Dec 31, 2010

Double celebrations........

Congratulations to Malaysian Football team for winning the AFF Suzuki Cup when they won by 4-2 to Indonesian last Wednesday..... as a result, today is a public holiday in Malaysia and tomorrow is New Year ......

Happy holidays......


Dec 29, 2010

M'sian team trains at hotel as tensions remain high in Jakarta

M'sian team trains at hotel as tensions remain high in Jakarta

Getting Ready....

 I was a little mad on Monday when there had been some changes of the plan that we had prepared earlier. The meeting which was supposed to be held on that day had to be posponed to the next day (Tuesday) and I had to sacrifice my trip to Kluang just to attend the meeting which was made compulsory for us. Eventually, I had to accept the fact that my holiday is finally over and even though today there is no meeting, there will be another one (or two) tomorrow...and with all the preparations.. practically my holiday has come to the end........

I don't know whether i'll be able to keep track with my blog once the school commences on Monday but I will make sure it will not be abandoned.....I'm still in search of new identity for my blog and Mimi, my daughter is helping me with the header (hope to be ready before the new year)... 

Anyway, I have to boost my spirit for the new year with my new laptop, even though it is not something to be proud of but it is new and more reliable. ( last 2 years, I bought a sony viao and it had given me headache just after one year..and now I hand it over to my 'twins' ..it is still giving problems but they seem happy with it because I had promised them a netbook each if they got excellent results in their Exams). 


my new laptop, which no doubt will make me busy.......





I just love this colourful planner which was a comlimentary from the management..

It looks that I am all set for the new year....at least for now.....with new hope and new perspective...well, we need to be optimistic, right?

As for my children,I had bought all of the stuff that they need for the new semester and I am really amused by their choice of shoes to be worn to school....those days, during my time I would never have dreamt to wear this kind of shoes but now they are wearing these to school...how time has changed...




P.S.. Happy New Year to all....hope 2011 will be a great year...




Dec 28, 2010

888

888 is the number that I saw on my pageview today....I know this is not enormous but it is something to cheer about for my 2 months old blog....I know the Chinese love number 8 as the lucky number.... I hope by the end of this year, I will reach 1000 pageviews..... 

Thank you for your support....

 

Dec 25, 2010

Countdown......

Oh my gosh....it's Christmas already (Merry Christmas to those who are celebrating and a happy new year) .....that means there are only about one week left before the school starts and my days are going to be busy again. Since I am not celebrating, today we are going to do some last minute shopping for my children's school  uniforms and supplies....and some other stuff for me as well....

Next week is already pack with two meetings and a short visit to Kluang. So, it seems that I need to get all prepared by tomorrow......

Eventhough today is cloudy ( it is going to be a wet Christmas?), I'm thankful that yesterday it was bright and sunny (eventhough it was raining at 5pm) so all my laundry were all dried even my comforter and curtains..so I put up a new set of curtain yesterday (Ok, it is an old one which reminds me to add curtain in my wish list for next year). New clean set of curtain to start a new year with new perspective and outlook....( I love the sound of it....huhu)

For a record, I have finished reading 4 out 5 novels on the list and started reading the last one which means with the remaining days left, I will be able to finish all...


Dec 23, 2010

Another facebook story......

Yesterday I accepted a friend request from my former students when I first started teaching....It is nice of him to still remember and try to find me....and today when I happen to check my facebook again, I found some more friend requests from people who happen to be his friends and used to be my acquaintance as well....now it is a string of them coming to me and asking whether I still remember them or their family......it is like bringing back another lifetime (that had been long lost and forgotten by me) along with all the bitter sweet memories........

Recollecting all those faces bring the nostalgia in me....which reminds me of another situation brought about by an old friend of mine via facebook....He went for all the trouble to gather all of the photos of friends from our former high school and makes it as a gallery...now he managed to collect about fifty of us....remembering back the names and faces was a difficult task for me but I enjoyed it very much...and I could get in touch with my old buddies again..... that is one of plus factors of facebooking  and I'm not saying that facebooking is all bad....we only need to find the right time to get online (say 5.30 in the morning) so that nobody will disturb you....

   

Dec 22, 2010

Nostalgia..............

It is a nostalgia for me when I was browsing the photos taken by my daughters when we went back to Kedah recently....

