Friday, August 22, 2014

RIP Kurap. Aug 2009 - Aug 2014

Back in the days when it was just her and me.

Wednesday morning, I woke up from a phone call from my sister. She said her maid found a cat dead in a drain that looked a lot like Kurap. I immediately call husband who was on the way to work but had not got out of the taman perumahan yet. Angkat Aziz and go out to my sister house. And there it was. It was her in the drain. One of the light in my life is now gone. 

On Tuesday she was very fine. In fact she spent most of the afternoon dozing on my bed. And if she spent the day very well rested come evening it she will be restless to go out. I don't really hesitated to let her out. She is used to going out. But then she didn't come back. My husband called and called around midnight she didnt come as her usual way. But I was not too worried. Sometimes she comes in through the bathroom window. Or in the morning if worst come to worst. I did woke up at 5 am wondering if Kurap had come in. But was too tired to think about it more. Seeing her dead body in a drain is my worst nightmare. 

We speculated the cause. She might be sick that we didn't know about. She fell down (the drain where we found her next to it is a very high fence, she is a good climber but not so much a jumper, but she always manage before) chasing a cat and somehow she fell down wrong and hit her head and drowned, she got poisoned from God knows where. So many possibilities. But we didn't know. People might say that is the risk of letting a cat be outdoors. That maybe it, but it is really hard to keep the cat indoors. Also I am one of those people who believe cats should have the outdoors if they are capable or like to. Whatever the reason, most people know I love her very much. 

A bit taken aback, that like Fasha who died on exactly the same date as we found her, Kurap died on the same month too when we adopted her.

Those who just begun to read my blog, maybe can see her starting history with us from here. Those who were long time readers knows how utterly devoted we are to each other. But then I have a baby, I can no longer be as devoted, but she always try to be devoted to me when she got the chance. She was so stressed from my inattention that her fur at one point was shedding and she overgroomed her butt til its bald. Heh. She outgrew it and got the new routine. 

My sister and husband tried to comfort me and said she is old now. 6 years is not old for a cat. They are in the prime of their life in fact. I was looking forward to 6 years more. I was looking forward to take care of her cranky self when she gonna be 12 years old. But Allah tentukan semua. Maybe He knows best. 

There are so many memories we had together that will be too much to write about. Only I kinda gets her. Only I know exactly the right way to groom her. Always on the face, ears and a little on the nose. If she digs it she will lick my fingers and I know she will want that fingers that had been moistened by her to be patted on her head. She was my best friend. When I was all alone in the house and sometimes were afraid by the bump in the night, I was always comforted by the sight of her furry self next to me. She killed a lipan in the toilet once when I was busy puking over the toilet. 

Like Fasha, there can also never be another Kurap. I miss her. I want to hug her again. I want to feel again all the 5.2 kg weight I always felt when I hold her in my arms.

You were a great friend and companion Kurap. I am lucky if I meet another cat who is half as great as you. Gonna miss her forever and right now my heart just breaks knowing I can never see her again at her favorite spots which was numerous, on my keyboard, on my bed, at the corner of the babycot, next to the window, up the grills, the sofa. Most of all, I will always be haunted by the memory of you whenever I came back home and looked at the window. Knowing the most loyal of cats are no longer there to greet me home joyfully and loudly. 

A long time ago when I had just gotten her spayed

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A new routine for a little while

When my long time project had finished, I was without any new one for a while. Biasa la tu. But only for about a week or so before raya. So nice jugak la time bulan puasa tu tadek la kena berkejar siapkan kerja or ape before cuti. 

Back from cuti raya je, I got a new project and surprise in store I have to work in shift. For about 3 months. The shift have to follow EMEA time, so I am currently working from 3pm til 12am. I am kinda loving this because I can work from home. Husband is loving this because that means almost everyday I will be cooking. Sebab got time maa. Gitula ceritanye. The cats love this because that means they get to be out most of the time. Well, the day. 

So I have some time to clean up the house, rearrange some stuffs, do laundry, do some groceries shopping, errand, hantar the cats to the vets when they got issues. In fact Pika2 will be sent to be spayed tomorrow. Lepas ni if die terlepas keluar tadek la risau kena impregnate dek miau jantan2 kabaret.

Itu die Pika2. and Brownie. Yeah. I got new cats. Actually one is about to be adopted. Waiting for confirmation gitu la. Brownie la. Pika2 tu, I pickup die masa tu sangat berkurap so I know how susah nak adopt out kucing kurap ni so I just kept her. But if anyone knows her I am ok with it :D Punya la lama tak berupdate pasal kucing that I didn't write it here how I found them. Maybe another time. Pika2 pon dah nak kena spayed dah. 

