Friday, September 26, 2008

7 working days to go

Yay, 7 more working days to go... I skipped 2 posts cause really busy this week. Busy training up my replacement, we are making appointments to cover whatever we can after office hour and also tomorrow (Sat) to ensure smooth transition... Next week will be going off for a long break due to Raya holidays and company shut down. We will be travelling back to hometowns and catching up with love ones. I miss the food in my hometown and also high time to spend some time with my dad, the last trip back was 2 months ago. We will be going to Bidor to visit my sis's family and get to taste the delicious rendang, ketupat and raya cookies.... so blogging will have to take a break...... happy holidays!

Siti n Aminah

Aren't they adorable??

Also to match with the outfit I asked them to sing a Malay folk song in which they gladly did (with some dance moves too)... enjoy.. to all Muslim readers, "Selamat Hari Raya"...and for those who will be having a long break, "Happy holidays and drive safely".

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Potato art

I went to Giant to get some water containers and pencil leads for Michelle, as I walked along the stationery aisle, I picked up a box of water color and a drawing block, it has been a while since I did art work with the girls and I’m running out of games to play with them. Thanks to mamajo who suggested that I did some pattern stamping using water colors. I remembered doing this decades ago as part of my school art project and can’t believe that after 20 more years I’m here doing it again with my girls this time. I took a potato, cut into half and start carving the pattern that comes to my mind. The girls are so amazed with me, they even praised me for being so wise (ha ha ha, you see it’s not that hard to amuse and amaze your children, all it takes is to dig your skill and expertise that you acquire decades ago!!).

Below were their masterpieces…. The one on top are Emily’s and bottom one, Michelle’s, as expected Michelle’s one is more organized, jeh jeh mah… Emily did a great job too…

10 days to go

10 days to go, feeling remain the same, work as normal. My big boss called up yesterday, we are suppose to meet up but due to urgent matter that he need to settle back home, he called to say a few words and make sure my last day issue has been settled. Later we exchanged some smses and ended with well wishes.

He is a nice boss, I worked for him for the past 12+ years, a very outgoing, open and supportive boss. He is like a father figure to me. I have had the opportunity to work for him directly for a few projects and I would say he is the one who gave me the opportunity to travel to all the different sites for exposure and audit purposes, all this traveling has enriched my experience and opened up my mind. Larry, I want to thank you and I want you to know (if you are happening to read this post) that you are a wonderful boss, thank you for your support and guidance and we will keep in touch.

Yesterday once more

This post is to fulfill Ling's wish and I want to thank her for giving me the opportunity to recollect below wonderful memories with my hubby.

1. In which month and year did you met your husband for the first time?
In uni days, year 1993, he was a freshie then..

2. In which month and year did you two officially starting dating?
In Sept, 1995

3. Where was the first dating place the two of you went to?
Pizza hut!

4. What was the most touching thing he did to you when you two were still dating?
Sponging me when I had a very high fever…

5. How about after your marriage?
He covered me with blanket on cool days and hugged me on Sat mornings....

6. Share your lowest period of your life with him.
When we lost our 1st baby during the 1st trimester

7. Share your happiest moment with him.
When we discovered we were pregnant again

8. Share your saddest moment with him.
When my mom is leaving us

9. Share your angriest moment with him.
When he doesn’t respond to my questions verbally…

10. Share your funniest moment with him.
When he make funny funny faces to cheer me up

11. Share your most frustrated moment with him.
When he irritates me….

12. Lastly, when was the last time you two hold hands and walk under the moonlight, like how you used to do?
14th Sept, we had a short escape under the full moon…

I think only ladies will remember such details... I'm sure hubby will asked himself, "true meh" and will be sweating if asked to provide answers to above questions.. LOL

Monday, September 22, 2008

11 working days to go!

Hubby suggested that I write countdown posts for my stay in my present company. Yeap, 11 more working days to go. Finally have sorted out with my boss that somehow she is releasing me on the 10th Oct with condition that I spent sufficiently amount of time with my new replacement. Since my replacement can only officially join 2 weeks after I leave, we need to make arrangement for the handover during weekdays (after office hour) and on Saturdays.

I’m sorting things out to ensure the transition is as smooth as can be, imagine the things that I accumulated over the past 12+ years. I’m glad I had the opportunity to train my Engineer to take over almost 80% of my current responsibility, I can confidently announced that he is capable of carrying my responsibilities, just that he need more time to work on his management/people skills and to exercise his EQ. That’s why the management thinks that he is just not ready yet to take up my current position. It is part of my succession plan for him to go up though….

