Saturday, June 28, 2008
A long post today to make up for the absence:
1- Me and Hubby- the Supirs
Proper moving is today. Am going around 10 and expect to be there until late. Today is going to be crazy day for whoever between Husband and I, designated to pick up kids (probably my husband-again) . This morning there is TaeKwonDo grading for the girls. Last night sent Nadine to Qiyam at her school . This morning Husband sending the other 3 girls to the grading and then pick Nadine up- she has grading too! She wants to come home first to have her bath before going to grading. My Miss Diva refusing to have a shower at the school- there is a long line she said plus its yucky. Ini belum boarding school! After getting her home, have to send her back to grading, then have to go to office to move stuff - then Hubby have to go give a talk abt colon care. Then at 3, birthday party, and then at 8, barbecue (parents only) . Phew!! We need another car honey!!!!!
2. The COCO at ADNI
Because my kids just joined this school this year, everyone's a white belt holder so far. I bet in their classes a lot of their classmates have moved on. I'm glad that Adni stresses on selfdefence. Sara was showing me what she had to do for grading and I was impressed! Hahaha...
Sara definitely enjoys this school more than the previous one. She gets chosen for just about every other competition there is. Pidato lah, Public speaking lah (She won first prize), and now, she's been chosen to be part of the team for the school journal. She'll be one of the reporters. We make a biiiiiig deal out of it , of course. Partly to build her confidence. She needs something to be very good at and all her own. Nadine was the superstudent (which is why Nadine is extratakut if she does not perform- maintain her record mah) . So is Dahlia. Sophia is the Prefect. So now, Sara is the school reporter.
Now its up to us to make sure that the kids do not lag behind in their studies. Husband said to Sara's teacher- Banyak B ye? And the teacher's response- Eh Ok lah tu! Husband was NOT pleased. But on the other hand, kan, depa ni baru, relaks lah...
3. ARE GRADES IMPORTANT???
They know how important good grades are for us. I don't know if we are wrong or not to emphasise this- although I have said that to me, good grades merely mean that you remember what the teacher has taught you. I must be so garang - always yelling at them to go study. I read in their diaries stuff like "Mummy will be furious with me as I have a couple of Bs this time..she was so furious with Sara when she came back with her report card- I better not tell her I got my report card" ....so sad to be feared! Tapi tak gak belajar!
But I don't want them to think we're ok with them not doing well in school - I told them the other day that I love them even if they get Ds but I want them to WANT to be the best. And I want them to show me they have worked hard and tried their best - ni tengok Astro 247 camana...
Although I don't want to pressure them. HOW??? I want them to learn for learning sake- you really WILL need to find out how to calculate this or that, 38 years on, you know, girls. I was SUCH a useless student and therefore usuallly cannot answer my husband when he asks me trivia question like who was the 41st president of United States or where is the longest river in the African continent (I bet you anything that he would know)- I even forgot that Chao Phraya was a bloody river for god's sake. The look on my superior Husband's face- heee boring boring. You married me for my looks and my ability to have loads of kids from my wide hips honey, don't you remember. And!!! Giving birth to FIVE of your children earns me the right to be right. even if I'm not. Heh heh heh.
AND!! You may say it's not good to be so academically oriented, but these days results matters as things are ssoooooo competitive.. How to get to Harvard or Oxbridge otherwise or even NUS?? (in case I have a local grad reader- local universities are good too, ok)
4. ME -NOT THE EXAMPLE
Sigh...how did my parents cope with me...I was just content to glide through studies. My bar exams- well, yah, I studied, takda lah macam nak pengsan. I took it twice. The first time, I went to one exam and halfway there I asked my friend (Hi Shadida Ibrahim wherever you are) - "Eh this is Evidence kan?" She turned to me with a horrified look and shrieked "SHILA!!!!! Today is CIVIL PROCEDURE!!!!!!" ..ok, I failed that paper , no surprises there (but if I pass I had to go home and leave my boyfriend ...(who was by the way telling me to go home and do the CLP allready as the Bar is very hard to pass) ) - And when I passed my bar the next attempt (Hah I showed YOU Mr Boyfriend/Hubby!) I think my friend Shadid was MEGA Surprised. (So was I, but I had to pass, JPA was not going to pay for any more resits) . I have been verrrrrrrrrry lucky to get by with minimum effort (eh ada lah effort).
Which is partly why I am so motivated now. (Hah!!! She says, dengan perasannye) - (I mean, I think I am definitely more motivated than some of our younger grads these days....if tak spoon feed and tak easy, malas!!!) I REGRET putting minimum effort - heh heh. I should have been hungrier! But I am still this easily contented person..takes very little to please me. Heh heh..Ok enuff abt me.
