Friday, July 30, 2010

suitable toddler's gift

So, after an emotional let-out yesterday, I went shopping! :-).

Well, technically, I needed to shop because I wanted to get a birthday present for Ash's playgroup mate who will be turning 2 this Sunday. The mom had told me last week that she'll be celebrating her daughter's birthday today, I thought I'd better be gettin' something for her. I was thinking....loose diamonds maybe?!

But...the following is what I got :

numbers puzzles

It's a wooden numbers puzzle from ELC at the Curve. An educational activity suitable for ages 2 to 6 years. There are 2 sets of flat puzzle blocks; the numericals with corresponding picture numbers. You are supposed to find out which number goes with which picture and attach them together like a puzzle.

You can actually see what it looks like from the illustration above.

I love ELC but the price is really a turn-off. In my life-time I only bought anything from there twice; this being the second. I bought a wooden pull cart with 8 shaped blocks for Ash the last time and it set me back more than RM50. I can't remember the actual price.

As you can see, the original price for this box of 20 puzzle pieces cost RM79 but they were on sale. So, I got it at a 50% discount! Great huh! :-). The whole place is having this big storewide sale. If you want something from there, you'd better get them this weekend. Such was the deal that I bought one for the girls myself..heheh...Couldn't resist now, can I? :-D.

Thursday, July 29, 2010


This post is not about the kids or anything mommy-ish. I'm just merely letting out something which I've been harboring for a few weeks now.

The ill-feelings have subsided but I don't know why I continue to beat myself about it. DOn't get me wrong, I am actually angry at myself and not at anyone else.

What's worst is that, when I chose to mention something about it on FB, I didn't realize it came across as me being a show-off. Hmm..that's perhaps the danger of media forums/sites like these. We write exactly what we're feeling at the moment, but even for that mere 10 words, people can have a million interpretation of your status.

But, I have also chosen not to elaborate since I know that people are generally not interested in knowing or interested in explanations. They want to hear what they want to hear, know what they want to know. And for people who don't like you, they just won't want to know no matter how or what you say. For the people who do (like you) however, will accept you for who you are and you know, will generally accept your point of view.

Alright, before I derail again to Timbuktu, I should just stick to what I wanted to write. I am the least bothered about what people thinks of me because life is too short for sensitive or insecure people. The only people I will be concerned deeply about are my family. But, I was just saying after a friend's comment on my status. It wasn't a bad comment, just that since I am only human and will also subject myself to interpretation, what he wrote, seemed to me like I was trying to show off.

That, made me sad and angry again at what caused this whole emotion started in the first place. I've been feeling sad because of my naiveness in trusting and believing someone's sob story and then, to act on that trust and belief. Frankly, I already had doubts, I had reservations and concerned but when someone comes to you telling you that they are on death-bed, what can you possibly do? You push your instinct away and just go with it. I just don't have the heart to say no.

When you happen to be right later, don't you just want to hit your head against the wall? Why were you so naive. But under the circumstances, even if you knew and is a highly street smart person, do you think it was possible to say 'no'? The worst of it all, is that we never seem to learn from our lesson as this happens to us time and time again.

I'm not angry at them. As a matter of fact, I think they are incredibly gutsy to be able to pull off something like this and continue to have angels watching over them (because there are more angels than devils out there I can imagine). I am just angry at myself, at ourselves for being foolish yet again.

I'm not sure what or where this post is going. Again, it is open to interpretation once again. But, believe me, if I can name names, I will not hesitate. But I have made a promise not to so I'm not gonna. Not in the best of moods surely (sounds like a Black Friday to me) and it's not even because of the kids!!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

road trip with the toddlers

Wow. I can't believe I am saying this - the toddlers! Yeah, lil Em now is a new-tod. She's behaving like one too. Walking around without a care in the world, putting less things in the mouth (something I'm very relieved about definitely). Wants EVERYTHING the sister has. Is fascinated by the sister but yet, will not hesitate to retaliate if she has to. She's a fighter this one, a survivor. Maybe it's the 2nd child/youngest syndrome, I don't know cos I'm the eldest; I always get my way :-D.

So, anyway, before I derail to the North Pole, I wanted to tell you about our little road trip. I mentioned that we left for Melaka to attend a wedding right? Yeah, we did. It was a dinner/dance thingy held at a school hall. The dinner was on the Saturday evening but I had planned to eat the famed chicken ball rice for lunch so I wanted to leave early.

But....we only left the house at 3pm!! I honestly cannot remember why but we did. Ash had her tennis thingy in the morning. I needed to get lil Em's lunch cooked. Lil Em needed to nap. So, ding dong here and there, we ended up leaving late.

