Monday, November 1, 2010

Good Ol' Happy Days

A few weekends ago, we decided to go try something new for dinner.
We ended up in The Good Ol' Happy Days Bistro & Cafe in Taipan, Subang.
From outside it looks really nice....like it came right out of 1970s movie.
Well, it's suppose to look like it came right out of a 1970s TV sitcom anyways....called "Happy Days"!
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They had the whole look....
Black and white checkered floor tiles, vinyl red plastic seats, a jukebox belting out old songs, pictures and memorabilia from that era decorating the walls and even their menu carried names of old-time singers eg. Jambalaya Hank William's Mushroom Soup, Nat King Cole Double Barrel Lamb Rack, James Brown Texan Ribeye....you get the gist.
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They definitely got the whole American diner atmosphere going on and I felt myself singing One o'clock, two o'clock, three o'clock ROCK!...
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The only thing missing were waitress on rollerskates!
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There was a HUGE mannequin of Fonzy, the main character of Happy Days, near where they sat us and when my little 2 year old coward saw it, she started crying and clinging on to me for dear life. So we had to shift tables.
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Honestly, it was quite scary looking la and if I were a kid, I'd cry too.
But I took a picture of Fonzy and whenever Renee gets naughty at home, I will show her the picture and say "Behave yourself or Big Man will come catch you!".
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So far, it works like a charm.
I just hope Renee doesn't get too smart too soon to realize that there is no such thing as Big Man.
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Anyways, I don't know if it's because we went at the wrong time or it was just our luck but most of the food that we wanted to order was either "Finished" or "Out of Stock".
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So we ended up with not much of a choice and had to order whatever that was available. Maybe that kind of ruined our whole mood and we weren't feeling quite so 'happy' anymore.
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I can't even remember what I ordered.
SK had the lamb rack which wasn't really good (cos according to the waitress, it was the last one), I had some steak burger or something and Renee had Fish N Chips.
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Nothing worth shouting about.
And let's just put it this way. It cost about Fridays/Chilis price but the portion that comes is like a kid's meal size. Yah. Imagine how tiny Renee's kid's meal was when our adult's portion was so small already.
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In my opinion, the food is not worth the money.
But if you want to go for beers with friends and sit around listening to music from an era long ago but not forgotten, then it is a nice place to go to.
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Well, I would go back for drinks anyways....not for the food.
The place makes me feel that much closer to Elvis.
<3

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Today





After almost 2 months of being dropped off, kicking and screaming, at the daycare, today, she jumped out of the car, ran into the house, turned around to wave at me, and disappeared behind the door.

Not a single kick.
Not a single scream.
Not a single tear.

Today.
I cried inside.
My baby doesn't need me anymore.

WAIL!!!!!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Starf*cks!

It's so weird cos I'm like sitting here, in Starbucks, for the past 4 hours, trying to do work, but instead of using their Internet connection, I'm stuck using my pathetic Maxis broadband.
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WHY???
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Because their f*cking server is down and they didn't bother informing me about it even though they saw me walk in with my laptop!!! Like HELLO, walk in with laptop means want to use your connection la stupid!
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If I knew, I wouldn't have bought a drink and my lunch.
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Why spend an extra RM25 to sit in your stupid outlet when I could have saved the money and ate at home if I was gonna end up using my broadband anyways???
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I know you guys wanna make money la...but sometimes, being honest to your customers is good too okay. Then at least your customers have a choice of walking out or to stay.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Off to 'school'

Renee officially started school on Sept 1st. Of course, she's only just turned 2, so 'school' here actually means daycare.

They feed her, bathe her, change her and even put her down for her nap. They also have 'lessons' like maths, languages, arts & crafts and music & songs.

Most importantly, when Renee is there, she gets to interact with other kids her age, and to me, that's very important.

Because I want her to learn to share and communicate with other kids. Just being alone with me for the pass 2 years, she has had all the attention to herself, all the toys to herself and had nobody else to talk to except me and sk.




And i've seen kids who grew up alone without being around other kids. They are loners and selfish and always keep to themselves as they are not used to being around others.

I do not want Renee to grow up to become like that.

Even though it was, and still is, hard to let her go, it also helps that I get some 'me' time to myself when Renee is away at school, and I've come to realise that it actually plays a very important role.

I'm less mang chang and more patient and I do not take out my frustrations on Renee and SK as much as i used to.




The first 3 days, I cried as much as Renee did, perhaps even more, but as the days wore on, I've learnt to actually enjoy this new found freedom. The freedom of not having to worry about feeding Renee, or watching her while I try to do my things, or whether or not she's watching too much or too little tv.

Of course, it also helps alot to know that Renee is settling down in school as well, and does not cry for as long as she did the first few times.

But the pass 2 days marked a GREAT improvement because the teacher successfully managed to put Renee down for her naps!

Even SK has problems putting her down to sleep because Renee is so used to having me put her to sleep (not to mention her need to suckle me to sleep), that he sometimes had to purposely take her for a drive just so that she will fall asleep!




