Rainbows for Batam 2014

R4B 2014

What is this about?

After two successful runs, RainbowsforBatam is back this year!

RainbowsforBatam is a self-initiated project executed by individuals with lots of love to give and lots of willingness to learn, unlearn and relearn.

Like previous trips, this year we will be visiting Nujumul Huda Children Home/Orphanage with the intention to build ukhuwwah (relationships) with the children and guardians, to learn from these beautiful souls and to share the few things that we know and have with them.

To view previous trips, click here or visit TheTudungTraveller.com.

This year we will be taking RainbowsforBatam a step further by collaborating with them to revamp two of the children’s bedrooms!

Why a room revamp?

This decision was taken after multiple consultations with the Director and the volunteers running the Home. We are adamant about meeting a real need instead of just going for a visit this time round, and when they allowed us to take a look into the rooms… Well, it was what called out to us.

So where do I come in?

This project involves painting of the rooms and coming up with decorations such as wall frames, hanging pom-poms and even storage boxes on the first day, and a fun interactive day filled with games on the second day.

If you love interacting with children, would seize any opportunity to do go and give back to the world, get to know other like-minded souls and reconnect with the things that truly matter, then this is the chance for you to join us!

 What do I need to know as a volunteer?

1) Event details

Date: 22-23 November 2014
Venue: Panti Asuhan Nujumul Huda
*Departing Time: Early Morning           Arrival Time in SG on 23 November: Late Evening
To be confirmed nearer the event date upon booking of ferry tickets

 2) What will be provided?

A return ferry ticket, a one-night stay in a twin-sharing hotel room, breakfast and lunch for both days, local transportation and project materials.
Dinner, personal expenses and travel insurance are not included.

3) What is the fee?

You only need to pay $150 to be a part of this project!

4) Can I choose to stay only one day or request to go back to Singapore early?

Unfortunately, due to logistical constraints, we will not be able to accommodate to special requests for early departure back to Singapore. Volunteers will have to stay for the whole two days to ensure the smooth execution of the project.

5) Is there an age limit?

Due to the demands of this project, only volunteers between the age of 18 and 35 years old are requested to take part. Children below the age of 13 are seriously discouraged to attend due to safety concerns.

6) Besides the room revamp and the interaction session with the orphans, is there anything else that will be done?

YES! We will be doing a donation drive for used laptops.

The children increasingly require computers and Internet to do their schoolwork, and the staff has expressed safety concerns over the frequency of the children’s visits to the Internet café. These visits are usually unsupervised and run into the evening, as the home is understaffed and do not have the facilities to match their schoolwork needs.

We will also be running a donation drive to collect monetary donations for the home. This is to aid us in purchasing mattresses and fans for the children.

If you’d love to come on board, hey we’d love to have you join us!

Please email us at wanderingwondererssg@gmail.com to indicate your interest!

Lots of love,
Atikah & Asha

Announcement: New Date for WW Conversations

Hello darlings!

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A heads up!

Due to unforeseen circumstances, #WWConversations is now on 8 November!

Our conversations will be cozy, relaxed & intimate. We understand the importance of having a support system that is nonjudgmental and fair, thus we’ll be keeping it closed-door & the group size small. So make sure you get your tickets before all the slots are taken up! You can also take part in our #WWConversations giveaway on Instagram.

On the other hand, our flea market will be open to the public!

We look forward to welcoming you into the Wandering Wonderers family!
Lots of love,
Atikah & Asha

WWConversations – A Tea Party

Hello darlings!

The past few months have been crazy amazing. We’ve enjoyed sharing our stories, reading all your emails and messages, and speaking with you whenever we bump into you outside!

We realise it’s about time we take this to a whole new level!

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Psst, if you’re still not sure who we are, head on over to this entry to get to know us!

As you have heard through our Instagram and Facebook announcements, we will be having our first ever installment of the WWConversations, a series of interactive sessions designed to empower individuals to live their best life through travel, lifestyle and positive empowerment.

The first WWConversation will be all about what we’re passionate about – travel, cakes and positive empowerment!

It will be a day filled with love, knowledge-sharing and food, something that we sure know a thing or two about. ;)

We will be having discussion sessions and Q&A sessions about travelling, a hands-on packing tutorial session and more! Plus, we’ll be having a flea market with a variety of goodies you can get your hands on!

