Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Raya Online Shopping

What is a girl to do in Mars for a week? Why, I shopped online of course!!!

Ok, details below:-

The above is from Shop A Lot

And a pair of Earl and Serfontaine Jeans to boot!

What is a girl to do I tell you! hehehe

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Aidilfitri 2011

This post is being uploaded live on location from Tanah Merah, Kelantan aka Mars!

Salam Aidilfitri to friends, family and foe alike from me, Aries and Airiel.

May Allah bless and forgive us all.

InsyaAllah dapat jumpa di Syawal 2012 pula.

Stay safe on the road!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Harapan Padamu Subur Kembali

Bonda has been going through a tough time lately.
This nasyid is for her. Its a classic.

Bonda, listen to the nasyid here ok?

Wahai Tuhanku yang Esa
Bila kenangkan qaharMu
Rasa gerun dihatiku
Kerana takutkan seksaMu

HambaMu rasa berputus asa
Siapakah dapat bersihkan diri
Dari segala dosa yang memburu
Setiap hari setiap ketika

Tika mengenang Ghafar-Mu
Putus asa tiada lagi
Semangatku pulih semula
Harapanku subur kembali

Ujian menimpa menekan di jiwa
Tak sanggup meneruskan perjuanganku
Mehnah-Mu itu penghapus dosaku
Mengganti hukuman-Mu di akhirat

Di waktu mengenang rahma-tMu
Terasa diri kurang bersyukur
Pada-Mu harusku memohon
Moga syukurku bertambah

Alangkah susahnya
Mendidik nafsuku
Yang tidak mengenal kebenaran-Mu
Ya Alloh Tuhanku
Bantulah hamba-Mu
Dalam mendidik jiwaku ini

Wahai Tuhan ku Yang Esa
Bila kenangkan Qahar-Mu
Rasa gerun di hatiku
Kerana takutkan seksa-Mu 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Current Shopping Updates

Readers have been e-mailing me stating that they miss my online shopping posts.

Posts on shopping have been slow this Ramadhan, but fret not.. I shall indulge you guys with my latest shopping updates!!. Although I may have missed a few items out sebab dah terlupa and tak mark website and item lepas beli.

Okay, here goes. Some items from Attire Attic, my fave good for value blogshop:-

And a new working bag! This is from Princess Victoria Stylo Closet

A black bag again at last!!!

Ok, more updates when I have the time.

Last week before the holidays next week and work up to my neck!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Airiel ohhh Airiel

Airiel amuses me to no end these days.

His vocabulary is rather extraordinary and he says things that you would not expect.

He is very opinionated and well, being in the 'terrible two' age, has tantrums sometimes.

He chooses the clothes he would like to wear and wants a share of Aries' perfumes to dab on before going out.

Whenever I get upset, he will come and hug me and say "Sayang mama"

He melts my heart.

These days he likes doing housework, like sweeping the floor, mopping and even cooking! And joins in whenever I do the chores in his own adorable way.

 This is his way of looking at you out of the corner of his eye

 Aries enter frame

This is Airiel trying to push a trolley for Nenda in Giant. He keeps saying 'Nak olong nenda!!' Cairlah nenda jawabnye kan? hehe (Nenda, since your cucu so baik, apa kata bagi duit raya lebih skit tahun ni? hehehe)

I am trying to enjoy and soak up as much time as I can with him before any other kids come along, and before he grows up and gets a girlfriend!!...sob sob

Heart and soul....

Monday, August 15, 2011

Degrees, Pan Pacific KLIA

I am not a fan of Ramadhan buffets, but since Aries needed to take a flight back to JB at 9 in LCCT and I had already eaten measly KFC at for buka puasa the week before, he decided to indulge me in a buffet nearby.

The buffet was at degrees, Pan Pacific KLIA. It was priced at RM93++ per pax. Pricey kan? Well, anyway, let the pics do the talking:-

Yes, thats me 

Yummy, juicy kurma 

 Yummy Chocolate Fountain

The deco on top of the desserts station. Cute kan? 

Raw mussels 

Raw oysters 

Bread station with another cute malay wooden house displayed 

Japanese station 


The chefs manning the ikan bakar station 

 Rack of lamb

Cute desserts

Cheese station

My picks of salads and cold meats 

My pick of the grilled meats and seafood 

 Aries' oysters

The spread was as usual to all buffets, extensive. And Aries were loving his oysters. It was all in all not a bad experience. But as I said, a tad bit pricey.

Hop on over for a buffet spread guys!!!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Raya shopping

Sorry readers for the absence of substantial updates to this blog.

