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Aud’s Political Manifesto

With General Election 14 coming up, everyone in Malaysia is caught up in election fever.  Even when we go to a kopitiam after market runs, there will be aunties and uncles from the next table randomly trying to engage us in political talk and tell me about Hannah Yeoh. Which can be slightly annoying if I’m just trying to eat my prawn mee wtf.

I (and everyone else) have been following political news closely la cos this GE is obviously going to be very kan cheong.  I also signed up to be a PACA (that’s Polling Agent Counting Agent) for the election Buddha help me.  I’ll probably blog about the experience after the election!  But reading news and political manifestos and all things related, I got to thinking — eh so fun to write your own manifesto!

So I decided to write my own wtf. Please keep in mind that this was written purely for jokes and reflects mostly pet peeves of mine.

Here it is.

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1.  You will be allowed to use copies of official identity documents to travel

If you don’t have your IC, MyKid (IC for kids in Malaysia) or birth certificate, you will be allowed to use a copy of your birth certificate for domestic flights. Hahahaha.  Ok la very far fetched and a threat to security but back  story is, in February, for some reason I thought we were permitted to travel using a copy of our birth cert and I brought a copy of Penny’s since I don’t know why we never received her MyKid.  We somehow got through on the flight to Penang but they barred us on the flight back to KL.  Thus ensued a vague parenting horror story where I had to run outside to the nearest police station to file a police report in order to get Penny on the flight home lolol.  For a more complete version of the story, see here.And yea I know la again — traveling on copies of official identity documents = security threat but this is my imaginary manifesto! It stays.

 

2. People who try to cut line on the road will be electrocuted.  Mandatory installation of electrocution devices in all steering wheels for this purpose.

Ok this is a major pet peeve of mine that causes me to pop blood vessels nearly every time I drive.  I hate hate hate it when there is a single lane lining up for something – usually to turn off – and people queue up on the second lane and try to cut in.  This is the same as cutting lines what! You wouldn’t just stand beside a line at say a supermarket and presume to cut in halfway right!? So why would you do that on the road!?

To turn in to the road that leads to our apartment, there is a small traffic light with one lane.  Meant for lining up in single file.  And every day at rush hour, fuckers will come on the second lane and try to cut in and basically save their own time, while wasting time for people like me who line up correctly.  It drives me mad!  I’ve fought with people at this traffic light — once I was driving and Fatty was in the passenger seat, and this guy tried to cut me from the left.  I wound down Fatty’s window, told Fatty to sit back so he wouldn’t block me, and shouted at the imbecile.  The idiot had the nerve to shout back at me!!! Why these people so rude already can still become ruder one!  I ended up playing a game of see-who-can-inch-their-car-ahead-faster and lost FML.  So I tailed him and honked him for some of the way after that omg hope my kids never read this.  Disclaimer: I admit to having extreme road rage at that moment and the only reason why I was so brave was that in the back of my mind, I had Fatty with me and if anything he can beat up the other guy #pleasedon’tlearnthisfromme

My behavior is not to be condoned but line cutting really gets me so worked up I fail to see reason wtf.  So if I had the rule of the country, I would make it that people who line up in double lane and try to cut line will be electrocuted.  I will make it mandatory to install electrocution devices in all steering wheels for this purpose.  So the minute the device detects this fella has cut law abiding people’s line, the steering wheel will emit a painful electrical shock and give the bad driver a free perm wtf.

 

3. The installation of automatic clamps hidden inside the tar on the sides of the roads for illegal parkers

Same goes for people who double park and block roads and cause traffic jams.  Sometimes our police and DBKL not efficient enough so I propose for inconsiderate fools who park illegally and block people’s way, the installation of automatic clamps inside the tar on the sides of the roads.  When the clamps detect a car parked there where it’s not supposed to (even if there’s someone inside), the clamp will trigger and rise up and clamp all four tires.  Take that beeches.

 

4.  It will be a crime to buy Instagram bots and fake followers

Under my manifesto, it will be a criminal offense to buy Instagram bots and fake followers. Lolol.  I am super uptight about fairness and justice so one of the things that really anger me is Instagram “influencers” buying bot services to increase their following.  It’s flat out cheating and conning people!  And it gets worse when unsuspecting brands and clients get fooled into thinking this influencer is more popular and influential than they really are and they spend their budget on these people.  So brands, please don’t be unsuspecting and do your research.

If I had my way, it would be a great big fine (and maybe a day in jail) for them.

