Monday, December 31, 2007

Have a blessed New Year 08!!

Just want to say thank you for dropping by and it has been a pleasure meeting EVERYONE online these past few months. You all have made my SAHM journey a lot more pleasant and bearable. Plus, I have learnt alot, considering that the wonderful children of these online mommies are older than Ashley. Thank you for sharing and I hope to learn more from you wonderful mamas and not forgetting, the one and only 8-kong papa whom I've had the pleasure of meeting online as well.

Hope you have a great new year filled with lots of happiness and wonderful times with your loved ones!!

What have I been doing?


I have been doing this.

NOT...How I wish I was and AM doing nothing but eat, sleep and shop but its a luxury I have to do without for a long, long time.

Signs of having not shopped enough showed significantly today for instance. I went to Cold Storage at Ikano. Oh by the way, I have found a great way you can save on those Christmas tree decorations. Buy them on sale after Christmas and use them for next year. Great huh? :-P

OK, where was I. Yes, I went into Padini cos there was a sale going on. I wanted to buy a pair of shoes. To be more specific, I wanted to get one of those "wedges" type shoes. Its very 70s but I like them and they are apparently, very 'in' these days. I spotted one in black which was quite a looker. It would've made me the hottest mama in town. I tried on the one on the rack but it was way too small. So, I asked for a larger size and for the record, I have average-sized feet.

I am sure you'd guessed it by now, a hot mama I was not destined to be cos they had run out of my size!! Either I have to visit the shop every week so that I can get a chance to own one of those latest trendy shoes around or they have to seriously consider making lesser size 4s and more of size 6s. Who wears a size 4 anyway? Probably Cinderella does but ah, forget it. I'm just a sour puss ranting away because I didn't get what I wanted today. Blek...

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Planning ahead

Sometimes, we just can't. Again, I am talking about me. It is just impossible now with the little one. Everything revolves around when she wants to and how she wants it. Could it be that we are over-indulging her? Maybe or I could just simply be the world's worst planner, EVER. Which explains why I don't handle the household finances. Yeah, I am THE wife and I DON'T handle any of those. Its actually not a good idea for a wife (a SAHM at that) not to be the “financial controller” of the household but I am really, extremely terrible with figures.

If left money to me, I don't think I'd have any today. Instead, we'd be having mountain of cash loans. I love spending and what's worst, I love spending like no tomorrow. If it were all left up to me, I'd just grab anything and everything that suits my fancy. I'm not the saver. I am the spender. This explains a great deal as to why my hubby does all and keeps the finances.

If I am in need of some cash, I'd say cash advance is the thing for me. Fast and easy cash to be had just by typing away with my nimble fingers. However, I honestly would not recommend this to anyone who is in perpetual debt. Cash advance are designed to bridge the “emergency gap” until you get your next pay-check and it should be repaid as soon as possible.

Ireland


Funny I should be talking about this. It has been a long time since I've seen my course-mate. She studied in Belfast, Ireland. At the time, I think she was the ONLY one who studied and graduated from there. I used to tease her for putting on her fake Irish accent. It was truly hilarious coming from a yellow-faced Chinese woman. To be fair, it was pretty good I must say.

I have absolutely no idea what happened to her. She just disappeared from my life. Probably got too much of my teasing. She might have gone back to Ireland. I think, if I were to visit her in Ireland, I'd better check into one of those Ireland Hotels or one of those Belfast Hotels.

I am sure there are more to Ireland than the bombings that we have heard so much about. I mean, Dublin being the capital city, is renowned for its vibrancy, nightlife tourist attractions and plenty of Dublin Hotels. It's the most popular entry point for international visitors to Ireland.

In 2005, Cork was named the European Capital of Culture for 2005 for its thriving cultural scene. Several festivals are held annually in the city such as the Midsummer Festival which is a month long festival featuring theatre, music, art, poetry and much more in mid June - mid July. In October, there is the Film Festival and one of the largest Jazz festivals in Europe. If you intend to visit Cork during the peak season, make sure you look around for some Cork Hotels early and make your reservations in advance to avoid any disappoinment.

A wine connoisseur

I am not. In fact, I can get drunk on a few sips of wine. It's true. Before I had Ashley, the hubs and I used to go out on dinner dates to our favourite local restaurant, Flam's. On one occasion, that totally slipped my mind as to which one but nevertheless, it was ONE occasion that I felt like having wine with my dinner.

I ordered the usual (one of my favourite) lamb shank and a red wine. Luckily, I didn't order the entire bottle but just a glass. Our glasses came first and I drank before having my meal. You know what they say “never drink before eating” but I still did anyway. I took a few sips and I was already feeling a little tipsy. Nevermind, I was still sober.

Then came my food. Oh and my hubby ordered white wine cos he was having fish. He is a better “drinker” than I am. People are often amazed at my lack of drinking skills considering my line of work at that time but I think its hereditary. My dad is a lousy drinker. Or it could be the lack of practice. Whatever it is, I drank a few more sips with my food. The glass wasn't even half empty (or half full) and I already felt a little faint. My hubby said that I looked pale and the minute he said that, I rushed to the toilet to puke. My lamb and everything else that as in me came out. I felt better after puking. Even the waiter noticed I was 'drunk' cos when I came out and sat on my chair, he asked if I was “OK”. How embarrassing!! I asked for a glass of warm water and of course, he obliged. The colour on my face returned slightly. We sat a little bit longer, paid the bills and head straight home where I went to bed at 9.30pm. Gosh, I think that was one of the earliest bed-time for me ever. Luckily the hubs had his football to entertain him otherwise...

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Child carrying parents' burden

Before I go on, let me say that I do miss my working days. Sure there were stressful periods but which job isn't? I miss the interaction with adults and my ex-colleagues. We used to have such good times despite our workload. Going out for drinks and talking about our bosses behind their backs was just the norm and a way of relieving our stress.

I hear people say that your colleagues cannot be your true friends. I beg to differ. Some of my closest friends now happen to be my ex-colleagues. We would talk about work (goes without saying), our lives, hopes and dreams. We gave each other support, encouragement and a shoulder to cry on throughout our work and even our lives. We were really close. During our annual holiday season gathering, one of the things we would do for fun was to gamble, playing Gin, Backgammon, 21.

The one incident or rather, the one crisis that one of us was suddenly faced with which will forever be on my mind was that of my colleague Sally. She told us one day with her face all red and with tears in her eyes. Since I sat quiet close to her, I could see that she was somewhat disturbed and was frequently visiting the bathroom. I noticed that she was constantly on the phone and had a worried look on her face each time. We didn't want to intrude though we noticed that this had been going on for a couple of days. In the end, we asked her during one of our lunch outing. That was when she told us.

Her parents are gamblers, hard core gamblers. She told us that during the days when the country's economy boomed, they lived like kings and queens even though she knew her parents do not have a proper job neither do they own a successful business. Though she knew that potentially they could run into trouble but what could she do? She had to respect their wishes.

Her fears became reality one fine day. Her dad lost quite a fair bit of money, a lot and he hid that fact away from the kids. He kept it to himself for months until one day, when Sally was doing her annual spring cleaning of the house, she stumbled upon a stack of summonses together with letters from solicitors threatening to drag her father to court for the mountain of debt he owed to the bank plus numerous credit card debts. She first consulted her siblings and together, they confronted her dad. He admitted that he owed obscene amount of money while gambling at the local casino. The parents' trips to the casino was a daily affair. They played almost everything there is including Backgammon which coincidentally was our favourite game.

