Thursday, 29 March 2007

I am feeling restless

For the past few weeks, I cannot sleep if the clock does not tick half past 11.
And tonight, I only managed to sleep from 12 a.m. to 3.30 a.m.

Keep having dreams on giving birth. The O&G told me Dr John / Fong will be on standby mode this weekend. I told my baby to come out when it was Dr. Rahman's turn (save budget sikit, ok?).

I will be doing my confinement alone, I suppose. Today marked my 38th week, and I should give birth anytime soon.

Tuesday, 27 March 2007

The love/hate notes.. err

  1. My backaches had been killing me lately.
  2. My O&G had warned me, if I piled another kg during our next check up (which is due tomorrow), I will be admitted to ICU.
  3. I should have a break, but my boss had nominated my name as GEMS resource person at state level. The problem is, he didn't realise I am due anytime, and the train-the-trainer session is next month (actually, he had never noticed that I am pregnant at 9 months).
  4. I should take a break, yet the boss still search for me about admin matters. In fact, he didn't know about our unit's organisation structure eventhough he had been in our unit for nearly 1 1/2 year (actually, we only have 8 persons in the unit).
  5. The co. is currently busy with March's account closing. And the task of consolidating the financial documents at State level falls under me. Arghh!

Friday, 23 March 2007

Book review: Honk! If You're Malaysian

"Lydia Teh, the observer of the absurdities of Malaysian life, returns with more absurdities of life and oddities of human behaviour. Everything in life is grist for her mill; there's always something in the nothingness of everyday life that does not escape her pin-sharp eye. In this collection of anecdotes, she brings on more trenchant observations that capture the variegated textures and nuances of Malaysian life as it is lived." Eric Forbes

This is a short anecdotes about Malaysians way of viewing life. I have never read a book /column written by Lydia Teh, but so far, I find this book really entertaining. Based on observations from her, I realised, what most Malaysians taken for granted; about our neighbouring countries, our amusement in our life, traffic jams, the Internet, the buzz about blogging, Malaysia Boleh spirit! and etc. She jots down her anecdotes in such entertaining ways that it reflects our own stupidity. And we can laugh at ourselves since we can connect with her writings, as a Malaysian.

Thursday, 22 March 2007

6 weird things about me

Tagged by the ever elusive kak Raiyan :)

1. I love books. I wrapped them with plastic covers after an agreement with Aini was made when we were in form 4. That we should wrapped the book and uphold its dignity (hehehe..). I will only read the book after it was wrapped. And as what Aini mentioned, satu kesalahan bagi aku sesiapa yang pinjam buku aku, tapi buat macam harta dia (oh, I have found a few, memang mengamuk sakan). Even I read the book with sudut tirus, ok? And if I get a free bookmark, accompanied with the book, I will not tear it from the book (sayang oo), but when I lend it to people, some people had the nerve to tear my bookmark and use it! ARGHHH... haram bagi aku untuk meminjamkan buku kepada orang yang sebegitu. If I borrow a book, I will make sure the book will be stretched first (tindan pakai buku yang berat atau kalau tahap parah, iron sikit) before I give it back to the owner.

2. I had a habit of cleaning the toilet every 2 weeks. But then, when I am taking my bath, sometimes I can clean the toilet when the dirt started showing - seperti menyental sink. Since now I am heavily pregnant, the task falls to my husband and I shall inspect the outcome after he did the cleaning. Usually, I will also do some extra cleaning after he has done his job.. (sayang suami aku :P)

3. I had the aura of being lazy when I was in university. It rubs on my twin especially the burn-the-midnight-oil lamp syndrome (study last minutelah tu sebelum exam). But the weird thing is, I can get addicted to games when we were in our final exams. I used to get addicted to virtual golf, bricks, virtual motorcycle racing, Daytona and tetris. I would play these games till 10 p.m. the night before the exam. And started studying after that. I survived on exam tips given by our classmates.

