Friday, December 28, 2007

Singapore Trip Dec '07 (Part II)

Day 3
I didn't set the alarm to wake up coz CE is usually an early riser. Anyway, I wanted the kids to have as much sleep as they needed. So we woke up at almost 9am. We were planning to go to Sentosa Island. In the midst of getting them ready, CE vomited on the floor (after his milk). I had to clean him up while PaPa cleaned up the floor. When we were about to go out, CE did it again. So another round of cleaning up. What a way to start the day.

We had breakfast at a food court, about 10 minutes walk from the hotel. CB used to eat there during his previous business trips. Then we took the cab to HarbourFront Tower Two, to take the cable car to Sentosa. The ride was much shorter than I'd expected. Anyway, CB and I have taken it before, so we just wanted the kids to experience it. Luckily they were not scared and didn't kick up any fuss. The view from the cable car ride wasn't that impressive. I remembered it was quite nice but now, there's a big construction site below (must be Resorts World). By the time we reached the island, it's about 12 noon already. Half a day gone and we've not explored anything yet.

~ in a cable car, towards Sentosa Island ~

Our first stop, The Merlion. Didn't know what they have inside but just bought the tickets, since we were there already. We came back out again as there were a big group of school children ahead of us. Got our tickets chopped and we'd return later.

~ The Merlion ~

Next, Underwater World (UW). The queue to buy tickets was very very long. So we had a detour again. Decided to go to Dolphin Lagoon (DL). Although they were at different locations, buying either DL or UW ticket will entitle you entry to both. We took the Sentosa Bus. It's free and there are 3 bus lines to take you to different parts of the island and places of interest.

At DL, we saw a wonderful performance by the pink dolphins - touching/hitting an object which was a few feet above water with their snout/tail, balancing a ball on their snout, 'flying' over loops, kissing a volunteer's face, and many more. However, I didn't get a good view as I was sitting down, carrying a sleeping CE. And XY seemed more interested in the packet of popcorns than the dolphins' performances.

~ at Dolphin Lagoon ~

We wanted to take the bus to go back to UW but there was a lot of people. Being a school holiday and weekend, there was a big crowd everywhere. We probably can only get on the 3rd or 4th bus and I wondered how long we have to wait. CE was still sleeping (slept since we arrived at DL). So we took a cab.

Good thing he woke up, if not, I'd probably break my back and hands carrying him. You see, he doesn't want PaPa to carry him most of the time. So poor mummy got to play Xena (Warrior Princess) - the strong and mighty lady. LOL The kids were quite fascinated with so many fishes at UW. I've been there more than 10 years ago and I still like this big aquarium. There is a 'Ray of Fun' pool where you can touch and feed the stingrays. CE was busy playing with the water, splashing with his hands. There are so many fishes to see. I especially like the tunnel with the moving travellator and the fishes swim around us. There are some very big fishes, sharks, dugong and a variety of marine life. There was also huge spider crabs on display (eeee... really geli looking at them).

~ aquarium at Underwater World ~

It was raining when we wanted to leave. Looking at the long queue at the bus stop, we decided to take a cab again. But it wasn't easy getting one as there aren't many servicing the island. So we're back at The Merlion again. At the entrance earlier, we were given a coin each and the attendant told us a mystery gift awaits us. We were treated to a short animation (movie) about how Singapura and the Merlion symbol came about. Next we were in a room where we put the coins into the mouth of the Mercubs and a small card came out, indicating which gift we got. All 3 of us got Gift A. Then we took the lift to the 10th floor. That's where the Mouth Gallery Viewing Deck (the lion's mouth) is and we can take pictures with the island as background. A staircase led us to the lion's head but we didn't go up coz it was raining heavily and it's not covered. I'd presume the view from up there would be nicer as can see more of the island. Emmm... or maybe not... spoilt by construction site? hehehe So back down again and into the souvenir shop. Here we received our mystery gifts. Gift A = Fan. There are 3 types of gifts - fan, key chain and if I'm not mistaken, paperweight. But we got fan, fan and fan. LOL

Next, we wanted to watch Songs of the Sea. As the Sentosa website puts it, "It brings you a mesmerizing show with a live cast and dramatic effects pyrotechnics, water jets, brilliant lasers, special computer imaging, bursts of fire, captivating music and stunning flame bursts." They have 2 shows - 7:40pm and 8:40pm. But the 7:40 show was full and we didn't want to wait for the later show as the kids (and us adults) were very tired already. So we decided to give it a pass and took the Sentosa Express to VivoCity. After taking some pictures of the Christmas decorations there, we took the MRT back to the hotel as the taxi queue was just too long.

~ decorations at VivoCity ~

Back in the hotel, we took our showers and we're too tired to explore anymore for food. Dinner was at the hotel's cafe (Kopitiam). The food... no comments. Nothing great, just good enough to fill our tummies.

What a tiring day.

Monday, December 24, 2007

An Unlucky Day

After we were back from Singapore, CE developed some rashes around his neck. It was quite mild, his skin just a bit rough and it looked very dry. I thought it was because we were sleeping in an air-cond room the whole night (at home, we normally just switch it on for awhile at night). So I just apply his Balneum lotion as normal but it got worse. He started scratching on Saturday and yesterday, the rashes got really bad, especially the area under his chin.

So I brought him to see the paediatrician this morning. Doctor said it's mostly caused by allergy. Aiyo... now I cannot track back what caused the allergy coz he's taken quite a number of new food the past week. I wasn't so cautious this time in introducing new food to him (although he's quite prone to allergy. I'm just cautious about seafood - how careless of me). Let me see... he had chee cheong fun (with sweet sauce), biscuits (Tiger and Lexus) and wantan noodles. Hmmm... it could be chee cheong fun coz it has dried shrimps in it. I've separated them but maybe there were still traces of that seafood in it. I seriously hope it's not the biscuits coz he likes to eat biscuits now, as compared to bread. Doctor prescribed Hydrocort cream and oral medication for his allergy and itchiness.

Then when we left the clinic, a little accident happened. I was reversing my car from the parking lot and suddenly "Bang!" Sh*t!!! I swear I didn't see that car, don't know where he came from. I only saw a stationary car at a distance, waiting for parking. Upon seeing that it was a place with many people (mamak stall nearby) and nothing fishy, I got out of the car to inspect the damages (to both cars). Must be very careful these days with so many incidents of car hijack and robbery after a little accident. The other guy's car was scratched lightly (but it's obvious) at the front passenger door. He suggested that I pay him 100 bucks. Immediately I called hubby and let hubby speak to him. After a long chat (he kept asking hubby to ask me to pay him, don't want to waste time lah, scared we run away lah, bla bla bla). Then I checked my back bumper. It was scratched badly too. Only when I wanted to take some pictures at home that I saw the bumper has dislocated a little. Anyway, he agreed that he'll wait till hubby's back from work to settle with him. Now I'm very sad coz I've scratched my car again (yes, again) and we've to spend extra to pay for the other party's damages too. :( Thank god no one was hurt. That's my only consolation.

~ a big patch above and scratches at the bottom ~

~ the dislocated bumper ~

Mishaps aside...




