• Waking up from blog-a-hibernation

    Salam and hello world ! It feels good, fresh and crispy to be back writing ! I have been happily  moving along with the real world and life outside this screen I almost don’t have the time to share with you folks any updates. I have been out and about !

    Work as usual

    Work is as usual, and I would like to maintain that the real job is really with the people whom you care most ie parents, spouse, children and all your loved ones. Planning to have a balanced and fulfilled work-life is an art which which needs patience and practise in order to become a master. I’m novice but hey, I am taking a step at a time to learn this. Not everything was ‘handed’ down or asked in exams eyh ?

    Working out as usual too (yeahh !!!)

    I have to admit that I was through plateau stage the past few months where the day-in and day-out seems to mirror each other the same way, every day, for every week and every month. It was a struggle getting a pair of sneakers on, what more clicking that helmet underneath my chin ! Good news is I have finally managed to break through (think a pupa morphing) this shell and I am on it again , yeahh !!! Heading out to the parks and forests was the best thing my family and I could do — so both eventually benefit. Lil one gets to meet mother nature and mommi gets to burn some extra calories climbing those hills. Real fun ! *check out pics below*

    Park and slides

    Ahhh yes, not forgetting the land of children kingdom – where all kids rule. This is simple one of the places where babies and kids become lesser cranky babies, and happy kids happier ( and adults ..’man I wish I was a kid again!).  I’ve been getting the signals from the soft and cute tug on the hand every time I come home from work with her. So instead of heading right to the door, its now the slide ! *LO can’t pronounce ‘slide’. Ends up sound more like ‘shide’..

    The great outdoors

    Frequenting FRIM (Forest Research Institute Malaysia) in Kepong has never felt better. This month alone I have made 3 trips with my little one :) First trip (if you are familiar) was through Rover’s Track – short and sweet despite somebody having a careless fall because she was running a tad too fast for her size and couldn’t balance. The next 2 visits were basically up Steroid Hill and the Helipad. It was fun and not stressful at all as I took the pace easy. Carrying her was part of the work out. That’s how I mentally kept going ! I will be organising another trip this weekend, and if you happen to got to Helipad/Steroid, I hope I bump into you ! Say Hello! Oh and I saw Shanaz, Nik and Richard Tang (Ironman) too.

    If you happen to look for natural parks where you and your family can stroll along, I would suggest FRIM. Its within the vicinity of KL/Selangor. Plenty parking space , walker/runner and mountain bike friendly trail with different difficulty/technical levels to choose from. There is a canopy walk too if you like to enjoy the beauty from above ! I’ve never tried it but look forward to it one day insyaAllah. note: you have to purchase the access ticket from the FRIM Info Center@Souvenir Shop. There’s a limit to how many visitors are allowed on the canopy walk/day. So better come early to get your tickets. More info on the canopy walk here.

    Some pics from my recent trips to FRIM below :-

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    Hashtag #julie28dayschallenge

    I’ve been on a 28 days challenge to achieve a lean-meal diet and fat burn loss (please don’t confuse this with a weight loss program, I am fine with my weight for now ! Look up for the hashtag #julie28dayschallenge to see what its all about.

    Some pics from my IG postings below :-

    Will catch up in my next post ! Adios !

    Lil miss A and missJeweLz

    Lil miss A and missJeweLz #lovethestairsbehindme

  • Blackout

    That feeling and sensation when you are looming in pitch darkness. You are not quite sure what to do,where to move and how to even begin thinking what to do next.

    You may choose to accept the darkness and ‘continue’ to do whatever that needs to be done,besides you still have your other capable senses functioning. You may also have choose to wait and see if any hero will come to the rescue. It always happens in the books and movies ! Or,you can start looking for a solution– either by getting out of the room, stay in the room and search for a source of light as you know how that darkness have a slow but certain crippling effect on your especially once it starts crawling up your neck into your soul. Then you realise the greatness of having a light or sunshine– which lit up your entire life. You continue to search for that light. At the far end of that room, is another person.. you are not quite sure who. He or she doesn’t seem to react to your mumbles as you score the walls and floor for a solution.


    What’s this fuss all about?

    That person has lost hope ( apparently,according to this story line). To him ( or could it be a ‘her’?) what happens ,happens. Nothing can be done. You continue your struggle alone now knowing how hopeless it is to rely on somebody else who is ignorant, weak and silent. He ( or she) acknowledges the darkness but chose to ignore it. Close one eye,or both,the view is pretty much the same. ‘What’s all this fuss about? ‘ this person whispers..

