Sunday, January 27, 2013

Stem Casters Spell

When shopping at Big C last Friday, I accidentally kicked on the threaded stem casters of the pushing cart while controlling my baby's stroller at one hand. Very smart Hobbit Wife!! Yes, my life is all about multitasking, if you ask me nowadays. What can be a better reason for kicking on to a stem caster?? But you know, I really enjoy watching Little Hobbit flirting with all the sales girls and passersby at Big C. He kept calling them 'kaka' to attract their attention. Many waved at him and made him smile. Oh, they made me smile too until I hurt my foot!

Combined Celebration At our Embassy

I love the fact that Malaysia is a multicultural country. We get to celebrate different celebration of different backgrounds all year round. This year, our Malaysian embassy here in Thailand has decided to combine several celebrations that we celebrate in Malaysia and call for a makan-makan on a nice Saturday noon. 

What I like about attending any Embassy occasion is the food. Nobody can deny that haha! This time, we had nasi lemak, mee goreng, kuih-muih, satay and teh tarik only. Even though the variety can't compare to the previous gatherings, we still enjoyed ourselves. Anyway, another highlight is the quiz that goes with lots of giveaways and the music. One of the giveaways is a usb dj controller at musicians friend. Speaking of music, the joget is always the highlight. How many times can you see yourself dancing joget unless you do it secretly at home? :) 

Basically, we all had a good time. Looking forward for another gathering in the future!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Fell In Love With Pho

I have never paid a lot of attention to Vietnamese cuisine before but after that Pho beef noodles at One Utama, KL, I thought I needed to order 10 more bowls minus the beef that day...

I had a bowl of good pho fish noodles the first Saturday of this month and another awesome Pho beef noodles (Central style) from a very homey, well-known little restaurant called Xuan Mai, yesterday. Hobbit and I vowed that we need to go back there to taste the whole 'Vietnam'!! Food is good! :)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Baby Needs Non-O Visa in Thailand

It's weird how babies have to apply for visas. After talking to several parents and asking questions, we finally made the decision to apply a Non-O Visa for little Hobb.

The general understanding is, expat babies can overstay in Thailand without a visa until they reach 12 years old. The problem with going with this understanding is that, whenever the baby goes out of the country and come back to Thailand, the parents might have to deal with questions, paper work and a lot of clearance at the airport before the immigration officer would let the baby stay without a visa again.

I hate going through all the hassle at the airport, especially dealing with paper work and coping with language barrier. Jet lag and exhaustion is another thing. So we took little Hobb to the Bangkok Immigration Office at Laksi yesterday.

The distance of the immigration office from Bangkok is a pain. Driving there is a pain. Trusting google's gps is very 'helpful'. Yet we got there safely. We just gave the officers all the forms needed and little Hobb got to enjoy stamping with his little right thumb, said goodbye to a good 2000 Baht and we were done. Hobbit just have to wait for two weeks to collect the documents. Phew...

The little guy was obviously exhausted from all the kicking and jumping at the immigration. So we left him to our neighbors for a change of environment while we had dinner and fixed his food. While having our dinner, mMy nanny saw this cute studs I bought from the Mall and questioned why buy silver...Well, I had to return her the look that goes "because I like it...!!" Haha!

The day ended with our eyes fixed on the last episode of Twilight and Ashton coming home tired from all the play and walks. Thank you God for all the good and challenges of today.

Peds and Mans

Living close by gives me the chance to get free pedicure and manicures!  For two consecutive Sundays, the girls had been coming with their baskets filled with colorful nail polish and we did our nails while chatting about the moon and the sun! Always fun! :)
Little Hobb joined in the fun!

My cina-dusun toe nails

Monday, January 14, 2013

Hanamint Tuscany

All I need right now is another vacation! LOL! Going through hanamint tuscany at familyleisure was refreshing to the thought that my soul badly seeks another vacation! Those who wish to open a resort could seek stuff from this site. All the furniture are awesome! The set above is just perfect for dad's garden.

By the way, this Wednesday is a holiday for our school and I might take the little guy somewhere just to sit and relax a little. It's not only work, but home is a hectic place for me too because the demand of my little one is raising sky high each day. Many times I just have to imagine myself relaxing somewhere instead of getting stressed out on what I need to achieve for the day. I am thankful everyday for the ability to pray or else I would resort to something else just to find peace. 

So here I am, excited to plan for a day of family leisure somewhere this coming Wednesday! :)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Hambin is Baby Sling, According to Mom

Hey, spot the uncle?!

My family (the three of us) was sitting at a vintage 'kedai  makan' in Midvalley one day to please our crave with some Char Kueh cakes, nasi lemak and Penang laksa. It was on a working day and we were surrounded by office smelling lunch goers hoarding the restaurant for nasi bungkus and laksa. Little Hobb was cranky and hungry and I sat on the table assigned to us while adjusting my hambin so I could comfortably feed my little Hobb. Hobbit got busy preparing baby food and water. So you could see the both of us were busy with our baby! The 'uncle' came to get our orders but we kinda ignored him and just gesture 'later'. As I was all ready to feed our 'wormy' baby, my sideway glance chanced upon a group of ladies (must be in their 20s or 30s), pencil mini-skirts, sheer blouses and sturdy stilettos, were looking my way and kinda 'discussed' us-- young parents out of wed-lock, whiny baby, messy table, under parents-support, stale looking, military ring...

A challenge to feed....

Yup, their discussions were full in my head as Hobbit and I were struggling feeding our little lad...

...Hobbit?? He played the bent down game to pick up baby's dinosaur shoes he dislikes.

Can you spot what little Hobb is doing?
Little Hobb's hands after sticking them into my Penang laksa!

Look ladies, me being petite, wearing a mini jeans skirt and unfashionable slippers, equipped with a hambin on my shoulder doesn't make me jobless, out of wed-lock, parents-supported little missy okay...My perfect teenage-looking hubster and I sometimes just don't make the cut as having those parent-ial looks but we are perfectly fine raising a kid. So if all of you could kindly take your eyes out of our way and stop the mumbling, we would really appreciate it and I can scoop baby food out of the bottle without spilling any on my baby and me! 

I love this  baby food

Meanwhile, the 'uncle' came and took our orders. He too I felt, sympathized with the mess we made, kindly handed a box of tissue and speed up on the orders. 

The food came. Little Hobb was full and was reaching out the chopsticks and spoons. They nicely landed on the floor. 

In came another group of old aunties and sat slightly towards our left. With the landing of chinese utensils, they too gave us a 'kind' of stare for a bit and went on kepoh-ing away. 

Should I curtsey or should I bow?? 

So I asked Hobbit to take little Hobb away while I enjoy my Penang laksa. The feeling of freedom never felt so good. Ignoring all the eyes, I dug deep and enjoyed my laksa to the fullest! Such a feeling...wearing hambin while eating laksa... 

Now you see it...

Now you don't!

This is so good! Char Kuey rocks!

Then it was Hobbit's turn to gobble his nasi lemak! He returned me the boy when I wasn't quite done and way he devoured all his food. Just at his first bite did little Hobb decided to make special 'cake' in his diaper! 

You know, for a second I wished I was one of the ladies who side-glanced a family handling a cranky, fussy baby. But reality check brought me right back to why I had the hambin aka. baby carrier/sling on me. It's because I am happy having them on with my very own baby in it. It's because my little cranky and fussy babe brings me A LOT of joy! It's because family is my top priority now. And it's simply because I am a petite, blessed mother. 

I am living my life. My awesome, awesome life!! 

Remind me please, when one day I forget.

Me and Ma Little Man

At Midvalley, KL

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