. I breastfeed Fahri on 8 a.m., 3 and 1/2 hours after delivering him.

[2] Tell the hospital on your request for exclusive breastfeeding
This is important and plays a major role in initiating breastfeeding. Do specifically request the nurse that you want to exclusively breastfeed your child (most private hospitals are not baby friendly, from my experience before). Ask for rooming in with the baby, if possible to ensure success.

[3] Request for lactation consultant
Do not be ashamed if you don't know on how to breastfeed. As I wrote earlier, it is not as easy as it seemed. When I was with Fahri, I asked the lactation consultant on how to feed him, the position etc. She is more than willing to ensure my success and come to my room every 3 hour to check on my progress.

[4] Mature milk only comes in 4-5 days after giving birth
Never fret that you don't find your milk is still not plentiful in the first few days. Your newborn only need a teaspoon of milk (capacity around 20 ml) for every feeding. During pregnancy, your breasts grew large and thus these accommodate your baby's needs in the first few days.

[5] Breastfeeding is truly tiring
During my confinement, Fahri seemed could not get enough milk. I remembers that I had to feed him till 4-5 hours at times. Then when he stopped, he only rests for 30 minutes and went for the next round of feeding. Do not be down, I've found quiet a few friends who also experienced this. Pergi toilet pun, baby gantung lagi dengan kita... Things only improved after confinement, but do not expect too much. My nearly 4-month old Fahri still wants to be hold.

[6] Seek help when you feel you cannot handle breastfeeding
In the first 2 weeks, I thought that I was going to give up, my nipples were still hard and it hurts to breastfeed. Seek help much earlier than later, when the problem become worse. I experienced this with Fawwaz, my nipple got cracked so badly and I only asked for treatment after being in pain for 3 weeks.

[6] Ignore when the elders said that your milk is not enough
Kuasa Allah! Breastfeeding is based on a supply and demand rule. If you try to mix with formula milk, your brain will be giving signals you are producing not enough milk. Do not succumb to your relatives who will be ridiculing your effort. This is where I find comfort with my husband and friends who supports breastfeeding. Even though we were far away from each other, I find that phoning my husband and friends for support really helps.

[7] Do not introduce bottles during the first 7 weeks.
This will resort to baby getting nipple confusion, if he feeds with bottle in the first 7 weeks. All feeding should be at the breast. If you still want to take a rest, try to pump out some milk and give in a syringe or teaspoon.

Tuesday, 24 July 2007

Tips for expecting mothers who wish to breastfeed

I received a call from my friend yesterday. She couldn't breastfeed and feel down. That happened to me when I gave birth to Amni in 2003. As dear readers know, I only successfully breastfeed my youngest after my attempts with Amni & Fawwaz didn't worked.

So here are some tips for pregnant mothers (hope it would be useful for first timers) who wish to breastfeed:

[1] Breastfeeding is a learned art. It's not as easy as it seemed
Many first time moms took this for granted. Unfortunately, I was also naive and thought breastfeeding was easy. How wrong I was!

[2] Read articles on breastfeeding
When I was pregnant with Fahri, and to prepare myself, I read a lot of articles on breastfeeding. I found these sites are really useful:

http://kellymom.com
http://askdrsears.com
http://momslittleones.com
http://susuibu.com

And to read the successful and unsuccessful stories, I sometimes go here http://www.angelfire.com/nc2/bfstories/bfstory.html

[3] Invest in a good pump
It was never too early to buy a good pump when you are pregnant. You don't have the time to search a good breast pump when you are busy giving birth and need your rest during your confinement. If you can trust your man to buy a good one, I suppose that would be fine. However, if you can do your research much earlier, I would strongly suggest to choose a trusted brand (even though it is more on the expensive side) i.e. Medela, Avent or Spectra

[4] Supplicate to God
It is the most powerful tool in preparing yourself for breastfeeding.

[5] Join breastfeeding support group
You can find on these websites;

http://mymomsbest.com/forum
http://susuibu.com

[6] Find relatives and friends to support you in your breastfeeding journey
I find this is the most important thing to consider when you decide to breastfeed your child. Since most people around you may ridicule your effort (I have experienced this countless times, especially from the elders), it is important that you need the support most from your husband and your friends. This is where I find out that I can share my grief (eventhough it is only small matters to most people) with my friends.

For friends who has succesfully breastfeed, you can ask questions with them. I would say, they would love to share tips and tricks of the trade.


I will be writing more soon, eventhough I am no expert on this matter :)

Friday, 20 July 2007

100!

Alhamdulillah, petang ni tercapai hajatku untuk mencapai 100 stok EBM di dalam freezer

P/S: Siapa nak hadiahkan saya peti aiskrim? :)

Thursday, 19 July 2007

Meeting an old colleague

[1]
I met an old colleague yesterday at Aini's place.
The conversation goes on like this...

