Monday, December 15, 2008

Melaka Ribut Petir

Thought of going to Melaka end of this month but when I checked the wheather forecast (, it looks like ribut petir je almost everyday! Must check with Lina if this is true..huhu...

Mana lagi ye destinasi menarik?

Sunday, December 14, 2008

KT Weekend

We were away in KT for the weekend. Lucky for us it didn't rain much so we were able to go jalan-jalan. I love what they have in KT, great playgrounds by the beaches. Manala kat Kerteh ni?Can't Kerteh have some of that money for nicer tempat lepak?We won't mind En Ahmad Said tak nak bukak Giant as long as we get nicer playgrounds.

Salma was so excited to go to the beach but once she saw the park...take a look at her face

This was her favourite, didn't think she would go down the top slide but she did! Berani betul..

Salma the astronaut

We then went to the beach and Salma bought her first kite, but I ended up playing with it and couldn't stop betul :) It's been years...yelah takde sebab nak fly a kite pun haha.

This is Hadi's half-smile (er..or 1/4), also a trademark of Hanan's :) Senyum la lebar sikit my love..hehe

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Rainy days

Here's our view from the front porch 2 days ago. It's been raining cats and dogs and I've got piles of dirty laundry as a result. Oh how I wish we own a dryer :P Look at all the jambu busuk under the tree, it's Hanan's fave, not the busuk ones of course. The water even moved some of the jambu to the back of the house. Bilala makcik kebun nak masuk kerja?
On not so rainy days, we love this....

Selamat Pengantin Baru!!

Wah...lama betul tak update. We were in KL for a few days for Sabri's wedding and a couple days after we got back Salma kena fever pulak. So I've been super occupied.

Sabri was Hadi's roomate in college so we couldn't miss his wedding. Plus, he was one of the people who helped us a lot when we got married in the States. Mr memasak and berpantun :) We attended the bride's kenduri which was in Beranang. Sesat punya sesat, sampai Beranang baru nampak signboard for Beranang. Haha, only in Malaysia!
Ni gambar Sabri happy sangat dah kawin :)
Sab & Along
Look at Hanan's pokok kelapa...during our short visit, Hanan developed two new skills! She can now use a straw and point at things that she wants. Hurray for Hanan!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

New kids on the block...soon

Gambar geng Salma. Pictures were taken in 2007. Missing are Amin and Afiq, they were in Kelantan doing KPLI :). Since then dah ada two new additions to the geng: Faris and Hanan. We also have new neighbours thus new kids to the geng (no pictures yet :) )

Anyway, starting from end of the year till middle of next year, there'll be bundles of babies coming along! 5 to be exact..looking forward to the arrival of the adorable babies!

(Haris, Hanin, Salma, Fahim & Nurin)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Hanan dah ada 4 gigi!



A 9 month old generally has reached the following milestones:

Shows parachute reflex to protect self from falling- now she normally falls on her bottom and not hit her head on the floor

Is able to crawl- yes, albeit not loving it

Remains sitting for prolonged periods- yes

Pulls self to standing position- yes, she's already cruising

Has a pincer grasp between thumb and index finger-yes, that's how she picks up lint from the carpet

Feeds self - everyday, makes my life so much easier that I don't have to follow her every move (I used to do this with Salma)...if only I don't have to clean up the mess

Throws or shakes objects - yes, throws her food on the floor!!

Achieves "object constancy", the understanding that objects continue to exist even when not seen - yes, pandai dah kalau kita sorok barang

Responds to simple commands- yes, tepuk tangan and bye-bye

Responds to name - yes

Understands the meaning of "no" - not sure

Imitates speech sounds - yes, she also loves to make brrrrrrrrrrrrrr noises. She can also say kah for cat.

May be afraid of being left alone- very, I vacuum/sweep the floor & wash dishes with Hanan, either dokong or in a sling.

Plays interactive games - yes


To aid the development of the 9 month old:

Provide picture books
Provide different stimuli: Go to the mall (people) , Go to the zoo (animals)
Play ball
Build vocabulary by reading and naming people and objects in the environment
Teach hot and cold through play
Provide large toys that can be pushed to encourage walking

Monday, November 24, 2008

Cik Yo and Salma

Showed this picture to Salma yesterday-Yo has it on her website. Guess what she said when I asked her who was the girl in the middle...dia kata Salma! Same silly smile I guess. How'd my daugther end of more like her aunt than her mother?

