June 2009


Organized Iris’ birthday party 5 days earlier to capture the weekend as that is the only time my parents can make it.  They are both retired but my mom now is the CEO of her own home-based company.  We had a great time. Almost 30 ppl turned up.  I was not happy at all with the cake. Peeps, Secret Recipe is not a good place to get your kid’s birthday cake.  Limited designs, plain white fresh cream, un-neat workmanship and not presentable for birthday celebrations that need more vibrant and color.

The peak event for the day: my money got hitched from my purse! I think it is a good RM200+ which I intended to save in Iris’ account. I hate that person, I curse that person and if you have touched my daughter in any way, worry not, I have given her a good bath so that your filthy habit will not spread into her pure soul.

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June 22-23rd: Attended the capacity building workshop for young academicians held at Grand Margherita. Resourceful facilitators, sincere in pointing out our mistakes and it was a great deal of experience to have our papers “vetted” by these top guns in the field of social sciences. A total of 14 papers were presented, grilled and dissected for improvements. My paper (co-written with Gina) was overhauled, yet it was accepted to be featured in the bumper issue of Akademika published by UKM and IKMAS.  That piece of news lifted up our motivation to another level and we are determined to get it ready within the dateline given.  The door is opened for us — it will be a wasted if we decided not to step in.

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Aaaahh…. Iris was officially 1 year old yesterday and we had a small party to mark it. I called my small circle of friends to witness that memorable event and my daughter was exceptionally happy with the presence of this small crowd. They were all familiar faces, except for Amber Ann whom she got clicked almost immediately. Amber Ann is a reliable big sister who loves TV. I had fun, mainly because I got the chance to sit down, eat and chat with my dear friends. Iris was so excited that the moment everyone left our house, she cried for milk, eyes half shut while I sponged and changed her. She fell asleep immediately the moment I positioned her in her usual spot on the bed.

Happy birthday my dearest. Be good and mummy hopes you will grow up smart, diligent, independent, charming, resourceful, kind and reasonably strong headed like Elena and Yuwana yiyi, Aunty Gina, Asmah and Jamilah and also like your mummy. And do take after Andrew’s intelligence and his courage to fight for the right cause.

We love you a lot! Muwaahs!!

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Killing those mozzies are so much easier now — thanks to that electric zapper Deen got from Everrise.  Cost him RM20.00. Unfortunately I damaged the outlet for its charger (no battery required).  Need to get a new one soon before the remaining power runs out! It is good to eliminate flies and langau too!

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Iris did her major business today and her daddy volunteered to clean her up. That requires wiping away the “residue” off the entire butt, washing it and a nappy change. However during the first process, she was squirming and almost touched her own waste. Daddy was moderately furious and smacked her thigh slighly hard.  She erupted and sounded very pitiful AND looking for her mummy (yay!). It lasted for 5 minutes and after tasted that tiny “medicine” she stayed obedient until a fresh nappy was put on her. Daddy was quiet after that, feeling guilty for penalizing his daughter when she is still so pure.  Said sorry repeatedly at her little ears before he walked out from the door.  It’s Sunday, he need to drive back to Sri Aman.

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Tomorrow is her Grandpa’s  (Miri) birthday.  Hopefully I will be first child to wish him longevity. Does it really matter, being the first or the last?  Not at all, it is the thought that matters.

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I have finally manage to put aside my anger towards one person whom I consider very selfish, irresponsible, big opportunist, drama queen, FAKE and materialistic!  She can disappear from my life becoz she is so insignificant to begin with and my life still sails smoothly without all those plastic appearance she is trying to portray.  Sorry dude, I will be dragging myself down to your level if I kept feeling abominate towards you because you are really not worth it.  This entry closes the chapter.  No more second time, you scumbag.  For once, lead an honest life!

This post was originally from my first ever blog at blogspot.com. The entry dated May 5, 2008.

When I left the house this morning, it was in a complete mess. The bed was unmade and the clothes that need washing is piling up at one corner. The only one thing that I managed to settle was clearing the dishes from last night’s quick dinner. Having to invigilate at 9am, I had to leave my place as early as 8am and that explains a lot of my untidy “nest”.

Moving around is rather taxing nowadays, as my baby is developing rapidly inside and that is clearly shown by the size of my belly. On top of that, I am seriously putting on weight. The edema (water retention in body that usually occur during pregnancy) doesn’t help at all as my left wrist stiffened for the past 4 days and it hurts especially in the morning. Today I woke up with an additional pain in my hip and the after effect of cramp of my left leg, thanks to my inappropriate sleeping position as a result of my sub-conscious habitual somersault in bed. So basically today, my day started off with a pain in the ass, minus the baby YET. In two months’ time, my routine will be totally changed and I wonder if I able to cope with hectic schedule – knowing that my baby will require undivided attention.

I often believe that I can be a supermom, as taking care of the house chores, the baby and my job doesn’t appear to be a long list. In fact it shouldn’t be when you have enough rest and someone else is doing the juggling as well. In my case, I will be totally alone and I don’t like the idea of hiring a maid as I don’t favor having a stranger sharing my territory. Meowww….

