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Baby bro’s in town!

Weeee. It’s always so nice having little brother around because of his gentleman nature. Like yesterday, he helped carry my bag that had all my files and laptop while walking in the city centre. The thing about him is I never have to ask him for anything. It’s as though there is an automatic button in him that switches on when he sees women in general. His mum, his sisters, his aunties, his cousins and just everyone really. He nags but you know he does it only because he wants the best for his women. In shaa Allah you are and will always be a blessing to the people around you adik.

Anyway, the purpose of this post is to quickly share about the famous fish and chip shop in Bristol. Its popularity even gives people from other cities a purpose to visit Bristol.

My sister, brother and I have been here a few times before. We admit the fish and chips are really good and the shop is in Clifton Village which is such a pretty area (just a few minutes walk from the Suspension Bridge too) so bonus point there.

Craving satisfied for the boy in the picture. You’re welcome dik!

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Shoe heaven

My sister was so excited to get to Harrods when we were on our London trip, thanks to her in laws for mentioning about the newly refurbished 5th floor in Harrods. The whole floor is indeed all about shoes and I saw my sister experiencing ‘rambang mata’ moment the whole time we were there. I on the other hand knew I could not afford anything from there so no pressure!

I think that Harrods did a good job with this idea. Women love love shoes and it’s just attractive to see everything organised in one stretch. But of course it means you got to have stable pockets or you would end up walking out from Harrods feeling all ‘ahh I wanted that Manolo Blahnik sigh’ – exactly what my sister faced. It was our first time encountering this designer brand by the way and God, the collections are gorgeous! I loved the flats I saw there but I died instantly when I saw the price tag. Hehe.
You see what I mean? Rambang mata..
 
Our usual trips would normally consist of lunch or dinner at Malaysian restaurants but our tummies still had some connection with Malaysian food so we decided to have our second Burger and Lobster session instead. My humble suggestion is that you head to the Knightsbridge branch inside Harvey Nichols because it’s less crowded.
£20 per portion and I think it’s a decent deal for the size of lobsters they offer us. Alhamdulillah, it was a good short trip for us before reality strikes soon!
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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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Che and Whatsapp Part 2

Okay.. Time to finish up what I have wanted to do since even before all the birthday posts. My apologies if in any case you found unpleasant things from my writing.

Che and Whatsapp Part 2 is about..

“What is that phone that Mummy (my aunty) uses… The one that her kids got her as a birthday gift… Yea, that Samsung but small size, very cute”

“Ooo, that one is touch screen Che! I think it will be a bit hard for you to use… How about a Blackberry?”

“But Blackberry small screen also… Touch screen means I have to touch A B C right when I want to type…. Will take time but it shouldn’t be difficult…”

“So you want the phone Che? Like mummy’s one?”

“Yea hang on I take money I prepared already”

*Eyes went round*

“Che you got the money already? Sure che you sure you want this phone?”

“Yes yes, hang on I take money now”

“Really sure you want this phone che?”

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
*translated from Kelantanese language*

Yes. It was a sure. She had the money prepared even before she asked about it. And yes, my brother went to a phone shop to get Che her Samsung. A touch screen Samsung like this.

Coolest grandma ever. 

It was then time to teach Che about the concept of a touch screen phone. I told myself to make sure Che understands only 3 things, i.e; how to accept and make phone calls, how to read reply and send text messages and of course, how to use Whatsapp – the main thing that drove Che’s spirit in moving from her comfort zone of just using a basic Nokia phone.

I first set up the phone to the simplest mode of use like removing all the unnecessary tabs from the home page and bringing to the front only 3 tabs. The challenge then began for Che… Taught her one by one and Che got really confused. She scratched her head and said nanti nanti.

“How do I get the A B C keyboard out? Ohhh like that. Oh wait, how again? Then how do I put a space? Ooo you said the long blank thing… I’m trying to remember. Oh here (she tapped the arrow button instead and tadaaa an unfinished message was sent and read by all my cousins who then asked hehe Che nak type apa tu?). Okay how about the no entry smile thing (emoticons guys..) now? How to use them”

That got me my scratching head turn by the way but bless you Che!

It was at night that the introductory session took place and Che asked to stop and continue the next day because she could not take it anymore so ditto Che, tomorrow! Morning came and Che was all ready for another challenging day. It started with me asking her if she remembered anything from last night and I concluded Che had 2/5 of that night. Not bad Che. We tried the same 3 things step by step for countless times. In the end, Che found herself getting mixed up because some things were quite the same but were not what she should do for this application and that application and look..

