Man, I miss my blog!
We're still here, alive & well. So much to tell, too many updates. Don't really know where to start.
Right now, we are back in my hometown of yummy ice kacang & best chicken chop, JB. Been here about a month now. I could've updated earlier but we've been busy.
There's weddings & new babies (my baby sister gave birth and I haven't even blogged about her wedding yet! erk..) & my babies & settling in & Edward Cullen...
OMG! I love love love Breaking Dawn 2! Don't care about the Robsten affair drama. Ok, I did care a little bit & got all emotional when they broke up. Bit sad lah that they're over. But now they're back on and am super sad that the movies are over! :( I wanna watch it again & again, the uncut version please!
Thank you to my awesome hubby - the day before my sisters & I went to see the movie, he surprised me with a Do-Not-Disturb-Mummy day for me to enjoy the Twilight series marathon at home. Aaaaaaaaaahhhhh Edward overdose. Love it. :)
Then there's Adam & Hawa - the very much talked about malay drama adapted from a very famous malay novel, still showing now. I blame my sisters. They made me very curious when they seemed to drop everything else and glue themselves in front of the TV at exactly 10pm, weeknights.
So I decided to join in one day & was instantly hooked. So of course I had to catch up on the past episodes + read the book and all, right? Very busy :p
We left Sydney in September and together with the Laidlers, went to Hawaii to celebrate my SIL's most anticipated, long awaited, 5-years-in-planning birthday trip. The whole experience was so surreal. It was my first time ever being in the United States and Hawaii is just such an amazing place to be.
I was hoping to bump into any Hollywood stars holidaying & filming there, like you always hear & see happening in Hawaii. But nah, the only celebrity that I met was the supposedly superstar seal that starred in many including Nim's Island & 50 First Dates. Pergh.
But hey, it's still Hawaii baby! The best part of Hawaii would have to be getting to spend time with family, especially for the kids. I must must must write all about it in a different post. Seriously.
|Breathtaking Waikiki Beach|
After Hawaii, we parted ways with the rest of the Laidlers and were off to Japan. Another awesome adventure that I MUST write in detail about. The highlight of the trip was Disneyland! It was loads of fun. It really is a MAGICAL place where dreams come true. hehehehe. And to experience it with a little girl who gets excited at everything and anything there especially seeing all her favorites - Mickey, Minnie and the princesses (and Prince Charming, aaaaah :p) and the parades!!! Haih.. made me think of my once upon a time dream to be dressed in one of those fancy costumes (Princess lah, of course, on top of that carriage), dancing & singing & waving to the crowd....
What I love most about Japan - besides the food & the sights, is how extremely genuine & pleasant the people & the country are. So polite, that they even sat down for the parades in Disneyland so everyone can enjoy the show. All so well organised too. It's like they live in this perfect little world where everything's pleasant, good & nice. Everybody there seems to be very content, happy, responsible, considerate, extremely respectful and just really really good, you know?
It's just great being in a place where you feel very safe, with everything being extremely convenient & super clean, so organised, fair & equal, very civil and just how you imagine & hope the world would and should be. MUST write more about Japan.
After Japan we're back in KL for 2 days then off to Koh Samui. That's another whole story altogether.
So now we're here and we're trying to make things as comfortable as we can as we might stay put for a little while. So this blog might need to change title, yet again :)
Ayisha still calls Bali home and kept asking when we're going back; "All my friends are waiting for me, mummy. I miss them so much", she would say. Breaks my heart every time.
We left a lot of our stuff & her toys back in Sydney as it was impossible to bring everything with us through Hawaii & Japan. But luckily our boxes of stuff from Bali have arrived in JB so we've been unpacking her stuff & toys in her room, so she could call it her own. We're even thinking of sending her to a proper kindy this new year (another thing that I've been busy with!), just so she'll have some new friends to call her own too.
She was also acting out a bit when we first got back to Malaysia. Just very unhappy, grumpy, cranky and sometimes a little bit sad. When I had a chat to her about it, it always comes back to her wanting to go back to Bali. That's the only home she knows, I guess. I think it's time that we stop moving around so much.
But other than that, she's been wonderful. Very grown up. She's been progressing so much and some are very very old news like how she's been off nappy - started even before we left Bali but with lots of wee wee & poo poo stories & funny accidents along the way that I really wanted to write about to remember.
