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Hi there! I’m Sharifah Nadia, i'm married to the sweetest husband and mommy to my only precious daughter,Rania and my adorable son , Razin .If you need to find out more, do check out my blog and I've finally made up my mind to blog in whichever language I'm most comfortable with at that point of time - English, Malay or Rojak. Please bear with me... Lots of Love, Nadia

Sunday, September 22, 2013

"What should a 4 year old know ?"

Assalammualaikum,

Ahmad J and I always discuss about what Rania should know and learn, since Rania didn’t start go to school yet, I felt worried more when Rania didn’t show her interest in books, alphabet, etc. We kept in our mind that is okay to be ‘Rania “now. And these articles make us widely smile .ALHAMDULILLAH J

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Written by a Pre-School Teacher – It says it all!

I was on a parenting bulletin board recently and read a post by a mother who was worried that her 4 1/2 year old did not know enough. “What should a 4 year old know?” she asked.
Most of the answers left me not only saddened but pretty soundly annoyed. One mom posted a laundry list of all of the things her son knew. Counting to 100, planets, how to ...write his first and last name, and on and on. Others chimed in with how much more their children already knew, some who were only three. A few posted URL’s to lists of what each age should know. The fewest yet said that each child develops at his own pace and not to worry.
It bothered me greatly to see these mothers responding to a worried mom by adding to her concern, with lists of all the things their children could do that hers couldn’t. We are such a competitive culture that even our pre-schoolers have become trophies and bragging rights. Childhood shouldn’t be a race.

So here, I offer my list of what a 4 year old should know.

She should know that she is loved wholly and unconditionally, all of the time.
He should know that he is safe and he should know how to keep himself safe in public, with others, and in varied situations. He should know that he can trust his instincts about people and that he never has to do something that doesn’t feel right, no matter who is asking. He should know his personal rights and that his family will back them up.

She should know how to laugh, act silly, be goofy and use her imagination. She should know that it is always okay to paint the sky orange and give cats 6 legs.

He should know his own interests and be encouraged to follow them. If he could care less about learning his numbers, his parents should realize he’ll learn them accidentally soon enough and let him immerse himself instead in rocket ships, drawing, dinosaurs or playing in the mud.
She should know that the world is magical and that so is she. She should know that she’s wonderful, brilliant, creative, compassionate and marvelous. She should know that it’s just as worthy to spend the day outside making daisy chains, mud pies and fairy houses as it is to practice phonics. Scratch that– way more worthy.

But more important, here’s what parents need to know.

That every child learns to walk, talk, read and do algebra at his own pace and that it will have no bearing on how well he walks, talks, reads or does algebra.

That the single biggest predictor of high academic achievement and high ACT scores is reading to children. Not flash cards, not workbooks, not fancy preschools, not blinking toys or computers, but mom or dad taking the time every day or night (or both!) to sit and read them wonderful books.
That being the smartest or most accomplished kid in class has never had any bearing on being the happiest. We are so caught up in trying to give our children “advantages” that we’re giving them lives as multi-tasked and stressful as ours. One of the biggest advantages we can give our children is a simple, carefree childhood.
That our children deserve to be surrounded by books, nature, art supplies and the freedom to explore them. Most of us could get rid of 90% of our children’s toys and they wouldn’t be missed, but some things are important– building toys like lego and blocks, creative toys like all types of art materials (good stuff), musical instruments (real ones and multicultural ones), dress up clothes and books, books, books. (Incidentally, much of this can be picked up quite cheaply at thrift shops.) They need to have the freedom to explore with these things too– to play with scoops of dried beans in the high chair (supervised, of course), to knead bread and make messes, to use paint and play dough and glitter at the kitchen table while we make supper even though it gets everywhere, to have a spot in the yard where it’s absolutely fine to dig up all the grass and make a mud pit.

