The girls have been getting bored and restless today, which is the second day that they are kept away from school due to the haze. Besides watching TV, playing with the laptop and doing some work that I have given them, they goofed around and played ‘Getting Married’.
Alycia : “Sherilyn, do you take Jonathan Wong as your awfully, err no, lawfully wedded husband?”
Sherilyn : NO!
Alycia : What?!! You must say yes!!
The 3 girls then cracked into a loud guffaw and they continued playing ‘Getting Married’ until Sherilyn finally said “Yes I do” LOL! Girls play, I just love to see them having such care-free and stress-free moments, enjoying their childhood instead of rushing off their homework and getting all stressed up preparing for exams.
If the API remains at below 200, the girls will return to school tomorrow but I am not letting Alycia stay back for extra curricular activities. How’s the API at your side? Did your kids go to school today? (Views counter installed wef 20 Nov 2013. No. of times viewed = 20)
I had wanted to bring the girls for a train ride from KL to Ipoh since KTM launched the ETS (Electric Train Service) not too long ago. Apart from the monorail train ride in KL, the girls had never been on an inter-city commuter train ride. Since the girls’ grand aunt was able to accompany us, it was a perfect timing to bring the whole rambunctious jing gang up the train. Thankfully we managed to get a front seat, which had ample space for us to put our luggage bags and paraphernalia. We were in Coach B, which was WiFi enabled but heck, though I was connected to the ETS WiFi on my handphone, the WiFi strength was really bad and I could not surf at all. The toilet was also located at the back of Coach B, which made it easier for me to bring the girls to experience peeing in a moving train lol!
Occupancy in our coach was only about 40% full, so there were many empty seats for rascal #2 and #3 to roam about and choose where they wanted to sit, throughout the 2 hours 15 mins train ride. My social butterfly made friends with 2 little Indian girls seated behind us and they exchanged snacks. Sherilyn gave her a bun and she gave Sherilyn a packet drink.
The wall-mounted TVs were right in front of our seats and besides getting the privilege of large space for our belongings, we had clear view of the TV too.
Rascal #2 walloped 3 big buns during the train ride.
Peeing had never been this fun on a moving coach lol! The cleanliness of the loo met my high standards.
Will there be a second time boarding the ETS? Why not? For sure I will bring the girls for another train ride. It was definitely way more fun than being belted up in a car!
For North bound rides, ETS is only available from KL to Ipoh.
You can call 1 300 88 5862 to inquire and even make your booking through the phone. We booked our tickets through this toll-free number and tickets must be picked up by 5pm the day prior to boarding the train. We boarded the train at KL Sentral station. You can opt to board the train at the main train station in KL too. (Views counter installed wef 20 Nov 2013. No. of times viewed = 20)
I think I can say good bye to Angry Birds and start to welcome yet another craze in my home. Just like any other kids, my girls are riding in the Smurfs band wagon now but their obsession is not as bad as Angry Birds. Good ol’ sporting granny has bought them each a nice Smurfs tee when she came to visit us last week.
The Smurfs heat ain’t that hot anyway. I can feel that it is slowly waning too. Alycia’s biggest obsession now is Animal Kaiser cards as most of her school classmates and tuition class mates are hardcore fans of Animal Kaiser. Her obsession is driving me nuts as I don’t like to see my almost 8-year old daughter drawing ugly creatures during her free time. She told me yesterday that one of her good friend from school (a boy) wants to visit her to exchange Animal Kaiser cards *rolling eyeballs*!
Do you have a kid who is also an Animal Kaiser fanatic too?
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My girls love Wednesdays and Saturdays. That’s because they are my Princess wannabe’s ballet class days. That’s when she gets to meet her fellow ballet classmates, who all seem to possess the same style and traits as her. They say birds of a feather flock together, how true this adage is haha!
For Alycia and Baby, they get to tag along and enjoy the 1 hour of eating, hanging around in 100 Yen Shop, shopping at our favorite bakery and shopping at the nearby mini market while waiting for Sherilyn. Even I look forward to Wednesdays and Saturdays!
These pix were snapped today, which is Sherilyn’s ballet day. After dropping Sherilyn at the dance centre, I did my usual errands – grabbed some good deals at Guardian Pharmacy, got some buns and cake at our bakery and did some grocery shopping at the nearby mini market. Today, I was way too well prepared and brought along 4 shopping bags to put my stuff… after being caught with no plastic bags on a Saturday, twice! Simple day for us but the girls enjoy themselves nonetheless. Happy Sunday peeps!
