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Last week’s story. Last day of work (hooray!), need to find a new job (!!!) and all the fam-bam together under one roof for Raya Haji. Plenty of food and fun with the kiddos as per usual. The JZ Clan spent the night at kampung Denai – imagine 25 of us in that house, 10 of them little kids. Loud was an understatement.

#dongibab Zera

I took it upon myself to whip up some desserts for the two days we were there – cinnamon rolls and banoffee pie. Oh, plus sugar cookies. I had planned to let the kids decorate the cookies, but they (the cookies) were long gone once it was out of the oven. Honestly, I like them just as is without the icing – although the frosted cookies sure are fun to look at.

I had tried a new cinnamon rolls recipe – one which required no kneading – it was delicious! I used Gemma’s recipe and it turned out fantastic. There was a bit of struggle with the dough after the overnight proofing – mine was too soft and sticky, and I wasn’t sure if I should add even more flour, at the risk of the end result being too dry and chewy. The rolls did spread out and rise unevenly during the last proofing prior to going into the oven, and it did not look too pretty. But they came out delicious nonetheless.

Two more little ones are due in December. Maybe they’ll share the same birthday as Mak Teh?

On the day of Eid, everyone put on their best clothes and chowed down on super yummy nasi arab from the local neighbourhood joint. Oh the lamb kabsah. My tummy’s rumbling just thinking about it. Dessert was banoffee pie, and that was gone in a split second too. What can I say? I’m good, heheheh. Celebrated Kak Uda’s 34th birthday with an ice cream cake, courtesy of Abang Lan. After all of the food, a light snooze was required, and a whole lot of exercising!

I’m slowly getting back into my Insanity workout. I am entering my fourth week tomorrow – which by the way, took me 7 weeks. I think. Slow and steady, eh? Weather is still not too great to go out running in. This haze, I tell ya. It comes and goes every few days. One day the skies are blue and clear, then the next day; the API reading shoots up to 200+.

Oh well, more time for me to focus on Insanity, I guess.


It’s Not Too Late

…to wish you Selamat Hari Raya; maaf, zahir dan batin! It’s the 11th day of Eid, better late then never, right? My raya was pretty chilled out – hanging out at home on the first day, and ate a lot. And I do mean a lot. I was not kind to my tummy. Tsk, tsk.

The day before Eid, I was busy baking up a storm in the kitchen. I had seven trays of semperit – I told you they were my favourite cookies – going in and out of the oven. Another fave is honey cornflakes, because everyone grew up eating that, especially around raya. Mine didn’t turn out as good because I didn’t have enough cornflakes, as this little missy didn’t check if we had enough. But oh well, it’s still edible. I also baked a double batch of double chocolate chip cookies. They were yummy, but not as delicious as my cousin’s wife’s cookies. I am still trying to figure out how to get the cookies to be crisp! I’m gonna need to ask for her recipe soon.The morning of Eid, everyone was so happy and excited, had our breakfast, headed to the mosque for Eid prayers and then did the whole salam-salaman and photos session. Since most of my siblings were celebrating Eid with their in-laws, our house was not as joyous as we were used to. The best raya celebrations are of course the one where everyone from aunts, uncles, cousins and everyone in between gathers at your kampung, with little kids playing a game of ice & water, sparklers and later on have everyone scrambling to chup their spot to sleep for the night. Ahh, memories.

We did head over to my grandma’s house down south on the second day. I finally had the chance to have my younger cousins beraya with me. And when you are at tokmak’s abode, food are aplenty. I stuffed my face silly during the 48 hours we were there.

Our family group chat was filled with updates on my little nieces and nephews in their raya garb. Too cute! Little Izz is just so bulat, geram!

Bella was suddenly in a grouchy mood during the photo sesh. Every raya, though. She was fine up to the point where we were getting our places on the sofa, and then….her mood changed. And Raed was his usual rambunctious self. I love my little dinosaur!

You can see that the boys were wearing green, because Mama actually planned to have everyone in green this year. But somehow, only the boys received the green baju melayu, and then us girls had to get our own. Ceh.

Iman’s first raya!


Nak duit raya kena kissy papa dia dulu.

Raed’s probably going “Where’s my duit raya? A-ed nak duit raya nak beli lego i-saur”


Trying to capture a good shot with these kids….haih. Boleh la tu. It was a very hot and sunny day, and then I had the brilliant idea to take portraits against the wall at the side of our house. My brother-in-law used this as a backdrop last year for a little shoot, and it turned out pretty; so I am doing the same 😀bella-makteh-raya

Being the awesome Mak Teh that I am, of course I am the one who managed to cheer her up and get her to take photos. Smileeee, Bella. But she still wouldn’t let go of the phone and kept watching barbie and play-doh videos on youtube soon after -_-


Not-so-baby-anymore baby brother


Since I was not super excited to get a new kurung for raya, I decided to recycle my dress from B’s reception. I’ve only worn it that one time, so it’s practically brand new. All in all, it was still an awesome raya. Family, lots of good food and little kiddies that love their Mak Teh XD

I hope you guys had an amazing raya/eid as well, filled with lots of love, family, friends and food!

