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Doing things from the heart

Hehe I’m surprised with myself too… I blog pretty often now! I definitely heard my brother in law said “you should install WordPress on your phone” but I was being ignorant about it. But then I downloaded WordPress app 2 days ago and gosh I’m finding it so convenient to blog now! *slaps self for not doing this earlier* 

Okay so I love to think. I think a lot about life and I do think if I’m not a businesswoman or a QS I would have dedicated my life to writing. I love to think and write. However I’m not so talented in the sense that I find it hard to verbalise my thoughts into written words. Sometimes I have so many to type but it doesn’t translate well and so I just delay and rest it (happens all the time) to the period that I don’t appreciate what I think anymore. 

However with my WordPress being just at the tip of my fingers, I vow to try to write as often as I can. So yes, my topic today would be about doing things from the heart. 

Guys, can you count the number of times in your life that you actually do things from your heart? I would say the number should be reasonable because if it’s something you genuinely like to do, then you just do it with your heart. As for me, how I see myself is I do things from my heart but there comes a point where I suddenly feel troubled. And when that happens, I know that I’m not completely honest with it. And guess what, the feeling is not nice at all. 

I mean if you want to do something, do it wholeheartedly. Because you shall find peace. However many of us are bound to feel “I have to” and not “I want to” hence all the mishaps you experience. The key to doing things is to be honest. But humans being humans, it is inevitable to feel “I have to”. Which I’m telling you is fine but know your limits because doing too much can destroy you.

I’ll give you an example. Say you are with your friends and your friends seem to be taking advantage of you. Trust me guys, don’t lock it. You’re not not nice if you don’t follow their leads all the time. You’re just being smart instead. If you feel the honesty in doing things for your friends, then by all means do that. But please stop when you reach that tip that you now feel forced to do it. It destroys the harmony of your heart and you find yourself dreading that “uneasy” feeling until one day you just become unhappy. I speak this way because I have experienced this. However I started to realise this concept and although I still struggle to balance this, I try my best to apply it for the health of my heart. 

Do ourselves a favour, take care of ours hearts. They need to be filled with love and honesty, not otherwise. 

“Honest hearts produce honest actions” – what I struggle with but what I strive hard to be. And it’s what you too should aim to be. 

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22

Twenty two:

  • The highlight of the year 2015 is in bringing home a degree certificate BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying & Commercial Management from University of the West of England, Bristol, United Kingdom.
  • Started up a company with my sister and brother in law and our website was just launched a week ago.
  • Learned that you may plan ahead but Allah plans ten times ahead of you.
  • Realised how much I love my parents. Not that I don’t love them before but I know how much I appreciate them now.
  • Thankful that Allah has granted me beautiful kindhearted siblings.
  • Told that I will become an aunty next year, in shaa Allah.
  • A beauty entrepreneur, I am.

Syukur alhamdulillah, I turned 22 yesterday – 4/9/2015. I would like to again thank all my beautiful people for their heart warming wishes that I received via WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram. You guys have no idea how much you made me happy yesterday. I truly deeply appreciate each and everyone’s kind wishes and thoughts for me and I can only pray to Allah to bless you with many more happiness.

What I can say about reaching 22 is I am thankful. Thankful for all the good and bad that I have gone through for the past 22 years. I feel I have matured and I look forward to more life maturing experiences that are yet to come by in shaa Allah and if there is anything that I’m able to summarise from the 22 years, it’s that to keep having faith and trusting the Almighty in all that you do. I do not mean faith as just what we tends to come out from our mouth as we speak about our life and religion, I mean the inner faith in the heart that we have built unconsciously or consciously all these years. I have seen money come and go, I have seen good and bad lucks come and go and I have seen people come and go but what does not ever go away is the One. Count and believe in Him and we will be just alright – not broken, content.

Moving on to the next part of this post, as usual, I am going to share pictures from my birthday yesterday. We had dinner buffet at The Majestic Hotel and the food was *insert 5 thumbs up emoticons* and the ambiance needless to say was as great too. Thank you to my parents for bringing us there as we have heard wonderful remarks especially with regards to their food.