 Anyway, so about my routine, there were some lazy time of course, not all days I am productive, but I AM LOVING THIS SHIFT la weh. Of course quality time dengan Aziz sedikit suffer. But the thing not by much anyway sebab usually I got home around 8pm anyway and kalau kena masak lagi la sikit masa spend time dengan die. I am missing out his bedtime , but the usual morning preparation I la buat instead nowadays. So spend masa sikit time pagi je la dengan die. Bawak naik basikal la. Layan request meraban2 die. Oh walaupon I WFH I am still sending my boy to nursery. Cuma a bit later than usual. I still have a full time job. So yeah I took a break around 7.30pm till 9pm to cook and eat dinner with husband. Time tu lebih kurang macam lunch hour so ok la. By 12 am, which is by now ( which I am writing ) most of the things had finished, kira housework ke ape ke. If not by 1 am I tido la. 

This is not forever la only for this project, but I am enjoying the WFH time. Best :D . Project belom start demanding lagi, so rase macam best, bole curi2 tengok Projek Memikat Suami lagi which is on channel 104 at 5pm. Hoi comel la Emma Maembong tu. Ye sekarang adalah musim Rindu 200%, but I just can't deal with the woman .

Friday, August 15, 2014

Raya 2014

Well this is late. Tapi kenaaa jugak post gambar raya. Just because we are not a family who likes to take pictures.

Susah gile nak amik gambar ni dengan budak kecik. Setiap kali we try to take a picture of him he will be more interested in looking through the camera lense. Last2 I bagi die my phone. Baru nak la datang duduk tepi mommy. Nak suruh pandang kamera tu another battle la plak, so I let it go lah. 

Raya this year in JB. At first thought it was gonna be my family with my mom. Kesian la plak so I persuaded my husband to go back a little bit early so I can help my mom. Apa sangat la aku ni bole buat la kan. But it turned out my youngest brother came back on Saturday with his family for first raya. So meriah la rumah sikit. Spent a good time in JB. Had a lot of food. My mom bekalkan us daughters kuah laksa johor frozen and satay goreng frozen (actually that is only for me sebab I je tak reti buat satay goreng lagi) when it is time for us to go back to KL. We are a queen of frozen food. My mom taw anak2 die tak pro masak cam die. 

Then petang raya first pulak my eldest sister and my younger brother pon join dari kampung mertua masing2. So ramai la kami2 ni semua. Raya in JB laidback sikit banding raya kat Sarawak. Malam selalu tadek plan sangat. Tengahhari pon rilek je kat rumah. Pagi je busy sikit. Petang tak habis2 pergi Angsana. Sibuk nak beli jubah la katakan. Bought an abaya that was just right for my height! Tak meleret2 kain die. Rimas aku kain leret2 ni. 

Oh baju raya aku at gambar di atas, the kain tu after basuh tukar warna silver ok. Haha. Cakap kat laki aku, ok la tu next year tak yah beli baju lebih, ni kira macam baju baru gak. 

Anyway hope it is not too late Selamat Hari Raya to you all.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Aziz is now 2 years old

Dah tak baby dahhhh. Mommy sad. Pftthh. Our child will always be our baby kut. (kite tengok statement tu bole pakai ke tak 10 tahun akan datang ). 

His birthday falls on Sunday time semua orang sibuk balik dari kampung ke rumah masing-masing. So we celebrated it a bit early. We bought the kek raya ketiga tu lepas balik beraya dari Kluang. Singgah JPO jab to find some baju for Aziz and my husband nak beli work shirts die. Over taw baju die skang mahal2. Aku beli kat FOS je. 

So sebab alang-alang di JPO tu we decided belikan Aziz ice cream cake je la since ade Baskin Robbins there. Lagipon bile raya ni muak sikit kek2 biasa ni kan. Kalau ade ais krim seleraa sikit.. Ini selera mak ni kek ni. Bukan anak. Masuk2 Baskin Robbins aku dah ngusha satu kek coklat aiskrim in display ni. Tapi Aziz dah excited tunjuk kek lain cakap 'Nak niii'. Sebab birthday anak, kite kena la ngalah. 

Memula nak keluarkan kek bile time my sister anak punye akikah the next day tu. Pastu lupaaaa. Ko tengok la mak jenis ape aku ni. Last2 malam tu celebrate la die dengan 2 orang cousin die. 

Kek Aziz pilih. Die suke la tu. Kalerful.

Aziz attempt to blow out the candle. Tapi kazen tepi tu lagi berjaya.

I think kat taska dah biasa ade orang celebrate birthday tiup lilin, so when we stick the candles on top of the cakes die sendiri nyanyi "to youuuu,  to youuu". Itu je la die duk ulang2. 

