Monday, July 07, 2014

Finally i have my share in World Cup! Menang jugak..

Honestly i am not a football fan, I do not know who is the best player, who is the best team, best goalkeeper and what not, and yes, you can conclude that I know nothing about football. Worst still, Mr. Husband is not a football fan, therefore, my knowledge about football is like... err.. not even a beginner. 

But having said that, since the year 2002, I consider myself as World Cup Fan. Yes, this is the only time i glued myself to the TV to watch Football. Like you do, I do feel like watching a football is wasting your time as you can only see 22 players running back and forth across the field for just a BALL! :p 

One reason i love to watch World Cup is, the players are playing for the country. It is a different atmosphere to fight for a title for your country rather than to your club. You can easily see the tears and the proud of the players singing their national anthem. The supporters, the crowd is amazing. I always wish i could have a chance to be in the stadium during World Cup.

World Cup and I - The sweetest memories that i could remember of World Cup - when i was heavily pregnant. That was in the year 2006 which was held in Germany. You know the time difference, and at that time I was working.. But dunno why, with the big tummy, I still put an effort to wake up in the morning and watched any match, and I was extremely Italian BIG fan at that time, adoring some of the players. Soo... that would be my answer when people asked, "kenapa Emir putih".. cos I will answer "sebab tengok World Cup and suka Italy" lol..

And now comes 2014, and man... the host is Brazil. Talking about time difference is the saddest thing i might say. Again, Im still watching and enjoy watching... ALONE :p (sometimes husband I join jugak) Yes, I didnt deny sometimes the TV is watching me but the truth is, Im still watching it. Hoping that I can visit Brazil, I did entered few contests but as usual, luck is not on my side. Towards the end of World Cup, i decided to join CIMB Octo Pic Contest by guessing who is the best player of the match. No, I just joined twice with the total spending around RM10 (each SMS is 5 puluh sen).. and yeay!! at least I managed to grab some duit Raya from CIMB..

Note: Masa ni i tengok Algeria lawan.. tak ingat tapi during the final qualifying round, i memang sokong Algeria sebab negara Islam kan, so i bantai lah tekan player dia, i menang ni pun i tak tau sape yang best player, sebab i tertido di tengah jalan.. :p

The best part, joined that day, result on the same day, received the money from CIMB on the same day!! cool tak.. 

Apart from Algeria, I am.....



Oranje's supporter .. 

(ni gambar i letak dalam IG I @tanameramalaysia)

Friday, June 27, 2014

2014 Emir's Sports Day : The "Penyu" Preparation

Pictures are taken from my humble phone camera. And I'm not sure about you, but it seems that recently, each time im uploading the pictures via Blogger Phone Apps, the quality of the pictures -- err pecah pecah

This year once again, marked Emir's second year participation in his School's Sports Day. Unlike last year, I was surprised and shocked to see the level of parents involvement in Sports Day preparation, this year - Im was waiting anxiously on what theme the parents would choose.

And again, I volunteered myself to help other parents as this is the only way I can give my small contributions to the school. Being a career woman and working at strict office hours, it is very difficult for me to spend my times for any of school activities.

So, the parents chose "Selamatkanlah Penyu" as the theme for this year and like last year, we decided to minimize our spending on the costumes - in other words, gets creative with DIY. *gulp. 

And one of the parents came out with this idea - Papier mache to make turtle's back.

There you go, they gave us a week to complete 5 shells and each shell took me about 3-4 hours and the best part in that week, I was down with viral fever which make things worst :) Honestly, I haven't play with this since I was in primary school/ Ok i lied, the truth is, I have never experienced doing papier mache. Last time, Mama helped me :p

Papier mache crafts are simple but messy and takes time to dry at least an overnight. For my records purpose, wanna share with you what I have been up to for that particular very tight week :)

I asked Mr. Husband to buy ready made kanji cornflour from Art Friend which cost us about RM11, but one of the parents told me that she has tried to use the ArtFriend's Kanji but apparently, the papers did not stick well on the mold.

