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Sunday, June 7, 2020

Working From Home

Working from home has it benefits (no need to wake up early. Yay! no traffic jams. Yay!  wearing  comfy home clothes. Yay!)  BUT comes with it's share of distractions too. 

Took these photos while I was in a middle of a work call  ;-)   Erin came into the room I working in, saying she wanted to play dress up.  When I told her she needed to be quiet, she started playing the character of a silent spy.  Lol


The little silent spy.  Ya, totally blending in. 



Finished my call and asked her to smile for the camera :-) 


Gonna miss this work from home phase! 

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Crochet Squares

I started a new crochet project during this MCO - granny squares. 

Supposed to be easy but I really struggled with it. Was super confused with the corners! Watched and rewatched multiple utube tutorials. Kept doing it wrong. Or got it right, and then got confused again at the next round. It was frustrating! Elyssa saw me struggling with it and she started to watch tutorials as well. 

After a day of struggling, we both finally got it!  

Try, Try, Try 
I love her persistence :-)



Finally! 
Once we get the hang of it, it's pretty easy. It's so nice to see our lil pile of colourful crochet squares getting higher. 


So therapeutic..
One thing I've always loved about crochet is being able to bring it anywhere. And crocheting squares is easier than amigurumi since there's no counting involved. 


On a random weeknight
Elyssa and I crocheting while watching tv. Erin hasn't picked this up yet, maybe one day.   


Long way to go since we need PLENTY of squares to make a blanket. But no big hurry and we'll just enjoy the process of getting it done. 

Monday, May 25, 2020

Second post for 2020

Read my old entries in this blog.... and I enjoyed it! Some parts I have totally forgotten, mostly I remember but I know I probably would have forgotten if I haven't written it down in the first place.

So with a bottle of Somersby cider next to me and the girls watching tv downstairs, just thought it will be a good time to write a post.

Hmmm.... what shall I write about?  It has been such a looong time. No point trying to fill in all the lost time, so I'll just start with the here and now.  Here and Now is really during unprecedented times. Covid has just wrecked havoc to all the "normals".  All new plans and standard routines just flew out the window this year. Turned completely upside down.

Despite all the negatives, I'm grateful for the positives as well.

Hubby and I still have our jobs.
Being able to spend more time at home together.
No more being treated like unpaid Grab drivers, ferrying the girls for their activities over the         weekend!  Particularly hate waiting in the hot sun for their gymnastics session that forever runs late. (but the times we purposely went late, it ended on time.  Aarrgh!)
Girls have gone closer with each other.  Yes, they still bicker like no tomorrow sometimes, but overall the sisterly bonding has been amazing.  Love, love to see them playing together.

Was looking in my phone for photos of the girls, and I realise I don't have that many these days. That's one of the reasons why it's good to update the blog regularly. There's the added incentive to take more photos!  Anyway found these 2 which are a good reflection of the MCO period anyway.


Elyssa eating my orange chiffon cake.  
Yup, I've been baking a lot! Cakes, scones, tarts, bread etc. So much so that Elyssa asked me to slow down cos she said she didn't know which item to eat first. Lol.  And definitely bad for the waistline.


Erin plucking taugeh tails
Joined the "grow taugeh at home" bandwagon.  Done it 3 times so far. For someone with totally un-green fingers, being able to grow something is totally satisfying! 


Yay..... completed my first post in a long time.  Feels good  :-)

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Fake Mummy

Erin has her mattress at the foot of our bed but every so often (actually, more often than not) she ends up plonking herself in between hubby and I again. Told her for the new year - she needs to sleep on her own.

This little girl came up with her solution.

Presenting......... Fake Mummy! 



Fake Mummy 

She says she can cuddle up to fake mummy so she doesn't feel so alone on her mattress. 
Why no fake daddy?  Answer : not enough pillows.

LOL !!!! 

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Japan Holiday - October 2018 (Day 3)

Woke up bright and early for Day 3.
Took a train to the First Destination of the day-

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest 

Selfie stick time! 


My take on the bamboo forest itself?  Ok la.... not that great. The "famous" part was just a pathway with tall bamboos on both sides.

Small Temple near the Bamboo Forest 


Walked around a bit and that was when I started to enjoy the place. Hiked up and up a random path and saw this.....

Just beautiful





Found some park benches to continue eating my takeaway breakfast
I always made sure I had some food and drinks with me at all times, so I could just sit down and relax whenever. 


Wondered around somemore and chanced about these beauties.... super love this place!



  



Next stop....
Sagano Romantic Train 
It was a very scenic train ride indeed 


Took a bus to Kikaku-Ji Temple after that.  
Thankfully the buses had romanised characters for upcoming stops 

Kinkaku-Ji Temple (Gold Temple) 


Grounds of the temple
Pretty packed 



Famous Rock Garden @ Ryoanji Temple 
The rock arrangement is supposed to have some deep meaning. There was a long platform for people to just sit down and look at it. To me.... looks like a pile of rocks.  haha!


