Monday, July 18, 2016

I woke up like this

Found myself popping some painkillers and flu meds after a sumptuous meal at a friend's wedding the other day. I was slurring through my words by the time we got home and caved in to sleeping with my make up on. Terrible, I know.

Caught a glimpse of my reflection when I woke up and my make up was still on point. I didn't hesitate for the one and only time I get to abuse this phrase "B***h! I woke up like this!"

I blame it all on the meds.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Hari Raya Upgrade

Feeling under the weather as we step into day 11 of Syawal. 

Did you know it was my birthday, yesterday? I was born on the 10th of Syawal in the Islamic calendar.  So yay! Happy birthday to me! 

There were no celebrations or presents of course. But I did secretly hear Nazzmie whispering alittle prayer while I was fast asleep (no thanks to the painkillers) last night; completing my birthday.

Where did all the time go?? We were too busy basking in the newlywed glow, little did we realise Ramadhan has left us.

This Raya is a trying one, and it will continue to be so every year. We knew as a matter of fact that as soon as we've been upgraded to Mr & Mrs, besides responsibilities, the number of Raya visiting has inevitably doubled! (Means double duit raya to give out! Yikes!)

Fact is, there are houses we will be missing or have missed. And we apologise for that. Now that most of us cousins are married, full strength at our "HQ" on Day 1 is a rare sight. I'm missing all my cousins and our outrageous First Lady poses for the camera. Yeap I still have them guys! For potential bribery purposes in future. :p

Besides my upgraded status as wife/ daughter/sister-in-law, my house pon nak upgrade jugak. This year we open close house due to the HDB home improvement programme we're undergoing, right smack in the middle of Raya. (How convenient) And the horror of cleaning up is endless. On a brighter note, I'm gonna come home to two spanking new toilets in another 10 days! 

Meanwhile, let me pause to give myself a pat on the back (carrying my own bakul) for a successful event at work! 

Till then, enjoy your Raya, stay safe and keep eating!  

Friday, July 15, 2016

Taxes are so taxing

You've got mail.

So many thoughts were running through my mind when mum texted me "Adik, got letter for you. Love letter." 

My first thought.. How romantic of my dear Nazzmie. BUT why wouldn't he hand it to me in person?? 

I hit the reply button. "Wah! From who??"

"IRAS" replied mum. 

My heart dropped from my 50 storey office building. It's time to face my verdict and my guess was right. It's the income tax!

So I paid my first income tax in my 27 years of life. 

Look who's gonna cry watching the fireworks this National Day and say... "There goes my tax...."

Thanks IRAS for billing me during Raya. Sorry kiddos, duit raya this year I kasi IRAS.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Giving back

Selamat Hari Raya everyone! 

While everyone was busy dealing with their annual spring cleaning, baking and raya shopping, I can't help but to count my blessings for everything that has been bestowed upon me. Alhamdulillah! More often than not, we catch ourselves complaining for not having enough and paying very little attention to the less fortunate. Ramadhan is the month of giving and as the saying goes, no one gets poor by giving.

I chose to do Project Give Back because of my desire to help those who are in need. The experience was not only rewarding and fulfilling, it was an eye opener. In fact, there had been times I was left on the verge of tears as we chatted and listened to their life stories. 

Our Project Give Back was organised 2 weekends prior to Raya. Our aim was to distribute basic provision needs to 4 needy families. With Hari Raya approaching, cordial drinks were considered too. We also chose trolleys instead of packing them in containers or recycled bags. (C'mon I'm sure the makciks/neneks go pasar can bring the trolley right?)

That's me and the bff doing our grocery shopping at NTUC. Our trolley caught the attention of many patrons.

None of this would've been possible without the help and advice from our friends and families. Monetarily, I know I can't provide much. So we roped our families in for donations. All in all, we received a whopping $600 worth of donations! Alhamdulillah! On top of the provisions that we distributed, we could still give them duit raya.

Looking forward to do this again, with more help the next time so we can help more households. 

Because anyone is capable of making a difference in someone else's life. 
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