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...


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