Another picture of Salma, she said she's wearing a costume. She'd make a cute Digi model..haha

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Kerteh weekend

Weekend spent the Terengganu style...beach and celup tepung stuff. The sotong celup tepung looks yummy (and not part of a healthy diet) doesn't it? Memang sedap pun :) End gerai at Meraga Beris...but gile banyak lalat!!I had to practically wave my hand above the plate from start makan to finish. :P
From this angle they look so much wonder Hanan gets mistaken for a baby boy all the time. Same thing with Salma when she was a baby. I'd dress her from top to bottom in pink and still people would think she's a boy! Apada...
Hanan managed to grab Hadi's air kelapa and spilled the whole thing. Hanan can always do this with her father...Hadi needs to learn more from the sifu. Here's the sifu with a bored looking Hanan.
The waves were pretty high..nobody was swimming...not until May I guess.

(Kemasik beach - Salma collecting sea shells, wants to put it in the aquarium)

Friday, November 21, 2008

We love pasta

Please feed me...(in the background:Indon's Rapunzel movie playing on jugak)

Terengganu style...pasta and keropok leko!
The best keropok leko I've tasted (please see Salma's plate) can be purchased in Kelulut..gerai number 008, just across the road from the purple colored chalets. The best.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Too good to be true

The donut shop is temporarily closed! They put up a sign stating that bussiness is temporarily closed and another sign with Vacancy-wanita sahaja. Tulah, the guy making the donuts the other day macam ada attitude, maybe he got fired. Hehe...pandai-pandai je.

I knew it was too good to be true...huhu..

Monday, November 17, 2008

Big Apple Donuts!

Big Apple Donuts in Kerteh??YES..I couldn't have imagined having something like this in Kerteh four years ago when we moved here..macam tak caya je lagi. Why am I so excited? Because, we're all a bunch of hantu donuts, so having it just 5 minutes away is such a blessing. Though too much of a good thing pun merbahya.

My faves would have to be the one with the white chocolate topping and the oreo donut. Salma would always pick the pink donut. Grr..I'm craving for one as I'm typing this. Yummy!!

Keropok leko dah ada competitor :)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

I Know This Much is True

What I like about being a SAHM is that I'm able to read books. Reading is one of my hobbies but with children and work it was impossible to read more than a couple books a year. Malu nak cakap hobi reading sebab tak read pun..haha. Well, I do get to read, tapi only books with Princess Aurora, Cinderella, Pinocchio etc. Huhu

Recently, I finished reading a wonderful book: I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb. The best book I've read in a long while. I've also read another book of his entitled She's Come Undone, cerita dia pun best jugak. Lepas ni nak baca apa pulak ye?Any suggestions?

Salma@9 months

Salma in June 2006
Sama ke Salma and Hanan? :) I don't think so, what do you think?
Tapi progress sama, both tengah tatih at 9 months. Baju pun Hanan tengah pakai sekarang...haha..Hanan dapat hand me downs je :)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Hanan ada gigi!

Wow..I'm busier than ever. Being a SAHM is surely not easy peasy, especially after having had a live in helper for two and a half years. Now I'm back to hanging, folding clothes, doing all the dishes, mopping the floor etc. Hehe, I haven't touched a mop in two and a half years until 2 days ago. Huhu

But one thing that surprised me is that I'm loving it. Now I'm getting to know Hanan better, she's such a funny baby and quite demanding at times, especially when she insist that I pimpin her to circle the living room ( she still prefers not to crawl :P).

Just yesterday night I relized that Hanan dah tumbuh gigi! Salma had her first tooth when she was about 10 months, the same time she started tatih. So hopefuly with the tooth out, Hanan pun will start walking soon! :)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Last Day @ PeLSSB

Today's my last day in the office. I'm a bit sad cause I know I'll miss it someday when I'm at home listening to the kids whining :P Though I think the biggest challenge coming my way has nothing to do with the kids. It's having to listen to unsolicited advice coming my way. This is my choice and if, if it's a mistake I'll just learn and grow from it :) (if I don't go crazy)

No Pics Please

In addition to the run & hide phase, Salma is also in the phase of not wanting her pictures taken. This is her attempt at hiding part of her face..

Nisha & Salma (pic taken by K Maniz - Hari Raya 08)

Monday, November 3, 2008


Salma's always testing my limits. When I ask her to do things - gosok gigi, pakai baju, anythingla..her first reaction is to run away and hide. I used to count to three and if she still lari-lari I will put her outside (kejam?). She ended up outside only a few times because after that few times at the count of three she will come running back to me (tapi tetap jugak run and hide - so everytime kena count ok).

