Friday, 31 December 2004

Amni's reading time

I went frenzy after finding out Ameer had started reading his first book. So, dusting here and there, I did found two books for Amni's reading pleasures entitled "Baby 1-2-3" [which I bought during MPH Warehouse Sale] and "Fly, Butterfly" [which her grandma bought during her trip to Australia].

Her first reaction after seeing those books? Oh, she didn't bite the book [as before]. My, my. My dear Amni has good manners. She sat properly on the floor and opened her book, leafing through the pages one by one. She would stare at one page for a long time because of the vibrant colours.

Later, she would try to bite the book.

But then, she will sit again properly, and leaf her books. Again and again. She loves her books and I will read to her a page sometimes. This is done while folding the clothes or cooking. I am good at multitasking nowadays [a road to become Elastigirl, the supermom in The Incredibles].

Notice the difference between a girl and a boy on their reading style, eh?

Thursday, 30 December 2004

This is a reaction to Tini's post

Funny how the Kelantanese viewed jewelleries as necessities in their life. Yes, I know, I know. Gold is much cheaper in Kelantan. You can CLEARLY see all the makciks at Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah wearing all those jewelleries while selling vegetables and fruits. Get what I mean? Even those makciks consider them as basic needs.

When it come to Raya, you can clearly see everyone wearing their best jewelleries.

"Hok ni beghapo?" looking at one of my aunt's bracelet. It was studded with diamonds all over.
"RM 2000."
Erk. The part of buying and owning it suddenly evaporated from my mind.

"Come eh, so set. Ado batu putih ni." [the white pearl stone is very BIG!]
One of my aunts was wearing one set of matching jewelleries.

Oh girls, never used the tactic of speaking out loud to make sure your husband overheard the conversation as if to remark to them to buy you that piece of jewellery. It never works.

When I looked all over, my cousins, even the little ones were wearing jewelleries. It's like wearing your baju raya, you know. It's a trend wearing jewelleries in Kelantan rather than the opposite.

So, I can pity Tini actually when one of her 14 year old SIL said she wants to buy jewelleries. Even though my sisters have Kelantan pure blood, we never favour jewelleries much. What I got for my wedding [a gold bracelet] and some inheritance from my mother is what adorned me during Raya [not much since I do not favours the big ones]. OK, so I am not materialistic.. hehehe. Lucky my husband, he can save money and spend it for PS2 :) [in the future].

Even though sometimes I looked longingly at others who adorned jewelleries, the thought of owning it would never cross my mind since we have to save moneys for other much more important matters.

I am the kedekut type, dear.

But I do wish that it would rain gold. I would be running and collecting the golds like a mad woman if it happens [which, I guess, would never ever happens]. OK, but if it DOES rains gold, be prepared to see me go berserk.

Other option of owning a piece of expensive jewellery item would be entering the Roda Impian contest and won the Juara Jumaat [the bonus prize is usually a necklace or ring sponsored by Habib Jewels.]

Wednesday, 29 December 2004

How to charm your parents

A girl knows how to charm others easily.

Yesterday, a smelly sign showed that one of our kids poo-ed inside their diapers.
Then I asked, "Siapa bau busuk?" to both of them - heh, like Fawwaz or Amni understood what I am asking.
Amni shook her head twice - as if she understood our question.
We laughed really hard.

Tuesday, 28 December 2004

The weekend

We attended a wedding in Batu Pahat, went shopping for some health stuff, eat pizzas, with Amni tagging along with us. Fawwaz was graciously left behind by us since he is just 1 and 1/2 month old.

I also have a new haircut [done by my own husband] and a gold brooch!
Dh had graciously bought me a beautiful gold brooch for my belated birthday present. I haven't wear it yet, but I am sure looking forward to wearing it soon. Yey!!!

And who wants to sponsor me tickets to Australia for 4 persons? *winks*

Life is good!

Sunday, 26 December 2004

Husnul khatimah

Surfing through her blog makes us miss her again. I think we are still sharing the same feeling [dear Aini, Siti, Ieka and Hany] about Kak Nuun. Meeting my friend yesterday, she remarked, "Untung kan Aida, dia meninggal muda dalam keadaan diredhai. Dengkinya kita dengan dia."

I saw her Haloscan comments is still being filled up on her last post. And that makes us miss her even more.

"Dan kami akan sentiasa merinduimu.. berbahagialah akak di samping Pencipta yang Satu dan menunggu suami dan anak untuk menyertai akak.

Dan cara untuk ke syurga itu adalah mati, maka kami juga akan menghadapi mati, moga dalam keadaan husnul khatimah spt yang akak lalui."

limau nipis | Homepage | 12.25.04 - 9:37 pm | #

from kak nuun's blog

+ [related previous post]

Meeting an old friend

Is like savouring and old book. You open the pages and cherish the memories inside it. You smiled with rememberance on each page that you unfolds.

Meeting one of my dear friends in Batu Pahat yesterday makes me realise that. We attended her twin sister's wedding this year albeit her wedding last year. It was a rare occassion, once in a year that I got to meet her, with long telephone calls in between. She had a rough year with her miscarriage of her first unborn baby at a middle stage of pregnancy. She was really down for a month and we tried to cheer her up along the way.

She was the first work colleague that I got to work with and shares with me the same view, same unit and same boss [erkk!]. We got close along the way, even though she was my senior in our university days.

I, in my pre-university days knows her. I did idolise her and her twin in a positive way. Both were really active in extra curricular activities that I for once was thinking, "I want to be like them." And I did prove that I can be like them. When I entered my third trimester during my pre-U, I got involved in societies. I became SRC's treasurer for 2 and 1/2 years. I was active in PBMKM, hostel and UPG. Even Aini, who was diagnoised with a rare disease make sure it didn't hinders her involvement in many societies.

I believe that we did leave a mark in our university's days in a positive ways. We built the best team of SRC during our years that our councellor believe there will never be another team like us.

And to my dear friend and colleague, you really are a mentor [in a way!]. I wish you a beautiful journey for many years to come.

Friday, 24 December 2004

The DaVinci Code 2

+ Alyaa, dah baca DaVinci Code?
- Blom.
+ Best!!!
- Semua kawan Alyaa cakap camtu.
+ Heh, kita kan pemalas baca buku. Mesti buat stok jer. Kak Aida siap baca buku tu dalam 2 hari.

Menyesal start baca buku tu waktu malam. Sampai tidur pun termimpi-mimpi.

Oh wow, I am SO amazed with myself.

BEWARE AINI! You have been warned. Don't start reading the book at night or you might lose your sleep.

+ Eh Mek Ya, pinjam buku Can You Keep A Secret?
- Buku Alyaa ke tu??
+ Loh, ayah tak cakap ke? Penat je kite cakap tu buku birthday ko. Kak Aini bagi.
- Ntah, ayah letak atas meja jer. Bila ummi tanya buku sape, Alyaa pun cakap tak tahu.
+ Chehh! Ayah ni.. hu hu.

P/S: Anyway, The DaVinci Code in particular describe the hero looks like Harrison Ford from Indiana Jones, that's why me and Mas is having a really high expectation someone REALLY good looking will get the part.

Thursday, 23 December 2004

The other side of me

A lot of people might notice the other side of me from this blog. Some people who knows me from Bicara Muslim might be shocked to see my different reflection from this other side. This is the real me - the playful, messed up, with two kids in tow, with real problems and family life.

While the other me is still the sweet, cool and calm [even macho] who is still seeking for Islamic knowledge and aswered some problems through reference from Yusof Qardhawi, Imam Bukhari and etc. I might be called a fanatic of BMC. I surfed there on daily basis to gain more knowledge about Islamic matters and I particularly loved Bicara Fiqah handled by one of my ex-schoolmate [what a small world after all].

But I didn't hide myself under my nickname. I welcomed people who stumbled upon my blog and found astonishing difference between my blog and my other who is seeking knowledge.

I particularly didn't like people who left comments without a nickname - using 'Anonymous'. People who tend to leave comments [sometimes, sarcastic comments] without their names/nicknames, I believe, is afraid to reveal their own self. Maybe they noticed that a nickname tend to reveal a lot of things about oneself. Like my own.

This [limaunipis] nickname is what I created when I entered BMC. I used another nickname before that: alindalia [people who love writings of Abang Pat's famous Saga Artakusiad may be familiar with this name], but alas, someone registered the nickname way ahead before me in the forum. I choose a much more simpler one, and hence, the nickname of limaunipis was created. Forumers from BMC even tend to call me limau rather than my own name even though I have attended lots of gatherings and introduced myself with my own name.

This nickname got stuck with me. Even my earlier blog, which I created during year 2000 is much simpler [and have been deleted] is at this exact URL and talks about university's life.

I believe a nickname do reveals one true self. And my nickname actually showed that I am really a simple person, with a much simpler life [except when it comes to work].

P/S: Dh, when do you want to update this blog?

P/P/S: The DaVinci Code has been voted by MPH readers as the no. 1 book by foreign author.

Wednesday, 22 December 2004

Our second anniversary

Yesterday was our second anniversary. How forgetful of me [sign of me being old?]. We accomplished a lot during our 2 years of marriage. We support each other. We fight and we loved each other.

Dear dh, you are really patient with me in those passing years. You woke up at night and lull our babies to sleep. You help me with the household chores. You love me when I am in my worst appearance. You were with me when I gave birth to our precious.

But our biggest accomplishment would be getting 2 kids in our 2 years of marriage life. So, dear dh, do you want another baby next year?


Tuesday, 21 December 2004

The DaVinci Code

Since I shamefully admit that I am not a bookaholic anymore, I take back my word [err, for the moment]. The DaVinci Code is a breathtaking book, I have just finished reading it at breackneck speed.

My mom and youngest sis just came back from Jakarta. And guessed who they meet at the airport? And snapped pictures with the celebrity? I am ready to puke. Yes, Siti Nurhaliza [I always feel that my mom likes her - a little bit].

