Thursday, May 19, 2016


Alhamdulillah Faree'ah will be four in December. Alhamdulillah for the time Allah grants with her; and this last year and this I have been meeting many parents who school and homeschool.

Those schooling parents I mostly met in my part time job as an art teacher, and swim teacher for a few months.

I love talking to seasoned mom in particular to learn from their experience. And to young moms for their energy (or lack of!)

Would I homeschool? Loosely as parents I think we all are already homeschooling- do we not teach them how to eat, how to potty, enjoying story books, interacting with others, baking, gardening, praying, making doa, and so many other things?

But would I homeschool homeschool? The teacher in me has no qualm about sending my kid to school, because I have seen how the school environment can provide a structured learning environment, as well as how fun it can be!

At the same time I know how overwhelming the subjects can be, and how they are all instructed from one lessons to another, and sometimes how learning is rushed because of the curriculum. They are tailored not individually and a teacher in a period of 1 lesson can only give perhaps 1- 2 minutes of their attention to one child.

But homeschooling personally will pose some challenges for me; I am living with extended family and there are interruptions. I can be emotionally unstable to teach, or be overwhelmed by house chores that I will not have enough time and energy to homeschool. I may get pregnant again and become a sobbing crazy pregnant lady that wants to sleep all the time.

There are so many things on my mind.  Inshaallah. I need to hear myself out. 

Monday, August 31, 2015

Kids are mountain strong

Kids are mountain strong
Resilient, never give up
Forgiving, trusting

Them kids never tire
From tear to laughter
And doing them all over again

Kids are mountain strong
Let me just sit
And soak in your strength
Let me hug
Wipe that tear
Join in the laughter

Let me forget
All my troubles
Let me soak in
All that radiance
All that wonder

Small fingers
Trailing their way through everything
Small traces of love


Wednesday, August 5, 2015


by mijilee

by Anna emilia

Your mind is a garden

Remember that Allah loves you

Even small kids stress! There are so many things to learn about, (and so many instructions from mummy :D) and so many milestones to go- inshaAllah, let's take it one step of a time.

I created this simple "I am loved" poster to be laminated, and in the space below they may draw the people who love them. I typed in the word "Allah loves you" to remind my child, that Allah loves you the most (even when you mess up) 

Gathering ideas and supplies

I am looking at activities to do with my almost 3 year old.

I am loving the ideas over at

It looks like I will need to gather my supplies soon:

Here are some recommended stores for those around Damansara area:

1. Star Enterprise - TTDI 

Address: 112 & 114, Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I like to go to this shop for craft supplies - especially when I was teaching. The shop is packed with things- i always find it easier to just ask the shopkeeper where things are instead of finding it myself. They also have sewing supplies corner where you can get felt, sewing items, yarns, threads, and laces. The shop is also known to those searching for wedding items or hamper making materials.

2. Jasema -TTDI
159, 161, & 163, Jalan Aminuddin Baki, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

They have more options for papers, as well as home DIY supplies. 

3. Art Friend
Lot 245B, 2nd Floor, 6, The Curve Shopping Mall, Jalan PJU 7/3, Mutiara Damansara, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Art friend is on the same level as Daiso- another option for place to gather supplies. Art friend has an extensive range of paints and craft supplies- lots of good quality stuff but expensive. A friend of mine just brought her child who loves art to just check out various materials, and discuss what kind of markings might different materials produce. Its a great place for browsing and get inspiration.

4. Spotlight Malaysia
Ikano power centre 

Spotlight is next to Popular bookstore. I love Spotlight! So many things for home and avid crafter. From yarns, fabrics, weaving loom, papers, party materials- I also saw some reasonably priced acrylics there. 

5. Seapark sewing shop
There is a mini sewing shop in Seapark (near ss2 Pj) that sells canvas fabric at a good price. It is one row with KFC Seapark- and can be recognised by rattan baskets they hang at the front of the shop. They also have jahit tepi service there.

Will add more places as I come accross them inshaAllah.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

When grief and despair takes over you

When you feel most helpless, and that there is no way out, remember that the help of Allah is near.

That your problems are not punishment, but God's way of cleansing your sins, and raising your status in His eyes. Like water poured over a wound, it hurts. It hurts, and it cleanse, and it heals.

When grief takes over you, like the dark clouds engulfing the sky, and your chest feels heavy, and your throat chocking back those tears, and you feel like you can't go on, pause and breathe. Cry if you want, but pause and breathe. Force yourself to be patient. Patient is not gifted, it is earned. Learn to be patient, and learn to put your trust in Allah.

Occupy yourself with worthy goals, and occupy your mind with the words of Allah. Do not dwell on your problems, get up and do something.

When grief and despair takes over you, smile and keep going. Do not give up. Get up in the middle of the night, when it is still and quiet, when your babe is sleeping, and the cats curling, and seek help with your Lord. Ask Him, and trust that your wish will be granted, in the best way possible.

Do not give up hope, and do not give up dreaming. Smile, and remind yourself of times when you were strong, and happy, and laughing with joy.