So i decided to make my own kanji, a lot cheaper as I refused to receive any upset outcome :)


The Star / Kosmo newspaper size are the best to cooperate with my mold. For the first layer, to prevent the papier mache sticking onto my mold, I used only water and small amount of kanji and i decided to make 7 layers instead of 5-6 layers as suggested. Really messy ok especially when I have to tear newspapers into strips, handling the sticky kanji (err i dont like sticky things on me) and doing during weekdays are literally tiring.


One tips that  I learnt from another parent is, put a little bit of salt into the kanji. As the water was poured in, quickly stir the kanji. There was no need to put it over the stove as the salt actually preserves the kanji for a longer while. 


Sadly, i forgot to pose with my five shells after all the hardwork :p Yes, I only involved up until this stage and was not able to help out for the painting etc.. Wanna see the outcome (ok, I have shared via my IG and FB)


Very amazing kan.. and can you see the effort by the parents. Semua tu DIY ok.


Bawah ni wit the Turtle's body is Emir's class teacher. Cikgu pun kene sporting jugak :)


I am amazed with the details on the shells. 


My little penyu.. :) 


and Alhamdulillah, Emir's class won the marching parade again for the second year! Hard work paid off.. Bila announcement, mak pak yang lagi menjerit compared to the kids haha..

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Best Present for My Loved Ones

When it comes to special date, we often think what should be the best gift to give especially for our special ones. Sometimes we tend to put aside a portion of our money to ensure that we are able to buy something valuable, something special, something that is in their wish list. Be it to your other half, parents, family or friends, we always want to ensure that there is a sentimental value attach to the gift.

Often, we are converting the gift as expensive gadgets, fine dining, shopping vouchers, best traveling destination or it can goes to luxury cars, or luxury condominiums. However, there is one special gift that in the long run, they will value these gifts more (ok,, i will not reveal it now :))

Let me tell you about my parents. My mum and my dad. As the eldest in the big family, i am more independent and at the same time i am very sensitive. During my teenage life, I always think that my parents ignored me as they were more focusing to my other siblings. I used to direct my own decision and at times (ok all the time), yes, I was a very stubborn child. I always against their suggestion and tried to proof them wrong. Up until now, I am not sure whether they were ok with me but what i remember, despite my "stubborn" attitude, I always put a respect towards them. I keep it everything to myself and expressed it with my attitude :D. (you know that irritating sour face :p)


latest picture of Mama and Baba during their 33rd anniversary last month

Until I reached 18 years old. Other words - After school. My SPM result was not that good, (not good enough to qualify me to further my studies in overseas). My parents know that my childhood ultimate dream is to experience study abroad, but God's willing, I didn't get the chance.


Recent picture with Baba

Yes. I was very down. so down.. At that age, yes, I was really demotivated especially the circle of my school friends -- yes ALL - secured a sponsorship to study abroad except yours truly.

One fine day, I agreed to follow a friend of mine (my best friend) for an open house.  My parents did not allow me to attend the open house given the fact that they knew I would be very sad to be among my friends. But once again, I was against them. 

At that open house, coincidentally, all of them had just choosing their preferred university. and so, they were all talking about their future life  - where to live, where to stay, etc. I was alone, sitting at the end of the corner since i was the only one studied at the local University. Yes, I felt so small to be among them. 

I went home. Disappointed with myself and true enough, I didn't drive carefully. i expressed my disappointment by errr.. speeding on the road. Until.. I hit another car in front me, it was not that bad, but still I hit another car. Lucky me, the "victim" agreed to close the case as he was rushing to go somewhere where i can just zipped my mouth.

I arrived home and didn't tell them what had happened. I was scared. But they came to my room. They knew something was not right. I cried my heart out. Not a single moment they gave me "i told you so" look instead they gave me the encouragement and motivation. 