    So lets ask ourselves for once which character are we..? If that character is not listed here,chances are you might not be in that dark room at the first place. You are outside. Aware of whats going on inside you can choose to be i) ease the burden of those inside ii) add to their sorrow or iii) choose to acknowledged but ignore their miseries by pretending to be concerned when in fact you haven’t lifted a single finger to help. You choose,to close one eye and continue to complain on slow internet and how your refrigerator is running out of space. Your phone battery is about to die off but you manage to play a game of Bejeweled Blitz or two and in the interim expressing your ‘dismay’ to those trapped in the dark room. You continue to play another round of Bejeweled Blitz.

    Its been a blackout period to those who ‘feel’ for the Palestinians. May Allah grant them strength,courage and sabr. I’m in the mix (emotionally).. there are channels to help and reach out to them. Deep inside i know i haven’t done anything much. At guilt. I hardly comment on the heartbreaking photos of young shaheedsc. I reserve my comments and turn those into questions. Many questions are unanswered,and many problems haven’t been resolved because those essential questions have not been answered.


    Wake up call, again

    Its been a blackout period for me because I am loomed in that darkness.. and not sure where to begin. The soul searching begins in this last 10 days of Ramadhan and its apparent to me this is what I want to share with the rest of you reading. Does not make sense for me to write ‘how to save $ for eid/raya celebration’ or how to train for a triathlon. Doesn’t sync with the psychological turmoil which I am going through. And now with the gunning down of Malaysian Airlines #MH17.


    Back to Gaza

    To me,true understanding of whats happening in Gaza (and else where) is as important. We can continue to sympathize and extend our help to the victims of this oppressed state but we’ll never get to the bottom of it until we fully understand why  it happened.

    I’m a staunch believer in history and how it tends to repeat itself. What those people saw during the Holocaust, the apartheid, Iraqi war, etc.. its the same story and over. Country leaders toppled,human lives wiped out. So are we just going to sit and become another spectator,or start taking steps to end all this evil..? Never be shy to read and dig up more of the story from both sides and see where you stand and how you can step into help.

    Also note that Allah does not test any ummah or insan unless its bearable to them. I believe the Palestinians shall make it through,and the rest of us to give support and help to our brothers,sisters and children in Palestine. You dont have to be a Muslim to give and show support for Gaza/ Palestine. The rallies around the world are proof how the world comes in solidarity,for a common goal.

    What sets you apart from those who choose to be ‘silent’ and those who wants join in to help.. ? I will let you answer that on your own time.

    The internet connection at my home is garbage and i’m left writing this on my phone. Fridge is running out of space– time to reshuffle the goods inside. Daughter was sick and mummy was ‘suffering’ from cold and flu– monthly report due nex week and sustainability report to be completed by tomorrow. All this worldly miseries are NOTHING. I’m fasting, breaking fast to good and more than enough food to last the week. One lady was bombed while waiting for iftar — leaving blood in her plate of food.

    Some of us are already planning for vacation, a trip to the beautiful beautiful beaches in Turkey or Greece ( and still deciding between the two). 4 kids were killed playing on the beach in Gaza. I have a beautiful daughter,somebody’s son was bombed leaving a huge whole in his skull for the whole world to view,and share on Facebook yet some of us are still taking things for granted.. We dont pay attention to our kids and yell at them all the time to justify our parenting style and anger. .until they’re gone of course.

    Young shaheeds 

    I know my munchaquila is God sent soul. I was chosen to be her mother and. I am responsible in her care taking and upbringing. She IS the investment for me,like how all the young shaheeds are in Palestine– for their parents and family. I am sure they are all in Jannah now praying for their parents forgiveness and that they may be united soonest possible. The earth is just a transition where we leave our deeds and wisdom. What do you want to leave when you eventually go..?

    Blackout is a test and whoever in that room better buck up and stay united to get out of the darkness. Those outside the room,be prepared to get these people out soon ! They deserve light and sunshine like you.

    Note: my friend Mafeitzeral Mamat  is among the medical team who left KLIA last night to assist in Palestine. May Allah bless the entourage,the trip and work in Palestine,and for their trip bad to Malaysia InsyaAllah.


    Al Fatihah

    Al Fatihah also to the crash victims of #mh17 . Another test for us Malaysians. Lets stay united. Undivided. And stop spreading ‘aib’ orang on your social media. Its as good as backbiting. Allahualam. ( Allah Knows best)




  • Ramadhan Kareem 1435 A.H.

    Ramadhan Kareem to all my Muslim brothers and sisters. (Ramadhan Kareem literal translation = ‘Ramadhan is Generous’



    Let’s together leave a lasting impression during this Holy Month of Ramadhan which we have been given the chance to enjoy.. Appreciate each moment as if its your last Ramadhan. Close your ties, forgive your enemies, give charity pay your zakat, and say Syukur Alhamdulillah for all which you have been blessed with – insyaAllah.




    On the authority of Abee Hurayrah, رضي الله عنه who said, “The Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم said, “A person is upon the Deen of his friend. So let each one of you look to whom he keeps as a friend.” [Reported by Ahmad (2/303), Aboo Daawood (no.4812) and at-Tirmidhee (no.2484).]


