Monday, 30 June 2014

TAWC - Make Ahead Meals for Ramadhan Month

Salam Ramadhan. Second day of fasting. Alhamdulillah, we are given the chance again to be in the holy month of Ramadhan to perform our worship (ibadah). May this 30-day holy Ramadhan cleanse our soul and make us deserving for Allah's blessings. InsyAllah.


I am still doing my once a week meal for my family. And on last Saturday, I made 3 meals inclusive of chicken, beef and vegetables. No fish. I will need to cook fish on the day to keep the fresh taste. Yes, my husband will not eat if the fish has 'fishy' smell.

I made chicken soup with carrots and potatoes. I added some celery into it. For the beef I cooked black pepper beef with potatoes, carrots and capsicum. And mixed vegetables - carrots, celery, broccoli, corn and cabbage flower. For each meals, I can get 4 to 3 packet. And I believe we can survive for 2 whole week.

P/S: I thanked who ever invented this idea for freezer meals or make ahead meals. You made my cooking life easy.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Favourite Quote of the Week #26 - Weather

Dear beautiful, sunny, cool and warm breeze.. and of course rain.. I do miss you. Was it something I say? - Unknown

Monday, 23 June 2014

ASTRO: Just Because of RM10.45

On last Thursday, we had an issue with our ASTRO. We reached home and as usual, kiddo switched on the TV and click on her fave channel. However, there was a message:

We apologise for the service interruption. To resume service please SMS: Astro RCO XXXXX(Smartcard number) and send to 66688. For customers in Brunei, please call 151. (TCI)

So I sent an SMS, and got a reply:
RM0.00 You are currently not eligible for this transaction. Please make payment immediately to enjoy full ASTRO services again. Thank you.

Our ASTRO has been barred?? Mr. Fruitheart checked our history payment and confirmed we had paid. So, I had to call ASTRO. I called the toll free line and since I'm using the ASTRO IPTV, I was being transferred to another line.

I asked the customer service representative to check and she told me our ASTRO account has an outstanding payment. I was like WHAT? Outstanding payment? How much? Oh no! Did Mr. Fruitheart paid to the wrong account? Because I had 2 under my name.

Surprisingly.. they cut the line because I had an outstanding payment of RM10.45! And because it is MORE THAN RM10!! RM10??!! Not RM1000.

"It is because of 45 cents????" I asked the lady.

"Err.. yes maam. It is more than RM10. I'm sorry."

I was like.. *&%)(#*^%$*#)&%^$%#*)(#&^$%#&**()


Yes, and I paid the RM10.45 bill after I hung up the phone.

P/S: I am pissed! And lesson learned, pay exact amount even if it's RM0.45.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Jadual Waktu Berbuka Puasa dan Imsak 2014

InsyAllah.. kita akan menemui bulan penuh keberkatan iaitu Ramadhan tidak lama lagi. Mengikut kalendar, 1 Ramadhan 1435H jatuh pada hari Ahad 29hb Jun 2014.

http://www.islam44.net/2014/04/ramadan-2014-wallpapers.html
Image credit to: http://www.islam44.net/2014/04/ramadan-2014-wallpapers.html

Di sini, saya kongsikan pautan Jadual Waktu Berbuka Puasa dan Imsak bagi tahun 2014.
Sumber: JAKIM



Alhamdulillah, Allah telah melanjutkan usia kita semua untuk bersama-sama menempuhi bulan Ramadhan dengan merebut kesempatan menjalankan segala ibadah di bulan ini. Bulan di mana pahala dilipat gandakan. Dan peringatan untuk diri saya sendiri, melebihkan ibadah yang mana kurang dan mengurangkan perkara yang tidak perlu.

P/S: Mohon diri diberikan kesabaran dan kekuatan yang tinggi menempuh hari-hari mendatang.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Favourite Quote of The Week #25 - Time

“The lives of all people flow through time, and, regardless of how brutal one moment may be, how filled with grief or pain or fear, time flows through all lives equally.”
Orson Scott Card

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

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Tak tahu nak rasa apa atau apa patut rasa sekarang. Dari pagi masuk kerja sibuk cari pusat tuisyen dan tutor di rumah untuk kiddo. Pada masa yang sama, otak bekerja keras memikirkan diri yang gagal menjadi contoh terbaik untuk anak-anak. Ye ke gagal?

