// I miss blogging …InsyaAllah, I’ll be back
// I miss blogging …InsyaAllah, I’ll be back
Overall the year twenty fourteen has been a great year for me & my family. First of all, health wise – specially my three kids were in good health..alhamdulillah, im taking no admission to hospital is a good indication.
Secondly, in October we finally say goodbye to our former apartment and move to our new crib. Location wise it is still within city and amenities is easily accessible. One major thing we all agreed is we got a bigger space for five of us. I’ll say its never too late to move to a new place even when kids have grown up abit..in fact, it has made life somewhat easier as the process of cleaning up, packing and the moving day – we as family were very involved in every step of the way. Admitly, we all do miss our old house as it shared many memorable moments and more so it was our first family house. Kids misses the pool! That’s the only one bit the new place is lack. But we told kids, we can always come back and go for a dip in the pool.Currently, we are refurnish the old pad to make way for rental.
Finally, among the highlight I like to remember in 2015 – my husband & I travel trip to London & Paris (sans kids). It wasn’t in the plan, husband received on a short notice to go Londres for work and asked me to tag along. I was abit reluctant at first to leave the kids as we never be apart that long (2 weeks + trips) and at the furthest place. Anyhow, husband and my mom convinced me they’ll be alright under my parental supervision and long story short – we had our first couple holiday in after 8 years!! The trip reminded us again to be husband & wife , and I’m glad we did make the trip.
In this coming twenty fifteen, my only wish is to continue to become the best wife,mom, daughter and be bless from Allah swt. Ameen.
This would be my second time purchased Dana’s patterns. The first was Kid shorts. What I like most about Dana’s pattern is her detail instructions with lots of clear how-to photos which makes it easy to understand & visualise too. The simplicity of the pattern which incorporated with variety of styles (both her shorts and dress/top) are a huge bonus! Totally a plus points for any sewist to buy her patterns!
Anyhow, here’s a two dress top I made for my eight years old daughter, Mia.
A simple dress top using plaid . Turns out quite well! Rockin’ her top at the new Spotlight store recently open in Malaysia.
Here’s another dress top with peplum style I make for her the following day. Yes, the pattern is so easy you can’t stop at making only one! 🙂
If only my hobby could turn into a full time job, I wanna sew this all day long. Someday perhaps uh? heh
Until then, bye peeps!
In case you hadn’t notice , my three kid’s birthday are close by. And September 9th, was my daughter – Mia who just turns eight years old. Wrote her a card with lots advice and hopes and dreams for her.. when asked, “do you understand what mommy wrote in there” ” Yes Mommy !” and she smiled. Later on, as I was cleaning up the kitchen and washing dishes, she came from my back and hugged me real tight “I loveeee you Mommy” That feeling..is the best feeling ever. I feel so blessed and thankful for a wonderful daughter.
Love you Mia Aisha.. LillahiTaala
Mia with her current fave – rainbow looms! hee
My dear Mike(al) … my eldest boy! You’ve grown up so fast over the years and truly Mommy sometimes couldn’t catchup with your non-stop questions of this that. Look tough but all softy inside… hehe Well, please know I only want the very best for you my son in this dunia and Hereafter Amin.
Mike and Mia, love hate relationship but BFF at heart!
I barely blog about my youngest son. And couple days ago he turn two years old!
Time sure flies super fast these days..specially when you have two elder kids to look after and being a working mom.
My wish for you my dear son – Mukhriz, to grow up to be a great muslim, respect your elder, always always be thankful, bless with good health and wealth that is good in this dunia and Hereafter.
Abang Mike and Kakak Mia also love you to the moon & back! Excuse your abang’s expression he just fell down couple minutes ago before mommy snap this photos LOL..
Almost a year ago I went to Hong Kong and had the chance to visit Sham Shui Po Fabric Market. I was thrilled to score some good quality fabrics and those rare ones that I couldn’t find it back in Malaysia. Do read about my experience here if you haven’t.
Ever since that trip,I’ve been waiting for the right time to rope in my crafter friends on a fabric shopping spree. Long story short, Maizura, Liza and I finally decided that we should go to Guangzhou China as we heard ‘this is the real deal’ ‘the mother of all fabric markets’. Upon approval from our husbands (yay!) we proceed to book our flight tickets and waited anxiously for the day to come.
We arrived Baiyun International Airport, Guangzhou on 30th April 2014 in the morning.
The first fabric market we went was the HighSun String & Cloth Market (also known as HighSun Fabric Market). We took taxi to the market as it was more convenient that way. Tip #1 , for non mandarin speaking tourist like us , we came prepared printed the mandarin name and showed to the taxi driver. He understood right away and took us there, about couple minutes drive only from our hotel .
In front of the store. Yes all smiley and super excited 🙂
This Aunty shop carries variety of linen materials and she’s super nice too! We like her a lot that we came back again with more order.
Liza felt all giddy here hahaha …honestly, we are all spoilt with tons of fabric choices.
Haggling is a must here! That’s my “gimme good price aunty..i buy many many” pfft hahaha
Some that I bought on that day..
We stayed in Highsun until close to 6pm. Then we headed back to hotel as all of us suddenly felt our stomach growling- literally shop till we drop!