For the first two months, we will be taken care by my mother, who even suggested that I leave Iris in Miri once my maternity leave is up. Another equally brilliant suggestion came from my husband who asked me to leave my girl in Sri Aman with my in-laws while I frequent her every weekend. Thanks but “No” to the first suggestion and another big “No…” to the latter one.

I realize they meant well. Both of them were worried that I might not be able to handle my new role as a mother, but one always need to learn and when is the best to learn if it is not the earliest possible? I believe after 2 months, I will definitely master the required skills to handle my girl’s needs.

As Darwin’s notioned “survival of the fittest”, we human beings will adapt to situations when changes take place. I trust the maternal instinct will somehow drive a mother to uphold her responsibilities as much as she could, if not exceeding the limit what human beings can do to fend for their young ones.

It’s good to be small.  Even better to be tiny, and best to be able to fit in all domestic utensils.  She is developing this habit now to explore the sit-tablity of different types of household basic gadgets: pots, baskets, basin and other potential household items that she can fit into.  Sound like a regression line running thru a cloud of data where the r-value suggests a perfect fit! With her current weight and vital statistics, it is no problem looking for things that she can load herself into whenever she wants (as long as the “target” is within her reach). Having said that, feast your eyes on these pics.  I think they are funny and “interesting”.

In the clothes basket with "additional support". We have a very happy Mak Wa here!

In the clothes basket with "additional support". We have a very happy Mak Wa here!

She loves noises so I surrendered this pot for her to bang her mommy to deaf. Instead, I saw this! Selamba pulak tu...

She loves noises so I surrendered this pot for her to bang her mommy to deaf. Instead, I saw this! Selamba pulak tu...

Slightly oversized for the pot but she was having fun alright!

Slightly oversized for the pot but she was having fun alright!

Was afraid that her legs will ache, so offered her this basin instead. Seems equally happy. It kept her busy while I rush to my pending chores.

Was afraid that her legs will ache, so offered her this basin instead. Seems equally happy. It kept her busy while I rush to my pending chores.

Spot the not(s)?

Spot the not(s)?

One of her undying habit is to grab my glasses and bend them as if they were play-doh! I am literally “blind” without my glasses so it is a big NO NO for her to treat my glasses like toys. Two months ago, she slammed them on the floor until the right lens came off. Last week, she slapped the thing off my face and the micro screw fell onto the carpet (it was never recovered).  Without the screw, the right lens will not hold and I spent almost an hour half blind scavanging for the screw.  Thanks to my quick thinking (I need some credit, OK?), I sacrified one artificial pink rose (can’t tell u where it was from) and used its thin wire to tie the ends together, durable enough to hold the lens.

Top prevent history from repeating itself, I got Iris a cool pair of shades. It is pink and flowery.  With the new shades, I reckon she would stop harrassing mine.  Afterall, babies love new stuffs, right? Errrrrk! Wrong again! As if she is drawn to my glasses.  I am contemplating getting a few cheap pairs for back up, just in case…

Hi Mommy! These shades are cool but am hooked to yours!

Hi Mommy! These shades are cool but am hooked to yours!

Whatever… Until the next entry. Good night y’all.

1st June marked the Gawai celebration in Sarawak.  It was public holiday for the state of Sarawak, and we took the opportunity to head to Sri Aman.  Indulged in the 1Sarawak spirit, we visited Gina and her family on our way exiting Kuching town. We had a great meal, thanks to Uncle Garai’s hospitable family, plus we didn’t have breakfast that day.

Bagai orang mengantuk disorongkan bantal… Apa lagi, I tambah sampai dua kali!

During the transit at Gina’s place, something very funny happened but I’ll let Gina document the event.  Anyway, we reached Sri Aman three hours later.  We arrived at the house at 3:30 pm and a few hours later,  Mak Wa+Abg K and the boys announced their arrival, alongside with a yummy, rich and thick chocolate cake to celebrate the twins’ birthday.  However, it was my little girl who stole the limelight and her abang-abang was OK with it.

Birthday boys: Ael and Anel. I still fail to distinguish them. The one in blue is their elder brother, Elfi. The fourth person in the pic is my ever so beautiful sis in law.

Birthday boys: Ael and Anel. I still fail to distinguish them. The one in blue is their elder brother, Elfi. The fourth person in the pic is my ever so beautiful sis in law.

"Can I touch? Can I touch??"

"Can I touch? Can I touch??"

Fascinating little dancing lights....

Fascinating little dancing lights....

This is her eldest cousin, Abg Ap. He is good with kids.

This is her eldest cousin, Abg Ap. He is good with kids.

This entry is dedicated to my two nephews: Ael and Anel.  Happy birthday and wish you both all the best in your studies.  Nakal boleh, tapi jangan lebih-lebih… Your mom jugak yang serabut nanti! Eheheheheh.

