Monday, December 31, 2007

Sick At Work

Or maybe that should read "of" instead? Hehehhe..

But seriously, my head. Pounding. My nose. Sore. My eyes. Burning up. My throat. Itches like mad.

I really shouldn't have dragged my sorry ass to work today. I haven't had the energy to do anything but stare at Perez Hilton for the whole morning.
God, isn't Perez just entertaining? He laughs me up with every single post he puts up. Thank god I'm not a celebrity.

I can't take this. I'm going down to the surau to try and catch a few winks. This cold medicine is making me woozy. I can hardly open my eyes. How the hell am I going to drive myself home later on?

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Second Last Day of 2007

Tomorrow I start work and I am so not in the mood. For starters, I have a cold, courtesy from the girls and my head feels like it's about to explode.

Also, working on the last day of 2007 is just so not right.

I intend to use the day to springclean my desk and drawers. Throw out everything so that 2008 will be a better year for me workwise.

Yep, that should take me exactly 8 hours to accomplish. Heeee, starting 8.30am right until 5.30pm (minus one hour for lunch).

Friday, December 28, 2007

Supplies For Dania's New School

We've enrolled Dania for 2 new schools next year; morning sessions at Tadika Perpaduan and afternoon sessions at Sekolah Kafa Ad-deen. Hopefully she won't feel too tired; the morning sessions only last for 3 hours and gives Dania enough time to have her lunch, take a nap and bathe before heading off to her afternoon sessions. However, everything is still on trial as the last thing I want to do is give my little girl a burnout before she even starts regular school. That's should only happen when she starts work. Heh.

Yesterday ibu and myself took Dania to buy her school uniform. We bought her shoes and socks at Bata and her baju kurung and headgear at Mydin. We had to go to Tesco for the kain which we then took to Giant to get them altered (too long). Hmmm...banyak berjalan, belanja pun banyak. I can't believe how much it costs to buy school uniforms nowadays.

This is what we bought yesterday and what I spent on everything.

Two pairs of white school shoes (Bata) = RM23.99 x 2 = RM47.98
Two pairs of socks = RM6.99 x 2 = RM13.98
1 pack of shoe whitening (3 bottles per pack) = RM5.99
Two mini telekung = RM5.90 x 2 = RM 11.80
Two inner head gear (anak tudung) = RM1.50 x 2 = RM3.00
Two baju kurungs = RM8.50 x 2 = RM17.00
Two kain (green) = RM25.90 x 2 = RM51.80
One pair of Disney sunglasses = RM19.90
Total damage = RM171.45

Yeeeeeshh!!! And this is not including the registration fees, transport fees, books, stationary and all those other stuff I had to pay for at the schools. AICARAMBA!!!

OK, so the sunglasses were a reward for being such a great sport. I remember when I was little, I used to grumble and sulk everytime ibu took us to buy new school uniforms. Hmmm, cukup membosankan.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not grumbling about having to pay for all this stuff. It's just that, buying all that stuff, making sure everything fits Dania well, just hits a nerve and makes me realise that my baby girl is no longer a baby anymore.

How time flies!!

The Assassination of Benazir Bhutto

Yesterday it was confirmed in the news that former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto, had been shot and killed by a suicide bomber. She had been shot in the head and chest and later died from these wounds in the hospital. The suicide bomber had later blown up him(her?)self and killed at least another 20 people.

This is such sad news. Regardless of her political views, it was made clear that she still held most of her countrymen and women's hearts and love. I fear for the aftermath, fearful that the assassination would bring Pakistan to even greater despair.

Al-fatihah to Allahyarhamah Benzair Bhutto and her family.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Guess? What I Bought

Yesterday we took the kids out for a day at the mall. I know, I know, we could have chosen better places to take the kids but it was raining most of the day and the mall is just as nice as ever. We decided to take the kids to KLCC, seeing how we hardly head over to KL nowadays. The mall was decorated up nicely, with a giant Christmas tree in the center court. The kids took pictures with the make-believe snowmen (nicknamed Mr. Snowman and Buddy by Dania) and counted all the snowballs on the tree. We had lunch at the food court. We took in the sights and the sounds of the mall and had a blast.

And I bought something. Just a little "Raja Haji-Christmas" present for myself. I didn't expect to spend as much as I did (don't ask me how much) but I am really happy with my purchase. It's not often that I indulge myself with little pleasures of life.