So I was quite worried about that. And it really didn't help with the fact that for the first few days of starting school, Renee fought to stay awake pass her nap time to wait for me to pick her up only to fall asleep upon reaching home. And that would usually already be about 6.30 pm 7pm, and she won't wake till about 8.30pm 9pm, only to fall back asleep at 2am.

So you can imagine just how it screwed up her timing.

And I wasn't sure how long this would last for and it worried me beyond words because I definitely did not want her sleeping at 2am everyday.

So when the teacher called me up 2 days ago to inform me that she has finally managed to put Renee down for her nap (and she slept for 1.5hrs at that!), I was overjoyed!

It also comforted me in a way that Renee actually trusted her teacher enough to allow her to put her to sleep because to me, that meant that the teacher was treating her well and not abusing her - and kids don't lie about these things.




Overall, Project Daycare went better than I expected and I'm really glad to have found a place that both Renee and I are so comfortable with.

I only pray that I don't cry on the day when she can say "Bye mummy" and walk in on her own without a backward glance at me.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

The month that was

Okay, I actually wrote something else before this but thanks to BlogPress and it eff-ing up on me all the time, I ter-deleted it. Too lazy to rewrite what it was. And this was suppose to be posted up last week but I don't know what's wrong with BlogPress so I'm now actually retyping this using my laptop.
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Basically, something about me starting work based from home and of Renee starting daycare, which I will blog about in another entry cos its damn emo and this blog is suppose to be about happy clappy things.
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And of course, also about all the things that happened since my last post on HFM.
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First up, Renee turned TWO on August 22nd! My little baby is not so little anymore *sniffsniff*
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The theme, as you can see on her birthday cake, was Elephants & Penguins, so we had a two-layered cake, the bottom layer being jungle themed for the elephants and the top layer snow themed for the penguins!
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Everyone enjoyed the cake because it wasn't too sweet nor rich so yes, money well spent! Haha!
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The cake was from www.heavenlyonearth.blogspot.com and you can get them to customize any kindda cake you want. Damn nice. Go check out this Burberry bag they made. Looked so real!
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Anyways, we celebrated her birthday with friends and family one day before her actual day at KFC Subang Parade and it was HAVOC!!!
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All the kids everywhere!!!
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Sorry la but this was the first kids party I ever organised and it seriously almost made me swore NEVER to throw another one ever!
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And the worse part was the stupid mascot.
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Dah la Renee scared of it right. But the stupid chicken was just standing there during the cake cutting session and did not wanna move. I tried telling it to get out of the way so that we can have a proper family picture taken without it's beak in the way but either his costume was too thick or he pekak, he didn't lor. So Renee was crying throughout the cake cutting session.
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And even then, I had to snatch the knife out of the damn mascot's hands/wings because it didn't wanna give it to me.
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Hello! Your birthday or my daughter's birthday? Stupid chicken.
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(ok...ok...think happy clappy thoughts.....happy clappy happy clappy....)
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One week later, we celebrated SK's 32nd birthday!
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I decided to bring him to Sunway Resort's Sun & Surf Cafe because I remember how much I loved it when I was there a few years back.
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We used to go there for like every occasion we could think of. Grandpa's birthday. Family dinner. Parent's anniversary. Just for fun. So to me, it was a place that brings happy memories and laughter to me and I wanted to share that with SK as he has never been there before.
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SIGH....
BIG disappointment.
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The spread was only so-so.
The oysters weren't even fresh!
The place was dirty.
I don't even know what the hundreds of waiters and waitresses do there but they sure did not do what they were suppose to do lor.
And.....wait for it...
THEY WERE OUT OF BABY CHAIRS!!!
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Excuse me but I called up a few days in advance, made reservations and informed you that I will be bringing a toddler with me and that I would need a baby chair.
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So why was it when I arrived that not only did I have to wait for my table when your restaurant was PRACTICALLY EMPTY but was also told there were no more baby chairs for me???
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FAIL BIG TIME!!!
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Imagine when I tweeted about this, I wasn't surprised from the response I got back. All was about their own personal experience dining there and all NEGATIVE feedback!
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You should just CLOSE SHOP.
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And to think that you charge RM98++ per person. What a shitload waste of our time and money.
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Sigh...sorry b, shall let you decide on the venue next year. Don't wanna disappoint you again.
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Omg, this post is suppose to be a happy post, why am I so angry?
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Anyways, our birthday present to Renee was this...
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We brought her for Sesame Street Live presenting When Elmo Grows Up in Bukit Jalil Stadium and she absolutely loved it!!!
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Even I enjoyed it!
Brought me back down memory lane...
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"Sunny days, sweeping the clouds away,
On our way, to where the air is sweet!
Can you tell me how to get
How to get to Sesame Street"
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Only thing I regretted was not buying front row tix.
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Because judging from the way Renee reacted to the KFC mascot at her birthday party, we didn;t think it would be wise to get seats too near the stage.
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But I would have enjoyed being up close and in their face =)
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The whole show lasted about an hour plus and it was fantastic!
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The lightings & sounds were perfect and the props....fabulous!!!
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The three of us enjoyed it thoroughly!
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The only thing that I was a bit upset about was that the cast did not come out for a meet and greet session.
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It would have been nice to take some pictures with them.
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And finally, we went up to Frasers again!
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But this will come in it's own seperate post as well. Soon. I hope.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

HFM

Yup, my little baby girl is the latest victim of this annoying virus going around targeting kids.

