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Saturday, February 28, 2009
A bowl of spaghetti like this on the dining table will surely make Alycia and Sherilyn shout "yay" when they see it.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Also, I've caught her many times putting food that I'd just cooked or just packed back into her mouth with the same spoon that she's scooping them into a bowl when she thought I wasn't looking... when everyone else hadn't eaten yet. I told her she can eat all that she wants but she has to eat properly and not eat so sneakily. Besides, it's so unhygienic to eat from the same spoon that she's using to scoop the food out into our bowls. And it's grossly bad manners too. Today she did it again when she was pouring out the fish head noodles that hubby bought.... and she kept denying it. I wanted to say "hello, what's the strand of noodles doing at the corner of your mouth?" But my throat hurt badly and I didn't want to make an issue out of this small thing. You tell me, would you be mad? I've told her umpteem times never to wash dirty wash cloth with the kids' clothes, yet she deliberatly did it and vehemently denied doing it. She thought I was born only yesterday. All these are still bearable. What I can't stand most is that she often shouts at my kids and scolds them in the exact same manner that I do to them. She even handles them very roughly to vent out her frustration. For the past 1 week, I also caught her dozing off while feeding Baby C.... with Baby C sitting on her lap! OMG... that's frigging dangerous. I had reprimanded her many times and now, no more putting Baby C on her lap when she feeds her. She even had the cheek to ask Sherilyn to 'jaga baby' and left Baby C on the room floor... and with a bath tub filled with water in the attached bathroom, while she stepped out of the room. Thank God, I saw it and reprimanded her.
If I had the money, I would have opted for another maid. I've given this maid far too many chances to change over a new leaf.
Sherilyn also has ballet class on Friday from 7-8pm. By the time Sherilyn's back from school, it would be almost 2pm. Knowing how slow this fler eats her food and knowing how much she likes to dilly dally when it comes to taking her shower, by the time all the dilly dallying and temper tantrums are over, it would be almost 5ish pm. So no need to take afternoon nap lar. I have to get Alycia and Sherilyn ready for ballet at 6:15pm - dress them up and tie up their hair. Maybe it's also a good thing coz Sherilyn has boundless energy. She rarely falls sleepy. Everyday, she would avoid taking her afternoon nap and at night when everyone else has gone to bed, she would also walk round the house and dilly dally again... until close to midnight. I wonder where she gets all the energy from.
Anyway, back to her Mandarin enrichment class. Perhaps it's not too bad an idea that she has a tightly packed schedule so that all the activities will burn her energy away and hopefully she will have no problem falling asleep when night comes. Hooray!
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Check out my health blog to find out more about this absolutely tasty organic yoghurt.
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Wednesday, February 25, 2009
It’s never easy to have just a sole breadwinner in a family. The standard of living in the city where we live is high. Month in, month out, there are endless bills to settle, hire purchase and mortgage to pay, the kids’ school fees and extra curricular fees, insurances for the kids and for ourselves, car maintenance, medical and hospitalization bills (hubby’s self-employed), food and household expenditure, amongst others. I am pretty sure many of us with kids have almost the same commitment as us and we all struggle to squeeze out a portion of our salary to go into savings. Wouldn’t it be good if we have a personal financial planner who can help us chart out a budget planner, manage our day-to-day finances and savings goal so that we can invest in our future and that of our kids?
I found out today that AmBank has a perfect all-in-one solution called Family First that caters to my family’s financial needs. The Family First solution is perfect for families with kids as it is designed with a complete suite of products and services that cater to every aspect of your financial needs. It helps me plan and manage my expenses and save for specific goals.
Amongst the benefits that I will enjoy as a Family First member include an Everyday Account which is a current account and checking facility, up to 10 Special Savings Accounts linked to my Everyday Account, an awesome online Budgeting and Savings Tools that can help me design a budget to meet my family’s needs so that at the end of the day, I still have enough money to go into savings. I will also have access to family bankers who will guide me in managing my accounts with their financial tools, fund transfer and standing instructions facility within AmBank at no cost, access to an informative Family First Website with tips and ideas on how to plan each stage of my life and much more. Now, aren’t these benefits awesome? Well, I am pretty impressed and I am planning on getting myself a Family First account soon. It’s pretty simple to be a member. As long as you are at least 18 years of age, you can go to any of the AmBank branches with your IC to open a Family First Everyday Account.
