July 18, 2016

raya weekend

Saturday morning i woke up early and headed to Meru.

i will always be amazed at how a huge heavy box such as in the below photo can actually fit into the boot of a Myvi. a Myvi, of all cars! that box couldn't even fit into my Insight, even after folding down the back seats!

there was another person who also had to go back and get another car because the box couldn't fit into this car boot, either. hahahahha. the lady even said the box could actually fit into a Kancil omg. are Myvis and Kancils the evolved version of a Doraemon pocket? lulz. luckily my bil owned a Myvi. and that he was still at home when i asked him if i could borrow his car. he didn't believe it either when i said that box couldn't fit into my own car. lol.

can fit into a Myvi :O

the box is freaking heavy! umm what's in the box, you ask? you don't wanna know. hahahahha.

freaking heavy

the company was having a clearance sale of some sort, and the husband's simulator centre that he used to work with needed one... for simulation purposes i guess. haha. even my mom asked me where did i get the MTB (did she say MTB? i thought she said MPV... i might have heard wrong lol... nanti i check with her). my mom says earlier meal cart trolleys were designed differently, and she asked were there any extras? =D~~~ btw, is it a norm to sell stuff without any photos of the actual item? on the inside it's pretty cool; you could actually fit alot into this meal cart. heck, i could store junk food upstairs in this thing and save up alot of counter space! hahahahhaha.

meal cart! or MTB as my mom calls it

it was already evening and raining when i headed out to my friend Mekbie's open house in Hartamas. they served rendang!!!! woohoo! my kids without fail will always ask to see the inside of the house first, be it a wedding or open house. i don't really know what they look for inside (kids their age, perhaps?). but there were other kids in the house, so pepandai la diorg layan diri while the mother go stuff her face with food. bahahahhaha.

we must also not forget to take selfie with the glowing mummy-to-be =D.

rendang!!! woohoo
with the preggy mummy, 36 weeks

on Sunday we held a family gathering for my mom's side of the family (we supplied the venue, lol). at 11 sharp a whole bunch of my cousins arrived (wau there were punctual haha). caterer pun tak sampai lagi, eep. uncles, aunties and cousins came all the way down from as far as Kuantan and Ipoh for this event. i haven't seen most of my cousins since forever, so it was great to spend the whole day mingling with everyone.

alhamdulillah, it stayed sunny for most of the afternoon. i was so busy running around that i totally forgot to take photos of the event. haha.

Sophia fluttered from one person to the other, she seemed happy to be roaming about all by herself with so many people in the house. it's usually cricket noises for her most of the time, lol.

Party Princess Butterfly

after food official photos, everyone took the party to the pool. my elder two water babies were the first kids to jump into the pool under the freaking hot sun T___T. the other kids wanted to go in, and since kids needed supervision, so the adults had to get into the pool too =P~. some were smart enough to bring water guns to fight with. that will soon be in my children's wishlist. hee~

everyone went swimming... haha

even Emma kinda opened up to strangers. cool eh? she started out hi five-ing everybody, and then pretty soon i left her wandering around the house to mingle with everyone (in other words, as long as i stayed out of her line of sight, then she be good hahahahha).

Spaghetti Chipmunk
experienced bibik =D

i think i might be the only person in the world that does not know about this Cincau segar drink =D i find it freaking delicious haha. a big cincau fan here! well, my dad used to buy cincau by the block during the fasting month and we'd chop it up into pieces and add them into our drinks for iftar. i wonder if Tesco carries this brand. i dunno about the 'rasa asli' part, but some people did mention that it tasted too sweet.

sedap gila ayaq ni

and here we are attempting to take the most awesomest family photo. how many of us were there again? (1, 2, 3.... *attempting to count and failing miserably) =P

we can fit into the living room!

later that evening we sambung beraya at Naili's Place in Sentul. it was past nine when we arrived, it had been raining the whole evening. no lemang here =(. or maybe finish. Nedd, mana lu?

sambung beraya kat Naili's
sempat menyelit in the photo lol

July 15, 2016

post-raya post

selamat hari raya! is it too late for me to wish? =D

i feel like my raya isn't complete without being able to visit a couple of open houses first. i didn't really get to celebrate raya properly last week (read: stuffing my face with countless food of rendang, lontong, lemang, and the likes of it) because the husband was working and 'had' to celebrate raya in India. haha. so... anyone doing open houses within the month? i want to gate-crash! =P

i owe this blog countless of entries... does anyone even read blogs these days? with more users migrating to Instagram or SnapChat or FB or whatever social app that i don't even know about, most of my online reading materials have gone extinct... seriously! i think it's been awhile since i even picked up a story book, either. oh if you're a Harry Potter fan, you MUST buy this book when it comes out end of the month:


can you believe i haven't pre-ordered this book? i don't know what i'm waiting for. hahahaha. and here i thought The Cursed Child was only released in theater form. i'm not an e-book fan because i already stare at my office monitor 8 hours a day (more if i work overtime), and then continue staring at my phone screen during odd hours, so why would i need to add more strain to my eyes staring at yet another digital screen? going traditional is much better, thank you.