We were shocked, naturally. She didn't reveal the actual amount of money her dad owed and we didn't want to know either. The conclusion was that she and her siblings decided to help him out. They met with the banks, reached an amicable settlement without the dad having to end up in jail. The frequent calls that I'd seen Sally make was actually to her solicitors and the bankers. The entire family was involved. Sally and her siblings gave everything that they had to help her dad out. She cut down on her spending, even lunch was reduced to simple meals. No more going out for drinks or shopping for her. We really felt for her. In fact, we did ask if we could help in any way possible but she merely said “For the next gathering, please skip Backgammon” with a smile.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Last one for the Night

During the weekend, I went to 1U to get some Christmas presents for my sisters cos they had this sudden urge to put up a Christmas tree and exchange Christmas gifts. I walked past Esprit and saw a pair of pants on the mannequin that I liked. I went in to just give it a try without looking at the price tag. As fate would have it, none of the available sizes fitted me well so I ditched the pants. The price? A whopping RM240!! For a simple pair of black pants. Not meant to be.

That isn't what this post is about. Its actually about a boy and his mom. Tell me cos I am a new parent and all so I don't know what the “standard procedure” is. Out in the middle of the clothing section, this Mother had clothes thrown all over on the floor around her as she knelt down and was frantically trying clothes on her son. My guess is that her son is about 7 or 8. At one point, she even stripped her son bare naked right in full view of everyone and I mean EVERYONE that was in the store. Is that even necessary or allowed? I mean, first of all, the sales people didn't do anything cos I felt hygiene was definitely in question.

Ok, like I said, I don't know what it takes when trying on clothes for kids. Maybe its ALRIGHT to try them without their underwear on. So, if you gotta strip, you gotta strip but do you have to do it out in front of everyone? I believe the changing rooms are there for a reason, don't you think? Needless to say, everyone was looking at them like they were some kind of freak show or something. I pity the boy, I really do. Common sense tells me that something is not right. SO, all you parents out there, tell me, am I right in feeling disgusted? Would you have said or done something if it is in fact disgusting? I know its too late now but you know, if there is “one” of them, there are plenty more out there just waiting for me to discover.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Mustang Sally

Quite catchy don't you think? The song I mean.

I've always been fascinated with the Mustang. Where I live, we don't get to see many of these cars. In fact, I haven't seen one EVER. Maybe its just me. My cousin brother used to work for Ford in the sales department. He had the luxury of driving any Ford car he wished and used to change his car every week. Cool isn't it? The one that he didn't drive around was the Mustang.

Apparently, the Ford Motor Company has produced a variety of vehicles and with each one, comes a Ford radiator that is specialized for the particular vehicle's need. Needless to say, with a Mustang, when it comes to replacing the Mustang Radiator, the folks at Radiator.com knows exactly how to get it done.

People

If you want to compete, go join the Olympics

If you want to compare, look at the starving children in Ethiopia

Go do something positive and value-adding instead of spending your entire life trying to be

'bigger'

'better'

'richer'

but you will never

have the bigger heart

be the better person

nor

anymore rich with compassion.

Benazir Bhutto assassinated


You can read all about it HERE.

Quite a shocker if you ask me. I had just switched on my computer and yahoo is automatic and that's when I got the news. Gosh! What has the world come to? -sigh-

American Football

Flash back, 1986. Would you have believed me if I told you that I played football. Yup, tackle and all. I even know how to 'throw' the right way. Actually, I played 'flag" football. Instead of the usual tackle, we have flags pinned on our shorts, so if someone pulls on our flags, that indicates a "tackle". It was during our sports period not national level. I don't think I could qualify for that.

If you are a super bowl fan, remember, the Super Bowl XLII is scheduled to take place on February 3, 2008, at the 73,400-seat University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Looks like its only December but you know how difficult it is to get tickets. One word of advice, get your super bowl tickets early to avoid disappointment. I won't tell you who I will be rooting for..:-P

Father and Daughter


I haven't given the hubs much credit from the time when Ashley was born till now. He has been extremely supportive despite his heavy workload and schedule. Since we don't have a full-time maid, he takes on some "maid" duties on the days the hourly maids don't show up.

He is very patient, accommodating and sincerely loves children. Its nobody's guess that Ashley is very attached to her father. He spends as much time as he can with her all the time. She will jump (literally, in my arms) for joy whenever I carry her to the door to greet her father each evening when he comes home. At night, it is he who feeds and puts her to bed. In the mornings, she sends him off to work looking a tad bit sad. Since a few days ago, she learned how to wave "good bye" with her right hand. So today, she waved to her daddy as he drove off to work and her eyes never left the car until it was completely out of sight.

I am lucky, yes and I am thankful that her dad enjoys his fatherhood, enjoys being a "hands-on" daddy because its a feeling that is so indescribable unless you experience it yourself. I am glad he chose to and wants to.

Fish for Facial


Don't look at me, I am merely repeating what my friend said. Apparently, it is now the latest trend in SPA treatment to submerge oneself into a pool of little itty bitty fishes that feed on dead skin. Leaving you with a smooth revitalized skin much like a baby's bottom. These fishies are called Doctor Fish.

So, my friend asked me if the lady who does my facial uses this treatment on my face. You kidding me? I love fishes but getting hundreds of itty bitty fishes biting away on my face isn't my idea of relaxation. How about you? Would you dare try something like this?

Many gold plastics

Before I got married, to prepare myself in looking absolutely fantastic *ahem* for my wedding photo shoot and wedding day, I checked myself into one of the local Gym. It was my first time and with the gym membership, I get to bring a minimum of 2 guests with me each month.

I brought my friend along and we both had a good time. Not working out, but checking out the hunks. This lady friend of mine is quite a little feisty lady. Seriously, she may look "little" but don't cross her, she's a mean business machine. She owns a law firm with her hubby. Drives a spanking Volvo and lives in a 3 storey house. When she whipped out her wallet, man, there were no less than 4 gold Business Credit Cards. For me, at that time, was something to be at awe with.

Apologies first


Since the rejected post incident, I didn't want to do any PP today. Instead, I went and got myself a facial earlier.

Now that I am more relaxed, I realised I have a few pending assignments. So, from now until later tonight, there will be a long list of posts suddenly being rolled out. Hopefully, I will get it all out of the way cos the hubs is on leave tomorrow till next year and I hate having to be thinking about my posts (the PP ones) and trying to spend time with the family. Furthermore, this particular PP Co prefers straight-forward articles, just makes my job a little easier *smile*.

Let me apologize first if you find a sudden surge of posts. Promise that the next few days will be better :-)

A little pissed

I spent the entire afternoon yesterday. Ok, not the ENTIRE afternoon but some part of the afternoon finishing up early one of my assignments. I thought it was quite interesting and different. You guessed it, I got rejected for irrelevancy. I know it was definitely the picture cos if someone bothered to read the content, there were absolutely no inconsistencies nor irrelevancies. What can I say? I guess "different" isn't very well accepted. From now on I will write extremely boring articles for them then if that is what they want *rolls eyes*

How we kept in touch

Being in a long distance relationship is hard and difficult to sustain. I should know, I was in one with my hubby back then. He was studying all the way in Australia while I stayed back. It didn't help when his parents couldn't afford the plane tickets for him to return every holidays so he was virtually stuck there for the entire duration of his course. Don't mention me, my parents couldn't even afford to send me anywhere for my studies. We worked whenever we could during our term holidays and would waste (now I consider it a waste not back then) our hard earned money calling each other using a phone card at least once a week. Other days, we relied on emails and written letters.

*Sponsored*

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas presents


Christmas was great wasn't it? Even for me cos we don't celebrate it. But I love the Christmas feeling and everything associated with it. Warm and fuzzy.

