Wednesday, April 22, 2015

That mischievous baby koala

Notty

Baru-baru ni, aku masuk ke bilik... aku nak check Shaun the Sheep aku yang tengah di'glue' sebab patah kaki..
Kaki dah melekat elok, tapi bila aku belek.... Eh dah terpatah kat bahagian nak pulas kunci tu pulak.
Grrrr...


Umpama petir membelah keheningan malam, aku pun jerit...
Who broke my Shaun the Sheep?!!!Who did this? "
 "Cepat cakap!!!"

Dan Lil Adib did his du-du-du-du-du face, siap menyorok kat bilik tetamu lagi.
Bila aku tanya dia "Did you do this?"

Dengan muka selamba, dia jawab "No..."

Then aku dapat satu idea...
"Hmmm...whoever did this, will get Maccas one dollar (read: a frozen Coke). Who broke my Shaun the Sheep? Was it you?"

Dan dengan senyum paling manis dia angguk "Yes!"

Kantoi di situ.
Demi 'Maccas one dollar'...terus mengaku.
Hahahaha. Hampesss...


Baby Mario

Lil Adib is supposed to be 5 this year, tapi aku masih anggap dia macam baby.

Maunye tidak...kat rumah, dia masih manja nak gu-gu-ga-ga, konon perasan diri tu baby.

Kalau kat public, tak habis-habis nak masuk dalam baju aku, nak cium tummy! Time tidur, masih nak celah ketiak aku. Kalau tak pun, tummy time.

Manja kemain, tapi ada hati nak baby. Tiap kali pegang perut aku, dia cakap "Shh... baby's sleeping."

Tapi sekarang, Lil Adib dah ada 'baby baru'.
Baby Mario.

Ngeri weh, baby pun dah ada misai tebal ala Dato' K. Bahahaha.

Pegi jalan pun, bawak Baby Mario... siap buckle up sama-sama. Demi keselematan, kekdahnya.


Dan bila tidur pun, gigih nak selimut sama-sama.


Ni muka sengih-sengih sebab dia tau aku nak snap gambar. Sebijik macam Lil Adam dulu.... cuma Adam dulu dengan Atuka.


Lil Adam-once upon a time. Sama tak muka diorang?


Chatty

Lil Adib started kindy hujung Jan aritu. Tapi sekarang, aku realized dia yang pendiam tu terus berubah. His vocabs tetiba jadi banyak. 
Dah pandai buat ayat yang aku faham. Dan juga ayat yang aku tak faham (tapi aku anggukkan je la).
Potpet-potpet, maybe sikit lagi boleh setanding dengan Lil Adam. Maka aku perlu bersiap-sedia la beli earplugs ke. Hehehe


Spell and write

Lil Adib takde la pandai membaca lagi. 
But he has learned to spell Adib, Mama, Adam and Ayah... :")


Acecece..muka bangga dapat tulis sendiri.



Potty training
Satu lagi yang aku sangat lega adalah pasal potty training. I have been extra-worried sebab it was hard for us to train him bila dia tak banyak bercakap (dulu).

Tapi, 6 weeks after starting kindy, (4th March) Lil Adib pegi kindy tanpa pakai diaper.

Actually dia dah belajar potty dah, cuma aku yang takut membebankan cikgu kat kindy kalau-kalau dia terkucil.

Jasmine (the principal) kata masa 5th week tu, memang dia dah pegi toilet sendiri (biasanya kids are encouraged to do the business sebelum morning break or lunch).
Ada gak dia tanya Lil Adib "Do you need to go to the toilet?"

Tapi Lil Adib dengan muka konfidennya jawab "No, I'm fine."



So, Alhamdulillah walaupun agak lambat (compared to Lil Adam dulu), he adapted fast.


Merajuk

Kalau dulu style merajuk dia, siap ronot celah ampaian sejadah atau kerusi... sekarang ada port baru.
tepi dinding pun boleh.

Kekadang tu, takde sapa marah pun... tau-tau je pegi isolate diri kat tepi dinding (atau tepi rak kasut). Biasanya aku buat derk je.