Now I think she's fully mastered it, including night times too but we still put nappy on her, just in case (read: me not ready!). Nowadays, the only poo poo convo that I have with her is when she's been in the toilet for a while & nothing happens;
"Mummy, I think my poo poo is sleeping, be back later when he's awake kay?"
She plays a lot of games with us all the time. She's been playing Snakes & Ladders ever since she got it for her 3rd birthday (a wonderful gift idea, btw), a princess board game one. It was quite impressive how she could tell the numbers from the dice without counting, only after a few times playing it with me. She gets the game fairly quickly too but beware, this girl cheats! She also loves Snap & Tic Tac Toe. And yeah, she cheats with those ones too. :p
While on the trip, Michael also taught her to play Jenga & Dominoes. The first time she asked me to play Dominoes with her, I arranged them closely & neatly so we could knock them down after. That's how we play it right? Noooo Mummy!!! She started laying them face down, giving out 7 pieces each, screamed "me first, me first" excitedly when she got the double numbers and "your turn now, mummy'"me. So we're REALLY playing dominoes, huh. I so can't wait to play Scrabble with her!
She's been on the WHY phase for quite some time now. Don't we all love that!! Not. At one point, she was using it so much, she even asked it in her sleep!
What else has she been up to?
- She counts, backwards as well. But I discovered that she forgot to count in Malay so Michael had to teach her again (shame on me!) :(
- She started spelling her name while we're in Sydney then writing it while in Japan.
- She draws, colours, paints, finds differences, joins dotted lines, tells time (short hand only lah), cuts, pastes, sticky tapes etc.
- She's showing, expressing & communicating emotions & concerns well. Very caring - 'are you alright?', 'what's wrong daddy?' all the time. Even makes us explain why we laugh at each other's jokes.
- She has 2 imaginary friends, Lily & Angry. Please please please do not ask where they are. Freaks me out.
- She understands some Malay but she doesn't really speak the language (again, shame shame shame on me!). But since we've been back, she's been using a lot of 'lah' and sometimes in all the wrong places but still, ok lah..:p
- Her favorite songs now are all the Disney princesses theme. She knows which one is which, Sleeping Beauty is NOT the same as Snow White mummy! Her utmost favorite is The Little Mermaid's Part of Your World. She even acted the whole scene in her (well, Eli's) bath tub. Of course I pretended not to see her in the act. And of course, it was hilarious. :p
- She totally loves her brother. Kisses & hugs all the time tho she still purposely wakes him up sometimes with her fake coughs & burps.
|at 5 months, Ayisha wore this outfit when she was 1years old!|
Eliyas, is growing up like a champion. 6 months today, weighing in close to 9kg. His sister has been 13kg forever, hence the no worries in putting her nappies on at night - they wear the same size!
I started him on solids at 5 months. I just had to. I couldn't stand the look on his face every time he sees food or people eating. If you see him, you'll know what I mean. Everyone, and I mean everyone including strangers, have been so tempted to give him food (some even did! tskk...) because he gets so excited, so eager looking, drooling, grabbing and all.
And, Oh My God..he's such a joy to feed. I could go on & on & on and he wouldn't stop. He finished everything. Not just the yummy baby food in the jar ones, he even finished the stuff that I cook. So, yippee! I am not a bad baby food cook after all.
I had so much trouble feeding Ayisha before (still am!) I always ended up eating her baby food (yumms!). I feel guilty for not getting proper nutritious meals in her & thought that maybe I was not being creative enough with her food. But now with Eli, who's such an opposite of her - NO MORE feeling bad about having a picky eater!
Eli is clapping hands now, thanks to my mum's Tepuk Amai-amai song that worked for Ayisha as well before. Drove Michael nuts tho. :p But he also claps pretty much to any songs or music.
He's turning & rolling over - left, right, up & down. For a second today, I think he started creeping forward.
He adores his sister so much. If I call for Ayisha or kakak (big sis), he would turn to her almost every time. Always smiling & excited to see her. He gets crazier when she starts singing & dancing to him.
|Favorite thing to do|
He is also starting to get to an age where he freaks out when he sees me leave the room. Love it :))))
There's just so much more to tell & lots of photos to share but I need to sleep. Till next time, hopefully not too long!