Wishing all a Merry Christmas
& a very Happy New Year!
And happy holidays too!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Happy Dongzhi & Happy 19 Months Old

Today is the Dongzhi Festival and Kakak made tang yuan (sweet soup of glutinuous rice flour balls) and onde onde. Wishing you a very Happy Dongzhi!

~ dessert for the day ~

Here's an update on 19 months old CE:
Statistics
Weight - 12.2 kg (measured on 12-12-07)
Height - didn’t measure

Diet
Likes to eat biscuits. He’s not too interested in plain bread anymore. Have to spread some jam on the bread, otherwise he won’t eat it.
Prefers rice than porridge. Gave him a few mouthfuls of plain rice and he liked it. Have just started to feed him rice with chicken and vegetable today. He’s happy with it.
Have introduced new food to him - spaghetti, bihun, noodles and cake. I think he prefers not-too-bland food now.

Sleep
Ever since we came back from Singapore, his habit and behaviour have changed a little. The past few nights he wasn’t sleeping well. Woke up a few times in the middle of the night crying. Sometimes he'll point to the door or walk down from the bed and stand at the door. I guess he wants to go out.
Then yesterday, I discovered that he wants to sleep with the toilet light on. I switched it off when he dozed off but once the light was off, he woke up making a fuss till I switched it on again. How weird.

Teeth
16 teeth in total. Not sure if he’s teething again as he’s acting weird lately. :D

Verbal
Continues to babble. Although he doesn't speak, he knows most body parts - eye, nose, mouth, ear, hair, face, hand and leg. He likes to point at our face and make us say the parts. Sometimes I purposely say the wrong thing, but he’ll keep pointing at it till I get it right.
When he wants to sleep, he’ll point at his bouncer.

Others
CE is now giving me bath time headache. He doesn't like to bathe, wash his hair and brush his teeth. But once he’s happy in the tub, he doesn’t want to get out. And after I managed to get him out of the bathroom, he doesn’t want to wear his clothes. Grrrr...
He likes to stack toys - to make a tower. And at other times, destroy towers that others are trying to build.
He’s learning to sort shapes. Learning to put the right shapes into the right slot.
Likes to play with the telephone. Takes up the receiver and put it at his ear.
Likes to scribble with pen, pencil or colour pencil. Of coz he's not holding the pencil the correct way.
He’s learnt how to blow (practised blowing bubbles). Today he got hold of jie jie’s whistle and he managed to blow quite loudly. And he was very happy with himself.
With his new found blowing skill, he’ll blow the insects (dead or alive) that he sees on the floor.
He’s our personal doorman. He’ll close the doors (bang, is more like it) when he sees that they’re wide open, especially the main door and the door to the kitchen.
Very interested to open and close drawers and cabinets. If he gets the chance (sometimes we’re a bit slow to stop him), he’ll take the things out and play.

Singapore Trip Dec '07 (Part I)

Day 1
We reached Swissôtel The Stamford, Singapore at 11+ am. Luckily we managed to get an early check-in (normally at 2) coz CB needed to be at the client's office at 2pm. Our room is on the 51st floor. It has the harbour view. I took pictures of the room but forgot to take the view outside (blur hor?). Anyway, there's a construction site below and it really spoilt the view. But the view with ships at the harbour is quite nice. The room has a king sized bed and we requested for a roll-away bed (for XY).

Then CB went to Raffles City shopping complex (just next door, very convenient) to pack lunch. We had MOS burger while CE had pumpkin soup with bread. Finally I get to eat the teriyaki rice burger. I had one and a half burgers and it was so satisfying. I really wonder how come it didn't survive in Malaysia. They used to have an outlet in KLCC.

After lunch, CB went to work. CE was still having fever (38+ºC). We rested and napped till 5+. For dinner, we looked around at Raffles City's basement (The Marketplace). There are quite a number of restaurants and we chose to eat at Din Tai Fung. We ordered crab meat 'siu long bao', noodle soup, fried rice and spinach. CB said the food at Dragon-i taste better. We didn't explore much after dinner and went back to hotel to let CE rest more. Wanted to make milk for him but realised I didn't have the scoop. I took a new packet of milk from the box but forgot about the scoop. Arggghh! So I just used the teaspoon to estimate. Before sleep, his temperature was 39.1ºC so I gave him a dose of suppository.

Day 2
It was a working day for CB. CE vomitted immediately after his milk and it dirtied the bedsheet, mattress protector, blanket and himself. What a mess! While XY and I were having some muffins for breakfast, the housekeeping guy came to clean up the room and I brought the kids to the swimming pool to continue our breakfast. They have 2 big pools and I doubt any of it is a children's pool. Throughout our stay, didn't have the opportunity to bring XY to play in the pool.

Decided to have an early lunch to avoid the lunch crowd at the shopping complex. Went back to Din Tai Fung again. And ate the same noodle soup like the day before. Well, as long as XY liked it, she'll eat properly. So save my trouble of supervising her as I've to take care of the lil boy.

Walked around for a short while (cannot carry CE for too long) then headed back to the room. After a short rest, my friend (WL) came to visit us with her son and aunt. Didn't stay for long as her son's getting cranky coz he missed his nap. Tried to make CE sleep again after they left but got disturbed by the hotel staff (asked me if everything's ok. duh...) coz I forgot to press the "Privacy Please" button. Hmmmpph!!

Since the kids can't sleep, I prepared fruits (apple and papaya) for their tea time. Another friend (YK) came to visit at about 6pm. Not long after, CB was back from work. YK didn't join us for dinner as she was rushing home to take over her daughter from her MIL. hehehe

Wanted to see the Christmas lighting on Orchard Road. So went there for dinner. After walking around (hungry and tired already), we settled for Dome. The pan-fried dory and lamb shanks were good, but I didn't like the salmon puff (very fishy). Overall, a satisfactory meal.

~ lighting along Orchard Rd ~

To me, the lighting wasn't that impressive. It was so tiring walking along Orchard Road coz CE only wanted me to carry him. Walked till my back also senget already. Good thing CE's fever has subsided. Was hoping he'd be in better shape for the next 2 days' activities. Stay tuned!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

I've Been Tagged

I've been tagged and I actually wanted to do this before I go off for my holiday. Unfortunately, I ran out of time. Sorry I took so long Judy. Hey, we have some things in common. I like blue and badminton too. Have not been playing for years already. Just couldn't find any sparring partners/friends. I wonder if I'm still able to run around the court without doing too much damage to my body. LOL

1. Do the following without complains.
2. Choose 5 people to do this quiz after you've done yours.
3. Tag the chosen one.
4. Start your post with "I've been tagged"

Favourites
Colour: blue
Food: dim sum
Movie: Mrs Doubtfire
Sport: badminton
Day: birthdays
Season: holidays
Ice cream: rum and raisin

First
Best friend: PL (in primary school)
Crush: a guy I knew from a badminton tournament in secondary school
Movie: no recollection
Music: no recollection

Last
Drink: plain water
Car ride: on Monday - went out for dinner
Crush: Raymond Lam Fung (yeah... I watch too much Cantonese drama)
Phone call: hubby
CD played: Raymond Lap CDs
Gone out with good friends: 2 weeks ago for dinner
Broken a law: turned at the traffic light when it was red... there was really no car leh
Been arrested: never

And I'd like to tag:
Wen
Jac
Sharine
Jo-N
Chanel

Back From Lion City

Halo everybody! I’m back from my holiday and I need a break! hehehe It was so tiring that we’re quite decided there’ll be no more holidaying (especially those long distance ones) for us in the very near future (the next 2 years, maybe?).

