Monday, December 25, 2017

Trip to Mukah, Sarawak - Inspirational Story as a Parent

Just within 24 hours after we landed in Malaysia from our memorable Umrah trip, we were back in KLIA.

But this time, our destination was Mukah, Sarawak. One of my cousins got married to a Sarawakian😍

And Tariq was so excited to experience his very first Twin Otter flight!

Before the flight, Everyone was asked to step on a scale bcoz everyone’s weight must be recorded to make sure the Twin Otter can fly. 

That was the only time I was traumatized! Haha

The sound of the engine was kinda deafening, and the fact that we were able to watch the pilots take off, fly and land the plane because there was no door between passenger and cockpit was outright thrilling! 

It was a few times when the plane went ‘jumpy’ and we were all screaming happily as if we are on a roller coaster! 

Of course, our hearts keep making shahadah too!

The plane flew so low that my brother’s phone has reception all the way. 

There were 12 of us so it looks as if like we have chartered the whole plane.

At Mukah, we landed at the smallest airport we have ever been to. 

Our Twin Otter was parked right infront of the airport door, it felt like a car parked infront of our house! Haha

And the airport building looks exactly like a single storey bungalow lot, I kid you not.

After Mukah, we went to Miri. And Tariq experienced his very first Iban Longhouse. We absolutely love the concept of longhouse.

We also visited one of the best Mini Crocodile Farm in Miri, visited the Grand Old Lady and watch the angry but beautiful waves of South China Sea at Coco Cabana.

Alhamdulillah, all in all, it was a wonderful trip to end a wonderful school holiday for Tariq and everyone!

Tariq got to experience kampung environment, unique flight experience, unique Iban culture, Allah’s beautiful nature and many more, alhamdulillah!

I pray that the neurons in his brain keeps making connection and firing actively right now inshaAllah πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Lastly, congrats to my beloved Aunty, my dad’s baby sister for menerima menantu pertama. Love you, Su! Juriah Ahmad😘😘😘
Tariq with Captain Nathan. He gave Tariq a flying pin. Thanks so much Captain!
Tariq and his cousins after a thrilling flight from Bintulu to Mukah
Tariq infront of Twin Otter MASSwing before take off
Coming out from Twin Outer using tiny stairs
Fire Engine
Pray we must..πŸ’“
This is how the inside looks like. No door between passenger and pilots so we get to watch how pilots work!
The Iban community sitting area ie corridor where they mingle. Behind Tariq are the Iban ladies doing shopping
City boys in kampung!
The cutest airport in the world. Tariq is standing on the weighing machine for passengers. All passengers must be weighted to make sure the Twin Otter is able to lift us up.
Tariq and his cousins went for a swim at the Resort
Tariq inhaling the wind of South China Sea breeze..
He walks like he owns the road in the kampung!
I took this picture on the flight. It was that low so we can actually see the houses and even cars movements
We own the plane! Haha
Another view from Twin Otter
Tariq with the upcoming and future Gold Medalist for Badminton! The J brothers!
Tariq and swimming cannot be separated
With his Abanglong at our own longhouse in the resort!
At the Grand Old Lady
On a ferry in Mukah. Since this is night time, we could actually see the many pairs of eyes of the crocodiles just hiding inside the bushes in the river..😱
Tariq with his Abah, Ummi, Grandmas, Aunty, Brothers and Sisters!
The cutest Balai Bomba! At Iban Longhouse
At Mukah, the kampong folks said there are many crocodiles in the river. So Tariq and his cousins decided to ‘wait’ for the crocs to emerge!
Tariq holding a live baby crocodile. He loved holding it so much that he wants to bring home one! — at Miri Crocodile Farm.
My beloved cousin and his beautiful brideπŸ’—
We shop at Market in Miri!
On a horsey!

Big yellow snake
I can really bring Tariq everywhere. Here he is eating the kampung dish during kenduri and having a great appetite! So sedap he said 😍
Behind this fence is one of the biggest crocodile in the world! You must see the Supercrocodile yourself to believe how huge it is!
This cute grandpa is amongst the elderly in the Iban Longhouse. Her earlobes are so unique.
Waiting to be boarded. We own this airport too! Haha
Tariq and Abang Ateh looking all giddy after the exciting flight on Twin Otter!
Tariq loves the Iban Longhouse!
The Iban longhouse has 48 houses on one stretch! And it is double storey too!
I showed Tariq how a public phone works. He was so excited that phones can use coins! Haha

Listen to the sound of the Twin Otter!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Tariqs Lessons During Umrah - Inspirational Story as a Parent

Alhamdulillah, this year in Mekah, Tariq learn a few new things.

Firstly, he was curious about why Mama pray with 4 takbir, no rukuk and no sujud after every prayers. So I taught him how to make Solat Janazah.

When I told Tariq that the reward for those who prays Solat Jenazah is one kirat which is like one Mount Uhud, he shrieked delightfully.

That big Uhud Mountain we saw in Madinah.., Mama..?, asked Tariq wanting to confirm what he heard.

Yes sayang.., you will get reward from Allah as huge as that Uhud Mountain.., I said.

Yeay!! Tariq wants to pray Solat Janazah now so Allah gives Tariq one kirat.., said Tariq so happilyπŸ’–alhamdulillah.

 He also learns about Prophet Muhammad special toothbrush- the siwak! 😍

And in Mekah this year we got to spend many nights between Maghrib and Isya’ on the rooftop of Masjidil Haram.

