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Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Nifty Quirks

Introducing....NIFTY QUIRKS.

Something the sisters and I worked on. I did up the "logo" on Illustrator (how I miss working on it) and sourced out for suppliers. Once I scored one, Zyma helped to choose the items to sell. She's pretty much the buyer for Nifty Quirks.

We bought a buncha stuff from the supplier and hope it will arrive in mid May. Planning to have Titi model some of the items before we post them up.

What are we selling? Anything from baby clothes, ladies wear, bras, mobile gadgets, muslim wear, shoes...you get the idea. If we see something we absolutely love and will definitely wear/use them, we'll sell it. 

Right now, our main agenda is to build up the number of likes on our FB page. We have a few items posted and hope to get things started soon.

I'm not mixing NinjaMums with Nifty Quirks. NinjaMums is all about breastfeeding, a pretty niche market. Nifty Quirks is the opposite.

So if you're reading this entry by chance, drop by Nifty Quirks and like the page. It won't cost you anything unless you're buying something (heeeheee). The sisters and I are probably gonna have a "opening sale" soon. It's only fair. Introduce your friends to the page and if they get something of us, we might just give you (and your friend) a discount.

I know it's not much, but it's a start. =)

Oh right, we're at Http://www.facebook.com/NiftyQuirks or click the logo above to head right to the page. =)



Sunday, 21 April 2013

Everything zen

I don't quite have anything to rant about this week. Spent most of the week sourcing for a new supplier, ordering stuff and well now, waiting for its arrival. What did I order? Those on my twitter would know.
I can't wait to get this started. Generalist instead of a niche. Soon, soon.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Read, read, read

Google led me to this amazing website that I must share. It's about kids and reading. I'm sure my mom didn't have the internet back then and whipped out her own theory but this sorta fits in to what she did right with me. I love reading. I don't love keeping books but I love reading. I love reading so much, I've acquired the skills to read in between the lines even when I don't have to. Blame my literature teacher for that.

http://www.icanteachmychild.com/2012/02/10-steps-to-teaching-your-child-to-read/

If you're lazy, here's the summary:
1. Read to your child every day!
2. Ask your child questions before, during, and after reading.
3. Let your child see you reading.
4. Look for letters while out and about and in the environment around you.
5. When teaching letters and letter sounds, incorporate as many senses as possible.
6. Read a variety of books and make a game out of guessing the genre.
7. Have fun rhyming!
8. Work on letter sounds and manipulating them within words (phonemic awareness).
9. Encourage your child to sound out short words (consonant, vowel, consonant).
10. Practice memorizing a few sight words each day.

The lines below screamed at me especially the last sentence. I've been drilled before to the point that I hated it. So instead, I harnessed my eidetic memory (can one, don't need to be X-men) for the things I choose to remember.

Often times, we want to force our children to learn letter names by a certain age.  We buy flashcards or DVDs claiming to teach our children their letters.  We drill our 2-year old over and over for minutes on end.  Don’t buy into this…allow your kid to be a kid and take advantage of the “teachable moments” as they come along! 


Always keep in mind that our ultimate goal is to foster a lifelong learner who loves to read, not a child who has simply memorized without any significance.

English reading aside, I've occasionally set time to read Quranic verses to her while I try to get her to sleep. Nothing fancy. Just your usual Al-Fatihah and other short ones. Of course, she'd think I'm singing and decide to play but ok, something will get in her head eventually.

Okay, baby stuff ends here. Kemaruk first time mom syndrome.





Thursday, 11 April 2013

Alhamdulilah

I lean against the wind, pretend that I am weightless.
And in this moment I am happy.


Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Spider, the kanchong kind

I was reading a blog and realised that the writer had a bunch of really good business ideas but it wasn't acted on. Who am I to say? I'm probably the same. The only thing stopping me is procrastination. But this year I made a silent resolve to get rid my procrastination and get things moving. Guess that's why I've been pretty kanchong spider lately. The things I've said lately probably sounds bossy and like a broken record.

"When want to book hotel? Rooms running out." (done)
"My passport expire!! TAKE MY PICTURE NOOOWW" (hahahaha done)
"Ticket tengah murah ni. Book keppe?" (then I procrastinate til the husband forced me out of the bed to make the call to MAS)
"Eh I need your Japan itinerary.." (in the process)
"When are we going haversack shopping?" (done) 
"WHAT TO PACCCKK?" (I hate packing and now I have a kid to pack for)
"Japan use what plug? My travel adaptor where???!!!" (bought for the one I lost)
"JunBin want to go where? Ask him to list out leeei"
"Korang nak gi mana ah? I need to put this down.."

That's just for Japan. Yes, I have 41 days to go but if I can settle this early, I can start on another project.

Actually, I've already started on the other project. Multitask ah kira. Just need to finalise a buncha stuff so my sister can take over.

And now, I'm hungry.

Wow, I'm starting to really like being on Blogger but LJ is where my heart is at. Been with me since 2003. Good days.

Oh hey, here's a random camwhore picture of me.


The call

It's 11.30pm. Nuryn's asleep, diL's dinner prepared, bottles washed and I have her milk thawing in the fridge. I should be in bed.

I'm doing some revision and studying. Reading up on tutorials and working on the software. The last time I did this, I was awake for two days straight but I was unemployed then, so sleep was secondary. I plan to get this done before the 27th. Lots of catching up to do.

