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Then and Now: The cheeky faces

Assalamualaikum wbt..
This is my first attempt and many more to come on doing this {then and now} post. I wish I have taken more pictures AND note to self... I need to work on getting more family pictures!
It is absolutely insane just how fast a baby can grow! and not only them, we are also getting older and older:) I think I'm gonna love doing these Then and Now post, I may make it a post that happens a lot in the future!


Again I say.......what a difference a year makes!

My banana whoopie pies become muffins

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In this household we take Bananas seriously :D It's one of the best fruits there ever is! Which is why stocking it up on weekends is a must for us.
Do head over here to read about the goodness of this yellow fruit.
Anyway, I've been baking diligently for the past 2 weeks- some with very happy outcome that made our big tum tum thank us and some, not so :)

I came across the recipe for banana whoopie here  and was intrigued how a whoopie pie might taste like. I followed the recipe to the tee and substituted yogurt for the sour cream (coz sour cream are expensive!) and ended with these:

Whoop whoop whoop whoop whoop, oopa whoopie style:

Except I wasn't convince whoopie pies are supposed to be soft with a muffin/ bread like texture. The idea of filling it up with cream cheese in the middle was repulsive for some strange reason. So I popped the 'pies' into my mouth and damn, it was LOVE at first bite. Minus cream cheese and fillings and all. Someti…

When she's in a good mood & decide to pose

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I've said it before and I'll say it again- at 1 year 9 months when kids are at the stage of moving around in lighting speed, sometimes it almost impossible and frustrating to photograph them. There are times I just don't bother taking out my phone camera coz I know it will take ALOT of effort on my part to get a nice shot. But then after a while I take it out anyway coz I love photographing every single minute of her life and feel almost guilty if I don't, lol.

You should see whenever my dad attempts to take photos of Aulia'-we need a pack of cheerleaders around them both so he could get a good shot and even when I take photos of her, it is NEVER easy as I literally have to tell her to hold still coz she gives poses in less than TWO seconds people and by the time she has moved on to another pose or movement, I would have just only clicked on the camera resulting in a very shaky blurry photo.

Either I need to step up on my photography skills b…

Meeting the Gyneacologist

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Okay first of all..I'm NOT pregnant. Don't get me wrong:)

Beginning of this year, I decided to book for gynea visit..*at last!* Because ever since I delivered Aulia', I've never been for a thorough check with the gynea, because I'm scared and I thought it was painful after the last  checkup during my pregnancy.  I know one can get a yearly checkup with a normal GP, but I thought I should start to find a gynea that both of me and Hafiz are comfortable with, so we can use the same gynea when we decided to have another baby in future. *avid planner* So I started googling around and speaking to friends who have done the checkup. 
I finally drew up the requirement for my gynea and she must be willing to go for a natural birth. Okay, not fully natural like birth in bath tub lar but of course if last minute cannot for whatever reason, she will still do ceaserean on me. Because I heard alot in  Ampang Hospital, the gynea will 'push' you to op…

Potty Training

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I will be doing some major potty training with Aulia' this weekend! It's a 3 days weekend and I don't have anything serious going on so I can focus on it 100%. She is ready, for sure! She is excited about "big girl panties" too!
Do you have any tips or tricks for making it a smooth transition? I have potties and I have panties, although I may buy more because I don't want to run out of clean undies!Here is our potty of choice! We also have the Sesame Street one that makes noise!


Also Aulia' is a fan of the cartoon panties! Minnie Mouse & Dora are a hit! We have this potty book sitting right next to the potty. She reads it when she goes!

Here and now

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I live my life on a pendulum. I'm constantly swinging between extremes of either always thinking and dreaming about the future or being naively focused on the present. There's a plus to both sides, but a happy medium would be ideal. When I'm in my future- focused state I'm a dreamer, I'm determined, and I take action. But I'm also more stressed out and I lose sight of just living in the moment. When I'm wholehearted content in the present and embracing the here and now, I'm happy. But, I'm just letting life live and I tend to get lazy. My motivation has died down.

Right now I am stuck in my "I'm happy now" mode. I feel great! I'm living day to day, soaking up life's little moments. I'm honestly happy with all aspects of my life. I'm just floating along in my "whatever happens, happens" mentality. Life is good.

But what about my daughter's 2nd birthday quickly approaching? Or the fac…

When I became a mom..

