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Random Thoughts

Once again I am copying this lovely post from one of my favorite women !!

1. This time last year where were you? Still at home just waiting for the summer break to start. It was my daughter’s last term at her school and we were preparing her to move her new school.

 
2. In honor of National Pink Day (June 23rd) tell us your favorite pink food or beverage. Air Bandung with basil seeds in it, YUMMY!!. Was it on the menu at your house yesterday? Nope, its a rare drink for me now as I need to find the rose cordial which I used to take since I was a child. Do you like to wear the color pink? Nope, I tried and I dont like it, in fact i did try and wear one ..i got a pink Uniqlo top wore it once and never again . If we came to visit would we find this color in your home decor? Aint got no pink here. Blush-fuschia-salmon-raspberry-your favorite shade of pink? Fuchsia.


3. Stop and smell the roses, looking through rose colored glasses, a rose by any other name, not all moonlight and roses, no rose without a thorn…which rosy saying currently fits your life in some way? Explain. I think my blog heading here says Looking through my rosy lens (or maybe i have changed it) But yes I would say looking through my rosy lens. As you may have read in my previous blog about my disappointment in friends – the odd treatment and may I add unfair silent treatment – it has led me into a jaded phase. I know this will pass and I will get through it as I have once WENT through it before, YEARS before the whole blogging world started. I will deserve the respect that has been lost and sadly, the friendship nor trust even respect will never be gained or mended because I have thought less of these people in my circle.

4. Are you a ‘reader’? Do you tend to read lighter books in the summer months? Do you have a summer reading list? If so, give us a title or two. I love reading in fact I miss reading, holding a paperback in my hands. I remember one summer I read the Chronicles of Narnia whilst travelling. I got plenty of books to read ..maybe I should get back to it and just disconnect myself from reality for awhile.


5. Share with us one rose and one thorn from your weekend. Rose: My bestfriend, we have this amazing connection across the sea, she can sense if I’m not doing ok. Thorn: My weekend cleaning (hate it)

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

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The Year I Was Born

Movie Meme: The Year You Were Born

I found this brilliant meme post from Julie. Trust this awesome woman to come up with good posts that I can copy.

This week’s movie topic is all about the year YOU were born…

Whats happening in 1974?
The Sting won Best Picture in 1974
  • What year were you born? 1974
  • What movie won the Oscar for Best Picture that year? The Sting
  • If you have seen this film, what did you think of it? Although I have seen movies where the late Paul Newman starred and also Robert Redford, sadly I have never watched this. Hopefully Paramount channel will show it.
  • What is YOUR favorite movie from the year YOU were born? The very movie that I still WOULD NOT DARE watch on my own but dont mind watching again and listed as one of my favorite – The Exorcist, The Godfather II – watched it before and still love watching only because Al Pacino and Robert De Niro were both hotties!!
  • Any movies that you have discovered in researching this that you now want to see? The Longest Yard (Adam Sandler did a good one but Id like to see the original plus Burt Reynold was a hottie then too), Benji, Blazing Saddles (anyhing directed by Mel Brooks are bound to be 10 LARGE Garrets Popcorn for me with lots of laughter)
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Happy Father’s Day

To all fathers, step fathers, single dads who work hard to raise his child/children, grandfathers and even uncles – everyday is a father’s day but today every woman, every child around the world pay tribute to not just their father but to all fathers!! Never forgetting the ones who have left before us – we will never forget them and forever remain in our hearts!

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Hodge Podge Questions

Borrowed this idea from Julie, thanks sweetheart!!

1. Saturday marks the first official day of summer! Whoohoo! Your favorite thing about the season?

Where I’m at, everyday is SUMMER. Bloody Olaf will love it underneath his snowy cloud.

However as of first week in July – its the first day of the school summer break. No more waking up early, no more headaches and stress WOOOHOOOO now if only WE can all travel abroad!!!!!!

2. Love it!, labor of love, not for love or money, no love lost, love handles, love does, love-hate relationship, misery loves company, tough love, love will find a way…pick one and tell us how it applies to your life right now.

Labor of love.

Since the whole country is on lock down, the education system are affected. All the schools are advised to close. Every night I would prepare my daughter’s lesson plan so she could see each day what are her lessons. I would make sure her work space are all organised with all her stationaries and books ready.

