January 2, 2015

getting ready for school

my not-so-little Dayana will be going to primary school this year. she had her orientation last Monday, seems like i don't need to worry about her wailing for her Mommy when school starts on the 12th.

although i may need to teach her how to go to the loo without getting all her clothes wet - she's afraid she'll fall into the squatting toilet bowl if she's not careful T___T. it would be nice if the school would provide students with a small map of the school layout. i wasn't sure which toilet belonged to which gender when i was there, hahah.

her bestie is placed in a different school from hers, so i guess she's gonna hafta find a new bestie in her new school later on. her kindy classmate Adam ended up in the same school as her though, so that's one familiar face there. she'll find out which class she'll be put into once the school semester starts.

you should've seen all the forms we parents have to fill up. borang itu, borang ini, haiz. it's been awhile since i've utilized my writing skills, literally speaking.

times like these you wish you'd have given your child a shorter name instead of a lengthy susah-nak-sebut-let-alone-spell name, huh? LOL.

being a first-time mom sending a child to primary school, i'm a certified noob. it's not like there's a 101 book on how to send your kid to Standard One for the first time. they don't simply hand out a checklist to inform you on what you need to prepare for your children's schooling (i don't know about how other schools do it, but i had to ask for the book checklist from the book store on orientation day). come to think of it, i had to stop and wonder if the school had mentioned anything about afternoon sessions, lol.

anyway, there's so many things to settle, such as:

- transit, especially for working mommas. like how does she know which one is her transit? what if she gets on the wrong bus? what if the driver can't recognize her and leaves her behind?

- what school uniform to wear, whether you're gonna hafta buy their PJ uniform outside or if they have special school emblazoned ones (the school PJ t-shirt was unfortunately out of stock T_T), how many pairs do you actually need, where you're gonna alter the clothing if your kid can't even fit into the smallest available size, who's gonna sew on their school badges and name tags if you're a sewing-illiterate like me, etc;

- which stationery would be considered USEFUL for your child in school? i've been hanging out at the back-to-school aisles at shopping malls figuring out what the heck should i buy: do they even need pens? are mechanical pencils allowed? wouldn't sharpening their blunt pencils be a total waste of time? did you know there were so many brands for you to choose from???? *rambang mata*

btw, why do school bags end up looking bigger than the kids themselves? #bringrockstoschool

- do we need to buy all the optional books on the book list?

blur. luckily the storekeeper helped me figure everything out

regarding writing her name 1000 times (okay, i'm exaggerating over here) over and over again on each and every book, i had a little help, thanks to this little labelling machine Significant Other bought in Jusco. type - print - stick. that easy.

true, some people would just tempah rubber stamps with their kids name on it and simply stamp them on, but this machine is versatile in the sense that i can even label their class, school, subject, without having to tempah so many rubber stamps just to cater for separate purposes, hee~ (process to poison my friends to buy this contraption is currently in progress =P). i remember i used to have my own rubber stamp too, many many years ago, that was so old-skool. but then again rubber stamps are useful too, provided your books are not the shiny type cover.

due to the flood situation, the two elder kids aren't due to start school for another week, syok lah diorg...

bangun pagi - gosok gigi - tengok ipad - tengok tv - gaduh riang - buat semak - habiskan stock vitagen Mommy - suka hati.


December 30, 2014

rs vs rs

it was hard to choose


the oldest in my stash

storchenweige Ulli, SBP shoulder


the prettiest in my stash
(to me, anyway)

psling kiwi shijira, GOLD rings


which did you think got

the cut?

December 21, 2014

birthday at KL bird park

on Saturday my friend invited the kids to her three dot's combined birthday party at KL bird park. luckily Waze got me there in one piece, i actually don't know where the bird park is, hahahah. to me birds are beautiful, but they're boring and they love to poop (ahhh marah la semua burung2 kat bird park tu). i didn't even know you could hold parties here, check out the link to some of the packages that they offer.

i thought it would be an interesting experience for the kids to go to (and they seemed bored out of their minds staying at home all day) so i woke them all up early and off we went. the party was scheduled from 11am-2pm, if you're late you'd miss the quick tour in the bird park.

