Monday, December 31, 2007

Minus One

Sofea's first 'shaky' tooth was pulled out by the dentist

I'd like to apologize for being MIA and not visiting you luvelies for quite some time. I'll tell you why I've been err...occupied, in another post, on another day, okay? :)

Oh oh oh, before I forget... HAPPY 2008!!
Wishing you folks a super-duper wonderful upcoming year. *hugs*

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Pecah Kaca Pecah Gelas, Ada Hari Boleh Balas

Last Friday evening, I'd started writing replies to the comments in my previous post when I accidentally chose to 'Close All Tabs' on my opened browser window. Hancus!! Satu comment pun tak save before that. *slaps forehead*

Tried to reconstruct the written replies from memory, struggling to remember what I had written earlier. Gave up after about 30 minutes or so, coz it was actually way past my bedtime and I had started to feel light-headed and my eyes were watery and itchy, and I just couldn't stop yawning.

Last Saturday and Sunday, were spent:
1) Shopping for Sofea's 'big girl' school shoes, school bag, tupperware for tapau-ing food, water tumbler, pencil case, purse, some stationery. We're doing the Disney Princess theme, as long as the prices are reasonable and within budget. Tesc0's got most of the stuff we need, and so far we're still okay in terms of expenses.

2) At the kenduri kahwin in Klang. This is the wedding of famyBoy's cousin who was the pengapit lelaki at our wedding, 8 years ago. Last two+ weeks, we were in Sabah (specifically in Beaufort), to mengiring the groom. Never been to Sabah before.

A thrill for me sebab dapat another stamp in my passport. hee hee hee.

It was a 'first time' macam-macam: our first visit to Sabah, the first aeroplane ride for Aidiin, the first time flying on Air Asia for us. So, thank you and congratulations to Azmi kerana dikurniakan Allah SWT, jodoh dengan orang Sabah. :) And to Siti Sandora, welcome to the family.

I took many, many pictures of course, but belum sempat lagi nak belek-belek and pilih for uploading.

The few days (and nights) after that, I was busy, busy, busy with other stuff, apart from being a single parent again (for the third week in a row). Bukak computer only to work on my latest freelance assignment. Lepas tu terus pengsan. Nak tengok computer after 'working hours' pun tak lalu.

Tonight is the only night I am free, and awake (so far). *grin*

So I am making another attempt to respond to your comments. To ensure 'accidents' won't happen again, I have decided to make this a post on its own. At least can save as draft, before anything happens, again.

Anyways, when I first read your responses, I must say I was deeply touched by your support and encouragement. Terharu kiter, tau. Thanks guys. You're the best!!

Mr. Mosh: Thank you, sir. Doakan my journey towards goddessy life is smooth, ya? :D

Ondeonde: I jadi emo sebab you emo! But thanks, really. I appreciate your support and advice selama ini. You do know, don't you, that you're one of the 'supermoms' I mentioned above. ;)

I bet if and when you become a SAHM nanti, you'd have no problem adjusting and be able to lead the goddessy life in no time.

I was considering purchasing the digital Quran. Masuk dalam wish-list tahun 2008. :)

InsyaAllah, I will check out QuranExplorer itu. Sounds really cool, especially sebab ada meaning and at the same time perbetulkan bacaan yang salah.

And re Martha, I memang terpesona! Makes me want to own whatever gadget she owns in her kitchen. hee hee hee.

FD aka Aliya: Libraries would be nice, yes. But my cravings actually translate to owning those books! *blush* Sebab saya ni compulsive-possessive (ada ke disease like this, eh?) I think Ondeonde pun ada penyakit camni. :P

Staying at home limits my interaction with the outside world; and lately, I kurang tengok TV, so nasib baik ada internet, blog and email. And the working-at-home thingy does keep my mind busy, when I am not occupied with the kids, housework and reading, that is.

Zan: Thank you, thank you! Alhamdulillah. I guess if I happy, orang lain happy juga. Sebab before this, if I cranky, orang lain akan merana. :D

Ohhh your imagination sungguh menariks. ;) Tapi saya belum lagi ada masa membega oven rama-rama itu. hee hee. But buku recipes tu ada lah selak-selak untuk mendapat idea.

p/s: Under the Sea itu adalah project origami terkini.

LazyD: I think I was at the same seminar too. ;) You want to follow my footsteps? *blush*

If you look at my financial commitments, I sebenarnya tak layak quit at this point in time.
But I think kan, even if I had waited, I don't think I'd be able to make things better (except maybe financial-wise). And the worst part is I'd be complaining about my life and how difficult things are, over and over again, and not doing anything about it.

I don't really see my current situation as a sacrifice. Rather as a something I should've planned and done earlier. But like you, I had my doubts, I still do sometimes. Siapa tak rasa suspens. Musti punya. Lagi-lagi making a huge transition macam ni.

I cherish the additional time with the kids. Tapi kan, I think my kids dah pandai take advantage somehow. :P

Masalah cravings tu masih sedang diusahakan. Year End Sale, discounts merata-rata benar-benar menguji kesabaranku.

Butterflutter: Awak ni memang sentiasa senyum, sebab tu awet muda. Doakanlah agar saya persevere dan berjaya, In shaa Allah. Dan awak ada setahun saja lagi, kan? ;)

Mommyalif: Inspiring ke? *blush*
Rezeki dalam bentuk kesihatan anak-anak? I didn't look at it that way before, thank you for pointing that out. You're right, Allah memang Maha Adil dan Mengetahui. Alhamdulillah.

Rotidua: I'm happy for me too! Penat yang berbaloi, saya bersyukur.

OLAB: Best! Tidak dinafikan. Cuma terkilan (sometimes) dengan income yang amat sedikit. Tapi it's a choice I made, and I'm planning to stick with it.

Dory: You should have written VERY healthy. Saya tak berani weigh myself. :P
I have cut down expenses on clothes, magazines, books and eating out. Magazines I will only buy after browsing through, i.e. if deemed kena beli, baru beli. With valid (and acceptable) justifications only.
To tell you the truth it's the disciplining part yang I am struggling with, too. And procrastination (cannot run from this one!).

