Monday, November 20, 2017

Laughing Whilst Finding the Right Words - Inspirational Family Stories

Tariq’s Baba has many peculiarities. 

Amongst the ones I enjoyed the most is when his brain misfiring when it comes to easy words.

Not those complicated medical jargons, scientific names etc. Those are easy for him. 

Like for example today morning, Tariq was helping in the kitchen preparing for his Shamiza BrainyBunch Seremban Dua Kindy’s Farewell party.

Confidently, he asked Tariq..,

Are you preparing for your school’s Potpourri, Tariq..?

Tariq was like.., what is Potpourri Baba..? 

Me on the other hand already burst out laughing which immediately makes Tariq’s Baba know he had used the wrong word.., again.

Okay.. okay.. whats the right word for it..? He asked me, already started giggling himself.

Claypot? came another attempt..

Omg! Try harder Baba..!, 

Squinting his eyes as if he is trying to squeeze out the right word from his brain, he took a few seconds and blurt out..

Potluck!! Potluck!!


Yes, well done, my love. 

The right word is Potluck!🌟⭐️πŸ’«πŸ˜ 🀣

Bursting out loud at his own brain misfiring! 🀣

Tariq helping out in the kitchen this morning

Still trying to convince me and justify that Potluck sounds very similar to Potpourri and Claypot!

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

A Great Swimming Year! - Inspirational Story as a Parent

Last weekend we went to Labuan for the 2nd LIS International Swimming Championship 2017. 

It was Tariq’s final swimming competition for the year 2017, alhamdulillah! 

During the training weeks, I told Tariq, the only thing you must do is to do your very best. 

So he asked.., how Tariq know Tariq do my best.., Mama? 

Easy sayang...,.. you just know it in your heart... you will feel very happy.. you will feel very satisfied.. right here in your heart...., I said while touching the upper left of his chest. 

And with the aim to do his best, Tariq broke his own personal best record in the only event he competed! 

And he even improved his start by not landing flat on his tummy like a LAT’s kampung boys anymore. Haha. 

He actually dived into the pool fingers first followed by his head, abdomen and last his legs. 

Well done, darling! 

Tariq clocked 1 mins 16 secs for 50m Freestyle under 8 years old, breaking his own personal best record of 1 min 32 secs which he made in Melaka just a few weeks ago! 

When I told Tariq of his new record, his face beamed with happiness, his eyes twinkled and he has the widest smile. 

Mama..! Tariq know Tariq do my very very very best just now... because Tariq feel very very happy here..!, he said while pointing at his heart. 

MashaAllah, that is right sayang. 

Always remember that Mama, Baba and Coach Irene Hisham only want one thing from you - just simply do your very best, put in your strongest effort and then, leave the rest to Allah. 

So well done my little one. We are so so proud of your effort! Alhamdulillah. 

Swimming 2017, let’s call it a wrap. 

It has been a great year, Alhamdulillah!! 

Tariq’s Personal Best Record for 50m Freestyle since beginning until Labuan Championship 2017
Tariq’s personal best record for 25m Freestyle and 25m backstroke for 2017
Tariq went to salam his Baba for blessings before his event. Duaakan Tariq ye, Baba! πŸ’—
Showing off his event sequence: E11H3L8.
A happy and satisfied face after his event. Well done, my love! Mama and Baba so proud of your effort!πŸ’–πŸ˜πŸ˜˜
Swimmers spend time waiting by playing games that stimulate their brains. No gadget. No electronics.
Baba will read every details of Tariq’s swimming official book cover to cover and will keep reading until the event ends! Especially where Tariq name is. I always tease him. Baba loves it to see your own name in the book, right? Tariq bin Abd Hamid? He will lol sheepishly..😜
Look at him. So seriously reading. Lighten up Baba. This is not as hard as your surgery..πŸ˜‚πŸ˜˜
Bye bye Mama! Tariq being accompanied by his beloved Abang Zidane to the Marshall room.

