Thursday, December 29, 2011

Life is a game in which the player must appear ridiculous.

Says Lady Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham. Gosh, I love her character!

Since our iPod Touch died, I plan to replace it with the latest model (some day). Then I thought we might as well get an iPad instead. We didn't use the iPod for MP3 but just to check email, browse and play games. And since Mira has her own hand phone now that plays music as good as your next MP3 player, there's no reason to really get an iPod at all. So we've decided iPad it would be.

However, the PC building has to take precedent now; owning an iPad has been put on the back burner until it's finished. Truthfully, it has been painfully slow in the making although it is at the last stage, which is the CPU and all its ilk. But a slow process nonetheless.

Over the weekend, the Hubs out of the blue said he wanted to get himself his own netbook or laptop. That caught my attention! Eyes wide with excitement, I said, 'instead of another netbook, why not just get an iPad. You can have my netbook'. So excited I was. But really, he was just thinking aloud -_-

But it was too late, an idea has formed in my mind -- tanduk sudah keluar la so to speak. I searched the internet for the cheapest deal, be it for an iPad or iPad 2 as long as it is cheap. Then I caught up with Wawa over BBM and she mentioned Galaxy Tab 10.1 . . .

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I read reviews about it on all the blogs I can find, watched all the unboxing and review YouTube videos... Macam kena angau okeh. You would not believe the extend I was willing to go to get the darn thing. Unfortunately, it's not wise to get it now though because there's a lot of stuff to deal with in the month of December -- school supplies, car insurance, road tax, property fire insurance, the shitz. I suppose a year of practice in frugality managed to save me... or did it?

To satiate my... hunger?... wants?... lust?... I bought myself a new bag.

LONGCHAMP Le Pliage small short handle in Grape

Bought it from How2Shop. Actually, I bought a bag organiser first from her and then saw that she has those bags on sale. So I beli lah. This is to replace my medium 'Ler Plagiat' bag :p

Did it cure my Tab lust? Not really -_-'

Nampaknya tanduk tak turun lagi... :-(

Please God, give me the strength...


Thursday, November 10, 2011

My timetable has been wantonly disregarded!

Pangkor Island

I've been pretty busy as well as tired and mentally drained by the end of a work day. Hence, the minimal blogging. I missed those times when I can just write. Nowadays, by the time I'm done with work all I wanna do is just lepak.

Anyhow, a much need break -- went to Pangkor over the long weekend last week.

I have always wanted to go for a beach holiday for the longest time! And I also discovered... that I've never been to Pangkor before. Went to Lumut (Swiss Garden) once or twice, but I don't think I've ever been to Pangkor Island itself.

And it was LOVELY uols!

I just don't wanna come back. Mira had a blast and she don't wanna come back either. We stayed overnight on the 3rd day at Teluk Intan (E's parents' place) and when we took the bus back on Monday, she thought we're going back to the beach. Heh heh.

I'm just going to write a summary of our holiday as I'm pressed for time (I've assignments to finish!).

Day 1:
  • Took the early morning bus from Puduraya Sentral. My, how the place has changed!
  • Got the double-decker Plusliner bus.... should have opted for Transnasional lah. The journey took 5 hours!
  • Had lunch at Lumut while waiting for our ferry. We stopped at the 2nd jetty instead of the 1st (a fishing village).
  • Took the taxi to our hotel, checked-in and we all left for the beach in haste!
  • Decided to return to our rooms to change... we're going to mandi laut!
  • Played and stayed at the beach until it was time for dinner. And it started to drizzle a bit.
  • Had dinner at Daddy's Cafe, which was pretty nice.
  • Head back to the hotel, changed and just lepak at the hotel area while the kids stayed in the rooms, playing Mira's DS.
  • We also bought a grilled fish, so just snacked on it.
  • Slept.

Day 2:
  • Woke up at 7AM, went out to the beach for a walk.
  • On the way back to our hotel, stopped by Restoran Manshur for breakfast. Their nasi lemak was really nice.
  • Changed for the beach and we're practically there until it started to rain again.
  • The wind was so strong that it blew Mira's floater away into the nearby woods. LOL. It was quite a scene!
  • C, Mira & I hanged out at Daddy's again. We decided to have lunch. E & her son, who predicted the rain earlier and went back to the hotel while we stayed back, came over after the rain stops.
  • It started to drizzle again, so we headed back. And it rained the whole night!
  • We had dinner at Horizon. Food was alright. We hit the grilled fish store again, but this time we ate there.
  • The adults just lepak, the kids went to bed early -- too tired.

The kids made this (with help from C).

Day 3:
  • Our morning plan kinda spoilt because of the rain. But luckily it stopped early enough, so we changed for the beach and stopped by Restoran Manshur again for breakfast.
  • Mira and I walked to where we thought the floater flew, and hurrah! found it behind a tree. Mira was SO glad!
  • Then on to the beach until check out time. I stayed minding the kids whilst E & C went back to pack our things and check out. Then they came back, sun tanned some more.
  • It started to drizzle again, so we pack our things, went back to the hotel to freshen up.
  • Went to Restoran Manshur (again) for lunch this time. Had their meehoon Jawa yang sedap!
  • Back to the hotel, took our things, bid farewell to the owners (they're the friendliest people) and ride the taxi back to the Jetty.
  • E's father was at the Lumut Jetty waiting for us. I went shopping for some dried stuff -- fish satay, dried sotong, the likes.
  • Then off to Teluk Intan we went.
  • They took us for dinner at a seafood restaurant in town, we ate and ate (salted egg crabs are to die for!). Mira was getting a bit fed-up with that. Haha!
  • We all slept early that night.