Then, it was the first time, I had truly acknowledge the love and care they had shown in raising me. I know I had been a self-centred, and slowly, I began the process of honoring them for who they were and for what they had done right in my life.

I realised that I am more closer to my parents after that incident. How incredibly lucky I am to have them as my all time no 1 fan, no 1 listener and no 1 teacher. I managed to close the gaps between parents and daughter, instead we are like a real friends.

and the rest is history. 


(recent picture with Mama - no editing)

Thinking of the best gift to my parents, apart from showering them with the endless love, I mentioned earlier there is one special gift that in the long run, they will value more. Yes, I just discovered about ....


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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sneak peek: Emir's 8th Birthday Party

Alhamdulillah, it started and ended smoothly (ok, not in the beginning)

But indeed it was a great celebration for 8 years old boy. His friends were there (he only invited his boys' classmate), our siblings (not all) and some of our closest friends. 


I (we) chose How to Train Your Dragon as the birthday theme since the movie pun How to Train Your Dragon 2. At first, the theme was Plants vs Zombie, but a day before Mr. Husband was not keen with the idea to have Zombie as a theme. Agreed with him. :) Lucky us, the bakers (both cookies - from Shilashower and cake - Dwenujang) agreed to accommodate our request. phew.



Ok ok, will upload more after this once i get full pictures from Ezna (Ezna is my official photographer on that day -- thanks Ezna since i didn't hire any)..


Till then.. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Desa Waterpark: Our so call holiday

Nowadays, it is a trend that parents are expected to bring the kids somewhere during the school holidays. Yours truly are included. But Emir, he doesnt mind not to jalan-jalan as long as he could find any plug to charge his iPad. 

But this time, for the two weeks school holidays, i was not prepared to go anywhere. Well, due to my limited annual leaves and so many events happened in June, so memang tak de plan. Having said that, I was hoping that Mr. Husband came out with some suggestions, but yada yada like he said... I ni Kementerian Kewangan dan PA dia.. grrr..

For the above reasons, I am utilising KL tourist attraction and we decided to bring Emir to waterpark. he loves water activities -- like very much. and so, we chose Desa Waterpark. Why? Cheaper and the most important, since it was on Sunday + school holidays, we dont think going to Sunway Lagoon is a good idea.

and it was our first visit to Desa Waterpark for the three of us :D


The tickets price at RM35 for adults and RM25 for kids. Quite (very) reasonable i might say. Husband was quite skeptical to visit here (asking me to check whether any controversial issue from this waterpark), but tak de.. so here we are. 


We came as early as 10 am, not many people arrived yet. The place is quite small with one big pool area, one kids' pool, and some other stuff, but definitely kids gonna have fun.. adults - so long you dont grumble and complaint, you too gonna have fun ok.


I didn't take many pictures here as I kept all our stuff in the locker. Locker is at RM5 per lock. Silly me, not even 10 minutes after I locked, I had to unlock it to get some cash.. The cafes around are quire reasonable, at least you still can get nasi goreng at RM5 per box.


So ini kanak-kanak riang main wave. From the facial expression, you can easily judge sape yang excited terlebih :p


and Emir.. betul-betul enjoylah..


and this ride (couldnt remember the name) only opened at 2pm and we were late. We had to q i think around 40 minutes (the only ride here in Desa Waterpark, so of cos lah sanggup beratur kan).. but 10 minutes before our turn, hujan turun selebat-lebatnya. we thought the staff were going to close it, but thankfully they just continue since there was no thunder. But.. gosh.. first time main hujan setelah beberapa lamaaaaaaa.. 

and it was first time for Emir main hujan..

it was fun! real fun..


sekejap je derang bukak.. habis je q, depa tutup balik :)

So, we went back around 4pm.. tak de bende sangat.. approximately we spent 6 hours inside the park..

After event: Emir jadi gelap :D

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Dad's today



I like the comments above from my BFF Suzie which I certainly agree.

Ok ini pandangan peribadi saya. Pandangan dari seorang yang dah hidup selama 32 tahun.