Thank you all for the goodluckallthebest wishes. I will doa for all of you, yang ingin menjadi goddess, may it be the 'ideal' goddess life, or the 'working' goddess life, semoga cita-cita anda tercapai, sooner or later. :)

*hugs* untuk semua.

Friday, December 07, 2007

The Chosen Path

Less stressful, definitely; no boring moments, and interestingly demanding.
That would correctly describe my current at-home life.

It's been about 3 months since I resigned from my job at that multinational company to become a stay-at-home Ibu.

So what has happened since then? Meh sini saya cerita...

Firstly, a brief background... I was working fulltime for a multinational/IT company doing server support and project management. Last September (my 10th year working there, after 5 bosses and the outsourcing), I decided to quit and stay home. Why? Many reasons, actually.

But the main reason was (and still is) because my daughter will be attending Primary One next year. Without a helper (we chose never to have one), and non-flexible working hours which included weekends and public holidays, I didn't know how I'd manage. I thought that I, too, could be a supermom, like some of my friends, but I couldn't... what was I trying to prove?

Aidiin drew Thomas the Tank Engine

My husband and I have had lengthy discussions about the matter for some time. Deep down, I knew I didn't want to be stuck with that job forever. And finding a different (full-time) job, although it may pay much more, would still land me in the same dilemma. Serba salah makcik dibuatnya. Pening kepala toksah cakaplah.

I prayed and prayed, asking Allah for guidance. And come last September, I found/was given a petunjuk, the urge to quit and stay home had never been stronger. It just felt right and seemed the best thing to do.

A decision was made, and I have been a stay-at-home-mommy since then, and I'd like to think, a goddess-in-the-making, too. *grin*

You see, I do not have the luxury to be a full-time goddess. I still have loans to pay apart from my credit card bills. Before I decided to quit, I used to have plastic urges all the time. Nak buku yang ni, swipe. Nak buku lagi satu, swipe lagi. Teringin jubah tu, swipe. Jumpa tudung yang matching, swipe. Terasa nak beli toys and clothes for the kids or something for the husband, swipe. Swipe, swipe, swipe. Plastic urges, they all were. *hangs head in shame*

And (fortunately?) I am not married to a super-kaya man. But personally, even if he could afford it, I don't think I'd be asking him for money, especially to pay MY bills. It just wouldn't be fair. And plus I have a big ego. heh heh.
Also, I think he'd mentioned this to me before, "Lubang yang sendiri korek, sendiri kambus balik". Sungguh profound statement itu.

I still often get my cravings, although they have become more under-controlled and manageable nowadays. Instead of 5, maybe I'd buy just 2, or even 1. Sometimes just spending some time at the store (without buying anything, mind you) would suffice. Orang yang 'ketagih' macam ni pun ada kat dunia ini, kan? hee hee hee.

Anyways, as mentioned earlier, I am not financially free, so the 'ideal goddess life' is out of the question (for now). Therefore, I resorted to the next best thing, to become a work-at-home-mommy. A goddess who works freelance, whenever she can find the time. This is in addition to the existing event management company that I co-own with Elisa, by the way. I need the freelance job for a more predictable income, as opposed to the events thingy which only happens once in a while.

Under the sea

So far, things are working out, not too bad at all. I still make some money to pay my debts, and more importantly, I get to work from the comfort of my own home. But it still requires a certain amount of disciplining, a quite strict time-management and a juggling of work-work and house-work at the same time. I am still struggling with all that.

Initially, I felt slightly terkilan, financial-wise, because now, I have a very ciput income, with no such things as medical-benefits, no year-end bonuses. Which translates to no buying on impulse, no unplanned shopping or cravings. Give in to temptations? Definite no-no.

But that's okay. Seriously. Because now I've learned (the hard way?) the value of money. The necessity of managing time carefully. The importance of making the right choices, depending on situation and time. Spend long hours blogging or do extra freelance work? Hmmmm....

And Alhamdulillah, so far:
- I get to ensure famyBoy and famyKids get to eat home-cooked meals as often as possible, albeit taklah sesedap mana.
- I attempt to perform solat pada awal waktu as opposed to rushing to perform '2-in-1 zuhur & terus tunggu asar' masa kat surau office dulu. Constantly reminding myself about one of Ondeonde's older posts about the benefits of reciting ayat-ayat Quran walaupun sikit-sikit setiap hari (OO, if you could provide the link to that post that would be great!), I try my best to regularly read the Quran after performing solat.
- I get excited about experimenting with new recipes and thinking about home deco and practicing 'good things' homekeeping techniques. This is the penangan from watching way too many Martha shows!!
- I don't have to worry about applying for emergency leave like that time or that other time, nor do I have to deal with the guilt of having to delegate work to colleagues whenever I am away from office, for whatever reasons. Alhamdulillah, setakat ini the kids tak sakit demam yang major-major since the past 3 months!
- I am very much up-to-date in keeping up with laundry :) except when we come back from long distance trips or when it's cloudy or rainy for days.
- I think I multi-task better nowadays, too. I think, lah.
- Apart from famyBoy and famyKids, famyCats and famyPlants get more attention from me. Sebab now can multi-task better maaa...

Pokok kari pun ada flowers, eh?

I feel blessed. Seriously I do. Alhamdulillah.

But if you ask me, I still have a looooong way to go. Not easy to become established goddesses like Madame Elisa@Khobar and Madame Lollies@Qtar. Izinkan saya tabik spring kepada mereka berdua.

Kesimpulannya, I am still learning to manage the time, handle the stress and fulfill the demands. And the best part is, I couldn't be happier. :)

Monday, December 03, 2007

Concert & Graduation Ceremony 2007

Ukhwah itu bermula dari pandangan mata.
Terbit kasih di dasar hati, dan berakhir dengan
jalinan kasih mesra sepanjang hayat.

Sals@biila's "Malam Graduasi & Jalinan Kasih" took place on Sunday, November 4th, 2007 in Hotel Singgahsana, PJ. It was a dinner, concert and graduation ceremony combined.

To share the joy, we invited grandparents from both sides as our special guests. We had a table to ourselves since there were 8 of us altogether (including Sofea & Aidiin).