As for his development. He is growing up fast and beautifully. I am sometimes amazed on the words he picked up. And mannerism too. Ade sekali tu, aku ajak die naik atas untuk tido, lepas tu die pandang aku, angkat tangan die kat aku stail orang selalu buat kalau orang tu suruh orang tu tunggu, and cakap "kejab lagi". Sometimes his words are so clear that you can be a bit startled that he knows how to express this, other times it just sounded German to me. 

Bab lain2 tu. Ok la. Dah know his own mind a.k.a banyak songeh. Bile nak mandi , elak2. Bile nak suh makan.. "nanakkkkk". But most of the time, he is an easy child to handle la. Shy around new people, bile dah kenal lama sikit baru la start engine nakal die. 

Boleh disuruh untuk buat simple task. Suruh sapu. Die sapu 1 mins, 10 mins lagi die sibuk patahkan lidi penyapu tu. Bukak kipas tanpa disuruh. Letak botol susu atas meja. Susun mainan balik je tak dan lagi. 

While these are the phase of the terrible two, when he is excitedly talking to me in gibberish I felt like I can't wait for him to grow up and express what he is really on his mind. 

By the way, Aziz cakap kek tu sedap. Nanti mommy die update lagi pasal mende lain lakk. 

Bile suruh die tunjuk sedap macam mana die buat thumbs up. Haha. He enjoyed his ice cream. Dan masa raya tu dari raya kedua duk hujan in JB, so bole la nampak kena resort to menyidai dalam rumah. Haha. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Might as well post something

I am on the bench. Itu means tadek project assignment so duduk 'folded arms doing nothing' is what a manager said we are doing. Wah. Emoism aku baca. Eh eh.. sape yang suruh release awal dari project. Pastu nak keluarkan ayat kongajaq. Cets. Dah tu training material pon tak bagi lagi untuk new upcoming task, pastu nak emoism lak. Kan aku emoism. 

Geram taw pagi2. Naseb baik traffic jam di pagi ini kurang. I think people had already started their raya holiday. Mine started on Friday till 5th ( which is Tuesday the following raya week) . Lama. Itu pon manager tak approve lagi cuti, angin gak aku. Apply dah awal dah. Tadek assignment tapi approvenye tak lagi. 

Nak talk about pregnancy ni, tunggu la another checkup by Dr Tan soon-ish this Friday. Wanna ask about induce after caesar, because I really do not want to be induced and after reading about Dr Seri case and asking my sister about it, she told me the risk associated with induce if you had undergone caesar recently ( summary - bad for all around ). So kena la tanye nanti. 

Aziz is gonna be two soon. And I had seen marked improvements in language and social skills. He is a bit of a bully. But not too bad. Lagi budak tu nangis, lagi die suke aggravate. Tapi kalau barang die kena ambik, taw pulak nangis. Budaakkkk. Also at least these past few days die takdela mintak nak tengok Mr Peabody and Sherman. Naseb baik cerita tu best, tapi ade la limit berapa kali kena tengok dak. 

Also just heard the news that a schoolmate of mine in JB dulu died last night due to a road accident. Kinda jolted me a little on how sudden death is. We think we have all the time in the world sometimes but we always forget death can comes everywhere and in any form. 

Makin hari pon makin malas masak. Tapi rase malas nak makan luar. Sebab mesti overate. Pastu nanti mula la loya esok. Blergh. So plan today. Masak spagetti aje. Abeskan barang dalam fridge cepat2 sebelom raya. 

Puasa pon setakat ni baru 2 hari lopong. Satu sebab cirit birit. Satu lagi last Monday pagi2 dah throw up and rase weng sepanjang masa. Fuhhh.. tapi maseh bertenaga gi makan buffet kat Mandarin Oriental. MAKAN FREE JANGAN TOLAK! 

Anyway. Ini random update to whatever la. Kalau rajin I post mende lain. Petang ni. Kalau dah tadek keje sangat2. Hahahha.

Berharap semoga boss aku approve cuti sebelom balik keje ni. Nyampah sangat last minit baru die nak tunggu. Ape la wehhhh. Approve je la. Orang tu nak assign project ke tak, that is their problem sebab lembap sangat. *muka emoism* Sebab semalam suh aku cuti start dari hari ni, tetiba tuka tune lak.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Another tragedy

Right now people are reeling from the tragedy of the alleged shooting down of commercial flight MH17.

And from what I can see in the news the Australia PM is especially furious. Very quick response from US which is no surprise since anything related with Putin they will interfere. UK are still cautious.The Ukraine and Russia conflict will now be rehashed. God only knows what will come out of this.

I am pitying my country. I am pitying MAS. Most of all, pity is not the word I will describe my feelings towards the family and victim. Sadness is. And angry. As this should not happened.

Al fatihah to the passengers and crews who lost their life in that flight.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Reviews of books

My short reviews. I had read a lot of books during this pregnancy. Even I was quite amazed. Last pregnancy I was only resolved to finish the Fire and Ice series ( well ... what is now on store lah..). 

