Sunday, January 30, 2011

New Toy

As some of you may know, I am no longer doing Majalah 3. I'm currently doing an English documentary now which will be aired in March. I've been given bigger responsibility with this programme, which I hope will be a stepping stone for me in the journalism line.

To start fresh with the new show and in line with the direction the company is taking, I got myself a new toy.

Behold...


Hey, I didn't get this just because my old laptop's LCD screen is broken ok? :P

I've been using editing software, Avid Media Composer, for about than 5 years now. With this new toy, I will be converting to Final Cut Pro. I may need some time to familiarise but it shouldn't be too difficult.

It's a little early to reveal details of the new show. But I sure will update y'all about it soon ;)

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Beyond Cruel

We've seen in the media so very often about abandoned babies that are left to die by irresponsible, heartless people. I always thought, how could anyone do that? Despite the circumstances, how can they not see the beauty of God's creation as the tiny human being was brought into the world ? Don't they know many people would die to have a child of their own? And there they go just throwing one away. Who knows what went through their mind to treat a helpless baby like that. I guess some people are just...cruel.

But what I read in Utusan Online today just brought cruelty to a whole other level.


Mayat bayi dibunuh kejam ditemui dalam baldi
25/01/2011 4:06pm

SHAH ALAM 25 Jan. – Mayat seorang bayi perempuan yang baru lahir ditikam bertubi-tubi di badan, dimasukkan dalam beg kain sebelum disumbat dalam baldi di dalam tandas di sebuah rumah panjang Batu 4 1/2, Kampung Jawa di sini hari ini.

Ibu bayi malang itu, seorang warga Myanmar berusia awal 20-an yang merupakan suspek kejadian ditahan bagi membantu siasatan.

Mayat bayi malang itu ditemui sepasukan polis yang tiba di tempat kejadian kira-kira pukul 12 tengah hari selepas mendapat maklumat daripada orang awam. – Utusan


Just imagining it makes me sick. What did the newborn ever do to deserve this? This is beyond cruel. Probably psychotic even! Only mentally sick people would do such a thing!

It's just sad...very, very sad indeed :(

Monday, January 24, 2011

Walking The Terrain

Know what makes this boy happy even without Elmo or playgrounds?

Walking.

Yes, this future BigWalk participant can walk for a long time and he won't seem tired at all. Remember how he inspected explored my office?

Since Raees has mastered walking and starting to run, he likes to explore challenging terrains i.e. on stones and ramps.

So where do we go for simple, convenient, free and fun time? To our nearby shopping mall! Just go up a few floors, away from heavy traffic and we got ourselves a ramp!

When he first discovered the ramp, he didn't let go of my hand. When he went up the ramp, he was curious with the new terrain. But when he turned around to go back down, he shrieked in delight as the force of gravity kicked in.

Now he is an expert and refuses to hold our hand.

If you hear a shriek the next time you're at that particular mall, just look around the ramps and you might see us there :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Meeting Siti

Remember the story about our DSLR camera? As promised, an appreciation letter was sent to the BK headquarters in Malaysia.

Little did I know, this letter was scanned and emailed to everyone within BK!

Since I was quarantined for chicken pox when the camera was returned, I didn't have the chance to meet the kind lady who found it, Siti Salamah. So recently we invited her to a nearby restaurant for a drink and a little chat.


Also with us was her fiance. Only then I knew they're getting married in a month time! Darah manis ok..

Raees was very well behaved throughout the time too. He was enjoying his toast while playing with the menu and occasionally smiling to the two of them.


On other note, I can't help but feel like I look erm...a bit 'healthy' in the picture above. Could all the food that I've been splurging on finally showing its dark side? Or is it the camera angle? Hmm...

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

11 Years Later...

I had the pleasure of meeting up with my BFFs over the weekend. The fact that all seven of us managed to gather was just amazing as our schedules are not usually kind to us. Most of them brought along their family, someone brought along a "friend" and another came solo.

It was also the first time I met my friend's newborn son, Adam. It felt good holding a small baby but Raees didn't think so. He didn't seem to like the idea.

So he marked his territory (read: me) by claiming his milk.

Haih..how to plan for another baby like this?? More reason to take my time, right? Anyways, when it was time for our group photo, he couldn't care less. He didn't wanna let go so we went ahead with the group photo anyway.

