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It’s been months since I last blogged. It feels good to have these few hours to write before I call it a night.

I had a few life changing experiences the past few months, and it has opened my eyes to see different perspectives on life. Life, friendship, relationship and businesses all together. They (the elderly) would always say, “God has better plans for you”, “Never give up, God will never give you anything you can’t handle, so chin up”… oh well, I agree and I think, “C’est la vie, nothing is permanent so let’s move on”

Starting up my own business was not as easy as what people perceive. But what people think does not matter, so life goes on for me. I remember growing up, I wondered where will I be when I’m 25? :) Alhamdulillah, I think, I can’t be anywhere better than where I am today. I am back in Malaysia, back with family and close friends again. Though I do wish, I could pack some of my friends abroad with me but then life would be too perfect right? haha! And hey, I have my very own business, shukur alhamdulillah. It’s like a dream.

Growing up, I used to listen to Malaysian singers such as Ella, Sheila Majid, Ziana Zain, Ning Baizura, to name a few lah. I think, their songs really kept me feeling all Malaysian wherever I travel. And as I migrated to Bosnia Herzegovina, I was hooked on Dino Merlin, Nina Badric and Gulben Ergen, Tarkan, Mustafa Sandal BIG TIME. I could play them on and on and on until I could memorise their lyrics and eventually speak their languages fluently. I mean, come one, what other best way to learn new languages if not though their songs, right?? As I write this entry, I have these songs in the background playing. I’m sure when you hear them you’ll reminisce about good times you have had. It has beautiful lyrics ( and yes, I always look at lyrics when I like a song…you know, always trying to relate with what ever I am going through in life :)

Here’s some of the songs, they painted a thousand memories for me.

ELLA – Layar Impian

Jika mimpi masa silam
Bisa kusimpan dalam kaca
Jadi perhiasan
Pasti aku abadikan
Zaman riang kanak-kanak
Pabila hujan mengundang
Suasana bahagia
Dalam hidup yang seindah
Mimpi yang tidak pernah
Melukakan perasaan…

(chorus)
Tapi kini bila dewasa
Aku mula sedar betapa mimpi
Hanyalah suatu permainan
Jiwa insan dalam kesepian

Jika mimpi cinta kita
Bisa kuzahirkan
Jadi lukisan yang menarik
Pasti aku sentosakan
Malam pesta bila engkau
Lafazkan janji dan memelukku
Sepanjang tarian
Hingga pipi aku terasa
Basah dalam tangisan
Yang penuh kesyukuran…

DINO MERLIN- Da sutis (to be silent)

Svima reci da sam tu…… tell everyone that I’m here
neka vide, neka čuju… let them see, let them hear
šta mi tijelo osjeća… what my body feels
neku novu struju…. some new kind of current

Slijepa za moju čežnju…. blind for my longing
samo noćas nemoj biti to…. only tonight don’t be like it
ja znam da ti možeš puno bolje…. i know you can do much better
naravno da znam ja to…. of course i know that

(Chorus)

Dobro je kad u životu…. its good when in life
za nesto se boriš….. for something you fight
rukama stvoriš…. create with your hands
dobro je kad u životu…. its good when in life
nekoga voliš, neko te voli…. you love somebody,and somebody loves you
Dobro je kad u životu…. its good when in life
neko te sluti, ti nekoga slutiš…. somebody yearns for you, and you yearn for that somebody
ali je najbolje kad u životu… but it is best when in life
imaš nekog s kim možeš… you have someone with whom you can
ovako da šutiš…. be silent like this

Ne slaže se calendar… the calendar doesn’t match
moga doba i tvoga tijela… of my age and your body
ne idu ni s godinama tvojim… they don’t even go with your years
ove bore i kosa bijela…. these wrinkles and white hair.
Zatvori mi kapke ti… close your eyelids for me
usnama sklopljenim u jednu…. lips folded into one
ja odavno ne znam kuda… I for a long time don’t know where
odlaze voljeni kad krenu… loved ones go when they leave

(chorus)

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Nice songs right? What’s your favourite songs from your past?