4. If a guy had a crush on me (during my unversity days), I do not know whether this is weird or not.. tetapi ada piawai kebangsaan yang harus dipatuhi. But then I realised, Aini always commented on the guy and gave her opinion whether the guy is suitable or not for me (she even gave free advise thru web chatting for the guys who tried to approach me, weird huh? Macam kakak kaunseling pulak jadinya). So my first piawai kebangsaan for guy friends is actually Aini :P. Sometimes, I only know about the guy having crush on me after Aini solely rejected him for me.. bagus tak kakak aku? Hihihi

5. I do not like dilly-dallying with the guys who put hopes on me. Kalau aku cakap "Aku taknak jadi special kau", and the rejection seems brutal, sorry! (rather than "Nantilah, belum tiba masanya" - euww, standard answer for the girls). Go on with your life, ok? I promised not to tell anyone that you approached me.

6. I really can get stressed when I saw a home deco magazine. It shows the ever exclusive house, where I know I cannot do much about our own home. I loved English country style homes, but as of current, I need to think on how to repaint all our furnitures white with 2 kids + another incoming. (Anyway, saya jaranglah sangat membeli majalah sebegini. So imagine my shock when my husband bought Impiana last Tuesday).

Sunday, 18 March 2007

She just stopped

At 3 years, 4 months and 3 days old as of yesterday, she just stopped consuming her Dugro 3+. My mom told me yesterday that she said she wanted her milk, but when mom makes her milk, she refused to drink it.

And as of today, I had the privilege of being refused by her after I prepared her milk (when she told me she wants one) at 10 a.m. She spent her afternoon at my mom's house and said to my mom "Amni dah besar, Amni tak minum susu lagi." Just like that she stopped taking her milk! *blink blink*

She insisted us to prepare her milk when she wants to go to sleep. I was so glad she still insist on it, eventhough her milk intake reduce from, like 3 times a day to just 1 time a day. But it just nailed in my brain, my daughter had grown up! *sob*

On another note, I have finished reading wife-lit (dark humour) book entitled How To Kill Your Husband by Kathy Lette. Eh, it's not a DIY manual on the topic, it's a wife lit, OK? I would sing praises for this book, since it outlines the pitfalls of working couple dilemma, on finding your perfect husband, and how to ditch your husband who cheats on you.

If you enjoyed Sophie Kinsella's books (with warm, fuzzy, happy feeling), this book is NOT a healthy read for people who believe in happily ever after (including moi). I was exempted from it for the time being, since I actually enjoyed reading the book.

Anyway, don't say I didn't warn you girls out there about it.

Got to stop writing, I have to do some ironing and catch my missed episode on Heroes.

Friday, 16 March 2007

Ini untuk Siti dan kita yang pernah remaja

Lewat tengahari semalam, di stesen LRT itu, dalam keadaan hujan yang lebat dan tidak mungkin reda, saya bertemu Siti. Siti yang duduknya satu bangunan dengan saya, ketemu adiknya di sana.

Kami sama-sama meredah hujan yang turun seperti hendak membelah bumi. Dan di sebalik kaki-kaki kami yang menongkah arus, harus saya yang bertanya keadaannya sekarang. Dia masih lagi ceria, tetapi terasing dari kawan-kawan. Dia, yang saya kira antara kawan-kawan yang cukup tabah dan tidak pernah peduli dengan kata-kata orang. Memang tidak pernah bernanah di hati sekiranya ada orang yang dengki dengannya.

Itulah yang saya maksudkan. Dengki. Saya sendiri terkejut dengan apa yang berlaku dengannya. Apalah yang hendak digaduhkan dengan gred dan pangkat. Saya kira, kalau Siti boleh menolak takdirnya itu, dia lebih gembira duduk di bawah daripada duduk melangit tinggi di atas sana. Bukannya melangit pun, tapi sebab dengki, semua orang nampak seperti dia yang merampas kuasa.

