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Wedding Series Ep2: Pre-Engagement - The Preparation, One Thing Ayah Really Disliked

Assalamualaikum and hi everyone!

I hope you guys had a good day today. It was a great day for me, Alhamdulillah. My husband just got his permanent placement result and turned out he got the hospital that I'm planning to work at, Alhamdulillah. I'm so so so grateful. Thank you for everyone who keeps us in your prayer. Only Allah can repay your kindness :')  

Alright, we have come to the second episode weeee. I'm gonna talk about the preparation of our engagement and how ayah disliked that ONE thing I did. Totally disliked, kalau boleh tak nak pandang and rasa segan kalau orang tahu haha. I feel embarrassed as well, but I decided to post it here as a memory, gituuu. What is it? Tungguuuu. 

This post is gonna have 4 subheadings on how I prepared my engagement.

1. How did I start? Where did I start? 

The preparation started right after we'd decided on the engagement date. I did some research and from there I came up with an engagement to-do-list (will share with you guys in the next post, InshaaAllah!). Typical Ardilla semua benda nak list, dari sekolah sampai sekarang haha. Ayah and Ibu handled catering, while I settled the rest. I tried my best to save as much as I can, opting for the cheaper-but-still-nice option hehe. 

And not to forget, I also cleaned up my study room! It's called study room though I never used that room to study haha. If you read my post entitled Konmari: Don't Judge My Room, you'd definitely surprise looking at the before and after photos. Yelah, dari bilik cam tongkang pecah terus kemas sebutir habuk pun takde hehe. 

2. The only shop I went for outfit hunting (20th of August 2019)

My best friends were so supportive; Babyboos gave me a few suggestions from where I could find my outfit and I asked Tiara if she could accompany me and she immediately said yes! She even offered me to have a sleepover at her house since I came from Melaka. So segannnnn, especially with Aunty Dewi and Uncle Mazua hehe thank you Aunty and Uncle.

I already eyed a few shops and planned to buy a pastel pink baju kurung. I fetched Tiara from Putrajaya and we went to the first shop. I straight away picked up the clothes that I wanted and tried it. It fitted perfectly. Suddenly I saw another baju kurung with the same design but in baby blue and it looked nicer on me! Tiara sent a few photos of me to Ibu and both of them said that the blue one was nicer. 

I paid and we left. Phew, that wasn't so hard, Alhamdulillah! 

Here's a shameless selfie of me hehe 

3. Sobri bought the engagement ring in Mydin?! (15th of August 2019)

Sobri works in JB, so we only met once before the engagement, which was 4 days after The Awkward Meeting haha. It was in the afternoon when he reached Melaka. Semangat tak tahu kenapa, I already surveyed a few halls and we went to this one hall, where Elfira Loy's wedding took place to have a look. By the time we left, it was already 6pm. 

We didn't have much time so I told Sobri let's find my ring in Mydin. He was surprised. He forgot that Mydin Melaka bukan biasa biasa haha kidding. One of Habib Jewel branches is in Mydin and there were a few other jewellery shops as well. 

Sobri preferred me wearing a gold ring, but white gold captivated my heart. I told him that I would wear a gold ring during nikah, so he bought me the white gold. Yeay win-win hehe. Win-win apanya, Sobri yang belikan padahal -.-

4. Hantaran preparation and decoration 

I volunteered to settle all components other than catering. Thinking of saving more money, I decided to decorate the hantaran from scratch by myself. Sobri and I came to a conclusion to have hantaran of 7 berbalas 5, which means I will have to prepare 7 hantaran for Sobri. 

Ayah disliked this ONE hantaran that I decorated, sampai yang hantaran lain before this ayah suka pun terus ada je yang macam tak kena haha. It was not my fault. I'd tried my best *buat muka kesian*. But to be honest, looking back at that ONE hantaran I decorated, I felt embarrassed as well. Luckily Sobri and his family accepted as it was hehe. 

Beriya okay I prepare hantaran for Sobri. Habis sepah ruang tamu kat office ayah haha. 

