Quran Notes Marking Gathering (QNMG) – Melaka Edition 2018

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Before I stumbled upon Ayesha’s IG account – I was already doing some sort of marking in my mini Quran. It was not that organized but it was meant for me to find back the good dua’s and also reminders from the Quran. Naturally, the spark died but I was still hopeful to reconnect with the Quran and I began searching for hashtags of #quranjournalling #quranstudy for inspiration. One day I decided to try my luck and see if there was something as simple as #qurantagging and Pom! another interesting hashtag appear. It was #ayeshashares and that was how I got to know about these gatherings. Where girls get together and learn how to build a relationship with the Quran.

I remembered telling myself if ever QNMG is held in Melaka, I will sign up without hesitancy, without doubt. And since I believe that Allah akan mempermudahkan urusan kita apabila niat dan hasilnya baik, Ayesha did came to town. I paid the fees of RM300 online, cleared my schedule for the day and informed my husband not to have any locum and what not. If he still wants to go locum – he’d better figure out where to put the kids. I forwarded the event flyers to my other friends who I think would like to go too and alhamdulilah.. Kak Hasma (a former colleague) joined in. Senanglah skit nak yakinkan husband that its not an MLM thing I’m going because the venue was in a building that has ‘enterprise’ to its name.

“Eyy.. Im going with Kak Hasma ok”. macam tuhlah dialognya.

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The gathering started at 9AM and lasted the whole day. I was pretty sure I saw someone who looked like Felixia Yeap in my class that day but I was wrong. I still think its her. HA ha. The tagging part was just a minor part of the event, which was OK. We get to continue doing the tagging back home which was so fun and meaningful. The tazkirahs were just as lovely. It was like a big study circle. There were so many points to learn and muhasabah balik. Eventhough Ayesha was only 28 years old, the things she has learnt about our Deen speaks volumes through the stories she narrated and the materials in the Quran Kit.

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She elaborated her favourite hadith, talked about solah, emphasized on akhlak and taught us about Surah AlBaqarah. She gave us tips on how to construct a doa. She joked about the bawangs. She shared with us her dreams and her inspirational figures. It has to be one of my best Saturdays ever. Not a minute of my time being there was a complete loss. I loved it most when she said TAK RUGI BUAT BAIK. And that we should not let Syaitan plant the idea in our head that doing good deeds will lead to us being manipulated and taken for granted. Just do good, be good. Allah will be by our side. I personally like to do good things (most of the time), you know, stuff by the book because I honestly hope that my deeds will help carry me to Jannah as I have no strength to huffaz the Quran. Nor to pray extra on top of the obligatory ones. I struggle to fast. I feel I don’t have much knowledge to share with anyone. So I do good deeds. Simple nice things. To ease another persons hardship. To make them happy. To make me happy.

Like giving a smile. Saying kind words. Lending a helping hand. Comforting a lonely heart. Touching ones hands & hearts. Handing a ringgit or two for those who need it. Derma online. Sponsor an orphan. Buying a meal or keropok to the hungry. Supporting small businesses. Benda kecik2 mcm tuh.

The last LIVE tazkirah/study circle I attended was probably more than a decade a go. Bila dah kerja, dah jadi mak2 ni – I have trust issues to find a good study circle. And even if I do find one, my concern would be of allocating time to attend them. Naturally bila dah lama tak dengar hal2 agama – jiwa ni haus, kering. I should have brought some tissues there. Tiap kali dengar benda yg pilu, leleh air mata. Habis mascara I. Ayesha is such a humble and wonderful storyteller and yes, since she aspires to become our local version of Yasmin Mogahed – InsyaAllah her dreams will come true.

Thank you sis. I will try my best to be istiqamah in reading my Quran and doing good deeds everyday. InsyaAllah.

 

 

 

* Back from the gathering, Mr Husband asked, ” So did they talk using Sis a lot?” I just laughed and had to agree. Everything is Sis nowadays.

 

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Matin the Manny

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Matin would be my youngest brother, 23 years old. Still single but not available. I had to import him from home as I needed help to manage my kids. He was God sent. Like Wow. He was able to not only do the basic stuff I ask of him but more – like taking out the trash and washing up our breakfast dishes. Sometimes it is those little things that make me happy. I wish he could stay longer.

But Life must go on.

With Mr Husband just 2 days back home, I’m already having a headache putting up with his antics. Some jokes are just not funny anymore. I am still sleep deprived and my body hurts like hell. I don’t like my new job. I love my new friends though.

My next leave will be in May and maybe, just maybe that time – I get to have a good body massage.

Hobominci : Ohayou Hobonichi Cousin 2018

I am still on the Hobonichi bandwagon. Last year I used the English A6 version of Hobonichi and penned my thoughts on it. For 2018 – after much contemplating, I decided to switch to the A5 Cousin Avec.

After binging on Youtube videos on how some people choose to setup their Cousin – this is my take on how I choose to personalise mine. 

