of.first.&.me.

I made my very first masak lemak cili api daging salai on Sunday.

Those who know me personally or has been reading my blog long enough would know that I don't do masak lemak or things that are santan-related before I'm married. For orang Utara, gulai (curry) is the equivalent of masak lemak. I don't even do curry to begin with, so yea, this is what marriage gonna do to you, making you do things that you don't wanna do.

Well, we still have I-don't-know-how-many kgs of beef from the last EID Adha. I guess we even have the oxtail and ribs in the freezer and also the smoked beef. FIL got it smoked right on the same day, hence the smokey goodness of the daging salai for our masak lemak.

It turned out great - bak kata C*** *flips tudung*.

It took 2 days for us to finish the entire pot ( masak banyak since I intended to freeze it for later, tapi nampaknya tak sempat). C*** managed to wipe em clean to the very last drop okay, siap makan cicah roti.

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Yea, for C***, masak lemak is the equivalent of curry.  I used to be surprised about the food combination too, roti cicah asam pedas pon ada - but after 6 years of marriage, not anymore. :P

Next in the list, adelah oxtail soup or stew. Gonna try to cook it using the rice cooker this time around, since it has the stew/soup function.

One thing bout C***, he'd just go "Buat masak lemak sedap kan? Buat la eh tonight?", bukan dia nak tanya whether the wife actually knows how to masak the said dish or not. Pakai order je, and thanks to pacik Google, the outcome adelah yet to disappoint us. Either I'm such a good cook or the recipe is too awesome to fail or both. :P

So yea,looking forward to more cooking adventure. #imsuchamakcik

of.breakfast.&.me.

Owh rajin pulak makcik ni update blog.

Anyway, I've been making breakfast for C*** to bring to the office these days. Nothing fancy, so far it has been nothing but sandwiches. Egg sandwich, tuna sandwich, cheese sandwich, another variation of egg sandwich - repeat. LOL.

Can't bring myself to include cold cuts in his sandwich yet, konon rasa macam tak kesihatan. :P

Once or twice, I'd make some sandwich for myself, but more often than not, I'll settle with my cereal and cold milk which I have at the office. My current favourite is Great Grains Crunchy Pecans - tho at times rasa macam burung pulak due to its 'less processed' nature.  Shall stick to that until I get bored or something.

The kids, Myra loves her usual cold milk and cereal breakfast with the occasional biskut cicah Milo whilst Shariq, it can be anything, depending on his mood - sometimes whatever Myra's having, else he'll chomp on the wholemeal bread or biscuits. On weekends, french toast is their favourite or cekodok pisang (I actually have frozen bananas in the freezer for that).

So yea, it's pretty easy to feed my little family. Not so hard to please which is why I strive to cook for them everyday (except on some Friday - cause ya know, it's Friyay. Tukang masak cuti ) - walaupon at times, after work penat macam nak get into the kitchen to start the dinner pon dah kena seret-seret kaki. Takpe lah, lillahi ta'ala kan?

Moving on, Shariq is currently in his active learning-and-talking phase. Few weeks ago, he suddenly started talking - exactly like how Myra started to talk. He surprises us at times, like where did you get that vocab from son? Tak pernah ajaq pon. It's getting easier to understand him and it has never been a problem for him to understand us either. Taking in instructions dah lama dah pandai, tho sometimes when he's not in the mood, buat dunno je. T__T

He loves cars and all sort of moving vehicles and he's capable of naming them too, from garbage truck to the (mobile) crane. Dia panggil all sort of lori tu truck. Lorry, lorry tak main.

He needs his day-nap else he'll get cranky - cause whenever he misses his nap at school sebab sibuk sangat main, bersiap sedia lah mummy untuk melayan raksaksa gorgon - on those days, usually before 9PM dah padam. He'd come to me and go "Nak dooooo dalam bilik,sleep sleep".

He's still a bf baby. I don't know when or even how to wean him off - tho most of the time he'll nurse for comfort instead of food but him wanting to nurse pon adelah an indicator that he's thirsty/hungry. Like, he'll be playing and running around and suddenly he'll come to me "Mummy, nak ne" T__T

I'd usually just ask him to take a sip from his water bottle and if he return back to me, I know that he's either hungry or tired so he wants to nurse to sleep. A mum is a mind reader okay?

Myra on the other hand, is as talkactive as ever, tho she's a bit reserved with strangers. My clever little girl is great in helping out around the house too - when in good mood la, bila bad mood terus jadi ratu ayaq mata. She can be quite dramatic sometimes, dapat pulak adik yang asyik dok memberi cobaan je. I guess that's how I felt about my little brother when we were little. Having a little brother can be pretty annoying at times ya know? So I don't blame her. :P

Well, she loves drawing and her love for drawing is never-ending, so much so that we bought her a hard-cover sketch book during our recent date-day-out. I told C*** bout how funny it is to actually go out on a date with your spouse but instead of spending the day shopping and whatnot for ourselves, we ended up buying things for the kids. Once a parent, always a parent. Mak bapak syndrome sangat.

Well, happy weekend.

of.long break.&.me.

Getting back to work after a week long break is bleh. This (somewhat) old machine needs sometime to warm up. Owh, I turned 32 last Friday, a year older, so yeay? :P

Okay, let's ramble for a bit.

EID Adha was great - apart from the moment that MIL suddenly went "Nanti dD tolong masak sambal paru tu yer" to me on the eventful so called kenduri-day - cause we managed to korbankan a big healthy cow this year, C*** even went to hand-pick the bull whilst I locked myself in the car with the kids sebab the kandang busuk gila it gave me headache. I BS you not. T__T

Anyway, I don't cook on a large scale. For 6 pax adelah large enough for me, imagine cooking with a big-ass kuali for kenduri. Yea, still a kuali not kawah, if kawah, I give up. Cooking under the watchful eyes of the inlaws was not helping either. Owh well, one shall cook and move on. It's just sambal, how to screw up sambal right? It turned out okay, so yeah.*pats myself on the back*

Whilst we were in Malacca,we managed to somewhat satisfy our craving for Klebang coconut shake twice, tho now adelah macam ade sikit sakit hati sebab terpaksa beli yang special as they would always try to push you to buy the special coconut shake instead of the normal one and if you insist on buying the normal one jugak, kena tunggu like forever for the next batch.

I prefer mine normal sebab I think they got the sweetness and the vanilla-coconut ratio just right so I don't want to spoil it with the extra scoop of ice cream. Manis and too creamy okeh? Fine, some people like it that way, good for them. Why bother putting the normal one on the menu if you don't intend to sell it in the first place kan? Nak cepat untung ke camne? Is it so hard to put aside a bunch of non-special shake? Okay, emo sikit disitu. :P

Anyway, I didn't get to book myself a spa session on my birthday and I was having a pretty bad back from all the being-sandwiched between the little one and the other half - tidoq mengiring for like forever - regardless of the fact that the little one was placed on his little bed but sometime during the nigh time, he'd roll over to ours - sebab he'd be searching for his mum to nurse, so mak lah yang akan tersepit.

The only silver lining is, C*** adelah berbaik hati and gave me the most needed back massage. We don't have any of those aromatherapy oil and I don't like the hot oil so he ended up using the EVCO (that I bought when I was pregnant with Shariq, konon nak minum untuk kesihatan *cough*) - so yea, I smelled faintly like coconut but it's ok - I slept like a baby that night, sampai terover-slept and tak sempat to get up to make sandwich for C***'s breakfast.

Moving on, I forgot to write about our quick Singapore getaway during the peak of ZIKA.

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Well, it's our long awaited quick getaway - dah beli zoo tickets and whatnot - so tawakal and I just made sure to spray like tonnes of mosquito repellent on the kids - walaupon I didn't see any nyamok. It has been more than 2 weeks since the trip and we're okay, Alhamdulillah.

Anyway, the zoo adelah awesome, the animals, the landscape, the man-made streams, the tram, the facilities, everything - they even have a splash pool/water park for the kids.

