Sunday, April 26, 2009

Project 365

Day 100/365
Originally uploaded by Larawannabe
This photo was taken on the 100th day of this year. Cool, huh? What a milestone this has been.

I can't believe I've come this far, to tell you the truth. There were times when I felt like giving up. It's hard, especially when you've got nothing much to tell. It goes to show how monotonous my life is :p

So, in days that I've nothing else to show for this project, I'll resort to taking pictures of food, especially what I had for lunch. Lol.

I have reached day 116th today. It also means that there are 249 days left in year 2009. Another 49 days until I reach picture 200th.

How have your year been so far? To take a look at mine, go here.


Saturday, April 25, 2009

One step at a time, Sweetie

Thought I should get those movies listed in my wishlist since forever. Good thing I procrastinated (Haha!) because the price for Transformer 2-disc Special Edition has been reduced. I wanted to get Twilight but apparently the distributor didn't bring in the 2-disc version.


The Sex & The City movie DVD was too 'clean' for my liking :p The censor-board took out almost all Dante's scenes and one or two of others. I think most of it involves Samantha. I shouldn't be too surprised, eh?

I thought I already have SATC season one. Should have bought that instead of season two. Bah!

I think I also want to start collecting Supernatural and Gilmore Girls as well.

High School The Musical 3? That's Mira's lahhhhh. Lol.

Ok, things that I need to do this weekend (other than laundry and cleaning up after Booboo):
  • Do the 'Tax' thing (need to know if we can afford a one-way ticket to Europe. You've heard about the 2nd Tsunami predicted to happen in July, haven't you? Must be prepared for that :-p)
  • Do book collection inventory because I've forgotten which In Death books I need to buy next
  • Probably clear up my desk and do some filing
  • Maybe I'll work on my 'veg garden' project, then you can start asking me 'how does your garden grow?'


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Words To Live By

"Above all, don't fear difficult moments. The best comes from them."
~ Rita Levi Montalcini, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist. She's 100 years old this year!


Sunday, April 19, 2009

Short Stories

This post is going to be random; and it could be a long one. I'm currently hooked on playing the Ranch Rush game that I got off Yahoo! Games. Instead of updating my blog, I prefer to manage a small farm instead. Can that be an excuse for not posting an entry more often (to avoid long entry like this one)? Lol.

But I Tweet often nowadays, though. You may want to follow my Twitter.

Speaking of which, recently I discovered through a friend that our new Prime Minister has a Twitter account of his own. I checked his account out, and decided to 'follow' him. So far, I have mostly followed 'people in the know' (i.e. Chris Pirillo, Mr Brown, Trent of PITNB, Britney, et al) because my friends just don't do 'Tweet' ;-p

I check in often to also update mine. Most of their updates are daily-occurrences, you know, like: "RT @wilw Bruins power play is just unreal. Goddamn!". So imagine my surprise when the day after I followed @NajibRazak, in the midst of tech-talk and frivolous status updates, I found this in my time line:

@ NajibRazak 3pm - Pengumuman Menteri-Menteri Kabinet Blok Timur, Putrajaya

I was just weirded out by that, man! Lol. I think I know the PM's daily schedule better than my boss' diary nowadays. Imagine that. Ha!

A few days ago, Oprah joined in the bandwagon. She did a show about Twitter, if I'm not mistaken. And on that day, she managed to gather 100,000 followers! Of course, I have to follow her, too. I followed Ellen's Show as well because I love her... show. Yes! XD

A whole lot of celebrities have their own Twitter now -- Ashton has one, Demi Moore has one. John Mayer has one, even MC Hammer has one.

So. What are you waiting for, then? Join laaaah. Follow me, and I'll follow you, too ;-)

Malay Ayam @ Red Box

Enough about Twitter, last night I went to Hermione's Hen Party at Red Box, organized by M and Lyd. T'was fun. We ate, we sang, we had some games and we drank ber-jug-jug Coke (a few RSVP-ed but couldn't attend at the last minute, so... ).

