Thursday, February 20, 2014

Post #0228 - Youngster #1 Birthday - soon.

Dear Earthlings, 

A little while ago, I asked Youngster #1 where would she wants to have her birthday at.

Me : Kakak nak buat birthday kat school ke.. kat rumah?
Youngster #1 : Kat rumah boleh.. kat hotel pon ok. 

Did she not hear my option?
Kot ye pon.. agak-agak laa kan. Birthday budak 6 tahun nak buat kat hotel.. Apakahhh?

Fast forward, I asked her again.
This time she CONFIRMED that she want it to be at our new place. 
But she requested -

1) Frozen theme birthday.
2) Clown with balloon sculpture.
3) Face painting.
4) Ice Cream. 
5) Games.
6) Lots and lots of balloon and bubbles.

* Pengsan mak *

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Post #0227 - From pale to matte black

Dear Earthlings, 

Bought this side table some time ago, during Ik.ea sale. Was on sale less than RM100, I think. Good bargain isn't ?
HOL Side table IKEA Solid wood, a durable natural material. Practical storage space underneath the table top.

Anyways, in order to match the bed in the guest room (IKEA Hemnes Collection), 
I finally have the time to change the color :

I used the easiest method, which is to spray - by using black matte spray. 
One can covers all the sides with one coat. So, if you want to do multiple coating, prepare to buy plenty of cans. 

The thing is, I was too lazy to cover the area. Hence, I sprayed directly on the wall, grass and creepers. 
3 days has passed, I think GadgetGeek still not realised about this. But I think he will freak out this weekend.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Post #0226 - Finally, we moved in! (I think)

Dear Earthlings, 

Seriously, the finishing are yet to be finished. 
Hahaha.. it was an overdue thingy because the work has been stopped quite some time already. 

Anyways, we had a small kenduri doa selamat on February 2 (Sunday), attended by immediate family, neighbors and few orang masjid. Roughly it was about 50 - 60 people. Small crowd. 

Insha Allah, if time permits (subject to i-Rajin)  we might host another housewarming for extended families and friends. Else, if i-Malas.. mintak maaf banyak-banyak lah mainly because I don't have any helper around. 

So the cleaning process took roughly about 3 days, assisted by my dad's workers, 4 hours of daily maids and my family. The last-minute fixing and wiring was done by my bro-in-law since all the Chinese Contractor has started their CNY Holiday. Quite tiring and stressful phase. 

Selected Alya Jaya Catering  as our caterer (Confirmed by Wednesday), had  nasi tomato package (RM12.50 per head) together with two waiters and additional teh tarik and teh o since our kenduri starts at 10 in the morning. A caterer (dealt with Cik Zak.iah) whom easy to work with as I requested for the additional drinks on Saturday afternoon. Truly recommended. 

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Post #0225 - No pain no gain

Dear Earthlings, 

Felt chest pain and feverish the moment I stepped into my house from work which I thought it was a stress from the presence of my new superior. It turned out that I have pneumonia. Muahaha.. 
Buruk sangka punya pasal. 

will try to update (I doubt it) the overdue entry with limited internet. Our current house internet has been terminated because we plan to move by end of the month. Insha Allah. 

The new house is not really done yet, but all the essential things semua dah complete. So yang itsy bitsy here and there, will do slowly and pejam mata je lah.

Also planned not to subscribe to Astro anymore. Boleh hidup ke tanpa Astro? Sure boleh!
Our current Astro, subscribe to full package pon macam useless. Tapi yang dapat view cuma few channels macam movie channels and ch709. The rest mcm ikut mood nak appear or not. Like Disney Channels. Semua Disney channel ada except Channel PlayHouse Disney.

Malas nak panggil technician what not sebab nanti another charge.. bla.. bla.. Pastu kasi reason Astro kat this area memang macam tu. 
Blurghh.. whatever. 
Sick and tired of it. 

80% of the things, we have transferred to the new house. What's left to pack now is just our kitchen utensils, clothes and tv. Other heavy furniture like bed, cupboard, dining table, couch, fridge, washer & dryer we leave as is. Plan to pass to my Mom in law as her weekend/weekday house since she is working in downtown KL. 

