Thursday, November 24, 2016

I should be writing something

I should. Maybe it should be of my trip to Siem Reap which was great. But I am much too blergh to write. 

Because I am now 10 weeks pregnant with the worst case of morning sickness I had ever experience. 

Warning: Just puke related complain ahead.

I had morning sickness when I was carrying the 2 boys before. But this one.... this one takes the cake. I hope this baby is the best baby who would grow up to be the best person ever because you are putting mommy through the wringer here. ( I want to say hell, but there are plenty of mothers who are going through difficult health problems while carrying their baby... so yes, not actual hell yet). However this is my space to complain so I shall complain. 

I was elated to find out I was pregnant because I really want a third and I feel like it is better 2 or 3 years apart among siblings. So Yeay. It also means I had put off finding jobs because going to interview while holding the need to puke is not exactly appealing to anyone. So saya berserah je la. I am glad that I did quit however and then got pregnant because the constant need to puke is incredible and the guys in office probably wouldnt like it hearing that. Also it would be unpleasant. 

Previousl pregnancies, morning sickness started during evening. Now it is all the freaking time. Immediately after I eat, immediately after I open my eyes. No smell is nice. I hate the smell of food. I hate the smell of my kitchen. I can't go near my kitchen without feeling like I have to puke now and there. 

Kesian to my husband who now have to pick up the slacks because I can't do anything much except sit or lie down. I am hoping when second trimester comes it would be easier. Please let it be easier!. And of course here's hoping the baby is healthy because momma can't seem to hold down much liquid. I loathe to skip folic acid, so I tried to take em even though most of the time I have to puke everything out before I can sleep. 

Well.. then. Maybe after the morning sickness over I can then post more. Here's hoping. 

Next update I hope I will be less complaining. 


Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Say something

It had been a while. Was I busy? I guess I was... anyway, keep trying to update but then there are other things to do.

What I had been up to? House chores I guess. Going to classes. Oh yeah, I quit my job. The commute is terrible. And I feel like it is too demanding a bit, especially those late night and frantic phone calls whenever my kids are sick. So I am kinda a housewife. I don't say I love it, but I don't hate it also. Been trying to find suitable job but it is hella difficult. Also I am a bit picky. LOL.

I have to be because I got some limitations. But I don't feel like explaining why I quit my job because holy hell aint people judgmental about that. I mean not like me not having a job is gonna affect these people with opinions, but that does not stop them from expressing it. So I dont feel like saying it in FB especially because you know how FB can be like. IGs is a place for my cats so that is not really applicable.

My friends knew, well some, but I am not exactly announcing it. I am announcing it here, because I feel like if I don't say it ..it kinda hold back on the things I want to babble about in a blog.

So what I had been doing... actually apart from housework, I had been doing something else, but I ain't feel like like say.

I will post again. Will be going to Siem Reap soon, so we got that to look forward to in a blog.Heh. 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Mini splurge at the Popular Warehouse Book Sale

This year instead of the BBW sale, I much more antcipated this Popular Warehouse Sale because it is cheaper. RM5 instead of RM8 the usual in BBW . Like the previous year it was held in Vivo Home Shopping Mall . 



Went there on Thursday night, spent about an hour. Dont get to browse much because I was tired . And the rows of books are like these. 


The Popular Warehouse Sale do not have such a wide range of bestsellers normally seen at BBW, but maybe I don't really have the time to dig through. However one thing I like about the Popular Warehouse sale, there is some pretty good stationery and some toys. 


Was thrilled to find the lapdesk, which is around RM24 I think, because I was looking for something similar since I am now using my husband old Surface and the Surface needs a pretty sturdy flat surface for me to use it properly with a keyboard, bought some toys for the kids. The Hot Wheels cost RM10.99 for 2. 

Also bought a magnetic board , not pictured. 


My books, counted about 17 minus a recipe book on biskut raya . Heh. I already have Mansfield Park, but this hardback edition is pretty nice. Most of these books are unknown to me, so finger crossed I find a gem.




Aziz books , which is all he chose for himself. He chose The Eating Monster book for Saif. Satu je buku untuk Saif. LOL. 

Oh and those wanting to go, it is still on till this Sunday. Don't expect the BBW range of books and cara susunan, but you may find what you want and the kids book and stationery is a steal. 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Harry Potter and the Misunderstood Child


Yes the title is different, but this feels more apt lah



Everyone was clamoring for this book when it first came out. But then silence. No gushes on how good it was or "shit..  so Ron/Harry/Snape/Hermione do whatevs". 

Now the summary is, it is set just before Albus Snape Potter started his Hogwarts year. He befriended Draco's son. And basically dark forces are still in play even though the good side had win, thus Harry as the Head of the Magical Law Enforcement had his hands full. He also have quite a strained relationship with Albus . So the story is mostly centered on Albus. 

As for the review... let just say, this is not a book. This is a screenplay because JK Rowling I guess feels like the other people who can't go to London to see their play also deserved to know the story. Which is kinda true. So the book feels bare-boned and without a soul. 

It delighted me that Albus went to Hogwarts but it also makes me yearn for all those description about Hogwarts which makes the Harry Potter book and world so engrossing. Which is why I finished it around 2 or 3 weeks. It just feels meh. I meant it was interesting to know what the characters that we love so much end up doing but it doesn't feel like the Harry Potter books that I know. Even the Hermione, Ron and Harry voice does not feels like their voice. I guess the screenplay kinda like stripped it down a bit. 

I wish we gets a book with more description on it, but I guess we have to keep on wishing because JK Rowling mentioned this is the last Harry Potter books she will write. 

Those who loves the little descriptions in the Harry Potter books will probably get this, because we are a little bit obsessed. But at the same time, maybe a Wikipedia summary of the book will suffice too , yeah, that is a little mean, but it does feels like it. 

We will just have to content ourselves with rereading the Harry Potter series then to immerse in the Harry Potter world. 

p/s : I am super excited for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Feels like a Harry Potter for adult. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Saif and Aziz update of sort

First of all I wanna start with the Raya of 2016 updates. What the eff la Dils, raya is like ages ago. Buttt... well, nothing special pon, though I manage to wake up late masa raya which pissed off my husband, huhu, stress tul. But no worries afterwards lepas tu ok je. 

