Friday, June 29, 2007

Forever in Our Hearts and Memories

MKJC

My one and only beloved brother passed away, on this day 11 years ago. Though he may no longer be with us, he will forever remain in our hearts and memories.



I love you, my dear brother...




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Party Planning - Part 4

Been so busy for the last 2 weeks that I didn't have much time to do S1's Party stuff. Instead of doing the full "Art Attack" version of Treasure Chest, I "thau-koong-kam-liu" (simplify and scrimp on the details) on the Treasure Chest. But think still look quite presentable. Don't you think? The Treasure Chest will be the treasure that the kids find when they go on a treasure hunt. Nope. Have not thought of the clues yet... Shucks..have about one week to do it...
But at least I went to order the birthday cake already. Ordered from a home-based bakery. The proprietor is a Malaysian lady married to a local. She has 15 staff working in her kitchen. She converted part of her BIG house into a commercial kitchen. Anyway, she seemed pretty creative. I went to her little "office" and couldn't find any pirates stuff in her photo album, but instantly she was sketching on a piece on paper on how it could be. The good thing is that she didn't push for a bigger-sized cake or the more expensive fondant icing. So, ordered a 24 cm x 24 cm square cake with a treasure chest on top as decoration. She said she'll have the cake sandy coloured, and she'll sprinkle some sugar crystals to make it look like sand. Add a few pirates props on the side... Will post a picture next week!
For previous info on my party planning, click here .

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Everybody Kena!!

Yup! Everybody kena scolding from me this afternoon....everybody, from the two boys, to my maid, to my driver, to my security guard! No. I have not gone mad. Nor am I experiencing severe PMS.

It started off with S1 coming up to my room while I was IM-ing away with Laundryamah...and asked "can E stay over tonight? His mom said can".... *sigh* As if having two boys not enough, want to have one more over??? Aiyer...I reluctantly said "YES".. then proceeded to get up and pack some extra T-shirts for S2's play-date with his classmate, S (have to take him there by car lah....). I called out to S2... No answer. I called to S1. No answer. Went downstairs..call and call. No answer. Opened my front door. Called out to them. No answer...then my maid said that they've gone next door to E's house. I BLEW UP!!!

Me- What do you mean that they've gone next door???? Why didn't you stop them?
Maid - They didn't listen blah blah blah...

Wa... At this point I was like MOUNT KRAKATOA....erupting like no one has ever seen before!!! Everybody kena lah..... Maid, security guard and driver... I then went next door to ddddrraaaggg my two monsters back and screamed on top of my lungs!!! Wa... no need to ask permission one ar?? Think I am dead???? Okay...after kids turn, again...hired helps' turn again.

I scolded the guard and asked why did he let the kids out of the house? He could have locked the gate. I tell you, even if don't lock the gate, it's not easy for kids to open. So, it's him that opened the gate. His answer was a damn stupid one ...he said "scared kids will cry". Waaa.... I lagi angry. I said "Kids cry. Won't die. But if they go out of the house and gets hit by a car, or is kidnapped, that can die!!!"... I was really really sooooooooooooo angry. I told them that I give instructions. Not the kids. Adults must think for themselves lah. Kids only want to play. How can adults listen to kids?? Stupid or what??? Well, answer is obvious...STUPID lor...

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Poetry Recital Finals...

Just got back home not long.... so kinda tired... changed into my PJs and lying on my bed now. :-)

From my previous post, I mentioned that S1 had to compete with other Year 5 kids in the poetry recital. It was today. AIYA.... this S1 told me that it would be at 9.10 am. Arrived at school right smack at 9.00 AM. Saw that the hall so dark one?? Errr...right or not?? Went around and asked and found out that it was to be at 10.30 AM. AIYOOOOOO... 1 1/2 hours to WAIT!!! Of course cannot go home lah... What to do? So, went to the Parents' Room to have a cup of coffee. Luckily, I saw a familiar face in there. So...chat lah till time.

Anyway, S1 didn't win. I didn't expect him to. I thought his poem was kinda short compared to the others. Plus the other kids were very clear in their recitation. But I was pretty glad that he dared to go up onto the stage to recite his poem whilst acting out the words. His poem was about a "scandalous man named Tom Narrow, who tried to sell his grandmother in a wheelbarrow"..I don't know the full poem lah. For being a finalist, he did get a certificate. :-) And I think he was Ok for not winning.

