Friday, December 12, 2014

Summer in December

Hello there.
How are you?

I'm doing good so far. Alhamdulillah. I would like to share my recent experience in this post. Insha'Allah. As I mentioned in my previous post, istiqamah is not easy. This is my first time spending December in Australia as I would usually spend it in Malaysia. I had no idea that the weather would be this hot during summer. Subhanallah. Last month, I made a decision to do small hijrah. I decided to change the way I dress in accordance to the shar'i. Can you guess? Yes, it has something to do with the hijab. In order to relate the things I've stated before, I admit that it is hard to remain istiqamah to wear wide hijab during summer. I can feel my neck sweating inside. I wonder how my other sisters in Islam do it. Masha'Allah. May Allah grant me the ability to be as istiqamah as them.

Nevertheless, this kind of weather makes me appreciate Malaysia more. Alhamdulillah. In Sabah, the weather is just nice most of the time. Subhanallah. Of course, the grass is not always greener on the other side. There were times when the weather was just as bad as this. Allah knows. Talking about Malaysia, I will be heading home for good soon. Insha'Allah. I will share my life journey in Australia in my next posts. Insha'Allah.

This picture was taken in the City Botanic Garden. I was wearing Calaqisya's Satin Silk Shawl in this picture. Don't forget to visit their website for more collections. Thank you to Kak Niza for this picture. YAY!

I hope you have a nice week.
Until then, goodbye now.

Friday, November 21, 2014


Hello there. 
How are you?

Time travels so fast, isn't it? I can't believe that it's Friday and it's almost time to call the day off. Alhamdulillah. It's good to know that weekend is approaching. Anyway, I just came home from the Friday Night Class. I'm so grateful for the topic presented tonight. Just exactly what this post is about, istiqamah. In English, istiqamah can be translated as steadfastness. I'm sure each and one of us is struggling to become steadfast in this deen. So do I. In this post, I would like to share some of the things I've learned from the class. I hope we all can benefit from it. May Allah increase us in faith. Insha'Allah. 

Istiqamah. Hmm.
Not everyone understands the concept of istiqamah. We've heard the word many times yet we just don't get what it really means. That was what happened to me before. Steadfastness is all about remaining firm on the straight path within the bounds that Allah has laid down. Part of it is to fulfil the obligations of Allah and refrain from what He has prohibited. It requires a lot of hard work (ibadah) to obtain istiqamah. It also requires patience, hard work, endurance and perseverance. There are two qualities for our ibadah to be accepted, sincerity and mutaba'ah. The latter means doing all sorts of ibadah according to the way of Rasulullah SAW. The key to istiqamah is the soundness of the heart. In a hadith, Rasulullah says:

Truly in the body there is a morsel of flesh, which, if it is sound, all the body is sound, and which, if it is corrupt, all of the body is corrupt. Truly, it is the heart.
(Sahih Al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim)

The soundness of the heart can be achieved by loving Allah more than anything else and ta'dheem of Allah's commands and prohibitions. Ta'dheem means to have respect on what Allah has commanded us to do and stay away from the prohibited. Hence, it is important to know the condition of our hearts from time to time. I know things are easier said than done but the rewards are just amazing. Subhanallah. One of the beauties of the Qur'an is it can make a sad person happy. No matter how guilty we feel over the sins that we have done, Allah always persuades us and calms our hearts with His words of love (the Qur'an). Don't you think Allah is amazing? Subhanallah. 

Surah Fussilat verse 30 to 32, briefly, Allah Taala says that don't be sad because of the sins that we have committed in the past. Instead, remain steadfast in our ibadah because He has promised Jannah for those who have remained on the straight path. These verses can also give us spiritual motivation to keep doing better despite the difficulty of istiqamah. When this part of the lecture was presented, I could feel my heart crying over the greatness of Allah. Subhanallah. Allah is just amazing.

To relate this with what has happened in my life.
I've deleted my twitter account a couple of days ago. Somehow I feel happy that it has finally gone. I decided to do so because of several reasons. I want to make myself a better person. I want to change my life. You can say whatever you want, but it's still His opinions that are matter to me. To be honest, I just feel like I wasn't being completely myself on twitter and almost everything I tweeted lately was bothering me. Yes, each and one of us does things to impress others. I didn't like the feeling I felt during that time. But anyhow, at the end of the day, I'm glad I have made such decision.

