Saturday, December 31, 2016

Year end holiday

We were all set and booked for Tokyo in December. We booked our hotel & flight quite a few months early, something we never usually do but we did this time. It was all set when suddenly in November, my mother in law (mil) wanted us to join her in London at the end of December. Initially I didnt want to go because we've gone to London many times and I would rather go elsewhere but in the end, since my mil insisted, we all decided to join them in London.

At first we thought we could do with Tokyo early of December and London at the end of December but a week before our flight to Tokyo, I told my husband that I think we should cancel and postpone the trip to a different date. It would be too taxing to go to both places. Finally, we had to pay extra and some fees for cancellation. This is why we never ever book and pay for trips in advance. It is almost like the universe doesn't want us to save money on trips. It always ends up more expensive for us somehow. Tokyo tickets was pretty cheap because we got it at promo price but now we have to pay for cancellation fee, it is just like paying for full price tickets, if not more. Ah well.
Best part is we get to go to Tokyo in April instead, which is in time for sakura. I guess that'll be nicer. Nicer weather too for Disneyland, insyaAllah.

So yes, London for year end holiday it is.

At first I wasn't too excited about London. I mean, I lived in the UK for 8 years. Been there done that but somehow, closer to the date of our travel, I got more and more excited. I didnt think I would be at first but come on!! It's LONDON,baby!!! How can anyone not get excited to be in London, right?

Photo from Google

Sunday, December 18, 2016

One Step Closer

Remember we have a cat now? Well, we sort of adopted this stray cat and now my kids love it so much that they are almost obsessed with it. Zoe is super manja and a really sweet cat. Even a non cat lover like me is starting to love her. 

Zoe is based at our carpark, which is on the basement floor. We only see her when we are about to leave or when we come back. Basically if we dont need to go to the car, we won't see her. But lately, kids have requested to go to the basement floor more regularly. It will be before mandi time (it is school holidays now so mandi time is after breakfast and quite late), one time in the afternoon after lunch and another final time before they mandi in the evening. 3 times a day they will spend about 10-20 minutes with Zoe. I dont usually follow them. My maid will accompany them downstairs or my husband will. (I'm not exactly a cat person, remember?)

Notice the floor is different? She's outside the lift instead of her usual spot outside at the basement carpark

Zoe will always stay at the carpark but lately, she's come one step closer to us and will wait for us by the lift. She will wait for us outside the lift waiting for us to come down. I usually will get the shock of my life when this happens. I hate it when she waits for us outside the lift. Our apartment is very quiet. We hardly see anyone ever and almost never see our neighbours. Almost like we are the only ones living here so whenever we see someone especially outside the lift, we will get a shock. Because more often than not, no one and nothing will be outside. My neighbours and I will rarely bump into each other but when we do, we always jump because we are so used to expecting nothing and no one when the lift door opens. So Zoe waiting outside the lift always gives me a shock. Sigh.


When the door opens, she will start meowing and lie down to be touched. One time, she was lying down like this!!!!! Just waiting for me to play with her tummy! LOL (which I dont). I haven't touched her since we got her.

If you notice, she now has a thing on her neck. Well, we went to get cat food last week and my daughter insisted we get that for Zoe so people will know she's taken. OK fine. It kind of looks cute on her.

Lately, Zoe is roaming around the apartment a lot. One time my daughter saw her on the roof. I dont know how she got there because it is pretty high. We live on the first floor and yesterday, my daughter and all was already waiting for me in the car (we were about to go out). They all usually wait for me in the car because they will want to play with Zoe first before we go out. I was about to leave the house and lock the front door when I heard Zoe meowing really loud. It sounded really close. I knew the kids were all downstairs so how come Zoe sounded really close. I tried to track her and found her outside our balcony!


OMG. How did she get there and why is she out there! She found our unit and wanted to come inside! Gosh. I called my husband who was already in the car and asked him if they put Zoe at the balcony and he said no. They were all looking for Zoe at the basement but they couldn't find her.

Looks like she found us. Looks like she's a step closer to us now and soon, she will be inside our house! OH no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

No cats allowed in the house.

Mummy: No cats are allowed in the house. Dont bring her in the house if she's at the balcony when we come back.
Daughter: Of course we will bring her in!

WHAT?


Sunday, December 11, 2016

Hi-5 Fairytale

We weren't planning to go this year because my kids are actually over hi-5. I mean, they still watch it daily on Disney Junior channel 613 but I wouldn't say they're a fan. I guess they are just not into those kiddy stuff all that much anymore. I didnt want to spend money watching a show they dont really enjoy anymore so I figured we will give it a miss.

On Thursday, in our Whatsapp group chat between the mummies of my son's school, the teacher Ms. Rose asked if anyone wanted Hi-5 tickets. Apparently her friend has 12 tickets to give away. It was the best tickets too. Right in front where the kids get to stand and dance.
We were early but trust me, it was FULL HOUSE!
These tickets aren't cheap. It costs more than RM200 each if I am not wrong. All of us wanted the tickets and thankfully, it was just nice for all 12 of us. Hurray!!! Free tickets to enjoy a show with other friends coming along is always good fun. Funny part is, our tickets are the most expensive ones (where you get to stand in front of the stage and dance but we dont get seats. We all sat on the floor while the kids stand and dance and run around in that area)

We met up at 5pm in front of Istana Budaya. They had so many things going on in front (inside Istana Budaya). They had a big backdrop for you to take photos. They also have a place to take photos with props (you got to pay a fee for this), they had bouncy castle and also a booth selling toys and other Hi-5 stuff. It was like a carnival there.

Surprisingly, the show was a lot more interesting than the one we went for last year. This year was about Fairytale and I guess the storyline catches the attention of all of them even more.
They had bubbles and big balloons and all kinds of stuff falling and the kids was busy catching it at one point of the show. That was a lot of fun.


