Sunday, December 4, 2016

Zoe the cat

I am not an animal lover. I like to look at them but when they come near me, I run a mile. I'm actually scared of animals. Even cute ones. I dont know when I developed this fear of furry animals but when I was about 6, I sort of shared a cat with my next door neighbour. I dont remember being scared of cats then.

Anyway, now, I just dont like pets. I won't harm or hurt them or anything, I just dont want to have one. My kids on the other hand, is totally obsessed and want to have a pet. My husband likes animals. But he is the kind who will get bored easily too so I dont encourage us adopting a pet. He bought a sugar glider once and I was literally shaking each time the damn thing is out from its cage. After few months, it died. We forgot to put the cage inside the house one time we were out and the apartment was doing fogging and it died from there! Poor thing. We also had hamsters for a month or so when we were staying in kajang. That, too died. We had fishes that died too. So basically, we shouldn't have pets.

Last month, our tuition teacher came a bit late. I asked why and she said it was because she was trying to rescue a cat from the tree opposite our apartment. The cat went too high and couldn't come down. It was raining too then and it was stranded on the tree meowing its way hoping someone would rescue her. After the class, the cat was still up there. The teacher called the BOMBA. They came and big drama trying to rescue this little cat. It jumped off the tree, hit itself on the wall and ran away.

Last week, we spotted the cat in our basement carpark. I know it is the same cat because it was limping. True enough, my husband and the tuition teacher later confirmed that it is the same cat. So now, we have a pet stray cat in our basement carpark greeting us each time we come back.

I've been giving it food of course, which I had no choice to do because I feel sorry for the cat. My kids are so excited! Our tuition teacher wanted to adopt it at first but then she saw how the kids was excited about the cat, she changed her mind.

After a week of adopting this stray cat, my daughter decided to name the cat Zoe. She would meow the whole time and she eats quite a lot. I dont know how often a cat usually eat but this cat can really eat!!! She doesn't limp so much anymore too. I guess her hand is getting better.

One reason why I dont like pets is because I dont like cleaning up after their shit. Literally! So far, we haven't seen any yet but one day, we can sort of smell it in the basement and I know she must have peed somewhere near the lift or something. We decided to give it away…to the tuition teacher. But she said she decided not to adopt it because she has way to many cats. But later, she texted us to say her friend is interested.

On the way back from the supermarket, my husband and I was discussing about giving the cat away. I must say I've started to warm up to the cat and she is kind of cute. My kids started crying. Especially my daughter. She doesn't want anyone to take the cat. My husband was making up excuses as to why she shouldn't give it "yet". I was in a dilemma. I dont think we are fit to look after a cat, especially since we will be going away for almost 2 weeks this month and I already told the tuition teacher she can take the cat. Her friend wants to adopt it and is excited because the cat looks exactly like the cat she had and died.

I finally called the tuition teacher we changed our minds and we will keep it for a little bit longer. Perhaps until we leave for our holiday. Till then, we will just look after the cat.
To be honest, we dont really do much except give food and the kids will play with the cat every time we are down at the basement.

One day, we call out the cat and she didnt come. This cat is a friendly one. She would run to our car when she hear our voice and she would lie on the floor waiting for us to gosok its tummy. Mengada betul. My daughter is totally obsessed with it. She cried that night when Zoe didnt come back. Me, this non cat lover felt so sad for her I secretly prayed Zoe would come back. My husband was sad too. No one is there to accompany him downstairs when he has his cigarette breaks.

Next day, Zoe came back. Super hungry too. She whacked like I dont know how many ekor fishes that day!

So ya…. now we have a cat. Zoe the cat. (My daughter named her). After few names (Rachel was one of them! LOL) We decided that Zoe fits her most. My husband wanted to name her CAT. So creative!
She's quite cute actually.


Thursday, December 1, 2016

2017 New Years Resolution

Can you believe it is already December? I can't believe it. This year went by so fast and alhamdulillah, it has been a good year thus far. I couldn't ask for more. I am truly blessed and grateful for 2016. I had quite a rough 2015 but 2016 couldn't have been better.


It is December and it is time to list down my New Year's Resolution. Did you manage to fulfil your 2016 resolution? I know I didnt. Yikes. 🙈 To be honest, I dont really remember it.

What should my 2017 New Year's Resolution be? Hmm….. I dont want to be too ambitious.