Another thing that I would like to clarify is I'm trying to take care of my ikhtilat. An advice for the men out there, a good man respects women and lowers his gaze. What I meant by lowering the gaze was by trying to control oneself from having unimportant conversations. This is to avoid zina. May Allah give us the understanding of His deen. I would also like to take this opportunity to ask for your forgiveness for all the things that I have done wrong, intentionally or unintentionally. May Allah forgive us all and keep us steadfast on the righteous path.

Until then, good night.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Hello, November!
I can't believe that we've left October weeks ago.
And I can't even believe that I've just finished my last paper today. 


It was the toughest weeks ever in my life. 
I think I've done the best that I could in this exam and it's time to put my tawakal in Allah. 

I've been doing a lot of reflecting and reminiscing lately. I couldn't have done this without His help. Almost three years living in a foreign country, with foreign house mates, and speaking in a foreign language. My God. When I think back, how on earth did I manage to survive in Australia this long? Yet I'm thankful for this opportunity. To experience a different culture, meeting wonderful people and travel to amazing places, these are the golden experiences that I will forever treasure in my life. Masha'Allah. It has always been my dream to study abroad, and with Allah's permission, He granted my prayer. Alhamdulillah.

One thing that I would like to share is never underestimate the power of istikharah. From this journey, I've learned to always seek Allah's help whenever we have to make a decision in life. How easy it is and how amazing Allah is that even just by praying two raka'ah can give such tremendous impacts in one's life. Subhanallah. Before I came to Brisbane, I was offered by another two universities where one was located in Melbourne and another one in Perth. I know. It was so tight. I didn't know which one to choose because all of them were equally good. And the first thing that came into my mind was istikharah. Finally, I chose Brisbane. Every decision that you make in which you involve Allah in it, such decision will never be a regretted one. I'm reminding myself and those who are reading this.


Now I can't wait to do istikharah for another one of the biggest decisions in my life. 
Guess what? Marriage. Haha.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Refresh our imaan

Remember when I told you about the flowers that I bought the other day?
I woke up the next morning feeling excited because of it. Haha.
Well, I still haven't bought the vase yet. Hm.

This morning Kak Niza and I went to Halaqah Nurani to refresh and rebuild our imaan. Insha'Allah. This week's sharing was on Tafseer Surah An-Nazi'at and half an hour discussion about what we have learned from the Prayer Makes Perfect course which was held last weekend. Alhamdulillah. We've benefited a lot from it. I ask Allah to bless Ustazah Asma, Kak Nani and everyone who came to seek His knowledge today. Amin.

Surah An-Nazi'at talks about The Day of Resurrection, the story of our beloved Prophet Musa and Pharaoh, Allah's creations, and The Day of Judgement. What can be pondered upon from this surah is that no matter how much we try to hide our sins, Allah knows. Remember that we are constantly being monitored by Allah. Another thing that can be taken as a lesson is that this life is too short, hence, don't waste it on worthless things.

Living in Brisbane has changed my life. Alhamdulillah. Back in Malaysia, it was never easy for me to find Islamic classes. Take note that I live in Sabah, it wasn't easy to attend to these classes. Unless you ask someone or any university students, you'll never know. So, if you ever wondered that living in Kuala Lumpur or somewhere else was too burdening for you, now don't be. Because you're blessed that Allah has made it easy on you to find and gain knowledge about His deen. May Allah make it easy on us to seek His knowledge.

After weeks and months of going through a lot of hardships, I'm beginning to feel better now. Alhamdulillah. To share things that I've learned from those hardships, Allah's mercy is greater than His anger and no matter what happens do not ever give up on Him. Subhanallah. We, human, are not free from sins. We make mistakes everyday yet Allah has always been forgiving to us. Do not question why Allah is testing us with such hardship because He knows better and that every test has its wisdoms. A friend of mine once told me that we learn something new everyday. I couldn't agree more.

Before I put a full-stop on this entry, 
here are some of the pictures taken yesterday.

I know I've been posting a lot of pictures of flowers on instagram lately, I could be annoying some time. But I can't  help it. Hehe. I can't describe how much I love flowers. It's just so beautiful. Subhanallah.

Anyway, have a lovely weekend.
Until then.