It was really entertaining I must say. I wasn't expecting to enjoy it so much because last year's show was not so interesting. Also, my kids had their friends along this time which made it a lot more fun. I find myself singing their songs too. L.O.V.E is my favourite! My only wish was that the sound system was better. We were sat right in front and so maybe we were too near the speakers or something but we couldn't really hear things clearly as we could hear echoes. Not so nice but nonetheless, kids really enjoyed themselves silly that day.

I'm glad we got these tickets and managed to spend time with friends at the show. I dont think we will be purchasing or going for it anymore because my kids won't be enjoying it anymore next year, I'm sure so this was a good "goodbye" Hi-5 show for us to keep in our memory.

A special Thank You to Ms Rose for organising our tickets too.

If you haven't gone, maybe next year you can give it a go. I suggest going with friends because it is fun dancing together for the kids.

My new maid

Remember how nervous I was last week? Well, we picked up our maid from the agency last week on Monday, 5th December. I initially thought we only have to pay another RM2200 but as usual, the agency keep telling us to pay more. Mind you, we already paid over RM17,000 to the agency and it was agreed that RM2,200 to pay was for the replacement fee. OK whatever! When the agency texted me the figure, it was RM4,200. I was shocked. WTH is the additional RM2,000 for? I know my husband won't be happy. Turns out, the RM2,000 is for advanced fee. Oh god!!!

After arguing with the agency that we already paid RM1800 advance fee for the previous maid and she only stayed with us for 1 month, the agency agreed to cut the advanced fee down slightly. Finally, after discussing we paid RM3630. Making the total for this maid slightly over RM20,000. Wow. That's 1 chanel bag for you. 

First impression when I saw her was a positive one. (Unlike the last maid). This new maid seems friendly and pleasant (the last one looked super depressed from the minute I saw her). It was good. She was all smiles and when we discussed the terms and condition of her employment, she was in good spirit. In fact, she was quite excited, too excited that I thought to myself "is this an act? or is she really excited". We told her that to bring her here, we paid over 60 million indonesian rupiah and she almost fainted. Yes, I almost fainted too when I found out. So hopefully, this one is ok.

Either way, we are prepared.

What I was not prepared for was when the agent told me that if this one is not suitable, or runs or doesn't want to work or whatever it is…. then theres nothing else they can do. Meaning, we won't get anymore replacement. WHAT? I thought as long as we keep paying the replacement fee, we will get a replacement. But I guess I was wrong. Looks like RM20,000 will be gone if this one chooses to leave and breach her contract. I seriously dont understand why can't they do a law to protect us, the employers. How many RM20,000 can we afford to pay if our maids runaway? I know we won't be able to throw another RM20,000 on another maid that's for sure. No wonder so many people just hire illegals.

So anyway, it has been a week since my new maid arrives. Her name is Ratni. She's been good as good as it can get. We are still in the process of getting used to having a maid and I think she is getting used to living with someone too so it is still not perfect. She's indonesian and of course she's muslim too. She doesn't speak much English and doesn't really understand our Malay all that much. I guess you can say for now, the biggest challenge for us is the language. However, I do see my kids using more malay words than usual. Like this morning, my maid had put on my son's swimsuit the wrong way and my daughter quickly said "ini terbalik" and my jaw almost dropped. She knows the word terbalik? since when? I heard my son saying "saya nak water" too. Slowly, I hope their malay will improve and her English will improve too.

Her work for this one week has been pretty good. I have no complains. She cleans and tidy things up very well. Our house looks more like a home now rather than a shipwreck. There are few things here and there that could improve but other than that, I am happy. Alhamdulillah.

I pray she will be good for us and we will be good for her. Amin.

Packing for a winter holiday

Our holiday is near and I have not packed. I just dont know where to start. It's not that I've not done this before (I have done it many times) but each time is still a struggle for some unknown reason. I especially hate packing for winter because jackets, sweaters and all the winter items takes up so much space and you can NOT bring it.

I spent the whole morning browsing what to pack and found some great ideas. Keyword is, search for "The Winter Capsule Wardrobe" and go from there. How did we all survived, back in the day, without google, huh? Every info is at your fingertip. No excuses.

Theres so many to choose from especially from pinterest. I dont really use pinterest but I think it is a good place to get ideas. So I've browsed around and have to figure out what I need to bring. I tend to bring more than I should normally. But this time, I am going to try to plan my outfits. Not only that, I got to plan my kid's outfits too. Stress kan?

Wish me luck.
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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While I was researching for a place to get this labels done, I found StickerKid. They have everything I need for this exercise.  They have all sizes and they are good quality ones too. I decided to order their Value packs for school. I think it is good enough for us to start with. The package I chose comes with shoe stickers (awesome!), small & large stickers and also permanent clothes labels for his uniform.

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...
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Save Money with Groupon Coupons

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

I was watching tv last night about how people save a lot of money by using coupons. It is amazing! This family got over $2500 worth of stuff from their local supermarket and only paid under $100 for it. It was mad. Very interesting too. I wonder if we have that here in Malaysia. 

Have you heard of Groupon Coupons? I've not explored it but after seeing the TV program last night about it, I think I should explore this further. With the economy that's going downhill, we all could do with some discounts here and there. Furthermore, Christmas is coming and in case you want to get your friends some Christmas gifts but dont have the time to shop around, now you can do it from work home. Groupon Coupons. is pretty awesome I must say. There's so many brands to choose from. 

I was looking at their website and discovered so many brands I am familiar with. Like for example, November is a busy month for me because I have a lot of birthdays happening this month. I dont have time to meet everyone for their birthdays so the best I can do is send them flowers for their birthdays. Best part is, with Groupon Coupons, I can get discounts codes from From You Flowers and use the codes for my order. Awesome right? Looking at their websites just makes me want to order some flowers for myself! I love those tulips. 