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They look amazing, don’t they? The restaurant has a great number of counters – Chinese, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Malay, Western and Dessert + Beverages. The tempura prawns from the Japanese section were exceptionally good last night that we had more than 30 prawns altogether. They also served really good ice cream last night and a selection of juices + hot drinks (my mum and I thought this was the first dinner buffet at a hotel that included drinks in their buffet price).

We finished eating at around 9.45pm and my dad was asking me to get pictures of us family so that we could head home. My dad and I did not know anything and I was not expecting anything and so I rushed my mum and siblings without any clue of the surprise that they planned for me. It did get me thinking about how come my younger brother was taking his own sweet time because the usual him would just agree to make our way home instead of voicing out these sentences “Lek luuu, makan ice cream jap” and then “wait wait Kak Wani’s turn to eat ice cream”.

Anyway, at that point, I saw my brother in law holding my sister’s phone and recording me but I still did not get a clue because I’m so used to my BIL shooting me and thought that would just be for my social media materials. So then a waiter came up to my brother and apparently the waiter wanted to remind that buffet was going to end at 10.30pm. Again, I had no clue because I did not hear anything and was just nodding “ooooo okay, then let’s go home”.

A few seconds passed by and what I heard next was “Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you ……. ” ………….with a birthday cake coming towards our table and I at that point finally realised of the surprise that the family had secretly planned. Readers, if I may say something,

I was never that slow.

I am always always so alert and aware of anything that is going on around me but God must have really wanted it to be a surprise because the surprise was a total success. I did not expect anything, at all. My brother said to me “Luckily you were back-facing me because otherwise you would have noticed the cake that I was carrying” – yes I came with my sister he came after with my parents and big brother. Going back to the waiter story, my brother actually bluffed me because what the waiter actually told him was “I’ll bring the cake now yea”. Guys, I was seated next to my brother and I still did not hear that.. My sister who heard what the waiter said “Gosh adik, if that was me I wouldnt have known what to bluff to Nadia”…. Good job dik!

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My dad after the surprise laughed at the fact that he did not know of the surprise and that was why he kept asking us to head home. That was actually helpful for the surprise pa hehe.

 

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Thank you so much adik for getting this awesome pavlova/meringue from Alexis for my birthday this year! Your sister is still very touched here.

My sister came to my room while I was getting ready with these birthday gifts.

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Thank you kakak mama papa for getting me a new awesome camera cool make up tools to add to my collections. They said the camera is to represent their support for my career (I do take lots of pictures) and the make up are umm yes self explanatory. Love my gifts so much that I felt sad to unwrap them yesterday.

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I am very blessed to call each one of my beautiful people my family, thank you very much Allah. No family is perfect but they are perfect to me and I am grateful to you. Thank you papa and mama for accepting your daughter and her traits lovingly and whole heartedly, thank you kakak for being the most amazing sister in the world, thank you BIL for guiding me and having faith in me in running this business and thank you brothers for all your care and humour. I love you all so so much!

 

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One with my beautiful glowing sister who was the main person behind the dinner and birthday gifts <3

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Eid ul Fitri and Graduation

Greetings and salaam, Selamat Hari Raya everyone! I’m 3 days late because I was back in my hometown and internet access was limited so I could only depend on my 3G.

I would like to apologise for all my wrongdoings, intentionally or unintentionally, to everyone reading this who knows me personally. Maaf Zahir dan Batin.

I hope everyone’s raya was great, mine too was amazing although I must admit raya this year drained my energy but all those kitchen and cleaning duties were so fun.

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While we were all celebrating raya in our hometown, there were people who had more important agenda in their timeline.

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Congratulations again Mr Lawyer! You did very well in your LLB and I’m so proud of you. May Allah bless you for your kindness and may you always succeed again in all you do.

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Quick Update

Been idle for quite some time now and it’s not making me happy. I’ve been on uni mode since I got back from my Swiss trip and yes, that’s another thing.. I’m supposed to blog about it and I literally just promised myself that I’ll attend to that wish of mine within this week.