 

5.  A government subsidy for strawberries

For purely selfish and shallow reasons because Penny is a glutton when it comes to “store bewwies” and she’s eating me out of house and home wtf.

 

6.  Okay point number 6 was supposed to be to commission a car manufacturers to design and produce a car that’s a smaller version of an Alphard or Hyundai Starex complete with sliding doors instead of doors that open outwards.  Cos I drive a van to ferry around the kids and I prefer smaller cars for easier parking la.  But I also love the handiness of sliding doors cos I can easily just push the kids into the car and get in after them, and take my time buckling them into their car seats.  With doors that open outwards I’m always damn scared a car drives by and takes my door off wtf.

Anyway I realized that Nissan already makes cars that fit my description so ok wtf.

 

7. All public toilets to be kept FOC, clean and dry.

For those people (ahem me) with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  You can’t imagine the weirdest places I’ve had to go to the toilet in cos I suddenly came down with diarrhea *holds face in hands and weeps*  For my worst story ever, read here.

Also it will be a crime to deny toilets to people in need wtf.

Ok can’t think of anymore at the moment.

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This will be my campaigning photo.

Your humble servant,

Aud.

 

 

 

 

AudParenting

What do you want for your child?

Sorry I haven’t blogged in weeks!  And I’m not sure if this blog post will interest anybody except parents.  But maybe some parents won’t even be bothered and think I’m on a nutty rant wtf.  But here goes.

The other day, I received an Instagram DM from a friend….

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…in response to this video I’d posted on IG Stories.

…in response to this video I’d posted on IG Stories.

It’s Fighter ‘reading’ what I assume is Chinese prose from his textbook.  

Now I put the word reading in quotation marks cos I don’t think he’s really reading!  For all those of you who were impressed by his reading, sorry ah must disclaim first hahaha.  While I know he can read some words in Mandarin already and probably recognizes many from these two pages, I’m pretty sure he’s just reciting from memory the sounds that he’s learned.  Cos he definitely doesn’t understand what he’s saying himself lol.

Nevertheless, a lot of people are impressed that even if he’s not really reading, he’s doing so well in school, pronouncing his words flawlessly, and of possession of an impeccable memory etc.

But when my friend sent me that DM above, I felt like i really needed to talk about this wtf.  I haven’t blogged for two weeks now! So these two weeks I’ve actually been immersing myself in reading about kids and childhood and education *patriotic tune* Hahaha sometimes I can get super nerdy and obsessive one la wtf.  

A lot of moms around me have been sending Fighter and Penny’s peers to all sorts of enrichment classes!  As babies you start with Shichida and flash card classes (I swear they’re a thing just dunno what they’re called), then you move up to sports classes, language classes, and what not in addition to preschool and kindergarten.

Fighter and Penny are not exempt!  Fighter goes for two classes outside school – swimming, and reading & phonics.  Swimming because this is a life skill and his life could literally depend on it wtf.  Reading because that’s a skill very important to me, if not the most. I am a blogger after all wtf.

Penny goes for a weekly toddler gym which functions as a foundation to proper gymnastics.  The only reason she goes is because I heard they do a lot of stretching which could be good for Fighter’s growth.  I signed them both up but Fighter hated it so I dropped it. Ironically, Penny loves it so she’s been there ever since.  

Beyond that, Penny has asked for ballet classes and I’ve enquired, but I haven’t registered her for any.  And that’s it. Even then, I sometimes wonder if that’s too many classes at their age.

So my answer to the question is:

No. No tutors.  If I can help it, no tutors ever.

Because children need to play.

OK I can hear a lot of skeptics already wtf.  Playing is fine but so is self improvement and learning new skills and hitting early milestones…. right?? So let’s do an FAQ wtf.

Why should kids play?

Mixing with other moms through school, Dayre and other communities, I feel like there’s this huge rush to send children to enrichment classes.  Because we want our kids to learn, get a head start, and also thanks to peer pressure, we’re kiasu about staying on par with other children or better still surpassing their milestones.  

But so what if your kid can decipher flash cards? Or do mental math at three with Shichida?  Or read as a toddler? Do all these things really matter in the long run?

Play is important because that’s how we humans (and other mammals) learn.  When kids free play — that is, unregulated play, chosen by children themselves with no adult interference) — they learn how to use their imagination.  Imagination is not just for making up stories or pretending although these are certainly part of it. To be a successful adult, you need to have a strong imagination.  Imagination to devise creative solutions to problems, for example. Or if you were an architect, the imagination to design and build a house. Even scientists need imagination when they generate hypotheses.

