Every 1st day of each year, it's a little special for both Aiman and I - just because we got married on the 1st of January. Lol! Eversince we got married, we've always wanted to go for Umrah as husband and wife, and Alhamdulillah He had invited us late last year which was just the perfect timing for us.
We've probably been so buried in work and the cafe the whole of 2015 that this Holy place we were going to step foot in would let us forget all worldly things for a good while. Met so many Malaysians whilst we were there and it was a really different experience going as husband and wife compared to my other two times I've been to Mekah and Madinah. Was a bit like a holiday for us because after prayers we will go out on food adventures late at night and scout for ice cream at the stall next to the mosque or even go the extra mile to look for their infamous fast food Al Baik and Al Tazaj.
It was such a calm and peaceful journey because all we did was eat, pray, sleep (we ate damn a lot of Shawarmas alright!). Literally. Whist I was there I realise that only if you drop everything that you're doing would you then be able to fully please Him! Not a single prayer time did we miss over there nor did we pray a minute too late (how could you, you go down to the mosque 30-60 minutes the prayer time). Kalau kat sini, 2 minutes before the next prayer time only would you start panicking, sometimes making invalid reasons like "how can you excuse yourself, it's a meeting with XYZ's CEO".
Just the other day, I overheard at a talk: "Everything comes from Him. The hardships, the wealth, the health etc. If He has written hardship for you throughout your whole life, you will experience only hardship no matter how you try to turn things around. If He has written continuous wealth for you, all those wealth will indeed be yours. At the end of the day, all of this are Rezeki from Him and the One who you should depend on is indeed Him"
So here's to a better 2016! For work, for the cafe, for our little family unit and being a better person :)
Oooh, have you gotten your duck planner yet? If you've not, you'd better hurry!