Thursday, September 28, 2006

Kids are cute...

The other day, S2 came back from school.. and was having a snack.. and then we had a convo..

S2: Mom... I am in love.
Me: Okay. Who are you in love with?
S2: I am in love with Tatyana. (Btw, she is Taiwanese / German mix... not bad looking lah)
Me: I see... does she love you too?
S2: I don't know. I have not asked her yet. But I looooveee her...

Then the next day, S2 folded an origami swan for her, and came downstairs and asked "mom..how do I spell Tatyana? I want to give her this "
Well, he wanted to write her name on the swan...
H was like soooooooooo proud of his son.... "kow lui" at this age... and said "That's my boy!!!" Geez....

Well, don't know what happened, but today...he came back from school and says he doesn't love her anymore...

Oh well... I shall sit and see lah.. just don't make me a grandmother in my forties!!! Or worse, thirties! I die liow... pengsan betul betul.

Oh..Oh.. this one is not about cute kids...but I was in Country Y, right... and teenagers these days soooo cialatt one ar? There were 3 couples having dinner across from us. One couple obviously was the parents lah..cause middle-aged and the other two couples are teenagers lah. At the dinner table, the young guy was like had HIS HAND on the girlfriend's tai-pei and was like sew-sew her leg. Aiyo.. where can like that?? I mean, ber-raba-raba behind closed doors okay lah.. but having dinner with parents?? I don't know...think I live in the dark ages lah. Cannot accept it lah. If next time, I see my son go meraba-raba girlfriend in front of me...I think I pengsan lah.

Okay lah...getting late. Nite nite..

Photos of House..






Laundryamah asked me to put some photos of my new house...so including some here lor....

Looooong Update

Maids...
Monday was my birthday... so of course not gonna cook lah. Planned to go out and have dinner lah.... Then guess what happened? Maid open fridge so many times also don't realise that the fridge was not turned on, and the stuff were not cold.. The plug somehow got loose lah...and EVERYTHING got defrosted. And I have just stuffed the freezer with new packs of nuggets, fish fingers, sausages, seafood and meat... What to do??? Have to cook those things immediately lah. Made soup, prawns, fish and meat balls lor. Gave all the defrosted nuggets and fish fingers to the maids to cook. Skali they think "wah...accidently defrost fridge, got so much goodies. Must do this more often". I told the maid "never want this to happen again"...

And, when we were having dinner, Maid-A was nowhere to be seen. H asked how come he never see Maid-A...like she is kinda lazy. He said that when she saw him, like quickly pretend to be sweeping floor. So... middle of our meal...still no sign of Maid-A. And H was like going to scoop soup for himself lah..then scoop rice lah.. (Maid-Y was cutting fruits and making juice..) and he was starting to get mad. He actually went to see what she was doing. Well, watching TV lor.. H was very very mad. All sorts lah..want to fire her lah. No tv till after 9 lah...etc etc. Anyway, of course I have to have a talk with the maids lah.

Tuesday...we had BBQ at home... when we finished dinner, of course left the two maids to clean up lah. Then so happens I came downstairs and saw that ALL the lights and fans were still on. Terrace lights on and terrace door still openned and not locked, BUT the maids have left the main house and locked the kitchen door... Of course I screamed for them to come and look lah.. This is WHAT I don't like. Simply simply quicky do work so can go watch tv. Like that, we gonna take tv away. Told them if I need to check everything that they do, I might as well do myself. No need to have live-in maid. Of course, they as usual...say YES. YES lor.. what else is new???

Aqua Man...
In my previous post, mentioned that Maid-Y gave a big chunk of tips to the Aqua man.. Well, this week..as usual..ordered 4 bottles of Aqua la. So, gave maid 50 and specifically told her to round up to 40 (actual cost is 38) and take back the change of 10. You know what?? the stupid Aqua Man told maid that he did not have the 10...expecting the tip. Wah... tell you???!!?? I was very very mad. Like that "EXPECT" kind leh. Like it's a GIVEN. Told Maid-Y "ask him to go and find change. And now, I want my change of 12 instead of 10. If he cannot get the change, ask him to take back the four bottles of Aqua. I don't want it". Really really beh-tahan.

