I received 2 early X’mas pressies from the hubs this year!
A X’mas Tree flash drive for me to burn my pictures and documents
A pair of Nike running shoes in my favourite color PINK, striking strawberry pink some more, nice moe? iLike it so much and only wearing it indoors in the gym…. for the time being until the ‘newness’ wears off 😀 For outside running, am still wearing the old electric blue Nike shoes that he bought me last year. Next year, I will ask for a striking purple or yellow Nike shoes haha!
Last night, he wheeled back another really huge and heavy pressie on the trolly!! The girls thought that it was their X’mas pressie but no no, it’s mine mine mine too muahahahaha!! I am guessing that it is a piece of furniture that I have been telling him to buy. Hmmm, 3 more days to unwrap the pressie 😀
Today my mum and dad received an early X’mas pressie too. My eldest brother in S’pore and his wife welcomed their first child. It’s my brother’s biggest b’day pressie too (his b’day falls tomorrow, which is Kor Doong every year). Looks like everyone in my family has presents that they like this X’mas 🙂 If only we could receive presents that we truly like every year.
And today is only the first day. I just have a hunch that it will drag on even longer as I have totally no confidence in TM after experiencing 8 days of being deprieved of internet, with lots of ‘tai chi’ from their staff and empty promises several years ago.
The problem this time is pretty bad. I was told that the underground cables are damaged.
Waking up in the morning to discover that your internet is disconnected is every blogger’s nightmare, even a bigger nightmare for those who earn money via the internet.
Thank God I have my Blackberry but it is nothing like a real computer as the functions are limited.
This is also the first time in my 4.5 years of blogging that I am making a blog post using the handphone!
Really hopeful that I will get back my internet connection by tomorrow.
Nothing melts away the blues and stress more effectively than munching on some chips, ice cream and chocolates. When I’m under stress, both from the rascals and work, I munch the blues away. There are some more stashed in the freezer and fridge muahahahaha!!
Here’s a drawer filled with my favorite not-so-unhealthy snacks ( I try to get MSG-free and low sodium ones)
They are the quickest and the cheapest way to beat the stress and blues. Next is retail therapy. And oh yes, blogging. I feel very happy whenever I update my blogs and visit my friends’ blogs 🙂
For over 8 years, this couple have not had a one-to-one night outing. That’s ever since their 3 precious angels came along. They had sacrificed many couple time together for the sake of their 3 most precious assets. But the day finally came when they could go out again, just the both of them for her alma mater’s reunion, a reunion 21 years later since she had left school. She felt so care-free that night. No big bulky bags filled to the zipper with diapers, extra clothing, wet tissues, tissues, tumblers and all that jazz. The dinner sling bag on her shoulder felt so very light for the first time in 8 years. They could finally hold hands and not the hands of their 3 princesses. She finally had the chance to paint her toe nails again. Finally, there is light at the end of the tunnel LOL!
For weeks, I had been eyeing the last stick of Mini Magnum that had been sitting in the freezer. Each time I opened the freezer door to take bread and frozen dish, the Mini Magnum seduced me invitingly. But my girls were always around. Today, my cough is better. I was itching to rip apart the Mini Magnum wrapper and sink my teeth into the crispy chocolate coating and cold luscious, creamy milk. I had an opportunity finally. Baby was playing. Rascal #2 was playing too. The maid had gone done to wait for Alycia. But I had to do it quick. Alycia would be back anytime. Baby would notice me missing from my work area. I covertly went to the fridge, opened the freezer done and quietly removed the Mini Magnum very carefully so that the sound of the aluminium wrapper will not rouse suspicion. Kids are ultra sensitive to the sounds of ice cream wrappers or sounds of the junk food bag. You yell at them and they seem deaf but the sounds of junk food shaking in the bag would raise their ears up instantly!
