Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Let's make a waffle!

Alahai Yati, macam tau-tau jer aku baru beli waffle maker semalam. Muahahaha..

Nih kes memang dah lama mengidam, sebab satu family suka makan waffle. Asal keluar je, kalau jumpa kedai jual waffle, mau pergi beli. Hatta gerai depan supermarket kat rumah aku pun jual waffle, confirm pergi singgah jap beli.

Semalam lepas beli, petang tu terus test pakai. Nih aku buat waffle pagi tadi, sebab si Fawwaz cakap nak bawa waffle pergi school. Oklah, sian anak teruna aku dah minta dengan jawapan tulusnya bila aku tanya nak bawa apa pergi sekolah, sambil menunding ke arah waffle maker, "Fawwaz nak makan roti ni, sapu dengan peanut butter tau ibu..". Mula-mula aku jawab, alah tak sempat, tapi bila dia sebut tu, kesian lah kat anak teruna tu.. Terus aku mencanai adunan buat waffle.

Waffle maker dirembat dari Clas Ohlson di Manchester Arndale, nama cunnya Coline :). Mula-mula tu kena pasang waffle maker dulu, nak tunggu dia panas, memang dalam 5 minit juga. 2-2 lampu tengah menyala, yang kiri tu lampu suhu, kanan tu lampu on


Sesi membuat adunan waffle sementara menunggu waffle maker memanaskan diri

Ok, bila lampu belah kiri tu dah padam, sila masukkan bancuhan waffle. Aku tak sempat nak ambil gambar masa masukkan bancuhan. Tengoklah waffle maker tu bekerja keras. Dalam 2-3 minit dah siap waffle aku tau!

Seronok tengok waffle naik, yey! Kalau nak kasi warna lagi golden brown, biarlah lama sikit..

Dan akhirnya, gambar waffle untuk kasi mama buyung terliur.. HEHEHE. Semalam I try buat chocolate waffle, pagi ni tak sempat nak buat waffle berperisa. Tapi anak-anak dah request nak yang perisa strawberry la, perisa peanut butter la. Huh, harus gi singgah Asda ni beli white flour.


P/S: Siapa nak order waffle maker ni? But be warned, kos pos ke Malaysia quite expensive gak. Tapi kalau korang sanggup, I memang recommend this brand.

Monday, 28 June 2010

Oi Blackpool!

Yelah, dah habis exam tau. Ummi pesan suruh jalan-jalan sebelum naik stress bulan September ni balik. Nih pergi jalan-jalanlah. Mujur dekat je Blackpool - Manchester, 1 jam ajer.

Blackpool adalah bandar di tepi pantai, tidaklah secantik Cymru (Wales), tapi ada amusement park yang sangat-sangat besar. Kasihan tengok Britons kat sini sibuk bersun tan. Kalau kat Malaysia, mahunya melompat kesukaan agaknya diaorang tengah panas tu duduk berjemur terus dapat sun tan.


Mari mengukur ketinggian dengan orang tertinggi di dunia di Ripley's Believe It or Not!


Roar, alligator nak tangkap Fateh!


Fahri menunggu masa nak makan waffle dengan pancakes cap Tesco, heheh


Bas yang unik! Tak sempat nak naik tram yang pelbagai bentuk kat sini..


Mengadap pantai Blackpool. Sian orang UK, pantai depa pun takde pasir. Bila terkenang pantai kat PD atau pantai Langkawi.. huhuh, missnya pantai Malaysia.


Tak kuasa nak naik roller coaster tinggi melangit tu. Kiteorang duduk pun dok dengar orang menjerit naik roller coaster kat belakang.


Ah finally, naik horse carriage sebelum balik. Bak kata Encik Suami, bolehlah cerita kita dah naik kereta kuda pula kan kan kan?


Adoi doh, keletihan jalan. Banyak betul Piers kat Blackpool. Kitaorang jalan kaki sampai lenguh-lenguh badan.

P/S: Hmmm.. kak KNV, taktau bila nak gi Cadbury World. Adik saya dah pesan belikan coklat lah pula. Banyak tempat nak gi terjah ni time takde kelas... kikikik

Friday, 25 June 2010

Saya suka gambar ini


Sebab gambar anak-anak kami 4 orang dan abahnya..

Amni, anak yang baik, diligent dan sentiasa mendengar kata. On track performance. Itu expectation kami. Dari dia sekolah rendah di Malaysia, dia memang suka pergi sekolah. Walaupun kerja sekolah bertimbun-timbun dia akan habiskan dengan senang hati, sebab suka pergi sekolah. Sudah pandai membaca dan mengira. Lumrah anak perempuan kot.