Wanna know what I bought? Check this out. Pretty nice, huh? This is slightly different from the one I bought; mine had white rims instead of pink. I had my sights on a different watch earlier but hubby thought this one was nicer (and more expensive!). But like they say, you only live once. I mean, what's the point of working if you're not going to enjoy the fruits of your labor once in a while.

Hehehehe...I feel like a kid who sneak down and saw Santa putting presents under the tree. I love my new watch!!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

And My Butt is Now As Wide As a...I Don't Want to Think About It

We're here in Melaka at my in-laws for Raya Haji. Crap, which reminds me..


OK, now that we have the season greetings out of the way, here's a quick rundown of what we did today.


Eat some more.

More eating.

Don't disturb me, can't you see I'm eating.

You get the picture.

Tons of food, and I mean tons. Of course, when you have a hundred mouths to feed, having tons of food to satisfy everyone's stomach is necessary. We had laksa, nasi briyani, fried bihun, ketupat, lontong, peanut sauce and various types of desserts. We took down a cow which was shared by everyone. Hmmmm, sup tulang lembu asli. Sedapnya!!!

Again I forgot to bring my camera so that's why I'm using pictures I found on the net to illustriate how much I ate and how I really need to exercise after this holiday season. Taebo, here I come!!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

I Am Legend

Just came back from seeing a movie with hubby. Initially we wanted to Enchanted (actually HUBBY wanted to see this...heee) but in the end I bought us tickets to see I Am Legend. I wouldn't say I'm a big fan of Will Smith but I've enjoyed his movies so far. Yes, even Men In Black II.

What can I say about the movie? For starters, it shouldn't have been rated "U". For goodness sake, it's damn scary. Seriously. Not scary ghosts, but scary like flesh eating, zombies with extra crazy strength kind of scary. There were parts of the movies where I either had my hands covering my eyes or my ears.
But of course, there were some dumb parents who brought their small kids along. There was one couple who even brought their baby along, who of course started crying once all the screaming and shouting in the movie started. We were already half way through the movie when the mother FINALLY decided to take her baby outside. Itupun lepas dah kena shhhh by the rest of the audience (moi, included!!).

Even though the movie freaked me out (zombies, in my honest opinion, are only suppose to walk sloooowwwlly, not run like Ben Johnson on steroids), I would totally watch it again. The storyline was so-so but Will Smith really carried this movie excellently. The emotions he showed, being the only person alive in NY, really made me believe that this man was all alone and was trying everything in his power to stay sane (making conversations with mannequins) so he could continue his mission to find a cure for the deadly virus. The scenes showing an empty NY were amazing. And, ok, I'll say it, the zombies, although looked very CGI at times, were freakishly scary. Another plus for the movie.

So how you might ask, were hubby and I able to go see a movie on a Sunday night? Because the kids have been shipped to Melaka. Sigh...the house seems so empty. Can't wait until Wednesday night until we're reunited again.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Recap of Our Penang Trip

So we're back from Penang. All in all we had a great time. It rained most of the time but luckily it drizzled instead of poured. The kids had fun swimming in the pool and I even found time (and the courage!!) to do some parasailing. Heeeeee....bestnya!!

The first two nights we stayed at the Northam Hotel. Hubby had booked us for a Junior Suite, which was huge. Even had its own living room. Plus 2 TVs which was perfect coz the kids totally refused to watch anything else BUT the Disney Channel. It also had a jacuzzi which I regret to inform was not utilised because when you have two insects who demand you take them swimming, out to eat, sightseeing EVERY SECOND OF THE DAY, by the time you get back to the hotel, you just want to crawl into your king sized bed and sleep.

The hotel was nice but due to the weather, the kids didn't get to use the swimming pool as much as they would have wanted too. I myself am still kicking myself for not trying out their spa. RM60 for a facial is not a bad deal.

For our third night in Penang, we stayed at Park Royal Hotel, Batu Feringgi. Many thanks to ayah for the free voucher! Luckily the weather was nice the entire time we were there so the kids practically lived in the swimming pool. We got upgraded to a Deluxe Seaview room which gave us a double bed and a single bed for the kids. Yeah, no more of my kids' feet in my face in the middle of the night. The room was much smaller compared to the one we got in Northam but the buffet breakfast and the facilities made up for the lack of the room. It was here that I took a dare from hubby and did parasailing. How I wish I had my camera when I got up there!! The view from above was divine. The sea was so blue and the sand look so white, I kept saying Subhanallah, subhanallah again and again. Those 3 minutes in the air really made me appreciate Allah's creation.

