Sunday, March 30, 2014

#236... well surprise, surprise

My birthday cum baby shower at Acme Bar Coffee @ Troika KL










Five days after my birthday cum baby shower, I had my weekly check up with my gynae, Dr. Susanna on Thursday morning. Earlier in the morning I had trouble sleeping, was feeling restless all night and tightness in the tummy (I was 36 weeks 6 days, 3 weeks before my EDD). My in-laws accompanied me to the hospital as Iman had work and could not accompany me this time around as my check-ups we're usually on a Saturday. Had a heavy breakfast, before heading over for my check up. Did my usual ultra sound .. and told Dr. Susanna about the tightness in my stomach. She decided to do a VE (vaginal examination) it was really uncomfortable, I felt no less than a stuffed turkey on Thanksgiving... (I kid you not!)  she looked up at me and said "Balqies ... you're 1cm dilated!" she sent me up for a CTG. Nurses sent me back down to Dr. Susanna with my results ... "Aiyooo Balqies! You're already in labor!"

Four words I never thought I'd be hearing during a weekly check up... I couldn't help but cry as Iman wasn't around and I felt totally unprepared (we were planning to go for birth classes on the weekend).  I was admitted, and after 12 hours of labor, with support of my awesome husband (May Allah SWT bless you Sayang) who guided me to push, push and push ...we welcome our first born (who JUST couldn't wait to see the world), Ahmad Ammar bin Amirul Iman on Friday 21st, 2014 @ 12:31 a.m.






Monday, February 24, 2014

#235 Thought I check in...

I am uncertain if anybody still reads this space but many has happened over the past few months of my silence .. Iman and I are expecting our first born insyaAllah.  Another 6 weeks to go insyaAllah before we welcome our precious bub :)


We celebrated our 2nd anniversary on 02.02.2014, Alhamdulillah.



Thursday, April 11, 2013

#234 Perhaps this is goodbye....

The silence has been deafening... I am no longer motivated to blog. I feel sad that this once use to be a daily pursuit for me.

Let my pictures do the talking for the moment until That urge to pen down my anecdotes resurface. You can find me on Instagram: Balqiesarafia

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

#233 of birthday presents.


I had an exciting 24th birthday. 2 weeks of non-stop celebration with family and friends, I feel so loved and blessed! Alhamdulilah.

Monday, March 18, 2013

#232

Making funny faces with my man... sigh I love him! 


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

#230 March comes rolling in :)

Favorite month after February :) Iman and I are bunking at Le Meridien, KL Sentral until this Friday. We've not been in the comforts of our own home since we got back from Singapore.. But I'm not complaining, enjoy being nearer to both parental units and the breathtaking view.. Oh and not forgetting housekeeping service...i'm going to miss being spoiled once we head back to Cyberjaya.

Monday, March 4, 2013

#230

Kenya... Kenya... Ahhhh!

Friday, March 1, 2013

#229

Hello from Singapore, our week here is almost up!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

#228

All packed for Singapore :)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

#227 Singapore in 6 days...

image courtesy of Pinterest
I'm accompanying Iman to Singapore this Sunday for a whole week. I'm stoked with excitement, I've been to Singapore's Changi Airport many times but have only been to Singapore itself once when I was five or six years old... so Singapore show me what you got to offer! 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

#226 The Lazy Wife series

Curry Noodles loaded with a medley of vegetables, oyster mushroom, egg tofu, garnished with fried onions and crispy crabstick. 


I've been contemplating on this series for awhile now, and decided to make it a reality rather than just an idea lingering in the depths of my mind. Before I lose you, TLW is dedicated to my cooking escapades using instant ingredients (read: instant noodles, instant pasta sauces, etcetera) and anything that would already be stocked in the storecupboard and fridge. 

Here's to making lazy dishes healthier and more scrumptious..without the extra effort! ;) 

(recipe for Curry Noodles will be up shortly). 

#225




I got my favorite flowers from Iman and a new perfume to add to my collection as anniversary gifts. I am a happy,happy girl :) (psst.... and my 24th birthday is coming up tee-hee

Sunday, February 3, 2013

#224


On our first wedding anniversary, we headed to Marche Movenpick for dinner. I didn't want to fuss about the night so everything else that happened after dinner was pretty much impromptu. the night was stellar. Alhamdulillah.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

#223 Alhamdulillah, we turn 1 today!

"Millions and millions of years would still not give me half enough time to describe that tiny instant of all eternity when you put your arms around me and I put my arms around you."
— Jacques PrĂ©vert 
My heart found it's home, and it's with you Iman :)


Alhamdulillah, a year has passed, and today we celebrate our 1st anniversary as husband and wife. I can never thank the Almighty enough for His wonderful gift to me; Iman (duh!). All praises to the Almighty. 

Here's to many more years ahead Hun! Love you! 




Saturday, January 26, 2013

#222

"When you're plague with jealousy, you can never really be happy for those who do better than you" - Balqies Arafia

I know it has been too long since my last entry, I am certain I have bore you with my overused phrase "apologies for the lack of substantial updates". honestly, that phrase is wearing thin in the many drafts I've drafted.

On a happier note, our 1 year anniversary as husband and wife is just around the corner, we have yet to decide what our plans will be hopefully dinner and just doing our thing together with perhaps exchange of gifts :)

Alhamdulillah all praises to the Almighty for my wonderful man :) I love him lilahi ta'ala.

I really am content with the course of my life, despite some ups and down at least I know I have Iman to share it with (read: whine to) hehe!

I love you baby :)

Our latest photo, Iman wanted to test out his Iphone5 ;)


Thursday, January 10, 2013

#221

I'm back from my Eurotrip!

Friday, December 14, 2012

#220


Salam all! I know the silence of this blog is deafening, but I have been so busy with work lately. I hope you would forgive me. Anyway, I've been keeping quiet until my plans were all confirmed. I will be traveling to Europe from the 28th of December onward insyaAllah... I am stoked with excitement! 


Frankfurt, Germany


Zurich, Switzerland 


Florence, Italy


Paris, France


Amsterdam, Netherlands 


Saturday, November 17, 2012

#223

Last Sunday, we celebrated mom's 49th birthday at Rama V:


Happy Birthday Mommy! May Allah S.W.T bless you always. Truckloads of love from us!

Friday, November 9, 2012

#222


She's finally here! Meet Mystique the Myvi :)