If time (and internet) permits, I will share some tips in curtain and carpet hunting. 

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Post #0224 - Turning over new leaf

Dear Earthlings, 

We are now in the first quarter of 2014 (and I have always been like this. Not being able to update my blog on daily basis. Cita-cita ada.. tapi tak sempat)

Alhamdulillah, we received the invitation from the Almighty to visit the Holy Mecca and Medina on 27th December 2013. All these while, I thought the best place to celebrate new year is in New York, but after experiencing Mecca, I believe.. the Holy Land is best place to be. 

Everything was sudden. 
Our original plan was to go to Houston for three weeks, paying my II a visit.  Sort of family trip thingy. Even more, we planned it since mid last year.  

Some how the plan got diverted and went to the travel agency end November, picked the earliest date available and wallah.. it's confirmed. 

Even the kursus we went a week before the trip since our schedule were pretty tight up. 

Again, will try to give tips on the trip. 
Sigh. Can't promise. 

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Post #0223 - Boarskin leather handbag

Dear Earthlings, 

Benci! Benci!
I hate for admitting this. 
The handbag which I bought in Woodbury  last year is actually a boarskin leather. 

(Picture googled)
Before I took out the moo-lah out of my purse,  I did asked the salesgirl and she told me that it's cowskin leather. Relied on her statement, I made the purchase.

This morning, a colleague wanted to buy a handbag from the same brand. Did a bit of research here and there, and stumbled into this. 

Apparently most of Kate Spade's product are boarskin leather for a reason that this type of leather is durable and anti-scratch. 

So how now brown cow?
Mau aku campak je bag nih dalam longkang!

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Post #0222 - YESS! RV-is-bz

Dear Earthlings, 

After having a nak-tanak thought for almost six months, I finally got myself a brand new laptop! Muahahaha!
A big deal for me because I have been contemplating between : 

a) i5 -vs- i7
b) 128 GB -vs- 256 GB 
and the list goes on. 

Since the specs that I wanted are not on the shelf, it has to be customade and the order can only be done via online. So I contacted the helpline and have spoken to its personnel. Ding dong here and there, I finally have decided which one I wanted,  whereby the additional cost I have to top up is around RM1.8k. 

I was ready to proceed with the order, until the personnel said that I have to surrender my credit card number and its cvv so he can process my order (managed to get FREE magic mouse). 

Pulak dahhhh.. Afraid of fraud etc,  I decided not to proceed even though the website is legit.
According to him, if I order via online personally I will not get freebies. 
So I passed. 

Wanted to do online purchase but the problem that I have now is the delivery address. Should I receive the delivery at the office or at home? hmm.. Tough choice. 

Anyways, I have been sitting on the order for almost 2 months until yesterday, the BlueCompany IT guy send out an email informing that they will shut down the email site that I have been using on this coming December. 

That's it. 
By hook or crook, kena jugak beli laptop so the IT guy can transfer all my email folders in my laptop. 

GadgetGeek said that no point for me to spend so much for a laptop because lifespan for technology is max 2-3 years. Because of his advise, I went straight to the shop and got myself a basic laptop. 
The purchase was done in less than 2 minutes. 

I just asked the shop whether they have any stock for the intended model. Once they confirmed, I quickly walked to the counter and walllahhhhh.. the laptop is mineeeeeee!! Mineeeee!!!!

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Post #0221 - Almost year end

Dear Earthlings, 

Hope to find time to update my (almost a year ago) trip to Hong Kong. 
School holiday is coming up, and I'm pretty sure that many people out there are busy googling for the tips, which ironically I have plenty of it! including the best spot to watch some shows. 

Please bear with me okay. 
Pretty tight up with office work (boo-ringggggg), packing and cleaning our new place (which we are yet to move. Slowly but surely) and also getting ready for our year end trip. Insha Allah. 

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Post #0220 - Sorting and labelling

Dear Earthlings, 

Oh, it is so depressing when the Blue Company has decided that we have to execute the 5s thingy. Since our subsidiaries has carry out 5s long time ago,  so now it's our turn. 

I don't think I can implement 5s in my house. Too many junks (?) All these are sentimental to me.