Goldheart : Eid / Raya Makeup Look

Hello, lovelies! It is officially the second to last day of Ramadan; and in the spirit of celebration, I have a fun tutorial that I think would look great fro Eid/Raya. I first did this look on Belle for wedding she attended previously, and I loved the look so much, I decided to recreate it on myself.


I was inspired to use the Too Faced Eyeshadow Duo in Cocoa Puff & Honey Pot, which I have had for a really long time but never used it that much. It consist of a rich chocolate brown and a yellow-gold shade. I love how the shadows look in the pan, but I was a bit disappointed with the brown. It looks like a warm chocolate-brown in the pan, but when swatched or applied on the lid, it shows up as more cool-toned dark brown – on my skin tone, at least.

Since this look is geared for a celebration, I went more for a fuller coverage, and heavier eyes. It’s not too light, yet not quite full-on à la Kim K, coverage wise. For the eyes, I wanted to try my hand at the ‘sandwich’ technique as the local makeup artists would say. It’s basically the halo/spotlight eye look in a nutshell. I wanted the gold to standout in contrast against the dark brown, and I really love how it turned out.

I haven’t put a lot of thought on what I’ll be doing for the day itself, but I am really keen on a fresh and summery kind of look with more peach and pink tones; keeping the eyes very light and bright with dewy skin. We’ll see how well that goes. 😉



Zoeva Matte Eyeshadow Fix Primer http://goo.gl/NMUBQz
Matte beige (lid to brow bone), warm orange-tan (lid)
Too Faced Eyeshadow Duo in Cocoa Puff & Honey Pot
Coastal Scents 88 Warm Palette (satin beige shade- 2nd row, 3rd from right)
Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Liner in Black
Stage Kohl Intense Pencil in Black
Estee Lauder Double Wear Pencil in Bronze (old holiday collection)
Maybelline The Magnum Volume Express Mascara (Waterproof)
Daiso Brow pencil in dark brown
Seventeen Miracle Matte Skin Primer
Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation in Tan Honey http://goo.gl/MLA1eb
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW25 http://goo.gl/lVY37R
Revlon Colorstay Concealer in 005 Medium http://goo.gl/axlPrI
MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter in Radiant Rose http://goo.gl/o9pXAn
ELF HD Powder http://goo.gl/nrd8Mc
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Medium Plus http://goo.gl/Tl08dZ
MAC Golden Rinse Bronzer http://goo.gl/kWojx7
Sleek Face Contour Kit in Dark http://goo.gl/0iPXng
Sleek Blush By 3 in Flame (I used the shade Furnace) http://goo.gl/Hu8vxh
NYX Round Lipgloss in Mauve http://goo.gl/kmnqhY
Revlon Colorstay Lipgloss in Peach Petal


The Final Stretch

This year has really flown by quickly! It’s now July, and we are more than halfway through Ramadan. It felt like we just welcomed the first day of Ramadan last week; but we’re now on the last 10 days of Ramadan. Mama reminded me to do more ibadah for these last few days – spend more time reading Quran, more prayers and make a lot of dua’s. It’s more important in these last ten days, as it is Lailatul Qadar.

It’s always bittersweet when Ramadan ends. This is when we get to score extra points with Allah, so getting in more ibadah is always always a good idea. You don’t know if you’ll get to experience Ramadan again, so always take advantage of the month when you can.

I will definitely miss having the family getting together for iftar. Yes, we do have our family dinners once in a while when it’s not Ramadan, but it’s more fun when everyone is sitting down at the table together waiting for the azan, and also eating sahur with eyes half-open hehehe.

But I sure am happy to be celebrating Eid as well. This year, the first day of Eid will be just mama,  the two boys and myself, since my other siblings will be celebrating with their in-laws. We’ll be driving down to Muar on the second day though, and I cannot wait for that! I missed going back to Muar two weeks ago, so I am really excited to have all the yummy food and cookies (and of course see my tokmak too!).

Speaking of cookies, this weekend I’ll be baking tonnes! The cookies I have on my list are semperit (my fave!), honey cornflakes and……….pineapple tarts. I’ve been wanting to try my hands on making the pineapple tarts, so I am really hoping I have the time and patience for that. Wish me luck!

For the first time since I’ve been handing out duit raya (this year will be my third time), I am finally giving out brand new notes! I got mine changed today with the help of my cousin, and I’ve already made the list of kids getting the duit raya. I’m not sure what the traditions are for people celebrating Eid elsewhere, but here in Malaysia we give out money packets to the kids and the elderly in our family.

So how’s your Ramadan been? All great, I hope. Now I’ve got a date with Maid, toodles! Can’t believe I am hooked on a Malay drama!