Monday, October 28, 2013

The weekend that was

What?? Another weekend passed?? What happened lah??

The long awaited "recognition day and hi tea" for Johan's Year 6 of Adni finally took place last Saturday pm.. I was on jitters ! This event was organised by the mommies of Year 6 and helped  by the teachers.  A whatsapp group was set  up and I was soon privy to the mad organising that went on. There were the invitation cards to print, the cupcakes/carrotcakes door gifts to make/give, the printing, the pressies for the students and the teachers (apparently the teachers requested?! heheh) The venue and the most important part- the moolah!Close to RM20,000 ok ! Sponsorship were sought and amazingly obtained! Amazing to me because someone actually sponsored a standard 6 non event , of a private school. Hehehehe. I absolutely thought we were going over the top. Baru darjah 6 lah oi! But the parents had fun and were good at organising so biarler..support lah! I applaud their efforts because the whole event went well. The teachers were happy and felt appreciated. The moms and dads were happy . The food was good (lemon chicken, tiger prawn!) . The kids?? I asked one of them how it was- he said BOSAN! (Boring!) Sheeeshhhhhh...kids. And this was supposed to be their day.hehehehe

Finally met the mom and dad of Jojo's bff Amirool . I was sitting there chatting with him when I suddenly thought- eh, his parents were sure to be here? I'm always seeing him alone in the house, not used to seing his parents. I turned around and there they were, waiting for me to say hi! The mom and dad are very nice and I extended the open invitation to have Amirool over . Turned out they were in a fix about where to put Amirool next week because they were going away and amirool has a school trip (which Johan is not going to voluntarily) and when he comes back they would still be away. I offered to house him lah! Apa lah.. but it's nice that they asked.

Yeah Johan has a school trip to Langkawi changed to Melaka. He didn't even bother to tell me because the 4 girls before him were not allowed to travel on a bus before the age of 13. Even though I don't really mind him going because (a) it's only to Melaka and (b) it's in Melaka. hehehe.

So that was Saturday sorted. Sunday pulak- we have finally gotten off our bums to do Arabic. And forcing ourselves to do work beforehand means we enjoy it more. The kids are good . mom and dad- not so much.

Another thing I forced myself to do was to go to KLCC to shop. No kidding. I do not like to shop. So this is me- go in, go to Isetan, go to get Johan's clothes , pay, go out. The end. Johan dah takda baju langsung, all short or tight. And his pyjamas- the MAID asked me to buy new ones as the ones he has are old and faded. So I bought 6 pairs I think. Ha kau.

The maid is back to normal HUZZAH!!! She is now cooking , cleaning etc. And I feel soo relieved. Must have a maid because otherwise I turn into a dragon. I was peering into every nook and cranny when I was doing things myself. I cleaned the fridge and the freezer.  I swept madly. I love housework! If I don't have other things to do lah! I cooked! So yeah, glad I can pass the baton. But I think the time for her to do things unsupervised is over. Ada hikmahnyer dia tak sehat..i now realise what I want her to do and what she has not been doing, or doing in a way I do not like. For eg. I want her to wash her clothes separately from us. Diva ke? No , cause respect lah the boss right ha ha..!

Ok lah...babaii guys...take care....I am still having back pain nih...but can run lah actually..dah terpikir nak buat ZUMBA..hehehehe

ta!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Oh what a day!

Wow...cars have feelings y'all!!

I had the most tiring day today. 

I was driving to see a client in the morning , in Kota damansara. Already I was annoyed as this client "just" wanted to see me. Aiyosh...k lah..then as I was driving I heard that flap flap flap sound coming from under my feet. We've heard this sound before , actually, on the way back from Kluang over raya haji- and I even know why we are hearing this sound- because the car got mad at us. I was toying with the idea of selling this car a few days ago...a sure fire invitation for something to go wrong hehehe..Ok ok I know , this is all rubbish...pure coincidence kan kan kan? 

But anyway the further I go , the louder the sound was, and the slower I went...nak patah balik, already on the way...so by the time I got to the client's office basically I was a nervous wreck. What were the odds- the office was in front of a mechanic. Seriously. I teruus drove the car there. Parked and said - there's this flap flap sound, please have  a look. It helped that there was no parking around! 