Play develops children’s social skills.  Free play is democratic because it’s entirely up to each child to participate (or not).  When enough children are unhappy with one of their gang, they might stop playing, and children naturally want to play.  So to keep play going, children learn how to cooperate with each other, to compromise, share and even resolve conflicts.  Play is also how kids practice self control.

You know when kids pretend they’re building a real building with Lego?  Or they’re playing mommy and daddy with their teddy bears? Or even Star Wars characters?  They’re practicing real life. (Even if Star Wars and Batman isn’t real life wtf.) They reenact real life situations in a safer, “manageable”… version.  They digest real life scenarios and learn how to deal with them. They learn to master life challenges and the appropriate emotional responses to them.

I think this passage put it very clearly:

At real play, children are in charge, instinctively making hundreds of decisions as they assess and determine the levels of risk they want to take, physically, emotionally and socially: mastering, day by day, an increasing repertoire of skills, adding to their bank of experience.

Throughout the animal kingdom, the play of the young is commonly observed to be a rehearsal of life skills, fundamental for species’ survival. Human children are no different, needing the make-believe world of play to experience and master the fullest range of challenges – and their emotional responses to them – as a series of lessons for the world they will eventually have to negotiate for real.

So, through play, children acquire confidence, but also an awareness of limits and boundaries. They learn, in short, how to be safe.

 

(source)

 

Every parent wants something different for their children, but for me, I want my children to be emotionally and socially equipped for the world, to know how to get along with others, to be confident and aware, to take care of themselves,  to be wise. Academic skills are important but they will learn these eventually.  Let them play for now.

Why no tutors?

Because tutoring takes away time that could be spent playing.  And being creative.

Aren’t you scared they’ll fall behind?

Who say I don’t struggle with this!!  Everywhere around me, I see kids sent to tuition and organized classes and I have to swallow a bubble of panic that my kids are gonna get left behind wtf.  But we have to remember that while organized tuition has its merits, we cannot deny the importance of play. When we didn’t have all these classes what did humans do? They didn’t fall behind – they played to learn.  

Schools are getting harder today and yes there’s always the risk of them failing behind in school because they’re not getting extra tutoring.  But is this the education I want for them anyway? An education whose efficacy is based on standardization and testing but not necessarily actual learning and developing the love of learning?  What’s the purpose of tutoring besides prep them for good exam results? They learn for exams but forget everything immediately. Is that really learning?

I have no answers to these questions yet.  But i know that as of now I am unsatisfied that any school I’ve seen here will fulfil what I want for my kids.

Have you thought about what you want for your kids?

P/S: As you can probably already tell, I am a huge advocate of free play wtf.  My problem is that we live in a condo and our condo playground is always infested with mosquitos FOL.  We also live in the city which means having to drive out to go to a playground instead of just walking to the neighborhood playground which is what I did as a kid.  

But I’m trying to create the playground experience where kids just congregate in the neighborhood or the playground and free play without adults tagging along.  So I was thinking of setting up a play group and meet in a particular playground at certain times.  The kids can play and the grown ups can even set up a roster to watch them so that not every parents needs to be there.   We live in KL so a convenient location will probably be around Bangsar, Hartamas, Mont Kiara or TTDI.  If anyone is interested, email me and we can talk! Suggestions are welcome.  fourfeetnine[at]gmail[dot]com.

AudEveryday

March doings

It’s early April!  Which means it’s the beginning of the year for Japan time for March updates!

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In the beginning of the month, I looked like this. HAHAHAHA.  No reason for posting this other than it’s my blog and I like gratuitous pics of myself wtf.

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Anyway this was the day Sieu Eeverything Buddy TM and I had a mini flea to get rid of kids’ clothes and shoes (and also half of Sieu Ee’s ginormous wardrobe).  Here’s Penny with her coloring sheet which SE prepared for kids of moms who came for the flea.

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Fries over guys.

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The four of them playing some form of er chairs wtf.

This flea was…. so so.  Cos it was only me and Sieu Ee after all, and while we had a lot of stuff to sell, it’s only just two sellers.  So I was worried that if I broadcast it, that’d be not enough for everyone to buy.  So I ended up just inviting people who’d already messaged me to buy stuff.  I talked to like 70+ different people and most (like 3/4) said they were coming.