3. What’s one thing currently causing you to seethe? One thing currently making you smile?

The one thing thats causing me to seethe is this whole COVID 19 pandemic. How this ONE virus completely ruin 2020 not just for me but for everyone around the world. How WE are so ignorant, oblivious and lack of common sense STILL do the same thing which the Government have tried their utmost best to contain this problem from spreading, how frontliners risk their lives to help others in need, how medical frontliners risk their lives and their time to save lives and stay at work – their sanity and confidence broken down because of the overwhelming numbers.

What makes me smile at the mo, my little family. Just THAT. Having them with me makes me smile though we do get on each others’ nerves but they make me smile.

4. Of the following to-dos found on a summer checklist (here) which three would definitely make your personal list of summer want-to-dos?

As i said where i am, its summer anyway but i will choose a few from the list

Have a barbeque, watch the sunset at a beach (so that means I WANT TO GO ON A HOLIDAY), make a summer playlist.

Do you make an actual list?

Not really, I just go with the flow.

5. Thursday is National Splurge Day. What might you splurge on in order to celebrate?

ITS TODAY ..can i splurge tomorrow???? I still have my birthday money gift from my hubby, still cant decide what I want. I would love to have a new Longchamp – the Le Pliage Shoulder Bag, would love to have a new perfume with a scent that I really like.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

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What’s been happening? (PART 1)

Apart from the whole MCO restrictions that have changed everyone’s lives (adults and children), I have been very busy with monitoring Isabella’s online classes since all schools have been advised to close until further notice. My daughter has been doing all her lessons online since 17th March and its been 2 months + . Although I absolutely love and feel assured that she is safe at home with me, I do feel sorry for her as she misses being with her friends and her teachers.

The advantage of having her at home as a parent is that I got to see first hand how she has her lessons delivered each day from 8am to 320pm. This was an ongoing question for me every school year when the teacher changes. For the past 3 years, I have always made sure her teachers are aware that I play an active role in my daughter’s academic progress. Her class teacher, bless her, has been an absolute gem and we are so blessed. She keeps her students all motivated during this unprecedented times.

Lil Miss Daily Lesson Plan

As for me, with all the updates and upcoming lessons that she sent to us everyday, I actually enjoy creating my daughter’s lesson plans. It gives me a first view of what she will be learning the next day and I would research on ideas of the topic. Basically I’m training myself to teach her whilst she studies from home. It does put a spark back to my interest in teaching young learners again. An interest / passion that has taken the back wheel for so long. I have a friend who have been asking me a number of times to help her teach her children English (both from the primary level) after seeing how much I have been helping my own with hers. I have no qualifications as an educator so I feel not confident to do so for fear I might make it worse for her own children .. I dont know ..my husband thinks I could do so (and he’s a teacher) as its a good way for me to gain some experience. I need a second opinion or third really.

One of her lessons – Telling Time – Making this for her gives me a sense of accomplishment as I join her in this Learning Journey
One of her Artwork assignment – Drawing around objects

SO what do you think? I am just a mom, a stay at home mom who has been passionately finding resources and helping my own learn since her early years and now she’s in Year 4. Should I give it a try and help?

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ITS BEEN A BLOODY WHILE

Holy crap! I havent been blogging for so effin long….so much to update and share …firstly…

I pray everyone are safe and well at home during this horrible pandemic. Please keep maintaining a social distance when you are out and about, also maintain good hygiene too.

ALOT has happened since I last blogged.

What has been happening in your life Cik Tee?

(Edit : 5 June 2020 – Woops I knew I should have proof read this again so I’m just editing some typos)

I moved to Siem Reap, Cambodia with my family and spent 4 years there. My husband and a friend of ours invested on a B&B. It was successful however all good things must come to an end so we closed up the business and moved back home. How was life that time? That shall be another blog.

I am officially legally licensed to drive so i can tick that OFF from my BUCKET LIST. How was it? Let’s just say learning with a tough driving instructor may affect you emotionally and mentally HOWEVER it helped me!

Till my next blog..take care stay safe!!

Privacy….

Time goes by so fast that we, well, I didnt realise we have now reached the end of 2015..soon we wil be welcoming 2016.

I havent been the best blogger for the past years including this, hopefully next year ill get better in updating and catching up with my favorite reads.

I have been rather secretive of my current life, of what I do and where I am at. Only because I like to keep my life private and not have some crazy ass people stalking me, creating havoc in my peaceful world.