Friday, September 26, 2014


A few weeks ago, Kak Niza and I was planning to throw a small birthday surprise for our lovely Fadilla. We were supposed to do it on the same week of her birthday. Unfortunately, due to our busy schedule, we had to postpone it to, not one, but two weeks after. Sigh. But we managed to surprise her last week!

We bought her a necklace as her birthday gift. I was thinking about getting a floral scarf for her but we couldn't find a nice one, hence, we decided to go with the necklace. I had a chance to bake Fadilla's birthday cupcakes. Since I couldn't think of anything else, I decided to bake Red Velvet Cupcakes. Masha'Allah. Fadilla is a sweet young lady, so I thought pink colour as her birthday theme would be nice. Oh and the birthday card was also in pink. Hehe.

We celebrated her birthday at The City Botanic Garden. Overall, the birthday surprise went well. Alhamdulillah. So happy that she likes it.

Now, I leave you with a couple of pictures from last week.
Until then, have a lovely day everyone.

Oh, and good morning!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Spring break

My mid-semester break has just started.
Which means, I have more time to update my blog.
The past few weeks have been the toughest ones but I'm glad that it's over. Alhamdulillah.

It is now Spring in Australia and I'm enjoying it so far.
In fact, my sindrom-beli-bunga is getting worse. Every time I see fresh flowers, I cannot help but to buy it. To give you a clue on how worse this syndrome is, I went to the city today and bought myself another bouquet of flowers. Since I don't have enough vases at home, now, I have to buy a new one. At the moment, I have to borrow my house mate's vase to place the flowers that I just bought.

Oh, dear. I know. But I can't help it.
I love it when I wake up every morning and seeing those flowers blooming.
It makes me happy. Free therapy. Masha'Allah.

Anyway, Raya Haji is just around the corner. Just like previous years, I won't be able to celebrate it with my family but I'm more than happy to celebrate it with my friends here. Oh yes, my friend and I are hunting jubah now! It's so hard to pick one because all of them are pretty. Hm. Now, this is where my imaan is being tested. When will I stop buying things online? Cry. But seriously, I do have issue with online shopping. I really need to control myself.

I guess that's it for now.
Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Life and wisdom

I bought this wide shawl from my sister few months ago,
never thought that I could wear red at all.


I'm now halfway through my final semester. Alhamdulillah. This semester is hectic and there are tons of things that need to be done before the semester comes to an end. But I keep telling myself that, insha'Allah, I can make it through. I had a chance to share stories with Kak Dina today and it has helped me a lot. Masha'Allah. She's a wonderful person. May Allah bless her and her family. Every word of her really inspires me to become a better person. When I look back into my life, I thank God that this is how He has planned my life to be. I'm grateful to have the life that I live now. Alhamdulillah.

I ask Allah to keep me steadfast and help me to become a better Muslim.
Amin Ya Rabb.

I've been through a lot of things lately. The good and the bad. It comes to a point where I've lost my sense of trust to other people. Yet I know there is always wisdom in every test. Allah says in the Qur'an, with every hardship comes ease. I love this. Whenever I read this verse or if it comes into my mind, I just feel motivated again. It helps to build my spirit and to motivate myself to keep going.
Beautiful. Subhanallah.

I have nothing else to share except that I had fun today especially about gaining new knowledge from someone who I've been admiring for a long time. I would love to learn more from her.

Until then, good night.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


When it comes to love, I leave it all to Allah.
I have to admit that it feels kind of lonely sometimes especially when I look at everyone around me. Yet I know that Allah's plans are way better than mine. I guess the only thing I can do is pray and be patient.

In time, things will fall in the right place.
Keep the faith.

To be honest, being single is not easy but I know that this will be worth it in the end. Some wonder why I've been single for quite a long time. It's not that I don't want to move on or stuck with my past. To me, love is precious. Hence, I decided to give mine only to the one who deserves it. I'm a devoted person. When I love, I love with all my heart. Yes, that's the problem. Because when I have no choice but to let go, my heart bleeds and it hurts so deep. I don't want to go through the same thing again. Not anymore.

To sum it up, I'm just too tired of being in a relationship. Therefore, I leave it all in Allah's hands because I know that He knows what is better for me in the future. I know this sounds kind of funny but I decided to write this here.