1. I need to be more spiritual and closer to Allah. I've been slacking and I think even my children is starting to take notice. My daughter will be 7 next year and she will need to start praying. How can she start if I am not a good role model? This is something I think I really need to do.

2. I hate working out. In fact, I dont work out - ever. I dont even own work out outfit or even shoes to work out. But age is catching up and I need to build my stamina and start doing mild exercises, even if it is just from home.

3. Give more. I think I've done a pretty good job this year and I am very proud of myself. But next year, I want to do more for others. InsyaAllah.

4. Save money and make more money is of course something I want to do. I hope my IZUMIO business will keep growing. I'm earning a very comfortable amount of money from my business but hopefully in 2017, my income will grow. Im very hopeful.

5. Pay more attention to my growing children. Quality time instead of quantity. I spend a lot of time with them but we dont spend quality time as we are always busy with our own thing. This year, I hope we will spend less time on our gadgets and more time talking. Not just with my children, I want to spend more time with my family. Mum and Tokmi in particular but also with my husband's side of the family. My parents in law especially.

There you go…..

Have a good December, everyone. Be happy!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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Ordering from Stickerkid is super easy and very straightforward. When I received my items. I was super excited as I chose a cute Ninja sticker for my son who is very much into Ninjas right now. He was happy to see his name on the stickers too.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Nervous

You know my maid issues, right? Well, it's been months since we've been maidless. To be honest, if only they can refund back our RM17,000 I will be happy being maidless. Or just hire from our old agency again but unfortunately, they were only willing to refund like RM6000 or something stupid like that. Even then, there's no guarantee how long it will take for them to refund. We had no choice but to follow their game.

Honestly speaking, I am expecting them to play this game forever.

But yesterday, I got a text from the agent to say that my new maid is due to arrive on Wednesday.

OMG.

I am feeling so nervous. After our bad experience with the last maid, I dont know what to expect. Furthermore, I recently saw a video of this Indonesian maid and that scared the crap out of me. This maid had apparently given her employer to drink blood from her period. Ewwwww… It was so gross. She got caught and her employer forced her to drink the blood back and she did on video. Argh.

In the car, I was talking to my husband about this and he told me to be more careful this time. I am very easygoing and I often close one eye or sometimes both when it comes to maid. I let them get away with a lot and my husband would always tell me off for that. To me, as long as it is not so bad… I just let it slide. Im not fussy. But this time, he said we need to be strict!

Our lives will again change this coming week and I am nervous. Please pray for us.

Please dont send another psycho over! 1 was enough.


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Big boy

My son is slightly over 4 years old now and I can't believe he's all grown up now. I really miss that little baby! It is like he grew overnight or something.

He is still going to the same school. Well, it is not really a school. More like a playgroup. 10 kids with 2 teachers. They dont have a specific curriculum. Everyone does their own thing at their own pace. What I love about this place is Ms Rose is a very experienced and dedicated teacher. She's strict with the kids (no nonsense kind of teacher) but yet she's loving and the kids love her. Her students have all gone to do great things so I know, I did the right thing by sending both my kids there. My daughter didnt go to a kindy and she went straight to Year 1 just under Ms Rose's wings. She's done well in school despite not having the exposure the other kids had in kindy but I feel like my daughter is well behaved in school and her social skills are good so I must credit Ms Rose for all this.

Being in 2 different schools and on different parts of Klang Valley, we have trouble commuting. Well, actually, it is not so bad and doable but we feel maybe our son is now ready to join big school with his sister. Initially we thought he will be fine with Ms Rose till Year 1 but then he is so ready for big school we figured, perhaps we can send him to big school sooner and Year 1 won't be so difficult for him. We went back and forth with the idea of starting him sooner and finally came to a decision that it will be good for him. 

Last week, we paid the fees (and boy it is not cheap!) and he sat for his entrance exam like a champ!!

I must admit that being the second child, he does get a lot less attention than his sister did. He is sometimes easily forgotten. Like, I remember when my daughter was 4 years old, I would sit down and do work with her but for my son, I can honestly say, I haven't done it. What kind of mother am I for neglecting my son? Shame on me! I just let him play and play and play. He doesn't need to do any work at all because I am busy coaching my daughter.

Few months back, my son started showing interest in reading, writing and maths. We didnt even notice it but he started asking us to watch him read and count. It is super awesome. He is so smart. In fact, he is showing that he is smarter than my daughter in many ways. I used to think my daughter is a genius because she is so smart but my son, he is the genius actually. LOL. (My kids aren't geniuses, I am their mother, everything they can do is awesome to me)

I am so proud of my son. I can't take any credit for it because I haven't done any work with him.

