The 4 Young Bloggers (About me)


(From left to right) Anisah, Aeshah, me and Ali on the first day of school in 2006.

My name is Aiman Amani and I live in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I am homeschooling and so are the rest of my siblings, ‘The 4 Young Bloggers’. I enjoy collecting, reading, writing and sketching as my hobbies. I started this blog after meeting Uncle AG (Wan A. Hulaimi) who wrote the bestseller, Growing Up In Terengganu and my parents thought that it’s an excellent way for me to learn the writing skills which won’t be learned inside the classrooms but are vital in life.

A split coconut and me πŸ˜€ June, 2012

My father is a most wonderful man and my mom is simply splendid. If I ever need any help in Biology or Chemistry, I’ll get to my father and in a few minutes he would take down his books or open some pages from the internet and started explaining. If I need help with my Maths, my mum can make the seemingly impossible questions very simple indeed. My father hosts a number of blogs and he’s actively involved with a number of Islamic NGOs. My mother is the only one without a blog in our family. Maybe she’s too busy looking over our studies (though we are constantly trying to coax her into starting one).

My immediate sister is Aeshah Adlina, only two years younger than me. Aeshah used to participate in lots of story-telling competitions when she was younger. Now she dreams of becoming a historian and I often teased her that she’ll be someone like Prof Emeritus Khoo Kay Kim someday πŸ˜€ She is currently working on a number of stories and tries my patience by not allowing me to read them before she is done. Aeshah is critically minded and posted her views on the current events and such on her blog.

Aeshah Adlina, April, 2012

Next comes the easy going, happy-go-lucky Anisah Afifah. Anisah is turning 12 soon and intended to be a veterinarian when she grows up. Anisah is passionate and if she wants to do something, she’ll get it done (the way she used to finish books after books of Science problems when she was in Year 2 proves that fact). The problem lays in trying to make her do something she should work on but dislikes doing so.Β Β She has a good grasp of language in certain ways. She could easily select appropriate verbs without being taught to do so. She too enjoys writing stories and posts most of them on her blog.

Anisah Afifah (right, looking into the camera), April 2011

And last but not least, the ever famous young politician, 9 years old Ahmad Ali. Sitting up on his pram, watching me giving a speech on ‘The Creation of The Universe’ at the Putra World Trade Center when he was only 3 years old, he nodded solemnly and told our mother that one day, he’s going to give a speech at PWTC. Two years later, he was observing and pointing to the banners and people campaigning for their parties in the 12th General Election asking what was all the fuss about. At the age of 5, he learned the basics of politics and elections and announced that he would grow up to be a politician with charisma like Anwar Ibrahim’s. Some months after, he started his own blog and proved himself to be an excellent writer with a good flair for languages. In order to proved himself the best blogger among the 4 of us (and indeed he is!), he updated the blog constantly and has a vast knowledge on general knowledge and politics (for a 9 years old boy, of course). Ali had finished his first novel (all of us are writing one, with me being the first to start writing – and re-writing – when he was only 3) entitled ‘The Calovinia’ with more than 5,000 words.

Ahmad Ali, September 2012

All 4 of us are story writers but our works differ greatly. My stories used to be so bad that they’re funny. However, the last time I read an excerpt from my ‘novel’ to my mother, she said that it’s quite well-written. Aeshah’s are a bit muddling to read but she would interweave idioms and metaphors into her stories. Anisah writes ‘fairytale-like’ stories where butterflies eat cakes, rabbits go on picnics and horses explored the planet of Samenine though her choice of vocabulary (especially in verbs) is very good. Ahmad Ali tells stories of aliens from Jupiters and knights in a battle with a very good balance of humour, action, adventure and suspense in them which makes the story thoroughly enjoyable.

So that’s all of us in the family. Do drop by our blogs from time to time and leave a comment or two. To see our rising stats and reader’s participation through comments is a great motivation to keep us blogging and improving our English πŸ˜€ Thanks a lot!

Updated: 4th October 2012

A day at the beach (2008). From left to right: Ali, Me, Aeshah and Anisah

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77 thoughts on “The 4 Young Bloggers (About me)

  1. salam..

    wah.. nice blog dear sis. i’m very impressed that u write your own blog in english.. congrats..

    dik amani ni comel la..