But very very few people came.  I think less than 10? 🙁  Wah write already sounds damn sad lolol.  I was initially very frustrated cos I was trying to be considerate to people, but end up backfire on myself wtf.  But aiya I now know that people don’t owe me to come anyway.  So next time I will share it out if I do another flea!

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Act photoshoot with the kids first wtf.

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I also registered Fighter for primary school! O_O Yea moms of younger kids, FYI primary school registration happens at age 5 ok this is a public service reminder wtf.

My face like this cos pretty stressful la filling in the forms and being scared he doesn’t get a spot hahaha.  Also that my firstborn is going to big school. T_________T Don’t grow up so quickly T________T

 

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One day when I was trying out some new lipsticks from Revlon.

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Went for a shorter beige cut!  Thanks to hair goddess Hikky.

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I’ve actually been very bad with events for the past few months. :/  Either I cannot make it, never make effort, or worse, last minute cancel due to the kids or work meetings.  But I’ve resolved to be more hardworking wtf and I made it for BCBG Max Azria the other day with Hui Wen!

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Here’s Penny on the day we threw a birthday party for her at home!

She’s with her cousin, baby Jack, whom I suspect she thinks of as her very own Baby Alive doll LOL.

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With all her friends hahaha.  She only wanted to invite girls. -_- The boys here are all people’s brothers hahahaha.

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I filled up the inflatable pool on the balcony, and threw in a bunch of water balloons and water guns and let the kids go crazy!

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Birthday girl with her favorite drink in the world (Milo).

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One of the presents she received was an art set!

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Her first freestyle art piece! ^^ I was so proud I kept it but last week I realized she somehow found the paper, stamped on it and tore it up WTF. -_- #mysteriesofathreeyearold

At least I will always have this photo wtf.

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Hanging with her BFF Mia.  Mia went for a trial ballet class and she showed Penny photos from there and now she won’t stop asking me to take her to ballet class wtf.

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On her actual birthday, we brought cupcakes, balloons and Koko to school to celebrate again with all her classmates!

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One of her other favorite foods – ikura wtf.

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Why do I have so many photos of Penny with ikura wtf.

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She actually came down with bronchitis two weeks back. T___T  Luckily she recovered really fast with the help of antibiotics, inhalers and medicine.

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Sick so she got to stay home at school.  She built this city and was very proud wtf.  Good use of time home from school I say wtf.

 

 

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Pic at work one day!  Visiting a prospective site for a new Colony. ^^

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And this was at Eco City.  Our cafe partner was taking measurements for their kitchen.

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Made it to a Shiseido launch this month too! On a roll yo wtf.

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And Three Cosmetics whose products I love!  The food served at the Three event was the best of any event too hahahaha cos it was all sushiiiiiii.

 

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Pierre and Lay See moved into their new home so there was a housewarming dinner!  In true Lay See style, she super overachiever with hosting hahahaha check out her beautifully set table. :O

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Oh this time she’s not sick ah wtf.  Just being whiny and refusing to eat dinner wtf.

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Became a panelist with Fatty at The Star’s Women’s Fiesta.  It was a very interesting experience cos the whole event really focused on women and our issues.  But I wish our panel got to speak more about female empowerment.  The words are super overused now but it’s an issue dear to my heart okay hahaha.

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And the finale…. Fighter and his little girlfriend hahahaha.

Ok the whole story is this.  One of his classmates had a birthday celebration in school so his parents came in to class to blow candles etc.  The mom saw Fighter and the girl he sits with, and managed to snap these super cute shots!!!

In school the kids get arranged in boy girl pairs, according to height.  So Fighter and SY are the shortest boy and girl so they sit together.

They get along very well apparently and now SY is calling him her boyfriend and she’s his girlfriend hahahaahha.  But they’re five la.  So boyfriend = friend who’s a boy, girlfriend = friend who’s a girl wtf.

To see the live action video of them (complete with subtitles) check out my Instagram!

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The day my son made me cry

As mom to newborn babies, I foolishly thought that this was as hard as it gets.  The sleepless nights, the mastitis, the pumping around the clock… Get past the newborn stage and you’re good, they said.

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They obviously don’t have five year old boys.

Dear Fighter,

You are four and a half years now, and you are in kindergarten!  Since you started your new kindergarten this year, I’ve been very proud of your progress and learning.  Your writing has improved so much and you’re starting to learn how to read CVC words!  You’re also maturing emotionally – it’s as if my manja, whiny baby disappeared overnight and in his place there’s this skinny little boy with a big smile, who understands logic and utters all these random ‘grown up’ phrases.

