Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Pulling back....

Some of my friends' kiddos...They settle their homework once they reach home.
Others like my Nyla, need downtime to relax first...then she will hit the books. She works better on a full stomach or after fiddling with her crafts.

Now that Nyla is in Primary 4, I expect her to work independently from start to end.

She knows she's a big girl now so she's the one who suggested doing up a timetable. Only that......





Only that the timetable she has in mind macam tak balanced gitu kan.
Mari Mak enter frame and balance kan sikit.
Hehhehehe.

Once she has set off for school before I handle my property and Pearlista work, I go through her assessment books/papers and then assign work for her to do.  
Tak banyak la sangat.
I also give her the liberty to reduce if she comes back from school with heavy homework load.

"Mommy today I have Maths homework. Banyak seh. So your Maths I won't do today ok."

"Ok can..' will be my reply.

Sometimes she will push her boundaries abit....

"Mommy, besok ada ejaan....so the Malay assessment book I won't do ok."

My reply: Relaks sua. Ejaan will only take 10 mins of your time. No can do. After you settle ejaan you proceed to do the work I have assigned to you."

Her reply: Ala boring la you.

Sometimes, when she's not in a full on productive mood, she will come up with this kind of nonsense.


The battles at home.

Me:Nyla, come on. Don't be like that. Try darling. (Manja sikit la kan)

Nyla: So difficult. *WAILS*
Nyla again: So many questions somemore. *WAILS MORE*
Nyla AGAINNNNN: You help me pls Mommyyyyyyy...

Me: NYLA YOU STOP THIS NONSENSE. THEN FORGET IT. JUST HAND THIS  UNANSWERED TOMORROW TO YOUR TEACHER. IF IT WORKS FOR YOU, SO BE IT!
(Kan Mak dah explode.)

Nyla: Ok ok I'm trying whatttttttt. *mumbles*

Nyla is already at the age whereby she's developing independence so I am trying to pull back a little from my involvement.  On days I'm working, I'll give her a ring or send her whatsapp messages to remind her about her homework but I try not to micromanage the process and give allowance sikit.

You see la. I only pull back a little...become like thisssss!

However there are moments when Nyla herself would feel like she has been a bit irresponsible, not keeping up with time and she herself would feel guilty.


So because of this episode, she actually downloaded Azan app on her phone to remind her and I'm like, "Ah, so she's this kind of girl. Get her to make her own mistakes and she will rectify on her own."

Amazing hikmah behind this. Thank you Allah!


I must admit that watching her make mistakes is unnerving. I want to control the situation to avoid her from suffering or experiencing stress, like kena scold by teacher etc.

However, I have come to realise from the 'Nyla dah overshot waktu Maghrib' incident, that if I correct her every mistake, Nyla will never learn right from wrong.

She might enter adulthood unsure on how to handle certain life lessons or even worse, make light of a serious situation, hence running the risk of depending on others (me la!) for resolutions.

So now, I must try my level best not to overextend the help.

And I think Nyla is ready for me to allow her to go through the motions so she can figure things out on her own.

You're a big girl now Nyla....Mommy and Daddy will except accept you for who you are! :p

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

224

"Work is the fuel of hope and the enemy of failure."

And the thing with real estate is that the harder you work, the more deals you will close.

There is a high turnover in this industry if you have been reading the papers recently.

http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/property-sector-sees-fewer-signing-agents

But I firmly believe that if a real estate salesperson has strong work ethics and great personality skills, then don't need to worry.
One of the best things about being a property agent is the flexibility to be with Nyla.
I can afford to just rush home, settle her homework/or just spend time with her and then rush off to work after that.
That kind of flexibility.

Was nice to browse through my last time last time postings having a bit of property flashback moments....

Early 2012






Not shy seh me like my own status. Just noticed. -_-

Am entering my 3rd year in this industry and I still get excited when I meet new clients....I still get hopeful as I run around doing viewings.... I get empowered by the positive energy when I see fellow comrades closing deals feeling excited as if it were happening to me as well.
If they can do it, so can I kinda thing.

