Tuesday, January 31, 2012


We received comments on how Nadia and Sofiyya are total opposites and we can't agree more! Nadia does not like taking a bath but Sofiyya LOVES it! Sofie smiles a lot, Nadia does not (especially in public). Nadia is choosy, Sofiyya is not.. Nadia is tiny, Sofiyya is not. HAHA

This is our 4th week staying at the ILs and 1 more week until my maid comes back. I spoke with her agent over there and she says my maid's paperwork are all done and just waiting to come back. Nadia has mentioned her name a couple of times as well. She is well missed by everyone, especially by my Grandmother..

I have long ago lost the number of EBMs I have and even worst now the order in which my EBMs are stored.. Once life goes back to normal I promise I will sort everything out! And this is probably the best time for me to get a standing freezer so then I have no more excuse, and my mother will have her freezer back! haha

Monday, January 30, 2012

Mezah's Wedding

Alhamdulillah, my not-so-little cousin is now married! The solemnization was held on Saturday night and reception yesterday morning..

Our Flower girls!

Plus Sofiyya..

Nadia and Dalilah who just turned one!


Sofiyya baru bangun tidur

And then Kaka fell asleep and had to miss the walk down the aisle huhu

Bride and Groom during Adat Basuh Kaki

Sofiyya is 8 months today!

Dear Sofiyya,

Happy 8 months my little Sofiyya.. Oh how time flies so very fast and in a couple of months' time you will turn a full ONE! Don't grow up too soon baby girl..!

At 8 months, not a single tooth has sprout out and that's just fine cause even now when you decide to bite Mummy's nips, it Hurts!. You learned to move forward although not on all fours yet you are still quite fast! You especially like to crawl towards the end of the bed, giving me a tiny weeny heart attack! haha You can sit quite well and you are also learning to change position from being on your tummy to sitting down.. hehe you have also found some flexibility and you have started to suck on your tiny toes! On occasion i decide to suck your toe for you, you will laugh and giggle your tiny hearts out!

We have started to live at your Yadu & Yaki's and you seem to be adapting well! However you started to put on a show each time before i head out to work in the morning by crying and making a lot of noise and asking to be picked up.. I'm only gone for little while sayang..

I now want to talk to you about the importance of sitting in the car seat my dear cause each time I place you there you wiggle, wiggle and wiggle!!! There is a reason why people invent car seats, its to keep little people like you and Kaka safe in the event of a collision. So baby girl please sit down in your seat..

Ok Mummy has got to go back to work now.. Be a good little girl with your Yadu and Aunty Mamai.. Mummy, Daddy and Kaka Dia loves you!!


Saturday, January 28, 2012

The JDs are back!!

After about a year and a half, the JDs are back...!! For a short holiday that is.. Here are photos taken so far (of which i have stolen from friends' FB hahaha)...

Bi-weekly friday lunch with the ladies

And the normally empty 4th chair is filled with Dina!! Hehehe

Dinner at Cheezebox and Carol's bday ambush!

Potluck Dinner at the Mats

The ladies and girls..

The whole gang minus Joe cos he had to take the photo! Haha

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

34 months

Dear Nadia,

Happy 34 months baby girl! 2 months short of your 3rd birthday and you have been talking about your party a lot (or i bring the topic up each time you start to be fussy and as a form of distraction LOL). We'll see about it and insyallah if ada rezeki we will have one with bouncers and all ok?

Sorry for not writing to you earlier, its just that work has been a bit busy and we've been quite busy with a lot of things. I think once you reach 3 i will discontinue my monthly letter to you and write as and when i feel like it lah ah? hehehe

We've started living at your Yadu's and Yaki's and I have to say I am very proud with how you handled things. You have not thrown any tantrums or showed signs of being home sick but instead you have embraced it fully! You have went to one of the ladang to pick some kembayau and you fell asleep there! I wished that I was there so I can take a photo!!! You went to visit one of your grannies and your Yadu said you behaved very well and you now also have a good appetite although you seem to request for Maggi ayam alot these days. Not the best choice of food but I am happy either way.

ok not much for me to say and i better get back to doing some work so happy 34 months love! and be good now..


Saturday, January 21, 2012

What a day it has been..

Its the weekend and we are staying at my parents.. We started off the day without the Hubs as he has to go to work.. Dia asked where her daddy was and after i told her her daddy is at work she asked me if i have to go to work too.. I guess she thinks when one has to go to work the other one has to too..

I then realised that we forgot to take my cooler box of EBMs out of my car!! Hubs had to send them back here and thank god it was all still cold and some were semi thawed. Decided to place them in my freezer..

The day went about ok, did 2 of my cousin's hantarans.. As we were getting ready to go out and i was about to give Sofiyya her bath i slipped in our toilet and fell down on my bum! Thank god Sofiyya was ok and she didn't hit anything!!

We headed out to Cheezebox to see the gang.. It was so nice to see or friends who are back from the states after being away for one and half years..