This is a typical mak-mak syndrome, pegi mana pon nak bawak anak pegi zoo. When we were in Tokyo pon sempat pegi zoo. I can't help but hope that our local zoo(s) will improve for the better too.

Our national zoo adelah sungguh menyedihkan - well, okay, the last time we were there was probably 2-3 years ago, sekarang pon still tawaq hati nak revisit - tho the zoo is merely 10 minutes away from our place. I honestly don't mind the ticket price jika berkadar langsung dengan keadaan zoo. You get what you give la kan? I don't mind giving if I know I'm getting something proportional in return, ke zoo negara dah best sekarang?

Moving on, we found a new place to satisfy our craving for mee-tarik.  The noodles are so fresh and so smoooth. Ahhh..would absolutely need to go there again without the kids, how to enjoy a piping hot bowl of noodles with screaming kids? :P

Okay, bye.


of.counting days.&.me.

I have a handful posts that I managed to write midway - which were then saved jadi drafts sebab I already lost the mojo to continue writing whatever that I was rambling about.

Kesan penuaan sangat nih.

Well, I desperately need a vacation right now - but we don't have the luxury of time for a long getaway like we did last year. C*** is busy at work - what with the new model and whatnot. I'm yet to take my compulsory block leave and I honestly don't know when I should be taking them - tho I'm going to take a few days off during EID-Adha.

Anyway,we're trying to put together a quick somewhere-near getaway for us. Dah mak-mak ni, all that you can think about when you're about to do/plan something is to include the kids - so this break is going to be something that the kids gonna love, hopefully.

On a lighter note, I'm sooo into skincare and makeup these days. ha ha. Another mid-life crisis, yes? I think I spent tons of moolah on em last month. I still don't wear that much makeup, not the complicated one at least. I'm still with my basic beginners makeup tho now I have like 20 eyeliners instead of 5. ha ha. I finally found my HG eyeliner that doesn't smudge on me and it's dirt cheap - bye bye pricey Dior eyeliner. I'm a big fan of Korean pencil gel eyeliner now. So cheap and so awesome. :P

I'm also in the midst of an experiment with one particular chemical exfoliant. The word chemical sorta freaks me out at first. Like yea, I'm going to slather my face with acid Pfbbttt.... This one is not cheap (I'm a cheapskate, so it's probably dirt cheap for you), but I invested on a trial bottle anyway and I sorta love the result but I shall wait until I'm done with the trial bottle for me to come up with the final conclusion and to decide whether I'd be repurchasing this or not.

C*** bought me a new rice cooker. Yea, after 6 years of marriage, instead of romantic gifts, you'll get a rice cooker instead. So makcik, but this is a rather fancy one with those multipurpose functions, ceramic coated spherical pot and whatnot. He paid close to RM400 for it as it was on sale, so yea, it's pretty awesome alright, makcik or no makcik. I cook on (almost) daily basis, so tidak lah membazir disitu. :P

I bought a new designer bag after berpuasa selama 2 tahun. *lompat bintang*

Told ya that I've grown out of my crazy bag-lady phase. Once every 2 years is just fine for now. The next time would probably be sometime after we moved in into our new place next year. Aminnnn.

Amiinn on new place okay, bukan new bag. I cannot wait to move out into our own place. Kids are growing up, they absolutely need more space and I hope to be able to give them their very own playroom - just like what I used to have when I was younger. Semoga ada rezeki rumah baru next year. InsyaAllah.

C*** wrote a complaint in our current place WhatsApp group - since we're having some issue with the water backflow from our yard's floor trap yada yada. He got sick of reporting it to the management office but getting no feedback/action in return.

I don't mind him going amok sometimes. The thing is, he intentionally wrote it in his annoying Manglish just to irk me up- gangsta paradise la konon, ayat bersepah-sepah - because he used my phone, so it looked like I'm the one who wrote em. Like urghh..I don't write perfect English, tapi boleh kah jangan dok guna bahasa tunggang langgang, kalau nak tunggang langgang macam nak masuk longkang, tulis la in Malay. Grr..grrr..

Then the maintenance guy pulak replied,  "I'll checked tomorrow."

Elok sangat laaaa tuu.

#grammarnazi
#tarikrambut

Ok lah, happy weekend. Tata.

of.random update.&.me.

I've been busy and lazy and it's not like anybody would be reading this anyway - not like I have any reader to begin with - except myself since it's pretty amusing to read what I've wrote years before - sorta give me an outlook of myself back then ya know?

Anyway, puasa has been good for us.

Yet to skip cooking (skip puasa is another story altogether. hehe), besides on certain I'm-so-tired-I-can't-think days - yea, I try to cook everyday for berbuka. Not because C*** loves my cooking too much and can't handle outside food, but because I don't know what to buy if we were to eat outside food. Geddit?

Like, when we went to the bazaar, we ended up with nothing or something that would only qualified for snacking. Like punya la macam-macam jual, tapi tak tau nak beli apa. Bazaar for me, is a place to find rare kuih/side dishes, not the main course. I'd go crazy if I were to bump into a gerai selling a decent arrays of kuih tapi kalau gerai lauk 100 jenis sekali pon, mak tak layan.

So yea, yesterday I made my first ikan merah masak lemak cili padi. Ya know I don't really do stuff with tonnes of santan in it, but C*** requested for it, so how could I say no? After all it's just a no-brainer 7-ingredients dish.  Also whipped up a plateful of veges to negate the fattiness of the masak lemak. Itu je la lauknya and I steamed a bunch of mini kaya pau and cut a bowlful of watermelon for berbuka.

It's just my luck that C*** is not fussy when it comes to food, so yea, unless I have a specific craving for something (last Friday it was roti nan with tandori), I'd be happy to cook for berbuka.

Moving on, we turned 6 last Saturday (June 25th!) but since we were back in Malacca, we didn't get to celebrate and tho we planned to go out for coffee and cakes later that night, tapi lepas tu macam malas pulak, so yea, we'll save the celebration for later, after raya perhaps?

Well, it's pretty surreal to be married this long, I know 6 years is nothing compared to those yang dah kawin for 40 or even 50 years but it has been a good 6 years, and I hope for more years and kid(s) to come.

Talk about kids, I'm turning 32 in Sept and I've decided to stop producing(kilang much?) when I'm 35, so yea, bila nak next ntah? 2 kids is tiring and handful enough for now, don't know if I can cope with 3 (& more) but yea, 2 is definitely not my stopping point. 3 is probably the magic number? Insyaallah. Nanti lah pikiaq. :P

On a lighter note, we're almost done with the raya shopping.

Bought loads of baju for the kids but yet to be able to find a pair of new shoes for Shariq - tho we already bought him a cute pair of capal (it's going to be useless I know, we bought it just untuk bergambaq raya), punya la syndrome anak ke-dua, umur dah 2 tahun, ade kasut 5 pasang je so far, how sad is that? Myra on the other hand, kasut banyak macam nak bukak kedai. So kesian, so yea, hopefully we'll find something for him this weekend.

Me? I'm a minimalist this year. Just bought a bunch of tops, a custom-made batik sarong and probably going to get myself a new pair of fitflop since C*** is against Birkenstock and because one of my fitflop got stolen (it's an amusing story, trust me, will write bout it later) and since my fitflop dah kena capped to 10 pairs at a time, so boleh la beli sebab nak ganti kan?

That's about it, happy puasa and selamat hari raya in advance.

of.another hiatus.&.me.

More than a month hiatus.

Where I've been ey? Well, I'm still pretty much alive and kicking - on Instagram at least - my micro-blog when I need a quick rant and when I want to immortalize a moment - as long as IG is around that is. :)

Well, I've been busy at work. A good kind of busy. Satisfying-busy not the stressed-out-to-my-bones busy which is good. I know most of my friends already quit programming and the whole development thing, but I hafta admit that this is my thing.

The struggle (when you're given a task that you have little or zero knowledge about) and the victory (of having everything deployed in production) is my kind of high. Currently working on the real-time OPT-IN for debit card thingy - I work for a bank, so yea - and owh, I have zero knowledge on socket programming - until a few months ago. LOL. Never too old for new stuff kan?