We followed hubby on his business trip to Singapore. We were there from 13 to 17 Dec. CE chose a really bad time to fall sick. He developed a mild fever on Wednesday late afternoon. As we were flying to Singapore the next morning, I brought him to see the doctor in the evening. Doctor said he has a very slight red throat and it should be a viral infection. So I took all the necessary medication - fever, flu and cough, although he didn’t have any runny nose or cough then.

That night we went to BIL’s place for family dinner. It was my little nephew’s (CH) 2nd birthday. We stayed on for awhile and left at 10+, came home and continued to pack till 2+. I know it’s bad habit to pack so last minute but if there’s a comprehensive list (which I didn’t do this round), it should be fine. So true enough, I missed out quite a number of essential items due to this last minute work.

It was really a nightmare going on a holiday with a sick kiddo. He’s extra cranky, extra clingy, not eating well nor drinking his milk like usual. Will write more about this later. XY is fine, just need to catch up on some sleep (as she didn’t have her usual naps in the afternoons) and CE’s still cranky and demanding although I think he’s fully recovered already. I’m still recuperating - napping in the afternoon and sleeping early at night. Poor hubby has got to go back to work, so no proper rest for him. Good thing today is a public holiday. I’ll try to post about the trip as soon as I can and will hop over to visit you all soon. But it’s going to be tortoise speed ya. :D

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Bye-bye


Nope, this is not a suicide mission gone wrong. hehehe Although I've been feeling a bit moody lately, I wouldn't resort to suicide. Too chicken for that. If you've noticed, I haven't been writing very frequently and I've also blog-hopped less. I don't know why, but I don't feel very energetic. I used to be able to stay up till 3 am but the past week, I fell asleep together with the kids. Just couldn't get up to have some 'me' time. So I don't have much time to update my blog, read other's blogs and leave comments or watch my Cantonese serials. (I'm very far behind already. Too many AOD shows to catch up. The Astro MAX is running out of space!) Moreover, we'll be going for a short family holiday in 2 days' time. And I haven't started packing yet. So friends, please bear with me. I'll slowly pick up the momentum after the holidays. I'll see you when I'm back ya. Bye-bye for the time being.

Ok, back to the picture above. How did that happen? I was using a red pen but didn't realise it has leaked. And I got ink smeared all over my hand and fingers, and the computer table too. Then I remembered reading somewhere that toothpaste is able to clean up stubborn stains. So I gave it a try.

It was much easier to remove the stain from my hand with toothpaste as compared to soap. Yes, I tried to experiment with both. As for the stain on the table, the toothpaste did a good job. I've stained it before (previously was blue ink. I do sound very clumsy, don't I? LOL) but couldn't remove the ink with soap. Now my table is squeaky-clean... bye-bye stains!

Ushering In The New Year

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Friday, December 07, 2007

Kuala Selangor Trip - 1 Dec '07

Last Saturday, XY and I went for the Kuala Selangor trip organised by her kindy. They engaged a tour guide who's an environmentalist. Our first stop was the Kuala Selangor Nature Park. The bus ride took over 2 hours. She only napped for awhile in the bus. We went for a short walk along the trail towards a watch tower. The mozzies were having a big feast. I had forgotten to apply the mosquito repellent but it seemed that those who applied were not spared anyway. Along the way, we saw wild monkeys (silvered leaf monkeys) on tree tops. We were told to hold on tight to our belongings as these monkeys may snatch them away. There were also mangrove trees, mangrove ferns and big termite homes. We climbed up the watch tower. It has quite a spectacular view of the lake and the trees. We even saw some eagles flying across (quite far away, of coz).

The next destination was Bukit Malawati. We took the tram up the hill. Things of interest - lighthouse, cannons and monkeys (but these are the friendly type and they're not afraid of humans at all). I took a lot of pictures of the monkeys and I tried to capture one of the babies latching onto its mother for milk. But just couldn't get the right angle and shot. :(

Next, we went to visit a paddy field. The kids played with the paddy plant that the adults had plucked out for them. Too bad I didn't hear the tour guide's explanation of the planting and harvesting process as I was busy taking care of XY playing with her friends.

~ paddy field ~

I was already starving by the time we left the paddy field. It's dinner time. We went to River View Seafood Restaurant. They served 'ku lou yuk' (sweet and sour pork), fish ball soup, butter prawns, deep fried mantis prawn, fried chicken, mixed vegetable with tofu and green vege. The food was nothing fantastic. Maybe it's because of our budget or because they have to order food that's suitable for children. Anyway, XY finished all her rice coz she was competing with a friend who's sitting next to her. Moreover, she was highly motivated to finish fast so that she can play with the toy rides (that needs coins to operate). She only had one round of 'movement' (very lucky I have the coins in my wallet). Anyway, she's usually quite contented sitting inside without movement as I always tell her it's out of order or I've got no coins. hehehe

After dinner, we headed to Kampung Kuantan for the highlight of the day. We sat in the sampan with another couple and their daughter (one of XY's good friend whom she has been sticking to throughout the trip). Now they don't use engine to run the sampan due to pollution. So it was manually rowed. XY was so funny, she said she wanted to row the boat. It was really dark and there were patches of fireflies here and there, unlike many many years ago where it lighted up the whole stretch. According to the guy rowing the boat, the fireflies only feed on young mangrove trees, with good leaves. It was really beautiful... the twinkling lights, like a Christmas tree.

~ watched fireflies at Kg Kuantan ~

So that's the end of our trip. The journey back took 2 hours. XY slept most of it but I was wide awake, and feeling very tired. By the time I reached home, it was already 12:15 am. What a long and tiring day, but it was an experience of a lifetime.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

True Blue Award

It's really great to have friends who'll stand by you, no matter what. So sweet of Jo-N for awarding me this. Thanks, my dear friend!
Dolphins are blue, so true blue, calm in the storm, they never sleep, so ever-present, they're friendly, so amicable, accountable, dependable, and protective.
This award is presented for bloggers who always stand by you!


Now I'd like to present this award to :
Jazzmint
Wen
Mummy to QiQi
Anggie

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Dinner With Friends

I had dinner with some of my Uni friends. It was a get-together to meet up with LY who came back from the States for a short holiday. Just us 5 girls. CB was home looking after the kids. When I reached home at about 11pm, they have not slept yet. Can still hear CE crying upstairs.

We went for 'latt thong' in Sg Chua. Luckily they liked the food. So nice of them to come all the way to Kajang from KL (C and MP from Damansara, LY from Puchong and KC from her office in KL). It was really great to catch up with them.

Monday, December 03, 2007

World Best Friend Week

"Do you know the relationship between your 2 eyes? They blink together, move together, cry together, see things together and sleep together. Even though they never see each other, friendship should be just like that! Life is like Hell without FRIENDS. Its ‘World Best Friend Week’. Send this to your best friends to let them know you appreciate them."

