Monday, December 17, 2012

SECEBIS APM 2012

Just a quick update on Anugerah Planet Muzik! A prestigious collaboration by WARNA & RIA. This year I was tasked to update the APM2012 twitter and also as an Artiste Liaison Officer. As I'm busy running around all over the place, I didn't carry a camera with me and snapped pics with my trusty iPhone. Haha.

An awesome awards ceremony it was and I'm so glad be part of it. Macam such an honor gitu! Even though my role was minute, but I feel that it's a team effort and we did it! SYABAS to the radio team and also to everyone who were part of it!

Andddd... I made my husband jealous cos I managed to snap a pic with his SUPER FAVOURITE COMEDIAN/ACTOR/HOST.. Zizannnnn!! Woohoo!! Lol. :)

Ok ok. Here goes some pics!



















Greatness

Over the weekend, after the whole "anonymous" saga, I received this email from a young lady called Rose. It's followers like her is the reason why I blog, share my experiences and thoughts. Rose, thank you for the sincere email. Keep going after your dreams no matter how big or small they are. Allah is GREAT and HE will NEVER forsake us. I wish you all the best in life and do keep in touch ok. :)


This is just one of the many occasional emails I receive from total strangers. But the best thing about it is that each one of those who wrote to me can relate to my life story, my struggles and my journey. I blog because I want to stay real. I don't want to just paint daisies and roses, but also show the thorns amidst the beauty. That's life. Mine has never been perfect but it's the imperfection that makes it uniquely mine. 

You see and read many stories of success, but what you DON'T see is the struggle, tears and pain behind what goes through achieving those dreams. There are not short cuts to being successful. 

Speaking of success, I am nowhere near. I've got many more unfulfilled dreams that i'll continue chasing and I've still got many more milestones in history to create. Whenever I see my contemporaries doing well in life, I feel happy for them and I get inspired to be as great as them. There are reasons why there are chosen and living that desired path. God is fair and HE gives us what we deserve. So rather than going around all green-eyed to why some people are successful, doing well and you're not, let's focus back on ourselves, re-work our attitudes and go for the goal. 

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions.
Small people always do that,
but the really great ones make you feel that you too can become great. 

~ Mark Twain ~

If you want to be great, surround yourself with great individuals and fill your thoughts, heart and mind with greatness. Have faith, pray and In Shaa Allah, good things will come without you even realizing it. Meanwhile, let's continue to count our blessings and look forward to greater things! 

Have a good week ahead my dear readers! :)

Friday, December 14, 2012

Dear Anonymous...

With a million lovers, there will be a dozen haters. It's really ok. No words can bring me down because I've weathered & survived many storms greater than this.

Thank you to those who share my joy. It's people like you that makes this world a better and kinder place.

I'm truly touched by your comments and support. Let's continue doing good to others. Sentiasa bersangka & berlaku baik. Semoga Allah akan sentiasa melindungi kita dan orang-orang yang kita sayang. Cos HE gives us what we deserve. May Allah bless you kind souls. Amin.

Dear Anonymous, I really have no space in my heart for anger because I don't believe in vengeance. It eats you up inside. So, I wish you well my dear. Good luck & may Allah bless you and your family. Amin. :)






























Friday, December 7, 2012

The "BIG PROJECT" Revealed! :)

Some of your might have already read my tweets and seen my instagram pictures... Therefore, I shall officially reveal that the "BIG PROJECT" that I've been talking about on my blog is indeed our NEW HOUSE!

With Allah's grace, the husband and I managed to get our very own place in the east. This rare opportunity came as a surprise and we grabbed it because of the price and space of the unit. It's a Maisonette. A dream come true for now. Ma Shaa Allah. :)

At first, I was apprehensive about sharing it. You know when people say, "Dengar-dengar, dah dapat rumah eh?" And the next question would be.. "Rumah apa? 5 bilik eh?" So, how do you reply to that? Be honest I suppose. My mother has always thought me to be humble and not show off what we have in public. Therefore, I hope that my readers and followers will not see this as "showing off" but rather as an inspiration. Why? Let me tell you a story.