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The details for WWConversations – A Tea Party are as follows:
Date & Day: 2 November 2014, Sunday
Time: 11-4pm
Venue: 737A North Bridge Road

We are offering Early Bird Tickets at $12 per person, valid until 26 October 2014. You can also group up with your friends and purchase a group bundle for $55 for 5 people! Normal price tickets can be purchased after 26 October 2014 and at the door at $15 per person!

To purchase your tickets, fill up the form here.

Also, if you are a budding entrepreneur and would like to join us for the flea market, drop us an email with a brief introduction of your venture and why you would like to join our WW family at wanderingwondererssg@gmail.com. :)

We are extremely excited to let you in our WanderingWonderers family and spend quality time together.

Would you care to join us? :)

Lots of love,
Atikah & Asha

To purchase your tickets, fill up the form here.

A letter to myself: 5 things to note when falling in love again

“To love, and to be hurt often, and to love again — this is the brave and happy life”   J. E. Buckrose

28th April 2014, Maldives

I wake up in the morning, and everything is in place. The world is moving like how it’s supposed to and I move along to it as well. I feel okay today. Unsurprisingly there is a void looming in my heart. Silent; it has no voice, almost weightless yet ironically heavy at the same time. Time passes and the world continues to move. I occasionally think aloud on how silly I was, to cry back then like it was the end of the world. But no, the world is still moving. And I too was moving along with it. I throw my head back and laugh and then I feel it. The lump at the back of my throat. Almost immediately I could imagine, a huge tangled dirty ball lodged right there. Still there. Uncertainty, fear, sadness, anger, disappointment. Hurt.

Throughout my journey of healing and learning from hurt and betrayal, I constantly wrote to myself. It was not an easy process, writing down exactly how you feel, because how does one explain the feeling of betrayal in words? While I was healing, I observed and listened to how people perceive and deal with hurt. I was blessed to meet people who were placed in my way to help me, to guide me through my darkest moments in life. I learnt much about betrayal and how to grow while dealing with it . Let my story be for now; But I am ready to share a letter I wrote to myself.

This is a letter of reminder, a letter of courage and a letter that pushes me to not allow whatever that has happened define who I am.

This is a letter for you beautiful souls who are fighting your battles hard. We will pull through. I promise.

5 things for me to note when learning to fall in love again.

Dear me,

For when that huge tangled dirty ball gets stuck at the back of your throat. Remember this dear heart.

1. Trust me

Love and trust go together. Neither can stand on its own. In order for you to learn how to love another, you first need to learn how to trust. And trust is not seeking another person you can give your trust to. But you. Trust you. Learn to listen to your inner voice. Once you start to learn to listen to your intuition, you have no reason to doubt it.

2. I am worth it

There is no point in beating yourself to what has already happened. Rediscover the things you love and dislike. Know what makes you feel loved and set your standards clearly. Recognize that you are spectacular. For every single day, take active steps to be the best version of you. If you can’t smile, make someone smile through simple gestures. Taking active steps and adding small doses of positivity into your daily life even if you are not at the immediate receiving end will make you realize that you are capable and worthy and you can make a difference.

3. I’m going to have bad days and it’s perfectly okay

The road to healing is never smooth sailing. In fact it is going to be a steep learning curve, if not a rollercoaster ride. Some days you’ll feel like you are not progressing at all. Some days you regress and go back to square one. And it is okay. You are enough. You are doing the best you can. Forgiving does not equate to forgetting. But remembering does not have to include negative feelings. We are all work in progress. One step at a time.

4. Listen and appreciate constructive criticism with an open heart

Quit drowning in self pity on what has happened. While it is natural for humans who go through hurt and betrayal to be defensive, it is not going to help in healing you.  Listen to all criticisms and silence with a pinch of salt. If your loved ones turn silent when you start your stories of what you went through, you know that you are not helping yourself. Learn to listen when people criticize you even if it is not what you want to hear. Reevaluate the criticisms and realize that you are not perfect.

5. Love is a responsibility, not an entitlement

Understand that love is sincere hard work and effort. Everybody has a right to love and be loved but nobody is entitled to love. That includes saying, ” I’ve love you all my heart, how can you do this to me?” You’ve loved with all your heart – it is their loss not yours. Once you start remembering that, you appreciate that you’ve done your best, and that nothing has been taken away from you. You have gained and learnt the real meaning of loving someone.