So, terpaksa la dia mengengsot sikit untuk menampakkan diri, as if saying "Oiii...aku merajuk ni oiii.. Mai la pujuk!" 

Hahaha.
Nasib le anak oiii.
Tak larat nak pujuk selalu. Ikut perangai sapa ntah rajin sangat merajuk ni.
Eh.


Cheeky

This is how he enjoys himself, and cheer us up.
Dalam kotak, dalam laundry basket, semua jalan...


Adib... Adib...
Camna la kalau ada adik nanti?

Eh... kenapa pulak boleh ada soalan ni? Errrr....

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Gulet-gulet laici dan duritan


Aku sedang giat berusaha nak train Lil Adam cakap BM. Kaedah 'Hari Bercakap BM' yang aku try buat dulu macam tak jalan jer.

Daripada bertih jagung punya potpet-potpet... kalau aku suruh cakap BM, dia lebih rela diam.

Teringat masa aku ngajar dulu... kalau students tanya soalan dalam BM, aku kata "Sorry, I don't understand Malay."... maka terkulat-kulat la si student nak atur ayat dalam English.

Bukan la aku tak faham BM. 
Saja nak encourage diorang. Lagipun memang medium is in English.

So, Lil Adam ni kira 2 kali 5 la.

So far, BM dia kalau pemahaman boleh dapat C. 
Kalau bacaan, memang ke laut.


Cerita 1

Situasi: Masa MrHubby balik Malaysia kejap aritu, dia hantar Whatsapp gambar ni....

Me: Adam, look at this. Ayah hantar gambar ni.


Adam: Haaa... I like this fruit.

Me: Blah laa... Dulu masa kecik, kau sibuk suruh Mama ngan Ayah beli, tapi tak makan pun. Adam tau tak apa nama buah ni?

Adam: No.

Me: Okay... you remember the fruit with many hair, banyak rambut? It is called rambutan.

Adam: *angguk*

Me: This one has many spikes/thorns. Or duri. So, what do you think it is called?

Adam: Errr.... DuriTan

Me: Duritan?!!! Kahkahkah....



Cerita 2

Situasi: Sembang-sembang pasal makanan.

Me: Okay, let's try again. Adam suka makan sayur apa?

Adam: Errr... tomato

Me: Cheh! Mana ada? I know you don't like veges. You said tomato just because it's easy kan? Because the word tomato in Malay is also 'tomato'.

Adam: *sengih terkantoi* Errr... 'Pomodoro'?

Me: Hahaha. I know, that's Italian for tomato kan? See, mama pun belajar Italian okay?

Adam: How do you know?

Me: *jeling* So, kejap lagi, Adam nak makan nasi dengan apa ni?

Adam: Errr... *sengih-sengih* dengan...errr... 'pollo'.

Me: Hahahaha. Yang tu pun mama tau. Chicken. Mama suruh jawab in Malay la, not Italian!

Aduiii anak aku ni. 
-__________-




Cerita 3

Situasi: Lil Adam tengah try buat latihan Maths, dalam BM.
Nak memaham ayat-ayat tu, satu hal.... nak membaca perkataan tu, satu hal lagi.


Adam: Mama!!! What is gulet-gulet?


Me: Mana?

Adam: This one.


Me:  Wakakakaka. Gulet-gulet apakebendanya? Ni gula-gula. You know what is gula?

Adam: No.

Me: Gula is sugar.

Adam: Oooo...so, gula-gula is sugar-sugar?

...dan kat telinga aku terus  terngiang-ngiang lagu ni...




Cerita 4

Situasi: Kat dapur, tengah mengemas dan nak seal kotak.


Me: Haishhh..time ni la pulak nak habis tape ni. Adammmm!!! Adam, tolong gi ambik tape dalam laci jap.

Adam: *datang ke dapur* What? Lychee?

Me & MrHubby: Hahahaha.

Adam: Whattt?! *sengih* I heard you said lychee.

Me: Mentang-mentang la dia suka air laici. Dah la. Tak payah harap la dia gi ambik. Nanti lain disuruh, lain dia ambik.