However, as I was leaving the theatre, I saw S2 with his sad pussycat face walking towards me, and then hugged me and then cried wor. Of course, I was a little bit shocked and thought what was the matter. Then his friend said "he wants his brother to win"...and then S2 said "what also didn't win" in his cry-y voice. ALAMAK! The brother also didn't have any look of disappointment. This one, nothing much to do with him, CRY pulak!!! Have to explain to him that the key thing is to TAKE PART, and not winning... Aiyooooooo

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Fleas Control Guide

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Going to School....

I have been going to school or have to go to school almost everyday...."si-peh-sien"...

Let me try to recall...
Tuesday (26/6) - S2's Key Stage 1 Sports Day
Wednesday (27/6) - S2's Key Stage 1 Swimming Gala (postponed from last week)
Friday (29/6) - S1's Poetry Recital
Saturday ( 30/6) - S1 and S2's Swimming Class
Monday (2/7) - Cooking at S2's Class

You say sien or not? But what to do????? Be a mommy is like that lor... I ngeh-ngeh-lai also must go lah since boys still want me to go to their school. Soon, they won't want to be seen with mommy liow. So, better take whatever opportunity that I have lah.

Anyway...for S2's Sports Day, his house which is RED, came out tops again. S2 participated in 3 events. That fella, in one of the events, kept on looking at his friend (GREEN) and laughing...Aiya..of course lost out to his friend lah...

For the Swimming Gala, errrr...his house came in third. S2 was very very disappointed.. Actually, he didn't do well for his 2 events(back-stroke which he is really bad at, and tyre relay which is mega-tiring) either... ;-( But whole idea is just for all the kids to take part in the swimming gala...regardless of skill.
Anyway, they had a tyre-relay event between the teachers and the Years 2 and 1 (see pix. Most left lane is a teacher, followed by Year 2 and then Year 1). Quite funny lah...

As for S1's Poetry Recital...aiya, he is representing his class. Reciting to whole school in the newly built performance hall. So, Mommy must go "poong cheong" lah... Will update later on his results... :-)

Saturday is the normal weekly swimming class lor..

And Monday's cooking...we've (me and another mommy) decided to make cupcakes. Thank goodness that she's offered to buy the ingredients and bring whatever stuff that's required. I just need to show up... So, that's one thing good...

Plus, I've been busy with more scuba diving classes and golf lessons... So really very very tired. More about these later...

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More on Foot Detox

This is a follow-up post on my previous one about foot detox using Japanese Plasters. Here is one of the brands that I bought. Think there's another brand that slightly more expensive. But both works the same way, i.e you stick the packet of herbs on soles of your feet, and go to bed. The next day, you just discard the plaster. You will see that the herbs have somewhat become wet and slimy...sometimes even hard.
BTW, I went to the "ionizing" foot detox again yesterday. Meant to go 2 weeks ago, but just couldn't find the time to do it. Again, loads of yucky gross stuff in the water. There were some really black specks which the attendant said that it's from pollution.... Met a South African fellow-scrapper there and she said "maybe it's a trick".... H said the same thing.. But I think it's real lah... So, am gonna go again one week later...see can PURGE all the toxins out from my body or not.

If anyone interested...I know 1Utama LG (somewhere opposite of Rotiboy) has a health shop that does it... and the Japanese Plasters...can get anywhere...


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Monday, June 25, 2007

Tickets Booked for Home

Already got our E-tickets to come back to Malaysia on Tuesday, 10th July..... Will be back for 3 weeks, and leaving on Wednesday, 1st August.

While I am gone, gonna give the maid some vacation time too. Told her that she could go home daily. But H said that she needn't come everyday too... just alternate days since he won't have much laundry anyway. But I haven't told her yet.

Anyway, will have to cook and freeze some foods for H while we are gone... Lor Mai Kai, Chicken Pie and maybe Lor-Pak-Kou. Speaking of food, I have to lose some weight before I come back to pig-out in all the PJ/KL hawker stalls. Put on some weight recently. Like got double chin and no-more shoulder blades kind. *sigh*

Later...

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H's Birthday Dinner

Well, we didn't go out for dinner. H wanted to eat at home... So, we popped out to the supermarket and bought some chickens and vegetables...
Our Menu: -
Fresh Mushroom Soup (forgot to take picture)
Roast Chicken
Greek Salad

Since it was H's birthday, so I set up the table with nicer bamboo mats (as opposed to our normal plastic ones), used coordinated tableware and lighted candles. When he saw the setting, he was "aiya..why so tor-see?" ....

My Cassanova!

This post is a little back-dated.

I attended Year 2 Parents-Teachers Dinner last Thursday (21st June) at an Italian Restaurant called Trattoria (Errr...the food not good lah...). It's a year-end dinner that comprised of all 4 teachers from the Year 2 Group, the teaching assistants and parents of the Year 2 Kids.