1. Can say “bear bear” when she sees the picture of Pooh Bear on her cup.
2. Can say “ball ball” when she sees my fitball.
3. Can call “cheh cheh” and “dada”. Sometimes calls “daddy” and sometimes calls “papa”. Sometimes calls “mama” too.
4. Can walk a few steps unaided when she’s in her playpen. However, when she’s put on the floor, she will cruise and crawl.
5. When asked “where’s the fan baby?”, she will point to our discount ceiling fans. Can also point to the lights, air-cond and clock when asked where they are.
6. When asked “baby, make funny face”, she will put on a funny face by twitching her lips into an ‘o’ shape.
7. Can fly kiss by putting her hand on her lips when asked.
8. Can wave her hand when we say “bye bye” to her. Can also clasp her hands and do the 'gong xi' thing.
9. Knows some of her body parts, namely ear, nose, fingers, head, toes and will point to them when asked where they are.
10. Still loves her “Your Baby Can Read” VCD series after watching them for half a year and can sit for at least half an hour watching the VCD intently….yay! Hopefully she will be able to recognize some words soon.
11. Will tap on her diaper when asked where her diaper is.
12. Still hates her antibiotics and health supplements which she has to take daily.
13. Loves soup, porridge and bread with butter and granny’s homemade pineapple jam..
14. Loves to drink from a cup.
15. Can remove her pants and unbutton her jammies.
16. Can pull off the sticker on the packet of wet wipes and knows that she has to lift the sticker to pull the wet wipes out.
17. Will pretend to cry when I give her a stern looking face when she throws her toys out from her playpen.
That’s all I can remember for now but I know there’s definitely more.
Baby C’s weight is still below average at a disappointing 7.5kg. Her below average weight is contributed by the monthly UTI attacks that she gets and the purging that comes along with the UTI. I pray that she will have no more UTI and will gain weight at a more rapid rate after her surgery.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
We had green tea noodles with cold soba sauce and toasted sesame seeds the other day. Daddy bought some terriyaki chicken from a Japanese restaurant and with that, Alycia and Sherilyn had quite a balanced meal for lunch.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Mac n cheese with french beans omelette, chicken meat (from the soup) and soup of the day.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Here you go, have a good laugh....
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
So here goes:
1. Have you ever been on TV?
Yes. When our house was badly flooded in 2006, some reporters from NTV7 came to interview the flood victims. One lady reported saw me carrying Sherilyn (she was only 1 yo then) and lugging my paraphernalia and she stopped me to ask for an interview. I tell you, I look so horrible on TV!! So 'chan', so haggard, hair so messy and I look like an ah soh, my gawd!!
2. Have you ever sung in public?
Does karaoke count? I've sang in karaokes many times but there was once when I was touring in Australia with my mum, there was a karaoke session one evening. I sang in front of all the tourists in our group... and the song was That's What Friends Are For.
3. Have you ever dyed your hair blond?
Nope coz my hair is naturally blond... eerrr, nolah, it's kinda brown.
4. Have you ever eaten frogs' legs?
Yup, why not? It's wholesome and good for your skin. If you have eczema, eat more frogs!!
5. Have you ever received a present that you really hated?
Of course...and I recycled it, haha! Better than letting it go to waste right?
6. Have you ever walked into a lamp post?
Not really lamp post but on a pillar and on doors. It happened when I was deep in my thoughts or had a troubled mind.
7. Have you ever cooked a meal by yourself for more than 15 people?
Nope but I am capable of doing that coz I kinda love cooking.