Day two – Welcome to Zhongda Fabric Market (中大瑞纺布匹市场 ). We arrived early morning around 9am and yerp! this time with our luggage bags. Pretty ambitious I’ll say. We took translator this time round as we’re not that confident when it comes to dealing with whole sellers.(or so we thought hmmm)
As expected there were swatches on each shops. Unfortunately due to Labor day many shops were closed ..even if there are shops that operates, they are unable to get fabrics as warehouses are closed as well. However they suggested we placed our orders and swing by tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, as by then warehouses are open.To be honest we were rather skeptical about the arrangement , firstly our flights back is tomorrow night and secondly we rather not take the risk of losing our deposit money if we failed to picked up/they failed to deliver.
Anyhow we didn’t came back empty handed. Liza managed to grab few meters on the spot from a shop that happen to kept some fabric sample. As for the rest of us, we went for sewing accessories like rick racks, buttons, lace, knit elastic band which was pretty awesome too!
On Day three – Well, we went back to HighSun for the same reason – another round of fabric freezy..haha just an excuse to finish up our yuans, which I might add was a good choice we make , as we got familiar and know which shops has yummy fabrics selections. We scored relatively good % too if I may say ..so hurrah!
Ok here are some tips I gather :
1. Never ever ever Ever accept the first price offer.
2. Try to walk around first before you start buying .
2. Make sure what you bargain is what you really really want. It’s just not nice if you bargain and not interested to buy. So be nice to the seller too ya.
3. If the price offer is not right, tryyyy walking away from the seller (tactics hehe)..and chances are sometimes they will call you back and give you your last offer price. But sometimes, they might just ignored you as they find your offer price too low ..haha in that case, if you really2 like it just buy lah!
4.Chinese beliefs first customer in the morning should bring “ong” (luck) for their business. We happened to come early that day. So as a first buyer they gave quite a good price. I even managed to get few meters free as well from the ‘many-many’ meters I bought from this seller., I believe she kinda like me hahaha ..My friends can attest to that 🙂
5. Few basic English to communicate “how much”(show the calculator), “buy many-many?”, “ok not ok?”
To conclude I even made this table below as a comparison between HighSun vs Zhongda Fabric Markets.
|FABRIC MARKETS||Highsun (Haiyin) Fabrics Market海印布匹市场||Zhongda Fabric Market(中大瑞纺布匹市场 — Zhongda Rui Fang Bu Pi Shichang)|
|Fabrics||almost any kinds of fabrics can be found here, for curtains, bedsheets, silk materials, chiffon and cotton.||you’ll be overwhelmed with the choices they have, you have to refer to their fabric swatches inside/outside their shops.|
|The place||it is ideal for small quantity fabric purchases (between 2-10 meters) and for tailor making dresses.||it mostly targeted for whole sellers, selling wide varieties of fabrics and taking up order until 1000 meters!|
|Opening Hours||9.30am – 6pm||8.30am – 6pm/7pm|
|Minimun Purchase||you can buy small quantities about one meter of fabric||Depending on each shop, some prefer you to buy in bulk. However, you can inquire them if you can buy fabrics as sample abt 5-10 meters, sometimes they do take up. Try asking|
|Do I have to wait for my fabric order?||Normally they have their stocks within reach, so you can get your fabrics order right on the spot.||Most of the time,Yes you do have to wait because their warehouse is elsewhere so they need to make contact for your order. some i read takes an hour or so, but for us they requested a day/ two days of delivery|
|Location/Address||沿江东路429 号海印大厦 海印布艺城1-4/F, Haiyin Building, 429 Yanjiang Dong Lu, GUANGZHOU Guangzhou||Zhongda Fabric Market
海珠区新港西路中大国际轻纺城 Xingang Xi LuChina Fabrics and Accessories Center
(广州国际轻纺城 — Guangzhou guo ji qing fang cheng）
|How to get there?||We didn’t take the metro, we took taxi , it was about 15 minute drive there.||If by metro station > stop at Sun Yat Sen University, Exit D. Walk straight 200 meters after the exit and turn right on Ruikang Road. Then you will find fabric markets all over that street.By taxi from our Sino Trade Center hotel, took us about 20 minutes. The fare was about 20yuan.|
Other good write up I look up before the trip was from these readers:
Our translator name was Carrie, from ChinaFabrix . She came to our hotel and we all went together to Zhongda.
In case you’re wondering, we stayed at Sino Trade Centre Hotel which we highly recommended. Great location, easy public transport access, there’s 7-11 and Circle K , a bakery shop and if you’re a muslim there’s few blocks away a halal restaurant. In the morning there’s a flea market just behind the hotel and there’s a yummy yogurt seller nearby too.
All in all, based on our business needs & the time we have in Guangzhou we preferred HighSun Fabric Market. That being said given the chance we would definitely like to come again to Zhongda Fabric Market and maybe this time we might place our orders 😉
I personally hope this entry inspired you readers to hop on that plane and explore this city!
Other places we went during this trip was One Link Plaza (selling lotsa toys, gifts and household items), Beijing Lu (fashion street) and One Link Walk (just to checkout Zara Home !).