All in all, we had a great time in Penang. We didn't get to do as much sightseeing as we would have wanted to due to the weather, but insya'allah, there's always next year. I fact, we've already booked our next holiday in January for Karambunai, Sabah. Heeeee...can't wait!!

ps; Sorry, no pictures. I left my camera at home (knocks head against wall). :(

Friday, December 14, 2007

Training in Penang

We're in Penang for a training session. Gua le yg jadi cikgunya. Hubby also doing the training but for different product. Since both of us are in Penang, we decided to bring the kids also. Dania and Dina luuurrrvvee the fact that we'll be staying in a HOTEL!! Yes, to those two, hotel = paradise. Mostly because there's a swimming pool. And a king-sized bed.

We'll be staying in Penang until Saturday, taking an extra day to bring the kids jalan2. The bummer is, it's always raining here. Hmmm, what to do, monsoon season.

The good thing about the rain is, my teambuilding session supposed to take place this Sunday-Tuesday has been cancelled!! Yeah!! Oklah, postponed. Whatever.

But my sympathy still goes out to those trapped in the floods. Dudes, don't play around in the flood! Malehlah aku dok baca berita orang mati lemas ni....

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Good Luck and Farewell

Today Selangor had a holiday, Sultan's birthday. I took the opportunity to see an old friend who will be leaving KL to go back to her hometown in Kedah. Brought the kids along to play with her girls.

We stayed for lunch (I bought KFC) and the girls played painting (1st time for Dania and Dina so it was an exciting occasion) and cooking and hola hoops. Games that girls play when they're together.

I'll miss my friend but I know she's doing the best for her girls. It's amazing for me to see her so strong after losing her hubby so suddenly a few months back. I guess when you have kids, you have no choice but to be strong.

We never really talked about the incident or how she was going to continue living without the support and love of her hubby. Some things, you just have to take one day at a time.

So I'll pray for her. I'll pray for her kids. I'll pray for Allah to take care of them and to give them strength and happiness in their new life.

I was really sad to leave her house today but I hope this won't be the last time I see her. Kedah isn't that far from KL and there's always the INTERNET to help us stay in touch.

So Z, stay strong. I'll miss you and your insane chatter. Here's to seeing you and your family again real soon.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Maya Angelou's Poem

This poem goes out to all the gals who rock this that we all know what we should absolutely have.


enough money within her control to move out and rent a place of her own, even if she never wants to or needs to...

something perfect to wear if the employer, or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour...

a youth she's content to leave behind....

a past juicy enough that she's looking forward to retelling it in her old age....

a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra...

one friend who always makes her laugh... and one who lets her cry...

a good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her family...

eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems, and a recipe for a meal, that will make her guests feel honored...

a feeling of control over her destiny...

how to fall in love without losing herself..

how to quit a job, break up with a lover, and confront a friend without; ruining the friendship...

when to try harder... and WHEN TO WALK AWAY...

that she can't change the length of her calves,the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents..

that her childhood may not have been perfect...but its over...

what she would and wouldn't do for love or more...

how to live alone... even if she doesn't like it...

whom she can trust,whom she can't,and why she shouldn't take it personally...

where to it to her best friend's kitchen table... or a charming inn in the woods...when her soul needs soothing...

what she can and can't accomplish in a day...a month...and a year...

Monday, December 03, 2007

New School for Dania

Hubby is back!! Yeah!! Kurus sket, I guess the freezing weather and the non-eating much took a bit of a toll. But still chubby...hehehehe...still my teddy bear.

Yesterday, we registered Dania at her new school, Tabika Perpaduan. A bit sad that we won't be sending her to Smart Reader anymore but I think this new school would also be good for her. Plus I plan to send her also to the Kafa school at our area. If she went to Smart Reader, my worry is that she might not be able to take an afternoon nap before going for her Kafa school.

Yesterday, we also took the girls swimming at ayah's club. Dina had a blast but Dania wasn't so happy as there were'nt any kids that wanted to play with her. So I promised that the next time we go swimming, I'll swim with her. Heeee, must buy proper swimming suit. Cannot wear T-shirtlah at the club.

I have pictures and videos of Dania, taken during her Smart Reader concert. I'll upload them soon. Till then, take care everyone.