Other that From You Flowers,  I also love Things Remembered coupons. Do check them out. I saw so many gifts that I can purchase for Christmas. I can easily save 20% from Things Remembered Groupon Coupons.

I'm so excited to discover these. You should check them out. Let me know which brands you love to shop from. If you are looking to shop, make sure you use Groupon Coupons to enjoy their awesome discounts
Sunday, November 13, 2016

Grandma's Birthday Card

The night before my mum's birthday, my daughter decided to make a birthday card for her grandma. We were talking about it in bed and both of them got excited about making their own birthday card for their beloved grandma.

Early the next morning, despite it being a weekend and their iPad day, they bugged me to start their arts & craft activity. I was so lazy but seeing how excited they were, I took out a stack of coloured paper and whatnot for them to start their little project.

When my daughter turned 1, we had a Mickey Mouse themed party and being a first time mom and a semangat one, I did my own invitation card. Like really DIY it. I had plenty white, black and red papers left and even some in the shape of mickey lying around. Hence, this birthday card for grandma had that sort of colours.


My daughter is really cute. She was really into it. My son was just happy he could play with glue! We had some stickers, some coloured papers and they started sticking stuff on the card.

I helped them draw and they wrote some stuff on it. It turned out pretty ugly nice. "I'm sure grandma will love them" my daughter said. "of course" I replied. I'm sure she will.

Can you find the mickey?? LOL. Dont ask about the stickers. This was my son's card and he had some weird stuff going on there. The picture he drew on the ears, well, that's my father in law and mother in law apparently. Maybe he wanted them to join the party. The dog, he said that's him! He then started barking. "We are muslim, we cannot have dogs" said Ms-Know-it-all.

As you can guess, this is from my daughter. It is pink! I drew the birthday cake and she did the rest. LOL.

Grandma loves the card. She couldn't love it more. Despite the card being quite ugly, she loves them!

Mummy's 64th Birthday

Over the weekend, my dearest mum celebrated her 64th birthday. This calls for a celebration! I'm in denial, I still can't believe she's 64. In my eyes, she's still in her 50s. She's still as energetic as ever and still driving around even more than me at 64. I wonder where she gets all her energy from sometimes but when she's active, she is healthy.

Few years ago, her business collapsed, she got into some form of depression where she didnt even want to see anyone, including us. The business collapsed and there was nothing she can do to save it. In a way, it was a blessing because she can stop working so hard but she felt depressed and just wanted to be alone. She's been working all her life and to her, without her business, she is no one. I guess she forgot that we love her regardless and therefore she did some soul searching. Alhamdulillah, she is out of it now. A few years ago, she didnt want any celebration at all. So this year, I am happy and thankful to Allah that she's happy and said OK when we wanted to go out to celebrate.

My mum is the fussiest eater in this whole wide world. It is almost IMPOSSIBLE to please her when it comes to food. Nothing suits her requirements most of the time and she likes nothing but MALAY FOOD because that is the only type of food she feels comfortable eating (when we are out). So where to go for Malay Food? We decided to go to Rebung by Chef Ismail. This new restaurant is situated just opposite Bukit Aman at the Lake Club. I've never been there but my aunt suggested it and we all agreed.

It was fully booked with tourists from Singapore that night. Few busses was parked outside but somehow, my mum managed to get a reservation. We booked 2 tables for 20pax but only 15 came. My uncle and family couldn't make it.

From the outside, you can't see the restaurant. It is a 5 storey carpark building. Somewhere inside the carpark or probably the rooftop (5th Floor) is the restaurant. It was packed! They had local buffet and some stalls outside. Honestly speaking, it kind of felt like I was at a malay wedding or something. They had a small stage and karaoke going on and guests dancing and whatnot to some malay song, dangdut and whatever else. My tokmi enjoyed it very much. LOL.

I asked her if she wanted to go home (because she is known to be the one asking when can we go home) but that night, she didnt want to at all. When I asked her if she wanted to dance, she said "taknak, nak buat apa? Nak buat dosa ke?" LOL. But she was the one enjoying the show the most while the rest of us are laughing at her or those people dancing.

Mummy had a nice time that night because all her 3 cucus was there. That's all she needed. She didnt even need her kids there. Cucus are enough to make her happy. Cucus are happy because although it was grandma's birthday, she got them gifts!!! Lucky kids!

Super Mummy, indeed

We ordered cake from my usual baker for her and this time, I decided to try something else other than chocolate cake because we always order MY favourite cake. This time, I asked mum what she liked and she said butter cake. To make it a bit more special, I ordered the Victoria Sandwich cake.
It was ok. Not a favourite with the crowd because all of us are chocolate cake lovers but mum enjoyed the cake.

We finally left at 10.30pm. It was wayyy past my kids bedtime for sure. My kids were busy dancing at the dance floor but few minutes before we left, my daughter started scratching her eyes. She was tired already. She scratched it so much (I think it was the heat and she probably had some mild allergic reaction to something) her eyes was so red and a bit swollen. I quickly took out a packet of IZUMIO from my handbag and she drank it. Soon, the itchiness went away and although it was still red, she stopped scratching. We went home after that.

We got mum a phone this birthday because she hasn't updated her phone in a couple of years and my brother thinks she would enjoy a new phone. She loves it. I hope she enjoyed her birthday. We all certainly did.

Happy Birthday mummy. We all love you to the moon and back. Thank you for being my pillar of strength and thank you for being the best grandma to my kids. I can't thank her enough for all the sacrifices she made to bring us up on her own. I know she's proud of all of us and I hope Allah will keep her safe, healthy and happy always.
Monday, November 7, 2016

Happy Birthday Tokmi

My Tokmi celebrated her 86th birthday on the 30th October 2016. I didnt get to see her that weekend as she was away. I didnt even get to speak to her. I really need to make time for her! Note to self!