MrHubby: Eh jap... Adam, come here. Ayah nak test Adam faham tak apa Ayah suruh. I want you to listen to me and do as what I say.
Adam pegi kat bilik Ayah, kat meja tu kan ada laci...dalam laci ada sticky tape kaler hitam. Adam ambik tape tu bawak kat Ayah.

10 secs later...

Adam: Nah... *hulur benda ni...*




-_____-

Sticky tape tu dah macam nak betul dah.
Hitam nak, hitam!!! 
Adoiyaiiii....  Stress mak macam ni!



Hai la Adam, Adib.
Nak tergelak kalau Mama dengar korang cakap BM. Camna la bila balik Malaysia nanti?



Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Ramah tak bertempat -_____-


Aku selalu takde masalah nak start a conversation dengan stranger.

Dalam bas/tram/flight, kalau tak moody dek PMS, rajin aku sembang dengan orang seat sebelah. Macam-macam topik keluar- weather, current issues.
Kat ofis lama dulu, dengan kakak-kakak cleaner pun aku buat baik. Berbual tanya ada anak ke tak, dah makan ke belum, raya tak balik kampung ke.
Dan aku tak kisah pegi kursus/ conference sorang-sorang. Tak perlu ada geng, confirm I will make new friends.



In other words, I am considered as a friendly person la jugak.
Cuma, the rule of thumb is...try cari topic of the same wavelength.

Jangan la dengan makcik sapu, kau cerita tentang politik.
Dengan golongan elit, jangan la meraban citer tepi jalan.
Dan standard la mak-mak, kan? Kalau berkumpul mesti cerita pasal anak-anak.
Orang pregnant mesti citer pasal pregnancy.


Suatu hari menjelang Hari Raya beberapa tahun yang lalu...

Aku pergi Jalan TAR nak cari baju raya.
Almaklumlah, itu port paling meriah nak jamu mata.

Masa tu aku tengah pregnant (6 bulan lebih), so aku pun singgah satu kedai ni.
Sambil aku dok belek-belek colour yang ada, sambil gosok perut.

Si sales assistant tu pulak suggest kat aku "Yang warna maroon ni cantik, kak."

"Atau boleh ambil fesyen yang ni. Ramai jugak orang beli"

Aku senyum.
"Mmmm... Yang hijau ni ada saiz S tak?"

(Tak boleh blah kan, perut boyot pun nak pakai saiz S. Hahaha.)

Sementara si sales assistant bersusah-payah mencari saiz yang aku nak, aku perhati keliling.
Menengokkan si sales assistant berperut besar, aku yang over-ramah-as-usual pun tanya  

"Mengandung jugak ke? Berapa bulan?"


"Tak. Perut saya memang macam ni...."



*krik-krik.... krik-krik*



Aduiiii... aku rasa macam *gedegang!!!* rentung dipanah petir.


Apa lagi?
Aku pun menyumbangkan sengihan yang paling lebar sampai ke telinga demi nak cover kemaluan.
dan cepat-cepat aku ajak MrHubby keluar dari kedai tu.

Evan Peters Was Adorably Embarrassing In These Early ’00s Commercials


Walaupun aku dah berkenan baju tu, malu punya pasal... terpaksa pegi kedai lain.
Nasib baik selang 5,6 kedai gitu ada jugak baju yang sama. Harga pun sama.

So, moralnya di sini...


JANGAN NAK BERAMAH MESRA LEBIH-LEBIH DAH DENGAN ORANG LEPAS NI!!!

Beramas mesra takpe.
Hewhewhew

Monday, March 2, 2015

Gumbiranya menjadi rumaja (lagi)

Masa jaman kanak-kanak (skema nya guna perkataan kanak-kanak!) dulu, kita rasa happy bila dapat hadiah, bila parents buat party untuk celebrate birthday dengan kengkawan.


Aku sendiri masa kecik dulu aku tak pernah celebrate birthday sendiri. Aku tak sure la sangat camna perasaannya, tapi bila dah jadi mak budak ni, anak aku dah reti express kegembiraan dia dan ucap terima kasih siap dengan ayat  "Thank you Mama for the birthday party, it was the best party in my life ever, even better than last year's!"... (acecece...'in my life' walhal baru hidup 7 tahun)....
So aku assume memang excited la kot.