This pregnancy, I felt constantly the need to read. And Candy Crush. So these are some of the books I had read. There are some I had read but not yet reviewed, because there are currently 3 ongoing books I am reading! Two I left off because it gets a bit boring and another a bit of a downer. I can't read too much downer books. I think there are many more books I read but can't remember I had read it. Will update that soon. Also there are a few other books I reread. Those I won't review. Malas.

Black SundayBlack Sunday by Thomas Harris
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

About: Basically about a terrorist plot to kill thousands of people during the superbowl. I think.

Review: It was ok in the beginning, then it patters off . The characters are boring, not delved enough into even those with the deep psychological damage. His motive never really makes sense to me. Have a very slow buildup and the climax is like 5 10 pages long? I can barely read the end.

Labyrinth (Languedoc, #1)Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 About: July 2005. In the Pyrenees mountains near Carcassonne, Alice, a volunteer at an archaeological dig, stumbles into a cave and makes a startling discovery-two crumbling skeletons, strange writings on the walls, and the pattern of a labyrinth.

Eight hundred years earlier, on the eve of a brutal crusade that will rip apart southern France, a young woman named Alais is given a ring and a mysterious book for safekeeping by her father. The book, he says, contains the secret of the true Grail, and the ring, inscribed with a labyrinth, will identify a guardian of the Grail. Now, as crusading armies gather outside the city walls of Carcassonne, it will take a tremendous sacrifice to keep the secret of the labyrinth safe.

Review: I quite like it. The book while very thick, moves fast and though I do think some scenes are a bit unnecessary but it is ok.  I like the current and past characters. Though at time I do feel frustrated at Alais naivete and the husband. She can be annoying and her husband even more. I like the mystery being setup but not really impressed with the 'supernatural' elements of it. I think it could be more. However this is a good introduction to her books and look forward to read more of her works.

The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons, #2)The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

About: Anthony Bridgerton hasn't just decided to marry--he's even chosen a wife! The only obstacle is his intended's older sister, Kate Sheffield--the most meddlesome woman ever to grace a London ballroom. The spirited schemer is driving Anthony mad with her determination to stop the betrothal, but when he closes his eyes at night, Kate is the woman haunting his increasingly erotic dreams...

Contrary to popular belief, Kate is quite sure that reformed rakes do not make the best husbands--and Anthony Bridgerton is the most wicked rogue of them all. Kate is determined to protect her sister--but she fears her own heart is vulnerable. And when Anthony's lips touch hers, she's suddenly afraid she might not be able to resist the reprehensible rake herself...

Review: The Bridgerton family is my favorite book series by Julia Quinn, though the best have to be The Duke and I. All the subsequent Bridgerton series, went a bit downhill after a few I think... but nice to read that the only 2 I haven't read yet (Anthony and Benedict stories) is very enjoyable and the chemistry between the two seems right.

The plot is just as you would predict from reading the synopsis, though the reason to 'not want to fall in love with wife' feels crazy for a supposed sensible Anthony. The reasoning just do not match. But I guess an obstacle is imminent and this is the best she could come up with?

A Street Cat Named Bob: How One Man and His Cat Found Hope on the StreetsA Street Cat Named Bob: How One Man and His Cat Found Hope on the Streets by James Bowen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

About: The moving, uplifting true story of an unlikely friendship between a man on the streets and the ginger cat who adopts him and helps him heal his life.

Review: This book is a simple story about how a cat turn a man life around. I am bonkers about my cats, I think my cats are the best. However reading about Bob, this is a very special cat. I can never get my cat to a walk, ( maybe I haven't tried hard enough) but my cat also would not keep still on a busy street.

I like the story. James story is about a man who lost his way in life and found purpose through adopting Bob ( or Bob adopt James. Many pet owners would say,it is the animals that adopt us). It can be a bit repetitive and the truly ugly bits are never shown, but it is a good clean story which I devour quickly.

A heartwarming book with simple writing to sum it up. Hence the 4 stars. I was never bored by Bob.

The World According to Bob: The Further Adventures of One Man and His Street-wise CatThe World According to Bob: The Further Adventures of One Man and His Street-wise Cat by James Bowen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

About: Continuation from the book before this.

Review: Again Bob and James adventure begin anew. Actually not begin anew. It just continue. Like how life really is.

This time I thought it would be not as good. But it was ok. I am hooked well enough. It deals more with James health struggle and how Bob was there for him. ( well seems like it ).

The book continue to be an enjoyable simple read. I would suggest this read on a lazy day with your cat nearby.

Bob really seems like a super cat. No wonder James really do not want to let him go, he is a one in a billion cat. They are both lucky to have each other. I wish them both the best.

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