A Photo A Day July

August 9, 2012 at 7:22 am

In July, prompted by friends, I joined A Photo A Day July. Take a photo every day in July based on the keyword given below, and then share the photo on Facebook or Instagram.
A Photo A Day July

Here are some of the photos.

Day 6. Chair {The chair that grew with the children}Chair

Day 7. Garden {Garden of bouquet}Garden of bouquet

Day 8. Lunch {Home cooked Thai style lunch}Home cooked Thai style lunch

Day 9. Big {Big responsibility for me during exams time}Big responsibility for me during exams time

Day 12. Texture {Science experiment with the girls which change the texture of the egg}Egg texture changed

Day 13. Open {Zaria drew herself opening her mouth to take medicine}Open Mouth

Day 14. Building {Building a word puzzle as message for me after I scolded Zara for shouting as Zaria. It says, “And Zaria Bang The Door”}Building word puzzle

Day 17. My Addiction {My addiction – buying books}My Addiction

Day 19. Pet {Our pretty useless cat, rarely loving, still hisses at us after 8yrs with us, only home to eat.}Pet

Day 22. Upside DownUpside down

Day 23. MirrorMirror

Day 26. SunshineSunshine

Day 24. Stranger {Stranger taking photo of the neighbourhood}Stranger

Day 30. CalmCal,

I’m joining A Photo A Day August as well, will be posting the photos in September.

Winners of Giveaway Contest : Barbie Flower N Flutter Fairy

August 7, 2012 at 5:06 pm

I have the winners of the Barbie Flower N Flutter Fairy Giveaway!

They are *drum roll* :
Nicole Wong
Shamsul Hafiz Mahat

All 3 of you will be getting a Barbie Flower N Flutter Fairy set just like this.
Barbie Flower N Flutter Fairy

Here are their comments :
Barbie Flower N Flutter Fairy Winner Comments

Congratulations once again to the above winners. Kindly email your name, contact number and mailing address to winx@gocomm.com.my for prizes delivery purposes.

For those of you who didn’t win, it’s ok. Because there’ll be another 3 Giveaway for Barbie Fashion Combo Holiday. Giveaway will be announced sometime next week. Try your luck again next round.

Growing Up Milk With DHA And Gangliosides

July 20, 2012 at 10:00 am

When choosing a Growing Up Milk for children, I realized, most parents will choose one which contains DHA. This is a key word in the packaging of a Growing Up Milk that most parents will look for.

Like all parents, it was one of my criteria in choosing a milk powder too, until I learnt about the importance of Gangliosides.

If DHA is a building block of brain cells, Gangliosides on the other hand does brain cells connections.
When there is more brain cells connection, the kids will learn faster, and able to relate to what they learn. The more brain cells connection there is, the smarter the kid will be.

So what should we look for now in Growing Up Milk? DHA or Gangliosides? How about both combined together?

Did you watch the advert featured on TV?

DHA and Gangliosides complements each other, when they come together, great things happen.

Looking around, no other Growing Up Milk offer both of these except Anmum Essential (its new formulation contain more DHA and more Gangliosides).

This is something I will consider when I’m choosing a Growing Up Milk for the girls, I want a milk not just to build brain cells but one that can help brain cells connection too. What about you?

Barbie Flower N Flutter Fairy

July 5, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Got this sent to us a week back by Mattel, a beautiful Barbie Flower N Flutter Fairy.

Barbie Flower N Flutter Fairy

The girls were so happy, they quickly ripped the box apart to check out what came with it.

Here is what they got with the Barbie Flower N Flutter Fairy.

The doll itself with a pair of wings (non-removable once attached).
Barbie Flower N Flutter FairyTiara, shoes and skirts are removable.

8 finger nail size flowers.
Barbie Flower N Flutter Fairy - Flowers

The flowers come with velcro at the back.
Barbie Flower N Flutter Fairy - Flowers

A ‘Wand’ that can be used to ‘sprinkle’ the flowers on to the wings.
Barbie Flower N Flutter Fairy - Wand

Abracadabra….Wings now..
Barbie Flower N Flutter Fairy - Wand

Alaka-zam! Wings decorated with ‘flowers’.
Barbie Flower N Flutter Fairy

Neat one.

Watch out for this space as there’ll be a Giveaway competition later this month for you to win one of this.