Day 4:
  • E brought us to town, had brunch at a rojak shop in front of the Store.
  • Then we went to check out the Leaning Tower of Pisa Teluk Intan. It's actually a clock tower lah. Unfortunely, it was closed for maintenance so we can't climb up.
  • Went back home for C & I to pack our stuff; our bus leaves at 2PM.
  • Reached Duta two and half hours later, send C back to her place.
  • Home sweet home.

The Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan.
Mira & I just love Pangkor and we're so happy to be there. We're planning to go again in March with DH this time, insyaallah.


Saturday, September 24, 2011

And the CAT jumped over the moon...

Not the cow. But the cat. My cat to be specific, who jumped over the balcony railing to get into our neighbour's so he can chase their dog. I always thought it's the dog that chases the cat not the other way round. Tanda-tanda nak kiamat kah?

As I first mentioned here about it, he did it again yesterday. Let me show you how the balcony looks like and the distance between ours and the neighbour's.

Exhibit A

You see there? My neighbour's balcony is adjacent to ours, not even at a certain angle where you can easily jump over. We have no idea how Mort can climb up the railing to go to the other side. Really! Clueless!

This is what would happen... First, he'd check out if the dog is also at the balcony (dog's house is placed at the balcony, I think):

Peek-a-boo! I see you!

Notice the skeleton of a smaller cage there? When he started to just climb over the railing for a peek, we placed it there thinking it would help to deter him from climbing. But, of course not!

If the dog or the neighbour's sliding door is open (we think Mort can smell the dog), he'll quickly climb up the railing, like so...

Maybe I should rename him Spiderman?

Even with the Astro thingy there, I still don't see how he can balance himself enough to get to the other side. And when he wags his tail furiously, that means he's ready to jump. And then you'll start hearing the dog barking non-stop.

Yesterday, when the balcony door was opened, DH was in the kitchen with Mira raiding the fridge, whereas I was in my room to charge my BlackBerry. I was going back to the living area when I heard the scratching of nails on iron and then heard the dog barking rather excitedly.

I looked at DH, alarmed and asked 'where's Momort?'... I quickly check our room (he likes to sleep under the duvet) and DH quickly went to the balcony to see if he's gone over. And true enough, he was there!

DH quickly knocked on the neighbour's door, profusely apologise and picked Mort up. Adoila! Tak boleh lepa langsung. He was sitting on the sofa with us before that. And in a split second he was gone.

Our sliding door is always shut now. Unless we lock him in the cat's cage or in our bedroom when he's sleeping. Otherwise, we'll have to selak the drapes for a clear view of that corner. But he's black so that doesn't work well at night FML.

And, because he can't go to the balcony any more without supervision, whenever he hears the dog bark, he'll do this instead...

I see you there, Mort!

Jangan kau ingat kau boleh terbang sudah. This is getting more challenging than taking care of a babe in terms of safety precautions you guys!


Monday, September 19, 2011

I have had a holiday, and I'd like to take it up professionally.

Earlier this year after tendering her resignation, C went to Pangkor on a self-dicovery trip. She shared with E & I photos of her holiday and suggested for all of us to take a vacation together soon. It has been in the works for the longest time!

Decisions had to be made -- to take the kids or not, which long weekend should we plan this trip i.e. to go during Deepavali or Raya Haji or Malaysia Day; and neither wanted to utilise too many off days for this. We only  managed to confirm it last month with a date that is suitable for everybody ;-p

E has booked our room (we've decided to take the kids). Only left is for me and C to purchase our bus tickets.

So... Pangkor, here we come!


Let the countdown begins... T minus 45 days. Woohoo!


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

In my world, everyone’s a pony and they all eat rainbows and poop butterflies!

You wouldn't believe what happened yesterday.

My next door neighbour has a small dog. I think it's a Maltese. Her name's Donna. The Lord Voldemort (my cat), became very intrigued by it. At first we thought he's interested to befriend the dog. But actually, he was more interested to pick a fight with it! -_-'

There were many a time when the dog was allowed out at her unit's main entrance area (cordoned off by chicken wire), Mort will sit by our main door trying to smell or peep through the space between our door and the floor. Very kay-poh la pakcik ni.

Whenever the dog is at the balcony, Mort will climb our balcony railing, balancing himself on it while trying to take a peep at the dog, too. All these times, we were waiting for him to either try jump over or die trying (seven floors down yo!). Yesterday, he actually succeeded jumping over the neighbour's balcony!

DH and Mira weren't aware of this. They went out to buy lunch. While having their lunch, the neighbour knock on our door to let DH know that Mort is in their house and had chased and attacked their dog all over the place. When they tried to catch Mort, he became very defensive. So they had to call us to pick our cat up.

Luckily, no one was hurt :-p

The dog ran into her master's room. When DH went to pick him up, Mort was sitting at the neighbour's balcony like it's a casual thing to have your cat visiting your neighbour's.

Haih... macam-macam hal!


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.

In less than two weeks, Ramadhan will be over. I try not to say this but... time flies.

A lot has happened since I last blogged. Ok lah, probably there were only 1 or 2 major drama, but let's not focus on that. It's all water under the bridge and I feel after all has been said and done, I don't think I am able to become friends with you any more. It also brought out a side of you that I have never seen.

Anyway, I am happy to report, my Sims craving has been met. Remember I bought the base game just because it was on sale the other day? I also bought additional RAM to upgraded my work PC and I now have the game installed in it. Muahahaha!

Ok what, I played during lunch and a bit after work only :-p

I love this new game. It's different in the sense that I can only play one Sims family because its world is 'open' without boundaries. As in, the whole city/area/neighbourhood-whatchamacallit is my Sim's oyster. It's a very pretty world, too.

Sunset Valley's Beach
  See... what a life!

So, I have created and played three families in different neighbourhood background (guess what? I bought Ambitions EP, too!). The current family I'm playing is my favourite and I think I shall play with it for a while.