Am very pleased to share with you that I isssss one of the top 5% of the largest real estate company in Singapore. Number 224 out of 300.

First time attending ERA Asia Pacific Business Conference! Inspiring!




Where's Wally? EH salah. Where am I? Hehehe.



Nyla wasn't impressed because to her, top 3 means good.
NUMBER 200 PLUS MOMMY?!
Susah la nak explain pat dia. She will geddit when she's older.

Thank you to all who have been part of my real estate journey.
My family.
My teammates.
My clients.
My co broke agents.
Ain't possible without korangs.

I don't know if I will make it to the top 5% next year but one thing I know is that I must continue to help my clients get what they want and need ....
That's when I will get what I want and need.
And if I have done my best whether or not I make it to top 5%, it doesn't matter. If get, YEAY! If nope, it's really ok because in your client's eyes, you are their number 1 agent. Better than top 5% tu. Hehehe.

That said, this award is really a pleasant surprise and I am so thankful to Allah SWT for this. Thank you everyone.

Any property matters, am here to do my best to assist.
9 724 8866.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

My heart still races very fast when I have friends who call and say,
"Babe, hubs and me thinking to sell the home. You become our agent eh?"

"Kin, we want to rent out our place!"

Of course, I feel very honoured to have them have me in their thoughts to handle important transactions. Totally.
But PRESSURE dia pon boleh tahan.

What if they are not pleased with my services?
What if at the end of everything and my company bills them they ask,"Eh kena bayar eh? Ingatkan members free seh."

Oh man. Ni yang tak sedaps.

BUT THEN AGAIN....
This is my profession and regardless of whom it is, everyone will be treated like a VIP. And that I should stay firm to myself and not decrease my quality of work in anyone's eyes.
No such thing as chin chye work.
Chants:"Do my best Do my best Do my best!"

Well, I think Allah SWT has willed that for year 2015, F.R.I.E.N.D.S will be the launching pad for my real estate business.
Hence, I must step up.
Like not put their cases to the back burner just because we are friends.

So the beginning of the year its like bertubi tubi seh members telefon I. 

1) E's friend's father (AH TAK AKU STRESS?!)
Jangan play play seh. Ni BAPAK orang oi.
He engaged me as his agent for buying his mansionette at Woodlands.


Amazing how God works. Since I was around Woodlands that night, had a client contacting me immediately asking me to rent out their whole unit because they will be staying with their children. With a huge well maintained home like this, managed to secure tenants at a good price, within a week. Alhamdullilah.
Nice hor?
Ok topic dah lari sikit. Back to friends......

2) My gf of about 5-6 years. We started off very polite by the way. Baca past messages macam nak vomit at our politeness gitu. But that year, I got quite a few speaking jobs and exposure thanks to her. Hugs. Gua love you big time Farena.



3) My secondary school gf. She first had the intention to sell EIGHTY EIGHT WEEKS AGO! (Ya this pic I took from my instagram dated 88 weeks ago!) So 88 weeks passed and she finally asked me to come to her place for presentation again.
This time with her husband present.



When I came to her place for presentation, she served me some mean chicken chops.
No time for pictures. Its NOM NOM NOM all the way. Thanks Suria!

4) Another secondary schoolmate. My junior in secondary school. Alhamdullilah, managed to sell his home which had an ethnic ratio quota (Very challenging!) .....and secured a home both he and wifey liked.

5) A teacher friend who has secured a BTO so selling is a must.

Ok nak cerita balik pasal Farena....

Farena...my landlord.
When I asked her to pass me pics of her home to be put at Property Guru, you see la the kind of pics she sent me.
She included her selfie pic with hubby all. 

But the best part now is that I can just reply,"OI! HOW CAN PUT THIS KIND OF PHOTOS ON PROPERTY GURU? Kau merepek ah woman!" cos we are members mah...so I guess that's the great part about having friends as your clients.