That our children need more of us. We have become so good at saying that we need to take care of ourselves that some of us have used it as an excuse to have the rest of the world take care of our kids. Yes, we all need undisturbed baths, time with friends, sanity breaks and an occasional life outside of parenthood. But we live in a time when parenting magazines recommend trying to commit to 10 minutes a day with each child and scheduling one Saturday a month as family day. That’s not okay! Our children don’t need Nintendos, computers, after school activities, ballet lessons, play groups and soccer practice nearly as much as they need US. They need fathers who sit and listen to their days, mothers who join in and make crafts with them, parents who take the time to read those stories and act like idiots with them. They need us to take walks with them and not mind the .1 MPH pace of a toddler on a spring night. They deserve to help us make supper even though it takes twice as long and makes it twice as much work. They deserve to know that they’re a priority for us and that we truly love to be with them.





Thursday, September 5, 2013

Rania : 4 years old

Assalammualaikum,
*Back dated story *
My july baby :31 st july 2009 
Rania‘s 4th Birthday .AS promised no birthday party for this lil’ Princess, only a small makan-makan thang’ at home and restaurant. I even bought mini cupcakes for princess and small candle for her.
The cutest things is when Rania start to asked
MOM, where is every one? Which table to put my cake?
Ala sayang mommy, I’m sorry sayang, bulan Ramadhan lagi, baba is working. Pity rania mommy
I’m glad Rania happy with her present. After this Rania will not ‘conteng-conteng “ her grandparents wardrobe and her aunty ‘s wall.
Sayang mommy,
It’s hard to describe, we’re so happy when we first met you.You’re so healthy mashallah strong and the sweetest ,most precious ,most beautiful soul I have ever laid eyes on( all the nurses agreed )
Alhamdulillah , sayang nyawa mommy jantung hati daddy , my bestfriend, my best mate , best buddy ,
Happy Birthday sweety ,Happy 4th Birthday .
Mommy and baba love you ooocoooo00oo Much ..
Thank you ALLAH for this feeling.
HAPPY

Friday, August 23, 2013

PLUSmiles:Touch N Go

Assalammualaikum,


Happy Friday everyone, it’s a  perfect day , with ONLY 2 hours sleep , few patients in Emergency and now ermmmm almost 5pm.I’m still wide awake even not enough sleep . Seriously kalau hari biasa memang dah pengsan time ni,tapi kali memang pelik.SO sebelum I mula pergi ke kitchen’s bonda baik mengadap laptop and update blog.ahhahha dah macam routine harian pulak .

Just nak share pengalaman i bersama PLUS and Touch N Go. I’m sure kebanyakan orang ramai mengunakan Touch N Go especially kepada kita yang kerap  mengunakan laluan highway dan TOL , dengan adanya Touch’N’Go perjalanan kita ke destinasi yang di tuju pun singkat and tidak membuang masa,tambahan kalau ada smart –tag lagi laju semua kereta kan ?kan?

So far sejak I drive ke tempat kerja (since april until now ) , Ahmad J bought me a new Touch ‘N “ GO : Plusmiles card which is to me that time just a NORMAL Touch N GO card la kan sehingga la ke hari ini. Ahmad J pernah beritahu I untuk ke PLUS Highway Office to redeem ?rebate katanya ada rebate RM 35?

 . Knowing me yang jujur malas nak ke sana ke mari buat suami bimbang , I just pergi-balik-pergi balik kerja. So Hari ini after morning shift, i pun pergi ke PLUS office. I gave my Touch N Go card and for only few seconds, guess what? They told me I have RM 138 rebate .WOW….called me over, that’s good news kan? U top up, guna and certain time u get rebate.

You all dah tahu ke ?i ni out of date ke? Hehehheheh sorry la kan,maklum la baru ada Touch N GO sendiri, Biasa nya Ahmad J yang pegang, yang I punya card ni pun Ahmad J yang tolong register kan, kalau harapkan I memang tak la kan.

So pada yang tidak tahu, Kalau anda mengunakan card TOUCH N GO : PLusmiles , boleh la mendaftar nama di laman web www.plusmiles.com.my .






With this , more savings and great rewards too,Memang berbaloi kan. ......
Thank YOu Ahmad J. 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Nutella Brownies

Assalammualaikum,


Hye bloggers,

Yesterday morning ,Rania w0ke me up and shout out loud,” it’s baking time mom”…so here we go , lie down lazy on the bed ,scroll notifications and news feed in facebook, I saw my school mate facebook wall , she shared Nutella Brownies recipes  with 3 ingredients .what ? Yes unbelievable? We ONLY need 3 things.

