Monday, January 23, 2017

Thanks for The Memories by Cecelia Ahern

After my first attempt to start reading novels again, I force myself to read this novel by Cecelia Ahern. Thanks for The Memories.

I've read few Cecelia's books before. Starting with Where Rainbows End, P.S. I Love You and If You Could See Me Now. Those were read years ago when I'm still a degree student. Thanks to one of my BFF who introduce Cecelia's book to me.

Those who have been reading Where Rainbows End and P.S. I Love You surely will fall in love with Cecelia's writing. I couldn't really remember the plot of If You Could See Me Now, but I believe it is an interesting piece too. Will try to dig where on earth did I place this book and perhaps re-read it.. huhu..

I bought this book a couple a years ago. I've tried to read it twice if i'm not mistaken, but I get stuck at the 5th or 6th chapter. I couldn't really understand the plot in the beginning. But then I force myself to break the barrier, and continue reading the book.

And much to my expectation, it is worth an effort. Cecelia does keep me guessing what actually binds each chapters and each characters in this story. It is simply unbelievable. 


New York Times bestselling author Cecelia Ahern's charming new novel explores what happens when "what if" becomes a reality for two strangers whose lives are at a crossroads.
How can you know someone you've never met? That's the question haunting Joyce Conway these days. Recovering from a terrible accident and with her marriage in pieces, Joyce is suddenly plagued by an overwhelming sense of déjà vu that makes her feel as if the life she's living is not her own. During the day she has vivid memories of things she's never seen—such as cobblestoned Parisian streets she's never visited—and at night she dreams of a little girl she's sure she's never met. Joyce is convinced she's lost her mind . . . until a series of coincidences leads her on a journey to meet the one person who may hold the answer she needs.
Someone's life could be depending on you right now. . . . That's the pitch that finally persuades Justin Hitchcock to donate blood—the first thing to come straight from his heart in a long time.
Restless and lonely, Justin chased his ex-wife and daughter from Chicago to London, and now he's in Dublin, guest-lecturing to bored college students. When he receives a basket of muffins with a thank-you note attached, he's sure someone's playing a joke on him, but then the presents keep coming. Intrigued, Justin is determined to solve the mystery—a quest that will change his life forever.
Thanks for the Memories is a heartwarming story of hope, love, and second chances—Cecelia Ahern's most magical novel yet.
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Next reading will be Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Updates on Fathan


Betul lah orang kata..
Bila anak pertama, we update every single thing about their improvement, on daily basis kalau boleh.
Masuk anak kedua, jadi monthly basis je dah kot.
Bila anak ketiga, hurmmm..krikk..krikk..Once a year???
Alahai...kesian adik Fathan.


 Sorry sayang. Tak bermaksud ummi tak sayang. Cuma kekangan masa nak update on each and every single things tu memang tak dapat lah. But I do capture moments of you like more than abang-abang..huhu..

Of course lah kan. Dulu menjaga seorang, bolehlah nak update semua achievements, milestones.. Semakin bertambah bilangan anak, semakin kurang masa nak belek satu persatu secara detail. Apa pun, ummi loves all of you unconditionally..

Dek kerana rasa bersalah sebab dah lamaaaaa sangat tak update tentang Fathan, so this entry is dedicated for you.


Fathan is currently 16 months young.
Baru pandai berjalan. Alhamdulillah. Though milestone dia sedikit lewat dari abang-abang, but that doesn't matter. Fathan start meniti-niti dekat meja, sofa, almari agak awal juga. But he takes some times untuk memberanikan diri lepas tangan dan bertateh. Bila dapat melangkah setapak, he seems so happy and laugh with excitement. Almost sebulan dah la dia berani mengorak langkah. Now, memang nak berjalan saja. Kurus ummi mengejar. hihi..


