Tuesday, September 7, 2010

From Ramadhan...to Aidifitri :)


God... Can't believe that I have not updated this blog of mine for more than a month!

Ramadhan has been pretty hectic for everyone, I guess, and no exception for me. Somehow, this year puasa seems to pass by so quickly. It has not been as bad as I had expected, being maidless and all. And I surprised myself this year with the fact that out of the 28 days of fasting, syukur alhamdulillah, I had managed to consistently wake up between 4:30am to 4:45am to prepare sahur for the family. Cuma once we nearly terlajak when I woke up at 5:25am, and we ended up having bread and jam for sahur!

Anyway, sahur has been okay since we very rarely have rice, and the whole family can survive the whole day fasting with just 2 pieces of bread/toasts with our own choice of fillings or soups/dips, and/or other non-rice stuff for sahur. So, my life has been pretty easy when it comes to preparing sahur thus far.

The kids and Ayah are also not fussy when it comes to Iftar either. I would cook when time permits. If not, we would either eat out, tapau or berbuka at my MIL's or my Mom's.

All five of us have lost some kilos over the last 3-4 weeks, but unfortunately, I have not succeeded in meeting my aim of losing 2kgs more over Ramadhan, but syukur alhamdulillah I have managed to lose 3kgs out of the aimed 4kgs which I started out in April.

I was just telling Hilman how much weight he had lost and I was praising him for being such a good boy over Ramadhan, and had encouraged him to maintain his weight or lose a bit more after raya. I was just telling him how much more handsome he looked now that he has lost some of his baby fat (Hehehe!) and that he should start controlling his food intake from now on.

And this was what he said, "Okay, I'll start a week after raya".

Me : Why a week after raya, Man?!

Hilman : Because I'll be busy the first one week.

Me : Busy?! Busy with what?

And Hilman dengan selambanya replied - "Makan..."

LOL!!! That's my boy :)

Anyway, I still have not collected our baju raya from the tailors yet, and hope to do it today. I just hope Khatijah, has finished siapkan baju for us girls. I actually sent to her to sew 3 pairs each of baju kurung for us, and she said she could only guarantee to siapkan a pair each, and if we're lucky we'll get two pairs. My worry now is if she has not even siapkan that one guaranteed pair! I have been calling her since yesterday, but she has not been answering, so today I'll just drop by her shop at pasar Taman Tun. Wish me luck!

As for Baju Melayu Ayah and Hilman, clever me has misplaced the Omar Ali's receipts! But, luckily, I remember Ayah's number for last year's baju which Abang Man the tailor has re-used for this year. The only thing is, I hope they have kept Hilman's bajus together with Ayah's because I for sure cannot remember his new receipt number. Sigh...Anyway, hope to drop by at Wisma Yakin later today to collect the baju melayu and get a new samping for Hilman. Our boy has outgrown all his old sampings!

Hilman has really shot up over Ramadhan, and I guess maybe it's because he has lost some weight, and somehow that has made him look taller :) But, having said that, we've also discovered that he's now wearing Size 7 shoes when we went to get his chapal raya the other day! That's like 2 sizes more than his previous Raya shoes! Hanna and Hasya have also lost a lot of weight and have grown rather lanky this Ramadhan, and somehow have become rather matured young ladies over the month :)

As always, there's a tinge of sadness to say farewell to Ramadhan especially when I feel that I could have done so much more in terms of amal ibadah. Insya Allah akan diberikan rezqi again to sambut bulan mulia ini di tahun hadapan, dan memperbaiki lagi diri ini, insya Allah. Amin...

Raya this year will be extra wonderful as Ayah has been extra generous this year as Ayah has presented me with early Raya and Anniversary gifts early last month in the form of a bracelet and a ring! Yeay!!! (Oh, that reminds me - I have to get him an Anniversary Card and gift for our 16th Anniversary this Thursday 090910!) And he had also asked the girls to choose a piece of jewelry each as raya gifts, and a raya watch for Hilman :) And oooh, I realized that the girls have outgrown their little girls' taste when I saw the designs that they have chosen for themselves! No more charms or cute dangly bracelets and pendants, and the likes. (Yikes!! They're growing up too fast!)

Apart from that, Raya this year will be the same as all our previous rayas. Raya eve will be spent at my parents' place when I would help out to kemas the house gotong royong with my sisters and help to cook the rendang and all and then I would go back to my MIL's and spend the night there. Pagi Raya will be spent at my MIL's and we will only go back to my parents' in the afternoon and stay on until very late. My Sis Lala also has a similar arrangement with her hubby, so, her family will also be there in the afternoon until late. And my second and third brothers (if they don't go back to the wives' kampungs) will be there at our parents' the first three days of Raya.

That's one of the things that I'm thankful for - the fact that my parents and my MIL stay about 20 minutes from each other's and our house, and we don't have to ikut giliran balik kampung. The downside is - my kids don't really have a kampung per se, and as such do not really get the real feeling of Raya like most of their friends get :( But. like they say - we win some, we lose some, eh?

My raya leave only starts on Thursday, and I will be away from work for the whole of next week. Nice :) But, as it is, I'm already in Raya mood, and can't seem to do much at the office this week. But, I'm trying my best to finish whatever I can so that I can really enjoy the long break with the family. We're not planning to go anywehere, but, lazying around the house for one whole week sounds perfect (and surely would contribute to the accelerated post-raya weight-gaining process. Sigh...But, what the heck... It's Raya :))

Ooops! Is that the time? Okay, gotta go and get ready for work now.