+ You dah ada anak 3 ye?
- Ha'ah, akak bila nak tambah?
+ Akak 4 dah, cukup dah. Tahun depan dah umur 40
- Yang sulung dah darjah berapa?
+ Darjah 4
- So nanti akak umur 40 dah form berapa?
- Ish, baru darjah 5. Awak kalau umur 40, anak sulung umur berapa?
+ 17 tahun

Err....

[2]
In a desperate attempt where fridge is not in sight to store EBMs, I frantically went to kak N's room to ask her where she stored her EBM. Nowhere in sight, since she went for a course, Aini frantically called one of our juniors, but to no avail.

I ran to the cafe and asked for ice. The makcik cafe was generous enough to give me a plastic bag full of ice free of charge. Phew, I was really relieved!

Sayang oo dah dapat 13 oz, tetiba je kalau basi.. menangis tak berlagu agaknya kat situ.

P/S: Aini, pinjam freezer hang hujung minggu ni nak simpan susu. Freezer aku dah nak penuh. (yes, I already stored a week's advance of EBM for Encik Fahri, mind you)

Tuesday, 17 July 2007

Novel-novel Habiburrahman El-Shirazy

Saya telah ketemu novelis terbaru yang masuk dalam senarai wajib saya beli, saya kira. Setakat ini, novel-novelnya yang telah usai saya baca adalah Ayat-ayat Cinta, Ketika Cinta Bertasbih (Episod 1) dan Pudarnya Pesona Cleopatra.

Yang peliknya, suami yang bukan peminat novel fiksyen sebegini, boleh menghabiskan pembacaan novel Ayat-Ayat Cinta dalam masa seminggu (satu achievement bagi saya!). Beliau menyatakan beliau tertarik dengan novel tersebut kerana penulisannya yang mengdeskripsikan sesuatu situasi sehingga kita sebagai pembaca terbawa-bawa dengan keasyikannya bercerita. Contoh yang diberikan, ketika penulis menceritakan tentang musim panas yang melanda Cairo, terasa bahang kepanasannya menyengat sang pembaca. Saya pula, terbayang-bayang ayam Masywi yang dimakan Fahri bersama rakan serumahnya, dan asyir mangga yang sungguh manis! Ketika membaca novel ini, setiap bab terasa hati bagai dilirih, saya terpaksa berhenti dan menghadamkan intipati bab novel secara tenang.

Oh ya, untuk mereka yang tertanya-tanya: memang nama anak ketiga saya, Fahri diinspirasikan dari buku ini. Thanks to Aini sebab dia yang sarankan nama ini. Dan saya rasa tidak salah saya memilih, kerana Fahri di dalam novel ini memang seorang yang saya kategorikan sebagai role model untuk remaja Islam.

Untuk buku Pudarnya Pesona Cleopatra, dwi novel yang dipaparkan, saya sukakan cerita Raihana, seorang isteri yang lembut dan berhati mulia tetapi tidak didambakan sang suami kerana suami begitu inginkan seorang isteri yang sangat cantik seperti Cleopatra. Saya menangis ketika penghabisan apabila mengetahui cinta Raihana yang tidak kesampaian tidak sempat disambut suaminya sendiri.

Dwi novel kedua, Setitis Embun Cinta Niyala, ini mungkin cerita yang orang boleh kategorikan happy ending. Ceritanya pendek, tetapi terkesan. Mungkin kerana penulis menggambarkan adab pernikahan dalam Islam yang amat mudah, tetapi mendukung sunnah!

Saya baru habis membaca Ketika Cinta Bertasbih (Episod 1) tulisan Habiburrahman El-Shirazy semalam. Terasa seperti saya pula yang hidup dalam komuniti pelajar Indonesia di Cairo. Saya mungkin lebih suka buku ini daripada Ayat-Ayat Cinta. Azzam, digambarkan tidak sesempurna Fahri, terpaksa mengambil 9 tahun untuk menghabiskan ijazah S1-nya. Bagi mereka yang tidak mengenal beliau, mungkin Azzam dilihat sebagai seorang pelajar yang tidak lulus-lulus dan hanya layak menjual bakso dan tempe sahaja, tetapi sebenarnya dia terpaksa menanggung ibu dan 3 orang adik-adiknya di Indonesia selepas kematian ayahnya semasa tahun pertama pengajian di Al-Azhar.

In short, Habiburrahman El-Shirazy is an excellent storyteller!

Saya katakan demikian kerana dia berjaya mengubah suami saya menjadi seorang pembaca novel fiksyen Islamisasi.. heheheh