Posted by admin on Jan 15, 2014 in Uncategorized | 21 comments
Two weeks of the new year has passed, how has it been for you? Is the rat race still on? Amongst the hustle and bustle of today’s busy society, we often tend to over commit ourselves by wanting to do just about everything and be everywhere at the same time, juggling between work, peers, family and “me” time. If we are often not making it to get-togethers, family outings, movie dates and the list goes on, then are we getting in to the habit of making empty promises a tad too often?
This year with elder two already started primary school, life surely gets even more busier. Logistic has always been a madness for me. There are days where all i have in mind is to get from place A to place B then to place C almost forgetting i have the kids in the car, rushing them around but forgotten i should use every minute i have with the kids effectively and treasure those moment even if we are stuck in the traffic jam. In fact i realised, in traffic jams we tend to have more quality time, we chat a lot more
I often see parents at the restaurant always hook with their phone while waiting for the food. Kids are either given a gadget too or being “ignored” by the parents who seems so engaged with his / her phone. Couple of times i notice the parents are on Facebook / instagram / twitter, not so much of work related. Im sure that can be put aside while u are with your kids.
Lets step up and turn things around today by making a pledge on the Kleenex® Wall of Softness – a bold new reminder that even small gestures mean a great deal to the people in your life.
“Kleenex® is synonymous with softness, I would like to invited blog readers to pledge an act of softness in your everyday lives. hence we constantly champion the importance of softness in the everyday lives of consumers,” said Soo Woon Yee, Marketing Director, Kimberly-Clark. “The Kleenex® Wall of Softness takes the Share the Softness campaign to a whole new level, making a bigger, bolder statement that we need to make acts of softness a priority by pledging to do something nice for our loved ones, and not just in words, but committing ourselves to fulfil those promises to the important people in our lives.”
Joining Kleenex® to spread acts of softness by making the very first pledges on the Kleenex® Wall of Softness are local celebrities – philanthropist and World Vision’s Child’s Rights advocate Deborah Henry and award-winning actress Sharifah Amani.
To me…softness is my kids checks :). I will play WITH my kids. Yes, to play with them…not just to sit, facilitate and watch them but rather to participate along…not while on the phone / facebook / twitter / instagram and such but yes to be involved. Lets do that, fully engaged, and fully theirs. To enter their world of imagination.
The other day i found few fabrics i could make do with, sew up a mini puppet theatre for the kids. I told them to create any story, any. Their imagination were simply amazing!
Why not take a minute of your busy life, sit and ponder and think of a pledge. Make a change. Join Kleenex®, Deborah Henry and Sharifah Amani to pledge an act of softness today on www.facebook.com/Kleenex.Malaysia – all you have to do is make your pledge, and first 100 daily pledgers will get a free Kleenex® soft pack! Next, share a photo of you fulfilling your pledges and stand a chance to win a holiday worth RM3,000 plus RM2,000 of spending money!
The Kleenex® Share the Softness campaign will run from 20 November 2013 till 15 January 2014 and aims to achieve 5,000 pledges, upon which Kleenex® will spread the softness to the underprivileged children of the Fugee School with a cash donation of RM10,000. Through this campaign, Malaysians will be reminded to bring softness into each other’s lives, and also to the lives of needy children in the Fugee School, a non-profit charity organisation that provides basic education to refugee children from Somalia.