Everyday is really just dissertation day for me. It sort of finally hits me that this dissertation is 12,000 words and it’s due in mid April (plus my tutor checks on me every week it’s scary). The whole work started since Semester 1 but it took a long halt after the first submission which was the 3,ooo words synopsis. Back on track now and in shaa Allah, my wishful thinking is that this spirit remains with me as long as I need to and until I’m done with my thesis.

My BIL was being quite helpful by the way. He sent me this picture around last week.

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Did you even have to ask me to study? Of course handsome, of course I will.. Or I am. Hahaha. I mean.. you know what I mean. *with this face.. bowsssss down*

I hope all has been well with you too readers. If otherwise, then I hope that picture does some help hehe!

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Love Bristol

This is probably the longest that I have been idle and not blog at all.

“Dianadiadia, you’ve been quiet” – BIL at 7.24 am today.

Hehe. Because last week was the first week of classes for the second semester.. Okay, let’s not be in denial to yourself Nadia. I should just use the term last semester. Or final year last semester. But it breaks my heart, really! I can’t believe I’m in my 3rd year already. It only feels like yesterday that I was rushing for induction week but no, that was 3 years ago. God.

Back to my story, I’ve been quiet again because of classes and small events with friends and then by the end of the day, I would be tired or watching Glee. So far alhamdulillah, all has been well. Got my marks and am thankful for them and wish to do better in the upcoming courseworks. Let’s do this friends, just a bit more!

I spent my Sunday last week going around the city with my sister and on our way home, we were blessed with these sights of Bristol and here I am finally sharing these pictures.

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 Bristol before and after the sun set. 

Beautiful, don’t you think so too? I think that Bristol is the best city to live in and I know that a lot who has lived here especially would understand this. Wherever my sister and I go, Bristol is always the place that we miss and want to come back to. This is agreed by my little brother who was here for 2 years and also by my parents and big brother. They used to visit a lot during 1st and 2nd year and we used to go to London or some European cities from Bristol but in the end, what we all wanted was just to return to Bristol. We used to have conversations with many taxi drivers but the most remembered one was the one my sister and brother had when they first arrived here (I came a year later).

“You’re going to fall in love with this city, trust me”

.. Well said and well proven, there really is just something about you Bristol *insert heart emoticon*.

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Back to reality!

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Back in Bristol since Sunday evening and my sister on Tuesday. We took different flights which was the last thing we ever wanted to do but it was just unavoidable. Both our flights took over 14 hours because of the adverse weather conditions and never did I hear any Captains making more than 2 announcements before but it went up to almost 6 times this time! I guess even the pilots know passengers easily feel anxious after what happened last year. The usually no feeling me felt disturbed this time too but I think everyone really calmed ourselves by just thinking we can’t escape fates. Plus I’ve heard from many people that it’s not easy for planes to go down and guess what, they still remain as the safest mode of transportation so Alhamdulillah, my sister and I both arrived in Bristol safe and sound!

Hmm, I headed straight to uni on Monday morning and spent 5 hours straight with my group mates planning and preparing for the presentation on Tuesday (so lucky that there was no sit down exam this time around wee!). The presentation was our exam and I felt so grateful that God put me in the group of really really cool people. This module – Collaborative Practice was all about promoting collaboration between construction people so imagine a big class! In my group, we had one Architect, one QS, one Property and Investment Manager, one General Practice Surveyor and one Environmental Planner and God, very lovely people again and hardworking too! We got close within a short period of time and now I don’t know when I’ll get to see them again considering this module is over.

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Asian being Asian..

“Guys, can we take one group selfie please?” in the middle of practice..

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Hmm sometimes you just got to do this because only Asians appreciate this sort of thing hehe (except that Thai friend of mine). Collaborations became easy with these people and even though my group was asked some of the toughest of questions and one went unanswered (oops) but I thought that the lecturers must have really heard and gauged into what we presented. We switched roles and I’m glad we did it, I enjoyed being Architect for a while..

Missing you guys already and good luck in your studies everyone!

And yesterday, I went out with these gorgeous QS girls.

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Fun evening with them, alhamdulillah! I’m still feeling the jet lag, my sleeping pattern is still not pretty and I hope that gets fixed soon.

So is everyone having a good year so far? Xx.