Will let you know in a bit. =)

1 picture, 1000 words.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Shape Stroller Fun Run


ref: http://www.shape.com.sg/shaperun2013

This got me extremely excited that I signed up immediately. While I might not love running, I love running in a crowd and if you add a stroller to it, AWESOME. This should be fun, running alongside other moms and kids. Although I sense I might accidentally bump into people and be judged for my parenting skills. But who cares! Mom and daughter bonding, yeay!!

Let's do this, Nuryn Alysha! Not like we've not done this before lah, but yeah..okaaay.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Donch bluff lei

I guess it's a habit after years of working in an office environment. While I do not "cc the world", I do keep an electronic paper trail. You know, cover my ass just in case.

Now, even in my non-work life, I do that. I keep MSN chats and text exchanges. Mostly because I like re-reading them and going "Woah, good days.."

I was told something today that triggered a check. So I did. I read through each and every exchange that was made from 2012 to today.

Right. March on.




 On a much happier note, my ice cream money is up. Thank you all. =)

Friday, 5 April 2013

HELLO YOU!

Look, Blogger tracks. I don't. I know you've been trying to get to my Facebook by googling "aggrotantrums facebook", "aggrotantrums ninjamums", "i kinda died for you blog" and "ninjamums nora". Please stop.

I'm nice, really. Leave me a comment telling me who you are and I might just direct you to my Facebook. =)

And while you're at it, please click on the ads above and on your right. Thank you! ^_^

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Pretending to be a cook

I cook. My mom taught me to cook. I don't remember when she started teaching me but it's a skill she felt we all should know. While I'm not an amazing cook, my dishes are good enough for the family and occasionally guests.

When I got married, I had to learn to cook according to diL's tongue. Not easy, but I'm getting a hang of it now. I used to rant about how I had to cook two types of the same dish, one to suit diL and another to suit my family. Someone once said to me, "He should learn to eat what's on the table". I might have agreed to that statement initially but after I thought long enough, it wasn't fair. If I threw that same phrase back to the person who said it, I don't think he or she will be able to do it.

diL's living with me and my parents. It's easier to have your own mom prepare food the way you've grown to know and love, it's a different story when you're suddenly in a new environment. So that's where I come in, I'll try to bridge the gap.

Last night, I cooked two packs of noodles. diL bought the ingredients, I prepared them and ta-daaah, meal for diL and the family. Mee Goreng wetwetwet. Now, my boy is a rice kinda guy and will only eat noodles if there's no other choice. To see him happily have three full servings and complimenting how nice it was, that inflates my ego. I asked him, "So how? Worth your 8K?". He replied, "Of course!". Super inflate.

Mee Goreng wetwetwet consists of my homemade freshly kisar-ed cili paste (cili kering + bawang + bawang putih + belacan), some tomato sauce and kicap. Tossed in peeled prawns, diced meat, mixed veg, taugeh, scrambled eggs and noodles. For the wetwetwet part, I used meat stock (I boiled the meat before I diced them). No salt, no sugar. Awesome enough for the husband, good enough for me. I timed myself, everything done in 45minutes, with help from the sister with de-shelling the prawns.

Sometimes I have limited time to prepare a decent meal for him, so I'll do my usual campak-campak dishes. When I feel a sudden motivation to cook, I would hunt down recipes and get his help to buy the ingredients. Often, they'd turn out ok, occasionally, I'd amaze myself.

 Spaghetti with hotdogs.

 Experimental Mee Hongkong.


 Failed attempt at Sambal Goreng Pengantin turned into the normal Sambal Goreng. Oh well, still sedap.

 One of my campak-campak, Hotdog Telur Kentang with Tomato Sauce.

 Cheese fries. HAHAHHAHA.

 Ayam Masak Merah.

Doesn't look like it but Nasi Lemak. Heh.
 Nasi Goreng Pattaya.

Some daging campak-campak stew.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Walk Walk Walk

The husband and I have the weirdest conversations. We used to pretend walking to anywhere while we're both in bed. He has this super, ridiculously rich "friend" that owes me a submarine. A serious conversation can end up to some imaginary nonsense and goes on for days. We once took the shuttle bus from Parkway Parade to Bedok and imagined that it was actually a bus to KL. He's 31 and I'm 29, we still think like kids and we have a kid. How mad is that?

But yeay! Movie night.



Oh, was on medical leave yesterday and spent most of the day drowsy and asleep. Forced the kiddo to take a nap when my brains felt like it was going to fail me. Well, it was actually forcing. She rolled around in bed and next thing I knew, she was sound asleep. When we woke up from our nap, someone decided "HEY! Let's give walking a try!". She walked on her own!!

Nuryn's been up on her feet since 9 months. She has her walker (pictured above, not the usual sit-in walker, coz God forbid, should my child end up deformed in that thing. Yeah, another research was done. *rolls eyes, stabs self*) to help her and we've always held her hands when she wanted to walk or if she wanted to do her own exploration, she'd hold on to the furniture and take small steps. Today, she crawled to an open space, stood up and wobbly walked around. Can you sense my gloating head and excitement? WE'RE GOING TO RUN THE DAMN RESERVOIR, LIL ONE!!

Right, been trying to upload a video of Nuryn walking but it's taking forever. Next time, maybe.