Tuesday, July 22, 2014

有缘,就要好好珍惜

(摘于FB)

“馬航事件告訴我們,意外和明天不知道哪個會先來。
人活著是偶然,而死亡卻是必然。
我們永遠都不知道,每一天是不是自己的最後一天。
其實,對於生命而言,除了生死是大事,其餘都是小事!
什麼值得執著?
什麼應放下?
人生不過3萬多天,好好珍惜每分每秒,珍惜當下,珍惜身邊愛你和你愛著的人!
 ”


真的,所以对于生活,我们得学会知足,珍惜每一刻,好好的爱对我们好的人,还有想做什么就去做!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

A boy who loves water

I remember Aden's first experience in the pool, he is about 6 months old back then. I bought an inflatable pool online and made use of it a few times, at our car porch. 

That purchase I made comes with a neck float, some rubber ducks and an electric pump (well this is not important to know la xD)
Daddy went into the pool during the first time cause mummy din't want to get wet wanted to take photos since it was Aden's first dip in the pool, something memorable ;)

He was a little bit frighten during the beginning but eventually like it.

Then I bought a proper float and swim suit for him and let him enjoy his swim by himself!
Though swimming at home can be fun but this inflatable pool got its cons also la! It takes time to fill up the pool with water, and it requires a lot of water and the water became a waste at the end.... 
Soon I brought him to the swimming pool nearby my house and ever since then, we go to this pool quite frequently.

I am glad that Aden isn't a child who is afraid of water. I know a friend's son who is about 3 now and he is still refuse to go into the pool, even if the parents are there.

Just last Wednesday we went for a quick evening swim again. Suppose have to pay RM 10 for adult (it's a hotel by the way) but since nobody notice our presence so I just act nothing xDD

I chose to go on weekdays cause we can occupy the place by ourselves! 

Trying to blow bubbles but Aden wasn't ready yet, so let's try again................

Ahah succeeded! :p
Very difficult to take proper selfie with wet hands, but am glad I managed to take a few shots in the end without dropping my phone into the pool.


Guess who took this? :p

I realize Aden looks like a Korean celebrity here but I can't recall who, haha!

My favorite picture of the day! My face is so slim and Aden is so excited here! I love his expression!
I think you can tell how much Aden loves dipping in the water! 

Swimming is the best possible exercise. It works all the body's muscles and burns the most calories. And learning to swim is an ability, like walking, it's part of growing up.
Looking forward to the next swimming session, hopefully hubby is free to join~

Friday, July 18, 2014

The thing about shopping online

(From xlntelecom)

I am sure many of us buy things online these days. I admit I am a hardcore fan when it comes to buying things through the Internet. 

Of course there's pros and cons of shopping online (which I'll leave it to you to say) but I think this habits can get us addicted somehow ;)

I have bought many things online but mostly are like clothes, kids' stuff (even Aden's formula milk is from Babydash) and skin care products. Some to me are consider great, I mean their service, but there're also a few unpleasant experiences, like the recent one.

I ordered a lipstick from a girl who runs her online boutique via WeChat and Instagram. I bought facial mask from her before this and things went great. This time, I banked in money to her earlier this month and she told me the item will arrive within a week time.
But there was no updates from her after a week, I took the initiative to message her and she told me there's still no stock and I got to wait further. 

Okay la to cut the story short, I have been waited for 3 long weeks for that lipstick to reach me but at the end, nothing came cause she mistaken my order!! End up I requested for a refund (of course she had to refund to me since it is her fault).
Yes, 3 long weeks for NOTHING!! 

I am mad not because I need that lipstick so urgently, but it's the service attitude that counts. I wouldn't mind if she had inform me about the status in the first place, without needing me to ask her, at least keep me updated about my order. Yes that lipstick is not expensive but still I am her customer, no matter how little I paid! 
Actually I did experienced something similar before this, when I bought a Korean leather sling bag from someone online. Yes I remember it til now!! >=(

Anyway, here's my thoughts about running an online business:

1. There're just too many online businesses these days and with so many competitors around, I believe if the service attitude is good, the owner will somehow gets his/her business, even with 'free advertisements' from the customers via those social media sites.
2. Please don't make the customer to ask you what's the status of the order, you are making money you should be the one who keep your customer updated, and please be honest with whatever status happening!

Any relevant experience to share?


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

iPad, yes or no?

*Warning: long post ahead*


I mentioned HERE that Aden is super addicted to iPad lately. 
He sure knows where we put it, and will demand for it, and even though when we are charging it, he will cabut the cable right away.