The one thing that Iris enjoyed is meeting people, especially kids.  During our one week stay in Sri Aman recently, she made several friends who are much older than her, but nevertheless love to play like a 1-year old.  On the first day of our arrival, two girls aged 9 came to the house to rent some attire for their khatam Quran ceremony.  While waiting for my mother in law to entertain them, they settled on the sofa in the living room, and Iris had the chance to greet them, close enough to touch them too (am I making them sound like museum displays?).  At first they played deaf despite the desperate call from my littlegirl.  Both girls tried not to look at her, turned away or did their own tiny things like looking at finger nails, counting tiny dead bug on the carpet or whatever lah….  while my daughter continued with her un-melodious “aaaah… ahhh….aaah!”    Pity to see her failed attempts to seek for attention, I had to interfere by asking them to at least respond to my daughter and they obliged.  Mothers rules, yeah!

The pictures below speak for themselves.

Iris: "Aaaahhh...ahhhh..ahh!" (hello there, you don't play deaf with me okay?)

Iris: "Aaaahhh...ahhhh..ahh!" (hello there, you don't play deaf with me okay?)

She just loves to have contact with other ppl

She just loves to have contact with other ppl

And being a hospitable host, she escorted them to the door

And being a hospitable host, she escorted them to the door

The following day, the neighbor across came with her three children.  The intention was to visit Mak Nek but they killed two birds with one stone that day.  Upon seeing other kids approaching her crib in the kitchen, Iris became very excited and started rambling in her alien language.  The kids on the other hand, were interested in her toys especially the musical rhyme book (by Vtech) so they literally paid no heed to her.  I let it pass, better let them socialize naturally. I can live with the deprived attention as long as they don’t bite her head off. Hahah!

"Come nearer boy and girl, I promise I won't bite..."

"Come nearer boy and girl, I promise I won't bite..."

More friends to play with. The eldest of the sibling was very sisterly

More friends to play with. The eldest of the sibling was very sisterly

Azim was holding the musical book. Iris had no issue letting it go to other kids... :)

Azim was holding the musical book. Iris had no issue letting it go to other kids... 🙂

Don't they look like siblings? Notice how Iris rested her right leg on Azim's. Haha.. cute!

Don't they look like siblings? Notice how Iris rested her right leg on Azim's. Haha.. cute!

She had lots of friends in kampung.  At our home in Samarahan, she is literally alone.  Her only friends are her mummy and her nanny.  I make it a point to bring her out for a stroll 2 or 3 times a week.  During the 20 minutes walk, I get to exchange greetings and short conversations with other residents in this neighbourhood, usually initiated by Iris.  She waves to almost every individual her eyes catches, or to one or two passing cars and she doesn’t mind if I stopped for a brief chat, so long as she gets the right amount of greetings as well.  In return, she will extend her widest toothless grin. Despite her being the only child at home, she can still be very sociable outside, and it is my call to ensure that she gets the balance of both.

No other kids to play with? Worry not, I'll explore the sofa!

No other kids to play with? Worry not, I'll explore the sofa!

Yesterday morning, my cell phone buzzed with a not-very-familiar tone. That tone was meant for reminders set in its memory and when I checked, I was supposed to have meeting scheduled at 9:00 am, and ends at 9:30 am.  Hmm… that specific meeting must have slipped my mind, as I didn’t see it in my organizer as well.

Better to be safe than sorry.  So I gave our deputy dean a ring just to confirm if there is any discussion scheduled for that day. No answer.  I called our assistant registrar, got hold of her and she didn’t recall of any meeting, which suggested that I am free for the day! Yay!

So I proceeded with my daily routine, yadda yadda….  And yesterday ended with Iris got knocked out so much earlier than usual, perhaps because of the flu syrup I gave her.  HellooooOOOOOOOOO, it was because of her minor flu and never it crossed my mind to give her something “artificial” so that she “retire” early.

Aaaahhhh… morning arrives and I am ready for a productive day….

Uik, another buzz from my cell phone, indicating there is another meeting scheduled at 9:00 am.  Again, no one recalls of any round table discussion so I went thru my virtual organizer. Looks like I have 30 minutes meeting “scheduled” daily until the end of this month…. Or so I suspect, until I investigated further. Nope, I am supposed to have short meetings until the end of this year!

I have short meeting for the entire month, marked by highlighted dates on my cell phone

I have short meeting for the entire month, marked by highlighted dates on my cell phone

And the entire of next year as well!

And the entire of next year as well!

I wonder who is the culprit who “made” me go to so many meetings??  Can you guess?  I’ll buy lunch if you guessed correctly.  Exactly!! It was the doing of my little devil! Hahah!

"U-uh... Not me, mommy. I was busy exercising.... Didn't touch your phone for over a month now.... "

"U-uh... Not me, mommy. I was busy exercising.... Didn't touch your phone for over a month now.... "

If you didn’t tamper with my cell phone, then who is most likely the culprit ? Hemmmm..?

"Tattoo... maybe?"

Iris: "Tattoo... maybe?" Tattoo: So now I am the black cat (sheep)???! Whateverrr.....

Hmm… pandailah!

p/s: It proves that Nokia made is very user friendly, even a baby (or an ill-mannered cat) can set reminders using it!

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