To the man who I will marry in the future, 
I have no idea who you are and where you are,
But because I love you and I love Allah,
I'm keeping my heart just for you. 
Only you.

I know that I'm not perfect. 
Hence, in a meantime, I'm doing my best to better myself. 
I pray that may Allah ease everything for you and me.

I better stop now before I get too emotional.
Until then, good night.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Six years of blogging

I still remember those days when I was still new in this world of blogging. 
What inspires me to blog is my passion towards writing. 

I wasn't a heavy reader back then. I love to read but I read only books that bring me to adventures. I love how it makes my imagination alive. As a child, I wasn't a fan of romantic novels. I remember when I was in high school, my friends would be exchanging novels. Most of the novels were about love and relationship. I also remember those days when I was trying so hard to fit into the circle, I would borrow one of the novels and force myself to finish reading it. But of course, my interest changed as I grew older.

Hm. The first time I decided to create a blog was when I was sixteen. I was still young and if I had a chance to read those posts again (which I've deleted few years ago), I'm pretty sure I would be laughing the whole night. 

I take blogging seriously because I just love sharing things about my life. Being a blogger for the past 6 years made me realise how precious memory is. It makes me appreciate my growth since I was a teenager until now. It's wonderful to see how we, ourselves, have grown into someone beautiful. It makes us love ourselves even more. Alhamdulillah.

I wish to continue writing until I have my own family someday. Insha'Allah.
I wonder how it feels like to read this post in the next twenty years.

Until then,
have a good night.

Friday, September 5, 2014


Every test comes with two outcomes, failure and success. 
Most of the time we struggle to reach for success. 
But to some people, failure is like a ritual thing.

How people respond to failure depends on how they look at it. Some look at failure in a negative way while others look at it in a positive way. I guess the beauty of failing is it makes success tastes even sweeter. I admit that it doesn't feel good to fail. But at the end of the day we have no choice but to accept it and improve.

May Allah ease every task for me and you.
I ask Allah to grant us success in this world and the next. 


I have nothing else to share. 
Until then, have a lovely weekend.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

My gallery

The only thing that keeps my life interesting right now is Instagram. I love photography. I've always wanted to take beautiful photographs. I'm still learning and not quite there yet. But I'm grateful to be given this nikmat. I hope to learn more in the future. Insha'Allah.

Feel free to visit my Instagram.

Ieka Ahmad.

Monday, September 1, 2014


This morning I woke up trying to positive myself.

It's been a tough journey lately.
But yet I'm grateful because every trial helps me to draw myself closer to Allah. In order to be among The People of Jannah, I must learn to forgive others. To be honest, to me it's easy to forgive but to forget is another thing. I've been tested with a lot of things. I think it's best not to mention those things.

In Surah Al-Baqarah verse 286, Allah mentions that,

Allah does not charge a soul except (with that within) its capacity. It will have (the consequence of) what (good) it has gained, and it will bear (the consequence of) what (evil) it has earned.

I'm not a perfect person. I make mistakes. I take these trials as lessons in life as well as a wake up call. I've been enjoying too much. Astaghfirullah. I ask Allah to forgive my sins and yours. Indeed, this world is a scary place to live. May Allah ease our journey here.

To share you what I've learned from those tests. I've learned to be more careful of the words that I utter to others and to be more sensitive towards someone else's feeling. I've also learned to forgive others as well as to forget the mistakes they made. Hence, I ask Allah to forgive me. I've learned to appreciate my deen. There are more but these are the ones I could think of at the moment. Before I end this post, I ask Allah to forgive us all and help us to go through the trials that we are facing in life.

I forgive those who hurt me for the sake of Allah.
May Allah soften their hearts to forgive mine.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Birthday surprises

Oh my goodness!

I wish I could tell you how lazy I am to write a single post lately. Not to mention, my draft is getting thicker. I would write something up and then leave it in the draft for days! I swear I've tried the best that I could to share stories and post it but my laziness outweigh everything.

Anyway, I'm glad I have time to write something today.
I'm posting this while having a cup of hot green tea.

Anyway, last few days was my 22nd birthday. I still can't believe that I'm twenty-two now. Alhamdulillah. This year's birthday felt a bit different than previous years. Hmm. I have never had a lot of surprises on my birthday as much as I did this year. Which is another thing to be grateful for. Alhamdulillah. I've received birthday surprises from my best friends, family and siblings, and friends. To be honest, for me it was the best birthday ever! I wish I could redo it.