I forgot how fun it was to have friends as your clients.
It's like SO GEREK TAHAP GILA BABS!!!!
I mean the energy level is so high and gotta thank Farena and Hubs for not acting all client-y and bossy with me so mood was relaxed!

We so chill that for Farena's unit, the day her Filipino tenants moved out...during the handover...a Saudi Arabian family came to view and offered for her place!
LIKE YABADABADOOO!
Syukur Alhamdullilah.

Gasp at my double chin! WAILS. But takpe, as long as Farena lawa it's ok. Cos she's the boss. That said, Alina, you need to up your photography skills. Thanks. Angle girl ANGLE!





Well can't blame Alina for doing a bad job with the photo taking la because the kids around us that day were mad cute. Distraction.

Anyway yeay yeay, that was good start.
To have friends as clients and we really do a swee swee job for them.
Nice.

But I must say that I have also forged beautiful friendships with my existing clients.
Never mind that I still haven't sold their homes yet.
It's like we cry on each other's shoulders and just keep persevering.

Or suddenly so many obstacles come our way and we are still hoping to find our way out.
And these clients, they stick with me because we are a team.
Thank you for the support. Means a lot to me.
We are like family and no one gets left behind.
We do not despair....we never ever give up...continue to be optimistic!
Amin!

Alright, love to blog more but it's time for me to strike off the many stuff to do list for today and one of them is:

"Buy Llao Llao."

I'm probably the last person to try but maaaaannnnnn, it's so sedap!!!!!
Please let there be no queue.

Friday, January 30, 2015

pearlista.net

Yesterday was like a 'breakthrough' for Pearlista Hair Salon.
We did away with the conventional and tried to 'up' our game by being adventurous.

Eh jap...Wait.....Correction.

More like, the customers that come to us are like so hip and happening we have to keep up with them!
They are so trendy we also have to act like we are like them.
LOL.

"You can do like this kind of hair?"

US: Yeah sure! Of course! Can one!
(Dalam hati...Ya Allah! Semoga dipermudahkan. Amin! Bismillah banyak banyak.)

When we say hip and happening Pearlistas, we mean it.
Those who without having to think twice and tell us, "I rimas. I want to cut really short."
Tadaaaaaa! Loving your pixie, Pearlista Nurul!

Those who wanna play with colours and say, "Got turqoise, green, blue dyes?"
Gulps.

Tried we did smalam, mixed our available halal dye colours..... and the result is just so...susah la nak describe. You all see la for yourself.

Thanks for the trust Pearlista Izzati!

PS: To attain this colour, my stylists have to assess your hair ok. Whether texture ok to go through bleaching etc. :)


But there are also Pearlistas who just want to come to be pampered with the thorough shampooing/conditioning/Argan/Creambath treatment done by our stylists.
Yes even mini Pearlistas it seems. -_-



Like a mother, my heart is swelling.
Mad proud of my stylists.
Alhamdulillah for them.

Powerpuff Pearls


We are slowly getting the hang of operating a business.
As in a managing a proper business.
Sometimes it gets abit overwhelming.
Ya la appointments made through my phone somemore.

And this 97248866 hotline has been so berjasa to me with real estate matters too.
Only now when I answer calls, I would get, "Hello. Ini Pearlista eh?"
Hehehe.

Appointments are made via this phone. Through whatsapp.
And when I am occupied with property matters and Pearlista related whatsapps start pouring in, that's the tricky part.
COS WHATSAPP HAS A BLARDY 'LAST SEEN AT' and that DOUBLE BLUE TICKS.

Really don't want interested Pearlistas to feel upset..."Eh aku msg dia...dia dah baca abih tak reply seh si Nura J ni. Biadaps."

WAILSSSSSS!
Usually I'll reply but there were times when super nice Pearlistas gave me a gentle reminder like, "Hi so sorry to bother you but did you get my message?"
Alahai.
More like I should be the one apologising.