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On the daily I get slapped in the face with the epiphany that I'm a mom..woah! It feels so surreal to me at times. I mean, I still fell like a kid trying to figure this world out-not perfectly put together, know-it-all mom, I expected myself to be.
But being a mom isn't about the success you achieve in life. And it's not about having the laundry put away and making home-cooked meals. And it sure as hell isn't about having it all figured out.
It's about love. Period.
When I became a mom, I learn the true meaning of love. Being a mom opens up a chamber of my heart that I didn't know existed. It puts my world in perspective and teaches me the true meaning of life. Family. Hope. Love.
Some aspects of my life before becoming a mother were better. Easier. But I don't think I really lived until I was a mom. Because now I'm not just living for me-I'm living for them. I don't just have the weight of one life on my shoulders. I have…

Gifts for my beautiful mom

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Mothers Day is one of my favorite days of the year! As a daughter I love the chance to show my own mom how much I appreciate her. As a mom myself, mothers day reminds me of the birth of my own baby girl. Whether you are a mom, daughter, or both, we LOVE getting gifts that express just how special we are to everyone in the family. I remember always wanting to either give something or do something special for my mom on mother's day and it didn't matter what it was, she was always so thankful. She has 4 children and we all try to honor her in some way on this very special day of the year. I know, being a mom can often be hard, stressful, tiring and scary. At the same time, it's also the most rewarding job out there, worth every moment I can assure you. No doubt.

I've been thinking so hard what would be my mom's favorite since she's been staying mostly at home after her surgery earlier this year. She must be bored staying at home, watching he…

Women Empowerment Day

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My company's Public Relation (PR) and Marketing department organized an event called Women Empowerment Day. So women from all departments (Engineering, Procurement, Finance, HR,  Legal and Project Development Department) gathered today in the conference room to celebrate women, raise awareness of women's health and beauty and to make positive steps towards greater empowerment of women.

There was about 50 of us during that day and two speakers from M.A.K.N.A (National Cancer Council Malaysia) and BidanKota was invited to give a talk on health and beauty.

It serves as an important reminder to us in the company who work really hard to look after on our own health and inner beauty. The issue on cancer are myriad. But today the speaker from M.A.K.N.A was focusing on the breast cancer issues and understanding breast cancer. The representative from M.A.K.N.A was explaining on the pros and cons of the standard breast cancer screening tests, including mammography…

When we first met

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May is a month that always feels jam packed with events.. be they holidays or birthdays or memories. This week, especially, is choc full of momentous occurrences. Ones that have changed my life!

14. 5. 2007
This is the date when we first met. We was introduced to each other and became good friend. Best friend.  Five years later, he became my husband. Today, I called him old man. Yes, he is old. I'm right behind him. But if you ask me, he gets better with age..he is so ambitious and intelligent, so sweet and thoughtful, so supportive and encouraging.. and so blasted good looking!! Aulia' and I just adore him, and love to spoil him with kisses as much as he loves to spoil his girls!

Six years and counting...

Cranky baby girl

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Quick, someone say my name 3 times fast and maybe the sleep issues we've been having for the past few days will magically disappear.  Wait, that's not how it works?! Crap. 
See, I knew I shouldn't have said anything about sleep, because all of a sudden, Aulia' has started waking up at the butt crack of dawn in a bad mood. Normally, during the week when I get ready for work and to get her at 6.45 am and she's usually still laying down (though not always asleep). On the weekends, she's been known to sleep (or stay quiet in her bed) until as late as 8.30!
Not lately though. Since Saturday, the latest she's slept is 5am. On Monday she was crying at 4am so I tried to rock her back to sleep. She wasn't having any of that and restless, so hubby decided to put her in the cradle.
No such luck. He said she maybe dozed off and on for about 30 minutes, but was wide awake and restless the whole time. Same thing in the morning, starting at 5am.…

MomDad Surprise Birthday Party

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This month is very special since we celebrate Labor day on May 1st, Mom's B'day on May 2nd, Mother's Day on May 12th, Teacher's Day on May 16th and Dad's B'day on May 21st.  It was a pretty crazy time for my family so it kind of got overlooked. Mom turned 53 while dad turned 66 this year so I decided to kill two birds with one stone and throw them a joint surprise birthday party.

At first we decided to celebrate by going out to eat at one restaurant where a chef cooks and does tricks in front of us. But later, my baby sisters requested that they want a home cooked meal so that all of us feel homey and comfortable over dinner. I had been planning a surprise party for them since last month.

As much as I wanted to do a surprise dinner party, it was just going to be too much pull off with Aulia' and the house chores. I do have limits. I kept it simple by just doing few main dish, cake and drinks.

My family came over dinner and I had every…