Quotes of the day

Quotes of the day...

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us”~ Alexander Graham Bell ~

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Selamat Hari Raya...Merdeka!!!

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri Minal Aidil Walfaizin. 
Maaf Zahir Batin & Happy Merdeka Day! 
Have a great one peeps! :) 

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Kim Kardashian says 'I do'...

Meet MRS. Kim Humphries.

Reality TV show, the ever gorgeous Kim Kardashian said "I do" to her basketballer Kris Humphries yesterday at a lavish star-studded California wedding.

Photos Credit: E! Online Entertainment & Albert Michael/startraksphoto.com

Looking happy and radiant, the bride wore a stunning ivory custom-designed strapless Vera Wang gown with full tulle skirt, complete with Guiseppe Zanotti shoes. The fairy-tale wedding were describe as a 'royal wedding' of the year for the Americans. 

Take a first look at her wedding video!

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Raya Marathon *faint*

Errr...what I meant is Raya shopping marathon. My oh my....my leg hurts..my feet sore and my head spins like spinning gasing!

uwaaaaaaa i'm getting migrain!!!!


We went out quite early yesterday morning.

Mission : to shopped raya clothes for my nieces n nephews.

We headed to 1 U and it's seems fine....parking was easy ~ not so crowded...*ceh I thought i was the early one*...:P

The first shop we went, my niece n my sis took their own sweet time to browse n tried few clothes while the guys sat outside waiting for us patiently....After a while we then managed to buy few clothes and walked out happily. Then...


We were in there for 45 mins...and suddenly whosssh it's like magic...there's more people! I soon realized that each and everyone of us had the same mission in our head...lol

and so the race begins......(¬_¬)

It's NOT easy to find clothes for kids especially when u'r dealing with teenagers. I remember 2-3 years back I can just go to either Parkson, Metrojaya or Jusco, bought them few clothes and they seems happy about it. No question asked.

Now...it's not even close to it...there are more branded stuff out there.

ZARA, MNG, FOREVER 21, TOPSHOP, MISS SELFRIDGE, CACHE-CACHE....etc...you name it... that's for the girl!!!!

As for the boys they go for more sporty brands like...NIKE, ADIDAS, FILA, CONVERSE, SKECHERS etc...

*i could hear clearly ka-ching..ka-chinnnngggg $$$*

Since they can't find everything in one place, we decided to continue our next mission.


Btw we had a short trip to Bangsar boutiques @ Jln Telawi before we headed to MV *hub's waiting patiently...thanks darl!*

When we reached Mid Valley it's already 4pm. We thought we need to booked place for iftar. I was so shocked that all places were fully booked accept for Pizza Hut. They don't allow us to make reservation...first come first served...and thank god for that! The boys n girls continued to find their own stuff and by 5.30pm hubby decided to check out the Pizza Hut outlet ...boy o boy...he said that the queue was looooonng! Not only at the restaurants, the most crowded spot certainly would be the cashier. The queue was damn long I tell ya!  We had to put aside some of the clothes at the counter and asked the salesgirls to guarded our stuff with her own life....hahahaha *kidding*. We decided to come back after iftar and pay later. Meanwhile hubby managed to find spots for five of us at Pizza Hut *thanks again darl* Even my toes n feet are so thankful to him this time...hehe :D

After makan-ing, we took our stuff, paid...n' quickly had our final 'tawaf' until everyone agrees to 'cabut'. And it doesn't took us a long time to make those decision...15 mins! *by this time everyone seems 'pancit' already* haha :D

Before we reached home we went to pick up our made-to-order curtains at Nagoya @ Carrefour. The time is 10pm and the crowd just keep coming. Felt like its already raya the next day! I guess everyone is making their last minute shopping before heading back to their hometown next week.

Alhamdulillah after all the chaos we finally reached home by 11pm...and the happiest person would be my niece & nephew...but most of all is my hubby!

So that's the end of the 12 hours marathon...even though we're all tired...I'm glad everyone is happy. I'm sure everyone had their own funny experience n shopping stories.  Are we gonna do this again next time?...well... YES...and because Raya is only once a year...every Muslims deserve to celebrate and be happy after fasting for one month.

Till then, stay strong...keep on going and fill up your nights with more ibadah. Raya is near...and this is for you. Have a great day ahead peeps!

Ghost Rider : Spirit of Vengeance

Another Marvel movie coming out early next year. I hope it's gonna be awesome. Watch this official twitter trailer.

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Captain America : The First Avenger

I watched Captain America before Ramadan and it was AWESOME.

I've always been a big fan of Marvel & DC Comics (though I'm not much of a comic book reader), I used to watched lots of cartoons and TV series when I was a kid. In this movie we're introduced to the first Avenger - Captain America. Starring Chris Evans as Captain America himself (also known as Human Torch in The Fantastic Four), legendary Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving as Red Skull (we knew him from The Matrix n LOTR), Hayley Atwell, Stanley Tucci (he acted in so many movies) and directed by Joe Johnston.