Malaysia Top News in April : Bersih 3.0 Rally and Nayati Moodliar’s Abduction

May 7, 2012 at 5:46 pm

2 biggest news that hit the nation a week ago which affected us Malaysians :
1) Bersih 3.0 Rally
2) Nayati Moodliar’s missing

I was planning to go the Bersih 3.0 Rally. Daddy who didn’t want to go was ‘supportive’ of me going, but with a warning, “If you get locked up, just don’t expect me to bail you out ok?”
The girls, especially Zara, asked me what a rally is. Explaining to them in the simplest form, i.e. protesting, gaining support for something they believe in is a rally. Giving them an example such as if they didn’t like their parents forcing them to eat vege, and they know vege is not good for them, they can do a rally in the house. Carrying cards, “NO MORE VEGE”, and shout slogans to get other children to support their course and try to influence and change us.
Zaria, half understanding half not, said, “I want to go to Bersih, because I want to get clean!”
Zara, getting some ideas some of the things that can happen during a rally, told me, “If you are going, just come home safe ok?”

I didn’t go eventually. Because I didn’t have a gang of friends who’s going, I’m too afraid of heat, and a rally at 2pm? I may faint under the sun in the crowd. I’m too chicken.

But I was touched and moved. By how so many Malaysians were driven to join in the rally for a better Malaysia; how a rally of this size could be organised without any of our government controlled TV/newspaper/radio providing any coverage/lobbying. This is People’s Power.

Bersih 3.0 Rally - Siting firmcredit : Facebook News

I’m still catching up on the Berish 3.0 stories and photos as I’d been down with food poisoning which lasted for a week. One of the photos that I like best is this by Hugo Teng

Bersih 3.0 Rally - Siting firm

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The other news that affected nationwide and wordwide is Nayati Moodliar’s abduction, near his school early morning on 27th April.

If a 12year old boy can’t even walk to his school a few minutes away from his home along a busy road, how should I ensure my children’s safety in this city? How protected should I be of them? These were all crossing my mind.

I was checking (a lot of us were doing this world wide) the facebook page that was set up for him frequently for updates; worrying for him, feeling the pain and anxiety that the family must be experiencing; no parents should have to go through what his parents have gone through.

May 3rd, 6 days later, Nayati got home. What a wonderful news to know that he’s returned home safely without any harm.

Here is a video of him taken a few days after he got home.

Shampoo for Seborrheic Dermatitis Of The Scalp

May 4, 2012 at 3:14 pm

I joined Melaleuca recently as member, and started switching to their product for most of the household items, including the girls’ shampoo. While most of their products are good, I find the Herbal Shampoo which came highly recommended, too rich and too overly scented.

Melaleuca Herbal Shampoo

Now, I’m not sure if this was the cause of it, but after changing the girls to the Herbal Shampoo for about a month, I discovered a couple of ‘crusty’ patches on Zara’s scalp, cradle cap like.

Seborrheic Dermatitis of the scalp

Seborrheic Dermatitis of the scalp

There are 2 patches above her ears, and she’s scratching them frequently. Crusty, scaly, itchy, and when scratched, there’ll be scaly flakes coming off.

It fits the description of seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp from here :
~ Red, oily skin covered with greasy white or yellow scales
~ Yellow or white scales that may attach to the hair shaft
~ Patchy scales or thick crust on the scalp that may be easily removed
~ Patches usually confined by hairline
~ Itching, which may be severe

I used to have this after I’d given birth to Zaria. Probably due to hormonal changes. And I had a bigger patch. For a whole year, I’d tried different shampoo, bought over the counter, organic, prescribed by the doctor, but nothing worked. I have to stop wearing black because it was very embarrassing, a slight scratching would create an avalanche of dandruff.

After a year of searching for a solution, I finally came across something that worked. Kaminomoto Medicated Shampoo! After using for a few weeks, the itch on the scalp stopped, and slowly, the skin healed!

Kaminomoto Medicated Shampoo

With Zara, initially, I thought maybe she has not rinsed away the shampoo properly, and the residue has caused this. For 2 weeks, she continued to use the Herbal Shampoo and I rinsed her hair for her. No improvement; and the spots were still very itchy and flaky.

Then I started her on the Kaminomoto Medicated shampoo. Sure enough, after a week, the ‘crust’ thinned out, and within 2 weeks, the 2 spots have cleared. Thank goodness! I don’t see her scratching her scalp fervently any more.

This is something I would like to recommend to all who has dandruff or seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp. It has worked for both Zara and me. The only problem is, it’s not available in Malaysia but you can get it in Singapore.

Nowadays, I alternate this with another shampoo of my choice, just to keep the scalp healthy.

As for Zara, I’d moved her back to a kids’ shampoo from Buds, and stopped the Herbal Shampoo from Melaleuca totally. I’m now stuck with the remaining 1 liter of the shampoo. Sigh.

What To Prepar For Standard One – What To Get

November 11, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Government loaned school books ready to be returned

One more week and it’s the end of Standard One for Zara, I’d also moved from one who was seeking advice last year this time to one who can tell others on what to prepare for Standard One (based on my own experience).