I made a quick dash to the wet kitchen, quickly ripped the wrapper apart and then sank my teeth on that sinful carb. Woohoo, very nice feeling and I could feel some of my stress melting away. I quickly chewed and swallowed. I heard Baby calling out for me. Then I heard Alycia and the maid’s voice at the door. They had returned!! OH NO!! Baby then yelled out “mummy, I want to wee wee!!!” 4-5 times. I ignored her and tried to gobble the whole damn ice cream down my throat but darn it, it was too cold and my mouth and forehead got numb!!! I quickly put the remaining 1/4 of the ice cream in a bowl and quickly sneaked it back to the freezer. Alycia greeted me and I attended to Baby’s needs. No one suspected and noticed that mummy had chomped down the last Mini Magnum hahahah! After washing Baby up and fixed Alycia’s lunch of homemade fried noodles, I discreetly took the remaining quarter Mini Magnum out from the freezer and with one mouthful, finished off the decadent sin. You may ask why I have to do it so discreetly? That’s because the kids have a slight cough too and I don’t want them to eat ice cream. Phew, what a life having to eat like a thief! I will miss the suspense of clandestine snacking when my brood leave the nest 12 years down the road.
The girls had a swell time during their recent trip in Penang. On day 1, we checked into G Hotel, a very cool hotel, that’s pretty new and facing the sea along Gurney Drive. G Hotel is situated next to Gurney Plaza and we did shopping at night after dinner at the Japanese restaurant at G Hotel. On day 2, we checked out from G Hotel and checked into Gurney Hotel as G Hotel only had rooms for us for a night. The pool side and activities for kids at Gurney Hotel are awesome.
One of the things that we did at Gurney Hotel was this :
Can anyone guess what I’m doing here? I’m sure you’ll guess it right if you’d tried this before. Sorry, no prize for guessing right ok?
This is my old work station – all cluttered and squeezy. Totally no space for me to put anything else on the table…. The table was bought from Ikea too 4 years ago.
And this is my new work station, bought from Ikea on Sunday…. so spacious and iLove the little storage space with transparant plastic containers. This is the latest design from Ikea. Nice or not? Say nice lar!
I wanted to get myself a bright pink office swivel chair but had forgotten to put the stock into our cart upon check out, bummer!! Must get hubs to make another trip to get that pink swivel chair. I know the color is a bit off but I love pink… or maybe I should get the swivel chair in bright red to match those red containers. BTW, I also got a bright red cabinet from Ikea to store my stock and it’s now placed in the living room. Now, the house is very red, very ‘hoong’ and hopefully this will generate some good vibes and chi to the entire household! Hmm, must do something about the unsightly cables and wires under the table though…
I am still up at this crazy ungodly hour at 1ish am. I had planned to put Baby to sleep at 1030pm, then wake up to finish off 2 online assignments, reply my customers’ emails, shoot out invoices and to check my 3 bags full of stock but I dozed off and only woke up at 1230am. Have just finished off the 2 online assignments and answered some of the emails but I shall only check my stock tomorrow. Sigh, when will my work ever end?? Thank God my mil is back from HK yesterday. At least there’s someone to take care of the cooking, entertain the kids, trim the kids finger & toe nails (LOL!) and my Mandarin tutor is back! The other day my hubs had to bring Alycia down to the Japanese restaurant to ask the owner to guide Alycia in her homework. All our friends who know Mandarin were unavailable at that time. This made me feel that I have done the right thing of sending Alycia to a Chinese school. I still regret not knowing how to read, write and converse in Mandarin. Had I known, I could have dealt directly with those suppliers from China.
Ok, gotta hit the sack now. It’s almost 2am now. Long day tomorrow, I mean today….
We had buffet lunch at Xenri Japanese Restaurant at Wisma Elken, Old Klang Road to celebrate my mum’s birthday recently. Xenri’s Japanese buffet lunch is one of the best Japs buffet in town at a very affordable price. The fish, oysters and seafood are really fresh and tastefully cooked.
I was already really full – had stuffed myself with lots of Shishamu (pregnant fish), salmon, unagi, butter fish (white fish) and Mackeral but when I saw this bowl of ice kacang that my dad took, I could not resist myself….
I just had to pinch some of his ice kacang… followed by my girls who were not allowed to eat cold stuff as they were having cough. But when the grandparents are around, a rule is somehow always broken.
Some of the gastronomic grub from the delectable buffet spread…
Fresh oysters on ice…
Maki and sushi…
There were also grilled Salmon fish head, fresh sashimi, deep fried soft shell crab, shishamu, teppenyaki, sukiyaki and a lots more.
