#ThePouponsWed Marriage Solemnisation Ceremony…

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Bilal Guillaume Jeanpierre & Nadiah M. Din

This domain has been “dead” for slightly over four months and frankly speaking, there were times I felt like just calling it a day, such is my daily commitments taking up so much of my time that blogging is the last thing on my mind. But in between I still continue getting invites to shows, album launches and even invitations to cover celebrity wedding events. I will not make any promises about posting them all, but I will definitely try to, moreso since my favourite annual event, Anugerah Planet Muzik, is just around the corner. Well, speaking of covering celebrity wedding events, my comeback post is on the marriage solemnisation ceremony of local actress-host Nadiah M. Din and Bilal Guillaume Jeanpierre held at The Colonial @ Scotts on 14 August 2016.

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The bride looking splendour in her outfit by Fatimah Mohsin

I had gotten the invitation to cover their upcoming momentous event (their wedding reception is in December 2016) way back in December 2015, a good one year ahead. But the solemnisation ceremony was only brought to my attention by our celebrity bride some two to three months ago when I met her at an event. I usually do not sacrifice my weekly Sunday evening football sessions unless it is for something dire, but I had given my word in advance, plus the fact that this was a God-willing, once-in-a-lifetime event for our lovely couple, hence I could go without playing for just one weekend. Anyway, Nadiah was the one who sought my contact and personally contacted me to cover her event. It is difficult to say “No” when one has added that kind of personal touch.

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Nadiah‘s elder brother, Ahmad Ghazali, reciting a short supplication for the newly-weds and invoking blessings for the guests and event…

I will not relate much about the marriage solemnisation ceremony as you would have probably read what transpired from the mainstream media days after the event or even watched it via live streaming on the day itself, only the second local Malay celebrity to have done it after Syarif and Malaque Mahdaly back in November 2014. What struck me during the event was how much love the couple had, not only for one another but also the people close to them. Bilal, even though he did not get the opportunity to get to know Nadiah‘s late father, Allahyarham Mohammad Din Mohammad, went out of his way in his thank you speech to ask the guests to recite a short supplication for his departed soul, a gesture that highlighted what a big-hearted person he is.

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Bilal reciting the all-important marriage vows (Akad) with Ahmad Ghazali giving away his sister’s hand in marriage…

I was surprised that Bilal, being a non-celebrity, did a lot of the talking in their joint speech, mostly expressing his gratitude to Nadiah‘s family and relatives for accepting him with open arms right from the start. With his good looks, charm, sincere mannerisms and soft-spoken nature, it is easy to see why Nadiah fell head over heels with him. I would too if I was a lady. I actually had the opportunity to speak with him for the first time during the recent Hari Raya Aidilfitri festivities when we bumped into one another at Norfasarie and Baihakki Khaizan‘s housewarming event. There, I was able to get to know the man first hand and he was curious with this blogging aspect of my hobby. If the first meeting left a good lasting impression of him, the second one during the solemnisation ceremony only entrenched the positive feeling further.

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The newly-wedded couple displaying their wedding rings on their fingers…

The solemnisation ceremony was attended by about 150 guests, mostly family members and close friends, as well as representatives from the media in Singapore and Malaysia. Nadiah‘s hand in marriage was given away by her elder brother, Mr. Ahmad Ghazali and the ceremony was solemnised and officiated by Ustaz Syakir Pasuni. For the record, RIA 89.7FM‘s Fiza O hosted the event and amongst the local personalities who attended were fashion designer Lulu Alhadad, Munah Bagharib, Lydia Izzati and Cheryl Wee. The latter three mentioned were also amongst the five maids-of-honour of the bride. Akrab Kompang Services provided the recitations of the Selawat just before the close of the ceremony to cap off a befitting end. And of course, the bride and groom donned outfits specially designed by none other than celebrity make-up artiste Fatimah Mohsin.

thepouponswed 486The newly-wedded couple with Nadiah‘s immediate family members…

Before I end off this entry, I would just like to congratulate our newly betrothed couple Nadiah & Bilal once again on embarking on this new chapter of their lives as man and wife. May the blessings of the Almighty be their guiding light in this journey till eternity and beyond. Thank you for kindly inviting me and family to this momentous event!!! Also my heartiest congratulations to bro Aliff Aziz and Bella Astillah who solemnised their marriage this past Friday 9 September 2016!!! To my Muslim readers, I wish you Eid Mubarak. May Allah accept our deeds and shower us with blessings in abundance… 🙂

Snapshots of #thepouponswed Solemnisation Ceremony

ChiChi Lala: Play & Learn Tea Party Promo

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Mifsha Kids Online, founded by Shasha Ya’kob, theatre practitioner / television actress-turned-mompreneur, will be organising a non-profit event on 14 May 2016 titled “ChiChi LaLa: Play & Learn Tea Party“. It is the first kids’ Islamic-educational tea party and the event is managed by Tarkiz.