He already mimic his daddy of how to play the iPad, sometimes on the bed (like the photo above), sometimes with the iPad on the 'standing' position with the helps of the casing, and the latest one, half lying on the bed with the iPad on the belly, but of course he can't hold that position for long since the iPad is too heavy for his small belly.

So what's so interesting with the iPad? Beginning he played those toddler/preschooler games like matching colors/shape, singing and etc, then slowly upgraded to not-so-toddler's games like Talking Tom, car racing and HappyChef (He really knows how to play them after being taught a few times, in fact he can play the iPad so well he even teach my parents =_=). But one thing he doesn't know yet, key in the passcode :p

Now, he loves Youtube >.< Of course he don't know how to search for videos, basically he just scroll the page and simply click on any video on the 'what to watch' and 'recommended video' list. Then from there he clicks further to explore other videos. 
Sometimes he will request for certain videos which he has watched before (of those that I played for him before), like PSY songs, car commercials (especially from Honda, I tell you this boy loves car very much!), M club (the HK drama Never Dance Alone), some English MVs and lately, the kids' play dough video.

Ok so here's the point, I know I (and the daddy) am responsible for his addiction since we the adults is the reason why he knows iPad, and at this stage he is learning fast by just watching us swiping/tapping the screen. 
I do feel guilty, really, cause I know it's unhealthy and bad for the eyes. I once read an article about a 3-year-old (or is it 5-year-old?) child having serious short shortsightedness due to daily long hours playing with iPad. I have no idea on the validity of this news but I remember this news until today. 

BUT, I have to admit, when he's on iPad, I really can have time to do my own chores, without needing to worry that he'd throw things from upstair to downstair, or ransack my stuff, or play with the water dispenser, cause he can really stick to it for quite long! If without the iPad, he'll sure come glue to me no matter what I am doing.

Now that he's addicted, I really don't know how to stop him... When we don't give him, he'll started to throw tantrum and scream his lung out, I tried to distract his attention by giving him snacks and toys but usually they won't work. 
I guess we have to keep the iPad clear from his vision from now on (so that it can sorta helps him forget about it?), but I don't know how the daddy is going to cope with it since he is also very addicted to the iPad =_=

Anyway, I make sure there's no iPad when we're at outside like during dining, not even handphones unless really necessary. I can see lots of kids (even adults) these days are busy keeping their heads down and playing with their phones when they are waiting for the food to be served. 
When I was a kid, I just want to go and play with the sands next to the restaurant while waiting for the food to be served, or go chasing around at the carpark with my siblings, or go and chase pat the stray dogs and cats I see nearby the restaurant (of course there's no smartphones or iPad or tablet back then). Now, throw a kid a tablet and he'll sit there quietly. Well, I guess that's just how the world has changed huh? 

早前有提到说Aden最近很迷iPad而另到我很担心。
他知道我们把iPad放在哪里,就算在充电着他也不管自己拔掉(还是硬来的那种)cable.

现在玩iPad的程度是厉害到连坐姿都学他老爸一样,不是趴在地上/床上玩,就是半躺着把iPad放在肚子上玩,当然这pose维持不久因为他的小肚子撑不住iPad的重量。
一开始玩得是儿童游戏好像唱歌或者配形状/颜色的那种,后来就开始玩一些比较难的就像是Talking Tom,赛车,煮菜(HappyChef)等。虽然是比较难(对一个2岁的小孩来说算是比较难的了)不过教了他玩几次他就学会了,甚至很得意的玩给我爸妈看(我都不懂该高兴好还是伤心)。
而最近迷的是Youtube!开过一些video给他过后他就记得了会要求我再开,比如那些汽车广告(他超喜欢车!尤其是轮胎),MV (尤其是PSY的,还有最近Shakira那首World Cup的歌),和粘土的video。当然他还不会自己search video来看,他都是在homepage那里乱按,不过乱按归乱按,有时还真的给他按对喔!

