Alycia Turns 14 Today

Fourteen years ago today, I was the happiest woman alive on earth.  I finally met my long-awaited baby.  After years of battling  PCOS, infertility and fertility treatments, I held my bundle of joy for the first time. It was the best feeling ever.

The 9 months of my pregnancy was fraught with stumbling blocks one after another: a German measles scare, horrible round-the-clock morning sickness, spotting for 3 months, an ultra sensitive uterus which rendered me to be put on partial bed-rest until the 35th week and much more.

I was only truly happy and believed that I was having a baby when I finally met my precious baby.  I remember very vividly my baby’s cries when she was first delivered via c-section. When our anesthesiologist friend (Dr PK Wong) placed her on my chest, she stopped crying immediately, as if she recognized my soothing voice. And she winked at me!  This beautiful baby with skin as fair as snow, rose bud red lips and sweet deep dimples captured my heart right away. I was completely besotted with her and since that day, I was set to be her slavery mom for life.  And there will never be any regret.

This year Alycia gets to celebrate her birthday in Hong Kong again with her doting aunt (hubs’ eldest sister), uncle, grandma and Sherilyn.  Three years ago, she celebrated her birthday in the air on her flight to Auckland and two years ago she celebrated her birthday in Hong Kong.

These are the birthday celebration pix taken today in Hong Kong:

The girls’ koo ma treated them to a buffet lunch with a super impressive spread of international gastronomical fare.

Wish I was there too!

The 2 sisters monkeying around:

With doting grandma:

Happy birthday my dearest precious baby Alycia. You will always be mummy’s special little one.  You’re one year older today and I pray that you’ll be one year wiser too. May you forever be blessed with good health, happiness, a kind and compassionate heart and lots of  good luck chasing you 💕😘💋

Bon Voyage

Despite having a late night yesterday doing last minute shopping at the shopping mall and only hitting the sack way past midnight, I managed to jump out of bed at 4:45 a.m. today.

Alycia and Sherilyn’s flight to Hong Kong was at 10:30 a.m. today.  As it’s their first time traveling alone without any accompanying adult, we had to be at the airport at least 2 hours before departure time.  Everything went smoothly and we reached the airport at 8:30 a.m.

While the hubs parked his car, I took the luggage bags for cling wrapping. Then did the check-in.

Looking for counter H for Cathay Dragon:

The girls received a special ‘Travel Assistance Request’ pass for airport staff to assist them until they reached the departure gate.  I requested for this service via our ticketing agent who is based in Ipoh.  I was told by the agent that the request may not be updated at the airport system and this was what happened this morning. Upon showing the check-in staff the confirmation from our ticketing agent, the request was only keyed into the system.

Within an hour, the airport assistant came to bring Alycia and Sherilyn to the departure gate.

We had breakfast at PappaRich before sending the girls off:

 

My ‘precious baby’ will turn 14 in 2 days.  She always gets to travel overseas on her birthday!   The char koay teow at this PappaRich outlet is super delish.   And that’s one of the reasons why we have to pay much more at this outlet than at other outlets, I guess.

Seated in front of us was Datuk Jimmy Choo, world renowned shoe-maker.  And this paparazzi in me just had to furtively snap a picture of him 😁

Saying good-bye with big hugs to my two big babies. They don’t seem to miss me much though 😥

Other than a 30-minute flight delay, everything went very smoothly for Alycia and Sherilyn today, praise God. I’m very sure the two sisters will have a swell time traveling and bonding together, though I know  my audacious and mischievous middle child (she’s got her dad’s DNA for sure) will annoy her po-faced and serious sister  to no end. She’s already Whatsapp-ed me a video of her sister sleeping on the MRT and I’ve chided her for being so evil.

K-Pop Queens

When we were back in Ipoh during the Deepavali holidays, Alycia and Drama Queen took every opportunity to don on their caps.  They seem to have a fetish with caps and have a collection of them but the thing is they hardly have the opportunity to don on their caps in KL. It is only during the school holidays when we are on trips that they get to flaunt their caps. Alycia also wears  a cap during tennis lessons.

Check out the K-pop queen donning on a hot pink GAP cap (ironically she hates pink) and a choker necklace.  She sells choker necklaces, DIY dream catchers and DIY slime in her online store.  Alycia and Drama Queen have a collection of caps given to them by their aunts from Hawaii, New Zealand and Hong Kong.

My mum raised her eyebrow when she saw how ineptly dressed the K-pop queen was at her wedding anniversary dinner at a Chinese restaurant when everyone else was dressed to the nines 😲

 

Her excuse was she does not own a dress and hates dresses. This coming from a once upon a time little fashionista who adored frocks and skirts (she used to hate wearing pants) and dolled herself up like a Christmas tree with dangling necklaces, earrings, bangles, hair clips and head bands even at home.  Gone are the good old days that I miss so much 😭

Drama Queen when she was 6yo. Always in her lovely frocks, necklaces, hair clips and girlish sandals.

