The Perfect Nurul Huda; I Ramble: 26 July 2021

In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

I spent some time thinking of what The Perfect Nurul Huda will do everyday.

I do not think I will ever be able to turn into The Perfect Nurul Huda. It looks downright impossible. Nonetheless, I thought it will be fun to share an aspect of The Perfect Nurul Huda. Her daily routine. Be entertained.

– START –

Hello, my name is Nurul Huda and I am the Metropolitan Muslimah. This is my daily routine.

D A I L Y

I wake up at 4am everyday. I turn off my alarm. I recite my waking up prayer and make my side of the bed. That takes me 5 minutes.

I usually need to relieve my bladder when I get up. I brush my teeth and take my ablution. That takes up 5 minutes.

I pray Tahajud. It is not mandatory but I think it is the best form of meditation. That just takes 5 minutes. If I have my period, I go through The 99 Names and the meanings instead.

I exercise until 4.30am and my cooling down activity is cooking for lunch and dinner until 5.30am.

I wash up until 6am.

I pray Subuh, recite Ayatul Kursi, and read a page of the Quran. If I have my period, I recite Ayatul Kursi and read Quran translation instead. It takes me 15 minutes.

I garden until 6.45am.

I work on SG until 7.45am and SMC until 8.45am.

I throw out any rubbish or recyclables. That takes 15 minutes.

That’s my standard morning routine for both my work and off days. Right now, I will talk about my routine on the days I need to work.

W O R K  D A Y

I get ready for work until 9.30am.

From then until 10.30am, I am in transit to work. During my journey, work on MM. I usually get peckish after travelling. If I reach earlier, I get a can of Milo from the vending machine and a packet of Hello Panda biscuits.

I work until 9pm. During my break times, I pray Zohor, Asar, Maghrib, Isyak and recite Ayatul Kursi and Al-Waqiah after Isyak. If I have my period, I will recite Ayatul Kursi and the 99 Names and read the translation of Al-Waqiah. I also socialise with my colleagues to strengthen our team spirit.

It takes an hour for me to reach home. During the journey, I catch up and follow up on messages from family and friends.

I have supper with my husband until 10.30pm.

I wash up until 11pm and call it a night.

Let us backstep a bit to where I stopped with my daily morning routine and continue with my off day routine.

O F F  D A Y

From 9am to 10am, I work on MM.

From 10am to 12pm, I bake something because I have an oven. It is a shame not to use it. Alternatively, if I do not have the budget for baking, I take a walk to clock in steps for The Conqueror’s Challenge.

From 12pm to 12.30pm, I have lunch with my husband.

After that, I put in an hour of writing. It can be anything ranging from a letter to writing lyrics for a song. I take short break for Zohor and Ayatul Kursi. On Fridays, I read Al-Kahfi. If I have my period, I will recite Ayatul Kursi and the 99 Names of Allah. This applies for the rest of the prayer breaks until Maghrib.

I study music until 2.30pm.

I sing until 3.30pm.

I study programming until 4.30pm.

I check on my finances and mail until 5pm. I take a break in between for Asar and Ayatul Kursi.

I livestream for half an hour and then play another game until 6pm.

I do house chores until 6.30pm.

I have dinner with my husband until 7pm.

I study a language until 8pm.

I practise my calligraphy and/or handlettering until 8.30pm. I pray Maghrib in between and recite Ayatul Kursi.

I pray Isyak and recite Ayatul Kursi and Al-Waqiah until 9pm. If I have my period, I recite Ayatul Kursi and the translation of Al-Waqiah.

I work on my bullet journal until 10pm.

I get my clothes and things ready for work until 10.30pm.

I read until 11pm and call it a night.

– END –

Yup, The Perfect Nurul Huda is also pressed for time. She needs more time to pursue every interest she has. I think I believe myself now when I say I do not have enough time in one day. As it turns out, I really do not. There is no absolutely-nothing-to-do time. And I am supposedly already starting my day at 4am. So how else to find more time? It simply is ridiculous.

Still, no matter how ridiculous and impossible that routine sounds, I think I will strive towards it. As long as it keeps me focused on living, why not?

And Allah is The Entirely Merciful. – MM

I Ramble: 19 July 2021

In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

Hello, again! It’s so dusty in here.

Right, July has been a month of sickness and recovery. Goodness.

Most annoyingly, that bout of high COVID cases came around again, especially during Raya, again.

But nothing is mentioned to stop crowdings caused by Pokemon Go. And nobody is urged to not celebrate National Day. Welcome to Singapore.