Yesterday, the founder Sims died. Now, the wife and two grown kids are in mourning for two Sims days! It was also frustrating to find out that the two outsiders that I coupled it with mine were much older. One was about to turn into an elder and another was already an adult, wtf.

I think my Sims have an easy life. Maybe I should try shake it up a bit. Heh heh. I will kick out the elder Sims by breaking off their relationship and make her move out. Whilst for the other kid who's having a relationship with her high school mate (I don't get how he could have outgrown her in terms of aging either!), probably I'll get them to move away as well. Maybe move them back to his family's home.

I wish I have Late Night for it's Bridgeport township, not so much about the vampire; and Generations as well. Le sigh.


Thursday, June 30, 2011

Reticulating Splines.

Guess what? I bought this!

The Sims 3 base game - belilah yang ori

Even though I have no computer to play it with. Har har! But... it's on 30% discount now if you buy it from The Software Boutique! Heee... I travelled awwllllll the way to PJ after work just for this. Ok lah, to be fair from my office it wasn't that far ;-p

I have been thinking of getting the base game first as the carrot to my building computer quest. So now I actually have it.

Also, after calculating the total costs of rigging one, I found out that the PC in my office costs cheaper to own in comparison. I thought I'd try it out to see how well the game will play seeing that it was only a year old, it should come with a better specs from my own derelict one at home. My office's PC specs are:
  • Pentium Dual-Core @ 2.93GHz
  • 1-pathethic-GB of RAM
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator

Eh, no wonder it sucks. I thought it has 2GB RAM at least even without a canggih video card. The game was laggyyyyyy nak mampos! Even after I lowered down all the settings it still took a painful amount of time to get it going.

Tak best la if you can't play it on high settings kan. Sigh. No choice now but to go ahead with my plan.

Therefore, Plan 1A can be striked off. Next month I'll try to strike off Plan 1B, which is getting a monitor, chasis and power supply.

C'est la vie.


Monday, June 27, 2011

Sometimes I like to vent.

Like now for instance. I just find working with the network-thingy frustrating sometimes. I am not even an IT graduate but I am still the go-to person for any IT related issues here. Benda sempoi-sempoi ok la kan, but there are some things that are beyond my basic understanding.

Networking issues for example.

I don't have a clue why the wireless on three (just three while the others worked, dammit) computers won't connect to the Unifi router. I've tried troubleshoot it, still it doesn't work. Neither have I any clue why the printers refused to connect to the said router.

WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU, ROUTER?? I've wasted two hours of my time trying to make everthing work but to no avail.



Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A grandfather is someone with silver in his hair and gold in his heart.

I don't know how it started or how long it has been since, but Mira and her Atuk has a secret goodbyes code between them. I don't really know what it means or if it has any meaning at all.

It goes something like this:

When it's time to say their goodbyes, either one will say 'Bye-kiiii' and the other will return it with 'Bye-diiii'. Then they'll add 'See you-kiiii' and that will be replied with 'See you-diii'. This will go on for a few rounds and they'll end it with 'kiiii' 'diiii' for a few more times.

Only then my dad will say 'Ok, bye!'; and only then are we allowed to leave or hang up the phone.

A few days ago, DH asked me about this peculiar greetings and tried to get Mira to replicate the same in their phone conversations together. She just cheekily laughs it off. But later she also makes fun of him with it by saying it wrong (bye-dididididi ~and laughs 'ahahahahaha!') and then she'll add 'apalah Ayah ni cakap macam ni'.



Sunday, June 19, 2011

After all, to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.

Alright. The other thing that made me feel so out of sort, or more like as if I'm being blanketed by a slow sense of sadness, is that...


I have a boxful of wonderful memories that comes from being a fan of the books and the movies. I remembered the first time M introduced me to the first three books. How I read the borrowed books so quickly and actually bought my own so I can read it again.

And how we woke up at dawn to queue for The Order of Phoenix. It was a Saturday, I remembered. A working day. We picked up our books, went to Dome for breakfast and read a few chapters quietly until it was time to go to work next door.

And I remembered our first movie experience. We were squeeing in the cinema so excited to see it all -- the quidditch match, Harry, Ron and Hermione coming to life. H and I went to see it for a few more times after that. We can even recite the lines from the first movie, to DH's amazement (dia kata weols hardcore, which was true I suppose).

I remembered the time when M and I chased the Prado cruiser to get premiere tickets for the second movie. It was fun and funny at the same time -- two grown up acting like children because you know, HP is not even a Young Adult series like Twilight for example.

When the last book came out, the end did not feel so absolute because the movie still has a few more to go. But now? Sigh. After this no more anything-Harry-Potter to look forward to.

Harry will go on to live happily ever after with Bonnie. It would be the final 'Fin'...

Can you believe it???


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.

I have been on a quiet not because there's nothing to talk about, but because there were loads. Oxymoron statement of the day. Well, to be honest, I am mostly perplexed at how far behind I am.

For one, I have just discovered that The Sims 3 has released a new expansion pack called Generations and it has been announced that it'll be followed by Pets in the Fall of this year. I vaguely recall this entry, and do you know how long it has been since I planned to upgrade my desktop so I can play The Sims 3?

The Sims 3: Generations


That, ladies and gentlemen, is procrastination at its best. I am very proud of myself. Not!

My desktop has totally kaputted and the jurasic CRT monitor has become junk right now. I need to either build from scratch or just buy a new set. I've calculated the costs, and hopefully, I can have a new PC in 2 to 3 months top.

I have this feeling that probably by the time I actually have a computer, The Sims 4 would have come out... that folks, would be sometime in 2015!


Right, secondly... we'll save that for another blog entry, ya? Muahahaha!


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The future is here. It's just not widely distributed yet.

It's been months since the last time Mira reached her school early. Ever since I discovered the ease of dropping her off via the back entrance staircase, I started to delay everything by half an hour. And we'll reach school 5 minutes before the bell rings. Heee...