The photos invite nostalgic feeling cause when I was about their age, I had always wanted to own a camera and to be able to take photos of paddy fields at my village......Those days, when I was still schooling almost everyday I had to cross the paddy field to get to school on my biccyle....the view was spectacular especially when it cahnged from green to yellow......I had always been dreaming of being able to capture those breathtaking scenery with my own camera (another crazy chilhhood dream)....sadly, though owning a camra at that time was considered a luxury and my life then was far from luxury......so it left as a dream until now....even though we have three cameras at home now, I still don't get chance to hold on them because my hubby (for his work) and my children are holding them.......

Anyhow, I'm grateful for my life now eventhough there are so many of my dreams had never been realized.......


Mimi


Nani


This area had been hit by flood a few months ago....



The pic is not very clear because it was taken by my 'twins' at about 6.30 in the morning when they went jogging with their cousins......


Dec 20, 2010

My plants story.....

I have been waiting for weeks for my hydrangea to change colour to blue...but when it did, it changed to a very pale blue....then after two days it just withered away.....maybe I'm really hopeless with flowering plants...I don't know but I'm going give it a chance by the way.....the leaves are going strong
 but the flowers...uhuh.... I'm determined to keep this one and to nurture it till it blooms again.... (hopefully)



My hydrangea about two weeks ago after I transfered it to the pot...




The colour is very pale blue.....

On the other hand, at the backyard my hubby's corn and lady's finger plants are looking good....my mum would be proud of him if she is still here....






Two- week old corn and lady's finger plants


Last but not least, my tomatoes........

Hope for the best for all of the plants because in the next two weeks, I'm going to be busy again....

Dec 18, 2010

Congrats, dad.....

Today, 18th December is the convocation day for my hubby's Diploma (EDBM) at UM. Initially, I was not so keen of going and secretly wishing that he would not go...but it seemed important to him and he really wanted to go....So I be a sport and went along with him and Nani...

Just as I supported him to take the diploma even though I personally think he didn't need it as the preparation for his Master which was not approved by the company last year...and he decided to take diploma while waiting for approval this year (he registered for MBA in July this year before his diploma even ended). That's my hubby, sometimes he likes to do crazy things (he said that he wanted to motivate our children in their studies...3 of them are in college/university...) and I have always supported him, be proud of him....

I supported him all the way (though reluctantly at times) with his studies and assignments and at the end I think all his efforts and mine are worth it....he graduated with distinction and early next year he will start the second semester of MBA, still at UM.....




tahniah, abang...


Nani and dad....she was the only child accompanying this time...but next time for his MBA, we are planning to take everybody along.....


red roses for dad.....


Dec 17, 2010

Twins?????

My two daughters, Nani and Mimi are two years apart but they are always mistaken as twins by some of the people especially when we meet for the first time....When they were small, I used to buy them the same dress so that it saved me the headache deciding which suited one better... the only different maybe the colour, Mimi was always pink and Nani was green (but now it seems both of them like pink). 

A few years back, Nani decided not to wear anything like Mimi's and wanted to be different so I got along with them knowing that they could decide for themselves on what they wanted to wear....However, lately I notice that they like to wear the same types of dress again (their own choice of designs and colours) and people would ask if they are twins.....


when they were young....


They are very close and always together everywhere...






I hope they will be this close forever.........

Dec 16, 2010

Facebook and me

Facebook has become a commonplace in today's world...it is so popular, even my 6 year-old niece has a facebook account. I was one of those who were hooked to facebook until a few months back... but lately, I find facebook is not appealing to me anymore.... it has robbed all my privacy and I couldn't even be online without anybody trying to chat and sometimes I feel it was annoying when I just wanted to check on updates from some old friends....

Nonetheless, I had to live with that...... the fact that having some 400 plus friends on facebook doesn't give me the privacy when I need it.....that's why I need to find alternative and started blogging i n October. I find that writing a blog is much much more private and I feel like writing a diary when I was a teenager..the only different is that other people can read this "Dear Diary' of mine. But I don't care since I don't really know them personally (except for my hubby and children, who are reading my blog from time to time) I feel I have more freedom to write my thoughts.

Writing on a blog makes me feel like I'm talking to myself....which I think I'm doing a lot all the time...and now that I can say it loud and clear.....Sometimes, I can even express all my inner thoughts (with some filtration, of course). It is like my hiding place from everybody I know in the facebook....

And the blogs that I follow are mostly related to the things that I love...reading, gardening, travelling and last but not least, interior decorating. I have so many things that i love to do in life but I find that I have so little time to do all those, so just by reading about them gives me so much pleasures...