Thanks Zidane! You always take care of Tariq!😘
Waving to Mama while waiting for his event to be called up. Good luck, my love!😘
Borak like kawan lama but actually they just met. Chatting and giggling.
One of the perks of swimming is you will make friends from everywhere!
Baba already standing by the pool side, ready to give Tariq his full support!😍
Lepas swimming, apa lagi.. what else to do.. eat eat and eat!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
Next day, we went Duty Free Shopping. Like Jakun Mama looking at the chocolate pricing!😍😍
See what I mean? They just hang around the food area to eatπŸ˜‚
If you go to Labuan UTC Market, find this Kakak Sharifah. Her booth is D213 and her handphone is 0128303371. So baik, her price is cheap and so jolly too. Find her and you wont regret😍
We had a team dinner that night at Mawilla Seafood by the beach. There were 16 people eating and it cost less than RM450!!😱😱😱 Where to get like that in KL??😭😭😭
I got this picture posted by the organizer’s official photographer.
Perhaps Tariq’s bulat-ness captured his eyes and he decided to snap him! Haha
Uncle Nitya say Tariq looks like the Labuan’s DonπŸ˜ƒ
Tariq and Abang Parvin visitng Museum Marine Labuan. Abang Parvin said put your hands up and do like macho man... Tariq puts his hands up but go and do the surrender sign! Hahaha
Tariq and Baba strolling on the Labuan Beach.
So kesian this eel... too huge to be put in this small aquarium..😭
Tariq right after his event.
Tariq and Keegan.. They play they argue they merajuk then they play again they argue they merajuk... and the cycle
Tariq never missed the opportunity to sit on the trolley bag!
Just arrived at Labuan Airport.. waiting for our bags.
We arrived!! The first batch arrived at Labuan.. Tariq, Abang Kayden, Abang Kylan and Adik Keegan with Mama and Aunty Karen Hoon Sta Maria
This is Coach Irene Hisham’s contingent for Labuan. From 16 years old all the way to 6 years old.

Both of the 16 yo got a gold and silver medals! The rest of the swimmers break their own personal best time.

Well done Kiddos!πŸŒŸπŸ’«πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜

From front left: Tariq, Zidane, Keegan.
From back left: Amsyar, Kylan, Kayden, Amir, Parvin.
Missing in the pic: Queenesha.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Your Best Friend, the Quran - Inspirational Story as a Parent

A few days ago, I received a wonderful news. 

That Tariq has completed his Iqra 6 and is now ready to read the actual Quran, mashaAllah!

Alhamdulillah ya Rabb.. Only Allah knows how happy I felt! 

So I took Tariq to MPH to buy his very first Quran.

From the many selections, I chose the Quran with just plain black verses.

His teacher said the Quran with colored verses might hinder Tariq’s ability to learn Tajwid on his own.

There were 3 Qurans that fit the bill and I laid them in front of Tariq.

I then opened Chapter 86 Surah At-Tariq for all the three Qurans and recited the first 3 verses from each Quran for Tariq to listen to while my finger pointing to each of the mentioned words.. 

....Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem... Wassamaaa'i wattaariq....Wa maaa adraaka mattaariq... Annajmus saaqib...

Choose the Quran that Tariq feels you love the most, sayang.., I said to Tariq after reciting the 3rd Quran.

And it was like love at first sight for him.

Tariq reached for his chosen Quran and immediately held it close to his heart.

It was then I asked him to talk to his Quran because him and his new Quran are going to be good friends inshaAllah.. 

... As salaamu ‘alaykum Quran, my name is Tariq... Tariq wants to be your friend.., Tariq wants to read you everyday.., Tariq wants to remember (memorize) you... Tariq wants to understand you.. please be Tariq’s friend... please be Tariq’s best friend.. , whispered Tariq while still holding his Quran tight to his chest..

As Muslims, Quran have a special relationship with us. Quran carries words of Allah, His Guidance, His Instructions, life lessons and stories we can learn from, words that can bring serenity and tranquility to our hearts.. and many many more.

Quran is the miracle given by Allah to our beloved Prophet Muhammad SAW.

So thank you, thank you to all of Tariq’s Quran teachers from all Aunties in Shamiza BrainyBunch Seremban Dua and all Teachers in AlBaghdadi Playtime Centre Seremban!😍😘😘

We cannot do this without your relentless effort. May His Highest Paradise be your eternal reward, Aamiin.. πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–
Tariq fell in love with this Quran at first sight..😍

Mama and Baba are so happy with your progress, sayang! Alhamdulillah!!😘😘😘

Tariq lovingly hug his First Quran ever.. The start of Tariq’s new relationship with his new best friend, inshaAllah his new favourite book, the Holy Quran.. alhamdulillah πŸ’–

Friday, October 13, 2017

Facing Setbacks - Inspirational Story as a Parent

Three weeks back, Tariq participated in another swimming competition ASUM/NSC/MILO Junior Splash 2017 in Melaka.

There were 900 swimmers from all over the country competing, mashaAllah!

Tariq broke his own personal best time for 50m Freestyle and clocked a new best personal record at 1 min 32 secs, alhamdulillah!!

His old record was 2min 23secs he set at the same tournament last year.

We were so happy!!