Anyway, as I saying my goodbyes and the usual muahs-muahs to the other moms, one of the mom was telling me about her daughter, T (German-Chinese parentage).

T's Mom - I gave T 4 marshmallows, and told her that she can only have one. The other 3 are for her friends A, L and I (A, L, I are all girls) and when she came home, I asked her who she gave the marshmallows to.
T - I gave to A
T's mom - You mean you ate 3? I told you that you only can have 1!
T - I only had one! I gave the other 2 away.
T's mom - Who did you give?
T - *Pause* Mm..I gave to E (S2) L doesn't like marshmallows...

At this moment, L's mom piped up "Actually, L really LOVES marshmallows. She could eat whole chunks of them!!"

T's mom - And another one?
T - *Pause* I gave that to E(S2) too. E's a nice boy. He treats me very well!

See...this is my Cassanova!!! Know how to treat a girl wor....
When I told H about it, his remark was "that's my boy!!!"

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, H!!!

Today is H's Birthday!

Celebrate with a party?

No lah... Just going out for dinner later. Maybe buy a small cake to blow lah... Initially, was gonna bake him a cake on Saturday. But soooo tight up the whole of yesterday with the scuba-diving course. And this morning, we had a kiddies birthday party to attend. So where got time?

Pressie? Err...didn't buy also. I know...very terrible of me... Nevermind lah, tonight I give him my special lah *wink* wink* Heee hee...

Boys did make him a nice birthday card :-)

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His & Hers


Yup...H and my gear are identical, except for the colour of our snorklers and goggles... Oh...Other thing that is different is the shoe and fin size..His bigger lah of course. And they are identical NOT because of "ching-lui chorng" but more of because we can get a discounted package.

And here is our Study Pack... In fact, we've got finish off the first few chapters before the next class tomorrow... Since no opps to earn $$ from PPP over the weekend, guessed I should study ... :-)

The Packing Station

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Saturday, June 23, 2007

First Lesson @ AquaSport

As mentioned yesterday, H and I attended our first scuba-diving lesson today. As of now, I am lethargically typing this post. We reached AquaSport at about 11.00 am, and selected our basic gear (goggles, snorkler, shoes and fins); attended a short classroom training and then it was off to the pool till 6.00 pm. Have to say that when the instructor was doing the classroom training and highlighting the dangers of "holding breath", having to remove regulator blah blah blah, I was kinda scared leh... But once in the water, breathing through the mouthpiece was much more natural.

What we completed in the Confined Water Dive Today:
  • Breathing through the Regulator Mouthpiece
  • Removing and Replacing Regulator in mouth
  • Retrieving "lost" Regulator
  • Reading the SPG
  • Hand Signals
  • Clearing Water from Goggles
  • Using Buddy's Spare Regulator
  • Inflating and Deflating BCD
  • Equalization of Nasal Passage
  • Swimming around with Flippers

Funny thing was when we had to practice swimming with our flippers. First I had 2 weights on me, and kept sinking all the way down to the bottom. When I inflated my BCD, it was too buoyant, and I immediately floated all the way up to the surface. It was either on the floor or on the surface. Then the instructor removed my weight belt, and only put one in my BCD pocket. It was worst!!! Because it was on one side of my BCD, the weight was "senget" and when I tried to swim, I kept on turning belly up! Only finally, when the single weight was put back on the belt and centered right in the middle of my body did I managed to swim more decently!!

I have to say that it was kinda cold... was sneezing halfway through. H said that I will have to buy the wet suit before our next class which will be on Monday (25th)... Actually, the Open Water Dive for Certification will be on the 7th - 8th July. BUT I am having S1's Birthday Party on the 7th, which absolutely CANNOT be cancelled. So, we are gonna do the Open Water Dive in mid-August.

Till Later....

Friday, June 22, 2007

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Packed Weekend!

As I mentioned earlier, JUNE is filled with Birthdays!!! This weekend, there are two birthday parties. I was a little disorganised, and only bought the pressies this evening.

Not only we have the kiddies birthday parties to contend with, H has enrolled both he and I into a scuba-diving course, which starts tomorrow! ALAMAK! Boys have their weekly swimming lesson some more!! So, what to do? Will have to get the driver to send them with the maid as chaperone. I have to say that I am a bit anxious...the kids will probably BULLY the maid till she gila!!

And then, S1 will have his pal T over for a play date at 1.00 pm. Again, I will not be around!! The maid will provide semi-supervision lor. S1 hates the word "babysit".... So I am careful to use "supervision" in his presence!! Hahahah.. T will be picked up by either one of his parent later in the afternoon. He won't be sleeping over this time...as he has just recovered from his illness.