Semenjak dah rajin berjalan ni, makin ligat lah dia. Bukan sahaja ligat berjalan, ligat memanjat juga. Dia dah dapat skill abang, cubaan meloloskan diri di celah lubang tangga. Dalam kereta, dekat kedai or anywhere lah, dah taknak duduk diam. Taknak di pegang. Besar sangat dah ke awak tu?? huhu..



Fathan dah start minum formula milk masa 13-14 bulan. Mula-mula try bagi dia Pediasure. Sebab he's underweight. Setahun berat baru 6kg, despite of dia minum EBM banyak dan makan pun kuat juga. Bertahan 2 tin je Pediasure tu sebab bila beli tin besar yang 1kg+ tu pun tak dapat bertahan untuk sebulan pun. Dia memang kuat minum susu. So, poket ummi dan abi sedikit sakit, jadi kami tukar ke susu Dugro Dumex macam abang-abang dulu. Alhamdulillah, ok je, tiada alergi, tiada sembelit.


With that, kembara penyusuan susu ibu untuk Fathan pun terhenti at his 15 months old. Lebih kurang rekod Faqeeh dulu. Ummi redha je.


Fathan at this age belum bercakap lagi. I mean in a language that you can understand. Bunyi ummi or abi pun tak dengar lagi. Yang selalu dengar, 'nak' je. Nak makan, nak minum, nak something.. Kalau nak dengar mamadadadanana pun time dia nangis. Or at times bila dia main seorang diri, adalah bunyi sikit. Real vocab, belum lagi. Thruthfully, ada sedikit kegusaran di hati ummi. But I try not to benchmark you with abang-abang, especially Faqeeh yang dah mula petah dan ligat bercakap seawal 10-11 bulan. Apa pun ummi tetap berusaha selalu bercakap dengan awak, try to stimulate you to talk..


eh..baru ni dia panggil ummi...tapi bunyi ummmeee..heheh..

The kind of look bila ummi acah-acah marah dia..Seposen.


Fathan as always, seorang bujang ceria. Sengih sokmo. Suka ikut abang-abang. Tapi abang-abang suka taknak geng dengan adik. Baca buku pun tak bagi adik duduk dekat, nanti buku basah kena air liur adik yang asyik menjejes katanya. Adik pun pantas cari buku lain, baca sorang-sorang.




An artist in the making. Tangan kanan boleh, kiri pun boleh. Duduk boleh, baring boleh. Hebat.


My bucuk masham...Ummi sayang awak sama macam ummi sayang abi dan abang-abang.
Harta ummi dunia akhirat.
Semoga jadi anak yang soleh, insan yang bermanfaat pada bangsa dan agama. Sentiasa dalam rahmat dan redha Allah.

Friday, December 30, 2016

21.12.2016 - Faqeeh Turns 4

Lambat sikit nak coretkan kenangan dalam ni. Banyak benda nak dikongsikan, tapi takde masa terluang. Since rehat panjang di hari jumaat barakah yang terakhir di tahun 2016 ni, curi lah masa sikit mengabadikan kenangan dalam blog. 

Alhamdulillah, genap dah usia Faqeeh 4 tahun.
Seingat aku, antara 3 orang anak, pengalaman mengandung dan melahirkan Faqeeh yang paling mudah, paling smooth dan tak banyak ragam. Sepanjang mengandung, tiada alahan yang ketara. Though I was diagnosed with GDM, tapi semuanya terkawal. Pengalaman melahirkan dia, memang kau rasa tenang setenang tenangnya, Allahuakbar. I can still remember, aku masih boleh tidur in between contractions dalam labour room, bila sesekali contraction mengerang, I am much in control of myself sambil bibir dibasahi dengan kalimah-kalimah suci zikrullah. Nak push keluar pun, alhamdulillah lebih mudah. Ingat lagi mama cakap, the first sentence yang zawji cakap dekat mama lepas aku dah selamat lahirkan Faqeeh, "Ili dah pandai push dah". Hahahaha.. Sebab masa bersalin Faheem dulu, Allahu, it tooks me almost one hour to get him out. With Faqeeh, it's only about 10 minutes. Semuanya dengan izin Allah jua. Subhanallah.

