Freakish Accident

January 7, 2016 at 9:25 pm

Thank Goodness everything is fine now, but I’ll let Zaria share with you the incident, while I share the photos.

I was out buying groceries for our family and then came back to the Villa seeing her like this!
(photo taken by my BIL)

My BIL claimed she didn’t even cry, and didn’t even complained it was painful. She washed her lips with tap water to get rid of the blood, and just waited for us to come back since we took the car (and the driver). She only started crying when she saw me.

We were brought to BIMC, by our host from the Villa, a hospital mainly to cater to expats. The lady doctor was very gentle and patient, I watched her lips being stitched up (3 stitches!) while trying to calm her. I was traumatized, and I still get goose bumps thinking about it.
This was right after her stitches.

My nephew too had to had 2 stitches at his temple. What a way to start a holiday!

A day after the stitching, her lips just looked like she had a very bad blister, which is normal.

11 days after the accident, just a faint line on the lip.

Thank goodness both my nephew and her are fine now.

Haze and All The Declared ‘Holidays’

October 21, 2015 at 4:52 pm

The haze has been really bad, and the government has been declaring school closure day after day after day.

Good thing is the girls have finished their exams and so they are having lots of fun at home (creating chaos for the mother).

Here is Zaria’s writing about the haze and the holidays she’s getting.

I thought it was funny.

If I haven’t mentioned it before, I think she’s my favourite author.

Quick Witted/Sharp Tongue Zaria Again

August 20, 2013 at 11:06 am

These days, Zaria is picking up new words/phrases from the TV, her books, and when she wasn’t quite sure what something meant, she asked us, which made her learn them and able to apply them very quickly.

While I was trying out ‘nice’ dresses, and showed the girls.
Zaria said, “You are so sexy, I don’t even think you are cut out for it.”
o.O”

While her lunch of noodles arrived pipping hot, I asked her, “Do you need help with the noodle?”
Zaria replied, “I’m not a retard, I can eat on my own.”
o.O”

While we were out, the hubs wrapped his arm around me.
Being possessive, she doesn’t like others touching me, so she stuck out her tongue and said, “Blech! Please don’t swap spit now ok?”
o.O”

We went to the new Baskin Robbins nearby.
I asked her, “What if your Cikgu so and so (BM teacher from school) is also there?”
She replied, “Oh… and then Mr So and So (English teacher from school) will be there too. (She thinks her teacher and cikgu are going out.)
She then added, “Ha.. then I’ll tell them, don’t do that in front of me, don’t make me feel like a third wheel.”

Seriously, I didn’t think I know how to use those words until after I became an adult.

Quick Witted/Sharp Tongue Zaria

July 29, 2013 at 11:13 am

Although Zaria has always been the ‘chili padi’ in the house, of late, we found that she’s getting really good with words, and quick in her interaction with friends/family. Some recent ‘conversations’ :

Early morning.
Me : WHY HAVEN’T YOU TAKEN YOUR GLASS OF WATER BEFORE YOU STARTED PLAYING?
Zaria : (matter-of-factly) Looks like someone woke up with a bad temper today. o.O

The hubs said he wanted to bring the girls out for ice cream since exams is over. Then after dinner he laid down and rested (typical man!)
Zaria: You said you want to bring us out for icecream and now you want to take a nap. What kind of a father are you? You are a very confused father. o.O

One day, I was listening to Jackie Cheung the whole afternoon. I called Zaria to come over for a hug. She looked at me and said, “What? Thinking about Jackie Cheung and having a hallucination is it?” o.O

There’s this really gorgeous looking Osteopath who works on children (adults too), and because Zaria’s gymn teacher mentioned she has a mild scoliosis, I thought of bringing her to see him.
I showed Zaria the Osteopath’s photo, and asked if I should bring her to see him.
Zaria replied, “So that you can look at him with googly eyes when he check on me is it?” o.O”

One day, she asked asked me, “How long more do I have to go for Chinese class.” (referring to her Chinese enrichment class)
I told her forever.
She replied, “So you mean even if I’m old I still have to go is it?
Even when I’m dead, and become a skeleton I still have to go is it?
Even when I’m in heaven I still have to go is it?
Even when I’m stinky (dead body), and have maggots crawling on me I still have to go is it?

Zara added, “Yeah, even when you are a zombie you still have to go.” o.O”

And one day (quite a while back), when I brought her to cut her hair, I asked how short she wanted her to be, she replied, “Up my boobs.” (as if she has any). o.O” But I guess any body would know what length she’s talking about.