There’s one thing though.  Your new school is much bigger and his class is larger (twice the size actually) than in your old preschool so you’re exposed to a bigger variety of people.  And you’ve picked up some words to use when you’re upset, which makes me upset. :X

You have always been a sensitive and emotional child.  The good thing is that you’re very attuned to other people’s feelings.  The bad thing is that you know just how to press our buttons lolol.

The other day, you were angry at Gaston (our nanny) for something or other.  You came up to me and said, “I hate Gaston. I want her to die. I want to kill her.”

O_O

You’ve also started saying the same things to me and Daddy.  You want to kill us, want us to die, want to throw us in the dustbin wtf.  I’ve been dealing with it by being very calm and telling you we don’t talk like this in this family.  That if you insists on speaking like that, you’re welcome to leave the house.  I’ll even pack you bag for him to leave wtf.

You get damn scared la every time lol.  You’d burst into tears and say you didn’t want to leave.

But then the next time you got upset, you would do it all over again.

But one day, something you did managed to get into me.

We were in Penang for Mama’s birthday.  Both you and Penny were napping on our bed in the room, so I left the room and sat outside with my laptop to do some work.  At some point, you woke up and got a fright because you were alone in the room (albeit with your baby sister).

You burst through the door, crying and shouting.  I scooped you up and cuddled you but you refused to be comforted.

In your tears you yelled, “I am so angry at you! I want to throw you away!  You go out of the house! I pack your bags for you!” (lolol copy what I said to you before.)

I understood why you were upset.  You must have been very scared to find yourself alone when you woke up and you were venting your feelings on me.  I continued to hug you and said, “I’m sorry for leaving the room.  I didn’t know you would be scared.  Next time I will stay inside when you’re sleeping.”

That didn’t pacify you.  “Don’t do that again! Why you do that! I want to throw you in the dustbin! No I take you to the police station and they will put you in jail!” You got up and started pulling on my arm, as if really trying to drag me to the police station.

I lost my patience a little.  “Enough, Fighter.  I already said I’m sorry and I am.  You’re going overboard.” I raised my finger and looked at you sternly.

You burst into tears as you are wont to do when I get angry.  I took you on my lap and stroked your head and kissed you. “It’s okay, darling. I know you’re angry and it’s okay. I’m glad you used your words to tell me you were mad but you cannot throw people into the dustbin or say you hate them.”

You hugged me back and sobbed but gradually calmed down.  When you had finally stopped hiccuping, you sighed and said,

“Mommy. You know now I love you less.”

My darling, you’ve said so many things to me.  You said you hated me, you didn’t like me, you wanted to throw me away and put me in jail.  You’ve even said once that you wanted to slam me into the door.  I was taken aback because I knew you picked it up in school, since I monitor every cartoon you watch at home and you don’t watch anything remotely violent.  You’re even scared of cartoons (or Youtube ads) set in darkness wtf.

But nothing struck me in the heart like when you said you loved me less.

I’d never given a sh*t about what my kids say to me before because kids talk nonsense.  But that day, I don’t know if I was tired or I was sick or I was PMS-ing, but wetness pooled in my eyes and fell.

I hugged you tighter and said, “When you say that, you made me very sad. You have to be careful with your words because your words can make people happy or sad or angry.  Do you want to make people happy or sad?”

“Sad.” Defiant.

Penny on the other hand, crawled up to me and tried to cuddle me.  “I love you Mommy. Are you happy?” Super batu api your sister lolol.

I don’t really remember how we resolved it but I don’t think you apologized.  Instead you showed later that you were over it by hugging me and calling me to play with you.

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That day, we both learned something about each other.  I learned that the day you were born, my heart strings will forever be tied to yours.  You learned that you have the power to hurt me (and Daddy).  And I learned that I will have to just be consistent and keep loving you and teaching you to be a person who will wield the power you hold wisely.

Love, Mommy.

 

 

AudDesign AudSlave

What the second Colony will look like

Ok where do I start wtf.  I just went back and looked at my last few posts and they’re all super parenting and baby focused. O_O

I also got do other things with my life la hahaha.  Which is Colony la wtf.