Last night he counted 1 to 101. He is so proud that he can count until 101. I asked him who taught him to count and he said it was his dad. 

I really need to pay more attention to this little fella. He is so cute and awesome.

I'm a proud mama.

Next year, he will be joining his sister in big school. I know he won't have a problem at all. In fact, when he had to sit for his entrance exam, he was beaming with pride as he walked in the hall. After it ended, he kept asking when he can sit for another exam. He just couldn't wait to do it all. Cant wait to see him start big school. I know he will love it.



Favourite Store

Remember I bought a bunch of stuff from Kens Apothecary on my birthday month? Well, I haven't stopped since! *hides face*

I am obsessed with Ken's Apothecary. I love the store so much that even my daughter knows that it is my current favourite store. It doesn't help that they are everywhere I go. When I'm in BSC (they're there on the ground floor near Coffee Bean), when I'm in Bangsar Village (they're there on the 1st floor) and even when I'm in One Utama, they're there! I just couldn't stop myself going inside the store because everything is freaking awesome. No, this is not a sponsored post!

Back when I am in UK, my favourite shop are either the Supermarkets (Marks & Spencer, Sainburry's or even Tescos) or Boots. I love going in Boots because it is so cool. I can find just about anything there. I love buying supplements (I used to be obsessed and buy lots to stay healthy - but thank god now I dont because I just consume Super Lutein and it is enough for me!) and I love window shopping looking for makeup, facial stuff or even hair stuff in Boots. I just love Boots. LOVE IT! But in Malaysia, we dont have anything similar to boots. Please dont say Guardian Pharmacy or Watsons! Those really sucked.

In Boots, you can buy Makeup, you can buy health stuff, all sorts of beauty stuff and they even have all the perfumes and whatnot, you can even print photos in boots, buy gifts, buy food like sandwiches and basically, you can live there! It's really awesome. But here, I can't find anything that can come close.
So when I first discovered Ken's Apothecary, I was in love. Of course the range of products and the brands they carry are limited but I love everything there.

I think I am really moving away from Dermalogica for my skincare products. I have tried a lot of stuff from Caudalie and I am loving it so far. I have my eyes on these products from Ken's Apothecary and I am dying to try them… I haven't done any research yet but as soon as I do, I am getting them…

I've been stopping myself from going but I think I need to replenish some items. Love this store!
Thursday, November 17, 2016

Dreams & Nightmares

My son woke up in the middle of the night and told us he had a nightmare. "mummy, can you please tell Allahuakbar to give me good dreams?" and he went back to sleep. Luckily no crying. Alhamdulillah my kids dont have those crazy dreams.

This morning, I asked him what happened. His nightmare last night was about Annabelle. You know, that scary doll? We've never seen that movie but looking at the doll (on billboards) is enough to scare the crap out of us. So ya, apparently it was about Annabelle.

It got me thinking about my own dreams and nightmares.

In the past, when I was a lot younger, most of the dreams were involves running. I was constantly running in my dreams. Running away from someone, running towards something and catching someone. I always wake up feeling tired, because it is kind of like working out you know. Sleepexercising.

Yesterday, everyone posted about UPSR. Congratulations to those who got straight As. To those who didnt, dont worry it is NOT the end of the world. I remember my UPSR days. Everyone was busy going for tuition classes and whatnot but I couldn't care less. I managed to get 3As and 1B. I did alright not studying.

Speaking of exams and dreams, there's another dream that I always get and still get. It is about SPM and exams. Apparently this type of dream is pretty common. A lot of us dream about sitting for SPM and not prepared and failed (or did badly) and I am one of them who keeps getting this dream. Why SPM? I dont know. I remember I was worried because I didnt study (as usual) for SPM but I dont think I was that bothered if you compared it to the exams I sat in Uni. So I dont know why is it SPM that is haunting me instead of uni days exams.

Some dreams do have meanings. I dont know what mine are but when I think about those dreams I used to have where I was running, I think it is sort of telling me to achieve something, maybe? Keep chasing your dream kind of thing.

SPM dreams? That I dont know.

What do you dream about? Some people dont dream. For me, going to sleep and having dreams is the fun bit. My kids and I always talk about our dreams when we wake up in the morning. I love it. Good topic to get their brains moving...