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An overview of my local school holidays. Note that I havent slot in the special school hols related to the major festive seasons. That I need to ask my sister.

If I am to take blogging at least semi-seriously, I should at least plan some of my posts. Heres an index of what my blog post should be like

The page to put in birthdays, important appointments or events. The occasional Malaysian holidays as well of course. Not to forget the CME dates once I get back to work.

This would be the more precise outline of the day but not exclusively to my daily task. It could be my To Do List. Random words of wisdom in between the columns. Interesting facts here and there. Or just a sticker and a picture to brighten the page. At the sides would be a rough estimate of my expenses throughout the week. Perhaps my list of parcels Im waiting to be delivered. Meal planning at the bottom part, maybe? Nothing too personal on these pages for sure – as I might need to show them to certain people as the days go by. To prove Im busy sorta thing. HAHAHA.

And these pages are where my inner thoughts or creative juices would flow. A vision board in the early part of the month followed by highlights of the day sort of journalling. This, can be more personal. I can cut out pictures. Or use Instax ones for really special days.

And this – every year its the same goal. Losing weight. Maybe this year Id be more motivated as its more obvious on the graph. Huhu.

I know I will plan utilizing the features in the Cousin well. Im just hoping to be more consistent in my journalling. Heres to a Hobo 2018.  

Hobonichi : My thoughts on the first year (2017)

2017 I used an A6 with a blue cover.

I like that it was compact and easy to carry. I used it to plan and journal at the same time. I lost my mojo for quite a while when I suffered from morning sickness and up till now I still find it hard to get into the momentum. Im still planning with my Hobo but doing less of journalling.

Then as I did my flip through – I discovered that my A6 is a jumble of Planning and Journaling on the same one day page. It was a bit ugly, as some of these thoughts are quite private and yet I needed to show other people what I have planned for the week or so.

That’s when I thought that for 2018 – I’m going for the A5 Cousin Avec.

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Hopefully it’ll give me space to plan and at the same time privacy to voodoo people at the journaling page. Splitting the year into half would also help to motivate me to pick up the spirit if say I slacked off during the first part of the year.

The covers for the A5 are pretty limited though but I suppose I could always find a substitute on aliexpress.com. China has everything. hehe

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I have yet to figure out how I’m going to utilize this planner fully but I believe it’ll be in order once the new year comes.

#hobominci

 

 

FujiFilm Instax Share Sp2 photo printer – I choose you!

I am not a professional photographer nor a full time blogger. I don’t even know how to reformat my laptop and when it comes to knowing the tech words people who are into cool gadgets know – I’m afraid you need to explain to me again about RAM, WIRELESS, BLUETOOTH and stuff.

But I am passionate about memory keeping, journalling, kawaii stuff and so on.

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It took me a lot of Youtube videos, blog posts and techie articles to go through before finally deciding on getting my hands on the FUJILFILM INSTAX SHARE SP2. Prior to reading the reviews on the SP2 – I had an idea of what I wanted.

  1. Easily available and maintained. Meaning no weird batteries or films or repair centres.
  2. Small and handy. Easy to use.
  3. Print nice photos.

and later of course.. you learn new things along the way. I think a particular video got me sold on the SP2 – about a girl walking in a park, saw a nice flower, took a photo with her SMARTPHONE, got the SP2 out of her handbag, printed out the picture and put it in her scrapbook.

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I bought the Instax on SHOPEE for RM699.00 and the retailer threw in 20 pieces of instax film for free. Here is my take so far;

PROS;

  1. Instructions were quite self explanatory in the pamphlet and also the INSTAX app on GOogle PLay Store for a noob like myself. Especially when it comes to setting up the printer and its connections. It seems that I have to turn on my GPS as well to make it work. I’m using a Samsung J7 Prime by the way.
  2. Printing does take only 10 secs. And there’s an indicator on the app to tell us how much films are left in the printer. You shouldn’t open the hatch prematurely as it could ruin the leftover films.
  3. The polaroid films are easily available online. You just need to be wary of those trying to sell nearly expired ones. Check the dates.
  4. You can print photos not only on your device but also the ones on your social media accounts.
  5. The app has made photo printing more exciting as you can add your own text and filters to the photos.
  6. You can share the printer with your friends. As long as they download the app and bring their own films of course.  So it’ll be a great attraction to any planner meetups or social party.

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CONS;

  1. Its really expensive. To me. Both the printer and the film. You could get alternatives like Pringo I think, but there weren’t much reviews on that in the local scene #malaysia. I did consider getting the Instax Mini (camera) but since I’m very shy to take out that bulky camera and take a photo – I ditched the idea.
  2. The printer tends to time out really fast, so you might need to switch it on and reconnect it before printing another photo. Unless you’ve organized your photo already.
  3. The pictures are of the size of a mini credit card. So details in the picture can vary.

These are a few points I could think  of right now. I don’t think I would paste these pics in my HoboMinci. But I’ll definitely display them on the kitchen table or something using one of those stand alone albums. They’re very cute.