We love it up there.

The windy cool breeze plus the view of Kaabah from the rooftop is simply spectacular, subhanAllah.

There, Tariq would read books of Prophets Stories which I brought from Malaysia, view the Kaabah and tawaf rotation, play happily with other small children and do his charity bit by distributing biscuits, alhamdulillah.

Then one night, after Isya’ prayers, Tariq asked me.., Mama.., can Tariq play longer with that very cute little boy...comel sangat baby tu..he is so cute.., said Tariq.

Then about 20 mins later, Tariq came to me crying..

Mama.., the Adik went back already with his mum.. Mama.., why Tariq dont have little brother.. Tariq wants Adik to play with.. everyone has Adik... only Tariq dont have Adik.., he said while sobbing.

I paused, inhaled and answered him..

Sayang.., remember Mama said we must trust Allah and His Plans for us..? Do you remember the story of Prophet Yusuf yesterday? Prophet Yusuf was thrown into the well by his brothers. Was he sad? Of course he was. Did he cry? Maybe he did. But because he loves Allah, Prophet Yusuf trusts Allah’s Plan for him is the best. He doesn’t know why that happened to him but he knows definitely because Allah knows it is the best thing for him...

Then I continued..,

So Prophet Yusuf trust Allah’s Plan even if it means he has to be inside a deep and dark well for many days.. and because he was in the well, the caravan picked him up, sold him to ‘Azizi and later he was sent to prison but in the end what he become? Ruler of Egypt.

If he was not thrown inside the well, will he become the Ruler of Egypt? No Mama..., answered Tariq still in a very sad voice.

So sayang.. trust Allah okay.. if Allah says you don’t have little brother to play with at home, it means that Allah knows the best for Tariq for now is to not have little Adik to play at home... Tariq trusts Allah, right?.., I asked

Yes Mama.. Tariq trust Allah!.., answered Tariq to my delight.

Then his face brighten up and said smilingly.,

So Mama.., can Tariq buy toys?

Omg!! Corner dekat situ pulak dia!

How did he go from wanting a baby brother to wanting a toy?!

Tariq loves the view from Masjidil Haram rooftop😍
Baba consoling Tariq who was still crying from sadness of not having a baby brother.. poor thing..
There are times when Tariq sleeps too during the Tawaf and Saei.. Baba couldnt smile because his hand is now numb from Tariq’s sleeping! Lol
Tariq and Baba in front of Kaabah..
Tariq feeding the pigeons of Makkah after doing his solat Asr😍
Tariq so happy testing his siwak on Mama's teeth! πŸ˜‚
Abang Tariq yang sado and his Adik Fateh yang manja..😍
Baba and Tariq in front of the KaabahπŸ•‹ Our last day in Mekah 2017..
Meeting Ibu, Ayah, Fateh, Abang and Kakak Sya in Mekah! 😘😘😘
Late lunch in Jeddah Waterfront..
Besides reading, Tariq also plays with his transformer toys at Dataran Kaabah... boys will still be boys!😍
Tariq reading Prophet Yusuf’s story in front of Kaabah too..
Some of the biscuits Tariq carries with him to give to a few of the grandmas around him..😘
Another pose while viewing Kaabah..
Tariq, his beloved Kaabah and his transformer..
When you are in Saudi, relax like the Saudis😍
One of my favourite moments.. Baba and Tariq together viewing the Kaabah..πŸ•‹πŸ•‹πŸ•‹
Mama just finished another story of Prophet Muhammad SAW so Tariq begins his line of questioning...πŸ˜πŸ˜‚
Jeddah beach..
Tariq helping Mama do a bit of groceries and also buying biscuits to give away later. Tariq loves the milk here especially!😍
Tariq was so happy that his Baba forgot something. Because his Baba claims he never forget things! Lol
Tariq receives special invitation to join the Captains at cockpit after end of flight. Thanks so much Captain!!😍😍
Let’s feed the birds Adik Fatih!
Thanks Abah and co for picking us up from KLIA!!😘😘
View from our room
In our hotel lift going to Tanaim for our Miqat.
My two groovy men..😘😘
Our last day in 2017 in front of Kaabah.. 😭😭😭
Ya Allah.. please dont make this the last time You invite us to Your Haramain.. πŸ’—<3 Aamiin..
View from our room. That furthest hill that looks like a bump is where Hira’ cave is..
Tariq’s first attempt using siwak.., and he loves it! Alhamdulillah! He said it tasted so sedap.. πŸ’—
Reading Prophet Yusuf book while nibbling on his biscuit on Masjidil Haram rooftop😍
Asking me questions about Prophet Yusuf.. why, why, why... Tariq is full of Whys! 😍😍
Mama.., next time we come here Tariq wants one scooter by myself.. can?
You think?? Lol
Mama look!! Tariq touched the Kaabah!!
Playing with the Chef while waiting for his broasted chicken!
So happy this little Sheikh after his Saie. Tariq rides the scooter with Baba during Saei so Mama can focus on crying, he said.. lol..
Here is something for you, Grandpa.. πŸ’–πŸ˜˜
Tariq completing his Umrah by shaving his head! Look how happy he was!
Stopped our Tawaf for Zuhur prayers.. Tariq and Baba earning rewards by looking at the beautiful Kaabah..πŸ’—