Kissy Kissy

July 16, 2013 at 10:39 pm

Do you talk to your children about your ex boyfriends or the relationship you have before you were married?

For me, since my girls and I talked about anything under the sun (the boys they like in school or enrichment class, who they or I thought is 帅 or handsome etc) they knew how many ex boyfriends I’d had before their dad came along.

Tonight before bed time, they wanted to question me about my past. Guess who did the interrogation? Zaria, the chili padi, but of course.
The interesting bits I’d captured :
Zaria : So did you hold Mr Chineeeese Man’s hands?
Me : Yeah.
Zaria : What else did you do with Mr Chineeeese Man?
Me : We kissed.
Zaria : Ptui! Buek! You kissed him? I’m not going to let you kiss me any more. Ptui!
o.O”
…..
Zaria : Where did you kiss him? In the restaurant?? In the toilet? In the shopping mall? Ptui.. UEK!
Me : We don’t kiss in public, Zaria.
Zara : That’s why ma, you shouldn’t kiss me in school too. It’s embarrassing.
Me : *roll eyes*
Zaria : Ptui! Buek.
Me : Why can’t I kiss my boy friend?
Zaria : Ptui! His salivAAAAA. EWWWW… UEK! *scrunching her face up*
Me : Then, can I kiss you dad?
Zaria : At least he’s your husband! Boy friend, girl friend, no kissy kissy! It’s HORRID, PUTRID and DISGRACEFUL. And the least I want to say is, it’s DISGUSTING!
o.O”
(I have to remember to show her this in future, and remind her Girl friend, boy friend, no kissy kissy!)

Weird Human Behaviour – From a Child’s View

July 5, 2013 at 11:10 am

We talked about ambition one day in the car, and Zaria said she’s undecided on what she wanted to be when she grew up.

A vet dentist (yeah, one who will extract tooth for crocodiles) or a florist.

I casually said she’ll need a rich husband to be a florist, as there’s not much income to be made, since not many people give or get flowers these days. I’m the best example! I’d never received flowers from anyone nor the hubs except the time when I had my miscarriage many years ago where I got a bouquet from my Singapore boss who couldn’t visit me personally.

Both girls replied together, “Yeah, except when they are dead! (in funerals)”

Back home, I thought it’ll be a good topic to write about, so I asked Zaria to write “Weird habits people have.” She was not very happy I asked her to write, but she knew she had to do it or she won’t get to watch TV nor have a go at the iPad.

So this is what she wrote (horrid writing because she’s extremely unhappy with the assignment).

Can you make up what she wrote?

Malaysia Haze

June 28, 2013 at 4:51 pm

The last couple of days, all we Malaysians (and Singaporeans) talked about was the haze! Facebook friends including myself were reporting on API, where to get masks, what was the visibility outside, how the haze was affecting us (itchy skin/eyes, smokey, choking feeling etc).

People were wearing masks, and my girls out of fun, put on theirs as well.

The girls didn’t go to school for 3 days, and were locked up together with me in the study, with ironiser and aircon turned on and doors and windows all shut. Pity them as they are the outdoor type who likes to cycle and runaround at the park.

I made them write about the haze when we were under house arrest, reluctantly they did (hence the sloppy writing) or they won’t get to use the iPad or start their playing session.

Now that the skies are clear and blue, and the fluffy clouds are back, we hope we’d seen the last of the haze.

Putting Things Into Perspective

May 17, 2013 at 3:20 pm

The girls were making Teachers’ Day cards for their teachers.

Zara wrote on her card “Happy Teacher’s Day“ instead of “Happy Teachers’ Day” that I wrote for her.
Zaria wrote on her card, “Dear, Teacher, Belinda” instead of “Dear Teacher Belinda,”
Zara wanted to write “And” but instead wrote “Ad”

I got irritated. So I lectured them.
“Yada yada, so many mistakes on your cards… AND also you can spell wrongly… Don’t even know how to use punctuation… Can’t even plan your writing properly. Yada yada.”

Both girls corrected their mistakes by putting stickers over mistakes, drawing over wrong punctuation etc etc, while I was yakking away.

When Zara was done, she looked at me and told me calmly, “We are children. You are an adult. When children do things.. there’ll be some imperfection, it cannot be as perfect as an adult.”

o.O”

Then added, “Do you think if I did it so perfectly, teacher Casandra will think it’s my work or your work?”

o.O”

Ok. She’s putting things into perspective.