On our way home my car decides to act up, AGAIN!!! This is the third time in the last 3 months and given that its CNY weekend no workshops will be open.. And its not like its convenient for Hubs and I to share a car as he has to work odd hours.. I don't know how we are going to manage this..

Sungguh banyak dugaan mu kepada ku Ya Allah.. However i am reminded that Allah tidak akan menduga seseorang lebih dari kemampuan nya.. With that i pray that Allah grant us patience and strength to face these challenges.. Mudahan semua urusan akan di permudahkan dan dugaan akan di tempuh dengan sabarnya.. Amin amin amin..

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Moving forward

Ola peeps!

Alhamdulillah Sofiyya is now able to move forward however she is not on the full crawl position yet. And she is discovering shadows!! It was so funny how she woke up quite early on Monday morning, turned on to her tummy and started crawling towards the wall where her shadows were. She bumped her head on to the wall, stopped and then moved forward again.. Apparently she did the same thing yesterday but instead of the wall its the edge of the sofa.. har har har

Our care bear!

Remember the movie Little Rascals?

Chilling with mummy at the office on Saturday

Hubs has been working late and leaving early since Sunday and will be for the next 2 weeks..

Poor Nadia fell asleep waiting for her Daddy to come home..

Loves how Dia loves to read.. I pray that this habit will continue on forever!

Nadia and Alya playing one of their many pretend games..

Princess Sofiyya!!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Hantar Berian 18 Dec 2011

Long over due post!
Cousins and Aunties

This nenek is cool!

Dia and Alya in their Bisaya Outfit

our 2009 babies

We dressed Sofiyya up too!


SIL getting ready

The inseparable

BIL arriving

And his family

Berian exchange

Family Photo! hehe

My dad came too despite his recent eye surgery.. hehe

One of my fav photo!

ladies going to berziarah

guys' side

We caught Nadia getting her xx number of drink from the cooler!



Friday, January 13, 2012

Sitting down

Sofie can now sit down! but of course a couple of times she would topple over, and I would laugh hahaha

Day 4 of being back at the office and here is how much Sofie has taken in (out) and how much i have been able to produce (in) in the past 3 days..

Tuesday; Out 9oz - In 14oz
Wednesday; Out 15oz - In 13.5oz
Thursday; Out 12oz - In 15oz

Alhamdulillah I have been able to make some extras..

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

50 Rules for Dads of Daughters {by Michael Mitchell}

Dear Husband,

I stumbled upon this online here and i thought you should read it too..

50 Rules for Dads of Daughters {by Michael Mitchell}

1. Love her mom. Treat her mother with respect, honor, and a big heaping spoonful of public displays of affection. When she grows up, the odds are good she’ll fall in love with and marry someone who treats her much like you treated her mother. Good or bad, that’s just the way it is. I’d prefer good.

2. Always be there. Quality time doesn’t happen without quantity time. Hang out together for no other reason than just to be in each other’s presence. Be genuinely interested in the things that interest her. She needs her dad to be involved in her life at every stage. Don’t just sit idly by while she add years to her… add life to her years.

3. Save the day. She’ll grow up looking for a hero. It might as well be you. She’ll need you to come through for her over and over again throughout her life. Rise to the occasion. Red cape and blue tights optional.

4. Savor every moment you have together. Today she’s crawling around the house in diapers, tomorrow you’re handing her the keys to the car, and before you know it, you’re walking her down the aisle. Some day soon, hanging out with her old man won’t be the bees knees anymore. Life happens pretty fast. You better cherish it while you can.

5. Pray for her. Regularly. Passionately. Continually.

6. Buy her a glove and teach her to throw a baseball. Make her proud to throw like a girl… a girl with a wicked slider.

7. She will fight with her mother. Choose sides wisely.

8. Go ahead. Buy her those pearls.

9. Of course you look silly playing peek-a-boo. You should play anyway.10. Enjoy the wonder of bath time.

11. There will come a day when she asks for a puppy. Don’t over think it. At least one time in her life, just say, “Yes.”

12. It’s never too early to start teaching her about money. She will still probably suck you dry as a teenager… and on her wedding day.

13. Make pancakes in the shape of her age for breakfast on her birthday. In a pinch, donuts with pink sprinkles and a candle will suffice.

14. Buy her a pair of Chucks as soon as she starts walking. She won’t always want to wear matching shoes with her old man.

15. Dance with her. Start when she’s a little girl or even when she’s a baby. Don’t wait ‘til her wedding day.

16. Take her fishing. She will probably squirm more than the worm on your hook. That’s OK.

17. Learn to say no. She may pitch a fit today, but someday you’ll both be glad you stuck to your guns.

18. Tell her she’s beautiful. Say it over and over again. Someday an animated movie or “beauty” magazine will try to convince her otherwise.

19. Teach her to change a flat. A tire without air need not be a major panic inducing event in her life. She’ll still call you crying the first time it happens.

