Friday, 23 June 2017

Ramadhan 2017

The month of Ramadhan is leaving us soon. Sit for a while and ponder, 

How has Ramadan changed you this year?

What change have you done to yourself?

What have you achieved?

What is different about this year and the previous year?

I found this poster on the internet and thought to share here.... Such powerful words.

Also, now that we are saying goodbye to Ramadhan, we are welcoming Eid! To all muslims out there; Eid Mubarak! May Allah accept your deeds and mine, not just for this year but throughout our lives! Ameen. 

And remember....

*Pictures taken from the world wide web.

Sincerely yours, Hana and family. xoxoxo

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Where is the father?

I was minding my own business when I eavesdropped on a group of children's conversation. They were about 3-4 years old. I couldn't help myself but to listen and observed them. They were too cute! Let me replay what I saw in an except below:

Sam walks to a group of peers and looks at what they are playing. They are some miniature animals on the floor like sheep, horse and cow. A girl, Kate is moving the animals about. Sam just looks at her play. Then another boy, Andrew, takes out two rubber fish from a container and put them on the floor with the sheep, horse and cow. Sam looks at the two fish and then he asks, “Where is the father?” Sophie looks up at Sam and replies, “The father is not here.” Then Sam points to one of the fish and says, “This is the father.” Sophie looks at Sam for a few seconds and then she looks at the fish again before she replies, “No it is not.” Kate looks at Sam and smiles before she turns to look at the other animals on the floor. Then Andrew takes out another fish from the container and immediately Sam says, “That’s the father.” Sophie and Kate look at the fish Andrew is holding and smile. Sophie looks up at Sam and says, “This is the father” while nodding her head in agreement. Sam smiles.

Don't you think they were cute? I think they were super cute! There's a lot to comment about this like what learning did they gain during that conversation? And noticed how the agreement between Sam and Kate motivated them to establish common ground? Maybe I'll talk more about this in some other post. For now, I'm going to rest dream about the family fish. 


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Future projects

Can you see my socks? Haha ;)

These books are cool. These are some of the books I'm using for my thesis.
They're giving me ideas for my future projects.
I can't believe I'm dreaming of future projects when this current project (PhD thesis) is not done yet.

Oh well, success starts with a dream after all, right?

Goodnight now!

xoxo, Hana

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Keep your chin up, don't drown in your sweat

Okay. I'm back to being in love and giddy and excited and happy and.... 
Well, the list goes on. Just insert the blank with a positive word. 
Didn't I tell you that you'll have a love and hate relationship with your thesis?
Sometimes it's love and sometimes it's hate. You're kind of married to it. Hahahaha XD

Anyway, I'm back on track and back to being motivated to work hard on it.
I picked up some virtual motivation posters from Google to help me be inspired.

Hope you are inspired too. Have a nice day ahead!
I have a meeting with my supervisor later today so wish me luck!
Hope it will turn out okay (wishful thinking, pretty please).

Saturday, 20 May 2017


I borrowed a DVD from the local library entitled, 'Lion'. My friend Sharifah recommended that movie and when I saw the DVD on the library shelf, I was ecstatic! It was based on a true story so I was excited to watch it even though I know the storyline is sad. But it has a happy ending so that's wonderful news isn't it?

Photo taken from the world wide web (2017).

I'm not going to spoil anything for you. You have to watch it in order to know what happens. All I'm going to say is that, it is A MUST WATCH MOVIE.

It got me thinking about life and most of the time I thought about how lucky I am being here in Malaysia and New Zealand. How my life is way easier and lavish than Saroo (the main character in the movie). Alhamdulillah. Insaf tau. 

Watch it for yourself. You'll know what I'm talking about then.

note: There's no lion in the movie. For lion lovers out there, don't be disappointed. 

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Sometimes you feel like you're on top of the world,


and then you're back down on the ground again.


I'm talking about me and my sweetheart - the PhD thesis. 

Just as I thought I'm doing well, I came across a bump in the road and now everything changes. Right now I'm lazy to do anything about it. I just want to run and jump in the sea or something. Hahaha... cool off steam, have fun and forget.

You know, in life you'll come across many bumps in the road. Sometimes it makes you sad, sometimes it makes you happy, sometimes it makes you hopeful... and the list goes on.

Just make sure to never give up.

Me at Oriental Bay

One day when everything is over, I'm going to look back and probably miss my PhD experience...


Sunday, 7 May 2017

Little Learners

There's a new playgroup called 'Little Learners' in town and I thought of checking it out. I enrolled Medina in the program as I think she will benefit from it. The playgroup meets every Friday for an hour in Kilbirnie. This playgroup is also available at some other towns, I heard. The founder is Kirsty Foster, a famous blogger here in Wellington. She was an Early Childhood teacher as well as  Montessori trained. So, most of the activities done were Montessori inspired. More information can be found on her webpage here ----->

What I love about this playgroup is that it gave me ideas on the activities that I can do with Medina at home. Kirsty used things that are easily available at home or you know, stuff that aren't expensive and hard to find in store.

I took some photos of Medina while she was engaged in the activities. There were a lot of other kids around but I don't want to post any pictures of other kids here because I didn't get any consent from the parents. It may seem like Medina is the only one here but rest assured there were about 15 other children around me. Yeah, it wasn't easy to capture pictures where my child was the only one in the frame, but I managed. 

Some pictures...

 I like this one best. It kept her occupied. She was trying very hard to use that tongs. 
I had to help her on many occasions of course but one day, she'll get it. This activity is good for her fine motor skills as well as her thinking skills.

 These are rubber pom-poms. You can use other stuff too but make sure they are not choking hazards, especially if your child likes to put things in the mouth.

 Hoola hoops activity. Putting hoops on the hook? I actually don't know what to call that. 
It's a mug holder. Something you may have at home.

 Coloured hoops are cool. You can teach about colours as you play this game with her.

 Rice bin activity. This activity is a bit advanced for under twos. 
But if you don't mind the mess, go ahead.

 Transferring rice from one cup into the other. Using a funnel is also fun!

DIY shakers. Medina loves shakers. Especially those that have different sounds.

You can make all these at home. Be creative and use other stuffs if you don't have the same things as above. See what I did below:

 Hoola hoops fun.

I used empty toilet rolls for this one.

That's all for now. Enjoy and I hope you'll benefit something from this blog entry! 
Cheers <3

Friday, 28 April 2017


It's been a while. So much has happened since I last wrote something here. So much to tell too but time is an essence and thus I can't be wasting it. Not that I think writing here is a waste of time, it's just that I may need plans or outline my thoughts before I actually write something and those stuff need time and ideas in my already cluttered brain.

So a short update: 

Ever so busy with Little Medina. She can walk now and is so clever as well as mischievous. But nothing to complain about, she is who she is and I love her like that.

Thesis writing is going great, at least I think so. I don't know what my supervisors think of it though. Anyway, I'm writing my third draft chapter now and I am proud of myself although I do wish I have more time to think thoroughly and deeply about the ideas that are forming in my head. 

We went back to Malaysia again in February and celebrated Medina's first birthday. Will post on that when I get the time InsyaaAllah. 

Well, if you follow my Instagram then you'll know what is happening in my life. Not that my life is interesting but it is up to date there. I think Instagram is easy because all you have to do is put photos up on your phone and voila! you're connected to the world.

Plans for the future:

I would like to talk more on what I am writing  in my thesis - not to show off or anything like that, of course not, but to share what I have learned so that others can benefit from it too.

I would also like to talk about what I have been doing with Medina, like her activities etc so that new mothers / fathers / parents out there can get some ideas on what to do with their babies. 

Until then, xoxo.