This year, my sisters decided to put up my mom's 30 year old Christmas tree. It was very sweet of them. Plus, its the first time that Ashley got to experience a little of what Christmas is. Yup, the fun part *grin*.

The tree has been in the cupboard for quite a while since my mom did not put it up since I was in second grade. The reason was my sister was born then and we didn't want her bringing the tree down. Anyways, it was up a couple of days before Christmas (it was a last minute decision) and let me tell you, some of the branches kept falling off. The ornaments looked so 70's and the "Star" lost it's shine. My sister had to buy new ornaments for it. I was surprised that the old tree could even hold some of the gigantic ornaments my sisters bought.

This is also the first time our family exchanged gifts during Christmas. You know how that you would usually leave the receipts or the tag in your Christmas gift in case the recipient wants to exchange it for something else? Or the day after Christmas, the malls would have a special counter for people to exchange their gifts? Nothing, just that Carol, if you are reading this, I want that receipt!! :-P

Exhibition Displays

When I was a college student, I used to work part-time while on holidays. Work was anything I could lay my hands on, legally of course. From being a receptionist to handling registration at a trade show. Speaking of a trade show, I used to think that those exhibition displays of participating companies were done in-house. I never knew that these works can be done externally by experts.

The folks over at www.displaysdirect.com.au are a leading Australian supplier of banner stands, exhibition displays, trade show displays, brochure stands, exhibition stands, large format printing, banner bugs, portable counters, you name it, they've got it. Their main aim is to provide customers with a wide selection of exhibition displays, display stands and equipments at the best possible price. Take note if you are looking for some help with your exhibition displays, the guys over at Displaydirect may have the necessary expertise to assist you with anything relevant that you may need.

Still learning

You know, I am not very good with a computer but then, give me a type-writer and I will fumble as well. I am more comfortable with a pen and paper. Don't ask me to use a machine. I guess I am still stuck at the stone-age where technology is concerned. Now that I am at home and there is no IT support unlike work, I have to learn to do everything myself. Things like virus, anti-virus, spyware, scan, popup blocker...gosh, its never-ending. Ok, enough of complaining, back to work!!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Gracie, I will come soon


It has been more than 5 years since I have since my beloved friend and been more than decade since she has been living in New Zealand. I have been dreaming of paying her adopted country a visit but till today, my dream has not come true.

She lives in Auckland. Naturally, if I did tell her I'd be visiting for certain, she would offer me a place to stay at her apartment. Knowing me, I don't think I'd wanna intrude, I'll probably find myself a comfortable room at one of the finest Hotels in Auckland.

I've heard that one of the best ways to visit New Zealand is by cruising on the road. With the many scenic views and with travel guides made easy, its no wonder many choose to drive around at their leisure instead of joining a group tour. I think I would do that too. Probably visit as many places as possible such as Wellington and Christchurch. I don't think its difficult looking for Hotels in Wellington and Hotels in Christchurch.

All you need is a valid driving license from your home country or apply for an International Driving Permit (IDP) and you may drive around in New Zealand for up to 12 months. I think that is more than enough time for anyone to explore the country as a tourist. I may just re-visit my plans of visiting New Zealand again since now that I have given birth.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas


Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New 2008 Year!!! God Bless!!

Hello World, I am back!!


See this..

I am ALMOST there ok..I can now fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes!!! Yippee...

I still have to work on the stomach though. That one, I think I have to go for lipo. Otherwise, eat your heart out Jessica, Momsie is here...:-P

I have 3 more years to go

No, don't worry. I am not talking about my remaining years of existence on this planet. I'm talking about my auto loan. My beloved car which I purchased a couple of years back. The only reason why I even bothered to change my car (this is my second) was that back then, my kid sister had just started to work and it involved frequent traveling. She did scout around for a couple of used cars but didn't have the budget for it. I'm talking about decent used cars, not some 2 year old junk. Where I come from, used cars don't costs under $3K.

Her biggest problem was not the car loans that are out in the market place but the down payment for the purchase. She had only been working for a few months and haven't really been able to save much in that short period of time. My parents couldn't afford the down payment either as they are both retires. No bank would offer her a 100% financing. She needed an initial lump sum for her down payment if she wanted to get a car.

My first car was less than 5 years old and being the big sister that I am, I offered to “sell” my car to her and for the purchase price to be repaid in monthly installments. I don't actually get the money. The terms of this sale was that instead of “paying” me every month, she would give my mom. It was the most logical solution at that time as first of all, she knew the history and condition of the car. Secondly, she could do away with having to come up with the down-payment and also, forget about those auto loans.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Big Balls


Hmm...what were you thinking? :-D

Two bowls of round glutinous sticky rice balls bathed in sweet sugar water. Its part of the Winter Solstice Festival celebration. Astronomically, winter solstice marks the middle or beginning of winter and interpretation varies from culture to culture, but most hold a recognition of rebirth.

For us Chinese, this is what it means (taken from Wiki) :

"The Winter Solstice Festival or The Extreme of Winter (Chinese and Japanese: 冬至; Korean: 동지; Vietnamese: Đông chí) (Pinyin: Dōng zhì), (Rōmaji: Tōji) is one of the most important festivals celebrated by the Chinese and other East Asians during the dongzhi solar term on or around December 21 when sunshine is weakest and daylight shortest; i.e., on the first day of the dongzhi solar term. The origins of this festival can be traced back to the Yin and Yang philosophy of balance and harmony in the cosmos. After this celebration, there will be days with longer daylight hours and therefore an increase in positive energy flowing in. The philosophical significance of this is symbolized by the I Ching hexagram fù (復, "Returning"). Traditionally, the Dongzhi Festival is also a time for the family to get together. One activity that occurs during these get togethers (especially in the southern parts of China and in Chinese communities overseas) is the making and eating of Tangyuan (湯圓, as pronounced in Cantonese; Mandarin Pinyin: Tāng Yuán) or balls of glutinous rice, which symbolize reunion.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

In the Fall

This interesting tag came from this wonderful mommy and of course, I'll happily oblige :-)

Rules of the tag:
1. Pick the month of your birth.
2. Bold the 5-10 things that most apply to you.
3. Strike out everything that doesn't apply to you.
4. Place the list of all the months under a cut.
5. Tag 6 people from your friends list to do the same.

I'm tagging this lovely mommy cos she is vely vely nice..:-D

OCTOBER: Loves to chat. Loves those who loves them. Loves to take things at the center. Inner and physical beauty. Lies but doesn’t pretend. Gets angry often. Treats friends importantly. Always making friends. Easily hurt but recovers easily. Daydreamer. Opinionated. Does not care of what others think. Emotional. Decisive. Strong clairvoyance. Loves to travel, the arts and literature. Touchy and easily jealous. Concerned. Loves outdoors. Just and fair. Spendthrift. Easily influenced. Easily loses confidence. Loves children.


JULY:
Fun to be with. Secretive. Difficult to fathom and to be understood. Quiet unless excited or tensed. Takes pride in oneself. Has reputation. Easily consoled. Honest. Concerned about people’s feelings. Tactful. Friendly. Approachable. Emotional temperamental and unpredictable. Moody and easily hurt. Witty and sparkly. Not revengeful. Forgiving but never forgets. Dislikes nonsensical and unnecessary things. Guides others physically and mentally. Sensitive and forms impressions carefully. Caring and loving. Treats others equally. Strong sense of sympathy. Wary and sharp. Judges people through observations. Hardworking. No difficulties in studying. Loves to be alone. Always broods about the past and the old friends. Likes to be quiet. Homely person. Waits for friends. Never looks for friends. Not aggressive unless provoked. Prone to having stomach and dieting problems. Loves to be loved. Easily hurt but takes long to recover.


