Sunday, November 27, 2005

(Trying to) Leave the Past Behind

Hmmm... I didn't expect to be here for this long, but a girl's gotta blog-kan, so I decided to scrap the need to torture meself, waiting and waiting... for a future that's so very the uncertain. I'm still a teeny bit hopeful but oh well.

I figured I might as well try to make myself comfortable... feel more at home, so to speak. God knows how long I'm going to be here.

A very special thank you to Ms Talented Layout Designer. Who else can come up with such an eye-catchingly sweet yet simple design in such short notice? *wink*

Dan bunga-bunga cinta kini mekar kembali... hee hee hee.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

How Do You Define Hardheaded?


Answers.com defines hardheaded as:
1. Stubborn; willful.
2. Realistic; pragmatic.


My definition, based on a recent experience, is slightly different...


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Look at me! Look at me! I can drive! Vrooooom, vrooooommm!!


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Jump! Jump! Jump! Woo hooooo!!!


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Jump! Jump! Jump! Ooooopppss!! Ouch!



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C-R-A-C-K !!!!



Now that's what I call hardheaded... literally!! 

-___-


Errr.. before y'all start becoming judgmental and criticize me for being a bad, bad Ibu for making this all sound like a big joke, let me write this 'lil Disclaimer...

Note:
No injury or bleeding or bump was discovered on Aidiin's head after the accident. He was as active and happy as he was before it all happened. In fact, we were more in shock compared to him.


The only actual damages were:
- a soon-to-be big hole in Ayah's wallet to replace the broken windshield with a new one
- Ibu's paranoia as she kept checking and checking for a huge bump or some trickling of blood on Aidiin's head, which annoyed Aidiin tremendously
- windshield crack spread even longer today (Ayah had initially thought he could postpone spending on a new windshield... tough luck-lah)





I vaguely recall learning in Physics, about damage points and weak spots (or was it weak points?), something about hitting the target at the right spot at the right speed (maybe even at the right temperature?) Ayooo... My physics is sooo rusty!! That would perhaps explain what had happened, no? It was just a gentle "thud" and yet it caused the mirror to crack in 5 different directions.


Monday, November 21, 2005

Forlorn








I hate to admit it but I do miss my other blog. It was available for a short while that time (daisies and all), but it decided to die on me (and all it's ever-loyal bloggers) again.

*sigh*

As they say... tak kenal maka tak cinta. Tapi ni dah kenal lama jugak (setahun lebih), dah jatuh cinta sampai tunggang-terbalik (head over heels). And mind you, I am not the type that falls in love easily... tapi sejak kebelakangan nih server downtime memanjang. Depressing-lah. Teruk sangat ke sakit tu?

Beginikah caranya cinta ku dibalas?





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Friday, November 18, 2005

Chick Flick


Don't worry... no spoilers here. hee hee.

During the long festive break, we took Sofea to Sunway Pyramid's TGV to watch Chicken Little.

It has been ages since famyBoy and I went out for a movie (our last family movie was Brother Bear) so we thought it would be a nice change, a break from our (boring) routine. Secondly, we felt guilty for being lazy parents who did not make early plans to utilize the long break wisely. And thirdly, because Sofea kept reminding us that it's November already, it's November already, it's November already (she started asking us how many days till November since early October when trailers of this movie started airing on TV).

I like the fact that the movie managed to cater for both children and adults. Its emphasis on good family values, open communication, being 'there' for your loved ones and the importance of listening to your child(ren) made me think about my own role as a parent and evaluate my actions. The comic/humor aspect of the movie, while targetted for kids, was also hilarious to the elder viewers, especially with the clever mixture of kids humor with adult humor. The pace was also just right, enough to keep audiences entertained for the entire 80 minutes.

I personally feel that despite the cool animations and entertaining and creatively written nice-new-breath-to-a-classic storyline, this movie does not so much exhibit "Disneyness" quality (apart from the moral of the story thingy). You know, that I-just-watched-a-good-Disney-movie feeling that stays with you for a really long time. Maybe because it's not the usual hand-drawn cartoon characters, or maybe because I don't end up with a significant, catchy soundtrack playing over and over in my head like I did with most of the previous Disney movies that I've watched before.

Maybe I should not even be comparing this movie to previous animations since this is Disney's first attempt to produce a full-length in-house animated movie after its break up with Pixar.

Nonetheless, it is still something worth watching at the cinema as you'd definitely be smiling at the cute antics of Chicken Little and his friends - Abby, Fish and Runt, laughing at the dialogues (puns and cliches intended) and the other 'havoc' stuff that goes on in the background during some of the scenes. Plus, nothing beats watching the happy and eager face of your child (who was on exceptionally good behavior the whole day because you promised to take her to see Chicken Little on the biiiiig screen TV), before and after the movie. And of course, the quality time (that I don't usually get to provide) spent together as a family, and not forgetting being able to savor not a small, not a medium but a LARGE combo caramel popcorn and coke.


Monday, November 14, 2005

In the Spirit of Eid 2005

All in all... Eid Ul-Fitr 2005 was a joyful occasion for us. Alhamdulillah.


Thursday - November 3, 2005

We celebrated the first day of Eid ul-Fitr with my in-laws... extra-special Eid this year with the addition of two new family members. Both brother and sister were dressed in green. I thought I had taken a picture of both but unfortunately I only found snapshots of Abang (the boy twin) on my camera. pssst to sis-in-law: nanti emailkan gambar Kakak ek?



