Thursday, 4 November 2010
She even can say..
" Hi, how are you doing?" and she replies " Good " with her pointing finger up..She is learning to get her thumb up, but I guess it just the matter of time.
I did not teach her this. She learns it from Elmo world.
She pretty fast picking up sentence from movies nowadays.
We do not have TV cable in our house. The only channel of entertainment is through DVD.
I've been going religiously to the library to rent DVDs everyweek so that we wont get bored at home. Renting is free and I like the fact that we can rent for a week.
Zara watches a lot of Elmo and Barneys series since we move here.
Speaking of which, I met an Indian mom today at the library during our story time.
She has 2 lovely daughters who are 4 and 5 years old.
I heard the girls talking to her mom with the American accent.
I was impressed and asked the mom which school that she's sending them.
To my surprise, they learn it from watching TV..
This is one good thing that I find out about letting your children watch TV.
But there is always cons too.
Friday, 29 October 2010
I've been in hiatus for a while.
I have no interest on writing for the past couple of months.
Now, I'm back.
I will just give some quick update.
Life has been interesting nowadays.
Zara has came to the bubbly phase of toddlerhood.
This morning when she was looking for me, I heard she said
" Mimmy, where are you?" clear and precise OK!
The other day, she said " Hi, how you doing "
Everyday, rase nak gomol2 je Zara ni...
Thursday, 19 August 2010
Not like previous years, I feel different this time.
I'm not really miss home that much.
I'm setting some goals to achieve by the end of Ramadhan.
From ibadah, to loose weight, to cook Malay traditional kuih and manymore in my list..
Alhamdulillah..the other day, Farahee and I were craving for Nasi Kerabu..
We decided to try it out..and tadaaaaaa.....yummylicious USA Nasi Kerabu..
Monday, 2 August 2010
Gosh, what had I done to myself? What did I get into?
I was crying like a mad woman..I know what are you thinking..
You think I'm crazy woman who never bersyukur for the great gift from Allah.
I could not accept that I was pregnant at that age.
I wasn't ready. I just got married like 2 months.
I wasn't prepare to be a mother. I wanted more honeymoon time with hubby.
I wasn't sure I could take the responsible to feed and care for her. I was just about to learn how to be a wife and tada, the next phase of life just 9 months ahead of me..
28 months later..
Here I am.
Alhamdulillah, I'm grateful to have a lovely daughter and very supportive husband.
I know the journey just started, but I'm pretty satisfy with the effort and the hard work we've poured into making the journey smooth and easy.
This is the best gift.
It challenges me to be at the next level of life.
It teaches me how to control emotion.
I love being a mother.
I enjoy every minutes that I have with her.
Friday, 30 July 2010
Her vocab has increased.
She says milk everytime she wants to drink the bottle milk.
She says bum bum and sleep when she wants us to sleep.
She says shoes everytime I say jom. Oh, she will grab her shoes and ask me/hubby to put them on her.
If she likes to eat something, for example wild berry near our parking lot, she will say nyum nyum..sgt comel ini budak kecik..
Most of the time when she wakes up from her nap or sleep, she will show her boo boo to us, boo boo means bruises...yeah she has alot..sbb asyik pakai skirt and jatuh.
Alhamdulillah, she jarang nangis if bangun..she's very talkative bile bangun tido.. kadang2 tu trus amik 'book' and show it to us...she knows how to say book.
She can say 'air' if she wants water.
Other words so far eat, sit, nose, hair, eyes, mouth, teeth, ear, cheek.
Oh today, she was asking us to wash her hands by saying sha...I dont know how she get the sha words from...
She loves to piggyback..and she will say baiekk..comel nyer anak dara Zara ni...
Nowadays, die suke kiss and salam. If dengar lagu barney i love you, sure duk kiss and hug mummy die..
Ok, itu je laporan hari ni..i think there are more, but I cant remember them.
I wasn't in the mood of writing.
I owe you guys the birthday celebration of puan shida story here.
We had a small tea party back on my yard. (can't afford to make a grand celebration, budget constraint).