After going through unnecessary harassment from people I have somehow developed this suspicious attitude on anyone who ask me of how I am and where am I. Because of these stupid people who thought its a-okay for them to harass me, I started getting paranoid and losing trust on not just friends but also my family members. I am sure you think I am, when I tend to remind my brother and sisters that if anyone claim that they are friends of mine, asking personal questions about me and my number..that they know THESE ARE NOT MY FRIENDS.. not just simply give away my contact number as if its a lottery number.

Its been years now since this happened, so how am I now?

I still feel that paranoia and have this urge of cutting ties with some friends who are in connection with the one that harassed me.

I am not scared of this person and her friends. I just HATE her and her cohorts for hurting me emotionally and mentally. I nearly lost my sanity because of their childish behavior, I developed this horrible habit of asking WHY whenever anyone ask me what i do or where do i go so forth. What I despise that idiot the MOST till to this day, was how she dare to disturb my family members, my closest friends at work by pretending to be someone I know, invading my privacy and even pretended to be my friend when she got hold of me on the phone. OH HOW I HATE HER GUTS!

A friend did advise me to let it go and know that I am the one who had the last laugh. Easier said if one had not gone through the crap I had been through ..the embarassment and all.

I know I wont have the closure UNTIL I see those 2 dimwits face to face..it may be the past and i should let bygones be bygones ..but not for me, I am one hard arsed woman who wont just forgive and forget.

What do i intend to say if i get such a chance?

Dont rub your unnecessary shit on me. You’re not happy with the outcome, take it out on the other party, not me.

(Actually that sounded too civilised of me *laughs*, in reality I’ll bitch slap them real hard)

Anyhoo, just sharing what gets on my nerves ..so how have you been?

Late Post Birthday and 10 questions

Late Post

25th May 2015

Turned 41 years of age last Monday. A good start to my day? The only thing I was grateful for was the heavy downpour. Why do you ask me? Well, after having spent 9 months in a country where it HARDLY rained due to its dry season and it was horribly hot pretty much everyday, I was grateful to see, smell (even) and hear rain. I have learned to accept not to expect a fabulous celebration like how I was used to. I’m thankful to just wake up and be with my husband and daughter. My lil one sang Happy Birthday just made my day and the incoming whatsapp & facebook messages too, from family and friends near and far.

Martin asked me what I want for my birthday and I’ve yet to decide but I know what I want 🙂 A classic timepiece.

30th May 2015

I rarely, RARELY, have time out for myself and when I do ..I do make the most of it. So I decided to spend my day at the hair salon, my HAIR, is in need of it. I am sure there are others who would agree with me on how difficult it is to find a hairdresser who can give us a good haircut. I am one heck of a fussy customer when it comes to a haircut. My hair is naturally curly and I get so uneasy sitting down while he/she snips off my hair. When was the last time I had a haircut that I was SUPER DUPER satisfied? 9 YEARS AGO :-O

Anyway ..the only thing I was satisfied with my pampering today was my hair feels so healthy again and it looks good ..just wish they told me earlier that my hair color is no longer available and that they mixed it 1/2 1/2 with another brand.

I decided to borrow a few questions from heat magazine, just edit it a lil bit, to end my blog for today

WHERE DID YOU WAKE UP THIS MORNING?

At home, with my daughter next to me and my husband. Got up, quickly took out my laundry to the balcony to get the morning sunlight dry and air them out. Sat down to a nice cuppa tea and PB toast while watching The Amazing World of Gumball (i was never into this cartoon until one day Isabella asked me to leave that channel on as she wanted to watch it and since that was the only cartoon channel available where we were that time) I love the silly antics that Gumball and his family are up to.

WHO DID YOU LAST RECEIVE A TEXT FROM AND WHAT DID IT SAY?

It was from my bestfriend. We text each other pretty much everyday, sending prayers that we both have a good and fruitful day ^_^

WHATS THE MOST EXPENSIVE THING YOU HAVE EVER BOUGHT?

Im a sucker for cosmetics especially for MAC Cosmetics…….SOOOOOO one day MAC had a Barbie promotion. I only wanted to go and just check it out but I ended up spending 500 on the products itself

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?

It was when I scolded Isabella and made her cry, last year on Christmas Day. We were at supermarket when she wriggled her hand free from me and ran out of the supermarket. That was the first time ever I ran like Bionic Woman and managed to catch her before she fell out of our transportation. She could have easily fell off and hit her head on the hard concrete or worse, the mad traffic in front. I swear my crazy mom button went out of control after that as I scolded her all the way back home.