Ok,我要说的是,我知道这些3C产品对小孩来说是不健康而也对眼睛不好。我看过一册报道说一名3岁(忘了是3岁还是5岁,总之是很小啦)的儿童因为每天玩iPad的关系而导致严重近视!我不懂是真是假不过我就对这新闻影像很深刻!
其实我真的觉得很有罪恶感啦,我知道是我们大人该负的责任,要不是他看到我们玩iPad他也不会懂怎么玩等等。不过我想说,当他在玩iPad时我真的可以专心做我的东西,就算是几分钟也好我也可以做很多事情了。要不然他一定来找我当我的贴身药膏了。

我真的不懂该怎么control他了,每次都说好‘玩一下就好’不过到最后他都不愿意还给我的,如果硬拿走他就会大哭发脾气,甚至拿零食/玩具骗他他也不要,有时我也不管了硬拿回来给他哭一下。
看来我们真的该把iPad收起来,至少不要在他面前玩。希望这样他会慢慢忘掉吧?不过我不知道他老爸可以做到没有因为他自己也很迷iPad >.<

不过不管怎样,出到外面我们肯定不带iPad,也尽量不给电话(除非必不得已)。
现在的人在用餐或等菜送到时都是忙着玩电话做低头族。几乎每个小孩手里都有电话iPad等等。
以前的我呢,只想到外面玩!去隔壁的停车场跟哥哥玩老鹰捉小鸡,或者去欺负摸摸附近的猫猫狗狗。现在的孩子们只要有iPad在手就会坐静静了。我想这就是时代的变化吧?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Fried chicken with Scott calorie light premium towel

Not too long ago I received 2 rolls of Scott premium towel. 

I am sure this brand is not unfamiliar to many of us. Their kitchen towels have been in the market for years and the quality is superior!

This kitchen towel is enhanced with the new Fiber-Tech technology and thus offer superior oil absorbency to reduce calorie intake from fat by up to 25%

The material is thick!
You know most Malaysian loves oily food and in fact I think we are so used to cook and eat this way. But we also know too much oily food is no good, and the use of Scott premium towel can help in reducing calories in everyday foods!

Yep, I tried the towel with a simple fried chicken recipe the other day.

Oil bubbling up~ I used just minimum amount of oil ;)

I placed a piece of towel on a plate and then put the fried drumsticks on top... 

.. and I could how the towel absorbed the excess oil from the drumsticks!  :0

That's the test result according to them, impressive!

Mayonnaise or chili sauce go well with the fried drumsticks~ This is a great afternoon snack with a can of Tiger beer while watching the World Cup replay on Astro ;))
Now I can enjoy eating my favorite food without needing to worry too much about the calories! :D


Scott calorie light premium towel is available at major supermarkets, hypermarkets, minimarkets and provision stores nationwide at the recommended retail price of RM 6.20 for 2-roll, and RM 14.90 for 6-roll packes (West Malaysia).
RM 6.80 for 2-roll and RM 16.40 for 6-roll packs (East Malaysia).

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Aden boy: 26 months old

Or in a more direct way, he is 2 year 2 months now.
Of course, he is still in Terrible Two stage and is driving his poor mummy up the wall every single day! Seriously I think my temper is getting worse these days! This boy is really testing my patience!! >=(

Ok, anyway, despite the naughtiness, he still has his angel side, according to my parents.... Like when he's posing for selfie............

大家有没有想念Aden的成长记啊?影像中好像很久没好好记录他的成长记了。。好吧,今天就来个简单的progress report ;)
到今天为止Aden是两岁两个月3天大了。呵呵~ 快要送他上学校咯!不过又担心他会不习惯,又怕他会带给老师麻烦等等。。。哎,还是那句,做妈妈的永远就是担心不完,也很矛盾!

这瓜每天还是给我很多麻烦很头痛,说真的我发现我的脾气越来越差了!糟糕!:(

不过他也是有可爱的时候啦!就像。。。。。

1. He did it so effortlessly, compared to me! I once used to think I am good in talking selfie but now I have to raise white flag, Aden wins =_=
Aden自拍技术越来越好了,分分钟可以超越他老妈,哈哈!看他咬手指咬到多自然!


2. But there're times he fails in selfie too, haha! This is consider good enough, sometimes he even gives me 50 over nonsense photos!
不过他也有失败的时候,很多次就拿手机乱拍!你看到的这个算很好很给脸我了,有时是乱拍到五六十张啊!!


3. Lately, he loves showing his belly and 'kuku bird' like this, in a very lansi way, especially when he's bottomless. I hope he won't do this when he grows up, else his mummy and daddy will get complains, LOL!
最近很喜欢秀他的大肚腩和‘小弟弟’,尤其是没穿裤的时候,。为了不想吓到大家所以我还是不post出来,呵呵~
希望他这个pattern只是暂时性啦,长大后千万别再这样做,要不然爸爸妈妈有排烦!xD