so many people have been farming spiders on their own blogs; it's sad because that means i lose my source of online reading materials =(. people get too busy with life, work, (instagram), kids... but sometimes when they do actually update, it's usually one of those advertising entries, which i skip altogether (bo-ring). i guess i'm gonna have to expand my url reading materials when i have the time to trawl. anyway, what i'm saying is that i'll try to post updates more often (more for myself than for you actually) so that you won't write me off so easily. lol.

i had a Dr. appointment this morning, i've been having stomach cramps for the past couple of days that just wouldn't go away. even after getting TWO MCs, i'm still online, working my butt off. how much fun is that? haha.

in the meantime, here's a photo of the four rascals that drive me crazy every time i try to work from home:


cheers!~

July 12, 2016

Mumbai, the Departure

since i'm not crew and didn't have the luxury of breezing past customs, i went ahead and took the shuttle to the airport by myself. the airport was only about 10 minutes away, even at night there was traffic in front of the hotel.

Hyatt Regency

the airport is really gorgeous. it's vast and white... i dunno i just like the whole ambience of it =D.

Departures, MAS at gate 5
hotel shuttle
departure information
the airport is spacious. me likey!
checking in
selfie before heading to customs

i remember my friend Nadia telling me Indian customs had a crazy wait-time; she was right. i waited close to one hour just to clear customs i thought i was going to miss my flight T___T and i thought the line to scan our bags was long, they're really thorough in security checks practically everyone was body-searched, they even had a private enclosure just for women, lol.

at one point while i was halfway down the queue, a bunch of people suddenly came out of nowhere and starting jumping the line. 'excuse me, excuse me', they said, briskly walking past us like nobody's business and started forming a second line parallel to the existing one T_T. what the...? ok so at first i was thinking, maybe their flight was about to take off, so kasi chan la potong queue. but then more people started 'following' these people and before you realize it, a whole bunch of people had cut the line. wth??? diorg ingat diorang je ke yg had a flight to catch???

and at some point, even the locals started to mengamuk, bahahahahhah. they demanded for the  officials to do something about it. kesian ok especially the people travelling with small children, they were getting antsy standing around in line.

they speak good English, btw.

and so what felt like almost eternity, i was on my way. i always seem to end up breezing past the terminals just to get to my gate T___T. i did manage to stop by the Clinique counter, i was hoping that they sell makeup remover in travel-sized. they did - but they sold it in a pack of 5. ok tak jadi beli. moving on.

i purchased a fridge magnet for my sil since she requested for one. i couldn't find a single souvenir shop when i was walking aimlessly down the streets of the Colaba Causeway earlier. i didn't manage to find anyone selling postcards either, not even at the airport. how come their airport doesn't carry a single postcard???

heading for the gate
strolling around while waiting for departure

after huffing and puffing to reach the Gate 67 on time, i found that even the crew hadn't boarded yet. aircraft late again as usual. haha. so i took the opportunity to take a photograph with the pembantu juruterbang.

with the co-pilot
thanks India =)
Gate 67 finally ready for boarding
the best part of boarding airplanes

it was still raining in Mumbai during takeoff. i remember the first time i boarded a plane co-piloted by my husband for the very first time last year.

"just saying... it's finally sinking in that i'm taking the flight that the husband is actually/literally flying. haha KUL-HKG, 20/11/2015"

now? tak heran pun. bahahahahha. his landings have been improving, so he says. i have yet to see the inside of an actual B738 cockpit (simulators doesn't count). but apart from that i will always enjoy my seat at the economy class. hee~

it rains in Mumbai

i got a whole row to myself during the flight back. the cons? my seat was at the first row immediately after business class, which means that the armrests were unmoveable, phoooey.

i managed to get this early morning shot from my window before the windows became too hot to touch. cantik kan? i still wish we could stand on clouds lol lol. obviously the best view would be from the front seat of the plane, but that person *ahem* is too busy looking at controls and charts to even bother to take a few *roll eyes*. or probably segan dengan Captain, eh? lolz.

morning horizon
flight details

the crew was really nice, one kept asking me if i needed anything. living with a pilot who brings back lots of stuff from his trips (read: biscuits and loads and loads and loads of peanuts T___T), i really didn't need anything else, really. hahahhahahahha.

so... til my next trip... whenever that is. =D

bye bye Drypers

this is a Mommy post! bahahhahahhahaha.

i noticed recently during one of my Tesco shopping sprees that Drypers came up with a New & Improved packaging for their Wee Wee Dry range. uh oh.


the last time Tesco 'improved' on their diaper range (think Tesco Loves Baby), i waved goodbye to the brand and turned (or returned lol) to Drypers instead. the plus part of Tesco diapers was that it was very reasonably priced, and it worked really well for me too... until they 'upgraded'. boo. i was never a fan of manufacturers improving an already perfect product that had nothing wrong with it to begin with.

generally parents will look for diapers with great absorbency, diapers that are breathable as well as being gentle on their children's bums. i didn't give it much thought when i purchased the new and improved version, since the old ones were non to be seen.