5. DAHLIA'S SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT
Yah, last night Dahlia announced to her dad, that a boy likes her.
"A boy likes me and I like him too, daddy."
Cool je kan? "He likes me because I'm cute and I'm smart"
When hubby relayed this to me (I was in the shower) I gelak and thought - boy she's part Johorean allright!! (NOT lacking in self confidence) And then I thought- hangon a minute- she's EIGHT. What is she doing "liking" boys?
So I asked her- Dahlia, you like this boy? Yes. That's nice, Dahlia, you must like boys just as you like girls, as friends. But this boy likes LIKES me, Mummy.
What do you mean, "likes LIKES" you? As a GGGGGGGirlfriend????!!! Dahlia.! YOU.ARE.EIGHT.YEARS.OLD!!!! You.still.sleep.with.your.mummy! You CANNOT have a boyfriend at 8!! Nanti tak jadi doktor !!(ok no logic there)
Flashback to me telling my mom that Tengku M wanted to kiss me - at the age of 5. Hmmmm...Ignore ignore.
Dahlia has one answer ready. Uncle so and so had a girlfriend when he was 12. Which Uncle Dahlia??? And what is he doing right now???? I bet he is jobless right??
Ok, freaked out a teeny bit. But really. She's 8. I know its cute. I pun nak gelak. She said to me, A lot of ppl said I'm cute, mummy. Hahahahhaha! heee perasannye!!!!
In the end I said to her - Dahlia , when they say that, tell them- You should see my mom! Hahahahaha (maybe I'm part Johorean too heh heh) Nolah, tell them, thank you , and thank Allah as my looks come from him. And of course you can like boys , they are nice too. But maybe not anything more than friends ok Dahlia, until you are 28.
In the end the mother in me won over the "Friend" and I said to her sternly "ALL you have to think about is STUDYING ok Dahlia! I don't want to HEAR about boys liking you. BUT YOU MUST TELL ME EVERYTHING". (confusing her and me thoroughly at this point)" ITS BERDOSA TO KEEP SECRETS FROM YOUR MOM!"
That is my proposed Motto for my kids . My mom has been telling me two things since I can remember - (a) Education is everything and (b) always think of her when I want to do anything. DAMN effective,ok . I could not forget what she said even if I wanted to and I would have to think of her, if I wanted to do anything out of the straight and narrow. If you ask the other party, he'll probably say it was his fear of God and the Retribution that kept us on the straight and narrow! (nudge nudge wink wink)
Anyway I want "Never keep secrets from mom" to be what my kids curse- heh heh. Something they would feel compelled to do. can tak?? It's really HARD to know what to do!
Oklah. now I have to get dressed and go send Nadine for her grading. BYEEE
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
The move is a sad one for the office, having been in the same place for the last 11 years...a historic move. Rising costs and also increasing traffic problems. New office quieter. Nice , I was told. Although a heck of a lot further from pavillion. Just when I was starting to think that a grand was cheap for a Coach handbag..
Yah, values tend to change a teeny bit when you are surrounded by luxury items paraded as if it is the absolutely normal thing to do, to buy one. Semalam went to see Coach sale...unfortunately I still do not fancy fabric handbags sangat..yang murah (hah) banyak fabric or besar. or buckle kiri kanan. Tunggu Prada bukak okkkkkkk....
Nanti my new office laaaaaaaaaaaagi jauh daripada Pavillion...jeng jeng jeng....I'm moving out of this current firm..after 2 years..joining a dear old friend - smaller firm set up (there will only be 2 partners including me) and no lawyers. The theory being, more time for me to spend on the kids, but I have yet to hear of my new partner to be coming home earlier than 8! You may have read his blog- dad of four plus one?
I will miss my galpals of course.....work is all about the ppl you meet and the friends you make...but I'm ready for this next stage in life as in- independence. Can friends work together? We go back 2 decades, he was my classmate, and we were neighbours until I moved and he is even related to Hubby....but, will we fall out??? We shall see..I think ok kot...I'm such a lovely person what hahahah..more like my friend is such a sabar person. to deal with my kelam kabutness!! (Hope he knows Im very kelamkabut). Our respective spouses are so supportive - they're our silent partners hahahahaha.
On the topic of change...now cannot use KL Plaza anymore...dulu beli membershiip of BerjayaVacation, get to use the club facilities..Not a bad club actually, the kids love the pool, there's a gym and sauna and table tennis etc. But 1st July onwards, tak leh dah.