JANUARY:Stubborn and hard-hearted. Ambitious and serious. Loves to teach and be taught. Always looking at people’s flaws and weaknesses. Likes to criticize. Hardworking and productive. Smart, neat and organized. Sensitive and has deep thoughts. Knows how to make others happy. Quiet unless excited or tensed. Rather reserved. Highly attentive. Resistant to illnesses but prone to colds. Romantic but has difficulties expressing love. Loves children. Loyal. Has great social abilities yet easily jealous. Very stubborn and money cautious.


FEBRUARY:Abstract thoughts. Loves reality and abstract. Intelligent and clever. Changing personality. Attractive. Sexy. Temperamental. Quiet, shy and humble. Honest and loyal. Determined to reach goals. Loves freedom. Rebellious when restricted. Loves aggressiveness. Too sensitive and easily hurt. Gets angry really easily but does not show it. Dislikes unnecessary things. Loves making friends but rarely shows it. Daring and stubborn. Ambitious. Realizes dreams and hopes. Sharp. Loves entertainment and leisure. Romantic on the inside not outside. Superstitious and ludicrous. Spendthrift. Tries to learn to show emotions.


MARCH:Attractive personality. Sexy. Affectionate. Shy and reserved. Secretive. Naturally honest, generous and sympathetic. Loves peace and serenity. Sensitive to others. Loves to serve others. Easily angered. Trustworthy. Appreciative and returns kindness. Observant and assesses others. Revengeful. Loves to dream and fantasize. Loves traveling. Loves attention. Hasty decisions in choosing partners. Loves home decors. Musically talented. Loves special things. Moody.


APRIL:Active and dynamic. Decisive and hasty but tends to regret. Attractive and affectionate to oneself. Strong mentality. Loves attention. Diplomatic. Consoling, friendly and solves people’s problems. Brave and fearless. Adventurous. Loving and caring. Suave and generous. Emotional. Aggressive. Hasty. Good memory. Moving. Motivates oneself and others. Sickness usually of the head and chest. Sexy in a way that only their lover can see.


MAY:Stubborn and hard-hearted. Strong-willed and highly motivated. Sharp thoughts. Easily angered. Attracts others and loves attention. Deep feelings. Beautiful physically and mentally. Firm Standpoint. Needs no motivation. Easily consoled. Systematic (left brain). Loves to dream. Strong clairvoyance. Understanding. Sickness usually in the ear and neck. Good imagination. Good physical. Weak breathing. Loves literature and the arts. Loves traveling. Dislike being at home. Restless. Not having many children. Hardworking. High spirited. Spendthrift.


JUNE:Thinks far with vision. Easily influenced by kindness. Polite and soft-spoken. Having ideas. Sensitive. Active mind. Hesitating, tends to delay. Choosy and always wants the best. Temperamental. Funny and humorous. Loves to joke. Good debating skills. Talkative. Daydreamer. Friendly. Knows how to make friends. Able to show character. Easily hurt. Prone to getting colds. Loves to dress up. Easily bored. Fussy. Seldom shows emotions. Takes time to recover when hurt. Brand conscious. Executive. Stubborn.


JULY:Fun to be with. Secretive. Difficult to fathom and to be understood. Quiet unless excited or tensed. Takes pride in oneself. Has reputation. Easily consoled. Honest. Concerned about people’s feelings. Tactful. Friendly. Approachable. Emotional temperamental and unpredictable. Moody and easily hurt. Witty and sparkly. Not revengeful. Forgiving but never forgets. Dislikes nonsensical and unnecessary things. Guides others physically and mentally. Sensitive and forms impressions carefully. Caring and loving. Treats others equally. Strong sense of sympathy. Wary and sharp. Judges people through observations. Hardworking. No difficulties in studying. Loves to be alone. Always broods about the past and the old friends. Likes to be quiet. Homely person. Waits for friends. Never looks for friends. Not aggressive unless provoked. Prone to having stomach and dieting problems. Loves to be loved. Easily hurt but takes long to recover.


AUGUST:Loves to joke. Attractive. Suave and caring. Brave and fearless. Firm and has leadership qualities. Knows how to console others. Too generous and egoistic. Takes high pride in oneself. Thirsty for praises. Extraordinary spirit. Easily angered. Angry when provoked. Easily jealous. Observant. Careful and cautious. Thinks quickly. Independent thoughts. Loves to lead and to be led. Loves to dream. Talented in the arts, music and defense. Sensitive but not petty. Poor resistance against illnesses. Learns to relax. Hasty and trusty. Romantic. Loving and caring. Loves to make friends.


SEPTEMBER:Suave and compromising. Careful, cautious and organized. Likes to point out people’s mistakes. Likes to criticize. Stubborn. Quiet but able to talk well. Calm and cool. Kind and sympathetic. Concerned and detailed. Loyal but not always honest. Does work well. Very confident. Sensitive. Good memory. Clever and knowledgeable. Loves to look for information. Must control oneself when criticizing. Able to motivate oneself. Understanding. Fun to be around. Secretive. Loves leisure and traveling. Hardly shows emotions. Tends to bottle up feelings. Very choosy, especially in relationships. Systematic.

NOVEMBER:Has a lot of ideas. Difficult to fathom. Thinks forward. Unique and brilliant. Extraordinary ideas. Sharp thinking. Fine and strong clairvoyance. Can become good doctors. Dynamic in personality. Secretive. Inquisitive. Knows how to dig secrets. Always thinking. Less talkative but amiable. Brave and generous. Patient. Stubborn and hard-hearted. If there is a will, there is a way. Determined. Never give up. Hardly becomes angry unless provoked. Loves to be alone. Thinks differently from others. Sharp-minded. Motivates oneself. Does not appreciate praises. High-spirited. Well-built and tough. Deep love and emotions. Romantic. Uncertain in relationships. Homely. Hardworking. High abilities. Trustworthy. Honest and keeps secrets. Not able to control emotions. Unpredictable.


DECEMBER:Loyal and generous. Sexy. Patriotic. Active in games and interactions. Impatient and hasty. Ambitious. Influential in organizations. Fun to be with. Loves to socialize. Loves praises. Loves attention. Loves to be loved. Honest and trustworthy. Not pretending. Short tempered. Changing personality. Not egotistic. Take high pride in oneself. Hates restrictions. Loves to joke. Good sense of humor. Logical.

This is Jeopardy

Lets see if you know the answer or rather the “question” to this?

Clues:

Pinata

Tacos

Siesta

Jalapeno

Speedy Gonzales

Cancun Vacations


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Ashley and Santa


We were at Marche's today. I don't know why but I have been having lamb chops craving these past few days. My hubby wanted to get something for his dad at SONY so I suggested we ate at Marche's. Surprisingly, there weren't many people at the restaurant. Maybe we were late. We were there at 2pm.

Anyway, "Santa" was outside of Marche's where people were taking pictures. I must say though that the Christmas decorations at The Curve was pretty good. We took the opportunity to snap some pictures of Ashley with "Santa". I kept my fingers crossed as the hubs put Ashley on "Santa" lap and to my surprise, she didn't cry. All she did was turn her head here, there, everywhere. Inspecting "Santa" beard and "Santa" himself. It was quite an amusing sight but I could tell she was a little bit nervous cos her eyes looked wet. So, we quickly snap the pictures and took Ashley away before she REALLY cries.