Like all previous events held by the school, the concert opened with bacaan doa, first by the invited Ustaz, then by a 6-year-old boy, one of Sofea's classmates. The Ustaz was there to also present a short but informative ceramah on parenting.

The first kiddy event was a cute performance by the toddlers (2-year-olds) singing the teddy bear song. They were simply adorable!! Most of the little teddies were cooperative on stage, but some were crying and had to be consoled by their mommies. Although it was only one song (about 10 minutes, I think), towards the end, some teddies had started yawning and rubbing their eyes. hee hee hee. Comel-ness.

Adorable teddies

Next, it was the performance by the 3-year-olds. Aidiin is part of this group. He and his friends sang "Bapaku Pulang" (My Daddy Comes Home), complete with the car-driving actions using cut-out steering wheels, made of cardboard. I had initially thought Aidiin would have stage-fright or become shy, refusing to sing when he'd seen us, but he surprised me by being totally the opposite. He performed really well (and sung pretty loud, too!) and seemed to really enjoy himself. Difficult to accept the fact that my 'lil prince is no longer a baby. *sniff*

Bapaku pulang dari kota, bapaku belikan kereta...

The other performances were by the 4-year-olds, the 5-year-olds and the 6-year-olds.

Here is a video from one of the 6-year-olds' performances. This was taken from the Dikir Barat performance, which Sofea took part in. Apart from this, she sung in the Choral Speaking and was the yellow 'Musical Princess' Robot in the Robotic Show. She also played the kompang as one the background musicians in one of the singing performances.

Throughout the many performances by the 6-year-olds, I could see how much my daughter has grown over the years. I couldn't really see it when she's at home, what with her manja-manja, occasional mengada-mengada, sometimes lazy and over-dependent behaviors.

Sofea and her girlfriends

But on that night, when she was amongst her friends and teachers, her maturity, independency and leadership qualities were displayed. Guilty pulak rasanya, coz at home, her Ayah and I sometimes nagged her for not acting her age. l stilll worry about her going Primary One though. Susah betul jadi Ibu ni. *sigh*

As usual-lah, I was occupied with taking pictures (check out the Graduation & Concert album) that night, sampai tak sempat nak makan puas-puas, although it was a buffet dinner. I didn't even get to desserts!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Sayangkan Isteri, Tinggal Tinggalkan? *pouts*

Has it really been a whole week??

It rained the first two days so we didn't get to do much outdoor activities during our recent visit to Terengganu.
Which was okay for me since I had a bad episode of the sniffles. Tension sungguh mokcik dengan hingus yang asyik meleleh dan bersin yang non-stop. So I was mostly in bed, under the covers, curled up with a good book. Once a while I got up and fixed myself a hot mug of Nescafe.
If it had been just me, alone, *that* would've been an ideal vacation already. :)

But kids tend to equate hotel-stays with swimming pools, and because they've been to Terengganu before, my kids expected daily walks by the sea.

"One week ke, Ibu?"
"Nanti Kakak boleh build many, many sandcastles. Bestnyaaaaa!!! "

"Kakak and Aidiin boleh main kat swimming pool every day kan, Ibu?"

"Ibu don't forget swimming suit Kakak, okay?"

"Aidiin taknak masuk dalam laut, Aidiin takuut, nanti Aidiin 'ggelam."
"Aidiin nak tengok waves saja."

"Aidiin nak main kat pasir dengan Kakak."

"Nanti Ayah bawak kita makan keropok kat beach?" Who can blame them.

I did feel much better after doses of Clarin@se (bless the newly-opened pharmacy near the hotel), so we did get to do the daily walks by the sea and sand-playing for the remaining days. The kids got to do their water-splashing at the pool, and most importantly (for moi, hee hee) the keropok lekor eating under the coconut trees.

famyBoy took a couple of hours off on one of the days and we drove to KT. I wanted to go to the infamous Pasar P@yang. We reached there quite late though and most of the shops were either closed or almost closed. Managed to get some kiddy kaftans at the very last minute. Sofea had been asking me to buy her new ones since the ones she currently own are already senteng. I thought the batik-like shirts for little boys looked cute, so I decided to grab those too. Konon-kononnya nak minta bargain lebih sebab beli banyak.

And that was all the shopping I did! Apart from some keropok ikan tamban, that is. We decided to check out the newly-opened Giant Mall and Mydin Mall in KT. I bought tissues and we had dinner at the spanking new Pizza Hut outlet before driving back to Pak@.

It's Monday, and it's back to the normal routine. *sigh*

The yucky part about long vacations is the post-travel part, i.e. unpacking and laundry seminggu yang bertimbun itu. And the usual houseworklah of course.

Even yucky-ier is the fact that I'll be a single parent this week (at least till Thursday) coz famyBoy has gone back to Terengganu last night to finish off whatever's left of the project he's been working on. I think there'll be at least another 2-3 trips for him before the handover.

Oh well. C'est la vie. Tapi saya masih nak pout jugak. *pouts*

I'll see you when I see you, okay? Banyak gak nak kena catch up nih.

p/s: I posted more pictures here.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Just when I feel like having the original keropok lekor

We will be spending time in that Pantai Timur state for a whole week starting tomorrow. wooo hooooo!!

Like the previous trip, famyBoy has to be on-site for work, and famyGirl & famyKids insisted on following get to tag along and lepak-lepak at the hotel, go splashing at the pool, devour keropok lekor and sotong bakar at the warung under the coconut tree and play with the sand at the beach. :D

It's almost 1:30 AM and I am not done packing yet! So I'll make this a teeny tiny entry...

Have a good weekend, folks. :)

Thursday, November 01, 2007

A Special Dedication...

I would like to dedicate this entry to my dear friend, Madame Zan (Ummi of Nael & Aidan), who will return to office on Monday November 5, 2007, after a really long maternity leave, dengan ucapan...

Selamat Menempuh First Day of Work!

hee hee hee.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Primary One: Is My Child Ready? Am I Ready?

*This post is published on behalf of Ummiku Sayang Sdn Bhd*

I am sure those of you whose children are going to Primary One next year have started to feel the anxiety of starting a new chapter in your lives (like me!!!).