You guys would know by now how much of a foodie I am, and it constitutes almost 80% of my posts these days. Being the ramadhan month, I have not gone out to buka puasa (not even once). Hanya berbuka di rumah.

Ramadhan has been good and wonderful, and I will definitely be sad to see it leave soon for another year. I have finished half of the juzu' thanks to some rather sleepless nights. And I hope I can finish the whole of our Holy Quran by next week. It is a peace filled month, to my heart and my soul.

Moving on  to Raya shopping, can you believe it, I am 99% done for my Raya shopping !!. My baju raya was tailored and dah siap months ago. So last week just went looking for Aries and Airiel's baju Melayu and a few little trinkets. Tak rasa nak beli tudung baru sbb tudung kat rumah dah banyak. I don't know how to wear shawls and muka bulat so tak sesuai pakai, so i'll stick to Tudung Bawal.

Maybe this week nak beli kasut Aries sbb selipar and kasut Airiel dah terlampau banyak sgt. I'l maybe buy one pair of shoes.

Cukuplah persediaan sederhana sahaja.

But I have finally found my Raya bag for this year! Ini takleh lepas ok Hehe, saw it yesterday and terus beli sebab jatuh cinta. It's from the new 2011 fall collection from Longchamp. Simple and sesuai dengan theme this year!!

Hehe, I bought the bag from I Want Bags. I am eyeing some other bags for daily use sbb my old Poppy dah pudar warna and its patent leather is cracking.

Can you guess what the theme is for our small family's raya this year?


Monday, August 8, 2011

Trustee's my Foot!!!

Wahai trustee trustee di luar sana yg tak amanah dan menyeleweng duit yang bukan milik anda...hidup you takkan aman atau tenteram dan duit yg you makan duit haram...mati nanti confirm seksa, bila dah mati mesti lagi dahsyat seksaan dalam kubur...padanlah muka anda because you deserve all the suffering you get...amin

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A moment in time...

"I was never one to patiently pick up broken fragments and glue them together again and tell myself that the mended whole was as good as new. What is broken is broken -- and I'd rather remember it as it was at its best than mend it and see the broken places as long as I lived."
Margaret Mitchell

It is funny how your memory fails you in the most uncanny of times. You forget things which you are supposed to remember. And how your memory just remembers things which should have been long forgotten.

I no longer dwell on the past, or draw from it.  I distance myself from it as much as I can... and try to divert my attention to other things when I feel the sharp stabbing sensation in my chest that indicates how vividly I remember.

And I am ok on most days.

But when the memories flood you, you just drown in it. They do not give you room to breathe, to run away. It engulfs you... and I stand my ground. Eventually the feeling subsides.

And so Rose Kennedy is right. My mind recomposes itself as a protective mechanism so that I can remain sane. 

May this Ramadhan give me strength and solace and a slippery memory (hehehe) so that I can finally forget what I do not need to remember.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Osteria Realblue, Solaris Dutamas

I know its the fasting month, but I just have to blog about this one particular restaurant in Solaris Dutamas where I work. I went here with Farah Shu. This was on last Thursday before puasa.

Miminal decor, looks like a pizza parlor at first glance 

Welcoming plaque with Italian and English  

An open kitchen 

 The Specials on whiteboard outside the restaurant for everyone to see
The usual condiments to accompany the meal 

The yummy sambal served here is made with anchovies and was absolutely delicious and spicy.

 As our starters, we were recommended the smoky mozarella (just arrived from Bologna that very morning!) which were recommended by Sherry, the owner's wife who also worked there. It was served with olives and sun dried tomatoes. Delicious till the very last bite.

We were given a heap of homemade bread to eat while waiting for our food. 

Farah Shu's food. 

I ordered the special on the menu, the beef tartare. The last time I saw this on a menu anywhere was 12 years ago in the UK. Have not seen it since. So I ordered it straightaway. 

Just to give you a heads up, beef tartare is pure raw beef, mixed with ingredients of your choice. I chose to mix mine with shallots, mustard, olive oil and garlic, some salt and worcestershire sauce. As you can see Sherry is passionately mixing the beef for me. 

This is how the tartare was served. With a hearty salad and some caramelised apricot (I think). The beef melted in my mouth and was absolutely delicious (beef is from australia and have been certified halal).

Prices are not exactly cheap but the quality of the food is superb. I have been told by Sherry that the only open from 6.00 p.m onwards on weekdays and are only full day on weekends. However, weekends are on a 'reservations only' food service and the restaurant is usually fully reserved. 

Osteria Realblue is definitely a restaurant which I will come back to again and again (maybe once a month la kan sebab mahal) because the food is just so so good!.