2 hours later, I went back to get the car. Prepared to separate with some hundreds of bucks for whatever had fallen off (I was sure). The car was cranked up and I could see its tummy. The  indian guy (Sathiah) who by the way had SUCH a chinese dvd seller accent (and if you close your eyes you'd swear blind that he was chinese) showed me that the driver shaft (like I know what it is lah kan) was loose and had been knocking against some other thingabob. And even got scratches gouged in certain places. And look look ! even leaking seriously! 

2 hour job, please, he said. Leave the car. . Ok ..I have no time to wait so how ? Some more this is like totally far from my office, my home, everywhere. Have to go to office, then have to go to my first meeting as president of the bNI (bangganya) to discuss plans for the group for the next 6 months ... he promised by tomorrow. He asked me- can I drive a manual car? he was going to LEND me a car. Ok lah. yes I can drive  a manual car- 30 years ago! When I learnt to drive! 

Anyway I said yes. I was given this beat up bone dry no petrol proton . How I managed not to choke is amazing. the pedals were smooth and slippery. I had to take off my shoes to drive otherwise I could not grip the clutch. I had to deal with the clutch, gear and accelerator again! At the same time trying to find a petrol station, all this against the crazy detours around KDamansara. Finally found Shell ! The very kind indian /bangladeshi filled the car up  and I don't know why I felt the need to explain that this beat up car was not mine Oh NO! Am I a snob already! And I'm not even datin sri  datin sri ! hahaha! Once the car had some fuel I could relax a bit. 

Boy it was difficult to drive a manual in the traffic man...I abandoned the plan to go to the office and went straight to my next appointment at Solaris dutamas..I had no intention to go find parking, and was thinking of valeting the car. Bad luck, all the usual spots were taken! And the cars lining up the valet spots were all posh posh cars! Finally found one last spot..and I parked , thanking god with every breath . The jockey came and said to me- it's 15 ringgit tau kak? (It's RM15 you know  ma'am) 

eh of course lah I know--! Never mind RM15, RM50 oso can! See the leg lah kan hehhehehe- no kidding! But you know what I mean?? he assumed I had parked wrongly since it was a beat up old SAGA. Or maybe he didn't but I was ultra sensitive. 

Balik from the place (I also had training at Futurefit(previously Concept 1010)  ) it was raining!! cats and dogs! So not only did I have to deal with playing with the gears and clutch until my toes and foot were numb, I had to deal with the blurry vision and the dubious windows of the car (and the wiper seem to be introducing more dirt rather than give better vision). it got to the point when I was praying for a jam, so that I can free the gear and pull the handbrake and rest my poor footsie! 

Ok ok have I gotten you guys sick with my diva ness? It's not diva, more like panic and total terror ahahaha! But soon got the hang of it thank Allah* (*as in, Lord of all the worlds , pagan or otherwise, not to be confused with Jesus/Buddha/others) and reached home..

Oh yeah, my training was done in my full work clothes you know! I ingat dah tak jadik dah..but the trainer said ok! Kelakar nye...(this is my face nak mengangkat bendatu) - lenguh nyer sendi

The mechanic called later btw..dari RM1,300 jadi RM3,800. semua nya salah, semua bocor. So I said tunggu dulu, call the other half .Other half lak. tak angkat phone. rupanya had 12 hour operation- WOW! And when he came back home finally I asked- he said buat je lah...but I think not lah kot..this is an untried and untested mechanic..when I have Srivani in the BNi group-  who owns Sitt Autocare in Brickfields. Might as well bawak kat dia je...I kenal dia sapa right?? 

Ok i can't sleep.(It's 3.20 am) Donno what I am worried about, Worried I am though! Too exhausted maybe? the maid is still out of action, by the way. Sick.  moping about. Her legs now hurt. From having a high fever on friday, to being declared as having viral infection by GP (I brought her yesterday) to being able to sit up and talk to her friends today, she has been  unwell, and Nothing is being done in the house. Actually I told her to completely rest. She's not a robot kan. She was crying I want to go home...I'd rather die at home..I told her - eh I also demam (fever) but never thought to die one..And after 1 year you want to go home just because you fell sick? Aiyoo no stamina..what about all the extra money you were going to make? Can pay for this, can pay for that..right? 