4. That's Aden sayang-ing his cousin sister. I know she looks terrified here but she was just crying to be carried, not because she was scared of Aden, haha!
By the way, I guess Aden is slowing adapting to have his first cousin sister in the house. He will now sayang and kiss his mei mei, compared to the beginning when he'd tried to hit her!! But he is still jealous when he sees any of us carry the baby, so now I have to wait til Aden is not around/sleeping in order to carry the baby, hehehe! Cannot imagine how things will be when I have my second child.... >.<
前两个礼拜Aden就多了个堂妹!(我升级做3婶了,哈哈!)起初还不是很习惯也接受不到吧,毕竟一路以来在家都是他做霸王,现在开始地位不一样了,所以一开始还会要打堂妹!!:0
后来慢慢告诉他,也教他怎样sayang妹妹,现在开始就ok了,叫他摸摸妹妹他会了,叫他kiss kiss妹妹他也不抗拒了!希望这情况会维持下去啦!
不过有时看到我们抱妹妹还是会不喜欢,所以我都等他不在/睡着了才偷偷去抱妹妹,嘻嘻!新生儿真的好乖好好玩哦!而且我好喜欢她的味道~~ 突然好想念Aden小的时候~ :p


5. He loves iPhone/iPad and is so addicted to it! I know it's bad for him but sometimes they are really a good replacement for me, as I can have few minutes to do my own things. Just in case you din't know, this boy is like a super UHU glue to me, I wonder how we all going to be when hubby and I go for our holidays later.....
He wants just me to carry him most of the time, mind you he's already 14kg and the weight is killing my arms! When we go for grocery shopping, he wants just me to push the trolley, haih.... Such a clingy boy!!
最近超喜欢玩iPad, 一直会吵'pad pad', 我知道不应该给他玩太多不过有时候iPad真的是很有帮助!让他玩几分钟我可以做很多事情!因为他实在太粘我了!!就连抱抱也只要我(他现在都14kg了,你可以想象抱着他有多重),去Tesco做trolley也只要我推, 睡醒就找妈咪!很多人说宝宝粘妈咪是正常的不过目前的我是觉得好烦,喘不过气啊!而且也是个跟屁虫,走到哪跟到哪~


6. He is still that daring like always, entertain us with his stunt shows, and giving us heart attacks. Elderly used to say let him fall once and he'll remember forever, well, I keep my fingers crossed.....
By the way, Aden still tends to throw things, especially from upstair to downstair, or when he doesn't get the things he want. I tell ya this boy sure has bad temper like his dad! *headache-ing*
这孩子真是天天给我‘惊喜’,什么都不怕(除了看医生和剪头发之外),锅锅新鲜锅锅金!心血如果少点真的会晕倒~
Aden脾气也是越来越坏,只要不爽就会乱丢东西,乱打人,乱吐水!教过很多次了还是一样!为什么我会有个那么坏的孩子啊?!据说我和老公小时候都没那么坏呢~那么他到底遗传到谁啊?


7. It's dress up time! Loves wearing our clothes, and here he's wearing his daddy's pants, and is very excited about that..... By the way, potty training is still not 100% succeeded, sob sob T_T
还是很喜欢穿我们的衣服,而且穿的不想脱那种。

As for vocabs, he can understand more words now but as for speaking, he can't really speak a complete sentence yet. Intended to send him to montessori school nearby, soon. But at the same time, I am worried whether he'll be ok or not. Well, that's parenthood I guess, always confusing... :p


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Pancake muffins (and giveaway results)

Hi! Hope you're having a great day! ;)

Today I wanna share an easy recipe on baked pancake muffins.

Here's the ingredients needed:
- 300g pancake mix (I couldn't find pancake mix, I used waffle mix instead)
- 200ml milk
- 2 eggs
- 75g maple syrup
- optional mix ins (Let your creativity runs free!)

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Mix together pancake mix, milk, eggs and maple syrup.
2. Pour mixture into muffin cups/muffin tray, about 2/3 full, if you are using mix ins, do so now.
3. Bake for 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted, comes out clean.

I just use whatever mix ins I could find at home....

The texture is soft and almost melts in the mouth, it smells great and slightly sweet too (probably because of the maple syrup), this waffle mix is so convenient! I am going to use it again next time ;)

However, the M&M's I put got sank to the bottom of the muffin so they were not seen in the photos, haha!

What's my favorite? Got to be the blueberry ones!


On a side note, I organized a mask giveaway last week and though the response wasn't so good (probably because the prize is cheap so not many people are interested), I picked a lucky winner anyway.

And the winner is.....





nicole! 

I picked her because she followed the giveaway's rules.

Anyway, thank you for those who joined! Appreciate your comments.

And to nicole, watch your mailbox ya! You shall be receiving the gift within this week, I hope you'll like this small inexpensive gift ;)