8. Have you ever fallen or stumbled in front of others?
Thank God no! But when I was in Standard 6, I always had a phobia of stumbling and falling in front of a group of boys from ACS school. Each morning in that year, I had to walk across a lane to get to my class and there would be a group of boys waiting at the lane for the school bus to come to pick them up from MGS (my school) to ACS. I remember very vividly that I was terribly self conscious and would walk so carefully just so I would not trip or stumble in front of those rowdy boys (and I had my eyes on a few handsome ones too hah!
9. Have you ever done volunteer work?
Yes, when I was a girl guide. If I had the time, I would really LOVE to do more by contributing my time and money. That's one of the things that I will do when I have the time and I'd encourage my kids to do them too.
Not tagging anyone but if you would like some fun injected into your blog, you're most welcome to do this tag.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
The appetizers were so much (replenishable too) that we couldn't finish the main course and had to pack the unfinished food home. Click HERE to view pix of my princess wannabe's Princess birthday cake.
Baby C wearing her favorite sunnies.... which belongs to Sherilyn cheh cheh. Baby C seems to know that she looks darn cute and hillarious in the sunnies and would give us the cutest and sweetest smile whenever we put the sunnies on her. Oh btw, Sherilyn actually brought the sunnies along to the restaurant and wanted to put it on her head as if it was a head band. This vain pot also wore a toy watch, her angel wings and put on lots of accessories on her hair.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Another mummy (who is not a blogger but a frequent reader of my blogs) from Australia offered to help me buy cranberry capsules and mail them to me after reading from my blog that I was looking for them. I turned her offer down but this kind lady took the trouble to get the details of the cranberry capsules from the local pharmacy and emailed the details to me. I finally got the cranberry capsules when another reader of my blogs told me that I could get them from GNC in KL.
Then there is another blogger who sent a gift to Baby C when she read that she was hospitalized for another UTI attack. And there is another good blogging pal of mine who visited Baby C and me when baby was hospitalized the first time. Am I blessed to have so many people who are so concerned for me and Baby C?
I'm really grateful and thankful to everyone who had offered their help, gifts and comforting words to me in times when I really need them. Thanks to YOU... you know who you are :)
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Exactly a year ago on Valentine's Day, daddy and I spent our evening at the ER of the hospital. Sherilyn fell and hit her forehead at the sharp corner of a wall. Blood was oozing out from the cut on her forehead. She took a piggy back ride on Alycia's back whilst I wasn't looking and when Alycia got up, she fell. I was 7 months pregnant with Baby C then. We only managed to cut the Valentine's Day cake at 10:30pm when we got back from the hospital.
2 days ago this year, the exact thing happened to Sherilyn. According to Alycia, Sherilyn tried to sit on her shoulders and fell and almost hit the sharp corner of the wall again but thank God, her forehead was spared from cracking again... phew! She only hurt her leg. Spooky eh? Lightning does strike twice at the same place, at the same person.
On Valentine's Day yesterday, Sherilyn the menace created trouble again. She had a fight with Alycia and cried till she puked.... on the bed!! All the dinner that she had spent 2 painstaking hours to eat (and fell asleep on the dining table too) came pouring out on the mattress and on daddy's pouch! My maid and I spent our night cleaning up the mess. I was really fuming mad with her. We couldn't cut the Valentine's Day cake early because we had to wait for 2 hours for her to finish her dinner and when she finally finished her dinner, all came out again! Again this year, we only managed to cut the Valentine's Day cake at 10:30pm. So we have had 2 eventful Valentine's Day in a row.
Click HERE to see Sherilyn dozing off at the dining table with a mouth full of food.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Mummy : Who do you want to marry?
Sherilyn : Uncle Danny (beats me, I don't even know who Uncle Danny is, he must be Sher's imaginary prince charming!)
Mummy : Who is Uncle Danny?
Sherilyn : Daddy's friend.
Mummy : How do you know Uncle Danny?
Sherilyn : I saw him in a big castle (see, she really wants to marry a prince charming living in a castle!). He is Danny King....
Minutes later, Sherilyn went singing a song that she made up herself which goes like this :
Uncle Danny hahaho..... Uncle Danny clap your hands......., Uncle Danny hahaho..... Uncle Danny clap your hands....... like a princess, like a princess....... (while 'lifting' up her imaginary princess long dress)
and she goes dancing and twirling round and round the living room like Princess Giselle in the movie Enchanted....
