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Thursday, 31 December 2015

New Year, New Resolution, New Mission

Happy new year, my lovelies!

One of your possible new year resolution may be to eat healthily and stay healthy. Bless!

I am here to help you achieve this *happy smile*

You know those overzealous, online troopers hammering your blog feed with hydration with high content of hydrogen and nutrition reboot of taking 3 capsules for your equivalent of 4 plates of fruits and 5 plates of vegetables and 6 carotenoids?

LOL.

I used to be annoyed by them too, but I kept reading because matters of hydration and nutrition are close to my heart. Sure, I felt like clicking the little X button but something inside me urged me to give it the benefit of the doubt. 

And then one day, I myself needed the healing.

After a few days, I truly experienced the rapid/magical/relief/blessing healing.

Then, more and more of people I know need this type of healing for a wide range of illnesses and diseases. Direct contacts. Not even friend of friend level, ok?

Finally, I joined the bandwagon.

True to the RSS group mission, we only Relax. Share and Smile. I did not believe it until I myself worked it.

1. I relaxed. 
There is no rah-rah I got conned into a recruitment drive party. Yay!

The paperwork and delivery is fairly simple. Yay!

I get to choose how much time and effort I want to put in on daily basis. Yay!

2. I shared 
My BFF is the whole reason how I started this. I sincerely want her to heal, not have her undergo bilateral total knee replacement surgery, not have her trot around with walking stick, no to any walking hindrance, no knee and joint pains. Her progress towards better quality of life has been an eye-opening miracle. Syukur alhamdulillah.

As for the rest of my sharing, it is via my daily encounter with friends and family, existing and some rekindled online chats with my friends, sharing of information with other users and answering queries from my prospects. Luckily for me, there is a wealth of resource in our Facebook support group.


My children learn how hard I do "work" to help heal others, and they want to help too, subhanAllah. So cute of them. So far, they have followed us on delivery trips so they learn the ropes. They cannot wait to follow me to "office". They think it is Kidzania, haha!

3. I smiled. 
Less health issues (be it mine, or of others') brings me more happiness. Lower blood pressure, fast recovery from fever, steady healing from cancer - masyaAllah! 

The immense joy of waking up to queries from people I never thought would ask, the acceptance from jaded patients who want to give themselves another chance, the curiosity from skeptical and stubborn ones. You know who you are. Thank you for your trust in the products. 

Of course I have days when I wish someone really close by family ties would give this a read or a listen. May Allah swt open his/her heart. May Allah swt also increase my patience and knowledge so I can reach out to this special group.

I can share, but the decision is not mine. Those who get it, will. Those who don't, maybe next time. Some want it, but cannot afford it. Some can afford it, but have too much pride and ego to try. With this, I go back to the first principle - Relax. 

Slowly, but surely, let's all heal together.

“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.” - Maya Angelou

Some bonus and side income gives me the ability to bless others. Let's be honest, if we cannot save/cut cost anymore than we already are, would it not make sense to find halal ways of increasing our multiple sources of income? I am currently assisting one SAHM to get her business going. Seeing her happy response to her first cash income since she quit her job, is joy indeed. I wish to empower more like her!

Let's be sincere in our niat/mission/love and care department of the heart. It will take you far in this mission.

Talk to me when you are ready to help yourself, and help others.

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BeansTalk: The Other Side

Bean is 30 months old now and we have yet to work out a win-win weaning programme.

The last time we tried giving him some formula milk, he vehemently protested with screams and tears. Project formula has been a total failure, so far. We give ourselves another 5 months to equalise the duration I had breastfed Girl who scored 35 months.

After he empties one side, he pops out to announce "the other side" and comfortably tucks himself into round 2. 

Sometimes he goes into this mode on repeat and of course, I feel all dehydrated -sleepy-tired-needwaternow-cranky.

Terrible twos are not just for the toddler, now I know *grin*

BeansTalk: One More Time

Bean absolutely loves the charity train ride at Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur. It is RM5 per person, so the 4 of us donated RM20 every time.

He loves it so much, that he throws a tantrum every time the ride comes to an end. He would be coaxed off the train, carried away by yours truly whilst he screams at the top of his lungs, "one more time!".

So annoyingly cute! 

Road To Recovery: Reinfected Root Canal Part III

My appointment with my general dentist on 22 December 2015 was free too.

Why?

We discussed my teeth and jaw structure; how the mouthguard placed at my lower jaw in its near perfect U-row would be more comfortable when I am sleeping.

Versus placing the mouthguard on my top row, which now sports a front left incisor moved out of its normal placing in the last 6 years. The mouthguard will not be in perfect U-shape and as long as my front incisor keeps moving, the mouthguard will be an uncomfortable fit.

Pesky, right? One incisor which has given me horrible photo angle every time the camera clicks. Vain pot. I know! 

That may seem like a minor situation to most people but it has changed my bite and chew. If you look closely, it has altered my resting lips. 

So, we could not proceed to get the new mouthguard for my lower row of teeth. because it is where the root canal work is on-going.

Back to square one.

Free appointment. No charge for chit-chat. Sigh.

The root cause? 

I did not find out until 29 December 2015. 

I had gone to see my Endodontist for a new, might I add - brave, attempt at root canal permanent filling.

This time, my muscles were quite relaxed and we managed the 1 hour procedure without much drama. 

The X-Ray comparison showed no more infection or abcess, good healing overall with improved bone density. I credit this rapid healing to His Blessings via Izumio and Super Lutein, alhamdulillah. No was-was! 

Dr. Jac Lam also told me this: 
My tongue thrust. It has been resting just fractionally forward. pushed my front top row of teeth outward, resulting in an open bite.