Last weekend, my mum told me to come over to my Aunt's because she was there and she wanted to see the kids. As usual, she's the kid's SANTA. Everytime she sees them (which is not very often) she will get them tonnes of stuff. This time was no different. She bought my daughter a mermaid dress she wanted. My son got some transformers stuff and they both got a bunch of other things. They dont cost a lot but kids get so excited to see grandma. I haven't seen my mum in a while too so I decided to meet up with her at my aunts that day. Tokmi was there too, which is a bonus.

I am so busy with our lives that I dont spend enough time with my family. We only have weekends to do things and our weekends are often full of stuff to do and errands to run. My mum is always busy too. With her schedule and ours, we hardly get the chance to meet. I wish things was different.

So anyway… I was at Bangsar Village having lunch that day and I remembered how my mum loves Rainbow cake from Bisou. I wanted to get few slices but then I saw a small rainbow cake wrapped with pink ribbons and I thought…perfect, we can celebrate Tokmi's birthday too. It wasn't planned but I bought the cake and asked for some candles too.

We got to my Aunt's house and I spent some time with Tokmi. She's 86 and alhamdulillah, she is healthy as healthy can be for an 86 year old. She doesn't have any sickness or anything. (2x cancer survivor ok!!! She had cervical cancer when she was in her late 70s and few years ago she had skin cancer) She is well, alhamdulillah. But she doesn't remember much anymore.

Last week, my mum and aunt brought tokmi to see a Geriatrics doctor. From the tests done, she is diagnosed with Dementia. It saddens me because I am still in denial. I still see her the same way I did 20-30 years ago. I just find it hard to accept that she's old.

When I was at my Aunts, when she saw me…her eyes lit up. She was so excited to see me and asked if I still remember her. Of course I said. I will never forget you. That day was a good day because she could remember me but some days, she doesn't know me.

She's at that age where she forgets new things and only remember old things. Like going to the bathroom to shower is a problem. She will forget that she had shampooed, she will rinse and then shampoo again and then she will forget that she has rinsed it and do it again. Sometimes she is in the bathroom for 2 hours, according to my aunt. One day she was in the toilet for 2 hours until her fingers all went blue.

I was in the room with her and asked her to quickly get ready to go downstairs. She said she wants to tidy her room and she did but as soon as she was done tidying, she took out new things only to start tidying again. It can be frustrating especially for people living with her. I saw that for the first time and my heart broke to pieces.


Anyway, we brought the cake and sang Happy Birthday song to her. She was confused as she didnt know what was happening. At one point she didnt even know she already has 6 great grand children. she was shocked to know she has that many (she didnt know I was married with kids, even!).

Last night, I had a dream about my Tokmi. In my dream, she didnt know and couldn't remember me and told me to go away. She kept pushing me to go and I shouted and told her that it was me and I'm her granddaughter. She looked confused and felt bad.

I woke up feeling so very sad. I even cried to my kids as I was telling them about my dream. My daughter told me not to be sad as baba (she calls her that) still remembers me and it was only a dream. Few minutes later I saw tears coming down her cheeks. I asked her why she's crying and she said she doesn't want me to grow old and forget about her someday. Aww bless her.

We dont know how much more time we have left with my beloved Tokmi but I hope she knows how much I love her and how much I appreciate her. I may not be able to spend time with her as much as I should but I think about her all the time. I hope she knows that.

She is special indeed. Happy 86th Birthday Tokmi. Your favourite cucu loves you so much…
I pray Allah will keep her safe and healthy. Nothing we can do for her Dementia because that is part of ageing but I hope she will be safe and healthy always. Please Allah, protect her for I love her so very much

Love you Tokmi….




Sunday, November 6, 2016

Monstersaurus at PJ Live Arts

Whenever I can, I love taking the kids to experience family theatre. I think they're much better than watching a movie in the cinema. It is more interactive and I kind of enjoy it myself too. We usually go to the PJ Live Arts  and I always check for updates there to see if there's anything suitable for our family.
The book we purchased outside the theatre at RM40 each

The latest show was Monstersaurus and it is showing until the 20th November 2015. We purchased tickets to watch this show about 3-4 months ago, can you believe it? My son's classmates all wanted to go too (including their 2 teachers and parents) so it was a big group indeed. 24 tickets purchased and I was given the responsibility to organise everything. It was not easy! We got a good deal tho. We managed to get it at 50% discount too. Normal price was about RM80 but we managed to get tickets at only RM44 each or something like that.

Kids have been waiting for this day to come for months. They're just excited because all their friends are coming along. Few days before the show, they just couldn't wait anymore. Everyday they would ask me about it. Finally, the day came.

This show is about this boy called Monty who is a young scientist and his inventions dont always work. One day, he found this book on inventing unusual things and decided to invent a monster using the recipe from that book. He invented 2 monsters and both started fighting. Finally, he invented his own monster using his own recipe and out came Monstersaurus who became his best friend and helped him get rid of the 2 earlier monsters.

Some parts were funny. Some were a bit scary but it was age appropriate for 4 and above I would say. My kids enjoyed the show very much.



After the show, they wanted to get an autograph from the actors. There were only 3 of them (including Monstersaurus) and the kids wanted to take photos with them too. The 3 characters were Monty (the young scientist), Mom (Monty's mom) and Monstersaurus. We had to buy a book to get their autograph but it was worth it because it is a good book to read during bedtime. My son loves the book too. He's been trying to read it since we got them and won't leave the book. This is part of learning too.


Overall, it was a good show. Since there were about 24 of us all together, we didnt get to gather everyone together to meet up after the show. Everyone just left on their own. There was too many people too and I couldn't find the rest of them. I wish we planned to meet up afterwards for drinks or something.