Carved Stones..
Went to scout for carved stones on Tuesday with a new friend.. Was quite fun lah. Bought a carved stone garden lamp (RM 120) and ten carved stone tiles of 10 cm x 10 cm each(RM 40 for ten). Will take a photo soon... when I am up to it. :-) Wa... I quite lann-kaii tai wong ... Left house at about 8.30 am. Sent H to the office, then took the car to pick friend up. SUpposed to pick her at 9.30 am..but traffic was sooooo good that I actually reached her place at 9 am. So, had a cup of coffee there, chit-chat abit, then went to look at those carved stone stalls (lining up the side of the road one)...then had lunch...drop her back, pick H up (he left work early)..went to buy some DVDs, then to supermarket..by the time I got home, was already almost 5.10 pm. Cialatt....

Coffee Morning...
Boys' School PTA had a Coffee Morning for Newcomer's on Wednesday... so I went and kepoh lor. Have to say the hostess house very very big and terror. Told H about it, and he said "you also can have what... big big roman pillars INSIDE the house"...Aaannnywaay.. met some other Malaysian ladies there...exchange numbers lor..

Mandarin Class for Boys..
Boys started on their Mandarin class today... had a little tiff with H about it. I don't know is it because I am overly sensitive or what.. Anyway, enrolled them today in a center lah, and it's quite pricey lah.. About RM 1200 per child for 3 months, for 2 x a week at 1 1/2 hours each time. I recalled that we pay that amount for 3x a week at skylace, right? And H always said that over here is 30 - 50% more expensive than Malaysia. So, when I calculated...it's okay what. Plus they could squeeze the two boys into their classes (different class lah) in the days where S1 does not have after-school activities (which is Monday and Thursday. He has St.John's Ambulance on Tuesdays, Basketball on Wed and Badminton on Fridays). Anyway, H asked me how come I enrolled them even if I thought it was expensive... why we have to pay more than other people? Why maids also pay more than other people. And I sort of got a little bit cheesed off. I sound like I am defending my decision, but I thought the location was okay, not too far....(local standards lah..), and the start time of 4.30 pm is just right for the boys to come home at 3.20 pm, have a shower, a snack and then to the center. Also, didn't want to have private tuition at home because I wanted boys to be able to interact with other kids in Mandarin. Worked out that each session of 1 1/2 hr is about RM 47.. My Yoga also costs around that amount already lah... I compare like that..somehow makes the cost justifiable what.. Anyway, was pretty upset... and of course the usual crying on my side lah... AAANNYWAAAY...bottom line is, boys started in the center lah. S2 was very enthusiastic... as apparently there were two schoolmates in this chinese class. I don't know if the levels are correct, but they put them with children of same ages. The center uses SIngapore books, and the woman asked S1 to start with Primary 2B books whereas S2 is using Primary 1A. S1 seems to be doing easy stuff and S2 seems to be doing harder stuff...thought should be the other way round... Anyway, too leceh to go home after dropping the boys at the center..so went for a massage.. :-)

Sunday, September 24, 2006

More Maids Stories...

Today's complaint is about Maid-A. As you know, I have been away from Friday morning (very very early. Left the house at 4.30 am for our 6.20 am flight...) and only came back this morning.

Came back, and went into my room...thought it had a funny smell. Then later, found out that rubbish in my bathroom has not been emptied... and it was MY rubbish before I left. That means not emptied on Friday, nor on Saturday nor on Sunday. Also saw the thick layer of dust on my bathroom shelf. I did one of those "dust test" on Thursday evening...and the mark I made was still there. Of course I asked Maid-A to come look lah. I said I not here, no need to clean up izit? She said she forgot to throw the rubbish. Wa... gave her a tongue lashing lah. I said "Friday forget, okay. Saturday forget? Sunday??" And for the shelf, she look at me and said that would mean she has to climb ontop of the counter. I told her, use the small step ladder lah. What is the ladder for??? Aiyo..