It is the culprit to my grinding and clenching at night! *gasp* my lower row of teeth are trying to match the top and so they auto-correct. *gasp* 

The advice?

1. Braces. Top row only.

2. Permanent retainer, behind top row only.

3. Learn to park my tongue properly before sleeping *LOL*

4. Go and hire myself a good orthodontist. 

Free consultation, on this part, alhamdulillah!

My appointment for review with Endodontist before crown replacement is in 6 months. InshaAllah, Izumio and Super Lutein will deliver the healing I need. 

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Momster in me is now very diligent with teeth-brushing habits for Girl and Bean. Also, their career in specialist dentistry are highly-encouraged, inshaAllah.

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Please Whatsapp +0126017907 or email hannah(dot)zulkifli(at)gmail(dot)com for more details about Izumio and Super Lutein. Thank you.

Goodbye, 2015

It has been a tough year for my little family and I. The highs, the lows. The super-lows.

We were blessed with many little pockets of blessings, but there were also days and nights when we wondered how would we pull through these challenges thrown our way, together. 

Stand united. Remain loving. Agree to disagree. Accept His Will. Growing together.

Allah swt is our constant, our anchor.  Syukur alhamdulillah.

May our 2016 be better in every way. Amin.

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Thank you for following our blog posts here. Have a very blessed start to 2016, my lovelies!


Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Road To Recovery: Reinfected Root Canal Part II

10 December 2015

The second appointment to remove the temporary fillings and have the permanent fillings put in place, at the Endodontist's clinic.

After 4 LA injections, we could not proceed because my jaw muscles ached too much. It was so painful that tears rolled down by themselves. It was not an area where LA can be injected into, alas.

That, was my loser moment. My entire left gums, cheeks and side of tongue felt numb but my jaw muscles still ached. Ouch!

Dr. Jac Lam was fast to identify exactly which muscles ached and shared tips on how I can relax them before my next treatment. He thought I was too tensed and stressed out, which was true!

Simple steps:

1. Warm towel massage, after shower.

2. Go out for coffee with a good friend, without the children and husband (unfortunately for me this was not possible given the long school holiday).

3. Go window-shopping, online shopping or year end sale shopping (How honest!)

4. Rest and relax. Watch a movie, read a book, do something I like. I, being the operative word here. I. 

5. Get myself a new mouthguard for sleeping so I can lessen the muscle fatigue from grinding and clenching.

The very understanding and generous Endodontist did not charge me the "failed" appointment. So I went home that day, with a lot of numbness and a new appointment to see my general dentist. Prayed so hard the reinfection will not recur in the meantime, between appointments.

I tried doing some of the relaxation steps diligently, and adhered to my supplements and hydrogen water intake.

How did the appointment with my general dentist go? Stay tuned!

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Friday, 25 December 2015

Blessed Christmas!


Have a good one, my lovelies! 


Thursday, 24 December 2015

Year End Holidays

Salam Maulidur Rasul, my lovelies!

How are your year end holidays going? Seeing some of your awesome photo updates and check-ins have left me with a joyous sense of vicarious holiday. Thank you and please keep those newsfeed filled with so many picturesque shots and videos!

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We had our plans and tickets for Legoland Malaysia booked and paid for since early this year but Allah swt has His Will and better plans for us. Definitely an affirmation of lesson well learnt on "inshaAllah".

We were out for a casual Thai food dinner at Absolute Thai, Level 3 at The Gardens on 12.12.2015, an ordinary Saturday evening. Girl and Bean usually eat fairly well there, and food preparation waiting time is tolerable as they browse at Brickboy, Borders and Art Friend. 

So we sat down for our chow down. One of our dishes, Pandan leaves chicken, was a tad slow at arriving. When it did arrive, it was slightly harder than usual. We did not send it back, since it was a busy night with long queue outside.

Bean drank some of his favourite fresh watermelon juice and I sipped mine. It tasted "unfresh". Like it was pressed then left on the kitchen counter for a wee bit too long before it was served. Bean did not finish his juice and for once, I did not coax him to drink more.

We came home that night, ready for a restful night. The aim was to zip up the packed luggages and call it a night.

What transpired was far from our vision of tucking the kids into bed after shower, supper, story and surah!

Bean threw up. We had him cleaned, changed and the sheets reeked of vomit. Poor boy. He nursed, he threw up. He cried. Repeat. All. Night. Long.

The following day, was our usual Sunday at The House with The Grandparents. This time, both Bean and Girl threw up their home-cooked lunch. They did another round upon return to The Flat and by then, I was so sure our year end getaway just had to be cancelled.

The reservation cut-off time was midnight but by 6pm, we had our cancellation confirmed by Doubletree by Hilton Johor Bahru. The kids were sent to bed, and I unpacked all our bags for supply of clean clothes. It was a sad thing to have to cancel the holiday, but I kept reminding myself that Allah swt has better plans for us all.

The Other Half kindly offered to make us a hot cup of Milo for a much deserved break of endless cleaning and laundry. A few minutes after drinking his, he threw up. Then the shivers and fever started. He continued to throw up a few times during the night and drank Izumio as much as he could.

I had a little discomfort in my stomach but that was all. Can you believe it? I am usually the first one down!

The three of them survived on (what else?) Izumio and Super Lutein for the next 2 days. The Other Half drank nothing but Izumio (that was like 12 packets per 24 hours) and took 4 Super Lutein every 4 hours. He was fine and dandy after 24 hours, and went back to his usual routine the following day. He showed no sign of dehydration. Syukur alhamdulillah.