What I did on my birthday was just spending my time alone at home. The word alone makes me sound like a boring person but I was happy. Decorating is a hobby to me, so, I bought a few things to decorate my room and I had so much fun doing it.

Birthday, to me, is just another reminder that we are getting closer to death. I pray that may Allah help me to better myself from day to day. It frightens me sometimes to think of how much good deeds have I done in this world. Is it enough? Will it help me to get into Jannah and on The Day of Judgement? I wonder how much effort have I put to keep myself steadfast on the righteous path. It's scary to think of all these.

Nevertheless, I am thankful to Allah for allowing me to wake up this morning and giving me another chance to try to change myself for the better. I pray that may the syahadah be our last word in this world. Amin.

I wish I had more time to write about the birthday surprises. But surely, this year's birthday was the best I've ever had in my life. Alhamdulillah. I ask Allah to grant each and one of them who have made me the happiest person on earth a place in Jannah Al-Firdaus (the highest place in Jannah). Amin.

Until then.
Have a lovely day!

Ieka Ahmad.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Aidilfitri 1435H

My eid this year was a bit different than the last two years. I've celebrated mine in Malaysia! It was a blessing indeed and I was so happy to have had a chance to celebrate it with my family. Alhamdulillah. My theme this year was black and white. Well, it wasn't the same as the rest of my family members. I'd say it was unexpected. But the best part is that I've shared the same theme with my best friend!

For my dress, I bought the top and skirt from The Poplook. It was beautiful and the material was my favourite! I went back to Australia five days after the first day of eid. To be honest, I think the eid celebration overseas is far more lively than it was back home. In fact, we have a few more open houses to go and in total about ten open houses this month! I could've fainted because of the food. I've been eating a lot and need to start exercising now. Sigh.

Anyway, I'd like to wish you all Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri Maaf Zahir dan Batin!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Black and white

Last weekend, my friends and I had a chance to sell our clothes during Pre-Raya Bazaar. The sale was a bit slow in the beginning but as time goes by it became better. Alhamdulillah. The most important part is we had fun and have gained new experiences. We had a chance to meet new people and establish new connection. It was wonderful indeed.

I've even bought myself a cute pants from a friend of mine on the first day of the bazaar. I love the birds print on it, the colours are just nice. To be frank, I was so excited to wear this pants. I was actually thinking about pairing it with a white blouse but I've been wearing white too many times now (I might have bored you). Hence, I decided to pair it with a black chiffon blouse from New Look which I bought from Indonesia a few years back. For the whole outfit, I decided to go with prints on prints look. The pashmina that I was wearing belongs to my sister.


Wondering where did I take these pictures at?

It was just a random location. I told my brother to drive us to Pan Pacific, Sutera Harbour. But I had no idea where exactly to do the photo shoot. On our way to park our car, I saw these cute red doors located just before the entrance of the car park. Then I thought this place is just perfect! It was a random idea but I love the outcome so much.

Overall, it was a great weekend.
I hope you have had a wonderful one too.

Until then,
I wish you all happy fasting!

Monday, July 7, 2014

The birthday dinner

6th July 2014.
Today marks the date of my father's 50th birthday.
I can't believe that he has finally turned 50. Oh my, time flies.

As usual, we would have a family dinner to celebrate the birthday. But since it's Ramadhan, then it's dinner-slash-iftar. Last year, I made an Ombre Cake for my father on his 49th birthday. Unfortunately this year I wasn't able to do so because of the timing. Hm. I'm planning to bake him something tomorrow. It's better late than never, right?

Anyway, my family and I celebrated my father's birthday at The Square RestaurantNovotel. The food there was awesome. If you're thinking about where to head to for iftar, then I'd suggest this place. The place was nice and the view was fine. I just can't stop thinking about the food. I love the food. Oh wait, did I mention that it's buffet?

For the birthday dinner, I decided to wear this Satin Pleated Skirt which I've bought over a year ago. Just like the rest of the skirts I owned, I'm in love with this skirt too! To make the outfit looks more dazzling, I decided to put on a necklace (which cannot be seen clearly in the picture) from Colette. For your information, I'm a big fan of Colette Hayman accessories and bags. I'd usually buy the accessories during sales and would spend hours in the store trying to figure out which one to buy. Who says being a woman is easy? Hmm.