SMART Tunnel
However, with the closure of the Smart Tunnel since Monday, I've no choice but to go back to our old routine by taking Loke Yew instead. The traffic has been smooth, though, so we ended up at school by half past six. Gilos awal.

Bila la tunnel nak bukak balik. Oh, Smart, how I have missed thee!

School holiday is just around the corner. I have plans to take a few days off next week, but no idea what to do to entertain the little missy. Probably I'll take her to the park or zoo or something. And a movie... or two. Shopping. Etc.

We'll see lah.


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

He that shuns trifles must shun the world.

Whad'dya know, there are quotes about trifle!

Last Saturday, a friend hosted barbecue at her place. We didn't notice it kinda coincide with Mother's Day until someone pointedly ask about it.

She asked if I can bring some desserts. I chose to make trifle as it is the simplest. Heh heh.

Trifle in the making

Recipe from here.

As you can see, there's a slight accident that time I poured the jelly on top of the custard, also not enough cream. I thought one can of whipped cream should be enough, but apparently not.

I couldn't find strawberry rolls at Tesco, so lantak je la dengan pandan flavoured roll. It made the whole thing colourful in the end, though. So all was well :-)


Saturday, April 30, 2011

Prince William and Duchess Catherine

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
By some twist of fate, Mira's school held their Kem Solat on Thursday and Friday after school hours this week. The notice was distributed on Wednesday. Thus, I got to pick her up at 3pm and went straight home... and got to watch the wedding of this century.

Awesome luck!

Whenever I read historical romances (especially the Regency era), this is how I picture the heroes and heroins in said books travel, get married, etc. And you have to admit it is plausible. *love*

Family Portrait

The bride's wedding gown was beautiful. Simple, yet elegant. And Pippa's bridemaid's dress is TDF! Everything was so perfect.

The most fun to watch? Are the hats! Ok, when I visit England in the future, I want to buy me a hat and wear it everywhere I go :-p

All photo credit goes to The British Monarchy's Flickr account. You can view them here.

Of all the photos I've seen so far, this one is my favourite!

Very picturesque, like a painting doncha think? *love*

Le sigh.

May they live happily ever after.


Monday, April 25, 2011

Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!"

I chance upon an update from a friend on his FB status about the new release of two exclusive Blackberry themes for Spring and I downloaded both. But I oh-so-love this one than the other...


Check out the cutesies icons! It has blue tulips yo'. And green grass... or is that weed? And when the icon is highlighted it look as if there's a sun shining through.

Aren't they pretty!

You can download them through your BlackBerry App World or here and here.


Sunday, April 3, 2011

Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.

Holy crap, Batman! It's already April!

Against all odds (o'rly?), I got the office set up and moved end of March as scheduled. It was a mad whirl wind of 5 work days trying to get everything ready on time. TM tried to gave me numerous heart attacks, but still, they came through. At least on one part.

The only thing I couldn't get done was to get us internet connection. And you know how without internet no one can work/live nowadays? Fortunately, my arse was saved by P1's plug and play. So, we has internets people! And boss was happy and impressed (can we have that translated to a raise, maybe?).

This was the shortest time frame I've worked with to accommodate an office move.

This is my room -- small and cozy...

I'm liking my new space now. I like everything about the new location, too. There are a lot of restaurants there and hangout places. Tutti Fruitti is a few steps away as well as a nail spa. Kalau stress boleh pergi kejap to de-stress? Lol.

Parking is dirt cheap and I hope it stays that way for a very long time.

Commuting between there and Mira's school and back wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. It took just about the same duration when we were at GT. So, that's cool.

Business should start as usual tomorrow. I still have a few minor thing to settle and then I can concentrate on my other goals for the year.


Saturday, March 26, 2011

Meet Barry... Black Barry


Blackberry Bold 9780

A handful of days before my birthday, DH asked me what I want as a gift. I jokingly mentioned Blackberry Curve 3G, as you all know my wish to get one myself. I left it at that because, well, let's face it -- my husband is usually the last person to give me anything for birthdays, anniversaries, etc. I can't remember the last gift he got me, really.

We also discussed what to get Mira for her birthday.

He asked me about it again later on, wanting to know about the specifics i.e. which model I want, the costs, etc. I couldn't make up my mind between a Curve 3G and Bold 9780 (aka Bold 3). He said he really wanted to get me one, so I better decide which one I want.

At first (sebab malas nak fikir banyak-banyak), I thought of just getting myself a Curve 3G. That was the plan anyway, right. But Bold 3 looked better and better as the days goes by. I find the idea of lugging two phones around unattractive. As it is, satu ni pun rasa sangat leceh, ni kan pulak dua? And then Bold 3 has 5 MP camera. It's more than sufficient for me. The reason why I wanted to get two new phones was because there aren't any 5MP cameras on Blackberry at that time.

And to cut the story short, I got Bold 3 for my birthday from DH. SUKA! I've named it Barry Black ;-)

I'm glad I chose Bold 3 in the end; love it big time. It took a little while to get around the new device at first, but I'm getting the hang of it. I love how I get emails instantly, how I can communicate real time with friends via BBM and even BB's SMS bubbles. I've downloaded (and purchased) some apps for my phone and rearranged everything in the phone's menu to my liking.

It's pretty much *my* Barry now.

ILU baby!


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Yes, time flies. And where did it leave you? Old too soon... smart too late.

Birthday come, birthday go. I am a year older (a few days ago lah) and hopefully, a little more wiser now. I was pretty happy with how the day went -- lunch with my ex-colleagues at our favourite seafood joint, got my dose of salted egg crabs and spend the remaining of the day with another person whom just turned 7 a week before, Mira.

