Feb 22, 2011

Happy little moment

Right at this moment I'm savouring myself reading this hilarious book.....


I know it is not a new released but it's the first book by Sophie Kinsella that I'm reading after loads of recommendations and suggestions from a friend (she actually recommended the shopaholic series, but I'm not sure which one to get so I grabbed this one instead)....been enjoying it so far and seize every  opportunity  to read it even though with the tight routine...



These few weeks, I have a sudden urge to read something light/endearing to balance up with my busy schedule, so on Sunday I managed to get hold on these two books..... Norwegian Wood is recommended by my other friend.....it's my happy little moment...........


Feb 19, 2011

Today's Inspirational Quote:
"Although there may be nothing new under the sun, what is old
is new to us and so rich and astonishing that we never tire of
it. If we do tire of it, if we lose our curiosity, we have
lost something of infinite value, because to a high degree it
is curiosity that gives meaning and savour to life."
-- Robertson Davies

Feb 17, 2011

My purple hydrangea

 

Today I'm so happy to see my hydrangea flowers changed colour to light purple.....it has been flowering since last week and I'm so excited about it. Initially, I thought the colour would be just the same like the last time it was flowering that is light blue....never thought that it would change in just one day...



The pic above was taken yesterday, check out the slight difference of colour, it is not as rich as today's... 
Anyway, I'm so grateful and realise that I'm not that hopeless with flowering plants, after all....am thinking of planting more after this.....

Feb 16, 2011

PD and Felt..

It happened unplanned and unexpected.......While we were busy getting ready to go out to the craft shop (to get the supply for Felt fabrics) and our favourite grocery store (a.k.a Giant) yesterday, my daughter who is doing her practical in PD texted me saying that she would be needing her black dress for a function on Sunday....Okay, I replied thinking perhaps we could send it by post or something.....then, suddenly my hubby called her and said that we were heading to PD delivering the dress right to her....What??? I asked, I found it hard to believe hubby's compulsive idea of going down to PD when we were planning to do so, but that's the way with my hubby as always...

To make the story short, we went to PD right after we stopped by a craft shop in PJ to find felt fabrics for the 'twins'. Amazingly, they didn't stir at the idea of going to the beach as they would normally react... they were too eager to get the fabrics to be thinking of the beach at that time.....On the other hand, my youngest went prepared with towel and extra set of clothes...

Anyway, we reached there at noon and just in time for lunch and since I didn't prepare the food, we went to satay Kajang restaurant near the beach for lunch....it was raining shortly after but luckily it stopped 10 minutes later...so, it was heavenly to Aan (my youngest) to spend more than two hours at the beach, swimming and playing with the sand....the only setback was the fact that he was playing alone with me watching.....his sisters didn't bother to even get down the beach to step on the white sand.....they were busy sowing their Felt crafts under the shade of a tree.....while daddy was busy with his laptop working on a report....sigh!!!


Aan is playing alone....

The bigger scene of the beach overlooking Avillion Hotel, where Sha is doing her practical....

The girls didn't even get their feet on the beach...still crazy with their crafts....

The newly bought Felt fabrics of assorted colours...

Dad is working on his report...at the beach???

Sha arrived a few minutes after 5 p.m to get her dress and we left just before six....

Feb 14, 2011

Happy birthday, my valentine boy

Today, when the world is celebrating valentine's day my family is celebrating something else (we are not celebrating valentine's day) that is the birthday of my first born. It is not much of celebrating, actually, since everybody is busy including the birthday boy.....but the most important thing for us is the thought....and our normal birthday celebration is either buying a cake to take home or having dinner together (if everyone in the family is around).

Of late, however, buying the birthday cake seemed to be the better option and for his birthday this time we will probably celebrate it tomorrow as it is  a public holiday in Malaysia. In reality, it is a bigger scale of birthday celebration when the world is celebrating Prophet Muhammad's (SAW)  birthday..

Anyway, I just want to wish happy birthday to my boy and hope he will be blessed for the rest of his life and be a good role model for his siblings.....

My birthday boy when he was one year......  

Feb 13, 2011

FELT crazy

My 'twins' have this new found passion for FELT fabrics and on Saturday, while I was at school they managed to talk their dad into taking them to Wangsa Walk mall where they could buy FELT fabrics...along with colourful buttons of different colours and shapes and other accessories.....it costs them about RM 50 but they were all smiles when they got home....

Upon reaching home, they started to work with it (no homework for today, said Mimi ) and they created  beautiful crafts for each of us and also some key chains to be sold to their friends at school....



calculator casing for dad...




and also one for each of them....


a bookmark for mama.....




Keychains and handphone covers to be sold....

My twins, being as young as they are, really know how to start a business and they made all these and 
lots more in just two days.....if only they have the same passion for their studies....

Feb 11, 2011

Living healthy......