Girl started a good habit of taking 1 packet of Izumio before sleeping since then. It is doing so much wonderful healing for her (she has eczema since birth with blood test to confirm dairy and egg-white intolerance). She swiftly recovered from her stomach flu, and low grade fever, without the much dreaded visit to PCMC. Even the ER staff can recognise us (which is a bad sign for us, but excellent patient service on their part).  Medicine-free, phew!

Bean got over his fever with one or two dose of paracetamol because he could not drink much Izumio. At his age, he refused to chew Super Lutein (he spat it out!) and so he survived on breastmilk (which I bet contained a high dose of nutrients from the capsules I have taken). Monkey see, monkey do - he would sip some Izumio whenever he sees his sister do it, which is good peer influence in this case.

It was an exhausting week, with no holidays to go to. In hindsight, we are so lucky we made that cancellation instead of pushing it through just because Legoland tickets had been paid for. It would have been such a miserable drive to Johor Bahru and back with clean basins and towels on stand by. 

Next time, I am just going to persuade the rest of my little family to learn the last minute travel method and wing it. Shall we?

InshaAllah! 

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Saturday, 19 December 2015

The Highs, The Lows


One of my lovely childhood friend's mum is recovering from thyroid carcinoma. Post surgery stage now. It is a long way to battle cancer. Please keep her in your prayers. She needs every support and good vibes for healing and health. Thank you.

Recently, as I was sharing my road to recovery stories, more friends have opened up with their own stories too. It is  like a new chapter of our friendship, from crayons (at 7 years old) to cancer (at 40 years old).

My heart goes out to them, really. So many of us silently fight our own diseases and illnesses. Some have full medical insurance, some don't. Some have taken good care, some have abused and/or neglected their bodies. Some care, some plainly don't. C'est la vie.

My daily high is when I see loved ones feel better and able to be more comfortable in their skin. The "nikmat" of exiting ICU, getting off drips, discharging from ward, going home, taking care of self again.  Presence of love in their homes. Syukur alhamdulillah.

My daily low is experiencing and seeing first hand how life can be so short and painful for some. How quality of life is co-related to access of better medical healthcare, facilities, support system, great products and continued hospice. It is a rude awakening for me because I have pretty much led a sheltered life; and now I see how that co-relation is tied to availability of funds (be it cash or insurance) and charity. 

My wish? My dream? 

It really is not that coveted arm candy or SUV anymore. 

Something has changed inside me and I cannot quite put my finger on it. 

Like a child with ambitions, I wish I am so affluent that I can afford to donate more of these wonderful products to assist those on their recovery or even prevention journey.

The truth is, I can not afford charity of such grand scale, yet. Which motivates me to work harder at finding ways so that  I can fulfill that newly found "childish" dream.

I have a dream.

Please Whatsapp +0126017907 or email hannah(dot)zulkifli(at)gmail(dot)com for more details about Izumio and Super Lutein. Thank you.

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On another note, the year end school reports have been submitted to The Trust. Our intention and objective is to financially aid students from poor families so they have a fighting chance at exiting hard core poor status via education. 

My high is when I see straight As and improved results from those beneficiaries, who now stand a real chance at making it in life. So happy for them. Syukur alhamdulillah.

My low is when I know some probably have not realised how education is the real ticket out of their misery. 

"Teach a man how to fish, and he fishes for life. Give a man a fish, he eats for a day." ~ Lao Tzu.

My prayer is that weak beneficiaries will soon awaken from slumber and continue to put in more effort. Amin.

What is your high and low this year, my lovelies? Please do share!




Monday, 14 December 2015

Road To Recovery: Scalp and Hair

I have been wearing head scarves for about 6+ years now and I am always in search of scalp and hair care products that are gentle.

Whoever thinks a person who wears the headscarf has no care for good scalp and hair, is  usually wrong. I, at least, care about how I look like without my headscarf on, when in the company of my mahram. Looking at the number of muslimah spas mushrooming all over Shah Alam is good enough evidence that other muslimahs do care plenty about their wellbeing *so proud of them!*

Daily wash and condition. Pat dry my scalp followed by blowing using ionised hair dryer on low heat to keep it all clean. Checked. 

Eat clean food to maintain healthy scalp and hair. Checked.

Drink lots of water. Checked.

And still, perhaps due to hormonal changes, my hair drops onto the floor (the fact that it is long hair makes it look that much more dramatic) and easily clog up the drainer in our shower. 

Kao Magic Mop takes care of picking up all my hair from the floor at home, and a routine clean up of the shower area easily maintains unclogged drainage. That's just addressing the consequence, how true.

I should address the root cause? Pun intended.

Dry ends indicate that I was dehydrated when hair follicles were growing out. Luckily for me, my hair is almost never exposed to direct sunlight so it is protected somewhat from UV rays.

Here is the irritating part: Occasional acne or two would sometimes grow on my scalp. This started in end 2012 when I conceived Bean. How painful!

I had hoped it would end after my pregnancy with Bean. Instead, it lingered. Took time to heal. Almost too long as it has been 2.5 years since I delivered Bean!

How did the pimples first come about? Was it purely pregnancy hormones? 
Why haven't they healed?

My guess is this: Underneath my inner, during hot and humid school run, I sweat just like everybody else. I have to keep my inner on, until I get home. 

Once I had arrived home, ideally, I should be able to take a full shower and wash off the accumulated sweat and oil, right? 

Hah! The reality is I have to care for the 2 little ones with their snack, shower, homework, cook dinner, and 1001 other fun tedious bits of raising a young family.