  2. Wow!
    it was wonderful too just like your younger brother’s blog.
    but……there are some words that I can’t understand.
    it’s okay I can find the meanings from the dictionary.
    GOOD LUCK!
    bye…….

  3. Dear Syaza,
    Thank you for visiting my blog. It is good that you can look for meanings of words that you cannot understand in the dictionary as it will sharpen your vocabulary skills.

  4. As’kum,kak Aiman…

    thanks for those wonderful pictures!!
    I really loves it!!!!
    I’m sure Alin and all my friends will love it too!!

    Wassalam,
    Syaza.

  5. Salam, Syaza,

    Your welcome! I knew you would love the photos from the post ‘A Moment With English – Enjoying English’ and I made it as nice as possible…

  6. As’kum,Kak Aiman..

    thanks for the picture.these are the names of the pupils but there are two pupils that I don’t really know from year 4.
    from left:???,izzat,???,ME,hazirah,ADLIN and puteri.

    Bye,as’kum,
    Syaza…

  7. Dear Kak Aiman,

    for your information,I’ve just make a blog on wordpress but I don’t know how to change my theme.
    Can you tell me how???

  8. Dear Syaza,

    Oh, really? That’s good. Starting a blog might be a bit hard at first…

    Look at your dashboard. On the left part of the screen you can see a sidebar. Click the button that says Appearance. Then you shall see lots of pictures displayed on your screen. Those are the previews for different theme. After you finished looking at the themes on the first page, you could check on the themes on the rest of the pages! Can you see the buttons with numbers on it? Click on them to see other pages. I used the theme “Mistylook” on page 3. There is another new and interesting theme. Look for ‘Spring Loaded’ on page 4. It is beautiful!

    I hope this shall help you. However, (if I have time) I’ll send you an email with pictures to make it easier for you to understand.

  9. Dear Syaza,

    I sent you the email last night. I guess you might need the comment and the email to make it easier for you to understand. If you need any more help on your blog, just let me know! πŸ˜‰

  10. salam…i’m syafiqah from sek.men.keb.tengku mahmud 2…
    thank 4 visitting my school…
    i feel enjoy learning english with your father….

  11. Dear Syafiqah,

    Assalamu Alaikum, Syafiqah. How are you? How did you find my blog. I’m really glad you found it. Thanks for your comment about my father. He loves teaching and he is me and my sister’s computer teacher. He also taught us a few German words and also taught us common mistakes on English usage.

    We went to SMK Sultan Mansor yesterday and my brother is going to write a post on it in his blog. In fact, he also wrote about the program at your school. Check it out here: http://ahmadalikarim.wordpress.com/2009/06/17/a-moment-with-english-at-smk-tengku-mahmud-2/

    Thanks for visiting my blog and I hope you could come and visit again.

  12. Dear Kak Aiman,

    I’m so sorry that it has been a long time that I don’t leave you any comments because I’m to busy for my examination,tomorrow I wil be going to Kem Akademik Elit at Anggulia Beach Resort,Marang,Teregganu.I also flet very sorry for your grandmother’s bookstore.For you information,yesterday,I’ve bought some exercise book from your grandmother’s bookstore(alam akademik).I bought 6 exercise books (mathematics,bahasa melayu,bahasa inggeris,science) for myself and 2 exercise books (mathematics) for my younger sister,Syarah,6.
    That’s all for today.
    Btw,please pray for my success in my UPSR exam!

    Bye,see you later!
    As’kum……

  13. hey. amani. i just discovered your blog. actually i was searching informations gong badak, kuala terengganu. u know, bout the population and evrythng. i had to do a research..
    so yeah, just wanna ask, im curious act. why r u homeschooling. why dont u study in school instead. ?

    oh, and im also 14. currently a student in SMK Sultan Sulaiman. =)
    love to get to know u x)

  14. salam

    hey omg, i spent about an hour reading your blog.
    gosh, ur real good in english! r u sure ur not English? haha.. jk.

    i loooveee reading ur blog. especially about the awang goneng. my dad bought his book. i had read it a few times before, but not the whole book. yet.
    and yeah, there’re tons of info about trengganu in ur blog. and i surely need it. fyi, i just moved to kuala trengganu from kuching. and my family does not come from trengganu. and yeah, at first i had a really hard time catching up the laugage. i was like a total alien when i first moved in my new schll. even though i had lived here in a quite some time, i still havent got a clue. lol x)

    anyway, hope we can b friends =)))

  15. found your blog while searching for images of ketupat – iimpressive how well you write at such a young age! keep it up, and all the best!