All is well anyway, as it's already in UAT for testing. Hope to get it moving along as planned.

Works aside.

We brought the kids to Sunway Lagoon 2 weeks ago, on a Monday. We intentionally took a Monday off and it has been fun. We went out for roti canai breakfast then baru la drove to Sunway when most people were already in the office.

 I especially like the Nickelodeon theme park. We even managed to bring the kids to roam the animal section of the park. The weather was pretty awesome too. It was sunny but not scorching hot as usual - I slathered the kids with sun-block anyway. Shariq took sometime to warm up for him to enjoy the water park - all those splashing water thingy magicgy overwhelmed him. Myra on the other hand, acted like we go there on a daily basis.

Owh, no outside food allowed - tho the guy at the entrance checked on our bags with one eye closed jer - kalau bawak roti canai, nasi lemak pon boleh lepas kot. :P Still, we couldn't be bothered to bring anything except for the kids' water bottles so we had Burger King and we bought chicken rice for the kids - the pricing is a tad ridiculous, RM15 for a mediocre serving. Kalau beli Hainan chicken rice from my favourite place dah dapat 2 servings dah ni.

Owh well. Even the RM1 popsicle pon being sold for RM5 - since the park no longer allows multiple re-entery, bertabah jer lah - tho it's obvious that you'll be able to get better food next door. Like, I'm the kind of person who splurges on food, I don't mind paying, tapi sila la sedap.

Anyway, we decided to end our day-out when it started raining, tapi tak sempat nak get to the parking before it poured - it's hard to do something quickly with kids, sat nak tengok tu la, nak singgah to pat the rabbits la - so we ended up having a quick tea break whilst waiting for the rain to stop - Shariq siap tertido on the high chair. Like one minute he was munching on a waffle and the next minute dah tertidoq. :P

Long story short, we managed to beat the rush hour traffic and got home before 7PM. Made a quick dinner and the kids went to bed early.

Fast forward to last weekend, we went out on Saturday to stock up on our groceries and on Sunday, managed to drag C*** to satisfy my craving for Southwestern eggroll - yummy and fattening as always, so from BSC we went to The Gardens for our EID shopping spree.

The crowd was cray cray, hilang selera mak nak shopping but we managed to get a new pair of sandals for Myra and a bunch of clothes for the kids. Mak dia tak beli apa. Sob.

Owh, when we got back home, I made us a quick dinner - tho I promised C*** earlier that I'd make nasi daging, tapi mak penat and C*** was a bit kuciwa about it and I felt pretty bad so I decided to cook it for our first iftar the day after.

Jadinya when I got back home from work at 6PM after picking up the kids yesterday, jadi lah supermak. I boiled the beef, then I quickly cook the nasi daging. Made a bowlful of super spicy ayaq asam loaded with tomatoes and onions to go with it and also made a jugful of watermelon lychee. Tu jer lah for berbuka.

C*** had 2 servings and had to stop because we're currently on our 'eat-right' mission and because we wanted to have the nasi daging for sahur too. Terlebih makan nanti, there won't be anything left for sahur pulak. :P

 I made telur goreng kicap pedas and stir-fry veges for sahur. Also cooked an extra portion of white rice for MIL since she came over last night - masak on stove-top okeh? I don't do nasik on stove top but I was too lazy to dig out our backup rice cooker and it's a tad too big for just a small portion, so C*** had to show me how to cook nasi using the normal pot on stove-top. ha ha.

Nasib la the other half knows how to do it else I hafta ask Pacik Google.

On a lighter note, I'm still hunting for my baju raya. We decided to go boria this year - for the entire Kedah clan. We're going to get a proper EID photo taken too.

Semangat sangat.

Well, happy berpuasa then. May you have a wonderful and meaningful one.

of.foreign object.&.me.

Something funny happened last week, well, it is funny now - not so funny then.

Remember that Myra used to have cotton bud stuck in her ear? Well, this is somewhat similiar to that - as it's still in the foreign-object-in-ear department - tho instead of a plain old cotton bud tip, it's a tiny green bean (which she got from school) this time around and instead of a normal visit to our usual clinic - we had to go to a pediatric ENT specialist to get it out.

So yea, I took a half day off the next morning after we found out about the little bean - C*** took her to the clinic at 11PM the night before after she complained that her ear itched and C*** saw something in her ear tunnel but the doc at our usual clinic wouldn't risk trying to dig it out.

I googled for the ENT specialist and was pretty glad to find one at our usual hospital and he's a pediatric ENT surgeon pulak to. Brownies point there.

Parents kalau tak terlebih fikir, bukan la parents namanye. We already thought of the worst. What if it can't be taken out? What if she needs to be in surgery to get it out? Would she ended up with a huge scar? Would it damage her hearing? Nanti kalau tak dengar, would she needs a hearing-aid?

Adoi.

After all the worrying, the doc took one look at her ear using his fancy equipment and went "Owh, senang je ni. Don't worry. Kids at this age memang suka put things in their ears."

Yea, sure doc. Not like I've been feeling sick in my guts or anything. Mak relax jer ni. *blow nails*

After it-felt-like-a-year 2 minutes later, he managed to suck the bean out and said "next time we should probably let it sprouts, senang sikit nak tarik bila dah jadi taugeh kan?"

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That was how I got back home with a happy little girl (coz I let her finish up a tall glass of iced tea when we went for Hainan chicken rice lunch), a green bean wrapped in a tissue and few hundred bucks poorer.

Kids and their surprises ey? Boleh sakit jantung mak kalau selalu camni.

Haih la anak. I could have bought a new Pandora charm with the money spent on the ENT specialist. Owh well?

of.everything under the sun.&.me.

Shariq turned two y/o, last month on the 18th to be exact. Yup, the terrible two. As much as I don't want to admit this, tapi memang terrible betui sometimes.

He rarely cries before, but these days, the slightest provocation would set him off. Menangis macam kena dera. The next door neighbour probably think that we dera our kids - now that MIL no longer stays with us. He would even cry when I'm in the kitchen, trying to whip up something for dinner. Having him in the kitchen would slow me down. He'd stand next to me or lean against my kaki or whines endlessly for me to pick him up.

It's no fun to cook with a crying toddler. It's not safe either. At times mak rasa like I want to quit the cooking altogether and just cuddle with him on the sofa - which is exactly what he wants me to do - but we might ended up with bread and butter jer lah for dinner kalau gitu.

Haih la. It's tiring, but being a parent is a hard work kan? Tadak sapa cakap senang pon.

Besides the extra clingy-ness, he's a smart one that little one. He understands every single instructions given. When being asked to put his dirty pjs in the laundry basket and his used nappy in the waste basket, laju je buat. After we unload the laundry from the laundry basket into the washer, he'll drag the empty basket back to our laundry room.

He would even dump the empty cups and plates in the kitchen sink whenever he's done with his food. He already got the hang of cleaning his teeth during bathtime. It's easier to clean his teeth these days. He even tried to dress himself - tho he's not quite there yet. He still loves orange. He doesn't like to blow his nose, but wouldn't mind if I remove his boogies using one of those snot sucker - that you have to use with your mouth - which grossed out C*** sebab he cannot tahan the sound of the hingus being sucked out. ha ha.

Like owh please darling. Hingus apelah sangat - luckily he's not squeamish when it comes to cleaning up after the kids. Kids and the big business could get pretty messy sometimes. I can't believe that I can actually tahan and not puke. ha ha.

Moving on, Shariq is still not talking yet. Myra started talking when she's 3 and it's hard to ask her to stop ever since. He has a bunch of words up on his sleeves, but that's about it lah - probably that's one of his sources of amukan, yer lah, he understands so well but yet cannot express himself kan?

Moving on, C*** has been so helpful these days - besides his usual task to do the laundry - everything from washing to folding - he would even cook (or at least take out the stuff for me to cook), vacuum the entire house or whip up something for us to munch on before dinner - goreng pisang is his favourite. he he.