As my kids are always up to something, be it playing the mud or running around sweating, having the Kleenex®, the world’s No.1 facial tissue is just ideal, softness, gently cleanses all skin types. Every sheet is made from 100% quality virgin fiber that leaves no residue behind to reduce skin irritation. This ensures not only clean skin, but gentle care and finest hygiene for you and your family. Kleenex® tissues, are available in both facial and bath tissues and in a variety of attractive and convenient packaging formats, distinctive for their ideal softness, strength and absorbency. I usually carry the soft pack around with me in my handbag
dont forget to make your pledge and hashtag #kleenexsoftness
Posted by admin on Dec 30, 2013 in Uncategorized | 1 comment
2013 is coming to an end, Alhamdulillah we made it through with lotsa memories. Making lotsa dua’ 2014 will be even better year for us all. As promised in previous post, i mentioned i will made a post on the decision I made for sending elder 2 for standard 1 sekolah agama KAFA. When i went there end last year to register them, i was told they also have preschool KAFA, but i asked if its okay i wanna place them in primary 1. Although elder 2 were not reading fluently yet…well ya they were 5 when we went for the registration, I didnt expect them to be able to read the textbooks. I was really happy that the principal didnt mind us giving a try. In fact she mentioned, even they cant read the textbook well…insha Allah they will still learn a thing or two during the daily explanation by the ustaz and ustazah. That was exactly what i wanted, some daily “injection” of Islamic teaching. Yes, they were in islamic preschool, but why not something extra if there is opportunity. Hmm, now i sound like a kiasu, gung-ho mom huh? I didnt put any pressure in them (well at least thats what i feel, hahaha). My main reason for sending them is to ease their transition from preschool into primary later in 2014. In their preschool, they are so used to smaller ration in a class, no homework n no examinations. Hoping the exposure of this would help them later in primary.
The only problem we had was the logistic, alhamdulillah we managed. This is the part when people say “are you crazy? they are only 6 years old!” Their preschool finishes at 230pm and their sekolah agama starts at 430pm. Preschool is in Kota Damansara by the time they put on their shoes, get in the car its about 240-245 and we reached home at about 3-315pm. Thats an hour before we leave the house again BUT Uzair finishes his school at 430pm in Kelana Jaya. Thus i have to send them to sekolah agama earlier so i can be in time to fetch Uzair in Kelana Jaya. Thus we usually leave the house at 350pm. Once we reach home from preschool, just enough time for me to solat and get them changed for sekolah agama. The first few months, instead of balik rumah, we transit somewhere (OU / Ikano / Curve) coz i was afraid once sampai rumah, kids liat nak keluar rumah again sbb baru dpt duduk for 30mins or so. Sekolah agama supposedly to end at 630pm but often it ends at 645pm. Their school is in Mutiara Damansara, although its less than 10mins away from my house, but because of the office hours traffic, i need to leave the house by before 6pm, reached there early and wait. If i were to leave the house after 6pm i ended up reaching there at 650pm or later. And by the time we sampai rumah that would be after 7pm. So yes, basically the kids are out from 815am – 7pm. Now you can see why people say im crazy, dont you? But Mashaa Allah these kids are bless with so much energy…if it were not because they were force to go to bed, they ended up sleeping at 11pm. That’s how much energy they are bless with.
As much as i guess, athirah had couple of phase where she didnt want to go to sekolah agama; when it involves lots of writing. We introduce it slowly to her, hoping this exposure will not make her shock later in primary.
When their 1st semester exam started, i didnt even know. Suddenly harith said to me “tadi we had exam”. When i asked the ustaz, apparently dah 2nd day exam, 2 more days to go. Revision was made after maghrib. Super madness, out for school from 8-7pm, balik sambung lagi revision. For the exams, they came back telling me they know the answer tapi dont know how to spell. Harith and Athirah got 9th and 11th placing respectively out of 15 students. I was happy the teachers and principal were okay with it, despite them still have not master reading and writing at that time, they didnt mind having them in primary 1 and not push them into preschool KAFA.
For their year end exam, i was more prepared. Haha, mak budak pulak yg more prepared. Since its too much to get them to do revision at night after whole day at school, thus what we did was revision during the transit. We got the keys to our apartment already by then, but no furniture yet. We transit they, did our revision on the floor. We also did transit at kedai makan, some lil reward makan dessert for the kids.
Ending my post with another instgram related to this subject:
“Last week I mention, i wasnt sure if it was the right desivion to send elder 2 for sekolah agama standard 1 at age 6. first few months were a struggle for them as they have not master reading fluently.
We had our fair share of tears where athirah refused to go to sek agama. We passed that phase with lots chipsmore and vitagen as umpan. They survived their first term exam, harith and athirah got number 9th and 11 respectively out of 13 students.
Alhamdulillah the teachers didnt judge them too early, I was afraid ustaz/ ustazah might say they are not ready for standard one and to go for preschool KAFA.