Punca rasa macam tu.. Kiddo tak dapat keputusan yang membanggakan untuk peperiksaan pertengahan tahun. Agak kecewa sebab tahu dia memang boleh buat dengan lebih baik. Tahu dah bila masuk darjah 4, pelajaran semakin mencabar. Rasa sedih dan bersalah sebab tak tegas dengan kiddo untuk belajar. Bila cakap pasal tuisyen, daddy pula seolah-olah menyalahkan diri ini bila takut anak penat hantar pergi tuisyen. Kata dia, macam ini lah jadi nya kalau sambil lewa.

Pernah tak rasa 24 jam sehari itu tak cukup? Pernah? Bangun pukul 5.30 pagi, siapkan sarapan dan bekal makanan tengahari. 6.30 dah keluar rumah. Hantar girls rumah mertua dan lepas tu hantar kiddo ke sekolah. Naik LRT sampai pejabat pukul 8. Balik pukul 5, tunggu kiddo sampai 5.45 dan terus balik rumah mertua ambil girls. Sampai rumah pukul 7.

Masa itu lah nak mandi, solat, nak siapkan makan malam, masak nasi, masuk baju dalam mesin basuh kalau ada, nak layan girls, ambil baju di ampaian kalau ada, itu belum melipat. Agak kelam kabut dan haru bila girls nakkan perhatian pada masa yang sama. Itu belum seorang menangis, seorang lagi panjat meja.

Tahu-tahu dah pukul 8. Belum solat maghrib lagi. Kadang-kadang mandi pun belum. Selalunya selepas makan malam, kiddo buat kerja sekolah. Dan pukul 8.00-8.30 malam tu juga, girls dah masuk bilik. Masa untuk bergurau senda dan tidur sama ada dengan mama atau daddy. Kiddo? Siapa nak teman dia belajar? Dah, rasa bersalah di situ. Seolah-olah biarkan dia. Pinggan dalam sinki, meja kena lap, baju yang dah siap basuh kena sidai. Adalah lagi parah bila daddy ada mesyuarat dari jam 8-9 malam. Lalu, semua dibiarkan tunggu pagi esok baru nak buat.


Mama kalau dah masuk bilik selalunya akan tertidur selepas baby tidur. Tahu-tahu dah pukul 12 malam bila baby nak susu. Tiada selamat malam untuk kiddo. Tak sempat nak jenguk dapur, pinggan dah basuh ke belum. Beg girls pun tak tengok atau periksa baju dan pampers untuk esok dah siap atau belum. Sebab mama letih. Bangun pagi sebelumnya jam 5.30 dan tidur jam 9 - 9.30 malam. Bangun 2-3 kali bila baby nak susu. Terjaga bila big girl tertendang belakang badan. Lepas tu, alarm berbunyi. Alamak dah pukul 5.30 lagi sekali. Kain yang tidak berlipat sudah berganda di atas katil bilik no 2.

Rasanya ramai yang menghadapi situasi macam ni. Malah ada yang lebih teruk, mungkin. Lain orang lain cara mereka kendali situasi. Ramai yang kata, kerja rumah boleh buat kemudian bila anak tidur. Sudah tu, bila masanya nak dapat rehat dan tidur yang cukup 8 jam? Hasilnya, eye bag Prada atau Gucci bawah mata semakin gelap.

Pembantu rumah bukan jawapannya. Maka, sekali sekala biarlah rumah tidak berkemas asalkan masa yang ada diisi dengan melayan anak-anak. Lebih baik begitu kan?

Dan rasa kecewa apabila hanya ada masa 10 minit untuk diri sendiri itu pun di dalam bilik air, waktu mandi. Tak sedih pun kan? 

P/S: How to be smart working parents with growing up children?

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Google Doodle 17th June - Belgium vs Algeria

How nice.


Remembering Paul the Octopus? I choose Belgium.
It was nice of Google to create this. Maybe I should start doodling too. Just for fun.

P/S: May the best team win.

Monday, 16 June 2014

World Cup 2014 - Germany

Ladies, do you wake up purposely just to watch the game? I know some of you might. Those 'kipas susah mati' fan. I remembered in 2010, I watched the game between Spain and Germany. And they did not win. Boo hoo hoo.

First match for Germany:
Germany vs Portugal on 17th June.