Your Love is Ur Heart,
Your heart is Ur Spouse,
Your spouse is Ur Future,
Your future is Ur Destiny,
Your destiny is Ur Ambition,
Your ambition is Ur Aspiration,
Your aspiration is Ur Motivation,
Your motivation is Ur Belief,
Your belief is Ur Peace,
Your peace is Ur Target,
Your target is Heaven,
Heaven is no fun without FRIENDS.


Thanks, Jac for sending this my way. What would life be without friends? Being a SAHM, my circle of friends are really small. But ever since I joined the blogging community, that has changed and I'm really happy and blessed to have found some true friends. I'm dedicating this to all of you, my friends. Thank you for being a dear friend.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Loots From Vietnam

CB just got back from a business trip to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It was the longest trip (4 nights) he was away since XY was born. Normally if he needs to travel, it'll be just for 1 or 2 nights.

We communicated over the internet almost every night (he went to an internet cafe). We used the webcam so that the kids can see their father and vice versa. But connection was quite bad. His image kept hanging. Even the voice call wasn't very clear.

The kids doesn't seem to miss him too much. hahaha I guess they're too young. XY is still ok... she knows when PaPa's coming back. And she'd chat with him when he called home. As for CE, he doesn't look for PaPa and it's like out of sight, out of mind. But when PaPa walked in the front door, he stretched his arms out for PaPa to carry, like what he normally does when PaPa comes back from work in the evening.

CB bought a lot of foodstuff, clothes for all of us, bamboo bags and wine holders, which was broken when he got back. Must be due to the rough handling of the checked-in baggage.

~ traditional suits for the kids and a doll for XY ~

~ nut candy, peanut butter candy and mixed fruit chips ~

~ bamboo bags ~

~ broken wine holder ~

Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Age That I Wish My Child Will Stay To Be!

Judy passed me this tag. I'll do it based on XY as CE is only 1 and a half years old. There're only 4 years to choose from coz she's only 4+. I think I'd like her to stay at age 3. The reasons :
* She can communicate very well with us already.
* She's not learnt to answer back rudely.
* Most importantly, she's overcome her phobia of visiting the doctor.
* And she's not afraid of taking medicine anymore.

Planning For Family Vacation

It's the year end and we're thinking of going for a family vacation. Singapore would be a good choice. There will be lovely decorations for Christmas. The kids have never been to a zoo and I really like Singapore Zoo as there are lots of animals to see.

Hawaii vacations sounds good too. Maybe I should check out the Hawaii vacation packages. I doubt hubby would be interested in Mexico vacations.

When we go for vacations (unless we're following a tour), we normally book the hotel room online because of the better deals. Hotel Reservations offers hotels, motels, resorts, flight and car rentals. I can search for the best hotel deal based on my travel date. It can also show me the hotels near a specific landmark or location, eg. Orchard Road or Sentosa Island. With young children in tow, it's always easier to stay near to the places of interest we intend to visit. Whenever the kids are tired, we can head back to the hotel for a rest.

If you're planning your year-end vacation, do check out this site. It offers great discounts (up to 70%) on world-wide destinations.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Kids @ Play


XY and CE like to play together but I get very worried sometimes because they play rough. When they’re in the bedroom, XY likes to hide under the blanket and play peek-a-boo with didi. He gets amused easily with jie jie’s actions. He’ll laugh non-stop and try to pull the blanket away to make jie jie 'appear'. He's not successful coz jie jie is holding tight to it. So he’ll hit her head instead. :-|

Another dangerous place is on the bed. They play so wildly that I worry they’ll fall off the bed or knock each other's head or face. But it's really fun to see them play together, to hear their loud laughter. I guess in CE's mind, jie jie is his personal clown.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Goodbye Pacifier?

CE has been introduced to the pacifier in his first month. He needs it only when he sleeps. Recently, he doesn't want his pacifier when I make him sleep at night. When I tried to put it in his mouth, he'll move his face away or take it out. Usually when he's alert, he'd reject it. Only when he stirs in the middle of night, I'll pop it in for him and he's alright with it. Yesterday night, he didn't use the pacifier at all. Same goes for his afternoon nap.

So far, we've bought 4 pacifiers (Tollyjoy orthodontic). Now there's only one left. The other 3 was broken because he bit them. Looks like he's ready to wean himself off the pacifier.

Monday, November 26, 2007

My Lil' Gardeners

When the kids were playing at the house compound in the evening, I did some weeding while watching over them. Then the 2 kepoh helpers decided to give me a hand. Actually XY was quite helpful. She managed to pull out quite a lot of weeds while I was busy snapping didi's pictures and running after didi (coz he kept going near the drain). As for didi, he wasn't weeding. He was pulling out the grass! And playing with them. Luckily he didn't leave a botak patch on my lawn.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

The Need For Insurance

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Insurance is a part of your financial planning. When things happen unexpectedly that requires a big sum of money, at least you have some financial back-up. Some people like to buy life insurance that is linked with investment. However such investment usually doesn't give very high returns as compared to returns from investments on stocks or unit trusts. But if you don't have the time nor the expertise to invest on your own, this kind of investment-linked insurance is a good choice.

Medical insurance is also important to ease some of your financial burden when your family is suddenly in need of medical attention. We have got life and medical insurance for ourselves and the kids. We also bought the home insurance to cover any damage or loss due to fire, flood or theft. It's important to protect your home as it's one of your largest financial investments.

Car insurance is a must here in Malaysia so your vehicle is insured against loss or damage to the vehicle and also to third party injuries and properties. With so many general insurance companies around, you should compare car insurance quotes to get the one that best suits your needs.

If you think that you haven't gotten yourself or your assets covered sufficiently, do look into it now to protect yourself and your loved ones against unnecessary financial burden.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

To Cane Or Not To Cane

Chinnee wanted to know how I deal with the kids in terms of caning. To be honest, I'm not as patient as I hope I'd be. So I do use the cane, usually as a last resort. This is the process flow.

When XY is naughty (eg disturbing didi, running wildly in the living room, jumping on the sofa) :
1 - I'll tell her to stop in a nice way.
IF she doesn't listen, THEN
2 - I'll raise my voice = shouting. (Sometimes I worry my neighbours can hear me... quite embarassing, eh?)
IF she still ignores me, THEN
3 - I'll threathen her with the cane - waving the cane in front of her or hitting the sofa/chair/staircase/floor... the louder the sound, the better.
Most of the time, she would have stopped whatever 'unapproved' thing she was doing. But IF she starts to cry out loud, THEN
4 - *PIAK!!!*

I try not to use the cane so often coz she's not really afraid of it. Like what people say, if you use it all the time, they're so used to it, they're not intimidated by it anymore. Sometimes after caning her, she can still tell me, "Not painful." :-|

As for CE, we've not caned him but PaPa have used it to threaten him. I don't use it on him coz he's not afraid of me. Sometimes he can sit quietly on the sofa with PaPa for quite long if he's holding a cane.

How about you? Do you use the cane?
Jazzmint
Rachel
Wen
Hui Sia
Kiasumum

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Instructions :
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Tag 5 bloggers
1st - You leave their blog and post link and add to the list below.
2nd - Let the blogger know that they have been tagged by leaving comment in their blog.