After the show, we went across to Jaya One for a drink at Tedboy Bakery. I'm glad that we came to watch the show but now, my son is afraid of monsters. Yikes

For those who want to catch the shows at PJ Live Arts and never been there, this place is pretty confusing! We've been there a few times but we still haven't found the best spot to park yet. But yesterday was pretty easy.

Park at the back near Jaya Grocer (valet park) and walk up to the ground floor using the escalator near the florist. And then walk across to block F. It is really confusing.

It is just a small place but I love it there. I like that it is small. Cant wait to go to London and catch some shows there this time. I think my kids are at the right age to appreciate this already. Yippie….
Friday, November 4, 2016

Tuition Teacher

Ever since my daughter started big school (back in 2015), I've been tutoring her. I think I've done a pretty good job too because she did quite well in Year 1 considering she came from a small school with no exams and tests and just play all day.

It was tough for her in the beginning getting used to all the rules (must wear uniform, must be in school by 8.00am, tests, exams, quiz, etc) because her previous school is so chilled out but she got the hang of it and alhamdulillah, she is coping well. Academically, a lot of the kids did better than her. I used to think my daughter is super smart but man, there are a lot of other kids who are a lot smarter than her. At first, I panicked and was in denial. Geniuses! I spoke to some of parents and they do a lot of things. They all have extra curricular activities. Their kids usually have at least 1 extra curricular activities. Piano, violin, ballet, art, soccer or something… and my daughter…well, her extra curricular activity is going to Jungle Gym or Kids E World. Ops.

I realise that there are a lot of things we do different. We are more chilled out and we are not pushy parents. My kids have A LOT of time to play and we spend very little time going for classes. In fact, after we quit Singapore Maths, she doesn't have any classes to go to. I always thought that I will be the kind of parent who will send her kids to all these classes but in reality, it is stressful going for it. I dont need that stress and my kids dont need that kind of stress, yet. Right now, free time is spent playing at home, playing at the indoor playgrounds and we try our best to expose them to fun things. We can only try our best.

Anyway, so although she did really well for her Year 1, there are a few subjects that I think needed more time to get used to and master. We need help. I am not a teacher and as much as I try to be the best tutor, I may not have the skills to do so without yelling and losing my cool. I finally decided to look for a tutor.

I asked around and couldn't find any due to our location,maybe. Suddenly, out of the blue.. I saw someone posted about tuition teacher in some FB group and I commented to say that I am looking as well. This lady texted me. I chatted with her for a bit and we decided to give it a try. She came over and got to know the kids and Alhamdulillah it has been good.

At first I was reluctant because I feel like I should be tutoring her myself but in the end, I just had to let go. We've been having home tuition classes for almost 3 months now. Twice a week and 2 hours per class. They do homework together first and then move on to do Maths, Science and English. Different days will focus on different subjects. My plan is to focus on those 3 subjects but the good part is, she can also teach other subjects. For example, if there's history exam on Wednesday, she will come in on Tuesday and they will do History. One burden off my shoulder for sure.

Being the tiger mom that I am, I still prepare the study plan for each class. I will say what they should learn and I will prepare the materials. I feel like I still know best because I did it last year and my strategy worked. Now, for exams, I still do the same but instead of me teaching it, the tutor will do it and she's much better than me.

My son is also in this tuition class and they do phonics and a bit of maths. My son is 4 plus and few months ago, he still didnt know alphabets and all but all of a sudden, he is reading and counting really well. I am most surprised with his progress. It is true they say boys start late but once they get it, they advance way faster than girls. I am starting to see that my son is slowly reading and doing really well at it too. Even the tutor said he's a fast learner. I couldn't be more proud.

So happy we found this teacher. She's very strict with the kids but she's also very loving. I love strict teachers because my kids can be out of control. LOL.

Blessed we are to have found this teacher.
Thursday, November 3, 2016

Suri Hati Mr Pilot

Feel free to laugh.


Yes, I've been following this drama for the past, god-knows-how-many-weeks. It aired at 10pm every Monday to Thursday. It is my alone time. No one else is awake (including my Mr. Husband). I dont really like to watch dramas like this, especially Malay dramas but this one, was interesting because:

1. Neelofa is pretty
2. Fatah is handsome
cougar alert!
I'm sold.

So every Monday to Thursday, I am up watching this. Last night was the last episode (thank god). I couldn't bear to watch it anymore. Glad that it is over.

Here are some things I find annoying:

1. How she is so naive. I mean, come on….how can you (a wife) just go out with another guy without telling your husband, what more if the guy has hots for you and also your ex boyfriend. Big NO NO red flag everywhere. And to go over to the guy's house and go inside? Man, I wouldn't dare do that. I just couldn't accept how naive her character is. It was plain stupid. Ladies out there, please dont do this at home unless you want to destroy your marriage!

2. How she is 24 hours in tudung. Even at home, sleeping in tudung and wakes up in full on nice tudung. I mean #Iwokeuplikethis is a bit too much. And she wears shoes (heels) in the house too. Weird. I know you want to look nice and pretty all the time but to me, it makes the whole scene unrealistic and so fake.

3. How can the husband (Mr. Pilot) keep forgiving the wife after the many screw up. I know he's supposed to be her #1 fan and she is the love of his life but come on. My husband loves me but I know he will not be so forgiving! And her mom…. manja can do no wrong. Manja can run away from husband for months and the mom will hide it from everyone. Come on!! My mum loves me too…but she will give me one tight slap if I were to behave that way. The storyline is a bit off

4. The running away after the accident and hiding the pregnancy is epic. LOL. I have no words to describe that.

5. How being a Pilot is such a BIG deal. LOL. Like since he is a pilot, he is so great. "I kan pilot!" haha. If it was me, I'll say "So? what?"
I know it is the title of the show but it's just funny. And what's up with wearing sunglasses at the airport all the time? So poyo!

