Sunday, May 8, 2011

maid-less in mont kiara

back from sending the maid home..now i have no maid to unload the luggage and to sort out my things..let's cry now..huwaa!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

super busy

aida and mia are heading to bandung tomorrow.we are sending the maid back home.i want to ensure her hard earned money gets back home safely.she managed to save 15k in a space of 2 years.and this morning  i went to tesco to buy chocolates,biscuits and presents for her family members.came home with the items i bought and she started crying.aiya..i can't stand drama or tears.but i know she is poor and after getting divorced for not being able to conceive a baby i know she wants to go home with money so she can buy her own house and cows.apparently she needs to salvage her family pride.i often teased her that she needs to learn how to cook to keep a husband by her side.her cooking is atrocious.so we don't allow her to cook but instead i showed her how to cook.

i hardly managed to relax eversince easter break ended.mia went to camp in port dickson for the first time and that was a whole lot of drama for me to let her go for 3 days.i sobbed after dropping her off.but mia on the other hand was only too happy to be away from mummy.hmm..

on top of that i've decided to squeeze in a minor master bathroom renovation while the maid is still around to clean up.but the hacking and the contractors going in and out of my house make me feel like this is the last renovation in this house.can't stand messy floor,can't stand dirty foot prints.to make it worse the contractor is someone i've known forever so he thinks he has the right to go in and out of rooms to inspect leaving a trail of dirt behind him..argh!

i need to pack 3 luggages tonite and helping the maid to pack her luggage as well.dropped off my 3 bunnies at the pet boarding place.changed my ringgit to indonesian rupiah earlier and i always feel like a millionaire when i have rupiah in my wallet..ha..ha.

let's hope i get a chance to relax in bandung and find some good spa outlets.by next week i don't have a maid to clean up anymore while waiting for the new one to arrive (god knows when).i need serious pampering before i have to be a glorified maid next week.

to nenek penne,i haven't had a chance to go to post office since i came back from bangkok.will do so when i get back ok darling.and i'm wondering is it ok if i put your name as what u mentioned or do i need to write down your full name in order to send the package?

xoxo
aida

Thursday, April 14, 2011

going away

hi fellow bloggers and readers..aida and mia will be going away to bangkok.looking forward to get drenched by the locals during the songkran period.we will be back on monday.
be good everyone and have a good weekend.

Friday, April 8, 2011

fake eggs

as someone who spend hours looking at contents and ingredients at the wet market or supermarket,i am deeply upset with the news that there are some fake eggs being sold in penang.what kind of nonsense is this?what kind of human beings would even consider coming up with such idea?

now what do we do to solve this problem?i can't tell the difference by just looking at the eggs.does that mean i have to break each egg to see whether it is a fake one.i don't think egg sellers would be too pleased with this method.

so fellow bloggers and readers be aware..the next time u attend a malay wedding,look at the bunga telur carefully.check whether it's fake or the real one.there goes my fav thing to do after a wedding which is to crack the boiled egg and eat it with soy sauce.

and this matter has been reported by the star newspapers today as follows:
GEORGE TOWN: Enforcement officers carted away 378 eggs from three stalls at the Pulau Tikus market following claims that fakes were being sold there.
Seven officers from the Penang Domestic Affairs, Co-operatives and Consumerism Department arrived at about 10am yesterday and seized three trays comprising 90 eggs from each of the stalls.
An hour later, a four-member team from the State Health Department collected more samples.
The seizures came in the wake of yesterday's news report that fake eggs, allegedly filled with chemicals, were found in Penang.
Is it real?: Health department officer Wong Kee Poh (right) examining the eggs at the Pulau Tikus market, Penang. —Bernama
Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) president S.M. Mohamed Idris said a housewife complained that she bought a tray of 30 eggs for RM11 at the market but found they did not smell like real eggs and were tasteless.
A Domestic Trade Department spokesman said the samples would be sent to the Chemistry Department or the Veterinary Services Department for analysis.
He said the case, a first of its kind, would be investigated under Section 3 (1)(b) of the Trade Description Act 1972.
A Health Department spokesman said they received instructions to investigate following numerous complaints and news reports.
Egg seller Lim Beng Poh, in her 60s, said eggs at her stall were from her brother Lim Chong Teng's poultry farm in Titi Serong, Balik Pulau.
“We are sure the fake eggs are not from our stall,” she said.
At the farm, Chong Teng's wife Tham Siew Kean, 50, said they reared 7,000 chickens which produced about 5,000 eggs a day.
Another egg seller Tan Shuan Soon, 56, dismissed the reports of fake eggs, claiming that an egg's texture would change between seven and 10 days.
The Star reporter tasted a boiled egg at the CAP's office yesterday and found that it was “not awful but tasteless”.
“Unlike the real ones that have the smell of an egg being boiled, the fake ones were odourless,” she said.
Mohd Idris tried to separate the yolk from the egg white but the yolk broke into smaller pieces.
“In a real egg, the yolk can easily be removed whole,” she said.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

koh samui

sometimes when i feel overwhelmed and tired of the everyday routine,i like to run away for few days on my own.just to clear my head and i come back as a better mom.recently i went to koh samui for a short weekend.left my pet bunnies at a boarding hotel in kota damansara and i left mia at home with her dad and the maid.knowing how ill equipped her daddy is at entertaining her,i left little presents for mia to open in my absence.

i stayed at Q signature koh samui and chose to stay at the private villa with private pool.