Aidiin was Mr Cranky-Pants the Raya (Eid) morning. He refused to smile even when provoked (tickle tickle tickle, funny faces, funny sounds). He was extra-clingy too, so I had to carry him most of the time. As it turned out, he was just sleepy and most probably still tired from the accumulated lack of sleep and rest during the stay at the hospital the week before. We had to quickly take a picture of him wearing his songkok before he realized that it's there on his head and determined to have it removed.





Sofea was her usual hyper, cheeky self. She obligingly followed the adults' ritual of lining up and taking turns to beraya (seeking forgiveness for past wrongdoings) with elders and loved ones, particularly with my parents-in-law, but would not leave until she got her duit raya (Eid token for children in the form of money in little envelopes). I think she assumed all adults would be extra generous during Raya. I guess I have not done a good job in explaining the religious significance of Eid ul-Fitr to her, apart from it being a joyous celebration, and that her school will have a really long break and Ibu and Ayah need not go to work.





We (famyBoy, the kids and myself) then drove to my parents' hometown in Malacca to beraya with my parents, my grandparents, all aunties and uncles on my parents' side. Smooth journey it was, no car troubles like last time. Phew!! Lots of eating and family bonding, and of course more duit raya for the kids. We drove back to KL that very night because my in-laws decided to visit relatives in Kuala Kangsar the next day. We arrived home close to 2 AM, exhausted and asleep in no time.


Friday - November 4, 2005

When my mom-in-law called early Friday morning, we were still asleep. famyBoy was first hesitant about driving to Kuala Kangsar, Perak that morning. But after we talked it over, briefly discussed how long it has been since we last went back to KK and how much fun it would be to convoy than driving alone, and how the kids would enjoy meeting their aunts and uncle (i.e. ondeonde's kids), we decided to tag along. So while famyBoy woke the kids up, gave them their baths and got them dressed, I did last minute packing of our clothes and whatnot for an overnight stay in Perak.

It was indeed a good decision as it did turn out as fun as we'd expected. The only mishap was the 6 hours blackout at an aunt's house in Selama where we were supposed to spend the night. The darkness and humidity didn't bother my kids too much... they were fascinated by the candles that were lit and strategically placed around the house. I had to keep an extra watchful eye on them for fear of someone or something getting burnt.

We had dinner (simple but yummy dishes prepared by famyBoy's aunt despite the blackout) with candlelights around us. How romantic is that?

The eerieness, darkness and 'crowded' everyone-sleeps-together-on-comforters-spread-on-the-floor reminded me of one of my camping trips during college days; minus the wilderness, campfires and the sky and stars of course.

The twins were crying most of the time though. The poor babies were probably not used to the sudden change in surroundings and the extra-long car rides, not to mention the heat.

The electricity came back slightly after midnight, though, and everyone got to sleep comfortably and peacefully. Tapi kan, kenapa perlu sampai 6 jam untuk TNB nak tukar fius rosak ya?


Saturday - November 5, 2005

Still being in the festive mood and in the spirit of Eid, we went visiting more relatives the next day, and of course ate and ate and ate, until I actually felt giddy from so much eating.

We drove back home late that night. The drive home was not pleasant due to the heavy traffic from Sungai Perak to Shah Alam. My kids were restless and cranky throughout the 'jammed' journey, that even junk food, games, sing-alongs, toys and reading-aloud did not help. Oh my. They finally fell asleep though, much to my relieve.



Shiny Happy People - in deep sleep


We reached home at about 1:00 AM. Exceptionally tired but definitely couldn't be more than happy to finally be home.



Thursday, November 10, 2005

Gaining Momentum

Hmmm... So where were we?

Aidiin has fully recovered from his pneumonia episode. The antibiotics and some other medication that had been religiously injected every 4 hours into the tiny catheter inserted into a tiny vein inside his right hand must've killed all them viruses once and for all. Die!! Die!! Die!! Die you nasty viruses!!! The inhaled gas during the 6 hourly nebulizer treatments must've successfully forced medication into his airways to relieve the inflammation. Alhamdulillah.

I had many many mixed feelings and thoughts then but I just couldn't get myself to put them on paper in writing as blog entries. I kept wishing that I could make it all go away and bear the pain on Aidiin's behalf. I kept telling myself that it was just another test from Allah, just like my previous experience when Sofea had bronchitis and was warded in 2001, which coincidently was also during the month of Ramadhan. I assured myself that He will not test me beyond my capabilities, and I kept reminding myself that no matter what I needed to stay strong for Aidiin's and my own sake.

Maybe, subconciously, I was trying very hard to not remember, although I know that some things are just too painful to forget.

But whatever it is, I am just super thankful that it is all over.



Shiny Happy People



Long hiatus from (office) work and from blogging. I do miss going on my blog-hoppin' rounds. Lots of catching up to do... oh boy oh boy oh boy... That will surely keep me occupied for a while, not that I am complaining... hee hee hee.

Oh, and nope... I am NOT (yet) back at work. *grin*


Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Counting My Blessings

In case you're wondering why I have not been updating for some time...



The Week of Pneumonia - Pantai Medical Centre - October 24-29, 2005.


A hell of a week it was for both mother and child...

Thank you all for your doa(s), hospital visits, both real and virtual hugs, phone calls/emails/SMS-es well-wishes, comments in my CBox and in bertique's thoughtful entry... very-very much appreciated.

*hugs everyone back*





Wishing all Muslims visitors Eid Mubarak!

Can't believe it is the last day of Ramadhan already. To those driving back to your hometowns, have a safe and pleasant trip balik kampung, and most importantly, have FUN!!!

Mohon maaf zahir batin atas segala salah-silap sepanjang perkenalan kita. May Allah's blessings be with us on this glorified day.


 

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