FLOUR /EGG /and of course NUTELLA .

We need:

I cup Nutella (280 g)
2 Eggs
10 tbsp flour (62 g)




Directions:

Put in a bowl. Mash it up. Pour into a pan or muffin tin. Top with hazelnuts if you’re feeling extra fancy (I use chopped crunchy walnut). Bake at 350F (180 C) for around 30 minutes (less time for cupcake form, more time if the centres aren’t baked through)



And taraaa rania first bake moment, she did from scratch.






Well done Rania.

 Proud mom.
.


Monday, August 19, 2013

OUr *small* family

Assalammualaikum ,

Hello darlings, getting ready for 1st night shift, before that jom layan blog sekejap.
Ahmad J ni susah sikit nak bergambar –gambar ni ,but kalau sebagai jurugambar yes ,memang boleh harapkan la,either right angle or your face nampak besar, your kaki nampak kecik doesn’t matter janji sayang kun i suka ambil picture wife and anak dara dia.SO few years back, during my wedding ,ahmad J siap pesan to our photographer ,Ahmad j only nak bergambar candid moment,maksud nya no such things like peluk husband dari belakang picture, no picture macam org tengah silat ke pa ke, heheheh semua na nak candid and look natural picture.and guess what ? we only took indoor pictures.outdoor pun picture I je banyak and tu pun depan rumah mother I je,hahhahaa

Sampai la ke hari raya ke 4-which is on Sunday .Ahmad J ‘s friend offered to snap our family picture for raya .owh gosh …siapa paling excited?of course la rania…:P After 5 years baru ada family portrait ,Fahmi took our pictures at his  mini studio at his house, KFC for lunch and all set up, yay…bergambor kite.

Fahmi gunakan penataan cahaya gelap , hitam . I always dream nak photoshoot berlatarbelakangkan color putih tapi when I see the results, wowo black memang menawan, snap pictures lebih kurang sejam then he edit the picture less than 1 hour …I’m impress ..





Oppsie…get ready to work and solat maghrib .tata darlings.



My *EID* story:2013 --> Part 3

Assalammualaikum,

JOm sambung cerita di pagi syawal yang ke-3 , bersiap bertema pink,no more baju melayu untuk Ahmad J .I chose to wear Orkedby Jovian Mandagie supaya senang sikit nak bergerak beraya ke rumah family and relatives with his beautiful flow dress. So comfort tau ,



and miss rania wore peplum kurung ,gift from her paternal aunt.:)

 Kali ini seharian bersama keluarga Ahmad J sebelah father in law I , had our breakfast with mama in law ‘s special dishes rendang daging with nasi himpit and lemang.

Simple lunch with Ahmad J ‘s primary school mate at Wadi Hadramawt Restaurant.
Then direct to Ahmad J’s paternal grandmother, Tok Mak.Tok Mak from penang, cakap penang memang kaw kaw la, sampai AHMAd J sendiri tak faham .hikhiikhik….




Then had our raya open -house tea time and dinner at Ahmad J’s cousin house.Blessed ,Alhamdulillah.
Fun raya holiday with LOVE ….


My *EID * Story : 2013 --> Part 2

Assalammualaikum, 

 Plan di Hari raya kedua , 2nd Syawal berjalan dengan lancar , alhamdullillah selamat sampai di KL around 2-3 pm ,direct to Ahmad J ‘’s maternal side di PJ> Every year routine ,all relatives akan berkumpul di rumah tokmi pada raya kedua, rania and I took this chance to mingle around with all families sebab jarang jarang dapat jumpa dengan Orang kL and johor.maklum la tinggal di kedah kan… 

Alhamdulillah I’m so happy and proud with rania , she is so *adult* and behave like big sister .Tak cranky langsung and layan all her aunties uncle and tok-tok ssss very well and polite,Good job sweety . 

