Ramadhan 2021 – the plan

Alhamdulilah for being able to meet Ramadhan again next year. As usual, I am making plans to ensure that I have a productive Ramadhan for myself and my family. Some of my plans include;

  1. Making meal plans – most of the days, Sahur will be just me and my son whilst Iftar will be us 3, including my daughter. My husband is working in Johor at the moment. My MIL lives 5 mins away so we could easily have our Iftar with them too. As for meals, I have stocked up on my fresh produce in the freezer, my instant cooking paste and canned food. I am not thinking of cooking complicated dishes, just simple ones to whet the appetite and fill in the empty stomach. I still want my kids to know the feeling of those without food and prevent food wastage.
  2. Terawikh – this year it is at home again. I think it has always been at home for me ever since I gave birth to my first born. Perhaps I’d only get the chance to visit the musolla when the kids have grown up. Yet, I enjoy the terawikh at home because it is comfortable and I could perform the prayer in my own pace.
  3. Khatam Quran – the momentum tends to get disrupted once I get my period. I will try harder this year .. ha ha
  4. Read more – I am still on my ‘revelation’ book since many Ramadhan ago. It is a very thick book and is quite a challenge to read but I hope to make some progress until I am 40.
  5. Giving gifts – I used to send parcel kasih sayang to my friends. It seems that the practice has dwindled down due to time restrictions of going to the post office and sending them. Perhaps I can order through Shopee and send them to their home addresses instead. Come to think of it, that does seem to be a good idea.

Getting a Ramadhan ready house means not only getting the house cleaned up but setting it up so it would be ibadat friendly. Declutter the living room and activity room, kondo-ing old clothes, recycling boxes or plastic bottles, setting up a prayer area, getting out the nice cutleries for Ramadhan etc. I am so glad I bought the S6 Roborock. It helped me a lot with the maintenance cleaning. I still need to clean the windows myself. Maybe I’ll do the heavier part of cleaning during my period. LOls.

Apart from that, I am also organizing an Iftar buffet with my work colleagues. This year we are settling on Chatterz Cafe at Hatten Hotel. It costs about RM78 per adult pax and half for children aged 5 and above. We wanted to include friends in other department but no one responded. I am actually not a fan for all this gathering but I thought I’ll make an exception for this one.

A Chinese New Year weekend

2021 is host to a very quiet Chinese New Year celebration. I miss going to the mall where the loud loud songs of CNY blast through the speakers. What more the lion dances and bright red decorations at the foyer. The good thing is that majority of people are obeying the SOPs and the PKPs. Only a few noisy vessels here and there. Sometimes even I get confused as to what they are fighting for in the first place. They oppose everything.

I don’t celebrate CNY but a few of my neighbours does. In continuation of my Xmas lights effort end of last year, I decided to proceed with Minci’s Solar Project for this CNY. I ordered more solar items from China through Shopee and bought a variation of decoration lights. Solar lanterns, included. My vision was for a festive scene out of Mulan. My packages came from China in 2 – 3 boxes at different intervals as they were from different vendors. I think I spent nearly RM600 for all of them. It was one of those purchases where you buy bit by bit, not realizing the bills were stacking up. Thankfully, the quality were appropriate for its price. I mean you gotta give China credit for its technology man. People have got to stop looking at them as great copiers – their technology is getting more awesome.

It was easier said than done as my main challenge for putting up the lights were my height. It was a pain to put up the sticky hooks securely at its place. Then, having to stretch my arms and neck to see where best the lights would go. The ladder was damn heavy too. It took me two days to kind of figure out how to hang up my lawn decorations. Charging the lights were easy as there were plenty of sun. After all, we are coming into the dry season. I am a bit worried though as we are at around this time last year when we had to ration our water and rely on the tanks provided near the surau.

I finally completed my task a week before CNY. I am positive I heard a kid on his bike passing by my house yelled, “cantiknya rumah tu, ada lampu”. I hope those who are celebrating are just as excited as I am seeing the bright lanterns glowing at night. I have included this scene in my upcoming Youtube video. I am trying to produce at least 10 YT videos in a year using the content structure that I have come up with to get at least 10 minutes showtime. This is of course a work in progress. I don’t know how millennials make it look so easy capturing and uploading a vlog frequently. I feel like a dinosaur. A mini, not so extinct dinosaur. But hey, humans can learn new things right.