Gonna show you guys something really embarrassing. Okay amaran, jangan gelak! Hahaha. I did try my best okay. I really did. And here comes the ONE that ayah disliked the MOST. Taraaaaa!

Hahahaha. Yes it was ugly. I don't know what did I think at that time. Maybe I thought it was cool to tabur tabur all the chocolates inside the dulang to make it looked A LOT. Yes, it looked a lot.. hmmm A LOT messy haha. 

One thing for sure, ayah told me to never decorate any hantaran and will make sure I hire someone who's really creative next time. Creative as in memang disahkan kreatif tanpa perlu tabur coklat haha. 

In my next post, I'll share with you guys my engagement-to-do list and probably some tips here and there so see you guys there! 

P/s: Have any of you guys ever decorated hantaran before? 
Any idea on how to decorate mini chocolates like that? 

Previous Wedding Series: 

Wedding Series Ep1: Pre-Engagement - How Did He Propose To Me?

Assalamualaikum and hi guys! 

I'm sooooo excited for this wedding series. I've been planning to write this series for quite some time and I finally have the motivation to start writing it! This series is gonna consist of a few posts, probably 5 or 6, depending on how much I wanna talk about. Or maybe lebih if tetiba banyak benda nak cakap hehe. 

Anyway stay tune with this series. I'll upload my wedding video by the end of this series and along the way I'll include some tips and hacks, InshaaAllah! 

The Proposal (9th of August 2019)
On the 9th of August, I passed my final examination and officially became a doctor (Post: Finally, a doctor). Sobri dropped some hints that he wanted to get engaged in a month time, and I secretly wished he'd propose to me the way how people advertise a romantic proposal should be; the guy asks the girl out for dinner, the guy kneels on the ground, pulls out a ring, and asks her to marry him.

Scrap that off. I know, mengarut haha. 

Sobri proposed to me via my parents. No lovey dovey, 'Will you marry me?' or 'Will you become my wife?', etc. He asked permission from Ibu to meet and discuss our engagement with both Ibu and Ayah at my house. I'm touched to be honest. It was a better way of a proposal and 10 points for braveness. *claps* 

Ibu and ayah agreed since I already completed my degree. Kalau cakap before habis study ni mesti confirm tak boleh haha. 

The Meeting (11th of August 2019)
Sobri came all the way from Kajang that afternoon. We welcomed him and the four of us sat in the living room. Ibu cooked sambal bali and nasi impit for him, and that was his first time tasting sambal bali. Second time was during Raya (Post: 5 Unexpected Things I did During Cov-Eid). I helped to prepare the drinks and served them. 

Ayah started the conversation and Sobri told his wish of getting engaged with me. Something like, "Saya datang sini nak bincang pasal tunang." 

Oh. My. God. 

It was soooo awkward. I was there. I was literally there beside Ibu. I was stunned. Never thought it was gonna be this awkward. I wished I could run away and hide somewhere. Rasa jantung tergolek keluar okay haha. 

My parents already had the idea that he came to discuss our engagement, but I totally was not prepared for the awkwardness. Planning for the first child to get married, I bet I was not the only one who felt awkward. Ke I je yang over kot haha maybe. 

Here's a photo I curi curi took during the pre-discussion hehe. 

The discussion was short and quick. Ayah agreed and we decided to have the engagement on the 29th of September 2019. I could see ayah's eyes were watery. Not able to see someone sad, my eyes started to watery as well. Padahal entah entah mata ayah masuk habuk haha. 

How was my engagement preparation? 
It was fun and.. funny. 

There was something my father told me that I would never forget. 
I will talk more about it in my next post, so see you guys there! 

P/s: Do you have any dream proposal? Share with meee :)

Previous Wedding Series: 

5 Unexpected Things I did During COV-EID

I thought this Raya was gonna be a sad, boring one. I thought I would stay in pyjamas and just go through the day like nothing happens. But I was wrong. Although my husband and I could not travel back to our hometown in Melaka and Kajang to celebrate Raya with our family, but we still enjoyed celebrating it here in Johor. In fact, there were a few things I did that I'd never done during previous Raya. 

