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Situated No 64…Now and Then July 25, 2012


This is our address since we received our first Identification Card until now. Even though we have our own house now, but most of our letters were addressed to this house because we practise the nomad life before…hehhehe. Let me capture the moments..

When I was born, we stayed at Chai Leng Park, and then we moved to Sg. Petani (SP), my 2nd sister was born here, after 2 years we moved to Alor Setar if I’m not mistaken we stayed at Jalan Day, my 3rd sister was born here. After 2 years we moved out and we stayed at No.64 with our grandma (Tok Puteh : since she was fair like Snow White, we called her Tok Puteh). I think we stayed with Tok Puteh for almost 2-3 years before we moved to the shop houses, Pumpong and my 4th sister was born here. We stayed here for 4 years I think, and we moved to Mentaloon chalet for  1-2 months, and then to PKNK for 3 months, after that we moved back to SP and we stayed at Taman Aman, my 5th sister was born her. In SP, we have moved to 4 houses in 16 years; Taman Aman- Taman Patani Jaya- Lrg 3/8 Bandar Laguna Merbok (BLM) and finally to our own house at Lrg 5/40 BLM.

And just to let you know, my dad was not a soldier nor my mom..but we just ‘like to move it, move it’(Madagascar version)


The house no. 64 now



Side view..Now


Side view…Then


Favourite photo angle..Now 2012


2nd Day Raya 2011


Favourite photo angle Then (Can you spot No. 64?)

Anyway back to No. 64, there was a lot of memories that will remain forever in our heart. My parents were married here in 1981. In 2009, I was married here and the house got a new look; My heartfelt thanks to my mom and dad who went throughout to make sure I have a grande wedding.

I’ve troubled deciding on my wedding venue actually. I tried to find all the quotations from Park Avenue; Emerald Puteri, Cinta Sayang,Laguna Club and Laguna Homestay, but none of the above satisfy my parents, so we decided to hold it at No.64.

The night I decided on my wedding venue, I dreamed about Tok Puteh gave her unforgettable smile and she gave me her warmth hug. Deep inside my heart, I knew if she was here, she’ll be happy organising such ceremony. I love you Tok.. Al- Fatihah (Allayarhamah Tunku Habsah 1920-2005).

I also would love to extend my thanks to Ayie-Rizal and Team, and to all the relatives who contributed directly or indirectly. Later, in 2010, my 2nd sister had her engagement ceremony here and after she’s married, she stayed here for about 2 months in 2011 before they move to their own house.



The ceremony then.. My Nda and Late’s wedding 1981




The ceremony now..My wedding 2009




Syafeeqah’s Engagement Ceremony in 2010

But sadly, most of us are busy in our daily chores and there’s no one to look after the house. Sometimes we went back and cleaned up the house, but it was devastating to see the house increasingly dilapidated.

Late(I called my dad Late-short form of Walid), I believed you’ve tried your best to retain the house. We were sorry for not being able to buy that house for you. We were truly sorry. I have to admit, although it is so hard to let go the house, but sometimes I do think it’s the best decision that my dad and his siblings made. But on our end we are fully satisfy because we’ve hosted our major events here, we’ve spend some of our years here, and we tried to rejuvenate the house whenever we came here.“Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.” ― L.M. Montgomery, The Story Girl

And “What i like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” ― Karl Lagerfeld

“I’ve never tried to block out the memories of the past, even though some are painful. I don’t understand people who hide from their past. Everything you live through helps to make you the person you are now.” ― Sophia Loren

The most memorable spot at No.64 are…….

The Verandah


 Then (Memories with Arwah adik Sarah,Tok Man and Tok) Al-Fatihah


My wedding 2009


Recent 2012 (Post-wedding pic..hahaha)



Syafeeqah’s Engagement 2010


Recent 2012 – Post-engagement pic (Ermm..Where’s Princessa?)