1. Miche does not spare the rod.
2. Chinnee still spare the rod at this moment.
3. Slavemom does not spare the rod.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Tag Max!!

Seems like many-in-1 tags are very popular these days. Although there are 4 tags altogether, I've already done 2. So it's not that tough after all ya. Yup... BabyBooned, you are right! ;)

Shopping tips

Have done this already.

5 Links To 5 Own Posts

Have done this too.

The Age I Wish To Go Back

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Instructions:

Title: The Age That I Wish To Go Back To

Requirement: Write about the one age that you wish to go back to and why?

I enjoy my secondary school years a lot, minus the exams of coz. I was quite active in sports and extra-curricular activities. Life was so carefree and fun (except when I need to prepare for exams). And I particularly like the period of time after the SRP exams. We were playing cards (UNO) all day. We even did some craft work on our own. We filled the bottle with colourful salt, layer by layer. I still keep that bottle till now. Hmm... but I've forgotten how to do that already. Yeah... that was a really fun year.

The Age that they Wish to Go Back to:
Amidrin wish to go back to age 22 to correct back some mistakes in life.
Lemonjude wish to go back to age 6 to enjoy kid’s life.
L’abeille wish to go back to any year but never return to age 28.
Sweetpea wish to go back to, actually, just thinking about 17.
Lovelymommy wishes to go back to age 21.
Laundryamah wishes to go back to the eve of my wedding day.
mommyof2angels wishes to be daddy's girl again.
Babybooned wishes to go back to the age of 18.
Slavemom wishes to go back to the age of 15, after the SRP exams.

Tag 5 on 5

That is to have 5 answers to all questions and tag another 5 person.

5 things in my room :
king-sized bed, built-in cabinet, laundry basket, playpen, chair

5 things I’ve always wanted to do :
ice-skating, tour Europe, go to Disneyland, take a roller-coaster ride with my eyes wide open (yes, I always close them tight), get drunk (in a safe place, of coz LOL)

5 things in my bag :
wallet, tissue, lipstick (which I seldom use), handphone, unwanted brochures (hehehe)

5 things in my wallet :
IC, driving license, credit card, money, loads of loyalty cards

5 things I'm currently into :
watching Cantonese serials on AOD, blogging, exercising (on the trampoline), eating junk food (while watching tv mah... not good, not good I know), planning a family vacation

Now I'll be tagging this 5 wonderful ladies and I'm sure you won't need to do all 4 : (pretty pleeeease?)
Wen
Bryan's Mama
Sharine
Sting
Anggie

Thursday, November 22, 2007

18 Months Old

Today CE turned 1 and a half years old. But the poor boy is having runny nose. Here are his updates:

Statistics
Weight - about 11 kg
Height - 84 cm (an estimate coz I used the cloth measuring tape to measure. Hmmm... how come he's not grown any taller for 3 months already?)

Diet
Takes 3 times of milk (8-10 ozs), 2 times porridge, breakfast (bread, biscuit) and tea time (fruits).
He doesn't like bread that much anymore. Sometimes he can't even finish 1 piece in the morning. Likes to play with it more than eating it. Tearing it into small pieces and squashing it.
He eats a lot when we go out for a meal. After he's finished his porridge, he can still eat some bread and cornflakes and raisins (as much as we'd allow him to). If we don't give him the snacks, he'd fuss around and make a lot of noise.

Sleep
Lately he only naps once a day. Usually it'll last for 2-3 hours. So his total sleep time is still the same, 11-12 hours.

Teeth
16 teeth in total.

Verbal
He babbles more this past month. He goes "papapapa" a lot. When he sees PaPa's car driving into the car porch, he'll go to the windows (quite low so he's able to look outside) at the living room and call out "PaPa... PaPa". Sometimes when he hears the door being closed upstairs, he'd call out "PaPa... PaPa" too, even though PaPa's not home then.
He babbles more when he's angry. When he's not happy, he goes "babababa.. jeejeejeejee..", as if scolding people.
Some of his vocabulary (really limited), which may not be right all the time:
papa - father
taataa - Kakak
jeejee - Jie Jie or when he's not happy
bauubauu - want to be carried
tuck - Mickey Mouse/Donald Duck and most things

Mobility
He walks rather steadily now. Can even run already. When playing chasing with jie jie, he'll run and flap his hands like a bird. Such a funny sight.
He's trying to jump. Will bend his knees and push himself up. But his legs doesn't leave the ground and sometimes he loses balance and falls down.
When he's on the trampoline, he tries to jump too. Have to hold his hands and standby in case he falls off. Very dangerous. When XY or I jump next to him on the trampoline, he gets very excited coz he's bouncing as well.
He managed to climb up our bed a few days ago. Our bed with divan is about 2 feet high.

Others
Likes to cover his face with the hanky and walk with his face looking upwards.
Likes to hug his soft toys - puppy, bear, Ernie and even jie jie's doll.
Snatches whatever jie jie's holding. Poor jie jie, she has to give in most of the time.
Sometimes, out of a sudden, he walks to jie jie, knock jie jie's head with a toy or hit jie jie with his hands. What a violent boy!
And he won't bother even if jie jie cry out loud. But when jie jie cries because she got scolded or hurt herself, he'll go hug her.
Likes to play at the curtain. He'll hide behind the sheer and walk forward till his face is unveiled.
Likes to touch the standing fan while it's running. Sometimes he likes to test me, he'll put his hand near the fan and see my reaction.
His bad temper is becoming more prominent. When he doesn't get what he wants, he'll hit the floor/table with his bare hands or throw toys/remote controls. And when his hand hurts because of that, he expects us to sayang him.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Open Range Restaurant

Last Sunday, we went to Open Range for dinner. It's a western food restaurant in Mahkota Cheras (near Sg. Long). My first impression when I entered the restaurant was that it was quite small. They have only 5 or 6 long tables there. We sat near the door, in front of the aquariums of oysters and crabs.

I ordered Swiss Mix Grill Cheese Steamboat. When it came, they lighted up the pot of cheese and I thought it was going to burn for very long. Was a bit worried the cheese will dry up coz I take a long time to finish my food. But it went off in less than 5 minutes. hehehe This dish comes with grilled chicken, beef, lamb and fish, fried calamari, sausage, ham and egg. It's the first time I'm trying something like this and it was really tasty, even without dipping the meat into the cheese. And with the cheese, it's even more yummy.

~ Swiss Mix Grill Cheese Steamboat ~

CB said the Red Wine Lamb was good. But I don't quite like it. Not tasty enough for my liking.

~ Red Wine Lamb ~

The Cowboy Hot Dog has 2 pieces of sausages fried in a cheese roll. Nothing to shout about but XY sure loved the fries.

~ Cowboy Hot Dog ~

As for the baked mussels, it was alright. But we still prefer the one in Fish & Co.

~ Baked Mussels ~

Kakak had the pineapple fried rice. It didn't come in a pineapple though. :D She said there wasn't much pineapple in it.