Memang betul saya perasan sekarang banyak bapa-bapa yang hands on dari segi penjagaan anak. Kirenye banyak bapak dah tak kisah dan ringan tulang untuk bantu isteri ibu di dapur atau uruskan anak sekolah. Sebab keliling saya sendiri memang ramai buat macam tu. Maksud saya yang baya kite lah. I tengok adik ipar I, perghh tip top tu jage adik I yang tengah dalam pantang.

Zaman berubah. Bukan saya mengata, bapa-bapa terdahulu tak berdosa pun. Tapi dari permerhatian saya, bapa-bapa yang berumur 40 tahun ke atas, masih lagi mengamalkan konsep “I want to be served”. Ayah saya, kalau kata nak makan, memang tertib duduk di meja makan adalah perlu.. :) Kalau tolong di dapur adalah amazing. Tapi dulu-lah, tapi sejak baba saya dah pencen, baba lah yang selalu kat dapur. Saya sendiri tengok, mak saya kalau keje-keje rumah memang jarang (macam tak pernah) minta tolong Baba. Arwah nenek I, semua I tengok tak pernah mintak tolong atok I buat kerje rumah.. Kalau I.. errr selalu.. macam I basuh baju. husband I sidai baju.. (sekarang machine rosak, so basuh baju memang solely husband I buat dekat self laundry dengan alasan.. malu laa perempuan asyik pergi dobi layan diri je haha, kalau I kemas rumah, husband I mop lantai.. cam gitu lah).. tapi husband I ok. Walaupun dia rajin menambahkan asset dalam rumah (barang banyak!!), tapi bila dia kemas, perghhh  macam pergi jogging 20 km (maksudnya I nak suruh bayangkan betapa banyaknyer peluh dia yang keluar)… bersih!! :D

Cuma saya nak cakap, Alhamdulillah dalam zaman ke arah pemodenan ni, at least this culture is good. Suami isteri sama-sama ringan tulang. We are really like a team. You buat A, I buat B, I buat A, you pun boleh buat B. Tapi bab-bab nak pasang lampu mentol, paip bocor je lah I still pass the baton to the man in the house (yelah, lampu rosak semua ni bukan keje hari-hari kan).. now we are talking about hari-hari.

And another thing, anak-anak dah jadi macam kawan kite. We share a lot of thing with our children (child for me). This is how we create the bonding among us kan. Betul, cara kite didik anak kita memang tak sama dengan cara mak kite didik kita. Percayalah dulu mak bapak kite garang, tapi sebab garang lah, banyak kite-kite ni jadi orang. I hope with this new approach of raising a child, the outcome is still the same like our parents did. InsyaAllah.

Cuma satu je lah yang zaman sekarang ni I kurang berkenan.. Setengah dari kita protect anak gile-gile sampaikan cikgu marah anak kite, dia punya marah.. alahai.. yang ni I tak suke. For me so long the teacher masih waras, masih reasonable, biarlah tanggungjawab tu kite serah pada cikgu. I don’t mind cikgu marah Emir, denda Emir kalau Emir buat salah. I’ve seen a parent scolded a teacher in front of the school gate. I dunno what had happened, but it was so ridiculous.. rasa nak sekeh je kepala bapak tu. Please lah, if you don’t show so much respect to the teachers, im sure cikgu tu kurang ikhlas ajar anak kita. Bila kurang ikhlas, mulalah ada bias. Nak nak sekarang ni system education kite ni banyak based on assessment. Cikgu pun manusia…


Ok, that’s all for today.. Till then..

Monday, June 16, 2014

Father's Day celebration - selagi hayat dikandung badan

Ayah kita bila hari yang bahagia untuk mereka, sebenarnya tak lain tak bukan, ingatan dari anak-anak cukup untuk gembirakan mereka. but yes, deep in their heart, im sure, if we give more, it does make them happy. macam kite lah, sure kite happykan bila husband ingat birthday kita.. tapi lagiii kita happy kalau dapat Pandora.. :p (contohnyaaa la kannn)

Semalam, memang dah kebetulan nak bawa baba makan-makan.. saja-saja. tak janji tak ape. datang kemensah, terus ajak baba makan dan bawak sapa-sapa yang ada dekat kemensah. malas nak janji-janji sebab takut ada komitmen lain..