S2 has a BBQ Birthday Party... also tomorrow at 3 pm. How? I got one of the Mat Salleh moms to come and pick him up at 2.30 pm. I asked if she could also send him home, just in case I run late... Well, she suggested that S2 follow her home so that both he and her son could continue to play and keep each other company. I thought this was a GREAT idea and of course agreed immediately. So, I will have to pick S2 after our scuba-diving class...

And then, another party on Sunday. This time, both boys are invited. AND did I mention that SUNDAY is also H's Birthday??? Well, we don't know what are the plans yet. (I did hear that his colleague asked him if he wanted to play golf in the afternoon... )

Update later...

Sydney, Down Under!

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Sydney Opera House
Harbour Bridge
Bondi Beach
Darling Harbour

I would love to go to Sydney, Australia. Pity H did not bring me along on his recent business trip to Sydney. Otherwise, we would at least be able to save some $$ as accommodation would be under the company's account. Now, if we were to go on our own, we'll have to search online for the best Sydney Hotels deals! Knowing H and his unpredictable work schedules, it'll probably be a last minute decision. There's a great online site, CheaperThanHotels that provides great last minute deals for bookings within 21 days. And if H's schedule is more stable, we can use the same website for advanced bookings too! The Sydney Hotels available range from budget 2* to luxurious 5*, catering to the needs of all travellers from the leisure holidaymaker to the shrewd business person.

Poetry Recital

S1 came home from school today and announced that he had won the poetry recital in his class. To tell you the truth, I was a little surprised and asked "how???" and replied that he recited the poetry coupled with actions. It's about a guy who tried to sell off his old grandmother...he was hawking her off from a wheebarrow. Told him to act it out and he did. Have to say that he was quite good. Didn't expect S1 to be able to recite and act out as well. Think give him another year of British education, he might really take part in a Shakespeare Play!!! Hahaha..

Actually, the other day, when H asked S1 what he wanted to be when he grows up. S1 replied with a "I want to be an ACTOR! But first I have to learn Shakespeare!"...hahahahah

BTW, he will now have to compete against the winners of the other Year 5 classes, and then from there...I donno ...need to check...

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Dermatologist Visit

After much nagging, scolding, reprimanding, ngam-ngam-cham-ing, critisizing from H (idiot actually said that my feet look like market woman, and called me "chue yoke mui" (pork lady) and taunted me further by asking where is my "chue yoke" stall!!!), I finally made an appointment to see a dermatologist for my problematic feet (think I have about 4 posts about this???) yesterday.

She looked at it and said that it very likely a fungal infection. Did a skin scrape test... The lab results came back negative. But she said that the negative result may be due to the medication that I've used (told her that I've applied all sorts of creams) or that the fungus is buried deep beneath the surface of my THICK skin. So...her prescription was oral medication to attack the fungus from within, and topical creams. Told me to use cling wrap over my feet to ensure optimum absorption.

When I went to the cashier, I terperanjat when I saw the bill came to about USD 165/-. Just the oral medication was about USD 100 already. Really ciak-kim (eat gold in Hokkien). Luckily, with our insurance card, the local SOS clinic can charge directly to the company. Otherwise, so cialatt!!!


And I did use the cling wrap on my feet before bed....waaaaaa...MEGA uncomfortable man!!! But what to do???

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Postcard from KL

Got this from a friend, via email.....thought it is really funny!!! You got to click on the picture to read the writings on the postcard!.

Keeping Kids Busy...

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MADHouse RUSH!!!

*YAWN* ....I stretched and took my N80 to have a look at the time.

6.30 AM!

I sprang up like the BESTEST Spring ever produced, and ran to the boys' room. "WAKE UP!" I shouted. And from there on, it was me barraging "HURRY UP. CHANGE. GO EAT YOUR BREAKFAST."

Wa.....luckily boys today ate their breakfast (plain omellets today) pretty quickly. If it's porridge or MeeSua Soup then die lah... They managed to finish before the bus came.

Duh-Duh Me lah. I saw that I set the alarm clock at 6.05. BUT did I check whether it was AM or PM???? NOPE!!! BODOH-tonay lah... set it at PM wor....

P/s Not that it's NOT a madhouse rush everyday...just today abit more cialatt!!!

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

H and his Halves!!!

My H has this annoying habit of eating half an ice-cream and leaving the other half in the freezer. Or drink half a can of coke and leave it in the fridge. Or his half can of beer. Or half eaten slice of cake. Half can of lychee or longan or whatever. Always like that... Why ar? When I see I cannot tahan. If I say, I will finish the other half. He'll say NO. Leave it and he'll have it later...but it stays in the fridge for like YONKs !! And somemore I cannot tahan if the half-eaten food is just left in there without the NECESSARY cling wrap!!!