I haven't been to a karaoke centre for the longest time! Last night was the first time after years and years. Probably, we stopped going after DH and I got married. How long has that been?? You do the math.

I told DH he should bring us for a session soon. Mira would love it. She'll be singing her favourite Abba tunes, I'm sure.

The party went on until late I think, I dunno. I left at half past two this morning. You can peek at some photos here. Those were from my N82. M has got tonnes of last night's happening in her very canggih DSLR camera. I assume she'll post it up in her FB soon.

You know, in as much as I love the N82 for its Xenon flash, I must say I hardly use it. I prefer to take 'au naturel' photos. Whenever I use the flash, it will usually blinded us for a few seconds after. It was that powerful. Lol. Also, because I hardly use it, I always forget to use its 'red-eye reduction' mode. Thus, most often than not, we'll look like vampires.

That's a good thing, right? For me at least? Haha.

A New Item for My Wishlist

I want a new camera. I want something compact but can take good close up and preferably with good optical zoom capability. I want a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3. Xiaxue gushes over it recently, so I did my own research and homework. I've read some good reviews and am sold.

Can I say it's a semi-DSLR? I love to take Macro shots. N82 camera has given me great macro shots so far, but I want to try work with a 'real' camera now. And it's a compact camera, too. I've checked the price -- a bit steep for my liking. Why do things I like costs more than I am willing to fork out? Whyyyyy?

Another thing I'd like to have is a camcorder. But it's not a priority, so it can wait.

Being Parents in this Century is Tough

We received a note from Mira's ballet teacher on Saturday that starting May, she'll be upgraded to join the Primary class. The class will be an hour long. Currently, her Pre-Primary class lasts for 45 minutes. She'll be sitting for her grading exam next year April.

Cool, eh? Pejam celik, it has been three months since she first started. I'm proud and happy of her achievement.

This other mom lamented how busy our kids schedules are nowadays, which make ourselves busy too especially on Saturdays. There was this other mom who always arrived late because her kid came from another class before that, and then they'll also be late for another class right after ballet. But what to do, the slots are limited to such time only.

Like herself too, she took her daughter and son to their martial art class at 8 that morning. The class was for an hour and a half. They had tea at the canteen before heading back home to get ready for ballet class.

After lunch, she'll send both her kids to their piano lessons. She said she felt harrassed and hurried but what to do, it's for her kids benefit. She wanted them to explore these things, because to her, how would they know what they like if we don't let them experience it first.

I share her sentiments exactly.

However, she doesn't want to think about tuition yet. She cannot imagine how to slot that in her kids' schedule when the needs arise. Lol.

Mira likes music, but so far, she hasn't make any request to attend class. I think it's too soon for her anyway. Maybe when she's six or seven perhaps, I'll enroll her in a class. However, she's expressed interest to go for art lessons. There's a centre nearby that offers such classes. We'll see how.

Anyway, Mira cried in class yesterday after being reprimanded by her teacher for not doing a posture correctly. The teacher though, didn't really scolded her (have you heard how fierce and strict they are in general?). I think because she was suddenly singled out for the first time, it scared her a bit.

She was ok after being consoled by the teacher and her assistant. All is well :)

The week before last I attended Mira's progress report with her kindy teacher. I'm told she's shown some improvement in her speech. She likes to read and has shown progress in that, too. She recognize and can write numbers 1, 2, 4, 6 and 10; and alphabets A, E, H, and M.

I'm not surprised anymore when her teacher said she excel in music. It has been for the past 3 years :p

I'm a bit worried when the teacher said Mira hates Bahasa Malaysia, though. I think 'hate' is a strong word. I believe it's more of 'having a hard time learning to read' the language. I can't blame her, the material given is boring.

At the end of last year, I went to see her EDP teacher, Teacher Yaffy, remember? I spoke to her at length about my worry with Mira's under-developed speech ability. I approached her because she's closest to Mira and seemed to know and understand her kids well.