Okay nevermind.. after dinner, S2 wants to eat biscuit wor..so, I went into the kitchen to get him some lor, and hey... what do I see?? My CD player is missing from the counter. Of course, I called out to the maids lah. Maid-Y came running and I asked "where is my CD player?" and she said that it was in Maid-A's room. I told her to go bring it back, and I shouted for Maid-A to come.

Me: Didn't I tell you that the CD player is to remain in MY kitchen?
Maid-A: Yes. But sir says can borrow.
Me: When did he say?
Maid-A: The other day?
Me: You asked him again after I said to leave it in the kitchen?
Maid-A: Err..No.
Me: Then why you take my things??? (At this point, I was really really mad liow) In this house, I AM the boss. Not sir. FYI, I gave all my ex-maids radio cassette players, and YOU just couldn't wait, and have to take my things. I am very very mad!!

Of course I went on and on abit lah... Not sure she actually understood or not. But her head was like "tau tapp tapp" lah. Really lah..these people. Must lecture her again tomorrow.

okay lah... want to sleep liow lah..

I am bbbaaacccck....

Got back this morning.... H velly good. Actually followed driver to the airport to pick us up. Thought that he would be too lazy on a Sunday morning.

Overall, trip was pretty good. Although there were some "mang-chang" incidences... arrived at the aiport expecting the agent to be waiting at the arrival hall. Waited and waited. How come bo-lang one?? Called him on his mobile, and got a message that the "number is not in use". ALAMAK!!! Then called H, and he said the stupid fella called him... the mobile also salah, and he said the secretary didn't arrange for him to come pick us up so, I have to take cab to downtown. Apa-lah. I bo-lui some more. Nebermind...so trot to the nearest ATM and take money lor. Go take cab to downtown to the agent's office, then he said "one photo for each person!". Again ALAMAK!!! Thought the company all Kautim already. I just have to turn up with passport. Then, I have to bring two boys across a BIG road to the NEXT building to take instant photo. THen walk back, give passport..and just as I was about to leave..he says " You need to pay me $600 when you come collect the passport at a5 pm". I was like "huh? Isn't the company paying". He said "No. You pay me first, and then claim later.." I was like ALAMAK!!!! Got to go withdraw $600? ... But overall, was okay lah.. we did get our passports at 5 pm with the appropriate visa stickers. Just like that costs $200 per person. Cialatt...

What did I do?? Some shopping lor.. bought myself a bread maker, books (loads of books) for boys, a top for myself, 2 cheapo (but nice colours) shawls for myself and a chinesey necklace for myself.. Or yeah.. and bought a Mikimoto earring for myself. H says to go buy it. Needed a pair of pearl earrings after my existing one sort of "spoil"..not the pearl, but the stud thingy fell out and was kinda not worth it to repair. The jeweller said better to buy a new pair. So, have been hinting to H that I needed a new pair of pearl earrings, and he said "Mikimoto". I would have been contented with some "cha-pa-lak brand"... but he insisted "mikimoto or nothing". He is paying what.....so Mikimoto lah... After I bought it, texted H to tell him that I bought the earrings already, and is $620 and his remark was "so cheap? Why don't you get something more expensive?" ... I thought for a pair of pearl earrings is quite expensive liow leh.. Funny thing was not long after I left the shop, someone passed me a flyer from a jewellery shop advertising for pearl earrings at $19 per pair. Soooooo big difference in price from my Mikimoto... Even at Mikimoto also got different range. Got freshwater lah, got deep sea lah, got those grow in an oyster lah or grow in a mussel lah. Was looking at the deep sea one lah, grow in OYSTER one.. (hee hee hee) looking at 7 mm vs 7.5 mm. Price very big difference leh $620 vs $1100 wor.. and you can't really see the size difference when you wear it. Only see difference when they are put side by side. So, of course knowing me...get the smaller one lah. Actually did look at a bigger one...think was 8.5 mm. Deep sea grow in oyster is $2600 and in mussel is about $1200. Was quite tempted to go for the Mussel one... but the lady like put a funny face "Grow in mussel " and it did looked kinda big on my ear, like fake one. Plus I not that old to wear big pearls yet lah... Actually, who would know whether I wear Mikimoto or "cha-pa-lak" brand leh???? Only I know and the few people lor...