Yea, I cook every freaking day after work. Tiring? A bit but I guess it's more tiring to eat out, what with the kids and whatnot. A take out, more often than not adelah tidak memenuhi citarasa - after all, we don't need a fancy dinner. Pasta, sandwich, rice with one or two simple dishes are on our daily rotation. Sometimes we even go for garlic bread with mushroom soup je for dinner - which is fine tho I'd always cook something 'heavier' for the kids.

Nowadays, I'm trying to make them eat something before sending them off to playschool too. Myra loves cereal with cold milk. Shariq would eat just about anything that his sister's having. Shariq is non-stop little eater when he's at home - probably to compensate his lack of appetite when he's at the daycare.

Okay lah, gotta figure out what to cook for tonight. The other half's coming back from his work trip - I've been eating toast for dinner for the past two days - just because I couldn't be bothered to cook for myself.

Tata.

of.short getaway.&.me.

We got back from our KL - KK - Kundasang - Ranau - KK- KL trip 2 weeks ago - and I'm still tired. Kesan penuaan sungguh.

Anyway, the trip's amazing. We got to relax and unwind for a bit (walaupon lepas tu bila balik KL, rasa tired all over again, it's probably the polluted air. :P).

During the 1st day in KK, the other half brought us to the wild life park. It's pretty decent I hafta say and the entrance fee is pretty cheap. A good visit tho tengah panas lit-lit and some of the exhibits were closed for renovation. We even stayed around to catch the animal show. It's nothing fancy, just ade the usual birds, snakes and err..racoon? I is lupa but the kids loved it, so time well spent.

The next morning, on a very bright Sunday. I dragged everyone to the Gaya street market. I always love to see this sorta thing each time we're at a new place. It's where you'll get to the see the locals and the local stuff. I managed to buy a handful of local kuih. Some I sorta like, some I cannot stomach. he he. That's what being in a new place is all about kan? Sampling local food and whatnot.

Talks about food. We ate tonnes of seafood for two days in a row - minus the day when we stayed in Kundasang, that day we're stuffed with barbecued chicken wings dipped in cili kicap instead.

We stayed at the hotel with probably the best view in Kundasang, Kinabalu Pine Resort - we opted to have the Superior Standard room so that we'll get a clear view of the Mountain else you'd be looking at the nearby kampung if you go for the standard package. Besides the awesome view - I can't say the same about the bed sebab adelah macam papan letak toto. I kid you not. ha ha. The breakfast and dinner spread pon boleh lah. It's just a simple, no frills hotel tapi it's clean and the surrounding is pretty neat and well kept. I personally like the pine trees and all. Calming yo.

Since we stayed in a room with an awesome view of the mount - pagi-pagi buta dah lepak at the balcony with a cup of coffee enjoying the view. I could absolutely live with the picturesque view, fresh air and all that - but untuk dua hari jer la kot. A slow and easy life is not for me (yet). Petang when it starts to get dark terus mati kebosanan. ha ha.

Since we're already in Kundasang, we decided to go to the Tagal Sg.Moroli fish spa. The fishes are huge. Nothing like those fish spa you bumped into in KL. So big, so manja and so geli. I don't mind the normal fishes - except for those freaking huge cat fishes. Yup, ada cat fish and this one is major geli. Geli macam tengok ular. ha ha.

You know lah what with its snake-like head and whatnot. Lepas tu dok terbuka-buka mulut dia. I is cannot tahan. I literally ran out of the water whenever it's near. The fish spa runs on a group-basis. Each group will be given around 10 minutes to beramas mesra with the fishes but we went there on Monday - a slow Monday - so when we were released to to the river, the staff couldn't be bothered to time us. We spent a good half an hour there - we left sebab dah tak tahan geli (& sakit kena gigit) - after all it's just me and C*** jer yang seemed to enjoy the fish spa. Others - especially the kids adelah takot.

Our next stop was the Poring hot spring. I like hot spring but not during a scorching hot day (I like the hot spring spa in Ipoh better, boleh berendam malam-malam). I spent like 10 minutes dipping my kaki lepas tu dah start rimas. Kepanasan is my major turn-off tho I couldn't say the same about the kids. They enjoyed playing in one of those personal hot spring pool - so much so that I had to ask C*** to pull them out, takot masak pulak nanti kena rebus air panas + matahari. Kalau demam ka nanti, sape susah? Mak jugak. I wouldn't want to risk them being sick on a holiday - tho I'm well equipped with the medicine and whatnot.

The rest is history. I bought some of the usual ikan kering and stuff. I especially like sambal sotong kering to go with nasi lemak - so I bought tonnes of that - but yet to find the time to cook it. :P

Nanti lah eh? It's sotong kering anyway, it can absolutely wait. he he.

Okay later.

of.busy bee.&.me.

Gosh. I haven't write in ages. I've been wanting to write but as I get older, adelah rasa like people gonna take whatever I write and put it against me kalau terlebih cakap/write.

Haih, but writing is my outlet to let off some steam.

I like writing tho I'm never good at it. Wait, I don't actually write, I'm rambling most of the time. Well, whatever rocks ya boat lah.

Anyway, I've been busy you see? Work is piling up but February has been great for me so far. Had another week-long Java training - which is still pending on the exam. Yup, tho I code every single freaking day - somehow at the back of my mind, I doubt that I gonna pass this - especially on the theory bits.

I took a day off sometime after CNY to go out with my favourite person in the world - C*** lah, who else?

We went for a massage, a laid-back lunch and a movie - before picking up the kids from school. Time well spent.

Myra's diaper-less-accident-free nights adelah tergugat for the past few days (she's been diaperless during the day since forever, cuma at night baru je few months. Ya blame us). Don't know why asyik lah terbabas tho she already went to the loo a few times before bed. Should I stop her from drinking like an hour before bed? Penat mak dok membasuh comforter and bed cover and countless of others each morning.

Yesterday morning, I even had to wash the pillow! Yup, I threw it into the washer. Semoga kering la else pillow itu akan melawat cik-tong.

Luckily today takde banjir. Mak urut dada lega.

On another note, these days datang pulak mood malas buat homework and when we asked her to finish it, malas la, tak larat la then being the not-so-kiasu parents that we are - we just let her be. She's only 5 after all tapiiii....the next morning whilst getting ready for school she'd fuss over the fact that she's not done with her homework. Mula la nak muncung2. Like, semalam tanak buat kan? Pagi baru nak lorat. Memang takde la mak nak layan. Dah, pegi siapkan kat school jer. Kecik lagi ni, mak bagi chance, dah besaq nanti. Siap!  :P

Moving on, Shariq is currently in his super-active-couldn't-careless phase. Like he knocked himself against a sofa and his inner lower lips split open, with the blood-gushing and all that - and 5 minutes later was jumping up and down like yea, blood what? Mak yang risau if it gonna hinder his appetite but he's eating and drinking like usual - siap makan orange macam biasa (while I cringed in horror, orange + open wound? Hows that sounds to you?).

Yup, he loves his orange. Whilst Myra would prefer rock melon and such. He only loves mangoes and orange. Sweet and sour is his thing. Manis tak layan.

I already lost track of his teething progress. His gigi has been sprouting like bean sprouts, sampai tak sempat nak keep track. I think he just needs to grow another bunch of molars to have a complete set of gigi susu. It's so hard to clean his teeth as he's too playful to take the whole brushing and cleaning seriously. Most of the time I only managed to clean for a few seconds and he'd ended up biting the tooth brush or clamp his mouth shut - so totally different from his kakak.

We're going somewhere for a quick getaway next month before Shariq turns two (& and we have to pay for his seat on the airplane). Somewhere near just because our currency exchange sucks and because I'm a cheapskate.:P

Okay lah. Hafta finish up my work.

Tata.



of.2016.&.me.

I'm feeling pretty demotivated at work these days. Long story and let's not go there.

Anyway, my 2016 started off with a week long training, for Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) in Java SE7 Programming - yea mouthful. Another week of training coming during the 1st week of February and I have 2 exams to pass (hopefully,with flying colors).