Zaria’s May Chitter Chatter

May 12, 2013 at 11:26 am

We’d been really busy the last few weeks, with the Malaysia General Election (following real news on the internet, going to listen to ceramah or speeches held by political parties); the preparation for the girls’ exams, etc etc.

Still sorting out the photos taken during our holiday in Sri Lanka, and working on the posts.

Here is a post to capture some of the things that Zaria said in May.

Brought Zaria for music class and waited for a car to back his car from a parking spot so I could take it, and the fella took forever so I drove away cursing.
Me : Idiot!
Zaria: Well, why don’t you call him a jerk.
Me: Hey, watch what you say ok.
Zaria: What? Why can you usethese words and I cannot?
Me: Because I’m an adult you are a child.
Zaria: So?
Me: We are different.
Zaria: Are you saying I’m not human because we are not the same?
o.O”

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Looking at a poster in a lift of a crowd cheering (concert attendees I guess). Zaria asked me, “They are attending Ceramah (Bahasa Malaysia : lecture) is it?

I think we’d been watching too much political ceramah on youtube.

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At one of her tantrums, Zaria was taking the pencil and writing really hard on the dining table.
Hubs : Stop it yeah. You are damaging property.
Zaria still angry, glared at hubs and then started drawing on her own hands.
Hubs : So I don’t let you draw on the table, you draw on your hands yeah?
Zaria : So what? This is my property right?
o.O”

Kids Say The Darndest Things – Zaria’s & Zaria’s October Chitter Chatter

November 27, 2012 at 1:39 am

Just capturing the girls’ October’s conversation (which I posted on FB), although it’s already end of November now.

While planning what to bake for Zara’s school carnival recently.
Me : Mei, what should I be baking today. For jiejie’s carnival?
Zaria : Chocolate chip cookies? (which I normally make with peacan)
Me : Yeah. Should I?
Zaria : Nope! What if somebody is allergic to nuts.. and chocolate?
o.O”
(pretty right, but I didn’t think she would give me advice like this)

Before going to bed..
Zaria : Hmm.. I’m thinking about having kaya toast tomorrow for breakfast (she loves my kaya, just like Zara loves my pesto).
Me : You love my kaya right?
Zaria : Yeah.
Me : (just to tease her) What if mommy died and then who’s going to make kaya for you?
Zaria : I’ll hire Teacher Siew Pin’s (her kindy teacher) mother to make kaya for me.
o.O” (the other day she said she wanted a dog and she will hire a kakak to take care of the dog..)
Me : Zara, what about you? If mommy died already then who’s going to make pesto for you?
Zara : I’m going to use the iPad and google… hmm.. maybe not.. what if I don’t have an iPad… I’ll ask someone who knows how to make it to teach me.
Me : Why do you think you won’t have an iPad?
Zara : What if I don’t have money?
o.O”
One always worry.. the other always optimistic.

Trying to shop on the net. Showed a couple of things I was interested in and asked Zaria if they were nice.
She took a glance at my shopping cart and said, “I’m not keen on stuff that are plain.” And then walked away.
o.O”

While we were talking about birthdays..
Zaria : This year my birthday, I just want to invite jiejie (her only guest every year).
Me : Don’t you want to invite your BFFs?
Zaria : No. So I don’t have to waste time chi-chatting, and just spend all the time playing. o.O”
Zaria : And then nobody needs to sing Happy Birthday to me!
o.O”
(but in November, she changed her mind, she even wanted to invite her teachers to her birthday celebration!)

For homework, Zaria had to colour a quarter of a cake, 3 quarter of a cake etc. As it was getting late (10pm), I told her to just colour them with one single colour.
Her reply? Slowly and smiling, “It’s my choice. You are not in my body. You are not my spirit.”.. and she continued to pick her colours, have her icing, the decorations, the flowers coloured in different colours for the quarters and of course carefully.
o.O”

We were planning to buy mattresses and we shortlisted 2. 1 probably made in China, the other made in Malaysia. Zara chipped in, “Buy the one made in Malaysia. Barang Malaysia bermutu tinggi.” (Malaysian made products are of high quality)
I asked her how did she know that?
She added, “They taught us that in school.” o.O”

Over dinner Zaria just asked Daddy, “Daddy, why is your Chinese so bad, when your mother is Chinese?”
o.O”

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