Facebook, however not all that bad....the thing that I love about it until now is keeping in touch with my long lost friends but I will just check my facebook 3 or 4 times a week just to keep me updates and not to get hooked on it again..... 

Dec 14, 2010

guilty....

I'm feeling guilty with my inner thoughts of certain people especially this particular person whenever he/she is around....My train of thoughts (esp. the negative ones) about this person will never stop and keep on moving rapidly with more and more negativity about him/her whenever we are together...

I know that everybody has his/her flaws (myself included) but somehow I just couldn't stand with this person's flaws....they are either too much or sometimes unreasonable....

Well, whatever it is, I'm hoping and praying that this person would change one day so as not to be too difficult and impossible for people to deal with him/her....

Dec 12, 2010

Lazy Sunday.....

It's a kind of Sunday that I've been craving for so long.......
The kind of Sunday that I woke up lazily in the morning and not rushing into doing anything....
Last night we just got back from Kedah after taking my mum back home (my sister who was supposed to fetch her home could not take a leave, so my hubby and I decided to take her back on Friday)

So, today we resumed our normal activities lazily at home. Early in the morning my hubby went to check his first ever corn and lady's finger plants. He planted them when my mother was around a few days ago and he was so proud to see them sprouting healthily... thanks to mum, finally my hubby shows his love for gardening, at least after this I have somebody to help me with my garden and take care of my plants....

Well, after lunch my hubby takes a nap and I continue with my reading...half way through with 'The wedding Planner' and am looking forward for another journey to Kuantan tomorrow.........


Dec 7, 2010

One day in PD

Yesterday, my hubby took a day off and we took the children and grandma to PD...
It was raining early in the morning but thank God, the rain stopped and it was all bright and sunny the whole day in PD....

Firstly, we went to the ostrich farm there since my children had never been to one...
it was a good experience for them especially my youngest son who was very excited about it....


He was fascinated with the size of the ostrich


The egg is so heavy. said Aan..


There were also rabbits, goats, turkeys, ducks and others.....
Then, after having lunch at pizza hut, we headed to the beach which was a bit crowded, but towards late afternoon it was not so crowded anymore....




Nani and grandma...


Selamat menyambut Maal Hijrah

Today is a public holiday in Malaysia, it's Maal Hijrah or new year in Muslim's calendar. 
This year is Hijrah 1432....
Happy new year to all my family and friends..
Hopefully this new year will be more meaningful to us and bring peace to the world....
Happy new year....

Dec 5, 2010

Not so sunny weekend...

Even though the sky was not so bright yesterday, my hubby and I managed to take my mum to a nursery  to look for some plants and soil to make her busy (initially, we wanted to take her to MAHA 2010 but after reading a lot of negative comments about it, we changed our minds and took her to a local nursery instead) 

She seemed to be contented with it and suggested a few plants. I particularly don't like flowering plants since my bad record with orchids and roses, however, yesterday I was fascinated with this plant and decided to buy it with my mum's approval of course.



And if this plant survives and continues flowering, I promise my daughters to buy this yellow daisy next time for them...



Upon reaching home and although it was slightly raining my mum started filling in the pots with soil and started to plant. She was soon joined by her over-excited grandchildren......

Dec 3, 2010

Happy Friday....

 It's Friday and I'm looking forward for a better day today......
Last two days had not been very good days for me...
My youngest child was down with food poisoning and I with fever...
Late afternoon yesterday, however he was feeling better and ate up all the porridge,
 that was a sign that he was ok....

It was another bad incident yesterday morning, my mum found a dead stray dog on the car porch of an empty house next to mine...
She was so concerned about the smell and the flies that would come together with it...
so I told my hubby about it and he called the Majlis Bandaran so that they would take care of the carcass.
It took about half a day to reach them, when they finally answered, they promised to come over and take care of it...
I waited and waited until late afternoon, they didn't show up...
So, when my hubby reach home, he had to do it himself...poor my hubby had to dig a hole in the rain...
It was almost dark when he finally finished burying the dead dog...

Today, I hope every is fine and my son and I will be fully recovered...  

Nov 30, 2010

One big happy family...

The last 2 days had been very busy for me....my mum and my siblings came over....
it was such a havoc having almost everybody  from my BIG family around....
Luckily, I had renovated my house though not entirely complete....
or else there wouldn't be enough room for everybody.... 

It was practically all about cooking and eating and chatting......
I don't remember cooking so many times in my life for two days.... 
Anyway, it was all worth it...it seems that everybody was happy......


