Moving On September 29, 2007Posted by Zara's Mama in misc.
I’m moving to my new domain : click here.
My Two Girls are waiting for you there!
Our Weekend – Short Takes July 23, 2007Posted by Zara's Mama in misc.
On Friday :
Daddy and I travelled 1hr 15mins to Midvalley (rain + Friday evening == jam) and had dinner in Isthmus. Price is on the steep side, but food is hmm.. so so. Don’t think we’ll go there the second time (we try not to step into Midvalley if it’s not absolutely necessary).
On Saturday :
Brought Zara to Julia Gabriel to attend the Edu Drama class. This is her trial class. She was a bit shy, and was more interested in the masks hung up on the wall of the classroom than listening to the teacher. Not sure if we’ll sign her up for this yet.
Confirmed with my colleague in Singapore that it was indeed a very good concert. I convinced Daddy, and managed to get him to drive me to Midvalley and got these with 15% discount:
On Sunday :
I bought more duck eggs from the wet market and did another batch of these :
Bought a good block of Parmessan, some portabella mushrooms and yellow oyster mushrooms from Village Grocer. Cooked for Daddy and myself this for lunch (I swear it tasted better than it looks) :
Baked two dozens of these and sent some over to the neighbours (we have great neighbours, let me blog about this one day) :
And of course, I played with the girls
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I was going to the toilet frequently since the start of Friday, and had burning sensation when I pee. Went to the doctor and confirmed I got Urinary Tract Infection! Dang! The 3rd time I’m getting this since I got married (and the last round, I had to be hospitalised for 5 days because of high fever). But I think I’m getting better already after I started on the antibiotic.
Rock Around The
Posted by Zara's Mama in misc.
July 19, 2007
Thank you thank you thank you. It’s such a great honour. I wonder if my
old calcium deficiant bones can still rock, but I’ll try!!
(Borrowing the pom-cha-cha rabbit from eHon)
And now, my turn to pass on the badge! There are lots of wonder mums, super mums, multi-tasking mums out there who rock. It’s hard to choose, but then I’m always amazed how these full time working mums can cope without a maid, and yet they still rock! So, this is to :
A Charity Tag July 17, 2007Posted by Zara's Mama in misc, myself.
Simple American has given me this meaningful tag.
What do I have to do? I only have to complete 17 (yes, only SEVENTEEN) sentences from the list below, and then I drop Idham a comment to say that I have completed the meme . So I just fill in the blank info for the list below and Idham shall contribute RM127 to the Darul Izzah Orphanage! Easy Peasy. Here it is:
1. A person is only as good as ….
2. Friendship is always at its best, when the friends stick around even when you are in difficulty.
3. To love is to give, and never expect anything in return (I’m talking about motherly love, girl/boy kind of love is different).
4. Money makes me …
5. I miss …
6. My way of saying I care is by spending time with a person.
7. I try to spread love and happiness by loving my children, and hope they will be happy, and affect people around them.
8. Pick the flowers …..
9. To love someone is to accept the person as it is (something which is very hard for me to achieve).
10. Beauty is …..
11. When I was thirteen, what I remember the most was trying to adjust to an all girls’ secondary school. (Where are the boys?)
12. When I was twenty one, I remember having a horrible boy friend and gosh, am I glad those days were over.
13. I am most happy when I hear my girls’ laughter.
14. Nothing makes me happier than … (see 13)
15. If I can change one thing, I will change my age of having my first kid. So I can have more energy to play with them, and I could enjoy their company earlier.
16. If smiles were equal to blessing then I’m very blessed as I get lots of smiles from my girls.
17. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could afford holidays all the time and not worry about work or money?
18. If you want to be … then you have to ….
19. Money is not everything but …..
20. The most touching moments I have experienced is experiencing the birth of my girls; nothing can describe the emotion I feel when they were placed on my tummy/arms after they were delivered.
21. I smile when I know my kids love me and need me.
22. When I am happy …. (see 13, 14)
23. If only I don’t have to …..
24. The best thing I did yesterday was to bring the girls to the park, and then let them have some fun.
25. If I ever write a book, I will give it this title, “My Two Girls” (what else?).
26. One thing I must do before I die is to visit the Grand Canyon
27. Doing this meme, I feel like I’m doing something good.
And now I pass this on the following people. You too want to help the kids at the orphanage right? And of course you the other people, you can volunteer to take this meme on if you so please. I tag:
Hope you can do it since it’ll help some orphans.
World Vision Malaysia – 30 hour Famine June 1, 2007Posted by Zara's Mama in misc.
Thavara peeks through the windows of the school, wishing she was inside, sitting on a wooden chair and reciting her lessons.
Unfortunately, her family is too poor to give her an education.
