I am super excited. I just turned 3 last March and on 2nd May 2011, mom and me (yes, me!!) have been featured in the Malaysia’s oldest newspaper still in print.
Being a three (3) year-old girl and already received a newspaper publicity *national circulated* is absolutely a super great milestones he..he
The New Straits Times is an English-language newspaper published in Malaysia. It is Malaysia’s oldest newspaper still in print (though not the first), having been founded as The Straits Times in 1845, and was reestablished as the “New Straits Times” in 1965.
The paper served as Malaysia’s only broadsheet format English language newspaper. However, following the heels of British newspapers The Times and The Independent, a tabloid version first rolled off the presses on 1 September 2004 and since 18 April 2005, the newspaper is published only in tabloid size, ending a 160-year-old tradition of broadsheet publication.
Well.. the story in the New Straits Time is not really about me. The limelight was on my mom.
But then, my mom got the inspirations from me!!
Mom’s picture was printed on the front cover of the Life & Times segment of New Straits Time on Monday (It’s Tech on Monday). There was also a snapshot of my picture when I was about 6 months on the cover page.
The story about mom and me was printed in TWO pages full with inspiring stories about my mom’s venture into online businesses as well as pictures of mom and me!!!
Wohooo! Me in newspaper!!
An online version of the story is available in NST website – CLICK HERE to read.
I copies the stories here for easy read and as a reminder of my first ever publicity in media. Oh.. I even highlighted the part that mentioned my name ha..ha
Meet Dynamo Mum!
ROZANA SANI talks to Nor Rosmini Ibrahim and goes away feeling that nothing is impossible for working mothers, with technology at hand.
AS one approaches an unassuming semi-detached house in the outskirts of Meru in Klang, one can actually feel life slowing down to a leisurely pace. But this is no sleepy hollow. Contrary to the calmness and serenity of the surroundings, there is a buzz of activity inside the abode, as the mistress skillfully manoeuvres the busy lanes of the information superhighway.
With her daughter playing by her side in the living room, Nor Rosmini Ibrahim — better known as Little Mama on the Net — taps away furiously on the keyboard of her computer. An accountant by day, the industrious 37-year-old mother of one is the creator of Mom Bloggers Planet (http://mombloggersplanet.com), a networking platform created for Malaysian moms to share, learn and discuss all things related to blogs and life as a parent.
Mom Bloggers Planet was initiated in 2007 by Rosmini when she found that, as an expectant mother, there was no centralised site on the Net where she could find all the information she needed for her impending motherhood. Having learnt how to create blogs from scratch, Rosmini decided to fix the situation. Becoming Little Mama “I started learning to create blogs using HTML codes out of curiosity, back in 2004. Blogs were still new then and I thought the existing free blog-publishing services were not challenging enough.
As I learnt, I created several blogs for various purposes, some of which are still running today. “Mom Bloggers Planet is special to me as I wanted to create an online place to convene with like-minded people who want to share and discuss the things that I was interested in,” the youthful-looking Rosmini explains. With about 100 mums, mums-to-be and future mums onboard in its first few months, Mum Bloggers Planet was positioned as a platform for those who already had a blog or were thinking of getting one.
“Members can list their blogs in a blog directory which I divided according to area so that they can find a free and easy way to find and connect with other mums. They can also learn how to make money blogging as there is a feature where we share the tips and tricks of moms already making money from Google Adsense, Nuffnang and other such channels.” The Universiti Malaysa graduate added, enthusiastically, that there is a treasure chest of free blogging ideas and resources on Mom Bloggers Planet with blog reviews, tutorials and tools.
There is also a marketplace which is a hotspot for handmade crafts and bags, photography services, used toys and clothes, among others.
“This is a space to promote Malaysian online home business and blog shops. Featured blogshops are manually selected and are all reviewed on the Malaysia Online Shopping Guide (http://malaysiaonlineshoppingdirectory.com). It is an opportunity for mom bloggers to test out their entrepreneur skills. It is also a place to find things for members and their families,” Rosmini points out.
Other than that, Mom Bloggers Planet features forums to discuss issues like parenting, childcare, pregnancy, breastfeeding, marriage and more.
“Members can share their passion with someone with the same interest — shopping, fashion, cloth diapering and much more. They can also ask questions and get help by tapping into each other’s professional knowledge in accounting, laws, taxation, banking etc,” she said with a twinkle in her eye.
To date, the place where Malaysian mums unite has 1,882 registered members, 4,202 Twitter followers, 1,768 Google friends and 2,307 Facebook fans.
“We’ve been holding contests like the Cutest Baby of the Month annually, which ends with the title of Cutest Baby on the Planet. Mom Bloggers Planet has also held numerous member get-togethers.” Rosmini says that these are pretty much like family affairs.
New ventures Beyond Mom Bloggers Planet, Rosmini continues to experiment with what can be done on the Net with her three-year old Izzah Nabihah Sazahly as her muse.
About a year ago Rosmini set up Little Mama’s Love Baby Boutique (http://izzahkids.com) that offers unique clothes for both babies and children including arty crafty aprons, soft hankies and easy-fold travel changing mats, all at affordable prices.
“During my childhood in Jertih, Terengganu I learnt how to sew at an early age from my mother, who was a tailor. By 10, I could sew my own baju raya. So, naturally, I sew some of Izzah’s clothes and I am extending my skills through my in-house brand clothing, IzzahKids and Little Mama’s LOVE.
“I use quality cotton fabrics (both imported and local) in each of my creations. As I don’t have a physical shop and only sew on a part-time basis, I pick and choose custom orders. I also sell branded kidswear, new and used with care by my daughter,” she relates.
Rosmini is also dabbling in photography, kid photography as seen in her website Little Kids Photography (http://littlekidsphotography.com).
“Photography is an interest I have had for so long. Now with digital cameras things are getting easier and I’m continuing to go for classes to learn from the best in the industry. I find photographing babies and young children very satisfying. It’s a blessing to see and capture the little angels.
“Everything about babies is fascinating. The silky skin, the bright eyes, the smiles and, of course, their little antics. Every picture has a story,” Rosmini says. And it’s no surprise many of the photographs she uses for promotion purposes are of little Izzah.
So, when does she find time to do all these and also be a loving and attentive mother and wife? It’s all a matter of willpower and strategic planning, says Rosmini. And, contrary to popular perception, there are enough hours in a day for commitments and personal activities.
“On a work day, I get up to cook breakfast and get Izzah ready for school. I drop her off at her preschool and then I go off to work in Kelana Jaya. I make sure everything is finished and I can get off at 5pm. I then fetch Izzah, get her bathed, cook and sit down with her and talk about what she did for the day. After dinner, as she watches TV, I check my email.
“Izzah also has her fair share of gadgets and like my husband and I, she loves to use them. I go to sleep when she does, which is around 9pm, but I wake up much earlier than her to attend to my online ventures,” Rosmini says.
“Many people often say there isn’t enough time to do this or that, especially when you have a family. I believe that you need to have a plan, multi-skill and be able to stick to it. If you are passionate about something, you’ll be willing to do anything to make things work.”