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SIEN-tonay....

First, I had to wait half an hour at the airline ticketing office, then had to be stuck in a traffic jam. When I arrive at my supposedly "DESTINATION", was told that the place only opens at 3 pm. WTF??? Some more my friends reached there at about 11.30 am and didn't bother to text me to tell me that it's closed?? Then at least I don't have to jam from 11.30 am from the airline office to 12.20 pm, right? Almost blardy one hour... Can you imaging if I would have travelled from home? AIYO...lagi long journey. Got so fed-up, didn't join them for lunch lah....join them mai-sei. Another donno how long gonna stuck in traffic again. Might as well, take the adjacent highway and terus balik rumah. I had to be home on time to greet the boys today anyway... As my PRINCESS maid donno what time come home. Let's see... Terrible, somehow I am in the mood to scold people!!!

Mm-Zhai-Sim-See

Mm-Zhai-Sim-See (Hokkien) = Don't Know True or False
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Maid came into the study room yesterday morning while I was surfing....teary eyed and all. Apparently, a relative has passed away, hubby wants to go back to hometown with her son...blah blah blah. She wants to take 2 hours off to sort out some matters before they leave. I said "OK". This was 7.15 am. (So early because send boys off on the bus at 6.45 am one maaa...)
I went out to school and came back at 1.30 pm. I saw her there and asked if she just came back. She replied "No". And now she said she wants to go home for the night. Think she bullshitting me lah.
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She said "my husband leaving very early in the morning tomorrow. So I want to go home tonight"...
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Of course, I ngam-ngam-cham-cham lah... Cause it means that I have to get up earlier to make the boys' packed lunch. Anyway, I again gave her permission to go. Then I asked what time she'll be back....thinking she should be back by late morning, since her husband leaving EARLY in the morning. And that woman said "evening". Wah....the story there don't tally there leh!!! But I didn't say anything...other than that I will CUT her PAY. Otherwise, suka-suka take off here and there. Mana boleh????
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Not that I want to be cruel. But have had maids that grandmother passed away 3 times kind leh. *Sigh* So fed-up of all these grandmother stories. Maid that said security guard want to molest her when I confronted her about having a man in my house, maid that disappear for one week and expect to be taken back... So sien...
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Let's see if she comes back later.. In this country, lots of maids just go off and never come back one. Oh yeah... and she even had the cheek to ask if she needs to cook dinner. If no need, she leave earlier! Already have to opt out from meeting with a friend that came from Australia as the boys need to have an adult in the house, right? Already re-organize my schedule already. Some more want to leave earlier!!!! These maids ...be nice to them, take for granted lah.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Swimming Gala @ School

Today was to be the Swimming Gala for both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. The Key Stage 1 event was scheduled to start at 8.30 am, and Key Stage 2 at 10.30 am. As S2 is in KS1 and S1 in KS2, I had to stay in school from early till way past noon. To make it to school on time, H had to go to the office early so that the driver can be back at the house by 7.40 am to take me to school.
Anyway, at 6.15 am, it was raining cats and dogs. I texted one of the other moms and asked if she thought the event would be cancelled. We decided to go to school anyway...and if the events are cancelled then we would just meet for coffee. True enough, the Key Stage 1 event which was scheduled to start at 8.30 am was postponed to next week. But for the Key Stage 2 event, the school staff said that it was a "wait and see" scenario. Aiyo...how to sit in school for two hours??? So, a few of us decided to go out and have a coffee....
Called the school at 10.15 am to inquire if Swimming Gala is ON. And it was! So...rushed to school. ALAMAK!!!! I missed S2's first event, which was the 2 x 25 m freestyle. I asked him later how he did...and he said that he came out first. Not only that, as his swimming partner did not come, instead of swimming just 25 m, he swam 50 m. Felt a wee bit bad lah...for missing his event. Before you all think "waaaa ...such a good swimmer", the kids are actually grouped according to their skill levels with Stingrays being the best, Barracudas and then the Sharks. S1 is in the Sharks group lah. So...something like the best of the worst. Hahahah..
His next event was a 4 x 25 m Tyre Relay... Not really swimming lah. They all sit on a tyre wor... This event, his team also got first.
Overall, his house, which is RED won! Followed by Green, Blue and Yellow.
As usual, I screamed and cheered with this other RED supporter-mom. Think both of us were the loudest of the moms!!! Now, got sore throat liow.....
:-D

Are you a Survivor?