20. Take her camping. Immerse her in the great outdoors. Watch her eyes fill with wonder the first time she sees the beauty of wide open spaces. Leave the iPod at home.

21. Let her hold the wheel. She will always remember when daddy let her drive.

22. She’s as smart as any boy. Make sure she knows that.23. When she learns to give kisses, she will want to plant them all over your face. Encourage this practice.

24. Knowing how to eat sunflower seeds correctly will not help her get into a good college. Teach her anyway.

25. Letting her ride on your shoulders is pure magic. Do it now while you have a strong back and she’s still tiny.

26. It is in her nature to make music. It’s up to you to introduce her to the joy of socks on a wooden floor.

27. If there’s a splash park near your home, take her there often. She will be drawn to the water like a duck to a puddle.

28. She will eagerly await your return home from work in the evenings. Don’t be late.

29. If her mom enrolls her in swim lessons, make sure you get in the pool too. Don’t be intimidated if there are no other dads there. It’s their loss.

30. Never miss her birthday. In ten years she won’t remember the present you gave her. She will remember if you weren’t there.

31. Teach her to roller skate. Watch her confidence soar.

32. Let her roll around in the grass. It’s good for her soul. It’s not bad for yours either.

33. Take her swimsuit shopping. Don’t be afraid to veto some of her choices, but resist the urge to buy her full-body beach pajamas.34. Somewhere between the time she turns three and her sixth birthday, the odds are good that she will ask you to marry her. Let her down gently.

35. She’ll probably want to crawl in bed with you after a nightmare. This is a good thing.

36. Few things in life are more comforting to a crying little girl than her father’s hand. Never forget this.

37. Introduce her to the swings at your local park. She’ll squeal for you to push her higher and faster. Her definition of “higher and faster” is probably not the same as yours. Keep that in mind.

38. When she’s a bit older, your definition of higher and faster will be a lot closer to hers. When that day comes, go ahead… give it all you’ve got.

39. Holding her upside down by the legs while she giggles and screams uncontrollably is great for your biceps. WARNING: She has no concept of muscle fatigue.40. She might ask you to buy her a pony on her birthday. Unless you live on a farm, do not buy her a pony on her birthday. It’s OK to rent one though.41. Take it easy on the presents for her birthday and Christmas. Instead, give her the gift of experiences you can share together.

42. Let her know she can always come home. No matter what.

43. Remember, just like a butterfly, she too will spread her wings and fly some day. Enjoy her caterpillar years.

44. Write her a handwritten letter every year on her birthday. Give them to her when she goes off to college, becomes a mother herself, or when you think she needs them most.

45. Learn to trust her. Gradually give her more freedom as she gets older. She will rise to the expectations you set for her.

46. When in doubt, trust your heart. She already does.

47. When your teenage daughter is upset, learning when to engage and when to back off will add years to YOUR life. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

48. Ice cream covers over a multitude of sins. Know her favorite flavor.

49. This day is coming soon. There’s nothing you can do to be ready for it. The sooner you accept this fact, the easier it will be.

50. Today she’s walking down the driveway to get on the school bus. Tomorrow she’s going off to college. Don’t blink.

maid drama, playdate at TCs and living at the ILs

So its day 3 of living at the ILs.. My normal commute to work of 20 minutes is now 40-45 minutes.. But I cant complain cause the ILs is taking very good care of our 2 girls. to be honest i was quite worried, not because they will not be able to handle them 2 rowdy girls but rather how will they be able to adapt to the 'new' environment. Alhamdulillah around mid-day yesterday SIL sent me these photos!

My Sofiyya smiling

Nadia and Alya napping together

Syukur alhamdulillah and i continue to pray that the girls will continue to cooperate.. amin!

Oh lemme document about my maid drama! We got back from the ILs on Sunday 18Dec2011 and as i was leaving for work on 19Dec2011 my maid tells me that she was asked to return back to Indonesia because he husband has to undergo surgery. My first reaction was 'banar kah ni' because there has been history of maids lying in order to go home. But after a while we were convinced she was telling the truth so she left in the evening of 27th Dec 2011 and will be coming back on 11 Feb 2012. We gave her 7 weeks out of the 2 months she has requested and also based on my research on google it will take 4-6 weeks for the person to recover. Atu pun she was still pushing for 2 months and i lost it with her! Since she has been back alhamdulillah her husband has shown good progress for recovery and she is currently sorting out her paperwork for returning back to Brunei to continue employment with us.. I pray that all will go smoothly amin!

The Bains, Jais and Zams had a get together at TC's place on 27th Dec 2011. it was good catching up with everyone and I am now looking at the calendar and thinking of when us girls will be able to go out again.. Sometime in Feb ok girls (once my life is back to normal)? hehe

The Zams, The Bains and The Jais

Snow at Empire

Took the girls to Empire on 23rd Dec 2011 to have a look at the winter wonderland..

posing with the snowman

on the sleigh

With a little bit on 'snow'

Sofie & yours truly

Family photo attempt no 1

Family photo attempt no 2