Received SMS from one of the regular forumers in BMC. Al-Fatihah again to Kak Shiqin. Her death is an eye opener. It makes us think about our priorities in life and sadly miss the fact that we often didn't tell others how much we loved them, until it is too late :|

Friday, 17 December 2004

Ode to Nor'Ashiqin Mohd Ali

Dear our beloved Kak Shiqin,

The sun shines today, the birds were chirping as usual. Nothing unusual happened as the days passed by. But today seems different. You were gone.

It seems only yesterday you were laughing and talking with us. It seems like yesterday you were paying me a visit and look at our beloved Fawwaz. It seems like yesterday we were talking about children. It seems like yesterday you were advising me about breastfeeding and family life. You came to the house and saw my son. But today, it will be different. You were gone.

You were one of the seniors that was close to us. We attend each others' wedding [seems like ages ago, right?] which was only one week apart. We laughed and snapped pictures during our grand day as if nothing will break our happiness. We got babies and we were joyous. We shared tips on handling children.

Remember our university days? You were famous because of the gossip on going between you and your husband. We know you well since we were in orientation committee and handling orientation week together. You were handling Engineering students with no girls inside the group.

And yesterday, you passed away. Leaving your beloved family. Yesterday, I saw your face. It was serene. I kissed your face. And I started to cry [and it comes from a girl who was telling herself she shouldn't break down in front of people]. We saw your husband kissing you with your Amiir Hussaini. We heard your husband clearly when he said to Amiir to look at you ["Amiir, tengok ummi, Amiir"]. I believed you have found peace with Allah.

Dear Kak Shiqin,
The coming days will be filled with your memories. May you rest in peace and be one of the Heaven's people. Al-Fatihah.

Thursday, 16 December 2004

House = Total chaos!

OK, who said raising two kids are easy? The house is in complete chaos since the day I came back from Malacca to continue my confinement at my own home. My hyperactive daughter is really helpful in organising the house.

She just discovered she had a baby brother when I came back. She loved her baby brother so much and she wanted to play with him, but the baby brother only knows how to sleep and drink milk. The first time she discovered she had a brother, she was joyous till the point she wanted to sit on her brother! So we have to bring the baby cot downstair and put Fawwaz inside the cot to keep Amni away from him. Oh, that reminds me of Tini, of borrowing Ameer's baby cot and his mattress too.

Amni loves to follow her brother's activities around, like his bathing time and his nappy change time. And imagine that both of them poos at the same time! I freaked out last time [I was on high fever that time, so I am helpless in organising the kids] both of them poos at the same exact time since my aunt had to clean Fawwaz first and Amni was tagging along with her to see her brother being cleaned up. And the next cleaning was Amni herself.

And the day Aini came to visit us with Auni in the morning, she went to shops to buy nappies for her daughter. And imagine us in complete chaos with three growing babies inside the house. And all of them want milk at the same time! Phew, whoever works at the nursery, tabik spring from me.

I just can't wait for the maid to come (yes, we are finally hiring maid) because it will be much easier for me to do other works with someone watching both of them [or the other way around: where I will be lazing around..hehehe].

If you guys want to pay me a visit, wait till I finish my confinement period [which is this coming Sunday] for me to spring clean the house.

P/S: I am updating my blog with my baby on my lap, trying to lull my baby to sleep. I am quite a multi tasker after having 2 kids in the house, I believe.

Wednesday, 15 December 2004

The gold brooch

I asked for 4 tickets to Australia for my birthday but instead I get Invent Your Scent perfumes from The Body Shop. Ceh.. some big dreams I am having. Thank you girls for the lovely present yesterday, anyway :). Even Tini wrote in the card for me to wear the perfume when we went holidaying in Australia :P. Anyway, thank you Lynn and Tini for not considering to buy Siti Nurhaliza's poster for me in the first place [it will be excellent for me to practice playing darts, though].

Dh wants to buy a PlayStation2 for my birthday. That will be a big no. I will not be using that thing, however, I suspect that my husband will be playing with it all day long.

I am thinking of buying something nice for myself. A gold brooch, perhaps. Just a small one that we use to pin our tudung under the chin. That may cost less than RM200 [and within my budget]. I have such a sensitive skin that I cannot wear something else rather than gold for my skin. I can detect in one day whether the thing I am wearing is real or fake gold. If it is fake, my skin will itch. My mom once remarked that I should be marrying a gold merchant. Unfortunately, I am not such a gold digger and ended up marrying someone that is like me.

I will go hunting for my gold brooch later, perhaps. Or I may end up with no birthday present for my own self. Now, that doesn't seem to be a bad idea. Of not getting yourself a birthday present [since I have never done it before].

P/S: Girls, if you want to test whether your jewellery is true gold or fake, do bother to loan it to me. I can give the answer after the 24 hours test.. nyehehe :D.

Tuesday, 14 December 2004

The ripper

Amni was ripping the newspaper.
I suddenly laughed hard. Dh was obviously stunned with my reaction.
And I said to him, "Imagine next year, at this same time, we will have two growing babies ripping the newspapers together."

Saturday, 11 December 2004

Breastfeeding or bottlefeeding

I have been feeding the baby for one month. And most of it, it has been a really hurtful experience for me. My right nipple is sore and cracked, and everytime Fawwaz is feeding, I will be crying and crying because it hurts. And the problem is really weird. When he starts feeding, it will be like hell for me because that's when the nipple cracks the most and 3 minutes later, it will be soft. However, if he stops feeding and does not feed after 30 minutes [which he usually feeds back after 2 hours], the nipple will crack some more. And the longer I have to wait for the next feeding, the cracks got much worse. And I will cry even harder.

And today I have just healed from my 3 days high fever [which I did not feed Fawwaz during that time]. We went to the clinic yesterday and I said I am on fever. The doctor said it was because of the infection [cracked] on my nipple. I am totally thinking of not to breastfeed again because of the pain. And right now I keep pumping my milk to give to the baby.

I do not feel bad if I cannot continue to breastfeed the baby. It hurts when you have cracked nipple and it does not heal. Bottlefeed if you can with your breastmilk. You are not a bad mother if you cannot breastfeed your baby properly.

Friday, 10 December 2004

Berita Terbaru

Jumaat 10-12-2004

Aku kenyang.....

Thursday, 9 December 2004

Testing Post

Sebabkan Tinee soh aku updatekan status blog ni, aku dengan rela hati mahupun hempedu bersedia menerima dugaan dan rintangan ini.

[Minggu ni]

Ahad lepas baru berkesempatan nak bawak Amni gi jumpa doctor untuk enjet setahun. Sebelum gi, kitorang dah prepare air(kot2 amni nangis kena enjet) dan pampers(kot2 amni nak gigit waktu kena enjet). Seperti biasa, nurse (baca: pembantu klinik) akan ambil berat amni. So lepas timbang baru laa aku sedar yg amni sudah 10.5 kg. Patutlaa aku terasa diri ini semakin tough di bahagian tengkok, dagu dan buku lali. Tak sampai 5 minit, dr panggil masuk. Aku mintak dr ubat ruam ngan ubat demam. Sekali dr enjet amni, dia buat dek jer. Cam takde ape berlaku. Ingatkan nak nangis ke ape rupanya seperti seekor lalat menghinggap di tepi jendela. Cam takde ape2 berlaku. Hmmmmm
Hari yg bersejarah ni jugak, Hassan anak Mak Long (baca: Yg jaga Aida) bersunat kat KL. Malas nak cerita panjang, tapi peristiwa itu berlaku lebih kurang begini:

Aku: Hassan dah sunat ke?
Hassan: Lom lagi. Hari tu ingat nak sunat dah, tapi sebab Mak dtg KL, tak jadi.
Aku: Oooo.
Aida: Bang, kang masa bawak amni gi enjit tanyakan sekali dr berapa ringgit kos nak bersunat kat klinik.
Hassan masa ni muka dah cuak.
Aku: Ok....
Lepas tu semuanya berlaku pantas. Petang tu terus booking Pakej A, slow and painful. Dan yg paling aku tak duga, Dr ajak aku masuk sekali. Sebelum tu ada sorang pakcik ni, nak pitam sebab tgk anak dia sunat. Dr tu ckp laa jugak, kalau nak pitam gi amik angin kat luar. Tp aku selamber jer dok sebelah hassan, tgk dengan lebih jelas cara2 potong burung. Dr tanya, tak takut eh awak tgk darah. Aku jawap, nak bagi sokongan moral kat budak ni.

Fawwaz lak nangis kejap2 waktu malam. Amni dulu pun tak sekerap ni. Tapi nak buat camana, mmg baby boy susah sikit nak jaga. Aida sampai demam nak breastfeed fawwaz. Dugaan-dugaan. So sebab aku baru dengar cerita yg menyentuh hati aku waktu kuliah zuhur Ust. Ishak Baharum semalam (baca: Bekas Mufti Selangor). Aku nak passkan kat sesapa yg baca ni, kot2 boleh jadikan teladan.

Ade seorang lelaki yg mengidap penyakit buasir di zaman rasulullah. Walaupun sakit, hati dia sentiasa tenang. Susah payah nak uruskan diri, dengan darah, nanah etc tapi hati dia sentiasa tenang. Ni disebabkan Malaikat yg sentiasa datang melawat beliau, pagi dan petang. Terasa tenang dengan kedatangan Malaikat. Namun begitu, sebab agaknye tak selesa dengan penyakit tu, beliau berjumpa rasulullah s.a.w, dan meminta baginda berdoa agar disembuhkan penyakit beliau. So rasulullah pun Doa, dan dia pun sembuh. Lepas dia sembuh tu, dia rase cam kekurangan jer, cam hati dia rase tak best walaupun 5 jam main game Siti Sojourn. Malaikat yg dulu sentiasa jenguk dia, dah tak mai lagi dah. Dia dah sembuh, takde lagi malaikat dok datang tgk. Tu yg die rase sunyi. So dia gi jumpa Nabi balik, dan mintak doa agar sakit dia datang balik. The end.

