Jul 20, 2014

The Engagement : The DIY Mini Dais

I always love the DIY projects & I considered myself lucky that the Father is a handyman while the Mother has the creative touch. So, when we started discussing about the engagement preparation & all immediately after the Merisik on 23/03/2014, I made my proposal to have my own DIY mini dais

You may read about it here

Well, except that I didn't have much time (or rather tangan tak berseni) to get myself involved 100% in the making of. So, the Parents earned all the credits though

Alhamdulillah, we didn't spend much on the mini dais since we already had almost everything needed;
  • The Cleopatra seat
  • The Moroccan inspired pillows (the Mother bought the sheets from Mekah)
  • The backdrop (extra kain lebih from the curtain)
  • The yellow bling-bling thingy hung with the backdrop curtain
  •  The small square thingy with some purple flowers on it at the centre of the backdrop (it is actually the Sister's penutup bekas hantaran during her wedding way back in 2008. It was the Mother's idea. Hehe!)
  • The red carpet
  • The home chandelier to give that yellow lighting effect

We (I mean, the Mother & the Sister. Ahem!) only spent some money on;
  •  The 2 vases of flowers on the right & left sides of the Cleopatra seat. Bought the vase, flowers & the stands from WS Handricaft, K.Bharu & asked them to gubah for us. Couldn't remember how much we paid for them but the bungas tu boleh recycle untuk raya as well
  • The hanging bunga (?) to compliment the backdrop which we also bought the same shop

The making of

Oh btw, the mini dais was set up at the area where the dining table is usually at

It took the Parents about a month to get it done sebab buat sikit-sikit bila ada free time & juggling between daily chores + looking after my nephew, Umar while the Sister was at work. It may look simple but a simple engagement mini dais was all I wanted ab initio

So, tqvm Ma & Abah! I'm forever debtful. Alhamdulillah

Read the other related posts:
  • The Engagement Ceremony
  • The Rings
  • The Dress
  • The Hantarans
  • The Food, Doorgifts & Such

Jul 19, 2014

MH 17: Our Thoughts & Prayers Are With You

Statement by Prime Minister Najib Razak:
Malaysian Airlines flight 17 (18 July 2014)

Yesterday evening, I was informed of the terrible and deeply shocking news that a Malaysia Airlines jet went down in eastern Ukraine.

Malaysia Airlines has confirmed that the jet was Malaysia Airlines flight 17, which was on a scheduled flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

The flight departed Amsterdam at 12.15pm, local time. It was scheduled to arrive in Kuala Lumpur at 6.10 am, local, Malaysian time.

The aircraft was a Boeing 777-200.

The aircraft’s flight route was declared safe by the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

And International Air Transportation Association has stated that the airspace the aircraft was traversing was not subject to restrictions.

Malaysia Airlines has confirmed that the aircraft did not make a distress call.

The flight was carrying a total number of 295 people – comprising 280 passengers and 15 crew members.

Malaysia Airlines is in the process of notifying the next-of-kin of the passengers and crew. All possible care will be provided to the next-of-kin.

The Government of Malaysia is dispatching a special flight to Kiev, carrying a Special Malaysia Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team, as well as a medical team.

According to information provided by Kiev Air Traffic Control, the location of the plane’s emergency locator beacon is 48 degrees 7 minutes and 23 seconds North; and 38 degrees 31 minutes and 33 seconds East.

The Ukrainian authorities believe that the plane was shot down.

At this early stage, however, Malaysia is unable to verify the cause of this tragedy.

But we must – and we will – find out precisely what happened to this flight.

No stone can be left unturned.

If it transpires that the plane was indeed shot down, we insist that the perpetrators must swiftly be brought to justice.

Emergency operations centres have been established. In the last few hours, Malaysian officials have been in constant contact with their counterparts in Ukraine and elsewhere.

And I will be speaking to a number of world leaders over the coming hours.

I have had several conversations with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands.

I have also spoken to the President of Ukraine. He has pledged that there will be a full, thorough and independent investigation, and Malaysian officials will be invited to take part. 

The Ukrainian president also confirmed that his government will negotiate with rebels in the east of the country, in order to establish a humanitarian corridor to the crash site.

Just now, I received a call from President Obama.

He and I both agreed that the investigation must not be hindered in anyway.

An international team must have full access to the crash site.

And no one should interfere with the area, or move any debris, including the black box.

This is a tragic day, in what has already been a tragic year, for Malaysia.

As we work to understand what happened, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of those onboard the flight.

I cannot imagine what they must be going through at this painful time.

The flight’s passengers and crew came from many different countries.

But today, regardless of nationality, we are all united in grief.

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‘Every soul will taste death. And We test you with evil and good as trial; and to Us you will be returned’ - (Surah al-Anbiyaa 21:35)

My deepest condolences to the families & friends of MH17 crews & passengers & al-fatihah to the Muslim victims on-board. It's so sad reading some of the stories from their families & friends about them semangat nak balik raya. I think, one of the saddest stories is about 1 family yang excited balik Malaysia for good after 3 years living in Kazakhstan. You might want to view the wife/mother's Fb where she uploaded a picture of the family's luggage taken at the airport before they board the plane

Allahurabbi, I'm lost for words. It hurts me so much whenever I think about them :'( 

You may read more about the news & updates on MH 17 at these following websites;

Jul 17, 2014

Pray For Gaza

"Never underestimate the power of Dua with conviction. 
You may change what you may have thought impossible to change" 
 - Sheikh Abdul Jabbar

Assalamualaikum & salam Ramadhan day 19

I've been keeping a few drafts to publish but my heart told me to keep them on hold. I feel so guilty to share about my so-called happy life while knowing that thousands of miles away, our dear brother & sisters in Gaza are suffering 