  16. Dear Nurul,

    Well, my father wanted to homeschool me and I just follow his orders. But I guess he is not happy with my previous schools. Since you are from SMK Sultan Sulaiman, please check out the list of your previous head boys at the school hall. My dad was the head boy in 1976 πŸ™‚

  17. Dear AimanAmani,

    hey=) is your father Abd Karim Bin Omar? hehe… wow! that was a veryyy long time ago
    im glad he was one of the students in my school. send my regards to your fathere okay?
    salam

  18. we’ve got the same name and passion for same subjects.
    i found your blog while searching for images of aiman – outstanding. wite at such a young age! i love ur site.all the best!do write to me on my id.

  19. Hi I`m gonna start reading your blog! I`m 14 now so we`re pretty close in age and seem to like some of the same things πŸ™‚

  20. Hi, can you tell me where can I buy old stamps that have all the Agongs’ face and Sultans’ face?
    Any shop selling these stamps?

    Thanks.

    Regards,

    Victor Wan

  21. Dear Victor,

    Hi. Specific stamps may be harder to find than just any ordinary stamp. Perhaps you should try to go to Amcorp Mall. Their website stated that:

    “Located on Lower Ground level, this retail shop sells wide array of collectibles such as coins, currency notes, pictures and stamps. During the weekends, there are also several stalls in flea market selling antiques and collectible items.” (amcorpmall.com)

    Quite a number of stamp collectors and dealers I met at the stamp fair had also recommended this place to buy stamps. I hope that you shall find the stamps that your son needs there.

  22. Aiman I hope you don’t mind, but I put a link on my blog to your blog. Please let me know if you do mind πŸ™‚
    ~Skye

  23. Dear Amani,
    I found your blog while googling for bubur lambuk to find place where I can get it during ramadan last year.
    I am impressed with your knowledge and writing.
    I am also interested in KMS where my husband and I have planned to send our kids there.
    I found your siblings’ blogs too and I am over impressed.

    May Allah bless all of you.

  24. Assalamualaikum
    is this really you aiman amani??
    Ohh my, i really cant believe that i manage to find you back (:
    Do you remember me? I’m Adlin Nadhrah your ex classmate in adni but i was there just until i’m in standard 2.
    I really really want to meet back with my friends in adni.
    And alhamdulillah i found you. You are the first person that i found since years ago i tried to search for all you guys.
    Hope you can email me if you are okay with it (: adlin.nadhrah@yahoo.com
    i really want to know more about you and all our friends and about adni since i moved out.
    Btw, say thanks to your brother (: i had commented his post and it led me to your blog (: you have such a nice brother (:

  25. Never give up writing!!!!!!!!!! I believe you can alwyas learn to improve and write better. So pic a topic you enjoy and do some research and write on it. Even if its stamp collecting. For example I would write a childrens story to possibly get other children interested in stamp collecting. You can call it my crazy stamp collecting and write about why you enjoy it. Maybe you research the country, maybe you like the art and how its created. You can go in a variety of directions.
    Good luck and you will be a writer and publish a book
    Julie Mica

  26. Dear Juliemica,

    Thank you! Yes, that would be very a good way to learn more about my hobby although it is not exactly what I enjoy. Nevertheless, my sister Aeshah does that a lot. She learns a lot through her stamps. But that is a good idea, I might do that someday, thank you πŸ™‚

  27. Assalam Alaykum, Aiman!

    Thank you for dropping by at my not-so-awesome blog as yours. How are you, Aiman? I hope life is treating you well, inshaAllah. Eh, and yeaa.. who else that you know is taking Medicine in Egypt? Anyone that I know? What are you doing currently? Take care, stay safe. Salaam (:

  28. Waalaikumussalam, Ili!

    I’m fine, Alhamdulillah. I still haven’t taken my exams and I have no idea of which career path to pursue later. You’re lucky to have picked yours so early. There are a number of courses I fancy but I don’t know whether I would like to work on it all my life and I don’t intend to change my course halfway through my studies.