Thursday, September 21, 2006

How to keep maids busy???.

As per my previous post, I have two maids in the house. I have been told by people that I should keep them busy busy busy, so that they will not think about all sorts of nonsense and thus do nonsense. Why do I ask this question?? I started back on my oil painting today... (Gosh...have not painted for more than 3 years...so abit rusty lah) and was kinda engrossed in it....so was quite oblivious to what was happening lah. Anyways, painted the whole morning .... till Maid-Y came to tell me that driver has returned and he said that the car has no more gasoline. Okay....I looked at my watch and it was about 12. Cleaned my brushes etc and all. Had some other stuff which I wanted the maid to keep, so shouted for Maid-A. When she came, could see that she just woke up. Actually, same as the other day...when I saw her in the afternoon, she has the "just awaken" look. So...Maid-A has been taking constant naps. Even I don't nap that much!!! But how to tell her outright "Cannot Nap"?? I have to do it subtly lah. Like shout for her to do things. But do WHAT??? Ask her to mop floor twice a day?? What? WHat?? Give some suggestions lah.

Also, she was wearing some funny spaggetti (is that how you spell it??) strap top. At first I sort of kept quiet... pondering a way to tell her to not wear such things. Then, later when she came into the kitchen, I could see bits of her upper hip and told her off. Said I could see her butt. Of course she immediately went to change lah. These people lah...you keep quiet, they think they can do anything. The driver is her uncle...so, gonna ask him to reprimand her. This one, a bit young lah... think is that kind that is "chatt chatt tiew" one if don't be stern with her. Told Maid-Y to "look after" her... Not sure if it's any good but at least she's married and older...hopefully more mature and can advise Maid-A on matters, whatever they may be. Oh yeah.. my S2 sort of refer her as the "baby kakak". Hahaha...

Anyway, maids aside... Left my half completed painting out on the terrace. S1 asked me if I was gonna bring it in, and I said NO. And both boys said "what if someone comes and steal it?"... kekeke...as if my painting is so valuable meh? Not Van Gogh nor Picasso lei. Told them nobody will steal mommy's painting one lah. And they were quite adamant that some "picture thief" was gonna come and steal my painting. Kekeke. I so terror meh??? kekeke. Kids!!!

Today, went for hair wash and mani/pedi. Tomollow travelling ma... Will not be posting again until I return on Sunday... tata...

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Out in the Twilight Zone..

Must have been out in the Twilight Zone... Really didn't know about the coup in Thailand until numerous friends emailed me with the "thank goodness you are not there".... Well, Thailand was our home a few years back in our constant nomadic stance. :-)

Have not been following the news around the world... Quite quite bad, huh? Didn't subscribe to the daily English newspapers. Didn't want to pay!! :-P Ya..lor "Kiam Siap" lor... kekeke...

Will be flying off to Country Y this Friday to sort out our residence visa for Country X. Don't ask me why we have to fly out one. But we must. So boys will be missing school on Friday. Since I have some relatives in Country Y, and my mom will come meet us in Country Y, we will extend our trip till Sunday morning, that is if we manage to get seats on the return flight. Currently, we are booked to depart Country X in the wee hours of the morning, and to fly back at 9 pm the same night. Extension is good too as I can buy some stuff like foods and books. Not that I can't get foods and books in Country X...it's just that I am kinda Kiasu lah.. Country X expensive ma.

I have not bought sundries or groceries for ages so don't know how much things generally cost...but those stuff that we are used to eating, is kinda expensive in Country X. I mean if I buy their local brand then very cheap lah...but somehow, certain things need to use the brand that I am used to leh.

