Expectation..

I always thought I’ll be one of the cooler parent than my husband.. You know, the one who has less expectations for the children.. Let them play (but no sepah allowed ok!! Only in the play room!! Hahah.. ) no need to do worksheet, just colour and draw crap on a piece of paper… They are just kids, right?! My husband, on the other hand, made B goes to Kumon at the age of 3 plus ok!! Hahaha… We argued but he had a point, so OK.. He wins..

Anyway, last night.. the moon was beautiful. Full, bright moon in the black sky. My girls love it. We were enjoying the moon view from our bedroom.. Then I asked B..

Me: Bella, you think people can live on the moon?

I don’t know why but deep down inside, I’m expecting answers like no gravity or no oxygen.. no trees.. You know, something scientific.. Haha..

B: No mommy, it’s too high…

Hahahhha..

Then it hits me.. she is just a child. She will only turn 4 this month and I am not much different from my husband. We are just at the same kiasu level..

XO

Tarawikh & Little Surprise! Hint: Discount Code!

Its has been almost half of the holy month of Ramadhan. I hope all of you are coping well the usually Ramadan hectic schedule.. You know, the sahur, the fasting, catching up with tarawikh and tadarus… May Allah bless us all for our efforts. InsyaAllah..

Like previous years, my husband and I always bring our children to the masjid. When I was a kid, my parents always brought us to the mosque, even when we don’t pray, we will sit at the back trying to finish our homeworks.. Nahhh… I was just kidding, we play at the back with our masjid friends :D

So, this year, we are glad both our girls are big enough to handle themselves. That means no more rolling on the floor by the pillars. They are quite independent, easily make new friends and starting to make noise! Haha.. that part I’m not really proud of..

I just wanna share with you some of the things that I do when I bring my toddler to the masjid. These are the things that I do to make sure my girls are familiar with the environment and I feel confident leaving them playing at the back..

#1

Bring them often to the masjid. So they will be familiar with the place, make some new friends and be comfortable with the environment.

#2

With toddlers, I can’t pray at the front saf, not even in the middle. Just in case of emergency during solat, (like B suddenly wants to go to the toilet!!) it’s gonna be very difficult for me to get out of the saf. So what I do is, I pray at the last saf or at the side end of the saf. Not a good advice, I know but I have toddlers to take care. As long as I still get to follow the imam, I’m fine..

#3

Carry one bag that they know it’s yours. I have one particular bag that I bring to the masjid. And they know by heart that it’s mine. Familiarity is important. So they know where to find their things in the bag while you are performing solat.

 #4

Put your bag (refer to #3) behind you (rather than in front of you). Why? So they can find you easily when you are performing solat. You’ll never know what kind of emergency these kids can have and seriously I want to avoid them from screaming “mommehhhh” out loud!

#5

Make them occupied. I’ll bring some colouring books and colour pencil so they can do something together with their friends. I don’t give them gadgets because I’m afraid they might lost it (and I can’t concentrate during solat). Eeekkk..

#6

Bring something for them to drink (duh.. everybody knows that!) I bring their milk and plain water along and keep it in the bag (refer to #3 again!). If they need something to drink, they can just spot that bag and dig it themselves.

#7

Sometimes, I wear different colour telekung.. and I will tell them like a thousand times before solat.. ” Bella.. Tasha.. mommy is wearing brown telekung today! You must remember this colour because they will be many people at the masjid” Bella will say.. “OK mommy..” and Tasha will just do her whatever face! Haha.. Wearing different colour makes it easier for them to spot me among the crowd.

It’s not as simple as that bring the toddlers to the masjid. It can be embarrassing too.. The other day, Bella and Tasha were together with a few of their nursery friends, and they made their own performance of “Let It Go” while we were in the midst of our prayer. OMG! That was loud and emotional singing from them! Another day, they found someone’s umbrella and played with it in between saf. HOMAIGAWD! I was really scared if they accidentally poke someone with the umbrella.

That brings me to tips #8

Apologize profusely to the jemaah!!