I aint feeling like uploading one Raya pic because there is no decent ones except of the kids and those are in FB so biar lah. But masa raya ke 3 tu, we went to Kluang to visit some relatives and came back with these cute bicycle. 


Aziz is not thrilled that he have to kayuh beca for his baby brother. Anyway, the bicycle is safe enough but I was upstairs when it happened , it seems like around 10 pm after we finish beraya and the kids are still hyped up , they were playing downstairs and heard suddenly Saif cried like I never heard before. You know the difference la kan, if your kid nangis jatuh sebab sakit, or nangis sebab something is like seriously wrong.

So it seems like somehow when trying to get down from the bicycle he fell and hit his head on the sharp edge of the wall. And at first there seems to be a lot of blood which scared me because he is still a baby. 

Off we went to the clinic and then to the hospital. Left Aziz at my mom which Aziz was sad about, but cheered up when we opened his favorite show. So berkampung la us 3 at the emergency up til 3 am. The wound was cleaned up and options was given. Alhamdulillah nothing is wrong and the cut walaupon a bit deep but small so he don't need any stitches. Just let it heal naturally and not shower his head for 5 days. Masam betul la kan. 

He was crying piteously for mommy here. Kesian baby boy.

Also I just now realized I didnt do a "Hey Aziz is 4" post. This is why I am not a top mommy blogger, 

Anyway he is now 4. And I realized he is plenty of smart, kind and basically a very lovely boy. A bit loopy sometimes and have a tendency to tune people out if he is concentrating on something. Like his fav tv show. 

I decided to just send birthday cake to his school and make party packs to his class and nursery. 


I ordered his birthday cake from my sister friend. I like her cakes and I know she can do drawings so she did this. Maybe it is not so grammatically correct but eh.. ok je. I tanye Aziz sedap ke tak die jawab off topic. So who knows. Haha. But he was excited to see this cake sebab die cakap nak kek Iron Man so Iron Man la die dapat. I dont opt for the edible image because Aziz hated those edible image. I think Jaja ( the baker) did a pretty good job too. 

And the party packs, amongst the chocolates and raisins and candies, I also put in those cheap Marvel superhero coloring books with cheap color pencils, and printed an iron man mask for the kids for them to play around. 


Printed and pasted it onto the box , kekonon ikut theme.
Also buat some queen cakes or some might know as fairy cake. Kinda like a cupcake, but more lighter version .

I had just learned that making icing is hella easy. 
Party packs ke nursery. Class lain . 
This is the class sebab class punye ade buku kaler. Huhu. 

Anyway, majlis die pon time masa jamuan hari raya so that I don't have to do things twice and more kids get to enjoy cake. He was pretty happy about it and I don't ask for pics because eh.. I dont mind. He is tickled that he came also also with a bag and said somebody gave him coloring books and colour pencils. Which he lost immediately. Sigh. I hope the other kids enjoy the coloring books though. 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Whats in a name

I am checking the name list of past and present employees in my company currently.

There are 16k of them. This is a sucky job.

Anywayy.. it does gives me a glimpse on how we Malaysians name their kids..

1. So many A. So many name start with As .

2. Not enough C.

3. Someone name their son Awie. Peminat rock kapak.

4. There is also a someone who name their kid Erra Fazira ( a somewhat different spelling so I am being a p&c here to not divulge the full name). Maybe Erra and Awie should meet.

5. There are way too many Danial and its variantions in Malaysia. And Fariz. And Farah.

6. Short names are the best.

Also when Aziz need to be in a hospital before, I was very very thankful that I have a very short name. It gets so very tiring filling up so many forms. 

Monday, July 18, 2016

This had been too long

Will jot down more. Because will seriously have more time later on.

Now off being busy. Yeuch. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

A somewhat malas update.

Selamat Berpuasa. 

I may need to start taking vitamin. After the rotavirus, I am now down with flu/demam, who knows. 

Traffic is horrendous. 

Buka puasa yesterday was a feat in itself as I reached home near 7pm dan bile azan baru I masak dengan terketar2 because I am sick. 

Hence today no cooking. Beli lah ape2 kat bazaar. 

But not puasa-ing anyway because my period came early during the 3rd day of puasa. At 6.30 pm. 

We went to buka puasa at Thaba Village and they said this year is their last Ramadhan buffet. T_T 

Last weekend I was at the computer table next to the printer. Saif sidled up next to me, open up the printer output tray , take out a sliced bread I remember giving them the the previous weekend and start eating it. And I saw in the printer tray there is another bread. OMG. I can't stop laughing. 

There are currently A LOT of kittens pooping at my yard. The next door kittens. I just tak larat to clean or marah actually.

Monday, June 06, 2016

Rotavirus nightmare

It had been silent for a while because I had been tired.

My husband was out of town for about a month and a few days before he is due back, bile I nk pick up my kids from my sister's house she mentioned that Aziz keeps on puking everything.

Later that night, it was just not him, it was him and his brother. So on Thursday , took an EL and brought them to the hosp. Saif is cheerful even though with the puking and pooping but Aziz is wiped out. Their usual doctors is on leave so brought them to another doctor because I am concerned looking at Aziz who was actually puking at the hospital reception.

Perbezaan tenaga adik dan abang boleh nampak dari segi gaya. 


Doctor believed this might be a rotavirus going around because it seems like there is an epidemic going around at the moment, and have to watch Aziz closely. By the next day he was not any worse but not any better also. So I SMS his doctor and he asked me to bring him to the hospital. Leave Saif at my sister house with an overnight bag because I think Aziz is gonna be warded.

Another day of EL with various people asking when I am going to come back and solved their issue. No sympathy no nothing when I told I am right now admitting my son to the hospital. They just want to know when I am gonna come back and solve their issue. Last straw for me then.

I didn't bring any other stuffs for entertainment except for his dad Iphone which he is bored of in an hour time. Bought this cheap Lego at the hospital mart. He was happy for a couple of hours. Then nangis suh bukak balik iv drip die.

Anyway. He was warded due to rotavirus for a couple of days. Around Saturday evening he was looking very ok and alert so the doctor seems ok to let him go. It was a bit leceh when my husband was not around for a couple of days as they are some missing things, but got my sister to bring it and on Saturday afternoon my husband manage to reach the hospital and give me some respite.

