Thursday, March 27, 2014

Thankful

You know on Facebook.... you come across positive minded friends on your newsfeed who share with you the stuff they're thankful for.
Siap with #grateful #thankful #blessed hash tags all.
Nice.

Today I realised that there was something I overlooked.

I fell pregnant.

Honestly I was worried because my baby was conceived when I was recovering. My body macam suffered a breakdown from all the hard work put in 2012/13 la I guess.
Doctors advised me to take a step back.... And start eating more.
Rested I did. Ate regular meals....
While I was on the road to recovery, tested positive on the pregnancy test kit.

My gynae, Dr Citra Mattar (my sil,Netty's sis!) offered me her 'cautious congratulations'....
By the way she is based in NUH and she is like so awesome!!!! Very caring gynae.

Oh what is it you all wanna ask?

Nyla's reaction?
One moment she's all excited!
 "Mommy! Make the baby really chubby! Then I sleep with the baby and read and sing to him/her." Mommy's assistant! Power. No need confinement nanny. :p
The next moment she's all angry.
"Can you both please stop talking about the baby already?"

But, deep down, E and I know that Nyla will make the best sister any sibling can ever ask for. No doubt.

You know it has been like so lonnnngggggg.....

BEST KE APA KENA PAMPERED?

After work, E would never fail to ask me,"Mummy, what food you feel like having today?"
Yessssarrrrrr no need to cook!

My mother. Ya Allah.
The other time I bought 'Eclipse' sweets from 7-11.
When she saw me carrying the tiny plastic bag, she exclaimed,"Eh! Don't carry heavy stuff!"
Please eh Mom.

My colleagues, Saat and Alina, always made sure my tummy was filled before AND after appointments. And whenever there were evening/night appointments, they would handle.
So I'm pretty much at home before Maghrib.

Unfortunately...
Despite the pampering and the rest, this pregnancy was not fated to last. :(

When we couldn't find the heartbeat, our hearts broke.
Dr Citra prepared me for the worst.
"Nura, the sac looks irregular. Looks like its lower too. On the way down. I'm sorry, this looks like a miscarriage about to happen."
She was right.
I miscarried the moment I reached home.
Devastated.
Of course la I cried,but really kita kan orang beragama Islam.
Allah knows best.

E and I made sure Nyla was present for all the appointments.

On that fateful evening....like a best friend, she put her arms around my waist (cannot reach shoulder yet pe) and said,"So my adik is in baby heaven huh? You know that's a better place right?"
Totally Nyla.
Sometimes the words that come out from your mouth makes me feel like you're an adult.

The heartbreak of the miscarriage made me realise how little control I have over things.

I am thankful for the miscarriage because this little baby has ignited so much love among my family and friends. (I know la still foetus but I already dah sayang seh so baby it will be for me k.)
So touched with all the pampering while the baby was inside me.
Still touched with the support they gave me when the baby was returned to Allah.

My takeaway from this episode is that there is beauty and love in difficult moments like this.
The baby and I  may not make it far during this pregnancy but those weeks of being a tag team duo with the baby were very much cherished.
Ma shaa Allah, it has brought so much happiness.
Grateful for the temporary joy Allah has bestowed on me.

After all, everything in this life is not permanent.
I am so very glad to have had the opportunity to experience that few weeks of having Allah's gift inside me.
My little miracle.

For that I am thankful.
Alhamdullilah.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Let it go....

Blessed Jumaat you alls.
January 2014 is coming to an end it seems.
So...I've been very used to Nyla being in the afternoon session ever since she first started school...as in pre school so the 3 of us at home have a lot of adapting to do.
We all wake up at 6 a.m and the day will begin for all of us. No such thing as jumping back to bed after Fajr prayers.
Heading to shower at 6am is a big thing for Nyla.
I have to make sure I turn on the water and prepare the correct warm temperature for her before she enters the toilet.
If she doesn't hear the water, she will be like,"The water is not ready...I haven't hear yet the water. U on first..." And she will continue to toss and turn.
Once she's in the bathroom, bapak dia punya turn pulak.
"Miiiiii, switch off the room lights. I want to sleep a bit more."
Ya Allah, menyampahnya.