School Bags – Buy a good bag, but not too expensive
I’m not sure about Kebangsaan school, but for Chinese school, with the amount of books they have, it’s best to get a trolley bag. The school will put the Standard One kids on the ground floor anyway.

Unless your child is big size, it’s going to be difficult for them to manage a backpack no matter how back friendly it is. The books probably weigh 5~7Kg if not more, I think for a 7yr old, that’s too much weight to carry.

(My neighbour paid a lot for a good backpack, but after seeing how her daughter struggled on the first day with the big bag filled with books, she went shopping that same night to get her a trolley bag)

Think (at least) 400 children racing hurrying through corridors, halls, a couple of steps;
Think kids unzipping their bags, reaching for things in one shout of instruction (and when there’s any delay, they may get a stroke of cane).

Try out the zip, the retractable handle, see if they are easy to operate. Target for the bag to last the child for 1 year at least. Unless your child is the extremely careful, not too active kind, the bag will probably get very ‘charn’ (Chinese : worn out) come year end.

For Zara, who’s quite careful, but rather active (always racing her friends to get to the hall the fastest) this is how her bag looks like after a year (we gave it a wash during school holidays, or over long weekends). She’s already asked for a new bag for next year.

School Bag - see how worn out

School Shoes – At least 2 pairs to interchange.
I got Zara 2 pairs of cloth Kikilala shoes which is washable. She alternate between the 2 pairs. We wash them weekly, and apply those white shoe polish to whiten them.

I don’t think an expensive pair is required, as they will be running in fields, dusty basketball courts, and their feet grows so quickly.

We had to buy a new pair for Zara a month back because one of her pairs just ‘disintegrated’. This is what the surviving pair looks like. Definitely need new ones next year.

Surving pair

School Uniforms
Unless you are on a tight budget, buy something which fits the child (oversize uniforms and very faded uniforms make the child look sloppy). We bought ours from Kamdar, nice cutting, and didn’t cost a lot. If I remember correctly, it was ~RM20 for the pinnafore, and ~RM10 for the blouse, we got Zara 3 sets to interchange.

By end of the year, the blue has faded a bit, the skirt has reached the knee (was slightly below the knees starting this year). Still presentable, but I think Daddy will want to get new ones for her to make her look smart.

She had 20 mechanical pencils given to her for Christmas last year. None she could use because the teachers only allowed normal pencils for her Standard. We got her lots of 2B pencils instead.

We got her a nice pencil case, but after a while, she started using her reward points or sweet talks (Daddy) to get other pencil cases, and when she was given allowance, started buying them from pasar malam or the school bookshop. So I guess, they don’t need a fancy one to start the year. (Now, she has one for school, one for music class, one for English class, one for ….. I lost track).

Drinking bottles, food containers
We just get the Bros ones. Don’t want them to get something too expensive and when she looses it we get heartache.

We got Zara a small wallet to put some coins and her allowance. She leaves it in her bag, and sometimes money goes missing. Not sure she miscalculated her spending or someone has been pinching from her wallet.

When I asked her to put the wallet in her pocket and bring it every where, she said she’s afraid it may fall off from her pocket. Her next wallet will be one which comes with a strap and hook which she can hook on to her belt.

Book Wrapping
Don’t be like me, cutting up big sheets of PVC to wrap her books (took me 20mins to wrap 1 book), unless you enjoy wrapping book. They have book sleeves available which you can buy and then just slot the books in. The books come in similar sizes anyway.

There….. Hope you find this useful to get all the things ready for Standard One.

Yahama JMC Book 1 – Zaria’s Progress

May 20, 2011 at 11:30 pm

Zaria loves her Yamaha JMC class. In fact, she’s saying, “I don’t want to go to school any more, I only want to go to music class.”

Zaria at the keyboard

Everyday, without fail, she’ll play the songs she’s learnt in class without me asking her to, and she has great satisfaction if she could play the whole song right. To her, it’s not like a practice at all. And she likes Daddy calling her “Little Mozart”.

4 months after attending Yamaha JMC class, she’s started playing the 2 most difficult songs for this level, Happy Days, and The Cuckoo Clock, and she’s really happy to be able to do it.

See the grin after she’s completed the song?

She’s now asking me why she has to continue attending class for Book 1 when she can already play all the songs. She is impatient to move on to the next level!

Well, each JMC book takes 6 months to finish, so another 2 more months, and she’ll be moving to Book 2. But I’m wondering, since she wants to move on, if we should pull her out of JMC course and get a private tutor to teach her so that she can progress at her own pace instead of following the 6-month schedule.

Any piano players out there to advice?

Random Sept 2010

September 8, 2010 at 8:44 am

Woh… more than a week I’d not posted anything. If you wanted to know why, go here. I’ll be posting more photos of the holiday here once I sorted out all the photos.