The Journey of Superb Teraju BizPitch Season 1 – Nur Hidayah Hassan

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The Journey of Superb Teraju BizPitch Season 1 – Nur Hidayah Hassan

It’s been years since I last blogged about anything. I thought this is probably the best time to do so. Update something, share something that may be informational or inspirational to others. First of all, I have a lot to tell and to share as a young entrepreneur trying to juggle things and making sure ends meet. This is just a summary of what I’ve been up to.

Recently, I was shortlisted amongst 1800 applicants in Malaysia for the Superb Teraju BizPitch worth RM500k Business grants for Start-up and Young Entrepreneur with Innovative and Creative ideas. This initiative was launched by our Prime Minister; Yang Amat Berhormat Dato’ Seri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak early this year and I quickly prepared my proposal and sent through.

Alhamdulillah, I was shortlisted and went through an amazing coaching and mentoring program! Met the other shorlisted candidates and oh boy, I must admit, everyone was pretty awesome at what they do and their projects sounded so promising and super-ultraman-like projects hehe! Seriously, all were “SUPERB” Projects about to launch in the market or have been around in the market for less than 3 years of operations. So proud to have met them all and listened to their pitch during coaching session.

You see, TERAJU had put us in sort-a “bootcamp” somewhere in KL, we were mentored and coached by fantastic leaders and Alhamdulillah, I went through Semi-finals, and passed to Finals! All in 7 days period! Nerve wrecking heart beated faster than ever, bak kata pepatah melayu; “Mandi tak basah, Makan tak kenyang, tidur tak lena” and I probably can’t remember if there was a night during that period I could sleep without waking up at night! Just because, I was too nervous for the next day and the real “Pitching Session”. No, not because I was scared, I know my business inside-out, this is my ball game, I know my production, my retail, my competitors and my numbers. But I was nervous of who will be the judges? what would the questions be? Something outside my control!!! A bit ridiculous but can’t help it. We were given 5-minutes to pitch our ideas and 10-minutes for Q&A session with the judges. During the finals, Q&A session was reduced to 5-minutes. Ggggrrrr!! How to tell your vision, mission and your financial projections within thaaaat period??? Lord, help! The only thing I could think of was, to pray to God to ease my process and let them judges ask funny easy questions and let Him decide what is best for me :) because, I know, for sure I had prepared my best and pitched the best I could.

Here are some pictures taken during coaching and mentoring session and Young Entrepreneur Congress Malaysia recently with Top 55 Superb Teraju BizPitch candidates.
( We were split into groups hence you see less people here )

Here’s 5 for RM500,000 for 5-minutes. 1 minute worth RM100,000

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So, Semi- Finalists judges were from Government Agencies like; Cradle Funds, MavCap, MTDC, MDec, MyCreative Ventures and Modal Perdana. And Finalists judges were Top Bumiputera Businessmen in Malaysia, to name a few, Y.Bhg Datuk Kamaruddin Meranun of AirAsia, Y.Bhg Dato Wira Haji Ameer Ali Mydin of MYDIN, Y.Bhg Dr Jamal Yusof of OMNI Petromaritime, Y.Bhg Datuk Awang Buhtamam of Malays Chambers of Commerce Malaysia and Y.Bhg Mr Husni Salleh, CEO of TERAJU was also on board.

You see, I started my business from scratch. It was just a talk, a dream. I started bit by bit, from bedroom to bazaars and more bazaars then showroom to owning my own production to now, where I am today. Now, I can actually go full force on it, without hick-ups insya Allah. I have learned so much over these past few years that, if somethings are not happening the way that you wanted it to be, it is probably because God has better plans for you. Always be positive and surround yourself with positivity and positive energy with surround you.

Pictures from Semi Finals to Finals:-

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Ah-ma-zing experience! The finalists were called to PM Office recently, and the winners were then announced!

Result Day drama;-

3 weeks after. The day PM announced the winners of Superb Teraju Bizpitch Season 1, I was down with a flu! My head was heavy, temperature was high and stomach was upset the whole day. But OK Alhamdulillah, I managed to sort morning meetings then prepared to go to PM office. Formally dressed and face powdered! And paired with super gorgeous shoes to boost up my spirit, as always!