When we were about to finish our meal, it felt quite hot. I was wondering if the air-cond was working or not. After we've paid for the bill, we went to the washroom. Then only I realised they have another air-conditioned section on the other side. They've got a big screen tv too. And it was much more comfortable there. Haih... we were sitting at the non-smoking section lah. No wonder I find it rather funny that the place was so small and hot. LOL

Overall, we had a fulfilling dinner. Thanks Chinnee, for the good recommendation. ;)

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Kuala Selangor Trip

XY's kindy is organising a nature trip to Kuala Selangor during this school holidays. Must be accompanied by adult. The itinerary includes mangrove walk, birds watching, visiting historical sites (museum, poison well, lighthouse, forts), paddy field and watching fireflies.

They charge RM70 for adult and RM50 for child. It's inclusive of transportation, insurance, entrance fee, tea snack and dinner. I've never been to K. Selangor. I think it'd be an interesting trip. But I'm wondering if we are able to see the fireflies. Anyone's been there? Is it a sure thing to see them? Still haven't decided if we want to join the trip. If we go, it'll just be me and XY. PaPa will be at home with CE.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Blog Of The Month Award

I received this award from Wen. Thank you, thank you. Like her, I’m also considered a new blogger (just 4 months old). So I’m really honoured to receive this, although she said she just picked randomly. :) Well, at least I’m in her list, right? hehehe

Now if I can, I’d like to present this award to all blogs that I read. Everyone of you deserves this. But if I have to choose only one, then this award goes to... (drum roll, please)... Jazzmint! I just love to read about her children and see her beautiful scraps.

Annual Concert 2007

Saturday night was XY's kindy's Annual Concert cum Graduation Night (graduation for Year 6 students), which was held at a nearby college's auditorium. It was a combined event with another branch in Sg. Chua. They had an exhibition of the children's artwork and display of workbooks for sale outside the auditorium.

The theme was 4 seasons - Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. XY's dance was in the Summer category. And hers was the 6th presentation. When they were presenting the 4th dance, I started to have butterflies in my stomach. Was really nervous... afraid that she'll mumble or worse, forgot her speech altogether. Before her dance started, I went to the front of the stage to take pictures. Finally the moment came, she was standing in front of the microphone. I signalled for her to speak out. But she stood there quietly for almost 10 seconds. I was wondering in my mind, "Oh no! Can she do it?" Then she gave the speech, fluently and clearly. Sigh... I was so proud of her. Felt like telling everyone around me, "Hey, that's my girl, you know." hehehe Not that I'm boastful lah, I'm sure all parents would be like that, no? :D

While I was in front of the stage taking pictures, CB was shooting the video camera from our seat. Better view from there coz can take the whole stage and zoom in when need to. He told me he recorded the whole dance and zoomed in on XY a lot. When we checked the video camera at home, there was only the clip of the children coming onto stage and a close-up of the mic. Then it's the next presentation. No speech, no dance. Huh? What the h*ll happened? He must have pressed the Pause button but didn't release properly when the dance started (that's my conclusion). Argggghhh!!!! He was very sad and angry with himself. So I acted like it was no big deal, better not add salt to the wound. Luckily the kindy engaged a professional videoman and we can order the DVD from them. Although there won't be any close-up of XY, at least can still see her dance. If not, it'd be our biggest regret.

After the dances, there was a fashion show. The children were parading in clothes of the 4 seasons. We left then, before the prize giving ceremony and group singing coz didi has been restless for quite awhile already. It was his bedtime and he was starting to get cranky. Also, we wanted to avoid the heavy traffic when everyone leave at the same time.

What a memorable night for us all... my little girl's first concert.

~ introducing her dance ~

~ performing a Malay dance ~

~ swaying high ~

~ the end ~

Friday, November 16, 2007

The Proudest Moment In My Life

Anggie wanted to know what's the proudest moment in my life. Seemed like almost all parents' proudest moment has something to do with their kids. hehehe I'd say my proudest moment was when I successfully breastfed CE exclusively. I wasn't able to do that with XY.

I faced some serious breastfeeding problems in the first two months - engorgement, blocked ducts, cracked nipples. When CE was 2 months old, I had blocked milk ducts which led to breast infection. If untreated, it'd lead to mastitis, which would require surgery. I had very high fever and needed to be hospitalised. At that time, my gynae suggested that I take the pill to stop milk production. He was worried the continued milk production would create a good environment for the bacteria to breed. But I was hesitant coz I really wanted to continue breastfeeding. I was really motivated to breastfeed after reading so many successful and inspiring stories in forums and blogs. So I decided not to take the pill, wait and see if the antibiotics (IV drip) worked or not. Luckily it worked, otherwise I'd have to go through surgery. I was very thankful the breast infection didn't get more serious.

At the beginning, I supplemented CE's feeding with formula. But after the breast infection episode, I tried to breastfeed more frequently, so that the blocked duct would not recur. Finally, I managed to breastfeed CE exclusively from 2+ to 7 months old. And he was weaned off at 11 months. I was very happy that I was able to give him the best I can in his first few months.

Please pass on this list:
1. Ehon's proudest moment is when he swept 5 out of 6 trophies at a State First Aid Competition.
2. Everyday Healy proudest moment is when she gave birth to Elizabeth.
3. Trinity's proudest moments are when she took a commitment to be married and also when she breastfed her babies.
4. Anggie proudest moment was married to a wonderful husband and being a mother.
5. Slavemom's proudest moment was when she successfully breastfed her son exclusively.

Kindly share with us your proudest moment.
Mummy to QiQi
Health Freak Mommy

Thursday, November 15, 2007

New Spectacles

After dinner on Tuesday night, we went to collect our spectacles. Nowadays, it takes such a short time to make a pair of spectacles. We chose the frames on Sunday afternoon and it was ready the next day evening. I chose an Emporio Armani frame... my first branded spectacles. CB got himself a Silhouette. There goes another big hole in our pockets. :(

Here's my model posing with my spectacles.

left: old specs ----- right: new specs

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Performance On Graduation Night

XY's still coughing a little. I'm very worried coz she has a concert this Saturday. It's her kindy's graduation ceremony for the Year 6 students. She'll be performing a Malay dance and she was chosen to introduce the dance. The weekend before we went to Penang, her teacher gave me the speech. It has 5 sentences. I practised with her over that weekend. And she managed to memorise the speech within 3 days. I was so impressed.

Today they had a rehearsal at the actual venue. I asked her what the teacher said after her little speech. Her teacher said she's not loud enough. When she practised in front of me, she's fine. But when she did it in front of a bigger group at home, she tends to mumble to herself and be very shy. I hope she'll talk loudly and clearly on the stage, in front of so many spectators.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

8 Random Facts About Me

Jo-N tagged me on this. Here goes.

1. I’m the youngest in the family. I have 2 elder brothers.

2. I admit that I’m a lousy driver. I think I’ve only driven within 20km radius from my home. I doubt I know how to drive a manual car.

3. I was the Class Treasurer every year in Secondary school. See how trustworthy I am? LOL

4. I’ve been wearing spectacles since 12 years old (I think).

5. I love to eat crabs and prawns. But I try to control coz I have high cholesterol level.

6. I don’t eat any internal organs.

7. I can cry my hearts out when watching a sad tv show.

8. I don’t sing well at all... I croak. That’s why I seldom go karaoke.

The Rules:
Link to your tagger and post these rules.
List eight (8) random facts about yourself.
Tag eight people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them).
Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving them a comment on their blogs.