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Friends for keep

I am dedicating this post to a friend of mine that I have grown to love dearly since the Day 1 that I got to know her. The story of how we got to know each other is unusual but we have agreed to close that particular chapter and to appreciate, embark and enjoy the rest of the chapters that we have ahead of us. Our friendship did not develop ordinarily – not through consecutive meet ups/date sessions but rather by means of WhatsApp conversations on a monthly basis. This fact that I have always found special remains until today although we have now started to see each other in person. I am thankful that she came to Bristol during her winter break last year because that was the point where things took a shift for us. I got to finally speak to Ina non virtually, see how decent, humble and soft spoken she is, listen to her inspiring stories and discover that what people always describe her as is all true or even more true than that.


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Amalina Amran or Ina, beautiful person, isn’t she? Ina taught me the true value of friendship from the kind gestures that I saw her doing for me. She taught me what being strong is just by hearing her stories. I also enjoy the religious talks that we sometimes have and I’m happy to see the blessings that God has been giving her because she deserves it. There are times that Ina whines about a bit or two in regards to her life but if only she sees how special she is in the eyes of God and everyone else. But I always trust Ina knows that because she’s honestly one of the most rationale people I know.

On the 31st of December 2014, Ina surprised me again with her kindness when I received a DHL Express parcel. I am a true online shopper so I thought it was one of the parcels that I knew was about to come. When my mum told me about it, I questioned myself “Why DHL” but did not think deep until I approached it and saw “AMM” written somewhere.

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“Ina”. It clicked to me very fast that it was from her because Ina did WhatsApp me a few days before to ask for my address. She is a smart lady and is currently studying in Amman, Jordan (her final year this year, yay!).

Does anyone want to take a guess of what this amazing amazing lady got me?

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Yeap, you got that right, a really really beautiful jubah dress! My grandma, mummy and aunt were all there when I opened the parcel (even more excited than I was because I was so starstruck-ed) and they fell in love with the jubah too and kept complimenting Ina for her good taste and kindness. Ina also inserted an awesome card along which I think was why I was starstruck. I was touched with her kind words and I could not digest the fact that Ina took the effort to courier it all the way from Jordan.

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(Your handwriting is better than mine) Thank you sayang for such an amazing surprise. It was a really sweet end to my 2014 and a wonderful start to my 2015. I pray that our friendship continues until Jannah because you’re truly a keeper. No matter how far we are from each other and how busy we are with our lives, please know that you’re always there in my heart. Thank you for being my amazing friend and I pray that you always be blessed with happiness with all your loved ones, in shaa Allah. Much love from me to you, my dearest Ina.

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Bristol

Alhamdulillah back here safe and sound for my final year!

It was really heartbreaking to leave KL. Simply because of mama. I am really close to my family and I like thinking I’m a very family orientated person. Because of that, nothing really changes regardless the number of times that I have to go through the same phase = I tear up every single time I am to leave KL. Or more accurately put, to leave my family. Or more precisely put, to leave mama. It’s definitely not 100% happy moments with mama (because of me hehe) but the attachment that I have with her is too strong because we spend most of our hours with each other. Ma, I’m already missing all the breakfast sessions with you and papa, the groceries sessions with you, the pasar tani sessions with you on every Saturday and Sunday and of course all the hangouts with you.

“Oh my days , seriously, why are you guys still crying. It’s been 3 years guys and you 4 years+ kak wani” – adik.

So not sensitive.

May time fly really fast.

 

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Start new!

My blog has been in existence for as long as I can remember and I wrote here and there given the time (and the urge to write). Decided to create a change and I have just successfully deleted all my posts before to… start new!

If my writing before was a lot about self learnings and motivations, this time I will only write about what I encounter in my daily life, family and friends (of course pictures included). Will have to find my way to update my blog template to give it a lively look in the attempt to make people who read it (if there’s any hehe) feel just as lively too.
Oh time to promote my new tagline now – Happy writing is Happy Nadia! Indeed, I want my writing to always be happy and this should tally with what I really feel. Bismillah, may I find consistency in my newfound thing to do. Happy reading guys! 🙂
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