Two weeks of school holiday gone in a blink. I am not looking forward to tomorrow morning as Clarisse will surely be very cranky and whiny. Waking her up for school is gonna be ugly after a two week break.
My sister came home along with both her kids and stayed for five days. Clarisse and Edward went over to my mom’s house to play with their cousins every day. Clarisse gets along very well with them and I try to let her spend as much time with them as possible. She loves them more than her classmates. After my sister left, the second week of holidays were quite boring.
We didn’t travel anywhere during this holidays. I didn’t travel because taking care of a kid and a toddler in my 2nd trimester of pregnancy is very taxing. It takes the joy out of travelling.
We’re taking some time off from the kids tomorrow. They’ll be at my mom’s house the whole morning as my husband and I shop for front speakers for the TV. Actually he has been calling up local hi fi shops to see if they carry a particular model – HSU Research HB-1 MK2 Horn Bookshelf Speaker. These came highly recommended by a friend of his, a hifi enthusiast, and also from what he has read.
I have never encouraged him to indulge in hifi knowing such equipment could easily cost tens of thousands of dollars. There’s always a piece of equipment that is newer, sounds better and usually more expensive. It is a rich man’s hobby when one become obsessed with the latest and greatest.
But this particular pair of speakers is quite reasonably priced and is value-for-money should it deliver sound quality as hyped. Overseas it is selling for US$150. And the shop that brought this pair of speakers in is quoting roughly 15% more than that. Still very reasonably considering international shipping fees should we buy online.
Edward slaps Clarisse across the face. Clarisse bawls!
I ran into the room and yelled “Why did you hit che che?!”
“No I didn’t hit che che. I hit mosquito only”, explains Edward.
Coming from a 2yo, I don’t know whether to laugh or what. Lying his way out at tender age is definitely not a good thing of course. But even my husband LOL-ed at what Edward said.
They say 2-year-olds learn fast. Good or bad, they learn fast. I don’t know where Edward picked that excuse up but we explained to him never to lie again. That lying is a naughty thing to do.
We bought a 32′ LCD TV to replace the old big ass TV in our living room. It’s a pretty basic Sony LCD TV. At 32′ it’s nothing to shout about but because our living room area is quite small, it feels bigger when we brought it home.
There’s one thing that I really like about this particularly model. It’s the capability to play movie files, encoded in various popular codecs, directly from a USB drive. Before this, we have to burn downloaded cartoons into DVDs for our kids to watch. Now we can skip the trouble. All we do now is download the cartoons into our USB drive, plug it into the TV and play them. I don’t even need to buy a media player device now.
Going from an old 21′ TV to 32′ LCD isn’t jaw dropping. But the kids are loving how sharp and vivid the pictures are compared to the old TV.
When you have a neighbour who feed stray cats, cats infestation will follow. More stray cats will come to the area. And as they make it their home, they’ll reproduce and you’ll be dealing with even more strays.
I’ve stayed here for more than 3 years. I noticed there are a lot more stray cats in my back alley now. My neighbour two houses away feed the strays with leftover food every morning and night. When feeding time, I can easily count more than fifteen cats, adult and kittens, enjoying the feast.
Every morning when I open the kitchen windows, I’m greeted by stinking cat poop around my backyard instead of fresh morning air. I don’t like cats but having to put up with this everyday, I don’t just dislike them. I absolutely hate cats with a passion now.
Responsible cat lovers, or dog owners, will tell you spaying (sterilizing) pets is very important to prevent reproduction. Especially if your pet roam the outdoor and risk socializing with strays. My neighbour may have kind heart but what they are doing is gonna make the situation worst. Quite a number of kittens have already died in the back alley.
I’ve ordered a birthday cake for Clarisse yesterday and will be picking it up tomorrow for her birthday dinner with grandpas and grandmas tomorrow night. This year’s choice of birthday cake decoration and design was easy. Clarisse has developed a passion for Disney princesses. Lately she’s been obsessed with pretty flowing dresses, shoes and trinkets that makes her look like a princess, she said. And several weeks ago, when I asked her what cake would she like for her birthday, she said a princess doll cake without hesitation. That’s what I thought she’d say. Can’t believe my little girl is gonna be 5 years old tomorrow.
I’m four months plus pregnant now. I went for my monthly pregnancy check up last week. So far, everything is ok, god bless. We can easily count fingers and toes of our baby during the ultrasound. And we’re lucky the baby is in a position for the doctor and us to easily spot something else. Clarisse and Edward is going to have a baby brother.
4 months and another 5 months to go. It feels like an eternity looking at another 5 months. I also dread to imagine how tiring it’ll be carrying the extra weight around when cooking and taking care of the kids. Clarisse and especially Edward fights all the time and with them around there’s never a moment of peace n quiet. I’m glad my blood pressure is ok despite the stress the kids put on me. After this pregnancy, I’m done. And I seriously can’t wait to get this pregnancy over with eventhough we’ll face another round of bringing up a newborn. But we’ll worry about that later.
I’ve been following news of Najib and French court the past two days. I’m sure most of you have read about it. Suhakam (tip my hat to Suaram director Kua Kia Soong, secretariat member Cynthia Gabriel and lawyer Fadiah Nadwa Fikri) managed to convince French judge to call Najib and Defense Minister Ahmad Zahidi to testify as witness to Scorpene trial in France.
I hope this will be the start of Najib’s headaches. Altantuya’s hand is reaching out from her grave to grab Najib’s foot and drag him down to hell with her.
The entire BN machinery is in election mode and this development is a huge blow to Najib’s image. Today at a press conference in Penang, Najib brushed aside a journalist’s question of whether he’d testify in French courts. He can’t keep avoiding this issue. It’ll only make people more suspicious of his involvement in Scorpene scandal and Altantuya’s murder. I hope PR will take advantage of Scorpene resurrection and make it a big deal in their election campaigns.
Now I’d keeping my fingers crossed hoping that French courts will make it compulsory for Najib to testify. Ahmad Zahid has already said he will not be attending. No word yet from Najib. He’s still avoiding it for sure but not for long.
I’m having a terrible cough and although I was told it won’t be harmful during pregnancy, it is interrupting my sleep. Coughing may not be harmful but I’m sure exhaustion would. I couldn’t remember the last time I slept through the night without coughing.
My doctor prescribed a cough medicine which is supposedly safe for pregnant ladies but anything with cough suppressant active ingredient is best avoided. I’m taking an alternative cough medicine – Prospan which I’m told is perhaps the safest cough syrup to take during pregnancy. It uses the properties of dry ivy leaves to relieve cough.
My next ob-gyn appointment will be sometime next week. This will be the second visit for this pregnancy. But I’ll go earlier, tomorrow morning if nothing unforeseen interrupts my plan. I’m starting to cough and would like my doctor’s advice on some cough prescription. My usual cough remedy, Prospan dry ivy leaf cough syrup seems to be safe for pregnancy and from what I read, many doctors prescribe it to pregnant ladies.
I’m currently on hormone pills and folic acid prescribed during my first visit about 3 weeks ago. The doctor will scan for the baby’s heartbeat this time. The first three months is crucial and we have our fingers crossed hoping it’ll go well. Still we worry everytime I go for scanning.