Friday, October 31, 2014

Time to go somewhere!

Last day of work today...until mid-November...wooohooo!! :D

Traveling overseas for the second time in my slightly-over-quarter-of-a-century life. What to expect? Not sure... I'm just gonna blunder through this adventure and hope to be pleasantly surprised :)

Australia, here I come ;D

Pics of me taken during my birthday celebration with my siblings and our kids :)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Shopping: A Health Hazard

Having a H&M store newly opened just below my office is seriously hazardous to the health of my bank account. Lol.

But seriously, can't help myself.... Their fashion for adults is just so-so, but their range of kids clothes are so 'arghhh,gimme gimme I want it now!' Lol! y'know what I mean?

Sometimes I look at the kid's shoes and clothes and I wanna go like, "hey, you there (staff) I want these in adult sizes" How rude of me, tsk tsk.

Found a pair of cute flats... reminds me of 101 Dalmatians :)

Bought some clothes for Lena... this white blouse with hearts and pink pants. Couldn't resist when I saw it! had to bribe her to wear it tho', since she prefers dresses and hardly wants to wear pants...sigh... again, I wish they had this in adult size, hehe.
sigh...I need self-control. SELF-CONTROL...say it with me,


Sept 13th till 16th. 

It was her very first holiday away from mummy and daddy. She told us she wanted to go Penang with her Granny, Ye yeh and Audrey che-che, and so she went without a fuss... 4 days 3 nights away from mummy and daddy!

*sniffle* my lil' baby's all grown up and going for holidays and leaving mummy daddy at home *sniff*

Somedays I can't believe she's only four... she can behave quite grown-up at times. Or perhaps more like a child pretending to be grown-up... cos the tantrums and stamping feet are very much existent, lol :P

Some pics from her vacay in Penang... you can tell she not a fan of the hot, hot sun! :P

Monday, August 25, 2014

NOQ Online Bookstore and 15% discount special

It's no surprise to anyone who knows me that I love reading. So naturally I was quite excited when I found out about NoQ Store, an online bookstore. 

A bit on its background: NoQ Store is an online bookstore of Times Publishing Group. Founded in 2011, NoQ has a database of more than 14 million titles, spanning across genres like Children's, Educational, Parenting, Fiction, Cookbooks and many more. The name NoQ stands for 'No Queue', meaning you have all the convenience of shopping for your favourite books without the hassle of lining up to pay at the counter. Isn't that great?

Their webpage is rather attractive, in my opinion. Not too 'wordy', the colors attractive and the layout is well thought out.

I was required to register in order to purchase books but it was a quick and easy process, so no problems there at all. 

My only dilemma was what books to buy? I decided not to buy children's books this round, since I've already bought a huge bundle at the recent booksale. So in the end, I chose three books for myself :)

The payment process was straightforward, and very quickly the purchase was made and I soon received a confirmation email. 

I ordered the books on July 18 and received them on August 7, a reasonable timeline especially taking into account the Raya holidays from 28/7-3/8

My books arrived packed nicely like this... and in great condition.

Here they are! My beloved books, The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy. So happy to see them, and I enjoyed reading them very much. A book review to follow at a later date

Now, thanks to the generous guys at NoQ Store, all readers of my blog are entitled to an exclusive 15% discount on all purchases at NoQ store when you use the code BABYLION at checkout. This discount code is only valid till 30th November 2014, so hurry!!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Bwak bwak bwakK!!

Okay... in my last few posts I mentioned I'd like to get chickenpox too right... so guess what happened???

Just when those two monkeys got well, and I went back to work... totally exhausted and ready drop, it was my turn. Feverish for three days, joe and I were wondering which one did I get? Dengue or chickenpox?? The fever was bad, it made my entire body hurt and ache terribly. 

Spots slowly appeared on my body. Chickenpox it was. Within 3 days, it was a full blown rash all over my body, and my face, oh gawd, my face! 
Thankfully, I was recommended by few people to get anti-viral meds, because the anti-virals really saved me from alot of pain. The pain in my body, was worse than anything I've ever experienced before. It felt like my nerves were being attacked. In that first week, I literally could not do anything. I could not sleep well, shivering and in pain at night...and I also could not eat much. The anti-viral meds were really strong and made me so nauseous. 

By the 2nd week it got better, blisters drying up quickly and no more pain in my body. My appetite came back and I suddenly craved something meaty, really meaty. I craved chicken. How ironic is that? Lol. 
Sick of all the porridge and soup, I indulged once my appetite returned. I had McDs, KFC and Nandos. So bad, but so yummmm... 

I could finally enjoy my much needed time away from work during that 2nd week. Thank God for it really, and maybe I wouldn't mind going through it all over again, just for that break, lol.

Anyway, we're past that now and everyone is well now, thank God (heaves sigh of relief). All I have as a souvenir from the sickness are the scars on my body, and the occasional twinge of numbness/ache in the nerves of my arms/hands. Hopefully that too will fade, in time.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

If we were in a Twilight movie...

We would be the vamps of the East :P
heh heh

Saturday, June 28, 2014

One Crazy Week

It's been one messed-up week.