Menu juadah beraya ahmad j’s side is more to Johor food, Laksa johor,lontong , and harissa ( I will explained later in my next entry ,inshallah )

 I;m happy to see you both kesayangan mommy happy ,:)

ahmad j , and i chose to wear PURPLE -family, i'm in lilac ,custom made exclusive made for me by Jezmine the oldblossom Box store and rania wore pink+purple flower baju kurung , gift from her BIBI izan :)





 syok sendiri jap...
  Will continue our EID story tomorrow inshallah , jom rest kan mata

My *EID * story : 2013

Assalammualaikum ,

I hope I’m not too late to wish Selamat Hari Raya Maaf Zahir Batin kepada semua warga bloggers sekalian.Pejam celik pejam celik sekejap saja Ramadhan meninggalkan kita dan Syawal menjelma tiba dan Alhamdulillah sudah hamper 1/3 bulan , ya ALLAH cepat nya masa berlalu.Raya kali ini ber*beda* sekali buat tuan punya blog ini….Rezeki ALLAH swt I dapat cuti raya Aidilfitri even baru berusia *5 bulan * di tempat kerja baru ,  kita hanya merancang tapi ALLAH yang menentukan , beria –ria I mintak kerja di pagi raya .ALLAH swt maha mengetahui.Oleh kerana I ‘m working di malam raya ( malam ketiga di hospital ) ,Ahmad J and I decided to beraya di kampong halaman di Kedah terlebih dahulu sebelum berangkat pulang ke*kampong * husband .

Think about raya di Yan , Kedah , i realized this is my second time beraya together as husband and wife di YAN, first time is masa baru je lepas pantang , that’s was in 2009 and then we alternate raya KL and Kedah .,and last year 2012 I;m in Jeddah  and this year memang raya besar la especially rania now dah besar and excited  looking forward for new clothes , new baju kurung and firecrackers. :P

1st syawal , straight from working place after solat sunat raya , ahmad j and I drove to my maternal side at Yan ,Kedah .It’s just 50 minutes from KULIM, Rania la yang paking excited dengan new baju kurung from her Bibi Izan .Thank you Bibi izan .As usual routine harian, selepas bermaafan dengan ahmad J, parents and my siblings ( drama that always my ahmad J tunggu –tunggu kan every year  – nangis nangis minta ampun ) and my grandmother ,mak tok sayang , exchange duet raya heheh rania paling weird ,
Rania : mom, I got a letter ,I love this envelope
After few seconds, owh no letter mom, it’s only money. i don’t like it.
And pheeewww… she threw away all her *angpow* .

 :) tiada yang indah selain mendengar suara tawa anakanda gembira, excited kan dia with her cousin:) 



Kali ini I beri peluang ahmad J pilih theme color , mahu atau tidak I had to agree with his choice which is BROWN: both our kain I bought one month before ramadhan rasanya  kat Gulatis Sg Petani , tidak la sanggup nak cari jauh-jauh.Oleh kerana raya pertama akan sibuk sibuk melayan tetamu and akan menjadi *slave* d dapur hahhaha I chose cotton silk material for 1st raya, my favourite signature baju kurung modern , with extra button dekat sleeves and at the back ,wow for the reasonable upah  , I definitely will hantar lagi more baju  to your kedai aunty ( kat kulim je pun )


This year mom and mak tok tak buat special dish Soto , we ate ketupat daun palas –pulut hitam , pulut with jagung and kacang with rendang ayam, seriously I tell u marvellous memang kalau makan nak lagi tak boleh henti hehe..my old time favourite is nasi himpit with kuah kacang.yummmyyy..For lunch we served makanan raya acheh, (my mom’s side melayu acheh ) .


Raya kali ni berbeza sebab malam syawal pertama , we all buat kenduri kesyukuran tahlil dan solat berjemaah dan di akhiri dengan BBQ beramai –ramai sambil main mercun .yuhhhuuu..








Oleh kerana rumah maktok penuh ( mak ada 9 siblings –mana nak sumbat tidur kan ) so ahmad j and I decided to balik kulim ,lagipun esoknya raya kedua nak travel balik *kampong* sang suami pula di PJ..:)


Till then , will continue next raya story in PJ .

salam sayang dari kami..


Friday, July 19, 2013

Novelty Raya 2013 by Jezmine Oldblossom.