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People who knows me would probably say "she'll just borrow a dime and call her daddy!". Gosh! I actually do call my daddy whenever I am in need of help, for example when I had a flat tire. Such a simple task and I can't even manage. What a hopeless gal!!

The hypothetical situation now is that I cannot utilize my normal contacts to help me out of this bind. What would I do? To tell you the truth, I am absolutely clueless as to where to start!!!! Or what to do. I will be at a total loss.

Are you like me? A lost puppy in such situations?

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Monday, June 18, 2007

I also got!!

S1 had a sleepover at T's house on Saturday night. Over dinner last night, we had a conversation.

S1 - We had spaghetti bolognese
Me - So did we.
S1 - But. At T's house. They use FRESH pasta. They take the dough and put it through the pasta maker. Really.
Me - The ones that you can adjust the widths to make pasta sheets, spaghetti, ....
S1 - *Interrupted me* Can have angel hair too
Me - *Continuing* Linguini
S1 - Yeah. That's what we had. Linguini.
H - They have a pasta maker?
S1 - Yes. Really. It's so special.
Me - *Abit fed-up* So? I also got!!
H - You do?
S1 - Then how come we never make fresh pasta?
H - I also want to have fresh pasta!
S1- You buy but never use. You buy for what???
H - Yeah! Well said!! All the gadgets you have! But never see you make anything one!
See lah...father and son taroh me!!! But then, serves me right for showing off that I had the blardy pasta maker.

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Taking Up Golf. Seriously!

Okay! You heard about my first golf lesson. Well, I've gone for my second lesson on Friday. And what's more? H has been very supportive, and bought me this golf set yesterday (Sunday). It was on sale.... he asked me to choose.... Not many choices for ladies' clubs. But there was Titleist, Mizuno and Wilson. I have to say the Mizuno ones looked and felt the best. But it was also TRIPLE the price of the Wilson ones. Me...a beginner...and kiamsiap type, of course chose teh Wilson lah...
Later, we both went to the driving range. I have to say that I abit tension in the beginning. Cause takut H ngam-ngam-cham-cham about my swings. I warned him NOT to correct my swings and leave it to my golf pro. He did behaved well lah.. But then, I had to say that my swings are not too bad :-)
Hit about 60 balls vs. H's 40 balls. Halfway through, I was not hitting well and H said "come and rest and have a drink lah. Why are you like a machine gun?" hahahah... Have to say that after the rest, I was more composed and hit much better... had a few very clean shots. I was kinda pleased with myself!!! :-)
Can't wait for my next lesson!

No More Security Guards?? - Updated

Updated @ 9.00 pm, 18 June. Okay... we have the guards back in place at 8 pm today. H's boss was kind enough to give the HR dept a push to get it sorted out by today! YAY! (Aiya.. somemore this evening, my driver tried to scare me or what? As we drove pass this derelict house, he told me that the house was haunted. Whole family was murdered....even the maid! Maid also mm-fong-kor. Because long time ago, there wasn't security in place! So you say lah?? Think he try to scare me to get the security in place chop-chop or what? Kia-si-lang!!!)
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The Company that was engaged by H's company to provide security at our home has recently increased their fees, and apparently H's company do not want to pay the increased fees! Of course I was appalled. H's boss assured that it will be sorted out and do not want me to worry about such menial things. Well, somehow or other...there must be some mix-up or what... My guards just waved goodbye to me today!

Gave H a text about this, and he replied with a "OK. Sorting out now!".

Well, if the company is not going to pay for the security guards, then they'll have to pay for our move to another house within a complex. Actually, I don't mind moving to a complex (or as we say in Malaysia, gated-community). At least boys can roam outside our house compound. Maybe learn to ride a bicycle. Have more friends/neighbours. The thing is - AIYO..the headache of moving!!!! Secondly, I have planted some plants into the ground wor... So sayang!

Anyway, not going to fret over all these details lah. Let H sort out. (Aiya..that fella actually wants to move to the fancy new apartment where all his pals are!! I don't want to live in an apartment wor.....) Will update later...

S2's Sleepover

This post is a little back-dated.
S2's sleepover was on Friday nite (15th June). It's his first sleepover away from mommy or daddy or grandma or grandpa. At first, he was a little scared and didn't want to go. But as the date approached, he was actually quite excited.

I delivered all his barang-barang (things) to his school on Friday afternoon (cannot exactly make him carry all of it on the bus!). I have to say very ma-fan (troublesome) as there's really quite alot of stuff!


First, there's the bag of clothes, swimming gear, towel, toiletries, underwear and socks.