On a different page, 
we are now in the midst of furnishing our new home. 
Yet to move, but has started to clean one room per week. Simply because we are doing this ourselves. No maid or helper to help us out.
Like last Sunday, I cleaned the kids room and bathroom, while GadgetGeek assembling the beds. 

Speaking for furnishing, I am on closet mode. 
Currently Youngster #1 is using this closet - 

And of course, sekarang sudah padat and tak muat. 

Inspired by these pictures,

I planned to have a bigger closet since both will be sharing the same room and closet. 
So the only closet that come into my mind is PAX, by IKEA.
Reason being, you can adjust the shelves, clothes bar/rail, mix and match sesedap rasa. 
Wanted the kids to be independent. Amik baju and simpan sendiri. 
Clothes rail tu boleh adjust kasi rendah so the kids can choose and pick their own attire. 

Not only that, they also can keep their school bags, hats, accesories etc in separate shelves. At least, takde la bag semua bersepah atas lantai or bergantunggan. 
Their bedsheets, blankets, towels semua boleh simpan in one place instead of keeping it in a different room.

In future, kot tak cukup tempat lagi, this closet can be extended. Very practical isn't it?

However, my idea sudah ditembak jatuh oleh GadgetGeek. 
Out of budget and too much untuk budak umur 5 dan 3, katanya. 

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Post #0219 - Car Boot Sale

Dear Earthlings, 

This was my first time joining my sistas in car boot sale (second time for them). 
Since the place is quite far from ours (Bukit Mahkota, Section 2), it took us almost an hour from Damansara. 
Those interested for car boot sale can click the link. They also conduct at other places. Feel free to check. One car lot is only RM7.

The night before the carboot sale, I was quite busy sorting out my things. This includes GadgetGeek stuff.

Me : You nak pakai lagi tak this shoes?
GadgetGeek : Yes
Me : But you memang tak pakai kasut ni. More than six years already. Esok I jual eh.
GadgetGeek : Please don't mess with my stuff. I'm a collector.

Anyways, (i think) he got mad at me because few years ago, I sold off his things for my garage sale which includes my presents to him.
Hahaha.. dendam lama berdarah kembali. Hahaha
Seriously. Tak pakai pon. Dah lama dalam almari. Plastic pon tak bukak lagi. 

Anyhoo, I departed at 6.30, reached by 7:30am with my Sista #1.
Sista #3 arrived later with her Che Abe and her 5 months old pokcik.

It's like a picnic on Sunday morning

A couple of hours later, GadgetGeek arrived with Youngster #1 & 2. Reason being, he just wanted to check whether I took his stuff for sale or not. Muahaha.. Tak caya bini kann.. 

Sold our stuff dirt cheap. 
Dresses (NEXT, GAP, etc) for girls age 10-12 at the price of RM8 -  RM10 (used not more than twice), my (new without tag) NINE WEST boots was sold at the price of RM20, Sista #3 NINE WEST boots (bought in Dubai, used once) sold at RM30.
Niece roller blade : RM5, 
Nephew's shirts (QUIKSILVER, NEXT, GAP etc) : RM10 - RM5. 
My long sleeves tshirts were sold at RM1 per piece. 
Sista #4 ADIDAS sneakers : RM10 - RM5. SKETCHERS RM5.
Brand new bedsheet (duvet cover, bedsheet, pillowcase (2) and bolster sheet) - RM30 

Some of Youngster #1 & #2 clothes : 50 cent - RM2. 
Youngster #1 shoes (2 pairs) and 1 slippers we sold at the total price of RM13. 
All in excellent and good condition. 

Most of the buyers are nice, but there are some who are harassing us to mark down the price.  Yes, literally harassing. (the 'foreigners' laa especially) Paksa-paksa pulak. 
For instance, Sista #1 told the buyer, the price per piece is RM20 (bought the dress more than RM150) Worn once. Anyways, if the buyer intend to take two piece, she will give the price of RM10 each. 
The said buyer wanted it to be RM10 for two, meaning RM5 each. 
Haih.. macam-macam.

I think total number of cars who participated more than 20. Sale starts at 7.30am until 11am.