BOys are back...so, I better go now..

Monday, September 18, 2006

Putting in one picture to test...


Testing testing...

Cannot put in pictures wan???

I read the instructions on how to include pictures...but my toolbar don have the picture icon leh. Only the bold, italics, colour, links and spell check one leh... I tengok tengok whole page also got nothing to click liow.

Today Gardener bo lai...

Today, Monday the 18th.... Gardener bo lai leh... All these hired help really don't know what to say leh. Nothing much ler.. So sleepy and lazy to unpack and organise stuff. Want to have my nap already...which I will do so, before my two monsters come back in about 2 hour's time.

Didn't do much today.... In the morning, was writing some instructions for the maids to be taped-up on the wall in the "ironing room". Then chatted on Messenger, then went to Carrefour to buy some stuff. Came back, had an egg mayo sandwich... cleared up the store room alittle bit, and here I am ...all ready to vegetate for two hours...

Later...

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Other Stuff.....(i.e. No maid stories...)

Let's See...

My previous previous post was about the RED sofa, wasn't it??? Well, I offered H a solution to the RED sofa so that he doesn't have to face it.... I told him that I will TAKE OVER the "Chinese Room"... He he he.. Of course he said that it would be in my dreams lah... Now the room is so messy man. Because it's going to be basically a TV room, I've dumped everything (LD Player lah... yes! We still have a working one!!! Ooops...better not say so soon..., DVDs, LDs, VCDs, cables and such) related to this room. So, very very "duan" now. Laundryamah asked how come we didn't choose the sofa together... H said he is BZ ma.. so, I choose lor. Anyway, my RED sofa didn't scare him that much.. He has asked me to go look for a "Chinesey" looking table for his Plasma TV to sit on. So, will probably do it the next few days la...

Another thing to buy is a deck chair for outside, so that I can lie down a bit lah when supervising boys' swim. When we relocate again how ah??? Sell stuff lor... how to cart everything back?? When we came over, the container already soooooo full. Have to leave quite alot of things behind. Definitely have to sell things when we move. But don't want to think now lah.. I haven't even unpacked everything as of this minute..want to think of another move, ar?? Die man. Actually, H said "Don't me surprise if we have to pack up and move in six months!" I almost fell into the pool...

Speaking of falling into the pool.. Was surpervising boys swimming the other day, and I was at the edge.. I was playing with the boys, and H pushed me into the pool. I was fully-clothed. Of course, all wet lah..

Went on an "antique" buying trip with some ladies yesterday (Saturday lah) . Nope...didn't buy anything. Not really into antiques... A bit "gili" lah. Somehow very scared of lost spirits sticking to the antiques. Don't say "siow"...when I was living in Country Y, I also didn't work lah.. so very "takk hann" so always go gallavanting lah... There was this antique shop lah. I went in, and immediately my heart felt really really uneasy. Just cannot explain the feeling lah.. Just very uneasy. Fast fast leave lah.. stay there for what. The moment I left the shop, I felt sooooo much better. Another incident was when S2 was with me... (S1 in school mah... S2 still very young) and again went to this shop that sells bric-a-bracs lah, and S2 was very very uneasy. He kept saying "go out. go out" with his limited vocab then. Anyway, prefer reproductions. All this jumping in and out of the car also can get sun burned. So sakit lah my arm... Well, did buy some necklaces.. (amethyst, turquoise, etc etc... don't know what else but there's a pinkish one lah, greenish one lah, dark green lah, dark brown lah...) from street vendors. Don't know real ones or not, but bought 3 long necklances, 6 short ones and 5 bracelets for equivalent of RM 56. Also bought some fruits. Thought they were very cheap...ladies told me to bargain some more.. 2 Pineapples for RM 2.50, 1 kg avocados for RM 3.20 and 4 small boxes of blackberries for RM 4. After that, went a very "lor mann" place for dinner.... candles and stone sculptures kind. All and all, it was quite fun. By the way, I only met these ladies for the first time yesterday!!! Supposed to go with my lady friend but she had the flu and opted out in the last minute. Of course I continue to go lah.. don't tell me I also don't go meh??? It was quite fun lah these ladies... kinda much older than I am but somehow still okay. Was supposed to join them on a Marketing Trip to the local Chinatown this morning...but H has a golf tournament, so I have to take a rain check and be with the boys lor...