So it all piles on and on onto my scalp till I get to the shower quite many hours since the aggravation of heat and sweat.

Maybe all my green juice, fruits and vegetables intake is not equal to my uptake. Oh, dear! Also, how much can I juice and eat organically without breaking the bank? There is not enough stomach realty to store the required fibre! Bloatiness from eating so much fruits and vegetables is my concern too.

No good. No good.

No wonder I was losing some of my crowning glory and getting an acne or two!

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One of the furthest thing on my mind when I started consuming Izumio and S Lutein is healing those acne on my scalp and reducing hair loss. 

Let's be honest, I was in it to heal my BFF and her 14 years worth of RA and my early RA symptoms but it momentarily moved down the priority scale thanks to a reinfected root canal. 

Call me crazy, but I wanted to sign up because it would help my BFF with her RA of 14 years and hopefully liberate her financially. Everything else was, secondary. A bonus.

The beauty of these wonderful healing and nourishing products is that it works in our bodies in toto. Holistic and targets every single cell. Cell by cell, imagine that.

It has healed many others from cancer to diabetes. Imagine what it is doing for me, overall?

One of the good side effects now is that my scalp is less itchy and the recurring acne spots are healing up. There was a few days of healing crisis when the skin around the acne scars flaked, without itch.  The flakes have, thankfully, gone away for now. 

As my scalp is now less irritating, I can look forward to school run next January 2016; wearing my headscarf with inner on in the heat, with less discomfort. 

There is also noticeable decrease of hair loss in the past two weeks. I know because the volume picked up by Kao Magic Mop is much less, the after-shower clog is reduced and  I am plain happy. That means more hair on my head, but I cannot show you since it is all tucked into a ponytail or French chignon under my Bokitta. Hehe.

Syukur alhamdulillah!

How do you nourish your scalp and hair? Please do share!

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Please Whatsapp +0126017907 or email hannah(dot)zulkifli(at)gmail(dot)com for more details about Izumio and Super Lutein. Thank you.
Sunday, 13 December 2015

Better Late Than Never

Someone successful in her own rights asked me why I took the plunge into Naturally Plus business.

I do not know if you recall my search for equilibrium last December?

While Mamapumpkin and a few other ladies "jumped" onto the Naturally Plus wagon, I struggled with my own challenges and research materials on Izumio.  Kangen water, was one of them. The huge differences between alkaline and hydrogen-infused water were all new to me. I was not a Pure Science student before. Naturally, it took me longer to learn and understand the science of healing using hydrogen.

Sure, you can dismiss that by saying I should put in MORE effort.

Then there is Super Lutein and understanding nutrition studies together with how it works to fight 1001 illnesses. Again, it was a steep learning curve. I do well on some days, but sometimes never quite find the opportunity to regain momentum of what I have read, or recall them with precise usefulness. I told myself I had better be ready to explain properly if I were approaching people with health issues. 

Again, you can dismiss that by saying I should put in MORE discipline.

The MLM Left Leg, Right Leg structure. The trust in up-line to assist build the network. I have seen how some other groups of people fail in this aspect. The sky high promise. Then utter disappointment with no delivery whatsoever. Lip service only. Sale with no follow-up. Sales target without product training and team motivation. Everything that gives MLM a bad name, surfaced in my nightmare. For one whole year.

How do you then convince me to do something I would only happily do if there is sincerity and integrity?

Because I am "cautious", by nature. "Slow", if you will.
Because I get caught up by life and chores, duties and responsibilities.
Because Girl started The Big School in January 2015.
Because Bean started The Playschool in February 2015.
Because I was still grieving the passing of Mama Elena, and learning all the lessons that came from that beautiful but short encounter.
Because I was still coming to terms with palliative care, unconditional love and human emotions.
Because I was deciding whether or not I should take up 50% stake in a full time legal practice.
Because I was still fending off some crazy personalities, who brought equally crazy implications and consequences. 
Because I was struggling to fast in Ramadhan, without weaning Bean.
Because I tried so hard to memorise parts of solat which baffles me until today and only Allah swt can help me get closer to Him and perfect my act of worship.

Because I do take time to decide on matters. Especially one where lives and wellbeing of others depend on it.

See how this entire post is about me, me, me? Shame on me.

It is now December 2015. My health took a dip. That changed my perspective. Still about me, shame on me.

Coming back to the Naturally Plus business.

I have tried the products and honestly, they have helped me recover. They are helping to build better immunity for my growing family and what could be better than sharing health with loved ones? 

If the passive income can be channeled towards fortifying my family, increase my provision for charity, and help other women in my life achieve their personal goals ~ these are good enough reasons for me.

See how the focus is beginning to shift to those around me?

My lovelies, take your time. I understand if you have your insecurities and personal obstacles. Try the products to improve your health, review the product quality, fix or reboot your heath and of those you love. Ask yourself if you prefer to spend about RM5k per annum on nutrition or RM500k on medical bills. When you are ready, I am here

P/S:
1. The Other Half has been very supportive when it comes to deliveries and pick-up of goods both directly and indirectly. The load is indeed halved when shared. Thank you!

2. Drama Queen and Mamapumpkin really do help build my network and knowledge. It is not bluff and fluff! Thank you! 

3. My BFF does have faith in the products and business. She is on her way to achieve her health and wealth goals. Thank you!

Better late than never. No looking back. No regrets.

Let's all do this. Bismillah hirrahmah nirrahim. 

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Please Whatsapp +0126017907 or email hannah(dot)zulkifli(at)gmail(dot)com for more details about Izumio and Super Lutein. Thank you.




Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Road To Recovery: Wellness Update

It has been two weeks now since I took S Lutein on daily basis. My dosage is now 3 capsules daily, with 1 packet of 200ml Izumio.

Honestly, I feel ready for my endodontic follow-up appointment scheduled for tomorrow. Being mentally prepared, whilst not feeling the awful referred pain, cheers me up.

Floaters in my vision have reduced slightly but I still see some especially in the morning. This will take some time, I suppose. Baby steps.

My lips are now much less dry, with the eczema flaking greatly reduced. There is no more itch, which is so comfortable throughout the day. I still gently scrub the dead skin off after shower but the thick, hard, crusty skin is gone. The best part? My natural pink hue has returned and I never felt prettier! Plumper, hydrated, pink lips. Yay!

Night time thirst (I am still breastfeeding Bean) is slightly more manageable now. I am still thirsty, which is a sign that I need to replenish my body water content to produce more breastmilk for Bean, so I drink water still. 750 ml as per my usual bottle every night. This is not a lot, when breastfeeding. 

What has gone missing though, is oral dryness. I am so happy to not feel that uncomfortable sandpaper in my mouth at 2am and 5am! Parched throat is also a thing of the past.

My real bonus? My first painless/cramp-free menstruation. If you have always suffered from one like me, ask me more at hannah.zulkifli@gmail.com because I am so excited over this great blessing. It is too public to share here, haha. 

So far, my road to recovery is plain awesome, alhamdulillah. With prayers and the right nutrition, I am getting there, inshaAllah. 

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Please Whatsapp +0126017907 or email hannah(dot)zulkifli(at)gmail(dot)com for more details about Izumio and Super Lutein. Thank you.
Thursday, 3 December 2015

In Loving Memory

3 December. 

Thank you for everything, and please forgive me my sins. I have long forgiven and forgotten yours. It did hurt, but it got better and healed over time.

My prayers has always and will always include you, although it is not to be Al-Fatihah or Surah Yassin.

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I have recently come across articles and surah that advise on prohibition of Al-Fatihah and Yassin from being said for deceased non-Muslims. I guess I have been mistaken in offering Al-Fatihah to my deceased non-Muslim parents all along. Live and learn. It hurts a bit that I am not to say the Al-Fatihah and Yassin for them because those are powerful prayers.

Girl has also learnt about her maternal ancestors of Thai and Chinese origins and wants to learn her limitations. What we can do is to offer supplications and although we know not exactly what to pray for, our intentions are for their departed souls to be blessed by Allah swt because None Other Than Allah swt can bless such souls.

*loss for words*

If you know the right supplication to pray for in my case, please do share. Thank you. 

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Road To Recovery: Floaters

Eye floaters. 

Yikes! 

I am 39 and, inshaAllah, will be 40 next year. When I woke up last Wednesday and noticed floaters in my vision, I panicked and ordered S Lutein and Izumio from Drama Queen. 

Little did I know, that was precursor to my greater reinfection of root canal misery.

Why did I panick over such a seemingly normal  condition? 

Here are my reasons:
1. My late paternal grandmother was blind between ages 85-100. Yes, she did live to a century but I doubt the best quality in her final 15 years. She refused cataracts surgery which could have saved her vision, but she is from a different era. God bless her soul.

2. My father had cataracts and wore implanted lenses in both eyes. He did not refuse the surgery, luckily! God bless his soul too.

3. I may be inheriting the genes doomed towards eye problems? I have had LASIK and enjoyed good vision without glasses since 2001. 
Naturally, I care a lot about my eyes. Although I consume a fair amount of fruits and vegetables, I am not sure if my uptake is as efficient. 

Which is why I ordered some S Lutein to reduce the floaters, hopefully maintain my eyesight for as long as possible and appreciate so much more of His Creation which I have yet to travel to. 

Drama Queen was efficient in explaining how I can consume at prevailing market rate, or sign up as a member to collect points, and even convert the points to cash by doing the business as another source of passive income. 

I thought it over (I have been thinking about it since 8 March 2014 when Girl was admitted to PCMC due to mycoplasma infection. It is the MH370 anniversary, which is why I recall it so well. If only this was not presented to me at a time of crisis by a friend of a friend who was no more than a stranger to me. Wrong time, wrong person, wrong place.
But He Has The Best Plan, agree?)

I did consume Izumio as a pre-flight flu-prevention measure just before our 2014 summer holidays in York, England. The 4 of us did not fall sick, alhamdulillah. But it was so easy to dismiss the goodness of Izumio then, because I was not on high alert. In fact, I bought my 10 packs from someone who had excess of stock (and does not believe in adding hydrogen into water, so she was happy to be rid of something she did not want or have use for, for a mere token of RM10 per packet).

When Girl started The Big School and I met Mamapumpkin during one of our school run, I asked if I could purchase 1 bottle of S Lutein and 1 box of Izumio, for emergencies, and for The Other Half to consume. Considering it was quite tough for her to carry such a heavy box etc., I did not reorder when I ran out because it was such a hassle. Life got so busy for us both that the matter was put into KIV.

So here we are. 

I have no qualms about MLM, as long as it is a legitimate organisation with proper AJL License and credible system. As long as the products are natural and halal. As long as the team believes in growing together for better future of every single member. As long as residual source of income is not some fly-by-night scheme. And as long as I do not have to attend rah rah motivation parties (ha, I really detest being conned into such gatherings!).

After all, I could really use my previous job experience as Key Account Manager of a successful product line that is being supplied to Amway. Having been on the other side of the fence, gives me a different perspective. Having met many rags to riches personalities, motivates me.