We went to see Rango. Actually, she wanted to watch Mars Needs Mom but I vetoed the idea. I said 'Let's watch Rango lah, got Johnny Depp'. Fifteen minutes into the movie, I thought we'd probably find MNM more appealing.

Dunno lah. I just find the story drags after a while.

We stayed home these two days. I need this down time to gather my 'energy' to start the school run again tomorrow. I kinda miss being the first one in the office and not be bothered when others got stuck in the traffic and got in late. 

And then, there's the office move that I need to plan and execute. Yes folks, we're moving at last! Everything needs to be in place by the 3rd because the plan is to resume business as usual in the new office on the 4th. I only have a week to get everything done as the current tenant only moves out this coming Friday.


Ok lah, I now need to gather my 'energy' to start ironing school uniforms. Sigh.


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Life isn't weird: it's just the people in it.

You would not believe what happened to me (or us) today.

First, the car battery died. Fair enough, it's been awhile since we last changed it, but not la dot dot a year due. I thought I have until end of this month to do something about it but alas. This morning, the car just refused to start. So nothing to it, Mira had to ponteng school whilst I took the public transport to go to work.

Gosh, it's been ages since I did that. I've forgotten how inconvenient the whole experience was. Took 2 hours just to go to work wtf.

And I craved for Oldtown's Iced Hazelnut Coffee like nobody business! I texted Chewie to check where she was (she's a train commuter, too) and we promised to meet at Ampang Park. I had two, I repeat TWO!, glasses of said iced coffee.

Suddenly feeling sick after that. LOL.

I made an arrangement to leave early on Wednesdays, so I left after half past three. Decided to just take the cab which proved to be a wise decision. Why? Because when I came home to pick up the car keys to see if I can make it start to bring it to the workshop, I saw a red notice at my door grill.

You just know what those things are, right? Love letter from T*B!

Ok, fair enough, I haven't been receiving any bills for months (roughly ten) and initially I did bug them to find out what's the problem. But after ding-donging for a while, I stopped following up. No bills, no notice, no nothing. Then today a letter saying that they've taken out the whole meter-thingy.

Panic giler ok. Terus call the careline to basically ask APAKAH?

Well, they pun initially don't understand how the situation got to become such. Folks, the letter was dated April 2010. Yup. Twenty ten. At first I thought my eyes was playing tricks on me coz reading through the paragraph it said I should pay the arrears before May. Well, hello we're in March, until I saw the year... TWENTY TEN.

Major wtf moment kan? Precisely!

So, I was instructed to make the arrears payment before 5:15 pm at the Cheras' management center, which was all the way in BTHO. Dah la mak tak pernah ok lah, jarang-jarang pergi that place and I've less than 20 minutes before closing time. I prayed to Allah to permudahkan jalan and let my car start.

Thank god, it worked. Like orang gila I drove to find the place. And thank god again, it was rather easy to find. But alas, I reached there just 5 minutes after closing (which at the door said 5:00 pm btw not fifteen past). I knocked on the glass door (I did!) and practically begged them to let me in. Nasib baik la theyols tu baik bagi mak masuk.

Paid the bill, went to another section to get them to fix the bloody meter soon-ish but was said they can only do it later tonight or tomorrow morning je. What a girl to do? Think think think... we have to put up a night somewhere. Mira has a test tomorrow, she needs to do revision kan. Gelap-gelap macam mana nak baca (alasan? mungkin...).

Checked this hotel in Cheras and looked at the price... mahal gila for just a night. Tried TuneHotels and let just say the price comparing that it is right in town was well worth it.

So here we are, staying a night (10 hours more less) at TuneHotel Downtown KL.

Sesuai untuk tido je lah.
How was it? Ok la, serviceable. Suitable for 'nak terberak' people like me. But the room has no TV. Sangap la kalau tak de netbook ke, iPod ke, iPad ke, smartphone ke atau kawasan yang sewaktu dengan nya. Of course, you could walk the area surrounding it. You are in KL as it is.

Ok, time to enjoy my micro-mini getaway. Gonna do a Vampire Diaries marathon in a bit.



Sunday, February 27, 2011

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some hire public relations officers.

Merry had one of these way ahead of me -- mommy's network at school. Now that Mira's in primary school, I have a bunch of them myself. Other than as a point to check about school happenings and homework, we look out for each others kids.

While chatting with them yesterday morning over gimrama class, I discovered a few amusing things about Mira.

One of her classmate's mom works nearby the school, so she frequently come over to check on her daughter after school. Sometimes she'll bring over lunch as well. One day last week she offered Mira to join them as I was late. She asked in Malay if Mira would like to have some food but boleh tak her kid told the mom that 'Mira ni cakap English je, ibu. Ibu kena cakap English dengan dia.-_-"

And then another of her classmate's mom, a tiny girl that reminded me of Daria from the moment I saw her (her name memang starts with D pun) and I shall call her that in here from now on, chipped in 'Oh, ni la mak Mira yang Daria cerita cakap English je tu.'

I always assumed that was the main reason no one wanted to befriend her in that other school she went to for pre-school the first six months of last year. Apparently, it's true wtf.

The thing is kan, it's not like she converse really well in English. Basically, she doesn't really converse in any language well at all. Tak lah petah mana pun compared to her peers. Dah la masih pelat and she can't pronounce 'R' well. Somehow, she prefers to use English when communicating, and when she tries to speak in Malay bunyi dia agak kelakar. Susun atur ayat pun lintang pukang. You need to really know where she's coming from to understand her. Her ayah can hardly pick up what she's saying, but he's picking up on it after spending two weeks at home with her.

I'm trying to fix this. This worries me, and yes, as pointed out by one of the mom that it is good how she can speak English, I'd rather her be able to speak well in both language. That's the point isn't it? Of being able to speak more than one language -- that you have good command of both.