She don't think there's anything to worry about, but gave me some feedback (lone child, no one to talk to, we should converse with her more, etc.) and pointers on how to tackle the problem. She wanted me to read to Mira more often, hence the reason why we started going to the Library. I read to her bedtime stories now, and I can see the improvement.

I also put in more effort in tutoring her with her school work. She brought back homework every day now, and she cannot not complete them to be passed up in the next class. If not, her teacher will not allow her to join swimming lesson as penance.

Stress? Me? You betcha! Whenever the teacher see me, without fail she'll remind me to be more involved in 'helping' my own daughter because 'they can only do so much'. I want to say 'for goodness sake she's only FIVE', but that's like killing it, right? What if the teacher stop giving her attention to Mira because her parents don't care gitu.

I mean, I do want her to excel. But the fact is, she is only five. I don't want to push her too much, I don't want to kill too soon her love for learning. I don't even go to school or knows how to read or write at that age. Why the rush y'all? Why can't they just be children and play and make learning exciting? Stress-free.

In the meantime, I (or we?) shall persevere!

Wonderful Treasures Found in the Library

I can't believe it has been three weeks since! It was time to return our books again yesterday. I haven't finish the two books I re-borrowed even. Sigh. I returned it anyway. Didn't bother to borrow more fiction this time, I browsed over the other sections of the adult library.

I found this interesting collection of correspondences between an American Missionary and his brother while he was in Malaya in the early 50s (pre-Merdeka, should be interesting). The book's called 'Letters from Malaya' and it was by Ted Miles.

I also found, can you believe it because I can't, Jamie Oliver's Jamie at Home! I'm as excited at checking out his recipes as learning how to plant your own vegetable gardens, because that's what this book about as well -- planting your own and cooking them yourself.

Day 108/365

Is this a coincidence or just good karma? I've been thinking of reusing these planter boxes I have after I found a website on planting garden boxes for apartment living. Thought I'd make a herb garden out of it. The information found in Jamie's book might help me in this project. I may find myself with a lot of free time soon.

All Will Happen in May

Speaking of free time, I have approximately four more weeks to go before I can call myself jobless. I can't really say I'm worried about it, but not to say I don't. I'm sorta like in this limbo of feelings. When I suddenly think about it, I'll get nervous. After a while, I am calm and believe that everything will eventually fall in to place.

You just got to have faith.

I don't think I've mentioned in my last entry that I took up VSS from my current workplace, huh? Yup. VSS. The severance pay is not much, but still, it's there. However, I hope I will receive some good news soon. This one interview I went to, said they'll be able to finalize their selection by last Friday but so far, no update from them. Sigh.

I was in tenterhooks all day Friday for that, which didn't happen but instead I found something else in the mail. It is somewhat related, maybe it's a sign. Lol. I am a sucker for 'signs'. It keeps me thinking positive thoughts and gives me a little hope ;)

Nonetheless, wish me luck!

I think we've come to an end of today's entry. Is this long enough for ya? Hahaha. Took me two hours to complete this marathon. Phew!


Saturday, April 11, 2009

I'm going to offer to do dog walking

But then, I am afraid of dogs. It must have something to do with being chased by this one white furry looking thing of my neighbours when I was a kid. I'm now traumatized for life! :p

But 'Plan E' aside, lets talk about last Friday. I started this entry last week before my modem went kaput. Dah basi ke? Meh. Thanks to Blogger's autosave feature, saved most part of this entry.

So. That Friday, my weekend started early. I took half the day off from work to spend sometime with my Mommies fwens *smile*. We plan to watch Confessions of a Shopaholic movie together at Pavilion. It was concocted by MC since the age of dawn about a month ago. It was also about the same time Merry sent me an SOS that she needed 'rescuing'. Lol.

Nong bought us our tickets (again, thank you Nong!). I met up with them over YSL counter at noon before we headed to PepperLunch for... err... lunch. After that we did some walkabout exercise to burn whatever we ate to make some space for dessert.