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When the host announced my name, I felt so calm, so surreal, maybe the drugs I was taking to tackle my flu helped too haha, but I remember telling myself to stay calm regardless win or lose. I’m usually a bubbly person but that day I was extra quiet and calm. I walked to the PM, he congratulated me, passed me my framed certificate, and told me, “show-off your shoes, they want to see it” …. I, automatically posed and pulled up a bit of my pants so the media can see my shoes. It felt like a good 2-minutes of fame. Too many media / paparazzi Hahaha! Here’s some pictures to share:-

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And yes, I am the Founder and the Creative Director of CIPELA Shoes and Accessories. ( CIPELA ) Get your pair of CIPELA shoes now, before the value escalates. Hahaha! Cheers! XD

So, I received my framed certificate, and I am truly blessed and honoured to have been chosen and went through this Superb Teraju coaching and mentoring session and won the Superb BizPitch awards. Shukur, Alhamdulillah. Next is getting the paperwork and planning done!

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I believe, dreams do come true. With determination and perseverance it will come true. Success doesn’t come over night, and success doesn’t come rolling to your feet, we have to find by working towards it. I am still working hard, keep working towards my destination, and insyaAllah, one day, I will taste the sweetness of the fruit that seeds I have planted. With this financial assistance,with this Awards, it will allow me to bring my brand to another height, insyaa Allah. I am looking forward and can’t wait to make more shoes and designs.

To my family esp. my parents; Mak, Ayah, thank you for all your guidance, your tough love, thank you for the values you have taught me, thank you for teaching me the value of money, appreciation and gratefulness. The word “thank you” can take you an extra mile indeed. Thank you for allowing me to make mistakes, to fall, and let me find my feet again and start crawling again, most of all Thank you God, for gifted me the best parents in the world! They have brought me up so well. May they live healthily and be blessed with happiness and barakah. I hope one day, I will be as good parent as they are to my children. Ameen.

To my loved ones; friends, family, mentors, clients turned close friends, those who have supported me from Day 1, thank you for your trust in me, your never ending support and motivations, my apologies if I ever do wrong to you, keep me in your prayers, I have a lot to learn and improve myself along the way, and I am glad and grateful I have the circle of people to look up to. Thank you for having me in your life.

Uuhhh now I have my eyes all teary hahahaha!

Done with Oscar speech. Here are some pictures throughout the event :)

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Pictures taken with Top 3 Ladies
Of Superb Teraju BizPitch Finalists, Shaz of Ziboosa, Jinie of Impulse Studio, one of my coaches; Coach Rostam Effendi and selfie in the lift with the gang before entering PM office, and with the Top 25 Finalists Superb Teraju BizPitch Season 1 of 2014.

The 2 photos were taken in the studio after the announcement, at Astro Awani 501, LIVE on Agenda Awani on the same day. Thank you TERAJU and ASTRO AWANI for the opportunity, great meeting you host, Mr Kamarul! I’m sure we will meet again, insya Allah .

Now friends, DON’T miss the chance to materialise your dreams, check out TERAJU

Spread your wings, let your vision and dreams take you to new heights.

Love and sincerely,
Hidayah Hassan

Hen’s conference

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Us girls, had a good catch up session/bridal shower/get together at Awan Mulan this weekend. That place was simply breath taking. For those who love the nature, enjoy grenery, and have a rough week at work, just drive up to Seremban and sleepover at this beautiful open-plan chalet. Take your mind off work for a bit. It helps, for real.

A few of my friends are getting married this year. One after another :) this getaway was an excuse to get us girls in one place and just relax. Everyone has had rather hectic schedule this past months, and it’s hard to get everyone together in one place.

Have a look at their chalet/resort concept. Apparently, the owners’ son designed it. He’s an architect. I bet my sister and brotherinlaw would love this place. They’re both architects too.

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Beautiful isn’t it?

We were celebrating these ladies:-

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Asma, Naz, hope you had fun as much as we did! :D

Su, wish you were around too!

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Lovely weekend getaway, March 2013 we will treasure you forever