Cuma dalam kes aku ni, I guess excitement tu delayed sikit by 10-20 years.
Kasi chance la aku nak gedix lebih sikit setelah menjangkau usia *cough cough* rumaja *cough cough* ni.
Eh, 25 kira remaja lagi ke?
Hantam sajalah.

Anyway, kali ni I have a long list of things that made me happy despite being one year older younger.


#1
Celebrated by my loved ones, Izzah and Anep.

Walaupun hari birthday tu aku tekun buat keje, sampai SV tegur kata aku rajin (takbolehblah!), petang tu, aku meronggeng la jugak.

Apa lagi? Aktiviti mengasah tekak la.
Karaoke.
 
Sebenarnya, I wan't expecting a birthday cake... tapi ta-daaaa!!!
Ada jugak rupanya.


Tengok ni... orang dengki, trying to light up as many candles as possible on my cake.
Tak kisahlah... janji lilin tu ada 24.
So redha je la dikatakan muda setahun.
Hewhewhew.

Thanks Anep, for the cake surprise!
Haaa... ni nampak muka konon-surprised tak?

Disebabkan lilin yang banyak tu... maka ini la rupanya lepas dah tiup lilin.
Hahaha. lawak giler!





#2
It was also the 99th month anniversary for MrHubby and I (26th Nov 2006 to 26th Feb 2015).
 
Sejak started craving on Japanese cuisine 3 bulan lepas, MrHubby asyik 'berpantun gurindam' "Kan best kalau ada pan untuk buat takoyaki tu. Senang, tak payah pegi restoran dah.." so... dapat hadiah takoyaki pan la!

Shifa, if you read this, tolong bagitau laki kau.. laki aku dah jadi macam Dr Esa --- excited dengan peralatan memasak. Kehkehkeh.

Nampak gaya, no more excuse to go to Japanese restaurants.
Sushi mama buat, takoyaki Cinta buat.




Dua hari sebelum birthday, aku ber-sushian dengan Izzah... lepas tu pegi Movenpick-the world's finest ice cream (niat asal nak gi Waffle's, tapi dah tutup pulekkk).

Thanks, Izzah...for the treat!
Lap yu ketat-ketat.


#3
Vintage picnic with Jane

at the Goodman Crescent Lawn.

And surprise!!!
Jane baked some scones for me! :) 
How sweet!


and she treated me with some Mango Gelati too!

Memandangkan it was vintage-themed, setting dan ambience semua vintage. Best sangat!

There were some vintage games (kalau nak main lah).
 
 
 
 

Yours truly with the dancers!


#4
Birthday date with Phu and Wen

I eventually celebrated with someone who shares the same birth date!
Wen, the lenglui ;)


Kat mana?
Saizen Suhi Bar.





Eh...bukan kata dah ada takoyaki pan, tak payah pegi japanese restaurants dah ke?
Bahahahaha.
Dream on!


#5
Trio birthday celebration with dear SV and colleague

Ni baru je pagi tadi.

Macam last year, aku celebrate dengan SV aku dan Richard, sebab our birthdays beza 5 hari je.
 


#6
Birthday greetings
Punya la banyak greetings by FB wall (mostly), FB message, whatsapp.
Some texted. Some even called. 

Last aku check, ada dalam 250 ucapan. So, terima kasih banyak-banyak ye....for the thoughts, and doa.

Yang special edition pun ada...
Macam drp Dato' *cough cough* Prof Madya Dr Hj Rektor Nismilan,



dan daripada Tan Sri VC yang sangat fatherly.


#7
Birthday presents

Cards from my Cinta, Little Cinta and Mini Cinta

Presents...from Shifa and Izzah-yang sangat thoughtful, despite being away.
and also from Wen/Phu. 
Thank you so much!


Presents from ICOH!
Perfect sampai on my birthday, cuma aku lambat check email.