Basically, I didnt do much cooking this time.
Since I'm into baking, it was my first attempt of making sausage bun.
Alhamdulillah it turns out good. I can't say it is perfect yet, I need to polish my mixturing skills.
Then, I was trying to make soy milk and taufufa.
Taufufa was the 4th attempt so far, and this time I could say the texture about to resemble those in pasar malam. Again another thing to be improved soon.
I was scared that the food wasnt enough for them, so we decided to add pizza.
And I made banana bread. Dont be surprise, I'm just adding the ingedients according to the manual and campak them in the breadmaker.
Easy lizzy lemon squizzy!!
But, on that evening, mostly adik2 ni very kind.
They brought puding, cookies, tapioca bubble tea, jelly, and even karipap ok..
Thanks to all, I really appreciate it! Terharu! Dont you guys love the Purdue Community?
Oh, the best part was they brought present.
Walaupon dah tua, I still get present.
Most the present is something that I wish for.
You guys can read my mind.
Monday, 19 July 2010
Full of activity.
We were at Indiana Dunes enjoying the warm weather.
Zara loves it.
How I wish my house just like minutes away from the beach.
I could just bring Zara every morning for a walk.
So, Sunday came in a glimpse.
I just about to enjoy the day and it ended very soon.
Hubby and I went cycling around campus and the trail.
It is more to dating I can say..... inexpensive and healthy outing.
Glad that Farahee was willing to babysit Zara.
We could have the 2 hours by ourselves....
I wish I can do this weekly..
Thursday, 15 July 2010
We had water ground work done in front of our house.
Because of that, there was no water for about 2 hours.
So, we decided to dine out instead of home meal.
And again, we tried to find a place that worth every penny. Duit dah takde time time summer ni.
Guess where did we dine??
Khana Kazana Buffet.
Since it is all you-can-eat, we tried to fill up empty rooms in our tummy.
I played basketball to compensate the pleasure of buffet dining..
We had big lunch.
Level of cholesterol is at optimum.
We had ketam masak lemak cili api (left over ketam from Chicago trip last month).
The santan and ketam just the best combination of producing fatty me..
So, again,,I cant just sit and relax at home.
We decided to hit the gym and join the group exercise.
It was good to sweat.
I feel good..do you?
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
My target: to fit in my wedding gown before Raya.
Reason: I dont have baju raya. So probably I'm going to wear it again..finger cross..
Workout for today:
Oklah, I did some walking from home to PEFCU this morning.
And in the evening, played basketball with the guys.
Ni tak kira sgt coz main kejap2..lepas tu dah sub ngan org lain..
As usual, lunch with nasi and masak kurma semalam.
And I made white bread today. We had bread and mushroom soup for dinner.
Walk in the morning, probably jog in the evening.
I wish I can cycle with hubby.
Oh well, we have not get the child carrier yet. Say no no to cycling...until we find a cheaper carrier..
Monday, 12 July 2010
And I did pretty good job coz I didnt walk at all until the finishing line.
I'm trying to loose weight by not cutting up my food.
This is dangerous diet for nursing mom.
I need food to produce Zara's food.
My food consumption is still the same as before.
But I'm trying my best to take less sugar.
In other words sodas. This is my biggest enemy so far. Irresistable.
But, I'm pretty sure when there is a will, there is a way...
Good luck to me!
On the other note, I made my own homemade banana bread. Clap2
Sunday, 11 July 2010
I've been away for quite sometime.
And the blog is getting rusty ya'll..
Summer is full of activity.
I like it though!!
I'm trying to blog about my losing weight process from now onwards.
As I told you before, I gained quite a lot during my pregnancy period.
I was 73 kg 2 weeks before Zara was born. And only God knows how much I gained.Sigh.
Then I manage to loose around 15kg after that...and I'm trying to loose the rest eversince.
Summer just a good start to shed some weight. Good weather and plenty of time.
So, the past weeks, I've been playing basketball and volleyball.
But, the games have come to the point that everyone very malas nak turun.