So gi to my sister house kejab to ambik Saif who refused to look at me for about the first 10 minutes because I left him at my sister. Hehe. Comel je merajuk. So played with him for a while and feed him and took him to the hospital for my shift with Aziz pulak. So his father can go back and rest and bawak Saif sekali balik.

So Sunday afternoon la baru dapat discharged. Aziz was well behaved during his stay mostly. A little bit picky, but he always try to listed and ikut what I asked him to do. Masa nak bagi ubat yang tak sedap, I promised him a box of Lego. So he telan 2 syrine of yucky Smecta. By the 3rd syringe, he does not care of any Legos big and small. 

I was dead tired that weekend and not too keen to get back to work knowing all the work piled up. But masuk jugak lah kejer as I am 1 man team basically. Then start on Wednesday tu I was not feeling too well, and Thursday memang all out la cherry berry ( nama comelnye) , got to the doctor on Friday and she agreed that the symptons is consistent with rotavirus so, basically the house is a mess, because of the rotavirus and I am still not 100%. Husband also seems to be down with it but not too bad.

Still trying to puasa though today but I bring a bottle of water just in case if I feel a little faint later on. After all, I timbang myself yesterday, I lost around 4 kg in a couple of days. Gile lah. Imagine the amount of water lost, so yes, I believe this is one of those exception cases where if I really tak larat, it is not advisable to stay puasa.

The house is still a mess, and hopefully, next weekend rolling in , I might make it more live worthy.

Monday, May 09, 2016

Money can't buy everything




So I was ironing some clothes last night while Aziz is watching Phineas and Ferb. Last night episode was where the gangs were travelling to outer space in their rockets. 

So after the episode finished Aziz sidled up to me and said 

"Mommy, Aziz nak roket. Aziz nak naik roket". 

I asked him, " Mana nak cari roket." 

" Mommy pergi lah kedai roket." Ah. To his almost 4 year old brain, everything came ready made in a shop. 

" Tadek orang jual roket, Aziz kalau nak naik rocket kena belajar pandai2, pandai baca, pandai tulis.." 

Well.. couldn't really finish off extremely important life lesson to my first born because he had wandered off to watch tv because if you can't buy it, he is not interested anymore. 


Sunday, May 01, 2016

Kami ke Langkawi sat

I was really hankering for a holiday, so we decided on a short one at Langkawi. I have to say it is much too short. Maybe I should have make it longer, but my leave is not that much so macam malas nak amik.

This time we flew to Langkawi by Malindo Air. We got a good deal at around RM500 for all. We decided for just a short 3 days 2 nights. Not enough!

Sobs.

Anyway.

We stay at Frangipani, because I love the Pantai Cenang and Tengah area. It would not bore me to death say if I were to stuck in a big resort and walkable.

We were fortunate that when we arrived, husband requested for Viva and we got an Alza, nasib baik sebab bag besar kut. Campor stroller lagi. Kalau tak terpaksa la kami meriba stroller.

Then we arrived at the hotel and got upgraded from a deluxe room to a garden villa. Soo happy! Because that means the kids can be loud and we don't have to worry so much on the noise. Heh.


We didn't do much. The first day I directly went shopping because I want to get over the shopping first. Kalau tak rase nak shopping je. So on the day we arrived ,  lepak jab kat hotel, then ke Kuah.

Memula macam nak beli Vision, then i pikir and pikir and pikir, I don't see what I want to use it for. I just like the idea that I can use it directly on the stove. So I tuka, kehendak Vision  ke Pyrex because I want an oven proof glassware for my baking needs. Pyrex is a bit too expensive and I found Arcuisine is really cheap and most of the one I seen for this brand is oven safe. I got the sets one where I have 3 rectangular ware with covered lids and one normal ware, at less than RM150. Am happy!

Yang lain2 tu biasa la, coklat and biscuits. Am regretting that I do not buy more of Jules Destrooper biscuits because it seems like.. macam tak banyak biscuits for moi! Sedih. I love that brand biscuits. Simply the best I ever tasted.

Then on the next day we brought the kids for the cable car ride and I am weak hearted and keep on thinking if we were to plunge to our deaths, people would need to pick us in pieces but at least we will die as family. Gile morbid. Haha. The only one yang tak muka pucat naik kabel car adalah Aziz je. Saif memula nak throw tantrum terus senyap peluk bapak die sepanjang in the cable car.
Aziz absolutely loves it up there. 

Budak cuak dalam kabel car. But at least he just stay quiet.



But the geopark at Langkawi was fun. It is gonna be my last time though. Dengan Saif trying to run around at the top of the viewing place , Aziz trying to climb all over the place. My heart just can't take it. I am assured of my own mortality, but when it comes to the kids , it is just so stressful.

After the cable car ride, we want to get on the Duck tour but alas, boat tu rosak lak. So we headed for the Skyrex, where it is a new ride, yang type 6D tu. It is ala if we are stranded in Jurassic World. Super fun! Yang tu Aziz tak suke plak. Heh. Ade one of this animatronic dino kat luar tu. Memula terkujat i , tetiba die gerak. Then bebudak ni campo this one middle eastern looking girl also refused to budge from there. Bile suruh bergambar taknak dekat pulak. 


As for other activities, just mandi manda di laut and swimming pool je. I rase macam I and the kids tak puas lagi main air and pasir at the beach. I also wished I had the time to take up mangrove kayak! Tah ade ke tak stamina. A girl can dream.

He was a bit unsure about all these sands at first.

Then they are having fun
Memula both are not happy being in the sea bile we try to persuade them to basahkan kaki amongst the waves, bile petang turun ke laut, they are ok with the idea, but still not a big fan of waves. Mungkin sebab bile petang ramai orang and the sea seems a bit calmer. Baru la tak ketakutan mandi laut. 

After mandi laut tu, we will let them in the kiddie pool for a while. 

I can't stand it . LOL




Kekonon nak belajar swimming.



Also went for a walk along the Chenang and Pantai Tengah area bile malam tu. And sekarang lagi modernized la situ. A bit too commercialized but a lot of people would like it. Tak boring la jalan situ.