So, that’s my story with B and T at the masjid.. another part of the story is about this bag…

I got mine from Gin&Jacqie. A local brand and makes a lot of functional bags and bag organizers. I used a lot of Gin&Jacqie bag organisers for most of my totes.. or otherwise, its just a black hole with too many stuff in it. Hahahha..

I like it because it is simple, not too striking with a hint of and pink! I think both B and T also can recognise this bag easily because of the pink colour! And now Gin&Jacqie is having a promotional offer for this bag!

This pretty and functional G&J canvas tote comes with the Organize Mary. That is the name of the handbag organiser that I have inside the bag. I have quite a few of this handbag organisers myself (in different colour and sizes to match my other totes!! Hahaha). I love it’s functionality, different pocket sizes and that little top handle that makes it easy when I’m changing my totes..

Probably Gin&Jacqie one day should have Organise Halina as well! Hahah…

The original price for this tote bag (RM85) and Organize Mary (RM64.50) is worth RM149.50. However, they are having a promotional discount for BarelySupermommy readers… (Yup, that’s you ladies!!!) The offer price is RM73 for both! This offer valid from July 1 until July 10th, 2015!! And you can enter SUPERM15 at the code area to redeem your discounted price on their webpage.

Why wait! July 1st until July 10th ONLY ladies!! Happy shopping!

XO

Buhbye Pigmentation!!

Hi all!!

Do you know about this?

The latest product by Zofea Beauty. I just received this one a few weeks ago.. and currently using this in preparation for raya! Haha..

It comes with two different serum and facial soap. One serum is for day time, that is the Brightening Serum Phytocelltec and contains liquorice and vitamin C for brightening effect and sun protection. (Having said that, you still need your sunblock E.V.E.R.Y.D.A.Y!! Do NOT forget that one!!) And Brightening Serum Photo Stem Cell as the night serum, packed with anti-aging products. God please delay my aging process, ameen!

Do I like this serum or not, I like the fact that these serum is absorbed quickly into my skin. Day serum feels lighter than the night serum.. I think the night serum is slightly heavier, probably packed with more contents than the day serum. After all, skin renewal happens at night, so it’s totally understood that night cream is always richer than day serum..

Any one of you tried this before? Please share your experience with me!

XO

Homesick!

I’m currently in Penang attending the Annual Scientific Congress of the Malaysian Society of Anaesthesiologist. That’s a mouthful of everything..

This is my first time way for the longest time ever from my family. Usually it’s only one night at the hospital during oncall and I’ll be home the next morning.. But this time.. 5 days and 4 nights! That is 4 nights of having the bed to myself!! The thought of leaving the children behind makes me sad, but my husband told me it’s gonna be good. I’ll get to rest, have some me time. It’s like taking a break from chaotic routine at home. I don’t buy that! He is probably happy having the whole bed to himself!! Hahahaha…

I got ready late for the airport, thinking that missing the plane might be a good idea, at least I can get extra night at home reducing my stay in Penang only for 3 nights!! (Hahaha.. Smart, eh?) But my husband’s driving skill is annoyingly skillful. We made it on time for the flight. Urrghhh.. So I had to leave…

It’s funny how I cry every time S left for outstation (he didn’t of course!) and when it’s time for me to leave.. it was still me who is crying.. Totally a cry baby!!

First night upon arrival in Penang.. I was too tired to miss anyone, I just slept like a dead log.. The next day, I had too much fun with my colleagues from Selayang Hospital. We went to Gurney Drive and ate like nobody’s business. At night, again too tired to think about anything…

Day 3.. daytime, I was busy with lecturers and all. Another round of night out with my colleagues to Batu Feringghi but I’m starting to miss my girls.. and S of course. I feel like my nights are too quiet. No little voice screaming around me. No Tasha’s little feet kicking my face in the middle of the night.  No Bella to touch my ears.. yes, that’s her weird but funny habits. She likes to touch my ears before going to sleep. Only mommy ears. Not daddy’s! Hahaha.. I’m starting to miss them..