it's a beautiful place.i forgot to snap pictures of the airport.but i had a good chuckle when i saw the immigration counter is just in a small wooden hut.how cool is that?

i thought i wouldn't do any shopping since koh samui doesn't have any big departmental stores.but i managed to find some sports shops dotted along chaweng area.must say adidas,nike and other brands are much cheaper in thailand.of course i had foot massage every day.it's so cheap in koh samui.

taxi fares are pricey here if compared to bangkok.short distance can cost u thb300.so what i did was to use the shuttle van provided by the hotel.seafood is good here.do try the seafood bbq nite.with lobsters and other common seafod items the hotel only charged thb750 per person.amazing.

for the first time i decided to try fish spa.it was a very ticklish experience to say the least.i will not do it again.

now i'm planning a short trip to bangkok in conjunction with the songkran festival.but this time with my darling mia.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

mia's 8th birthday












every year mia would choose the theme to her birthday party.this year she chose magic show party.so of course i had to look for a magician.a wonderful magician by the name of chase lew came to my rescue.seriously this magician is really good with children.with a smiley face and a wonderful personality he has a complete package.u can find him at chasemagic.com.


the wonderful photos above were taken by a photographer by the name of fairuz ismail.u can find him at http://www.faifoto.com/.  a very professional young man who took so many photos of the event that i took 2 days to finish viewing all photos.

i'm so glad she enjoyed the party..at the end of the party this took place..


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Thursday, March 24, 2011

an open letter to my daughter regarding dyscalculia

my dear mia,

when u were 3 years old,i would give you exercise books for u to playfully write letters and numbers.it was so much fun then watching u trying so hard to copy my handwriting with your little chubby fingers.oh how i love your chubby fingers.i used to kiss them one by one every night after i came back from work.

but then i slowly realised that no matter how hard u tried u could not copy the numbers i wrote for u.strangely all the numbers were upside down with the exception of 8.i was worried when u started to write 10 as 01 and so on.i quit my job and decided to take care of u full time.i sent u to be tutored by an expert and u slowly caught up but there were times when u forgot to write them properly thus making silly mistake is common for u.

over the years i saw u attempting to do simple math.but u found it so difficult to even do simple addition.i knew something was not right.that u are different than other children.i felt that there is this invisible barrier between u and mathematics.u just can't seem to go over the barrier.

by then i realised if i were to send u to local school,u will be 'lost' in the class of at least 40 kids.i was afraid the teacher might not be able to teach u effectively.i decided that u must go to an international school.i chose one with only 15 kids in 1 class.with this i hope u will be able to cope with numeracy exercise and pick up the skills which are required out of u.at the same time i taught u at home.

one of the funniest memories i had was teaching u fractions.i told u if i were to cut a cake into 2 for u and i to eat,what is the fraction of the cake.u told me 'mummy,if i were to have a cake why would i want to cut into 2?let's just eat together sharing 1 spoon!'.

now u are in year 4.i see u are struggling with numeracy.the other subjects u manage to get 90% and above but with numeracy u consistently get low marks or fail.a lovely lady who blogs as kak d of pause to reflect blog gave me a wonderful insight of how your brain works.she suspected that u have dyscalculia.

what is dyscalculia u might ask.according to wikipedia, Dyscalculia or math disability is a specific learning disability or difficulty involving innate difficulty in learning or comprehending mathematics. It is akin to dyslexia and can include confusion about math symbols. Dyscalculia can also occur as the result of some types of brain injury.

there are so many symptoms which i knew in my heart of hearts u have been displaying since u were little.the symptoms u display are as follows:

  • Frequent difficulties with arithmetic, confusing the signs: +, , ÷ and ×.

  • Difficulty with everyday tasks like checking change and reading analog clocks.

  • Difficulty with multiplication-tables, and subtraction-tables, addition tables, division tables, mental arithmetic, etc. 

  • Difficulty with conceptualizing time and judging the passing of time.

  • Might do exceptionally well in a writing related field- many authors and journalists have this disorder.u have been writing essays consistently since u were 4.u don't play with toys so much i notice but instead u write short stories or draw objects.

  • Having particular difficulty mentally estimating the measurement of an object or distance (e.g., whether something is 10 or 20 feet (3 or 6 metres) away).the concept of converting measurement is totally alien to u.

  • Often unable to grasp and remember mathematical concepts, rules, formulae, and sequences.

  • An inability to read a sequence of numbers, or transposing them when repeated, such as turning 56 into 65.

  • The condition may lead in extreme cases to a phobia or durable anxiety of mathematics and mathematic-numeric devices/coherences.

  • Inability to concentrate on mentally intensive tasks.

  • Low latent inhibition, i.e., over-sensitivity to noise, smell, light and the inability to tune out, filtering unwanted information or impressions. Might have a well-developed sense of imagination due to this (possibly as cognitive compensation to mathematical-numeric deficits).


  • what shall i do to help u mia?i am feeling defeated lately.it's very hard to teach u on my own because frankly sometimes i feel like screaming when u can't seem to grasp numeracy.u are not less clever than any other kid out there.u are so smart in language based subjects.your french teacher loves u to bits since u are the only one who would speak to him in french after just 4 years of learning the subject.there are not many books in malaysia for me to read on dyscalculia.how best can i beat that barrier that's holding u back in numeracy?

    i love u mia.u are my life and my soul.and we have a bond that no one can break or come in between.

    can we beat this learning disability together?