So I sat down with E and told him this cannot go on.
I cannot have people feeling segan to give me reminders and I cannot go on overlooking important messages and worse, double booking appointment slots.
Sorry Mira, Maia and Nana! :(

For the past three months, I have been doing the traditional way of slotting in appointments.
Using a book.

Ah ah buku hutang. Lol.

Everytime a Pearlista intends to book appointment slots, I'll be flipping the pages.
Ya la 1 page 1 date mah.
Part flipping ni leceh.

So my mom came to my place the other day....she witnessed my struggle....
"Ma, how to make this easier? I really can't stand the flipping!"

She quietly took Nyla's drawing paper. Dah tak pakai punya cos my mom, she memang suka recycle. Haha. By the way, nice try with the sketching of Booo, Nyla. Maybe you should just stick to making handicrafts and not drawing. Hehehe.

Front page
 And my mom used this other side and created her very own template like this.

Which is like really really easy for me.

E: So you carry this drawing block paper everywhere eh?
Me: Ya la! Senang tau! No need to flip flip!

I think he see me also he kesian....he got to work with the online booking system.
And it is up!
I shouldn't be loudhaling about Pearlista's website now because there are like....erm....spelling errors which have been kindly spotted by Teacher Pearlista Rozaleen!
Hehe. Thanks sis for the psssstttttttt.


Grammatical errors jangan cakap la.
So we have corrected them but final changes can only be finalised by next week.
So you grammar/spelling nazis, pls be patient and bear with the errors. I know very sakit mata punya. Sabar k!

I think I just launch la the website because it is really going to make things easier for both you and me.
You don't need to whatsapp me and worse, wait for my reply regarding confirmation of your slot.

So here it is Pearlistas!

If you wanna know our services.....price list....combo deal and most most importantly, booking of appointments, the website is PEARLISTA.NET

We say bye bye to buku hutang and hellllloooooo online booking! Yeeehaaaaa.
February slots are filling up fast. Thank you ladies.
We don't open on Sundays. Our Saturdays are fully booked right up to end March. Thank you again!
So if you want to secure your slot, pls book fast.

If you intend to book more than 1 slot (let's say your geng also want to come along), got to do it one by one k.  
Korang ni nak short cut je la. Hehe!

Thank you E and Siangko for this!
 Fabulous Friday you alls.








Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Just ramblings....

Just feel like doing random ramblings if you don't mind.

Nyla is in Primary 4 right now and she has been coming home with homework. Sometimes light...Sometimes heavy...Sometimes none. (Much to her (and mommy's) joy!
Am not complaining about her bringing back homework though.
Back when I was teaching, I assign homework every day to my Foundation pupils because that is usually the only time they will sit and revise.
To them, study = homework.

You know things just keep on getting tougher in Singapore.
Homework is just not enough.
You need to revise too. Gasp.

With Nyla, it is really minimal revision. Minimal but consistent.
Once she has settled homework, I'll let her rest abit and then we revise a bit.
When I say abit it is really a bit. Like 15-20 mins per subject.
Have been doing this with Nyla since she was in Primary 1 so it works for the both of us.
Just that now, the load is heavier so the 15-20 mins sometimes get stretched. 

Like yesterday,
She brought home 'double digit' multiplication homework.
Mak Ai. She only just grasped 'factors and multiples' and now this.

Then was speaking to Shikin over the phone just now how frustrated I was with Nyla because she hasn't memorised the times table.

Me: Babe. Frustrating seh. Nyla still needs her fingers to skip count! Not like me man. You give me 6X8, I STRAIGHTWAY can give you answer 48! (Siap with kening naik naik all!)

Shikin: BAHAHAHAAHHAHAHAAH. Wah kirakan lu pandai ah. Babe, lu how old, she how old? 

Me: Ye tak ye eh babe.

Shikin: Ya la you ah.....Aku sec 1 seh baru master times table.

Me: SEC 1 eh?!!!

Sec 1 to master times table abit too long kan sister???? LOL!