The foldable mattress (yes, even foldable but still very bulky), blanket and pillow



S2's very smelly and very charn po-chim! With him since he was a baby... It's been washed and mended for I don't know how many times. Think it will disintegrate one of these days! He was actually quite worried that his friends would laugh at his po-chim.




Night Vision Goggles for their night walk around the school




I picked him up at about 8.30 am on Saturday; and he said "sleepover is soooo fun. I wished there's a sleepover every Friday!".


Well, this is what he did:
- Treasure Hunt
- T-Shirt Painting
- Swimming
- Football
- Crazy Computers
- Night Walk
- Watching Movies

I asked him if he missed me. And the answer was an "OF COURSE!"

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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Beauty TAG

This beauty tag is from Healy.

As I told her, it's velly difficult for me. I use chapalang range of beauty products lah. So..here goes..

What five beauty products could you not live without?
Okay..I guessed it would be the following:
1) Facial Cleanser (at the moment, using Dermalogica)
2) Toner (Laneige)
3) Moisturiser (Laneige and Elizabeth Arden)
4) Oxy 10 (for the odd pimple that still pops out of my 30-something face)
5) Cracked Heel Cream (not exactly a beauty product but is a MUST MUST)

What’s the worst beauty mistake you’ve made?
Donno leh. Other than the odd "new facial" place that I try and have pimple breakout, cannot think of anything else.

What’s your skincare regime consist of?
Other than the usual, cleanse tone moisturise, I have a facial at least once every 3 or 4 weeks. Currently, I either go to the ROC Centre (using ROC Products of course) or to Centre de Beaute where I alternate between Decleor or Phytomer Facials.

Oh recently, friend took me to this Korean place, and had a traditional Korean facial. Very cheap! Only USD 13!!! For two whole hours! No pimple outbreak after the facial. So okay lah.. But the only thing is that they don't do pimple extraction wor....

Favourite beauty treat?
Face Massage during facials... Ahhhhh...sure ZZZZ one!!! Will be very very disappointed if I never ZZZZ during the massage!

What’s your favourite beauty store?
Don't Have. But I like to browse in Face Shop, L'Occitane, Body Shop, Boots, Watsons.. Browse but never buy. Think the salesgirl all hate me!!! Hehe..

Favourite budget brand?
Me NOT loyal one. Whatever that's got a good deal when I am out looking to buy something, I guess.

Favourite premium brands?
Don't have...again depends on what I fancy at the time.

What’s your ’every girl must own one’ item?
My mom would say LIPSTICK. But for me...I usually EAT all my lipstick so quickly that it'll be gone like in half an hours after I put them on. So, lipsticks not for me. Think it's EyeLiner for me. Makes my big eyes POP out even more!! Hahaha...

And what about skin care: Favourite premium and budget brands?
Donno leh.. But I've bought Lancome, Elizabeth Arden, Estee Lauder, Laneige, Body Shop, Origins, Boots, Nivea, Loreal, Clarins, Dermologica etc... I not loyal one leh... No favorites. Now, I see H2O got nice nice packaging set one, I also want to try ...

And hair care?
Aiyo...lagi tada lah... Use Heads and Shoulders oni. Wash and then blow dry myself! But once in a while, I go to the salon to have a creambath. Very nice!! Massage your head and shoulders and arms for about 40 to 50 minutes, then steam your hair. Got use cheap cream ones, but of course can use Loreal one lah...

And finally, best beauty tip?
I also want to know what's the best beauty tip. Tell me when you have them. Okay???

Tag
Huisia
Very Vera
Firehorse

Reading Tutors

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Party and Pressie

Took S2 to his friend's Birthday Party yesterday. It was a Bowling Party... It was one that involved parents too! Of course, I bowled too lah... Heehee Kicked a$$ with a score of 140. Most of the other mommies bowled between a 70 and a 99. Bowled with the house ball :-) and then news about me bowling for my uni spread like wildfire....

Anyway, our present for the birthday boy was wrapped up REAL nice, like a shirt!! Nope. Not wrapped by me. I am not good in wrapping pressies, especially not very patient in recent times! Is it a shirt inside? Nope. It's a book and a robot-like transformer thingy...

Saturday, June 16, 2007

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"Why?" asked the boys.
"Well, have you ever seen a statue of a Greek God that is fat or paunchy or skinny like a stick? They always have really well built bodies. Don't they? Swimming will make your bodies look like those Greek Gods!"
This is a statue of Zeus that I took in Athens. Look at his six-pack body!!
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Home Alone!!!

Yeap! It's Saturday night. And I am home alone!

S1 went to watch "Fantastic Four, Rise of the Silver Surfer" with his pal T (chaperoned by T's dad, of course) this afternoon, followed by a sleepover at T's house tonight. So...that's one down.