My gifts from above…
Pretty girls in pink…
Pretty and demure as they might appear, but really, they drive me up the wall the whole day. Everyday.
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My 3 girls are great fans of nasi lemak. Even Baby loves eating “nashi lumak” and can chomp down a small bowl of the coconut milk rice on its own. Alycia loves spicy food and can stomach the sambal and chicken curry. Sometimes when the sambal is too spicy for her, she will gasp and run to the fridge to gulp down milk. But this will not deter her. Whenever my bones are feeling heavy and I don’t feel like cooking, I will take away 2 packets of nyonya nasi lemak after jogging round the neighborhood in the morning. When the girls are back from school, I will heat up the rice in the microwave oven.
Here’s Baby’s bowl of nashi lumak, which she can polish off in a jiffy…
Not bad what right … carbo, protein, iron, fat and fibre, all packaged into one yummy treat… and cheap too!
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My girls are jelly-crazed. They love all types of jellies, especially those colorful ones in a small cup. But I don’t like the idea of them eating those as no. 1 there is chocking hazard and no. 2 there are too much coloring and food additives in these jellies, expecially those that are made in China.
When my parents were here, Alycia pestered my mum to make Konnyaku jelly. Everyone loves this chewy jelly, including moi!
Check out how much fun they had helping granny to prepare the jellies:
Cutting fruits for the jellies…
When the just cooked jelly turned cold after half an hour, it became like this….
.. and the girls had so much fun eating them and pulling the strands of jellies, as if they were eating some kind of magical food ….
… digging and fingering every single strand of jelly left in the pot…
The strawberry flavored Konnyaku jellies with pieces of fruits were polished off in 1.5 days! And then granny made jellies again the next day!
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Friends and strangers always tell me that I’m lucky I have 3 girls as girls are more demure and not so hyper active, more laid back and not so rambunctious BUT I beg to differ. I always tell them, “wait till you come to my home and you’ll see their true colors!”
Check them out at home. Tell me, do your daughters sit like this? Or just mine? I never sit like this! So I wonder who they learned this from??
On another note, I’m glad that Alycia is a responsible jie jie. Her Mandarin tutor has assigned a task to her – that she is to flash cards of Mandarin characters of 1-10 to Sherilyn at home. And she obediently toed the line, brought the flash cards along with her and flashed them to her sis on our way to church on Sunday!
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Here are some pix taken during my mum’s stay here with us last week. My mum had been a great help to me during her 1.5 weeks stay with me. Without her help, I’d have gone bonkers. Last week, I had to check over 100 pieces of clothes for my customers and had them couriered out. It was also Alycia’s 2nd term school exam. She had gone back to Ipoh 2 days ago and I am now left all alone to fend for myself with 3 rambunctious rascals, boo hoo hoohoo….. mummy, pleazzzz come back to rescue me again!!
My 3 pretty & rambunctious angels… they break my back, they break my heart at times, they break my temper all the time but they are forever my most prized pocessions from GOD! Thank you Lord for these 3 angels! (Views counter installed wef 20 Nov 2013. No. of times viewed = 76)
My 3 girls LOVE going to their koong koong and granny’s in Ipoh. When they are back in Ipoh, they are spoilt rotten by the ever indulgent grandparents. My dad, he will bring the girls to buy ice-creams, chocolates, junk food and bring them for walks by the hill side to see the old mother goose (which they love, though they were often chased by it!) monkeys and horses. They look forward to cycling on their bicycles and playing in the wading pool. My mum, she will make them kaya, jams, bread, pies, cakes, cookies and do many fun activities with them. One of the activities is reading bedtime stories.
They love being in Ipoh so much that they refused to follow us to Penang during the school holidays recently. My hubs, mum and I had to persuade and bribe Alycia to follow us to Penang!
A tender moment – my mum reading a story book to the girls before bedtime. (Views counter installed wef 20 Nov 2013. No. of times viewed = 5)
These pix were taken inside the lift of our condo, on the day we left KL for Ipoh. The girls had waited for this moment for days. They waited for daddy the whole day to come back from the office to start the journey and made more than 10 calls to daddy on his handphone to hurry him up.
My princess wannabe who is forever the vain pot packed this bag full of her hair accessories, necklace and her paraphernalia. We told her not to bring the bag as our car boot was already full to the brim but she was steadfast with her wish. She was in tears when we forebade her from bringing this bulky vanity bag along. I can imagine her bringing along a huge suitcase filled with her vanity stuff 10 years down the road!! Daddy better save up some money to buy a bigger car LOL!
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