Assalammualaikum,

Salam Jumaat : Ramadhan 10 , what’s your menu for iftar today ? Tonight inshallah will be last night duty at work and guess what? Ahmad J is coming home this weekend .yay… Alhamdulillah semalam I received one parcel all the way from Shah Alam from my favourite tailor @ fashion designer ,Jezmine Oldblossom from The Old Blossom Box Store.
This year jezmine sediakan few design for novelty Raya 2013 with pastel color and bright color theme. 

Selepas beberapa lama menatapi monitor laptop hehehe akhirnya I chooseTulip Blooms modern Kurung in Lilac color with pink popped-flower and beads.:) after pre –order with my own body measurement in May , now the lovely dress depan mata i.mula la nak berangan . Seriously it fit me well ,is perfect , love the novelty moonshawl as well , yay , no more headache to find matching shawl.




Thank you jezmine, is nice and easy to deal with you.Thank you to make my dream to wear your design come true.

Till then ,

Selamat Berpuasa and ber-iftar.


Owh ,I almost forgot .To  anonymous,selamat berpuasa.BUlan Ramadhan bulan baik.Tak payah la nak rajin sangat sakitkan hati orang.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Ramadhan AL-Mubarak 1434H

Assalammualaikum,


Alhamdulillah, its Ramadan. What a blessed, Thank you ALLAH SWT for this opportunity to celebrate Ramadan again and this time is different as I’m celebrating it with my family. I still remember when I’m young I only looking forward to celebrate EID, more focus on the *angpow* and new clothes and Food too. BUT as we grow older, we learned and upgrade ourselves to be a better muslimah Alhamdulillah these days I’m enjoy having Ramadan, and frankly speaking I felt lucky to be in Jeddah and Makkah last Ramadan. Hard to express by words, the feelings that I couldn’t forget, Waallahi, only ALLAH knows .I will do anything to go there again, to celebrate my Ramadan.

I still remember, my first Ramadan without preparation for Sahoor in Hospital. Seriously the hospital at 3-4 am is like day time, everybody is passing the food, food is everywhere,masyallah rizqi. Right after iftar, after perform solat terawih, the shops will open until 3-4 am or sahoor, rushing doing tawaf  umrah just to finish 7 rounds , to make sure we able to drink zam zam water right before adzan Subuh,but ermm we missed it, and thanks to ALLAH for that as tears drops while doing sa’ie imagining how those HERO and our Prophets in battlefield in Ramadan without air-conditioner ,without nice tiles, etc . At that time I think I really wish to be with family but at this moment, I appreciate Ramadan more and how lucky I’m to experienced fasting and perform terawih /qiamullai over there. Mashallah.

BUT,

ALhamdulillah, this year, I’m still healthy and fit with ALLAH’s will to celebrate Ramadan with family, with simple food for iftar,perform terawih with little Rania( even she read AL-Fatihah louder than Imam) and be here at my Home town.Alhamdulillah.


Ramadan Al-MUbarak

Have a happy and blessed Ramadan.Amin.


Inshallah.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Nasi Kandar Line Clear



Assalammualaikum,

As requested by mr Ahmad J, will do marathon update tonight.
After 20++ years lived in north region, this is my first time having nasi kandar Line clear in Penang. Can’t blame my parents tho, my siblings and I not a Nasi Kandar fan until I got married to Selangor+johorean ,MR Ahmad J loves Nasi kandar  and till then I think i’m appreciated the food more. Last weekend, we, the Alsagoff’s had our lunch at the famous Line Clear.

We chose to sit and *hidang lauk* rather than *nasi taruk atas (individual) because more cheaper, easy and more faster. We ordered fried chicken, beef curry,their big* sotong curry * Yummy..and their famous fish head curry ,Masyallah I tell u serious the fish head is darn big …..hikhihkhik…and it’s only cost us RM60++,

With the variety choice of food, I strictly recommend you all guys to try their original nasi kandar, *memang line clear * la, with the fast service, cheap and delicious and easy to find parking as well.