Prediction: Ger 1 - Por 0, Ger 2 - Por 1
 
Images from Google doodle.

This year, I hope Germany will win. But, to wake up in the middle of the night to watch them play.. definitely a no no. Maybe if they made it to the semi final or final, I'll watch. Now I'd rather sleep. Age factor. HAHA. And baby factor. I do not want to fall asleep when I'm in the office too.

And let me tell you.. if you're not watching the game, not interested in the World Cup, not a fan of football, please do not say this to them.. "Come on, it's only a game."

Someone might get injured.

http://worldsoccertalk.com/2014/06/03/world-cup-tv-schedule-for-australian-tv-and-internet/
Image credit to http://worldsoccertalk.com/2014/06/03/world-cup-tv-schedule-for-australian-tv-and-internet/

P/S: I wonder what animal is being used to predict who will win World Cup 2014.

How To Do Money Order for First Timer

There is always first time for everything. If it wasn't because of I lost my certificate, I wouldn't know how to do money order via Pos Malaysia.

I myself smile when I think of it. We used to do almost everything online, Internet banking and so on.. we forgot how to do the traditional way. You know, there are still people who went to the post office and pay their bills. Not surprise eh?

So.. let me continue with my story. I had lost my most important certificates - Diploma, SPM, PMR, UPSR and all that I received from my previous work training. When my father moved the new house, I have packed all my stuff in one big box. He transferred everything to a new box and he doesn't know where my files were when I asked him. I've searched the entire storage and I do not know where my black file is. Now I have to trouble myself to get the photocopy of my certificates.

I googled 'salinan sijil SPM' and found:


I am so relief that I can get a photocopy of my certificates. Phew! After reading on how to get it, I went to the post office and make money order. Fill in the form and paid RM20. RM10 for each certificate that I requested - SPM and PMR. I don't remember how much is the service charge, RM0.60 maybe. After all is done, I went back to the office and fill in my details on the money order. So what's next? I got blur not knowing what to do with the money order in my hand. Should I pass it back to the counter? Should I put it inside the envelop together with the form? Should I scan it? Argh!

 


I asked Mr. Fruitheart, he also not sure. I googled! And found the answer in this blog -
Cara Buat Kiriman Wang Pos

Now I am all done. Thank God I didn't call their customer service or send email. Silly me.

P/S: I hope you reach your destination.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

2014: Happy Father's Day

 

 
Image credit to http://holidays.mrdonn.org/fathersday.html 
 
To my father, En. Nawawi Mior Abdul Majid.. you will always be my hero. Thank you for everything that you have done for me.
 
And to my other half, my husband Nizam.. thank you for everything you have done and will do for the kids. I am sure they are thankful too to have you as their daddy.
 
My fave choice of words for Father's Day:
“A boy needs a father to show him how to be in the world. He needs to be given swagger, taught how to read a map so that he can recognise the roads that lead to life and the paths that lead to death, how to know what love requires, and where to find steel in the heart when life makes demands on us that are greater than we think we can endure.”
― Ian Morgan Cron

 
P/S: Got Mr. Fruitheart a T-shirt that says 'World's Best Husband & Dad'.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Favourite Quote of The Week #24 - Football World Cup

It's the only sport that's played in every country in the world. It's played and watched all over the world, it's the most popular sport in probably 90% of the countries, and then with the World Cup, you have the most viewed tournament of any sport in the world. ~ Claudio Reyna
 
 
 
P/S: World Cup fever.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

School Holiday Program for Kiddo

We registered kiddo to the Intensif Pelajar Luar Biasa at his transit house last week. Started on 3rd June until 5th June from 9am to 5pm. Since he is the existing student there, I only had to pay RM90. If outsiders they have to pay RM120.

He was so excited attending the program. At least I didn't hear any "I'm bored".. "I don't know what else to do now." kind of statement for 3 days.


I should find more program like this for kiddo. And I know that he loves being with his friends rather than being alone at home or playing by himself and entertaining his sisters. Sorry son for the huge age gap between you and your sisters. And thank you so much for understanding.

P/S: As expected, he followed what he learned for 3 days only. After that, all gone missing once he is glued to the TV, playing Lego and iPad.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Not The Good Weekend

It was terrible. Both of us had food poisoning. It must be the asparagus that we ate. It's home cooked by the way. The colour had turned to pale green, so I thought it was still OK to cook it. I guess not.
 