But it wasn’t all nice and dandy.

That weekend, Tariq learn a valuable lesson in life.

That after a failure, you have to face it, learn from it, buck up, suck it up, re-focus and move on.

Tariq participated in two events. A 50m Freestyle Relay and a 50m Individual Freestyle Event.

The first event which was on Friday was a relay event, scheduled at 5.05pm but was delayed to 9pm due to many earlier false starts, re-swim etc.

Needless to say, after waiting from 11am, Tariq was too tired and lethargic by the time his event started at 9pm!

He swam so badly. I mean, really really bad. He even created his own swimming style!

They couldn’t disqualify him coz he still seems to be swimming like a freestyle, but, actually, he wasn’t.

I was upset. He was upset. His coach was upset. The crowd was just too shocked to even cheer for him. A totally bad end for his first day.

On Saturday morning, I did a post-mortem with him. I showed him his video recording and asked him what went wrong, what he could do better and what should he do in his next event.

Fast forward Sunday morning, Tariq arrived at the Aquatic Stadium fully charged and ready to do his best.

And that, he did, mashaAllah!!

He was poised, focused. He remembered all his techniques. And he swam his heart out. He swam like a champion. He swam his very best!

I was emotional and shed a tear when Tariq’s hand slammed the wall clock.

My little boy has learn a major life lesson at very young age.

Once I faced a major setback in my life and my dad lovingly said to me,

‘... it is not what you face that makes who you are, it is how you respond to your situation that makes who you are..

To my Tariq, at 6 years old you have learn this life lesson Mama took tens of years to learn, mashaAllah.

May you always remember this every time things don’t go your way..

Tariq with his beloved support team.. Nazeer and White Rose 😍😍😍

So tired waiting for his event that Tariq fell asleep.. this is swimmers life during competition.. they play, they eat, they sleep, they read, they pray while waiting for their events to be called up..

On the way to the Hang Jebat Aquatic Stadium😍

Tariq’s event on his arm

Tariq’s new best personal time on official record now! Alhamdulillah!

With Mama.. πŸ’—

Swimming kids spend time playing chess, game board, coloring, reading and playing card while waiting for their events to be called. I see none, zero, nil of the swimmers playing with gadgets mashaAllah!

Manja... makan pun nak Coach Irene Hisham suap.. hihi😘

This is so funny. Tariq keep farting and every time he farted, he will tell Uncle Kevin. After a couple of time, Uncle Kevin (one of the swimmers dad) said to Tariq... you must hold all your gas in and only release it in the pool so you can go faster!! Hahaha. Tariq loves the idea!

A picture after his best performance. You are the best Coach Irene Hisham!

Just after warm up session with his swimming buddies..

Look at the board, Tariq.. says Coach Irene Hisham to Tariq when Tariq asked her when is his event..

On your mark..

Friday. So dark at night already. Closing to 9pm and Tariq’s event was still not called. Kakak Sofea Shabib Bachok, Kakak Sarah and Aunty Bib are always there till the end to support TariqπŸ’–πŸ’–

A kiss from Mama before his Sunday eventπŸ’‹

Waiting for his turn.. duduk macam dekat kedai Mamak! Lepak style πŸ˜‚

With Coach Abie 😍

Warm up sessions..

Sep atas tas tas... sep bawah wah wah... Sep siku ku ku...
One of the games Tariq plays with Nazeer to fill up their time πŸ˜„πŸ’—

ariq, Nazeer and Abang Kayden 😍

Coach Irene Hisham gave last minute guidance to TariqπŸ’–

Tariq and Baba πŸ’–

Hahahaha.. Tariq goofing around with Keegan!

Getting ready..

Abang Dinish writing down Tariq’s event number on his hand..

Well done, Tariq! A high-5 from Coach Irene Hisham😍

Pep talk from Mama while Tariq changing into his competition pants just before his event is called up..

Just back from his event- A confident boy who is totally happy because he did the best he could that Sunday morning! Alhamdulillah!

The official book..

Fooling around with Keegan, his relay buddy

Tariq is at the lane closest to the camera. Watch Tariq inventing his own freestyle. I called it Gliding Freestyle! He silenced the crowd.. πŸ˜‚

I think the swimming technical officers too are not so sure how to treat this new technique. Tariq is technically not violating any freestyle rules but then he wasn't really swimming freestyle as well.. hihi

Tariq’s comeback! The crowd was excited (and nervously) cheering for him!! They lovingly remembered him as the boy who swim strangely on Friday. Hahaha. They cheered for him all to the end! Well done my little one alhamdulillah. You made us all proud! πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–