Saturday, August 18, 2012

Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri

Today marks the end of Ramadhan and it is with sad feelings that I am leaving this month behind. I used this month to reflect what I had achieved spiritually and my relationship with the Creator. I hoped I did make it even though I know I have failed along the way.
Here's a list of what I came up with:
1. I still have to work really, really hard to manage my anger. I failed in this area a couple of times during the 30 day fast. A lot of times it is due to my own frustrations and I unleash it in the form of anger whereby the victims are my husband, my daughter and the cats.
2. I have friends - known and unknown to me, and my family who keep reminding me the importance to control my temper. A lot of times I received them in the form of messages via e-mails or Facebook entry and I believe this is Allah's way of teching me how to manage my anger well. I am so grateful to these people who had helped me one way or another.
3. Love and I am getting them in abundance. That helps me a lot in my times of sadness and despair.
4. I learnt to develop 100% faith in Allah and sometimes I do come to breaking point. But, Allah never forsake me. He never tire of providing me with knowledge for me to read, understand and practice.
5. I find that I am capable of memorising the surah even though it took me a little longer than my daughter. She can memorise 48 lines from one surah in one week but it took me 5 weeks to memorise just 4 lines. Rather slow and agonizing start to my new resolution - to read, memorize, understand and practice the Quran. Well I do read the Quran but never really put my whole being into it. No wonder I never got to be where I want to be in life.
6. I am slowly but surely learning patience and gratitude. I've learnt that by being truly grateful and positive about life and about people, I'm attracting more positivities into my life. A rather late bloomer but it comes to show how much I have taken things for granted and never thanking enough. I have Rhonda Byrnes to thank for, for showing me the steps to the real meaning of gratitude.
These are just but a few of the learning experiences that I really, really went through and I consider them as a valuable refresher. Why, because when work gets in the way, I tend to forget.
I shall miss Ramadhan and I hope I can meet the next Ramadhan with renewed faith. Until then I shall continue practising what I had learnt andmake more progress.
I'd like to wish Muslims all over the world Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri or Eid Mubarrak. Here's a simple greeting I found here and I like this simple but attractive logo. I hope the owner of this blog permits me to use this beaautiful greeting logo. Thank you.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Summer Is Explore "The Lost World of Tambun"

This layout was created for DT Andrew's Colourful Creations Blog hop. I wasn't too sure what to feature for summer actually and I really, really want to do away with beaches. After all, having the sun almost all year round, we don't qualify to be called Summer. Still, for the fun of creativity, I created this layout with thoughts of completing it in a breeze. It was not meant to be. I couldn't find my tons of die-cuts, so I just had to make do with what's available at hand. (Grr....I found them the next day after I had uploaded this layout). Then I couldn't find my die-cut Arrow that I knew I had kept in one of my box of stash. In the end, using free hand and the Momoyo package, I had the arrow drawn and cut to add to this layout.
It didn't take me long to choose my photos. Since I had not been photograhing in a while, I used my older photos for this challenge. These were taken at "The Lost World of Tambun" when hubby decided to take us on a day trip to Ipoh by taking a ride on the ETS during it's launch to the public. During the promotion period, the prize of the ticket for adult was RM18. Once we reached Ipoh, we decided to take a ride on the old rickety bus to Tambun. It was an experience worth remembering. On this particular day, it was extremely hot and all I want to do was to be under the blasting fan all the time. My daughter fared better - she spent more than an hour in the water and as always, I had so much difficulty coaxing her out of it. These photos showed some of the areas we were able to sight dring our four hour trip there.
Supplies: Kraft cardstocks / Flowers - Momoyo, Kaiser / Adhesive Ribbon / MT Washi Tapes / Memory Makers Die-cut / Delfino Brads.
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