I decided to start morning walk at least 4 times a week...morning means around 830am, just the right time for Zara. Not too early not too late.
I know by this time, the sun has just risen above my shoulder..
So today, I successfully power walk from my home to Payless, which took me about 75minutes walk...awesome and I'm proud of my achievement..
And I measure my weight ... and Ive lost around 1.5 kg since summer start... isnt it awesome?????
Thursday, 27 May 2010
The weather here is like what we have in Malaysia.
Pretty hot! I dont think it is comfortable for Zara to wear long pants and jeans anymore.
So I decided to get her a few pairs of short.
While I was in Chicago getting my periuk and stove for Midwest Games, we did some shopping at Gurney Mills.
We are really on tight budget and I decided to get her very cheap shorts since it can only be wore for the next 3 months
It will be a waste if we spend a lot for shorts.
So, we found one nice short at Carters' and it was 70% off. The tag price was USD16.
We calculated the final price and it should be less than USD5.
But, when I was at the counter to pay for the short, the cashier was telling me that the final price was USD6+. I was shocked. I asked her isnt it 70% off? She said yes.
It puzzled me.
When I was outside the shop, I asked hubby that the short wasnt the price that we thought it should be. We calculated again and nah, it is still the same.
Then we found out that the cashier rip off the tag . It is very suspicous indeed.
I really frustrated to know that I got cheated by a very well establisd store.
Even thought it just USD1 difference, we came back to the store and asked for our money.
The discount board it just a scam by the marketing dept.
Saturday, 24 April 2010
Well, I set a goal that I believe it should be easily achived by the end of April.
It was set a month ago in my home calendar.
I positively belived that I could do it coz I had done it before.
And now 6 more days to go and I come to realize that I was far away from that goal.
Instead of losing 2kg, I AM now GAIN 2kg.
I know the root cause.
I've been taking naps after lunch almost everyday.
I've been telling myself not to fall asleep, but Zara wont take her nap until I do.
Sometimes, I sleep before her. Haahahahaha
The only way to balance the 'guilty' nap is by doing exercise more
I try to go to corec often at nite. (After Zara asleep)
If not, I will just jog around the neighbourhood alone. (When hubby is willing to take care of Zara)
Today, I wont be alone anymore.
Zara will be my jogging buddy onwards.
Coz I just bought a jogger stroller :) at garrage sale today!
Love it! I can jog anytime I want without worrying who is going to take care of Zara.
Now, we have 3 strollers at home.
And they are not fully utilized (mind you, i'm an industrial engineer. i need everything to be optimized).
Should I get rid the old one?
Sunday, 18 April 2010
I bought a tote yesterday from TJMAXX.
Me: Cantik tak? Lawa kan if bawak gi office (berangan di kala naik lrt bersama handbag baru)
Hubby: Banyak nya bag nak pakai?
Me: Mane ade banyak! dulu mase undergrad lagi banyak. ni ade 3 je.
Hubby: Habis tu nak pakai 3 skali ke? Satu sling bag, satu baby bag, satu tote...
Me: Alaaaaaaaaaaaaa tak kan asyik nak pakai bag same? (nada sedih sbb mcm kene return kan balik je, but i love the design)
Yes, I only have 3 bags in total now and I always carry my sling bag and baby bag along (it is a must). I used to have more than 10 handbags while I was in undergrad.
I have became more practical person since I have Zara. No more small hobo or clutch. Coz it's definitely no no for mommy!
I can say all the bags I'm having now is functional because they suit the purpose.
Neither for glitters nor glamorous .
My baby bag is light. That's good coz I can fill it up with Zara's stuff, camera (mind you, the heavy dslr), video camera, food and sometimes Zara's toys! You can imagine how heavy it is!
Since the baby bag is usually full and messy, I could not find my phone whenever I dump it in the bag.
So, I decided to get myself a sling bag where I can place my phone and purse in it. It's practical right? Sling bag is the best coz it is small and I will not easily leave them behind ( i always forget most of the thing when i'm out alone with Zara).