As this is quite an old tag and most have done it already, I only managed to tag 3. Would like to know more about you:
* Wen
* BabyBooned
* Sting

Monday, November 12, 2007

A Sneezy Weekend

It was a boring and crappy weekend. Why? Because I’m not well. Since Saturday, I’ve been having runny nose and a bad sore throat. Now XY is also sneezing and coughing a little. CB’s already starting to sneeze and have sore throat too. As for CE, he’s just recovered from runny nose. I suspect I got the virus from him. But where did he get it from? Hmmm??? Please... not the whole family sick again.

On Saturday night, we went to Sg Chua to eat ‘latt thong’ for dinner. It’s a kind of spicy soup (a lot of ginger and pepper) which is a specialty in Kajang (apart from satay). We ordered the soup with ‘chue chap’ (pig’s internal organs). It's different from normal soup coz it's really spicy and it stimulates your taste buds (very 'chi kek'). It’s really nice to drink when it’s hot. Really wakes you up. When it’s cooled, I find it a bit too salty.

~ 'latt thong' ~

Another dish that we always order when we go for ‘latt thong’ is ‘fa tiew theen kai’ (frogs in Chinese wine). It’s very aromatic and goes well with rice. We just love this dish. We also ordered cabbage with dried shrimps and claypot tofu. Overall, a nice and tasty meal, as always, when we have the soup and frogs. :)

~ 'fa tiew theen kai' ~

The seller was previously from a shop in Bukit Mewah (Phase 7) but they only operated in the day time. After they moved to Sg Chua, they operate at night as well. Their shop is just next to the famous ‘latt thong’ shop (I think it’s called Siew Kah, or something like that). Famous coz it was featured in the newspapers. But we still prefer this shop coz we’re loyal customers. hahaha Actually, we’ve tried the famous shop before but it was nothing too fantastic. So we just stick to the one we normally patronise.

At night, I couldn’t sleep. Although my sore throat was getting worse, I just couldn’t fall asleep. What a torture. I suspect it was the chinese tea I drank during dinner. I experience insomnia once in awhile after drinking tea. And it chose the wrong night to strike. Sigh...

On Sunday, after a late breakfast of ‘pan meen’, CB and I went to make new pair of spectacles. XY went into the room with me when the optometrist checked my eyes. So I was saying the alphabets and numbers when the guy pointed to the screen. Oh, they now have pictures too (horse, flower, butterfly, etc). This is the first time I see they use pictures during the eye check. Later when we were at home, XY asked me a funny question.
XY : Mummy, why did Uncle teach you ABC?
Me : Huh? When?
XY : He was pointing to the alphabets...
Me : Oh...

So I explained to her that’s how we get our eyes checked. Come to think of it, it does look like he’s teaching the alphabets... like the teacher pointing to a letter and the student reading it out loud. hehehe

With so many sick people at home, we had porridge with eggs and vegetable for dinner. Plain, but we're not complaining. There goes my plan for crabs. Next weekend, maybe?

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Photo Printing Made Affordable

This is a sponsored post.
Nowadays, printers are very affordable. Some homes even have a laser colour printer for personal use. But the ink cartridges are very expensive. I have two printers at home. The old one is at least 6 years old. Last year, we bought a colour printer especially for photo printing. So you can imagine how much we spend on ink cartridges.

At Cartridge Finder, it’s very easy to find the right cartridge for my printers. I just need to select the printer brand and model. I’m also able to compare the prices of different merchants via PriceGrabber. So I can get the best deal by just looking at one site.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Teatime

Everyday at 5+ in the evening, we’ll have fruits for teatime, unless we’re not at home. I'm glad that XY and CE love fruits. I try to give them a variety - apple, pear, dragon fruit, guava, banana, papaya, persimmon, plum and peach. As fruits are best taken 30 minutes before or after a meal, teatime’s the most suitable time for us.

I used to cut the fruit into small bite-size with a small spoon and feed CE. But now he prefers to feed himself, using a fork. He’ll signal to me when he has a big chunk in his mouth. Sometimes it’s just a wee bit bigger than usual, he won’t choke with that. But it’s good that he knows what’s too big for him. Anyway, I still have to keep a close eye on him when he feeds himself.

With this healthy habit, I hope the kids have sufficient intake of fruits. Hubby’s the only one who doesn’t take much fruits. Just can’t find the right time to ‘feed’ him. By the time he’s back from work, it’s already time for dinner. Even if he’s home on weekends, he doesn’t take much. But he told me he'd buy some cut fruits after lunch sometimes. Well, at least he takes some, better than none at all.

What’s My Breakfast Today

Wen wanted to know what I had for breakfast today. Almost everyday, it’d be a glass of Milo kosong and 2 pieces of Gardenia bread with butter/peanut butter/kaya/jam/cheese. Today it's Milo and bread with peanut butter. On weekends or days when hubby’s not working, sometimes we have noodles/dim sum/bak kut teh/‘latt thong’ (spicy soup) for brunch.

What’s your breakfast like?
Jo-N
Anggie
Tutiger

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Hogwarts Invitation

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I got double invitation to the Hogwarts House. I'm not a Harry Potter fan, so I'm not familiar with these houses or what they really mean. Anyway, like Jo-N and Anggie, I'm also in Hufflepuff.



Which Hogwarts house will you be sorted into?

My in-depth results are:

Hufflepuff - 15
Ravenclaw - 12
Gryffindor - 11
Slytherin - 6

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I know what you're all thinking, "Not -another- sorting quiz!", but before you get bored and leave, let me say a few things about it. This is not the ordinary sorting quiz that you're used to. Unlike all those other quizzes infesting the Internet, this quiz actually sorts you for who you are as a person, not because your favorite animal is a lion.

I made this quiz as a reaction to all the bad sorting quizzes. The problem with most of the existing quizzes, is that the questions rarely have anything to do with which house you would actually be sorted into. Your favorite color doesn't effect which house you belong to. Not every Gryffindor likes defense against the dark arts, not every Slytherin likes potions. Just look at Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Each is in Gryffindor, but each has a completely different disposition. Harry's father was often a bully and a thief, yet he was still in Gryffindor.

This quiz will actually ask you psychological questions with a variety of answers that can't easily be determined as to which house they fit into. This was meant to be more like what the Sorting Hat does. Just remember though that you must answer these questions truthfully in order to get an accurate answer.

Also these questions are written to take place in our world, not the world of Harry Potter. I didn't give a Harry Potter theme to the quiz because the answers are more accurate this way. As Muggles, we don't have any idea what it's like to be faced with a troll or a bogart and we've never played quiddich. Our answers may be skewed as to how our favorite characters would act instead of ourselves. However, we all know what it's like to live in the Muggle world because we do it every day.Please take the test and copy paste this *master list* after you are sorted and don't forget to tag your friends! Let's see which tower has the most members!

Gryffindor: Karen Adrian Eric Speedcat
Slytherin:
Ravenclaw: Mr. Fong Jojo kasper794 Wen
Hufflepuff: Trinity Amel Jo-N Anggie Slavemom

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Do we belong to the same house?
Bryan's Mama
Sting
Yatie

Happy Blogging Wish

I got this wish from Wen. Ever since I started blogging, life has been a little different. It feels great to be part of the blogsphere and I've made many new friends. Although it takes a lot of time and effort to maintain a blog, it's all worth it.

