Dear Heartbroken One

Bismillahirahmanirrahim. Let’s just put it out there – I’m a hopeless romantic. When I was in kindergarten, an adorable boy told his mother that he wanted to marry me. From then on, I introduced him to everyone as my boyfriend. I love romantic movies so much that I’ve watched ‘A Walk to Remember’ more than…

The One on Public Speaking

Bismillahirahmanirrahim. A few weekends ago, I got a call from Akbar of Critical Xchange. He asked me if I could share this blog during the Young Southeast Asian Muslim Forum. The rational me knew that this would be a great avenue to meet Muslims from the region. But I was scared. You see, I have an…

Do you have Social Media Envy?

Bismillahirahmanirrahim. I don’t know about you but I can be very silly. Sometimes, I find myself comparing my life with others’. I ask questions like “Why does he have more talents than me? Why did she get that promotion and I didn’t? Why do they get to travel the world while I am stuck here? Why…

The One on Losing Lee Kuan Yew

Bismillahirahmanirrahim. On 23 March 2015, at 3.18am Singapore time, we lost our first Prime Minister. Having faced a few deaths in my life, I knew, way before the passing happened, that I would be affected by it. To me, it’s really difficult not feel the pinch when someone passes on. This happens to me  regardless…

The One on Da’wah

Bismillahirahmanirrahim. I’ve always been the mischievous one in the family. During family reunions, there is always some time spent laughing over my antics. When I was in kindergarten, I remember being ordered to face the wall for a whole lesson because I was being too disruptive. When Mama brought us to the playground at Pasir…

The One on Death

Bismillahirahmanirrahim. When I was young, I remember telling everyone that Cik Jaja’s my favourite uncle. Even then, I knew that we are not supposed to have favourites but you know the human heart. It works in its own way. Cik Jaja was kind and had an infectious laugh. He was extremely generous and always made me feel very…

Ordinarily Extraordinary – Aida Azlin

  Assalamualaikum! Tell me more about 114.co. Why did you start it? Ma Sha Allah, The 114 happened quite a while back! Plenty of fond memories, and valuable lessons learnt. I started wearing the hijab pretty recently, in 2012. When I first started wearing it, I knew I had to re-learn my religion. I felt very… rusty….

The One on Selfies and OOTDs

Bismillahirahmanirrahim. On Sunday, my friend Aida asked me what I think of the rising number of very young girls being “IG celebrities”. She defined an IG celebrity as “one who has amassed a huge following on the platform and one that has successfully grown a community of fans”. Aida’s timing was impeccable. I had just…