    You too, Ili πŸ™‚ May Allah guide you well. Wassalamu Alaikum.

  29. Salam saudari Aiman Amani,

    I really like all your writings on this blog and your english is impressive for your age. I’m the editor for a non-profit online magazine, Cloudfable.com and just wondering if you are interested to contribute your writings for our website at http://www.cloudfable.com. Currently all the articles in the website are in Bahasa, but we are also in the inception of developing a collection for english articles and also a new section for teenagers’ writing.

    You can contact me via email for more information at cloudfable@gmail.com.

    Thank you,
    Faiz Zin

  30. got to this page while searching for “kuala ibai history”…i’m also a yunnani. my grandfather is hassan bin ali. Pok Ali Yunnang. as i browse, i can see that we don’t see eye to eye in politics. that’s okay, i’ll keep on reading…also a fan of Awang Goneng. he left a comment on one of my posts in

    http://sketchyourbrain.blogspot.com

    keep on writing. homeschooling…? how fun is that. write more about homeschooling as not many people are used to that kind of experience…

    thank you.

    nizang

  31. Dear Encik Nizang,

    It is nice to hear from another Yunnang. As you may have read in my older posts, my great grandfather is Mohd Yaacob Al-Yunani who was one of Pok Loh Yunnang’s sons. Different political views? I hope I do not offend anybody with my writings πŸ˜‰ To be honest, I never find myself interested in politics but it is more on writing my point of views on current issues and being patriotic to my country. It is my 9 years old brother who loves politics. You are very lucky to get a comment from Uncle Hulaimi aka Uncle AG; his blogger fans must have envied you. πŸ˜€ I also learned the art of book reading from him. And this was my first book reading at a public function when I was 12

    By the way have you read The Map Of Trengganu?

    Homeschooling has broaden my general knowledge and perspective for I am not dictate to just my texts and exams. It may be easier to get the As if I go to school but I gain a lot of important knowledge from homeschooling for example my writing style. Blogging is part of my English exercises and writing a post is much harder than writing an essay. And Alhamdulillah, over the years I’ve improved my style; at least my biggest critic who is also my mom says that :mrgreen:. My dad took all of us to a lot of orang seni’s functions, book launches as well as Islamic discourses and seminars by renowned Muslim scholars where I gain a lot of knowledge that I may not be able to get from the classrooms. Those discourses and seminars opened my mind, helped me to ‘grow up’ and gave me a better understanding on what is really important for us as a Muslim. I also learn about things that I was never interested in like the Perlembagaan Persekutuan πŸ™‚

  32. Assalamualaikum, Aiman!
    I don’t know if you still remember me but, we used to go to school together
    From KMS! anyway how are you?

  33. Waalaikumussalam, Intan.

    Of course I do πŸ˜€ We even studied in the same class. I remember ‘recording’ your speech in the canteen during lunch.

    Alhamdulillah, I am doing alright. I hope to take my exams next year. How about you? You should be in Form 4 or Form 5 next year, I reckon? (I truly cannot imagine you in high school. You were so young and sweet then. I can still see you playing with Ali back in 2006)

  34. Speech? Gosh I can’t remember xD. Which one eh?
    good to hear that you’re going fine, I’m not taking any exams since I’m homeschool but, I’m thinking of taking O-level but it’s not decided yet. moi sweet? haha don’t make me blush! Just kidding. Ah yes Ali how is he and your sisters? By the way I met Liyana, Alani and Safa at KLCC yesterday!
    It was nice to meet them again (though it was kind of awkward since we didn’t know what to say) It would be nice if there is any other way to stay in touch with you!

  35. You really don’t remember, do you? I used to have a book where I ‘record’ everyone’s speeches. And a lot of them happened in the canteen, I realised. I haven’t taken any exams too. I intend to take O level next year (I know, I am well too old, lol, but it’s better late then never). And about Ali and my sisters, they all have their own blogs. Why don’t you stop by and see what they’re up to? πŸ˜€ I know Ali would love to receive comments.