Eventually we managed to snap a proper group picture (although one person was missing). Raees was really sleepy this time, hence the garang face.

The waterworks started as soon as the photography session was over. Then we know it was our cue to go home. Had a great time catching up with the girls! This was the 11 years post highschool gathering. What would 20 years post highschool gathering be like, I wonder?

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Expressed!

I'm currently in Kelantan doing a shoot for the new documentary I've been working on which is due to be aired in March.

Although it's just a day trip, I didn't forget my trusted pump, the PIS, which resulted in an overstuffed backpack.



I couldn't find time to pump earlier and finally had the chance at 5pm. If this happened a year ago, my boobs would've been engorged already. Now it doesn't happen as much. But my milk production isn't affected though. So I'm still one happy mama :)

Friday, January 07, 2011

Strangely Big Appetite

Those who follow me on Twitter may realise that I tweet about food quite often. I get hungry quite fast and I eat like nobody's business sometimes. Here are a few examples:
  • Ordered pizza set meal for 4 pax but only 2 people dining
  • Finished off 4 sets of toast in one go
  • Had lunch twice within an hour - both rice base
  • Eat chocolates, cookies, cakes and ice-creams at any time of the day
  • I can go on and on eating home made garlic bread
  • Feel hungry 2 hours after any meal despite not doing much physical activities

I notice nowadays I can't go to shopping malls without buying something to munch. I work just next to a shopping mall and drop by every other day. Although the items I buy don't cost a bomb, I don't have much money left in my purse after a week or two.

I think the culprit to my strange appetite is breastfeeding. Did you know you can burn up to 600 calories a day just by breastfeeding alone? That's equivalent to a two-hour aerobic workout. Cool, eh? :)

Thursday, January 06, 2011

10 Firsts Of 2010

I hope it's not too late to wish everyone a very happy new year. 2010 was a very eventful year for me, in both career and parenting. The joy of witnessing Raees grow from a tiny baby to the big boy he is now while I enjoy the priviledge of travelling to beautiful places for work.

It was a year of many firsts and here are 10 more...

1. First Babywearing Experience

I discovered the joy of wearing my baby close to me after Raees grew too heavy for me to carry around the house for long periods of time. Thank God he loves to be worn! Since then I've been wearing him around from time to time. Now weighting 11.5kg, he's still wearable although I don't get to do it as often as he prefers to walk independently.

2. First Time Leaving My Boy

I know that working in this line (media) requires me to leave my baby behind for days. I'm grateful that my work schedule worked in my favour as it allowed me to prepare myself and Raees for the inevitable.

Being an exclusively breastfed baby, I started storing milk since Raees was just 1-month young and the stock was enough to feed my boy while I was away.

Since I have the luxury of arranging my own schedule while making sure I meet my deadline, I made sure Raees was eating solids before I left for my first outstation assignment.



It started off with a 3-day assignment to Sabah and soon a 9-day trip to New Zealand and 10-day trip to Syria...and my expressed breast milk was sufficient! Alhamdulillah :)


3. First Tower Jump

I was an instant adrenaline junkie as I stepped foot in New Zealand, the land of extreme sports. I had the chance to do a few scary - albeit fun - activities as I made a Majalah 3 story about my extreme experience.

Most unbelievable of all, I jumped a 200m tower. Only God knows how heart-stoppingly nervous I was at the platform. But knowing full well I must not chicken out (unless I wanna buy the 'I chickened out' t-shirt sold at the entrance), I braved myself. Half way through I was like,"hey this is not too bad!"


4. First Catwalk

I may not have the height nor the flair of a model, but I had the chance to walk down the runway with some of the country's top celebrities.

A few months later I walked the runway again with a more traditional touch wearing Salikin Sidek's beautiful songket kebaya for KL Fashion Week 2010.


5. First Dive

I've always wanted to take up scuba and explore the marine life up close. However my hubby Mer is utterly worried for my safety (I know, sweet!). I don't know how many times I tried to persuade him but to no avail. Then I was pregnant with Raees. That's when it suddenly hit him that we are all not getting any younger and considered the idea of taking up scuba himself! Talk about timing!