Feeling hurt is something we naturally avoid given any circumstance. I too, was afraid of being hurt. But I have learnt that getting hurt is an essential life experience that is required to make you whole. I believe now that being hurt and feeling hurt does not take a part of you away, instead it further refines who you are as person.

I am healing and I am learning to fall in love again. I am a work in progress.

Whether it’s losing someone you love or loved or learning to love the same person who broke you. Your partner, spouse or family. I hope this letter gives us courage to continue in our journey in being the best version of ourselves.

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If this post inspires you, share it with the people you love or those who need it most. Share your stories of strength on Instagram and hashtag us #wanderingwonderers or @ashaadn and @thetudungtraveller

Love and Courage,
Asha.A

 

Savoury Banana Fritters (with a twist)

So lately, I have been craving for bananas. I’m quite certain it must be the Bananas in Pyjamas episode I accidentally watched (Well, i ended up watching 3 episodes) which resulted to a kitchen experiment of combining two of these delectable desserts, Thailand’s Kluay Tod (Thai banana fritters) and Borek (Turkish baked filled pastry).

I’ve experimented (now, I should have been a kitchen scientist) a few variations and this is my personal favourite. I love how easy and fast it is to make especially if you’re always on the go like me. With a comforting combination of sweet and salty, this is sure to impress your loved ones (or your future mother-in-law). So get creative and attack those bananas!

 

Savoury Banana Fritters

serves : 1

duration: less than ten minutes

Ingredients:

1 small ripe banana

1 slice of cheese or  1 tablespoon Mozzarella cheese

2 large popiah skin (spring roll pastry)

Unsalted Butter

Vanilla Ice Cream

Condensed Milk

1 tablespoon Crushed Pistachios

Slice ripe banana half lengthwise and place it to a corner of the popiah skin

Slice ripe banana half lengthwise and place it to a corner of the popiah skin

Slice cheese into half and place it on top of the banana. If you are using mozarella cheese, sprinkle half a tablespoon on the banana

Slice cheese into half and place it on top of the banana. If you are using Mozzarella cheese, sprinkle half a tablespoon on the banana

Fold outer corner ensuring it covers the banana

Fold outer corner ensuring it covers the banana

Roll it gently but firmly

Roll it gently but firmly

Once you're at the  mid section, fold both left and right outer corners in

Once you’re at the mid section, fold both left and right outer corners in and continue to roll till the end. Use a little water to ensure the tip sticks.

Heat saucepan with butter and pan fry on medium fire till it turns golden brown

Heat saucepan with butter and pan fry on medium fire till it turns golden brown

Meeanwhile, grab a tablespoon of pistachios and pound them

Meanwhile, grab a tablespoon of pistachios and pound them

Cut banana fritters into half (I love how the cheese oozes out) Serve with a dollop of vanilla ice cream or any ice cream of your choice. Drizzle with condensed milk and sprinkle the crushed pistachios. Now, I am going bananas!

Cut banana fritters into half (I love how the cheese oozes out) Serve with a dollop of vanilla ice cream or any ice cream of your choice. Drizzle with condensed milk and sprinkle the crushed pistachios. Now, I am going bananas!

Don’t forget to hashtag us on Instagram,  #wanderingwonderers when you try this accidental recipe. Bananas UNITE!

And if it’s not a little too late, I’d like wish all my fellow Muslim brothers and sisters a blessed Ramadan. May this beautiful month bring you an abundance of blessings and may Allah forgive our sins and accept our ibadah :)

Love and Laughter,

Asha.A

 

 

Travel in Style with Us – WW Collection One

“Atikah, where do you get your dresses?”

It’s a common question I get, and truth be told, my dress purchases are often accidental. I’m tall and by Asian standards, I’m plus-sized, so buying dresses is a game of chance. I know how frustrating it can get to see a really nice dress and fall in love with it, only to be told that it’s ‘free size’. Honey, there’s nothing that’s free size. The complete phrase should be “free size between [insert minimum size] and [insert maximum size]”, like “free size between XS and M”, thank you very much. Buying a dress online is even trickier.

Trust me darlings, I know how it feels.

I recently fell in love with chiffon dresses. Asha has too! We’ve been wearing it frequently, no thanks to the facts that it is comfortable for all the travelling we need to do both in Singapore and overseas, it flatters our body shape, and it is oh-so-pretty.