Well anyway, as usual la, I'll just keep to Nyla's pace la. In shaa Allah ok.

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Yesterday, I was out during the day and Nyla called me.

Nyla: Mommy ok ok relax, I will do my homework at 4pm but I want to do slime first can?
(Opening line dear hebat kan. Macam wow so responsible!)

Me: Ok.

I reached home at 5pm. Yeah rumah dah macam Science lab with all the slime and Nyla dengan selamba je greeted me, "HI MOMMY! See my slime!"

Me: Homework done?

Dengan lintang pukang member, "OH SH*&! (????!!!!!!)  Ok I do now."

One, am pleased she didn't do a "Later la, mommy."
Two, I hope from yesterday onwards she will keep to her own promise made.
We will see.


Sigh... Dah upload gambar ni macam rindu pulak kan. (Thank you to my client, sis Farhana for the tudung!)
This Nyla can be pretty mischievous sometimes but most times she's a darling.
At night before she goes to sleep, she will ask me, "Mommy you want  me to massage?"
Most times I will take up her offer.

Got one time.

I actually fell asleep while she was massaging me. Yes she's that good.
Sempat mimpi lagi.
Dreamt I was being massaged.
And I asked the therapist in that super short dream, "How long did you take the course?"
I must have talked out loud in my sleep cos Nyla answered, "Mommy! What course?! What are you talking about?"

Then I shared la this funny story to my mom thinking she will laugh too.
But nope.

"You buat budak tu urut sampai terlelap kin!!!! Kesian Nyla. Mesti lama urut. Dengan kali jangan. Kasi dia tidur. Budak tu sekolah pagi."


LER.
 












Monday, January 19, 2015

Girl or Boy?

Nyla is assuming (and firmly believing) that she will be getting a brother.
In shaa Allah! Amin Amin Amin!
Honestly, girl or boy, as long as healthy.
Amin Amin Amin!

Back to Nyla...
To the point she has never addressed this baby as 'she' la...'her' la.... and obviously 'sister'.
From the very beginning.

Me: She's probably going to have curly hair like you last time, Nyla!


How adorable is this????!!!!!!!!! Ma shaa Allah!

Nyla: He, you mean.

Ok boys and curly hair don't really go (time kecik cute, but teenage wise, good luck with styling!)

E: Say, when your sister arrives, you have to be responsible and show good example, Nyla.

Nyla: Brother la daddy.

And whenever someone judges the gender by the shape of my tummy and tells me,"Another girl!"...Nyla will surely say to me, "Nope she's wrong."

So we finally sat her down and went "What's up babe?"

Nyla: I want to be the only granddaughter.
Me: But you're not. Daddy's side has both grandsons and granddaughters.
Nyla: Ya but I still have chance to be the only one on YOUR side. Tok daddy says that I am his favourite granddaughter.
E: He says that cos you're the only one what.
Nyla: YA THATS WHY!

So we slow talked to her and prepared her but at the same time she also negotiated and told us to just assume we will be getting a boy until the detailed scan's revelation.
I kept my word as per seen in this message about 2 months ago.




Last part made me LOL at the hospital.
Nyla is just so hilarious I cannot take it sometimes.
Dia very adamant kan about the boy part. Persistent.

Baby ain't out yet, but already she is showing a lot of love and responsibility.
No no, she's not the mushy mushy kind, will rub my tummy and coo "Alaaaa cayang cayang" all.
She aint like that.

If she sees me carrying stuff, she will say, "Come pass me. I carry."
Automatic.
Never mind that her body will tilt sideways because the load can be heavy for her.
Then at night, she will remind me to take my vitamins and if I say I'm sleepy, like a nagging mother, she will say,"I don't know what to say la Mommy. Up to you la." 
Works everytime because I'll head to the kitchen immediately.

Speaking of kitchen, friends and families have been advising me to eat more.
And so I cultivated the habit of eating small meals constantly like every 2-3 hours kind to the point E is getting a lil amazed...no..... correction...annoyed.