1. Cooked Raya dishes 

Usually a day before Raya, my family and I would gather at Nenek's house and help Nenek with cooking, cleaning the house, preparing the plates, cups, and glasses, etc. One of the main dishes, which somehow 'compulsory' to be cooked is Nenek's special dish; daging sambal bali. It's kinda different from the usual sambal bali but the taste is sooo delicious. Once you try, you'll never forget and other than rendang, sambal bali is a perfect dish to be eaten with either ketupat or nasi impit. But, it is not so easy to make since a few people attempted to cook it with the recipe given by nenek, but they failed. I was quite nervous, but Alhamdulillah I have a supportive husband, who insisted that I should make it. 

It was the last day of Ramadhan, and I managed to cook 2 Raya dishes. I'm so proud of myself hehe. 

I present to you... *drum roll* 

Daging sambal bali
Daging sambal bali

Rendang ayam 

I was a bit worried that these 2 dishes might become a failure since the next day was Raya and I really wished the four of us could eat Raya food during Raya, even though we had to celebrate far away from our family. 

Alhamdulillah, my husband, Kak Nana (my SIL) and Delisya (my niece) said both dishes were so delicious hehe. 

2. Dressed up and put on some make-up

I woke up a bit early than usual (hehe), took a bath, wore new baju kurung that I bought online and put on some makeup. It felt so different to wake up and celebrate Raya without having Ibu, Ayah, Ica and Aiman around. I missed how either Ica or Ibu would be the first to have shower, how ayah would tell us to get ready early because he hates waiting, how Aiman would ask Ibu if he could wear baju Melayu with a pair of black pants, which obviously Ibu would disagree unless he wears Kurta, etc. 

But Raya is still Raya. 

To be honest, I'm so grateful I still had the chance to celebrate it with my small family here. And it was the first Raya I celebrated with my husband yeay! 

Here's a shameless selfie of me showing the basic makeup I did. Me being me; messy eyebrows because I do not know how to draw a nice one, no falsies, no eyeliner, no contour, no highlighter, etc. Just some eyeshadow, blusher, and matte lipstick. 

3. Facetimed with my family 

A big thank you to whoever created the technology of allowing people to have a virtual reunion via mobile phone. For the past 3 months, ever since MCO was implemented, the most I could do to reduce my homesickness is to Facetime with my family. 

Ibu video-called me early in the morning while they were in the car, heading to Nenek's house and it was one of the best things that happened to me on that day. I miss them so much and knowing that they were well and fine was definitely a blessing, Alhamdulillah. I imagined myself drown in tears the moment I see them via video call but guess what. Ardilla is a big, tough girl who finally accepts the fact that she can't go back home at the moment. She didn't cry yeay! (But she did cry a bit that night though hehe). 

Sobri, Kak Nana, Delisya and I gathered in the living room and we video-called Mak, Abah, and my Kajang family weee. So grateful to see the happy faces. I was a bit sad because I was kinda excited and really wanted to know my husband's family. I already planned that Raya would be the perfect chance for me to do so, but unfortunately, I couldn't. Worry not because I know Allah's plan is always the best and InshaaAllah by the time next Raya comes, I would already know them all. 

4. Took photos at a few spots 

This is my favourite part hehe. What's Raya without photoshoot, righhhhtttt? (Say yes! Hehe). Alhamdulillah again, I am blessed with a husband, a sister-in-law and a niece who love photoshoot as much as I do! I bought a tripod from Shopee because I left mine in Melaka and early in the morning after I got ready, I set up the place for our formal Raya photo. 

Then while waiting for Kak Nana (my SIL), Delisya (my niece) helped to take photos of my husband and I. She did a great job! Reallyyyy, I'm not lying. 

Here are some photos that were taken during Raya morning; 

Yeay I received 'duit' Raya from my husband

With Delisya 

Delisya was the one who took this photo

5. Played bunga api and firecrackers 

Kak Nana bought some bunga api and firecrackers for Delisya, which we played on the night before. We had so much fun, especially Sobri haha. If you followed my Instagram (Ig: @dyllarezan), you'd probably know why. I couldn't remember the last time I played bunga api and firecrackers because usually during Raya, only the kids will play, while the 'bigger' cousins including me will help to fill in the kuih Raya and nenek's angpau, and have a chit-chat with aunties and uncles. 