the map, just in case you don't have Waze to help you =P

bibik followed as well, so i opted to bring the stroller so that Sophia wouldn't wander about like she always does. the event was held in a separate area, away from the official bird park entrance. i'd have to say, getting to the event area wasn't really stroller-friendly, it was stairs, stairs and more stairs all the way. at least the bird park helpers were helpful enough to lug the stroller down the stairs, and up again, haha. next time i'm just gonna stick to babywearing, thank you.

hmmm takde gambar the birthday girls la pulak

with kids involved, it was difficult to keep to the schedule, so the large group of us strolled through the park in our own pace as we made our way to the Amphitheater, where we were given a fantastic display performed by the birds themselves. the show started at 12.30pm. as usual, my mushroom of a kid never seems to smile for the camera T__T.

camwhoring before the Bird show

after the show, we all headed back to the party, where the kids gathered round to sing happy birthday - three times haha - and the parents got to stuff their faces with food. the food was nothing fancy, but it was catered to suit the kids (and whatever they eat, the adults can eat too lol). my kids are ridiculously picky-eaters, so i was kinda glad they were smitten with the sausages and nuggets. oohh and the birthday cake was lovely. there were like three different types of birthday cakes (one for each kid haha): chocolate, mango cheesecake, and victoria buttercake. the mango cheesecake was so ohsem, i ate the whole thing myself =P~~~~.

hantu nugget
awesome kid-friendly food!

oh and there was a quick photo session with the birds. each kid got to pose for a photo with the birds. i'd never thought Dayana would be brave enough to do something like that, especially since the birthday kids themselves were scared of the birds (and i was especially afraid of mascots when i was younger, remember that A&W Root Bear? -___-) but she was all up for it. you should've seen Dayana pose with the birds, complete with one on top of her head (haha!) *clap clap* she told me the birds were heavy, that's why she had to hold her arms up high macam strong woman. she received an awesome party pack, even i wished i had gotten one LOL.

and the best part was, even Dinara wanted to have a go at it *blink blink in disbelief*. i kept asking her 'are you sure? are you sure? cannot cry you know' and she kept nodding and said, 'nak macam kakak'. i didn't know whether she was excited for the birds or for the party pack, mommy pulak yang berdebar2 haha, i kid you not. but she didn't flinch one bit when they told her to hold up her arms for the birds to perch on. i haaad to laugh because she was so busy concentrating that she forgot to smile for the camera, HAHAHAHAHHAHA.

p/s. one of the birds pooped on one of the bird handler, yucks. told you they love to poop =P.

but i had a great time at the party, even the kids were happy too, although Dayana did ask me if she could go jalan2 lagi after that T_____T. thanks for inviting us =)

December 10, 2014

mister roti canai

came here last weekend with the elder two kids after swimming class. someone mentioned the roti canai here was very nice, worth a try. so after looking up the location on waze, off we went.

Mr. Roti Canai,
2, Jalan Putra Murni 3/2A,
47630 Subang Jaya, Selangor.

everything on the menu looked interesting. check out the different types of roti you could order.

muka sapa tu?

there were selections of nasi lemak and noodles to choose from as well, but let's just concentrate on the roti first, ok? (lol they're not called mr. roti canai for nothing lulz). i think their drinks were so-so. the teh ais was kinda bland. the service was ok, there weren't many people anyway. are they always like that? i'd categorize them at a higher level than your usual mamak, lol.

my kids were a roti fan,so they happily got their dose of roti canai + roti telur. and for something different, i tried the egg roll. Significant Other says it looked like a kebab -____-. when i was googling for the address i came upon someone's blog mentioning that the roti canai float was worth a try (and it also reminded me of roti dholl, the one roti we didn't get to try when were in Alor Setar last time lol) so i tapau-d that for Significant Other. the only roti canai in the menu that came with two soft boiled eggs. i'm not really a fan of soaking wet roti, but he said it was nice.

then he asked me, was that all? T______T what, you wanted me to tapau the whole menu back? haha.

i tried the egg roll.

roti canai outing

November 28, 2014

missing in action


it's been awhile since i've written anything here. i bet nobody reads blogs anymore, nowadays everyone seems busier updating their instagram and posting nonsense on Facebook than socializing in real life haha.

anyway, when i manage to get my mojo back, i'll try and revive this page. i haven't been in the best of health lately, i've been more tired than usual and i've had too many things on my plate for the past couple of months.

someone has officially started work last week. he's already updated his 'Works At' description on fb. however in my opinion, he seems as if he's attending uni classes instead of 'working' - irregular hours, half days, off days... jealous lah. i oso wanttttttttttttt.

someone asked me what 'flight crew' meant. i was tempted to answer 'tukang sapu sampah kapal'. hahahahhahaha.

now... if only i looked as awesome as this bird... haha.
all dressed for winter too.

only we don't have snow, we've been experiencing heavy rain and the occasional flash floods T___T.