Primary school is so different from pre-school in terms of the number of students, so it can be quite a daunting experience for the first-timers (both child and parents).

So, to help you lessen your worries, Ummiku Sayang Sdn Bhd has planned a talk on the topic mentioned, with renowned speakers.

Here is the e-flyer for the talk, for those who might be interested.

Unfortunately, I will be out of town that weekend, attending a wedding ceremony somewhere in Negeri Di Bawah Bayu. This trip was planned in advance, so it's not possible to cancel reservations and whatnot. And I don't think I should ask the pengantins to postpone their wedding. :P


I was excited that the ladies at UKS decided to organize this event. I was telling one of the UKS founders some time ago about how unprepared I am to have my daughter going to the "big girl" school next year.

I guess in terms of material stuff, there isn't much to worry about (betul ke?) since there'll be booklists or checklists on what items to prepare/buy for school.

But what about the other things like survival skills? social skills? sanitary skills?

Home-packed food or extra pocket money?

Since Sofea is a very picky eater, how do I make sure she eats proper breakfast (or lunch) before going to school? What would be the best (read: easiest to prepare) menu?

And how should I mentally prepare myself to be a mommy of a Primary One student?

In addition to handling my work-at-home hours, how do I plan her study time? homework time? KAFA time? And not forgetting to factor in playtimes and rest times. Tu belum masuk part exam times lagi. *panics*

Seriously, I need help!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Celebrating Aidil Fitri 2007

I am back from the Eid holidays, and from my long sabbatical blogging break :D

This year we celebrated the first day of Raya in KK, my father-in-law's hometown.

On Raya eve, we all slept beralaskan Toto and/or comforter masing-masing in the living room cum family hall of the house that my father-in-law grew up in, which he had recently gotten renovated in time for Raya. Tidur berkongsi bantal, tersusun berderet-deret ala buaya... hee hee hee. Dah lama tak berkumpul ramai-ramai like that.
It was kinda fun actually. Bila sorang terjaga, (almost) semua orang terjaga. Anak menangislah, anak berak tengah malamlah, anak nak susulah, husband snoringlah. Tapi kalau nak dikirakan, nyenyak jugaklah tido sampai Subuh.

My grandparents-in-law passed away a long, long time ago (I never got to meet them), so the house was more of a venue for big family gatherings, particularly for special occasions like Raya or kenduri(s). Quiet, peaceful, kampung environment, quite close to the town of KK.

Raya morning, I got a chance to sembang-sembang with Ondeonde in between feeding my kids, having breakfast and getting my kids dressed up in their Raya outfits. This was when when my beloved famyBoy, his parents (my in-laws) our uncle (Ondeonde’s husband) and my brothers-in-law went for Raya prayers. I talked about my current mom-at-home life and Ondeonde shared her HL weight loss secrets.
Tempting tu, siapa takmo lose 5 kg in about a month! But I don’t think I can afford it lah. Definitely not with my current ciput income. Nak jadi kurus pun kena spend banyak wang, eh?

This year, we didn't have new outfits made. The boys wore their baju melayus from last Raya Haji. Sofea wore an existing baju kurung which I bought for her recently. For me, I did a mix+match of two old clothing items to produce a "new" look. :)
But anyways, macam berjanji pula, coincidently, we all chose blue as the theme color for this year’s Raya. So, time pegi beraya ramai-ramai, nampak macam rombongan mengiring pengantin.

We had the opportunity to menziarah several houses (in the kampung itself) before we drove to Selama, Kedah, to visit another aunt of ours.
Makan toksah cakap lah, menunya sungguh melampau. I couldn’t be bothered to find time to take pictures of the Raya special delicacies because I was busy stuffing myself with the yummy food. Makan, jangan tak makan, kak oiii!! There was this one house that we went to, the hostess served us ice-cream! Sebab dia taukeh ice-cream, methinks. Maybe Ondeonde can confirm if this is true.

The kids were overjoyed and simply delighted. They got to eat ice-cream, various kerepek and cookies, drink air kaler-kaler, and of course, kumpul duit raya.

I have more pictures in the Raya 2007 album, but here are some sneak previews.

Sofea managed to fast 20 days last Ramadhan. Alhamdulillah. For a first-timer, I think that's not bad at all.
Aidiin was proud to announce "Saya tak (q)uasa" to anyone who asked him if he managed to fast. :P

I am still behind in the house-cleaning tasks, believe it or not. Cemana nak jadi goddess kalu cenggini? The upstairs rooms are filled with stacked boxes, shifted furniture, ‘staging’ furniture, unsorted toys. Macam tengah packing to move out or baru pindah masuk rumah. Seriously. Nak amik gambar newly-painted room and family hall pun segan, sebab sepah sesangat. What more nak invite guests to the house. *blush*

Nantilah, bila dah betul-betul selesai kemas, okeh?

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Salam Aidil Fitri Untuk Semua

...dari kami sekeluarga

May Allah SWT bless you & family with happiness... on Eid ul-Fitr and always.

Monday, October 01, 2007

The 5 Things Tag

Tagged by the busy bee in lurve... :)

5 Things in my bag
- almost habis pinkish-rose shade lipstick
- spare brooch (in case the one i am using happens to patah)
- compact powder (almost habis juga)
- tissues dalam paket kecik-kecik
- a small notebook cum organizer for conteng-conteng

5 Things in my purse- ATM card
- 2 credit cards
- passport photos of famyBoy, sofea & aidiin
- membership card pelbagai - MPH, Popular Book Store, Pet Safari, Bonuslink, Jusco card, Metrojaya card, Anakku. The list does not stop there... cemana wallet tak tebal giler?
- some cash

5 favorite Things in my bedroom- my laptop
- whatever book i am currently reading
- the bedside lamp
- famyBoy
- famyKids

5 Things I would like to do- go for a family vacation
- clean up messy house due to ongoing construction work
- give Misha and Harry their overdue kitty-baths
- lepak in some bookstore
- attend to my attention-deprived plants

5 Things I am doing now
- doing this tag
- feeling determined to manage my time better and be more disciplined (yikes! musti yakin boleh!)
- thinking of what to wear for the iftar buffet (malasnya nak gi gosok baju)
- procrastinating kemas rumah yang bersepah melampau
- planning my grocery shopping list for the week

5 People I want to tag:
I think most of the people that i want to tag have already been tagged... errr, but if belum lagi, then they are:
- puan bzeebee (the blogger formerly known as butterflutter)
- bear and/or diah (bear pun boleh, diah pun boleh) <-- this would count as two people, kan? hee hee.
- puan rotidua
- madame gartblue
- puan daisy yang manis

Some long-awaited home improvement projects are taking place at the moment. I'll write more about them later.