She's got the whole works.

Started off with a fever that peaked at 38.5 degrees. Followed by horrible splotches of huge white ulcers inside her mouth and tongue and of course the red spots on the feet and hands.

Its really heart-breaking to see my little girl go through this because, seriously, at my age and with one teeny weeny little ulcer on my tongue, I'm already whining away non-stop. What more having a whole mouth and tongue full of it.

But she's strong. And thank goodness for us and her, she's still eating and drinking as normal, although she may be cranky at times, especially during her sleep.

So i guess its either the ulcers aren't hurting her that much, or she has a super high threshold for pain. Whichever it is, its a good thing.

Looks like i won't be starting her in daycare as planned. Not until she's fully recovered.



Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Brave strong girl

Next week marks a new chapter in my life as a mother, and in Renee's life as a child.

She's starting daycare.

I know it may not be anything big to most of you, and most mothers do it so why can't I, right? But it IS big for me. A very big and difficult step to take.

I'm extremely attached to Renee. Like really super-glue attach. I carried her for 9 months and in this 9 months, I was on complete bed rest throughout my 1st trimester because I was bleeding.

I think the fact that I stood a very high chance of loosing my then unborn child made me cling on and willed my body harder to be strong. To make sure that I did NOT lose it.

And when I won that fight, the next obstacle came. In my 2nd trimester, I had to do a blood test and my results came back bad. The baby I was carrying had an extremely high risk of being down-syndrome.

I had to go in for further tests. And the waiting for results period drove me very much to almost depression. The doctors said we had a choice to terminate the pregnancy should the results come out bad. And that was what almost killed me.

I was already in my 20th week. I already knew that my baby is a 'she'. I already felt her moving inside me. I already loved her. What would I do if she was down-syndrome? Would i want to continue with this, knowing that we're all gonna suffer together when she's born? Shunned by society? And who's gonna look out for her if something happened to me?

But to terminate the pregnancy? How could I kill my own child? Who am I to end a life? A life that i already loved?

But praise God, we won this war again. Further tests showed her to be a normal HEALTHY baby girl. 5 fingers 5 toes and a very prominent forehead.

My third trimester came and my baby was breeched. She didn't turn. And what made it worse. She had already pooped inside. Which made the very waters she was swimming in toxic. And so I was scheduled in for a c-section.

I have been fighting obstacles after obstacles from the start of my pregnancy till the very end. And that made me just that much more attached to Renee.

I drowned through fear of losing her 3 times and yet, 3 times we managed to break through the currents and inhale fresh new air.

So I guess in a way, its made me a little psycho. About always being there to protect Renee.

I gave up my career to be a stay-home mom. I looked after Renee all by myself with no help from anyone from the day she was born up till now. And she's turning 2 next month.

I don't even trust my parents or SK's parents to look after her even for a few hours. Wtf I don't even trust SK to look after her.

So yes, sending her to a daycare is a very BIG thing for me.

I've been mentally prepping her for it, telling her that she'll be going to 'school' next week, got many friends to play with, teachers to teach many things. Mummy will come back and pick you up after 'school' is over. Be a strong and brave girl.

I'm just praying and hoping that I'll be the braver and stronger girl.

Anyways, some random pictures I took here and there.






Renee made me decorate her Elly with my flower hair-ties.





A small snail I found while prepping veggies for dinner.





We went for steambot in Klang that still uses the traditional method of charcoal to heat up the soup.





In F21's dressing room. Loved the look but only got myself the top. I mean, who am i kidding. Can't carry off that college girl look anymore.





Renee has learned to climb on top of the tv table but has yet to learn how to climb down.





Chocolate feast with my baby girl before heading back to OUG for dinner.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

I is so stupid

The iPhone is THE MOST complicated thing in the world!

I mean, its also awesome. It keeps Renee entertained in the car and while i take my shower because it has all these cool educational apps that she can play with. I get to download all these other apps for myself which I could not using a normal mobile phone.

Its just that this phone is in a world of its own. Just downloading ringtones itself is a bitch. Being so used to other phones where I could just save the song or have someone bluetooth it to my phone and I can automatically use that as a ringtone already, I almost cried when I first found out what I had to do to convert songs to be recognized as ringtones for this phone.

Even my bluetooth earpiece refuses to even wanna pair with this phone and I do not know why so I'm stuck using the conventional handsfree that came with the phone, wires everywhere.