Speaking of the local Chinatown..went with my friend (the one that had the flu) last Saturday... Market quite good la. Got fresh kwayteow, fresh mee, beancurd, pork etc.. We had chakwe too. Met a HK guy who opened his own shop that sells "siew yoke, char siew, siew ngap" etc etc. I ran out of money so didn't buy any from him, but I asked for his namecard lah...and the guy handed be a whole chunk and told me to distribute for him. ha ha...Oh yeah...highlight of the day...ha ha ha... chakwe man flirted with me...and I didn't even know leh....s0 blurr...

Other stuff... H was soooooooooooo DRUNK on Friday! Asked us to meet him for dinner at a fancy Italian Restaurant in a hotel, but he ended up being sort of carried up by his colleaque. He was slurring like crazy. Made me ta-pow my dinner to take him home because he felt very very shitty. So expensive some more leh.. USD 100 for me, and two boys only leh. H didn't eat lah.. Was so00000 drunk. I had to bring him to the loo to puke, okay!! And guess what?? he didn't know where his wallet nor his phone nor his tag was. The whole way back, he was puking in the car!!!! S2 was sooooo scared that he said "I don't want daddy to die!". H was a real total goner man. Anyway, surprisingly he was OK at 2 am in the morning... and started to worry about his LOST wallet, tag and phone... Oh yeah, made me wake up to re-heat the ta-pow food for him to eat... and asked "How did the three of you eat USD 100???" Well...that question really showed that he was SOBER!!! Early next morning, he called the colleague who brought him to the hotel and he was told that his tag is in the office... So, off H trodded to the office... Luckily his tag and wallet were still around .... but no sight of the phone. (Wallet very important lah.... skali no wallet, no ATM card, I also no "ka-yoong" what...) So, H is using a temp prepaid. I tell you... I was soooooooo tempted to say "serves you right for drinking your brains out"!!! :-) Bet he knew the hassles...

Okay, signing off for the day... nite nite everyone...

More Maid Stories...

I just gave the "Dummy's Guide to Preparing a Sandwich" to Maid-Y. She actually saw me prepare a ham sandwich this morning already. So basically told her to prepare one tomorrow for my older son (whom I shall now call S1, and S2 will refer to second son) to bring to school as packed lunch. After all the so-called instructions, she actually asked if she is to cut the bread into half. Half as in not the half that we normally do, but half as in making the slice even thinner!!! Alamak!! The only thing that I asked her to cut was the bread "skin" leh... how come become cut the bread into thinner, I also don't know.

I literally said "Take 2 slices of bread, put on a plate. Take a knife. Cut off the skin. Throw the skin. Take the butter and put on the bread. Put two slices of ham, and one slice of cheese in between the two bread. Then wrap the sandwich. Put inside the box" ....

Anyway,...will see how the sandwich looks like tomorrow.

My Maid Stories Have Begun...

Today is Sunday, 17th September. Have to type the date in because I still have not figured out how to change the settings on the time zone.

Maid No.1 has just made me a little cross. Maybe shouldn't call her No.1 cause she is certainly not No.1, so I shall call her Maid-A, A because it's her initials..Not that she is of Grade "A" either... Anyway, Maid-A just came and asked me for an adaptor. She said that my H (decided to refer hubby as H from now one) has asked her to bring the boys' CD Player to the Staff quarters and she needs an adaptor for the socket. (Country X uses some stupid kind of socket that I have to buy thousands of adaptors to fit my applicances to their type of socket.) I told her "No. Put it in the kitchen." and she still continued to blab that H told her that they could use it. I had to say sternly "No. I want to listen to music when I am cooking. Put it in the kitchen".... Have to say that I am a bit "p#ssed off".