We spent the night at Renaissance. A huge big gigantous mistake. Don't ever go there. The place is ancient and the service is crappy. Plus, you have to pay a bomb for all of these. So, don't bother. The only reason why we booked us there was because it was near to the dinner venue, otherwise, I would've been happy to go some place else.

So, anyway, the ride there was not as good as I had hoped it would be. Lil Em didn't sleep all the way. She only slept about 1/4 of it and stayed up the whole time. Thankfully, she only made a fuss when we had already arrived in Melaka town. We would have reached our hotel sooner had it not been for all the traffic lights. Did you know, I think Melaka need to be renamed and be called the Traffic Lights town or something!

We had very little time between wanting to relax and going to the dinner. As soon as we got to our room, strip the kids, bathe them both and then took turns showering. The reason was of course Lil Em - so that she doesn't bring down the lamp and set the room on fire for instance. She is so inquisitive that she simply cannot sit still. We can't put her in the playpen either cos she and the playpen, it's her arch enemy.

Everything was smooth sailing until it came to bedtime. The girls, esp lil Em could not get a good-nite's sleep. They slept really late despite being tired. I even remembered to bring along lil Em's bolsters and we made sure we asked for a cot for her. Everything was supposed to be just like home. But, not for my highly sensitive girls. They really take after their father in this department - can't sleep anywhere, must sleep in own bed, own house etc...Definitely not me, when I am tired, I will just sleep even if there's a fire!! heheh..

I don't know how many times they tried sleeping but failed. I don't know how many times I woke up just because they did. Was not a good night at all. The last time when we went on a road trip with Ash, when she was around Em's age, we didn't bother asking for a cot. We got her to sleep in the bed with us. Needless to say, hubby and I couldn't sleep at all that night because we weren't used to her sleeping with us then (at home, she slept on her own in her cot) and we were afraid we'd crush her into a million pieces. This time however, we were ready; we got Em a cot and was anticipating a good night's rest. But, we didn't get any at all :-(.

The next morning, we sprung out of bed and went downstairs for breakfast, mostly half asleep. At least I was. I couldn't keep my eyes opened and the first thing I asked for when seated down was coffee. I know, I am such an addict. It's not good you know.

After breakfast, we went down for a swim. Rather, Ashley did. Not swimming but the idea of being in the kids' pool was enough to make her happy. She brought along her float but was contended being at the edge where her feet touched the floor. Lil Em didn't get to do anything of that sort. Why? Well, because I didn't get her a swimsuit, thats why. Oh, it's a long story and to make it short, I just didn't. Tell you another time.

We asked for a late check-out knowing that it will take twice the time with 2 girls. Luckily we did too because we were indeed late. So, off we went to grab what I wanted for lunch - the chicken rice and headed back home.

I must say, we did pretty well considering it was our first time with Em. Would we do it again? I don't think so. Maybe not until she's slightly older, like maybe end of the year or beginning of next. No doubt our lives are much more manageable now that she's walking, sleeping through and basically, is every bit of a one year old. But, for long distance travels, I'll give it a pass for now.

Oh. and another limitation (on me that is) with 2 very young kids is that I wasn't able to get many photos of them and of us as a family. We, the hubs and I, we had to watch out for them constantly. Maybe when they are older, I'll be able to do more with my camera but as of now, I'll be glad if I can get a shot of a naked man sun-bathing!! muahahaha...:-P.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

best parenting advise you've received

Oh wow. This has not been the best of weeks. Firstly, I developed an allergic reaction the very next day I came home from Melaka. Secondly, I caught me a slight cold this afternoon. Was sneezing a lot and my nose went all stuffy on me.

So, in light of this, I have not much to share. Unless, you want to talk about the effects of applying testosterone cream?

I didn't think so.

I'll share with you how our little over-nighter went with the girls last weekend another day. But, since this is pretty much a parenting blog, I was just wondering - what is the best parenting advise you've ever received. Or, if you're a urm...seasoned parent, what is the best parenting advise you swear by and have been giving out to your friends and family?

Share with me...I'd love to hear them!

Friday, July 9, 2010

hello world

Still here? heheh..

Anyway, I'll be off for a weekend getaway tomorrow. Actually, it's not really a vacation but more of a promised we've made to attend a wedding. Hubby's colleague's wedding to be exact. It's held away from the city. My first time to such a wedding. Wonder how "authentic" it'll be. I guess we'll know tomorrow.

We're bringing lil Em tomorrow. First time travelling for her and first time for us too having to handle 2 kids...on our own...away...from...everything!! eekk...And a good way to lose weight too if you're wondering. Handling a toddler and a new-tod is not easy. So, you really do not need irvingia gabonensis weight loss assistance, I can tell you that much. Run after them and you'll know what I mean.

Tell you more about the weekend when I get back. So, in the meantime, have fun and a great weekend!
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