And last night. OMG!!! I almost went crazy. Renee was playing with my phone and I didn't know what she did but she managed to lock my rotation mode.

Which means that my screen stayed lock even when I turned the phone sideways. So I couldn't even use landscape mode to type or view stuff.

And what was even more frustrating was the fact that I didn't know how to undo it!

I searched through the Settings in the phone, clicking here and there and when nothing happened, I did it all over again anyways just in case something might miraculously happen on the 2nd and 3rd try. Nothing.

I even googled it "Enable landscape mode iphone", "Unlock locked landscape mode ipone", "Landscape mode iphone"....bla bla bla but everything that came out all said the same thing - download this app or that app for extra landscape keyboards or games or what not.

Urgh! I was so close to throwing the phone away and strangling Renee at the same time. But she's just a kid. Didn't know what she was doing. Just a very smart kid.

And I'm the type of person where if I don't get something settled the way I want it to be, I won't be able to sleep. At all.

Like when I'm already in bed, comfy and snugged and then I notice that the curtains are a little crooked, I'll get up just to straighten it, else it'll be bugging me the whole night. Or if I notice that my brush, perfume, make up, watever is not placed in its right place or is a little out of its place, I'll need to rearrange it back. Or if my shampoo finishes first before my conditioner does, I'll go mad cos I won't know what to do with the remaining conditioner. Yes. I'm crazy like that. SK says its a disease. That I'm diseased.

So just imagine what not being able to undo what Renee did to my phone was doing to me!!!

I was going crazy!

I even posted on twitter and facebook, hoping that someone somewhere out there would be able to help me.

And someone did

I thank the stars and moon and sun and planet for creating such a smart kind nice person and for letting this person be my friend because he saw my fb shout out and replied with a solution!

All i had to do was double click my home button, swipe the multitask bar to the left and VOILA!!! the unlock button was there!

Such a simple solution.

So. Renee's not that smart after all.

I IS JUST STUPIDER.



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Friday, July 23, 2010

Blog test from iPhone

I just downloaded this BlogPress app that allows me to blog fr my phone.

So this is just a test blog to see if it works.

I hope it does.

Cos this ain't no free app k.


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Location:Persiaran Setia Prima,Shah Alam,Malaysia

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Changes

I'm actually looking around for a daycare centre for Renee.
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Yah.
I know, right.
Damn freaking selfish of me.
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First, I chose to sacrifice my career to be a Stay At Home Mom.
Thinking it would be all the better for me and for my baby.
And then, because of the choice I made, Renee got used to having mummy around her all the time. She got used to getting first class treatment and first class attention and first class food and first class everything.
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And then now, because my maid ran away and left me suddenly with a whole house to maintain and on top of that, a 22 month old toddler to chase around, and I just cannot cope anymore, I'm just gonna throw her into a daycare centre.
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To me, that's just really selfish.
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But I don't have any other choices.
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Everyday, I'm trying my best to keep the house spotless (because Renee tends to pick up random things from the floor and put them into her mouth). But each time I clean one room, I walk into another room to find that Renee had either spilled milk all over the floor, or Vitagen all over the sofa, or left a trail of biscuit crumbs from the living room to the kitchen to the dining area, or something.
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And it makes me blow my head off.
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And then *POW* I'm suddenly on a screaming rampage, yelling at the top of my lungs at this little girl (who has no idea why her mother is screaming at her again), smacking her hands (or legs, whichever made the mistake), getting out of breath for yelling so loud without stopping to take a breath, and then finally, crumbling down onto the floor and asking myself over and over and over again, what did I ever do to deserve this.
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And when I've calmed myself down and Renee is still too scared to come near me, I pick myself up and start cleaning all over again.
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And I know that this is just not healthy.
Not for me.
Not for Renee.
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I clearly need to go for anger management course.
Or something.
Whatever.
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So, which is why I've decided that the best option for this is to send Renee to a daycare centre.
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I mean, it's not gonna be that bad. She gets to interact with other kids her age. Get involved in fun activities all day long. Be surrounded by people other than me. It'll be good for her. Might teach her to appreciate me more. And maybe be more disciplined too.
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It'll be good for me too.
I'll be able to have 'ME' time, something which I never had much of since I gave birth.
I'll finally be able to focus on growing my own company and be independent instead of depending on hubby. Perhaps in a way, it'll lift a slight burden off hubby's shoulders about being the only one bringing in the money for the family, and we could all be happier.
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Also, I wouldn't be getting angry and shouting all the time.
Which means that the time I spend with Renee will be healthier, happier.
And I wouldn't be so mang chang with hubby as well.
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BIG sigh.....
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Honestly though, although I know this is the best way to go (afterall, Renee is already almost 2), I really am NOT looking forward to sending Renee off to a daycare centre.
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I've gotten so used to be the one looking after her since she was born, the thought of someone else taking over the job now (even if its only for a few hours during the day), someone else feeding her, changing her, cleaning her, playing with her, soothing her when she cries, putting her down for her nap.....sighs....just makes me wanna cry, you know.
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I mean, how will I know if they're doing their best for her. How will I know if they're feeding her top quality food, or cleaning her properly, or comforting her the right way when she cries?
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Something as simple as being there to monitor her temperature every hour when she has a fever, or patiently feeding her and making sure she finishes everything in her bowl, or trying different ways to soothe her when she's sad until she stops crying. These things only a mother will be able to do for her child.
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But I know, time will help.
Only time will be able to help me let her go.
It's definitely not going to be easy the first few days, for both me and Renee.
But children adapt to changes easily.
And as for me, well, I'll just have to keep myself busy until I get used to the idea of someone else looking after Renee to ease my mind and my time for me.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Dear Blog,