As for tempat makan, I rase ade banyak gile people saying the same thing like Laksa Kaw Ikan Sekoq. As we didn't find anything quite noteworthy to add more, ( and most of it I uploaded in IG pon). Our dinner is a pretty ok seafood dinner. Just went to some random place. Not too bad and I have to say better than say dropping by on some random restaurant in KL. We were planning to go to Wan Thai, however bile sampai fully booked ok. We sampai awal, and there were a lot of empty tables, but all of them are reserved. Heh. So we singgah je mana2 kedai makan.

One of our dinner. Kami tak berapa nak buruk lantak sebab yang makannye 2 orang, perut 2 budak kecik takleh nak amik kira sangat. 

It was a good vacation. Everything went smoothly and no on is making a fuss. Kesian to my husband je la sebab tak boleh nak dine at a nicer place masa birthday die on that first nightat Langkawi, but I ordered a cake from the hotel and the cake is really nice so he ok je I think. Heh.



Anyway rase rugi pulak tak lagi lama. Macam still tak puas holiday la rasenye. Hehehe. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Kids

Felt like updating about the kids.



The pic above is taken when I took him for a gym class about a few weeks back. He was crying for a while then warm up when he realized he is having fun. Been meaning to blog about it, but nantilah. 

He is like 95% diaper free. He don't wear diapers in the day, and for about a week or two in the night too. But if the room is a bit cold, he would pee again. So the diaper is on again. 2 steps forward 1 step back. Thats ok. I think he will get there. He can go to the bathroom himself and wash himself too. I had seen how he wash himself and he washes his hands too. Only have to keep reminding him about flushing the toilet. LOL. Such a good boy. 

He is also a good helper. I can mostly count on him to fetch things and he is always wanting to help. And give suggestions freely too. I was thinking of baking cookies and asking him to sort maybe as a first step. I think he will like it. The hindrance of course is baby brother also mahu join kan.. tu disaster sikit la pulak. 

Oh he can also dress himself though he do have problems with buttons and zips. I think a lot of kids his age already can dress themselves but he also seems to enjoy it. 

Obsess on the color orange. He always lament why he doesn't have orange clothes. He used to have a lot tapi dah outgrew la kan, so that baju tu dah diturunkan to his brother. So setiap kali I pakaikan adik die baju oren, die akan bising2 .. "manaaa baju oren Azizz.. Aziz nak baju orennn". So have to start buying orange or yellowish baju again for him. Huhu. 



Bought this pink fat unicorn for him but it seems like it is too big for his tembam legs. Abang die yang pandai main. Rupanye you bounce it around. 

Crankypants ni. Always seems to be crying and being tantrumy around 7pm to 8pm. So I think even after nursery dah bagi makan , it is either not enough or he was distracted to eat much, so nowadays we had started to give him like a heavy supper to eat before his bedtime. Rice ke, or sandwich. Less crying and tantrum during bedtime then. So ok la. 

Like to play hide and seeks with our stuffs. We are constantly missing our stuffs because he likes to take things from the table and then put in various drawers or places or tong sampah. . I had found his keropok lekor in a drawer once.  Always have to look in tong sampah if he threw anything out. 

Can't really speak any discernible language, but he does like to speak his gibberish. Sometimes he does pronounce a clear word or somewhat a word macam "Nah!" or "Nak" I think that are his first words. With me he called "mamamamama". Last week while caressing Brownie yang tengah lounging on the sofa, he suddenly called him "Bobby." Hahaha. So he can call one of the cats name first before calling Mommy or Ayah. 

Brought him to a playground once ( Jumpa Zahid AF dengan wife and anak. Anak die very adorable). Abang die kalau dah jumpa kawan terus totally forgot die ade adik. So have to watch adik die who loves the slide ( who dont!) , Suke gile naik and turun slide. And I don't really hold him because he is now a pro. Another mother pon exclaim tanye " die gi nursery ke.. beraninye" LOL. It is true, but is a child only brave because he is in nursery? Macam kena hantar army training je kat nursery kan. Though then I think Saif got a little bored with sitting down and sliding down, and try to slide standing up. Gah. So have to constantly be on alert. 



One of the nicest part of the day ( or night) is watching these little beasts asleep. I never feel very mother like and I always wondered anew how could I have these 2 boys. 

Friday, April 08, 2016

Home bake (Picture not pinterest worthy!)

It is Friday, and compared to last week Friday, today is a much more mellower Friday. Thus. I like! 
Last Friday was insane. There was an issue of sorts, and then my boss started berating me in front of everybody basically saying I am not doing my jobs in updating stuffs ( which I did, he have selective memory is our running jokes in this office) . 

I was in the midst of updating ( and I am not really feeling to tell the whole story here about the issues, biasa la issues at work kan, lagi2 if dealing with payroll) and he basically stopped me halfway in doing my job, just to vent. All the while he is 'bla bla bla ing' I was thinking... this is not productive at all. So I just stopped him and go somewhere else to get updates. Honestly. Most of the time when he is berating, he just wants to vent. But last week, I just can't. Don't vent in the middle of the office boleh? 

Ok. So that is my vent. 

Anyway, I had been firing my up my oven recently. Maybe because stress just makes me wanna eat more. 

It was my mom birthday and I make lemon cake with frosting. This is an achievement of some sort because this is the second time I tried to make frosting, and it turned out, not bad. First time was a raging failure. Well, the second time it was kinda fail, but then I am the sort who hated to waste thing. Macam kalau tak jadi takkan nak buang all these butter and sugary concoctions kut! Butter and sugar mahal taw! 

So I read that if your frosting don't really fluffed up even if followed instructions to a T , it can be because the temp is really hot. So putting it in a fridge can help, so yeps, I put my frosting in a fridge and after about an hour or so, it begin to fluff up again. LOL . Dapur panas sangat kut. 


My frosting skills is still a lot lacking. Hahahaha. I don't really have cake stand or proper plate for cake so it is kinda hard to frost. Leceh betul. Nak tunjuk gamba atas pon mcm segan. Tapi ini adalah bukti! Saya masak kek. 

Probably will buy a cake stand next. Considering, selalu jugak la bake. And I think dengan bulan puasa tak lama lagi ni, I will again bake the usual date cake again because I want to use up the extra dates that we usually got. 

So last weekend to get away from the stress of that issue, I bake some brownies sebab I promised bebudak yang tolong solvekan issue tu 'belanja minum'. But we rarely go out anywhere and there is not any Starbucks or chatime nearby. Bake aje lah brownies senang and give to them. 