Anyway, not all was lost. I had a feel of diving although not at sea but in a giant aquarium in the middle of KL city. Being unlicensed, I was given a quick lesson before I diving. In the water, the instructor held on to my tank and guided me around the water (in other words, I was on auto pilot). I even had the chance to feed turtles! Simply amazing!


The highlight of the dive was when I rub shoulders with sand tiger sharks. Fret not, they were well fed. I'm one skinny human being anyway so they were not interested :P

6. First Time Releasing A Turtle

Some people may have release baby turtles to the sea before. It was the first for me a few months back. But who would've thought of releasing a 4-year-old turtle with a satellite dish tag on it? With the good people of Aquaria who also gave me my first diving experience that I will forever cherish, I also followed them closely as they released good old Cruise in Cherating, Pahang.

7. First Birthday

I discovered the joy of organizing my baby's first birthday! I know it's more about us parents than the child himself but it was fun, nevertheless. So one day when Raees is big enough to read this blog, he would know how much he had enjoyed his first birthday :)

8. First Camel Ride

The highlight of my Syria trip, I would say is the camel ride to the historic city of Palmyra. Those creatures are huge! I didn't bother adjusting my bumbum after almost losing balance when the camel went berserk because I was afraid of falling off. So I went through half the ride slightly senget :D

9. First Chicken Pox

Oh, who could forget the dreaded pox! My worse nightmare! The pox didn't bother me as much as I thought it would as it was very mild. But the fact that Raees was sick at the very same time made the whole experience just unbearable - he couldn't get his vaccination against the pox hence I was locked away in the guest room. He was cranky, crying/whining most of the time and lost his appetite. All the while, I could only listen :(

Me in quarantine - hiding under the comforter

10. First Horse Ride

I was in Kelantan recently for a shoot about cats. Little did I know, the cat owner also owns horses! So I was given the chance to ride it. Weee! Ever since I was a little girl I have always, ALWAYS wanted to ride a horse and even take up horse back riding. But my dad wouldn't allow me as he was afraid it might be dangerous for me (yes, I'm surrounded by protective loved ones).

But given the chance to ride recently was truly an amazing feeling! I was guided along the way and went riding for about half an hour, I think. Love it!

So there you have it, 10 wonderful firsts of 2010.

What does 2011 have in store for me? I do not know. What's my new year resolution? It's the same as any year - to go further in career and of course, to be a better mom. Another baby? Well, we'll see.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Fantastic 5ive

I have been a cat lover ever since I could remember. There was hardly a time when I didn't have a cat in the house at any one time. I usually have 1 loyal house cat. But after getting married (before we had Raees), one thing lead to another, cats started breeding and we had a whole extended family of cats.

We gave away most of them and finally settled down with 6 cats, all spayed/neutered. Then Paris Jr. died a sudden death and we were left with 5.

Then Raees was born and the cats had to take the back seat. Yes, I haven't been paying much attention to them for so long. They even missed their annual vaccination and deworming.

I am in the midst of shooting a documentary about cats. Being around cat lovers who put so much effort in taking care of their kitties just hit me hard. I have been neglecting mine. Don't get me wrong, they are by no means left to fend themselves. They are well taken cared of by my maid. Just not much on my part, though.

So I decided I have to act fast. Most importantly, get them to the vet ASAP for that long overdue vaccination. I've never brought all 5 cats out together. I didn't have enough carriers or cages for them. A simple shoutout on twitter and I got myself an additional cage on loan for the day :)

The veterinarian, who is also a family friend, is located in Gombak. Mer babysit Raees while I brought the cats with my parents. 4 year old Paris, the queen of the cat house, gets the carrier all to herself while the rest shared cages.

I was most worried about 4 year old Leia. She's the most fragile, vulnerable of them all. About 3 years back, she suffered pneumonia and some other illness. She was warded for a week and it was a miracle she managed to pull through. But missing last year's vaccination could pretty much put her at risk.

My fears were confirmed. She has enlarged lymp nodes, a sign that her body is under attack. According to the doctor, it could even be a cronic disease such as cancer. She needs thorough examination at UPM to determine the problem.

Poor Leia! Now I feel really bad. She looks healthy. But who could've figured that her body is silently battling inside. I sure hope she will pull though whatever problem she has, just like she did before.