And the other maid, whom I shall call Maid-Y also rather dumbo the other day. I gave her money to pay the bottled water delivery man, and I expected change. She sooooo smart and went to give all the change to the man as TIPS. Apa-lah. So bodoh lah.

And you know me, I have my different pails for washing different things...already explained to them what pail is used for what, and still making mistake. Want to "tor huit" soon.. but not worth it lah, huh... just relax relax and go for another spa session. :-)

Basically, I have been "scolded" both by H and friends for over-paying both maids. Apparently, I should be paying them HALF of what I am paying them now... But half only means RM 120 wor. That is kinda sedikit. Anyway, I am paying them equivalent to RM 240 each. They provide own food. I only give them toothpaste, sugar, instant noodles, tea, shampoo and soap. That was the deal lah. But H told me to give them some rice too. So I did give them a bag of 5 kg rice to share between the two of them. Sometimes, I also give them some veges from my fridge lor...So, they are already getting a very very good deal from me leh... Some more let them have one day a month off... Where got so good if they work for locals??? They cant' work for Mat Sallehs because they can't speak English and certainly don't know much..

Okay, Maid-A does know abit of the "hired help protocol" lah. She did work as a maid for about 1 1/2 years, I think. My house have a side entrance to the upstairs, and Maid-Y was gonna use the "normal" stairs to go upstairs to clean-up boys' room, but then Maid-A told Maid-Y that she should use the side stairways and use the side-entrance.

Think someone asked why I needed two maids...Is it because I live in a mansion or what?? Well, basically, I don't live in a mansion. In Malaysia, one maid "pow kar liow". Over here, the maids over here are kinda "specialised" lah.. They have one to clean, one to cook, one as nanny, one as housekeeper etc. That's why the houses all have loads of rooms for the hired help. My place has 4 rooms for the hired help leh. Anyway, need more than one maid generally because they generally want to have company, plus they tend to "rest/ nap" (??!?!?) in the afternoons too!!! But that is quite the norm I am told. I do not tell them that they can sleep lah, of course. But if I got something for them to do, sure I call them to do lah. WHere got say, "You sleeping? It is okay!". Siow, meh???
So, in my house, Maid-A generally does cleaning. There are simple gadgets that can actually smoothen the bedsheets when they make the bed. Have to say the bed is made-up to very nice lah. And she also tidies up all the clothes in the cupboard...all lined up till very neat. Maid-A very young leh.. only 18 though. Commented something the other about Maid-A, and my young son said "Of course she cannot do it well!! She is just a teenager!!!" Thought that was kinda funny.


Maid-Y very very inexperienced. So definitely will not get RM 240 equivalent elsewhere. So, I have used this fact to tell her that she better learn and adhere to MY WAYS. Aiya, took her in because it probably would be easier to train her than someone who has "bad habits" entrenched in working for someone else. She is about 23 years old, I think...(got to check..have her ID somewhere in my room), married with a 2 1/2 year old. Think her hubby and son came just now. Saw a man sitting outside the house. Security guard will not allow him into the house compound. But think I have to remind them again...just in case. Anyway, she went to school till age 19, which is quite a rarity in this country, but her English is quite non-existent. But she is quite eager to learn lah. Anyway, Maid-Y is supposed to cook and do sort out anything that concerns the boys, ie. their laundry, clean their room, sort out their toys, their food etc etc.

Okay...got to go be a cook now... Need to teach Maid-Y how to cook "Mee Suah Soup" for dinner. H not eating tonight (gone for golf tournament) so can eat more simply....

Later...

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Red sofa...

Okay...red sofa has been delivered. Thought it looked kinda okay. However, hubby came back and had a shock!!! He asked "why so red? why so red?". So, guessed he was disappointed with the colour.. and then he added "but can't do anything already lah".... So, I also get affected by his reaction over the sofa. I can't help but being bothered by the whole episode... I know I know.. nothing can be done unless I want to spend more money, right???