The address: Next to 117, Penang Road,10000 Penang .
                 Or you can call them for the location at : 03-261 4440.
Yummy…
Sayang, jom Line clear this weekend. Craving for it walla…



My Orked by Jovian Mandagie



Assalammualaikum, 


Hello darlings..hahahhaha

I know it’s been a long time I didn’t have time to look up and there’re lots of dusts over here. Little bit chaos here and there, non-stop multitasking and don’t worried all is in good care. Tonight just want to share story of my “baju Raya “for this year.  * oakay melampau tau belum puasa dah siap baju raya * 


So this is the story , since last year I celebrate my Ramadhan and EID in Saudi , so I only have one and ONLY baju raya , which is made from Jeddah .hikhik, so I decided to claimed from Ahmad J this year our matching outfit for first raya is ready last week , and I’ve been also order 2,3 pasang baju raya from online shop and one of the baju I sent to new tailor recommend by my friend. 


Since last year ,I dok berangan la nak merasa baju baju raya designer mampu milik from Rizalman ( at Tesco) and Jovian Mandagie ( at First Lady ) , tapi masa tu di saudi dapat berangan dan tenung je la dalam intenet. JUalan online fuuuhhh habis cepat macam lelongan je, stress mak tau :P so this year saat saat  yang di tunggu . Sebelum ada yang mula *judge* kan kite , baik siap-siap cakap, I bukan ape, baik prepare kan baju for raya so ramadhan nanti dapat la tumpukan perhatian beribadat and tak la sibuk nak keluar la pe la.(betul kan ?) 


For baju raya pun I ada budget I tersendiri, baju more than RM 500 tu masih belum tahap I la, baju tailor-made pun dah menjangkau harga  kawalan family I yang kecik ni ,so AHMAD J sediakan budget for baju raya lain lain( apa ku merepek ni ) So nasib baik la JOVian Mandagie tahun ni tak melupakan golongan I ni, so nyah la melopor depan laptop mengadap website tesco memilih baju ,Saat –saat yang ditunggu telah tiba after 2 times date changed for pick-up date baju.(lupa , after pre-order kite kena pilih pick up selected tesco untuk mengambil order kite ) on 1st july, I pun nyah pergi ke tesco pilihan hati, alangkah terkejut nya lepas approach the counter, the promoter ( dengan muka blurred ye ) cakap 


Promoter tesco:eh kami tak sure la cik, kena check ,mungkin lama.tunggu sekejap ye 

* ermmmmm okay tunggu je la .*


After 45 min tunggu , datang dengan muka yang selamba,


Promoter tesco: sorry miss baju miss takde  size yang miss nak tk de ,ada size besar je .and color miss nak pun takde .Miss balik dulu nanti kiteorang call kalau dah ada.

Miss nadia ( miss la sgt ) : hurmmmmmmmmmmmmmm(  with serious face tapi ada senyum sinis ) tapi kn I dah preorder? Okay , mana baju display you all?



*I showed my sms from tesco to pick up my baju on 1st july-7th july *

Promoter tesco : kite takboleh buat pape , diaorang yang tak hantar .Baju baju JM  tu kiteorg buat petang nanti.kiteorg tak sempat nak display.


Miss Nadia : okay seriously, I don’t care I don’t want to know how you do, I only will go back with my JM baju.definitely will not come again to collect later ke pa ke.


*and so the promoter go and come back again after 30 minutes *


Promoter tesco: please miss follow me.


There we go this is what we call negotiating. Alhamdulillah I went home with my JM’s collection, Orked collection even my pre-order is not here. Well felt lucky my Orked Collection is not here tho, cause size I chose is not fit me at all, *perasankokurusnadia* , I took other design and color, cost me more but better to be safe side,we never know what is your size in future.hahaahhahahhahha *gilegelak kejam


SO this is my first and last purchasing baju raya via online I guess * fingercross* next year , pergi boutique terus je la hahahahhah * banyakduetko*
Mari boria raya ini with orked by JOvian Mandagie.

Can’t wait for my next baju raya from OLD Blossom Box store, jezmine ,cepat la dear tak sabar ni.Don;t worry this time even I beli online, I’ve sent my body measurement. Yay…

Selamat berpuasa, Ramadhan Kareem.








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