I used a previous recipe for brownies that I had also updated the link here in this blog. Brownies kali ni manis sikit, sebab instead of the usual cooking chocolate, I used some chocolate biasa that I have LOADS of in the fridge. My husband beli chocolate banyak gile last time he went to Turkmenistan. So it is a bit manis. Cut down the sugar in the recipe to just a quarter since there are also chocolate chips in them. 

This brownie recipe should have frosting, tapi aku tak kuasa. It feels too much like a cake plak kalau brownies ade frosting, to me. 

The people at the office likes it, so ok la. Mission accomplished. 

Next plan to bake is either, soft cookies for the kids or cupcakes. Probably cookies kut. Maybe next weekend lah. 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Sookie Stackhouse Series

I first watched True Blood but then it becomes a tad unwatchable after Season 3 I think. Sookies just seems a lot whiny to me. Someone tells me to try to read the books because Sookie Stackhouse is a much more acceptable heroine in the books. That is usually the case pon kan. 
Kurang 3 books, this is a 13 series books. Took me a year to finish all. 


So the novels series by Charlaine Harris ; The Southern Vampire Mysteries basically chronicled Sookie's life. I would say the timeline from she first meet Bill to the last book event is maybe give or take 5 years? Around book 6 or 7, I was thinking, damn Sookie have a lot of near death events. I think towards the end, even Charlaine Harris thinks it had become a tad bit ludicrous. 

I don't feel like posting a synopsis, because almost everybody knows of True Blood. I only watched the last episode of True Blood just to see how it ends, and I like how the series end. For the book, I am quite satisfied with it too. I can see also that is the only logical way to go.  

Anyway in the book I think 

- Sookie is less whinier. She don't like to talk much, if she feels fed up with it, she will just do it herself. I like it. In the series, she seems almost whiny. 

- I get her relationship with memory loss Eric in the book. In the series, it feels icky, kinda like Big icky. ( You know the movie Big, where a kid grows up overnight to be Tom Hanks, then there is one scene where he had sex. BIG ICK. )

- The earlier books were smuttier, towards the end, it becomes less smutty. I think because she had also experienced a lot, so towards the end it is all been there done that. 

- I wish we had given a look into Faerieland. 

- Love how she wrote the vampires have a cool monarchy system going on for hundred of years, which the humans are oblivious. 

- Love also that most of the relationship Sookie have with her friends and the town and in the end, they all got her back. 


I love the books, though it does gets a bit redundant at the end. Sookie is in some sort of danger, manage to be saved by someone's help. Though it is unfair to say she always relied on someone help. Sometimes she managed to save herself. Sometime she saved others. But you can get a Sookie fatigue towards the end. Which is why, I always read some other books in between reading the book series. I may end up hating Sookie if I don't do that. 

But I enjoyed the book, it is well written. While it may not be complex or insightful but you do have a lot of fun reading it. Way better than some chick lits. Got a healthy dose of girl power, romance and relationship ongoing. The mythology of all the creatures had been setup nicely and not too boneheaded or out of this world. The faery is the most mysterious of them all, but I like it. 

And to close of the series, she also wrote After Dead. In After Dead, it listed if not all, but most of the beloved characters that we come to know and love in Sookie Stackhouse series, on their updates in life many years afterwards. I love that she decided to write this. Feels like a tribute to the fans that continue to read on. She knows the fans love it and this book is specially for the fans and it also brought a firm close lid on who Sookie ends up with. It is kinda bittersweet, but it does feel right. 

I am looking forward to read her other books. I had started already buying the other series. Usually I will kumpul it at the Big Bad Wolf Sale, because they always have Charlaine Harris series there. 

Hmmm.. I haven't finish a book for the longest time. Been busy. I was trying to finish the House of the Seven Gables, but it is so not a page turner. Been trying to take up some other books in between, but not able to finish all. 

Monday, March 14, 2016

My handy dandy helper

I mentioned last birthday, I requested for the most unromantic request. A robotic vacuum cleaner. 
Frankly I am tired of vacuuming everyday and feeling bits and pieces at my feet whenever I walked in the house. 

With 2 toddlers and 4 cats, the house can accumulate quite a pile of dirt and dust. So masa Maybank treats fair tahun lepas , I remembered I was absolutely transfixed at the Neato showroom. Tapi time tu macam malas nak beli sebab I don't know anything about the product yet and to throw down a lot of money on a whim is a little scary. 

So my birthday came, and I insisted to have a vacuum. Robotic vacuum cleaner would be more beneficial to my well being than a diamond. And make cleaning the house chores a bit faster . Anything that lessen house chores is a plus. 

So while my husband is ready to look into Ecovacs , I remembered that Neato booth and I remembered how I like that it is the 'smart' type of robot vacuum. My requirements goes like 

1. It can somewhat scan the room and run through the room. 

2. Can go up a few inches to vacuum carpet because everybody have carpets. 

3. Can vacuum corner reasonably because usually that is where the dust lies 

Why I choose the Neato? 

1. It fulfilled the above. 

2. Reasonably price. 

3. Great reviews. I always scoured reviews in the internet, and for a lot of the other brand it is kinda 50-50. But for Neato, it is almost overwhelmingly good. 

4. A clear place where to send if need for repairs. Need to make sure all the spareparts can easily be obtained kan. 

Went into Lazada to see what sort of Neato they have, because I have no idea where to buy it on a physical shop, found a few models on sale and show this particular model to my husband because it was going for under 2k at Lazada.  It is the Neato XV 11 . It is an old model, 4 years back I guess. But since it was cheap, and the reviews are good, eh why not lah.  

Neato XV-11 . Pic is from Wiki. 


The real thing. People call it ugly. I like its outdated Star Wars quality. 


So the vacuum is now in service at my home for months. 

( I have no patience to write down clear cohesive paragraph, so point form again ) . 

How do I find it? 

The good? 
1. It picked up the dirt and dust nicely. Like I said, I have 4 cats. The amount of hairball is unbelievable sometimes. I have seen cat fur rolling around the house like tumbleweeds. No more! There is some stray cat fur balls sometimes but prett ok lah. 

2. Open corner ( the one not blocked with tiny chairs or whatever, is always clean. 

3. OK battery lah. If it doesn't get stuck, it can vacuum the lower house and got back to its charging station in reasonable time. But my home not that big either. 