Moralnya: Time sakit tu, sentiasa sabar dan ingat pada Allah. Kemungkinan besar ada Malaikat datang menjenguk dan mendoakan kita, insyaAllah.

Friday, 26 November 2004


Baby Fawwaz Amin 1-day old

Eid Mubarak with my family :)

Firzanah Amni's first birthday

Thursday, 25 November 2004

Sleepless nights

I do not have enough sleeps for 3 days in a row. The baby keep waking up every 30 minutes to 1 hour. I will try to sleep somewhere else today and let see whether the baby will give me another sleepless night.

Dh returned here yesterday. He took a 6.30 p.m. bus and arrived here at 9 p.m. since I said I miss him. I guess I am better with him around - orang tak biasa berenggang.. hehe. Puke, if you may. But I did feel mushy when he's not around since he helped me to take care of the baby. I guess I really miss him a lot. He will be coming back tomorrow and we will be heading back to KL this Sunday. My aunt is coming from Kelantan to take care of me and she will bring her 11-year old son along. I guess that means we will have to watch Sembilu drama every Tuesday at 9.00 p.m. Believe me, the last confinement with my aunt, I got stuck with watching Malay dramas and even get to memorise all the dramas' timing. Sembilu has been running its airtime since my last confinement with Amni [like more than a year ago]. Haiyoo..

Wednesday, 24 November 2004


+ Abang tak record masa Aida bersalin ye?
- Tak.
+ Banyak sangat ke darah keluar?
- Abang tengok pun dah cukup.
+ Kalau Aida tengok, maknanya Aida pun boleh pengsan yek?
- Ha-ah.
+ Aida tahu tak doktor potong kat situ masa Aida push?
- Eh, tak rasa pun?
+ Aida pakai Epidhural, kan. Tapi Aida teran, terus-terus keluar anak dari hujung rambut sampai hujung kaki.
- Oh, kuat ek Aida teran? 3 kali je.

+ Eh, patutnya tak turun sangat awak punya ni [nurse sambil tekan-tekan perut]. Awak teran kuat sangat yek tadi?
- Ha-ah. Suami cakap keluar terus satu badan budak.
+ Oh, awak kan yang diaorang cakap ada problem tadi. Tumpah darah, kan?


Monday, 22 November 2004

Family planning

I was seriously considering for family planning after my friend, Aima also wants to implant Implanon in her arm. She gave birth to her second child [like me] with only one year gap between her first and second child.

I have a chat with one of the staff nurse in the labour room during my contractions [so bear in mind some conversation may have been forgotten due to the 4 minutes contraction at 4.30 a.m.]. She also suggested to me to use Implanon since the medicine does not interfere with breastfeeding. Even the nurse wants to implant one for herself. I was seriously considering to go with Implanon after the talk with these two women.

After giving birth to Fawwaz, I have a chat with Dr. Rahman at 8.40 a.m. -during his stitching / sewing of my parts after labour [the wonder of Epidhural, you can have a chat right after you just gave birth]. Here are some options for the planning part:

[1] Implanon
He disagreed with my suggestion of using Implanon since he said it is hard to find the capsule to remove it. And the possibility of having another child is much harder.

[2] IUD

He suggested for me to use IUD, but I couldn't bear to have another operation to implant and yet another operation to remove that thing from my vagina.

[3] Pills -Mercilon
Haha, we didn't get far for this option since I said I tend to forget to eat pills and the pills can only been eaten after your period comes back. For breastfeeding moms, this is not an option since you don't know when your period cycle will be coming back.

[4] Injection
I might consider this option of taking injection every 3 months. I don't have to remember about forgetting to eat my pills, I don't have to do some major operation and I don't have to worry about not having another child.

The trip to hospital last week, Dr. Rahman reminded us about family planning or else, I might be pregnant again next year.. Erkk!

Thursday, 18 November 2004

The blog's name

I have retitled my blog to accommodate another addition to our family... Fawwaz Amin :)

The trip to hospital

We went for postnatal check up today. I have to bring Fawwaz along since he is breastfeeding. Arrived there before the clinic opens. Dr. Rahman celebrates his Hari Raya at KL.. hmph.. Fawwaz got some pocket money from doctor. We went back to our house and rest for a while before making the trip back to Malacca.

I was glad we choose Dr. Rahman as our O & G. There is a difference between male and female O & G after experiencing both. The male O & G tends to be more relaxed, calm and give lots of advises while the female tend to panic and always opt for ceaserian for problematic[?] causes such as in the case of Amni.

One of Aini's colleagues suggest Aini went to Dr. Rahman during her pregnancy since she delivered all her children with the doctor -so you can guess how old he is if the first child of Aini's colleague is already 17 years old- Aini suggested him to me and I am glad we heed with Aini's advice and literally begged dh to consider for a male O & G.. heheh

Boy, I am glad with him. Thank you doctor for your guided advice when one of the GP told me I cannnot deliver normal after giving birth less than one year after ceaserian.
I proved her wrong [but that's another story].

And I know dh is proud of me [but I still thinks his doas really works wonders when you only hope for the best from Allah]

Tuesday, 16 November 2004

Ahhh.. the wonder of technology

I can online whenever I want. Check company e-mails (I am a dedicated co's staff BTW), on the out of office Auto Reply, pay my bills, check my a/c balance and etc. during my confinement period. I am a techno mama.

I have live my first confinement period without the computer and it makes me really out of date from the current news and happenings [hint.. hint.. gossips] and now I have the luxury of spending my second confinement with the Internet.

Oh God, I am so hooked to the computer. And nothing much we can do during confinement you see, you have to pantang most foods, you have to sleep well, you cannot move around much because of the delivery and fear of bleeding heavily and I cannot see much of the outside world except for the trip to hospital and home..

Hmm, how did the old people survive without the technology.

On another note, one of my friend was [and I think, still] amazed that my kampung [which is located near the border of Thailand] can have Internet connection. Hehehe.. even though we live at the end of Malaysia, we are also technology advanced!

Sunday, 14 November 2004

Happy Birthday Firzanah Amni!

Happy burp-day to you
Happy burp-day to you
Happy burp-day
Happy burp-day
Happy burp-day to Firzanah Amni

Eid Mubarak dear Amni. Ibu and abah love you so much!
Baby Fawwaz wishes kakak a happy 365 days :)

Birthday presents? Wait for all your dear 'aunties' balik kerja, then you will have lots of them.

Saturday, 13 November 2004

Fawwaz Amin bin Muhammad Firdaus

[tulis dalam bahasa ibunda. sesekali tukar angin]

Alhamdulillah, bertambah lagi seorang cahaya mata kami pada hari Selasa, 9 November 2004 pada 8.28 pagi di Hospital Tawakal. Berkat doa abang, selamat melahirkan Fawwaz secara normal. Dimudahkan segala urusan olehNya. Hari Isnin lagi, sudah turun darah -tapi bukan dalam kuantiti yang banyak, hanya beberapa titik. Itu pun kurang pasti adakah tanda sakit untuk bersalin. Perut rasa sakit setiap 4 jam dan 3 pagi, tiba-tiba rasa seperti hendak keluar sesuatu. Jangkaan memang benar apabila ke tandas, terus saja ketuban air pecah [bayangkan seperti belon yang penuh dengan air pecah]. Abang terus terbangun dan aku terus telefon ummi untuk mengambil Amni dan kami ke hospital.

Sampai dalam pukul 3.40 pagi, aku terus dimasukkan ke dalam labour room. Jururawat keluarkan ketuban aku dan bukaan sudah 4 cm. Terus saja rasa sakit bersalin dalam 5 minit sekali. Pukul 5.00 pagi, bukaan 6 cm dan terus minta epidhural untuk hilangkan rasa sakit.

Doktor standby tengah bersahur dan tiba jam 6.00 pagi. Dr Rahman datang jam 7.20 pagi dan melihat bukaan sudah mencapai 8 cm. Dijangkakan bersalin dalam pukul 9.00 ke 9.30 pagi. Dalam pukul 8.00, bila aku cakap aku terasa nak meneran, jururawat melihat bukaan sudah 10 cm dan terus panggil doktor. Selamat melahirkan Fawwaz jam 8.28 pagi. Mujur sekejap saja sakit, dalam 5 1/2 jam.

Dan perkataan pertama bila doktor letakkan Fawwaz atas perut, "Ya Allah, lebatnya rambut anak ibu."

Tumpah darah yang teramat. Dr Rahman nampak panik walaupun terus melakukan jahitan terhadap luka aku. Dalam pukul 9.00, dia minta jururawat monitor dan jika masih lagi berlaku ketumpahan darah yang banyak, mungkin aku akan dibedah jam 10.00 pagi. Mungkin berkat doa abang, alhamdulillah, aku sudah tidak mengalami tumpah darah yang teruk.

Berkat doa kami, anak yang dilahirkan sihat dan secara normal. Alhamdulillah, alhamdulillah, alhamdulillah..

P/S: Esok birthday Amni, jangan lupa bagi hadiah kat budak tu ye kawan-kawan :)

Monday, 8 November 2004

Dear friend

I am glad you take the initiative to talk to me last gathering. I was still reeling in shock at that time when suddenly you came to me when I was on my way to go home. The last incident before our conversation makes me bitter nearly 2 years come to think of it. I thought our friendship bond is broken because of the heartache caused by it. We may have rifts during that time, but believe me, I always remember you well as my friend that I knew for such a long time.

When I arrived there, one of the juniors quickly asked me whether I know you, and I answered that I knew you well. She pointed to me where you sit and I was shocked to see you after a long time. It has been ages isn't it that we didn't sit down and have a nice conversation? The last encounter was not face to face, but it left me bitter and I have painful memory about it.

I did cried every time I remember it. Come to think of it, our friendship was broken because of some hurtful things that we say to each other enflamed by only one person.. I don't mind he talks badly about me, but I was saddened by the fact that he was angry with you while it was I who made the regretful mistake.

