My mothers genes have Generosity encoded in them and because of that Tabung Minci was created

I made a day trip to my moms home last weekend. It was a 2 hour drive from my place and I was anxious with the thought of bringing my kids along. I prayed that they will behave and that Ninie especially would not poop in the car. Alhamdulilah, the journey went fine.The pu rpose of the trip was to send my mom n my sister’s stuff.

In return, amusingly, I got stuff too. Which was way more than what I have brought with me initally. I ended up huggling back to Melaka a set of Tefal cookware, baking items, clothes, a book and food. The ever most important deer meat ! My mom will not let the matter rest until I taste the venison.

Mum also updated me about her social activities – her marhaban group. She said their annual dinner is coming soon and that they will be an election for the committee.

You know being a leader, you still need someone with money. At least, that is how it is in my group, it keeps the group going. Self funding helps to oil those little bits in the operation for it to run smoothly, she says

She narrated how sometimes she would have to pay things forward first, lend money to those in need and paid back without interest, get gifts to boost motivation but still she felt great to be able to do that. To her, these deeds are a form of sedekah. To her, Allah has placed her in a position where she is able to lend a helping hand in ways that she is capable of. And if her role comes in the form of giving financial aid, then why not? 

I have always known her to be really wise with money. Thrifty but generous at the same time. I learnt from her that as moms – we should think about our children’s finances. She would keep part of her money in our savings account and this went on until I finally got into college. Because of that, I am doing the same for my Syazmins. I would keep aside as many RM20 notes as I can to be kept in their accounts.

As of my mom being generous, paying for a friends meal, hosting a party or getting gift for people that she loves dearly just comes by naturally. She would buy things from friends if she knows that her friends could make a living out of it. She is that supportive. And that gesture is slowly becoming second nature to myself as well. I mean, I try. And it does make you feel good about yourself when you do things For Yourself and not expecting people to return the favor. Making someone else happy makes you happy. Most of the time. And every good things does not have to come in the form of giving money. 

Despite that I still make my own charity fund which I call Tabung Minci. Inspired by my moms generosity for sure. This is where my monthly elaun keraian goes too. From here, I make scheduled monthly donations to Al-Yateem Islamic Relief Programme and Mercy Malaysia. The remaining funds I would use for the occasional public donation drives, to sponsor activities related to clinic or personal causes, individual sedekahs etc.  

I took time off recently to sort out my burned out life. I also decided it is a good time to keep my Tabung Minci engines running. I am preparing care packages for kids & babies that come to my Klinik Desa. I sent out Parcel Kasih Sayang (kinda like a Raya goodie box) to my Wanita Besi Eropah  (WBE) girls too few days ago. On top of that, I made Eid cookies for my friends at work. I made the usual Cornflakes with Dates & another variation is Rose Honey Cornflakes. I bought the Rose Honey from Ninso. 





It’s just a simple gesture to acknowledge how much I care about them too. These, I feel is my form of good deed and sedekah too. I just hope Allah accepts all of them and grant me Pahala and Jannah.  This small act would not have been possible without the support of my husband and blessings from my mom. I fund her activities monthly (read: elaun belanja .. ha ha ha). I hope to also reap the benefits from her good deeds too. InsyaAllah.

Feel free to read about my Tabung Minci ventures by searching hashtags : TabungMinci & Sedekah/ Sedeqah. I even dedicated a page for Tabung Minci for my own record. 2019 has yet to be updated but we are threading the year slowly. 


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raya prep – cornflakes madu cococrunch

This innovative recipe was unintentional. I accidentally opened a different cereal pack and ended up with cococrunch instead of cornflakes. So kita jangan membazir..




My little man helps me arrange the cookies in the baking tray. While picking those bits that fall out from the cup and help reduce wastage by eating it.. 😬😬


And of course there is always a jar for my beloved MIL.. 😙
2 cookies down… few more up my sleeve..

Raya Prep – Popia Nestum

I have 3 major things to do before Eid;

  1. to complete my pending medical reports – urghhh.. I hate them. So many paperwork
  2. finalize certain details regarding my mini Tabung Minci project for Ramadhan
  3. literally prepare for Eid

with regards to the latter, I have summoned my domestic genki in listing down my juadah raya and building up actual motivation to accomplish them.


Props biar gempak.. semangat mesti ada.. 

My cookies/cakes would include;

Cornflakes madu (every year mesti ada)

Popia Horlick Nestum (this is new)

Kerepek aneka rasa plus rempeyek of course

Apam mekar – like yeh.. rumah aku pun.. I will serve whatever I want

Kuih lapis – yet to decide which one. Mestilah home made!!

Special drinks

Soursop soda .. or bandung soda.. and like any Sarawakian although staying in Semenanjung… is ayek gas

To start the ball rolling -I made POPIA NESTUM today. Despite its simple recipe, it still took me nearly 2 hours to make it. I loved the result. My son enjoyed the crispiness of it as well and like any wonderful daughter in law – I’ve made a jar for my MIL. So baik and solehah right.. muekekeke.


Manual labour involved a lot of rolling and cutting. And for a pack of 40sheets popia, I managed to fill in a tub of popcorn tub. OKlah hoh..  The powder mixture for sprinkling was easy. You combine nestum, horlicks and castor sugar together. After frying the cut rolls, you just need to cool it down before coating it with the mixture.



Selamat mencuba!!