Tapi bila tanya nak sekolah kat mana, dia cakap nak sekolah kat UK... huhuhu. Sekolah sini lainnya suasana. Kerja sekolah tiada, kalau ada mungkin hanya sekeping kertas dibawa balik dan ibubapa akan ajar anak-anak dengan kertas sekeping itulah. Buku cerita cikgu akan bekalkan setiap minggu. Mereka datang sekolah berlenggang, tak payah bawa beg sekolah dengan buku yang berat, hanya bawa lunch box. Pensel dan pensel warna semua tersedia di kelas. Semalam ambil dia di kelas, Miss Kershaw cakap, "She is doing GREAT!". Sistem pembelajaran di sini, they praise on the kids. Bermacam-macam sticker dapat, kalau cemerlang. Kalau Amni berusaha di kelas, balik nanti akan ada sijil daripada cikgunya menyatakan "Amni is working really hard today!".

Fawwaz, masa datang, masih tunggang langgang ABCnya. Kalau dapat kerja dari tadika, mesti tak habis. Kalau nak habiskan, kena tunggu 2 jam sebelah dia tengok satu-satu sampai dia habis. A bit laid back, cepat sangat lost interest. Dia lebih suka mengelamun lepas cikgu mengajar dalam kelas 5 minit. Tidak suka duduk diam di kerusi. Itu cikgu tadika yang cakap.

Bila datang sini, masya Allah, terlalulah undescribable achievement dia. Dia balik semalam, dapat sticker 'Good reader'. Hari ni balik dapat sticker 'Super spelling'. Dia belajar membaca dengan bunyi huruf. Kalau kita sebut huruf T, dia sebut T as 'Thhhh'. Kelasnya seperti playschool, ada tempat main pasir, tempat buat kereta, building blocks, ensiklopedia gambar insects. Bergantungan ABC di kelas. Cikgunya biarkan sahaja mereka main. Jam 10 ada sesi bercerita. Menariknya, sesi bercerita dengan cikgu flash dari laptop gambar-gambar wataknya. Mungkin Fawwaz akan cemerlang bersekolah di sini.

Fahri, alhamdulillah, akan dapat masuk sekolah sama bulan September nanti. I know he is a genius. Dan berhenti minum susu bulan lepas pada umur 3 tahun 2 bulan. Kena toilet train lah pulak lepas ni. Diharap ibunya dapat bersabarlaaa...

Menariknya, sekolah di sini, budak-budak akan masuk dari umur 3 tahun! Setiap tahun HANYA ada 2 kelas, dan setiap kelas ada 30 orang. Jadi di sekolah mereka, ada 20 kelas dari umur 3 - 12 tahun (2 kelas untuk setiap tahun), dan cikgu mereka dapat menumpukan perhatian kepada anak muridnya. Sekolah di sini sangat mementingkan kualiti. Tidak dibenarkan lebih dari 30 orang dalam satu kelas, sekiranya tiada tempat, mereka harus ke sekolah lain. Dan memang sekolahnya terlalu banyak di sini! Cikgu pula tidak terbeban dengan kerja pentadbiran. Mereka fokus kepada kelas masing-masing.

Bersekolah dari jam 8.45 pagi hingga 3 petang. Jadi bila balik, anak-anak pun ada masa dengan ibubapa dan hal sendiri. Kami akan ke taman, atau ke kedai bersama anak-anak selepas balik sekolah. Kerja sekolah hampir non existence, dan mereka tidak stress langsung sekiranya ada kerja sekolah.

Bila balik Malaysia nanti, I think we will miss the education the most. My kids strive on praises by the teachers, dan kita juga sebagai ibubapa selalu terlupa mengenai ini kan?

Fateh, heheh.. dah pandai merangkak semenjak berumur 6 1/2 bulan :P

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Kenapa saya tak suka baca Casa Arina

  1. Sebab saya tak pernah tahu nama sebenar kak Casa Arina. Masih confuse dengan KNV/Casa Arina/ Ana Miraa
  2. Sebab kak KNV memang tak vogue tau.. ish ish ish, kalau baca blog dia, mesti rasa vevass gitu
  3. Sebab dia suka masak membuatkan kusakit hati tau.. jealous I tengok dia masak macam-macam. My cooking skill non existence setakat ni
  4. Sebab kak KNV nih ada 3 puteri, 1 putera. I ada 1 puteri, 3 putera. Confirm tak boleh buat menantu.. hahaha
  5. Sebab I tak suka tulis karangan, tapi sebab I nak masuk contest kak KNV, I kena buat karangan plak.. cisss

So I buat karangan kenapa I kena menang OK, kak??