 
I felt uneasy after lunch. My stomach kind of bloated and Mr. Fruitheart felt groggy and bloated at the same time. The worse day was Sunday. We kept on going in and out the toilet for more than 10 times. Exhausting!
 
And it was so challenging when both of my girls were uncontrollable. They wanted their attention when their parents just want to lay down, rest and sleep.
 
Today it was a bit OK for me although my tummy still bloated. But Mr. Fruitheart still has to go in and out the toilet. My poor hubby. And the only food that we wish to eat now is the McD porridge.
 
P/S: I should do the clean up to my fridge.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Favourite Quote of The Week #23 - Rain

“Do not be angry with the rain; it simply does not know how to fall upwards.”  ~   Vladimir Nabokov

 

The Little Two Year Old Girl

There are so many reasons to love and not-to-like the terrible twos. I have a daughter who just turned 2 years old last 2 weeks. And my adventure continue.

Now she loves to say "I don't want to be friends with you" other than saying "NO". But I'd love to hear the way she said it.. "Tak nak wawan abg Syahmie" "Tak nak wawan daddy". Those toddler slangs. Just yesterday she said she doesn't want to friend with me, and I replied back.. "Fine. Don't come to me if you want anything."

After 5 seconds, "Mama, what are you doing?" Heh.

Now she truly understands she has a baby sister. She has become the most protective big sister ever. She would cry and scream if a stranger, basically my relatives, wants to hold her baby sister. She would say "Give back Rania to mama!" and pull her legs from whoever holding her baby sister. Yesterday morning, Mr. Fruitheart playfully hit her baby sister's butt, she said "Don't hit her" and gave her daddy the fierce look. I was laughing hard. Mr. Fruitheart looked at me and said "So protective."


Every moment in my little 2 year old lives bring new discoveries. Yes, she throws tantrum like other kids her age. Meal time often a war zone and sometimes we struggle to take her out of the bathroom. As a 2 year old, Arissa knows what she wants, a demanding person at times, have very high spirit and determination. She's a great helper too. When I was busy with dish washing, she's busy "organising" the food cans in the cabinet. Yes, she enjoyed helping her mother with house chores. I pray and hope I still have my high patience for another 16 years.

P/S: Arissa, my little miss independent.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Family Vacation 2014 - Legoland Day 2

I know I should update more about the hotel, our room, the environment and everything but I am just too tired. I am positive everyone else who had visited Legoland would have updated their experience in either their blog.


It was raining in the evening after we take a short dip in the small swimming pool. Few visitors stranded at the main entrance waiting for the rain to stop.

We left our room at 10am and headed to Legoland Water Theme Park. There were no queue since it was only Thursday and crowd was not that many. I picked a spot under the tent near the food stall. There were blue cabana's and it costs RM300 for a full day rent, RM150 for half day rent. I would say that it was so DAMN expensive. RM150 for full day is still OK for me. It is not a surprised at all when a burger can costs you RM20.

We do not have our chance to eat in the Legoland Restaurant. RM100 for adult, RM50 for children.. for a family of 5 simply can cost you RM400 plus tax. There was no a la carte only buffet. Maybe I should bought food from home. Heh. I did packed some snacks and biscuits. So we had our breakfast, lunch and dinner outside at the nearest Medini Mall.


I do not have much photo's on our second day at the water park. It is still in the camera. We really enjoyed our time there. My boy and girl were the one very happy, super excited to spend time in the water. Legoland was truly a place for children to have fun. They loved the bunk beds, treasure hunting in the room, puzzle and the playground area in the lobby.





Kiddo successfully opened the treasure chest. There were few Lego Chima, which is his favourite. Thank God I do not have to buy more. As promised and birthday presents for my boy and girl, they both got lego toys each.

Did you know if you do not have tickets you still can go into the lego shop in the theme park area? Yes. You have to pay a deposit of RM145 per person, spend minimum RM100 for 45 mins.

Overall, I would give Legoland a 4 out of 5. The hotel service was excellent. Room was superb, bathrooms were clean and hotel staff was friendly.


It's hard to have a good picture of the kids and me. This was the only picture I can get hold of my 2 year old and baby.

P/S: If we ever want to visit Legoland Theme Park plus Water Theme Park, I know what to prepare next time.