Anyway. When Daria told her mom about Mira, so the mom asked her if that bothers her. She said no because Mira is her friend and she speaks English with Mira, too. She also told her mom how there was this one day the class teacher was called to attend a meeting and asked the class monitor to look after the class. But the class monitor's a rather soft spoken girl, hence these two girls helped her in maintaining silence and order... by being loud themselves.

One will shout 'keep quiet!' whilst the other will say 'senyap la!'. LOL.


Sunday, February 20, 2011

It sended! Please come back!

Whenever I come across quotes such as above (spoken by Gloria Pritchett of Modern Family) that I think I can use for my post title, I'll stick it on a blank form to be revisited later. I have been trying to start an entry but kept putting it off. This entry originally has a picture of a cute lil' bunny with a 'Happy Chinese New Year' wish on it.

Chinese New Year dah habis dah, so it has now become irrelevant. Lol.

On Friday I told DH to drop me off at the library after we send Mira to her gimrama class on Saturday. The plan was for them to pick me up in the afternoon. I want to do some reading as well as work on my assignments. He couldn't understand why I need to go to the library, why can't I study at home instead.

Well... I haven't manage to start anything at home since the start of the semester because of daily distractions...

For one, I've to check Mira's school homework every day. If there's no homework, I'll help her do some revision or prepare for the next day or we'll do some reading exercise (she still can't read Malay well). That took a lot of my time (and patience), really.

Then, I'd spend a few minutes to gomol the cats and kittens, especially Mort and Kimot (aka Momort Kecik). Gosh, I love burying my face in their fur, smelling them, kissing them, hugging them, etc. They somehow kept me feeling relax. I'm hook to this ritual that on work days I'll be thinking of them by 5p.m. and can't wait to get home. It's like a drug, I tell ya!

Then, I'd spend HOURS minding my city in CityVille.

I love my town! I would want to live here, too!
Yeah, yeah, I could use this period to study... :-p

Then, I'd want to re-read the In Death series on my iPod. It's like I don't have any new materials, right? I keep on going back to the same. Now that I've discovered the series in iBook version, I have downloaded all of them ebooks in my iPod. It's the coolest thing in my life right now.

Then, it's time to go to bed because I've to wake up at 5 the next morning.

Tell me where got time to study?? (Totally ignoring the evident CityVille timeslot)

Unfortunately, school 1 wants to use the white hall on Saturday for their Kem Bestari Solat, so the coach had to move gimrama to Sunday. So hasrat murni mak nak study at the library terbantut. I had all the intention to follow the plan through on Sunday, but alas...

So yeah, didn't manage to study even a sentence. I didn't even lift the book ffs. Now he understood why I need to go to the library lah coz he didn't see me studying also, but too late already. There's tutorial next week anyway, and I doubt I can do any reading over the week either.

Due date to submit the assignments? 14th next month. I can do F.A. on my own because it's mostly to do with analysing public records. But for the other subject I've to ask for info from a 3rd party before I can formulate my report. I've no clue what info to ask because I have no idea what the subject is about.

Har har!

Eh. What is new there?


Friday, January 21, 2011

I thought 'Deep Throat' was a movie about a giraffe.

Hold your horses. My week not over yet!

Two weeks ago when I took Mira to the rhythmic gymnastics class to let her test it out, I ended up signing her up for it. She wanted it, so dengan berat hati I said yes. The class was to start at half past ten, but due to the enthusiastic participation this year, the coach has decided to split Year 1 pupil from Year 2, hence, it has now been rescheduled to 9 AM. Worked for me as my tutorials for this semester starts at noon.

Nothing to stress about = all good.

She went to a 'real' session last week. They had to run around the hall for five rounds. It amuses us parents who stayed to watch when we see the kids pancit after round 2. LOL. Mira seemed to pick up her paces quite fast, thanks to her 2 years ballet training. I now contemplate to start her ballet lessons again... but... I don't think I have the time.

As for school, she still enjoys herself. So easy to wake her up at 5 AM to get ready for school. Tak liat dan tak merengek ke apa. When I pick her up from school, she'll tell me how she loves her new school. They'll start proper class next week, we'll see how she likes them then. I'm so cynical, I know. Haha! But I do hope her enthusiasm remains, though.

Speaking of school, they've reshuffled the kids into their appropriate classes since beginning of last week. Mira got herself into 1 Teratai. It hardly bugs me but some parents get offended to discover their kids didn't get into the first class. Anyhow, there'll be another test in March and this will be more proper compared to the diagnostic test. If there is a need, the kid will be moved to the appropriate class lah.

My personal challenge is to be able to teach Mira with utmost patience! I've vet through her books, think I should be able to tutor her myself. I do struggle with Agama and Bahasa Arab, though. They're all in jawi uols! I can read jawi but merangkak laaaaa. Adoi!

School will be out for the whole first week of February. My office has decided to close shop, too for the same duration. Thank goodness, I can relax! Because of that, the school has to replace a session and they'll do it this Saturday. However, Mira has Kem Solat to attend (in school) instead. I thought we'd skip gym class, but I already received a text from the coach to let us know she's moved the session to Sunday.

No rest for the wicked me :-/


Thursday, January 6, 2011

There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors.

Actually, yesterday after recess, the year 1 - 3 pupils were brought to the other hall for a screening of sort. It was for rhythmic gymnastics. We were told by the PIC of ko-ko that it was for the coach to determine if the kid has the built, I think, to participate in that sport. If your kid's selected, they'll give you a form.

I saw Mira went up to them and by the looks of it, she didn't get through. After lamenting it with Merry, I thought nothing further about it. Do not assume as it'll make an ass of u and me. Looks can be deceiving, people say. After school today when I picked her up, she hand this over to me in the car...

Permission form to join

I'm happy she's given this opportunity to explore, but for now I still haven't decided what to do with it. Of course when I asked her if she'd like to join, she said 'yes!'. She missed her ballet classes as it is (pulled her out when they started to do double classes again since 3 months ago -- *I* can't cope plus the timing badly clashes with my tutorials).