Apologise for the low-quality photos because I simply screenshot them from videos because I forgot to capture one. 

Suka nya dia main mercun roket 

Both were so happy and excited 

Still moving around excitedly haha 

It would be a total lie if I said I didn't miss celebrating it with my big family, but Alhamdulillah we still had the chance to celebrate Raya together and I could not be more than grateful for that. 

Top 3 Reasons Why I Would Like To Thank MCO

Photo credit: Choo Choy May

This is the first time I won't be celebrating Raya with my family and I'm supposed to celebrate Raya with my in-laws for the first time.

So why am I thanking MCO?

I mean, why should I? 

Assalamualaikum and hi guys! 

Oh my god. I really missed my blog so much. How is everyone doing? I know, life changed A LOT for the past 2 months, right? Things happened drastically in a very short time, and you feel like you're stuck at a moment where you don't really go forward, but you know time is moving so fast. Suddenly we are on the 16th of May? Really? Where were March and April again? 

I totally understand that feeling. Really. 

But for those who are separated from family at this time of crisis, it can be a major difficult time. I haven't met my parents for almost three months, and I just met my mother-in-law and father-in-law once since I got married. 

Ehem, did I say I got married? 

Yes, I did! *Showing the ring on my index finger* hehe

Anyway, where did I stop just now?

Oh yes, I haven't met my family for so long, but to say that I understand those who are separated as well will be unfair. I am currently staying with my husband, my sister-in-law, and my niece. Some of my friends are staying alone without any of their close ones, far away from family. I pray that Allah will provide them strength throughout this hard time. Amin. 

Though I might look okay, there were days that I had a breakdown.

Movement control disorder (MCO) was implemented on the 18th of March 2020 as one of the preventive measures as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools and shops were closed. Factories stopped operating. Most started working from home. Some even lost their jobs.

Sometimes I'm kinda upset with the MCO, but there's no one to be blamed and I know that it is necessary to do this. So I've decided that every time I get upset with MCO, I'd try my best to remind myself of the good things that are happening.

Here are my top three reasons why I would like to thank the Movement Control Order (MCO).

1. More time with my husband 

My husband is such a hardworking person. He works 8 to 5 daily and some days he would have locum (temporarily replaces someone) at a private clinic. A few days before MCO started, we only met each other at night, but ever since he has to work from home (WFH), I wish he'd just continue staying at home with me even after MCO. Ye, memang both tak payah kerja cari duit pun kan, Ardilla. Anyway, it is definitely a blessing in disguise.

2. Knowing my SIL and niece 

My husband and I are currently staying at my sister-in-law's place for the time being, together with our niece. My SIL is a lecturer so she has to WFH as well. If not because of MCO, we won't really have the opportunity to bond this way. I had so much fun spending time with them and to be honest it made the missing-home-but-cant-go-back feeling more bearable. 

3. Unlocked a new skill 

If you know me well, I was not really into cooking previously. I wasn't confident with myself and most of the time if I craved something, Ibu would cook for me, or I would just buy it. If there was no MCO, I would probably just go out and have a takeaway. Due to MCO, I spent more time at home more than I intended to do, but Alhamdulillah my husband has been a great blessing for me. I started to love cooking when my husband helped me. It was so fun to cook together! Usually, I would prepare the ingredients and my husband would settle the protein part (which I dislike the most). I'd tried cooking many dishes and if you follow my Instagram account (@dyllarezan), you'd probably notice it hehe. Anyway, I'm still in the learning phase and there's a lot to be learnt! 

There's a whole long list of why I wanna thank MCO, but these are my top three. Remind yourself on that when things get rough. Stay safe, stay home, and do take care. This too shall pass and we shall unite with our loved ones soon, InshaaAllah. 

Don't lose hope. Let's not despair. Allah is the Best Planner after all. 

P/s: What are the top three of the good things you get from this MCO? 