    Really? That’s so lovely! Safa must have already grown as tall her siblings by now. Sometimes it is easier to think of what to say on paper than in real live.

    I think I know just the thing πŸ˜‰

  36. salam wbt, so impressed with you and your siblings! keep going kids! aunty in USA right now, really want to learn a lot from your mom to raise my kids . hopefully aunty can keep in touch with you all guys! . may Allah bless you and your family.=)

  37. Assalamualaikum …

    Hi, I just discovered your awesome blog. Waaa ~ I am speechless along the way reading your post :))

    How old are you, dear sis?
    Keep do blog yeah :))

  38. subhanallah aiman dan adik2 ( 4 bloggers ) hebat hebat…. InsyaAllah nanti boleh jumpa lagi dg aiman dan adik2… Mohon doanya buat saya… Sdh4 tahum sy sakit (kelumpuhan) dan harua gunakan wheelchair… 2 orang kawan aiman( two sisters) masa di Khalifah.. Where are they?

  39. Assalamu Alaikum, Ustaz Awal.

    Alhamdulillah, Aiman sihat. Insya Allah tahun depan Aiman akan ambil A levels dan hopefully dapat belajar undang undang.

    Beberapa minggu yang lepas ayah ada sebut tentang penyakit Ustaz and tunjuk gambar-gambar Ustaz. Walaupun Ustaz duduk atas wheelchair, Aiman kagum tengok Ustaz nampak sungguh ceria. Moga Allah kuatkan semangat Ustaz untuk tempuhi segala ujian dan Aiman doakan agar Ustaz cepat sembuh.

    The two sisters, Alani dan Liyana, belajar di Sekolah Menengah Setiabudi di Gombak selepas tamat belajar di Khalifah tetapi Aiman dah lama tak contact mereka. Rasanya, they should be in college atau university by now. Kawan kawan Aiman yang sebaya semuanya dah sambung belajar, Aiman sahaja yang lewat sikit πŸ™‚

    Insya Allah, harap harap nanti Aiman dan adik adik dapat jumpa lagi dengan Ustaz dan Teacher Siti. Tolong kirim salam ke Teacher Siti dan anak anak Ustaz (rasa tak percaya tengok gambar ayah tunjuk, dah besar Ali dan Anisah masa Ustaz di Khalifah dulu) and please doakan Aiman dan adik adik agar sentiasa teguh dalam iman dan dalam perjuangan untuk menegakkan Islam.

  40. Waalaikumussalam, Aunty Bib!

    It’s good to hear from Aunty and Aiman apologise for the late reply. They are well, Alhamdulillah though my father had been rather busy lately. Mama sends her salam to Aunty. I hope Aunty and family are well?

  41. Assalamualaikum Kak Aiman.
    Not sure if you do remember. I’m Aunty Bib’s last daughter, Solehah. You might remember Hidayah, though. I and my older siblings were in silat with you and your siblings. I was to Anisah’s right in the picture. I just wanna say that I was excited to have found your blog and heard from you after a long time. On my mother’s behalf, I will answer your question. Alhamdulillah, we are alive and well. InsyAllah I will convey the salam to her. Have a blessed life, Amin.

  42. Waalaikumussalam my dear Sol,

    It is hardly possible for me to forget you and your siblings from our silat days πŸ™‚ My siblings and I still talk about those times between ourselves, those are some of the precious memories I have of the time.

    Alhamdulillah I’m glad you’re all well and it’s good to hear from you, Solehah. Take care and may Allah guide all of you.

  43. Hi Aiman Imani. I will be sending my daughter to Adni, do you think it’s a good school?

  44. Hello Aainaa,

    It has been 13 years since I left the school and I would say that it probably is a rather different school now than it was then. In fact when I first started schooling in Adni, it was under a different management and even though I stayed at Adni for 5 years, the Adni I first joined and the Adni I left felt like two different places. I cannot advice you on how good the school is as I really have little clue as to how it is now. However I hope your daughter would get a good education both in Islam and academics and that she would grow to respect and appreciate a caring mother like you.

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