This wish originated from Tot's Mom, the mom behind Poems For Cards.

I'd like to extend this wish to Michelle, Anggie, Shireen, BabyBooned and Sharine. I'll just name a few here but this wish also goes out to you, you and you. Happy Blogging to all! Now go spread this cheer around and make someone's day. ;)

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Gifts Hunting

How time flies. In less than 2 months, we’ll be ushering in the New Year. Christmas is coming soon. And I don’t think it’s too early to think about Valentine’s Day gifts. I always have trouble getting gifts for my loved ones because I’m a very practical person. The gift must be something that’s really useful. As a thrifty person, making use of online coupon codes to get discounts is a good way to save money.

I’m planning to get a watch for hubby. It’s high time to change a new one as he’s been wearing the same one since 1998. There are many designs to choose from and most importantly, I can get a good discount at Overstock.com. As for the kids, I can get some discounted educational toys with best buy coupons. How about for myself? A vacation would be nice (can make use of the car rental coupons). Oh well, I’ll wait for hubby to surprise me.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Astro MAX

We’ve got another new gadget in the house... the Astro MAX. It was installed last Saturday. Still not very familiar with the new device. Got new remote control and different navigation screen.

This morning, suddenly we’ve got a disruption to the Astro service. Couldn’t watch any programs at all. I called up Customer Service. They told me my smart card was temporarily suspended coz they were upgrading the old decoder to Astro MAX. And it should be done within 24 hours. Huh? How are we to survive without Astro for 24 hours? So I complained a bit and the lady said she’ll try to expedite the upgrade. Luckily the service resumed after an hour. hehehe

Then in the afternoon, I wanted to record the 2:30 WLT show but was unable to. It showed the message “This channel cannot be recorded.” I tried other channels. Gave me the same message. So called Customer Service again. Reported the matter and the guy said I’ll get a call from the technical people to solve my problem within 4 hours. I tried to record a few times, even switched the decoder on and off. Also downloaded the channels again. Nothing worked. I only got a response from them at 8+pm (which was 6+ hours later). I was asked to switch off the power cable, wait for 15 seconds, then switch the power cable and decoder on. After the decoder’s start-up, I was able to record again. I felt quite stupid. Such a simple step also I didn’t think of doing.

One feature I’m very impressed with is that I can record a show and watch another recorded program at the same time. With a VCR or DVD, you won’t be able to do that. We’re quite happy with this purchase. So far so good. :)

Irresistible

I’m sure you’ve heard about PayPerPost (PPP) or seen it in many of the blogs that you’ve visited, even if you don’t exactly know how it works. It offers one of the higher paid opportunities in the marketplace.

To be honest, one of the motivation factors for starting my own blog was the ability to earn a little pocket money while sharing with others the antics, mischieves and lovely gestures of my two active children.

Another thing that amazes me is that virtual friends can turn out to be truly genuine friends. They would not hesitate to advise, comfort and help whenever you need it. I’d like to thank Jazzmint, Michelle and Mommy to QiQi who have helped or advised me one way or another about getting paid for blogging. Really appreciate all your help.

The ability to earn really boosts up one’s confidence. As a stay-at-home-mom, it feels really great to be able to earn some pocket money for my own spending. Even if the amount is not significant, it’s still my hard-earned money. I’m planning to save up for a brand new handphone with a high resolution camera. Is that wishful thinking? Well, I’d definitely try my best to achieve it. However I'd not compromise the blog ethics in the process.

If you’ve not signed up for PPP, what are you waiting for? Nobody can resist some extra spending money. Click on the PayPerPost button to sign up today. And be on your way to earn big bucks (if you put your heart into it, you can!). Good luck to you!

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Progress Report

I went to XY’s kindy yesterday to collect her report card. Her teacher (Ms Mary) told me that she’s very satisfied with XY’s studies. She understands what’s been taught and finishes the work given in class. She’s quite independent and can do the work on her own most of the time. Her handwriting and colouring skill have also improved a lot. For a girl who doesn’t know how to hold a pencil nor write before starting kindy, I’m very proud of her progress.

She is also good in word blending. She can identify (or guess) the first letter of the word by listening to it. For example, when the teacher says “bin”, she’s able to tell that the word starts with the letter “b”.

I know that XY’s very noisy in class. She’s really talkative by nature. Ms Mary said she’s much better this semester. This is the comment in her progress report: “Occasionally needs to be reminded to tone down her voice!” LOL

Ms Mary also told me that she’ll give a big reaction (or make a big fuss) when people accidentally knocked her. Yup... that’s my little drama queen.

She has a very good friend in class (CJ). So she likes to do everything with CJ... sit with her, play with her, go everywhere together, etc. But sometimes CJ doesn’t want to be so buddy with her. And that really upsets her. Maybe she’s too friendly that it scares people away. I guess she doesn’t understand why her friend reacts that way. And that others have a right to not be her best buddy at times. She’s actually quite an emotional girl.

Overall, I’m very happy with her progress. I think she’s having great fun in school and making friends. And that’s what matters most.

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Saturday, November 03, 2007

Approved!

Yay! My blog’s finally approved by PayPerPost (PPP). I actually submitted earlier (before achieving the minimum blog age of 90 days) coz I just wanted to try my luck. Who knows... if can be approved, then can make money faster, rite? Unfortunately, it was rejected. So I submitted again after that criteria has been met. And I got the approval e-mail from them yesterday. So from now on, I’m an official paid postie for PPP. :)

Friday, November 02, 2007

Scholastic Books

~ all these for RM50 ~

Every few months or so, XY will bring back the brochure and order form from Scholastic Book Clubs. I think her kindy has some sort of collaboration with them. So far, I’ve received it 3 or 4 times already. There’s no obligation to buy. But the books are quite worth buying. They’re priced from RM8 - RM15. Only a few books are above RM20.

The books are labelled with different categories (Emergent Reader, Beginning Reader, Advanced Beginning Reader, Universal) which make buying easier for us parents. We can use that as a guide to choose the most appropriate books for the child’s reading level.

They usually offer the paperback version of the rather expensive hardcover books. For example, the one I bought for her, Yikes!!!, the hardcover costs RM71 (as stated in the brochure) but I only paid RM11 for the paperback version. This round, I got a Barney board book for CE (who’s getting rougher and rougher with books) and a Clifford book set with plush toy. I meant to get the toy for CE but XY loves it more than him.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

My New Toy

I have got a new toy. It’s a birthday present from CB. It was supposed to arrive last Saturday but I wasn’t home so I asked them to deliver on Tuesday. So now I’ve got my very own laptop. Yay!

~ the parcel ~

~ my Compaq Presario... MINE! :D ~

I’d like to say a special thank you to a wonderful blogger friend for offering to buy it via her staff purchase plan. With this savings, we have more reasons to get this. Thank you Jazzmint for your help and generosity.

Now we don’t have to take turns to use the computer. Can even IM (instant message) each other if one is upstairs and one is downstairs. LOL