Detailed guidelines prepared especially for Che upon her request. Which Che did not really use because she thought it was not cool (joke it was because she did not want to rely on it so much).

To cut the story short, I would say Che is a fast learner because she is now able to type freely and not get confused anymore after almost a month being with her Samsung. Che now understands how to personal message someone in Whatsapp and how to public message her family in the Whatsapp group chat (this one took her some time to understand but we are all happy to see she’s able to differentiate and apply the concept correctly). Che now understands how to answer, end and make phone calls. Che now understands how to text message someone but does not text after becoming a Whatsapp pro. And Che also now understands how to lock and unlock her screen.

All that she needs.

So adorable right? *clap hands* Congratulations che! We love you and we are sure you now feel entertained everyday.

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Che and Whatsapp

Earlier this month, my cousin created a group chat for the whole family – dad’s side of the family. We are all super close to one another and I had an idea about this and bless my cousin for her move! There is actually a group for the cousins already which we frequently use to share stories, updates and pictures of my cute nephews and nieces but I guess it’d be different to have all the aunties and uncles together in one group simply because of the varying mind sets and how they like to tease but at the same time educate us the youngsters. And after a year plus, the group was successfully created and true enough that it is undoubtedly..

Different.

And.

Noisy.

My goodness, I can only say my battery drains out like water everyday. My whatsapp has never been so alive I think even it feels in shock although it’s probably adapting already.

+10 more…
 
But despite that, I love love love my life now. Everyone is updated about everyone else and the jokes my aunties make (and my dad no 1) makes one think life could never get more cheerful. Plus we communicate in Kelantanese so the humour level is impossible.
While the fun went on, there was however someone who wanted to join in the fun but couldn’t. This person is very important and special in our lives and she’s no other than the great Nik Maznah (see even the group chat is named after her) or my 72 year old grandma.
She is honestly the coolest grandma ever. She still drives around (manual cars guys!), she knows all gossips about Malaysian celebrities (thanks to Melodi, Galaxy, Meletop), she cooks the most amazing dishes (like nasi dagang, nasi ayam, kuzi ayam, nasi biryani) and yeap  she owns a handphone too which she uses to do only the most basic things – calling and texting (hehe it’s the humble Nokia phone).
So when we heard she wanted to join whatsapp, we felt rather dubious of her capability. For che to join whatsapp means she has to change her phone and she has to understand the whole concept of group chat and personal chat. But my grandma being the optimistic person that she is said she wants to learn and had even prepared money for a new handphone. Hehe.
Luck was on my grandma’s side as I realised that “Che, your Nokia supports Internet and whatsapp! But gotta subscribe at RM28 per month” while my sister and I was helping out for my cousin’s wedding at my aunty’s house. She was so excited and said “oh really, do the necessary take my phone do the necessary please”
Took me 20 minutes to get it all prepared for her and then… Yaaaaay “Grandma joined whatsapp” appeared on my iphone screen. I right away made a havoc on the group chat and asked my cousin to add her into the group chat and then….
Weeeeeeee. God, world now is so high tech right. So awesome how this simple phone is able to carry whatsapp! Back to the story, I taught her a bit or two and pushed the whatsapp icon to the main screen for easy access. Everyone welcomed our important person and said she’s so cool and all.
“Terima kasih sayang semua. Umur dah banyak tapi masih ingin rasa guna. Terima kasih kepada cucu tolong ajar che”
“Oh mudah sangat guna whatsapp. Mana susahnya senang je”
She says whatsapp as “waksak” by the way hahaha. But congratulations Che, you master it pretty fast (is it because it’s only ABC yes it is). Only downside is that you can’t really view pictures (too small your screen ehe he) which also means. She got annoyed and..
 
There’s a continuation to this story soon! 
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Nail salon

*Writing this post with the intention to share about hand and foot care!*

The last time I had manicure and pedicure sessions was in March, possibly last year as well. So after long long months, I finally decided it was time to pamper my nails and toes. There are a lot of places that offer manicure pedicure services but my personal preference has always been The Nail Parlour. I guess it has to do with the fact that they hire international manicurists and there is just something with the concept of the salon (can’t really decide if it’s the pinkness or how organised it is – I think both), just very attractive.

I always go for the basic manicure and pedicure with buffing and they are priced at RM130. The breakdown is:

Manicure: RM45
Pedicure: RM55
Buffing: RM30 (RM15 + RM15)

For those who are unsure about what buffing is, it is basically the process of polishing the nail using buffers to make them look more consistent and shiny. A paste (pink cream) will be applied on our nail surfaces just before the manicurist starts the process and you will observe your nails start shining. The more they are buffed, the shiner they are. For nails they last shorter (around 2 weeks) but experience having your toes shine for about a month! I especially love buffing because I can perform my prayers without having to worry if water gets through the nail as I take my ablution (wudhu’). Back then, I thought the nail coat which also shines the nail was the same as buffing but my sister told me all nail polishes work like paint so there’s no way they are water permeable.