We did their revision for final exam during the exam week itself. We have 2 hours to kill after preschool. Most days we did revision at our empty new home, twice we had it as a coffee place as reward / motivation.
All the tears and sweat paid off! Harith came home with his report card. Mashaa Allah, he got number 1!
Athirah at number 9. Alhamdulillah.
Funny though, his understanding of number 1 was “Harith dapat number 1 coz harith finish first”.
Lesson learnt, dont judge a child too soon. “
Some bloom later than others.
**photos taken using phone
Posted by admin on Dec 28, 2013 in Uncategorized | 3 comments
So much happen that made me neglect my blog. I had problem with my laptop, it often hang. Didnt send it for repair coz it took quite awhile for me to transfer everything into my external hard disk. The man who repaired the laptop said “ive never seen a laptop this bad” yes bak kate syauqi “i am THAT unorganised”, oppsss…I have too much on my plate i guess. And also because we are without maid since May. We decided to be without one coz we feel its better for the kids especially Uzair. Yes the house is a lil (okay, i lie… A LOT) untidy but we feel kids were oblivious to the privilege of living with domestic help. In school, every morning when i drop them off, i see them walk in the gate, place their shoes at their designated shoe rack, place their bags in their cubbies, took their communication book and place it on the table…and walk into the house (school). Everyday i see them doing it without any reminder. All it took is less then a minute and they are already in their classrooms. BUT why do i have to remind them EVERY SINGLE DAY once we reached home “carry your bags in” or else they will just walk out of the car without their bags. Then i would have to remind them to place their shoes properly. and despite me buying the same cabinet as the school for their cubbies, yet they needed reminder again and again “put your bags in the cubby” Why is it doable at school but not at home? Clearly because they have the maid to pick up after them. Masuk rumah, bag campak je kat tepi pintu, pastu maid amiq simpankan. I was dissapointed with the behaviour. Im not asking much, but some basic responsibility….things they do daily at school. Even their plates and cups, after each meal at school they wash their on plates ( for 6 years old. When they were 4 and 5 years, they just had to carry their plates to the basin). But why the need of constant reminder at home? That was the wake up call for me to discontinue our maid before these behaviours become habitual.
Of coz mom didnt agree with my decision, with 4 kids and syauqi often away. But when Uzair kept running to the maid whenever he doesn’t get his way, I knew for sure….thats it. With Uzair’s condition, we are trying to be firm with him and he is on a gluten free diet. The maid certainly not helping to make things easier for us. She has her own food ration she bought during her monthly outing, so kids get accessed to various kind of biscuit.
Its no doubt pretty hectic without maid, logistic was madness especially this year coz i decided to put elder 2 in sek agama KAFA standard 1 . Im not sure what made me put them into year 1 although they are 6 years old but im glad i came out with that motherly instinct decision, Alhamdulillah. This would require another entry on its own i think.
Oh with the Instagram, i think it has taken over my blog. Instagram should be with short captions, but mine ended up looking like a blog entry at times. haha. Im without any latest photo since i just got back my laptop, my dslr has been neglected too.
Will sign off this entry with one of my instagram cum blog entry:
Each time I walk pass here, it feels like im on a holiday, coz only when we are on a holiday we dont mind walking around under the heat, open air although its noon.
While walking just now, i realised my kids needed some break from their daily routine. It has been tough, logistic is a nightmare. I have no choice but to hurry them all the time; cepat, quick, faster, we are late are among the most common words used daily.
As a child i grew up pampered with the help of a maid around. and now, the decision not to have a maid for the family was the biggest sacrifice I would say. Whenever one sees me handling kids (Uzair especially), they usually say ” you need a helper” but truth is…because of Uzair’s condition we cant have a maid. We are trying to be firm with him…but often he gets his way with the maid. Its either he runs to the maid or the maid comes and pick him up. Imagine seeing the maid giving him a spoonful of raw sugar! when asked why?!?!?!?? “sebab die nak Cik”, besides tea and coffee…i have no idea what else happen behind the kitchen door.
It has been 6 months since we are maid less. Its tough but doable. Tough for Uwais especially, spending most of his time on the road with interrupted naps.