Hope you like the pic :-D

Friday, December 21, 2007

Me and my Mom

Last night at my mom's, I was looking through some of my old photographs which was still there. What happened was, my cousin, sister and I were talking about a relative of my dad's side of the family, who used to be Miss Penang 1st runner-up. My cousin, who is from my mom's side, obviously has not a clue as to who we were talking about and I was determined to show her a picture of this relative of ours *snigger*.

I vaguely remembered that this relative attended my 7th birthday party. So, I went searching for photos of her but not before telling my cousin not to be too disappointed if she finds my relative *ahem* not as good-looking as she may think my relative is cos frankly, I too wonder how she ended up being first runner-up in the first place.

Anyway, the picture, I did find and showed to my beloved cousin but what I couldn't find one was a clear enough shot of her. Either her head was down or was a half shot but it did give my cousin a rough idea. And I also found this picture of my mom and I when I was, oh about 5 or 6 years. Its actually one of my favourite shots of my mom. *smile*

December and only half-way

You would think that all activities are slowly dying resulting from the holidays and end of the year mood. Not where my hubby's EPL betting is concerned. He is still only, get this, HALF-WAY through the season. That means, half-way through his betting activities. Doesn't look like he is going to stop any time now. That is his favourite hobby lately, apart from his mini garden.

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In the spirit of Christmas

Though we don't have a Christmas tree up but we certainly have the lights. What exactly am I talking about? A couple of months back, my hubby spotted some really cool Christmas lights. We bought a box to just test it out in case it doesn't work. After we brought it home, we completely forgot about it until a few days back when we were doing a mini spring clean of our store room. Now, the lights are up on the ceiling at our backyard. We turn in on every night and its really cool cos we have some garden lights as well. Our very own, homemade exterior lighting.

Wedding gifts

From a very traditional chinese family, I received many jeweleries on my wedding day. Mostly, they were from very close uncles and aunts including my parents of course. I had many, ranging from necklaces to earrings to bracelets. I can't even remember who gave me what. However, I do know what I didn't get though. A gold anklet. That would have completed the entire ensemble, wouldn't you agree?

S.O.S

A friend recently confided in me that due to a sudden change in her company's policy, she may be out of a job. OK, here is the whole story.

She has been working with this local telecommunication company for a couple of years now serving one of the top management personnel as her boss. She's a secretary. So far, so good. No problems with her boss or the company thus far.

However, recently, there was a reshuffling within the Board of Directors. New ones being appointed and not so new ones, got the boot. Naturally, the effect affects the lower rung. Some of the senior management personnels got their employment terms converted to contract basis and one of them was her boss. Her boss's contract expired and till today there is no news of his term being extended. He has gone for an indefinite vacation. That was what she was told to tell people in case she was asked or queried.

I told her not to wait and send in her resume to various job headhunters and see what type of job offers she may get. I suppose she could give www.myjobengine.com a try. I think there is no harm in that.

The hazards of being a SAHM


As a SAHM, you risk having:

1. cracked heels

2. eyes like panda

3. peeling skin

4. belly that just won't go away

Oh, the list can go on and on. What? Its not you? Ok then, I am just talking about me. Lucky you..*smile*

Ashley, the problogger to be



Her father is shy and was busy watching tv *smile*

Hubby wants to go back to school

Yup, he is insane! I don't think I ever want to, EVER!! Gosh, after spending many years studying I thought it would never end. The truth is, I am not a big fan of school. School means bad news. No late nights, no parties, no watching tv, no boys (not that there was any). You know, NO everything except books, books, books...Hate them.

Things changed when I went to college. Not the boys but I have to admit, the boys were better looking. Somehow, college did wonders to them. I began to dig school cos there were parties, boys and tv. For some reason, my parents wasn't too strict when I was in college. That took the pressure off me and I began to like school. I didn't excel with flying colours or anything. Did enough to get through each time. I guess the laziness was still in me.

My hubby is a little different. He totally hated school but he did well. Far better than I. Now, he is even more determined. I have suggested to him getting a Masters Degree and asking his company to pay for everything. We'll see if he listens to me (for once) *smile*

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I hate a mad rush

You know, i hate a mad rush. I thought when I stopped working, life's mad rush would end and I could take a leisurely walk at park avenue (so to speak). Ha! Boy, was I in for a rude awakening.

Now, I am rushing for everything. Rushing to get her food ready, to feed her, to bathe her, to poo, to eat...even now, as I am typing this, I am rushing this out cos by 10, I'd have to feed her again before giving her a bath and put the laundry in. And of course, I have this pending assignment yes, you guessed it, due in less than 2 hours. So here I am having my cuppa, typing, thinking and god knows if I don't puke then I am fine.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Ashley is 9 months

Pee-ka Boo

My lil girl turned 9 months yesterday which makes this an outdated post. This Momsie was supposed to do this last night but she ended up watching 2 back-to-back episodes of CSI.


I won't list down in details of her development, just briefly :

1.She can pretty much appreciate her surroundings a lot better now.

2. Eats like a pig. Use crocodile tears when she wants something or wants to be held.

3. Move about on all fours with ease. Stand when she's in the play-pan or cot with both hands on the rail for support.

4. Climb all over pillows, bolsters, mommy and daddy to get to something.

5. No signs of teeth.

6. Loves to laugh and play.

7. Beginning to love Barney (phew!!).

8. Don't like the after-bath activities (wiping down and wearing clothes).

9. Still puts everything in her mouth and I mean EVERYTHING!!!

10. Super active, naps twice a day. She has to nap by 2 and wake by 4 the latest otherwise, it will be ALL NIGHT LONG for us.

11. Makes funny sounds and noises.

12. Responds when we call her name.

13. Still skinny.

Gosh, this was supposed to be something brief isn't it? I think thats' all but basically, she's a healthy and happy baby thus far. Happy 9 months baby, Mommy and Daddy loves you...*muaks*

I learned a new trick

Remember I said I was at the grandma's yesterday. I haven't seen grandma for a couple of weeks now so it was good. She got to with Ashley and was thoroughly entertained by her antics. Ashley literally turned her great grandma's bed cos my grandma has lots of things on her queen sized bed. Things like plenty of pillows and bolster for one. Then, there is her mini stereo radio, her many notebooks, her cassettes and her purse. There's even a torch light and a calender. Yeah, don't ask me. Its like her bed and her desk all in one.

My aunt was also home so she cooked lunch for us. She made some of my favourite dishes. Curry chicken, stir-fry vegetables and vegetable soup. She also had some left-overs which was equally yummy despite them being, left-overs. Needless to say, I ate them all. I even packed some for dinner.

As we were talking away, me and my aunt, I casually mentioned to her that I made the infamous stir-fry soy sauce pork. Just a family favourite that my grandma used to cook for every festivals. I mentioned that mine didn't turn out the same even though I tried following the instructions to the T. My aunt then asked me if I had put some chinese cooking wine at the end. That triggered me. Cooking wine! Now why didn't I think of that? It has to be one of my favourite food flavourings now. A note to the Momsie "Always use cooking wine"!!

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Look where Ashley is going

I have been super busy these 2 days. Went gossiping yesterday and then today, Ashley had a visitor. Actually, was my dear friend who was kind enough to visit me. Hence, the lack of posts and sudden surge of posts.

Tomorrow, I am going to my grandma's place and yup, you guessed it, more gossip. I don't know but maybe its really the 'si lai' (housewife) thing that we love to either provide a good gossip or listen to a good gossip. Well, I don't mind it both ways. Till then, I will leave you with a short video I took of Ashley this evening chasing one of her Christmas presents. Not very clear cos I took it using my mobile.