I was in the prayer room when I saw you again. But I didn't know how to strike a conversation with you since the painful misunderstanding still lurked in my head.

I just want you to know, I am glad that you take the initiative to come and chat with me even though it was short. And you got to see my dear daughter who seems sleepy.

You know who you are. I wish you success in all your undertakings, and pray to God that our friendship will never been broken again.

Saturday, 6 November 2004

The Incredibles

We watched The Incredibles way ahead from the US premier at GSC Midvalley Megamall for our father's foundation. Yes, yes, not only Lynn got free tickets you know.. hehehe...

It was really incredible and the visual is really stunning! Especially the waterfall building -heh, what do you expect from people who creates Toy Story? And RottenTomatoes gave rating of 97% for the movie! Wow!!

And it was gobsmacking fun - even though, well, Amni only watched like 30 minutes of the movie and went to sleep.

Friday, 5 November 2004

Doing MAPS in advance

I am so pleased with myself since I have finished doing my MAPS last week and set the status to complete last Wednesday.

And right now people are jamming the MAPS server because of today's dateline.
So, you should learn your lesson well, dears. And don't comment on why I did my MAPS early for 2 years in a row.

You know why right now... tehehehhe


And I know you guys are wishing that you realise the MAPS dateline much more earlier.

Thursday, 4 November 2004

Good luck to Lynn!

Entering my 37 weeks and I still didn't give birth yet to my unborn baby in my stomach. I am on MC today [one day only] and the doctor asked me to walk a lot here and there. I am just praying that I could have a normal delivery and I don't have to spend my Aidilfitri at my home with no one.. *tsk tsk*

On another note, wish all the best to Lynn who is thinking to run [take leave or something la dear] from that evil guy who love to mess with everybody. Thank God we are not like him or the company will be dead with backstabbing and bad mouthing. Alhamdulillah...

I miss my puasa yesterday due to an overwhelming hunger.. bohoho..
About counting the sheeps and eating lots of food, that might come in handy for my sleeping problem.. *wink*

Wednesday, 3 November 2004

How to overcome my sleeping problem?

I have sleepless nights lately. I tend to sleep late at night and wake up very early in the morning to prepare for sahur.

I tend to have weird dreams nowadays.

I have tried bathing during the night, holding my husband, use perfumes all over me [believe me, the bedroom smells of my perfume all the time] and read Al-Fatihah and 3 Quls like I used to when I was a child but none of them work.

Could you guys give me a suggestion? And I need the solutions fast to overcome my sleep deprivation. I think I really need time out for myself.

And this backache is killing me! Err, where is the tabib when I need one to soothe my aching muscle?

On child molestation

"Every 1 out of 4 child under the age of 18 are molested in America."

I am an Oprah Winfrey's fan for her famed Oprah show. Usually, she didn't touch much on sensitive issues but last Friday she interviewed people who had history of child molestation. I must admit, I did cry when a woman named Angeline came to the show and admitted she was molested from the age of 9 till 16. Her step father also molested her mentally disabled older sister and she didn't know who she should trust since she had a very strict mother. She was into drugs, alcohols and free sex at a tender age because of the impact her step father did to her. He was jailed for only 6 months because of the crime.

Then in the next shooting, her step father came to the show and explained about the molestation and the factors behind it. Once, when Oprah asked about whether he will do the same thing again to another person, he honestly said he wouldn't do it again as to what he did to Angeline and her sister. The driving force behind his change is the deep hatred he saw from his step daughter's eyes when he was hand cuffed by the police. He said he read the letters that Angeline sent to him and that make him realised he was up to no good and joined support group to overcome his behaviour.

On the next segment, a father was killed by his own daughter because of what the father did to his 3 daughters. Janice was molested for 15 years when she reached her breaking point and decided to shoot her own father. Beside the sexual abuse they have to endure, her father was also abusing their mother and them physically. She did report her father's crime to the police when she was small but he was jailed for only 3 days. And the price that Janice has to pay because she took her own action? 7 years in prison.

The law is still quiet weak when it comes on child molestor's prosecution, I believe. The law didn't see the damage the child molestor has done to the child -which had been sexually abused. For Angeline, she still cried when she saw her step father. And for Janice, she had sleepless nights years and confessed she sleep like a baby the day she shoot her own father.

The show also promoted a movie called Woman, Thou Art Loosed about child molestation. I think I would cry if I saw that movie that is based on one priest's story about his support group on overcoming child molestation. The trailer and video clips are just heart wrenching to watch.

"Ya Allah, Kau lindungilah anak-anak kami daripada segala kejahatan yang telah Kauciptakan"

Tuesday, 2 November 2004

Chicken curry & MC

Yesterday is my off duty day and I successfully cooked chicken curry!
Ok, this is my first time I cooked the curry all by myself, without the help of my mom who keep blaberring here and there at the kitchen since I am such a slow learner.

Actually, my mom is also shocked when she found out the tiny detail that I cooked after we moved. Maybe because of the reason that everytime she came to my house, I will be busy crunching my McD's burgers or KFC's chickens with Amni and dh.

BTW, I received MC last Friday graciously extended by my O & G [yang sangat pemurah dengan MC]. The conversation between me and the doctor goes on like this:

Nurse: Hello, Klinik Dr. Rahman
Me: Akak, Aida sini. Saya nak mintak MC boleh tak?
Nurse: Cakap dengan doktor, ok?
Me: OK

[some silly songs behind and passing of the phone]

Dr. Rahman: Kenapa Aida?
Me: Saya nak mintak MC, sakit belakang, doktor.
Dr. Rahman: Kot awak contraction. Sekarang kan dah 37 minggu [first O & G that I knew who remembers his patients' records really well even though he had tonnes of patients]
Me: Tak, tak.. heheh.. kalau saya contraction, saya pergi terus la ke sana.
Dr. Rahman: OK, awak nak MC berapa hari ni?
Me: Hari ni je.
Dr. Rahman: Esok tak nak ke? Cukup ke tak satu hari? [see how gracious he is]
Me: Cukup-cukup, esok saya tak kerja doktor. Nanti suami saya datang ambil MC.
Dr. Rahman: Saya prepare terus MC awak ni.
Me: Terima kasih doktor :).

How should I discipline my baby?

Now that my baby is crawling around and getting into everything, I'm wondering how best to discipline her.

Disciplining a 7- to 9-month-old probably won't have much effect or make much of a difference in her behavior - and it's usually unnecessary, as babies this young aren't really capable of manipulation or consciously "being bad." But you can already start getting in the habit of using techniques that will work. For example, pay a lot of attention to your child when she's playing nicely or lying on her back looking around the room. That way when she's older, you'll already be used to paying attention to her before she misbehaves instead of trying to figure out how to punish her afterward. You can enhance the effectiveness of almost any disciplinary procedure - such as a brief time-out - by making the time when your child is not misbehaving more enjoyable (or, as I call it, "enhanced time-in").


Thursday, 28 October 2004

Beauty advice for the women [and men]

I guess I am lucky that I can use any beauty products for the 3 most important steps in the regime -cleanse, tone and moisturise.
However, let me share some beauty tips for people on the go.

Cleanse (to clean the face)- try BodyShop, it's good
Toner (to tighten)- I use Nivea, very refreshing and smells good
Moisturise (to nourish) - a quick pick me up in the morning, if you want something creamy [for the dry skin], go for L'oreal, if lazy like me, use air paip pun boleh jalan :). Air wudhu' much better.. heheh

If you wear make up, please.. do not forget to clean your face with the 3 steps regime. Or else, you will wake up the next day in the morning, and you will look like some monster went berserk the night before. If you are like me, do not wear make up, then it save a lot of trouble.. heheh :). Dh must be thanking his lucky stars since I am not so into make up.

If you tend to have combination skin like me, thank your lucky star. I once went to a dermatologist and the doctor said, people who have oily skin tends to look much younger than their age.. hihi

Don't be tempted to buy products that is all glitzy and expensive. Ask for a sample first before buying any products over the skin care counters. FYI, I never buy expensive skincare products.

I once had a major breakout, which my dermatologist said, jerawat air.. which pimples tends to break out on your face all at once. And every person will have to endure this once in a lifetime. Thank God I endured mine after my SPM. My mom freaked out when she saw how those jerawat air break out all over my T-zone and arranged for appointment with the skin specialist. This is a NATIONAL EMERGENCY! Mind you, if you have major breakouts, do not be cheated by off the counter products. Go straight away to your nearest skin specialist. Even though it DOES cost a lot, bear in mind, for each visit, the bill will reduce. My mom was so excited to use my cleansing lotion, since first use already makes the skin much MORE softer and you don't feel any pimples at all.

Don't forget to exfoliate your skin once a week with face scrub, and tend to use mask every 2 weeks. Don't be like me, so lazy to stick to a beauty regime.

If you want my beauty advice, I would go for the simpler one. Air wudhu' and smile a lot. I am not much into my beauty regime, so if people ask for secrets, every time you wudhu', wudhu' with hati yang bersih and niat dalam hati muka pun bersih :)

People tend to look weird when I said I do not stick to a good regime. Heh, my parents have flawless skins and look really young, so the genetics tend to inherit to all of their daughters.. hehehe

And you men, do not forget to clean your face also and main bantai skincare products. You guys should have crash course on how to maintain a good regime for skincare.. :P

What newsblog?

Hey, what happened to Shouldn't it be a newsblog rather than a USJ community blog? Or my eyes are playing tricks?