I'm listing out all the pros and cons. Part of the pros are: good discipline and she'll be in the hands of one of the best. Amongst the cons are: this is a sport that demands a lot of my time, energy and moolah. Major commitment needed. The question is: can I commit?

Her dad was ecstatic, but it doesn't mean anything. When it comes to delivery, I can't count on him :-p Last-last mak jugak yang kena uruskan segala. Serious. Where Mira is concern, I'm the majordomo of her life. Based on that, I have the veto power to decide here.

If I'm sure there's no potential for her to make something out of it and were to take this on face value, I'd say 'not this time'. But I see the potential and thus, need to dig deeper. There's a lot of things to be considered.

And I have until 8:30 AM Saturday to weigh it to make my decision. No pressure -_-"


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

End of Day 3

We were late this morning. Har har. Reached school just as the bell rang. Gilers. I was leka, didn't realize it was already half past six. By the time we hit the main road, it was already seven and the traffic was bad -- as bad as the 8 AM traffic. I decided to use SMART because I doubt we'll make it in 30 minutes.

Another lesson learned. Nyehnyeh.

Today, the plan is to let her handle everything herself while I observe from a far. A lot of parents had the same idea, it was quite amusing to see a pack of us hiding behind pillars especially during recess, stalking our kids. But because we're late, I couldn't do it from the get go -- I waited for her at the side to hold her bag for her while she goes to assembly. However, when I passed her the bag, I specifically told her I won't be around to wait for her.

She appeared nonchalance about it but later I saw her trying to check if I'm at the hall. She sits right by the door and can see the hall as well as the canteen from her table in class. After a while, she stopped checking and just concentrated in doing class activities ;-)

During recess, I saw her came out from her class with her classmates but kinda 'lost sight' of her along the way. Took me a while to spot her sitting at the canteen table, already bought her food, sitting with a friend. Lega uols! The kids are starting to mix around and making friends.

Once she's finished, she got up to put the plate into a tub and went to wash her hands. And then I lost sight of her again. Later I found out they went back to class to store away their water bottles before heading back to the hall to wait for the bell to ring.

At the end of the school day, I saw her walked out to the hall with another friend. I didn't move from my hiding spot at first as the deal was for her to wait for me at the hall, until I saw she let her friend pull her trolley bag for her. Adoi! I went over to them quickly, kot-kot parents budak tu nampak and suspect anak mak bully anak theyols pulak kan. I asked Mira why she did that. She said her friend likes her bag and wanted to play with it, tu yang tolong pull the bag for her tu. Said friend has the same Barbie bag but without the trolley thingy.

Macam-macam hal.

Oh, and while walking towards the hall exit, she wanted to buy something from the tuck shop. I followed her there; she bought herself a packet drink.

If I ask her what are her new friends' name, she still couldn't remember them. She also couldn't recognize them outside of classroom -- like, while walking out to our car we met a few of her mates and they said 'hi / bye' to her, dia buat blur-blur sotong tak kenal siapa orang tu pulak. Tahpape ;-p

I exchanged phone numbers with two other moms of her classmates today. I thought of getting the numbers from her teachers too, but maybe later lah. Once they've all settled in and normal class schedule in place. I'll go meet them then.

And I think I wanna let her take the Art Class. I thought of sending her to one in the evenings nearby our home, but as the school has one, might as well. The class starts in February we're told... waiting for the teacher to distribute the forms.

Btw, why do they call it 'ko-ko' when the full spelling is 'ko-kurrikulum'?

Can't believe my baby has grown up. I can see how she matures these 3 days, it was so ketara ok. Sigh.

They grow up so fast, don't they?


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Day 2 Update

  1. We were 10 minutes late today, going out of the house that is; and the traffic was heavier compared to yesterday. What gives? Luckily, I managed to get the same parking spot. However, someone parked too close to me that I had difficulty getting out of it later in the afternoon. Apakah?
  2. The first part of Mira's "independent license" dry run ran as smoothly as expected. She took her bag to her classroom, took out her story book and sat with her other classmates to wait for the bell. Just before the bell rang, though, she got up and moved to the back. She seemed to like lagging behind instead of being right infront. Why is that?
  3. Today's recess time, she went out with a few of her friends but still prefers to mind her own business i.e. picking up a spot by her own instead of joining people she knows. She left her water bottle at the table, then went to buy a plate of nasi lemak. After a while, she asked me if she can buy herself a bottle of Solivite. I assisted her today, but tomorrow... she'll be on her own.
  4. Oh, they kinda have a 2nd assembly after break. A short one. The hall is where they convene before going back to their classes.
  5. The rest of the day went by without much incident. I heard them recite their ABCs, sang song, drew something. She told me later that one teacher read them a story book. 
  6. At the end of her school day, I showed her where she should be waiting for me tomorrow onwards. I'll remind her again tomorrow morning.
  7. She told me her teacher's name. She can't pronounce it right, though. Hehe. Anak mak kan still pelat sikit. She also finds it fascinating that all her friends are girls. 
  8. And she forgot to bring back her story book. Pandai pulak kata tertinggal "under the table in my class". Ecewah!
  9. Tomorrow will be the last day for me to hand-hold her through school. I find I'm unwilling to let go yet. However, there's not much choice as I've to return back to work on Thursday. Sigh.
  10. I trust she'll be alright... and pray semoga Allah will help permudahkan all her urusan everyday. 


Monday, January 3, 2011

School prepares you for the real world, which also sucks.

Mira's class is somewhere over there.
We woke up at 5 AM today. While I prepare for her lunch box, she took her bath and dress for school. We took turns.