I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed. Lots of furniture-shifting, cleaning, laundry, scrubbing, mopping, vacuuming and dusting. *sigh*  Macam tak abis-abis...

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

This is not saying Goodbye...

I'll be spending more time over there at my new home, now that the new efx2blogs@Bloghoster is ready. The other refugees from the broken efx2 are slowly re-registering themselves there too. It's nice to see familiar faces avatars and usernames. The community is rebuilding itself. :)

I'll still be backing up my posts here, regardless. Tapi minta maaf banyak-banyak in advance ye, kalau terlambat moderate comments or terlewat reply to shouts in the chatbox. Agak 'challenging' sket nak maintain two blogs at one time, even for a stay-at-home-mommy. hee hee hee.

Y'all be good now.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Sleep Spidey Sleep

Exhausted, from having to save the world

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Where Do We Go From Here?

Who would've thought, the most difficult thing that a SAHM has to deal with is time management?


Friday, September 21, 2007

Orang Ketiga

For the past err... *counts fingers* ...7+ years of my marriage, waking up for sahur has always been a twosome affair. Very minimal talking sebab ada orang tu nak bukak mata pun tak boleh, but we would, at the very least, talk about plans for the day.

Hari ni pukul berapa nak amik I?

Tak tau lagi. You nak balik pukul berapa?

By 5:15 lah. Nak gi tapau makanan untuk buka lagi.
Buka nanti nak makan apa?

Tak tau lagi. You nak makan apa?

Lebih kurang begitulah gist perbualan kami. No prizes for guessing who'd normally give the "Tak tau lagi" answers. You'd think he would be able to at least suggest what to eat. Hmmmph.

Anyways, this year, because the school is encouraging kids aged 6 to fast at least half a day, we have a 3rd person joining us for our pre-dawn meals. :)

The first sahur of this year's Ramadhan... she was very excited. It was her first experience. We woke her up at 5:00 AM and she was all excited and eager and was her usual chatty self. Her ongoing questions kept her Ayah awake.

I asked Sofea to take a nap before taking her bath but she refused. She chose to watch TV instead.

This is her, in the car, during the drive to school, on that first day of Ramadhan.

Kesian sungguh Princess ini... hee hee hee.

This is her, waiting for azan Maghrib after coming home from school.

'INFO' button on remote is used to check the current time

She managed to fast the entire day that first day, Alhamdulillah. :)

It's almost 9 days since the first day of Ramadhan, and so far she had missed 3 days of puasa. Two days because it was the weekend (and temptations in the form of an eating and drinking Aidiin, were hard to resist!), and one day because I did not hear the alarm go off, so nobody woke up for sahur, and her Ayah and I didn't want her to fast on a totally empty stomach.

I don't want to force her to fast full days since this is her first ever attempt at fasting, but I don't want to appear as a discouraging and unsupportive Ibu either.

I think the teachers at school promised the kids some special hadiah at the end of fasting month.

I just want to tell her that I am proud of her for trying.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

The Return of the Blogging Mommy (Pt 2)

Hokay... it took me a whole day (and a half!) to figure out why the Commenting feature refused to become (re-)enabled. But it's fixed now, so yayy!! :D

I still have some links that need to be updated. And a few more to be added as well. I'll get to that by this weekend, hopefully.

The Shoutbox has been up for a few days, as you luvelies can see (and have 'Shout'-ed... hee hee).

Thanks to Madame Elisa, I've created an account on, but have yet to check out the stuffs there.

I think I'll skip godek-ing this layout any further. My last godek-godek experience had me switching back and forth dunno how many times between the Classic Template to the New (Advanced) Template *blush*, and I had to redo the Fonts and Colors settings until I could almost hafal the hex codes for the colors. So... I'll just leave things as is, lah.

Oh, I did sign up at the new efx2blogs, but have yet to play around with the settings and whatnots, and to migrate (export?) my previous posts from the 'old' efx2 to the 'new' efx2. Not super-urgent to do, but it's comforting to know that the entries are there, waiting to get migrated. (Thanks Keith!)

I'll write more later... need to upload some pictures first.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

New Chapter

I have always known that this day would come. I just never imagined it would be this soon.

Should I be ecstatic?
I am. 'Thankful' would probably be a better word.

Should I be sad?
I am. But only a teeny, tiny bit.

Should I be worried?
Of course I am. I know this is a BIG step to take.

I would be lying if I said that was/am not afraid... of what's to come, of the changes and the unknown.

But I am definitely hopeful.
Lagipun, Ramadhan is a good time to berhijrah, no?

Kalau tak cuba, tak tahu. And, InsyaAllah, rezeki tu ada...

Semoga segala kekusutanku terurai, akhirnya.

THIS IS IT!! No turning back now... :)

Berdoalah untuk saya, ya?

Friday, September 14, 2007

The Return of The Blogging Mommy

What's the matter with that other blog provider?

Wow!!! I can't believe I am actually writing an entry. FINALLY.

I see many of my friends have started to update here, in blogspot. *waves Hi to everyone*

This blog has always been my contingency blog, I'd cut entries from efx2, and paste them here as backup... as a 'just in case', macam sekarang ni lah. I'm glad I did.

The thing is I was too lazy to maintain two blogs, so I had disabled most of the features here. The Comments Box is one of them.
Ah well, since I'd probably be updating here from now on, I might as well start figuring out how things work. *blush*

I'll enable the commenting feature first.
Then I need to figure out how to put up a Shout Box. hee hee.
I'll be updating my outdated links after that.
I'll need someone to teach me how to make the RSS feed thingy work, too.
And obviously, this layout needs major godek-ing.