An additional information for all ladies, The Nail Parlour also offers Spa Pedicure. This is priced higher but we rip out a lot of benefits from this service especially if our feet suffer from callus and dead skin (where your skin becomes really dry and breaks apart and hardens possibly due to a lot of housework and not wearing slippers at home). My mum opts for this service a lot and she definitely observes a total change at her under feet every time the dead skin is removed. Pain free and they also offer short but free massages.

The biggest part of doing manicure and pedicure is having  all the cuticles removed (the extra skin at the base of a fingernail or toenail). I’m a happy girl, alhamdulillah!

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Can you guys surprise me?

We got our little brother this for his birthday this year…

HTC One M8. Simply because he’s been wanting for a new handphone and being the honest person that he is, he told us the exact specific model that he wants. Hehe joke. My sister has actually set the tradition where the person celebrating his/her birthday should tell everyone of what to get him/her. “So much easier, less headache, satisfaction guaranteed, why the hassle?”
So anyway, this boy got what he wished for… Funny thing was we told him we had withdrawn cash and we asked him to get the phone himself. I mean every year you said just give me the money, you would go get your present yourself… Turned out it wasn’t umm really like that this year huh. “Can you guys like surprise me? Can you go buy the phone I want to feel like I’m getting a birthday gift” “Oh maybe you guys can wrap it?” -.-
Well being the nice sisters that we are (haha) we thought okay just this time, we would do something sweet and….
Tadaaa.. Wrapped it, sealed it and he even got my lipstick mark there. Hehe. We did not give him right away though. We waited until dinner and pretended we didn’t get him anything. He came back in the evening and saw this one parcel that I helped wrap for my sister and took it and said “Is this my birthday gift?” and with so much pride I said “no it’s not”.
Then he tried his luck again and asked our sister “You guys didn’t buy me the phone right?” and she said “No, we didn’t”.
Poor guy.
Dinner came and we brought the cake with us while he was in another car with our parents. Decided to just show him his cake and take pictures (how we wished abang was around but he’s in Singapore for his simulation training) before eating dinner and he looked happy and probably thought that at least there’s a cake for him. To cut the story short, we gave him his birthday gift right before going home and voila, you seemed rather surprise so surprise for you brother!
“I asked mama for the cash to go buy the phone myself. Huh, no wonder mama sort of declined my wish”
Oh well, Happy Birthday again adik! Hope you had a good one with us *insert flying kiss*.
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Adik turns 20

I’m still 20 too…

Hehe.

For those who know us, they would know we are not exactly a year apart. Our mum conceived him when I was only 2 months old (so coooool ma!) so we basically have been growing up together. Same primary school and same high school yes.

I always argued with him and picked on him and of course treated him like my punching bag. I mean I still do now but I guess I am matured enough to at least see and think that this boy has tolerated and be kind enough to me and everyone. He is there when I need massage on my stiff neck, he is there to get me McDonalds when there’s no food at home, he is there to get me Chatime and Cool Blog drinks, he is there to handle all his mum and sisters’ handbags and shopping bags, he is there to bring me medicine when I’m down with flu, he is there to drive me around, he is there to be punched by me (I promise gentle ones all the time) and the most touching  of all to me is that he is there to make sure my lights are switched off and my blanket is on every night without fail (even though I may have really pissed him off just an hour ago).

I’m saying all of this because I really love this boy. He treats his family really right, not to mention just how well he treats and takes care of our mum. This boy doesn’t seem to always be active on social medias because that’s just how he really is, cool and humble young boy.

Adik, I’m sorry for all the times that I unreasonably scolded you. My wish for your 20th birthday is…

For this sister of yours to be nicer and nicer to you (I try everyday!). And yes, for Allah to bless and keep you safe from harm and danger. A good guy with the kindest of hearts like you should always find peace in life.

You are Allah’s blessing in our lives, Happy 20th Birthday little brother!

“Dik, let’s take a picture of us kissing your cheeks. Want to upload on instagram tomorrow”

He ran away…

“Haish you girls ridiculous, at least find a spot where people can’t see us. Not in front of a restaurant”

Then our big sister said this to me…

“Oh adik I know what you can caption. Single, available, pilot to be in shaa Allah. Anyone interested?”

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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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