a few days later the maid told me that the new diapers that i purchased were no good, and could i purchase the old ones again? she then started lecturing me (haha) about how the 'new and improved' Drypers were thin (nipis!), they didn't last long (boros!) and tended to leak (bocor!). Emms started getting rashes on her bum and reddish marks around her thighs. that is not good.

then ironically this morning my friend asked me whether i was still using Drypers Wee Wee Dry. hahahha that is so not a coincidence. i thought i was the only one that had complaints about their 'new and improved' product. so i did a little googling and apparently, the majority of the public doesn't like this new packaging too. seems like everyone's been complaining about them, on the Drypers FB page and even in the forums at Drypers club. most of the complaints were regarding product quality - diapers too thin, leaked more often, rashes forming all over child's bum. we'll end up using more diapers just because the diaper is too thin to last more than just a couple of hours. is that the company's new strategy to get us to buy more diapers??? diapers are already so pricey to begin with. grrrrr.

over at the Dryper's forum

i wrote a lengthy email to Drypers regarding their improved packaging bahahahha. don't know how much good that will do, there's so many people's complaints on their website that were left ignored. they won't be able to rectify the problem overnight anyway. so in the meantime i guess it's time to turn to other diaper brands instead. Huggies, anyone? lol.

btw, has anyone tried Dryper's Touch? i've purchased one pack before but i can't recall if it was good or not. probably i'll stop at Tesco after work later and get a pack and compare it with Huggies =P.

img src: taken from Dryper's FB for comparison
left: old, right: new

updated 13/7:
i went abit nuts when i said i was going to look for alternatives. diapers are freaking expensive btw. did you know a pack of L Drypers Touch (the gold packaging) is RM50+??? gahhhhhhhhhh.

July 11, 2016

freebies from Sephora

did any of you Sephora Black Card holders get this mailer?
it was sent during the raya holidays.
most of everybody was away for the holidays.
so...
chances to grab one was indeed high.
hahahahhaha.


so during lunch hour i went downstairs to try my luck.
they were still available! squee~~~


the best part was, i didn't have to spend anything to get this!
usually you'd need to spend a minimum amount of something before they throw in a free gift for you, yeah?
this one: no need. =D happy!

although... i did wish they added some description of what they were giving away for free.
i have yet to figure out how to use the Infuser and Luminizing Surge, lolz.

p/s. this promotion is only available at  Sephora KLCC, Starhill, Paradigm Mall & Midvalley only

July 9, 2016

Mumbai, the Arrival

so it looks like i finally got to utilize my Indian Visa before it expired! bahahahhaha.
second day of raya and the husband has to report for duty already.


i had just gotten back from beraya-ing at my Uncle's house and made the decision to drop the kids off at my mom's for a few days. i was already running late when i headed to the airport, i checked-in just about an hour before departure. luck was on my side because unlike the last time, the husband's prior flight landed in KLIA on time, yayyyy (although they still were about 20 minutes late).

luckily i didn't dilly dally, you should've seen the queue to board, panjang gila. i think most of the passengers were local. 

long queue here

whilst queuing the husband called me excitedly saying the he was doing walkaround now, and i should go see and take photos if i could. now, 1) among all those tiny people wandering outside the aircraft, how the heck do i know which one is you?, 2) am i even taking photos of the correct aircraft? i remember taking photos of  the supposed aircraft that i was to board only to be ushered to a totally different one hidden by the jet bridge structure afterwards. bahahhahaha.

i think the husband is the one with the flashlight at the back of the plane

estimated flight time: 4 hours 35 minutes. we took off late as usual due to traffic. it was a night flight, so there wasn't much to see out the window.

KUL-BOM

apple juice, your alternative to wine. bahahaha.

i am so not used to this class, btw. the fun side was that i got to try their food. i finally got to taste their infamous satay that the husband keeps raving about. not bad la actually.

first time ever trying this on board

eating like a local. because rendang is too mainstream haha

did you know business class choice of entertainment is actually better than economy class? they actually have more movie choices to choose from. so unfair! there were a bunch of movies i haven't seen, but i was chose to value my sleep more (old age is catching up omg). the husband insisted i test the Beats Solo that he recently purchased; its sound-cancellation feature was so awesome i could barely register everything else happening around me, haha.

many hours later.... imma in a different part of the world!

night in India
arrived! whee
Internationals at Terminal 2

customs wasn't too bad lah when i arrived since there weren't a lot of people arriving in the middle of the night. by this time i was too tired to take any more photos (it was already past 3am back in Malaysia). once the crew reached their hotel they all disappeared into their rooms and are never to be seen again until their next duty period, hahahah.

i did take photos of the room, it's customary of course. the room had a view of the pool. if only i had more time to enjoy everything hehe. the hotel was considered to be so awesome i kept hearing about 'stairs in the bathroom' on the way to the hotel bahahahhaha can i remodel my bathroom at home to resemble theirs???

the room
it's reasonably spaced i can fit my whole family in here
see-thru sink. hahahhaha.
because a mirror selfie adalah harus

dalam bathroom ada tangga =D

my form of unpacking

til tomorrow then. =D