I 've been trying to live healthily since early this year as more and more the people I know seem to suffer from chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart attack and what not..... Last month, my hubby went for a check up and the doctor said that his cholesteral level is increasing from 5.3 to 5.5 since his previous check up two years ago (it should be below 5.2).....he had been warned by the doctor to lower it down or else he will put him under medication after the next check up (after three months).

 It had really opened his eyes on healthy diet, which right after the check up he tries to control his eating habits and watches out for what he is eating. Inevitably, it also made me to be more health conscious and follow suit (mine was 4.7 in 2009 and didn't bother to check it up again after that). Anyway, I'm hoping that at least mine is maintained at that level..... so, now hubby and I are trying to live healthily by living green..... 

Other than cutting down on fat, coffee and seafood as advised by the doctor, we are now drinking more green tea. Much has been said about the benefits of drinking green tea and I've done a lot of research reading on the benefits of green tea. It is rich in antioxidants and prevents many harmful diseases such as cancer, blood pressure, diabetes and most importantly inhibit the rise of cholesterol....it is a miracle drink!



Other than getting hook on green tea, we are also trying to exercise at least three times a week.....no time for jogging or outdoor activities, so we opt to jog on this cross-trainer. Even though it is there waiting in the living room, it's hard to be done given the hectic life we are leading now..... 


Besides, I sincerely believe that hubby's new hobby, gardening really helps to release the strain at work  that we had the whole week. Tending the garden and watching the plants in the weekends are really fun and calming......and the most exciting part, now that we can enjoy fresh vegetables right from the garden to the table..... 

Feb 9, 2011

He drives me up the wall.....


This boy may looks as adorable as the rabbit he is holding, but sometimes he is driving me crazy. 
His teachers have been complaining about his unfinished homework and that had alerted me to be more firm with him. 

He is going to sit for an important exam this year and still having this devil may care attitude towards his studies...grrrr....He literally makes me sit next to him for hours to finish a few simple Mathematics problems and turns away from his book when I'm not looking......  

Being a teacher myself, I feel that I'm losing control with him..I maybe able to handle hundreds of students but I think I'm failing in teaching my own son (too bad).....Good thing that I'm sending him to tuition starting this month...

Feb 4, 2011

One Stop Rabbit Farm

Yesterday, while the Chinese were celebrating the year of rabbit, we took the chance to visit the rabbit farm in Bukit Badong, Kuala Selangor. My kids had been wanting to go since last year but only yesterday we got the chance to do so. It was a nice kampung area and the the farm is actually at the owner's house compound. It was a good experience for them to know the many species/breeds of rabbits on display and got the chance to play with them on loose. There are about 3,000 rabbits in the farm.



The entrance......

They can even feed the rabbit with carrot....



There is also a peacock

and a horse....




Cute cuddly rabbits to play with....

the kids managed to coax their dad into buying these two chinchillas.... 

Now, they have four rabbits in the cage........


Feb 1, 2011

January Reflections

Look at today's date....OMG! it's the first of February already..ermm..how fast time flies (they say time flies when we have a good time, but did I have good times in Jan?)

Well...Let's see, actually I have this intention to write a reflection at the end of every month in this blog, so that I can keep track with all the achievements and happenings throughout the month. January had been a hectic month with all the plannings, meetings, deadlines and executions, but so far so good...none of the those aforesaid matters is outstanding, except for the ongoing projects(huhu, projects make them sound very important.....but they are....)

I'm well aware that I haven't written any goals or resolutions for this year, but I've made a mental note of it and here it goes:

  •  have a healthy lifestyle
  • get more organized - at work and home
  • be a better wife, mother and teacher
  •  read 10 novels for this year
  •  spend more quality time with my family
I know this list might seem simple and rather common but it requires a lot of time and efforts from me in order to make it works...the intention was there but the time had always failed me in the past.

Last January was the experimental stage and i have started to lead a healthy lifestyle by eating more heathily. For instance, I started to drink lotta green tea intead of coffee, take oats for breakfast,cut down on fat and red meat (and eating out)...the only thing that is difficult for me to do is to exercise regularly...o.k. we have this cross-trainer at home for more than two years but I only remember myself being exercise on it for about twenty times....so, starting this month, I'm hoping to exercise on it at least three times a week. 

I think I'm more organized this year (at least at work as I have alot of reminders on post-its) but I have to try harder at home (post-its just don't work at home). Being busy at work a.k.a school, I was just completely drained of my energy at home...thus, I just wanted to lie down whenever i get home ( and I think you know the rest as i do not have a maid).

 However, I strongly believe that I have become a better wife, mother and teacher. I make it a point to spend more time with my family especially in the weekends. Helping my hubby at the garden tending the plants and my children with the homework (and shopping...haha..)really closer our ties ....

As for my reading...it's true I haven't started reading yet but it is my personal goal to achieve. Last year, I managed to read 7 books and the year before, it was 9...so this year I targeted 10...I have no qualm about it now cause I normally start reading during the school holidays....

Well, I guess I shouldn't be too ambitious but live my life one day at a time ...after all, it was only the first month of the year....
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