4. Easy display. It will show a message if the filter and dust bin is full.

It also have good manners. 


5. Scheduling . Can schedule for it to run to whatever time it pleases you. 

6. Easy to empty the dust bin.



The dust bin is a bit small, so we usually need to clean it after 3 to 4 days. But the amount of dust it picked up is amazing lah


The bad ? 
1. It can get stuck. It is not that predictable. Like usually it can goes around a chair reasonably well, but once it get stuck , it really get stuck, I will place it somewhere else, then it goes right back under the chair and start to get stuck again. I proceed to do the same again with same result! LOL. But it happened only sometimes la. Have to rearrange the furniture a bit. 

2. It sometimes persist in cleaning the same area a few times longer than other area. I have no idea why? Is it because it is way dirtier??? 

3. A bit noisy. Aziz will complain if the vacuum is running when he is watching TV. But not as loud as my old Dyson. 

4. Should have a child lock ( or i couldnt find it). During the first 2 or 3 months, Saif and Aziz were forever turning on the vacuum. Once on, Saif will cried and run to me because he thinks the vacuum is chasing him. LOL. 

Try nak bukak dust bin tu pulak. Nasib baik yang tu susah sikit nak bukak. 


Overall. Pretty good . I am quite satisfied on how it run, the house is less dusty. Cut down my vacuuming hours a lot. Have to run the old vacuum too sometimes to pick up places where the Neato might left out and the carpet. But the Neato picks up dirt and hair from carpet reasonably well too. Better than some Electrolux vacuum I had used I say. ( Dyson is best still. ) . So yes. I am satisfied with Neato. It can get stucks, but it doesn't happened often ( as long as you pick stuffs up) but overall it is better than I expected. A totally worth it birthday present. My friends say I am very practical. LOL. Maybe this year I will opt for an unpractical gift. 

Unfortunately I do not have any funny pictures or videos involving the cats! Damn it! LOL. The cats are quite wary of this moving weird thing, but they just steer clear of it. None try to chase it. Bobby did tried to pee on it. Jeez Bobby. 

One very good thing about having Neato in the house is that it forces me to pick up the kids toy and put it away every night no matter how tired I am because I don't want the Neato to get stuck. So it also forced me to tidy my house a bit. 


Edited: Change the video because I just realized it were unplayable before. So yeps... below are the Neato in action. 






Thursday, February 25, 2016

Peer pressure

This morning while I am rushing here and there everywhere to get the kids into the car.

"Mommy .. Tawan2 Aziz ( *kawan in Aziz pelatness) sume ade barang tawasss, Aziz je sorang tadek" 

Aziz said this with a really mournful voice. Like it is the most unfair thing ever. 

" Haa. Tawas ?? Aziz nak ape? Aziz tadek cawan kee" 

"Bukaannn.. Aziz nak tawaass. Semua ade. Muaz ade.. Syafiq ade..." Selalu sangat nama2 tu kena petik. 

" Tawass? Mommy tak tahu lah tawas tu ape. Cuba Aziz bagitaw Mommy tawas tu macam rupa die". 

" Tawass laa Mommy. Tawas! " Super exasperated by now. 

"Ooohhh Star Wars. Haa nanti la mommy tengokkan" 

Must be the correct one, because he looks satisfied and start to put on his shoes.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Confined

So last Wednesday when I was saying how busy I was. Balik rumah ni lepas mandikan Aziz I noticed that badan die penum bintik2 merah. Chicken pox! 

Chicken pox Aziz amidst the messy home.

Aku punye la cuak kan sebab my husband is not around. So for about an hour I was just fretting. And also looking everywhere at Saif punye badan. 

It is not a good time to be out of the office. It is EA form time for Malaysia and SG and have to settle some issues quickly to meet deadline . And I was taking days off work from Thursday, but working most of the time at home. I am NOT HAPPY about it I tell you. I am on the laptop even during weekend. Aziz was lamenting why am I working all the time. I didnt even have time to play games with him. Poor Aziz. 

Anyway, it seems like Aziz have the mild one , it kinda flares up quickly and begin to dry around Saturday. My sister pon tengok and said dah no longer contagious ni on Sunday. But I still think it is better if he is at home for a couple of more days so I only send him back to school today. Lagipon semalam is swimming day. Taknak amik the risk la dulu. LOL. Nanti ade mak bapak mana2 menyumpah aku. 

Saif sampai sekarang still chickpox free. Though it is way too early to tell. He is having fever off and on again and tetiap malam I check his badan for pox mark. 


Kasik dua orang round round keliling porch dgn basikal on weekend.

On Sunday tu I mintak my sister help to babysit them because need to run errands which include bringing Brownie to the vet.

Brownie montok. 
One of the IG people once refer to Brownie as Bro-nie and somehow I felt like this is kinda suitable to him. So I called him that too. 

Anyway I noticed from last week he took forever to pee. And yang keluar is just few drops je. Had a couple of experience of this, and if its not treated can lead to death. So rase macam kenot delay gak. Naseb baik gak la ade my sis nak jaga bebudak, Pening plak pikir how to go to the vet bawak sorang berdukung, sorang berpimpim. No extra hand to carry pet carrier. 

Brownie lepas kena examined the vet  cakap dia ni ok je. Bladder takde rupa bloated or ape. And he seems to be good natured and active. 

So got some antibiotics and many other different pills. Naseb baik setakat ni die tak reti untuk scratched me to resist. I wonder why tadek easier medication to give to cats. Do you know the scratched we suffered!  Dan sembunyi ubat dalam wet food doesnt work, especially ubat cam antibiotic yg pahit, they know. 

Hoping semua get better. Quickly. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Short Note - Busy

Busy busy busy.

Busy at work. It had been crazy, I feel like I am shouldering 5 people workloads.

Busy at home because my husband is not around for a month so that means absolutely no free time at all. The kids are slightly sick, and I am not feeling too well. Even the cats are not well. Well maybe 1 cat. Have to take Brownie to the vet this weekend.

At least I got lunch hour to watch my series. LOL. My lunch hour is spent to watch my tv series. No one can disturb that!

I am hoping by the end of the month this craziness will end.

That is what I thought last month.


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Netflix and Chill

More like binge watching to the point of you feel like you have no identity of your own? 