Drama Queen when she was about 8yo.

In case you are wondering why K-pop queens is the title, just a little revelation about these 2 girls. They are huge K-drama and K-pop fans, especially the big girl!

 

 

Bonding With My Eldest

Every Friday, I have a one-to-one little jaunt with my eldest daughter. After Math tuition, I would drive her to the night market. She loves walking the night market to grab her favorite snacks. We would munch on snacks whilst strolling the road and stop by her favorite stalls which is a very delightful past time.

If the weather permits and it does not rain, we would scoff down a few sticks of ‘balls’ at the ‘look look’ van. Of all the snacks at the night market, we love the ‘look look’ van the best.

I know what’s on your mind y’all. Why is health freak mommy allowing this unhealthy food? Those fishballs and meatballs on bamboo skewers cooked in a pot of boiling water that everyone else dips their skewers inside too ain’t the healthiest choice of food. I believe that if we eat a little bit of something less than healthy once in a blue moon, we will still be fine. Just don’t go overboard. I do indulge moderately in my favorite less than healthy food once in a while to satiate that craving. Most days are clean eating and I have that cheat day once or twice in a week 😀

 

Just For Laughs

For the second time, the big girl had the itch in her butt to sit on those kiddie rides again, ha! 😆  She must have missed being a toddler again. Guess she wanted to feel nostalgic being a little child again and at the same time,  amuse us with her antics.

We were at Gardens Mall the other day. After lunch at Ying Ker Lou, we passed by Paddington The Bear and the big girl tried to hop into the car.  With her barely fitting into Paddington’s little car, I gave her a 50 sen coin but I think the mechanical car seemed to have felt her weight and it ate up the coin, bummer!  I was a tad disappointed as I was really looking forward to see her bump up and down the car, just for the sake of laughing out loud with my 3 girls.

She didn’t get to ride Paddington’s car but we all had a hearty guffaw seeing how she tried to clamber onto the car and got stuck 😆😁

Laughter is the best medicine. It decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain. Try to make yourself and your loved ones laugh everyday. Do and say something silly, just for laughs.  It’s one of the best vitamins for your body 😀😀

 

Cass Goes Up The Stage

Hubs and I were in school this morning to cheer on  our baby girl who went up the stage to receive a trophy.  The top ten students from standard 1 through 6 in the academic year get to receive a trophy.

Mighty proud of our baby girl 🙂 🙂

After we left school, hubs and I had a quick lunch, then sped home to send Alycia off with her aunt Krystle from Hong Kong (hubs’ sister) for a short holiday.  For the first time, Alycia will be going for a holiday without her parents or grandma.  Her aunt Krystle came back from Hong Kong for a short holiday and will spend the weekend in Ipoh and Penang.  Alycia, her aunt Krystle and Krystle’s friend will be visiting Ipoh and Penang for 5 days 4 nights. Gawd, that’s pretty long for my soon-to-be teenager to be away from her mummy and cosy home. Hopefully she’ll remember the long list of reminders that I’d asked her to do each day. Just 10 days shy of entering teenage-hood, I am constantly thinking of this girl now and wonder if she’s enjoying herself or missing home. Is she drinking enough water? Is she gobbling down junk food and fried food? Will she get separated from her aunt and get lost in a foreign place?  Hubs keeps telling me that she’s not a baby anymore, she’s a big girl now and capable of taking care of herself.  But still, she’s only 12 and still a baby in my eyes.

 

Alycia Learns Tennis

Yesterday was Alycia’s much-awaited first tennis lesson.  She’s been longing to learn tennis for a long, long time.  I finally asked the coach’s wife (who is a Japanese) about the lessons when I bumped into her in the morning last week.  A date for the first lesson was set.  The big girl was super duper excited!

When I was Alycia’s age, it was my dream to learn tennis but the lessons and tennis racket were beyond my parents’ budget. So I had to let the dream slip off. Now I am living my dream through my daughter!  Don’t get me wrong, I am not pushing Alycia to learn tennis at all. The fee ain’t cheap ok. It’s a frigging RM50 for 1/2 hour and RM100 for 1 hour.  It’s just that she wants to pick up a sports that she likes and she seems to have a thing with games that use rackets. So tennis it is for her! Plus it is very convenient for us as the lessons are held at our condo.

Thank God for the lovely weather. It was breezy and wasn’t hot at all though the lesson was held at 4:30pm. Since the weather permitted, I stayed at the tennis court and watched her learn tennis.

Alycia picked up the game pretty fast…

The 2 other sisters stayed at the court – Drama Queen took videos and Whatsapped it to my family’s chat group while Cass helped to collect the tennis balls.

Such a great helper she is by helping the coach to pick up tennis balls. Cass had a very good workout too running back and forth collecting the balls for a whole half an hour.