What is the odd of being a JAVA developer (for 7 long years) tapi fail on the exams on Java fundamentals? ha ha.

This reminded me on why I'm yet to further my studies (if ever). I detest classes. I detest the long winded theory and those definitions for everything thingy magicy.

There's a huge gap between theories and actually doing em on a daily basis. I don't actually go "Owh, this error can be fixed with polymorphism". Sungguh WTF. Honestly, I can't remember the Java fancy terms for every single stuff that I'm doing, I just do it. If I need to create the getter and setter, I just do it, I don't go "I think I need to do the encapsulation here". Geddit? :P

Enough of geek talk.

Moving on. The wee one is doing good in day care. He refused to eat the breakfast porridge that I made for him, so I stopped making any (tho I still cook em for his dinner) - since the nannies insisted that he prefers to eat what others are eating. Baik lah nak. Apekah baru umur nak masuk 2 tahun dah malu nak makan bekal mak masak? :P

He was down with fever last week - as he was in his active teething phase. 4 molars are peeking out all at the same time, ouch! Come Saturday, since he's all better, we brought him to our favourite pediatrician for his long-overdue 18 mth jab. Yea, the vaccine was OOS like everywhere, we finally got a call from the clinic telling us that it's in stock last week, so laju-laju lah pergi cucuk.

So yea, no more jab for him for now. :)

He's very expressive these days - walaupon he's yet to talk. If he wants to have orange for breakfast at 7AM in the morning tapi mak kata No, he'd pout his lips and make the sniff sniff sounds - as if crying. Mana belajaq entah?

If you scolded him over something, he'll lower his gaze and pout. Pouting is absolutely his thing and he's also very the manja this one. He'll come for a hug or kisses without being asked.

Myra on the other hand is doing great in school. Eager when it comes to homework. Yup, 5 years old pon ada homework. She's been writing and whatnot and her handwriting is pretty good for someone at her age. She loves drawing on the portable magnetic board and she's sorta good in it too (probably a left-handed thingy, lukis cantik unlike the parents) and when she's not drawing, she'd be singing (her heart out), kejap in Malay, kejap in English. Whatever her heart pleases. We sometimes had to tell her to slow down a little, sebab bising sangat, we couldn't even watch the news on tv. T__T

Parents, bila anak kecik, tak sabaq suruh cakap, nyanyi segala, when they are at the unstoppable age like these, suruh diam pulak. Yea, I don't understand parents sometimes. :P

Well, since she's turning 5 in April, C*** is starting to teach her how to load the washer and separate the clothes. She's currently in her helpful phase, so she somewhat enjoys it. I think it's great to teach em basic chores like these - as long as it's harmless and age-appropriate. Takkan at 5 y/o nak ajar iron baju pulak? Way too dangerous.

Nanti adik dah besaq sikit, ajar dia pulak - coz I also think that both genders need to learn how to do house chores. No such thing as a boy couldn't be bothered to do the dishes or load the washer or lipat baju.  

Kot nanti kawin dapat wife yang tak suka lipat baju (like me), then how lah? :P

of.eventful long weekend.&.me.

We had a long weekend last week. C*** got a day off on Friday and I decided to follow suit. I also took a half day off a day before to roam the Big Bad Wolf. The thing is about BBW, I always like to go there alone. It's an awesome me time I hafta admit.

Walking through mountains of books is sorta relaxing - tho the only stressful part about this whole BBW thing - is the fact that I hafta put a limit to my book-spree. Not financial limit but weight limit. he he. I gauged the limit based on my disability to properly maneuver the trolley. Ya la, kalau dah berat sampai nak terpeleot tu, paham-paham sendiri je la. :P

Got there sometime before 1pm and I managed to leave before 5pm to avoid the peak hour traffic. The books are alright (walaupon dah mahai a bit), but I couldn't find some of em books that I was hunting for. Dah habis kot. The food/snacks selection pon not too shabby. I had Thai Milk Tea with a set of salted egg siew mai for my quick lunch. The dim sum adelah from the exact company that we usually get our stash from.


So yea, I bought a handful from my usual writers - Jodi Picoult, Diane Chamberlain, Anne Bennet, Kate Furnivall &  Khaled Hosseini.

It's great that I managed to grab 2 new books by Ha Jin too. I was accidentally introduced to him years ago, when I borrowed a bunch of novels from a dear cousin (borrowed? More like buat harta, the novels are still with me back in my hometown, in our so called mini library). Novel tu nama dia - Waiting and it's a good one, I reread it twice or maybe thrice. I like his way of writing and describing things and for an old man, dia takde la tulis berbunga sangat sampai rasa annoying. ha ha.

I decided to give Jane Green a try too. I honestly never heard of her and I have no idea why (but I found her books in the Romance section, that's probably why. I don't do chick lit anymore) but 'Bestseller' was written on those books' cover, so yea, I decided to give it a try. Forgive my ignorance. Mana lah tau sebenaqnya she's as popular as Jodi Picoult tapi I've been living under a rock ke kan?


Bought a bunch of books for the kids too. I'm particularly thrilled with one of those paper dolls books. I actually bought 2. Ya know patung kertas yang boleh pakaikan baju tu. ha ha. One of it canggih sikit because instead of the usual paper, it's magnetic, so baju boleh lekat-lekat je.

When C*** saw it, he was like "You bought this for yourself kan? Awak yang nak main sebenarnye kan?"

Noooo silly. Of course I bought it for Myra. *cough cough*

:P

Anyway, I spend more than RM200 and I got a RM10 voucher and with that I got a RM12 worth of thing. That thing is a box that comes with a reusable bag and hurmm...other things - which I'm yet to discover - sebab tak dan nak tengok ape kebendanya. I just want to spend the voucher quickly and I don't want to spend more. So beli je benda RM12, so tambah 2 ringgit jer. Yea, I'm cheapskate like that. :P

Moving on, we went back to Kedah on Friday - but not before picking up a butter cake (which I craved for, I'm a sucker for awesome butter cake, butter yer, bukan majerin) and going to the clinic so that a cotton bud could be safely removed from Myra's right ear. Yup, tah ape dia buat as the night before she complained that her ear was itchy so when the ear-cleaner aka C*** (he cleans everyone ears, including mine. ha ha. He's just lucky I have dry ears - which is usually nothing beyond berhabuk - and not the waxy kind. Okay TMI ) wanted to clean her ear, ternampak lah the remanent of the cotton bud in her ear.

We freaked out but since it was late and she's not in distress over it, tunggu je esok. Parents of two adelah so cool, if this were to happen when Myra's still the only child, mau bawak pi ER terus.

The doctor took it out easily and quickly and before we left, sempat lagi dia cakap "Next time jangan korek ears sendiri, nanti ears kena potong" to Myra. ha ha. We've been telling her not to clean her ears herself like thousands times dah kot, I guess kid just doesn't know how dangerous that simple ear-cleaning act could be. Haih.

Well, long story short. We arrived in Kedah sometime after Maghrib, thanks to the bad traffic. Dah macam balik raya pulak rasanya. The next day, we went out for seafood dinner in Tanjung Dawai, lil brother's treat. It's my 2nd time there and the dinner was alright tho the waiters were a bit slow.

Going back home is all about food, and more food and catching up on the usual family stuff. I'm missing them already.

That's about it. On Monday the kids' playschool was closed, thanks to Selangor for winning the football match but no thanks because I work in KL. I hafta take a day off since C*** still hafta work tho his office is in Selangor.

So yea, I cooked and cleaned, even brought the kids out for some groceries. Myra wanted to have the Mexican bun aka Rotiboi for tea and I'm grateful for the new outlet which recently opened in our neighborhood Petronas. Bertambah senang la kerja mak menambahkan lemak. Haih, fresh out of the oven - crispy on the outside, buttery soft in the inside.

Okay, tata.

of.new routine.&.me.

Since last Friday, there's been a change to our daily routine. Instead of dropping Myra je to playschool, I also dropped her little brother along.