Until then.
Have a wonderful day fasting!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

My saturday

Yesterday, I decided to try something new and bold in colour.
I chose to combine black and white with striking yellow. In addition, I wore a polka-dots printed skirt which was inspired by the 1950s fashion. I've been wanting to wear this skirt since the day I bought it. But I didn't because I thought it would be better to pair it with something brighter.

A few days ago, I went to Vincci and bought Helena (the shoes).
The first time I saw it I was already in love! What I like about Helena is it adds more of the 1950s style to the whole outfit. I've always been a fan of Vincci because the shoes are always amazing and affordable too. If you're living overseas, you could get Vincci shoes from Zalora.

As for the place where I did my photo shoot, my younger brother and I went to Shangri-La's Resort located in Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu. This place is lovely. If you feel like watching sunset, visit The Sunset Bar. Don't worry, the place is open air.

Well, I'll let these pictures do the talking.
Until then.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Tutu skirt

Skirts are my favourite.
It's a must in my wardrobe.

My younger brother and I went to Outdoor Development Centre (ODEC) today. I've discovered this place long time ago and haven't been visiting this place for years. If you've heard of or been to Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), you'll be familiar with this place. This place is so beautiful and breathtaking. Subhanallah. I've been planning to come here since I was in Brisbane and grateful that I've had a chance to do so. Alhamdulillah. 

It was midday when we came. I didn't take a lot of pictures because the weather was hot. I've had to stand the heat when my younger brother took this picture. Anyway, I'm happy that I've accomplished one of my plans. More to come. Insha'Allah.

As for today, I decided to wear a tutu skirt. I've been thinking to do this photo shoot for quite a while. At first I thought Masjid Bandaraya (Bandaraya Mosque) would be a wonderful place to shoot this skirt but since it's Friday and the Muslim brothers will be having their Friday prayer (it's a recommended prayer held weekly at the mosque), it would be awkward to do a photo shoot there. Hence, I did it here. Anyhow, I'm still happy with the outcomes. I was trying to sharpen my skills in photography at the same time. Hm. We'll see about that.

Until then.
Have a blissful Ramadhan.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Like a princess

Hello, there.
I'm back in Malaysia for two weeks.
My flight was on Thursday and it was a smooth journey.


I feel grateful to be able to meet my family again. I couldn't forget the feeling I felt few years ago when I lost two of the most important people in my life. It hurts (even until now) thinking about the fact that I wasn't there to meet and kiss them for the last time. But I have to accept the fact that they are no longer here in this world and that I can only share them my prayers. Since then, I've told myself to try my best to cherish every single moment as I possibly could with my family because Allah knows when their time will come. Allah knows when my time will come.

I went to Sutera Harbour a few days ago with my younger brother and best friend.  We went there merely for the sake of visiting The Muffins. Unfortunately, the place was closed due to construction. Although I was a bit sad but I was thrilled to discover this beautiful place which I've never known has existed before! I wish I could describe it by words but these pictures explain it better. I was amazed and thought that I might as well do a photo shoot here someday. But being me, I could not wait any longer. So, I went to visit this place again the next day with my younger brother. Only this time, I wore a beautiful Royal Iman 2.0 dress in Pink from Love To Dress. For your information, Love To Dress is a label owned by Sister Sumayyah Nasaruddin. Such a wonderful person she is. May Allah give her barakah always.

I love every single detail about this dress. Being a pastel-colour lover, I thought that I might as well pair this dress with a beautiful yellow half-moon shawl custom-made by a friend of mine. Do visit my Instagram for more details. I was enjoying the photo shoot and twirling around with my dress (not to mention that the weather was hot). I'm thankful to have a very dedicated photographer.

Oh, I'd also like to wish you Ramadhan Kareem and happy fasting.
May Allah accept our ibadah this Ramadhan. Ameen.
I hope you have a blessed month.
Until then.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Bunker Coffee

Last Friday, my friends and I went to a small coffee shop in Brisbane.
Have you heard of Bunker Coffee before? It is within walking distance from the Milton train station. Don't worry, it's easy to find this coffee shop. One thing I'd like to share about Bunker Coffee is it is located in a place that used to be a garage for a house at 21 Railway Terrace. Interesting, isn't it?