Well, that's on how Allah make it easy for me to carry and deliver him.
Faqeeh ni sangat jovial, happy go lucky, lively.
Sebelum jadi abang, memang sangat mudah nak urus dia. Tak banyak kerenah, independent.
Cabaran untuk ummi, sejak positif pregnant Fathan.
Faqeeh starts to be cranky, throwing tantrums tak kira masa, sampai sekarang.
Mood dia ups and downs.
Banyak sangat menguji kesabaran ummi. I know I shouldn't blame it on you. You are such a wonderful boy. There are moment that you really touches my heart, Faqeeh buat ummi terharu, sayu, sebak because of your wonderful thoughts and conduct. You are very soft person sebenarnya, senang sangat tersentuh.
Allah hadirkan Faqeeh untuk didik ummi jadi lebih sabar, lebih flexible dan lebih berhikmah hendaknya. 

Well, setiap anak adalah unik. Masing-masing ada kriteria tersendiri, their own colors.
Treat and handle them accordingly, without bias.
Semoga anak-anak ummi menjadi anak yang soleh, mukmin yang bertaqwa, sentiasa dalam pemeliharaan dan perlindungan Allah, diberi kesihatan yang baik dan berpanjangan, sentiasa dalam rahmat dan redha Allah, dunia dan akhirat. 
Semoga Allah beri kekuatan, ketabahan dan kesabaran yang tinggi pada ummi untuk mendidik anak-anak dengan penuh hikmah.

Enough said.
It's time to celebrate.. heheh..

Selalu celebrate dekat Secret Recipe je, kali ni kita tukar selera sikit. Pizza Plus.





Birthday boy ni sekarang susah nak capture gambar dia tau. Ada saja memek muka yang dia buat, or berselindung di sebalik something.


The cake. hehe.


Who's birthday is it anyway??


Faqeeh's journey from newborn..


The recent him. See, memang sengaja taknak pandang kamera.


Ummi loves u unconditionally.


Monday, December 19, 2016

Unspoken Words





Tuesday, December 13, 2016

32....dan Hadiah Yang Tertangguh


Alhamdulillah, officially 32 lebih kurang dua minggu yang lalu. Syukur Alhamdulillah masih dipinjamkan nyawa dan masih diberi peluang untuk menghela nafas, dikelilingi insan-insan yang dikasihi lagi disayangi. 

Seperti kebiasaan, hari kelahiran diraikan dengan kesederhanaan. The day before birthday, aku cuti menguruskan sesuatu yang mengujakan. Alhamdulillah. Thinking of cooking something for dinner. Tapi zawji kata tak perlu masak, makan kat luar je. Acah-acah rajin nak masak je aku, walhal dah 2 bulan dapur rumah jarang berasap..Bila zawji kata makan luar, laju je simpan semula segala bahan basah. Hahaha..Memang dasar sangat...

Dinner di Secret Recipe..Anak-anak yang beria makan kek. Ummi makan sesudu dua je ihsan suapan anak-anak...

Number O.N.E

Number T.W.O

Number T.H.R.E.E

O.N.E + T.W.O + T.H.R.E.E
=
H.A.P.P.I.N.E.S.S x A.W.E.S.O.M.E.N.E.S.S

[abaikanlah muka ummi yang kusam tu...haihhh...]