I found the perfect dress one day while travelling, and immediately knew I needed to bring it further. I loved everything about it, from its material, to cut, to colours!

If you follow me on my Instagram (@thetudungtraveller), you’d know this dress is a favourite of mine. I’ve worn this dress for school, for dates, for work, for travel… Recently, I wore it for my flight to Mauritius for my internship stint, and I don’t regret it one bit! I was comfortable throughout the flight, I felt pretty, and it was fit for the occasion. Asha wore hers during her trip to Maldives too! Beside the conventional uses, it can also be used as a modest cover up on the beach! Other plus points – it doesn’t wrinkle too much, and it’s easy to pack. Perfect to fit into your backpack for days/nights on your trip when you feel like dressing up!

Like they say, good things must share right?

So here you go!

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Wandering Wonderers Travel in Style – Collection One

This collection has Atikah’s picks and Asha’s picks – they are of different measurements and cut. Please take note of the measurements before you make your pick! ☺ You can use our pictures as an estimate too. Ribbons are detachable.

Atikah’s Picks

Measurement (in cm) Shoulder Bust Waist Length sleeves Length of dress
Items are measured laid flat, please double for full circumference where appropriate 40 54 50 57 139

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 GRANADA DRESS

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SEVILLA DRESS

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JAEN DRESS

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CORDOBA DRESS

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CADIZ DRESS

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ALMERIA DRESS

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MALAGA DRESS

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ASHA’S PICKS

Measurement Shoulder Bust Elastic Waist Length sleeves Length of dress
Items are measured laid flat, please double for full circumference where appropriate
41 44 45 (max) 57 136

 

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MATHIVERI DRESS

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SIPADAN DRESS

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For this first collection, we are offering it at a special price of $37!

Asha and I personally handpicked these dresses, and to be honest, I want to have one piece each for myself. These dresses are so versatile – we can keep it casual with sandals and minimal accessories, or play it up with make-up and heels. They can also be worn with hijab or without hijab, so hey, this goes out to all you ladies out there!

Plus y’know what? With the Ramadhan and Eid season coming up, it can be worn for terawih, for Eid visiting and hey, especially for those Eid Open Houses during the weekends! You can take it from school/work to Eid visiting, anytime!

To make your order, send an email to wanderingwondererssg@gmail.com with the following details:

Name
Order Details (Dress Name & Quantity)
Contact Number
Address
Normal/Registered Email (additional charges apply for Registered Mail)

We look forward to getting your emails!

We have limited stock for this pioneer Wandering Wonderers Travel in Style collection so what are you waiting for? Purchase your dresses now!

Lots of love,
Atikah Amalina

For the love of children – a trip to orphanages in Batam

A couple of weeks ago, Asha and I made a short trip across the ocean to the little island of Batam. We were in need of a short getaway from the hustle of our daily lives, but more importantly, we were due for a visit to the children homes.

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Both of us have a soft spot for orphans. In Islam, it is narrated that the Prophet, peace be upon him, said: “I and the one who takes care of an orphan will be like these two in the Garden.” – indicating with his forefinger and middle finger. [Sahih Bukhari]” Isn’t that an amazing thing to aspire to? :)

Last year, we made a couple of visits to three children homes in Batam, all of which details you can read on the links here. We’d set a goal to visit the homes at least once every few months, and we finally had time to fulfil that goal recently.

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Less than a week before our trip, we made a shout out on both Facebook and Instagram for monetary donations for these homes. Oh boy, were we pleasantly surprised at the response!  THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO DONATED!

With the money in our hands, we went on to use half of it to purchase groceries and books for the children.

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The other half, we presented it to the heads of the children homes.

Y’know, we did not inform them of our visit, silly us. Imagine their reaction when they saw our van at their doorstep and our grinning faces stepping out! A moment of surprise before a barrage of happy cheers, smiles, laughter and hugs!

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I know we’re not supposed to have favourites when we visit, but little Yusuf has stolen my heart since the first time I saw him! He’s definitely someone I keep a lookout for. :)

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Since it was just the two of us, it was just a quick trip this time round. We are hoping to make another group visit to these homes in the near future, similar to the ones we did before. It will involve interaction through games and activities with the orphans and children in these homes.

If you are interested to be a part of our RainbowsforBatam project, keep a look out for our announcements, coming your way soon!

Lots of love,
Atikah Amalina