Lately, even threatening to put her outside doesn't work anymore. Our daily routines become a struggle, penat-penat. Most of the time I'll end it dengan mencubit dia. I don't like doing it but when you're really tired fingers terus jadi ketam.

So yesterday I told her please jangan naughty-naughty, nanti mama mad, angry and jadi macam monster. Dia buat tak layan aje..then when Hadi repeated the same thing, guess what she said..

"Nanti Salma jadi Ultraman!" sambil buat the ultraman pose..huhu...communication breakdown!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Little black dress

I finished reading a buku susu yesterday. Buku susu are reading materials for when I'm breastfeeding Hanan. It used to be magazines or newspapers but now a book is easier to handle/angkat tinggi-tinggi since Hanan has a thing for kertas. She likes eating paper.

Well, back to the book. It's part of the little black dress collection;I already have a few titles in my book shelf and I love them all. So haritu when we were at Mesra Mall (yes, Mesra Mall lagi..)nak belek-belek books but one kid was trying to grab books off the shelves and another one wanted to pee, and bapak dia pulak kept saying dah ke?So I ended up grabbing The Accidental Virgin without reading the back cover. All the other books semua best...but this one tak langsung. Bad ending, love stories mestila ada happy & logical ending kan if not it ruins the whole book. Dia tak pergi writing school ke?Huhu.

7 facts

I've been tagged by Monina:- share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog. goes

1) When I was younger, sometimes I'd see a scary monster clown/bear whenever I wasn't feeling well. Everywhere I look I would see the scary face, even when I close my eyes. Psycho ke?

2) I pierced my own ears when I was 14/15. I used a pin tudung and Spice Girls Impluse spray to disinfect my ears and the pin. Tah pape but memang tak kena infection. After the first hole I sort of chickend out, but I think Yo gave me encouragement/kutukan for me to finish the job.

3) I used to have OCD. Also when I was 14/15. I used to have to bukak tutup lampu at least 3/6/7 times. After I drink I had to trace the circle of the mug, and I had to make a bengkok/distorted face whenever ada trigger factors (tak ingat apa). I forgot the part about the distorted face sampaila Yo brought it up a couple years ago. Memang psycho.

4) The most pain I've experienced was while I was on Pitocin. Ubat terpaling tah pape.

5) I'm 27 and have 2 kids already.

6) I used to get mistaken for Hadi's elder sister!GRRRRRRR. Tension jugak kawin dengan orang awet muda. "Adik ke?". My husband la..buta ke? No, cannot answer like that.

7) Drinking teh tarik, teh ais makes me jittery. Sungguh sedap tapi tak boleh minum selalu, nanti rasa macam tak selamat je.. :(

I don't think I have anyone to tag, sebab tak banyak blogger buddies(sedih).

Well, if you (nuff nang kata ada 32 unique visits- tak percaya) feel like doing it, sila-sila..

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Mesra Mall

Siapa kata Kerteh boring?

Memang boring pun!Haha... However, agak sikit happening lately because now we have Mesra Mall!Everyone I know keep saying Mesra Mall ni tak best, but it's better than nothing right?

I am absolutely in love with the Mall, it's small and has all the right shops. There'a a bookstore, Kamdar, Famous Amos cookies, Giant (belum bukak - mana Ahmad Said ni tak sign papers?!!) and a lot more. Even Toys r Us pun ada, luckily Salma's behaving and takde throw tantrums to get toys.

Sebab happening sangat Mesra Mall, we keep bumping into neighbours and friends-semua orang pergi ok walhal cakap tak best, pandang kiri kanan semua orang kenal...well, that's Kerteh!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Laki tak sayang

I've been getting this a lot lately..."baik kerja, sekarang laki sayang, bila tak sayang nak buat camne?". Haiyoh, you can't possibly be in healthy relationship if you're always so pessimistic about your partner. I'd be stupid to marry him in the first place if I had any doubts about his love for me.

However, if Allah wills that one day he decides that his wife tak best, then insyaAllah, He will give me strength to go on with my life.

Thank you for the advice but I'm happy with my life, kalau nak bagi part time work takpe.. :)

On a happier note, Hanan dah boleh tatih 5 steps! After each trial, she will clap her hands!Comeyy. Sometimes jadi, sometimes tak jadi. Still a long way to go.