Saya pujuk Siti. Biarlah-biarlah. Biarlah apa yang orang kata. Yang penting, kita sebagai rakan mengenalinya. 8 tahun bersama, kita kenal dari akar umbi lagi.

Dan inilah kisahnya untuk kita yang pernah remaja, saya pernah serumah dengan dia. Fikrah kami sama. Jalan kami sama. Kami memang sama-sama suka membuta di pagi hari (tetapi Siti masih lagi juara!). Kami akan sama-sama belajar sehingga lewat pagi, siap bermarathon menghabiskan bacaan atau latihan, semata-mata untuk peperiksaan. Meja makan yang mengisi ruang tamu itulah menjadi mangsa. Mujur juga rumah sewa itu tiada TV, kalau tidak, khayal ke mana! Saya pernah menghabiskan buku Human Development yang setebal 600 muka surat itu dan berkulit keras gara-gara marathon belajar dengan Siti. Siti, masih ingat lagikah saat itu?

Sibuk bermarathon, saya sempat membuang masa mengasah bakat melukis semula gambar-gambar di dalam majalah (dek kerana stress?). Hari itu kami tidur lewat, jam 4 pagi baru tersungkur di atas tilam.

Dan ada di suatu hari, kami sibuk di dapur menyediakan makanan untuk open house, tetapi Siti masih lagi berdengkur. Hahaha..

Kami tidak pernah putus hubungan ketika memilih haluan masing-masing semasa di kampus. Tahu-tahu, Siti sudah jadi orang besar di Cyberjaya. Sama macam Puan Aini kita. Dapat makan semeja dengan Datuk Siti Hasmah. Saya juga yang melangguk di meja yang lain, tetapi dapat makan dengan sungguh lahap, tanpa protokol membataskan diri. (Saya memang kuat makan semasa di universiti dulu.)

Ah, itu cerita untuk Siti dan kita yang pernah remaja.

Thursday, 15 March 2007

36 weeks

Yes, yes, I am entering my 36th week today.
So I thought I want to surprise my blog readers after I gave birth to my 3rd child. And considering that maybe someone will faint with the news (I have not figured out who will faint yet..), I decided that I should break the news to you guys beforehand since:

(1) Has anyone makes any grand news about having their 3rd child recently? I think the answer is NO :P
(2) I don't want the TH people scold me (in case someone accidentally inform them that I am pregnant)
(3) I got to know that I was pregnant after I stopped eating my contraception pill (tak sampai sebulan pun) and after I attended the medical checkup for Hajj last July
(4) I went beserk when I found out I am pregnant since I already took meningcocol injection (which the medical doctor informed me, it was never tested on pregnant woman before)
(4) I don't want to go gung ho upon Dr Rahman. He did said that I should pull back from my plan to go for Hajj, but being a stubborn patient (ah yes, he gets the shock of his life -I thought I was giving him his heart attack- when I informed him one week before I went for Hajj), I did make the trip! Alhamdulillah, dapat haji akbar!
(5) I was 5-month pregnant when I went for my Hajj. And YES, everyone noticed I am pregnant. And YES, it's not ONLY me who is pregnant... ramai rupanya!!
(6) Not even my MMU friends noticed that I am 5-month pregnant when I attended their open house.. (tehee, rasa slimlah pulak :P)

My EDD is on 11/4, but based on past experience, Dr Rahman said that I gave birth to Fawwaz when I entered 38 weeks and 3 days. After a rough calculation, I should give birth on 1/4. The doctor mentioned that the baby is in sujud position (I met him yesterday), so it will be easier for me to give birth (I went beserk and said, "Doktor, sakit tau bersalin ni..")

We haven't decide the name of our baby yet (I am more relaxedlah nowadays, since this is our third child).

Oh yep, the baby is moving very active inside my tummy, I had backaches and I gained 11kg for this pregnancy (Dr Rahman already said the possibility of c-sect if I don't control my weight beyond the 10kg mark since I have a C-sect history). Erpp!

