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Friday, November 17, 2017

Hey, it's not that bad afterall



Just taking some time from my lunch for this random thought post wondering how's everyone wrapping up their 2017. As for me, I can't say it went as expected or if it's all peaches and roses. If there is one thing that I struggled the most was my hijab journey. 

I started donning the hijab late 2015 on an on-and-off basis due to work commitments, which puzzled a handful of friends and relatives on occasions they saw me without it. Not to mention that it led to my hiatus on IG since I refrained from posting photos of myself without the hijab. 

The transition started with an extensive wardrobe change which Alhamdulillah was majorly sponsored by Nazzmie to commend my efforts on the change. Being more of an off-shoulder and pencil-skirt kinda girl, there was minimal that I could recycle from to suit the change.

Switching in between hijab and work clothes, I struggled with lifestyle and identity. I was over-thinking on developing a style and afraid that I don't look good enough, have enough modest clothes or if it's modest enough. Don't we all always never have enough clothes, ladies??

"Is this too tight, too loose, too short, too long?"
"Do I look like an aunty?" *Even when I'm already an aunty to 4 beautiful nieces. but hey! I want to be a fashionable aunty okay!*
"What should I wear for this occasion and for that occasion?"
"How do I change my sports attire? What do I do with my short-sleeves tops? Are my pants too tight-fitting? Maybe I should stop exercising altogether."

Over-thinking kills you.

Every time I start over-thinking about what clothes to wear and how 'hot' it is underneath the hijab, I pray that Allah eases my journey as this is my fight for Him. 

It was only recently, 1 November 2017, that I started donning the hijab to work. As excited as I was, I was anxious too. I've heard many scary stories of biasness at work and etc. But then again I reminded myself that He has answered my prayers and opened the door to ease my journey. 

Half the month has passed and I must say, "Hey, it's not that bad after all!". It's all in your Niyaah. Though I must thank my girlfriends for the prep-talk and encouragement AND for checking up on me on the first day.

Till the next one! Time to get back to work!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Hong Kong Halal Food Haven


Next to the stunning landscapes and fascinating architectural elements, the one thing that brings me back to this island is none other than the ridiculously delicious halal dim sums and stream of local eateries. As an avid reader of HaveHalalWillTravel.com, I must thank them for introducing all these source of goodness and in encouraging all Muslims to travel with ease. 

Ma's Restaurant

Over at Ma's Restaurant, the star of the show would definitely be this succulent Beef Goulash. Every mouthful was a pure delight and much to my disappointment, I've yet to find any where else that could top this! I do hope they'll consider venturing out to Singapore.




You will also witness non-stop streaming of local diners who are here for their freshly hand-pulled noodles that brings your noodles experience to a whole new level.

Wai Kee Food Stall

Found in the heart of Cooked Food Centre, this place brims with the locals. I felt a little out of place when I first set foot in the food centre, in search of a fancy halal eatery. But there it is, in a cosy corner of what would be most affectionately called in SG as, a kopitiam. 

Kopitiam pon kopitiam lah!

Everyone here was keen for a taste of their signature dish - the Roasted Duck. This photo may not do enough justice of the moist, tender meat and crispy skin with the right amount of fats (just the way i like it) to give it that kick!

In fact, the meat and gravy are so flavourful it goes well with fragrant rice alone.

Islamic Centre Canteen

I absolutely love this place for the ridiculously delicious dim sums. However on my recent trip early this year, I found a dip in their taste. Perhaps it was just a really busy day and probably shorthanded hence preparation time was compromised? But nonetheless, this is another place I'd still come back to.


The Islamic Centre Canteen is about 15-20 minutes walking distance from the nearest MTR. If you'd like to skip the long walk, go ahead and hop on the Ding Ding Tram! Nearest stop is 47E Tonnochy Road. Besides being the cheapest mode of transportation on the island, it is also the best way to explore Hong Kong, catching a glimpse of everyday street life - something you will miss when commuting on the MTR.

More valuable information of these eateries are available on HHWT's blog.

Mr Kebab


Mr Kebab was a hidden gem, a charming cafe located just 2 minutes away from Tsim Sha Tsui MTR. This is hands down by far THE BEST BIRYANI i've ever tasted. The biryani on it's own, tasted heavenly as the flavours of herbs and spices dances in my mouth. And of course, accompanied by the tender lamb meat, I'm completely sold with this one! I would've ordered a 2nd plate if it was not for the huge portion.

That's all for now while I try to find it in me the motivation to burn off all the calories I've gained from this trip. I'd love to explore more into Hong Kong's food haven, probably on my next trip.