Don't you ever feels like it? Say if I had binge watched Buffy for instance, I always feel like carving up a stake and go out to the night to patrol and make ready some sassy line for comebacks. 

So when Netflix came to Malaysia everyone is so excited. Well, everyone who loves TVs as much as I do. We subscribed and I kinda love it. 

I started with Master of None . It was ok. Funny. Not a really binge kind of series. More like, if you are feeling a little down then Master of None is a good pick me up without feeling like you had been dumbed down. Aziz Ansari brings a good point across into a package of watchable comedy. Not a bad hour spent. 



Then because I like Krysten Ritter and heard only good stuffs on Jessica Jones, so I started to watch Jessica Jones.



Again, so so good. The thing with Netflix shows are, they are good for binge watching. And Jessica Jones is so addictive. I like the angle of a dark twisty antihero superhero woman. Someone who is damaged and conflicted. I only ever seen Ritter in a comedy, so here where she balance drama, action and comedy ( Jessica Jones is sassy) she is wonderful. 

What is it about? Jessica Jones is a detective with superpowers trying to help a girl from the clutch of an evil man.  A man from Jessica past. That is the short version of the series lah. It does feel a bit graphic novel-ish, as the series is from a Marvel comic, but that is good. The world Jessica lives on is the same world that Iron Man, Captain America, Thor lives on. Post NY alien invasion attack . 

The high point of the series is the villain. Not gonna post the spoilers, but the way the mind games played out is spectacularly addictive to watch ( not as spectacular as Mr Robot, Mr Robot is a more like. WTF? spectacular). I actually went in to watch the series not knowing that Jessica Jones have superpowers. Only after it had been pointed it out then I am like.. oh ok, now I get it. Haha. 

But seriously Jessica Jones is a great show. The supporting players can be improved, but when it was just the Jessica and Kilgrave ( the main villain), it is when the show is at its height.

After finishing Jessica Jones, I am like.. eh what next. Orange is the New Black then! I was never interested to watch it, but Netflix keeps on trying to recommend it to me. So easy to click than to browse I say.



AND I AM HOOKED. So helplessly hooked. Not helping that there are 3 seasons of OITNB ( panjang sangat nak type). 

It is about Piper an upper class girl who got sent to prison because of her past crime, she helped her girlfriend (who is a drug smuggler) carry some drug money to another country. So basically the story deals with how she copes with prison life. 

And it is seriously good. And I love the diverse cast, where it is acknowledged that the people in the system flock together according to races and from there we see the life and past life of each inmate in the show. 

A show about prison can be campy or dark, but here injected with comedy, it straddled the line of drama and comedy perfectly. It feels believable and the emotions pouring out of each performance makes me feel for each and everyone of the inmate. Yes, even the one that deserved to be there. 

And this show is even more addictive than Jessica Jones. It is that good. I love how the main players are women in this show, how very little romance is in the plot. Yes, there is love ( and many are the lesbian love type). But it feels real. It feels more like a telling of relationships than romance. So I love that. And the biggest baddest flirt, is a woman. Like all the man in this show, can't hold a candle when Alex Vause smiles at you. 

I am hoping to finish this OITNB madness, and maybe take a step back from Netflix a bit so I can get back to my usual, average life and tv shows. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Wolly gone missing.. for a while

I wonder if each of the cat is gonna gone missing at one point. I had Bobby and Kurap missing once. 

Last weekend went back to JB to attend a wedding. It was nice, the whole family ( my adik beradik) were there which is kinda rare because not everyone lives nearby. 

Usually we send the cats to the usual pet store, but not too long ago we got a flyer advertising a home boarding for cats nearby our home. So we decided to test that out.  

Sent the cats on Friday and off we went off to JB. Saturday morning to, on our way to the hotel, we received a call from the pet sitter saying that Wolly had gone missing! She is very apologetic and sounds a bit afraid , which understandable. She explained that somehow Wolly manage to get out of the cage, by squeezing herself out from the door that is not shut tightly. 

Wolly and Bobby shared the same cage. Only Wolly got out. I think Bobby is like... dude.. your funeral. So she got out and the sitter tried to find her to no avail. 

I was calm, because while she should have checked that the cage is shut tightly, I kinda understand too. And I was convinced that we are gonna find Wolly again. 

On Sunday we went back to KL and petang tu amik the other 3 cats. So the sitter and I tried to search again around her area calling out Wolly name . No Wolly. I was hoping when I got home, I would find Wolly there. 

Only found my neighbor cats having fun with their kittens there it seems. 

So many kittens
So no Wolly and we went around the neighborhood calling Wolly's name and tadek. Susah hati ok. And as for the sitter, I can see that she had put up a lot of effort to search for Wolly judging from the neighbors around feedback saying that they still havent seen my cat and she was really torn up about it. Honestly, I can't be angry. Also my Wolly is being an asshole. 

However it was Sunday night and I don't know what else I can do to find Wolly. And since I usually have to go to work early and came back quite late, susah hati gak la kan how I am gonna find the time canvassing the neighbourhood. Bobby dulu jumpa time weekend, Kurap time maghrib on a weekday. 


. So I edit the Missing Cat poster, which previously I had done for Kurap, 

Missing Cat poster that I just put on my Google Drive. I forgot sometimes how pretty Kurap was. Miss her so much. 


Ni pon pretty gak. I was almost afraid someone gonna kept her to their home forever. 

Thank you for those who shared the night and thank God that I do not need to put up the posters around, maybe God makbulkan doa but Wolly herself late at night that same Sunday, gone back to the sitter house and start mewing like crazy. Probably hungry. The next morning too, my husband picked her up. 2 hari tak keluar rumah terus kucing bertuah tu. 

She was fine. Not hurt, no bruises or cuts or claws mark, and not dirty. I suspect she was holed up in someone home because she is pretty lovable. Mengade sangat. 

Let's hope I do not need to reuse the poster again, at least for a long time. 

As for the sitter home, serik ke nak hantar lagi? I don't know. I think I might give her another chance sebab she was pretty honest and really did not give up looking for my cat. She also refused payment, and I kinda feel bad for her actually. Maybe die sendiri troma and lepas tu taknak dah accept my cats for boarding dah. LOL. 