I grew up in a broken family. My parents were divorced when I was 2. My siblings and I were taken care of by my aunt (whom I refer to as my mother and Ibu) and my beloved late grandmother. Life was very simple. We were poor and lived in a 3 room flat with a small living room and 2 tiny bedrooms. BUT, we were happy with what we had. My grandmother taught me good values in life. To always be thankful for what we have and to thank ALLAH for all the blessings that he has given us.

Growing up, I've NEVER had a room of my own. Cos I had to share it with my siblings and grandmother. When my brother got older, his "room" is the living room. We had a mattress and he took it out to the living room and sleep every night. That was just the routine and we're used to it.

When I was a teenager, I've always envied friends who had their own room. Pretty rooms that were well furnished. Most of my friends are well-off and they stayed in beautiful houses. Unlike me. Bersyukur, and that's what I did.

I told myself that one day, I'll work hard. Make lots of money. Buy a spacious and big house for my family to live in. So that we all can have our own rooms. At the age of 28, that dream finally became a reality for the husband and I. It hasn't been easy but with Allah's amazing grace, we managed to get the house that is able to change our lives FOREVER. So I spent 16 years in  Queen's Close, 12 years in Bedok and many more memorable years to look forward to in Tampines! In Shaa Allah!

The Bedok flat has a very sentimental place in my heart. I got emotional and broke down on the day when we were moving out to our temporary place. I spent my late-teens there. Started my radio and tv newscaster job there. Lost my father and grandmother. Got engaged, married and gave birth to my firstborn, all at Bedok, that tiny 3 room flat that saw me grow up from a girl to a woman.

Cried buckets while hugging the Mami from level 3. She was the first neighbour that was so kind to us. She said, "Nona pindah sini bila Nona masih sekolah lagi.. Bila arwah Nenek masih ada.. Sekarang Nona dah kerja bagus, ramai orang kenal.. Nona baik-baik jaga diri kat rumah baru ye.. Bila senang, datanglah jumpa Mami dan Mamu.." I cried.

From a NOBODY, to a "somebody". That Bedok flat saw me through  so many ups and downs. :(


Farewell Bedok. It has been bittersweet, really. Thank you for housing all those memories. It's now time for my family to move on to something greater...

So, HELLO Tampines. May this wonderful house be filled with love and joy. The husband and I finally, have a place to continue building our little empire of happy souls. 





The renovation has started. Hisham and I are very practical people. We are not splurging to revamp the house as we will be spending within our means. It's our first property anyway, so it shall be simple and basic reno works. Nope, we did not engage any interior design company to do up our house because their prices are a killer for a maisonette. So, the husband, being the financial planner that he is, did an AMAZING job, in sourcing out for contractors, tiles suppliers and carpentry experts to do up our house. EVERYTHING in the house is ala carte. ;)

We are really hands on for the renovation that I think we should seriously call ourselves the Project Managers. Lol. He is into numbers and budget, while I'm into the creative side of things. Sometimes we argue over little things like, a specific tile that I LOVE but wayyy beyond our budget. So, I had to compromise for a cheaper alternative to fit our budget. I think we work very well as a team. I joked and told him that we can set up our own renovation company once all of this is done. SERIOUSLY. haha.

Renovation is ongoing and it's been fun so far. Can't wait to see the final product once everything is done.

There you have it. My "BIG PROJECT". Will blog in detail about the whole renovation process and share my experience for those who are on a tight budget to renovate their new flats.

When people ask, "Wah.. ni mesti renovate besar-besaran.. Mesti banyak sponsor kan?" 

I smile.. and say.. "Tak, Cik.. Nona dan Hisham budget-budget je. Ikut kemampuan. Takde yang sponsor pun. Semuanya kita bayar sendiri. Kenapa? Cik nak sponsor ke?" Makcik terus senyap. How like that? Heh. 

Sponsor atau tidak, semua ni rezeki masing-masing. Tak perlu lah kita nak persoalkan. Kalau ada yang nak sponsor, Alhamdulillah, itu rezeki dari Allah, kalau tidak, bersyukur dengan segala kemampuan yang ada. 

This house itself, is already a blessing and our rezeki.

For that, the husband and I are very thankful.

Alhamdulillah. Alhamdulillah. Alhamdulillah. :)