It looked prettier LIVE

I have already bought enough lights for the Ramadhan and Eid season – anticipating an also Covid19 version of festivities, for who knows, we would still be stuck like this in the future. In fact, I am also planning to extend this project into planning a Covid-19 friendly gathering with my friends and family if the SOP permits soon.

How did you spend your Chinese New Year weekend? Did something interesting?

Tesco Click & Collect

Another gem service from Tesco. The Click and Collect Programme. In comparison with the Order and Collect programme, my shopping cart is not limited to 25 items.

Last Saturday was my 2nd time using the service. It’s pretty easy.

  • I log on to Tesco Online and sign myself in. I could also use the Tesco app available on Google Store.
  • I scroll through the list and put items inside my shopping cart. Sometimes I just enter the item I want inside the search box and it will come up if it is available. This process usually takes days because it takes a while for me to decide on what I want to buy. Buying chicken and all is still a bit confusing cause I am just not sure sometimes of whether I buy using quantity or by weight.
  • Once I finish shopping, I check it out.
  • I am then left with 2 options which is to pay up front or pay later with card on collection. I usually choose the latter
  • The collection area is right at the main entrance. After giving the person in charge my Order ID, my trolley will be given to me.
  • I would pay for the items by card and just like that, my grocery trip is done. This process usually takes me less than 10 minutes.

What happens when the items I want are not available?

Then, Tesco will try their best to find a substitute item. I usually accept them as it is. I really hope that this programme will stay forever and ever cause Tesco, you have no idea how much time you have saved me in running this particular errand.

Celebrating Haneem’s birthday

This year I had a really strong urge to provide goodie bags for Haneem’s friends at daycare. Coincidentally another child is also having his birthday on the same day. So I chipped in for breakfast. I have never done this for Haneem before. Probably because I wasn’t up to it cause it does take some time. However with Covid19 being rampant, I figured its time to be more sociable with the teachers and all. Building relationships they say.

She is so big now, she can follow instructions

I assembled a simple goodie bag using stuff I bought from my local RM2.10 store. I did not want to overshadow the other parent. My initial plan was to put the items inside a clear ziplock bag which parents could re-use but I worry that it would be a controversial move. We don’t want to upset anybody. ha ha ha. In the end I settled for a polka dot bag. I prepared bags for 60 pax. As for the teachers, I used the pretty bags I have at home and gave them some mini perfume I had and a hand lotion.

Inside the bags for the kids were a small carton of chocolate milk, a pudding and a bubble toy. I bought a birthday cake from Italy Cake House and a banana cake I ordered from an online bakery on Instagram. I also typed out an appreciation letter to the teachers of the school. I feel that they need to know how valuable they are and that they are doing a good job. Indeed they are the best external moms a kid can have.

I spent about RM300 for everything including my share for the kids breakfast. Looking from the pictures, seems like Haneem really enjoyed herself. As for birthday presents, she received a cute owl pillow from her aunt, Aunty Ell. Then an Olaf toy from her dad. I decided to give her a cereal bowl with a duck face on it. Ee, her older brother has one too.

Happy bday love

This year the mandatory birthday buddies picture with Haneem’s uncle will have to be postponed to a different date. I hope she will be more cooperative with the picture this year.

Guess it’s time to think of Ee’s 9th birthday celebration next month.

A Kinokuniya book haul

It was an impulse purchase.

There was this unexplained urge to head on to the Kinokuniya website and go crazy on book shopping. Perhaps it was partially motivated by the fact that I lost my Popular membership card. And my Watson card. I ended up paying for the Kinokuniya Privilege Card as well at Rm38/annum. I honestly feel it is worth the money. I get another 10% discount on top of the online price.

This time I am less greedy. I was realistic and bought only 4 books. My choices are very business-like this time. I bought one fiction thriller to ease the intense reading materials. Ok, that is still intense. I actually wanted a chick flick but I’m not sure what is recommended nowadays. Maybe it’s because I’m old, my friends are old, most of us are married and stuff. Gosh, I miss the thrills and butterflies of love birds. I used to enjoy the shopaholic girl series. Recently, I loved the Crazy Rich Asian movie – so something along that line? Light, lovey-dovey themes.

It seems that now I like reading more than playing games. One of those recurrent phases in life, only hoping that it will last longer. This haul costs me a total of RM234.67 with free delivery to Melaka. My package was couriered by DHL Express and reached me in less than a week since all of my books are in stock. I hope to get more during the Christmas season.

So what have you been reading lately? Share with me.