It's been more than a month since the last time I updated you.
No, of course I have not forsaken you. Please. In fact, you've been at the back of my mind everyday, buggin' me and remindin' me that I have you to come back to.
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But.
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I have been extremely busy since my last post.
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First, my stupid maid ran away.
In fact, she ran away a few days after my last post.
So I was, AM, left with the house cleaning, food preparation (dicing onions, slicing carrots, cleaning chicken, etc), cooking bla bla bla....everything that you, stupid useless maid, should have been doing....on top of looking after Renee and meeting deadlines for my articles!
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Second, Renee had been falling sick on and off and needed constant attention.
It's not funny lor, having to watch over a sick child, taking temperature every hour, making sure the fever doesn't get too high, and feeding her medication on time.
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Damn stressful.
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On top of that, still do housework, vacuum, mop, clean, scrub.....argh! Everything that you, stupid useless maid, should have been doing!
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Third....well....*ahem*....I shall stop here because what I'm about to say might offend certain people. Ok, for sure it will offend certain people. Of course, the certain person I'm talking about doesn't read blogs and most definitely does not even know that this blog exists, but I do know other people read this blog and other people might tattle tale back to the person that doesn't read blogs so I shall stop here.
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Confusing, no?
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Anyways, so yes, the pass month has been extremely busy for me, physically and emotionally. Majority of it caused by you, stupid useless maid, for running away!
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But life goes on.
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And my life went on anyways.
So here I am today.
Without a maid.
Cleaning the entire house every 2 days.
Cooking separate meals for the family.
And still able to meet deadlines.
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Of course in between, I'm screaming like a psycho bitch mother.
Neighbors 5 houses away must think I'm mad.
Renee must think I'm mad.
But seriously, sometimes, she does drive me mad.
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Like for example, this morning, she somehow managed to spill milk ALL over the floor, the sofa, her toys and on herself!
All within 10 minutes.
All when I was in the kitchen making her lunch.
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Already I was tired from bending over slicing carrots and spinach.
And crying from dicing onions.
And oily from frying chicken.
I walked out into a MILK FLOODED living room!!!
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Wouldn't you get all psycho bitch too?
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p/s: note to self - must update blog more often or watever left of readers will really go and read someone else's blog and leave this blog empty and lonely

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

I'm going to the beach!

The last time I was at the beach....as in PROPERLY by the beach (Penang in Aug 09 not counted cause it was raining the whole time we were there and I didn't go into the sea for a swim cause it was so murky)....was so friggin' long ago that I can't even remember when it was exactly. Neither can I remember where.
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See. It was THAT long ago.
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Krabi in 08 also not counted cause I was suffering from all-day sickness and didn't enjoy myself one bit.
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So, I think it was Redang in 07 before I got married.
Yes. THAT long ago.
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ANYWAYS....we're heading to the beach again!
And I'm sooooo terribly excited that I can't sleep every night just thinking about it.
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We're heading back to Lang Tengah.
The very same island where the hubs and I first went for our scandalous getaway before we were even officially dating. Hah!
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That that, we brought ourselves, 2 bottles of JD and a whole lot of mixers.
This time, we're bringing ourselves, a 20 month old terrorist and a whole lot of diapers & wet wipes!
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The boat transfer from jetty to island is via speedboat so SK is a little paranoid la.
I don't blame him.
I mean, the big buffalo can't swim.
And he knows very well that if anything happens to the boat, I'll save Renee first and he'll have to fend for himself.
But fortunately for him, the boat provides life jacket for cacat swimmers :-)
Unfortunately, they don't have one in Renee's size.
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SO.
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He sent his unemployed wife (whom he thinks sit at home doing nothing) on a wild-goose chase to look for a swim vest for Renee.
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After searching high and low, twitting friends for help and bla bla bla....I FINALLY found it.
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At Mothercare, BSC.
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But I got the one in red with blue lining instead.
And it cost me RM178!!!
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It better work man!
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I also bought Renee beach toys, you know, the pail, spade, gali-gali stuff...
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Oh yah, I almost forgot, all the pharmacies and supermarkets in this state don't believe in selling sunscreen lotion for kids wan issit??!!!
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Guardian, Watsons, Jusco, Parksons and Cold Storage in 1U sells sunblock for almost ALL sorts of people, from the vain, to the old, to the sporty EXCEPT for kids!!! Stupid!
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BSC Guardian and Cold Storage also don't have.
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Subang Parade also don't have.
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Pavillion also don't have!
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In the end, I found it in the Guardian near my house.
This area may be ulu but not as ULU and STUPID as you big malls in KL and PJ area.
Hmph!
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Ok, anyways, I'm so excited!
Leaving this weekend!
And this will probably and last post for now until I come back....unless I wanna be a little more rajin...and IF the stupid Maxis boradband don't kaput on me again.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Soon soon....

