Thursday, December 29, 2011

I'm Nominated!

Here's an article about me in newspaper yesterday...

The interview and photo shoot was done last week at the newly-renovated Berita Harian office in Bangsar. During the interview I found out I'm one of the 20 shortlisted for Anugerah Bintang Popular's Pengacara TV Wanita Popular category! Surprise!!

Never in my wildest dream I thought I would ever be in the list along side the other amazing (more popular) hosts. I mean, seriously, little old me? I can bet a lifetime worth of brownies that I will not make it to the top 5. I'll be lucky if I were to make it to the top 15 even! Haha!

I'm not being modest. I'm just stating the reality. I know where I stand. A newbie host versus the awesomely-entertaining otai's with a gajillion fans. But to be in the list is already an honour. Thanks Berita Harian!

P/S: If you want to win that lifetime of brownies bet...go ahead! Buy BH, vote for me and send! :D

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Lil' Reminder For My Boy

Dear Raees,

Hosting Bersamamu is a very humbling experience for mommy. I wish you could learn a thing or two from what mommy's been through..

Mommy had the chance to revisit Persatuan Sokongan Ibu & Anak Kurang Upaya (PSIAKU) Azwar in Gombak recently. It's just a single story corner lot house where moms and their children gather. The thing about their children is, they were born unwell (bedridden). Some may call them 'vegetable' because they cannot move by themselves, let alone feed or clean themselves. Their mommies have to do everything for them. They have to be treated like babies...for life.

Raees, meet Natasha. She's 6 years old and also one of the kids who are unwell. Here you see her leaning on her mommy..
They live in a flat on the second floor...and it doesn't have a lift. So her mommy carries her up and down 4 flight of stairs every single day! Did I tell you that Natasha is 33 kg? It's amazing that her mommy has been carrying her all these years! Although her mommy did mention that they fell at the stairs many times already.

You see, Natasha is one out of about 80 kids that are registered here since 2009. But until today, about 20 of them passed away already. Sad but true. These kids have short life 
expectancy, in other words, they don't live very long. While mommy was there the first time, one boy had seizure! Just because his mommy forgot to give him his medication that day.
I hope I can go back there and bring you along, Raees. You'll see the world in a bigger perspective. You'll learn to appreciate life and not sweat the small stuff. These kids would do anything to be in your position. Be thankful and don't forget to say Alhamdulillah for all that God has given you.


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Extraordinary Birthday Party

Raees turned 2 in August. After postponing his birthday party so many times, we finally found the right date to invite family and close friends over to celebrate. 3 months too late but it's better late than never.
Theme this year was Angry Birds. Why? Because Raees is a huge Angry Birds fan and we can find Angry Birds merchandise just about anywhere nowadays. That made searching for party stuff a lot easier. 

So the invitations were sent...
The 'Happy Birthday' banner was up...
The customized Angry Birds alphabet bunting (by TripletsPlusOne) was also up...

The birthday cake (by Beautiful Flavor) was ready...
I personally baked these cupcakes along with customized toppers by TripletsPlusOne, ready to be served...
The helium balloons were hovering at the living room...
More balloons were hung around and outside the house...
The food: baked pasta, shepherd's pie, brownies, mango custard tart (all by Pie Oh My), Angry Birds apam (by Nureimi), nuggets, fried rice and mee hoon were served. Not forgetting the BBQ corner all fired up as well...
All that's left to do was par-tay! Although it rained heavily in the afternoon, it stopped just before the guests arrived.

Due to some reason (which I will explain later), not many pictures were taken of the event. Sad but true. Thanks to my guests for some of the pictures below...
Thanks mommynadia for pictures of the food! I had customized Angry Birds food label thanks again to TripletsPlusOne. I also had some of these posters around the house...
In fact I had had 4 of them...

(click on the posters for a closer look)

 My best friends from school

Ilhan and his gorgeous mom, Suraya Yeop Jr.

Noticed anything not quite right? Look at all the pictures again...