So, I'll see you when I see you, ya?

Selamat Menjalani Ibadah Puasa. :)

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Le Petit Prince is Three!

My little prince turns 3 today. Can't believe it's been that long since my last maternity leave. Pregnancy-gained weight pun tak hilang lagi.
Due to Ibu and Ayah's busy schedules, we haven't got anything planned yet. *guilty*
But most probably it'll be a belated party at the school. We'll see how lah.


Here is a list of things about the little cheeky one that I would like to remember, so that I can look at them, in the years to come, and recall how he's like when he was three years old.

He has the cutest and cheekiest smile.
He loves anything with wheels... cars, trucks, planes, helicopters. ESPECIALLY trains.
When asked for the current time, his reply is always 8:49, regardless morning or night. Don't ask me why.
His bestest friends are named Thomas, James, Toby, Percy, Gordon, Emily, Edward, and Henry.
He sleeps with his trains.

He thinks he is Sir Topham Hatt aka The Fat Controller, only much much skinnier.
His idea of a dream vacation would be a visit to the Island of Sodor.
He sings the 'Thomas and his Friends' song at least once a day. He sings it while he is awake and when he is asleep, when he's in the shower and when he's in the car. hee hee hee.
He also likes to sing Faizal Tahir's Mahakarya Cinta, even in his sleep. He calls this song 'Di Atas Dunia'.

He talks to his toys a lot, especially to his trains. He'd tell them to wait for him until he returns home from school.
He memorizes almost all of the 99 Names of Allah, although sebutan tak berapa betul. He would 'sing' the Asma-ul-Husna with his sister. Ibu pun tak hafal semuanya. *blush*
He still needs his pacifier to go to sleep at night. His puting and his two bantals.
He doesn't need his puting nor his bantals when he takes his naps in school. Hmmmph.

He refuses to sleep in his cot, ever since he was a baby. So he sleeps on a big mattress on the floor, at the foot of Ibu and Ayah's bed.
He has inherited Kakak's bike (after she got a new one for her birthday), but he is still not confident enough to kayuh on his own.
He recognizes his ABCs. All 26 of them.
He is a big F-1 fan. Nobody should change the channel when he's watching his racing cars.

He speaks a lot for his age. Tak larat nak layan.
He is a born badut. Ibu's little entertainer.
He likes to play on the swings. And the slides. He gets to play on the swings and slides at the "p-e-n-g-g-r-o-u-n-d".
He pronounces his middle "f"(s) with very strong emphasis. Very funny, like faFFari. Eight-ffforty-nine is the cutest so far.

I think he is small-sized for his age. He can still fit in his 18-24 months clothes, only the pants appear senteng.
He can eat nasi lemak with a tinge of sambal. Sofea would've refused while kipas-ing her tongue.
He is very very manja, but he refused to be cuddled.
He can be very wriggly.

He likes to collect coins and pretend to play "shop" with his Kakak.
Anything circular in shape is a steering wheel. Vrrrooom, vrrroooom!
He prefers to run, instead of walk, to get from one place to another, even in really short distances.
His favorite color is red... Ferrari red.
Only he can control the remote, at all times.
His idea of solat means to recite all the bacaans out loud. VERY loud.
He is right-handed, although he seemed to be a lefty before. Ciss! Ibu tak dapat gang lagi.

He will remind Kakak to salam Ibu because Kakak always forgets. He, on the other hand, always remembers.
Every salam must be accompanied with kisses, one on his left pipi and one on his right pipi.
He is the "Burp Monitor". Whenever someone burps kekenyangan, he'd say "Cakap apa?" repeatedly until that person replies with "Alhamdulillah". The "Cakap apa?" question applies to burps caused by angin as well.

He can be very whiny, and 'screechy' too. Boleh pecah gegendang telinga.
Like Yoda, he sometimes speaks.
He can count up till 13. After 13, it is 14, then 12, then 18.
He can say sing out loud all the Days of the Week (in the correct sequence too!), *if* you ask him to start with Sunday.
He can recognize some words, but he can't read yet. He knows things through pictures.

Happy 3rd Birthday, Aidiin!!!
Ibu, Ayah and Kakak love you lots and lots.

Here are some other pictures of the birthday boy.

Read Me: Aidiin is Two
Read Me too: Aidiin is One

Friday, July 20, 2007

An Afternoon Cry

I was at home yesterday on sick leave. Managed to catch the 1:30 afternoon news on TeeVeeTiga.
They were showing coverage of the remains of the 6 crew members who died in the Nuri helicopter crash being flown back to their respective hometowns for burials.
Before I realized it, tears were rolling down my cheeks. And I was sobbing uncontrollably.

I still feel sebak reading the online news today.

May Allah SWT have mercy on the departed souls and grant courage and strength to their families.


Thursday, July 05, 2007

Tangled (aka Kusut)

So much has taken place since the past few weeks. I don't know where to start...

I wanted to write about stuffs that have been going on but never gotten around to doing so. The things I did, the emotions I felt, the places I went to, the food I ate, the people I've met, the big purchases I made, the books I've recently read.

My thoughts. My frustrations. My dreams. My fears. My plans. A big blob of blurriness.

I ended up blogging in my head instead, at nights, before I dozed off to lala land.
I told myself I'd blog about it/them the next day, but when the next day arrived, somehow the urges were no longer there. Other priorities surfaced and demanded my attention, so I had to put blogging and blog-hopping on hold.

Ironic, though, coz apart from being a scrapbook to capture and remember bits n pieces of my kids' lives, this blog was set up as a place to vent my whatevers... a repository of what I am going through at the particular point in time.
Yet somehow, I couldn't bring myself to click on the 'Add Blog Post' link and pour out all my thoughts and feelings into words on the computer screen... to write and submit a decent entry.

It is not bloggers' block, methinks.

I miss you all, but I haven't had time to blog-hop to visit. Tak caya tanya Zan.
By now, I know I have tonnes of alerts to clear off. *cringe*
Bila nak clearkan? Err... saya tak tau lagi.

