Saturday, March 28, 2009

Tentative programme for Family Day

Date: 24 - 26 April 2009
Venue: A Famosa Resort Melaka.

Friday
- check in 2-6 pm.
- solat maghrib in jamaah
- recite yasin and tahlil
- solat isya in jamaah
- dinner
- ice breaking activity - family tree

Saturday
- solat subh in jamaah
- light exercise
- breakfast
- animal safary
- lunch
- wet world / colouring activity
- solat maghrib in jamaah
- tazkirah and tahlil
- solat insya in jamaah
- sharing session - memoir of Hussain b Unang
(suggestions: representative from grandchild (shifa')
nephew (abg lili or abg asat)
children (kak huda)
sister (obek 6)
wife (mak)
then open to anybody else depending on time.

Sunday
- breakfast
- packing
- dismissal / farewell
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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Want to be my son in law?

I have two daughters, Nuha and Izzah. Nothing to do with Anwar Ibrahim's daughters, just coincidence. Funny because Anwar's third daughter has my name, Nurulhana. That is not what I want to write about today. I am intending to outline some of the conditions if any guy out there would want to be my son in law.

Of course I am very well aware that humans can only plan but the execution comes from Allah. Nevertheless, as a mother, I have the right to wanting the best for my children. Yes, life is too short to be picky and choosy, but still, I do not want to jeopardize the quality of life of my children even though it is a short journey . Others might not agree but the guide below is solely for my daughters and may not apply to other people's daughters. Of course people can change and behaviour can be improved but the drive to improve must come from within the individual himself. My daughters are not perfect and I am not looking for perfection either...but I am trying to minimize problems which might occur some time later in their lives if Allah permits. May Allah bless us all.

The criteria are as follows. The person must:
  1. pray 5 times a day
  2. comes from a family who also pray 5 times a day
  3. able to recite the Quran perfectly
  4. love my daughter unconditionally
  5. respect, love and get along with his own parents and family
  6. respect me and my family and able to get along with every single one of us
  7. able to care for my daughter's well being
  8. accept the fact that my daughter cannot cook

  9. does not play any musical instrument.
  10. observe Islamic moral conduct at all times.
The conditions above are subject to change depending on situation..and I mean no offense to anybody out there...Of course, as a mother I need to give all the support I can to make my children happy. After all, life is too short.....

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Gulai Kari Johor Che Wah

Ingredients:

A quarter kg of beef (slice) or chicken (cut)
1 inch of tumeric
1 inch of belacan (shrimp paste)
5 pieces of garlics
5 pieces of shallots
2 pieces of lemon grass
Half teaspoon of halba
1 tablespoon of kerisik
3- 5 tablespoon on blended dried chili
1 packet of concentrated coconut milk.
Potatoes (peeled and cut in four)
Tomatoes (cut in four)

How to:
Tumbuk kunyit, belacan, bwg putih dan bawang merah hingga lumat. Titik serai. Panaskan minyak dan tumis biji halba hingga naik bau. Kemudian, masukkan bahan2 yg telah ditumbuk dalam periuk. Setelah garing, masukkan cili mesen dan kerisik. Biar hingga garing. Masukkan daging atau ayam dan sedikit air. Masukkan kentang. Biar hingga daging dan kentang empuk.
Masukkan santan dan akhir sekali masukkan buah tomato. Biar seketika dan sedia untuk dihidang.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Taking things for granted


Life is too short to take things for granted. I am always grateful with what I have. I think Allah has given me a lot more than I had asked for. But being His servant (if I am qualify, that is), I would always ask for more each day. I would ask for blessings, I would ask for favours, I would beg that my burden and obstacles in life be lightened. I am grateful for my late father who had given me such a beautiful name. NURULHANA. It means the light of happiness in arabic. Indeed, I am determine to make myself happy and to make everyone that I care and love and everyone else around me happy.

Sometimes, the devils will tell me that hey, Hana, you did not get the same in return. You have been pleasing others but people take you for granted. Hmm... is it true? Well, I love talking to myself, talking to my mind to make me understand situations, conditions and challenges that come to me from all angles. That is how I comfort myself. When I am able to assess the situation from the bird's eye view, I would say, hey Hana, you do good deeds for the sake of Allah, right? So, that is the end of the story. If I do good things, I am pleasing my Creator and not because I would want something in return. Meaning, it people take you for granted, do not complain. Allah knows what is in your heart.

Yes, yes, I am fully aware that I should not have asked anything in return for all the good things I have done to others especially to the people I love and care. Only that deep inside me I am afraid if these people would regret for taking me for granted when I am no longer around. I do not want them to learn the hard way. I pray that happiness will always be mine. It is ok if others take me for granted because I always have Allah to turn to. I hope it will not be too late for the people I love and care to realise that I have done my all for the best of everyone. May Allah bless us all with Jannatul Firdaus.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Udang Galah masak gulai ketumbar Che Wah

This recipe is inherited from my mother in law.

Ingredients:

Udang galah 15-20 pieces

Bumbu to be blended:
Garlic 5 pieces
Shallot 6 pieces
Tumeric 1 inch
Lemon grass 2 pieces
Powdered coriander 1 tablespoon (heap)

Saute all the ingredients in heated oil. Leave it until fragrant. Then add 5 tablespoon full of blended chilli. Let it fry until fragrant. Next add in udang galah, 2 glasses of water and cut potatoes. Let it simmer until the potatoes are soft. Then, add in a packet of concentrated coconot milk and cut fresh tomatoes. Add in salt and seasonings to taste. Let it simmer for another 2 minutes. Then Walla, done and ready tobe served.