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A gift for the Father

For Christmas this year, my hubby and his brother will be getting my father-in-law a LCD tv. It is actually his birthday present as well. Sort of a two-in-one present. We have been scouting around for some good quality ones and have narrowed our choice to one, the SONY Bravia. The price of the tv has definitely gone down substantially and it is just timely that they have decided to get one now. Now that we have a targeted tv in mind, our next item would be some tv stands. Saw some great ones at www.standsandmounts.com and maybe, just maybe, we might get ours from there.

Want to know something?


I might or I might not. I have to see how things go for the next couple of days. What am I talking about? A Christmas party. Last year, we had a mini Christmas get-together for some friends and hubby's colleagues. Since I was heavily pregnant, we didn't do anything fancy. We just got some simple dishes whipped up and the rest, we did the bbq style.

This year, we talked about having one again for some close friends. The only problem is that it would depend on how my hubby's work flow is like. He has been pretty busy lately so I am not sure if he will be up to having guests in the house or just have a relaxing holiday with the 2 of us instead.

Knowing me, I will be thinking about what to serve on that day assuming we went ahead with the party. I have been thinking of serving steaks. I know, its not the conventional turkey or chicken but I like to be different. Besides, I love steaks. They are the best and if you are like me, you could check out www.uruguaysteaks.com/home. A piece of good news is that, this holiday season, through Jan 15th 2008, for every box of steaks sold, Uruguay Steaks will donate the same to the Daily Bread Food Bank. The promotional code to enter at checkout is "dailybread" which will save you 30% on your purchase and it will serve to inform Uruguay Steaks that a sale should be credited to The Daily Bread. I will leave it to you to decide.

Back to the Future

Many years ago, my family and I spent a couple of years in the States. That was because my dad had a scholarship to pursue his Masters and since he was going to be away for more than a year, we went along. He was on full scholarship which meant all expenses was paid for not only for him but for us as well.

That was in 1985 and it was December. Right smack during winter. My dad kept the secret to himself until the time he finalised the college he wanted to go to. I was surprised and naturally excited. I haven't been anywhere away from Malaysia except Singapore. To go to the land of snow was like a dream come true.

My dad had a few colleges in mind. They were Illinois College and Chicago College. For some reason, he didn't want them. Probably the courses didn't fit him and the fees were above budget. My dad researched further and asked opinions of other graduates. He also considered Westwood. Finally, he chose Indiana. A place I will always remember.

Old Town White Coffee



I promised Barb that I'd post this up for her quite some time back. The branch along Jalan Persiaran Surian. Haven't got around to doing it till now. By the way, the people behind us were speaking to each other in sign language. There weren't many people at the shop that time. Only us and them and a couple sitting behind us, out of view. Anyways, I told her what I thought of the place. You go ask her...:-P

Monday, December 17, 2007

What we need BADLY!!

My hubby's siblings are all residing overseas. The only way we communicate is by telephone. That can be costly and we don't get to speak with everyone all at once. What we seriously need to cut down on those telephone charges is Lifesize Video Conference Equipment so that all of us can speak to each other including the parents at the same time. Much like a mini family gathering.

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Some gossips (again)

I have done everything I needed to do today. I must say that I am terribly efficient but ONLY for today. Most days, I am just so...so...so lazy and don't feel like doing much. I don't know what the difference is today but whatever it is, it FEELS GOOD!!! I hope I can keep this up everyday. Ha!! That is just wishful thinking.

Anyway, since I have been so super duper efficient, I will be going out for some gossips with the aunts in a while. So, I will catch ya later peeps. Don't go away!! *wink*

A True Story


I was watching the true-life inspired movie, Homeless to Harvard which centered around the life of Liz Murray. I know this is an old movie but I can't help it when I have un-subscribed to the movies package on my Astro. I am left with only the Hallmark and AXN channel for movies. A story for next time.

Personally, I love movies like these. Very inspiring and encouraging. It just proves that when the going gets tough, we should get tougher. I mean, I am sure at some point in our lives we always wished that our lives should be a lot better and that our struggles are the worst compared to others. How bad can our problems be compared to Liz Murray's? Her parents are drug and alcohol addict. Whatever money they had, they wasted it. Liz and her sister had to work at a very young age. They always had no food and couldn't attend school even though she would love to.

She made it a point to move on even after her mom's death and finding out her father has AIDS. If it was me, I would've died. I won't be able to handle it but she did. She made something of herself and was very determined not to go back to poverty. Not everyone can do what she did. If her mom had checked herself into a drug rehab centre like Stone Hawk at www.narcononstonehawk.com, who knows, things may be different for Liz Murray.

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Who is better?


Finally had a chance to do my rounds of blog hopping this morning. Got a head start with everything and Ashley is STILL asleep, which was (still is) good. Patsy wrote this which echoed my thoughts completely and I wouldn't have written it any better than her.

I honestly have nothing much to add cos she said it all but would just like to share something I found and have been sitting in my computer for a while now :

If children live with criticism, They learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility, They learn to fight.
If children live with ridicule, They learn to be shy.
If children live with shame, They learn to feel guilty.
If children live with encouragement, They learn confidence.
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If children live with security, They learn to have faith in themselves and others.
If children live with friendliness, They learn the world is a nice place in which to live.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

The weekend is just too short

Luckily Ashley is in bed now. As I am here typing this, my hubby is beside me watching his EPL. We had quite a weekend. Just today, Ashley woke up in the middle of the night. Initially, we didn't even know what time it was until I brought her downstairs and looked at the clock. It was 4.30 am. Arrgghh...I tried turning on Barney for her but she wasn't interested. Oh, we bought her 2 Barney VCD 'training' her to sit and watch. This mommy is so terrible, eh? Can't help it, otherwise I can't get anything done knowing my super hyper child.

The Barney cartoon wouldn't work for some reason. And me trying to get it to work merely irritated Ashley further cos I left her in the play-pan. She didn't want to sit, crawl or anything except for me to carry her. After about 30 minutes, I gave up and took her upstairs and put her between the both of us. She slept. I slept and I didn't wake up until 10 this morning!!! Poor hubby did most of the stuff today thank god.

In the afternoon, as usual we went over to my mom's place for lunch. After that, we left Ashley there cos my grandmother was at my mom's place while we went out to Cold Storage at Ikano cos I wanted to have lamb chops for dinner.

I love Ikano. Not only because it has the least number of patrons compared to the other neighbouring malls but someone called me "Miss" today! Not Aunty not Madam but M.I.S.S. That certainly made my day. Doesn't matter if he was trying to get me to sign up for some credit cards but...Miss?? I would have kissed him and sign up for 10! Hahha...NOT. I brushed him off even when he followed me asking me more questions to the point where I had to tell him "I'm not interested and I'm going to the toilet". He stopped following me then. But, MISS?? Damn! He certainly deserved a commission from me..sign..

Saturday, December 15, 2007

DeflactaShield

All men that I know of loves to tinker with their cars. Some are soup-up to the brim while others, more refine. Generally, its pretty universal in that men love their cars, more than they love their wife. They could be seen wiping and waxing their car everyday in the evening if they can help it.

So, as the good wife that I am, I've found something for my man and I bet you that he will be pleased. Something that he would love me dearly for. He has been looking at car accessories for his bus since the body and wheels have lost its shine long time ago. He was looking around for some cool sexy wheels all over the place. I will tell him about deflectashield. Now wouldn't you agree that its the best thing for my hubby? *wink*

Grab them laundry basket


Ashley is getting the hang of her humongous walker. She is more receptive to it and can manoeuvre slightly easier now. Still a little rusty but getting there. So, she tried to be adventurous and pull the laundry basket along towards the kitchen *slaps forhead*. Don't know why she has the penchant for the laundry basket. She loves to go near it even when she is crawling. Guess now I have to hide, hide, HIDE!!! At the rate she is going, I might as well live in a barren house...:-P

Why were we made to wait?