Wednesday, 27 October 2004

The evil boss

We discussed about our MAPS and KPI yesterday, and I have done my targets accordingly as instructed by the boss. However, I am lagging 10% from the 100% marks the MAPS set and I don't know what to bluff about. Need to think really hard on that soon before I go kapot at Hospital Tawakal delivering my 2nd child.. heheh

The boss told me that he didn't want to confirm the new executive's post since the job is quite easy and the new executive didn't even want to learn a thing even though the boss already given the job descriptions months ago. I was shocked for a moment, but then I consider that it's never too late to learn, but that new executive just keep dumb of the things he had to do and I have to cover for him in most places. Oh well.. He had 8 non executives reporting under him but he didn't bother to learn much.. and I was the one keep knocking my head here and there [and rushing all over for the dateline] to do the budget and business planning even though his post's title is Executive, Budget and Business Planning. I even once get angry with him in front of other staffs because he didn't bother to do his job well and I have to correct his mistakes -which is quiet a lot-. Well, guess if you have a father with a really high post in HR, if you didn't do your job well, then let's conclude, it's the end of your career profile since the boss will not like you well.

The boss asked me whether I can cope with the new executive's job soon and I said, it should be ok with me since I covered 3 posts in my previous division without any people reporting under me. Well, guess I will have to learn new things under a/c receivable and asset/payment soon.

And about that E&Y thing, he just went to the interview last Monday and he confessed to one of the staff he didn't want to do audit actually. So what the he*k did he go for the interview in the first place?

[Aida drumming fingers, thinking]

Oh ya, BTW, he is quiet fickle minded in deciding his future. One thing I know, he wants to continue doing Master, the next thing I know, he wants to sit for professional papers and another thing pop up in his mind, he wants to leave the company VERY VERY soon.

As for me, I still have my hope to continue my study, but with dh taking the course with me and our children in tow, so at least one of us are not lagging and we can do assignments together, insya' Allah. For the moment, let's hope all turns well, and as Kak Nuun pointed out in her post yesterday..
"Dan janganlah kamu membunuh anak-anak kamu kerana takut kemiskinan. Kami akan memberi rezeki kepada kamu dan kepada mereka." ( Surah al-An'am : 151).

Maybe the rezeki will come unexpectedly at the right timing.. insya' Allah :)

Tuesday, 26 October 2004

My early birthday cake!

I am so delighted, I feel excited. I got my early birthday cake. Dh said it's nothing really, just a cheap cake. But it's nice and yummy and delicious. Dh bought chocolate sponge cake for me.. yeye..

Err, considering I celebrate my last birthday during confinement and my upcoming one, I will also certainly celebrate it in my 2nd confinement. So this is a special treat for me to eat as many as I like before I deliver the baby inside my tummy. Now what do I want for my birthday present? Mueheheh... >:) *and girls, please give me presents since I can't have cakes during confinement :P*

Amni also loves it, in fact, she keeps flapping her arms -like a chicken- to get more bites on that cake. I am also thinking to buy a cake for her this coming Aidilfitri, she will be 1-year-old at that time. She has grown termendously, my 10 kilogrammes daughter, who loves to eat :)

So today is our 12th day of Ramadhan, alhamdulillah. Come to think of it, we are actually 12/30 (that equals to 2/5) through the holy month. How times flies by, the next thing we notice, we will be halfway through it and the next thing we know, it's Syawal already. And I haven't prepare any new clothes for dh [he already had bunch of baju Melayu during our wedding affair] and my ownself, but for Amni, I already bought her clothes during Jusco anniversary sale.. Better early than never, eh?

And our raya baby will be coming, insya' Allah...
[Still counting the days]

Monday, 25 October 2004

Baby on the way

Nabi Muhammad SAW bersabda: "Berilah makanan kurma pada wanita yang hamil sebelum dia melahirkan, sebab yang demikian itu akan menyebabkan anaknya menjadi seorang yang tabah dan bertakwa (bersih hatinya)".

+ Alhamdulillah, I eat kurma everyday especially during Ramadhan.

Jamu - CHECK!
Baby's clothes - CHECK!
Mummy's clothes - CHECK!
Toiletries - CHECK!
Hospital bag - CHECK!

Oh my dear baby, when are you coming out?

Who likes Monday?

Someone shouted at me yesterday on the phone. I always wonder, why we couldn't talk in a civilised manner once in a while? It's ALWAYS sarcastic remarks that tend to leave ugly scars in my heart.

Maybe that's why I grow up with a very low self esteem as indicated in those quizzez about loving your own soul.

I cried and dh gave me a hug. I feel better afterward.

Anyway, today is a new day. New beginning.
Have a happy weekdays everyone.. err? Hehehe
Who likes Monday, btw? ;)

Friday, 22 October 2004

Book review?

Talking about books, is like you are really addicted with books. For me, I am not the kind of writer that can writes really well and give book reviews to people. I used to read tonnes of books when I was small, too many I suppose, since our siblings are addicted to it. We can finish one book in 2 days time (if we are not disturbed). And don't mention about all that book stacks at our father's house. The whole area for books is actually neatly stacked one book upon another, that our racks were overflowed and we have to stack most of the books on the floor. The house has a really big attic where we would keep our books. Last time, when we want to dispose our books- which we once read and wanted to throw away because of the overflowing books in the attic, we have to beg father to bring back 3 VERY BIG boxes and sell all the books 1/2 price! -I think, there is 1 box which father still put in his office, so if any of you wanna have a look, please tell me so I can arrange with my father to bring back the box.

When our teacher asks about our favourite hobby, 'reading' is on top of the list. While most students seem to write 'reading' as their hobby, we write it truly as reflected. Reading is still our favourite hobby -even though we are not SO into text books. I guess our parents plays a vital role in nurturing our reading, which both of them take the initiative to bring us to book warehouse sale, library and book shops. They wouldn't mind buying books for us and there is no questions asked about the amount spent.

But I guess reading makes us more knowledgeable about current issues. Even when I was eating my lunch, I can read the newspaper which covers my food quiet well. I guess the norm is not in for our Malaysians yet, which reading book along our way to work is like some people staring at aliens holding something in their hands.

So imagine my excitement when I meet my colleague who is SO INTO books like us! And err, another colleague who considers herself as not a bookaholic, but then still read books.. :)

I once wrote an article and send it to The Star about our book obsession. It was published in the internet and the editor requested me to do some book reviews on the books that I read, but somehow, I maybe just laze around and the project did not kick off as what the editor expected. I suppose writing is like a hobby that you have to really love, and it is not in my priority!

However, as to recommend some of the books that I read and I think good to share, I can list a few. But writing a review? Hmm, maybe if I am a little hardworking and have the idea, then I can write :). Later?

Thursday, 21 October 2004

Last night

I woke up at 3 a.m. in the morning when someone was touching me. I saw my daughter clinging to our bed post with her wet pants. She had crawled from her mattress and saw us sleeping on the bed.

I smiled to her.

It was good to know you are loved by the kid.. *tsk*
And it was heartening to know you see an innocent face who adores you well.

Pahala puasa ditolak [ding dong]

You know the anak orang besar HR who worked with me in this unit?
He wants to leave the company and join E&Y as auditor. I know that I should not bad mouthing him during Ramadhan, but I am so tired of doing his job that even my boss pitied me.

He OBVIOUSLY didn't want to learn much about his job and decided that TMB is not for him even though YTM has graciously give full scholarship for him to study oversea. Agaknya dia tengok kerja kat sini relax je, until he didn't want to learn anything.

Hadoi, I remember the first time I join TM, I stick to one of the staff like bee and honey to learn everything. I was actually defensive of him in the first place last week when the boss said he wanted to send the new executive to our GM's meeting. I told my boss, he is quiet new, but the boss ignored it and said.. "How long we should wait till he learn everything?" Ok, ok, good point boss.

And his computer skill.. let's just say, I wish him all the best. Powerpoint pun tak reti nak pakai, hadoiii! Sakit camni nak suruh buat kerja. Tapi chatting kat MSN dengan YM! terror pulak. Musykil aku dibuatnya - that's why in the first place I am so lazy to teach him about his work, since he cannot master the basic computer skill.

[ok, stop talking about him, pahala puasa aku dah kena tolak]

Wednesday, 20 October 2004

Tuesday, 19 October 2004

Oil price

On the rising oil price, let's hope the government will not rise the price of books. O pretty please, please *with sugar on top*. Not my books..

But I think even if the book price rise, we will still be addicted to buying it. It's like we are bookaholics? Like people addicted to cigarettes even though the government impose a higher tax? Euw.. sorry if my comparison seems a little weird. On a much happier note, book relief for the EA form will be increased from RM 500 to RM 700. And for those couples who choose self taxation rather than joint taxation, that will mean that both of you will get RM 700 relief from books (that accounted for RM 1,400 savings!), yeyyy!

To Aini, I am currently reading Shopaholic Ties the Knot and abandoned my quest of reading Abang Pat's series at the moment.

Chicken rice

I am back! I am back! -even though maybe some of you were thinking I have delivered my baby.. hehehhe.

Went back to Malacca last Saturday till yesterday. It's good to balik kampung after such a long time since we have to postpone our trip for a few weeks since the upper toilet was making our life difficult and the plumber had to come last few days to continue his work.

For those who has been trying to contact me, sorry since I didn't bring my charger and the handphone went dead. Try contact my husband's number in the future if I cannot be reached.

Our little girl also joined us during sahur as if she also fasts in the holy month of Ramadhan.. heheh.. So I have to also feed her.

I prepared chicken rice for the whole family last Sunday. Since anyone is not complaining about the chicken rice and all the chickens were gone in such a short time, it must be finger licious for them. Thank God -ok, this is the first time I cooked for dh's family [consisting of 8 person- including Amni] since MIL complained she had headache since she had been helping my FIL rubber tapping in the morning and it was raining.

I made the buka puasa meal in less than 1 hour [compared to MIL's recipe, and she even mentioned it took such a long time that my FIL complained when the chicken rice will be ready], so if anyone wants the quick recipe of chicken rice, I will post it later, k? Gosh, I am so amazed of myself!

P/S: And to Aini, Amni was still wailing till she went to sleep yesterday. Tak sempat nak cakap Mak Long dia kirim salam. She woke up at 5 a.m. to sahur with us :)

*And on last week adventure, Aida's and Firdaus's rides back home is REALLY not enjoyable.