Yes everyday I sit and wait for 10pm to come. That is the most annoying part of it all. I just want to know the ending and I'll live happily ever after, thank you very much.

Well, I must say Neelofa's done a good job(other than wearing tudung to bed and wearing heels in the house). So did the Mr. Pilot(other than wearing sunglasses at the airport). I think they look good together.

So glad it is over. Now we can move on. And no, I'm not watching anymore malay dramas for a while. I OD'ed myself with this one. I think I'll stick to watching the Kardashian or something. E Channel! LOL

Uno Game

I dont know about you but I love playing Uno. I remember playing it with friends during my teens. I wouldn't have introduced it this early to my kids but my daughter got it as a gift for her 6th Birthday and she's been bugging me to teach her this game. Not that the game is not suitable for her or anything but just because I'm lazy like that. (If she knows the game she will bug me to play it all the time)

Last weekend, during the Deepavali break, she took out her UNO and wanted to play. I tried my best to explain the game to the kids and although it is a pretty simple game, they just dont really get it *pulls hair*. It is pretty funny.

"nah, take this card. I borrow it to you"

"I dont have red!!! OK la never mind, I'll just put blue"

"Can I see your cards???"

"I want the black card!!! Let me find it!"

LOL.

My son kept crying after losing a round of UNO. My daughter will sulk too whenever she didnt win but one time, she won and he lost and he started crying….

My wise daughter then said "The game is not only about winning. Losing and cheating is also part of the game!" I wanted to laugh. It was wise of her to remind the brother that it is not ALL about winning. Losing is also part of the game…but cheating too? Hmm…. LOL
Gosh. Something is not right there.

But since she said that cheating is also part of the game. Guess what my son did?

Yeap. He stole all the black cards!!!


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

A Day at KL Tower

I live 10 minutes away from KL Tower but I've never been there. OK fine, my brother and my cousin got married there (not to each other!) few years back so I've been there twice my whole life. Only to eat  and be part of the wedding but not to explore the area.

During the Deepavali break, I saw Hamshire Mummy posted some photos of their trip to the Mini Zoo at the KL Tower. I got excited because I know it is something my kids will enjoy and it is only 10 minutes away from us.

Yesterday, we decided to go check it out. We took the family package which is RM98.00 for 2 Adults and 2 Children. It includes the admission tickets for all 4 of us,  2 ice creams and 2 postcards. Awesome!

The size of this mini zoo is just nice for us lazy family of 4. It's really small. The first area had some parrots and also a kangaroo jumping around indoors. I am not an animal person. I am scared of them so you can imagine me running away from the kangaroo. (Although in Sydney, I was not so scared and managed to feed food to them from my hand) I was scared this time because the kangaroo looked…hmm…scary. It didnt look like a kangaroo. LOL. More like a mouse hopping around. Erk.

My son was also scared and my husband had to carry him. My daughter is a bit better. Although she did jump on me when the kangaroo came closer to us. Damn it! I almost died because I had no one to jump on!!!


My favourite part of the mini zoo is meeting the Alpacas named Chockie and Milkie. They're so cute. They're like little lambs. They are my favourite. But I think they were hungry because each time we bring out something from our pocket, they come rushing for food. We bought tokens to buy them food but it was too scary for all of us to put them on our hands and get them to eat it off us. We ended up feeding those to the rabbits.


I love them. They're just really adorable. I wanted to take them home. They look like camels mix with sheep to me. LOL. Their fleece is super soft and silky. Just like the wool carpet we have at home. LOL.  We spent the longest time there with Chockie and Milkie. While we were there, hubs got us ice cream from the gift shop nearby and sat there waiting for us.

Next was some small area to do some fishing. I think it is called a Longkang. LOL. No seriously, that's what the signboard says.


We spent some time with the rabbits too. Not too many of them and they weren't all that pretty. I didnt get to take any photos. There were few big tortoises too. Huge.

Most of the animals there were kept indoors. There's snakes (really huge ones), monkeys, Emu, chickens, birds, kangaroo, turtles, rabbits, hamsters, scorpion and many others. Not bad for a mini zoo I must say.

Next was a short walk to the Upsidedown House. I really have no idea what this is but I remember my sister in law was telling me about it. I dont understand the concept of this Upsidedown House and the purpose of it but we went to check it out anyway.


I think we paid RM50 for the entrance fee for our family. Not too bad. The house looked pretty decent size from outside but it is really small inside with only few rooms. Everything is upside down, obviously. As you walk in, there's absolutely nothing on the floor. Everything is hung on the floor, upside down.


The girl told us how to pose and take photos. They also have sample photos and you can see how to pose from those. But luckily for us, the girl actually helped us with it and told us exactly what to do and where to stand. We managed to get her to help us twice. We managed to get a few good upside down photo.

This is cute. My kids were actually standing straight with their hands up. They were actually standing under the toilet bowl. Once the photo is taken, you will need to edit the photo and rotate it to get this effect. Pretty complicated for my brains hence, thank god for the girl's help.


This is another one of us. Funny right?

I dont get it, still!!!

We spent about 10 minutes or less inside the house. There was not much to do except pose and look on the ceiling. We were hungry and decided to find a place to eat there. We were shocked to find out that the revolving restaurant is so damn expensive. Come on! RM200 plus for dinner per person for adults and RM100 plus for children above 5? My husband said no… so off we went. We would have spent almost RM800 if we ate there.

Had dinner at Pavilion and spent not even RM100. Food Court!