But I must say I am doing well, Alhamdullilah.
Thanks to my mom. Always exaggerate.
This one I don't need to do it with Nyla.
I do it to E and it always works...and he will always get angry everytime.

"DY FASTER ITS 7AM ALREADY! LATER NO TIME TO SUBUH AND NYLA WILL BE LATE FOR SCHOOL AND SHE WILL BE POOR THING!"

And my poor husband will instantly be jolted from his sleep only to discover it is only 6.20-6.30 a.m.

BEAMS. Win!

Some days I will follow E send Nyla and we will have breakfast together.
On days he wants to go to the gym in his school, I will just say, "I'm busy la today. Need to stay home and settle work."
More like pull down the blinds in my room and snuggle back on bed for extra 1-2 hours. Best gila babz babe.

Work wise am also still working out a proper schedule.
When Nyla was in the afternoon session, my mornings will be Nyla-focused and when she's off to school, I settle work.
Now that she's in the morning session, there has really been many scratching head moments.
Very rare that there are viewings in the mornings. Usually its afternoons/evenings and recently, she has been tagging along.

My mom then will start nagging..."Kesian budak tu. Balik sekolah penat kena ikut you somemore." (My mom rarely uses 'aku' 'kau'...shes a 'you you' ...'I I' kinda person.)
Sometimes my mom will come and babysit Nyla. Must tell you this story.

Nyla is very into Frozen. Am sure you all by now know this thanks to my status updates. My mom even made an Elsa costume for her. Main Main je.


She will play the videos "Let it go" and "Do you want to build a snowman?" over and over again until your telinga can berbulu one.
Am confident you all with daughters sure same case.So layankan aje la ye.

School wise for Nyla.
Hmmm. There will be 2 days she will be returning home late. CCA and Supplementary classes.
So on these 2 days, when she comes home, I just make sure she settles her homework.
No revision.She can sing her heart out to those Frozen songs and become Elsa...Ana...Olaf and Sven sampai bedtime.

I've just received some Scrabble competition form yesterday and if she joins this, an extra day of coming home late.

Me: Nyla, you want to join this?
Nyla: I can if you want....Anything la.
Me: But, another day of coming back late you know.
Nyla: Huuuuhhhhhhhh... Anything la Mommy. If good for me, then you just sign la.

This girl eh...She's getting very good with this reverse psychology thingy.

I mean she's a good kid but sometimes she can be mischievous.

Me: Follow your heart Nyla. You want?
Nyla: Only the act of true love can thaw a frozen heart.....(quote: Olaf the snowman) Giggles.
Me: STOP IT and tell mommy quick.
Nyla: Ok no. I just want to go home early. I can play scrabble with you at home what.

And decision made. So nope.
I will be taking it slow with her this first term.
Nyla told me some of her classmates are in student care and they have been practicing like many questions.
Our conversation went like this.

Nyla: Primary 3 right Mommy...they practise like 1000 questions... Primary 4 one thousand and 50 questions...and then Primary 6....pause....ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND QUESTIONS.
(Yup, my daughter needs intervention now that she is learning thousands place already. Should be 1000, 1050....1100..)

Me: One thousand and one hundred you mean?

Nyla: Same what that number with one hundred thousand.

Ok 10 questions a day no longer sufficient. We need to step up! No la I'm kidding. I really pity all the kids here. Not funny to be waking up so early to go to school la....stay back somemore... then go home study somemore. OMG. Stop this sh*& already can. Naik menyampah with the system. Already us adults are having difficulty having some work-life-family balance and children must face the same thing?

I mean I've mentioned this before. If our kids succeed academically in school, that is a bonus. The important thing here is, he/she enjoys their learning journey. Life is really about being happy. :)

I wish I can do more stories but I really now have got to settle my property work.
Like Nyla, I am also taking it a bit slower with work. Been working too hard the past year my health was neglected. Yes I have definitely reaped my rewards emerging as Top Rookie 2013 in my Prudent Division..Alhamdullilah.


Unfortunately at the expense of my health though.
Very irregular meal times....Lack of sleep...Stress.....Not worth it. Am sure I'm not the only one.
To those of you who are working hard, if you love yourself and family, chill. :)
Last time my motto is Work hard Play Hard Pray Hard... If we work so hard, where is the energy for us to play and pray?
Ler...step jadi Yasmin Mogahed pulak aku ni. Lol!