Everyone, let's pray I have a normal delivery again this time :)

Monday, 12 March 2007

The sleepy kids

Last Friday, at 5.00 a.m., awakened by his deep slumber, he made an unusual request (with tears and hiccups) to sleep with his father.

"Amin, kenapa Amin?"
"(Sob sob) Amin nak tidur dengan abah..."

And so it goes, the daily routines, when he was awaken at night, he would come to our bed and sleep with us.. (aiyoh, nak manja dengan abah lagi yer?).

And here was a snapshot taken on Saturday's afternoon nap on how much he enjoyed sleeping on our bed with his father beside him.

As for the sweet, goody-goody kakak (she weighs 18kg last Saturday!), she didn't mind sleeping alone on the mattress which she shared with Amin.

My daughter had grown up! And yesterday, after much fighting with her adik while the parents were taking their afternoon nap, she finally goes to sleep at 6.30 p.m. and just got awake this morning at 6.00 a.m. to take her morning dose of Dugro 3+.

Oh, and being a good girl (she is), she takes her milk in her Gerber cup (after not much insistent speech from their mother about how big she had grown, and she should learn to drink her milk from her magic no spill cup).

As for me, I bought a new plant when I saw my staff bought this for a mere RM 10 at Central Market (with the vase, the bamboo and the jelly). And since the salesperson remarked that I only need to change the water once a month, (piuh, what a relief!) harapnya pokok saya ni tumbuh dalam keadaan yang segar dan tak layu / mati seperti pokok-pokok sebelumnya (I admit it, I am not much into gardening...).

Dh remarked on his first time seeing a plant being planted inside the jelly, and I said the technology had been invented years ago.. (Aduh, susah nak cakap dengan budak yang membesar kat kampung ni.) He grows up with chickens, goats and being forced to be a free labour at his father's dusun. And he was surprised I didn't know what tungau is all about (ok, my mom also didn't know about it :P).

Saya budak yang membesar di bandar, OK?

Thursday, 8 March 2007

Last weekend with the kids

Iklan susu coklat - ada moustache kat atas bibir anak-anak

The three stooges selepas makan sate di rumah orang baru dapat anak. Pelahap betul budak-budak ni, memang sedap sate tu! (sehingga menjilat jari)

The three stooges sambung melepak lagi (marah oi kalau geng dia kena tegur)

Tuesday, 6 March 2007

The list

Err, I've gone beserk when I saw PB's book list. But maybe I should jot down the books that I've read, wondering if I can reach 100 like what she did :P