Some colleagues have even booked me for farewell dinner already… they said it’s a celebration! Apaler, they sounded as if they wanted to get rid of me for a long time and now since the time had finally arrived, it’s a time for a grand celebration!! Bad colleagues!!! (Joking only) I’m going to miss them…

I’m planning to get something for my colleagues as farewell gifts, anyone has any suggestions like what to buy for:
a) The boss?
b) My engineer and supervisors?
c) Close colleagues?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Stir fry Udon

During my recent trip to Nibong Tebal, we dropped by at a restaurant and one of the dishes that we ordered was stir fried Udon…. Last Saturday, I went to the wet market in Lipsin and happened to spot the same “Udon” that the restaurant use, I bought 2 packets and cooked my version. According to hubby and the kids, they were delicious wor, so here I am sharing with you all the recipe:

1) 2 packets of Udon

2) Medium size prawn or any meat to your liking, marinate with 1 tsp of sugar and soya sauce and pepper for about 20 minutes
3) Vege to your liking
4) 2-3 onions, sliced
5) 10 curry leaves
6) ½ tsp grinded black pepper

1) 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce
2) 1 teaspoon of sugar
3) 1 teaspoon of soya sauce
4) 1 teaspoon of corn flour
5) 2 tablespoon of water

Put 2-3 tablespoon of oil into work, stir fry onions until fragrant, put in prawns/meat, stir fry until meat is half cooked, put in vegetable and ½ teaspoon of salt, stir fry for another 1-2 minutes, put in Udon and ¼ cup of water. Separate the Udon using the ladle, the water should help to separate them, put in curry leaves and black pepper, cover the wok for 1-2 minutes. Pour in sauce and stir fry till sauce thickens. Serve hot... I sprinkle additional black pepper before serving.

Burn that fats

I've been trying to exercise more regularly recently and found one really nice spot near to my working place, around 10 minutes drive and about 20 minutes away from home. Since I discovered this place, I've been there 4 times (if I counted correctly) and each time I brisk walk for 5-6 rounds (around 3km), 30 - 45 minutes each session. Sometimes hubby accompany me, he will jog while I walk, twice the kids tagged along.

The place was visited by quite a lot of people in the evening and I believe in mornings too, it is maintained by MPPP - Penang local council with ample of greens, flat walking/jogging path, exercise tools, a badminton and basketball court. It is situated in Taman Sri Nibong, behind the Crystal Point complex.

I can see a lot of regulars there, at least for the first 4 trips I was there. I observed people in different colors of skin coming together and chatting with one another like good old neigbbors, what a wonderful sight.

Let's hope I have discipline to keep to this healthy regime...

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

What is your ambition?

I’m sure you have asked your child before what they want to become when they grew up? Michelle wanted to become a teacher and Emily wanted to become a nurse, over time Emily changed her mind and her latest ambition is to become an art teacher.

I recollected one of my conversations with Michelle concerning the above matter:

Michelle: Mummy, is it good to become a chef?
Me: Well, if you love to cook for people, why not?
Michelle: Mummy, is it good to work as a sales girl? (I guess she's exploring her career options...)
Me: Sales girl ar… depends but it’s quite boring wor..
Michelle: Guess what Jordon (her classmate) like to become?
Me: Hmm… doctor?
Michelle: No
Me: Teacher?
Michelle: No
Me: Pilot?
Michelle: Yes!.. teacher says pilot must not wear spectacles one wor… daddy cannot become a pilot lor…
Me: Yeah…
Michelle: Mummy, I want you to become a teacher…
Me: Later… mummy would like to become one also.
Michelle: Who will you be teaching?
Me: Big koko and jeh jeh in the university like USM…
Michelle: Yeah, you become teacher now lar
Me: Now? Nobody wants to employ mummy as a teacher yet
Michelle: Why? I want you to become teacher now (keep on nagging….)
Me: (sign…. Roll my eyes)

I wonder how many of you out there sticking to your original ambition?

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Person you love most...

Yesterday after their evening bicycle ride, Michelle came sticking onto me while Emily was busy entertaining neighbor's daughter.

Michelle: Mommy you know who is the person I love most?
Me: Me?
Michelle: Hmm... yes!(she kissed my cheeks and lips repeatedly and we hug hug like nobody business)
Me: (In cloud nine.....all my love, attention to her is not wasted... what an achievement!)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Kiasi - Stock up!

We may be experiencing some political instability this coming Tuesday, 16th September. Friends and colleagues reminded me to stock up goods for my family. So I really did… stock up rice, milk powder, instant noodles, dry bee hoon, biscuits, cakes, drinks, fruits, eggs….. called me “kiasi” or what but even if I can stand hunger, my precious daughters can’t.