So now my motto is Work Smart..Play Hard....Pray Hardest.
I need to be smart about planning my schedule. Space out and not cramp 4-5 appointments in a day.
If you're looking for a home in the resale market, now is the time to shop. Have a look at my listings.
CLICK: MAYBE ONE OF THESE IS MY NEXT HOME?
All the homes are selling with ZERO COV, a few BELOW valuation....Low deposit can also be considered.
Pls do not hesitate to call me at 97248866.

That said, enjoy your weekend with your loved ones.
Let it goooooo.......Let it gooooooo! Lol.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

END OF P2 JOURNEY

School holidays are here and 2013 is coming to a close already.

And next year Nyla will be in Primary THREE! APA NI?????!

Last year, I blogged about the end of her Primary 1 journey.

Still remember her 1st day of Primary 1.
I wasn't around because I was attending my real estate course.
My brothers, mom and Bibik Juma handled it for me. (RAMAINYA KERABATZ!)

And Nyla....don't know why step macam baby on her first day of school.
She was wailing! Very apaaaaaaa je!

Still store this whatsapp convo with my bro.

















Fast forward to a year later, man she has improved by leaps and bounds.

Sing on stage allllll....

















She has done her school proud in the speech competitions she has competed in.

















The first Qifa pupil to make it to the PESA finals.

















This year has been a very busy year for Nyla so with regards to academic achievements, I don't push her.
School is meant to be enjoyable anyway.
The fact that she LOVES LOVES LOVES going to school, I really am very thankful.

However she did ask me whether it is compulsory to get number 1 in class this year.
My answer will be simple: Babe, as long as you have put in the effort, whatever position you will get, I will still get you a present.

Nyla: So if I last how?
Me: If you don't do your homeork or revision, then too bad, no present.
Nyla: Ok...If I study but still get last how?
Me: To Toys R Us we will go then.
Nyla: You say one ah?
Me: Yup.

Nyla and I  have a timetable actually.
Nyla cannot sit still for more than 30 mins.
Her attention span is short.
She gets bored very easily.
So every morning I will sit down with her and settle her English, Maths and Malay.
15-30 mins per subject with many breaks in between.
Her breaks will be dancing la....singing la....playing with Booo la...
With her, no such thing as doing assessment books with her for a few hours one. Impossible.
Will be torturous for her and me.

So how did she fare this year?
Nope, not number 1 in class like last year.

This year she is number 2.
I came late on her prize giving day. :(  Hence her sad face. Thank you Mdm Fadillah for snapping this.




























Me: How? You ok?
Nyla: Ya. Makes sense what Mommy.
Me: What do you mean?
Nyla: Matching la. Primary 1=Number 1...Primary 2=Number 2....Primary 3= Number 3. Like that la.

I tell you already right. This girl is hilarious.

This year is also exceptionally sad because her form teacher of 2 years will no longer be teaching her.
Nyla loves to scribble and doodle.
I saw this on the last week of the school term.


































She wanted to give a handwritten book to her beloved Mdm Goh as a farewell gift.

E and I stepped in to assist her in this. At least quality better la. Lol!


































What's up with the 'e' you wonder?

Well Nyla was/is in Class 1E/2E mah....
































The contents... Quite cute huh?

Next year onwards, Nyla will no longer be in the same class with her current classmates.
With her school, by the end of Primary 2, the pupils will be allocated to their classes in Primary 3 based on their abilities.
They are banded according to their overall English and Maths results.

It is going to be very competitive next year onwards for her in terms of academics because her class will consist of the top 40 of the cohort.
The more E and I won't care about which position she will be getting.

We are going to just maintain with whatever that has been working with Nyla.

That said, I know I should have done this earlier.
But it is better late than never.
Simply Islam OR Kids ALIVE?
Which one is more enjoyable?

Pls feel free to email me at nuraesman@gmail.com for your honest feedback. Or if you have other better suggestions, let me know! Thanks korang!


Friday, October 25, 2013

Smalam birthday kita tau. :p
E and Nyla took me to have a dinner celebration last night.