Friday, 15 October 2004

The adventure of Aida and Firdaus

Ramadhan al-Mubarak is here, alhamdulillah :). The adventure of Aida and Firdaus starts early at 6.55 a.m. after they send their Amni to the babysitter's house. Their car vroomed smoothly along the way to Sentul [amidst traffic jam and honking cars, lorries, motorcycles] and reached the STAR Sentul station at 7.20 a.m. Firdaus was puzzled to see the parking lot empty and most cars parked outside. It seems that STAR car park had already started charging RM 2 per entry [o drats, there goes Aida's RM2/= for a car park]. Bear in mind, next time, oh my dear Aida, that if Firdaus park outside, it will be FOC. And Aida keep saying "Cheh, cheh and cheh" in her boggling mind.

Aida bought the to and fro ticket to Masjid Jamek station and hopped in STAR with Firdaus at 7.25 a.m. and arrived at the station at 7.35 a.m. -o gosh, the efficiency of STAR compared to PUTRA LRT.. hehehe

Firdaus boarded PUTRA for his next journey to the tall, very UN-unique buluh building situated next to Kerinchi station around 7.40 a.m. and Aida thinks he arrived there at 8.00 a.m. [as confirmed by Firdaus in his YM!]

So that's the end of their journey to work today.

*Let's see whether their journey back home will be as enjoyable as their journey to work
*Wishing a pleasant Ramadhan to dear reader/s [if any] and hope you guys get back on time as to not break your fast in cars or public transport.. ngeee :)

Thursday, 14 October 2004

On handphone and meditation

My handphone is personal. Sorry if I cannot attend to you friends out there a call, since some people from my old division keep calling me to ask about everything that I handover to them.

Excerpt of my conversation with the old division:
Mr I: You letak mana ye Mr S punya borang TT?
Me: It is sealed under Box 4 that I handover to Global Sales WAY back in July.
Mr I: How about Mr A claim?
Me: I put all the outstanding items under Box 4, ok? I DID handover to you guys 8 boxes of files.
*at this point, I am really angry. Last time they want my COMPLETE handover but they didn't even bother to check the 8 boxes that I handover to them and keep calling me to give the box number for them to check*

It is already middle of October by the way. Masya' Allah, sometimes there are certain people from my old division keep ringing my phone again and again and again as if they don't understand I am in a meeting or discussion. Tak hormat langsung - I wish they realise how valuable the people in operation team is.

Sorry o friends if I sometime forgot to answer a phone call. I am on meditation right now and my resolution is not to pick up the handphone unless you call me at the office. My apologies to Ina and Alang :)

Eating healthy during pregnancy

To ensure your baby is not overweight, do not eat or drink sweet things since glucose can make the baby REALLY big.
Ideal weight gain for pregnancy is 12 kg only, not as the Malaysian myth, around 20 kg max.
Do not consume more than 8 glasses of water per day to control the mother's weight
Eat healthy, more vegetables and fruits.
Eat the doctor's pills such as calcium lactate, folic acid and obimin. The pills do not make the baby bigger, as old wives tale told us.
There is no term on eating for two, eat like before you are pregnant, only much healthier choice of foods.
Heed for the doctor's advice, at all time.

On a much happier note, the doctor said I can deliver normal since the baby is progressing steadily and I pantang all those things he said to me that I cannot eat. Yey!!!

Huh, it's tough to tahan your urge not eating my favourites food, but I do not have much choice in this matter since I got pregnant after c-section.

Wednesday, 13 October 2004

On traffic jam

We were late because it was raining cats and dogs along the way and people use cars to travel to the office. And mind you, in front of Batu Caves to Jalan Kuching, there is a FALLEN construction crane.. Notice eh that KL is really developed and they like road construction here and there? It was like you want to develop everything really fast but the construction always will not finish as scheduled, ait? And the workers love to work after our office hour where there will be like tonnes of cars racing to go back home. Batu Caves loves road construction and I don't know why [last construction took about 5 years to finish] but the jam was really testing many people patience and we en route to Sentul.

However, since it was raining and there is also traffic jam along the way at Sentul, I managed to punch my card at 8.26 a.m. and not the usual 7.50 a.m. *note the boastful tone of me coming early to work*

Hope dh reach the office on time.

Tuesday, 12 October 2004

Haiku for my Amni

A wailing Amni
Left finger got bruised
Grew a teeth

Amni menangis
Jari kiri tersepit
Tumbuh gigi

Monday, 11 October 2004

The Race

Once upon a time there was a Malaysian Rowing Team.

To prove Malaysia boleh, there will be annual rowing race against Japanese Rowing Team.
It was agreed that each team to be made up of 8 men.
After months of intensive training, the Race began.

..the Japanese won.. by 1 km!!

Malaysians were furious with the team dismal performance.

The top management decided to win the race next year at any cost.
So they established a team of analyst to observe the situation and recommend an appropriate solution.
After several detailed analysis, the team found that the Japanese had 7 rowers and 1 captain.
Of course, the Malaysian team had 7 captains and... only 1 rower!

Facing such a critical scenario, the management team showed an unexpected wisdom: they hired a consulting company to restructure the Malaysian team.
After several months, the consultants came up with the conclusion that there were too many captains and too few rowers in the Malaysian team.
A solution was proposed on this brilliant analysis.


As of today, there will only be 4 captains in the team, led by 2 managers and 1 top manager and 1 rower.
Besides this, they suggested to improve the rowers working environment and to give him higher competencies.

Next year, the Japanese won by 2 km.

The Malaysian team immediately displaced the rower from the team based on his unsatisfactory performance.
But the bonus award was paid to the management for the excellent motivation the team had showed during the preparation phase.

The consulting company further prepared a new analysis, which showed that the strategy was good, the motivation satisfactory but the used tool had to be improved.

Currently the Malaysian team is designing a new boat.

Friday, 8 October 2004

To boast about my confidence level

I am really expanding my waist line with this second pregnancy. Today I realised, my jubah did not fit me anymore since I have gained weight at alarming speed.

However, to boast about my confidence level, I am much lighter than my 25 year old staff who is 62 kg, and I am only 58.5 kg being 8 and 1/2 months pregnant.


Confessions of a shopaholic

I don't know what to write about since we have the same idea how to make Kak Tini calm after her hectic days in the office. Shopping, shopping and more shopping. We scribbled and babbled about it at her shoutbox.

Aini: when r u going to get my ikea's catalogue? shopping is soothing experience, u know :)
Lynn: Yeah.. retail therapy rocks! hehehe
Me : aini, the four of us are shopaholics.. since shopping is soothing for us B-)
Me : u shd take a break.. go to ikea or jalan TAR for a change.. hehehe

I don't know why, but we went ga ga over preview sales, discounts and warehouse sale. Even the freebies part. Lucky at that time I was working @ Menara and when we saw an advertisement about Metrojaya or Jusco Preview Sale, we would worked our way out.. WAY before our 1 p.m. lunch break [actually around 11 a.m.] and shop hopping in Midvalley. We were not even guilty spending our moneys to buy lots and lots of items. But most of us resolved on buying something just because of the 70% off tag or special rock bottom price! And we have vast knowledge about the price before the discounts and keep asking opinions all over the gang whether this is worth buying -a.k.a. the cheap price.

And about the MPH warehouse sale? Hehehe.. since the four of us went frenzy over book sales, and we forced Lynn to drive all the way to Kelana Jaya, got lost along the way.. like 40 minutes, so we redeemed our lost times by buying tonnes and tonnes of books even though Aini and myself went to the warehouse sale a day before. I was spending like RM200+ on the books. And at 2 o'clock, the Visa and Mastercard machines got stuck somehow.. so we have to wait some more and went back to the office -amidst traffic jams and of course get lost again!- at 3.30 p.m.

Our communication chain were much faster. I would use e-mail to inform advertisement about warehouse sale somewhere during the weekend, and believe me, we found lots of warehouse sale advertisement in the Star - baby items, household, consumers, perfumes.. you name it, we found it!

I am not keen too much in spending when it is not sale time, but mention to us about sale, we will go ga ga all over, and even bought one or just two items to make us calm. As what Aini mentioned, shopping is a soothing experience :). But when it comes to rock bottom prices, bring us on, baby!

P/S: I don't feel guilty admitting I am a shopaholic since I spend my own money to shop and do not ask for my dh's moneys [including Tini and Aini].

Thursday, 7 October 2004

Over the moon

I didn't go ga ga because I saw diamonds or pearl jewellery -although I wish for it.. heheh.

But I went over the moon because dh bought me Lexus vegetable sandwich cream cheese cracker.

Remember that dh has a knack for remembering things vividly?
I want the biscuits like one month ago and he has been searching high and low for it in our area. But yesterday, he went back to his hometown and settle some matters. Went to a grocery shop [there are 2 grocery shops in Malacca that are MUCH cheaper than Mydin, Carrefour and Giant combined together] and saw my crazed biscuits :) and told my MIL he has been searching for it for a long time *hugs*

I am feeling romantic right now just because of some biscuits. Heh, how hard it is to please a woman?

Wednesday, 6 October 2004

The power of blog

I read in The Star like 3 weeks ago about frustrated parents who found out their teenage son has a blog. They feel sad that their son expressed his feelings through it. Strong words like "I want to kill my mom!" were used to express his anger towards his parents. They were saddened by it and do not see any good in writing the blog if it just expressed their son's negative attitude towards them.

Ahh, that's the power of blogging my friends. Here, a blog, is like an open diary, where our thoughts were read by real people, not just in Malaysia but all over the world - like what Neri expressed - IS IT LIKE COOL OR WHAT?

The blog opened our deepest secrets, tend to have ugly scars and memories of happy moments because we pour our heart and soul inside it. The parents should not view their son's blog as negative, but should tend to think outside the box, where they should see the blog as understanding their teenager's life and how to improvise it.