Every minute, every hour & everyday, their lives are at stake

And I believe that I'm not the only person who cried while browsing through pictures of Gaza on Instagram & reading news shared on Fb. So many heart-breaking images & videos. Allahurabbi :'(

Anyway, here is a Fb status by Mohammed Zeyara, a medical student who was born in Canada but raised in Gaza. Please follow him on Fb or Twitter for more updates on Gaza

Other than making a lot of dua, donation is utterly appreciated & welcome. Tak banyak tak apa, asalkan ikhlas & who knows that this will be the deed that would bring us to Jannah? InsyaAllah

Taken from Aman Palestin's Fb

Jul 13, 2014


Assalamualaikum & happy Ramadhan day 15! Alhamdulillah

Honestly, I'm not a fan of Ramadhan buffet simply because I find it leceh to eat cepat-cepat sebab nak kejar solat Maghrib. Makan pun tak puas & kenyang walhal bayar mahal

Instead, I prefer to have my buka meals served on my table without having to queue scooping the food onto my plates. Boleh borak-borak with the family/friends while waiting for azan Maghrib sambil selfie. Anyone with me? Hehe!

Anyhow, had a chance to have iftorrrr with my friend, Diha last Friday. Dah nama tak suka buffet, so we opted for something simple, fast but worth the money & perut pun 'Like' yakni ......


Lols! So hip ayte? I know! Ada tak suara-suara sumbang yang kedengangarn berkata "Iftorrrr kat Kenny Rogers Roasters pun nak blog jugak ke?"

Eh, haruslah! Bukan everyday mek iftorrrr kat luar bersama kawan (-kawan) & bukan every year mek makan kat restaurant ni. The first & last time was in 2011 kot? Lols!

Had an iftorrrr with the Parents at this one restaurant in Wakaf Che Yeh yesterday but no picture to share sebab hp was out of battery. Heh! But I'm looking forward for another iftorrrr session with Ira & Aliaa this week. InsyaAllah

Rindu zaman uni dulu iftorrrr ramai-ramai dengan kawan-kawan. Tapi bab heret kaki to bazar Ramadhan kat Dataran Cendekia, UiTM S.Alam after classes tu yang paling tak like. Rasa macam ada ketulan-ketulan batu yang berat kat kaki. Dah la penat, ramai orang pulak tu. Lambat sikit, lauk-lauk ada ape jeeee. Memang feeling-feeling dendang perantau sangat masa tu T_T

Jul 11, 2014

"We were told we were fighting terrorist..." -Mike Prysner

"And I tried hard to be proud of my service but all I could feel was shame. The racism could not longer mask the reality of the occupation. These were people, these were human beings. 

I've since been claimed by guilt anytime I see an elderly man like the one who couldn't walk and we rolled out on a stretcher and told the Iraqi police to take him away. I feel guilt anytime I see a mother with her children like the one who cried hysterically and screamed that we were worst than Saddam as we forced her from her home. I feel guilt anytime I see a young girl, like the one I grabbed by the arm, and dragged into the street. 

We are told we are fighting terrorists; the real terrorist was me and the real terrorism is this occupation. Racism within the military has long been an important tool to justify the destruction and occupation of another country. It's long been used to justify the killing, subjugation and torture of another people. Racism is a vital weapon employed by this government. It's a more important weapon than a rifle, a tank, a bomber or a battleship. It's more destructive than an artillery shell or a bunker buster, or a Tomahawk missile. While those weapons are created and owned by this government, they are harmless without people willing to use them. 

Those who send us to war do not have to pull a trigger or lob a mortar round. They do not have to fight the war, they merely have to sell the war. They need a public who is willing to send their soldiers into harm's way. They need soldiers who are willing to kill and be killed without question. They can spend millions on a single bomb, but that bomb only becomes a weapon when the ranks in the military are willing to follow orders to use it. They can send every last soldier anywhere on Earth, but there'll only be a war, if soldiers are willing to fight. And the ruling class, the billionaires who profit from human suffering care only about expending their wealth, controlling the world economy. Understand that their power lies only in their ability to convince us that war, oppression and exploitation is in our interest. They understand that their wealth is dependent on their ability to convince the working class to die to control the market of another country. And, convincing us to kill and die is based on their ability to make us think that we are somehow superior. 

Soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen, have nothing to gain from this occupation. The vast majority of people living in the U.S. have nothing to gain from this occupation. In fact, not only do we have nothing to gain, but we suffer more because of it. We lose limbs, endure trauma and give our lives. Our families have to watch flag draped coffins roll into the earth. Millions in this country without health care, jobs or access to education, just watch as this government squander over 450 million dollars a day on this occupation. Poor and working people in this country are sent to kill poor and working people in other country to make the rich richer. 

Without racism soldiers would realize that they have more in common with the Iraqi people than they do with the billionaires who send us to war. I threw families onto the street in Iraq only to come home and find families thrown onto the street in this country and this tragic, tragic and unnecessary foreclosure crisis. 

We need to wake up and realize that our real enemies are not in some distant land and not people whose names we don't know and cultures we don't understand. The enemy is people we know very well and people we can identify. The enemy is a system that wages war when it's profitable. The enemy is the CEOs who lay us off our jobs when it's profitable, is the insurance companies who deny us health care when it's profitable, is the banks who take away our homes when it's profitable. 

Our enemy is not five thousands miles away, they are right here at home. If we organize and fight with our sisters and brothers we can stop this war, we can stop this government and we can create a better world. If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy... The loss of Liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger real or imagined from abroad..."

- Mike Prysner, a US army veteran & American political activist

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