And as you can see, it's as if it was Nyla's birthday yesterday. She really whacked the food man. Especially desserts.

Well seeing your loved ones happy is already like a great birthday gift.
What more can I ask for kan?
Tonight another round of celebration with my family at my Bah's house. Macam budak kecik seh celebration tak abis abis. Heh! Looking forward to my mother's Nasi Goreng and Sambal Goreng! Nyummy!

As with most Fridays, I'm home saving as much energy as possible for the weekend.

Usually, I would do some preps for the ads.
I usually advertise my listings over at Classifieds or Berita Harian on Saturdays.

I have been receiving a couple of messages (be it phone or FB) from concerned individuals regarding the current property market.
Generally the content will be "Nura, my home dah beberapa bulan belum jual seh."...to which I will nod my head in agreement because I for one, am also feeling the market slowdown. If previously, offers during viewing would be streaming, now buyers go in, look around and say ,"Nice...nice....nice....thank you..Ok will get back to you.." and will not get back as they really have so many other choices. Units that are asking for much lesser....units on higher levels.....units near amenities..... etc." And also the fact that resale prices are dipping.


But I believe (like most agents!) that a home can definitely sell. It is just a matter of time. Some homes sell so fast...some not so.......bumped into a colleague at the office a few days ago and she told me that she is currently marketing a home that has been unsold since last year.....and I saw on my Facebook newsfeed , my team member updating his status....Something like this: "Just sold a home. Took me about 6 months."
So there you go. If we're representing sellers, we need to revisit the strategies needed to get the home moving. Cut down on the COV etc since many homes are right now selling at value and some BELOW valuation. All about adapting.

Last week, I had a direct buyer view a home I am marketing.
"Nura, ok we're ok with the price. Pls come to my place for me to pass you the cheque and for us to sign the OTP. I will sms you."

That SMS never arrived that day
Kena bubble la.
But my sellers are cool. The wifey msged me,"It's ok babe.....ada hikmah di sebaliknya."

Continue the efforts la with the listings.
The past 2 weeks have been especially difficult because clashings with Nyla's exams.
Mana nak kena conduct viewings/presentations/masok ofis.....
Mana nak supervise Nyla's studies...dan selitkan selfie sekali. Hahahahah! Sometimes I wonder who is the kid who is the adult here. Shakes head. Parah.

 I mean, she's only in Primary 2 so whatever results she's getting greatly depends on my input too seh.
I feel like I could have done more but anyways, I just have to let my girl know, that her exam results....if they are not so great, she musn't blame herself, because it is also mine and E's fault.....

She must know that success requires a team effort.
Success here does not only equate to getting full marks or Band 1s.
If get, it is really a bonus!
I really don't want to be preoccupied with such narrow and shortsighted vision of success.
E and I would like to instead, foster resilience on our girl, always encouraging her to be creative and enthusiastic.
Yeap, hope you parents too are doing okay during your kids' exam period.
Yeah, nerve wrecking kan! Lol. On her exam days, I put on a very calm front telling Nyla to enjoy her Maths paper but in truth I really felt like telling her,
"NYLA PLS DON'T MAKE CARELESS MISTAKES! (actually this one I said la to her. Once je before she boarded the school bus.Lol) 
NYLA PLS CHECK YOUR WORK! (this one also! Oh man! )
NYLA PLSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS SCORE FULL MARKS!"  (this one I never say ....but I wish. LOL!)

Sigh. Breathes in....Breathes out.

Whatever the results, I will still shake my pompoms for my baby girl one la!

Okay wanna share with you something. Tomorrow I will be placing 2 ads for my listings on Berita Harian. Why Berita Harian because Chinese ratio is already filled for these 2 listings.
I usually liase with Noreen from CATS.

Me: Ok babe. Cantonment Close you must put near town k. Cos location very good.
Noreen: Ok I translate. "Dekat Town" boleh?
Me: Huh? Macam obit seh.
Noreen: Abih cam mana. Takkan nak letak "Dekat Bandar"?
Me: HAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAH! Ah ah 'dekat bandar' is more obit seh awak. Ok scrap! Put Outram MRT la.
Noreen: Ok!

