Friday, January 18, 2008

This Saturday ada sekolah ganti





It is only the 3rd week of school and so far I have had to replace/replenish (due to reasons such as "tertinggal kat sekolah", "tak tau cemana", "kawan Kakak pinjam lepas tu dia pusing-pusing sampai rosak", "dah patah", "Kakak tak ingat", and "dah tak boleh sharp") the following items, in no particular order:

- four (and a half) batangs of 2B 'exam-grade' pencils
- 1 sharpener
- 2 erasers
- 1 color pencil (specifically, the brown one)
- a pair of scissors
- 2 sticks of glue
- 1 Disney Princess water tumbler

Adusssss! Pokailah Ibu macam ni!!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Pottey-trained

... or otherwise known as "Why I wasn't online that much last month."

Last December, apart from the usual homekeeping stuff and working, I've been taking and making time to read, and read, and read. Talk about self-pampering... hee hee hee.

But what a magical month it was! And personally, I think the 7 books I'd read were perfect endings for my 2007 reading list.

Many, many years ago, I read the first HP book, i.e. The Philosopher's Stone. It was a borrowed book, and it has been so long that I can't even remember who/where I borrowed it from. Strangely enough, the book did not appeal to me then. *shrug*

Anyways, early last month, during one of my unplanned excursions to MPH, I bought myself a copy of HP & The Philosopher's Stone. No particular reason, just felt like buying it. That very night, I read it from cover to cover, and my magical journey commenced.

Many times I had to fight urges to skim through paragraphs to find out what's going to happen next. I hadn't expected to be mesmerized sebegitu rupa.

When I was about a chapter and a half till the end, I knew I couldn't wait too long for the sequel(s), so the next day, I went and bought myself The Chamber of Secrets and The Prisoner of Azkaban.

Started The Chamber of Secrets immediately after completing The Philosopher's Stone. Finished Chamber of Secrets in about 2 days, and picked up Prisoner of Azkaban right after. Prisoner of Azkaban, I completed reading in a day.

Happily waltzed into MPH again that weekend, to grab a copy each of Half-Blood Prince and The Goblet of Fire. Took me about two and a half weeks to finish both as I was mostly stealing time to read before bed or in between goddessy chores.

I started on the Order of the Phoenix a few days before Hari Raya Haji last year. For the last Raya Haji, my family and relatives decided to berkumpul di JayBee.

Since famyBoy was away quite often last Nov-Dec, we decided it would be a good opportunity to make this southbound trip sort of a 'mini-vacation' for the famyFamily since accomodations and meals were practically covered. *wink*

I don't normally read in moving vehicles because I would feel giddy, but I couldn't wait 4 long hours for our drive from KayEll to JayBee to end. So instead of taking short naps or chatting, I continued to indulge myself in another Potter adventure and completed The Order of the Phoenix.

On the 2nd day of our JayBee-stay, despite the delicious spread we had for Raya, I craved for the final installment of the HP series. *blush*

So I looked up the location of an MPH outlet nearest to my aunt's house. The first branch I called told me they were closing down, the second branch replied with "no copies available" but the last branch (kat downtown JayBee) promised to reserve a copy of The Deathly Hallows for me. Malam tu jugak makcik pergi pick up, and I was ecstatic. *grin*

I took my time reading this last book, coz as much as I wanted to see the mysteries get solved and my questions answered, I didn't really want the magical journey to end.

I see now why there are so many Potter fans throughout the world. Never doubted them, but never understood why before. The brilliant Ms. Rowling, clearly and truly deserves all the hype and credits. It amazes me how she managed to come up with the super-interesting plots, with the many twists and unexpecteds, not to mention the colorful characters in her stories.

Sungguh best!!! But out of all seven books, I like The Prisoner of Azkaban and The Deathly Hallows the most.

Teringat zaman dulu when I was hooked on the Enid Blyton mysteries, the adventures are different, of course, but the mesmerizing feeling is the same. My only regret was not starting earlier!

But then again, the good thing about getting hooked on this series late is that I need not desperately wait for all the sequels, err... except maybe for the 8th one?




Penantian itu satu penyeksaan. Memang pun!


Monday, January 07, 2008

Growing Up

We I survived the first week of school!

Despite waking up almost every hour to check the alarm clock on the night before, I was surprised that I managed to keep calm and not panic. *pats self on the back* As a first-timer, I felt proud of myself for not being the parent who lingered and waited at the kaki lima classroom when the Headmistress specifically begged asked all parents to step into the hall for a briefing. Or the parent who sits in with his/her confident-looking child, although the teacher is right there standing and speaking at the front of the classroom. Siapa yang ada separation anxiety, nih? hee hee hee.

Overall, most of the Primary One kids looked confident, alert and independent, my daughter being one of them. Makes me feel un-needed *sniff* but it's actually a good thing lah, kan? I was actually swallowing tears *blush* when the Headmistress congratulated and welcomed the new Primary One students to the school.



Girls with pink Disney Princess school bags


Alhamdulillah... Sofea was okay, throughout. I could almost hear my subconcious telling me "See? See? I told you so."

I accompanied her to the girls' restroom on the Orientation Day to show her what to do when she needs to shi-shi in the cangkung toilet. Her concern was what happens if her new watch terkena air.

Masa recess saja still kena monitor, methinks. The first time I left her by herself (I was watching dari jauh), I saw her taking a stroll around the canteen walking hand-in-hand with her new friends instead of sitting down and gobbling down the roti kaya&butter that I had packed from home. I decided to stay home today (hence, being able to blog at 9am this morning) after constantly reminding her that she needs to eat quickly during her 20 minutes break. We'll see how, lah. I think I'll spy on her tomorrow, though. heh heh.

I realize now that all the worries that I had before were not meant for her, they were intended for ME.

I know now that I should be concerned about adjusting and adapting my life to suit her sekolah kebangsaan hours, kafa hours and other activities. It is not really a schedule for her that I need to draft out, it is more on how I should manage my time and tasks to ensure I cover all responsibilities of a Muslimah, a wife, an Ibu and a working goddess.

This is the time for me to grow up, brush up on any skills that I am lacking, strive to not procrastinate too often and make bigger attempts to correct my imperfections.

Tercapaikah nanti azam tahun 2008ku ini?



 

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