On with the times, alright. On par with the Western World’s increasing irrational fear of ladies in scarves.

Macam bodoh. (Like stupid.) Seriously. It’s just a fucking scarf. But if bikini, wah, must wear. Otak letak kat pantat. (Brain put at the ass.)

I can’t wait to leave this world but at the same time I still have a lot of debts to settle. Top priority is to be rid of my fasting debt. That’s my biggest debt in life, my debt to Allah.

Then comes the monetary debts. I am putting a timebomb, chey, no lah, deadline on my current job. I really need to go for a job that pays more than what I am bringing home right now, which is obviously not enough because Singapore is so fucking expensive.

In the meantime, while waiting for that time to draw near, I have to build savings to fall back on while waiting for the next job’s first pay, work on my resume (God knows my LinkedIn is outdated), and just focus on performing at my best at work.

Penat aku plan kadang-kadang. Dan kadang-kadang plan pun tak ke mana tapi takpelah, janji ada plan.

And Allah is Ar-Rahman, The Most Gracious. – MM

I Ramble: 7 July 2021

In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

It has been a while! I’m feeling pretty powerful today. I woke up at 6.35am today, prayed Subuh, read Quran, exercised and my husband made breakfast for me! Also, I didn’t have to rush out of the house to chase the bus!

It’s a good start and I hope to keep up with this momentum. I also hope to lose a bit of weight. Maybe achieve 59kg by the end of the week. I weighed 59.8kg on the scale this morning. You can see it on my tumblr.

Anyway, I hope you are having a great day too as you read this and may we prosper with our good intentions.

And Allah is Ar-Rahman, The Most Gracious. – MM

I’m A Buangkok Bitch; I Ramble: 15 June 2021

In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

And just like that we’re in the middle of the month already.

And just like that my pay has finished already. We spent a lot on our home project, which has absoulutely turned into a dream! My husband’s old room is not a beautiful studio where we can play and record music comfortably!

I’m too lazy to put together the before/after pictures so kindly help yourself by visiting my Instagram and checking out the development of our Studio in my Highlights there.

I have gained quite a bit of weight and I feel like I need to lose some pounds in order to stay within the healthy BMI range as well as just to feel healthier. It’s harder to be mobile when you feel heavy. So I intend to achieve some lightweightness in order to be more active and more energetic hopefully.

I have chanced upon The Conqueror Virtual Challenges on Instagram and I feel quite attracted to it. Right now, I’m having a dilemma. The pauper side of me is saying to not spend on the medals but to do those challenges and achieve the medals virtually instead. The pampered side of me is saying to spend on the medals because health is a good investment and also because the medals look really good.

So I don’t know, man. I really don’t know which to choose. Le sigh.

I mean, look at all the medals. My friend has tried one and she said the medal is weighted and nicely manufactured. She did the Mount Fuji one. I am so jelly now.

So how?

And Allah is Ar-Rahmaan, The Most Merciful. – MM

I Ramble: 8 June 2021

In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

It has been a very long work-in-progress and it still is. Can’t wait for the studio to be ready so A and I can have a space for ourselves to play and record music.

A big update is my new work schedule. I will be working from 10.30am to 9pm. That doesn’t exactly leave me much time at home because I need to leave the house at 9.30am and I will only reach home at 10pm. One thing for sure is that I need to adjust my diet and my lifestyle.

I feel knackered, absolutely. But no choice ka na. I decided to break down my time at home on working days as the following:

10pm-10.30pm: Wash up

10.30pm-11pm: Music (for now it’s working on the studio)

11pm-11.30pm: Smiling Greens

11.30pm-12pm: Street MOB Clothing

And Allah is All-Knowing. – MM

I Ramble: 24 May 2021

In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

Apologies for my absence on this blog. I have been kept rather busy working on my home project, which is being delayed due to my inefficiency and some laziness.

Anyway, you can follow the progress of my home project on my Instagram, http://instagram.com/MetropolitanMuslimah.

I will mostly be there for now until the project is completed.

And Allah is always fair. – MM

Many Days; I Ramble: 16 May 2021

In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

Many days, I do not know what being a wife is all about.

Some days, I do not know whether I am doing it right.

Certain days, I do not know what a marriage is.

Most days, I just do what I think I am able to do.

Nowadays, I just do my best and leave it all to Him.

Suffice to say, I always feel like an inadequate wife. Knowing that, I am still trying to sort myself out. But it is always hard when you have take on a little bit more than your traditional gender duties.

It is tiring. But then again, everything is tiring in this world.

And Allah knows best. – MM