It's not that I forgot about this blog.
I didn't.
I just got myself a new toy.
The iPhone 3GS that's it.
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*BEAMS*
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So I'm online via my phone most of the time and hardly come on using my laptop that's why no new updates.
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But I PROMISE there will be updates soon!
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PROMISE!!!

Keep coming back k!
Don't leave this blog to read another more interesting blog ya!
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Hehehe...

Friday, March 19, 2010

My style

A couple of friends have been asking me what I wear and how I accessorize myself when I go out with my 19 month old daughter, because they just can't seem to match comfort + fashion when they want to go out with their kids.
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So I've decided to start posting down what I wear when I go out so that they (and all other mothers out there who wants to know) can have an idea about how I match comfort + fashion for myself.
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Of course, I'm not the most fashionable mother around and I'm sure there are many others out there who has their own personal style and still look absolutely fabulous. But since I've been asked, I'm proud to share a little bit of my own fashion.
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Simple lunch with Kathryne and Sam @ Delicious, 1U
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Me
top: cats whiskers
harem pants: random thai fair
bangles: diva
watch: nooka
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Renee
top: mothercare
jeans: old navy
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I swear, harem pants are THE MOST comfortable thing ever created!
They're tapered at the ankles so there's no trouble with stepping on the edge of the pants or having to fold it up when stepping into a wet public toilet. And the best thing is, they're so baggy it feels like you're wearing your pyjamas out.
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I matched this outfit with a pair of beige wedges.
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They were only RM25, which to me is DIRT cheap.
Am so glad I bought 2!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

She killed for the 1st time

See this millipede here?
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Ya, we get a lot of them crawling into the house from our garden outside.
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Anyways, I think Renee killed it's father last night. Or mother. I dunno, they all look the same to me. Ok, so maybe killed isn't really the right word to use for what Renee did. I think MAULED might be better.
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Hmmm...in fact, it could be a younger sister or brother that she killed. I didn't really see the size of it. In fact, I didn't even know my 19 month old daughter was committing murder until she came screeching happily up to me and then dumped the two-halves, intestines spilling, dead worm on my lap.
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And I was in SHORTS!!!
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So please forgive me for not taking a picture of the deceased.
I tengah hysterical!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Make a Pinata out of him

Omg, did you read the papers today???!!!
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Crazy man armed with hammer walks into a kindy and whacks children in their heads!!!
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Okay, fine, so the news didn't say anything about the man being crazy but C'MON! Which sane man would walk around bludgeoning 6 year olds in their heads with a freaking hammer??? Only someone absolutely crazy and out of his mind can do something like that!
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I mean, why would he want to do something like that?
What can a child ever have done to him to make him so filled with anger?
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Anyways, the police are on the lookout for him now and I pray they catch him fast.
You know what they should do to punish him?
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They should tie him up and dress him up as a Pinata and then set loose a group of baseball bats-wielding 6 year olds on him.
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Hah!
If I can't even control my 18 month old girl when she's swinging her plastic hammer around at me, I definitely wouldn't wanna be caught in the same room as a bunch of 6 year olds swinging their bats at a Pinata man.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Cheesecake-in-a-Cup