We launched our first location in July, and we’ve actually been doing way better than we’d projected!  Um for details please ask Fatty cos I’m so bad at math I can’t even split a dinner with tax correctly FML.  Anyway it’s led to us scouting around for new locations as early as a few months after we first launched even. We’re also very lucky la cos a lot of property owners and developers approached us to open in their buildings too so we got to slowly look through and decide.

Second location has been decided though! It is…. *drumroll*

KL Eco City!

Eco City is in a prime location – opposite Midvalley and along Jalan Bangsar, and our building is just across the road from the Eco City KTM station!  We’ve secured five floors to make sure we have enough space for our signature facilities plus office space for members of course.

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Sneak peek of the space.  Yea nothing has been done yet hahahaha.  But I love this cos of the big windows and lots of natural light, and the high ceilings. <333

So this Colony was a whole new challenge.  I’m still super noob la in building spaces and I realized again that I know nothing Jon Snow wtf.

For example, our first Colony was originally a serviced office, which we took over.  A lot of things were already set up – in fact, the office suites were already all created, and what we did was modify those existing spaces and beautify them.

Eco City is a completely bare canvas.  So I had to start from scratch.  A lot of things that we didn’t do for the first space we had to start doing now.  Like apply for permits from DBKL and the Fire Department to start work (which we didn’t do for the first space cos that was all done by the landlord before).  I had to work with engineers to submit floor plans and technical drawings and I swear I had a brain bleed cos everything was so damn technical!

You know ah people always say I clever wtf and I am … only when it comes to studying wtf *nerd.  But my brain is super not wired for things like math, and technical and mechanical shit so I think I had to ask the engineers and our architect like a billion questions.  And I still think I don’t understand fully LOLOL but luckily our architect and designer is just super competent la so she led a lot of the technical portion.

I was damn scared our permits would take forever cos you know la government bodies in Malaysia. *looks sideways shiftily* but we got approved a few weeks ago!!! *bursts champagne bottle

We’re in the process of a contractors’ tender now and when that’s done, work will commence for real!

In the meantime, I’ve been working on the design of the space with our designer.

I had a couple of themes in mind already from the start but I kept going back to one particular one.  Which you will think is very cliched la when I tell you hahahaha.

Cos the theme is…. Colonial. Hahahahaha.

From the start, we’d decided that every Colony would have a different theme to it.  But all must have a commonality which is that each location must also uphold our basic principle of comfort and luxury.  I also wanted some continuity to all our locations so that while different, you can look at each so you will see some similar elements from the first Colony and Eco City!

So I chose the colonial theme because …. shit I can’t even remember now how I really thought of this concept wtf.  I was probably thinking along the lines of since Colony@KLCC was a blend of contemporary and traditional, which turned out damn beautiful if I may say so myself wtf, I wanted that same balance of old and new for Eco City.

And a Colonial theme would achieve my objective, I felt.  Plus it’s Colony la I have to do a Colonial theme hahahaha.

So I worked with our designers Katrine and Jason to try to turn our vision into a workable space.  The first draft they came back with I can’t find a picture but it was too…. colonial. O_O  It was nice and all but it looked like a copy of E&O in Penang or the Majestic. :X  Very nice but also very beige and brown hahaha.

It needed more character.  And it needed a twist of newness.

I loved the finishings…. so I asked if we could play around with more contemporary and fun colors to switch it up a little. I specifically asked for pink. Lolol.

The second draft also I cannot wtf.

But the third…..

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Behold!

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This is our reception area.  We experimented with different pinks but cannot la only this pink is acceptable!

The pink is the doors to the phone booths.

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Here’s the opposite side of the reception and lobby.

So when I was researching colonial, I found there’s mainly two kinds – American colonial and British colonial.  American throws back to when America first was colonized, I guess and to my noob eyes, looked rustic, primitive and old. Sorry American colonial lovers wtf.

I’d always been thinking of British colonial though.  Like our Modern Gentleman’s Club theme for Vipod which is a balance of traditional and new, I liked that British colonial is a juxtaposition of European and Asian elements.

Like the vintage trunks used as coffee table, which represents the time period as well as traveling to a new place. Metallic finish so it looks up to date. Dunno if we can find a metallic one though hahaha.

Reed rugs to bring in a more natural element, since the British seemed to really enjoy our local plants and incorporated a lot of those.

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I’m planning to bring in really big leafed plants for a tropical feel.

And I asked designer for more botanical prints and animal prints too!

The black and white checkered tile floor is a throwback to our first location. 🙂

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This is the coworking area.  Meeting rooms are behind the black grills on the left.