 [Eh..Gambar dengan boyfriend takde pulak...huhu]

Malam tu, dapat wish yang pertama dari insan yang sangat bermakna dalam hidup aku..
Awal mama wish birthday..hihi...Takut tertidur, lupa nak wish, kata Mama.. Touching sikit anakanda yang nakal dan selalu buat onar ni. Berlinangan airmata baca ucapan hari lahir dari Mama.. Aku ni dari kecil memang touching. Kalau bab birthday ni, memang selalu sangat aku tarik muncung panjang dengan Mama. Zaman belum matang, Allahu...Macam-macam ragam bila Mama 'terlupa' nak wish birthday. Aku pulak jenis yang konon nak rasa orang bagi perhatian kat aku je..Once November come, aku takkan mention pun lah pasal birthday ke apa. Konon nak orang ingat sendiri birthday aku tanpa aku berzikir hari-hari ingatkan orang. Bila orang terlupa, boleh agak tak frustration dia macam mana?? Hahaha..Lawak betul.. Sabar betul mama layan kerenah aku yang macam-macam ni.. Now that I am 32, and Mama being the first person to wish my birthday, sebak sangat rasa wehhh...Terus throwback perangai-perangai tak berfaedah zaman ribena dulu...Insaf..Insaf..

Ya Allah, peliharalah Mama dan ayah, lindungilah mereka, berikan mereka kesihatan yang baik dan berpanjangan, kasihanilah mereka sebagaimana mereka mengasihani aku sewaktu kecil, ampunkanlah dosa-dosa mereka, semoga mereka sentiasa di dalam rahmat dan redhaMu, dunia dan akhirat. Allahumma ameen..

Ada orang tu, dia tanya kita nak hadiah apa. Kita kata nak doa yang baik-baik, dia kata setiap hari pun doa.. Dia tanya lagi nak hadiah apa? Bila jawab takde nak mintak apa-apa, dia tanya jugak lagi... Kita pun tak tahu nak mintak apa... Tapi dah dok tanya banyak kali, kita mintak jelah jugak..hahaha..

Tapi tahun ni kurang best sebab the day after birthday, awal-awal pagi sebelum subuh tu, orang tu dah kena bertolak pergi airport. Dia kena fly ke Filipina seminggu.. Hadiah untuk kita pun memang tak sempatlah nak beli sebab sibuk prepare barang nak fly. 

Bila dia balik, kita pun takdelah nak tanya pasal hadiah yang dia dok tanya-tanya sebelum fly tu. Dan dia pun takde cakap apa-apa pasal hadiah. Kita anggap dia lupa je lah and malas lah kita nak tanya. Perangai masih tak berubah macam kecil-kecil dulu. haha..Cuma target je yang berubah kali ni..kuikui..Nasib awak le suami....

Sabtu baru ni, dia tanya ada nak pergi mana-mana tak? Kita jawab takde je.. Dalam hati dok bebai sendiri..haha.. Tapi biasalah, dok kata biarlah dia ingat sendiri. Mengada sungguh..Dah pergi few places, baru dia tanya nak pergi beli hadiah tak? Hahaha..Lawak sungguh.. Nak belikan hadiah pun nak kena tanya nak pergi beli ke tidak.. Bawak je lah terus kan.. Macam tu lah dia, straight forward sungguh. Tak main lah element of surprise ni..Kahkah..Geli hati betul aku..Tapi kalau ingat-ingat balik dari zaman teman tapi mesra dulu, dia memang straight forward je. Takde ayat bunga-bunga metafora ke apa nak ajak kita couple. Straight to the point. Huhu..Akak is redha je..

So, akhirnya dapat jugalah hadiah yang tertangguh..


Thank you boyfriend..
Walau pun hadiah tu, kita yang pilih sendiri..huhu..

Sebenarnya, hadiah tu falls second. Takde pun I is ok..Previous years pun takde hadiah rasanya..
Wish dan doakan yang baik-baik, doa jadi anak/isteri solehah, ibu yang mithali, is more than enough..Mama pun dari kecil tak ajar kiterang dengan hadiah dan big celebration.. So, I am ok with it. Tapi kalau dapat hadiah, it's a bonus..hahahahaha..

Again, thank you zawji for the treat, and for treating me nice all these years being your wife. Moga-moga layanan tu tak berkurang even when I'm full with wrinkles and covered with fats..huhu..




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