We went to JJ this morning. I wanted to get a new pot for Ashley's porridge. The one I have been using is my moms and I think I should return it to her. So, I got my own. By the time we finished shopping, it was about 11.30am. I suddenly felt like having the chicken and mushroom pie at Dome. The last time I ate that there was about 10 months ago.

We went there, sat down and ordered. Our food didn't arrive even after 15 minutes of waiting. Ashley started to get restless cos she wanted to sleep. She isn't the type who sleeps like a log anywhere and everywhere though I wish she did though, makes our job easier. I asked the waitress to pack our stuff in a doggie bag but, they are not even done yet. They started to only hurry-up when I stood there watching them. Then my hubby came along and stood there as well. Once they finish (so they thought they were), they forgot my latte. Again, only when prompted, they started to make my latte. My hubby got irritated and asked them why they were taking so long when the other customer from across our table who came later got their drinks first? They not only ignored him but didn't even look up. As if they didn't hear anything and as if we were invisible. My mistake was I paid for the food which I shouldn't have cos we could've just walked away if they weren't interested to serve us properly. After we got my latte, we went out from there and snub the waitress and waiter there who tried to 'send' us off. I tell you, no wonder that place was empty. The service is just so bad. Slow (even my baby moves faster) and un-friendly. Will be my last time eating there.

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I want Japanese too

That was exactly what I got after visiting a friend at the hospital. Since we were at SJMC, we hopped over to this japanese restaurant at Sunway Pyramid called The Zen. For some reason, I quite like the food there even though I am no fan. I can tell you one thing though, the place is usually jam packed. If you didn't make reservations first, don't bother going in around dinner time. We didn't either but we went there late, at 9pm so I figured that most would've been gone by then and true enough I was right. Managed to take some pictures. Of the place and food but not the baby :-(




Due to my inexperience, I only took my hubby's food cos when my food arrived, I just gobbled down everything without taking the photos first...Next time..

Friday, December 14, 2007

The best investment

Wanna know what is the best investment for your child's education? Real Estate. Its true. I've thought about all the other possibilities and none come close. Well, the others would be the conventional saving types i.e trust fund, savings, insurance. Stocks could also be another good one but they depend very much on the company's performance. I still say that real estate is the way to go. They are the best hedge against inflation. It can give your current return of investment if you rent it out. The best part is, real property appreciates. That is what I aim to have for my kids. A piece of real estate.

My neighbour

I feel really bad for having assumed that my neighbour was a mistress. I don't know why I had that thought. Probably because she lives alone with her son. Furthermore, initially before she moved in, I saw her coming out of the house with a man. They were both talking and the parted in 2 separate cars. I can't help it. Anyways, what I do know for a fact now is that she is florist, a single mom and her parents lives with her. So, I wonder if she gets wholesale flowers to sell at her shop?

Just a Thought

Am just wondering. Having one of those “wondering” days. A friend of mine lives in a shop-lot. I'm not very sure if its because they felt it is more convenient or simply just happened to live in one. She lives with her in-laws. There are her parents-in-law, brother in-law and his wife. She and her hubby has 2 kids of their own. So do the brother-in-law and the wife. Lets assume, there are one car per family, that would make it 3 cars the entire family owns. Where on earth do they park?

Don't get me wrong. I am not adverse towards people living in shop-lots. Its just that I would find it terribly inconvenient as I see strangers walking up and down my walk-way. Not to mention that the parking spaces in front of the shop-lot belongs to the public not to the individual shop-lot owner or owners.

You know what would have been great? I mentioned it to my friend as well. A parking garage nearby their home where they could all park their car without having to worry about theft and all that jazz. Something like the London Garages. She actually didn't think of that at first until I told her and she agrees that it would be the best solution to her parking woes.

Fit for Guiness Book of Records

I wrote 10 posts today alone and that does not even include this!! For me, that is indeed a record cos normally, I would only write 1 or 2. Even when a friend called up to ask where are my baby's picture, I had to tell him "go search".

I did not procrastinate. Just that for the past few days, I couldn't do much resulting in quite a fair bit of back log posts I needed to churn out by today or risk being booted out of some of the PP networks. I don't want that to happen cos it took me so long and so hard to get my blog approved by them and now that it finally is, I'd be darned if I let them take THIS away from me. Though I don't get that many Opps but its enough for my schedule at the moment until I really get the hang of things because most of the networks are very new to me. The others who have approved me sometime ago have stopped giving me any Opps. Perhaps its the holiday season but well, take whatever comes (within reason of course).

Luckily, Friday's are my 'off days". The hourly maids come on Fridays and since I need to "look after" them, I usually ship Ashley off to my in-laws after her breakfast. So, I get some reprieve in-between, here, there, every minute I could get. With this blessing, I tried to finish as much as I can.

There will be more later tonight when I get home from the hospital. In the meantime, I apologise for the sudden surge of posts. Since today is TGIF, have a good weekend!!

Want to rent?

You know how opps are slowing down these days. And lets face it, its my ONLY means of making some $$$ without having to change my nightie. If this continues which I think it will, what with the holiday season coming and most of everyone will be on a holiday mood. So, I was thinking, in order to not let my monthly income dip any further than it possibly can cos if it does, I'd end up with a big fat 0, I have decided to rent my desktop for a fee. You heard me, I've got a computer rental thing going on here. Any takers?

Only on the outside


I know this is an old picture but Nicole sure looks contented and happy doesn't she? She is really pretty isn't she? I mean, all girls would die to be HER. Who would've have thought her life was in such a turmoil. I mean, her break-up with Tom Cruise (the best thing she's ever done) and now though married to, I hope a much better guy. He has booze problems. Checked into one of those alcohol rehabs. I sure hope they will get through this and have a happy-ever-after life. She truly deserve it.

Italy


Again, my friend went to Italy for her holidays last year. Am I jealous? Yes. Will I be going there anytime soon? I have to go ask the hubs exactly why we are not going anywhere near Italy soon. Europe is the best place to go for your honeymoon. I should know cos anything is better than PD. Yeah, I spent my honeymoon in a 3 day 2 night so-called beach challet. It wasn't that great but at the time, it was all we could afford.


Assuming we are given another chance and do embark on a second honeymoon, Italy would be my choice destination. Doesn't matter what the hubs want, as long as I get to pick where we should go. For Italy, I've discovered Villa Le Torri – Tuscany, medievil villa that has been refurbished to give tourists a taste of old Tuscan-style living. The Villa vacation rentals apartments in Tuscany comes in 1 and 2 bedrooms. Whichever you choose, the apartment comes with a complete kitchen and living room so you could have the luxury of whipping up your favourite breakfast and have it in bed. Did I also tell you that the villa comes equipped with a swimming pool? Yup, it does. Now you can enjoy your breakfast in bed and go for a swim after if you decide to stay indoors for some relaxation. With ample secure parking spaces, luxurious living and other conveniences, you could click on www.letorri.com.

What I got in the mail


From Left to Right

1. Energy Glow - Daily moisturizer with subtle self tanners
2. Mourishing Handwash
3. Cream oil Bodywash
4. Calming Night - Moisturizer lotion + beauty bar
5. Ultimate clear, cool essentials deo
6. Packets of anti-frizz cream and control gel (weightless moisturizer)

Behind is the Dove tote where I found those little beauty stuff.