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Another view of reception.

We used the wooden shutters below the reception desk quite a lot in the design cos it’s reminiscent of prewar buildings in British bases like Penang, Malacca and Singapore!  But to update it, we’re painting them black.

But this is not the final draft hahaha.  I’m actually gonna remove some of the black shutters to make space for something else I want to add. 😀

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Meeting room!  Dark blue shutters to gel with first Colony.  But this room totally not finalized la, might look totally different from now wtf.

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A mock up for an office suite cos I told them I want more Safari/African elements lolol.  But office suites probably not gonna look like this either cos it may not be up to client’s preference so the animal pictures we’re gonna keep for common areas.

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Another mockup of an office. Also gonna shift the mural to common space wtf.

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What would Colony be without the kids’ play area? ^^  This one also not finalized but I want yellow in the room for sure.

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And our cafe area!

The other sections are blush pink and black, the cafe is mint green. 😀  Probably gonna remove the ceiling fan la cos white elephant when we already have air conditioning wtf.  Also going to change the square tables and the chairs cos I find them too heavy and install booth seating.

The cushions are not going to be porcelain print although I am planning to add more East Asian elements in too!

Ok thanks for reading wtf.  And here’s where I need to ask for you guys’ input.  We have furniture suppliers contacting us already but if you know any of the below, please let me know:

  1. good office chair supplier (ergonomic chairs please)
  2. plant solutions – artificial or real plants also can. I actually much prefer real plants but I don’t know what Imma do about maintenance so just hit me up with whatever!
  3. decor & accessories supplier – you know, knick knacks, rugs, fabrics whatever, that look like they’re from that time period.  European, Asian, Indian, African welcome. hehehe.

*cracks knuckles*

Thanks for reading!!

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Penny’s first report

So here we are.  It’s mid March and it’s nearly the end of the first term of school. *puts face in hands and weeps

Time, why you pass so fast!  Fine lines, why you come!  Baby, why you grow up so fast!

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This baby thinks she’s doing a peace sign but the truth is she can’t maneuver her fingers well enough yet so all her peace signs are three fingers HAHAHA.

Which is apt because she’s turning three this week!

It’s also the end of the first term of nursery for her and kindergarten for Fighter and last week, I had the first parent teacher chat with her teachers.

I always update on Fighter’s progress — aih what to do first child syndrome wtf — so here! I am determined to document Penny’s development as much as possible too.

I love parent teacher chats cos not only do I get to know how the kids are doing at school. I get to know how they’re behaving at school.  Which usually is totally different from at home! Sneaky people wtf.

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Ah this I know already la wtf.  She manipulates small objects so well at home and wields a spoon and fork with ease until sometimes I’m surprised if she can’t do something herself.

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Hahahaha this one is her problem area wtf.  When she first started school apparently she was super unfriendly to all her classmates lol.  She basically ignored everyone except the teachers and had problems sharing; when her friends wanted a toy she liked, she’d stare them down or cry hahahaha.

I told her teachers yea she has that problem at home too wtf.  Just as I typed this, I remember looking up this afternoon and seeing Fighter and Penny, standing side by side behind a doll stroller, both grasping the stroller handle.  Fighter had a look of anguish and he was trying to bump Penny to the side so he could push the stroller too LOL.

And Penny? Penny was gripping the handle with her jaw set, staring straight ahead LOLOL.  She had her feet planted wide and firm for extra stability and she wasn’t budging hahahahaha.

Well at least she’s learning at school to take turns and share now. -_-

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This one also no problem.  She totally understands instructions.  E.g., at home I make her throw rubbish for me, fetch things for me, and even wash her hands at the sink herself (while standing on a stool she’s positioned herself), put soap and rinse, then climb down and wipe her hands on her own piggy hand towel.

So she understands instructions.  Only whether she wanna follow it or not wtf.

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They were learning the letter P (coincidence her name!)  (although now she identifies ‘b’, ‘d’ and ‘q’ as ‘P’ too hahaha) and made this penguin.  Hers is nearly perfect leh!  Teachers said she refused any help, instead studying the sample penguin then slowly and methodically pasting the body parts in the right positions.IMG_20180226_121310

I’m not worried about her gross motor skills at all – she can paddle around (with floats) since last year, rushes around on a scooter and I’m pretty sure she’ll learn to ride a bike before Koko wtf.

Toddler skills aside, I asked the teachers how she was doing.  This is what they told me.