Hadiah-hadiah akak tu, kalau dipos ke Malaysia, takut hancur jer biskut tu, tak sempat sampai Malaysia. Susah-susah aja, kos pos tu kan mahal. Kalau masuk kontena pun, sebulan baru sampai hadiah tu kat Malaysia. Jadi untuk ambil keberkatan, lebih baik akak hantar kat saya jer. Dekat gitu Birmingham - Manchester. Sambil-sambil tu, akak boleh lawat lagi Old Trafford, nanti kita gi stadium tour (tapi akak sefamily tajaan sendiri hokay). Lepas tu akak datang sini, nanti akak belanja lah saya makan nasi arab kat restoran Jazeera (sedap terangkat you!) kat Rusholme. Nanti akak ambil ler gambar dengan saya yang glamour (saya tau akak tak glamour, jadi akak bolehlah sediakan pen dan kertas untuk dapatkan autograf saya.. hehe). Nanti anak-anak akak tu, boleh lah ajak main dengan anak-anak saya. Kita suruh diaorang practice kick bola untuk audition jadi pemain Manchester United.

Ok ada kelas tak karangan saya? Kan saya cakap dah saya tak suka baca blog Casa Arina :P

Monday, 21 June 2010

North Wales (Llandudno & Bangor): Day 1

Went to North Wales for a breakaway. Stunning views from above the mountain. First stop is at LLandudno.

The Great Orme Tramway, on the way to the top...

Views from above, inside the train. Wales is more like a Mediterranean country

Arriving at destination, the mountain top.

Fahri berhati-hati menuruni bukit

Then there's the mountain, and the sea

Endless greeneries

Seluas mata memandang... masya Allah

We survived the train ride! Tinggi wooo...

Another view from above


Endless sea


Then we went to Bangor, after checking in ourselves at the hotel.


Menai Bridge at Bangor, nampak tak bas double decker melalui jambatan itu??

We walked across the Menai Straits (ok, best ada jambatan merentasi selat laut)


The view from the middle of the Menai straits


Yeay, finally arrived in Bangor!


Can someone speak Welsh? The kids were tongue tied to find a sign for bus spelled as BWS


Jom relaks! Dah penat berjalanlah ibu! Sambung cerita Day 2 esoklah pula :)

Saturday, 19 June 2010

To infinity and beyond


Tak dapat Toy Story 3 collectibles pun takpe. Kotak cereal pun jadilah! Seronok tengok anak-anak dok main dengan kotak cereal ni.. heheheh.

Contemplating whether to bring the kids or not when Toy Story 3 hits the theatre later. Yelah, budget pun kena agak-agak juga kan. Mesti kena bawa semua kalau nak bawa pergi tengok wayang.

Well, that's a mom's (financial) concern, I suppose.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Exam stress is over

Finally, my last paper; Corporate Reporting (which is the toughest, and Aini you should be grateful you are not taking ACCA at this stage) is over today!

And now I can see Old Trafford with a much clearer mind. If not, I will get stressed up looking at the ever famous stadium, and with Wayne Rooney glaring at me, mind you, it is not a good feeling when you feel queasy inside that you have to sit for an exam.

And EVERYTIME I finishes my exam, I will ALWAYS see Malaysians taking a stadium tour (and now I must say, Malaysians are really crazy about MU since only the locals and Malaysian joined the stadium tour :P).

I even said hi to a few, but I didn't mention that I am taking ACCA exam in there. Kind of put things in perspective really, taking an exam in a football stadium and not really enjoying that I am in fact inside Old Trafford. Hahaha (walaupun ramai cakap best amik exam dalam stadium, yaa... orang lain pun ambil exam kat Stadium Arsenal dan Chelsea.. so jangan jealous ngan diaorang. They are also having nightmares as me!).

And my, my, what a tough weekend I had. Fateh is down with fever, ibu baca buku sambil kelek baby. Haha, one of a kind experience ok! And my husband who is the babysitter, seriously it toiled on him as well seeing me studying day and night.

Oh yes, I was excited to see a lot of people in their 40s taking the exam. Wow! Kudos to those old pakciks and makciks. I even talked to one lady in her 50s, and she is taking the exam with me! And one heavily pregnant lady is taking an exam yesterday. WOW! Their willingness to learn at any age is amazing.

