the third wheeler

June 27, 2017 • [views] • one comment •  shares

This long Raya break is way too long. We were given leave earlier than normal because Raya orders are wrapped up when couriers stop delivering for Raya (just the physical stores running as usual), and because work resumes back on Thursday, of course many people took Thursday and Friday off to make it a whole long break to go on holiday with their loved ones.

The roads are empty, the malls are quiet(ish), there are no good movies in the cinema, my phone and inbox isn’t active with new beeps, KL-lites are sleeping… am really missing the buzz of work!! But at the same time, I’m really really really appreciating bonding time with Daniel and Mariam.


one… two… three…

June 25, 2017 • [views] • 6 comments •  shares

Ok so I’m feeling super cool and powerful now because I’ve found a new way to get the kids to listen to me. Seriously, now that they’re getting cheekier and they can talk and run as fast as they can, it’s exhausting trying to keep up! They also talk back, these monkeys! Today I scolded Daniel for swimming without asking me first, and I said “Daniel, next time you have to ask me first!” He got mad back and said “No, next time you have to ask me, Mommy!” and walked away probably feeling proud, but he doesn’t know what he said made no sense. Rolls eyes.


ok so what now?

June 19, 2017 • [views] • 54 comments •  shares

Boy meets girl. Girl meets boy. They fall in love. Boy is Muslim. Girl is Christian. Boy proposes. Girl says yes. So what now? Where do they go from here?

I wish to protect their identity, but one of the beloved people in my life proposed to his Christian girlfriend recently. Tonight we all hung out and we asked them questions, all of us obviously happy for their engagement but also concerned. Were they serious? What’s the next step? Will she practise Islam? How will he guide her?  Do they realise what a big step this is? It’s a hugeeeeee life decision.


finding the beauty again

June 17, 2017 • [views] • 25 comments •  shares

This Ramadhan, I wanted so badly to come to the Holy Land and now I’m finding myself here. I had a wonderful time, one that is quite different from my other experience here. I guess when you want to come here out of your own will, you’ve finally understood not to waste precious time here. When I was younger, my parents would bring me here and I’d grumble to go to the mosque, I’d yawn during prayers and I’m secretly thinking about the Taza chicken outside the mosque and counting the minutes to when I could dash out and get some. I laugh thinking about these times. I guess if your kids are the same, don’t worry, don’t force them, just be kind and understanding. It’s just a phase and soon they’ll come to find sincerity on their own.


those black things

June 4, 2017 • [views] • 36 comments •  shares

Usually I prefer to answer interview questions via email. It takes less time, I’m more efficient and I can have some time to think about my answers. But sometimes, the interviewer insists on meeting because they want to see my reactions and have a more wholesome picture. Iman filters the emails we get and some of them she declines, but there was this one that was so interesting.

This lady is writing a book on women in Malaysia and wanted to include me in it. Me in a book? OMG Mommy would buy 50 copies. Iman scheduled the meeting for half an hour (I’m usually very fast in interviews!) but this one lasted almost 2 hours! It was such a refreshing interview because it wasn’t the typical questions like “Explain to me how FV started” – basically stuff you can google if you did your homework. But her questions were more personal. One that I want to share is: What is your first memory as a child?