Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Friday, October 18, 2013
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Saturday, October 12, 2013
I'm in Cambodia with the familia.
Be back soon!
*this post is a test, updating from my phone.
Check out my pics on Instagram.
Cause I'm too lazy to download the app that I need to upload pics from my phone to the blog.
Did ya catch all that ;)
Saturday, October 5, 2013
My new jam!
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
I was fortunate enough to attend the Zawiyah (spiritual retreat) this summer in Rosales, Spain.
Any opportunity to be among like minded people,
actively seeking more knowledge for the sake of purifying the soul,
is one party I'm all about attending!
Plus it was being held in southern Spain...umm hello!
The theme of the retreat was
"Service to others & compassion"
How are you going to argue with that!?
The foundation of the week long retreat was laid out with this simple hadith(tradition/report) of the angel Jibreal (Gabriel)
"This day I have perfected for you your religion and have fulfilled my blessing upon you and I have contended myself for you"
There was something very serene about being hidden away in the mountains of the sleepy town of Rosales. Where your daily life revolved around taking care of only mind, body, and spirit. It's a great escape from "real life" and is amazingly refreshing.
But let's be real...
The whole time I'm at any type of retreat like this is, "how am I going to keep this up at home!?"
Life is crazy busy.
And although I'm not always up to beat with what I feel I should be/doing as a Muslim,
I'm reminded that we're all human.
We make mistakes. We falter. We question. We believe. We fall. We get back up.
We remind ourselves that God is forgiving and in return He reminds us His mercy is extremely vast.
God is super cool!
Here are some take home points that I try to remind myself of often:
- Worship God as though you see him even if you don't see him.
- Be honest and courageous enough with yourself in acknowledging your sins.
- Repentance is a daily part of refining yourself.
- Practice self development and constant purification.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Hey friends! What's up!
You guys know my middle name is Ms. Procastination, right!?
Yeah, well...now you know...(and knowing is half the battle) ;)
I ordered dresses from the popular Abaya Addict not this year, but last summer!
Fully intending to do a blog review. I swear my intention was in the right place.
My friend was a practicing photographer at the time and we thought it would be
fun to take some pics in the these great solidify dresses.
They are super comfy, you can dress them up or down.
It's a perfect jersey fabric that even in Malaysia is nice and cool!
I want one in every color!
Abaya Addict offers a wide range of super cute picks in case dresses aren't your thing!
Friday, September 20, 2013
I really am a terrible blogger. I need to get my act together a.s.a.p.
Like for realz folks!
Here's the low down
- Went to Spain for a week
- Got all spiritual and stuff during the month of Ramadan
- Became great friends with a stranger
- Flew to California on short notice
- Cause my Baba had open heart surgery
- Wrote two papers and took one test
- Did I tell you all I'm taking a course in Nutrition
- No, I'm not following a healthy diet
- Yes, I'm still drinking too much coffee
- And addicted to Coke.
Alright there you go.
I'd like to say more details coming soon...but you all know me too well by now.
Seriously though, I really do want to start blogging like I'm cool and stuff.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Monday, July 15, 2013
We are in the blessed month of Ramadan.
aka using this as an excuse for my lack of blogging.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
It's almost been 6 months!
What the heck have I been up to...
Few things...stress...procrastination...life...health...among a bunch of other stuff.
You know when you want to do something and other things get in your way and so you get super frustrated and just want to give up!? Yeah, that's me...and then I reach for chocolate and sulk.
|(Putra Jaya Botanical Gardens Moroccon Section)|
There are a few things I'm trying to manage at the moment and not really concetrating on any one specific thing. Which leads all of them to get neglected in one way or another.
You know how it is. Oh! you don't!?!
hmm...maybe it's just me.
In the meantime, I came across this fun "get to know you" questionnaire and thought I'd do the same.
- Inside, I feel like I'm (age): depending on the day 80 or 18
- My most recent achievement: not eating any sugar for 5 months!!
- The last gift I bought for someone: I commissioned a painting for the husband
- The last album I bought: Imagine dragons
- The last app I downloaded: A beautiful Mess
- My current favorite song: well until I downloaded Imagine Dragons, it was Just give me a reason by Pink. But now it's Demons.