I don’t want to talk to them over the phone or even FaceTime with them.. just in case they started to cry and I really don’t want to get S into trouble of consolling them. Even worse, if I started to cry. Hahaha…

That’s the whole gang just wasting time by the beach at Batu Feringghi. Waiting for sunset and dinner..

Tomorrow is the last day of the conference. And my flight back home. Yay!! I can’t wait to hug those little minions!!

In the mean time, I have my friends with me, just to keep my sanity intact! (or probably insanity!!)

Check out the rock on my fingers!! Photo taken at Baxter booth, MSA Penang!

XO

First Oncall

Last Sunday was my first time in UMMC. Obstetric theatre to be exact. It was only my day two going into the theatre and I was already oncall. First four days in UMMC was the orientation days.. (Yup, we were so disorientated, UM and UMMC is so big and we are so lost!) Then Friday was day one in OT, Saturday is a public holiday and Sunday my first oncall day!

Hahahaha…

But thats how we roll. To be honest, despite all the experience of working, moving to a new place and unfamiliarity with the system definitely stressed me up. I forgot where the maternity building is, I had to google Gloria Jeans UM to find the building. All I can remember is the coffee place! My goodness!

After hours of stressing up for no reason, S brought B and T to the hospital to visit mommy.. There’s a playground next to maternity building so they can play there. Tasha had too much fun. She refused to stay still, all I get is this blurry pictures of her busy playing…

And that’s B, eating dinner with mommy. Yup we had a picnic at the playground.

Their laughter definitely cheered me up. Now no more stress. Hahahaha..

S said I mengada-ngada ;) As if you don’t know me, S..

Owh, and guess what.. I’m oncall again today. But feeling much much better!

XO

Hello UMMC!

Hi all!!

Guess what.. I’m starting my old new life, as a student! But this time, even worse, working and studying at the same time. *insert cry here* .. as if my plate is not full enough.

I’ve moved to UMMC to further my study. This is my first week, orientation week to be exact, hence the extra time to write to all of you ;) So far, it has all been great. The distance from home, the colleagues, the choice of food thats available inside and around hospital (if I had the time to go and eat! ;) ), coffee place (yup, that’s a criteria for a good hospital!)..

But the toughest of all is to fight for parking spot!! Hahaha… common issues in all government hospital I guess. The parking area is probably 1km away from the faculty. I’m saying goodbye to my heels. Hello flat shoes and owh.. Umbrella! Hahah.. I can’t believe I actually googled “pretty umbrella” and believe me there’s quite a number of pretty umbrella out there. All my life I only knew my dad’s golf umbrella! :D

Another solution to my parking problem is to get my husband to send me to work! Great! He can drop me at the hospital before going to work, and fetch me later in the evening. You know.. with the bike.. so we can be like the couple in that 80’s movie… Ali Setan!! Hahaha…

Gosh! So many new things going on with my life right now. I’m adjusting to it.. What I know for sure.. I miss this bunch from Selayang Hospital. That place is more that a work place to me. Selayang Anaesthesia Department is like my second family..
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These are just part of them, more family members not in the picture.. Selayang people.. I know you miss me too… or maybe not! Wahahahahha..

Wish me luck!

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim…

X

Cockroach Killer!!

Bella is at the age where she will ask “Why this? What that?” Oh my.. that’s really a lot of why-s..

One day, she saw me running after a cockroach in the toilet with a cockroach spray. Then she asked me, “Mommy, why you spray that thing to the cockroach?” Then I explained to her that I wanna kill a cockroach I saw in the bathroom.. Innocently she asked my permission to hold the spray can herself. So, I let her..

Bella: WOW!! This spray can kill cockroach!! Awesome!!!

Me: Yeah, it works, you know!!

Bella: Do you use this to kill elephant too?

Hahahahaha.. I was speechless. I really don’t want to hurt her feelings by laughing out loud..

To Fumakilla people.. my daughter asked whether your spray can be use to kill elephant too?

XO