On Monday, I invited my family over for dinner.
I made a feast of steamed ginger chicken, baked dori in butter and lemon sauce, sambal tumis sotong, vegetables and lotus roots soup.
On top of that, I attempted at making dessert.
Cheesecake-in-a-Cup.
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Sounded easy enough.
And it surely wouldn't be much of a mess.
Or so I thought.
Because 5 minutes into making it, THIS happened :
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And this is just 30% of the whole mess.
For me to be able to take a picture of the WHOLE mess, I needed a wide-angle lens, and I didn't have one.
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My whole kitchen was covered in cream cheese and yes, literally my WHOLE kitchen.
The walls.
The ceiling.
The floor.
The window grills.
The back door.
The appliances (as you can see from the picture above).
The stove.
And.
All.
Over.
My.
Maid!
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Me?
Hah!
I had an apron on.
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But the mess was not in vain.
Whatever that was left in my mixing bowl was still enough.
And I'm proud to say that my attempt at making dessert was not only successful but it was DELICIOUS as well!
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So here's my recipe (just try not to make a mess like I did ESPECIALLY if you don't have a house-help to help clean it up).
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CHEESECAKE-IN-A-CUP
(recipe serves 4 - 6 pax)
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Ingredients
250g cream cheese
250ml plain natural yogurt
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
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Fruit Layer
1 cup finely diced fruits (you can use strawberries/kiwi/bananas/grapes)
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
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6 - 8 pcs digestive biscuits (broken into small pieces)
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Method
1. Place cream cheese, yogurt, sugar, lemon juice and grated lemon rind in a mixing bowl and using a balloon whisk, beat until smooth.
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2. Chill for 10 minutes while you prepare the fruit layer.
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3. Combine diced fruits (please stick to one type of fruit), sugar and lemon juice. Mix it up then set aside for 5 minutes to let fruit soften slightly and exude its juice.
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4. Divide broken digestive biscuits into 6 small glasses. Spoon a layer of cream cheese mixture over the biscuit, followed by a layer of fruits mixture. Top with another layer of cream cheese mixture. Then garnish with a slice of fresh fruit.
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5. Serve immediately or cling-wrap and chill until ready to serve.
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I hope you have as much fun making this as I did!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Runny nose & flaming throat

I just realized that it's been almost a year since the last time I fell sick, so I guess it's about time that I did anyways. Considered quite healthy for falling sick only once a year so I shall not complain.
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But I do so HATE having a sore throat. No spicy food. No goreng-goreng stuff. No yummy OILY dishes. Just reduced to having soupy, light things that can't even keep me full for long. Urgh.
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I'm drowning myself with preserved mandarin orange peels though, cos it works like magic for me, especially for sore throat. I just hope a cough doesn't follow in on this later.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Proud but NOT vain

but then, I can't help NOT gloating about it...teehee!
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Scene 1#
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Walked into a little boutique in 1U last week to get some flip-flops and was browsing through some of them when sales girl approached me.
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"You look too young to be a mum"
"I'm not. Looks can be deceiving"
"Seriously. You look only to be 18"
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18!!!
EIGHTEEN!!!
LAPAN BELAS!!!!
SAP PAT!!!
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Boleh tak?!
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Scene 2#
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Looking at some DVDs in SS2 when a friend of the DVD guy walked in and started playing with Renee. Then she looked at me and asked...
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"Your sister arr?"
"Sister??? Hahahaa....no la, she's my daughter!"
"Haaarrrr??? Sure a not??? You so young wor"
"I'm turning 30 soon. Not young lorr"
"Haaarrrr??? 30??? I dun belief you. You look like 20 only la"
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TWENTY!!!
That's like 10 years YOUNGER than my age now!!!
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So. Damn. Happy. Can. Fly!
So you tell me la, how NOT to gloat about it right?
Hehehe!
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Ok, ok...I shall stop gloating for now.
And tell you about the CD I bought for Renee from Subang Parade few weeks back.
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It's suppose to be a compilation of the top 40 famous children nursery rhymes and it had all the songs that we grew up singing, like Baa Baa Black Sheep, Old McDonald, Rockabye Baby, ABC, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and etc etc.
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And then right, there was this song that goes like this:
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Donkey donkey, I beg you, please don't say hee-haw (hee-haw) ya, stupid donkey still sang
I shall beat you, I shall beat you, please don't say hee-haw (hee-haw)
Hee-haw, hee-haw, hee-haw, hee-haw, why you sing so loud? (so loud) ya, donkey talks too
I shall beat you, I shall beat you, please don't say hee-haw (hee-haw)
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SK was so frustrated with this song and he kept saying, "Already say don't say hee-haw, the donkey still wanna say"
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"That's why when you scold people, you say "STUPID DONKEY!!!", because donkeys are stupid lorr!"
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And then, there was this other song that goes like this:
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Elephant, elephant, why is your nose so long
Oh, I think that's because my mother's nose is also very long
Elephant, elephant, who do you like most of all?
Oh, I think I like my mother most of all...
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I NEVER grew up to songs like that lorr...
Stupid right.
You know why?
Locally produced.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Renee's Diary