My morning routine pon took a 360 degrees turn.

Now, I'll wake up and pack up their bags, warm up Shariq's breakfast and put it in the Thermos food jar so that the teacher would be able to quickly feed him breakfast once he got there. He's not big on bottle-feeding, so he hardly finish up his milk when he's there, preferring food over the dreaded milk. Yup, and no bottle can do when I'm around, nak fresh from the source. :P

I'll bathe both of them before sending them off to school - the teacher was surprised that I already bathe Shariq at home - selalunya budak kecik would be brought over still in their pjs but my son is a morning person and I think it's easier for me to sort him out beforehand. Lagipon, I reckon that it gonna do him good, pagi-pagi happy dapat main air with me and the sister. Calm before the storm la kan? Storm sebab lepas tu nangis kena tinggai. he he.

So yea, bila nak masuk kereta tu, I feel like a juggling act in a circus, 4 bags and 2 kids. Ni baru 2 kids. I'll strap Shariq onto his carseat and I got Myra properly seated to - both duduk belakang - which reminds me that I need to find a booster seat for Myra.

Well, 2 days ago, after I picked both of them up. Myra suddenly went "Mummy kakak nak nasi lemak, ada egg and kacang and small fish (ikan bilis)."

Truth is, I already took out a few slices of ikan merah (I put em in the chiller to defrost) which I planned to pan-grill, tapi sebab tetiba anak nak makan nasi lemak, adelah kesian. It's just my luck that I had a tupperware of frozen coconut milk in the freezer, so takde la balik kerja dok nak perah santan segala. Domestic goddess sangat. *flips tudung*

By 7.30pm, I was already feeding em the nasi lemak. All done in in less than 45 minutes. I also made sambal sotong for us. Ikan hafta simpan for later - nothing beats your kid's "Sedapnya mummy masak" - music to mummy's ears okay? Walaupon penat rasa macam nak bagi makan roti letak peanut butter je lepas ni. ha ha.

Okay la, I'm not that mean. I made oven baked fish last night. Fried some eggplants and tempe too. C*** tambah nasik twice. Konon masak simple to kurangkan makan, nampaknya bertambah instead.

Today he requested for Ikan tenggiri goreng berlada and I'm yet to figure out what's the side dish to go with that. Probably stir-fry vege with egg tofu? Hmppp..

Anyway, when C*** got back home from work, he helped to load the washer and folded up the clothes when the kids (and sometimes moi self) are off to bed. Nothing beats waking up to neatly folded clothes, yup, super kemas I tell ya, he absolutely fold em better than I do, so the job is forever his.

Yea, not much of a domestic goddess in that sense eh? 5 years and 2 kids later, I still don't do the folding, it's just my luck that C*** doesn't mind doing that. He even cut the mangoes into little cubes for the kids whilst I finish up the endless work in the kitchen, clean up their bottle and cup, cook a fresh batch of chicken porridge for Shariq, refill their water bottles and whatnot.

This morning, I woke up early to sort out C***'s uniforms for the next 2 days, turned out, takde electricity pulak until the very minute I was about to get off to work (wearing whatever decent looking baju yang tak iron that I could find in the closet). Such is life eh?

Better luck tonight.

On a lighter note, I absolutely need a book-spree to let off some steam. Can't wait.

Okay lah, later.

of.a quick recap.&.me.

Well, I'm still alive and kicking alright?

Anyway, as usual. I've been trying to write but I have like tonnes of stuff on my plate these days. Work's aplenty tho I hafta admit that's I'm not depressed or anything - like, kerja banyak but I can afford to do it at my very own pace - which is pretty laju if you ask me, sebab mak suka kerja siap cepat, lepas tu boleh goyang kaki. :P

I'm scheduled for a 2 months-long development for a system enhancement. A pretty big one and it's a one man show but I don't sweat much bout it. Lagi pening dok pikir on how to setup a UAT and Production deployment compilation folder for one of the systems under my care - sebab the current server gonna be decommissioned and it's just my luck that the system's compilation adelah a tad different than the usual, so yea, let's figure out on how to do that later. Sekarang malas.

Talks about work I also need to work on the encryption thingy for our SMS-getaway system.

Okay, enough on geek talk.

My parents were here in KL for 2 weeks earlier this month - to berubat. MIL insisted on bringing dad to try out on another alternative medicine - and since it doesn't revolve around ayam golek 2 ekoq, teluq ayam kampung color putih 10 bijik, pulut kuning segala - we decided to give it a try and I like it when they're here. I got to see them often. They were staying at my aunt's place (which is only 10 minutes drive away) and they went out often. Jalan-jalan la, eat out segala. Mum also got to shop and relax for a bit - she went out shopping la, massage etc with my aunt. Which is nice.

Talks about jalan-jalan, now that dad's confined to his wheelchair (tho not like he cannot walk, he can but slow lah kan, and it tires him out pretty quick), it's great that the malls (especially the new ones) are disabled-friendly. Kat Kedah, especially in my hometown, it's pretty tricky to get him out and about but in KL, most malls siap boleh rent wheelchair segala - which is great. Talks about when something's related or affected you, then baru lah nak perasan on these sorta thing kan? Dulu tak heran pon. 

I'm counting days now, can't wait for the arrival of my newest addition to my addiction. Haih, ever since I started working. I've been wanting to get my hands on Pandora but those days, I was crazier over designer handbags so that put a halt to this, but after Shariq was born and instead of spending my money on another gold jewellery or a bag that I couldn't be bothered to wear much - gold, sebab I don't like gold to begin with. Bag pulak, after being a mom of two, I hardly change my bag anymore, pi mai pi mai dok pakai bag tu jugak.

So yea, mari lah beli something that I don't mind wearing daily. I also collect Mantra Band sebab comel. :P

On a lighter note, I think that I'm currently battling a hormonal-skin. Like these days, I look like a teenage, fresh out of high school. Those little pimples are every where, okay it might not look so obvious since they are real tiny, scattered all over my forehead like some sort of rashes, but if I'm standing under the sunlight, urgh..rasa sungguh gross. Haih, I honestly don't know where to start on fixing this. I mean, the last time I had these sorta stuff was ages ago, I'm 31 now, shouldn't I live with a healthy glowing pimple-free skin already?

T______________T

Ni nak kena start balik pakai facial wash for teenagers ke camne? I'm so depressed - well sorta.

On another lighter note, I ran out of my mineral makeup - I used to stock up my stash from LovingMinerals but I guess that they are no longer in business, the website/FB looks like it has been inactive for months. Haih, where la to stock up now? 

of.random.&.me.

I'm currently trying to finish up my latest read, Stephen King's From a Buick 8 - it's a slow read - for me at least. I'm always slow when it comes to Stephen King's. I like how he described things and would tend to go slow as I'd be busy reading and imagining all at the same time. he he.

Absolutely a different read compared to my usual non-fiction and BBW 2015 is coming in December!

Yea, I need to stock up for the kids. My kids are a bunch of book-eaters, like literally and whilst I'm at it, might as well grab some for myself - tho I still have a handful of books - untouched. Talks about getting way out of my reading-plan. Nak habiskan a book monthly is such a chore these days and to think that I only got myself like 15 books to read from BBW last year, tu pon tak boleh habis. It's already October and I think I have > 5 more to go. Haih, I don't know myself anymore.

My favourite leave-on hair conditioner is on SALE (again!). The one that I've been using since forever on Myra, but I still have another huge bottle at home from my last haul - but there's no harm in stocking up when it's on Sale right? It's not like it's going to wilt or something, righttt? Haih, mom's dilemma.

Contrary to the last post. Shariq now eats like a champ (and he loves oranges!). It's such a joy to watch him eat. Suap, telan, suap, telan. Macam bagi makan ulaq sawa. ha ha. I must be imagining things, but I swear he is a lot heavier now - tho it's impossible to wish for the return of pipi-kuih-pau but looking at his yummy buncit tummy is a definition of happiness to me, I'm so easy to please.