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Recently in blogsphere, we’d lost a dear friend, Lisa. She has been battling cancer with so much spunk, but eventually, cancer won. We’d lost her, but heaven has gained an angel.

We’ll always remember her fighting spirit, her generosity, her humour despite the situation, her positive vibes.

We’ll always miss her.

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I’m not sure if it’s a good thing to expose my children to death at such an early age.

This year, Zaria has attended my grandfather’s funeral, and I also brought her along when I went to pay Lisa my last respect.

She used to tell me “Ma, I don’t want you to be fat.” occasionally. Because she knows fat = unhealthy or maybe it was the Harry Potter’s Prisoner of Azkaban that she saw where Harry inflated his aunt.

She would tell me I need to exercise, and if I missed my sit ups in the night, she would ask me, “Why you didn’t do your exercise, ma? I don’t want you to be fat. You must do your exercise.”

Now this week, her tone has changed. She’ll tell me “Ma, I don’t want you to be old.”
She says that to me, Daddy, and even Jelly.
And she’ll work herself to tears after a while, sobbing quietly away, and said, “But I don’t want you to be old.” after we’d explained to her (upteenth time) growing old is natural, and we’ll all go through that.

Yesterday, she brought this up again. Before she shed her first drop of tear, I told her, “All of us will grow old. Even you, you’ll grow bigger, you’ll be 4, then 5, then 6 and then one day you’ll be sixteen.”
She replied, “But I don’t want to grow bigger or older. I want to be small forever.” o.O”

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On our way back to school, we had a chat about the day. Zara as usual likes talking about her best friend WY, telling me about WY’s dad etc. I asked her, “Do you know what WY’s daddy do?” (I was asking more of occupation).
She replied, “I don’t know.”
I asked again, “If people asked you what your Daddy does, do you know (what to say)?”
She replied, “Ya, I know. My Daddy always sleeps, sometimes he snores. My Daddy wear glasses. My Daddy always drinks tea. Sometimes my Daddy goes out with his friends to drink beer.” o.O”
(Wow Daddy, you sounds like someone who’s retired and having a good life.)
I asked another question, “What does Mummy do then?”
She replied, “You bake and you read a lot of books.”

I’ll have to give her more details about our occupations soon.

感激 – Battling Liver Cancer

March 11, 2010 at 2:54 pm

We brought our father to Asia Centre For Liver Diseases & Transplantation located at Gleneagles Hospital Singapore for another round of diagnosis last weekend. It has finally decided that, it’s best he does a surgery, for these reasons :

1) His tumor is only on the left lobe, other part of his liver and organs are clean

2) His liver function is normal based on the blood test, meaning the other part of his liver is in good condition

3) His tumor is too big to be removed or killed by chemo, if he were to go for chemo, he’ll have to do many rounds to reduce the size.

His surgery will be tomorrow. Hope all will be well.

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I’m so touched by a few, who’d shown me so much compasion since they knew about my father’s condition.

Dinah, who helped me made the appointment with her BIL during Chinese New Year.

C, my neighbour, dropped by with books; one by Dr Wu, who has fought and won his cancer battle through a change of diet and lifestyle; and another book on negative ion and its benefit.
C also offered to take care of the girls and have them stay with her, if I needed to be away.

K, also my neighbour, in the midst of moving, dropped by with recipe books for cancer patients which she has to dig in her packed boxes.

Books from C and K

SK, who’ll be giving me a place to stay, and her kitchen to use next week when my dad is in the hospital.

I’m most touched by Lisa, who is herself battling cancer with spunk. When she knew about my father, she started sending me all the long sms-es with information on things that I can do, or get for my father to help him, based on her own experience and what she knows. She said, “Fighting cancer is like a crash course.. getting a new degree.. in the shortest time.”

I thank her for giving me the cheat sheet.

And what touched me most was her dropping by my house yesterday with these for my dad.
Leaflet on Dr Rath’s Program.
3 bottles of Mangosteen juice (high in anti oxidant)
A box of Maharishi Amrit Kalash Mak 4 & 5 (also high on anti oxidant)
Lisa's gifts to my dad

I didn’t get to see her, because I was out with the girls.

She also gave 2 Chinese style bags for the girls.
Girls' bags from Lisa

The girls were so happy to see those, and immediately started using them. See what they used them for?
Girls' bags from Lisa

*bow humbly* Thank you Lisa, C, K, SK, Dinah. I’m so touched by your compasion, your help and your friendship.

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Girls’ prayers for my dad now became something like this,
Zara : “Hope Ah Kong’s operation will not be painful. And he will get better after that, then he can play with me.”
Zaria : “Hope the doctor wash the knife clean clean clean for Ah Kong’s operation. And after that Ah Kong will not have diarhea any more.”

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