Kebetulan we found out that the club at AmpangJaya was selling their membership at promotional price...so pikir punya pikir..join lah
Kids pulak..came back with such good results from Adni..no 1 for Nadine and Dahllia and no 4 or 5 for the rest...I tumpang happy but I note with concern that their marks could be higher..and if sekolah kebangsaan yang dulu, dah corot kot..tapi takpa kita positif right...I should be proud since they had to catch up on Arab and etc that they did not take - new this year kan...but I hope they themselves will strive to do better, Its not about the marks, its about understanding what you have learnt. So says the Queen of Last minute study
Ok got to go sleep lah..tata...
Saturday, June 21, 2008
In front of Harry Porter's shop....
Batman show - manalah depa dapat batman maaaacam batman...square jawed and muscular.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Sorry ye..been a bit busy with stuff.Dahlia wants a party for her birthday (dah lepas) and her dad has been rushing to get the stuff..for the party this Sunday. We decided to do it- today. Biasa lah kan...
That is not Mount warning, said hubby. this spot is where i curik melambak pinecones.
Mummy nak duduk dalam kereta je lah boleh tak...
Someone's horse farm kat Numinbah valley
Salah tengok maaacam kat Malaysia kan??
Bye bye tamarindsands! On Friday we had to check out..wheather was so nice now.
visited the lake behind Tamarind sands- this is the Cudgens Nature reserve- TAKDA SAMPAH....
There was a house about 200mtrs away
Masa ni tak terror lagi (gambar bawah)
A bit better
Sunday, June 15, 2008
In honour of this day, I was thinking of sending flowers to the hotel but then he'd have to bring it back and maybe a hassle. Anyway while I ponder whether I should do that or not, here's a poem to say how much we appreciate you..(It's homemade so tak rhyme, sorry)
Today I want to say Thank you for being such a great dad
For, without asking for payment
or being nagged (much)
you have :
Changed nappies, helped them burp
woken up when I was flat
letting them treat you like a park
riding your back tirelessly,
Always given your best
As they grow, you have been :
the calm one when they puke all over
refusing to take to the doctor
the minder when mummy wanted a nice bath , a break
from chatttering toddlers pulling at my leg!
And now, they love you for:
Being the one who'd give them chewing gum
when its definitely on mummy's never-buy list
Taking them to the rides at the theme park
when mummy resists
taking them kite flying
and bike riding
And thank you for you have:
Never shirked from your daddies' duties
which has included taking them for a haircut
or sending them to camp
or picking them up from school
or geting various stuff they need
Thank you for being such a wonderful father
Thank Allah for sending you to us.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Kat entrance Seaworld- where the heck ARE we?
MrsN, Nizzar would totally enjoy himself. There is an entire section under Sesame Street. Ada show lagi where the characters come out . Rugi tak ambik gambar but we had to rush to catch the other shows.
Lunch was at the HALAL restaurants in there- many Malaysians but of course, tak dalah salam salam. Alhamdulillah kalau they smile. I really felt that I should tegur rather than buat tak nampak, like them. I felt like saying- I already have accommodation, and a car, and do not need to go to your place for dinner so don't be afraid of me lah. I got so fedup that after seing this same family dua kali I tegur this makcik. I tanya dia Malaysian ke, - yah, jawab dia. Datang melawat ke? Tak, tengok anak . Anak buat apa? (GOD IM NOSY!) Medicine . Oh ye ke, auntie? my husband is a surgeon in HKL (ie we are not nutters) . BAAAAAAAAAARU Auntie tu soften sikit. And guess who she is, padanla dia macam reticent sikit- mak Wa*rd*ina. I saw her also, I said hi. Actually bukan anak dia sama skolah with mine ke. Tapi tak macam boleh borak . Why? I should also not be so sebok kan.
Of courselah, the entire thing is also a THEMEPARK. Ie rides. My kids macam nak terpengsan punyelah seronok main rides...they asked me to go to the Pirate Ship - yang hayun daripada kiri dan kanan tu...eeeee ..never again. People were screaming in fun (ie smiling while screaming) . I was terrified. I screamed and was convinced I was going to die. And no way was I going to go to the roller coaster ok. Kids did not like me much. As I also barred the youngest 2 from going. Because they cannot go on without an adult accompanying. So mummy tak nak. This is funny you know because when we were younger I remember i was so berani. I nagged my mom to let me go on the rides in Disneyland. Sekarang, ride kanak-kanak pun I tak guarantee. Carousel tu je yang ok . hahahahahaha...
Mummy taknak naik !!!!
Some pics around the park.
Kesiannye aku. I Killed Steve IrwinPosing depan PolarBear (undergroundview)Naik cable car
Us at KirraBeach. Beach in front of apartments .