We also found a way to make her crawl...we use a bait...a bundle of KEYS!!Memang racing ke depan :)

Thursday, October 23, 2008


Growth Charts

Tengoklah betapa Hanan sudah semakin slim..

Polka Dot Hanan

Hanan's covered in polka dots!

Sebenarnya, she's got a terrible rash, possibly measles or German measles. At first I thought she had an allergic reaction to the antibiotics because she also had a bit of diarrhea. But when we went for a second check up, the doctor said it's most likely measles.

See, sungguh cepat doctor prescribe antibiotics. Anyway, Hanan's alright after the fever went away which she had for 3 days. She's her usual self, asik nak tatih aje. I bet she's going to start walking soon. We're just waiting for her to start crawling aje...dulu bolehla kata she's heavy tu lah tak nak crawl..tapi now she's slimmed down. She's only 7.5 kg aja at 8 months, slim la tu, yet when we put her on the floor, mulut aja bising, badan tak gerak-gerak :)

Anyway, here's a bit about German measles taken from Wiki:

Signs and Symptoms
After an incubation period of 14-21 days, the primary symptom of rubella virus infection is the appearance of a rash on the face which spreads to the trunk and limbs and usually fades after three days.

Other symptoms include low grade fever, swollen glands (post cervical lymphadenopathy), joint pains, headache, conjunctivitis. The swollen glands or lymph nodes can persist for up to a week and the fever rarely rises above 38 oC (100.4 oF). The rash disappears after a few days with no staining or peeling of the skin. Forchheimer's sign occurs in 20% of cases, and is characterized by small, red papules on the area of the soft palate.

Sunday, October 12, 2008


Hey..can't believe I'm really looking forward to staying at home. Once I emailed the letter, all the anxiety dissapeared. Best tak?

After contemplating for so long on whether to leave or not, finally I feel at peace once everything is said and done (cannot patah balik ma).

I'd be very happy if I could click the fast forward button to November!! :)

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Byebye Kakak

Hey...still in the raya mood. Raya becomes so much merrier when you have kids around. Yesterday when I left for work, as usual Salma salam and suprisingly added, Selamat Hari Raya mama. So cute :)

The day before she asked me where are all her duit from raya. So I told her I'm going to masukkan duit dalam bank. Then she said no and said, "Salma nak masukkan...masukkan....masukkan dalam Toys r Us" hehe...apala kids these days.

I posted this and realized I hadn't explained the title...well, the maid will be leaving for Jakarta in about a month's time and return here to work for my mother in law. Hope the kids will like having me at home...ahahah...I do hope I don't turn into a Momzilla! Erk!

Just called the Indonesia embassy and all is okay for her trip. Previously we had to get a surat cuti from the embassy so that she doesn't have to pay taxes going out of Jakarta. Now that her passport has her Malaysia address, there's no need for the letter.

Airasia pulak slashed checked in baggage to no more than 15kgs. Each extra kilo in access will be charged RM15. Huhu...Siapala balik kampung with less than 15kg?I'll ask her to wear layers what they do in Amazing race rite?

Tuesday, October 7, 2008


Fuh...spent a few minutes typing this and that and suddenly everything dissapeared. Anyway, not in the mood now..hehe..trying to install Ad sense on the site but I'm still figuring out how to have it appear after each post. Could use the extra money as in a month's time I'll be a stay at home mom!!Erkk...scary and unbelievable.. :P

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Hanan @ 5 months

Yesterday Hanan had her 5 month's injection and her polio drops. She weighed 6.7kg, only a 300g increase since our last visit which was 2 months ago. She still looks chubby but that's just too low. I guess we better increase her solid food intake.

Salma also had to visit the doctor as she complained of pain in her left ear. When the doc checked she said takde nampak apa-apa, possibly infection as she's also having selsema. But on the way back I asked Salma whether her ears still sakit. She answered, dah pegi doctor dah.

Salma now joins the kids on the block main petang-petang. Usually she's all shy, now she loves the attention that the bigger girls give her. Normal jugak cik salma ni.

Oh, Hanan loves peek-a-boo games. Asik gelak-gelak. So fun now that she knows how to respond. She can also sit on the couch without tumbling over. On the bed belum master lagi.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Nanny call it quits

: ) The kids nanny or bibik has decided not to renew her contract with us. She's been with us for over two years. She had it easy taking care of just Salma but I guess two is too much for her. Now we just need to figure out what's best for the kids.