Me: Hungry ah.
E: But you baru makan tadi!!!!
Me: Ya but dah 2 jam pe.
Nyla: Ya daddy, mommy needs to eat. (Told you, she's good. My lawyer.)

Now that everything is back to routine for most people with families back from holidays....kids back to school, I've been occupied with real estate appointments, viewings and presentations. Nyla seldom follows me around because now that she's in P4, she comes home late weekdays and she really loves home sweet home.
More like she wanna do crafts whenever she's free.


I will be lying to you if I say I'm not tired.
I pant quite easily now.
Padahal tak naik tangga pon.
So every opportunity I get to sit, I sit.
Once am in the car, I will lie down....or take selfie. Bahahaha.



Really don't know whether it's pembawaan budak or maybe it has been 3 years I've been in real estate, but I feel like my patience is running thin with co broke agents who get to me.

Like yesterday, a co broke agent brought his buyers for viewing. He's a nice chap ok.
It's just me.

So I'm supposed to handle the viewing and show his buyers around the home I'm marketing.

Some agents, niat dorang baik, they will just take the lead and handle the viewing la.
But yesterday when he tried to do that, I flipped la.
Like, no way I'm gonna stand like some tongok and watch you present MY house.
Over protective kan.

"BRO, I HANDLE CAN? THANKS YA!" And I pulled his buyer's hand, "Come I show you..."
Dengan hidung kembang kuncup all. Lol.
Alina also gave me a "Whats up sister look?" but nope I was so so so into my role of a seller's agent no one can interfere.
Strange. Now, as I looked back, macam funny pulak.

Alright, got to stop now and answer this important enquiry.


Ok ok I know. Battery HP low. Tengah charging pe. Hehehehe.
Make your Monday rock korangs.
Any enquiry feel free to call or SMS or whatsapp 97248866.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

PEARLISTA

Ok I know I haven't blogged for a long time but I am here now so takmo tsk tsk tsk with me k.

First things first, I am still a real estate agent. Just finished assessing myself as a realtor for year 2014. Looking forward to more exciting stuff ahead. Stay tuned. Thanks E for the role of reporting officer and evaluating me.

Also 3 of us have 'renewed contract' to work as a team again this year. Really over 3 years, we have seen one another's bests and worsts. So here's to many more bests! Amin.



And yes, PEARLISTA.
Pls follow us on Instagram if you have not.
@pearlistasg


I have never imagined myself to own a hair salon but I guess this has been part of Allah SWT's plan for me and I can never thank HIM enough for this and allowing me to contribute a bit to the Muslimah community. Alhamdullilah.



3rd month in operation and the support has been very overwhelming.
The Pearlistas who have come visit us have been way too kind and generous with their honest reviews. Everytime it just makes us wanna do even better. Thank you ladies for the encouragement. You ladies also rock BIG time. Gerek abis.


Alright, time to settle my property clients' issues now. The to do list is here so that I can work on them like NOW.

1) Translation of payslip required by HDB.
2) Rental unit of a buddy of mine. Heads up to you all first; Blk 466 Segar Road. 5 room. Fully furnished. High Floor. 2k possible. Super nice landlords and am not saying this because she's my gf.
3) Another buddy is also considering to sell her 4 rm unit.
4) Settle with 3 bankers. Ongoing processing of loans for 3 buyers who are going to exercise option soon.
5) Existing listings. Some taking a bit too long to sell my heart is always beating fast when I think of them. (You feel me fellow agents?)

Later still got to fetch Nyla from school some more. My fault la never pay for her school bus so she ain't allowed on the school bus. Lol. Kesian sey kena reject. Hehe. (By the way, Mom, if you're reading this, I paid already so takmo nagging pls.)

"Mak eh dulu tak pernah buat kerja gini. Anak anak punya hal selalu Mak settle cepat cepat."

Ok Mom. I get it.

Babes, it has been a long while and you're here reading my entry. Thank you. I will try my best to keep up with more entries.





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