Just now I took a minute to “pause” our fast pace life. Told the kids, “go run, I will wait for you here “, they looked puzzled of coz. I smiled and nod my head, they surely did run around as fast as they could, to and fro…but this time voluntarily, not because mommy said “faster” / “quick” / “hurry up” but because they are having fun chasing one another. They are far end in this picture.
Rabbi yassir wala tu’assir, rabbi tammim bikhair
Posted by admin on Jun 26, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments
Here’s the place i mentioned in previous place. Our latest hot spot. Been telling the husband since last year to check out the place but he put it off again and again. We finally made our way there and fall in love with it instantly. That same week, we went there twice . It is just 10mins away from our house and best of all…it is FREE. Yes, you heard me right, it is FREE. The water depth is ideal enough to let the kids roam on their own. But of coz we still need to monitor them.
The place opens at 9am
the kids had a good time with the playground sturcture as well.
Yes, all this for free. And a good exercise for us moms too…penat gak lah naik turun tangga / bukit. hihi. Do check out Pusat Sains Negara for more details. We have yet go check out what they have inside though.
I just renewed my domain and hosting and of coz it hit me once again…why am i paying yearly fees but yet my blog left unupdated. How i wish i can just babble it orally and the computer type all the words out for me. If that can be done… i wont have problem updating my blog often. hahaha
Life has been very hectic, almost 2 months without maid. And im often on the road to do sending and fetching. In between the sending fetching we be home just enough time to settle the kids for their next drop off and to perform my solat. More often that not i did not have the time to grab my lunch. But I’m okay alhamdulillah. I’m not complaining. Just giving excuses for not updating my blog. haha
So far we dont have plan to take new maid. We have our reasons, but major problem would be logistic. I dont deny that with syauqi not being around often, we do need the extra help. but i feel that the maid are doing more “harm” than good. We want to be strict with uzair’s diet but couple of times i caught the maid giving him RAW SUGAR, with reaason “dia nak cik”. The maid feels that’s the solution to avoid him having tantrum bile tak dapat. Again and again i told her not to do so but yet again and again i caught that happen. And i believe there are a lot more other things uzair not suppose to be eating / doing, but its happening behind my back “supervised” by the maid. We are desperate to help uzair thus i feel the best way is to have him under my nose all the time. There is no one else for him to runaway to when he doesnt get his way with me. Previously if he throws tantrum, whenever i ignore him, the maid will come and soothe him with the things he is not supposed to be having. Now that we are without maid, i feel that he is more attentive to the other family members in the house. Ade lah heran skit dgn orang lain in the house. Oh he is definitely much much more attach to the dad now. However, problem occurs when places i need to go/attend but cant bring along the kids with me while syauqi is not around (i.e school report day, Talk by school teacher / doctor ect) . Perhaps i should get number for babysitting services, for me to call when there is a need. hihi . Oh there are times i get my sister hana to help me jaga Uzair. Yes, indirectly im getting my family involved in Uzair’s road to recovery. At least i can be very sure my sister wont feed uzair with “forbidden” food. Now that we dont have maid, i notice he “interacts” with others more. He started pulling his Pah’s and Tuk Ki’s hand to indicate what he wants. Thats exactly why i choose not to have maid. I want him to interact with other people in the house more. It’s my “conspiracy” to get everyone involved in helping Uzair out of his bubble. Inshaa Allah
Speaking of babysitting, during the school holiday my friend offered me to bring elder 2 out so i can have a breather.Very very thoughtful of her. Well it is not so much of the breather that i wanted, but there are times t i feel im pulling my elder 2 back. Slowing their pace…because there are places they wish to go and things they wish to do but i cant bring them; places that high tendency for Uzair to have his meltdown. When my babyhood friend, Ayu offered to bring elder 2 out and i knew how much they love lego, i suggested her Bangsar Village where they had free play of Lego at the ground floor concourse. She sent me photos if them and oh boy, i felt like crying.Sorry kids if i have not bring you to places that could further enhance your development. We are trying our best to balance your needs and Uzair’s need. And of coz Uwais’ as well.