Work-wise, Alhamdulillah, no major issues so far.
I am still catching up on stuff as usual. Occasionally slacking off a bit to procrastinate.
The auditors came and went (phew!), probably a bit disappointed coz they couldn't really come up with any major findings at our site. hee hee.
Project deadlines... biasalah. Some on schedule, some already behind. Nothing new there.

Things are not too bad at home too. Alhamdulillah juga.
Aidiin still has his bouts of phlegmy coughs, but I think that is a result of the recent haze.
He lost so much weight since the flu attack, and I am trying to help him regain his appetite. Kurus sangat dia, he looks like a walking batang mancis.

Sofea has been spending time on the PC lately. But during weekends only, that was our deal.
She's got to 'earn' her computer time too... kalau misbehave ke, sakat/kacau adik ke, main tapi tak kemas balik ke, takmo tido bila time tido ke, then highly likely the priviledges will be revoked.

Personal-wise, I've been mentally, physically and emotionally (and financially) exhausted. Kira tak berapa okay lah tuuu.

But I believe that He will not be testing me beyond what I can endure, insyaAllah. Perseverance is the key, kan? He will show me the way somehow.

Boleh amik blogger sabbatical leave tak?

Friday, June 22, 2007

Can't Get This Outta My Head...

They're two, they're four, they're six, they're eight,
Shunting trucks and hauling freight,
Red and green and brown and blue,
They're the Really Useful Crew.

All with different roles to play,
'round Tidmouth sheds or far away,
Down the hills and 'round the bends,
Thomas and his friends.

Thomas! He's the cheeky one,
James! Is vain but lots of fun,
Percy! Pulls the mail on time,
Gordon! Thunders down the line,
Emily! Really knows her stuff,
Henry! Toots and huffs and puffs,
Edward! Wants to help and share,
Toby! Well let's say...he's square...

They're two, they're four, they're six, they're eight,
Shunting trucks and hauling freight,
Red and green and brown and blue,
They're the Really Useful Crew.

All with different roles to play,
'round Tidmouth sheds or far away,
Down the hills and 'round the bends,
Thomas and his friends...

Monday, June 18, 2007


I woke up this morning and found my right eye looking like this. *gasps*

Red, swollen, watery and extremely itchy. I also found traces of stringy yellow discharge. Eeewwwwww.

Went to see the GP and was prescribed with Piriton (to reduce the itchiness and put me to sleep) and given antibiotic eyedrops to apply in each eye, every 4 hours for the next 2 days. Was advised to stay home (woo hoooo!!) but he strictly reminded me to keep my eyes rested.

"No TV, no computers and no reading," he added. Cisss!!! Baru terpikir nak catch up on blog alerts.

So I'll make this post short and sweet.

I don't know how I managed to get the pink eye because I was mostly at home tweaking my new blog layout at efx2 last weekend. Aidiin wasn't feeling very well so we didn't schedule any family outings. I only stepped out of the house to hang laundry out to dry. Itu ajer.

My husband insisted that I have contracted blogotweakiopia. Whateverrrrr.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Na na na na na, G@nu kiter...

Due to the nursery's annual one week break, famyBoy decided to bring me and the kids along with him to P@ka last week. Actually kan, subconciously, I think I sorta insisted on us tagging along because I didn't want to be left alone at home with the kids (with him being so far away, that is). He's got work to do there and we needed a break after all the sicknesses the week before.

My whole life, I have never heard of a place called P@ka. Sungguh katak di bawah tempurung gitu. Naturally, I was as excited as the kids were about the trip.

Throughout the journey, Sofea kept asking me how long it'll be till we arrive at the hotel.

Ibu, why is it taking so long to reach Terengganu? Is it far like Johor?

Go to sleep lah, it'll make the journey shorter.

But I'd slept and woke up already. And we're still not there yet. Now I'm tired. How can I play at the beach if I am tired? How???

This Q&A session went on every hour or so. Tak larat nak layan.

We left Shah Alam at about noon and arrived in Kert3h about 5 and a half hours later. Despite the long car ride, it was quite a pleasant journey because the traffic was not too bad. And thanks to my father-in-law's big and comfy car (which he had graciously allowed us to borrow), nobody complained about the silauness or the heat.

5 days, 4 nights... the kids never had enough of the pool and the beach.

As for me, I was contented with the food. And my camera.

This bear's name is Sandy

More pictures to be uploaded later into the Ganu album at Sekarang tengah malas sebab kekenyangan yang melampau from lunch... kerabu mangga and laksa tomyam yum yum yum.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Tentang Virus

Sore throat.
Runny nose.
Phlegmy cough.

Not one, but all four of us. The master bedroom feels like a hospital ward. :(

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Post-Event Post

The disadvantage about being one of the organizers for the event is that I didn't get to sit in and really listen or participate like the other (priviledged) attendees.

I was mostly on my feet, running around making sure things go as planned (as smooth as possible)... the kids were being fed and entertained, the speakers were seated comfortably, the hotel folks prepared and serve food at so-n-so time as previously discussed, the emcee should not forget to thank the sponsors, the people manning the booths didn't need anything extra, and the models were aware that they needed to quickly quickly eat during the break and then rush rush to the changing room to change into their pre-selected outfits.

I had donned the busana muslimah outfit that day... black jubah, purplish tudung with a slightly sparkly brooch and boots. Quite comfy actually, apart from blisters on my feet from walking around too much. Apa taknya, naik tangga turun tangga, jalan situ jalan sana jalan sini. The show must go on, so I put on a brave, no-pain-no-gain smile and pretended that I have a very high threshold for pain. Musti maintain hot gucciness maaa...

supermoms in the making

I'll upload more pictures later when I have the time, ok??

I barely caught Ustazah Sharifah Hayaati's segment. I was mostly outside of the hall checking on the kids in the "Babysitters Room" upstairs, to make sure that an adult is there to monitor and entertain them. I was also talking to the hotel folks about the table arrangements for the tudung styling session. And reminding them not to forget about serving brunch for the VIPs.

I heard bits and pieces of the forum. I was laughing along with the crowd when listening to Datin Anisah's celoteh. I felt the sebakness during Tuan Hasnah's "close your eyes and imagine your mother standing beside you here today" and I enjoyed listening to parts of Puan Jamilah's mommyhood stories during her life in Oman.