Ok peeps, better stop now. Wanna get ready for my birthday party round 2 later.
And as usual you guys will get first hand updates on my listings.
Here are the ones! Will be busy with viewings tomorrow and Sunday. E and Nyla too. Success requires team effort mah!

Blk 156 TAMPINES ST 12 (Depan mata, Tampines Mall)
258 BUKIT BATOK EAST AVE 4 (Dekat Masjid Ar-Raudhah)

272C SENGKANG CENTRAL (Dekat Masjid Al-Mawaadah)
474 CHOA CHU KANG AVE 3 (Near amenities!)

510 WOODLANDS DR 14 (Near Wdlands MRT/Causeway Point)

8 CANTONMENT CLOSE (TOWN AREA!)


Ok if you'd like to view the interiors of these homes, pls click HERE
Anything just SMS or call 9 724 8866. Have a great weekend with your loved ones!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Congrats Nyla from all of us!

Read through my past entries and I realised that I haven't been blogging about Nyla.
Last time I used to blog about her selaluuuuuuu man.
"Why Mommy? I'm not cute anymore eh?"

Ler. Sensitivity la pulak.

Been blogging so much about real estate.
So sorry peeps...and Nyla! Hehehe.

If you have been following my Facebook/Twitter/Instagram updates, you might find some of the pictures here very familiar. Hence, apologies for the repeat telecast.

After winning 1st prize in the speech competition organised in house by the school, Nyla was selected to compete in 2 national level kind of speech competition.


From young, Nyla has been a very chatty child but I need to use this strength effectively.
I mean, every child is chatty I am sure. Be it at home or school.
But, when it comes to public speaking in front of many unfamilar faces, will you then remain comfortable speaking?
Different kind of ball game altogether.

Beginnings are always hard.
So Nyla had a little bit of difficulty during the initial stages overcoming shyness and all.
Once she got the hang of it, everything went pretty smoothly.
She had to go through numerous practice sessions/workshops...

I'll be lying if I say that member maintain happy and chirpy at all times.
Some days Nyla would be "Woohoo! I am so excited!!!!"
Some days, she would be like "AIYO! SAME THING TO SAY OVER AND OVER AGAIN? BORING LA SEY!"

So, the past few months have been pretty much the hardest for her.
However, E and I never really added pressure to her.
"YOU MUST WIN!" (Dalam hati ada la actually! lol!)

We always tell her this: "Nyla, if you want to win this, you give your best shot. 
You want the prize, you work for it babe. If you're hungry, you'll get it."

Actually, E and I dah standby to give her a present if she does not win.
I mean, for all the efforts put in, how can we not reward our little girl?

For the "I CAN READ" competition held at Harbourfront, Nyla won 2nd place. She got herself $200, complimentary guitar lessons and  I CAN READ vouchers.



The YMCA PESA (Plain English Speaking Awards) competition was the most challenging.
Preliminary rounds la..

Semi Finals la..

Finals la..


Very stressful too with EIGHT judges during the finals.
E and I were like: Mak Ai! X Factor and American Idol have only 3-4 judges sey.

Salute all the kids!

Nyla did not win the top 3 positions for YMCA PESA.

Being the easygoing and hilarious girl that she is...When the emcee announced the positions for 2nd and 1st runner up, Nyla was confident that her name would be called next. LOL. Ini anak is so kecoh!
"Lucky seh I never stand up Mommy! I thought me seh first."

Upon hearing that, her daddy's heart broke into pieces.
"Mi, we stop sending her for competitions la. I cannot bear to see her disappointed. She's too young to face this disappointment!"

-_-

Ya eleh. Daddy kental blachan seh. Apa je!
 Eh hello Dy! There were other kids who did not win too leh!

Like, come on!
Life is really not about winning here.
It is about gaining experiences and that is my sole purpose of allowing Nyla to take part in competitions.
 If she wins, bonus. If not,we still give her a present for being brave out there mah.


Nyla may not win the top 3 positions but last week she brought home 3 certificates after the YMCA PESA award ceremony.

Silver Honour Roll

Audience's Favourite Speaker (THANKS A ZILLION TO ALL OF YOU WHO VOTED!!!!)




British Council High Potential Award


 She was beaming when we left the auditorium. (Bapak dia pon by the way! Kecoh jugak la si E ni)

Oh and I must not forget to thank our Booo Putra because the speech topic was about him and how he has brought joy to Nyla. :)
Nyla did this collage by the way. Duh! Hehehe.