 Conference fee -waived
Airfares -partly reimbursable
Free 5-night accommodation


That's a lot of saving! Hoyehhhh...
So, boleh kerek la dengan KPM yang tak sudi bagi bajet untuk yours truly pegi conference. Huahuahua.


And.... last but not least, present from Cinta. 
Ta-daaaa!!!

 

Alhamdulillah.
Happiness defined in so many ways.

Syukur dianugerahkan kesihatan... dan segala nikmat yang melimpah-ruah. 
Ehhh.. Kalau macam ni la punya seronok, tiap-tiap bulan celebrate birthday pun takpe.  Eh..kang cepat pulak jadi tua.
 


Thursday, February 26, 2015

99 months of...

Today is my birthday.
Yang ke-25  *muka paling konfiden*

Baru 25 ke dah 25?

When you count the days and say "Eh... BARU ___ bulan/tahun!" ---sound macam hazabun sangat.

Tapi, kalau kata "Eh...DAH ____ bulan/tahun rupanya!"-- nampak sangat punya enjoy katak sampai tak sedar masa berlalu.



Dan hari ni jugak it's been 99 months.
99 months we've been together as husband and wife.
Next month dah nak masuk 3 digits.

Alhamdulillah...
Just because some people need a few reminders that they are appreciated.... this is just a list of thank-you notes I made for my Cinta.


Thank you for all of the dorky pictures I make you take with me, and then for not complaining when I post them all over social media for every one of your friends to most likely see.




Thank you for listening to me and my occasional rants.
Being a chatterbox, this is very important to me. Pot-pet-pot-pet....ada je benda nak sembang.
When I gave the silent treatment, it did not kill you (maybe), but me instead.
Huwaaaa. So lame!


Thank you for your patience on my moody days.
Not only on PMS days, actually. Every day.
E.V.E.R.Y. S.I.N.G.L.E. D.A.Y.


Thank you for apologizing when I'm too stubborn to do so.
And I always get away with the favourite line "Dia buat tak pa la.."
Kihkihkih.


Thank you for supporting me and my dreams, and never trying to hold me back from what I want in life.
That's what mutual understanding is!



Thank you for the times you have went out of your way to do something romantic or sentimental because you knew it would mean the world to me.
Like when we missed the flight on our second honeymoon tu.
You just knew how to avoid my mood from being ruined. Ngehehe.


Thank you for taking situations that I come to you all frazzled and worked up about, and laying them out for me in this wonderful, logical, guy way that makes everything clearer.
Never once have I seen you panicked.
Cis! Tak aci betul...




Thank you for wanting to experience new things together and for expanding my horizons.
Errr...and expanding my waistline too! Ooops!


Thank you for earning my trust and never misusing it.
And that is one clear mind for me.


Thank you for bear hugs, forehead kisses, and piggy back rides.
Eh.... why arrr call piggy back?
Nanti kena samak ke? Hahaha.



Thank you for knowing when to set me straight, and for telling me when you think I'm wrong.
You don't mind vocalizing your opinions to me, and not being afraid to disagree. Walaupun agak susah ada bini yang kepala-batu-besar-ada-duduk, you still manage to do it subtly. Or we just agree to disagree.


Thank you for making me feel safe.
Kalau laki keding sangat, rasa tak secure pulak. Hehehe

Thank you for making me laugh when I need it most.
The 'godek-godek bear' and...that face...




Thank you for loving my body the way it is, for never making me feel inadequate, but rather perfect for who I am.
Alhamdulillah I never had to worry about putting on weight. Not sure if one day I reach >50 kg, I'd still feel the same. But considering he doesn't mind me having a muffin top, rasanya okay kot.


Thank you for the little things that you do, like getting the car when it's cold or rainy.
You might not be the most gentleman who open the car door for me, but not locking it when I haven't got in is good enough :-P
And for being willing to surrender the chicken drumsticks/wings I like (in your plate) to me, just bcoz I dont like chicken breasts. Penting ni woh! One of my exes was not gentleman enough to do this. LOL.


Aaaaannnnd, I still enjoy teasing you with the "Fate Bodi" phrase (read: Nasib badannnn!) we first used when I washed our BigRedCar while I was heavily pregnant of Lil Adam.
Saja buat  modal nak mengusik.