All those years listening to Robert Kiyosaki, KC See, Robert F Schuller, and other motivational speakers and have mentors for MSI (Multiple Sources of Income) via Money Mastery Course after my graduation before my first job, may finally be put to good use?

What have I got to lose? 

I already have a stable job. It is steady stream of sustenance income for doing a few hours of professional documentation and legal advice from home with flexible hours. Truly acknowledge His Great Blessings, alhamdulillah for this opportunity.

Besides, I have the chance to serve Him in a charitable trust for education, for which I am eternally thankful for. The trust committee members have the chance to fix the dunia for the beneficiaries under the trust. The trust beneficiaries have the chance to fix our akhirah. I have witnessed how education and better access to opportunities can change families and communities, which is so humbling. How can I deny His Mercy, Love and Blessings? SubhanAllah.

The Other Half and I are presented again with this option. Again. And again.  We are given the opportunity to fix the health and wellbeing of people we know and, inshaAllah, will come to know, while they fix our akhirah. Isn't that more than just benefits of MSI? 

When our income increases, do not just raise our standard of living but raise our standard of giving. Such a beautiful reminder from a fellow Muslim. MashaAllah!

As usual, we like to make informed decisions and stay committed to our missions. I have discussed with The Other Half and we both are sleeping over it. Third time lucky presenter? Set our niyah clearly so we know what we are in for?

Will we, will we not do the Naturally Plus S Lutein and Izumio business? 

Let's pray over it!

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Please Whatsapp +0126017907 or email hannah(dot)zulkifli(at)gmail(dot)com for more details about Izumio and Super Lutein. Thank you.


Monday, 30 November 2015

Road To Recovery: Reinfected Root Canal Part I

(Recount of 28 November 2015)

The much-awaited appointment to see Dr. Jac Lam finally arrived. There was a countdown - yes, it was that bad!

His consult was precise and fast, which I like. I described my pain and he agreed that the old root canal was worth taking a look at, both physical check and X-Ray.

He was right. All that pain and agony were from referred pain. The top two second molars were fine. The hind bottom second molar also looked fine.

The culprit showed up on X-Ray.

An old root canal of mine, first of my second molar on the left side of my mouth (if you are dentist and are reading this, please tell me the code number, teehee) had a hairline crack to its crown.

Many people think their root canal site is dead and done for, and that crown will last forever. Well, now I know it is not entirely true. Dr. Jac Lam has seen enough patients with similar case to know that reinfection of root canal is probable (largely caused by cracked crown) - and his profession is to fix them!

Never underestimate anything tiny. That microscopic crack had unfortunately allowed some bacteria in. 

Some bacteria is more than enough to wreck havoc to me existence and happiness, obviously! It was so painful I thought I had terminal gum cancer (note to self: do not read too many health and medicine articles online when sick).

The pain, referred pain and fever that rendered me helpless was soon put to a stop. 

Dr. Jac Lam quickly explained the treatment plan and I was "fine" after 3 injections of LA, an "oil rig platform", drilling, upstream of abscess, cleaning, redo of root canal and just about RM1200.00 poorer after an hour.

He was marvelous enough to explain that healing crisis will also cause some pain and discomfort in diminishing rate. I am sorry to testify that after the LA wore off, the pain was like 8.5/10!

My next appointment for permanent filling of root canal will be in about 2 weeks. I know I am looking forward to healing this completely.


On my way home that Saturday after the appointment, I collected a box of Izumio (30 packets of 200 ml each) from Drama Queen, simply because I had used up all 10 packets within 20 hours. It was an
"overdose" of precious hydrogen water but I needed every single drop of this "more superior than Lourdes Miracle". I had also taken 24 tablets of S Lutein in that timeframe, which helped me recover from my fever the night before. No greater testimony than self as guinea pig, yes?

If you have ever had a reinfection of root canal with abscess, I know you understand the pain too well. The promise of Allah swt that with hardship comes ease has helped me through this ordeal. 

Which is why, if ever you are in need of Izumio or Super Lutein, want to know more, or wish to help someone in need, you may Whatsapp me at +60126017907 or email me at hannah.zulkifli@gmail.com

Take good care, my lovelies. I am on my road to recovery, so wish me luck and thank you for keeping me in your prayers

Friday, 27 November 2015



Salam, my lovelies!


In the last few days, I have learnt an important lesson about never taking the blessings of Allah for granted. You know the saying, "health is wealth"? 


On Monday, Girl came home with a pair of swollen eyes, cheeks and sported insect bite marks all over her back, arms and face. She was taken in to ER at PCMC and referred to Dr. Anthony James Mansul, her usual paed, on Tuesday morning.


Dr. Anthony James Mansul prescribed her with an antihistamine and cream for itch control. Instead of issuing a Medical Certificate for missing school that day, he positively wrote a fit to return to school note so she could return without further questions. She took the antihistamine syrup like a champ using a syringe, but we never used the cream because it contains a low percentage of steroid.


Girl had missed a day of school that Tuesday. The load of homework just for one day is proof of how much she learns is a day at school, a topic worthy of its own post. 


I am suffering as I type this because my gums have acted up, and 4 of my molars  on my left side are all hurting and throbbing from referred pain. Neck, left ear and entire left side of my head all pulsing and pounding. Sometimes, tears just roll down by reflex. 


Yesterday evening, The Other Half had sent me to ER at PCMC to get some pain relief/pain management/pain intervention until I see my Endodontist, Dr. Jac Lam, tomorrow. How bad was the pain to warrant a trip to ER? It was 9.5/10. If there were an epidural for teeth/gum/head/neck/ear pain, I would have signed the consent form. It was THAT bad.