Overall, it was a good day. Kids had fun and want to come back. They loved the Mini Zoo and the Upside Down house. Next time we will come back by Double Decker Hop on Hop Off bus.
Parking was too expensive at the KL Tower.
Sunday, October 30, 2016

Bye Bye Cakes

My favourite baker is Ina from sweet somethings and she is awesome. I've ordered God knows how many cakes from her because I get my monthly cravings for Chocolate cake and there's nowhere else I'd rather go to than Ina.

Last week, she texted us (3 other girlfriends and I) and told us she's leaving the country. WHAT????!!!!! I was in denial for the first 10 minutes. I couldn't believe it.

Her husband just got a job in Dubai and they'll be moving there for a few years. I am so sad. I'm going to miss her cakes so much.

Good thing is, I'll probably be thinner and slimmer. Hopefully I won't find another baker.
I dont eat cakes anywhere else because I am so used to Ina's cakes that every other cake dont taste good enough. Sigh..

Bye Bye Cakes…

Groupon Goods

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I love going on holidays. But one thing I hate about going away is the packing, the unpacking and of course missing my bed. Nothing beats sleeping in your own room. Yes, I've stayed in rooms way fancier and nicer than my room at home but I still miss my room and my bed whenever I go away.
I dont know how to explain my love for my bed.

What is it about it?
First of all, our bed is huge! Super duper huge. But more importantly, it is the mattress that I love more than anything. It is just perfect. Not too firm, not too soft. I remember when we first bought the mattress, we thought the price we paid for a mattress was a bit crazy. But now, years later, we both agree that it is the best investment EVER! Our mattress is da bomb!

We bought ours from Pavilion in KL. Few trips to Pavilion before we decided on the right mattress because Simmons has different types. We chose the special one for bad back. It is pretty firm. Now, you can purchase your mattress online, from the comfort of your own home with Groupon Goods. For example, if you are looking for a mattress, just click on this link and you'll be able to search for one suitable for you. Easy right?

Who would have thought you can buy a mattress on Groupon? Groupon Goods is awesome. You can buy anything! No matter what you are looking for, hop on over to Groupon Goods because they have anything you are looking for. From toys (christmas gifts) to clothing, to electronics and everything in between. I'll be going on my year end holiday soon and I think I need to head over to Groupon Goods to get my holiday essentials. If only I can bring my mattress along!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Hello from the other side

Guess what? My ex maid (Norilyn) called!!! She left us sometime in May if I'm not mistaken. You can read about it here. She hasn't been in touch with us since she left. Honestly, I didnt know if she is safe or alive or whatever. She left us and gone with the wind. No news whatsoever. I was disappointed. I thought she would at least call to say she's arrived but no, she didnt call. My kids talk about her sometimes. Of course, they miss her. They used to fight like crazy but they love her I'm sure. She? Well, she tolerated my kids and I think she loves them too but at the end of the day, it is still just a job for her. She can switch ON and OFF.

So no news from her. We have had the annoying Indon maid come and go. We are maidless now and life goes on.

Suddenly this morning, I got a WA from Norilynn. Whatttt!!!

OMG I was shocked.

She said hi and sorry she haven't been in touch. Apparently there was no internet. Hmm….ok whatever. I asked her how she is and well. She said she misses the kids.

She called us via WA and they spoke to each other. They were so excited to hear from her. I'm so happy for my kids because they really miss her. Especially my son, because when she came, he was still small.

She asked if they wanted her to come back and she said she wants to. I wish I can take her back. It would be so good!!! They asked about her family. (They know she has 1 daughter. A mother. And her father died in his sleep a long time ago. She used to tell them this story)

Then….this made me laugh…..

Son: Kakak, how's your mother?
Norilynn: She's ok already (she was sick, that's why she had to go back for good)
Son: How about your father? Is he still dead?
Norilynn: hahahaha…..yes…he is still dead. hahaha

LOL.

She was good. Slow but good. I miss her too
Sunday, October 23, 2016

Studying for History Exam

My daughter is in Year 2 and she studies world history. How do you expect a 6 year old to remember and learn history? Even her 30 year old mum (30 + 7) can't remember things they're learning.

Last year, she didnt do very well for history compared to the other subjects. She still got a good average (I think it was a low A or a high B - can't remember) but History is one of the subjects I noted as something she needed to work on even more this year.

I dont know about you but I hated history. If you ask me about history of Malaysia, I dont think I can remember any. So dont ask me!

For my daughter, I wanted to try a different approach. I did this for her last year when we were studying for the final exam and it helped bring her grades up. So I figured, we must do it this way in order for her to remember the story. History is all about the story. I got to make it interesting.


For this term's history exam, they only needed to learn 1 topic. About the history of Thanksgiving celebration.


What I did was I made notes and started sketching it on a piece of paper like this. From here, I will explain the story and as I'm reading the notes, I am sketching and drawing something. I usually start by doing it on the whiteboard first and then once it is all done, I will recreate it on a piece of paper like this for her to look at and go through.

So far so good. She will then do some questions and then we conclude. Easy right?

After she completed all the questions, I got this note from her.

LOL. I couldn't help laughing because it is so cute. I love getting notes like this from her. I told her that since she knows the topic now, she can easily score 100% for her history exam. I guess she wrote this note because she is confident that she can do it. hehehe. InsyaAllah.

Tigermom in me is loving it but I will be happy because I know she did her best. As long as you dont fail, I'm happy.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Miss me?

Sorry for the hiatus. I've been extremely busy the last few weeks. I dont even know where to start! Last thing I remember was my birthday and then BOOM!!! It's already almost coming to the end of October. Whatever happened in the first almost 3 weeks of October? Time really flies.

As you know, I am still maidless. I was so damn pissed off a few days back but today, I'm all calm again. In a way, it is better to be maidless than deal with an annoying maid. I just have to forget about the RM17,000 that is there at the agency right now. For now, if new maid comes… Alhamdulillah. But if she doesn't…. then it is not our rezeki yet. Life is a cycle, at some point, it will be OK again.
Being maidless is not all bad. Yeah our house is in a mess ALL THE TIME but so what. Not like we have guests over or anything.

