Celebrating Haneem’s birthday

This year I had a really strong urge to provide goodie bags for Haneem’s friends at daycare. Coincidentally another child is also having his birthday on the same day. So I chipped in for breakfast. I have never done this for Haneem before. Probably because I wasn’t up to it cause it does take some time. However with Covid19 being rampant, I figured its time to be more sociable with the teachers and all. Building relationships they say.

She is so big now, she can follow instructions

I assembled a simple goodie bag using stuff I bought from my local RM2.10 store. I did not want to overshadow the other parent. My initial plan was to put the items inside a clear ziplock bag which parents could re-use but I worry that it would be a controversial move. We don’t want to upset anybody. ha ha ha. In the end I settled for a polka dot bag. I prepared bags for 60 pax. As for the teachers, I used the pretty bags I have at home and gave them some mini perfume I had and a hand lotion.

Inside the bags for the kids were a small carton of chocolate milk, a pudding and a bubble toy. I bought a birthday cake from Italy Cake House and a banana cake I ordered from an online bakery on Instagram. I also typed out an appreciation letter to the teachers of the school. I feel that they need to know how valuable they are and that they are doing a good job. Indeed they are the best external moms a kid can have.

I spent about RM300 for everything including my share for the kids breakfast. Looking from the pictures, seems like Haneem really enjoyed herself. As for birthday presents, she received a cute owl pillow from her aunt, Aunty Ell. Then an Olaf toy from her dad. I decided to give her a cereal bowl with a duck face on it. Ee, her older brother has one too.

Happy bday love

This year the mandatory birthday buddies picture with Haneem’s uncle will have to be postponed to a different date. I hope she will be more cooperative with the picture this year.

Guess it’s time to think of Ee’s 9th birthday celebration next month.

A Kinokuniya book haul

It was an impulse purchase.

There was this unexplained urge to head on to the Kinokuniya website and go crazy on book shopping. Perhaps it was partially motivated by the fact that I lost my Popular membership card. And my Watson card. I ended up paying for the Kinokuniya Privilege Card as well at Rm38/annum. I honestly feel it is worth the money. I get another 10% discount on top of the online price.

This time I am less greedy. I was realistic and bought only 4 books. My choices are very business-like this time. I bought one fiction thriller to ease the intense reading materials. Ok, that is still intense. I actually wanted a chick flick but I’m not sure what is recommended nowadays. Maybe it’s because I’m old, my friends are old, most of us are married and stuff. Gosh, I miss the thrills and butterflies of love birds. I used to enjoy the shopaholic girl series. Recently, I loved the Crazy Rich Asian movie – so something along that line? Light, lovey-dovey themes.

It seems that now I like reading more than playing games. One of those recurrent phases in life, only hoping that it will last longer. This haul costs me a total of RM234.67 with free delivery to Melaka. My package was couriered by DHL Express and reached me in less than a week since all of my books are in stock. I hope to get more during the Christmas season.

So what have you been reading lately? Share with me.

Much needed break

I needed the break to fully realign my life. So I requested for Cuti Rehat from my superior which was thankfully granted. I even made a list of what I wanted to do during the break. I have spent 2 of the days and this was what I did.

Massage at SinggahSiniSpa

It is really hard to find a good masseuse. One who knows how much pressure to put on your body. To be honest, I really liked the ones I have overseas. The pressure is just nice, perhaps as they have more experience massaging Western tourists. Local masseuse tend to press on your body too much despite you telling them to ease it.

At SSS, it was not too bad although I did came back a bit sore at certain parts of my body. As a start, I loved the place. It was very aesthetic, smells nice and the music they played on the screen made it so serene and relaxing. The place looked exclusive!

I did the full body massage for 45 minutes priced at RM80. I knew I was in for a good session from the beginning. The lady massaged my heels and the pressure was so on point, I felt so relaxed right away. She even gave me an effective ‘crunchy’ sound down my spine as she pressed down on it gently. That was when I knew I’d probably slouched too much while sitting down.

Wash & Cut at Heritage Hair Salon

A new semester calls for a new beginning. Hence, the hair cut. Plus, I wanted a scalp and shoulder massage badly. This time I went to their new branch at Lorong Pandan. It was a small and dainty place. There were no customers whilst I was there and so I had like an hour session of cutting and washing my hair. I could tell that the young lady was less experienced than the owner herself cause in the hands of the original lady owner, your head feels so free and light that you’d feel so smart. LOL.