- The last book I read: And The Mountains Echoed by Khalid Hosseini
- What I'm wearing right now: Light wash jeans with a grey t-shirt.
- Something I think about a lot: besides updating this blog...forgiveness.
- What my plans are for the rest of the day: clean out storage closet, get rid of some shoes, pick out an outfit for my birthday dinner w/ the husband.
|(where did these kids come from)|
That's it for today folks, hopefully be back soon :)
remember you can find me on my new obsession
p.s. While looking for pics to accompany this post, I realized there is a lot we've done. Which made me not feel as lazy as I thought I was ;)
Friday, February 1, 2013
They say absence makes the heart grow stronger. Hope that's true for you guys :)
Sorry for my silence. Lots of stuff on my plate these days!
Be back soon.
Monday, December 17, 2012
I first heard of Integrity Boutique through facebook. I was smitten as soon as I saw their designs.
I attempted to narrow down my order to a couple, but the list just grew from there.
They were kind enough to ship my order from Australia to Malaysia,
so no worries if you don't live down under.
Although they don't yet have an online site that you can order from,
you can place your order through facebook.
They also have a store front.
I'm hoping to pay it a visit when we are in Sydney early next year.
Watch Integrity Boutique featured on Faith Fashion, Fusion
Also make sure to 'like' them on facebook
I have a photographer friend who needed some hours behind the camera.
So I thought it would be fun to play model for the day (don't worry, I'll be keeping my day job.)
This is my own personal review of Integrity Boutique dresses.
*I was not gifted or or paid for this review.
This dress is Navy and is heavy jersey, no liner needed. Gold buttons embellish the sleeves.
This can definitely be dressed up or down.
This dress is beautiful. It's knit and fully lined.
They don't specify on the website the material of the dresses, so I was a bit bummed when I realized this would be pretty heavy to wear in this climate.
This dress is my favorite! I love the design of it.
It's extremely flattering with the middle panel. This dress is a light polyester blend and you'll need to wear a slip underneath.
This one you've seen before. I wore this on Eid Al-Adha. It's a satin blend and sits really well. It can be worn with or without a belt.
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
I love the simplicity of the video.
Monday, November 26, 2012
The other day I decided I was going to make Afghan food.
If you have never had it, you are seriously missing out.
If you have never had it, you are seriously missing out.
You see, I grew up in a city in Northern California that is better know as Little Kabul. It also is the same city the book Kite Runner refers to when he moves to the United States. You can drive down the street and find restaurant after restaurant tantalizing you with delcious aromas and tender meats. Since I wasn't going be going to the Bay Area for a visit, I needed to fulfill my craving.
So boys and girls I decided to cook it myself!!!
Trust me, this was huge in my house.
I really felt like the local news should have been notified, but whatever.
I might publish a cookbook.
I made two main dishes, intending to make a third but I got
Feast your eyes on this.
Afghan Dumplings or better known as Aushuk:
Adapted from Food 52
- 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 pound ground lamb
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 1 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 3 teaspoons Kosher salt, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 pound scallions, washed
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 package won ton wrappers
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- 1 cup plain, whole milk yogurt
- 1/2 teaspoon dried, ground garlic
- 1 tablespoon dried mint
Makes 25 dumplings
They came out really good and were devoured within minutes.
Yay! for me.
The next dish I made was Afghan rice. Pretty easy and so satisfyingly good
Adapted from: Persian Recipes
Quabili Pallow (Polo)
- 1 medium onion - chopped
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1 cup raisins
- salt / pepper
Directions: Soak the rice and set aside (add some salt to the water).
Saute the chopped onions in oil until they begin to slightly turn a golden color. Add salt/pepper, and some turmeric powder (optional).
Wash the shredded carrot and saute in oil until it is tender. Wash the raisins and saute them in oil as well until tender. Set both aside.
Boil water to cook the rice, and once the rice is ready drain the water. Add oil to the bottom of your pot along with a bit of water and pour half the rice into the pot. Pour the broth over the rice, mix then place the carrots and raisins over the rice. Cover the pot and allow the rice steam.
*This recipe originally called for cooking the meat with the rice. I cooked a leg of lamb on it's own and sliced the meat after it cooked over the rice.
Both were relatively easy to make.
Pat on the back for me! And needless to say my family was impressed.