Till the next entry!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

First to infinity


Happy Anniversary to my one and only hopeless romantic, the first to an infinity of anniversaries to come, In Shaa Allah.

Including this one, would be the umpteenth times I hit the backspace button. I'm on point blank to where do I even begin.

I knew you were the one the moment you instilled "we" in you and I. *Though till this day, I insist what's mine is mine and what's yours is still mine* I never really understood "we" till we said our vows. This year, we've reached our peak and we've also hit rock bottom, we shared many laughters and tears; often seeking comfort in each other's arms.

No fancy schmancy celebrations, just a humble doa from me to you. not me-to-you bear eh! Haiyoooh why I so gembeng one?? Alright folks, before my laptop get soaked in my tears, till the next entry!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Glamping at The Canopi, Bintan


I'm one of those who enjoys being close to nature but will never survive in it. When I heard Mount Rinjani's hike involves camping, it got an immediate pass from me. So, Glamorous Camping or so we call it, Glamping, is the closest it gets.


With our swimsuits and repellents packed, the Nazzoras indulged ourselves in our first Glamping experience at The Canopi, Bintan. From The Lagoon Tent, we woke up to the beautiful Crystal Blue Lagoon. Picture-postcard worthy, perfect for invigorating outdoor activities and an unforgettable stargazing experience. All we ever needed for a short getaway. 

Let the photos speaks for itself!

















Ending this one with a shameless OOTD pose. Till the next entry!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

TGIF Bazaars - Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2017 Review


Yay! We did it! This may not be news to most, I've been side hustling on a small scale since 2015. I figured it's about time to expand my horizon and start sailing the seas and chant "I am Moana of Motunui. You will board my sampan...." 

I debated between testing waters or go-big-or-go-home and......... No prize for guessing what I went with.


Images extracted from TGIF Bazaars. More booth information and terms are available in the link.

The organisers from TGIF Bazaars were very helpful and responsive in answering all my queries. I was pretty happy with my booth allocation and the overall booking process was a breeze. Organisers were present onsite throughout the day to ensure all the booths were well settled.

Considering the expected crowd of 50K (for the countdown and carnival nearby), I stocked up and gathered my best warriors. But I was rather disappointed in the afternoon crowd. It would've been perfect if the organisers had put up more advertisement to create awareness and pre-empt on the crowd control nearing the countdown.

The countdown crowd only started after 7pm, before the area was barricaded at 11pm for crowd control. By then, everyone already 'Chope-d' front row seats for the fireworks and that was the end of the buying crowd for us. Many of our friends and families were held up somewhere and unable to get to us.

Glad I finally put my rusty retail experience to good use. It was indeed an eye opening experience and an amazing learning curve. Here I've gathered some useful tips for you:

_Presentation may or may not matter.
This really depends on your merchandise but presentation may not matter to most consumers. Especially when it comes to mobile accessories because they're only looking out for the best deals.
For an open space bazaar in the evening, LED lights would be perfect to keep your booth brightly litted. Had I known, I would've came dressed as a Christmas tree or something!

_Competition.
I believe it's all fair in love, war and business. I'm generally not a competitive person. I know I'd be rolling with the big guns but that didn't intimidate me one bit.
We did get occasional visits from our "neighbour", checking out and taking pictures of me our prices. My heart shattered that they were not there for my autograph. Haiyah... #notfamousenough

_Relevant merchandise based on the occasion.
Put yourself in the consumers shoes. "If I was at a countdown, what would I be looking for?"


*Pat self on back* Well done, Nora! This will not be the last you will see of me! Signing off with a surprise courage juice note from Nazzmie on the sales book. Thanking our families and friends for your support that day! This would not be possible without them. Much love.

Friday, April 7, 2017

All Hail The Queen



Just not too long ago, my Queen turned 58. No idea how she does it because she looks nothing like 58! I hope at 58, i'd look as good if not better.

Happy Birthday, Mama!

My bestfriend, my confidante, my biggest fan. Always wanting the best for the family, putting us before herself.

I remembered being immobile 5 years ago,  stuck on a pair of crutches and 6 months unemployed. At no point she wasn't there for me.

Eventhough I'm married, I hope she knows that I'll always be there for her. We may not be in the same house but I'm always a call away whenever she needs me. There's not a day that I wouldn't check on her and catchup. In fact, I think I call her too much it annoys the hell out of her.

I can just imagine the thoughts running through her head "Alamak budak ni ada kat rumah sebok, tak ada kat rumah pon sebok jugak lah"

Like it or not, I will continue to annoy her till my last breath.

Thank you for everything, Mama. No words can express how much I love you.
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