Petang semalam, ,i bawa mereka-mereka yang ada di rumah untuk makan di Heliconia Cafe di Taman Melawati. Cafe ni terletak bersebelahan dengan Secret Recipe Taman Melawati. Malas nak pergi Secret Recipe sebab dah selalu sangat bagi ekonomi kat SR kan..


Suke cafe ni sebab tak ramai orang dan owner dia peramah. So feel at home. Tapi sebelum masuk memang tanya Baba lah ok ke tak.. Husband ajak pi Chef Zubair.. i cakap kalau pi Chef Zubair.. sorang rm50.. ni dah bergelen-gelen orang datang.. ok next time :p baik i belanja makan buffet


Adik I ainun dengan dua orang anak buah.. Nak pulak derang ambik gambar walaupun kene paksa..


Sementara tunggu makanan datang.. kite ambik gambar dulu.. 


Ini makanan ayah i.. salmon..


Ini makanan adik I.. Phuket Crab Laksa


Ini laksa Sarawak


yang lain punya makanan tak sempat nak ambik gambar sebab cepat benor masuk perut.. :) Untuk orang yang tak ikut, i tapaukan Sate keramat yang sedap tu.. lama giler tunggu, mau sejam kot... terkejut i sebab sate tu dah rm1 secucuk..

Apa pun Alhamdulillah, tak de bende yang bahagiakan kita kat dunia ini selagi kita boleh membahagiakan orang.

Baba I orangnya sangat proper. Saya rasa saya belajar ke-proper-an adalah dari dia. Saya belajar pasal corporate world dari dia juga. Kadang-kadang masalah saya dekat office saya seronok bercerita dengan ayah i, mungkin dia berada di dunia korporat, dia lebih faham keadaan saya. Masa i kecik, kalau i buat kerje sekolah, i love to ask my dad, sebab baba terus bagi jawapan :D 

Ya, semua orang perasan ayah saya semakin kurus. Keadaan kesihatan baba tidak lagi macam dulu. Tak perlulah saya bercerite dekat sini. Tapi insyaAllah selagi saya masih bernafas, saya akan ikhtiar apa yang mampu. Duit boleh cari, baba harta saya dunia akhirat.

Husband saya..

ok, husband saya ni dah tak bace dah blog saya. instagram facebook semua dia dah tak bace. tapi dia bagi tau saya, kalau Mother's Day, dia takkan celebrate saya, sebab dia kata, mother's day dia patut celebrate mak nyer bukan saya, yang patut celebrate saya ialah Emir.. Saya ok, itu view dia, kasih dia kat saya tak berkurang pun.. romantik je kureng :p.. 

Tapi I lain.. seorang isteri patut jua raikan suaminya. Suaminya adalah bapa kepada anak saya. Saya bersyukur sebab suami I tak pernah heran untuk menguruskan Emir. Dia tak kisah untuk uruskan Emir setiap hari walaupun kalau di sekolah , selalunya tugas-tugas macam ni mak lah yang jadi driver and what not. Paling i tak boleh lupa, tahun lepas Emir ada lawatan sekolah dan sekolah perlukan beberapa ibu bapa untuk tolong handle budak-budak, and my husband volunteered. Husband saya satu-satunya bapa yang tolong volunteer..

But he doesn't mind..He doesn't mind to get his hands dirty to manage Emir dari Emir kecil sampai besar. Sampaikan i sendiri tak payah nak risau-risau dalam kebusy-an saya dioffice. sebab i tahu husband saya sangat reliable. 


Alhamdulillah.. 

kalau cerita memang tak habis :)
 

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