WHAT WAS THE LAST LIE YOU TOLD?

When I told Isabella I will get her Sunset Shimmer of My Little Pony 😛

Hope everyone’s having a fab weekend so far. Gonna catch the FA Cup now ..go Arsenal!

Whats my plan

Alas the time has come when I add another number to my age but hey, when I celebrated my 40th last year, i was ok but come Monday, i’ll be 41. As I looked back, I have yet to accomplish the VERY THING that I want to do..what’s that you ask?

TO LOSE WEIGHT

TO SHED OFF MY BABY WEIGHT

At first I was telling myself to embrace it but last year was a wake up call for me when I noticed my heart rhythm was not normal to me. Stubborn me, I refused (at first) to tell my husband but as time goes by, it was starting to get worse (in my point of view) and I was starting to worry especially with the worse imagination was running in my head. The very person that popped in my mind was my daughter. In the end I told my husband and I made an appointment to see a cardiologist specialist straight away. It was such a funny rhythm as I explained to him about my heart beat but my first thought was the ‘H A’ word but the doctor dismissed it as he explained to me the symptoms and the heart’s functions. So I went through an intensive check up on that day, from a running test to check my heart beat to checking my heart via an ultrasound scan (or whatever its called). Waiting for the result was rather nerve wrecking too.

Diagnosis – I have something like an irregular heart palpitations. I just need to keep myself healthy. My heart was perfectly fine, the scans showed my heart shape is normal, blood was pumping normal and there are no fats building up around it nor any holes.

Medication – I had some low dose meds prescribed but I never took them because I refuse to be dependent on them.

If you are asking me right now, how am I now? I thank God, that I am well. Am I still experiencing the irregular heart palpitations ? Not anymore although I did experienced it a few times after the check up  but i don’t anymore.

So yes, that was a scare for me. I know I make alot of excuses in the past but I shall be getting back on track very soon. As I have not been working out for a long time so I decided to pre-condition my body by doing walks and jogs.

Come my birthday, there are 2 things that will be on my TASK LIST

1. Get back into shape

2. Get my driving license, once and for fricking all.

Did I hear you gasp? Yes Yes Yes i have not obtained my driving license and excuse me, its not too late to get one yet either. I used to take the classes but never got to the stage of going through the tests due to work. Now that I am free, I am able to do so this time. My husband thinks I dont have to but I insist that I should for the necessity. I hate the idea of getting a taxi where I am at right now, besides I will be saving alot of money on taxi fare whereever I go and can put that money into buying the fuel.

I hated the idea of depending on family and friends for transportation whenever I need to go out especially now I have my daughter. I’d like to have the freedom to be able to take her out anywhere anytime, without having to worry about time.

Another incident that made me realise how useful it was to have one was when my daughter fell really ill last year. My sister and I had to get a taxi outside and I tell you this, it was NOT easy. Luckily we managed to get one and my daughter had to be admitted that day due to high white blood cells. For 3 days we were there and I feel sorry for my lil one but she was a trooper until the day we got discharged, again ..i had to wait for a long time to get a taxi that very evening.

SO, I am hoping I will be able to get my driving license this year, if not now ..soon!

Am I looking forward to my birthday?

VERY MUCH SO although ….

I shan’t be going out anywhere special on that day due to my ignorance in scheduling for an air con maintenance on that day LOL ..ah well. C’est la vie.

Pet Peeves

Living away from my family has never been easy. It is truly a test for me. However, dont get me wrong, I truly like the privacy and space that I have here and I admit, being away from them just makes me miss them alot (with an exception of 2 people) and also I appreciate them even more. If i was to, still, live nearby my family I wouldn’t be feeling like how i feel right now.

So whenever my family members do have the time to fly over and spend a week with me, I welcome them with open arms to stay with me.

I do draw the line when it comes to people who think that I am a mere stopover for a shopping spree. I find it downright disrespectful when out of the blue you contact me just to stay at my place because you are on a holiday. I know these type of people’s holidays are ..its a holiday of leisure where you drop your bags and off you go to the shops. What gets on my nerves are these people earn BIG BUCKS for a living and yet they are reluctant to pay so much to check in at a hotel because I am there and I have a place. *rolls eyes*

I havent had any pesky people asking me for a place to stay, just felt like blogging about it after reading a friend’s blog about something like this. Shall I say this is one of my pet peeves.

Doo Bee Doooooo