Recent 2012 ..All of us plus Princessa

The Balcony

ImageA Must Have Scene for a photo-shoot 1981 (Repeated pic)


Akad Nikah 13 February 2009


Wedding 14 February 2009


Engagement 26 June 2010


Recent 15 July 2012


Then in early 2000 (Awatifh carrying Adik)


Adik in 2011

The Kitchen


Dining place then


Dining place now in 2011


Tok’s favourite place (by the window side)


Capturing the moments with Princessa


Busy place …then


Acting busy..now

The Upper Hall




Fully utilise then…



Emptiness now


I always remember Tok’s viewing spot by the window

The Lower Hall

We have a large store! Then

  Awatifh saying bye-bye to the store…hehhehe

A place to sleep!

Antique properties!

Another spot for a family pic..(Al-Fatihah to Arwah Ayah Chik)

The Stairs


Decorated for Syafeeqah’s Engagement


Decorated for our wedding!


2nd day Raya pose with non-decorated stairs

 5 of us

Tok’s Upper Room

            Before and after the wed

Tok’s Ground Floor Room

Sharing the moments with Keisya…

1st year Raya without Tok

The Swing

Then (I should have plan with my cousin to have a pose like this now…hehehhe)

Now…Dek Qah with the new generations..

The Backyard

Alfeesyah in the garden…We used to have lots of flowers here

Alley to the backyard

We used to have 2 swings here

Another swing…then 

Guess..What is this?

Backyard then: 1. Baba in front the clothes line,2. Arwah Tok Su (You can see we’ve been surrounded by paddy field) and 3. best buddies Watifh and Arwah Adik Sara…always attach to each other

We brought Princess Keisya to the house and capture some of her photos with us….It might be our last visit to this house. I kindda’ have mixed feeling…I do not know either I’m sad or happy, either I’m angry or relieve. “And like it or not, time passes, and that’s why nothing will ever be the same it used to be. Things are meant to change…” ― Jaqueline Echeverria

“You can’t look back – you just have to put the past behind you, and find something better in your future.” ― Jodi Picoult, Salem Falls

I believe “Life is like riding a bicycle – in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.” ― Albert Einstein

We had our fun here…and

we will treasure the memories forever..InsyaAllah.

Memories (http://tangerineofsorts.blogspot.com)

We pass the time of day to forget how time passes
Time moves fastest when we try to capture it
There is no such thing as an historical now
We take pictures only to remind us that a moment had passed
A photograph, a painting, a letter, a note, a pathological clinging
A preserved moment only reminds us of the past’s pastness
The dead soul of a living past instilled in a picture
A permanent mark on our temporal existance
A constant reminder of something lost

Bye – bye No. 64


Always Remember… July 12, 2012

I dedicate this poem to my mum, Tunku Jasmin….my sister, Sharifah Nadiah and Sharifah Farrahidayyah…my nephew, Alif and all my relatives and friends who are battling with difficulties in life.

When things are down
And you are out of your mind
Remember just remember
Allah is The Kind.

When your life is in darkness
And nothing is right
Remember just remember
Through the darkness, Allah is The Light.

When nothing makes sense
And you’re heading for demise
Remember just remember
It doesn’t make sense, but Allah is The Wise.

When times are troubled
And no one seems to care
Remember just remember
Allah won’t hurt you, He is The Fair.

When your heart is breaking
And your pain makes you fall
Remember just remember
Allah Sees it all.

When you are down in your misery
And there is nowhere to run
Remember just remember
You can always run to The One.

When you’re all alone
And your pain has no end
Remember just remember
And when your scars are hurting
And your heart is in fear
Remember just remember
Allah is really here.


Seeking Help with Prayers

According to Imam Ghazali (RA), illness increases faith and brings man closer to God. Knowing this nature, we are told in Quran –

“O you who believe, seek help with patience and prayers, as God is with those who patiently persevere” (Quran 2:153).

Prophet Muhammad (P) when he visited the sick, used to comfort him and say the following Prayer for the Sick

“O Allah remove the hardship, O Lord of mankind, grant cure for You are the Healer. There is no cure but from You, a cure which leaves no illness behind.”


– “Allahumma Azhibil bas, Rabbannas, Ishfi wa anta Shafi, La Shifa illa Shafaok. Shifaal La Yoghadiro saqama.”