Now, I'm not sure whether I should keep the new handbag or let it go.
If anyone interested of having this bag, I will let it go for RM150.
Saturday, 10 April 2010
And the rest of the conversation will be as 'saya' and 'awak'.
We have been using the terms since we are together back then.
I know it sounds so high school..but it sticks in the blood. I could not change it, so do him.
We are so accustom to it.
However, recently, Zara has picked up the terms easily.
She starts to adress us AWAK!
The other day, while I was driving..she shouted from the back of her seat.. AWAK!!and kept babling..
Another incident, she just woke up and heard her dad in the living room, she yelled..AWAK..and dadddyyy...
Oh my, what should we do?
Should we start calling each other mommy and daddy so that Zara knows the right words to address us!!!
I dont know, but hubby heard in one of the ceramah, telling us not to call each other by mommy and daddy..it puzzles me a bit.. is it true? what is the reason behind it?
Can someone tell me the reasons please?
Monday, 29 March 2010
2. I feel contented and proud when I know a few Malay parents can afford sending their children to US universities without getting funding from Malaysian government. I'm impressed on their willingness to spend money on education rather than building huge house, whereas in the end none of their kids will live with them. To those parents, I salute you. I know the Chinese has been in this position long time ago, investing their money in child education. I hope one day I can afford Zara's education.
3. It's getting warmer in West Lafayette, around 70ish Farenheit this week. I should make plans for Zara. Probably take her to the park and some gardening.
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
Something that stands in the middle.
I do not know how to put it into words.
Anyhow, what I means by this is that I have done some good mistakes in my marriage.
Firstly, I have unintentionally blunted my husband cooking skills . He admits it. Back in college, he used to be a good cook. What do I mean by good cook is that he can prepare decent Malay dishes. Name it, from scezhuan chicken, chicken curry, chicken kurma to sate..all could be prepared by him easily..And he was consistent in terms of cooking frequency in a week. But, that era has passed. Since we got married, no no..since we MOVE to the State, he seldom get his hands on the raw chicken or even blending the onion. I'm not complaining by the way. I know he has no time to do this and since I'm around, it is my duty to prepare the meal for the entire house. But it is ironic on how people can change over time and how someone can be so dependent on you. What would happen when you wont be around anymore? Will he get back in the kitchen or will he get someone else to replace you? hmmmmmm...I opt not for the number 2..ahahhahaha.... Anyhow, I'm doing a good job right for making my husband looses his cooking skill.
Secondly, I can't remember when was his last time making the bed voluntarily..I repeat voluntarily. Hmm pretty sure it was long time ago..Oppsss...i cant blame him coz i will always be the last person to get up in the morning..kikiki. yeah yeah..zara wake up ealier than me :P
Hmm, there are more things that my hubby and I have changed over time. We always compensate with each other. For example, I hate to do laundry eventhough I know it's easy..just load them in the washer and push the button. That's it. But the fact that I have to go down to the basement just make me think twice. I would prefer to fold them though it takes longer time :P
So, what I am trying to convey here is that marriage does change people even a tiny part of your life!
Tuesday, 23 March 2010
Went to Chi-town again.
This time, trying out new activity besides SHOPPING.
The weather was nice and welcoming.
So, we headed to Lincoln Park Zoo. Mind you, it's FREE admission.
The animals and conditions were not that bad at all.
Definitely hitting it again in the summer, when trees are green and animals are happy sun-bathing.
Zara has started to show her interest in gardening.
So we bought the kids tools for gardening.Look how happy and focus she is ...
Sunday, 7 March 2010
Wednesday, 3 March 2010
Yeah, pretty much of what i'm in now. I want to put it into my own definition here.
The general slow down: Less time spending at mall, less time queuing at the cashier counter, less time dragging Zara to the mall, less time trying clothes and shoes and the most important thing is less time swiping credit card and counting my cash!
Economic activity: I can say as my shopping and money spending activity for luxury stuff.
Over period of time: Hmmm, this has been awhile since I got married and hopefully it will end another 2 or 3 years.