Ok back to the last paper, apa-apa jelah, janji jangan fail sudah. Siapa cakap accounting tak susah? I am having nightmares already.

Azie, a quick note. YOU should enrol in class for P2. Susah woii!!! And another tip, do the mock exam and question based day from Kaplan (yes I know it was like GBP 200 for that exam), but it will be worth it. That's one testament from my classmate.

Kaplan's mock exam paper, really helps!

Tapi benci lah paper tadi T_T

Never mind, Wales, here I come!!!!!

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

This docket..


"First time Aida masuk stadium MU untuk exam" that's what he said.
"Ok, not many people can say that they took their ACCA exam in Manchester United Stadium"

I should take a picture of the docket to commemorate this event. HAHAHA
*Tak pergi stadium tour pun lagi :P

Monday, 7 June 2010

Infertility in the Qur'an

The Qur'an is true guidance for all mankind, complete and lacking nothing. It touches on every aspect of life, infertility is on the vast array of topics. The Qur'an teaches in many ways, showing us a glimpse of the lives of others before us is one way. There are two main stories of infertility which we should draw and learn from. The first story is that of Ibrahim s.a.w. and his wife Sara r.a. There are two main accounts of this story, given as follows.

And his wife was standing (there) and she laughed: But we gave her glad tidings of Isaac and after him, of Jacob. She said "Alas for me! Shall I bear a child, seeing I am an old woman, and my husband here, is an old man? That indeed would be a wonderful thing!" They said: "Dost thou wonder at Allah's decree? The grace of Allah and His blessings on you, O ye people of the house! For He is indeed worthy of all praise, full of Glory!" 11:71-73

...And they (angels) gave him (Ibrahim) glad tidings of a son endowed with knowledge. But his wife came forward clamoring, she smote her forehead and said: "A barren old woman!" They said "Even so has thy Lord spoken and He is full of wisdom and knowledge." 51:28-30

Not much detail is given in the Qur'an concerning the lives of Sara or Hagar. Much of the detail comes to us through the narration of hadith. And Islamic exegesis also rely on Biblical (Old Testament) information about Sara. What we do know from the Qur'an was that Sara was old and barren when Allah blessed her with a child. Exegesis placec her age at about ninety, while Ibrahim was over 100 yrs old. Long before this Sara gave her hand maiden, Hagar, to Ibrahim in marriage so that he may have children. Many women going through infertility can relate to the sense of guilt for "denying" their husbands children. This is a common feeling that is present, as we see with Sarah.

The story goes that after Hagar conceived she became "haughty" in her ability to have children, and Sarah's inability at that point. From this rose a jealousy in Sara in which she threatened to do harm to Hagar. Nothing came of this threat and evidently the waters were calmed in Ibrahim's household. The family continued to remain together until Ibrahim's command to take Hagar and Ishmael to the valley of Mecca and leave them there.

We have reference in the Qur'an of Sara striking her face and laughing in the astonishment of being blessed with a pregnancy at 90 yrs of age. It appears Sarah, naturally, had long since given up hopes of conceiving. She had given Hagar to Ibrahim as a way not to deny him and personally accepting the Qadar (fate) that Allah had set for her. In this we can take a lesson from Sara, at some point we must learn to just accept what has been written for us and go on. All too often couples become obsessed with having a child to where it is harmful for themselves. We as Muslims must learn to seek the balance of a healthy striving for pregnancy and knowing when to stop striving. A woman's (or man's) life does not end because they have no children. Sarah, although barren, remained firm in her faith, true to her husband, and a full woman in all senses of the word.

It was written for Sarah that she would bare a son and live to see her grandchild. It is said she conceived Ishaq on the night when lots of people were destroyed (the angels where on their way there). And she delivered Ishaq on a friday night.

We should also take notice at the example set by Ibrahim responding to his barren wife. He was not harsh to his wife even though she was unable to conceive. Nor did he abandon her, he stood by his wife as she stood by him. He did not seek out another wife or "right hand possession" to have children, it was Sara who suggested Hagar to him. This bond of marriage, faith, love, and tenderness kept this couple together even in infertile times. Working together in cooperation in the process, something we all should take notice of. And men, or cultures for that matter, who blame women for not conceiving and dumb them as if they were no longer a complete woman should take heed in this example set by Ibrahim.

Ibrahim was indeed a model... 16:120

Another Qur'anic example of infertility is that of Zakariya and his wife Ishba. The story focuses more on Zakariya than Ishba herself. In fact very little is said about her in the Qur'an, hadith, and exegesis.