The bad news is none of the painkillers are working. Celebrex, ibuprofen, Panadol all have failed me. The Diflam Throat Anti-Inflammation spray works for short relief, which is great. The pain level went down to 8/10. Who would have thought of that? Thank you, Dr. Sharmini. 


I haven't been able to chew, or swallow solid food. So, luckily for me, I love juices. La Juiceria to the stop-gap nourishment rescue at least for today. I absolutely do not need to lose any more weight! Flab control with exercise, yes. Detox, yes. Some nourishment in absence of food, YES!


I have many hours to go before the appointment tomorrow. Hopefully S Lutein and Izumio will work for me.

Drama Queen had hand-delivered my urgent request on COD basis, so very kind of her. She is monitoring my consumption level and healing rate too, since I am in so much pain and agony. I am taking 6 tablets of S Lutein with 1 pack of Izumio every 4 hours from 3pm onwards.

The countdown till I see Dr. Jac Lam has started. I have a fever 37.4C and the pain level is at 9.5/10 again. I suspect there is something seriously wrong with my root canal from many years ago. The gums around it is very swollen and painful. Pray all will work out well, Amin!

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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Bean'sTalk: I Was Thinking About It

One morning whilst I was rushing to get Girl out the door in time for The Big School, Bean cried for my attention at the breakfast table.

The Other Half sensed he had to offer something highly entertaining and engaging so as to free me from the koala grip of this very strong-willed chap.

The Other Half: Bean, would you like breakfast and the iPad? You can watch Cars 2 if you like.

Bean: I was thinking about it.

I was gasping from disbelief and stopped to count the number of words he said in that phrase he uttered. The Other Half was so proud too. Even Girl was taken aback.

"5! Wow, Bean! You speak English now!"

I drove Girl to The Big School that day, just almost late, but did I grin from ear to ear?

Syukur alhamdulillah for such a great start! May Allah swt send my son His endless blessings. Amin.


Bean'sTalk: Must Say Please

Ms. T related to me how she had caught Bean picking up cornflakes from the basin containing food waste at The Playschool last week.

She had caught him just in time, before he did eat anything! Promptly, she gently pulled this young chap aside to have a word with him. 

Ms. T: If you are still hungry, you must ask one of the teachers to give you more food or drink, ok?

Bean: Must say please! 

Ms. T: Yes, must say "please". Good boy.

Bean: More cornflakes, please!

Ms. T: Yes. Good boy.

Bean then continued eating until he was full and finished his portion of water.




Saturday, 21 November 2015

Snippets: Ambition

During Maal Hijrah, Girl had to go to The Big School to participate in World Education Games (World Mathematics, Science and Literacy Day). While waiting for her to complete her turn, Mrs. L and I had a chat in the classroom.

Mrs. L teaches Girl History subject at The Big School and in one of their class discussion about life phases and timelines, each of the 16 students were asked about their respective ambitions.

Some said run-of-the-mill "lawyer", "doctor" and/or "engineer" whilst others mentioned whatever profession their parents are honing them for, in preparation of inheriting their respective business empires. "CEO", "CFO" and "COO" were also rolling off the tongues of these young guns!

When it came to Girl's turn, she said one word which rendered Mrs. L speechless, because it is her first time hearing such an earnest ambition never before heard at such a competitive school. 

Girl had said, "Mother". 

Mrs. L asked if Girl wanted to change her answer, and Girl was resolute in keeping her answer.

Mrs. L then complimented her on her original idea and explained that being a mother is tough work. One has to be very talented, strong (body, mind and soul) and loving at the same time. The payment is in kind and the benefits are also in kind. A mother has to be a leader, chef, teacher, nurse, friend, driver, singer, actress, painter, tailor etc. and the students had a lot of fun discovering the many hats a mother wears!

It is heart-warming to know that Mrs. L did not shoot down Girl's ambition. I am so thankful she believes in nurturing young minds and not just plainly forcing them into pigeon holes created by society at large.

Thank you, Mrs. L. May Girl grow up to be a great mother, and more! Amin.
Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Buzz Buzz Busy Bees

So much has happened since my last post and now when I try to post a summary, this comes out...please pardon my strangely unworthy and borderline ungrateful sounding bullet points:

• Packed weekends (it was and will always be awesome!)

• Topical Tests preparations for Girl (which tests my patience, until this week is over)

• Charity Bazaar at The Playschool (which we hope will be fun with a good cause like always)

• Holiday Programme decision to be made (Girl is unsure about spending RM600 for a 5-days programme versus spending it on whatever other activities  she likes, such as Petrosains and Kidzania with her good friend, Stonor Mummy's D)

• Thunderstorms and flash floods at home time with Girl (I need a Range Rover, although a motorboat may be a clever gift too)

• Jalan Tun Razak traffic dispersal system (which results in more congestion for me to sit on)

• ASEAN summit and related summits (which will result in even more road closures and diversions for me to experience)

• Sewing with Brother machine (I hope to learn a new skill every year so this is my 2016 bucket list item, inshaAllah. Paid for the basic beginners class, one stitch at a time, ok?)