Anyways we stopped at Kirra Beach for abt 1 hour , kids nak main . Beach was flat. Absolutely no one was about save for a couple of girls walking their dog. Sun was coming out, so after awhile,pening kepala. I gila shells but unfortunately no shells to collect so just collect batu batu kecik je lah.
Surfer's Paradise from where we were. Another 22 km kot! We had to go through it to get to ChirnPark where the Arabs are. We stopped for lunch at TUGUN where Dad went out to get us - apalagi- cheese pizzas and juices. Memang murah giler kalau tak convert. Dahlia nak wee wee so tak leh stop until we got to Chirn Park. I was told to go to the toilet at the playground. I ingat sure kotor tapi BERSIH. And of course lah the kids had to stop and play. Banyak nye pitstop. Yang boring nye is that gelap so fast...winter lah kan. Maghrib was abt 4.30 ish.
The Kids having fun at the 2nd playground where we stopped .Here the dad turned the thingy very fast so macam thrill ride. One horrifying moment when Johan slipped off but leg still attached to the red bars - body dah kat luar. the thing was still moving so fast. Nasib baik he did not put his head down, he managed to keep his body upright until we stopped it. I dah menjerit jerit dah.
Surfer's Paradise ...this was at the SPIT.
After that...balik ... best gak lepak tengok tv....tengok NEIGHBOURS and HOMEANDAWAY!! Dinner was nasi and ayam kuah yay yay! Malam tu first time pakai dishwasher...perghak betul kan.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Wah..laut sungguh bergelora...this is abt 2 mins drive from the place we had lunch..memang spot where surfers go lah...tapi of course now it was raining so no one was fool enough to try. Although ada news orang kena rescue kat Surfer's sebab pi gak mandi and then cram. We were all fascinated (ye lah first day kan, tengok laut tu jakuns lah...masuk hari ke 7 semua macam tak heran je)
Oh yeah, lunch for 7 of us ok lah (esp if you work here hahaha) ...abt AUD80 kot..itu pun mak bapak makan roti keju (namanya glamer- bruschetta with feta cheese) . Kids of course lah order macam macam benda posh -barramundi lah, passionfruit juice la...mak I kata I layan kenapa..but when it comes to food how do you refuse your kids? Dahlia nak gak chicken nugget walaupun her sisters said ...HARAMMMMMMMM!!!!
Lepas tu...we just drove..sejuk and hujan kan kat luar...lalu sungai macam sungai Amazon gitu punyelah besar. Because its been raining, sungai penuh lah. Scary gak...We stopped by some small shop - I went a bit mad with the tabloid mags- WOMAN'S DAY magazine (Ange kawin dengan Brad , you!) and the AeroMint coklat and the cherrybom coklat etc etc. Lepas tu balik and nganga dalam bilik- kids played playstation downstairs (ada kids'room at the aptment)
Hari Ketiga (ie Tuesday)
Plan nak pergi seaworld/dreamworld tak jadi sebab semua keluar pukul 10 pagi....
POINT DANGER, TWEED
On the second day, the weather looked a bit better so we took the car out and just drove , targetting to go to Surfer's and also to find a Halal Butcher...We've been eating cereal/bread and cheese pizza and we miss chicken and meat!
The coast memang lawa and so darn clean .Don't Aussies throw rubbish?? The roads, the beach,...semuanya clear of any litter. The first town we went to was TWEED - we stopped at this place called POINT DANGER- loads of signs about warships going down here...kids had fun in the local shop and also looking out of the binoculars ..I was hoping to spot WHALES as apparently they pass through during June tapi hampeh. I tanya how do I spot whales? I ingat the lady at the shop will recommend lah, oh you take this tour or that tour...she said "you just stand at the beach and pray you get lucky". Heh? That's aussies for you heh heh.
We just kept driving on....we passed small towns . We passed a beautiful stretch of beach at KIRRA...depan apartment, selambak je beach. Kirra is a happening town , with bistros and cafes facing the sea...tak ramai yang bawak anak berderet. I kept getting asked - Are they all yours?? Habih? Anak sapa kan???
(Blogspot susah nak upload gambar..will try later...)
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
The first thing we noticed on telly is that- the weather report was horrible!! The entire Australia was sunny, except where we were. Brisbane siap ada flashflood lagi, with pics of ppl pushing their car through the banjir. And then , Universal Studios lak caught fire...oh man....nasib baik Universal studios kat USA- kalau kat Oz dah nangis dah anak I hahahaha..
This is us makan brunch kat Cabarita Beach...
Sat lagi sambung ye...
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
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