Dove T

So Cute..




For once my hubby bought something good enough to eat yet too waste if eaten.

Supposed to be given away for his colleagues but I kept it for myself instead...muahahhaha....Its strawberry chocs..

I love FLORIDA

You must be insane not to love Florida. A place for Baywatch and all those hot bod surfers. Its warm all year round. I wanted to be a beach bum and live in the beach in Florida after I graduated but he would have no such thing. So, I had to forget my dream job at that time.

There are actually plenty you can do in Florida. There's the infamous Disney World, Seaworld and probably a host of other new attractions since I was last there many many donkey years ago. I remembered Shamu, the killer whale. He was a beauty!! *smile*

Anyways, we didn't have much of the convenience that you can get nowadays. If you'd like to visit Seaworld, you can now purchase your Seaworld Tickets at www.orlandofuntickets.com online without the hassle of the long queue at the entrance. That can be a turn-off in itself.

How Ashley greets her father..


This is HOW. When the hubs came home yesterday evening, Ashley was in her playpan and found her like this, looking up. Decided to take a picture. She prefers to stand now. Sometimes, with just one hand for support.

I AM LATE..

I'm late, I'm late

I am late. I have less than 2 hours to finish up an assignment and my mind is BLANK!!! HELP!!!

Ok, get back to work you whinny, whinny.....person...*being kind*

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Watch over and over and over

One of my favourite shows is Ocean's Eleven. The one with George Clooney (*drools*) and Brad Pitt (*double drools to a point of salivating*). Ok, I am disgusting but I can't help it. BRAD PITT for Christ sake! If you don't find him hot, then go watch TROY. I love the setting for the movie Ocean's Eleven. I've always wanted to go to Las Vegas. The casinos, the Las Vegas hotels, the lights everything. Plus, if you had gotten married in Las Vegas, its not legal..*wink*...Ok, kidding...KIDDING!!

Parent Trap


At my age, I still love this movie. I loved Lindsay Lohan. L-O-V-E-D. Love no more. Earlier this year, like most celebrities, she checked into rehab. I wonder if its because people love BAD publicity or its an excuse for them to get away from the people. You know, like a secret hide-away.

Seriously, if you watch Entertainment today or check on the latest celebrity news, at least one will be going on to rehab. It is either drug or alcohol rehab. Whatever it is, I certainly hope that this is all a big farce and that they are not 'really' in trouble.

A Place I Call Home

Believe it or not, I am living it. Not one that would house Britney Spears and her entourage of nannies, cooks, gardeners, etc...but enough for me and my small family to live in. I am not into fancy luxury homes although they are lovely to look at but I think I'd find them too “cold” for my liking. I prefer coziness and warmth where everyone can be together at one place. Somewhere I don't have to use an intercom to get my kids to eat their dinner.

Big Move

A good blogger friend is currently preparing a move to her new home and you know the drill, when you are planning a move, there are tons stuff to do. I remembered when my hubby and I finally moved into our new home, we were even more stressed than we were at work. That was also partly because my hubby is a DIY kind of guy. He would personally get his hands dirty to fix the lights, mirrors, ceiling fans, water-heater and even do the plumbing. So, you would imagine how we would rush home after work everyday either head towards the shop or to the house to tinker with more stuff.

I must say though, the joy wasn’t fixing stuff in the house. That is my hubby’s hobby and his domain. Ask me to screw something, it always ended up stuck or the wrong way. What I did love though was the shopping part. It came to a point where spending was my priority and saving was second. I know that is bad but moving sort of gave me the excuse that I could buy and buy and buy. I was insane. By the end of the month, I would’ve exhausted my entire paycheck and credits piled up. Wouldn’t have been great if I had known about Pay Advance way back then? It sure would!

When a baby is born, so is the mother


Ha! I stole the line from a magazine I bought yesterday. I can’t help but to say “How apt”. Everyday its something new. Old habits, routines and developments changes quickly to new ones even though I’ve barely had time to adjust to them.

Just recently, she has been displaying imminent signs of teething woes or what I think are her teething woes cos I have been wrong the last time. She is definitely a lot more irritable. At one stage when she started to poo several times a day, I thought she had food poisoning or diarrhoea. Then, her sleep pattern started to change dramatically. For example, she would fall asleep in the car on the way home from my in laws and when we put her down to bed, she would sleep right through. Not these days however. She would wake up after about 20 minutes after we put her to bed and would not fall asleep till very late at night. Just the other day, we fed her at 12 midnight and she didn’t go back to sleep till bout 4 a.m *faints* . Resulting from all this, my poor baby has developed eye bags very similar to mine. Well, at least I can now safely say that we have something in common :-P

Apart from all that, she is still the cheeky and funny baby who never fails to light up anyone’s day with her smile (or her groan) in the morning. I still see no signs of her teeth though. I am playing a guessing game as to whether it will show up at the top or bottom. I have been checking everyday. OMG, I find the thought of my baby’s teeth sprouting a joy!!! *slaps forhead*

P.S : She's looking like her dad every single day.

It's Late

I have had a long day. Not only did I have to cancel my friend's appointment today, I was running around this evening. I do still have a guest here though, just that my guest is my sister who is now sleeping upstairs while I am here typing away at my computer. I missed many day's work.

Since I am up so late, I decided to make myself comfortable listening to some of my favourites on YouTube. Gosh, I love that place! It has everything and I mean EVERYTHING. So, I have decided to share with your what I have been listening to the past hour or so. I was just in the mood. I can't paste all here. Maybe next time. Need to test it out if it works. And I won't tell you what they are either. You'd know if you are from my generation..I feel so 'young' *smile*..







ok, one more, one more...

Reminiscing

Funny I should be talking about this. Some of you may know why. Whatever it is, its always fun to talk about weddings. Having been there and done that, I know the stress and the hard-work that comes with organising a wedding, the ceremony, the dinner, the guests and not forgetting, the wedding photography.

Looking back, there were somethings that I would've loved done differently but that would have involved a bigger budget which I think realistically back then, we were a little restricted. If we had a lot more money, I would've preferred my version of what my wedding day should be as I had many unique wedding ideas.

Especially for the wedding pictures. I would've liked them taken by a professional photographer during the tea ceremony and the dinner but these can cost a bomb. These days though, getting a professional photographer is really quite the norm. Even DIY have been catching on with the advent of disposable wedding cameras. What were or are your wedding hopes and ideas?

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

What I did with my Astro

Nothing. Absolutely nothing. I feel like I am held captive by our dear local cable network television. The tv shows leaves too much to be desired but yet, I can't un subscribe it. I get this I-need-to-have-it just-in-case-even-if-I-hardly-watch-any-television-nowadays feeling.

We have already streamlined our subscription package to save on the monthly charges. We did away with quite a lot, the last being the movies package. At the rate that Astro is going by constantly increasing the monthly charges (with frivolous excuses), we will soon have NO packages whatsoever. Our unit is actually a second unit so the monthly charges are 50% off the normal price. The main unit is at our in laws and that has almost the complete package except for the children's pack. Now that Ashley is born, I think I may have to swap one of the packs with the children's pack for our unit as well as the in laws'. What more can I say about Astro? Actually, I shouldn't even be saying ANYTHING cos one of my friends is working for them. I hope she doesn't read this today *smile*.

If only we had more cable tv companies to choose from. There are 2 others but they aren't as popular. We are unfortunately still stuck with Astro. Perhaps soon we will have Direct Satellite TV like what www.satex.com is offering. With their wide variety of packages to choose from, I just can't wait.
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