Yup, it has been years since I spend my own penny without feeling guilty.
Sunday, 28 February 2010
I'm battling with my inconsistent weight since I was high school.I'm not saying that I was overweight or obese (konon), but I did exceed my ideal weight when I was 18!KYS (my high school) was a perfect place to accumulate and grow the white flabby fat. The school fed me with Nasi Ayam for lunch, Nasi Lemak for breakfast and Ramli Burger for supper back then. The best food that every student wishes for! We just could not get enought of it! 6 meals a day just inevitably welcoming this so called, Mr Fat (My BFF). But back then, Mr Fat was silently hiding under my skin. Even though he was eager to introduce himself to the world, I could still control his appearance since I was really active in school activities.
Having a part time job at fast food restaurant was the biggest mistake after high school. I worked at KFC and I was showered with mash potatoes, original recipe chicken, burgers, fries and so forth everyday. My daily meals were fried in a big oily pan. I know Mr Fat was happy coz he could adopt more fatty kids, fatty grandkids and fatty grand-grandkids accompany him along under my skin. Guess what, my weight was 65kg! I could not simply get into my jeans. And it was frustrating!
When I was in college, I was far away from "good" food. I mean Malaysian food. Yup, I could easily control my food consumption. My weight was around 53kg. If you can see, I lost a lot of weight. I felt good though. Feel light and young.But, Mr.Fat was not happy.
In 2008, I'm married and pregnant. I ate not for two but three. Even though I vomitted in the morning, I will simply eat my brunch double of my breakfast. So , you can imagine how much weight I gained. The doctor was telling me that I need to control my food. The ideal gain is suppose to be between 10 kg to 15 kg for pregnant lady, but I was 18kg.
Nah, now I'm carrying the extra 2 kg in me now. I should be grateful coz I managed to reduce it to 55kg and manage to fit in into my old jeans. But, I wish I can have loose the other extra and feel young again!
photo1 : I was 7 months pregnant!
photo2: college days. I was light and young!
Friday, 26 February 2010
The last time when I had my hair cut was a month after Zara was born.
Thursday, 25 February 2010
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Wednesday, 17 February 2010
Monday, 15 February 2010
Wednesday, 10 February 2010
Monday, 8 February 2010
Our wedding date.
And now it has been 2 years since we got married.
And now we are not the duo anymore.
We are triple.
I'm blessed to have my dearest hubby by myside.
I'm grateful to have my loveliest daughter on my arms.
I'm happy to have my own nucleus family that never fails to make me smile and cry.
You are the most precious gifts that Allah bestow upon me.
I should cherish every moments and every seconds of my life with my love ones.
Thursday, 4 February 2010
Zara is the eldest among all.
The babies are mostly 6 to 10 months old and they are just either started rolling or standing.
And Zara on the other hand, busy climbing up the stairs and running around the house. She is like the leader of all these big babies.
Mind you, even Zara is 13 months, she is just as big as that 7 months old Paul.
Being around American Mom sometimes feels different.
They talk softly and always gentle to their babies.
They communicate a lot with their babies and they praise whenever the babies are doing a good job.
Something that I should learn about.
Yeah, being typical Asian, we are very strict.
No means NO...
We are going to meet up again next week.
Tuesday, 2 February 2010
Monday, 1 February 2010
Sunday, 31 January 2010
Saturday, 30 January 2010
But, I do know that today is the boring one.
I can't go out. It's too cold.
I called home this morning.
All my girls except my eldest sis were there. Heard all the laugh (miss them).
Having 5 sisters just cant get enough silence in the house! We just love to talk and talk till wee hours.
The big news of Nora's pregnancy was the main topic of conversation (mind you, she just got married in December).
We were laughing about how the little one eager to engange in her tummy while her mom's henna still brightly red.ahahhaa
Miss you guys a lot!!!
Well, Zara is in her lalaland.
Hubby off to campus.
I'm still thinking of today'e menu...
Hmm, a simple one..
Nasi Goreng? Speghetti?
I opt for the first one. Easy.