Last week, I received an SMS from Naturally Plus to congratulate me on my achievement thus far. I couldn't be more excited because honestly speaking, I am not the most hardworking person in this business. I am pretty chilled out, laid-back and I dont do this full time. Many others are doing and working harder than me but still, despite it all… I am still doing really well. The SMS was to congratulate me and to request for me to submit my photo. My photo is going up the WALL yo! LOL. Not that it was my dream or I want to go up the wall but the fact that my photo will be up there means that I am on my way up for financial independence. I'll be earning 5 figure by the end of this year. That's pretty awesome extra money, if you ask me.

This week, I also managed to get a few things done.

1. Changed the address on my IC. Got it done at UTC and was surprised at how efficient everything was and how quick I got my IC done. Slightly over an hour to get everything done. Parking was a nightmare but apart from that, UTC Sentul rocks!

2. Registered to vote.

3. Took photo for Naturally Plus. My photo will be in the next newsletter I was told. So proud!

4. My daughter is having exam week this week. I've also spent time coaching her for exam. It's been pretty good. Still easy stuff because it is only the first semester. She got 90% for Maths which is her worst subject in Year 1. Im super proud.

5. I went for laser treatment. I'm so vain. I went to Glo in One Utama recommended by my best friend and it is so cool. I will blog about it one day. I'm glowing alright!!! LOL

6. I went for Naturally Plus training on the new system. I haven't gone for training in probably about a year and I had so much fun. Will blog about the training soon too.


So yeah…it's been pretty hectic. I hope to be back blogging soon.

Innovedge Maid Agency Sucks!

OK I have dealt with a few agencies in the past but I have not dealt with one as bad as Innovedge Maid Agency. My experience with them have been nothing but a pain in the butt since we paid them. Before getting paid, they were pretty efficient but once they get the payment and especially since we have a problematic maid, they have not live up to my expectations at all.

I am so angry that I dont know who to call to complain. I dont know who to talk to about this and I dont know who can guide me to get answers.

It is not my fault that Innovedge Maid Agency did not provide a good maid that is up to my standard. And excuse me, my standard is not all that high when it comes to domestic helpers. As long as the house is clean, kids are ok (alive & happy) I am ok to close one eye. No one is perfect and I know that.

Innovedge Maid Agency's fees are not cheap. I paid a large amount of money for that maid. I expected better service and better quality maid for the price I paid. After 1 month, she was sent back to the agency. It was pretty obvious that if I didnt send her then, she will run away or will create more headache. I sent her well within the trial / probation period so we can get a replacement. I've been maidless since.

My problem with Innovedge is:

1. Innovedge Maid Agency does not provide good customer service. In fact, their customer service SUCKS to the core. The agent handling my case dont know ANY answers I wanted to know. I always get "I will check with my boss" kind of answers ALL the time, which annoys me because she said she's been working there for over 10 years. How can you not know simple things and claim you've been in this line for over 10 years???

2. Boss is so bossy that when you tell her what's wrong with her service, she calls you RUDE. She asked me not to be rude when I (the customer) asked for exit memo for my maid. I demanded the exit memo when they told me the maid has left. Is it wrong for me to ask for proof? I dont think I was rude. I told her I would report the maid (as a runaway) if there is no proof that she has left (since they told me she has gone). Wrong? No. Visa is under my name. I needed to protect myself too.

3. They told me I'll get my maid in October. It is October now. No news from them. When I asked them via WA, both my msgs were read but no reply from them apart from "OK"
OK what? OK the maid is coming? OK the maid is not here?

This post is making me so angry. I'm going to go calm myself down.

Be right back
Sunday, October 9, 2016

Jibby East

Jibby East is situated in Melawati, just off the MRR2 heading towards Ampang from Gombak. I didn't know it was there until my friends told me. I always thought that it was just the Sime Darby show units but there's actually a little hip restaurant there.

If you know the Jibby restaurants, this one is the same. Nice ambience, great food and reasonably priced. I love it!

For my birthday dinner this year, I requested for Jibby East.

1. Because it is less than 15 minutes away from home
2. It was a weekday and normally we dont go out on week nights because kids must be in bed by 8.30pm
3. I went there and the food and ambience was nice
4. I wanted to show hubs the show units there for fun

Off we went to Jibby East for my early birthday dinner. My part time maid was supposed to come that evening but they didnt. We decided to go early. By 6pm, we were already out of the house and got there pretty quickly too. There was little traffic because people were all coming back from work but it wasn't too bad at all.


I wanted pasta and I ordered this. Photos dont do it justice but this was SOOOO GOOD! I think it is their Seafood Oglio Olio or something but it is da bomb. I love this so much. Highly recommended. Thinking and looking at this is making me hungry.


My husband was in the mood for burger. He ordered that and he too enjoyed his meal a lot. I didnt get to try but according to my husband, it is good.

My kids didnt have anything that they wanted to order so I ordered some vietnamese beef noodle soup for them. I requested for it to be non spicy but when it came, it was super spicy with chillies all over. It was tasty but it was too spicy for my kids. They did eat (because I forced them too) and they enjoyed it but you can tell that it was too spicy for them because they would ask for water after every spoon. Poor thing. I complained to the waiter (since I mentioned it to him a million times to make sure there was no chili and not spicy) and he was really apologetic. He even offered to get the food changed but we didnt want to wait another 10 to 15 minutes for another bowl.

We didnt order any dessert as we had my birthday cake waiting at home but will be back next time to try their desserts for sure.

Of course before we left we had to take a photo at their famous wall. It's beautiful but my camera sucks.


If you are nearby, go check this place out! Love it.