From my personal experience, I love everything about this coffee shop. The best thing about Bunker Coffee is everything offered in the menu is home-brewed. I would recommend you to try Bunker Coffee's Full Cream Double Shot Iced Coffee. It was good as gold that my friends and I bought another three of it. I've tried their Mocha and it was the best Mocha I've tasted so far! The cakes were also good. Overall, it was worth it.

Bunker Coffee (Brisbane)
21 Railway Terrace, Milton, Brisbane QLD 4064
Monday to Friday 
06:15 to 15:30

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Be grateful in life

Sometimes there are things in our life that aren't meant to happen. Like how you wish your life to be as simple as Cinderella's for an instance. To meet and dance with your price charming at the ball and become his queen the day after. It sounds great to be Cinderella, isn't it?

Pardon me for giving you this unconvincingly feeble example.
It's the only thing that I could think of.

I grew up watching and reading fairy tales, prince charming and castles. Hence, I guess it explains my personality. I've always put my hopes too high in everything. Maybe because of the idea that happy ending and prince charming do exist, it makes you think that it's not impossible to own a life as such. Sometimes that's what leads me into disappointment later. But as I grew older, I've learned a lot of lessons for each trial that I've encountered in life. As cliché as it sounds, I have to agree that experience is the best teacher.

What I've been trying to say is sometimes we can't always have what we want. But that doesn't mean what we receive will not work perfectly according to how we want it to be. It's okay to be a dreamer, to have expectations and to experience disappointment in life. Through all these, we learn to value ourselves and appreciate our efforts. This doesn't merely apply in relationship but in everything we do.

When I was little, to study abroad was a dream to die for. I'm grateful to have achieved what I've been dreaming of to achieve and to have wonderful supporters in my life. My family and cousins, I feel blessed to have them. Thank you, Allah. It may seems simple to those who read but it wasn't an easy journey. I'm not a perfect human being. I've been through ups and downs and experienced failure many times. At times, I'd wake up in the morning feeling demotivated and thought that it was already too much for me. But only then I discovered that not a single thing in life happens without reasons. Trust me, He will never put us in a situation that we cannot bear. Believe in yourself.

There's another thing that I'd like to share. Never do something without seeking His help. This is something that I need to remind myself constantly. As I reminisce those days when the offer letters came, it was a joyful moment yet a confusing one for me. But that's the beauty of being tested, it strengthens your relationship with The Creator and your reliance in Him. Alhamdulillah. I was confused and couldn't decide whether to pursue with it or to let it go. Then I thought the only way out for me is to ask His help through istikharah. So, I did it. It took me less than ten minutes to perform this prayer but the impacts of seeking His help are greater than what I expected. All it takes is just sincerity and sacrifice.

It's easy to say than to practice.
It's easy to write than to experience.

But what words can do is motivate.
That's why when we read the Qur'an and understand its meaning, we find ourselves calm and all of a sudden we feel the strength to carry on with our life. It's not just because we can read and understand it but because the Qur'an contains beautiful words chosen by Him which motivate us to go further. Subhanallah. Therefore, I hope my words can help to motivate you.

Until then.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Jakarta, Indonesia.

Hello there,
just another entry about travel.

A year ago, I went to Indonesia with my family and relatives. My mother and aunty were so excited for this trip. It was actually their idea to visit Indonesia. I was trying to recall what we did on the trip but I couldn't remember it in detail. Oh, well.

We flew with Air Asia from Kota Kinabalu to Jakarta and arrived at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport at almost midnight. Upon our arrival at the airport, we had to wait for about half an hour until the immigration line was clear. Whilst waiting, I took some pictures of my relatives. It was wonderful to have them along on this trip.

The two little boys are my cousins and both of them are siblings. I love having these munchkins on the trip! It was more fun having them along. We were staying at Ibis Mangga Dua Hotel. If you google it, there are three Ibis Hotel in Indonesia located at three different places. My suggestion would be the one that is located at Mangga Dua. The hotel was clean and close to shopping malls.