Yes, in a teenage life, the parents is always the upper hand. But the teenage life is where the transition is taking place, a stage where we transformed ourselves from a child to an adult. And along the way, there is sure anguish feelings towards the parents somehow.. and the thinking of "Why my parents said NO to this? And why they give permission for that?" That kind of stuff. So, the parents in the first place shouldn't been saddened by the view expressed by their son, teenage life is hard, more so with the influence of other people in the son's life -mostly from friends.

Even some blogs found stardom [there is congested traffic as a proof] like DZ's Gongkapas and Screenshot. A few days back, Screenshot ruffled a few feathers over here and there. And the blog owner was warned to be detained under ISA because some visitor (obviously) left a comment that is deemed not appropriate for the government. Hey.. it's like what? You cannot imprisoned the blog owner's or stop the blog from going, but what were they thinking, really? Go and catch the visitor who gave nonsense comments about Islam Hadhari, not the blog owner. If the government can trace back who starts the sensational e-mail on Siti, then why can't they trace back the visitor who keep writing negative comments at Screenshots?

Tehee.. I wonder why.

Tuesday, 5 October 2004

Flatter your wife

Guys, surprise your wife! And don't be a fool, like you don't know what to do. As if men are from Mars, and women are from Venus.
I really mean this, how bad it can be? It's simple, really. Your wife will fall in love head over heels all over again. It will spark the marriage. Don't be dumb founded when you husbands come to these stuff. You will find yourself pleased when you saw that you have pleased your wife BIG time :)

My suggestion:
A dinner date with your couple at night in some fancy restaurant, with candle lights and music
A nice vacation - really, to help you guys release the work stress and enjoy!

Eh, too much money? Here are other suggestion when budget is a concern:

[1] A simple home made meal
[2] Flowers - I don't mean just roses, you can try orchids, sunflowers etc.
[3] A box of chocolates
[4] Buy something that she will cherish; like scented candles, small bottle of perfumes - alah, the small one is quiet cheap, 5 ml costs around RM30+
[5] Toiletries - like Body Shop
[6] A card - like 'Miss You' or 'Remembering You' or etc.

And if you do not intend to spend money at all, why don't you:

[1] Hug and kiss her when she throws a tantrum? That's really the MOST EFFECTIVE method to chill her down
[2] Try calling her for once, not the other way around - note that it's always the wife calling their husbands and not the other way around
[3] When you are outstation, remember communications is REALLY important. Just give a quick call or SMS after you arrive to ensure us that you are safe and sound :)
[4] Peek at your wife's cheek
[5] Try to fix the house when she keeps babbling about it all the time - like trying to fix the sink - she will appreciate it that you do not have to be told again and again this or that need fixing
[6] Help with her household chores, she will feel much appreciated
[7] Just a stroll along the park / at the beach
[8] A simple heart to heart talk

See? It's that simple, REALLY. Like the time dh surprise me with the blue-i Samsung handphone since I gave my Nokia 3315 to my mom. I was flattered, really!
And when he kissed me before I went for Ceaserian to deliver Amni, that was really touching.
And when he helped me to boil the water for our daughter's milk :)

Keep the sparks in your marriage. A marriage is like playing a pack of cards. Do not lie it all at once, you will lose the thrills. Instead, lie it one by one, and there will always be surprises along your journey ;)

And give a target to each surprise. Like once a month, or once in a fortnight. She will be pleasantly surprised.

And please, do not forget the important dates. Like birthdays, wedding anniversaries. And try to make it up if you forget -buy a cake or presents- I mean really NICE present. She will be forgiving, you see? Ya ya, the wife always says she doesn't mind you forget this or that, but deep in her heart, she actually cherish if you remembers and give her nice things. And she will cry in her hearts when you forget your promises. Ask for forgiveness. Bak kata Ustaz Baharuddin - "There's no one right or wrong. Sesiapa yang meminta maaf dahulu, dialah yang paling baik". Remember your wife's duty, if there is a punch clock, I bet the wife's punch clock will start REALLY early in the morning [at 5 a.m.] and ends late at night [maybe around 11 p.m.].

And don't be too stingy on the budget, ajak makan luar la sometimes. Takkan asyik nak makan kat rumah je, give your wife and kids a treat :)

Hope I did supply you guys with some points ;)

Monday, 4 October 2004

Trip to PD

Was on EL last Friday. But since my boss is so nice and understands that having kids really make you feel sick, he let me off easily. I think this is my 4th time taking EL because of the daughter. Ummi called and asked whether we would like to join for her division's family day. Dh already planned to go back to Malacca this week but we are still 50-50 about it since I complained about my tummy ache a lot. Me and him were quiet confused since I have never had experience for normal delivery before and I was feeling like a ticking bomb already to explode, waiting whether the baby will come out. Eh, mama and Aini, how was it like to have labour pain?

So, a quick call by dh to ummi and we decided to enjoy ourselves in PD - not like some other mama who has to go there and attend a workshop.. tehehehe >:). Since it is a 'balik hari' event, I don't mind packing all those clothes to go swimming and extra clothes for Amni plus my own labour bag -in case, you know.

Arriving there at 9.20 a.m., we went to the beach straight away, but since the event were for kids, and Amni is not eligible to enter for it.. teheheh.. the staff at my mom's department said Amni can only enter 'makan pasir' contest, we went to the swimming pool. Luckily, ummi did not forget to bring Afiqah's pelampung -gosh, that swimming equipment was bought when Alyaa was like 2 or 3 years old [and now, my sis was like 19 years old]. She didn't cry when we first put her in the pool, although she seemed scared at first. It must be quiet a shock for my baby since the pool water is SO cold and she was freezing since we rendam half of her body in the water. It was fun clicking pictures here and there with Amni and dh in the water. In fact, Afiqah joined us to play in the kid's swimming pool. We were inside the pool till 11 a.m.

The next event started at 2 p.m. Since there is no accommodation, Amni had to sleep under a coconut tree and it was REALLY HOT that I pitied her.

Ummi got herself a mountain bike for her lucky draw and a BIG hamper since she won 2nd place for her musical chair contest. Dh joined the tug of war and volley ball event and won both! As for me, I joined tiup belon contest and isi air dalam botol. We cheated, of course during the isi air dalam botol event and landed ourselves with a nice BIG hamper, yum yum! And the balloon was so hard to blow that I was amazed some women managed to blow it until pecah! Gosh, they must have a very BIG tank of air inside their lungs..

The family day finished at 5.10 p.m. and we went back with sun burned skins. Amni macam puteri lilin, duduk bawak pokok pun, muka merah macam udang terbakar. During our way back, we were talking excitedly about Malaysian Idol - ok, my mom watched that TV show, heehee..

And this morning, I feel so LAZY to start working again, but have to do it since our CEO will pop in to look around this week.. hmmmm

Thursday, 30 September 2004

Wan Azizah, pride of all Malaysians

Sep 21, 04 3:18pm
Source: Malaysiakini

That former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim has been freed is certainly reason for us to be joyous and to hope for a better future for Malaysia. However, in the euphoria, I think we must also applaud his wife Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail for her courage, fearlessness, humbleness and good grace shown over the past six years.

True, she may not be a first-class debater in Parliament. She may not be the kind of tough and fiery leader we expect from a party of the old-style opposition.

However, the fact that she could weather all the storms as the wife of a man who was wrongly accused of being a sodomist while being the top leader of a multiracial movement during one of the most turbulent periods in Malaysian history speak volumes of her moral quality as a courageous and fearless but still very humble and humane person.

Don't forget: she had to take care of her children too, at the same time.

She wears a 'tudung' and has never lectured Malaysia or the world on theories of women liberation or gender equality. But Wan Azizah practiced these concepts in her daily life during the past six years.

At the risk of being accused as a sycophant, I must say that she is the most modern and liberated woman Malaysia has ever seen; not because of what she has preached but because of what she has done and what she has inspired others to do by her personal example.

Let us salute this brave woman - the wife, mother, fighter and conciliator named Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

She is the pride of all brave Malaysians. Syabas! Kudos!

Wednesday, 29 September 2004

Tips in scoring English SPM Essay Question

My SIL is sitting for her SPM this year. And we drilled her about so many subjects that if she didn't scored, she will be bullied by her 3 older brothers (including my dh) and one evil SIL (me) :).

She did asked on how to do well in her English paper -essay part. Oh boy! Her imagination is so lame, she always do her essay on fact basis and she scored disasterous marks because she did fact essay.

"An, let me see your essay questions." Me, the evil SIL, ordering her.. muehehe

Ok.. flip flip flip..

"So, which question did you attempt?"

An showed me no 5: Television

"And what did you write?"
"I write about the pros and contras of watching tv."
"Aiyoh, no wonder you have not been scoring for the essay part. You, what do you think about the 'Television' title when you see the title itself?"
"Facts about television"
"That is SO boring, dear An. Use your imaginations, let it flourish.. Takkan pasal pro and contra je when you see the title?"

At this point, her 2 brothers [including the evil dh] were also slamming her, joining me.

"Yalah An, fact essay is for university's students. Not for SPM level, lah"
"Eeekk.. no wonder you didn't score well. I did fiction last time. Azu, how about you?"
"Ya, me also la. Fact essay is really hard."

So, here I come again, to save the day. Pity my SIL even though I was slamming her before.

"You see, An, this title: TELEVISION. It doesn't have to be facts. You can write about magic television. You can write about Poltergeist coming from TV -that Steven Spielberg's movies. You can write moral story about how one boy didn't do well in his study because he keep watching TV. Or how he has no life because he keep studying and do not know how to entertain himself on watching TV."
"Eh, macam tu ka? I didn't know. I though the title suggest me to be doing pros and contras."
"Hey, you like watching Doraemon or not?"
"Ya, I like it."
"Well, let the imagination runs wild, la dear. Doraemon has magic door, and why can't you have a magic TV?"

[1] Do not do fact essay. It will tend to be boring for the examiner. Use your imagination. Let it flourish. Make the examiner dance with your essay! ;)

Dh interrupted.. "An, what do you think about pencil, if the topic was given to you?"