Last Friday, I decided to be very naughty because Mummy didn't allow me to watch PlayHouse Disney. She wanted to finish up her True Blood Season 2 and was watching episodes after episodes after episodes.
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I don't even know what is so nice about that show.
It's so dark and gloomy.
There are no colours....EXCEPT red colour....and that colour only comes out from people's necks, dunno why.
And worse of all, no Mickey, no Pocoyo. Just some ugly, white man with weird teeth.
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So I tahan......
I know Mummy expects me to sleep about 5pm, but I decided not to.
I kept my eyes open and stayed awake till 8.30pm.
And then fell asleep.
I could hear Mummy telling Daddy that she wanted me to sleep through till next morning, but no, you think I'll let Mummy go so easily? Hmph!
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I WOKE UP AN HOUR LATER! HAH!
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You should have seen the look on Mummy's face.
She was so upset because then she knows I won't sleep till 3am.
Since she likes to watch vampire show so much, I shall let her become vampire too.
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But Mummy and Daddy came up with a BRILLIANT idea.
They decided to take me for a drive to A&W, hoping that I would fall asleep in the car-seat.
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Yes, I agree that the car-seat is super comfortable and I always fall asleep in it.
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So we went down to A&W in PJ at 12.30 midnight, and I was still awake when we reached. So Mummy and Daddy said, let's bring her down for some ice-cream, let her run around a bit, then she'll definitely get tired and fall asleep on the way back.
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So I had ice-cream.
And curly fries.
And lots of water! Mummy made kakak drown me with water....crazy.
And we even bumped into Uncle Chris and Aunty Shandy. Aunty Shandy was having midnight cravings. Must be because my soon-to-be cousin Kaye in her tummy was asking for some ice-cream too.
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We left A&W about an hour later.
And Daddy took a slow drive home.
I could feel my eye-lids getting heavier and heavier, my head dropping.
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But guess what???!!!
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I PREVAILED!!!
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Much to Mummy's disappointment.
HAHAHAHA!!!!
This will teach her to watch her CDs when it's MY turn to watch TV.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Baked Dory Fish in Butter & Lemon Sauce

That was what I made for dinner tonight.
And it was such a success that it was half gone before I could even take a picture of it.
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But then again, better to have it eaten than not at all.
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Here's the recipe.
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Ingredients
- 2 dory fillets
- 2 large onions thinly sliced (for onions lovers. If you're not one, then 1 onion would be sufficient)
- 1/2 lemon
- 2 big tablespoons of butter
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 clove garlic diced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon of dried basil
- a pinch of white pepper
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Method
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1. Heat the oven to 180'C
2. Grease the base of baking dish with some butter
3. Cover the base with the onion slices and place fish fillet on top
4. Melt the remaining butter in a saucepan with the lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, salt and basil. Do NOT bring to boil
5. Pour the sauce mixture over the fish and sprinkle some white pepper on it
6. Place in oven and cook for about 15 - 20 minutes
7. Scoop out fish on another plate and pour remains of sauce over it
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Next time, instead of putting it in the oven to bake, I'm gonna try grilling it. And a tip for all butter lovers, putting in more than 2 spoonfuls of butter is a MUST try.
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Hope you enjoy the recipe as much as I did!

Friday, January 29, 2010

What annoys me most

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I'm at this point in my life where what annoys me THE MOST is people telling me to go back to work. Seriously, why don't you learn to handle your own life and leave mine the hell alone!
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I'm sorry if I sound angry here but I am seriously annoyed.
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After all, this is MY life we're talking about.
And if my husband is not even making a fuss about it, then who are you to tell me otherwise, huh?
It's not like as if I'm depending on you for food or clothes or a roof over my head.
But if you want to provide me with these financial aids, then by all means, go ahead, and you can have ALL the say you want about me going back to work.
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Perhaps you meant it as a joke.
Perhaps you did not.
But I'm sorry to say that you got me at the wrong time.
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You do not know the first thing about what I plan to do with my life and how I want to live it. You don't even bother to ask.
So do me a favour and just butt out.
Perhaps YOU should get YOUR life straightened out first because as far as I can see, it's much more screwed up than mine will ever be!
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So take that!
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So what if I have a maid?!
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You know, people seem to think that my life is all easy peasy just because I now have a maid to help me out. Well, think again!
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Because UNLIKE most people who get their maids to do everything in the house, I don't. I'm still in charge of my house, of the people in my house, and how I like things to run in my house.
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It's absolutely annoying when I get comments like, "Wah, nowadays you very free la, no need to do anything, maid do everything for you".
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Correction.
I may have a maid, and she helps me clean the house, but other than that, I do everything else myself.
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First and foremost, I look after Renee MYSELF!
I feed her, bathe her, change her diapers, entertain her and play with her, teach her, read to her, take her for her evening walks, cut her nails, watch over her. In short, Renee is still MY responsibility and I still do my motherly duties as I should.
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So, NO, I'm NOT VERY FREE.
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Please ar, I'm not the type of mothers that leave the maid to do everything, including look after their children ok. In fact, the last person I trust to handle Renee is my maid....or anyone else for that matter, except my hubby.
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The most I'd do, is to ask the maid to watch over Renee while I need to go online, and even then, I make sure they are within my eye sight and hearing distance.
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And I cook the meals in the house.
Yes, my maid helps me prepare the ingredients, dice the garlic, onions, what not, and sometimes, I ask her to cook the simple dishes, like fried eggs, or stir-fry vegetables, but that is ONLY if I'm busy with Renee or when I have to put Renee down for her nap.
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Other than that, I do all the cooking myself.
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So, please, think again before you come tell me that I'm very free because I have a maid.
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A maid is a maid.
Not a chef.
Not a babysitter.
She just helps me keep the house clean.
That's all.
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So, take that!