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

A little update

Last night as I see Saif tottering here and there and suddenly feels like eh, I just  have to update about them, 


Aziz is now instead of playschool had started on preschool.
Still obsessed with Ultraman, a little bit less obsessed on Upin Ipin but this kinda things is seasonal. Tomorrow he may like Upin and Ipin again. 

Makan sikit je. Yesterday we bought pizza and it took him an hour to finish 1 slice. Really!

Likes to make up stories. If we asked him something, he will have some tall tales to tell us. 

Really like playing with ants. Rumah ni is pestered with ants sometimes, and if he found one, he will be like, "comel kan mummy" and put the ant on his finger and gazed at it. 

He is mostly toilet trained. Except for night. Bile tido masih lagi berpampers because when he sleeps especially for a nap mesti terbocor. But ok lah. Memula kan Aziz resist the idea of going diaperless, kenkadang nangis2 nak pakai diapers, so we introduced him to a thing called 'underwear'. Haha. His father bought him those superhero cartoons underwear so he is more excited to wear it. 

Really have to make an effort to teach him something. I macam reluctant to force ABCs and 123s to him. Tapi macam dah nak kena dah. Haha. 



Tottering here and there and everywhere. 

No longer is entranced by YouTube. Like to spend time wreaking havoc around the house, climbing the stairs, and playing with random things, especially pouring lotion and oil out of the bottle on the vanity table. 

We changed his nursery to the one nearer the house because my husband soon will be not available to pick them up and the last nursery have to pick up before 6pm which is hard. So the current nursery we have to pick up before 7pm so more doable. So Saif goes here all day and Aziz after his preschool will have a transit transport driving him to the same nursery. 

Saif is adjusting fine to the new nursery. Actually both Aziz and Saif seems to love it. 

The ummi at the nursery also said that both of them eats a lot there. Especially Saif. Saif constantly cries for food. LOL. 

Last 2 night I woke up at 4 am to find Saif playing at the vanity table trying to get his chubby little hands on to some stuffs. He is definitely more berani than his abang. Abang die kalau bangun tengah malam akan sekadar sidled up to me or bapak die. 

If he wants something he will throw a huge tantrum. Like we were in Midvalley last weekend, and were eating mee tarik. Malas nak beli extra so ingatkan nak suapkan the mee je to both kids. Aziz loves mee so no issue for him. Bile tiba Saif.. meraung2, sampai la bapaknye beli nasi ayam. Haha.

Close to his father and wants to cling to him and sometimes refused to be consoled by me. Huhu.



Monday, January 04, 2016

Kuantan Darul Bauksit

LOL.

Sorry orang Kuantan but this is what people are talking about and I had just got back from a really nice 1 day trip. There were a lot of tanah merah everywhere though, though pantai beserah don't look red.

But getting ahead of myself.

Since our office is closed at 31st Dec, so we bertolak dalam kul 10 lebih. Brekfast or late brunch at KL . Beli bekal sikit and all sets!



We reached Kuantan around 2pm and ingatkan nak makan at Hoi Yin then I google and perasan Hoi Yin open only for breakfast and lunch. 2.30 pm dah tutup. So we went straight to the hotel je la as sume dah full makan bebukan at hotel. Checked in and baring kejab .

We stayed here



We stayed at Mandurah Hotel at Beserah. It is pretty ok. Clean, manned by mostly local employees and nice and modern. The beach is clean and the staffs are friendly and helpful. The only downside is that bilik air pintu tak boleh tutup. Bukan rosak, but macam pintu toilet gitu, no lock . And it don't close completely so you can see what people are doing. Haha. Saif berapa banyak kali mengendap. Only ok for couple I would think. Haha.

Because it is nearly 5pm and Saif dah start restless lapar, we decided to go to one of the roadside stalls that I noticed that sells mee calong.

Doesn't look much but very tasty. Saif likes it. 

Keropok lekor pon sedap.
Also bought akok die which is sedap gak.


Then petang tu hujan kejab but we still manage  to bring the kids to play on the beach, mostly main pasir je.



Aziz and his father 
We bring the kite because memula Aziz tak excited nak pegi beach. Die kate tanak pegi kat fish. So we warmed him up with kite flying . He loves kite flying. Dan bawak layang2 ni on that day, basically lepas je terus terbang si Doraemon layang2 tu.

The hotel have a new year celebration but we malas and prefers to eat outside. It was raining that night and memula we try to go to New Horizon, penuh, then we try to see Ana Ikan Bakar Petai, but ade la tempat duduk, tapi nampak ramai orang and macam sesak. Bawak Aziz and Saif ni kenkadang rase macam senang lagi tempat yang luas kan, so we opt for Super Top which from what I read is quite ok too. So we went there sebab tempat die nampak luas and selesa.

It was a good choice. After we order tak sampai 10 mins everything dah sampai.

Sotong goreng tepung yang sedap tapi sebab banyak sangat jadi muak. 

Yang lain2

We ordered sayur kailan ikan masin, sup campor, siakap 2 rasa, udang masak cili and husband favorite telor dadar. If we were to go again, I wouldn't mind reordering all of the above except for the sup campor. It was a bit masam to my taste.

Left the kedai full , full sangat sampai later that night Aziz puked all over the bathroom hotel. Naseb baik la dalam bilik air.

Melayan Aziz makan. 
Besok tu we had breakfast at the hotel. Possibly the worst breakfast hotel I ever had. Huhu. Everything is bad, so in the end, I just had bread.



Muka budak2 masam breakfast. Aziz is contented with only sausages and Saif is ok with fruits.


Pagi tu sambung balik main pasir . They had fun for about an hour and it started raining, so we went back to the room and packed.


Makan kejab at Hoi Yin becuse mee kari die nampak delish je. And it was pretty nice. Isi banyak dan sedap.


Afterwards pergi ke Berjaya Megamall and then to rumah Iz to see her kid and furbabies.

Singgah beli the famous mango cakes afterwards at Kula Cakes . So many people in beratur and yeps, deserving of the hype. Sedap sangat. So many taste in the cheesecake. Not just cheese. Rase nak beli satu kek terus lain kali. Do not have pics here though.

Then barulah balik KL after buruk lantak at Kuantan.

Hope that the bauxite issue will stop soon as it will be really bad if people stop going there because the people who are bauxite mining can't keep their shits together to not let it affect the environment. Seriously, how hard it is to keep it not leaking to sources of water and not let it spill all over the place. ??

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