He used to make following prayer for his own health –

“O Allah cure my body, cure my heart and cure my eyesight from any illness” (repeated 3 times).


– “Allahumma Afini fi badni, afini fi qalbi wa afini fi basari” (3 times).


Taken from http://theonlinemuslim.blogspot.com


Majlis Kesyukuran & Aqiqah July 11, 2012

On 7 July 2012, we hosted a Majlis Kesyukuran for our new house.

It is actually a Housewarming- A housewarming party is a party held within approximately 90 days of moving into a new residence. It is an occasion for the hosts to present their new home to their friends, and for friends to give gifts to furnish the new home.Housewarming parties are generally informal; usually there are no planned activities besides a possible tour.http://en.wikipedia.org

In Islam, the normal practise is reciting YassinYā Sīn (Arabic: سورة يس‎) is the 36th ‘chapter‘ of the Qur’an with 83 ayat, and is one of the Meccan suras. It is often referred to as “the Heart of the Qur’an” in accordance with a well-known hadith of Muhammad.http://en.wikipedia.org, and du’a to praise to ALLAH for the new house that we manage to buy after living in the rented house for almost 30 years… Alhamdullilah.

Besides Majlis Kesyukuran, we also have Majlis Aqiqah -What is Aqiqah?http://www.hidaya.org/social-welfare

Aqiqah, in Islamic terminology, is defined as sacrifice of an animal on the occasion of a child’s birth.The performance of Aqiqah is highly encouraged. It is to be performed by the parents or the guardians of the child. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his companions used to perform Aqiqah when they were bestowed with a newborn.

When Should Aqiqah be Performed?
The best time to perform Aqiqah is on the seventh day after the birth of the baby.

What is the Purpose of Aqiqah?
There are many benefits in the performance of Aqiqah. One is the announcing the birth of the baby.  Being bestowed a child is a great blessing from the Creator. Another purpose is inviting family members, neighbors, and friends to celebrate the blessed occasion. The poor should be included in the celebration by offering them food and meat served on this occasion.

Types of animals to be sacrificed
The following is a hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) where he advised Aqiqah of a goat/sheep.
Narrated Umm Kurz: The Prophet of Allah (peace be upon him) said: Two sheep which resemble each other are to be sacrificed for a boy and one for a girl. (Sunan Abu Dawood Book 15, No.  2830)

The condition of the animal for aqiqah

The condition of the animals in Aqiqah is the same as the conditions for the animals in Qurbani. The animals to be slaughtered must be a goats, cows or camels. For camels, it must be older than 6 years, for cows the age must be older than 3 years and for goats, it must be older than 2 years. They must be free from any form of handicap such as being blind, sick, limp or undernourished. The animals must be slaughtered in the appropriate humane ways.

And Alhamdullilah (Praise to Allah) everything went well. Thank you to all the guests, for all the presents for the baby and the house. Here are some photos that i would love to share=)

Princess Keisya is ready for her ceremony

Her decorated cradle

Preparations for tahnik –Tahnik is an Islamic ceremony of touching the lips of a newborn baby with honey, sweet juice or pressed dates.During the times of Muhammad, Muslims would bring their newborn babies to him and he would perform Tahnik upon them.This ceremony is performed by ustaz/ustazah and the child’s parent.

P/S : Banana is not a part of tahnik.

I’m in the cradle with my Cinderella shoe!

The ceremony begins…

I’m Ready for the tahnik..

Ustazah performing the tahnik.

Papa is capturing a shot of Nda and Keisya

Nda and Papa doing the tahnik for me? Oh nooo…i had enough Papa…

Pheww…i can rest now… I felt like a superstar today=)

Feastttttt…..Yummy..Credit to Restoran Alauddin

The hardworking husband…TQ so much to my dearest husband n brother=)

Baby Keisya with the writer…Nda Wana. At this angle she resembles her Nda a lot…lot…

Prince Qalish and Princess Keisya

Take 5 =)

Brother and Sister

Do i need to introduce 1 by 1? Hehehe.. 1/4 of big happy family….

Papa and Tok in front of our house…TQ Tok for making Kurma Kambing for my Aqiqah…