Kids are doing well, the updates:
1) Salma terkencing at Lmart. Didn't notice until we were at the checkout counter. She looked moody, jalan pun slow aje. Asked her kencing tempat sejuk or toys. Tempat sejuk. Padanla I noticed a puddle dekat tempat frozen foods.
2) Hanan can roll over!But only from prone position to her back. And when she's in a prone position she can move a little bit to her left and right. She also loves, loves magazines. I guess she likes the colors and texture. Asik keronyokkan Salma's magz, marahla makcik tu.

Ahh...still thinking about life after bibik's gone. November 2008, brace yourself Suria!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Sorry Hanan

Hanan can already roll side to side and play with her feet. Mama lupe pulak..

Saturday, June 28, 2008

busy mother

Another month has passed!Kids just recovered from flu, both parents also kena. I got 2 days off from work. Think it was the first time ever dapat 2 days off because of flu.Thank you DrSuraya,really appreciate it. Why can't all docs be this kind? Anyway, the cuti was much needed, the eLC is freezing cold it can make a healthy person feel miserable, inikan orang sakit, double and triple misery. Salma pun happy that her mama doesn't have to go to work. Lately every morning she wakes up crying and saying, mama tak boleh go to work...huhu

Well, updates :

1) Salma can do buttons!Yipee. There was a dengue scare so I made her wear a long sleeved cardigan. She insisted that it needed to be buttoned,I didn't want to do it, so Salma managed to do a few tho the buttons tak pair betul2 dengan lubang. Well, the cardigan ended up as a required accessory. She wore it for 3 days, day and night until she spilled some ice cream on it. Salma ni suka fashion-fashion pulak. Yesterday she pointed at a pair of pink kiddie boots at the shoe store. Teringin, so I let her try it on. Suka sangat.

2) Hanan has tasted some solid food. The rice cereal seemed a hit, asik nganga mulut je. I must be sleepy, can't think of anything else that's new with Hanan. Sorryla Hanan.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Kids @ beach

Here's a photo of Hanan on her second trip to the beach, this was taken 2 weeks ago at Paka. No more weekend KL or Kuantan trips...with two kids, Paka will have to do.
Salma was actually wearing Hanan's clothes. I laid it out on the bed and she insisted it was hers and wanted to wear it. fits her lagi but the seluar so ketat. Boleh pulak a 3 year old share baju with a 3 month old baby!

Sunday, May 18, 2008


Been almost a month since my first post..Hanan's already 3 months! Haven't taken her for her vaccination yet as Salma just recovered from a bad sore throat...tak mau Hanan sakit pulak.Breastfeeding really helps, Salma had swollen tonsils and a very high fever but kept on kissing Hanan...tak pulak jangkit..So thankful that I only had to take care of one sick baby, itupun dah take 2 days off from work.

Anyway, Hanan can hold her head up when lying prone!But only for about 2 minutes after which dia dah start nangis..hehe...Hadi used to do this often dengan Salma dulu...sian Salma kena buli with babah, but now I'm doing it to Hanan!Apada...

Hanan sucks her thumb..aiyoh..hope it doesn't last. Since she's so small, she doesn't have much control of her hands when she puts in her thumb sometimes she jabs it in too deep sampai buat puking noises. Macam orang bulimic pulak..and sometimes she does vomit her feed. Hanan oh Hanan.

Salma has created herself an alter-ego...the tiger/lion. She can be quite scary impersonating the animal. Can't remember why she started doing this. This little lion likes to cakar people but I already told her not to cakar again. Hope she doesn't forget.

Yesterday we celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary! Wanted to have a quiet dinner at Awana but we had to bring the tiger. Kalau tak surely merajuk cause both of us had to work during the weekend haritu.

Pray for more happy years to come! Love you beeb

Monday, April 28, 2008

Hanan's first chuckle

When Hanan first chuckled I knew I had to jot the ocassion somewhere. Since Hanan's arrival, people have started asking me when Salma did this and that and I've just realised that I haven't a clue. So when Hanan chuckled I made it my resolution to have a journal dedicated to the kids.

It was all thanks to the pink balloon. Hanan loved it when we thumped the balloon on her legs and arms. She chuckled the four times we did it but when we tried again soon after, she only smiled. Guess she gets bored easily.

I remembered Salma's first chuckle. I was driving to work and she was sleeping beside me in her car seat. Suddenly I heard a chuckle and saw that she was smiling. Must've been a funny dream. So it was about the same time that my two girls had a reason to giggle, at 2 months +