I'm not gonna tell ya the whole story, you can read it here or go and watch the movie yourself. Trust me, it won't disappoint you (at least not me hehe..)

Though I must say that Marvels keeps doing it better and better *thumbs up*. Just wait till the end of the movie credits for a special Avengers trailer (hehe...just wait n watch okay!) I'm so looking forward to it next year. Till then for those who missed it...watch this.

I found this Retro poster and kinda like it too...

Ooh ya! I made this cake for my nephew's birthday (Happy Birthday Cici!) with Captain America toppers using buttercream frosting. Because he loves 'CA' so much, I just thought that this theme would be great for his birthday. I made one recipe of Super moist vanilla cake and divide the batter into 7 shades of rainbow. I layered the cake with St. Dalfour strawberry jam and walla...it turns out to be quite well for amateur like me. But most important my nephew loves it! *skip wt joy* :D

After almost 2 weeks fasting, stay strong, keep on going n stay healthy. May ALLAH blessed our ibadah. Till then Salam Ramadan peeps.

Monday, 1 August 2011

Eat Healthy this Ramadan...

Alhamdullilah 1st Ramadan went smoothly...although a little bit rough towards berbuka - having too much gas in my tummy leads to bad headache. Maybe bcoz i didn't eat proper meals the whole day yesterday and only had small meals during sahur time...*sigh* ( my mistake try to diet-lah konon....hmmm need to eat the right way after this)


So i found this useful article about how to eat healthy during Ramadan and perhaps if followed, it would enable you to fast comfortably and enjoy fully the spiritual benefits of Ramadan.

 Article source: NST online

During Ramadan, our diet should not differ very much from our normal diet and should be as simple as possible. It should be such that we would maintain our normal weight, neither losing nor gaining. However, if one is overweight, Ramadan is a good time to shed some weight. With eating only two meals a day, you will probably lose some weight any way.

In view of the long hours of fasting, we should take slow digesting foods including fibre containing-foods rather than fast-digesting foods. Slow digesting foods last up to eight hours, while fast-digesting foods last only three to four hours. Slow-digesting foods contain grains and seeds like barley, wheat, oats, semolina, beans, lentils, wholemeal flour and unpolished rice (called complex carbohydrates). Fast-burning foods are foods that contain sugar, white flour etc. (called refined carbohydrates). Fibre-containing foods are bran-containing foods such as whole wheat, grains and seeds, vegetables like green beans, peas, spinach, fruit with skin, dried fruit especially dried apricots, figs and prunes, almonds, etc.

We should eat a well-balanced diet with food from each food group, such as fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, bread, cereals and dairy products. Fried foods are unhealthy and should be limited as they cause indigestion, heartburn and weight problems.

- Fried and fatty foods.
- Foods containing too much sugar.
- Over-eating, especially at sahur (meal before dawn).
- Too much caffeinated drinks at sahur. Tea and coffee make you pass more urine, taking with it valuable mineral salts that your body will need during the day.
- Cigarettes. If you cannot give up smoking, cut down gradually, starting a few weeks before Ramadan.

- Complex carbohydrates at sahur so that the food lasts longer, making you less hungry.
- Dates are excellent source of sugar, fibre, carbohydrates, potassium and magnesium.
- Almonds are rich in protein and fibre with less fat.
- Bananas are a good source of potassium, magnesium and carbohydrates.
Eat more dates - contains excellent source of sugar, fibre, carbohydrates, potassium and magnesium

As much water or pure fruit juices as possible between buka puasa (start of fasting) and bedtime so that your body can adjust fluid levels in time. Aim to drink at least 1.2 -1.5 litres of fluid. During this period, changes need to be made with regard to the diet. The following may serve as a general guide:

Suggested schedule
7.28pm (or appropriate time): Break fast (buka puasa) with a light meal, for example, savoury congee and some fruit and dates with a sugar-free drink. This is like a snack. Follow with maghrib prayers (fourth of five formal daily prayers for practising Muslims).

8pm: Have a breakfast-type meal. Practical examples of good breakfasts are an omelette, a bowl of high fibre cereals and some fresh fruit, baked beans and a little avocado on whole grain toast with a glass of skimmed milk and a handful of raisins or a big bowl of oat porridge with grated apple and a yoghurt. 8.40pm: Isyak /Terawih Prayers (the last of the daily prayers for Muslims).

10pm: Have a lunch-like meal — rice with lean meat, fish and vegetables and followed by a fruit or a low calorie dessert or a pasta dish with salads or just plain old good hot noodles soup.

11.30pm: Sleep

4.45am or 5am: This is the most important meal to start the day. Have a dinner-type meal. The biggest problem is being able to face such foods so early in the morning. But do try your best as the more you eat, the less likely you are to flake out completely in the middle of the day.
Read more: EAT RIGHT: Eat healthy this Ramadan

Insyallah may Allah accept our fast and prayers. May tomorrow and the rest of the month shall be blessed and smooth all the way...Amin. Grab as much free pahala during this holy much n meanwhile don't forget to stay fit n healthy too!
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