Every day, together with her family, she scavenges the streets and dumping areas for food.
Thavara is not alone.
Close to 120 million children around the world are like Thavara – they do not receive an education due to poverty.
For most Malaysians, it is difficult to imagine how much education can mean to a child. Without education as a stepping stone, poor children grow up bound in the vicious cycle of poverty.
You can help change that.
The 30 Hour Famine is a global movement against hunger and poverty.
It is an experiential, lifechanging camp aimed at spreading awareness about global poverty and raising funds to improve the lives of needy children and communities.
The 30 Hour Famine brings together people from throughout Malaysia to experience the life of a person living in poverty and hunger.
For 30 hours, you enrich your life by doing something practical for those in need. Only 30 hours in support of changing a child’s lifetime,
30 hours in exchange for a stable and bright future for a child,
30 hours to give a child like Thavara reality instead of empty dreams.
Besides doing a good deed, it looks like a lot of fun to me.
This year World Vision Malaysia’s 30 Hour Famine theme, ‘hungry for HOPE’, was born out of the desire to brighten the future of children like Thavara.
With the support of corporate sponsors, celebrities, participants experience an amazing time together, bound by a vision to help those who have been neglected.
Fancy being involved in something special this year?
Why not fast for those who are hungry for hope?
Date : 15th – 16th Sept 2007
Time : 12pm (Sat) to 6pm (Sun)
Venue : Stadium Putra, Bukit Jalil, KL
Note 1: Text and photos from World Vision Malaysia and nope it’s not PPP (it’s a sin just to think of getting rewarded for this).
Note 2 : I’m nursing and can’t join this event. Hopefully you can join in and participate and blog about it.
A for Ah May and yummy food May 12, 2007Posted by Zara's Mama in misc.
I wanted to get you some Asam Laksa, I wanted to get you some Apam Balik,
And those lovely coloured Ang Ku Kue, and an Ais Kacang to cool you down
……Too bad they all can’t get into the post….
together with Zara and Zaria,
we wish you a
And hope, your guardian Angel will give you more Apple stuff you desire (and at the same time tossing in A My Breast Friend for your multitasking need).
This greeting is brought to you together with Alphabet Albie.
My Other “Daughter” April 9, 2007Posted by Zara's Mama in misc, my two girls.
You know I have two beautiful daughters Zara and Zaria. I also have this other “daughter”, she lives in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, and her name is Hairegulihan Tuerxuntuohuti. She’s my sponsored child from World Vision Malaysia(世界宣明会).
Our relationship started sometime in 2003. I didn’t have a child and I wanted one. I went to World Vision Malaysia website, and selected to sponsor a girl from Xinjiang. They found me Hairegulihan. I wrote to her just once, in the very begining, and sent her some little gifts. Some how after that, I got very busy, and stopped writing to her (Yeah yeah, I know, it’s no excuse).
My other ‘daughter’ – Hairegulihan
Called it good karma, I got pregnant in 2004 (after 6years of marriage), and blessed with Zara.
Every year, I get a progress report from World Vision with her photo telling me how she’s doing. There’s this hapiness that I experiance every time I receive her progress report and see the smile on her face. Happy to know that some one far away is benefiting from a small deed I’m doing.
Hairegulihan’s latest progress report
World Vision Malaysia is trying get 5000 child sponsors this year to celebrate their 10th year anniversary. As a sponsor, your contribution together with others are pooled together to be invested in long-term development programmes that will give your sponsored child, his/her family and community a brighter future.
How much does it cost to sponsor a child? RM50/month.
If you are interested, click on the icon below or check out their website to get more information. You can also choose to do a one time donation to this trusted organisation which will use your fund appropriately to help those needed.
Ho-Ho-Holidays! December 27, 2006Posted by Zara's Mama in celebration, misc, pregnancy, Zara.
I’m going to pop soon, and here is what we’d been doing, to spend time with Zara as the only child before the arrival of no. 2.
Eve of Christmas Eve : We had dinner at Eat Work Shop, and I had my roast turkey! It was good! The owner, Marcia, even threw in the turkey wing for free! After that, we took Zara to hotels (The Saujana and The Holiday Inn Glenmarie) to check out the Christmas decorations, and she really had a good time, since these 2 hotels were very spacious and quiet, and she can run around freely.
Christmas Eve : The big family dinner was supposed to be 3 tables at a Chinese restaurant. My eldest sis decided not to join us and my youngest sis got admitted for dengue fever the day before. So the dinner ended up being a small one, with only King’s Wife’s family and ours with my dad. Dinner was err.. cut throat price in Overseas Restaurant and not nice at all!
After dinner, we adjorned to the hospital to visit my sister and open up our presents together with my sister’s family.