I did get to watch a bit of the tudung stylo session, and also got to gawk at the pretty outfits worn by the models. *makes mental note of potential items to buy when ada ongkos*

So, oLaB, sorry I cannot summarize the speeches given by the speakers, but I believe that Ondeonde has done a fantastic job at capturing the gist of the event in her recent update. I have not had a chance to blog-hop to LazyDaisy and Rafiqah's blogs yet, but I think they would be writing (if not already) entries about the forum as well.

I believe I saw some videocams that day, so hopefully I'd get to watch a video of the event later.

I'd have to say I was actually proud to see the big turn-out. More participants than I'd originally anticipated. Alhamdulillah. It was good to finally put faces to some names I used to see in the UKS e-group.

It was overall tiring, yes, and a bit stressful too, planning a big event like that. I couldn't help worrying, before and during, hoping things won't go wrong on d-day.

But the thank you(s) and congratulatory remarks by the audiences post-event made the worrying and the stress all worthwhile. *beams*

Here's wishing for an even better next time... In shaa Allah.

p/s to Ondeonde: Nak buat cemana... great minds think alike! *wink*

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

I hate the first day of work, especially after coming back from long leave. Especially if that long leave is a leave of absence sebab jaga anak sakit. Especially when anak sakit sebab non-stop purging and fever that resulted in numerous overflowed-diaper episodes, vomit-and-poop-stained bajus and bedsheets, gone haywire sleep patterns, emo and stress, migraines and lack of rest.

I especially hate it when multiple IM message boxes start popping up the very minute you log in to the office network and get online.

Okay-lah, I don't hate the ones welcoming me back to work and asking how things are at home and how I am feeling.

But I do hate the extra perky ones like this one, "Hi!!! Good Morning!! Can you help to resolve and close problem ticket # so-n-so immediately? Thanks!!! :)" Exclamations situ-sana-sini. Halloooo? That smiley emoticon DOES NOT cheer me up or make things better, okay? It does not make your message any cuter either.

Or the one that asks "Hello, have you read my email to you last week? Can get back to me asap? Thanx. Bye."

Sungguh inconsiderate. I hate. I hate.

I know I turned on the OutOfOffice thingy last week, so any emails would automatically be replied to with a message which states that I'll be on emergency leave for a few days and that I would not be reading my emails. If Puan Rotidua could see and acknowledge that, why can't depa yang lain itu?? Sheesh. Buat-buat tak nampak pulak.

I hate that I didn't get a chance to blog-hop at all or respond to the comments posted in my previous entries because I was busy catching up on emails, alerts and overdue tickets. I hate that I had to explain about my absence in almost all the emails I replied to. I hate the possibility that I may fall behind in reading newly-posted entries and cause my blog alerts to exponentially grow again.

I hate that it's my second day back at work today after long leave and I only got a chance to post this meant-for-yesterday entry this morning.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Six Years Have Passed

S is for Sweetness, especially when she smiles
O is for Origami, an activity that she enjoys
F is for Friendliness, you can certainly tell that she cares
E is for Energy, that she never runs out of
A is for Ayah's-Little-Girl, always have been and always will be...

The thing I noticed about Sofea is that she can be very determined and not easily distracted if she is engrossed with watching or doing something she chooses and likes. Take jigsaw puzzles for example. This favorite activity can keep her quiet and 'static' for a while.

Warm-up exercise

More often than not, once she'd started, she'd prefer not be disturbed till she has completed the entire puzzle. I do admire her persistence, but this admirable trait also implies that she can be very stubborn. *roll eyes*

As with all siblings (forgive me if I am generalizing), she has a love-hate-love relationship with her brother. I know she adores him (as he adores her) but at the same time, she would be the one pissing him off by being "big sister"-ly, super-bossy and control-ly. You don't want to make super-screamer Aidiin upset, believe me.

She is actually quite the manja type, although personally, I don't think her father and I ever raised her to be a spoilt princess eventhough she is our firstborn. But despite her manja-ness, she actually is strong-willed and intense. I am still trying to understand her after all these years.
Ever since she was a droolly baby, she has shown interests in books--pictorial ones, noisy ones, printed ones, sparkly ones, puzzling ones, you name it. I am glad that she enjoys reading as much as she enjoys watching TV. *grin*

She has been an independent reader since she was four. She can read quite well in both Bahasa Melayu and English. But sometimes I get questions like "Ibu, b-u-t ni macamana nak pronounce?" She was reading a Malay version of Puss in Boots that time.

I noticed that she is very imaginative and likes to draw. Her artwork is mostly on animals and people. Occasionally she'd draw inanimate objects. Some of you told me that she is quite the artist (benarkah begitu wahai kawan-kawanku?). I have never really taught her how to draw, but I think she inherited this quality from me. hee hee hee.

I was told by the same kawan-kawan, that my daughter's got beautiful handwriting, too, for a six year old. This quality, I definitely want to take credit for contributing to her genes. hee hee.

She once told me that her favorite color is purple. For the record, it has been purple since the last three years. Coincidently, purple is my favorite color too.

Despite leaning towards artsy interests, she is actually quite keen in mathematics. She would gladly pick out a math workbook to work on as opposed to spelling or writing. She obviously has a bit of her Ayah's geekiness in her too.

Truthfully, I am actually a bit envious of her. She knew all her Jawi characters by the age of two. She knew Al-Fatihah by heart although the sebutans were not really correct yet. When I was that age (2-3), I think I was still struggling with the first half of my alif-ba-ta. *blush*

Whatever it is, as her Ibu, I am very pleased with her accomplishments so far (Alhamdulillah) and very proud of her.

She was placed into my arms for the first time exactly 6 years ago. It was the second Sunday in the month of May, just like today in 2007.

This is a picture of the birthday girl, on her birthday, in her birthday dress, posing with her birthday gift. You don't see it here, but it is a new purplish-pink bicycle.

My Sofea, my princess, is 6 years old today. Happy Birthday Sayang.

And a very Happy Mothers' Day to all mommies around the world.

Read More: Sofea is 5 ; Sofea's 4th Birthday


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