At this point, I want to smack my own head. I know my SIL can do it, but she didn't use her full potential yet.

Me: "Write about your magic pencil. How about one student scored 100% for each paper in the final exam because of the pencil!"
"Oh, I got it."
"And please don't start your essay with 'I have a magic pencil' statement. Start with something like..
"An, why you haven't been scoring in your exam lately?" asked the teacher. That's when I remembered my magic pencil. It was stolen from me.'
You see? Catch the attention of the examiner."

[2] Do not start your fiction essay with a lame and boring statement, catch the examiner's eyes with an event -like conversation.

"And please don't end your essay with statement 'Alas, it's only a dream.' It will surely kill the joy of the examiner reading your fiction. Bayangkan mu tengah kena kejar vampire, tiba-tiba.. akhirnya saya bermimpi? The examiner will slash the marks, for SURE! Tengah syok baca, tiba je An tulis camtu sebab nak habiskan esei."

[3] Do not end your essay lamely. And never use ending like: "It's only a dream" or "It's only my imagination".

Azu: "Fiction essay, you will have no wrong grammar. It will all be in past tense."
Good point BIL!

"Ohh... I always do mistake with present tense."

[4] You do not have to worry about your grammar. All fiction essays are in past tense.

"Use the English peribahasa to score. Like 'It is no use to cry over spilt milk anymore'."
"Err.. I do not know how to insert idioms in the essay la kak Aida."

-Aiyeeee... your SPM is just next month and you said this? Smack my head, smack my head.

[5] Use your English idioms. But, DO NOT OVERDO it. It's like showing off. 2 or 3 idioms in the essay would be nice :)

Hope my SIL and friends will score for the upcoming SPM! Even though, it's a bit TOO late for it. Good luck!

Tuesday, 28 September 2004

Melayu kaya dengan budi bahasa

Hahaha.. The Malays are not kaya with budi bahasa, especially the men. I am 32 weeks pregnant, travelling with LRT to and fro. And did any Malay gentlemen offer me their seats even though it was CLEARLY stated -These seats are reserved for pregnant women and elder people: Aren't we courteous? Err, NO!

The ride back home from Masjid Jamek to Terminal Putra was much scarier. The LRT was packed but not a single gentleman would offer their seats. OK, I got it.. if I shout out I am delivering a baby at that moment, then, whould they offer their seats? *hmm, that's one of Aida's brilliant ideas* I wonder how I am going to travel during the Ramadhan time if everyone is ignorant?

A Malay gentleman once just ignored my bulging tummy in front of his eyes and keep chatting with his wife once!
Eh hello, mata mu dok mana? Kat lutut ke?

I stared at him really really hard and wished that stare would start a fire on his shirt for his 'un'budi bahasa manners. Hmm, some wishful thinking. I am not Clark Kent from Smallville. And he ignored me all the way!!!! Arghh..

I much prefer the Chinese, they offer their seats when they saw me and just stand up, without their sweetness. Boy, was I glad! It's weird that some weird persons noticed me pregnant and offered their seats- you know? The Chinese boy with the red coloured hair, the very sexy Chinese lady and even one Chinese auntie were kind enough to me. I was stunned, nonetheless!

Some mantra the Malaysians have: Melayu kaya dengan budi bahasa. Blegh :P! Maybe they should change it to: Chinese know their manners. Reserve my opinion for the Malay women, some young women did graciously offer me their seats with the exception of aunties of 30 years ++.

And now, me feeling really breathless just to walk from the office to Masjid Jamek station. Usually, I would just take less that 10 minutes to arrive at the station, but I have to take slow, long walk rather than the usual fast walk I have adopted. Yesterday, I was panting and out of breath, since I ran all the way to the station since it will be raining. Masjid Jamek is seriously a water flooded area, and I don't want to be stuck in the heavy rain and see some dead drug people in the flood.. Euwww! I would surely freak out!

Am seriously considering driving the car to the office, but the 5.30 p.m. jam makes me want to cry. I wish that they would adjust the office hour from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday, 27 September 2004

On that MU!

Manchester United won 1-0 over Tottenham Hotspurs last Saturday.
And here I was hoping the Manchester United glory days would be over since they keep getting equal goals and there is no Ruud Van Nistleroy or Wayne Rooney to save the day.

And the 1 gol was contributed by Ruud Van Nistleroy. Ceh, pergi le sambung honeymoon kau -Ruud just got married, dear friends.. aku baru nak celebrate kejatuhan Manchester United.

Seems that MU climb the EPL league back to 5th place. Before that, Liverpool that played like **** already potong MU. Hopefully Arsenal [or Chelsea?] will maintain their EPL winning streak.

Hampagas betul. Wayne Rooney is back after his leg injury, d***!



Pacifier and the weekend

We spring cleaned the house. Me and my hubby. I swept the floors with broom while the hubby mop it. He was helping me, with a very manja baby on his arm. So we have to do the task alternately. Thank God we spring cleaned the house. There is no room for Amni to spring cleaned it all by herself.

Next week list was to spring clean the upper floor and to clean the bathroom.

Went to Jusco Wangsa Maju and bought some day clothes for the new baby.

Did nothing, just make some bihun sup for hubby. And went to IKEA in the afternoon. We just look here and there.. There's nothing much since I have to decorate the house in a very simple way - thinking with a baby in tow.. So, buat penat je kalau pasang decorations mahal-mahal, lepas tu ada pula budak kecil nak ambil semua decoration tu. We bought lots of storage items, like baskets and boxes..

Faham-faham jelah budak kecil suka memunggah barang yang tak simpan elok-elok dalam box. Barang mainan Amni pun dah ada bakul sendiri.

Now the list of items still pending for the new baby -pacifier. Kak Long Amni kedekut puting, taknak bagi kat adik baru puting yang dia pakai [mementang puting dia dah lembik :P].

Went to Aini's home and forgot to bring Amni's pacifier. Has to borrow Auni's and I think she tends to think the puting has a really weird taste since she keep popping it out of the mouth and tend to look closely at it.


Friday, 24 September 2004

To those who has been missing me...

My out of office Auto Reply:
I am on training at TTC from 20-23 September 2004.
Any urgent matter, please contact my superior: En Z or my staff, Puan S and Puan Z.

I have started reading Saga Artakusiad back. As now I am an avid book buyer, most of my books were stacked and in the waiting list to be read. I think I have become like Alyaa, wasting money to buy books, but lost the interest since my daughter also wants to read the same book with me.

This week, I travelled to and fro the training centre using LRT, so most of my times in the LRT, I spend by reading the books of Abang Pat. I just moved to the second book: Kota Arialun.

But the training is really fabulous. The class consist only 15 people, and the instructors DO ignore me sleeping in the class. But, since everyone is alert and hear the lecture really well, I do feel ashamed of myself. Bohoho.. lagipun, kelas training yang aku ambil ni pasal 7 Kejayaan Mukmin. Siap belajar pasal time management lagi. Uh, rasa macam membazir masa laks - 'insaf sekejap' mood, sekejap je tapi >:)

So right now, I think mama is really jealous of us because we got to ronggeng puas-puas for 4 days [mind you!] at TTC and she has to finish her works.. muahahahaha :P

That's my post of the week. Sekian, terima kasih :)

Friday, 17 September 2004

A housewife: supermom, tough job but BIG at heart

When Tini and Aini both voiced their heart's desire to be a housewife, seems like we were having sort of magic feelings to be surirumah mithali.

I have a cousin who get married after she finished her master. But, up to date, she never tried hard to find job and she is happy with her decision to be a housewife. Once she told my aunt, that if she knew she will be a housewife, then she only need to study till SPM and do not need to study further anymore. But I was like thinking, why housewife is always considered to be having a limited education, it's a good exposure to study for degree and master, but it is also a very wise decision of being a housewife.

This is where our heaven stood, ladies. Being with our family, jihad at the kitchen, shed tears and smile to see our babies growing.

You know that kids tend to develop really fast when you are not aware. And when you realise it, your kid has grow up! *sob*- I seem to be VERY emotional lately.

Yesterday when I told my husband about my heart's desire for the **th time, he wisely keep quiet. That old man, he knows that housewife is really a challenging job.

And hey, if I did become a housewife, I would take care of my children and Aini can send hers to me and I can charge RM200 per child.. teeheee >:)

Our old people tends to think housewife is not a job and encourage us to work and study, but this where our pahala lies, o dear wives. It doesn't matter that you miss the latest gossips in the office, or you don't have the money to support your own self. I believe Allah will show us the way if we redha about our fate and decision :)

So, here is to all working moms out there, wishing to be housewife -may Allah bless you for your heart's desire and may He granted your wish :)

Thursday, 16 September 2004

Being a computer literate person

Ok, I am just back from the new executive's place and he asked me to insert a table in Microsoft Word. I was like, wow... no wonder he didn't know how to use Microsoft Excel in the first place, and he doesn't know how to link from one Excel sheet to another. And here I was being a teacher, a very quick and fast teacher teaching the application because I was thinking he knows what I am talking about.. hehehe

I attribute my computer skills after studying in MMU for 4 years. Gosh, and here I thought I was the one who is dumb enough because I didn't know there were so many Excel functions -oh ow, BTW, Excel is a very powerful tool since it can extract account from A to Z.

Like Aini just said in her e-mail :P, she has to teach her UIA grad lawyer husband on how to design websites :P

I guess studying in MMU is not bad at all, eh? Compared to the new exec - he graduated from UK (no offense oversea students).

Duh, like we have one joke of MMU student..
How fast we can type [like how many words per minute] if we used Yahoo Messenger?
[ok, the fast typing skill is very useful when you want to update blogs, chatting and sending e-mail to kawan-kawan.. hahaha]

I think MMU can get the Malaysian Book of Record certificate for producing the highest number of computer literated graduates.

And here I thought me like so-so when it comes to computer since dh has gracefully installed Windows Server 2000 and Red Hat Linux in the laptop..

Teheee... useful skill eh?