On Christmas Day : Zara was kept busy playing with her Christmas presents in the morning. We then went to have lunch with my dad, and later dinner with Daddy’s friends. Whole day of eating and outing!
She and her favourite present, the singing pink car, from Chloe, our neighbour
On Boxing Day : Daddy went back to work. I brought Zara to Kidzsports with Tuyam and then to the Pet Shop, per the requests of the little girl. Bought myself the Allerhand bag (Christmas present from Daddy), and end my hunt for the perfect bag for carrying Zara and baby’s things.
Zara loves the doggie; I believe the Chocolate lolly was supposed to be a raindeer, but it has melted. 😦 Zara was however, very keen in tasting her first lolly pop.
I’ll be going in to the hospital on Thursday to get induced. Today (Wednesday) will be my very last day spending with Zara before the arrival of baby. Some how, I feel a bit melancholy. After this, she will no longer be my only child, where all my energy and attention has been channeled to the last 2 years.
Wish me a safe and quick delivery, will you?
Helping Out August 9, 2006Posted by Zara's Mama in misc, parenting, Zara.
Zara is helping out in the house with some of the lighter chores.
When she’s in the mood, she puts away her toys by singing, “crean (clean) up” after the mess she created.
She helps to bring new diaper to us when she needs changing and then tosses her used diaper into the bin.
She helps me bring my book to me, or passes me the remote controls when needed.
She helps pass out cutlery during dinner time.
Last Friday, I saw her helping out at the kitchen. She was peeling off the skin of Petai beans. Tuyam said although she’s very slow in her progress, she was able to peel off the skin of about 10beans, helping out a little, and keeping herself occupied.
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Helping my friend out here.
She has a litter of 4 homebred miniature schnauzer puppies (colour : salt & pepper) for sale.
If you are interested, please contact : 012-2005658 / 012-2961099 or email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also check out her add here.
Remembering My Mum May 15, 2006Posted by Zara's Mama in misc.
My mum was very stern.
She used to pinch us under the table when we told on her (to my grandma, her mum).
She used to scold us (for our carelessness) when we informed her we’d hurt ourselves, before treating our injuries.
She used to cane us, when we were younger, and got naughty.
My mum was a good cook.
She baked, and cooked, and could whip up a feast for my father’s big entertainment parties.
She made all kinds of Chinese new year cookies, roasted her own roast pork and char siu.
She made all the dishes my dad still misses after all these years.
My mum was a very nice person.
She did a lot of charity sales.
She helped out a lot in church.
My mum was a good daughter.
She spent twice a week with my grandparents, bringing them for movies, meals and visiting friends.
She spent hours on the phone with my grandma, talking about anything under the sun.
She brought them for holidays.
My mum loved kids.
She was a kindergarten teacher, and a principal, without pay.
She baby sat for friends’ kids, for free.
My mum was an animal lover.
She cared for all the strays I brought home.
She let the kittens sleep on her belly while she watched TV.
My mum and my dad made a loving couple.
They fought, quarreled, but they had their arms around each other when they went shopping.
My dad never remarried because he still misses my mum.
My mum was how my mum should be.
She gave me advice on my relationships, left me alone to decide for things.
She nursed my heart breaks with me, brought me to Australia to ‘forget about things’.
She chauffeured me to work.
She bought me Taiwanese children story books, Japanese pop cassettes, Esprit clothes when she went traveling with my dad, she knew I love them.
My mum was a considerate mum and daughter.
She had cancer of the kidney, had a surgery to remove one of her kidneys, went for chemotherapy.
She kept her situation from us, her four children and her parents, for seven years,
She only had my father informed.
My mum was a strong believer of Christ.
She went to church every morning.
She said the rosary upon waking and before sleeping.
She abstained from meat (except sea food) every Friday.
She went for pilgrimage tours.
She said her faith helped her endure her cancer, she said she felt no pain in all her treatments.
My mum left early.
She had a relapse and we were finally informed of her illness, and within 3 days, she passed on, without us having time to react.
She had not seen any of her grandchildren. None of her grandchildren has experienced her love.
My grandma was immensely sad.
She refused to come to our home, the memory of my mum was too hard to bear.
She refused to speak to my dad, blaming him for not telling her any earlier.
She refused to stay healthy; she bathed in sadness; she joined my mum 3 years later; fulfilling my mum’s wishes, she was baptised before she left the world.
After being a mum myself, I realised what both these women had done for us, caring for us, loving us. It’s a shame I only knew this so much later. And I have not reciprocated the love the way I should. It’s a loss for Zara, as she cannot experience the love of a maternal grandma, the way I did.
Remembering them on Mother’s Day, and my mum’s upcoming 13th year death anniversary.