    Announcement : Al-Fatihah buat saudara Jafryin Jaafar, seorang penggemar tegar sukan berbasikal, yang kembali kepada Rahmatullah pada hari ini 30 Jun 2014. Beliau terlibat dalam kemalangan sewaktu menunggang basikal bersama rakan-rakannya pada Jumaat lepas. Solat jenazah akan diadakan di Surau Bangi Perdana pada waktu Asar hari ini. Salam takziah kepada keluarga arwah. Diharap bersabar menempuh ujian Allah ini. Semoga roh arwah sentiasa diberkati rahmat ilahi. Amin..

  • Dates / Tamar / Kurma Price Guide 2014 (Malaysia) and other dates info

    This is a fun project which I stumbled on when looking for where to purchase my dates stock for the upcoming Ramadhan. Date is a type of fruit from date palm. Synonymous with the desert and Arabic Peninsular, the fruit (and tree) has a historical and cultural connection with the Middle East and Indus Valley region. In recent times, the fruit is widely cultivated worldwide including countries like Australia, United States (Nevada, California), Mexico, China, India and Pakistan.


    A date palm loaded with dates !! Photo from http://commons.wikimedia.org/

    A date palm loaded with dates !! Photo from http://commons.wikimedia.org/



    A medjool date palm in United States. Florida, Nevada and California are known to cultivate date palms. Groundworks for example specializes in Canary Island date palm, Medjool date palm and Zahidi date palm.

    A medjool date palm in United States. Florida, Nevada and California are known to cultivate date palms. Groundworks for example specializes in Canary Island date palm, Medjool date palm and Zahidi date palm. Photo from datepalm.com. Date palm offshoots were first actively imported to the united states in 1913, a good 100 years ago.



    View at a Mexican date palm plantation. Photo from http://davereilly.blogspot.com/

    View at a Mexican date palm plantation. Photo from http://davereilly.blogspot.com/


    Let’s take a look at some of the requirements to grow this wonderful plant :-

    • long and hot summers, no (or at most low) rainfall
    • very low relative humidity level during the ripening period
    • exceptional high temperatures (± 56°C) are well endured by a date palm for several days under irrigation.
    • during winters, temperatures below 0°C are also endured.


    It is not the easiest plant to grow because heavy rain which we think is beneficial for most plants, is not the case for date palm. Rain is likely to cause damage to the harvest (date fruit) during flowering and harvest season. Of course there are other factors to be considered i.e wind, moisture, soil. In case you still insist to plant it in your backyard, check out this link.

    Note : Day to harvest = 4 – 7 years


    I have compiled a price guide for both retail (small quantity) and bulk purchase from 2 biggest hypermarkets in the country (Malaysia) ; Tesco and Giant. Additionally 2 wholesalers who sell their products both at their stores, and online. If you are interested to stock up for Ramadhan, or simply to donate this wonderful and nutritious fruit to the mosques, orphanages etc, the wholesale buy would be a better option.


    Dates Tamar Kurma Price Guide -Malaysia (2014)- Tab A

    Dates Tamar Kurma Price Guide -Malaysia (2014)- Tab B

    Dates Tamar Kurma Price Guide -Malaysia (2014)- Tab C-F

    Dates Tamar Kurma Price Guide -Malaysia (2014)(wholelist)



    How to use the guide :

    1. Decide which type of purchase are you going to make. Small quantity or bulk ? If small quantity, view tab A. For bulk purchaser, tab B is for you. Use tab C-F if you want to compare dates prices within a store.

    2. For small quantity purchaser (tab A), RM/g is listed from lowest to highest against the weight (g) (also arranged from low to high).

    3. For bulk purchaser(tab B), RM/g is listed from lowest to highest against the weight(g)(highest to lowest).

    4. For those interested to check out prices within a store of choice (ie. Tesco, Giant), prices are arranged from lowest RM/gram to the highest in tab C-F. There are 4 stores in this guide ; Tesco, Giant, Mahnaz Food and Berkat Madinah.

    5. Online shop links and store location link are also available in this guide.


    Summary points :

    Your feedback on this post and comparison guide is highly appreciated. This is my first ‘fun’ project involving price comparison and guides so, please be gentle.


    Disclaimer : The various types of dates differ in their size, quality and nutritional values. This post and guide does not include those information. Irregardless, dates are essentially good for both diet and health. Check out these 2 links for some additional info on dates and its nutrients : Dates nutrition facts Medjool dates nutrition facts

    Thanks and have a great weekend ahead !



    Sources :-

    1. http://www.datepalm.com/

    2. http://www.pubhort.org/

    3. http://www.kcet.org/

    4. http://www.gardeningblog.net/

    5. http://en.wikipedia.org/

    6. http://www.fao.org/



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