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Post #0218 - What would I do without you

Dear Earthlings, 

During my highschool - uni, we (me and my siblings) would always ask our arwah nenek & mom to pray for us whenever we have to face our exam. My mom would normally perform a solat hajat on the exam day itself. Let say exam starts at 9 am, so she would pray sometime between 9 to 9:30 am. If exam tu untuk 5 hari, maka 5 hari lah akan buat solat hajat.
The candidate herself.. hmm.. subject to kerajinan.

There was a time where I had this one exam (I think it was Corp Financial Management. Yes, I hate this paper so much so I didn't complete the course) and my mom complained to me that she was soooo sleepy whilst praying the hajat. Further, she said that she had this bad feeling that I couldn't pass through the exam. 
It happened to be true, I failed the paper. 

So yesterday, was no exception. 
I had to face the internal exam conducted by the Blue Company. 

Feel like I'm taking a PMR because as soon as I finished my exam, my mom called me up. 
Her usual line was - "Boleh buat ke tak boleh?"
And I replied,  
"Masa mami smayang hajat tadi tu ngantok tak?"

Regardless how old we become, we will always depend on our mom isn't?
In my case she would be the laundrette sorter, my trustworthy babysitter, personal chef.. u name it. Anything under the sun. 
It explains why even dah tua, still kena bebel dengan mak. 

I love my mom.
I know. 

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Post #0276 - Is this purely lazy or what?

Dear Earthlings,

Seriously. The last time I wrote was in mid of Ramadhan. Syawal has already passed and now it's Zulkaedah. How long is that? bwhahahaha

Have many things in mind to share with but time (and the laptop) are the culprit. My 5 year old laptop has started to show her blue screen and I believe it shall kaput anytime soon. Planned to buy the replacement but still has no time to order.

Anyways, on the other side..
After almost ten years in debt with pt.ptn, I finally settled out the balance of my loan on the last date for 20% discount. Alhamdulillah. (also big thanks to my other half)
Took the loan during my first year degree for three years. Used that money to splurge. Ops, I mean to buy books, pay school fees, handphones? etc.
A little regret that I should have placed all the monies into fixed deposit account and/or ASB instead.

Nonetheless, I can't deny that I was contemplating whether to proceed with the installment (10% discount) or to make full payment. 

FYI, since I did not sign the (new) agreement (Ujrah) therefore I am not entitle for the change from 3%  to 1% interest. The simple reason why I did not sign was because the agreement is lopsided. Further, you have to give consent so they can access your account (KWSP.LHDN.SOCSO) etc.
Of course la kan tak boleh. Benda confidential kannn..

So, on the afternoon of 30 September 2013, I went to their office in KL Sentral. Sorted the payment after a couple of hours at few counters (verifying counter for latest account update, get the number for the payment counter and wait for your name to be called for the release letter at the other counter).

Yang tak best tu pasal orang yang jaga kat counter most of them macam sombong. Senyum pon tak. Tak faham btol. 

Last day of the offer. Crowded.
Latest amount to be paid
Number for payment
Whatever it is, I am relieved because it is off my back!

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Post #0275 - Mid Ramadhan

Dear Earthlings,

How time flies! We are now approaching the mid of Ramadhan, which means we have approximately two more weeks before Raya! 

No excuse for me, as this year we are going back to Alor Setar for Raya. Didn't spend much on Raya clothing for me and GadgetGeek. We just rotate which ever that it is already in our closet, except for the kids. 

Bought 2 + 2 metres and asked my mom to jahit baju kurung for Youngster #1. Rezeki budak budak, my mom top up another 4 pasang baju kurung for her, making the total of 6 baju kurung. Bila masa nak pakai pon tak tau. My mom used to jahit our baju sekolah, baju raya.. shoulder bag.. curtain.. you name it.. crochet, cross stitch.. kacang goreng je. 
Now, jahit untuk cucu pulak. 

Same goes to Youngster #2. Asked my mom to jahit. 
But since this is her first time sewing a baju melayu johor, she asked me to take the measurement and cut on the paper so later she can potong kain.
So tawakal je lah apa nak jadi. Cantik or not, doesn't matter. 
Total pieces nak kena amik measurement - body, side, sleeves, pockets, neck line, and also for the pants. 

