Sunday, September 11, 2016

Junior Splash Swim Competition

Yesterday was an amazing day for Tariq. It was the day he truly learn what never say die means.

It was his very first swimming competition - The 2nd ASUM/NSC/Milo Junior Splash Swim Competition held in Melaka.

Tariq was the youngest competitor in the whole competition. Yet, many said he has inspired everyone there with his never say die spirit.

He jumped into the pool like any other just-turned-five-year-old would - legs in first!

He started with his freestyle strokes and his teammates were cheering for him.

Then it happened.

Half way across the pool, he changed his strokes from freestyle to breaststrokes. That was the sign that he is getting tired. And he slowed down. His movements become slower and slower as the seconds tick.

I hold my breathe. Couldn't move a single bit.

And the cheering slowly died down as we were becoming nervous. Does he have any energy left? Could he finish the race? Will he cry mid way? Will he quit middle of the pool?

Then suddenly Tariq began to make his freestyle strokes again. And the crowd erupted!!

The whole stadium cheered for him.

Go Tariq go!!
You can do it Tariq!!
Tariq!! Tariq!! Tariq!!
Swim Tariq Swim!!

Amongst the chanting and cheering that goes around the stadium.

And as Tariq approaching the finishing line, the crowd became rowdier and the clapping and cheering was amazing.

The moment Tariq hit the timer wall, the crowd erupted in joy!!

It was a moment of joy - shared by everyone there.

The youngest swimmer has shown what it meant to never say die. To keep going when the going got tough.

To never say die. To believe that you can do it. To finish a race.

Tariq didn't win the race but he break his personal best time. He beat himself. His personal best for 50m was 3mins 38 secs. And he did 2mins 23secs.

Well done Tariq! We are all so proud of you Alhamdulillah!!🎉🎊🎉🎊🎉🎊❤️❤️❤️

Making his way out of the pool after his event

Abang Dinish always take care of Tariq and one of his fav thing is to make shark fin out of Tariq's hair

On your mark

Swimmers listening to their coach attentively for instructions and the what to do and what not to do during competition — at Pusat Akuatik Stadium Hang Jebat.

I just learn that we must write our kid's events detail on their arm with a marker pen!

All swimmers lined up waiting for their event to be called up to Marshall Room

Tariq with Abang Zidane yang loving and osem!

Because of his age, Tariq has to be escorted to the pool by his coach. Takut sesat!

His grandfather was the first person who introduced Tariq to the amazing world of swimming

After team meeting, all in team attire going back to hotel to rest

Technical Official checking Tariq's arm to make sure he is at the right event and lane

ariq with Gold Medalist for Swimming for Paralympic Games! So inspiring!

All ready for his event

With his beautiful amazing fantabulous Coach Irene Hisham a day before event

Tariq queuing up for his event

Coach Irene Hisham giving last minute advice to her swimmers

Go Tariq Go!

Tariq with Santos

We love you Coach Irene Hisham

Tariq looking up when I called him

He was so small we can see him swinging his legs coz couldn't reach the floor.

So calm and collected waiting for his turn to compete

Team picture with Santos and Kayden

The Official Event Book

Getting ready. Next one up

Moments before his event was called up

My comel champion in his complete set of team attire

The fabulous Coach Irene Hisham so proud of Tariq for completing the race

Tariq's beloved team mates!

Coach Irene Hisham is always there to guide Tariq

Tariq is officially the youngest of them all

Tariq first official time!

Tariq making his dive

Some of Tariq's team mates

First team meeting before event

You build him up Coach Irene Hisham

Tariq's Abang Kayden checking his arm to make sure Tariq got the right event written

Thursday, September 08, 2016


Be grateful and thankful for the big things, the small things and everything in between ❤️


Monday, September 05, 2016

Let Them Swim!

Being one of those Swim Mum (swimming version of Dance Mum) who sits at the pool during Tariq's swimming class together with other Swim Mums, I was able to capture and document Tariq's progress.

I recorded the time when Tariq first learn how to do backstrokes. His small hands were not able to stretch at all. When he did the backstrokes, he looked like a little duck flapping je. Really. 

Then three weeks later, thanks to Coach Irene, his backstrokes improved so much using the perfect technique. It is as if his hands suddenly became longer and extended! 

SubhanAllah, we were so happy when it happened. This is one of the lessons from swimming. 

It makes the child persistent and steadfast. But most of all, it makes a 5 year old child believe in himself. That he can do something if he puts his mind to it and spice it up with effort. InshaAllah!



Monday, August 29, 2016

Countdown to Merdeka Day

Countdown to Merdeka Day and we put up our Malaysian flag! 🇲🇾 🇲🇾 🇲🇾

So that day Tariq asked me, Mama, what is Merdeka?

So I explained to him using my kindergarten version of history..

Once upon a time, the evil enemy invaded Malaysia. There was war. All the brave warriors in Malaysia fight and fight to defeat the enemy. They never give up. Until one day, the enemy cannot take it anymore and surrender. And Malaysia won! So that is Merdeka Day. It means Freedom. Freedom from the enemy..

Tariq understand tak?

Oh, Tariq understand Mama. Like the IpMan story right Mama? 

Yes, like the IpMan story. So when you grow big, if the enemy attacks Malaysia again, what do you do Tariq?

Tariq will Kungfu the enemy like IpMan..Tariq will kick him until he surrender and leave Malaysia, he answered with a serious tone..

Haha! Attaboy! A patriotic warrior was born that day 💪🏻

Sometimes watching movies pays off big time..😂

And Selamat Menyambut Hari Kemerdekaan Malaysia! 🇲🇾 ❤️ 🇲🇾 ❤️ 🇲🇾 ❤️

Friday, August 26, 2016


When your son jumps on you the moment he saw his birthday cake, you know you got it perfectly right! 

Seeing his eyes twinkle is priceless 😍

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Thank you my beloved Olympian DLCW for raising our Malaysia flag in Rio tonight! 🇲🇾 🇲🇾 🇲🇾🏸🏸🏸🇲🇾 🇲🇾 🇲🇾

Friday, August 19, 2016

Well done DLCW and Malaysia!!

I was too scared to watch and my neighbors continuous screeching/ screaming mix of panic and excitement didn't help! 😫 😖

Attempted to switch on my TV and saw the match for 5 seconds at the exact time when DLCW's shuttlecock tersekat at the net and it was 17/19. 

Terus rasa sakit jantung and tutup balik TV!

But so so happy for the results! Well done DLCW and Malaysia 💖 💖 🇲🇾 🇲🇾 🇲🇾