I've stopped pumping at work, yup, no more EBM for Shariq. I guess that I just got too busy and too tired of pumping but he stills stick to me like a baby koala when I'm home (and there's no way for him to take the bottle when I'm around), like the first thing that he'll ask for when I'm back from work is to be fed. Bila mak dia balik, macam eureka moment sangat. ha ha. So yea, for the record, there's no more EBM when Shariq's 18mth old, but the direct feeding will go on as long as Allah permits. Next baby, mummy will strive harder okay? InsyaAllah.

We've been trying to go somewhere (not abroad) for a quick getaway. Ya know, stay at a good hotel, pool time whilst eating good food. That sorta thing, but the haze is yet to go away, so we're second-guessing our decision - must not expose the kids to the unhealthy outdoor, so how la?

I'm trying to lose weight. There I said it. I think ever since I've stopped pumping, the weight spiked up a little, so yea, in the spirit of maintaining the weight that I've lost effortlessly , thanks to child-birth and breastfeeding, mari lah hmppp...try to eat clean for a bit.

I'm back to my milk + bird food(read:cereal, the less processed the better) or salad with homemade dressing or anything-healthy-that-I-can-grab-from-home breakfast routine.

Last weekend, whilst the kids were asleep, I almost died of boredom (C*** was away on a work trip on Sunday - which explains the boredom) so I made myself a batch of pesto - mixture of walnut, almond, cashew, olive oil, garlic and thai basil. I skipped the cheese. The nuts combo are creamy enough for me to forgo the cheese. Lagipun kan nak ehem..kurus, we must cut off the calories whenever possible. This is my logic, I'm no Kevin Z@hri.

Back to the pesto, it tastes divine. I had it with pasta - seasoned with salt, pepper and dry chili flakes - topped with grilled chicken breast (which I dry-rub with black pepper, paprika and salt) for dinner. Mak memang suka jadi chef syok sendiri dekat rumah. My ig is flooded with #mycookingadventure photos. I'm not a great cook, but I hafta admit that cooking is pretty calming.

Whatever floats your boat lah kan?

of.hiatus.&.me.

I've been wanting to write for the longest time - but I've been so busy at work and more so at home that I couldn't muster enough kerajinan to write.

What's new with that?

Well, things are changing at work. What with umpteenth reorganization, recent MSS - some colleagues took up the offer and some just resigned - and when people come up to our place with the customary "You're still here?". You bet I am.

Honestly, I have no reason to leave. Sure, there's the inevitable management's favoritism over something - which I rather not mention. When you're the minority in the big team (minority is one thing, but being a female in the development team is another) - it's almost certain that fairness is rare - the truth is blinding. It's sickening at times - but I'm not oppressed in any way (not much anyway, even if I do, it's not like it's something that I cannot brush off), the money is good and I (still) love what I am doing.

Moving on, we got a new boss. A good one I hafta add, for now at least. Now that we hafta do the system support - besides the usual development work since all the support guys just quit and still pending on replacements - I'm just thankful for the hands on guy. I mean, he had no background whatsoever in JAVA but gigih nak tolong debug. Such a fast learner too, sat je dah pandai. ha ha. Now, this is the type of person that we should look up too, not those yang simply sit on their hands doing nothing.

I hope that he'll be as good in rewarding us too. :P

Owh, I accidentally deleted my Camera folder in my phone, shit happens - so yea, I lost most of the photos that were taken few months ago (including those from the Tokyo trip, nasib la banyak gambaq in our digicam, so takde lah meroyan sangat) - as I only managed to recover some of it. Tak sempat nak grab some of it for our photobook. Yea, procrastinate sangat kan, ambik ubat. I should probably need to setup the dropbox to auto-sync from now on.

The kids are doing great. Myra is doing awesome at school and Shariq is getting pretty expressive. Like yea, my 18 mth old can actually look and sound angry tho he's yet to talk - tho he knows how to say;

d (for daddy),
maow (for cat),
buah,
mama,
champs(Myra's vitamin of all thing),
nene (hmpp..his source of milk, ha ha),
car.

I should get it immortalized on video later. Owh he's currently in an active teething phase, 4 molars are peeking out (to add up to the 6 existing gigi), all at the same time! No wonder he gets pretty moody these days, it must have hurt.

Talks about kids, I just need to rant on how hard it is to get Shariq to eat. Yea, this too shall pass, tapi dok tunggu nak pass tu, sakit jiwa okay?

He's not into pasta unlike Myra at this age.

Those days, I could just whip up pasta-anything and she'd be happy. This little man however, prefer his rice but the moment that he feels like something is off during his first meal of the day, terus satu hari tu susah nak makan. I cannot be too adventurous due to his limited amount of gigi - tho some people might go "so yea, puree it".

Well, I hate to admit this, but some food is pretty yucky when it's pureed and I've stop pureeing for a while now. I just slow cook his rice, veges, meat so that it could be easily mashed up whilst feeding him. I even made a batch of chicken stock - that I freeze up in tiny food storage cups to cook his rice with. Haih, things that I'll do for the little one.

On a lighter note, the kids love fruits so I've been giving em exactly that for snacks. Papaya, apple, black seedless grapes (Shariq's favourite,when he asks for buah = black grapes. he he), honey dew (Myra's favourite) and rock melon (Myra's favourite too) and oranges.

On another lighter note, I turned 31 few weeks ago, on September 16. We went out for the high tea buffet at the Doubletree to celebrate. We ate a lot. The kids? Myra had fun stuffing her face with fruits, desserts and ice cream. Shariq had fun eating (read:smashing - as I already fed him his homemade food that I brought along with us) the papadom (from the Indian food section) into pieces and yea, let me tell you how terrified I am the moment I realized what he's been doing - penuh bersepah papadom bawah meja.  *cue a mother trying to restyle her shawl into a purdah*

My bad, I was in my semi-selfish mood that I didn't bother much bout what he was doing as long as he didn't act up. It's not often that I get to eat in peace ya know? I was enjoying the roasted duck you see? Tender tender roasted duck with owh-so-crispy skin.

To console ourselves, the other half went "Nevermind, this justify the price that we paid for. Dah include tu dalam service charges" *cough cough* ayat cover rasa bersalah *cough cough*

 So yea, will write more later. Tata.

of.raya update.&.me.

Selamat Hari Raya, Maaf Zahir Batin.

Raya kan sebulan? :P

Okay, this is probably quite basi already, but I'm going to write a bit on my Raya anyway.

Well, we had a long break for raya,took 5 days of annual leaves out of the 12 days break - which was sooo good, we even managed to nudge the festive traffic, our trip from KL -> Malacca(15th) -> Kedah(19th) -> KL(24th) was pretty much hassle free. We even managed to have a quick pitstop in Ipoh for Nasi Ganja. Nasi Ganja is awesome after all those raya food.

Raya in Malacca is okay. Nothing beats raya in your own kampung, but since other half's kampung is my kampung too (since the past 5 years at least) - so okay jugak lah - tho you know, I sorta missed the usual fares back home - the ketupat palas, Tok's version of kuah kacang - it comes with tonnes of beef, mom's nasi daging and whatever not.

We went to the usual houses for raya, even went back to Rembau (FIL's hometown) on the 2nd day - tho we didn't get to see much of the rumah kampung, since it is well..sorta abandoned (long story), so we went to visit the nearby relatives instead. Had a field time picking rambutan. Fat yellow juicy rambutan.

Once we're back in Kedah. Mom made her yummy nasi daging on the day that we arrived, so yea, tho we got there sometime before 10PM, nasi daging at 10PM lah jawabnya. Diet what?

The next day we went back to visit Tok, glad to see her looking well (she was dehydrated due to puasa and was not eating well days before).

So yea, at Tok's place - instead of ketupat palas and rendang, we had ketupat palas with durian instead - which was awesome. Probably the next best combo after ketupat and susu pekat. I'm weird like that. :P

The day after we went for the usual rounds - the must visit every year houses- got updated on the current news and whatnot. Had another round of rambutan picking at an aunt's place.