But, before that I would like to wish you all -

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri :)

And if in any ways at all I might have wronged or offeneded any of you with the things I have written in here, or in any other ways at all -

Jari Sepuluh disusun, Mohon Maaf Zahir Batin.

Enjoy the time spent with your loved ones, y'all!

Take care! :)


1na said...

Selamat Hari Raya Kak Shana

Maaf zahir dan batin =D

Anonymous said...

Salam Aidilfitri to you and family too Kak Shana ... Maaf Zahir Batin for anything said or done and halal kan makan minum we all ye ...

Missing you guys as usual and can't wait when we get to celebrate with you and family properly ...

Take care and be safe on the roads!

Hugs and kisses to Hanna,Hasya & Hilman and salam to Abang H :)


Anonymous said...

Salam Aidilfitri to you and family too Kak Shana ... Maaf Zahir Batin for anything said or done and halal kan makan minum we all ye ...

Missing you guys as usual and can't wait when we get to celebrate with you and family properly ...

Take care and be safe on the roads!

Hugs and kisses to Hanna,Hasya & Hilman and salam to Abang H :)


dillazag said...

Selamat Hari Raya, kekanda. I hope you'll have a great one with your beautiful family.
Hugs and muahss! :)

Madam Tai Tai Again said...

Salam raya Shana. You have been missing for a long while. Glad to read that your Ramadan went well.

Selamat Hari Raya dan Maaf Zahir Batin. Have a wonderful raya with your loved ones.

Naz in Norway said...

Selamat Hari Raya, Shana.
Maaf Zahir Batin :)

ibu,mommy,mom... said...

Hi...I miss reading your blog...Good to hear that everyone is doing alright and yes please update more often:)

fifi said...

Selamat Hari Raya, Maaz Zahir batin Kak Shana, Haizal, Hanna, Hasya, Hilman!
From all of us in Notts.
I am sure b'day dia dekat2 dgn the twins'? Their b'day hari ni, His ?esok ?next week)

wanshana said...

Salams 1na, Thank you, and so sorry for this late response! Have been pretty tied up over the Raya holidays.

Hope it's not too late to wish you and your family Selamat Hari Raya, and Maaf Zahir Batin :)

wanshana said...

Salams Murni,

Thank you for the Raya wishes :)

Ditto here - would like to wish you, Hilmi, Iman and Irfan a Happy Hari Raya, and Maaf Zahir Batin, and halalkan our makan minum. How was the celebration there? With you cooking, I'm sure your raya there was/is as meriah as it is here in Malaysia, if not more meriah! :)

Missing you guys, too. Murni Sheffield will be back for good in the very near future, I think, and we are now waiting for Murni Exeter to follow suit ;)

Take care! Muaaah, muaaahhss! ;)

((((RAYA HUGS)))

wanshana said...

Selamat Hari Raya, Adinda Dilla :)

Hope you had a blast over the Raya break, and is now fully charged to face the real world! Hehehe...

(((Hugs))) and Muaaah, muaaahs tp you, too!

(P/S - By the way, I met your BIL - Wa*i at one of our mutual friends' Open House last week. It totally slipped my mind that he's your BIL until after we left the place. If not, dah sampaikan salam kat you :) He lost so much weight! Buat I stress... Hehehe!

wanshana said...

Thanks, Gina. Salam Raya to you, too, dear. Yup, I was missing in action for quite some time and I think I'll be MIA again in the very near future!

Hope it's not too late to wish you a wonderful Raya with your loved ones. I gathered from your FB status that Chepul has gone back to Pakistan. But, I'm sure the limited time spent with him had been wonderful. Hang in there, dear.


wanshana said...

Naz dear,

Thank you! And Selamat Hari Raya to you, too, and Maaf Zahir Batin. Hope you had a wonderful Raya celebration in Norway with family and friends, and had managed to hone whatever skills needed to prepare all the juadah-juadah wajib hari raya :)

Take care, Naz!


wanshana said...

Hi, Ibu Mommy Mom...

I miss posting my cerita karut in my blog, too :( So many things to share sebenarnya, but, so little time to write... So, whenever I have the chance, insya Allah akan tulis sepanjang 20 kertas kajang depan belakang! Hahaha!

Salam Hari Raya to you, and Maaf Zahir Batin :)

wanshana said...

Hi, Fifi!

Selamat Hari Raya to you, A'bar, Adam and Farah, too! Maaf Zahir Batin. So sorry for this late response. Tak terkata dah how tight my schedule has been in the last month or so. Do wish the twins A Happy Belated Birthday, for me, ya?

Hilman's was on 10th September - first day of raya and there was not much of a celebration because everybody was busy with Raya and all. So, we had a small-ikut-syarat-birthday do for him over the weekend at my MIL's Open House - potong cake and giving out party packs. He was okay and happy about it, so, I'm happy :)

Take care, dear :)

jabishah said...

Hehehhe.. Kak shana, ingat am the only one liat with blogging ever since the birth of FB. You've gotten the bug too ;-) Good that we are FB friends...