I actually walked 20 minutes from Kinkaku-Ji temple to Ryoanji Temple! And got really lost trying to find my way back after that.  Bleah!  Only consolation is the longgggg way back to the hotel somehow involved me buying a lovely pair of shoes.  :-)


Kyoto Tower at night 


Some hits and misses for Day 3, but definitely still a good day!

Friday, September 27, 2019

Japan Holiday - October 2018 ( Day 1 and 2)

My mum asked me this afternoon where she can find my blog posts about my Japan holiday (since my parents are planning a holiday there).  Told her I never got round to updating it.  Well, time to do it now!

Japan Holiday - October 2018. 
Milestone holiday for me since it was going to be my very first SOLO holiday! I accepted a new job offer and wanted to take the opportunity to clear off some Annual Leave. Not a school holiday and too last minute to arrange for hubby or any of my friends to go with me, so the idea of a solo holiday came to mind.  Bangkok and Taiwan were the initial top two choices since I've been there before.  But I also wanted something different. Yet it must be somewhere I could feel comfortable enough from a safety aspect.  Japan came to mind.  Perfect! Did some research - settled on Osaka and Kyoto. 


I took an Air Asia flight.  Depart KL 2.15pm, Arrive Osaka 9.40pm.  Realised after I bought the tickets that the journey from Osaka airport to Osaka is an hour!  Aiks.... factoring in immigration, baggage collection, potential delays, I could be wondering around Osaka city on my own close to midnight!  Can't take a cab since it was going to be horribly expensive. The thought of lugging my luggage, getting lost at the train station or getting lost trying to find the hotel close to midnight was not appealing at all. 

Did more research and tot hey - why not try the Capsule hotel in the airport itself. I've always wanted to try a capsule hotel and it solves my logistics issue.


First Cabin Kansai Airport 
My capsule for the night. Got the Superior Capsule since the normal ones were fully booked. About RM 290, I think.  Not cheap! 



Common Bathroom
Hairdryer, Hair Curlers, Toiletries all provided.  Even a set of pyjamas was provided 

That night, I ticked off another item on my bucket list - Japanese Onsen! Common bath in the nude??  Definitely takes some getting used to!  Peeked a bit and saw the others just slowly washing themselves before getting into the common bath.  I had to resist the temptation to just jump into the water. haha. 



Row of standard cabins  

Just enough space for a bed 
Half glad I didn't get to book this.  Kinda claustrophobic! 


Luggage Storage Room
We were given the locks upon check in. Very efficient


Managed to get a decent night's sleep. Walls were really thin so I could hear every cough or bag zipping/unzipping from the neighbouring capsules clearly. And being at the airport, there were people moving in and out at weird times. Everyone was politely quiet but well, there were just plenty of sounds. 


Day 2

Bought an ICOCA Card to Kyoto
The Hello Kitty Card is so cute!  Pity had to return it. 

Snacks for the journey
I was on a keto diet just before the trip.  For a holiday - no diet! 



Headed straight to my hotel.  Me being me, I got a bit lost. Also me being me, I found my way in the end  :-)   Too early to check in so I left my luggage at the concierge and I was off to explore!


First Stop - Fushiri Inari Shrine 
I had to stop myself from grinning ear to ear when I saw the famous orange tori gates. The place was pretty packed. This photo (with no one blocking) was taken after about 30 mins of walking. 


Selfie!  The selfie stick is an absolute gem during a solo trip! 


I took my time at the shrine. I had no fixed schedule to follow  :-) 




Sat down for some ice-cream.  And then ramen for late lunch.   

Headed to Gion after that.  I booked a walking tour for I think around 6pm that day.  Walked and shopped around before the tour started. 


Cute Japanese school girl on the train


Beautiful Autumn Colours 


Maruyama Park, Gion 
Photo taken using my new Huawei phone. Didn't know how to adjust the Beauty app function at that time.  Too "beautified" until doesn't look like me. lol ! 


Got these 2 adorable little purses for the girls 


Kabuki Theatre 


 Found my walking tour 
It was good!  RM 50+ for 1.5 hours.  Well worth it as it was very informative. Entertaining too. 


Gion Streets 


My dinner for the night. Sooooooo good



My fitbit registered 28,012 steps that day! 




My hotel room for the night - Hotel Gracery Kyoto Sanjo.
After the capsule hotel, this hotel felt sooooo luxurious! After a nice hot shower and as I got under the bed covers - I was just thinking to myself : What an absolutely awesome day it was!



-End of Day 2-

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Gymnastics


Elyssa did it! 

After all her hardwork, she did wonderfully at her last Gymnastics competition - 1st place in Hoop, 1st place in Freehand and Overall Champion for her group.  Great job my big princess!  :)