Graduation Day

Life can be so amazing, isn't it? 

Assalamualaikum and hi guys! I'm back! 

I've been delaying to publish this post but god knows how much I'd tried to start typing. It seems that words don't come easily to me nowadays. Blame my lazy bum. I should have read more books. Anyway if you read my blog post entitle "FINALLY, A DOCTOR", you'd probably know that I passed my final pro exam! Alhamdulillah! Finally after 5 years guys. 5 years, not included the 1.5 years of A-Level. It was such a long journey. I know it's just the beginning, but hey let me take a break for a while before housemanship starts hehe. I promise when I have kids in the future, I won't ask them to become a doctor (I will only guide and inspire them to become one hehe jk). 

Our graduation day was on the first week of November. It was 2 months after our result day. Luckily Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) allows us to use our transcript that we got during the result day for registration instead of MBBS certificate. If not, we would have another extra 2-month of waiting period for housemanship. The waiting period doesn't really get shorter as we thought it would be and I don't plan to postpone it even further either. 

We had our convocation in IMU Bukit Jalil campus. I went there one day earlier and stayed at my cousin's house, which was about 30 min away from campus. I woke up super early in the morning, took a bath, bring all clothes and important things and drove straight to campus. I had to reach early as I already asked my friend to help me by hiring her to do my make-up. Her work is amazing. You can check her work and book here; Instagram: @njhhbhr I reached campus before 7am and my friend was already there. 

It started very early in the morning. Thank you to my family who came all the way from Melaka in the morning and Sobri. So, so glad my beloved ones were there to celebrate this special day with me :) 

A moment I will remember forever. I sat at the front row (the empty seat, on the most left). 

At the end of the convocation, there was a performance from a group of singers who sang 'You Raise Me Up' and I swear my eyers were watery, thinking about my parents. They were one of the reasons why I managed to be there on that day.  

Anyway, I better stop talking now and do enjoy the photos! 

Most of the photos were taken by the talented Syarafiena (Instagram: @syarizphotographie) and some were taken by Sobri. 

Ayah & Ibu, the ones who keep me going 

Le familia

Hihihi. I secretly wished I would have this kind of photo and thanks to Syarafiena for making it came true! Hehe

Ayah: Tak habis habis ibu, ibu
Sobri: Kenapa hidung you tajam sangat dalam gambar ni

Turun escalator pun nak kena ada gambar jugak hehe 

Eh eh thank you kasi bunga

Yeay boleh baling mortar board. Tapi sambut balik sebab takut nanti rosak pulak.

Hehe candid satu!

My best friends; Law & Wen Yee 

With Nawal & Sanaa 

Farhah and Nadia 

Last but not least, 

Dr. Nurul Ardilla Noorezan at your service.


Vietnam (Intro): I Was Hit By A Bike

I never got hit by any vehicles in other countries before, so here's to the first time encountering it. 

If any of you guys follow my Instagram: @dyllarezan, you probably noticed that I just came back from Hanoi, Vietnam. One of the things in my to-do-list while waiting for housemanship is to update my travel experience for these past few years. I should continue with my India trip first, then continue with China, Taiwan, Bandung, Brunei, and a few local trips. Anyway, allow me to skip all those and publish posts about my most recent trip to Hanoi first hehe. 

Traffic in Hanoi was more or less like India and Indonesia. I was not surprised by the honks anymore, not like the first day when I was in India (click this link to read it; India Trip Day 1 Part 1 -Airport and Honk) hehe. One thing for sure, just like India, you had to be super brave to cross the road. Like, super super brave, or else you will never get to the opposite. Forever. Haha that's kinda exaggerated, but it was scary, especially during peak hour. 

Everyone knows Melaka has a lot of traffic lights. So as Vietnam. But, one thing in Vietnam is it would be very bizarre if a Vietnamese follows the traffic light all the time. I remember looking at a t-shirt showing a picture of a traffic light as below; 

They themselves know that they don't obey the traffic light rules haha. And it was even mentioned by our tour guide to Halong Bay. 