Nyla, you have reaped what you sowed darling.
Mommy and Daddy will support your dreams and help you soar babygirl. :)

Ok now can talk about property tak?
Hehehehehe!

Weekend is really nearing so at this moment I will be busy shuttling around these places.

 Also have a new listing Executive Apartment at power location156 Tampines St 12.
 Balcony overlooking Tampines Mall.


Hence, if you're interested in any of these SEVEN units, pls do not hesitate to enquire and call me.
9 7 2 4 8 8 6 6 yo.
Thanks mucho (Step Nora Danish) Lol!
Man I've been stalking her and bossned on Instagram by the way. Suka!
Ok daaaaaaaaa.


Friday, August 30, 2013

So you've read about the new HDB policies?
Mainly the reduction of loan repayment to 25 years.
Oh and also the implementation of 3 years waiting period for Permanent Residents (PRs) being eligible to buy a resale flat.
Immediate effect somemore.

I personally feel that my sellers are most affected by this policy shift.
Already, they have lost a significant number of potential buyers in the form of the PRs who have not crossed the three-year mark.
That plus the new loan restrictions.
Surely would put a limit on how much potential buyers of their flats would be able to borrow one.

Owells. Like it or not, life goes on.
We will keep on trying.
Government can impose any type of policy but ultimately God is the ONE who wills for your home to sell...or for you to purchase a home.

It's Friday.
The 2 people not looking forward to the weekend are Nyla and E. Lol.
Because they know that they have to support their girl (me la) to go for viewings.
E is especially very mad at me for procrastinating with regards to taking the driving refresher's course.
I went to BBDC liao to register like a month ago?
But just seem to not find the time to commit that 2 hours to practice driving.
If I'm not working, I'll be going for lunches/coffee with gfs or mom. 
Anything but go to BBDC.  
Parah betul la aku ni.
Ok soon soon.
*But I actually enjoy having them with me when I work during the weekends seh*
Sometimes, they (more like Mr E) will say,"Ok we have work to do. We go to the library. You meet us when you're done."
To see this sight after my work is very comforting you know. :)

Alina is right now very busy with her New Paper Face competition so she has sort of taken a back seat.
Click HERE.

Anyway, I wanna introduce to you my other team mates.
Basically, we activate one another when we cannot attend to viewings and appointments.
Say Hi to Hajar and Saat!
The 3 of us belong to the dynamic PREEMINENT GROUP-one of the youngest and leading teams in ERA Singapore.


This is too long overdue but the 3 of us had a  corporate photoshoot sometime ago with Tina, Jali and Azhar. Their links are over at my sidebar! :) Click away and add them on FB. They're so gerek I promise.

Everytime I go for an appointment, the first question I will ask my sellers will be:
WHY THE NEED TO SELL YOUR CURRENT HOME?
And usually these are the common answers.







Yeap.

I must say that August is the month I take it slow, with the Hari Raya and all.
So the moment Hari Raya mood died down, we managed to close our Teban Gardens.
Alhamdullilah! 


Like any other weekend, tomorrow us 3 will be busy with showings of the current listings.

WATCH VIDEO OF HOME! CLICK HERE.




Then, I used to get very panicky when my listings are taking quite sometime to sell.
"Alamak macam mana ni? Bila seh boleh jual?!!!! Aaaaargh."

But now, I am more relaxed because I have had the enriching experience of  selling homes that have to go through TWO rounds of valuation. Not to mention, burst deals too. But really got to give the credit to my clients for their understanding especially with the current challenging situations.

Napoleon Hill said "Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success."

So I believe that with my clients' and my team's patience, persistence and perspiration, if willed by the Almighty, we, in shaa Allah can achieve our aim of selling and purchasing one!
Amin!
Gotta keep the faith always.

That said, if you have done your AIP with the bank or HLE loan and you're shopping for a home at Sengkang area, Jurong East area and Central area, come to our open houses then.
Just sms me at 97248866!

And I hope it ain't too late for my family and I to wish you SELAMAT HARI RAYA! Maaf Zahir dan Batin yo.
Have a good weekend.

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