Elder 2 surely had a good time with Auntie Ayu…they were telling me stories till the very last minute they close their eyes that night. After Bangsar Village, Ayu brought them to her house, so sambung main kat rumah, complete with snack petang, sambung main at playgroud too. A complete day for the kids. Ayu’s son, Bilal is just a year younger than them. They click really well, alhamdulillah.
We didnt go anywhere during the recent school holiday as syauqi’s roster was pretty hectic. But we managed to bring the kids to FRIM. It is like a-must-to-go every school holiday. This time around we we invited Auntie Ayu to join us. And towards the end, we had Kazim and Kareem joining us. We had this big float, a gift on elder 2′s birthday 2 years back. Never had the chance to use it so we decided to bring it along. Jenuh gak lah nak mengangkut the float naik atas. But seeing the joy in the kids’ face…worth the effort of carrying it up. Best moment was when uzair join them too.
Uzair spining the rest
Oh lesson learnt, next time tak payah nak angkut the kids’ change of clothes up…turun je basah2 and change kat bawah. Less things to be carried up next time. Oh we brought a mini bbq pit and had sausage up there. Tgh syok splashing in the cold water, then take a break makan hot sausage. Perfect
It really doesnt necessarily to have it fancy but good enough for the kids to enjoy. At least the kids have something to remember when they grow up “…when we were little, mommy and papa would bring us to the FRIM waterfall every school holiday” ihihi . Oh we found another gem for the kids. I shall save that for another entry
What we love most about FRIM is that, its only 10-15 minutes drive from our house and parking is not an issue. We dont need to walk far to reach the waterfall. And most importantly, its kids friendly. Not too much stone that makes it unsafe for the kids to walk about.
*photos taken using the phone camera
Posted by admin on Feb 16, 2013 in My Lil Caliphs Activties | 0 comments
This was last weekend’s activity. You will need syringe, glue, salt and watercolor.
bought the syringe and glue from daiso
Get your child to draw anything they wish using the glue, then pour salt all over it. just tilt the paper over to remove the extra salts. and start dropping watercolors (mix your watercolor with water, make it liquid form) on it using the syringe. the color will move along the salt trail and make a nice color blend
i enjoyed doing it just as much as the kids
*photos inserted in this entry are not in line with the topic discussed, just to add some colors to the entry. Photos of the kids doing their sensory play. Getting their hands in jelly.
How time flies, elder 2 turning 6 soon. Thus the school hunting getting more tense. But actually it shouldn’t be coz the father already said they are going to the usual Sekolah Kebangsaan. In fact we already registered them last year. BUT deep inside I wish to send them to Integrated Islamic School, but there are a long list of consideration to be done. One of the issues are most integrated schools are are mostly shop lots or houses. We would want our children to have grounds for them to play sports, grass…not cement ground. Husband came across a saying that says a good school is one with big school field, i think what the phrase meant is, the bigger the field, students will ended up doing more physical sports, and when the students are actives, so do the brains, thus the school produce smarter kids. (just an anology i could think of) . Besides school facilitis, logistic is also an issue. I heard a lot that Adni is good, but too far away. The mileage, the toll and oh the traffic. And of coz, the fees too. Adni seems to be more expensive than the other schools i look into. Well, they have proven their school has good quality, that explains the price i guess.
I heard good review of ISSA too, price is not that expensive comparatively to other schools. And the fees are to be paid monthly (even better). Most other school, i notice the fees are to be paid each term. It would be a lot for us to pay up front for 2 kids’ fees. Another plus point for ISSA, they have secondary too…you will have option of doing Tahfiz too. At the end of form 5, insyaAllah the child will be Hafiz and at the same time sit for their SPM / IGSCE. Anak anak kan saham akhirat. Masih teringat my secondary ustazah used to say to us “if kamu jalani kehidupan dunia ni macam syurga, kelak nanti balasannye neraka. dan jika kamu jalani dunia ini macam neraka, kelak nanti balasannye syurga” Please do NOT take the word literally, of coz she doesnt mean life now is like hell. What she meant is if you live your life according to the permissible and prohibited in Islam, you will get the reward in hereafter…but if you live your life as you wish…kelak nanti balasannye di akhirat. She elaborated, dunia ni kan banyak godaan, so be patient and strive for the aakhirah, where u can have anything u desire and the best part is…that would be forever . Dulu masa kat UIA, impressed dgn those who can speak both english and arabic so well. Yes, honestly..i do feel less of a muslim for not knowing the arabic language. I believe kids pick up languages better than adults. Would be nice to see my kids know arabic well.