I cut off my long locks of hair and now I look like an aging Rogue (X-Men) with a streak of grey hair at the front. Kinda cool, actually. The trip to the salon costs me only RM35.

Other activities

Incidentally, I found a nearby nursery that sells the Vonya soil and it only costs me RM6 per bag. I bought two. Since parking is easy, I would most likely get my soil supply there in the future.

I did my groceries in Tesco. I had a wonderful cashier. She scanned my items nicely at a considerable pace and did not disrupt the arrangements of my goods. I was such in a good mood spending grocery money that I decided to get cat food for the stray cat that checks in once in while under my gazebo. I am desperate to give that cat a bath.

I treated myself to breakfast at a kopitiam and had a hearty breakfast. White coffee, nasi lemak, 2 half boiled eggs and a single Kaya/Butter toast. Very huge appetite! For moi !

Then, at home I rearranged the bookshelves and exercise equipment. I couldn’t help bragging to my husband that I could move the machine. All it needed was sheer will and incredible strength. I am in the middle of doing a make over of my personal study into a mini library for the family. I think it’s good influence for the kids.

I am anticipating a lively weekend too. We will be celebrating birthdays! Hooray..

Taman Kayangan Minci, progress report

Ever since the plant haul at Baba Wan Nursery, I have been quite obsessed in landscaping my garden. I discovered Gadek Nursery, a 25 min drive from my home. Gadek has more variety and they sell at a cheaper price too. I decided to get my hands into succulent care too. The edible garden will have to wait cause it is still growing.

I recorded all my expenses in a file hoping to later see how much did I spent in total for this new-found hobby. My latest purchase was a mini greenhouse. I think I slept on that purchase for a few weeks before I finally clicked the button Buy on Shopee. *money flew. less doterra for the month *

It would be an invaluable addition to the garden especially in rainy seasons. Furthermore I am on a mission to resurrect my Polianthes tuberosa which is taking ages to heal. I believe in you, plant! To further fuel the nerd in me, I downloaded an app called Plant Diary where I can make an inventory of what I have in my garden. It was exciting when I first used it but then I thought it was tedious to document it all.

I am calling my garden Taman Kayangan Minci. It will be a blend of Modern & Woodlandish sort of thing. I cannot wait for my flowers to bloom at its best – my hibiscus, petunia, zinca, Maid of Orleans, chrysanthemum and marigold. Once that is done, I can start on my edible plants. Tomato is still at its seedling stage.

I hope this garden is at its peak moment by December. It will be a wonderful backdrop for picture taking for my 10th wedding anniversary.

Happy Birthday to me

Another year has gone by. I have a lot to be thankful for.

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For the family that has been given to me. I love my parents despite our differences and the things I discovered about them behind my back. Agaknya itulah ujian saya. I love my siblings. I couldn’t ask for anybody else. Eventhough sometimes they make me geram and want to give up when I want to help.

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For jodoh and in laws yang baik. I don’t think I could survive having a Mak Leha as a MIL ( reference to 7 hari mencintaimu) . Memang I mintak cerai. No need to put up with the headache. The jodoh may not be perfect just as I am not perfect either. Mana lagi nak dpt laki yang tahu bini dia tak reti masak hebat2 or iron his shirts, one who could handle the kids as well too. So even though he can be a pain, I would usually lower my ego and let him win the argument or cold war, to look at the bigger picture and voodoo him in my mind move on.

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For a profession. For a salary. For the ability to drive a car. In a way, I have my own money that I could spend however I want to. I can give it to my mom, to charity of my choice, to whomever that needs it more than I do. I could use it to fund my psychology studies. To eat nice food. To bring my family for holidays.

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For giving me another year to look forward to. Maybe I will get to go for umrah or hajj next year. I have been hinting Tabung Haji through my online deposits activity descriptions. Things like ‘saya nak pergi haji”, ” doakan saya dpt pegi haji”. HA HA HA. Mohon sgt bila print statement nampak benda tuh. Pretty please..

For my birthday, I don’t need streaming wishes or forced Facebook wall wishes. I am happy with the personalized wishes I’ve been getting. I don’t need big parties either. I am happy enough with normal wishes from close friends, intimate meals or small group makan2.