1. The DaVinci Code (Dan Brown) - I would only read Dan Brown if his next book is as powerful as this book, but the film (which falls way down than my expectations) diminish my hopes on it
2. Angels & Demons (Dan Brown)
3. Deception Point (Dan Brown)
4. Digital Fortress (Dan Brown)
5. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (JK Rowling)
6. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (JK Rowling)
7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (JK Rowling)
8. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (JK Rowling) - love the book, love the film
9. Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix (JK Rowling) - I stopped reading HP after the 5th book, guess my HP mania is cured
10. Confession of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella) - the start of me getting hooked to chic lits
11. Shopaholic Goes to Manhattan (Sophie Kinsella)
12. Shopaholic Ties The Knot (Sophie Kinsella)
13. Shopaholic and Sister (Sophie Kinsella)
14. Once and Always (Judith McNaught)
15. Almost Heaven (Judith McNaught)
16. A Kingdom of Dreams (Judith McNaught)
17. Paradise (Judith McNaught) - my favourite book from JM
18. Perfect (Judith McNaught)
19. Can You Keep a Secret? (Sophie Kinsella)
20. The Undomestic Goddess (Sophie Kinsella)
21. Pelangi, Kami Ingin Ke Sana (Nor Azah Abdul Aziz)
22. 1511H (Kombat) (Faisal Tehrani) - excellent book about jihad
23. Advencer Si Peniup Ney (Faisal Tehrani)
24. Tunggu Teduh Dulu (Faisal Tehrani)
25. Detektif Indigo (Faisal Tehrani)
26. Pei Pan (Ramlee Awang Murshid) - read the book first, then watch the drama
27. Rahsia Perindu (Ramlee Awang Murshid) - good thriller book, he can be compared to Sidney Sheldon
28. Tell Me Your Dreams (Sidney Sheldon) - first book from SS, I got hooked after that
29. Nothing Lasts Forever (Sidney Sheldon)
30. The Sky Is Falling (Sidney Sheldon)
31. Morning, Noon and Midnight (Sidney Sheldon)
32. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom) - watched the telemovie first
33. Tuesdays With Morrie (Mitch Albom) - excellent inspirational book about life greatest lesson
34. A Walk To Remember (Nicholas Sparks) - excellent book, even my mum finished reading it in one night
35. 50 Facts That Should Change The World (Jessica Williams) - the facts should open our eyes about the current condition of the world
36. Permata Aurorius (Ahmad Patria Abdullah) - the start of Saga Artakusiad, he is one of the earliest sci-fi Malay writers that I know
37. Kota Arialun (Ahmad Patria Abdullah)
38. Kembar Artakus (Ahmad Patria Abdullah)
39. Petua Azkram (Ahmad Patria Abdullah)
40. Puteri Alindalia (Ahmad Patria Abdullah)
41. Pedang Aurora (Ahmad Patria Abdullah)
42. The Bride of Willow Creek (Maggie Osborne)
43. I Do, I Do, I Do (Maggie Osborne)
44. The Duke & I (Julia Quinn) - I loved the Bridgerton series, need I elaborate more? (up to book 5 only)
45. The Viscount Who Loved Me (Julia Quinn)
46. An Offer From A Gentleman (Julia Quinn)
47. Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Julia Quinn)
48. To Sir Phillip, With Love (Julia Quinn)
49. When He Was Wicked (Julia Quinn)
50. It's In His Kiss (Julia Quinn)
51. On The Way To The Wedding (Julia Quinn)
52. Minx (Julia Quinn)
53. First Lady (Susan Elizabeth Phillips)
54. Nobody's Baby But Mine (Susan Elizabeth Phillips)
55. Lady Be Good (Susan Elizabeth Phillips)
56. Remember When (Judith McNaught)
57. Devil In Winter (Lisa Kleypas)
58. How To Marry A Marquiss (Julia Quinn)
59. The Boy Next Door (Meg Cabot)
60. Boy Meets Girl (Meg Cabot)
61. The Marriage Bed (Laura Lee Guhrke)
62. Bagaimana Akhirnya Saya Bertudung (Endok Sempo)
63. 50 Wasiat Rasulullah s.a.w. Untuk Wanita (Majdi As-Sayyid Ibrahim)
64. The Dilbert Principles (Scott Adams)
65. Atlas of the Quran (Dr. Shawqi Abu Khalil) - book was bought at Madinah during our Hajj journey
66. Islamic Fatawa Regarding Women (Muhammad Abdul-Aziz Al-Musnad)
67. Touch of Enchantment (Teresa Medeiros)
68. Whisper of Roses (Teresa Medeiros)
69. Fairest of Them All (Teresa Medeiros)
70. Coraline (Neil Gaiman) - fantastic book, I have nightmares for one week after reading this :P
71. The Hobbit (JRR Tolkein)
72. Seruan Dari Kaabah (Ustaz Daud Che Ngah)
73. My Best Friend's Girl (Dorothy Koomson)
74. For the Roses (Julie Garwood) - best book from her, so far. In fact, it was so good that the novel was turned into a miniseries
75. Come the Spring (Julie Garwood)
76. One White Rose (Julie Garwood)
77. Ransom (Julie Garwood)
78. The Wedding (Julie Garwood)
79. Something Wonderful (Judith McNaught)
80. A Holiday of Love - short stories from romance authors
81. Whitney, My Love (Judith McNaught)
82. In Her Shoes (Jennifer Weiner)
83. Hatiku Terluka Di Bukhara (Wan Hashim Wan Teh)
84. The Millionaire in Me (Azizi Ali)
85. Jutawan Dari Planet Jupiter! (Azizi Ali) - he wrote about sound financial advice to be applied in Malaysian content
86. Chicken Soup for The Father's Soul (Jack Canfield)
87. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Stephen R. Covey) - ok, I cheated, I read the worksheets and the presentation from the organiser, but nevertheless, it makes me understand the book much better
88. The Make Up Girl (Andrea Semple)
89. Asam, Garam, Gula & Kopi (Abd Jalil Ali) - collections of short articles on understanding marriages and how to make it works
90. The Suitcase Kid (Jacquline Wilson)
91. The Lottie Project (Jacqueline Wilson)
92. Anne of Green Gables (LM Montgomery) - love the miniseries!
93. Anne of Avonlea (LM Montgomery)
94. Anne of the Island (LM Montgomery)
95. Anne of Windy Poplars (LM Montgomery)
96. Jurassic Park (Michael Crichton) - the book is way much better than the movie
97. Andromeda (Michael Crichton)
98. Darkfall (Dean Koontz)
99. A Quiver Full of Arrows (Jeffrey Archer)
100. A Twist of Fate (Jeffrey Archer)