Oh there is another school, GreenView Islamic school, from the website, it stated that at the end of Year 7, students will finish studying all of Arabic Grammar which would enable them to understand at least 50-60% of the Quran. Something i really wish my kids could achieve. Oh and they are using the Cambridge Primary syllabus, not the government KSSR. Sounds interesting BUT it is at shoplots. However, the advantage they have as compared to other school using shop lots is, they have front huge public field in front of the school. Thus they will have their PE at the field. If you are interested to enroll in this school, their Year 1 starts at age of 6 years old and their semester starts in September as opposed to usual January intake. Thus supposedly if im interested to send elder 2 here…they should already be in Year 1 starting September last year.
Other integrated islamic school that i know of are; Itqan , At-Taimi in Subang, Integrated Islamic School Kota Damansara (shop lots), Baseerah in Gombak, Khalifah Model School in Ampang (heard very very good review of this school). Logistic will be an issue if their school are far coz i have to be back at my area to send younger 2 for their kindergarten. Thus i cant afford to be stuck in jam for long. Oh and also, even if i dont mind…will have to consider expenses of petrol and toll too. Kay maybe its time to consider NGV fot our starex…haha
Another reason im considering Integrated School is sbb the aspect of their basic deeniyah. They will study it as a whole not a separated subject on its own. If they go sek kebangsaan, petang they will go sekolah agama. I prefer if evrything is integrated in. Honestly, something i wish i had when i was schooling.
Tapi yes, ade pros and cons to everything. One of the common issues i heard is about the teachers turn over rate…these private school, teachers slalu tukar2, well i dont blame them. if dapat better offer somewhere else, sure lah pegi kan..huhu. And another issue raised is their multiracial friends. They will not mix with the diversity of culture we have here in Malaysia.
I would really love to send them Integrated school…but after much research pun kang bapak budak suruh anta sek kebangsaan je, errr. Tapi kenapa now ministry fickle minded eh? non stop tukar itu ini…arrgghhh. and the fact they have about 40 kids in a classroom of standard 1 is really a turn off for me. I dont blame the teacher…they have 40+ newbies in the classroom..that is definitely not easy to handle. Oh and i was wondering, sekolah yg berprestasi tinggi tu…is it because mmg teachers are very good or students are from well to do family and can afford extra classes outside hence the good performance. This was something i experience when i was in secondary school…almost all my classmates pegi tuition, some even went for History tuition, and i know off friends yg pergi tuition for subject Moral. Ade yg pergi 2 different tuition for their bahasa melayu subject. Well, I dont wish to go any further in this takut kang ade yg misunderstood im condemning our government teachers. I know they are bunch of dedicated people but they are also loaded with lots of paperworks and what not, how are they supposed to perform their best when they have tons of reports to do and such. And also because at the end of the day i might ended up sending them there too…
And for the private school sometimes you love what the founder or principal aspires to accomplish, but implementation wise by some of their teachers may not be up to the standard set. Best is to pay a visit to the school.
Kay back to my concern, i would really want to see my children practising the islam way of life naturally, and most importantly willingly. Having everything integrated in their daily life, i hope this would be a big help in materializing it. Of coz parents play important role too, no doubt on that. My hope is that they would become mature and wise, and see things holistically. I had people raising the issue of their future, takut tak dapat masuk local uni and such, i believe everything has been plan by Allah. Insya Allah they will have their place to further their studies later on. Dulu most friends yang i impressed with at UIA, i got to know mostly came from private sekolah agama…hence the consideration here.
oh the other day i passed by Sapura Smart School, it made me wonder takde ke muslim yang kaya raya yang nak tolong set up kan such school with infrastructure and facilities like that?
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