A while ago, both H and S2 was still around. And then H suddenly came into the room at 8 pm and said "I am going out to watch Fantastic Four with S2. You wanna come?" Well, we've had a silly fight today and thought that he was joking and just trying to break the ice. It was kinda late!! I merajuk and said "NO".... So, still lay in bed then thought how come the house sooooo quiet. Went to check just. Waaaaa. This two fellas really gone out already wor... Driver already went home at 5 pm this evening, so H drove.

And today is maid's day off....so, maid also not around. Basically, just the security guard out at his post.

Actually, our Dutch neighbour invited us to their house tonight for their farewell. Yup. Leaving the country. But have been soooooo tired today (had to pick S2 up from school at 8 am from his School Sleepover - more about that later, then took the boys for breakfast, then their swimming class at school, come home, have lunch, and then take S2 to his classmate's birthday party) so declined their invitation. Very loud live music playing next door now....

Friday, June 15, 2007

High Quality Performance!

WOW!!!!

I had my recent post on "Spy Sweeper" automatically approved like instantaneously!! Got this message from PPP.
"Congratulations!! Your PayPerPost post, Spy Sweeper, has been automatically approved based on your high quality performance as a PPP Postie! "
And H said that I am a terrible writer, and JK Rowling I am definitely NOT!!! Well, though I am not JK Rowling quality...but good enough to earn some USDs. Good enough for me at the moment!!

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Gifts from S1

It's Infant School Charity Book Sale at the boys' school today.


This is what S1 bought for me...










And this, he bought for his father.







He came back from school, showed me these two items and declared "I didn't buy anything for myself! Just for you and daddy!". BUT the thing is....I didn't give him any money for the Charity Book Sale, as I thought it only involved the Infant School kids (S2 is still in Infant School). SO, where did he get the money??? Apparently, his friend had TOOOOO much, and gave him some! WAAAAAH... Some kids so rich, giving out money to school friends!!! Of course, we'll have to return the money to his friend tomorrow!!!

S2 on the other hand, bought books for himself. BUT gave some bullshit excuse as to why he didn't buy me or his dad stuff!! Your typical salesman!!! He bought the following two books.

I only gave S2 enough money for one book. As you can see...he bought two books. Apparently, one of S1's friend gave him an extra voucher for the second book. Well, again...have to return the money tomorrow...

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOM!!

It's MOM's birthday TODAY!

Since she doesn't want FLOWERS nor a CAKE delivered...I guessed I would have to do a VIRTUAL flowers and cake delivery!!!

Here is the cake!

And here are the flowers!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!
I LOVE YOU, MOM!!!
p/s Will get you an "un-birthday" cake when I come home in 4 weeks time!!

Scrapbooking Supplies

One of our fellow Scrapbooker's scrapbooking style has changed. So...she is hawking off some of her supplies... Here is a selection of the papers that I got from her.

She also has a set of shape-cutters for sale for about USD 40. At first, I thought a tad expensive. But as I was on the way home, I thought that maybe I should just get it off her as it would be much more expensive if I were to buy them new. She did say that she paid about USD 100 for the complete set..Don't know what is the brand though..but she's upgraded to the "Creative Memories" set which costs a BIGGER bomb!

As she's off to Singapore next week for shopping (to increase her already BIG stash of scrapbooking stuff), I won't be seeing her until the following week. SHUCKS! No playing with my new toy till the week after next! :-(

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Party Planning - Part 3

Thought that I've done quite alot of Pirate's bandanas but a quick count revealed that I've only done six! ALAMAK!! Still have half a dozen more to go. It's quite easy to make...all I need is a long black cloth of about 3 inches wide (my dear 'ole friend in HK taught me how to do this :-D) and then draw the skull on. At first, I used white marker but the white didn't stand out well. So, switched to using white correction fluid. Had to exercise those finger muscles!!!
This is the other Jolly Roger that I've made. S1 coloured the whites with crayon and stuck the red paper for the Pirate's bandana. Again, the whites doesn't stand out well. So, guessed we have to go over with either poster paints or acrylics....
While making all these Pirates stuff, S2 came up and said "Not Fair!! Kor-Kor's party much more fun than mine!!". How ah? Like that??? S2 had a Pokemon Splash Party in February. Cannot exactly make Pokemon costumes for the kids, right? I did make Pokemon Posters, printed out Pokemon BINGO cards, bought Pokemon Stickers etc for his party, made water "bomb's". What else is there?? Aiya..when you have two or more kids...sure will have lots of "not fairs" one lah...
In case anyone is also planning for a Pirates Party, click on the following for some ideas...