..opss, have I reached 100?

Saturday, 3 March 2007

The MPH Distributor Warehouse Sale

From top to bottom:
1. Secrets of A Summer Night - Lisa Kleypas
2. The Success Principles - Jack Canfield
3. Honk! If You Are Malaysian - Lydia Teh
4. Shopaholic & Baby - Sophie Kinsella
5. For The Roses - Julie Garwood
6. The Tutti-Frutti Collection - Jean Ure
7. The Usborne Book of World History Dates - Jane Chisholm

Not in the picture:
A few activity books for the kids, a few pocket books for dh, a LOT of books and magazines for my 2 younger sisters (including a Grammar book, ok). And as the second oldest with an earning income, I got to pay the books for them (ermph, as a treat).

Total spent = RM 332
(not bad eh, considering I spent a whopping RM 600+ 2 years ago on the same event :P)

Friday, 2 March 2007

The long lost friend that we met

So, I had the opportunity to meet Yat, our long lost bestfriend, way back at school 10 years ago (ok, so when I phrased it, I did seemed old, eh?)

I got to know she was posted to Kangar 2 years ago as a pharmacist (serene town, lucky her), but since she is so into her books (like us), and most bookshops in Perlis are thriving because of high demands in Malay novels, she survived with her English novels from a local library in Perlis. She said, thank God she found the library, if not, she will have shortage of English novels to read. And her interest is still focused on romance genre. And we were still amazed of her knowledge about the life of the authors -yes, I got to know yesterday about JM who had fall short from my expectation, that her husband was dead (not divorced) when she wrote 'Remember When'.

Oh we chitchatted like there is no tomorrow, talking about our life (summary of 10 years). After the lunch, we talked about books (our favourite past and present indulgence). Since all of us are bookworms, it was such a happy coincidence when we decided to go to CM to rent books for her to indulge in her reading hobby. 'Aku dah lama tak pinjam buku kat sini,' she said yesterday. She picked 6 books at one go. She reviewed a book that I was about to choose, and I said to her if it is good for her, then this book will also be good for me.

With a quick peek at her cheeks, and a goodbye when I showed her the way to the LRT (she had another appointment with her friend), we parted ways, and I reminded her to call us when she is back in town.

Life is good for us and for her, and we hoped that she will meet the man of her dream soon.