Anyway, on Day 3, since we just reached Hanoi from Sapa very early in the morning, we decided to just stroll around Hanoi on that day. We walked a few kilometers from our hostel, stopped by at a coffee shop, then to a lake, etc. I already planned on places we should go, and at 7pm we were supposed to go to Hanoi Train Street to see the train passes through that street. It was almost 7pm and the train street was quite far from our stop, so Sobri booked a Grabcar. The traffic was already hectic, and Grabcar or taxi would simply stop anywhere by the roadside. Vietnamese people are so pro that even though they rarely use brakes and obey the traffic lights, there was no accident happens. 

For me, I was quite confused with the roads and lanes. Sometimes due to cars stopping by the roadside, they drove on the opposite lane instead and it made me thought that it was one way. Our Grabcar to Hanoi Train Street already reached and the driver stopped his car by the roadside, blocking other vehicles from the same direction, and we had to cross the road. The road was super, super busy that time. It was a main road and at a peak hour. There were 2 lanes, but cars from my right side going on both lanes and somehow I forgot it was not a one-way road. I already looked on my left side and there was no car or bike coming, and when I looked on my right side, I noticed the car towards us was stopping, so I thought maybe the car was giving us way to cross the road. I forgot it was a 2-way road, and clever me just crossed the road, heading towards the Grabcar. 

And baaammmm! 

Something hit me from the left side and my sister screamed while pulling me at the same time. It happened in a split second. I was still standing upright, but stunned. I looked at the bike rider. He was holding a phone. My sister told me that he was playing with his phone when his bike hit me. 

Surprisingly, he only gave me a glance and left us, without even saying 'Sorry'. I tried my best to be 'husnudzon' (think positive) at that time. Maybe he was in a rush for something really important. Maybe. I crossed the road with Ica and Haniza and entered the Grabcar quickly. There was mild pain on the left side of my pelvis. Dah sudah. But alhamdulillah the pain slowly relieved and there was no bruise or swelling. 

From that day I learned that although you should be brave, but you should never underestimate it. Here's a quick view on how was the traffic on a not-so-busy day. 

KonMari: Don't Judge My Room

Here are some before and after photos of my room. 
But before you look at them, promise me you won't judge hehe. 

Assalamualaikum and hi guys!

Have you heard about KonMari method? It's a method of organising things from clothes, to books, kitchen utensils and tools, miscellaneous, etc. The most important thing is to keep things that spark joy only. The KonMari was founded by Marie Kondo. I'm a HUGE fan of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo series.

If you know me well, you'd know how much I love organising and tidying stuff. Nah-uh, not OCD, because I do all these willingly, and in fact, actually I'd feel a bit stressful if my things are not organised. Organising makes life easier, trust me. You organise your things, you know where you put them, you place them back after using it and you'll never have to search for them since you already know where they are. And a plus point is, your room will always look neat! 

But, I've never really had a chance to tidy up my things when I was in medical school. I was rarely at home and things just piled up more and more especially after every transition phase in medical school; Bukit Jalil to Seremban and Seremban to Kluang. Besides, my younger sister and brother put their things in this room as well, so just imagine how unorganised, untidy, and really semak the room was.

We even called this room 'Bilik Aib' or in English is The Disgrace Room haha.

At times when we did not know where to put our stuff, we'd dump them in this room with the hope that one day we'll clean it up and tidy it clean. That 'one day' finally came after 5 years haha. Since I finished medical school, ibu reminded me almost every day to clean up this room, but I never really had time as I had to settle up some important errands. Then one day, my sister and I decided that we can't let this happen anymore, so we spent the whole day cleaning up this room. And guess what. We managed to clean up everything in a day, and it made me wonder, why all this while I'd been postponing it haha. 

Here's the result!

Files are organised according to the content

Things that did not spark joy were donated/ thrown away

I decided to not let go of books that do not spark joy since we have extra space here 

We reused pretty cups and boxes to place stationaries

These 3 cupboards contain my stuff

Tidying up this room made me realised that most of the things in that room are mine haha. I don't know why do I have so many things.

I did it guys! Hehe.

Anyway, how do you usually tidy up your room?
Do you follow any method?
Do share with me :)