It all started last Friday. That's right, 20th June 2014, that's a memorable date there. I took leave to start caring for Lena 'cos we found she had chickenpox. 

Chickenpox... gosh.. that meant she was quarantined, couldn't go to school for at least 1-2 weeks.

On that same day, the husband was on MC and didn't go to work either. He had high fever.
Since I was already short on annual leave, our plan was I'd be on leave Fri, Mon and Tues, and he'd go on leave the rest of the week to care for Lena. 

Then... on Fri night, he decided to admit himself to Assunta, 'cos he felt like he had dengue. Wise man... I'd never have thought of admitting myself to hospital for high fever. But the man had dengue once already, and knew the symptoms.
(btw, what are the odds of getting dengue TWICE??? gosh)

And so I took the whole week off.... (woo-hooo!!) Not that I'm happy that the man and girl are not well, just happy to be away from work no matter what the situation. Yes. I dislike my permanent desk job THAT much. 

But anywayyyy... here they are... 

The little one has been one highly wound up monkey, practically bouncing off the four walls of our small apartment, and almost driving me nuts. Other than a slight fever and itching all over, she was alright, thank God.

The big one however, was all weak and tired and blur the whole week... don't be fooled by this picture.

He's finally discharged and resting at home... whew! *wipes sweat* 
And as for me... I'll be back to work next week.... almost wishing I could get a 'bout of pox too, and be quarantined for a week...heh heh... I am kidding!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Mid-year Resolution

Starting this year I shall put myself first. I shall pamper myself first and care for myself first. Because if I don't no one else will, and the one who'd suffer is me. So I shall do nice things for myself first, then others. The world and all that is in it can take care of it own for a little while without me.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Helena's Fourth year

Last weekend was Lena's first time as a flower girl.
I hope she enjoyed herself, although she appeared slightly terrified at the beginning. After the ceremony ended though, she was so happy and willing to pose for photos :)

Time seems to have passed so quickly (or maybe it's me who have moved so slowly in my exhausted blur, trying to catch up), and suddenly this year I'm looking at my girl who is already 4 years old, built like a 5-year-old. 

She started out this year on a Frozen obsession. It was the first time she went to the cinema, and she sat up straight, eyes glued to the huge screen for almost the entire show. Here and there, she would just smile at us happily, and laugh with us at the funny parts of the scene. She was so happy.

On her fourth birthday, we gave her a Frozen-themed celebration. With Frozen cake, decorations, and dancing in a blue cape (it was a huge blanket), like Queen Elsa. Her cousins Remy, Alfie, Petra and Olivia came, together with their parents to celebrate with her. Just a small, simple, family celebration.

Oh, and she also started kindy this year. We sent to the local neighborhood kindy (they call it a 'Taska', in bahasa), one of the many in PJ. The first week was the most difficult and scary time of her young life I should think. That was the first time ever I heard my independent daughter, who'd never say she wants her mummy, break down and cry out loud "mummy, mummy, I want mummy! I want mummy!"
I've heard a lot that a lot more times since then. Not sure if it's a good thing or a bad thing.


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Our Brokenness

We are all a little bit broken, because we live in a broken world. Some of us are more broken than others. There's rarely anyone, or perhaps no one, who is not affected by the brokenness of this world. We are surrounded by broken people, and we ourselves too are a little bit broken. We cannot avoid being affected by our environment.

We all need Jesus, need God in our lives to heal those broken parts in us. 

“Being broken isn't the worst thing. We can be mended and put together again. We don’t have to be ashamed of our past. We can embrace the history that gives us value, and see our cracks as beautiful.”
― Anna WhiteMended: Thoughts on Life, Love, and Leaps of Faith

“David was caught in a very uncomfortable position; however, he seemed to grasp a deep understanding of the unfolding drama in which he had been caught. He seemed to understand something that few of even the wisest men of his day understood. Something that in our day, when men are wiser still, even fewer understand. 

And what was that?

God did not have - but wanted very much to have - men and women who would live in pain.

God wanted a broken vessel.” 

― Gene EdwardsA Tale of Three Kings

All these quotes are so profound to me. I have only one thing I'd like to say to God right now, and that is, I feel so broken that I'm not sure if there's anything left to salvage.

Most days I wake up dreading to face the day, because I'm afraid to face the challenges ahead of me. I am so bloody afraid. I wake up early in the morning to pray and I pray that He would save me from this day, but He doesn't...and still I go out and face whatever life brings me for that day even though I hate it, even though I fear it, even if it leaves me utterly drained every night. Maybe that's what He wants, maybe that's His plan for me.

To tell the truth, I wake in the morning to pray because I'm scared. What a coward I much for loving Gryffindor, I'm pretty sure I belong in Slytherin. :)
Life appears to be difficult, unpredictable, exhausting, and in short, quite terrifying. I don't know I am I going to age gracefully (whatever that even means), or how am I going to raise my daughter up to face the challenges of this world with strength, confidence and in a positive manner. 'Cos just thinking about it tires me out.

Brokeness... yes, so I'm so broken and living in pain, so then, what's next?
I am waiting, still waiting, for a reply, for an answer. And so I will sit and wait. Silently I wait.