The birthday boy was no where in sight! Reason being: he was asleep throughout the party. That's right, he missed it! Noticed anything else? The father was missing too! He was napping by his side.

While both were snoozing, guests were enjoying the yummy food and the kids were happily playing. I was left alone to entertain the crowd. The party committee (read: Mer's siblings) were busy at the BBQ corner. Thus, not many pictures were taken. 

I know some of you would be utterly mad with this situation - all the hard work in organizing a party and the 2 key people slept through it. But I kept my cool. Why? Coz Mer began feeling feverish that very morning and Raees was recovering from another stomach bug attack (bug = virus, not insect). It started about a week prior to the party and the doctor said he will recover within 4-5 days since it's a mild attack anyway. So I thought, he'll recover in time for the party! 

I couldn't postpone the party any further because:

1. It's been postponed one too many times. 3 months after his actual birthday was the furthers we could tolerate. Any later, it will just seem weird.
2. The invitations were out.
3. All orders were in place - food, deco, etc.
4. It was just 2 weeks before my sister in law's wedding. Postponing it any later would clash with the wedding preparations. 

So we went on with the party and that's how it turned out. He napped from 2.30-6pm. He woke up just as the last guest was leaving...
Not 100% well, just woke up and hungry = deadly combination. The attempt to cut the cake turned out this way...
He only calmed down after looking at the aftermath at the living room...
And began playing alone..sadly, he could've played with about 30 other kids just an hour before. 
So that was the end of the Angry Birds party. Not exactly how I thought it would turn out to be but hey, we can't plan these things to happen, can we? Thanks to those who made it to the party and I apologize on the chain of events that led to the belated birthday boy's absence. I personally had a good time catching up with everyone. 3rd birthday party? Hmm, we'll see.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Lucky Number 8

This is one story you thought you'd never hear..

I moved from Taman Tun Dr. Ismail to Bukit Jelutong in 2005. Our house was one of the first few to be built in the area while around us were just empty lands. It sure was quiet without neighbours nearby. 

In 2008 our next door neighbour started building, much to our delight. But they took their time in building and finally completed construction in 2011. In the end, they decided to sell/rent it. So we are still neighbourless :( But something about their house that puzzles us..

We hear weird noises at night! Sounds on footsteps, knocking, screaming...

Kidding! Got you, didn't I?'s actually their house number! We were number 8 and they were 85? Seriously? We've been lucky number 8 for the last six years. I thought, do these chinese neighbours want the ong number so bad that they simply changed their house number? 

Didn't think too much about it and left it as it is.

We had the TM people over to install Unifi and then the puzzle pieces came together. According to them, house number 8 is still an empty land. We are actually house number 83! They couldn't install the high-speed broadband on the wrong address so we had to resubmit our application.

I was dumbfounded when I found out! 83?? All these years we've been missing a digit to our house number? Went to MBSA for an explanation and all they did was giggle and said,"there was a typing error."


That's the DUMBEST mistake anyone could make! And they had the heart to giggle about it. Don't they know how much hassle it will be for us to change our mailing address? My wedding invitation card had house number 8 on it. What do I tell Raees when he grows up reading the card and asks why we were married at our neighbour's house?

The MBSA personnel sensed that we were gonna make a lot of noise about their screw up and was very efficient in clearing all matters pertaining to the house number.

I know this may sound silly, but I liked being in house number 8. Now that we are number 83, it's just...different.

Friday, December 02, 2011

Symptoms of A Breast Milk Addict

1. Latches on 70% of the time when mommy is in sight

2. Wakes up every 1-3 hours at night to nurse (but sleeps though the night when mommy isn't around)

3. Latches on for an hour or more

4. Refuses to consume other types of milk

5. Breastfeeds exclusively at 27 months

6. Will only sleep while nursing (when mommy is available)

7. Could literally latch on throughout the night

8. Attempts 'self-service' anywhere, anytime (tug, pull, lift)

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