Almost everybody in the pic were coming....



Now, all my siblings had gone back and my mum is staying for a few weeks to spend time with my children.
Hope I will be able to give her the best time ever... so there will be some changes in my plan...
I will not be able to spend most of my time reading as planned cause it won't be appropriate for me to so while she is around....
I need to think of activities which will include her....
So, I think I need to concentrate on gardening since she loves gardening so much and my garden is dying....maybe some advice from the expert will 'relive' my garden...huhu..

The only thing that bothers me is that I'm afraid I won't be able to finish my reading list on time...anyway, I've finished 'The Last Song' and have started 'The Wedding Planner'.....  

Nov 25, 2010

It's official

Officially, starting today I'm off from my work...no more duties and no more modules...
Apart from a couple pre-planned meetings, I'm having a loong holidays
and will break free form the routine ....

Well, there are so many things to do (or at least I planned to do) in about a month..
now, maybe I need a check list.....
Firstly, of course I need to do some housekeeping around the house....
there are places like kitchen, home library and garden which need some serious attention.

Next, I need to give home tuition to my three children who will be sitting for major exams next year..
UPSR, PMR and SPM ( huh, this is a real challenge!!)
I mean to get these three LAZY teenagers to study during school holiday??? Who am I kidding??
Well, at least I need to give a try...if it is not working, then, we'll think of other alternatives...

Then, I need to finish my reading list...now instead of three, I have five on the list (yesterday my dearest hubby bought me two new released novels as my anniversary gift...well, may be it's not a romantic gift idea... but I love it so much since I'm planning to spend a lot of time reading this holiday...)
 
A good thing is that I am almost finish reading the first book, The Last Song.....

Now, let's make the first move....

Nov 22, 2010

Happy Anniversary......

Tomorrow is my anniversary and here I would like to wish my beloved hubby (since I'll be on duty at school tomorrow and he will be sitting for his Final Exam...) Happy anniversary my dear, thanks for all the wonderful years we have been together.... I don't even remember my life without you.....hope we (and our family) are blessed on this special day......and all the best in your exam...don't worry about the celebration, we will think of something (special) later...



Secondly, it is also my daughter's sixteenth birthday.
Happy Sixteenth Birthday Nani....
Don't forget, no more reading novels after this until your SPM next year....



And since I'm at it, I would also like to wish my eldest daughter, Shasha all the best in her
upcoming practical......good luck Sha....



And finally to Mimie, my youngest daughter for helping me a lot in designing this blog...


Selamat Pengantin Baru, Hairi...

Yesterday was Hairi's (my nephew) wedding, it was the highlight of our visit to JB....the whole family was there and it was a beautiful wedding......
at this kind of occasion where we meet our long lost relatives and it was like some kind of reunion or something...
Selamat pengantin baru  Hairi, semoga bahagia ke anak cucu....





The theme was red and white....



majlis  makan beradab....

Nov 19, 2010

new members of the family



My eldest daughter brought a rabbit home last week, given by her friend...
It is loved by her siblings so much since they have always wanted a rabbit and/or a hamster for so long..
It is taken care of by them and they even named it..Caca Jr




Then, two days later, out of the blue, my youngest daughter called me at work
saying that her friend wanted to give her two hamsters because she is moving 
to a different town.....
Then, I told her if she really wanted to have the hamsters, 'go ahead and have it'
She accepted the hamsters happily.....
Now, they have two hamsters and a rabbit as their pets...
Welcome new members of the family...




Nov 18, 2010

JB, here we come....


Finally, after more than 5 years I am in JB again....
However, it is not as what I expected...JB is not the beautiful city that I had in mind.....
heavy traffic ........dirty places....hazy air.....

Anyway, we checked in at about 2.00pm,
the hotel is not bad, overlooking Singapore.........


Nov 16, 2010

Happy Holidays....

Today is the last day of school and tomorrow will be the start of the year end holidays (yaay!!) there are a lot of things in 'to do' list.....Hopefully I can abide by the list..huhu..

a-the module
b- the duty during exam
c- Hairi's wedding
d- my anniversary
e- Nani's birthday
f -upgrade my garden
g- finish my novels (3 0n the list...)

I think there are a lot more that I wish to do during the holidays, but as for the list, I think it should stop here.....I don't want to be too ambitious....and plans might change....

Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Adha

Selamat menyambut Hari Raya Aidil Adha untuk semua muslimin dan muslimat serta selamat menjalankan ibadah korban.....semoga kita akan lebih diberkati...amin...

This year is the first time ever I will celebrate Eid ul Adha at our home with my family...tomorrow, I will cook rendang and ketupat together with my children, can't wait...it might be fun....

Nov 14, 2010

M.U.E.T

I learnt some shocking facts about Malaysian students when I was invigilating MUET (Malaysian University English Test) at a local university yesterday. The first thing that learnt is that these students have rather lackadaisical attitude about almost everything...they didn't really care if they brought all the things required for the exam...such as the exam slip, identity card or the stationery. A number of them left their exam slips or rather lost them....while some didn't even bother to put their IC on the table (only did reluctantly when they were asked to do so....)

One funny incident occurred when one candidate brought only one pen and it was just happened to be that his pen was out of ink during the exam, one of my friends had to borrow a pen from the other candidate for him so that he could continue answering..... and the other incident when one of the candidates was caught writing someone else's index number on his answer sheet (for whatever reason it was.....)

These incidents showed that the university students in Malaysia have some serious attitude problems. Even though the situation above only happened during that particular time, we can infer that it is the reality among students nowadays and it reflects the attitude of young generation as a whole.......

Nov 8, 2010

Monday blues...

I think I have a Monday blues today, it's the kind of day when you don't get anything done right....or rather you don't know what is the right thing to do....it's kind of confusing and it is exactly what I feel right now....I'm confused....don't know what to do right now....My mind has not been tuned in to work after a long weekend....am working on it now...starting off by marking and more marking....

Nov 6, 2010

Big Flood at my hometown..



When I was a little girl, I had always been wondering of the thrill of having a flood in my area. Those days, the news about flood in the eastern part of Malaysia was a norm but not in the northern part like Kedah. Since the past few years, however, my hometown in Kedah has been hit by flood every time it's monsoon season like what we are having right now.

It reminds me of my nostalgic feeling, I really wanted to experience flood in my area. As far as I can remember, I have never experienced one. Even when my hometown has been badly hit, I still didn't get the chance to experience it because I 'm staying in different state.

But now, after seeing the news on tv and listening to story from my mother and relatives....about the lack of food supply, the terrible smell, no access road...etc,etc.......I don't think I want to experience it. Let it just be a nostalgia....

The photos are posted by my brother on his facebook on Nov 3rd...and it's still flooding now....


Nov 5, 2010

expect the unexpected

In this life, we have to expect the things that is least expected.......Last night, out of the blue my sister called me saying that my youngest sister was admitted to a newly operated private hospital....she was sent there by her friends cum her housemates..... they had to send her there due to a heavy traffic jam (to get to the public hospital) and her condition which was so bad at the time...

so, my sister (and my family) who is staying in the northern part of the country asked me to see her at the hospital and take her out of there.....the point is that, even though my family knew that my sister is suffering severe migraine since a few years ago...we never expected that she would be that bad and never in our lives suspected that she one day would be admitted for that...she does not have a medical insurance and the one that I have doesn't cover for a sister....

My family was worried if she to be admitted to the private hospital, the cost would be thousands of ringgit. The doctor (very young one) there insisted that she needed to be admitted to ensure that she was free from any viral infection .....

My hubby and I decided to take her to the nearest public hospital as my mother wanted me to take her there...At the emergency room in the hospital, we were forced to wait for almost an hour before we finally got to see the doctor (an old boring one) who was very sarcastic about my sister's condition...finally my sister was sent home by him with a painkiller ( what an irony.....)

Upon reaching home she went straight to bed and slept until almost midday....she woke up fine, had her breakfast and studied for her exam...Thank God, she is ok...it was a migraine after all..
The lesson that I learn here, we must be prepared for the things that we are least expected to happen (like getting a medical insurance).....and don't take things for granted (it could happen to anybody)...glad that finally everything ends well......

lalala....

Nov 4, 2010

Happy Deepavali

I would like to wish a happy Deepavali to my Indian friends and students who will be celebrating tomorrow. My wish specially goes to Dave, Shalu, Jay and Dina.....hopefully your day will fill with joy and happiness along with your family and the people who are really important  to you.......
 This morning, I went to Sunway Pyramid with my girls and I saw a really beautiful Kolam decoration there with a decorated elephant on the top, it's really beautiful.......here's for you guys....enjoy...



And this one can be seen at The Mid Valley.......


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