No. 20, Wisma Elken,
Jalan 1/147C, Batu 5,
Jalan Kelang Lama,
58200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 77838118
(directly across Pearl Point Shopping Mall)
Today is going to be another stressed-to-the-max and hectic day for me. My main supplier is delivering my batch of stock to me. I am also expecting any parcel from one of my kids apparel suppliers. I have over 100 pieces of clothes to sort out in the evening, which will last until mid night. And my house is going to look like a garment factory again with clothes strewn in every corner, pieces of thread flying everywhere and pos laju bags stacked up on the floor. I am planning to cook fried mee hoon (that’s the easiest 1-pot dish with all the good stuff in – eggs, meat, veggie, noodles) this afternoon. My kids and I will have that for lunch and dinner. I am also going to rope in Alycia and Sherilyn to help me with some of the processes like folding the clothes after my round of QA inspection and sealing the Pos Laju bags.
When my customers’ clothes are all packed and ready to be collected by the Pos Laju postman, I am one very happy woman. My house is clean again. I can have a little respite… until the next big batch comes again in less than a week. This pic was taken early last week. I needed a huge garbage bag to place all the parcels for the postman to carry.
Baby doesn’t want to miss out the ‘fun’ too…
My 2nd sil from Hong Kong was here in KL recently. She, like anyone of us in the family is a big fan of durians. Everyone in our family loves durians, even Baby. We had a durian party for dinner when she was here and spent a few hundred bucks on premium durians! Our favorite is ‘Musang King’ and ‘Red Prawn’.
There was a surplus of durians and after she had returned to HK, I had durians for breakfast 3 days in a row! But I wasn’t sick of durians just yet. In fact, 3 days ago hubby bought durians again and I had them for breakfast 3 days in a row again hahaha! But if you don’t exercise or have health problems, don’t play play oh, too much durians will cause your cholesterol level and sugar level to shoot sky high wor!
The fridge stuffed with durians placed in containers…
Durians galore… for those of you from overseas, sorry… didn’t mean to make you salivate ;P
I haven’t been so embarrassed for a long, long time. Yesterday morning after my half hour run, I stopped by the soy bean milk man’s van to get a packet of soy bean milk for the girls. I buy soy bean milk and bean curd from this man very regularly. That morning, a lady who looks like an Indonesian greeted me in Cantonese “joa sun, oi mee yeh leng lui?” (good morning, what do u want pretty girl?). I was not surprised that the Indon lady could speak good Cantonese. Many foreign workers in our country speak fairly good Mandarin and Cantonese.
It was the first time I saw this lady and I have known this soy bean milk man for almost 10 years. So I asked the man this “lei ke sun koong yan ar?” (is that your new helper?)…. to which he replied “ngor loa por geh” (my wife’s)…. to which I said “oh, lei gei loa por koong yan lei geh?” (oh, that’s your wife’s helper). The soy bean milk man then corrected me “um mai, koa kor hai ngor loa por lei geh” (no, that’s my wife). When I heard that, I was flushed and malu. Oh gosh, what did I just say? I just said that his wife looks like an Indon maid, oh no… how could I have said such a thing?! I should have zipped my gap and not ask him anything. I was really expecting the man to be offended as he isn’t the friendly and cordial type of person but thank God, he wasn’t angry a wee bit. He was explaining to me why his wife was there and blah blah blah. When I learned that the Indon lady is his wife, I gave her a 2nd, 3rd and 4th look, just to be doubly sure that she’s an Indon. I am quite certain that she is an Indon as she was talking to another Indon lady there in Indon language. And each time I looked at his wife, this lady gave me the most polite smile and thank you nod (to thank me for patronizing them).
Moral of the story is, if you are not sure of something and if you do not know the person very well, don’t ask the person any question that is quite personal. Just keep the curiosity to yourself to save yourself from embarrassment and possible chiding off!
I have been staying up late tapping on my keyboard and having only 4-5 hours of sleep for the past few days. This always happens when my suppliers delivers my customer’s stock to me. Being a one-leg-kick and one-man-show, I have to do everything ALL BY MYSELF and this is NOT fun when you have 3 kids and 3 personal blogs to handle. I am really really jaded and burnt out now!!
I have not only neglected my kids but also my blogs for I have totally no time to squeeze out to update them. It’s 6:15am now and I only have 10mins to update my blogs before I have to bring Alycia down to the lobby to wait for the driver.
My dining table is now mine and it’s quite an eye sore for it is now always covered with pos laju bags, consignment notes, loose threads, my arch files and my customer’s clothes….