November 26, 2014

stash shot Nov 2014

current colorful stash.
feeling pretty good.
(for now)

zatgebo peaches 3
addicks birdsong 4m
farideh hemp 6
farideh reverie 4m
farideh sundance 6
etla lighthouse 5
roses ember 4
nsi aphrodite 4

October 1, 2014

the long journey to Praha

so it's my turn to leave on a jet plane. i was lucky to have Miss Makeup and Mister Bus Driver send me off. the staff behind the check-in counter thought i was a foreigner (i should change citizenship to Thai haha).

FRA != France

it's my first time flying with Lufthansa, it was the cheapest flight i could find (second was Emirates but that would've cost a whopping 3k+). my first leg of the flight took almost 13 hours to reach Frankfurt. i had a two-hour transit before my next 1-hour flight out to my destination.

can i say that i prefer Oman Air over them? you'd think that for a long haul flight, they'd supply you with some sort of small toiletries bag to freshen up with during the flight. heck Oman Air did. even Significant Other got one from Etihad. Lufthansa? nada. just the normal pillow, blankie and headphones. fufufufufufu.

the food was... er, so-so. i'm not usually picky over airplane food (i look forward to them actually haha) but the food served on my flight... kinda sucked. they didn't even have some sort of menu to warn passengers of the food options they could choose from. i ended up with some weird dish which i forced myself to swallow because i did not wish to get gastric on the flight. breakfast was slightly better though.

A340-300 economy
the part i enjoy looking at whenever i fly long haul

i got a middle aisle seat so that i could happily get out to pee whenever i wanted (legroom in economy is so sempiitttttttt). i occupied my time by sleeping and watching two inflight movies, Bad Neighbors and The Fault In Our Stars. so ok i finally caught up with the tfios bandwagon, haha, but the movie didn't wow me that much. ironic that the two main characters also starred together in Divergent.

strangely, most of the passengers on the flight was Indonesian. i shared a whole row with them.

we were about a half hour behind schedule, because of high traffic during takeoff. and so i arrived at Terminal 1, Frankfurt around 7am or so. passport control lanes were congested with hoomans, you'd be surprised at how many flights get in so early in the morning. and then i had to find a toilet, haha. Frankfurt airport is HUGE. and when i say huge, i mean my transit gate was at the other end of the airport -_______- i had to go up and down a couple of levels, and go through this looOoOoOoong underground tunnel just to get there O_o.

the Lufthansa logo practically everywhere - on planes, buildings
a rare selfie, lousy lighting

we had to board a bus to take us to the A321 parked on the tarmac. you can see the Lufthansa logo practically everywhere left, right, and center (where are all the other planes??? hah). i got an aisle seat again, so no staring out the window for me :\. they served us this 2-in-1 plain yogurt + cereal for breakfast (which i found out later was available in abundance at their supermarkets).

so i landed in Terminal 2, Ruzyne Airport around 10am. unlike Significant Other i did NOT see that paradise sign. haha.

Ruzyne Airport, Terminal 2

and it was FREEZING, at 18 degrees Celsius (updated: ok i was exaggerating, biasa la minah tropics lolz. Prague when i arrived wasn't as cold as when i left it ok - which was around 10 degrees Celsuis? hahahaha). i still remember Significant Other's words to me: travel light, don't need to bring many winter clothes, tak sejuk mana pun, or something along the lines of that. ish. in August and September the weather was still ok laaa. but in October winter was approaching, and the temperature was slowly dropping too. thank God i didn't ditch all my turtlenecks, they really were a lifesaver. i guess that skirt and long dress i brought along were out of the question =P.

so... welcome to Praha! we're like 6 hours behind from Malaysia. excited? very. exhausted? extremely =D