I think Sherilyn doesn't even know the concept of getting married. But she had seen documentaries on couples getting married and I think she is only fascinated with the beautiful wedding gown, veil, nicely coutoured hair and everything about the wedding!
Friday, February 13, 2009
Everyone in the house were feeling under the weather last week. Sherilyn caught the flu bug first (she must've been bitten in school), then me (my immune system has never been this weak for the longest time, darn the stress, worries and lack of sleep), next was Alycia then hubby kena. Thank God my maid was spared. I hardly cook porridge coz the gals and I don't really fancy porridge. The only time I cook porridge is when hubby or the gals are not feeling well. So I whipped up a pot of prawns, pork ribs and dried scallops porridge last week. Everyone loved the porridge, even my 2 gals who hate porridge. Know why? Coz there were huge prawns in the porridge. Alycia and Sherilyn are crazy over prawns and if there were prawns cooked together with anything that they dislike, they will surely sapu them too, coz the prawns are there. I tell you, if you throw in a few big prawns, especially those with lots of roe into your pot of porridge, the porridge would taste and look damn good!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
This is yet another of Baby C's cute antics that never fails to make me and everyone else in the family burst out in a guffaw!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Sherilyn ate the cereal as if it was her dessert, after her noodles.
Last night, Sherilyn refused to eat rice for dinner again. She kicked up a fuss and demanded for green tea noodles. In fact, she has been asking me to cook green tea noodles everyday (twice a day) and refused to eat rice. I refused to give in as I didn't want to spoil her. I wanted her to eat whatever that I'd cooked. She bawled and threw herself on the floor and I ignored her. After she had cooled down, she went to the kitchen, took the tin of cereal, walked to me and said "mummy, I want to eat cereal" and gave me a smile! So cereal it was that she ate for dinner last night!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Tomorrow she'll be sitting for her first Ting Xie (spelling in Mandarin). When she wakes up from her nap later, I'll be sitting down with her and make her practise writing her Mandarin words.
Monday, February 9, 2009
My cheeky baby caught in action!
Sunday, February 8, 2009
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Saturday, February 7, 2009
Also cut up some homemade pork chops into strips for added protein and iron. And cut another slice of cheese into strips for deco and a more cheesy taste. Yums... hochiak!
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
BTW, this tissue box is empty. When I need just 5-10 mins to get some work done, I'll throw in an empty tissue box or my handphone into the playpen and then I'll get peace!
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
This sinful dessert is the only dessert that I get to eat only once a year and that's during Chinese New Year coz no one sells them other times of the year. I like it best when steamed and eaten with grated young coconut with a pinch of salt.
That's the most I can eat coz if eaten excessively, Id feel damn jai. It's damn fattening and sweet but it's ok since I only eat it once a year. I surely need to gulp down a cup of hot green tea after eating my nin koa to help me eliminate some fat!
Monday, February 2, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
This dish was selected by me.... The Four Seasons, which is my all-time favorite Chinese restaurant dish. We made a mistake and did not specify a budget for this dish and the smart alec captain must have given us one of the most expensive ones. This dish alone cost us a bomb at RM300!! It consists of deep fried fresh oysters, fresh big scallops, sausages wrapped with bacon and fresh shitake mushrooms.
2 types of chicken dish and a stir-fried veggie with Chinese sausages and intestines sausages.
There was also a jelly fish 'lou sang', claypot pig's trotters dish and a 'lou foo pan' fish (Tiger trout??). The fish cost a whopping RM250 and it was not worth the money spent at all as it was overcooked and the meat came out tough. We asked for a discount from the captain as we felt cheated coz at RM250 for a medium-sized fish, we didn't get the quality that should have come with the price.
The damage to my dad's pocket? A choking RM800++ bill!! There were 10 adults and 2 kids. There is no better time than the 15 days during Chinese New Year for restaurants to slaughter merry makers and diners, eh?