Friday, September 16, 2011

Double Duty

It's definitely a challenge to have more than one kid to care and look after, as I have now experienced for the past two months.  With a baby crying in your arms and the kakak suddenly asking for this and that, wanting your attention too.. it does demand a triple dose of patience and practice.  How do all those mommies do it? You know who you are... you, with 4, 5 or more kids in tow. Ni baru dua, saya sudah tunggang terbalik.  I was never a good multi-tasker.  In the heat of situations, when you can't handle it all at once.. there you have to turn away the kakak and tell her you'll be with her later... which of course takes ages and by that time she doesn't want to show you what she wanted to anymore.  Sigh.  I hope she understands.  That mommy has to take care of the little one first.  Because he's just a baby.  And kakak is already quite grown up and most of the time able to do things on her own already.  When baby was just born, I noticed the kakak sometimes sitting quietly on her own, staring into the distance.  I wondered if she was sad.  Or feeling left out.  Or if the change was all too much for her.  She was our centre of attention for the past 5+ years.. and now suddenly there's someone else.  I hope she knows (always) that mommy loves her sooo much and always will.  (Even as she's becoming naughtier by the day). And that mommy will always have enough love to share for the both of you.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Can't Live without your Phone?

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Almost everyone owns a mobile phone these days.  A friend proudly proclaimed a few years back that he did not own a mobile phone.. I'm pretty sure that he has now succumbed! For some people, even forgetting to bring their mobile phone when they go out is a traumatizing event! Happened to me a few times. I kept thinking, 'Oh no! There must be a few missed calls and dozens of text messages on the phone' I got back, checked my phone and guess what.. No missed calls, nada text messages! Hah... we've just gotten so used to having the thing with us that we can't even function without it.

And why not? The mobile phone today is not just used to Call a friend.  The technology now is great.  It's brilliant.  It's awesome.  Smart phones have internet capability, voice and video recording, camera, music and video player, Bluetooth, you name it!  All this also means that most of us are spending a profound amount on our mobile phone bills each month.  Telco companies come up with so many different plans that it's sometimes too complicated and complex to consider and compare which is the best. 

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Thursday, September 08, 2011

Oh To Be Young Again..

It's that time of year again... when once high school brats turn into young adults and enter the realm of university life.  And its at this time of year that I always reminisce and have flashbacks of what was my own time in that era.  More than often I wish I could go back to that time again.  Be young. Be free. Be still full of fresh hope and wonder and dreams.  Indeed, if I did have in my possession a certain time-turner like that of Hermione's, I would go back and change a thing or two or more about my past.  Actually, everything about my uni time was perfect.  Loughborough was great, Southampton was beautiful, Manchester was glorious.  What I'd want to change really, would be myself.  I'd want to be more confident, more outgoing and outspoken, more adventurous and bold.  I'd make different decisions, befriend different people, go more places.  Too late now, you say?  Well, I may not be able to go back in time (besides, you know what they say in all those movies, you tamper with the past, something horribly horrible will happen in your future!) but I can certainly do what I can now.  To be a better person, to learn and live more, to be those things I want to be.

So.. all the best to you young-ens who are entering university life this year.  My cousin Ash (who is currently in UIA) and cousin in law Hanis, who is about to fly to the land of kilts and bagpipes.  Bestnya kamu!!! (Jeles..jeless!!) Take the good of what you can from my meandering above.  And above all, enjoy and embrace your 3 or 4 year experience in uni whilst you can.

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Green Living

How green are you?  Not envy green, not alien green.. care for the environment green.  It's all the rage these days.  It's not easy though - green living.  When I think about living green, I think about renewable energy resources like solar power and wind turbines.  Energy efficient appliances, that sort of thing.  All of which may sound very complicated and costly.  Well, there are easier things that we all can do - recycling, car pooling, turning off electrical switches when appliances are not in use, reusable bags, that sort of thing.  

Here are 7 small steps that we can also do/think of in our strive to living green.   Most of them are more applicable to women though. 

1.  Breastfeeding
2.  Cloth Diapering
3.  Babywearing
4.  Using cloth sanitary pads
5.  Using cloth wipes instead of tissues
6. Using reusable shopping bags (make sure you have one or two or more stashed in your handbag or car all the time)
7.  Choosing organic or safer products
8. Making your own enzymes or compost
9.  Reusing old stuffs, making them into something new (like sewing your old clothes into bags, etc..)

Do you have any others you care to share? 

For more ideas and a look into some eco friendly products, mostly organic and environmentally conscious, check out Ethical Ocean.