 

The tea party aims to promote early education and the importance of parents’ roles in their children’s education, educate families on the importance of early Islamic education through fun learning. The tea party will host a range of selected vendors that offer holistic learning and support for home learning. Islam is a way of life and thus it covers every aspect of our life from eating, sleeping, dressing, fitness, practices etc.

 

Parents will get to discover ways to create a fun learning environment and be involved in their children’s development. Apart from booths selling Islamic educational and lifestyle products, there will also be interactive booths with free hands-on activities for children. Every participant will receive a free goodie bag worth over $50 at the tea party.

 

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Event organizer Shasha Ya’kob seen here at the launch of Hyrul Anuar‘s music video “Mata” back in September 2011

 

Event highlights include:

 

• Mini Hijabista Contest with celebrity judges Azni Samdin, Lulu AlHadad and Aidah from Helwatu Qalbi [sponsors for contest]
• Babywearing Mums Dancing by Cool Mumz
• Talk on Early Islamic Education by Ustazah Su’aidah Salim
• Tips on Tackling Fussy Eaters by DTSSG
• Introduction to Phonics Reading by Playworks Reader
• ‘Lagu-Lagu Kita’ by Mini Monsters
• Islamic Art by Little Fikra
• Reading contest by Hayyan

 

The party will be hosted by Rudy Djoharnaen.
Former Parliamentary Secretary of Education, Haji Sidek Saniff, will be gracing the humble event as the Guest-of-Honour.

 

Proceeds from the party will be donated to ‘Potein Educational Institute‘, Cambodia. This project is helmed by Cultural Medallion Winner, Isa Kamari, and administered by the Office of Mufti of Cambodia.

 

Ticket Prices:

• Regular Price: $30 per pax
• Buy 4 and get 1 FREE!
• Children under 7 years old enter for FREE
• Children between 7-12 years old: $10 per pax

 

To purchase tickets for the event, please email mifshakids@gmail.com or call 96732000.

 

More details of the event can be found on FB: MifSha Kids Online

 

Vendors @ ChiChi Lala: Play & Learn Tea Party

LittleFikraLittle Fikra is an exclusive art education integrating the expressions of art and Islamic teachings for the young ones. It is the brainchild of Rudy Djoharnaen and his business partner, Maya. Children will get to learn essential art skills such as painting and drawing techniques through topics related to Allah’s creations such as Nature.

Little Fikra extents the learning process by exploring and re-creating the works of Islamic Art & Design. With Little Fikra, these young achievers could develop and strengthen their creative skills, promote self-expressions and also self- exploration. When children strive to understand themselves, they will learn the meaning of appreciating, praising and glorifying Allah as our Creator.

Partyweqz

Partyweqz Singapore offers a one-stop party planning service customised to meet all your party planning needs!

LittleQuranKids

Little Quran Kids is a programme for 3-6 years old to help them memorise Juz Amma in 3 years! Their mission is to put Allah and Rasulullah (Peace Be Upon Him) in our childrens’ hearts by giving the best Islamic environment and techniques.

Core values: Submission, Solah (Prayer), Sabar (Patience), Syukur (Gratitude) and Sayang (Love).

MiniMonsters

Mini Monsters started off in 2008 as the Education Outreach arm of award-winning TV production house Dua M Pte Ltd. The company aims to revive an interest in the Malay language by offering an interesting and fun approach to the teaching of the language. Its motto “Berhibur dan Belajar” (Entertain and Educate) sums up the company’s philosophy in its approach of developing educational materials, courses and syllabus that are relevant to today’s generation of children.

In just six years, Mini Monsters has grown into Mini Monsters Limited and is currently helmed by its Director of Content Development and co-founder Rilla Melati Bahri. The aim is to always give the best to all children while instilling a lifelong love for the Malay language and inspire change through creativity and innovation.

DTS

At DTS, they strive to re-educate the community on healthful eating in order to regain control of their personal and family’s health. Through personal and group coaching, DTS coaches will help you discover your bio-individuality so you could better understand what works for you in your journey to be healthier than you are today! With better understanding of your own body, DTS coaches hope to help you battle diet-based diseases that you may be at risk of getting, through better management of your daily nutritional diet and lifestyle.

DTS will be sharing tips on how to tackle toddlers’ fussiness in food at ChiChi LaLa: Play & Learn Tea Party.