The two SAHMs had to tied up some loose ends before joining us, hence they only made their appearances when we were at Godiva for chocolate drinks. And then, it was time for the movie.

The movie was funny and fun (maybe also coz I am with good company ;)). Movie!Luke Brandon wasn't how I imagined him to be in the books. I thought he'd be more of a preppy sort. Tidy, sharp and smart. Although, I must say movie!Luke in a form of Hugh Dancy was very sexy. Hot!

Anyway, other than the apparent location difference, they also changed the plot a bit I think. Wiki said the movie adapted the first two books into this, so I suppose that explains it.

We were supposed to be heading home after the movie. That was the plan. I don't know how we got from the loo, to Times and then to Stage to look at their make up. And somehow, we're back at Parksons; where Nong took Nora to the YSL counter, whilst MC and I followed Merry to Armani's.

Also, don't ask me how I got myself a makeover AND I even bought a something-something ('magic' loose powder y'all) from them. Huhu. There were other 'damages' done by others, too ;p

Ta-da! Unfortunately, Nong was not in this shot because she left a bit earlier. It was either close to or already nine by the time we wrapped things up. Kalau tak, dah print and framed dah gambar nih!


Fluent in Finnish?!

Absolutely not! But, I'm virtually aliveeeeeeee...

If you noticed my Tweet last week:

Turned out, the modem went kaput. After various troubleshooting exercises, they asked me to return it in exchange for a new one. I procrastinated for a week (haha), only got it done today. I saw they have a new line of limited edition USB designs and was hopeful I could get one of those in exchange. When I signed up last year, I couldn't get any one of those Wild designs because it ran out of stock.

I thought I wanted this, actually...

Ganas kan? I didn't really ask for this specific one though, just made a request to exchange it when I saw the Rep took out the boring white one. He told me he'll check if they have any stock, and he came out, gave me this ...

Soooo Britney Spears-y. I like!! He must be a good boyfriend material to know without even asking. Lol!

Ok, now I can start working on the entry that was meant for last week. Back in a few...


Friday, April 3, 2009

Time for some updates, I feel

  1. First and foremost, I need to find a new job within these two months. Why? I'm not about to divulge here, of course. But as a gist to the initiated, the 'December' debacle has grown into something ugly and it has now burst into one smelly pus (bukan Puss in Boots yea). It's time for me to go.

  2. Last Saturday, I kepochi-ed with the Admin person of my daughter's dance school. Just wanted to know what happened to the other mommy. Her daughter made friends with mine and she was really nice. Pam said she's moved her daughter to Sunday's class, without even telling her. She just came in one Sunday, and told the other lady she wants her kid to join that class. I said, 'Good lah. She's not happy with this teacher and thought the other one better. I know weeks leading to it she complained a lot'.

  3. I also bought this bag for Mira. I've been looking for a nice 'ballet' bag for her to keep her stuff and have been eyeing this bag since she joined. See them being tote around by the older girls. But the one in stock was a bigger size that looks like a small pillow. Happy to discover the new stocks for the smaller bag arrived last week :)

  4. We had to drop by the Library after that. 'Had to' because it wasn't in my initial plan. I thought I still have a week to renew but alas, it was due the week before last. I renewed the two of mine and borrowed three new ones for Mira. It's fun going to the Library, actually.

  5. We left for Ikea after that. Bought a few small items that in the end, costs more than my initial spending budget. Lol.

  6. On the way home, just as we entered the way to our housing area, our car break stopped functioning. There was no pressure, it's like I'm pressing air. I wanted to slow the car down a bit and in front of us, there was a lorry. Imagine my horror. Fortunately, I wasn't speeding (was driving at a leisurely pace), the lorry for some reason decided to go to the left to stop at just about the same time and there was no car in front of it. I straight away drive all the way to a workshop. On the way there, I can feel the break pressure came back. By the time I reached the workshop, it was back to normal. The mechanic said there was a leak. It's all ok now...

  7. Taking the remainder of day off later to hang out with the Mommies for lunch and a movie date.