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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Cookie Assistant

Got myself a Cookie Assistant for my CNY cookies recently.

Job Description : Place chocolate chip into center of cookie
Job Level : Easy 
Job Training : Non required 

Time to do performance review of my assistant. Managed to take some photos while she was working -

Busy at work

Eat chocolate chip 

Work again 

Eat again 

 Other points to take note of: 

1. When I asked her whether she washed her hands - she replied Oops!  Giggled and then went to wash her hands.

2. Disappeared after working on 2 trays of cookies.

3. Some cookies ended up with  no chocolate chip in center. 

Result of performance appraisal ??     Haiyoh....... fail la.  I need a new assistant next year  :-) 

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Goodbye 2020, Hello 2021

Goodbye 2020, Hello 2021 !!

Oh what a year 2020 was.  It started off like any normal year.  

We were in Ipoh this round. Impromptu trip where we were supposed to spend 2 nights (hubby woke up in the morning and said, "lets go Ipoh!") and then decided to extend another night (impromptu part 2!).  I was only to start my new job on Jan 6th, he was on leave, girls haven't started school yet.... so why not. 

Ushered in the new year by watching fireworks display @ Lost World of Tambun, Ipoh

First family photo of 2020 

Went on with the hustle and bustle of life.  Changed Erin's school in February, as it became clear that she was pretty lost in her old school. 

We were aware of the virus situation in China around CNY time, followed the progress through the weeks but I guess it only really hit hard when "lockdown" was first announced in mid March. Oh the mayhem that ensued...!  Both at home and at work.  It felt so strange to wear a mask. Felt strange to queue up for groceries, wear plastic gloves and then snap grocery items up without even thinking twice. All the uncertainties at work.  Dealing with everychanging and unclear SOPs. Trying to answer questions, stay afloat and formulate strategies in an unfamiliar landscape. 

Things somewhat stabilised around mid-year. There were still challenges and bumps, but hey we survived!  

Immensely grateful and blessed that despite it being a pandemic year, I can still consider 2020 a good year for us.  Work wise, it's wayyyyy better than the previous year. Weight wise, well let's not go there ;-)   And I can't believe Elyssa is no longer a primary school kid!  I'm definitely a proud (banana) mama that she did so well in her 6 years in a chinese school 

Let's see, managed to go to quite a few local holidays this year- 

Pangkor Laut Resort in July 2020
Omg - love, love, love this place! I guess we've never gone there before cos of the "for that price, I might as well go overseas" thinking. lol. 
Will definitely want to go there again one day. 

Sungai Lembing in August 2020 
Completely different from our Pangkor Holiday!  But a trip we enjoyed very much too. 

Genting in August 2020 
Celebrated Papa's birthday up in Genting this year :-) 

WEIL Hotel in Ipoh, December 2020 
Elyssa didn't want to miss her gymnastics classes.  So it was just Hubs, Erin and I. 

Mangala Resort and Spa in Gambang, Kuantan, December 2020
Wanted to be away from crowds so splurged a little on a villa with private pool.  It was also a celebration of our 15th wedding anniversary  :-) 

Some staycations too -

Majestic Hotel in KL 

Stripes Hotel in KL 

Not too bad for a pandemic year! (Note : Covid SOPs were followed at all times!  Holidays were during the more relaxed MCO phases). 

I guess Covid pretty much dictated our lives in Year 2020.  By end of the year, everyone was like let's get it over and done with.  Well, it's coming to end of January 2021........ and Covid is still very much around and probably will stick around for a while. 

Ah well, whatever it is, life goes on and we march steadily on.  
And as I say every single year - Bring it on 2021 !  

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Hotel Stripes, KL

Went for a short staycation recently at Hotel Stripes, KL.
Short one night stay but it's a welcome change from the normal routine.

Hotel Room 

Love the pool !

Stunning view of KL tower 

Chilling by the poolside 

Night time drinks @ Man Tao rooftop bar 
Now that the kids are bigger, we can leave them at the hotel room short periods of time :-) 

I was thrilled when I realised the famous Yut Kee Restaurant was just down the road from the hotel. Woke up at 7am to avoid the queue.  
Definitely over-ordered. Burp!  Took away whole buttercake, swissroll and some extra noodles for lunch too 

Another round of swimming before checking out 


A relaxing staycation weekend indeed.  And we're back home in less than an hour. 

Milo Family Run 2019

Found some old pics so decided to do a short post today.

I was excited when I signed up for the 2019 Milo Family Run. Our 3rd Milo run!  Unfortunately, it rained and rained that morning  :-( 

Waiting for the rain to stop

Such a wet morning 
After waiting for almost 2 hours, rain turned into a drizzle.  Some started walking with umbrellas. 
We walked a bit then opted to turn back.  Cos Elyssa had her gymastics classes later that morning and she didn't want to miss that. 

Still got our cold Milo ! 

And still got our family photo :-) 

Well, life doesn't always go as planned.... but well, that's life ! 
At that time, was thinking nevermind la, we'll go for Milo Run 2020 but Covid wrecked havoc to that. Maybe next year then.

Found this picture too.
Must have been the time my helper went home for her holidays.  Erin was always more than eager to help out with the laundry  :-) 


Sunday, September 6, 2020

Erin's Eye Procedure

Erin has been having a small growth at her eye lid, kind of like a skin tag or a pimple.  I was hoping that it would just fall off on its own. Unfortunately it didn't........ and it got a little bigger and it started to irritate her. Brought her to normal GP hoping the doctor can just prick at the thing. But the doctor said it was too close to the eye and he wrote a referral letter to the hospital instead.

    Sigh, so off we went to an eye specialist.

Getting her height measurement first

Eye specialist said it was simple procedure but again, due to its location, she suggested doing a light GA (general anesthesia) for her. Unless I was confident that Erin won't move during the procedure. Sigh.  At least a half day at hospital daycare just for a procedure that takes less than 15 minutes!  Plus a much heftier hospital bill. 

Told the doctor I needed some thing to talk to Erin.  Had a conversation with Erin and she finally agreed to do it with just local anesthesia. Well, she also negotiated for one day without school, ice cream and a helium balloon.  Hehe. 

During the Procedure 
I definitely cringed!  Especially when I saw the cotton wool with blood.  Erin was a such brave trooper throughout. 
Dr injected the area, then used a blade to cut off the growth, used forceps to ensure all removed then another equipment to cauterize it. 

All done ! 

Claimed her ice-cream reward.
2 scoops for her, 1 scoop for her jie jie. 

Well done, brave little Erin ! 

Bill came up to RM 1,600 for the procedure. Jeez.... for 10 minutes. My medical coverage is no longer as good as before.  Hopefully can claim this amount via insurance.  Fingers crossed. 

Sunday, July 26, 2020


Completed my latest crochet project !

Meet Marshmallow, the giant pink cat. Big and very huggable  :-)

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!