• Resume cooking dinner at home (I declared the kitchen shut for dinner for a week during Deepavali, just because I was uninspired and tired)

• Baking (been itching to put together a no-bake strawberry cheesecake, have all necessary ingredients but no discipline to set aside 40 minutes of uninterrupted time to do so. I have unfollowed Tip Hero because the recipes all use too much sugar for my health)

• Juicing (I have been cheating on my juicer by going to juice bars, to save time)

• Running (my knees! I scare myself into thinking that I may have symptoms of osteoporosis, so I load up on my broccoli/celery green juice)

• Marie-France (too expensive at 12k that was quoted to me. Zumba classes are way more reasonable)

• Weaning Bean off the breasts (he wisely detests bottles and formula of any kind and I am hunting for straw cups featuring his favourite Disney characters to entice him to some UHT milk. He is 2 years and 5 months so, tick tock tick tock I have a few more months to work something out for us both, hopefully not traumatic or emotionally detrimental)

• Bean's own room + the new home office cum study + the new laundry room (if you know of a reliable and decently OCD interior designer, please drop me an email/comment. I am having "IKEA hackertitis" and "Pinterest fatigue syndrome". Thank you!)

• LaundryMonster (syukur alhamdulillah we have enough clothes to get by!)

• December get-away, birthdays and visits from overseas relatives (December is coming so soon?!)

Phew! That's a whole load off my chest.
Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Snippets: Single Ingle

Girl has been trying to rhyme, increasingly more frequent now.

Sometimes, she rearranges music scores of tunes she has already learnt at Yamaha JMC and tries to fit in her own lyrics/prose. Quite often, she changes the pace (every adagio becomes staccato) or worse, the loudness (piano becomes forte with a grand crescendo).

As her mum, I can only encourage her growth (confidence!) and secretly tell myself not to dream of her becoming the next Taylor Swift just yet. Join the performing arts company at The Bog School, maybe. Baby steps.

Coming back to rhymes, "Easy peasy lemon squeezey" is the most common mantra I get from her, whenever she is asked if she can manage some simple tasks on her own, like cleaning up her toys after playtime. She had learnt the phrase from one of the cleverest girls in her reception class, C.

Well, sometimes she says something original. "Single ingle" - I admit this took me by surprise because it does not make grammatical sense, just phonetically pleasant (to us).

I would give her 5/5 for being creative and original, and hope she keeps the spirit of learning up!

Snippets: Omega

"Mummy, we have been so busy at school. So much so that T2 and I have no time to play Omega. We just high-5 or smile at each other during break time."

Omega is a rhyming/clapping game the girls play at The Big School, passed down by T1 to T2, and now a few of them can play that game quite smoothly.

Do you remember "Assalamualaikum" and "Set Set Set Bom Bom Bom" games?

Omega is a notch up in complexity as the topics can be random, from names of capital cities to names of characters in My Little Ponies. The winner chooses the new topic, so I have been told by Mamapumpkin.

Perhaps T2 can teach Drama Queen's H so that they can all clap Omega while the mums sip juice and catch up?

Zoo Negara Malaysia






We spent our Deepavali this year with The Grandparents, at our national zoo. It was a bright and early start at 9 am; and it was just as well that we did.

The male panda was fast asleep when we were there. We hope to visit again when the female and cub pandas are out of confinement. InshaAllah

The little ones enjoyed the walk, ice-cream treats and tram ride on a gorgeously sunny and hot day on 10 November 2015. Actually, I was also prepared with extra set of clothes for the little ones which proved to be a smart move because Girl spilled Milo at the entrance. A Ziplock bag kept all our rubbish in during our walk until the next bin came to sight (we realized they were painted in camouflage and they were so well hidden!). Fold-up brollies shaded the young and old alike from the scorching sun.


This zoo visit ended with a heavy downpour. Fortunately, I was prepared with the fold-up brollies in my supplies' bag. During our previous visit, we were blessed with the same downpour just at noon; and it had also drizzled at the end of our day out at The London Zoo. What a coincidence!

Our family day ended with a quick lunch at Great Eastern Mall before we headed for home, exhausted but happy. Syukur alhamdulillah.




Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Spelling

Girl has trouble spelling the word "friends".

My solution? 

Find a way for her to memorise and connect easily. Using the traditional:
1. say
2. spell
3. say
steps work too but sometimes, a little extra effort goes a long way. Learning is not just a process, it is an experience akin to a journey (says me, the tutor with low patience threshold, ha!).

This Google image hopefully will help:


"Not Lego, dear. Friends. F R I E N D S. friends."

"Not Chandler Bing and Jennifer Aniston Friends, that was my era. This. Is yours."

All the best, Girl!

Out In The Yard







Lovely Sunday it was, our own grand welcome to November just by being able to potter around outside. Could not have asked for more. Syukur alhamdulillah.





Saturday, 31 October 2015

Outdoors



Syukur alhamdulillah. Thank you for your kind prayers.

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Bean'sTalk: Little Rhino Says No!

Bean is now 2 years and 4 months young. One of his favourite hallmark words to say is "no".

Anecdotes:
Mummy: Please come with me. Let's shower you.
Bean: No!



Mummy: Please come with me. Let's change your diaper. 
Bean: No!



Being cheeky parents, we turn the table sometimes, just to see his priceless reaction.

Anecdotes:

At supper time:
Bean: Peace give me chocky I scream. (read as "Please give me chocolate ice-cream.")
Mummy: No.
Bean: Say yes, Mummy! Say yes!
Mummy: No.
*Bean cries*

As we were leaving home for a busy day out:
Bean: Peace play Teh-Row (Bean was referring to Toy Stories Terror DVD)
Mummy: No.
Bean: Say yes, Mummy! Say yes!
Mummy: No.
*Bean cries*

Mind you, he cries to get things in his favor or his way, not because we let him or enjoy seeing him cry. It is a mock cry, with no tears, mouth wide open for me to count his 20 pearlies. Mock cry to the tune of the baby crying in "Wheels of the bus" ever looping melodious song.



Such a little drama king.