This afternoon we were jokingly discussing that maybe in our generations to come we may have to move out of our current land and forced to reside somewhere else. I have never thought of that, well as much as we seek for equality and justice, somehow we are conditioned to accept the fact that in this evil and decaying world we are in, equality and justice that we desired may not be attainable… unless majority has the guts to stand up against all odds in spite of the potential hardship that one may faced in the course of doing so.

A country is like a company, we have the board of directors and executives to run the company, the top guys set the rules, policies and decide how things should be run and done. Employees desired for equality and justice in pay, benefits, way of treatment and opportunity in the career ladder. Most of us work with others and some are bosses of their own….. for those who work with others I’m sure we seek equality and justice in the company that we work with and I hope for those who run their own business they will exercise equality and justice. Now if you yourself experienced injustice or you know somebody who are treated in an unjustly manner, what will you do?

Sometimes I wish I’m like my kids, no worries, if they feel that they are being “victimized”, they will just cry, wait to be comforted and things will be super duper okay for them. They can fall right away to sleep in less than 10 minutes while we adults sometimes toss left and right for hours struggling to fall asleep..worried over life matters. I tried to recollect some childhood memories but seems limited… I remembered I was pretty naughty, always played “stomachache” when mom asked me to eat something I detested, faked sleep when mom forced me to take afternoon naps, followed my sis wherever she goes……

For those who are like me being “kiasi”, please do stock up ya… just in case. Let’s pray for peace and goodwill on earth.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Muak Muak Muak

The girls were playing with my digital camera the other day, guessed what they recorded.... enjoy the video, I did, Emily is such a cutie...and here she's sending kisses to all aunties, jeh jeh who visited our blog...

Happy Birthday to the man of my life...

This is a back dated post.... have been very busy lately....

This post is dedicated to the man of my life who celebrated his birthday last Thursday. Initially we planned for a half day getaway but the plan was interrupted due to my working schedule.. We actually planned to take half day off from our work and pampered ourselves.. too bad the mission failed :(

Anyhow we went for a short night getaway (with lil Emily with us, the jeh jeh got drawing class that night). MIL cooked "hong chau mian sien - red wine noodle",a must for "Fu Chow" family on auspicious celebrations for dinner. It was indeed yummylicious..

We dropped Michelle for her class and off we went to Queensbay mall to shop for hubby's present. We walked up and down, hubby could not think of anything to buy, lastly we went into the fragrance shop, hubby selected his choice of "eau de toilette" and I paid for the bill...

Upon reaching home, Jeh Jeh asked what we bought for daddy and the girls are more than willing to chip in their pocket money to pay a share for daddy's present... RM80/3 = RM26.70 in which mummy can deduct from their "Ang Pow" money.... LOL...

Happy Birthday honey and many happy returns of the day... We love you from the bottom of our hearts... muak muak muak...

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Fireflies watching...

Last Saturday, 5 families from my church gathered for a little trip to the mainland. There are about 20 of us and we droved in 3 cars to the mainland and straight to a small town called Nibong Tebal. Our purpose is to see fireflies…. The adults were as excited as the children… We had a little jam once reached the bottleneck of Penang bridge but after that smooth sailing until we reach our destination. The journey took us around an hour. We took dinner at one of the restaurants, walked a short distance to the nearby jetty. The person in-charge welcomed us and in less than 10 minutes, our boats had arrived.

Firstly we put on our safety jackets and boarded the boat. We are in the first boat and off we sailed to the open river… The night was real dark and it was a cold windy night, luckily we were all in our long sleeves and jeans, the kids enjoyed the ride. Five minutes into the ride, we reach the first “Christmas tree” and experienced our first encounter with the fireflies…. Such marvelous insects created by God, as we sailed further we saw a whole lot more of “Christmas trees” lighted up by these fireflies…. It was a great experience… Tried to take some pictures but with my camera, the result is total darkness… ha ha… For those who have yet seen these fireflies’ colonies you can plan a trip there. You can call Mr. Heng, the boat operator at (6)012-4595146, he charged RM8 for adult and RM4 for child, the trip took about an hour. In addition you can booked for octopus watching cum fireflies watching but I heard the trip will take one full day in which I don’t think it’s suitable for children our age…. And yeah all the children were quite well behave as I told them I’m not sure if there are crocodiles in the river so they ought to sit tight and still… ha ha so bad of me hor……

We did not go for this boat operator, anyway you may try it also...

The boats of another operator but ours one looks the same...

The children... if you realized all girls, 9 of them!!!


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