The QA part before sending the clothes out is very tedious. I try to check every part of the baju, cut off hanging threads and sometimes even iron them before sending them out. If I detect a defect in the baju, pictures of the defect have to be taken, then email them to my supplier, send it back to her, get a refund from her, notify my customer, blah blah blah… all these I have to do with SO much interruption in between. I love my online store and this business (which is now thriving) but with so much interruption from my kids, I am going bonkers.
The latest news is that we will be sending our domestic helper back by end of next month and after all the hassle and stress of having one (we have had problematic helpers for 7 years), we have decided not to get a replacement full -time helper. That means only one thing. I have to either give up my beloved online shop or go reeeaaaaallly SLOW. For those of you with 3 kids and no maid, you will know that this is indeed a very very handful chore job which not many mothers can take on. Wish me luck, I really dont’ know how I will cope. Well who knows, I may be happier without one.
If you ask me if I had encountered any sex predator in my life, the answer is a big YES. But thank God, I was under his watchful eyes and was spared from physical harm. When I first came to the big city to study 2 decades ago, I shared a rented room with a college mate. We had to take the public bus to college every morning. The distance from our rented room to the bus stand was about 15 minutes’ walk. We had to pass by quiet alleys and a playground. I remember very vividly that I was stalked by this man on a motorcycle several times who would try to show off his Mr Hideous to me. There was also this teenage boy who would wait for me at the balcony of his parents’ double story house each morning and also tried to show me his Mr Hideous. I always looked away and ignored his presence.
My bus rides then were very eventful. My worst encounter was when I was seated with a pervert in the bus. I remember the bus was really packed on that day and I was very happy that I managed to grab a seat. About 15 minutes into the journey, I sensed something amiss and turned my head to a man seated next to me. To my horror, I saw the most hideous thing in my life! He had exposed himself in broad daylight in front of a bus packed with people! I was disgusted and in shock and left the seat immediately.
I had wanted to move out from the rented place as soon as possible but kept procrastinating. The last straw that made me move my butt was when my handbag was snatched by a man on a motorcycle one morning when I walked to the bus stand. Thank God again that I was spared from serious injuries, though I had slight scratches on my hand. At one point, during my many encounters with perverts, I told my room mate that I wanted to learn martial arts as a self-defense!
Alycia has been telling me that she wants to learn karate or martial arts. My answer would be a yes to her and I intend to start her next year. I think it’s a good idea to enroll your child into a self-defense class. You never know when she/he will need it to safe her own life or that of someone else.
Sherilyn is down with cough and has pretty bad phlegm. She skipped school yesterday as her school has issued a notice to all parents to keep their kids at home should they have fever, cough or runny nose. This notice was issued in the light of the recent H1N1 scare. Today, I feel like my throat is being attacked by the bug too. I am starting to have yellowish phlegm. I better pop some Echinacea tabs and some E.Excel ACT tabs so that I won’t be down too. I am only getting 4-5 hours of sleep lately and I may be an easy target for those pesky bugs!
On my birthday recently, we had dinner at Robson Heights Seafood Restaurant. This restaurant has been around for many years and they serve pretty good food, though a tad pricey. Many expats love to dine at this restaurant.
Here’s what we had:
Deep fried prawns with butter milk and curry leaves.
Large prawns, tofu and an assortment of vegetables in hot pot.
My favorite deep fried crispy chicken.
Steamed fish with soy sauce, shredded ginger, Chinese parsley and Chinese cooking wine.
Stir fried baby french beans with garlic.
Braised pork belly with Chinese chestnuts and brocolli.
‘Phai kuat wong’ (deep fried pork ribs) with sweet and sour sauce.
‘Koong poa’ eel.
Steamed crabs with Chinese cooking wine and egg white.
My favorite green tea-red bean cake from RT Pastry House. The size of the cake was just right for everyone to have a slice and the entire cake was polished off with no surplus. Don’t you hate bringing the surplus bithday cake home where it stays in your fridge for a week before you decide to transfer it into the bin?
And stop counting the candles! The candles are just a number. I’m still young at heart, in mind and in appearance 😀
Robson Heights Seafood Restaurant is located at
10B Jalan Permai
Off Jalan Syed Putra
50460 Kuala Lumpur
Tel : 03-2274 1633