What else.. 
House chores.. Oh no! Don't let me start on the chores (again)! Can we just leave it alone please. 

Anyways, nothing much happening around us except that the BlueCompany have promoted me to another level. Alhamdulillah, though on a second thought, I feel like maintaining the current position. Simply because, with great power comes a great responsibility. Yeah. .. great lah sangat. 
Haip! Tak boleh komplen banyak sangat.. nanti tak bersyukur pulak. 
(Mostly because takot sangat kepala kena pancung)

Our new residence.. still maintain status quo. 
The house still not complete 100%, issues macam wireman balik kampung. Janji nak datang next week (that was 3 weeks ago) still next week tu tak sampai-sampai. Karang if hire orang lain, merajuk pulak. Melayu punya hal. 
So dah give up to countdown, except that GadgetGeek is targeting to go in before end of August.

Oh well.. 
We'll see.  

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Post #0274 - Still in maidless mode

Dear Earthlings, 

Since the maid has gone balik kampung, I had no choice but to immediately take charge, especially on the laundry because I do not want the history to repeat again - Ehem.. A mountain high laundry.

Not only that, our life has back to normal us where the laundry is done 3-4 times a week, ironing once a week (only iron my and kids clothes. While GadgetGeek's office attire - weekly ironing to laundrette, folding (depends) just because I'm too lazy to do it. But the hardest chores of all is to keep the folded clothes in the closet. Sigh. 

Last time we had the luxury of having change of bedsheet twice a week. Ironed bedsheet. 
With our current situation, weekly change I think it is more than enough. Non-ironed aka crumple bedsheet. 
Lantaks. Janji tukar. 

GadgetGeek chores, 
sort out trash and tutoring Youngster #1 with Qiraati & English reading. 

For the kids, 
About three days after the maid left, I then asked the kids to drink milk in cup. 
Again, I'm too lazy to clean up the bottle. At first, there was a series of disputes and questions as to why I have to drink in cup. I want the bottle. blah.. blah.. blah.. 

Well, do I care? 
The queen is still alive.
So the kids had no choice but to have their milk in cups. 

Next one would be the laundry. 
As you know we send the kids full day at school. So the dirty clothes from school, I asked Youngster #1 to take out from the bags into the laundry basket. 
Yeah, sounds simple.. but I think a little help would do. 
Toys, I normally asked the kids to clean up before they go to bed. If not, I will have sore eyes if I can see their toys in the living room next morning. 

GadgetGeek has asked me since last month to look for the replacement. I still cannot find time to go to the agency. 

Dinner time. Well the good news is.. our kitchen is now being treated as the house accessory. We could just tapau, or head to my family's place :D
Then after dinner can balik tido.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Post #0273 - Post.Maidless

Dear Earthlings,

Last time we were able to cope our life without maid. Mainly because we had never really have one. But this time, though we only had it for merely 6-7 months, it really hit us (a bit).

The tense is building up because the kids are no longer have their breakfast before going to school, the laundry is piling up (the washing and drying are the easiest one. Thanks to the press of a button), but the chaos starts when GadgetGeek is scheduled for business trip.   
His attire has to be ironed prior packing into the suitcase. And don't let me start on unpacking. 
No more luxury of having ironed-cleaned bedsheet twice a week. Janji tukar saja bedsheet.

Since all the chores we have to do ourselves, I now discovered - 

1) My vacuum cleaner has thousands of scratches. Thanks to my previous maid. 
2) Someone dropped my color palette make up. The casing sudah pecah a bit same goes with some of the colors. I know because the kids never play with my things on the dressing table, and I.. of course wouldn't drop my palette. Thanks to my previous maid. 
3) The laundry floor was supposed to be cleaned & mopped everyday. On the first day I stepped into the laundry area, I noticed it was dusty and looks like it has never been cleaned. Thanks to my previous maid. 
4) My favourite bangle has gone. Thanks to my previous maid. 
5) Mop and ironing board sudah patah. Thanks to my previous maid. 
and many more things that I realised my previous maid did not do her job throughly. 

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