The rest of our stay in Kedah revolved around spending time with the family and eating good food and making good food - and mom would be asking me what to eat every single day. Terasa disayangi sungguh.

Even drove mum to the fresh market and hyper market to stock up on food. I feel so grown up tho mum even wanted to pay for the groceries, like gosh mum, I'm 30 (going 31), let me pay with my plastic money okay? he he. :P

Yea, unlike my dad, I'm not the one who likes to bring around tonnes of cash. More often then not, I'd resort to the plastic money - tho when it comes to plastic money you hafta be careful to spend wisely - kot tak the next day after the paycheque came in, kena makan roti or megi - you get the drift :P

Back to work in full swing due to the on going UAT and some pending production issues and another round of graveyard shift - accompanied by C*** obviously - told him that I'd drive myself to work, but he's not having any of that. So yea, when we're done with the deployment at 2am, I even made him drive us to the uptown.  

Saja nak feeling-feeling muda mudi. We ended up strolling around, bored(we're probably too old for this) and pretty upset - because we bumped into parents with wee kids (those that are still in swaddle and all), like wth are you doing here with little kids at this hour? Balik rumah boleh?

We're not parents contoh by all means, but c'mon, this is no place for kids. People smoking, vaping, the loud crowds. Tak rugi apa pon kalau tak pi situ - that's how my mum would put it. When Myra was born, we even stopped going to the mamak for our weekend roti canai breakfast and all those super crowded places during the first year. Tunggu la anak besaq sikit kan?

Okay lah, enough ranting. Later.

of.son's milestones.&.me.

I should probably stop procrastinating and start writing about Shariq's milestones.

My little one is already 16 month old. Yup, the wee one yang sangat suka makan albeit the 6 little gigi - yup, no addition to the existing ones so far. He'd like to sample everyone's food. If we're eating out, the moment the food was put on the table, he'd go "Nak nak!". Same goes if I just whipped up a plate of egg fried rice for Myra, he'd be the first one to come over to me for food. Semangat sangat anak mak. He totally inherited our love for food this one.

He understands us pretty well these day. He can take simple instructions, like suruh pickup the toys and put em back into the box, or put his dirty pjs in the laundry basket. When you say "Shariq, mummy nak kiss!", he'll come over and offer his cheek to be kissed.

He can fetch stuff too. Sometimes when he's being cheeky, masa orang lain tengah kusyuk tengok tv, he'd gingerly walk over to the tv and turn it off.

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Taktau la tu saja nak menyakat ke dengki? Tsk tsk. Tho if you ask him to turn it on again, he'd do it pretty gladly, like it's some sort of game or something. he he.

It also gets pretty easy to understand him now. Whenever he wants something, he'll point at it saying "Nak nak", and if you picked up the wrong thing, he'll shake his head no.

When it's about bedtime, kalau tanya, "Shariq you wanna sleep?", if he feels like it, he'll quickly grab your hand and drag you to the bedroom else buat dunno jer. ha ha.

Well, Shariq is still an early riser - even during the weekend. :P

So yea, whenever I try to sleep in for a bit during the weekend and when he finds it hard to wake me up (as I'll pretend to be asleep even if I'm awake, just because it feels good just to stay in bed sometimes), he'll just get down from the bed himself, open the bedroom's door and play the toys by himself or with Myra if she's awake - tho obviously I'd get pretty restless knowing that my kids are up and doing God knows what outside, so not long after, mak dia pon kena lah bangun to check on the kids.

Just like his sister, the son of mine loves going out. When the weekend comes - tho not like he knows the different - but I guess he knows that on a day that both the parents and his sister are still around when he wakes up, and when Myra is nicely dressed in her going-out clothes and not her playschool uniform, mesti lah hari untuk berjalan-jalan sudah tiba. So much so that he'd put on his little sneakers - yup, he knows how to put em on - hari-hari berlatih pakai kasut kat rumah. Effort yang sungguh amazing di situ.

He still loves to ransack his little wardrobe and the kitchen cabinet. Taking out everything insight and putting them back when being asked to. He particularly loves my 'food pantry' cabinet. He'd play with sugar and flour jar, the canned food - taking them out to the living hall, rolling em on the floor. Sampai ada yang kemek-kemek - tho I don't bother the kemek bit, mak selalu risau the canned food terjatuh atas his little toes je. Haih. The careless mind of a lil one kan? Mana dia nak pikiaq semua tu.

He's still a breastfeed baby, tho I've supplemented him with FM whenever needed since a month or so ago (heart-breaking but it's only fortunate that he's fine with the one that Myra's currently consuming). I underestimated his demand so my stash depleted pretty quickly and I just couldn't cope - what with work and all that - so yeah, I'm still pumping to provide him as much BM as possible and at this age, he knows how to ask to be nursed too. He'd come to me, pats me on the chest and goes "Naakkkk".with his cheeky smile and all.

Can't you not be so obvious son?


So yea, here's a photo of him, looking all grown up. Jangan besaq cepat sangat boleh? (Nanti people gonna start asking me when the next is coming. :P)

Not too soon people, not too soon.

of.being busy.&.me.

It has been pretty busy at work. Busy is such an easy word. Stressed out is more like it.

Had a system deployment and database migration on Saturday at 1PM (it started way earlier, my slot was at 1PM). Supposed to be done in 3 hours or so, but I ended up leaving office for home at 10.30PM - and all I had for berbuka was a cream bun and chocolate milk.

Like there goes my Saturday, my precious, eagerly awaited weekend. I was planning to cook something for C*** for berbuka since he'll be away for another work trip. Sob. Tinggal impian. The eldest even waited for me when I got home when the clock was about to strike 11PM and asked "Mummy, why work lama sangat?". Tsk tsk. Mom's guilt. Just can't run away from it.

Come Monday, there's some login issue for the IB staff since some of the applications just migrated to LDAP authentication, so yea, I ended up going back home at 6.30PM after deploying some codes to the UAT (tho we could leave by 5PM during Ramadan and I had to text the playskool to tell em that I'll be late to pick up the lil one), only to get back to the office again right after Subuh this morning for an emergency deployment - yeah, I've been informed about the confirmed deployment time at 10PM. Such joy.

So yea, if you were to ask me how am I feeling right now. I'm tired but everything went well (so far) so yea, Alhamdulillah for that.

After all, this is what I do to put the food on the table right? Tho not literally - since we'd still have food on the table thanks to C***. :P

Mine is more like a safety net, so that we'd get to live worry free. :)

Big or small. Everyone has their own battle, this is mine, yes?

of.homemade.&.me.

Well, I met the other half sometime 12 years ago (when I still had teen to my age) , and we've been married for (almost) 5.  5 blissful years, that included the normal ups and downs.

Anyway, few days more to go before the anniversary, so yea, since it gonna fall in the middle of fasting month, no lunch date as usual. Probably postpone sampai lepas raya - tho I already got my anniversary gift. I made him got me some Mantraband. They are reasonably cheap, see? I'm so easy to please.

Moving on, we made a big batch if karipap daging and epok-epok sayur the previous weekend - to stock up for puasa - ya know, when you feel like eating kuih but you couldn't be bothered to go and buy any or tak sempat to make any - hence the home made frozen kuih.

Yea, for the karipap daging (which is my favourite), I made everything moi-self, from the pastry to the beef filling (don't ask me for the recipe, I'm never the one to measure my ingredients) - tho C*** helped 'putting them together' part.

MIL took over when it comes to epok-epok sayur, I never knew such thing existed until few years ago - when I married C*** obviously. She even made a fresh batch of homemade chili sauce to go with the epok-epok. We had fun, that sounds so wrong but yea, we had fun. :)

Went to a uni friend's daughter's akikah on Saturday.  Met some of the former housemates there. It was fun. The last time we met was ages ago. It's great to be able to laugh at ourselves again or should I say that they had fun laughing at me?


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I felt like I'm 18 again. We surely had loads of fun when we lived together eons ago. Good old days eh?

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