Alycia can’t wait to attend the second lesson next week. I’m just thinking if I should also let Drama Queen join in the lesson. It would be good if she picks up tennis too so that she can practise with Alycia.  But it would cost double if she learns too! I’ll have to relook at our expenses and do some calculations now or perhaps ask for a discount from the coach >.<

 

 

School Holiday – Day 6

Yesterday was a maid-less day yet we did quite a bit at home. Since it’s a school holiday and I have been getting sufficient sleep, I had the energy to clean up and wash up after cooking breakfast and dinner.

After a day’s outing, we got home and the girls spent the entire evening helping grandma to make dumplings (kau ji).

Grandma’s dumplings are Alycia’s absolute favorite and for someone who hates dirtying her ‘royal hands’ with flour and oil but willing to spend hours rolling dough and wrapping them, the dumplings must be really dang good and worth her ‘royal’ time.  Yup, this ‘tai siew che‘ behaves like a princess at home.

 

Today the girls spent another day in the kitchen and this posting will be for another day. I better continue packing our stuff for our trip up North.

 

It’s Alycia’s 12th Birthday Today!

My precious baby turns 12 today!

The day I found out that the IUI fertility treatment that hubs and I went through together was a success (i.e. we conceived Alycia) and the day I first saw Alycia 12 years ago today were the happiest days in my life!

There are no celebrations lined up today as everyone is super busy running last minute errands before we fly off to Hong Kong tomorrow.  We’re going to have a nice dinner at our favorite cafe tonight though, with a cake-cutting session.

This morning, we left the house at 8:30am, with girls and 2 grandaunts in tow to get these done:

Sent my car to the Hyundai service center for service.
Went to KL Sentral to collect our train tix (for our return trip from Ipoh – KL on 23 Dec).
Went for breakfast.
Sent Sherilyn and Cass to the hair saloon to get their hair trimmed.
While waiting for us, hubs brought the rest to get groceries at the supermarket.
Collected my car from Hyundai service center.

Below: someone is very, very bumped out that daddy had to drag her to the hair salon again, hollering away for her to get down the car. Each time she gets a hair trimming session, it’s a HUGE drama ok… with more tears shed than hair!

See from the picture yourself and tell me who the hair salon drama queen is! 😀

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As I am typing this post, I am taking a breather from packing.  Packing for 3 kids and for own self for a holiday to a cold country is not fun ok.

Exactly a year ago on 5 Dec 2014, Alycia and Sherilyn took a flight to Auckland, New Zealand with grandma.  Alycia’s a very, very lucky girl. How many kids below 12 years old out there gets an overseas holiday as birthday present every year eh? 😉

 

Our Monday – 23 November 2015 (A Full Day Out At The Malls)

Just realized that I have not updated this blog for almost 4 days!

Why?

School holidays!!  That’s why apart from the 2-3 hours of extra of sleep that I get each day, I have fewer hours for myself and for work each day throughout the school holidays.

Today, I spent the entire day at Mid Valley Megamall and Gardens Mall.  Why? To send the ‘tai siew che’ (eldest princess) to party and karaoke at Red Box with her gang of classmates.

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I snapped the above picture so that I can refer to my phone on which exit I should take to get to the car park 😀  Yeah I know, my memory sucks after 3 C-sect births.

The big girl is already missing all her classmates dearly as many of them will be going to different high schools next year. They have already planned a movie date for this Sunday.

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After I sent Alycia to Red Box, I had lunch with #2 and #3 at a Japanese fast-food joint.

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Then the 3 of us shopped till we dropped, no pun intended!  We walked the entire 2 shopping malls for over 6 hours!

And spent the longest time at Jelly Bunny shoes and Uniqlo…

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I bought Jelly Bunny shoes for these 2 rascals…

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When they complaint of being tired and hungry, we stopped at Nana’s Green Tea for food. And I finally managed to get some work done on my phone with the free WiFi at Nana’s while waiting for the ‘tai siew che’ to party at Red Box.

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Nana’s Green Tea’s green tea ice-cream and green tea beverages and desserts are the best I’ve ever tasted!  I am a big big fan of green tea and to say that Nana’s Green Tea’s green tea products are good, they are really good. I am already drooling just thinking about their green tea drink and green tea ice-cream 😛

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Despite walking for 6 hours at the shopping malls, I was surprisingly still not tired at all!   It must be the Izumio and Super Lutein giving me the power!  Also, I cannot stress how important getting sufficient sleep is to our mental and physical state.  For me, I need 7-8 hours of sleep each night to feel good the next day but I only  get this amount of sleep during the school holidays.  So can you imagine how screwed up I am on regular school-going days with just 4-5 hours of sleep?

My resolution for 2016 is to clock in 6-7 hours of sleep each day. Can I do it? Pray tell… 😀