Diana By Design

Diana by Design is a distributor for Naelofar, Nora Danish and House of Dolls by Fazura. Diana by Design is a distributor for Naelofar, Nora Danish and House of Dolls by Fazura.

sewnanu

A SAHM of twins who started her sewing journey as a form of therapy and has not looked back since. She sells her handmade items such as baby/toddler dresses, buckwheat pillows, pouches and many more! SewNanu will be at the ChiChi LaLa Tea Party with their handmade items.

PlayworksConsultancy

Playworks Consultancy was established in 2005 in USJ, Subang Jaya. As they celebrate their 11th anniversary this year, they look forward to continue their history of providing high quality and professional services and resources to their customers.

Playworks Consultancy started as a consultant and learning resource supplier in the areas of Early Childhood Education. Since their inception, they have grown and expanded in their services. Their very own Playworks Publishing House was established in 2013. Their very first book “Phonics Junction for Little Muslims” was introduced in November 2013. 
The book has since benefited children, parents, teachers and caregivers in Malaysia, Australia, Brunei and Singapore.

Helwatu Qalbi

Helwatu Qalbi which means “sweet heart” in Arabic, is a one-stop solution for mummies specially brought to you by us – modest wear for all Muslimah princesses, specially crafted pieces from Hijab, dresses, Jubah, to casual top and bottom.

They believe in nurturing the value of modesty and covering the Aurah from young. May all Muslim princesses grow to be wonderful Muslimahs, thus pearls of Islam.

It is a known fact that to successfully groom a child, we have to start young, like the famous Malay saying, “Kalau melentur buluh, biarlah dari rebungnya…

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Swing by Suhaim is an Islamic concept store that features unique and popular Muslim brands. Swing is an initiative by Suhaim, whose focus is to develop wonderful, engaging and inspiring educational books, games and toys for young Muslims. They develop products such as Tap Genius and Quran Reading system that apply technology to the presentation, learning and transmission of traditional Islamic knowledge and make the understanding and appreciation of Islam a truly enjoyable and meaningful experience. Together, we can help build a sound and dynamic foundation for young Muslims, Insya Allah.

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“Serving modest wear for all ages”

n6y.sg will be releasing their Hari Raya collections at ChiChi LaLa: Play & Learn Tea Party…

sufyaa

Sufyaa aims to bring out the best in women from all walks of life, fulfilling the needs of those who are socially conscious, yet with a desire to dress fashionably.

They are passionate and creative in their pursuits to unleash the chic in you.  Their designs are ever-changing and they like to keep things fresh in their showroom. With their new Bespoke Collection, you will be at ease to know that you are able to customise your hijab style to your preference from their available prints.

ForestChild

Leather – Crafts – Accessories – Design – Handmade

Forest Child embodies the liberation of attaining stylish nirvana through leather goods crafts with love and good vibes. They are a nature loving team, affectionately calling themselves “Tarzan and the Painters”. Combining their love for craft and the intricate nature of handling leather, they aim to provide signature pieces for the fashion conscious desiring effortless style, accentuated with functionality.

CoolMumzDancin

Join Cool Mumz Dancin sessions for mommies who love to have fun, destress and make new friends yet still able to bond with yr lil ones at the same time!

HayyanSG

Hayyan.SG is in the business of providing Islamic-based educational and entertainment alternatives to the local community.

Hayyan.SG is inspired by the parable found in the Qur’an in Surah Ibrahim: “See you not how Allah sets forth a parable? – a goodly Word like a goodly tree, whose roots is firmly fixed, and its branches (reach) to the heavens – It brings forth its fruit at all times, by leave of its Lord. So Allah sets forth parable for men, in order that they may receive admonition.14:24-25

Hayyan.SG aspires to grow their roots into the fabric of the society and be the “goodly tree” whose fruits and shade it provides brings benefit to others. Insya-Allah!

SarrasDolls

Sarras Dolls is a one-woman show. Just a little store, Sarras Dolls is born out of curiosity when looking for toys for their only daughter. As parents, we prefer quiet toys and we all know why, right? Unknowingly, we also realise that quiet toys encourages independent play plus it allows the child to interpret how the toy is being played. Creativity checked!

As parents, safe toys are of utmost importance. In Sarras Dolls, products that are chosen are handmade. Extra care has been taken to ensure toys are safe to be played among children. Products are also carefully curated to suit most young children. Featured products are absolutely UNIQUE and ADORABLE.

About Tarkiz

Tarkiz

Although newly established in October 2015, Tarkiz is helmed by experienced associates who were key players in their respective previous employments. Grounded by deep sense of purpose, we tread every aspect of our operations with much thought and deliberation, effecting in a well-balanced and fresh, ideas and activities. Beginning with education in the corporate world, Tarkiz plans to expand its horizon to all levels; catering from newborns to the golden age.