After Subuh, we left home to start our journey to school -- me with a tumbler of coffee, she with a packet of Milo. The traffic at fifteen past six wasn't that bad. There were a lot of cars already on the road, but the traffic was moving. I remembered those times my dad took me to school when I was little. We've to leave that early as well and that was in the early 80s. Some things never change.

I seemed to have also come full circle :-)

It took us half an hour to reach the area. I thought we were early, but alas, there were people that came so much earlier than us. I had to park at the road side towards the exit instead of, say, the handful of parking bays in front of SJI at least. But we're still lucky not to have to walk so much further like some who came ten minutes after us. Limited parking space for close to 200 pupils starting their 1st year in Primary school uols. Madness!

When we got there, I wasn't sure if she should go to her class according to the one she was assigned to last week or wait until they call out her name during assembly. Turned out, the kids will stick to the same class until further notice. "Further notice" being either in a week's time or a month... depending on which parents you talk to. Hehe.

The bell rang at half past seven. There was a bit of commotion when the year 1 pupil do not know which line they should be in. It was rather amusing to watch. Ada yang main join je, silap kelas and all. After that sorted out, they started their assembly with the usuals.

Seriously, mak rasa macam nak shake each one of them to wake up coz they were so... tak segar ok. Like no energy at all. Nyanyi macam tak makan sebulan, wish 'selamat pagi' in a sing song voice. Rimas mak! If Mrs Abraham was there, she would make them sit up straight, sing with gusto and no sing-songing wishes allowed.

But I digress. Haha!

We were also introduced to the new headmistress (the last retired last year). They adjourned to their classes half an hour later.

Mira seemed to have settled well in her new environment. We're all worried, especially her Atuk. Tiap-tiap hari bagi pep talk -- you have to be strong, don't be afraid, speak up, look up at your teacher, etc.

At first I saw her sitting in the front row of the middle table clusters. Later she moved behind closer to the door, but smart enough to sit facing the blackboard. Each cluster can sit 6, there were only 4 of them there. I'm not sure why she moved. I wish she had stayed where she was because...

Majority of the time? She sibuk berborak dengan kawan. Adoila. I had to keep reminding her to pay attention to the teacher. Dah la ramai orang hari ni, so you can't really hear what the teacher was saying in front. And when you sat further away, at the corner pulak tu, you tend to escape her attention la kan. At least, if she sits in front dia tak de la main-main sangat :-p

After a while, the teacher brought them some where. Possibly to the Pusat Sumber or the library perhaps? They took all the year 1 students away from the class rooms for quite some time. Then later I saw them gave a tour of the school's ground i.e. the canteen, the toilets, the field (which was small compared to my alma mater... but then we know what happened to THAT!), etc.

School 1 got to go for recess first. School 2 half an hour later. Like I mentioned earlier, I packed her a lunch box with PBJ sandwiches, a muffin and some fruits. But ada ke dia makan? Nan ado uols. She went there with her friends ahead of me and I saw them already planning to buy something. She can't decide whether she wanted to have the mee soup or nasi lemak. I kinda forced her to take the nasi lemak because soup-soup ni tumpah karang, masak.

The lunch box was set aside, untouched. So I guess, no need la mak menyusahkan diri pack lunch box lagi?

The ball rang and they all went to the 'hall' for another assembly. Actually, Mira and a few friends went to class but was instructed by the prefects to go to the hall. Prefects dia garang okeh! Haha!

I wondered if this is the usual or just for Mondays. Two assemblies in a day? We shall find out tomorrow.

Anyway, the year 1 kids had to stay back for the teachers to show them the proper way to line up and where they're supposed to stand according to their classes. See, the kids tend to berbaris in a single line and berderet-deret panjang depa beratur. LOL. They were also reminded (probably for the parents benefit, coz like, as if the kids will remember) that they're supposed to be in school by fifteen past seven, leave their bags in class, take a story book with them to the hall to read while they wait for the bell to ring.

So yeah, everyone has to have a story book to read for 10-20 minutes before the bell. This reminded me of Mira's kindy, where for half an hour each morning they've reading exercises. I've asked Mira to choose a book; she picked Peter & Jane.

Her day ended at five minutes to one today. I was queuing at the bookshop to buy a few items when they were let off. Maybe she wasn't sure what to do (the last time, masa orientation tu, she pandai-pandai leave the class to wait for me at the canteen without me knowing about it. Seriau kejap, anak hilang dalam sekolah) because the last time I scolded her to wait for me until I come to pick her up and lookie lookie... that guy (from previous entry) took her under his care, came looking for me.

Oh, yeah I tegur him first. Konon tak ingat sapa ai. Tak kuasa taww ;-p

We left soon after. I'm knackered tahap tak boleh tolong lagi dah. And it looked like it's going to rain, which it did.

Sleepy time now, early rise tomorrow for another adventure to be had!


Saturday, January 1, 2011

You invented a time machine, but you can't get us out of a safe?

Like I'd passed posting an entry on 1.1.11? I sent a new year wishes text to IggySingh, timed it so it'll reach her at 1:11pm but alas, it was 3 minutes early on her clock.

New year, huh? My only resolution would be to wear my bling ring everyday without fail. This is a somewhat promise I made with IggySingh and something I intend to keep ;-)

Yesterday, I completed all the back-to-school chores; from sewing Mira's name tag to ironing the badge (nasib iron-on je, kalau jahit sure nangis), to ironing all her uniforms for the whole week. From wrapping all the school books to packing all the needful in her bag for Monday. I've even cleaned up her school shoes, the new water bottle and lunch box.

All ready for Monday. I'm very excited about it for some reason. Even having to drive out at 6am part. Probably it's because Cin gave a Starbucks tumbler for me to bring along coffee in the car. Something new for moi, too. Woot!

Tomorrow, we shall drop by the supermarkets to buy some provisions, mainly things to fill the lunch box with.