Thank you for being on my side when it feels like no one else is.
Sapa lagi la kan?


Thank you for the moments you make it clear that you are proud of me. Whether it's a big grin after I've done something impressive or the way you present me to others like royalty, it means so much to me.
And you always emphasized to the kids, to be proud of their Mama.


Thank you for every time you have to sit patiently and wait for me to get ready.
I can get ready with my make-ups on, as quick as in 10 mins (rasanya), but when I take my own sweet time, pilih-pilih baju, belek muka, mekap lama-lama... you never complained.
Except saying "Eh, dah pukul berapa ni, hari ni kan Ahad, kedai tutup awal." --- which is true.
*Nanti kita beli Strandmon wingchair untuk duduk tunggu Mama bersiap ekkk?



Thank you also for the times those attempts ended up being more comical than anything for the both of us. The fact that you try is romantic enough, and if I ended the night laughing with you, it was a perfect one regardless.
Err...like that 'Happy Anniversary' card on my birthday last year. Hihihi.





Thank you for taking time to learn about and experience the things that I enjoy.
Karaoke, is one of them. Hahaha. I know not many husbands would do the same for their wives.


Thank you for being responsible and hardworking day in and day out.
I used to have this fear tak boleh tolerate--kalau dapat laki malas/suka bangun tidur lewat/asyik main games.
And I was wrong! Phew!


Thank you for the wonderful time we spend with our families.
Walaupun terpaksa menjadi ketot sekali-sekala, like this...




Thank you for knowing what's upsetting me before I even have to say anything.
You're so good at this. You'd rather keep it and wait for the right time to discuss it. Unlike myself, meraban je...dan-dan tu jugak nak mengadu. Hehehe


Thank you for every time you had to venture into the foreign world of a jewelery store or women's clothing store to try to hunt down a gift for me.
I remember that surprise you made (konon siap berkemeja macam pegi kerja, walhal memang hari tu gigih pegi merata cari hadiah).




Thank you for sitting through countless chick flicks and girl dramas.
Layankan je la tengok Desperate Housewives tu, dan cerita-cerita lain... walaupun sambil terpaksa dengar ulasan commentator ala Hasbullah Awang.
Hehehe. (now I know mana Lil Adam dapat 'bakat' tu. Hewhewhew)


Thank you for being my number one confidant. You are my ultimate secret keeper.
Walaupun not all secrets, tapi rasanya you're the one who knows most of them.



Thank you for that look in your eyes that reminds me that I am yours. It reminds me of my connection with you, and that through it all, you really and truly see me.



Thank you for trusting me.
This is never an issue. Though sometimes I feel I don't deserve it.


Thank you for the little ways that you help me every day. Even the most minor of tasks or chores done just for the sake of helping me do not go unnoticed.
Little? What little?
I remember before we started this PhD journey, I had this worry that I had to pass the housechores to you, but again, I was wrong.
Chaittt... buat penat je risau lebih-lebih.




Thank you treating me respectfully at all times.
Without fail.



Thank you for all of the lazy days we spend just being best friends. Snacks, and cuddling with you are ingredients to some of my favorite days.
Tapi nak tunggu takde budak menyelit kat tengah-tengah, kena tunggu dia tidur la.
-____________-


Thank you for being vulnerable and open to me. I know as a man that can be very difficult to do, but it has developed a closeness that I value each moment I spend with you.
Takde kontrol-kontrol macho. And we don't mind feeling vulnerable when we're together...


Thank you for being the one that sometimes gets the backlash of the harm that others cause. I know when I have a rough day; you often have to deal with my crankiness. For that, you are a saint.




Thank you for being the kind of man who does all of these things without a second thought. Thank you for being a man who doesn't require any kind of praise or gratitude for being a caring and trustworthy best friend to me.
Maybe I should compliment more la kan?
Our royal extended family. Eheks!


Thank you for knowing that even if I don't always say it, I'm incredibly grateful for my handsome prince. Because with that big smile and heart of gold, you take down all of life's witches and dragons.
Muehehehe.

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