I know it is silly...but I kept thinking to myself that maybe hubby and my taste NOT the same anymore... and the thoughts of negativity starts to grow from there. Okay...need to stop. Need to stop!! But think that I need to sleep over it. Can't get it out of my mind...

Oh...also got our "new" car from the leasing company. Not "new" new. Just that we are changing one leased car to another... So, maybe take it out for a spin later.. Hubby already sent driver home though... Hubby went out for drinks with some WOMEN yesterday. I was fast asleep when he came back. So don't know what time that was. But this morning, I went out to the garage to try to speak to the driver, he was fast asleep on his easy-chair. And after lunch too...I went out and again he was fast asleep. And not only that, he looked kinda scruffy with the stubbles and all. So, I sort of assumed that Hubby was out late gallavanting... Will see if I have the guts to drive the car out for a spin in the horrendous traffic jams that this city is famous for...

Better go now... boys are frolicking in the pool ... Me? Lounging inside the living room...but can hear them LOUD and CLEAR... Also have the maids outside keeping an eye on them...

Still fumbling...

Still very very new... font doesn't seem to have changed at all... Aiya.. f@#k it lah.

Title is still very applicable. Am still fumbling in my new surroundings.. Let's see..we've been in this "new" country for about 3 weeks now, which I shall call it "Country X". Boys are in school and I am home alone with 4 of the hired help... For those whom I've updated.. that's 2 maids, 1 security guard and 1 driver...

Mmm....why the name NOMADIC MOM, you ask??? I've not moved like a nomad until I became a mom.... So far, we have moved 4 times in less than 8 years. Thankfully, all the move have been in ASIA. I dread the time when I have to move to angmoh countries... WHy dread? Aiyo...NO HIRED HELP!!!! Cialatt then... The cooking, cleaning, laundry, homework etc etc... The thought is kinda scary!!!

Things are still pretty messed up. My furniture and stuff was just delivered on Monday, the 11th.. (oh yeah.. how do I change the dates and time from AMERIKA time zone to a local time zone? Can someone enlighten this dumbo, please???) So have been sorting out stuff the last two days. Have been sleeping on the floor prior to the delivery of our stuff. Hubby complained that he "yu kuat thong" already... Anyway, just managed to sort out our broadband connection yesterday... so VOILA!!! I am now connected!!! Decided to "ponteng" from sorting out my stuff today, and just sit and surf the net... and that's why I am now here tapping on my keyboard.... My sister caught me online and was surprised that I was so "takk hann"... Aiya.. have to sit here and wait for a sofa to be delivered... One thing that we said to ourselves before we moved to this house (we moved from a smaller place to one that is bigger) was that we were NOT going to fill-in those empty spots with more furniture, so that we will not have problems with INADEQUATE SPACE in our allocated 20' container... And guess what? We are here only 3 weeks.. and I've bought a Navy Blue 3-Seater for the Upstairs Living which was delivered 2 weeks ago...and I've just added a Red 2-seater sofa to hubby's "Chinese Room". My sis says it's sooooooo hoity-toity. He he he... IT's basically hubby's TV room that's filled with Chinesy furniture lah.

Think I won't be able to keep to the "No buying more furniture" rule lah. The downstairs Living is kinda empty with only one set of sofa (3+2+1) ... may have to add some stuff. No lah.. Not sofa... but maybe something smaller... don't know yet. We'll see.

Have been sitting here since I put the boys on the bus..that was like 6 hours ago. Aiyo...No wonder my butt kinda hurts.. Think I better get off and walk about a little bit. Lest my butt becomes kinda flat... Can't exactly have a DOMESTIC GODDESS with NO BUTT... Ha ha ha... Later...

Where do I start???

Mmm... where do I start? Or should I say how do I start?? Am very very new to this. Have been pestered by my old friend (or should I not use the word "old" to describe her?? ) to start a blog...

Aye...but don't like this font.. let's see how to change first.. ....Mmmm..how is this?? Think this looks less formal...

Okay..gonna post and see how it looks like...