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12 January 2018

New Member

Two weeks from today, the wife and I will be back to our routine of sleepless nights, countless burping sessions and diaper changes, monthly visits to the paediatrician, and more. Yup, third one's coming!

In the first trimester, the morning sickness was brutal. My wife lost her appetite and was throwing up day and night. Since it was Ramadhan, she tried hard to finish an entire month of fasting, but had to give up at the very last week as advised by her doctor because she was severely dehydrated, to a point where she almost got warded.

Just as we entered the second trimester, she miraculously regained her appetite and the morning sickness was completely gone. She enjoys her desserts very much, especially pisang goreng cheese.

We're now in our third trimester and Alhamdulillah, the baby is looking healthy and big. There's a chance this one might be the biggest among the three! Since the siblings and cousins were also big babies, the baby will have a whole closet of hand-me-downs.

We are still looking for a name. If you have any good ones for a boy or a girl, feel free to suggest.

I'd be eternally grateful if you can make du'a for my wife and the baby, for everything to go smoothly and safely :)

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15 December 2017

Another New Home

Last year, we were walking through Ikano to get to IKEA when a Mah Sing salesperson approached us. She spoke about a new township being developed in the South of KL. It sounded very intriguing. So, the very next day, we visited the show gallery.

At the end of our tour of the show unit, we were told that there was only one unit left up for grab. We looked around the gallery and noticed a few potential buyers. So, without thinking twice, we booked the last unit.

How crazy was that?

20 months had passed and today was the day we collected the keys (there were so many of them!) and saw our new house for the very first time. We were actually among the early ones.

Mah Sing has done a swell job. The details and finishings are on par with the price tag. We just hope there wouldn't be too many major defects though, which would be a big let-down.

One of the things I personally like is the attention Mah Sing pays on security. The gated housing perimeter fences are equipped with 57 CCTV's and vibration sensors all around, which are wired to the guard house located at the sole entrance/exit.

And hey, there's a clubhouse! Although small, it is equipped with a swimming pool, gym and a party hall. I think it's enough to cater for all 197 houses there.

Overall, we're very happy with how it turns out. We can't wait to remodel it, to make it our home. In shaa Allah, there'll be an actual housewarming party this time.

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16 October 2017

Surprise for Mama

It was her birthday and my wife had a packed work schedule for the entire week. She couldn't get any days off. So, I figured to give her the 'gift of time'; To ease her week by getting rid of the hectic of traveling to and from work.

Two weeks prior, I booked a room in one of the newest hotels in town, which is located an LRT-station away from where she works. That weekend, I secretly packed a bag for the wife and kids. No one in the house had any idea.

On the day itself, I told my wife I was gonna have to work late. I rushed home at about 3 PM, finished packing, grabbed the kids, bought some balloons and waited to surprise my wife at the LRT station.

And it worked! She was totally flabbergasted and her face beamed with pleasure.

My wife managed to get a half-day off work the following day. So, we went to the KL Tower Mini Zoo, which was surprisingly quite enjoyable. We got to peacefully enjoy Dinosaurs Alive at Matic on the very next day, which was a public holiday (Deepavali).

We spent 3 nights there and utterly enjoyed the heated indoor pool. The room was big enough for the four of us and I personally like the convenience of having a kitchenette with a microwave in the room. Element Kuala Lumpur is definitely in our list of staycation destinations.

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07 October 2017

Daanish's 7th Birthday

On their birthdays, one of the surprises the kids would usually get is what or how their birthday cake would look like.

Initially, when asked, Daanish said he wanted a Minecraft cake. Then, he changed his mind to a Batman cake. Two weeks before his birthday, he finally decided that he wanted a shark cake. He even described how it should look like.

We contacted a very talented baker from Shah Alam via Instagram and showed her a few pictures of the cake we had in mind. She put her own little twist to it and, voilà, a super realistic-looking shark head swallowing a tiny man holding up 7 tiny fingers (signifying Daanish's age). With the price we paid and how it turned out, we were very pleased and would not hesitate to repeat our order in the future. Her handle is @yazminariffin. Go look her up!

That morning, Daanish was really excited when he first saw his birthday cake and couldn't wait to cut its head open. We arranged presents around the cake, which made him even more excited!

We had a few family members over for a wholesome brunch (briyani from Syed Bistro in Seksyen 9) and cake (or should I say, 'fish head').

It took us 40 minutes to wrap his presents, but only took him (and his 'helpful' sister) less than 10 minutes to tear them open. The things you do for your children...

At the end of the day, we ended up with a halved shark head in the fridge.

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24 September 2017

Ayra's 4th Birthday

A few days before her birthday, we surprised the kids with a fun long weekend in Johor Bahru. I invited my best friend and his family to come along as our kids enjoy playing together.

We drove from Shah Alam early Thursday morning to try to be at the gate before the Legoland theme park opened, but only managed to arrive an hour after. Since it rained lightly that morning, the weather for the rest of the day was just nice. The kids had loads of fun going on the rides together.

We spent the next day at the Legoland water park. We were disappointed that the lazy river was closed for renovation. Luckily, the rest of the slides weren't affected. We left the park with tan lines all over.

We've been there before, but the Angry Birds Activity Park got a little less interesting this time around. It also felt a bit small, but that's probably because there were a lot of people. It was a Saturday after all. We left the park at around 4 and headed for Puteri Harbour Marina for some fresh air.

On the last day, after breakfast, Ayra unwrapped her birthday presents (with the help of her brother, as always) and we had cakes. It was simple, just the way we liked it.

Before hitting the highway for home, we stopped by at JPO for a bit of shopping. We left JPO at around 7 and arrived home close to midnight. We experienced a near-death moment during the drive, but that's another entry.

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15 September 2017

Ayra's 4th Birthday: School Edition

It was Ayra's first birthday party at school with all her classmates. We decided to have it earlier because we already had a short trip planned during her birthday weekend.

Ayra requested for a Shimmer and Shine cake and that's exactly what she got. She liked it. For her, it was beautiful. Disappointingly, for us the cake was not great. The look and taste were way below expectations. We could've gotten a premium cake for the price we paid!

Shimmer and Shine isn't big in Malaysia. So, you can imagine how hard it was to find matching party packs. We settled for My Little Pony (another one of Ayra's favorite cartoons) for the girls and Pokemon for the boys; We arranged stationery, stickers, activity books and snacks neatly inside a zipped folder and tied a cute birthday tag to the zip.

Ayra's classmates were very friendly, especially the girls. They were very chatty and liked hugging very much.

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27 May 2017

Fasting for the First Time

Ramadhan Mubarak, everyone!

How was your first day of Ramadhan? Mine was excellent as it marked the day my first-born fasted for the first time. He woke up for sahoor, performed his five times solah for the day, and went to the masjid for Taraweeh.

Yes, he is a big kid now. How time flies.

The best part of the day was seeing him took that first sip of water during iftar. It is true what the Prophet (peace be upon him) says in his hadith:

“The fasting person has two occasions for joy…”

And today, I saw in my son's eyes the first occasion of joy the Prophet (peace be upon him) describes. Subhanallah.

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