We started to explore the city on our second day in Jakarta. Tatang, a generous and friendly man, was our tour guide throughout this trip. The city was crowded and traffic was everywhere. However, it didn't stop us from discovering Jakarta. Our first stop was Taman Mini Indonesia Indah located in East Jakarta. This park was built to present Indonesia in a small scale. I thought the idea was brilliant because through this park we had a chance to learn about Indonesian culture, their traditional clothes, dances and so forth.

What I love the most about Indonesia is definitely the food. We had Nasi Padang for lunch almost everyday and it was delicious. We also went to Monas and took pictures there. The building reminds me of Menara Kuala Lumpur somehow.

My most favourite part has to be visiting Rock Shop Hard Rock Cafe. Since I like to travel a lot, collecting Hard Rock t-shirt is a must for me. If you are one of the Hard Rock t-shirt collectors, then don't forget to visit the shop at Plaza Indonesia EX. We also went to fX Sudirman mall located at Senayan, Jakarta.

These pictures were taken during our last day in Jakarta. But the holiday wasn't over yet, we spent the next three days in Bandung. On our way to Bandung, Tatang also took us to Taman Safari Indonesia. The munchkins were enjoying it so much. It was definitely a fun experience.

In Bandung, we continued our exploration and visited Tangkuban Parahu. It took me awhile to pronounce the name correctly. One more thing I like about Indonesia is you can even find a mosque at the top of this volcano. Another great place to visit in Bandung is Trans Studio Bandung. If you are an adrenaline junkie, then this place definitely suits you. Unfortunately, I didn't take a lot of pictures while we were in Bandung. We spent most of our time in Bandung shopping.

Overall, it was a fun trip.
There is something about Indonesia that attracts my attention to explore the country more. I'd also like to visit Bali someday. Insha'Allah.

Till then,
good night.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Seoul, Korea.

South Korea.

A place that was never on my travelling list before. But I have to admit that South Korea has successfully captured my attention. If I had a chance, I would love to visit Seoul again.

I went to South Korea with my family a couple of years ago. It was winter season when we came. I wasn't looking forward for the trip but I was so excited to experience winter. I'm pretty sure that we were staying at The Hamilton Hotel. Pardon me, my memory isn't that good. But I do remember the reason why my father chose to stay in that area; because it was easy to find halal food there.

We arrived at the Incheon International Airport at dawn. It was cold and we were freezing. That was my first time experiencing cold weather. All the nearby shops were still closed when we arrived at the hotel except a cafe where we stopped to buy a hot drink. Oh, I remember how beautiful the weather was.

As you can see, Itaewon was empty when we arrived. But of course, cars were everywhere on the street. The first restaurant that we visited on that day was an Indian restaurant. It's easy to find halal restaurants in this town. I would highly recommend you to find a place to stay in Itaewon if you are planning to visit Korea soon or in the future.

Our journey began on the second day of the trip. That was the first time we met Michelle, our tour guide. Michelle was a warm and friendly person. Her face was younger than her age. It was fun to have her around. We learned a lot about Korean culture from her. She took us to Hongdae to visit The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince. Does the name of the coffee shop sound familiar to you?

The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince was an old coffee shop located in Hongdae. It was where the shooting of Coffee Prince took place. The best part was that we had a chance to have a sip of coffee there! It was one of the most fascinating experiences in my life, a remarkable one. Michelle also took us to a traditional vegetarian restaurant located in the city. It was the only option that we had. However, that was the first time I had a taste of Korean traditional food and that would be the last too.

I still remember how everyone face was like while eating it. Shockingly, my father enjoyed it. While he was enjoying the food, the rest of us was struggling to finish it. Overall, it was a beautiful restaurant. I was thrilled to learn about the South Korean culture. It wasn't long until we said our last goodbye to Michelle. We had so much fun with her. 

A couple of days before our last day in Korea, we had a chance to visit The Lotte World. It was such a fun experience. It brought back all the memories we had when we were young. This is one of the places where you can have fun with your family and it can be a dream come true to your children too.

On our last night in Korea, we went to a restaurant owned by a Korean man whose wife was from Indonesia. Murree Korea Muslim Food was a small restaurant but the food was great and we enjoyed it so much. The best part of that night was we had a chance to experience the snow. I can never forget that moment. It was one of my favourite moments.

I had so much fun in Korea and hopefully I can visit the place again someday.