Wednesday, 27 January 2010
Last 2 nite, I was at walmart. Buat groceries.
After I did the payment at the counter, I just remember that I need to withdraw money from may Maybank account and later transfer it to PEFCU account.
Normally, I prefer to use the National Bank ATM machine due to lower transaction charge (actually it is 50 cents different pon dari PEFCU). But knowing me, yg memang kalo boleh takmo loose even a cent pon. The 50 cents does matter to me.
So, this ATM Machine is different from PEFCU.
Kalo PEFCU, the first step, the machine will ask to insert the card and quickly remove it from the slot. Then continue with the pin number and so forth..
But, this particular machine will hold your card until the end of the steps, which is after received the money and receipt..then the card will eject out from the slot.
Ape yg terjadi was I forgot to claim the card after I got the receipt. I think it happens all the time to others too...ye la seronok dah dapat duit..mane nak ingat the card.
And plus, before tu, hubby call suruh balik cepat.
Knowing me yg memang slalu kelam kabut and gelabah.. I trus bawak walmart cart tu laju2 and drive balik rumah.
So the next day, I was trying to withdraw all the money left in my maybank account dekat PEFCU and trus ingat nak deposit the money to PEFCU account.
I was trying to search for my maybank card and guess what..
I just realized I didnt have it with me..menggelabah di buat nya.. mane tak nyer..
After 12 hours missing..my mind was blank...
Cuak gile ok!!
I trus gi walmart check with the bank ..mane la tahu the machine eject in the card after a long perid..unlucky, the card wasnt there..
Lagi I menggelabah. I was with Zara at the time.. dlm hati, mati la aku...
Then, the guy suggested me to refer to walmart customer service...
Pegi la situ..so that nice lady asked my name so she can check the cards that they keep in the office. Wasnt there.. bertambah menggelabah..
Then, I showed her my hubby's maybank card. She went back to the office and brought all the cards with her.
Patutlah she could not find my card. There was no name on it...
Nasib jumpe card tu...
After all, it was a BIG relief for me.
Moral of the story..jangan menggelabah mase kluar duit walaupon duit anda takde la sebanyak mane pon.
Tuesday, 26 January 2010
Monday, 25 January 2010
Sunday, 24 January 2010
Saturday, 23 January 2010
Hubby has started his 2nd semester, which means no more mommy-zara-hubby 24 hours time.
Business has resumed as usual, quite a slow start i would say.
But, i'm optimist that by the end of the semester, zara piggy's bank should be half full.
Speaking of her piggy's bank, i have made a promise. For every food pack that i can sell, i will donate USD1 to her piggy's bank. This is actually mommy and daddy promise, nak bawak zara pegi Disney in Florida for winter break. I know lame lagi...but definitely consume alot of money...and since we have never been far away fron west lafayette, paling jauh pon chicago..this is something that we look forward to.
Flight tickets, Car rental, theme park ticket, food, hotels...not for one person. We are talking about 3 people here...so kene la berjimat cermat...demi trip to disney!
Oh, Zara has turned 1 in December.
We had a big party for her birthday. Full house. Ramai gile org datang..she is a celebrity kat purdue ni...she received a lots of presents.. and now, die tak tahu nak choose which toys to play with...lucky zara kan! kakak2 and abg2 purdue sgt awesome!! even yesterday, she received another belated birthday present all the way from Disney! my girl telah di spoil kan oleh mereka! But, anyway, thank you for coming and for the gifts too...
Zara now dah boleh say 'nak' for something that she wants. And she can geleng for something that she doesnt want. So, it makes much easier for us to understand what she wants/dislikes.
She loves to dance too. Kalo bukak baby einstein tu, sure menari pusing2 nyer. She loves to see cat, dog and tiger. She will immitate the sound 'miaaaaaaaaaaau' and 'wolf-wolf' and 'auuummmm'.. cute tau... we plan to bring her to Indiana Zoo when it's get warmer here. Most probably in May la kan...terkurung je la zara for the next 2 months ni.
This is my updates for now.