There did Zakariya pray to his Lord, saying: "O my Lord! Grant unto me from Thee a progeny that is pure: for Thou art He that heareth prayer! While he was standing in prayer in the chamber, the angels called unto him: "Allah doth give thee glad tidings of Yahya, witnessing the truth of a Word from Allah, and (be besides) noble, chaste, and a prophet,- of the (goodly) company of the righteous." He said: "O my Lord! How shall I have son, seeing I am very old, and my wife is barren?" "Thus," was the answer, "Doth Allah accomplish what He willeth." 3:38-40

(This is) a recital of the Mercy of thy Lord to His servant Zakariya.Behold! he cried to his Lord in secret, Praying: "O my Lord! infirm indeed are my bones, and the hair of my head doth glisten with grey: but never am I unblest, O my Lord, in my prayer to Thee! 19:2-4

And (remember) Zakariya, when he cried to his Lord: "O my Lord! leave me not without offspring, though thou art the best of inheritors." So We listened to him: and We granted him Yahya: We cured his wife's (Barrenness) for him. These (three)were ever quick in emulation in good works; they used to call on Us with love and reverence, and humble themselves before Us. 21:89-90

Mary r.a. was placed in the care of Zakariya and her aunt Ishba. Ishba was barren, so the caring of a child was a blessing in her family. Zakariya at times marvelling at how well Mary had grown appears to have instilled the urge in him to have a son. One who would not only inherit the family lineage, but one who would carry on the teachings of Allah, something which he did himself. Perhaps Mary r.a. fulfilled the natural urge in Zakariya to have children for a limited time, but when she had matured and no longer a child, the desire seems to have rekindled. Whatever the exact emotions that Zakariya had, he prayed in secret to have a son.

Zakariya beseeched Allah for this blessing, perhaps not expecting the answer, he appears surprised with it. Perhaps it was not so much the answer of "yes" but rather the means in which the child would come to him. His old barren wife, cured by Allah, was to conceive. Zakariya responded in natural amazement that his wife would conceive. He was told by Allah that such a thing was easy for Allah.. and it is. His son would be given the name of Yahya a name not before given. Ishba and Mary were pregnant during the same time, six months being the difference. The issue of Pregnancy in light of Qur'an will be given more attention at a latter date.

As with the story of Ibrahim we have the example of a husband who remains with his barren wife. She is not shunned, shammed, divorced, or looked down upon as a incomplete woman. As many men and cultures do to women in present times. This is a lesson that all of our ummah must learn, as Allah says "...He leaves barren whom He wills" (42:50) It is a decree from Allah. This does not make one less of a woman (or man) and one should not be treated as such. We are to remain firm in our faith in Allah, knowing that He brings about things that we may not like, thinks we are tested with. And it appears with the stigma placed on couples who do not have children we are failing our test.

I know many women are thinking, that these two stories have such happy endings (babies) and yet it does not happen with all of us. Why does not Allah bestow on all of us pregnancies.. why must "I" be barren.. why me. As I sit here and write this my mind searches for an example of a woman with no children.. suddenly I remembered one so full of faith.. one which is mentioned in the Qur'an as an example for those who believe

And Allah sets forth, as an example to those who believe the wife of Pharaoh: Behold she said: "O my Lord! Build for me, in nearness to Thee, a mansion in the Garden, and save me from Pharaoh and his doings, and save me from those that do wrong"; 66:11

Her name was Asya, and she never conceived a child. It is said that her marriage was one of sacrifice she made for the safety of her people. But the marriage was never consumated, for Allah had stricken Pharaoh with impotence. Whatever the case may have been, here was a childless woman, who is set forth as an example for all believers. She nurtured a Prophet from infancy even though he was not her own, and she was a martyr. It is said that Pharoah had killed several believers in the palace, among them a maid, her children and her husband. Asya picked up an iron stake to kill Pharaoh, she failed, and Pharaoh had her tortured by piercing iron stakes through her breast. The same childless woman sought Allah to build mansions in the Garden, and to save her from those that do wrong. Do we dare to say that such an example as stated by Allah is an incomplete or less of a woman because she bore no children? Do we not take heed in the examples given to us? So anytime one attempts to make you feel low, or less of a woman (or man) think of these examples, draw guidance and strength from them. Rely on Allah, and seek Him to give you strength.

May Allah give us All that is good for us, make it easy for us to obtain it and keep us on the straight path when we do.

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Tuan tanah sibuk nak exam.

Doakan kejayaan saya yer! I have left everything in Malaysia for this..