Tarkiz deeply believes in lifelong learning and sees education in all forms, albeit in a relaxed, informal and fun manner. We fuse theory and practical to achieve a holistic experience. Our programmes are conceptualised hands-on activities-based philosophy. Hence, nurturing physical, psychological and spiritual health.

Tarkiz is highly driven in community work. Many of our programmes are designed for community development. Our strong sense of social responsibility directs us, provide conducive environment for youth at risks, and former convicts to reform. We engage, train and place them as freelancers in our programmes so they gain skills and experience for their future endeavours.

 

 

Suria Elektra Post-Event: What You Did Not Get To See…

As promised, I’m back with this entry which I’ve promised to upload before Monday. For those of you who are linked to me in Facebook, this post is perhaps very much redundant as you would have seen the photographs I uploaded on Suria Elektra and its post-event reception about a week ago. But of course I have not forgotten those who are not in my contact list. That is why this entry is published specially for you even if I don’t upload all the photographs I took that night.

If you had watched the live telecast show from the comfort of your home, then you would have missed seeing the cutting of Suria‘s 10th Anniversary cake when the rolled credits had ended and Suria was showing “Kala Malam Bulan Mengambang“. Our distinguised guests-of-honour were invited up to the stage by the pre / post-event emcee, A B Shaik, to cut the 10kg cake sponsored by Prima Deli. Just before the cake was cut, everyone in the auditorium was asked to join in the singing of the birthday song. Even stars like Dato’ Siti NurhalizaRamli SaripTaufik Batisah and Hady Mirza amongst others, were not spared from being asked to sing when the microphone was passed to them.

The artistes waving and thanking the audience and fans who had come to watch…

Nurul Aini was seen blowing kisses to the crowd. She really enjoyed herself as a host that night…

The look on Fadly Awaludin‘s face was classic…

 

The cake is then wheeled out from the backstage…

“Happy birthday to you!!!… Happy birthday to you!!!”

Blowing away the flames on the candles…

And cutting the cake…

And then it was time for the food to be served at the post-event reception…

Suhaimi Yusof, food connoisseur, tucking in…

Hady & Taufik were still game for photographs even though they wore tired looks on their faces…

A mixture of old and new, from left: Taufik Salleh, Roslan Kemat, Noor Atika Kamaludin & Joe Lazarie

Imran Ajmain looked dashing, while Nurul Aini was stunning…

The ladies who sat together in a row and held their own party that night. Any performer would love to have them as part of their audience. From left: Rosita Hussin, Ariati Tyeb, Rahimah Yusof, Rita Zahara, Mastura Ahmad, Seri Wahyuni Jaes, Elfaeza Ul-Haq & Dalina Jaapar.

Here’s Pianka and their manager Jihan Jauhar

Three beautiful ladies whose talents have been discovered by Suria over the past decade, from left: Azzah Fariha, Kunjung and Huda Ali

Ashmie, Elfaeza and Shahril Wahid demonstrating how to be toothpaste commercial models, while Suhaillah Salam, Dalina & Taufik kept it cool…

The guys looked slick while the ladies were demure. You gotta hand it to Imran Ajmain, Syarif Sleeq, Fauzie Laily, Norfasarie, Rosita Hussin, Nurul Aini, Elfaeza, Dalina & Najip Ali

Suhaillah with the ever loving couple, Rafaat Hamzah and his wife Ziz Za

Catty (Anugerah 2009 semi-finalist) and Alyph Sleeq  flanking the cast of the new series Cinta Ixora – Syarif Sleeq, Nurul Nabilah, Setia Vegawati, Nadiah Mohd and Shenthy Feliziana. Cinta Ixora will debut on Suria on 27 February 2010 at 09:30pm

I’m sure fans of Syah Ibrahim (second from right) would love this photograph. Here he is with, from right: M. Saffri A. Manaf, Roslan Kemat, A B Shaik & Jorah Ahmad‘s chaperone…

Sani Hussin (second from left) was initially hesitant to take this photograph alongside the younger generation of Suria artistes like Ashmie, Taufik, Haizad Imran, Fadhlur Rahman, Sufiyan, Azzah Fariha & Elfaeza as he felt out of place, but he joined in after much coaxing. I’m sure the younger cohort look up to him as a mentor and inspiration…

Rita Zahara, ex-newscaster of both English & Malay news got my vote as the best-dressed that night. She was simply gorgeous in her dress, which was designed by Lulu Alhadad, an up and coming fashion designer…

And before I end this entry, I would just like to thank Imran Ajmain for taking the time to record this for my readers on that night itself. Please do give him your utmost support and visit his official website www.imranajmain.com for the latest news on his upcoming shows and single / album promotions. Also, for more news on our local entertainment scene, promotions on upcoming shows, concerts and events, you can get your bites at Gumbira.com, a company set up by none other than the man himself…