Sigh...so I have effectively been maidless for about 4 days. I know, such a short time..but I am ready to throw in the towel hahaha. It should be ok but then the dirty clothes are piling up like you would not believe! I had to call in Fatima, emergency cleaner service! (she is the filipina who cleans neighbours house for RM15 per  hour) - She mopped the entire house. So well, in fact that if budget permits I will call her every week. I mean, Siti can attend to everything else. and do mopping every day as per normal, but Fatimah can do the extremely thorough cleaning that Siti will not do one. 

I 've been cooking and the kids help out. Yes, this should be the way but it IS rather tiring kan? And housework is ALL I can think of, you know. Now my head is full of wanting to clear the fridge. I hope my helper gets better soon. I hope she wants to get better. I  mean, I know she is feeling better, that's for sure, but I am suspecting that she is a little bit milking it. I mean, I get her breakfast, and  get her water atas dasar kesian , as she was unwell- so I myself would be totally taking advantage if I was her hehehehehe ! Tak baik kan I ? Takda, I came home, penat and asked her how she was, and she told me she felt better except her legs were aching..and her face all tired and lifeless- when I had actually  seen her looking quite animated already when sms her friend. hahahaha! Kantoi lah you. 

Must say though that I like this maid , she is more ikhlas (genuine) than the others I think, and she knows we trust her (cause we never learn our lessons, you say? Yah!) Like, i told her, to completely rest and sleep. and when I come home rushing to cook, she has already cooked rice for me. And I had put some clothes (like 10% ) into washing machine to wash and I come home, it's taken out of the machine,washed,So basically adalah perasaan responsible sikit kan..I do tell her to rest. 

Tadi she said she was feeling much better but her legs were killing her and can I cal someone over to urut her legs ?(massage her legs?) In fact, she had called a friend who told her of another friend who can massage her (amboi dah baik lah tu dah main phone) . And maybe I can drive her there ? I told the other half this, and he , with his operation 12 hour on his feet, and me, with my 5 hour trauma with the gear and the clutch and the window not working in the poton both thought- WE are the ones who need the massage ! hahahaha! 

eh ok lah I better try to get some shut eye...

Sigh....have a great day ahead, guys...!

Monday, October 21, 2013

So that was our weekend!

heyy...

Where has the time gone???  So many I wanted to share. To tell you the truth I have been blogging in  my mind. Everytime something happens I blog about it, pity it's not automatically transferred to the laptop! Haha..! Penuh blog ni!

Anyway yeah, we sent Nadine last night. It's become a routine, on Friday she comes home. on Sunday she goes back. She has to do this  because she only packs for one week, rupanya! One day I picked her up on Saturday , she said she didn't have any clean clothes left! I finally told her to start washing small items laaah..apa lah anak dara I ni.

Last Friday I picked her up myself , although usually the other half does it. Other half's schedule was so mad last 2 weeks that I told him I will give him a letter excusing him from seeing patients if that works Ahaks!! What to do, kita fofular...hahahaha, no sometimes it works that way..

Anyway Her dad was sooooo bz that he was still at the hospital at about 10 pm and Nadine called and said she can't go out after 11 which then spurred me into action. I don't like to drive, as a rule. Especially at night! I took Sophia to accompany me.

BUT! I can finally cross one thing I had ALWAYS wanted to do, off my to do list. Which is- to help someone stuck in the Touch n Go line! This was at the subang toll. I was no 3 in the queue. This white car was waving and waving his /her card. Last last she reverses..AIYOOO..Aku dah lah nak balik. Without thinking further , I jumped out and skipped over (hahaha all 68kg of me skipping) to the car. This is against the background of my 2 daughters (nadine and sophia) squealing NOO MUMMY!! It seemed that Sophia actually hid her face and lowered herself down .I reached her and asked "is there something wrong with your card?" (duh, obvious question much?). And by the way where was the Toll guy to help? She said (young chinese lady) - It can't work! (Ya don't say!!)

So heroine me waved MY card and after 2 waves (risau gak coz it didn't work also first time), the bar lifted HURRAY! And I skipped back to my car. If I wanted to be unseen and low profile, the orange scarf, the stripy purple and blue pants and the mismatched pink blouse basically threw THAT idea out of the window.

The funny thing was the Alfa Romeo behind her pun opened his door..a malay macho guy who now probably wanted to help= hehehe too late mate!

I went back to the car and the kids were still squealing, torn between proud and totally meltingintothecar type of embarrassed.

Anyway yeah, that was Friday.

Saturday!

Saturday am I decided to go for my facial. Nadine nak pergi halaqah so off we went first ..I have to fetch her back at 12.30. Sara has  a reunion  at 12.30 at the Museum of Textiles. I tak suka sangat Sara pergi reunion- for what? And reunion darjah 6! And her friend's brother driving! I don't feel safe to let her go. Anyway I rasa terpaksa say yes. So off I go for my facial.

At 12.30 I called Nadine, with myface full of muck , and asked her to take a cab back. I had called the cab company (alaah, kat Melawati je) and told them specifically to get my daughter and send her home. Nadine called later to say she was still waiting. I tried to call the cab company and no one answered. Nadine tried and someone hung up on her. NOT NICE , mate!

Last last the host sent her  home (thank you) . One daughter sorted. One daughter pu lak , Sara, I told  her to ask the same friend to send her home. She said ok. Then I went  home after facial. The plan was to get all of them to Pavillion to wash eyes hahaha after Nadine and sara and possibly daddy, had all come home. However although Nadine was home , daddy was MIA and Sara called to say that she needed to be fetched. Unfortunately I ngantuk and had dozed off at that time, and didn't notice her call or text until about 4 pm and then I scrambled to get her..grumbling all the while, cause didn't know how to get there, didn't like havin to go out again to drive, didn't like her friends changing their plans like that, didn't like my daughter waiting by herself GRRR. Used waze which , usually accurate, let me down big time that afternoon, telling me "You have reached your destination" when I was in the middle of the road. ARGH.

Finally got her, and went home again. She thought we were going shoppng but not without the others, dear! So balik laaa...

we didn't go out again in the end! waited and waited for daddy...who ended up coming home at 9! pm! I said heck it, let's dress up for dinner! Maid pulak demam panas..so she rested and we piled her with meds and water and food and ordered her to sleep. I cooked beef stroganoff with steamed veg and roast potatoes and also garlic bread. The girls helped take out the best china, and cutlery etc. and we all dressed up and put make up ahhaha. Bapak dia balik finally and we all ate..and I actually tension giler with the dad but somehow tak sampai hatilaaah nak marah...Although honey you CAN say no you know.

That was my saturday! Sunday...lepak  missed Arabic class ! Malam makan at mom's house ...and sent nadine home...

Ok lah! Better go and do subuh prayers now! Babaiiii

Saturday, October 05, 2013

update no 1

Guys

my daughter told me this blog is dead. my other daughter told me  that too.

no...don't worry..not by a long shot..I will still pen my boring life for you to read hahaha

been a bit busy...

But what's been happening then...

Daya is taller than me, did you know that? My brother no 3 who just came back from the UK after 1 year doing his Masters, shrieked in mock horror yesterday when he saw Dahlia, who had grown taller than him! Never mind that he has taken after my dad who is , shall we say, vertically challenged.

It was really good to see my baby brother and wife again..they came back the night before last , and yesterday we had dinner with mom and dad, and the entire family was for the first time in one year, complete.. well, except for Nadine. She was still in college. We brought food to mom's house, for a change we were the earliest there, with my brothers and families trailing in later..expressing shock to find me in the kitchen! eh I have you know that when I didn't work, I used to cook all the time ok and bake too!  Cheh these adek beradek...so insolent ha ha!

Mom and dad are fine, we are not going to see them as often as they would like - WHICH I WILL RECTIFY! okay okay! sebok laa mom...but we do speak often. Most of the time mom will call me at my busiest time at the office hahahaha..I will try to speak properly but most of the time kinda distracted.

One blight in the horizon- my husband's former vice chancellor is in hospital now suffering from the big C. He's done everything and tried everything and now it's not working and he's basically just being made comfortable. Everyone is expecting him to pass on but his spirit is so strong that he is still hanging on. However he is suffering, and this is not nice to see. I have not been allowed to go visit (!) but I think about him a lot.. how it would be for us nanti, and how sorry I feel for him, because he is still so alert and conscious and therefore he feels every pain, every hour that passes. I just spoke to one ustazah just now and she said to read this one surah Ar' Rad , and pray that if he is meant to go, please make it easy, but if he is meant to stay, please get better.

end of morbid stuff

Sorry..! Ustazah and I talked this over after daya's recognition day..which I attended just now. Daya complained because we did not stay for the pizza which she helped pay for.

It's been a flurry of recognition awards for the kids these last week or so. Never mnd that there are final exams round the corner. that goes to Update 2 ok!


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