Apparently Penny is the most independent and mature child in class.  Partly due to being a second child, partly cos of her own character also la.  She’s apparently very neat and meticulous, putting all her things away carefully.  They’re supposed to put their water bottles into a special big container and she always makes sure her bottle strap is stuffed neatly into the box too wtf.  She usually refuses help from teachers, trying to do everything herself until she really cannot.  Then she’ll give up and go to the teachers.

She’s also super bossy, and tells her friends if they’ve left anything behind or didn’t keep their stuff omg lolol asking to be beaten up wtf.

As I wrote earlier, Penny is also very meticulous with her work.  Teachers said she’ll really study the samples given and emulates them accurately.  I love this cos I’m the kind that will anyhow complete a task as long as it’s done wtf.  I love that she puts effort and thought into her work. T3T

She’s  very independent cos she’s aware of the class routine, and automatically prepares herself for each activity without the teacher prompting.  Most of the kids her age don’t  know yet what the routine is even but she already preps herself!  For eg, she loves playground time lol so when she knows the teachers are gonna announce playground, she’ll quickly seat herself on the mat first so the teachers can start applying mosquito repellant on her and put on her shoes hahaha.  And she’ll tell all her friends to do like her so she can faster go play LOL.

And this is the funniest part – she’s campaigning to be class monitor…. or teacher’s pet WTF.  Apparently she volunteers for anything teacher asks for – usually fetching supplies and stuff.  And she’ll plan ahead for it some more hahaha.  Cos she knows that teachers will pick a volunteer who’s well behaved at the point.  So right before they call for volunteer, she’ll faster sit down and act all proper and good so that the teachers HAVE to pick her WTF.  Hahahahahhaha damn stupid omg seriously next time kena whack that kind hahahaha.

They call her Class Monitor jokingly now hahaha.

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So that’s Penny Lane for you wtf.  She’s settling very well in school la.  She gotta work on her PR a bit more maybe, cos unlike Koko, she doesn’t give a shit what you think as long as she can do what she likes ahahaha.  But she’s apparently made a best friend too.  There is a pair of twins in her class and she’s suddenly BFF with one of them. They sit together all the time and chatter away about god knows what the teachers also can’t tell cos their pronunciation not very good lololol.

She’s only mentioned this friend to me once before though; most of the time she talks about the other girls in her class so I don’t know what’s that about wtf.

The end wtf.

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What doing we: February 2018

Okay so I’ve decided to do a monthly recap of my daily going ons! (so I can fit in more posts under AudEveryday wtf).

For February, it was Chinese New Year …and my birthday!  So this post is gonna have a lot of ang ang and cakes wtf.

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But first there are the usual school runs to do.  There’s a Mochi wearing a rabbit hat she made in school.  True to form, she chose pink manila cardboard and elected to make bunny ears cos she loves pink and rabbits. (Guess what she’s getting for her birthday! Clue: Not a pet rabbit wtf).

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Just a normal day of picking up these two.  Right now Sieu Ee and I pick the two boys up together before going off to Penny and Lollipop’s school to pick them. The two boys are always damn happy to go home together!  Every time our car pulls up, I can see them jumping up and down already and practically yanking their poor teacher’s arms off LOL.

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Hehe my happy boy.

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The teachers put the kids artwork up sometimes and I was suitably impressed at Penny’s cherry blossom tree. Damn neat la can!  They dipped their fingers into red paint and stamped blossoms on the trees but Penny’s is damn precise can.  The spots look like done by some old Chinese master hahahaha and they’re all in the right places.  She’s neater than me wtf.

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In other news, Penny can be a babysitter liao wtf.  She loves her baby cousin and is forever going over to the other side to look for him and play with him.

No I am not having another child wtf.

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The auntie life wtf.  Went to pick up groceries, and bedsheets I ordered from Isetan last year now only come FML.  I collaborated with this brand Elise a while back and I love their bedding and towels so much I went back to buy.

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See what I face every day. Go toilet also got stalker come in wtf. At least she doesn’t complain smelly WTF unlike her brother. -_-

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Chinese New Year means a lot of dinners and lou sang!  Here’s one with the mommies from school.  We’ve known each other since our kids were three.  They very good at keeping in touch and arranging meet ups la <3 I just tag along like a sloth wtf.

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Lou sang with another group of school moms plus kids.  This is the aftermath wtf.

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Surprise birthday + lou sang!  With Aud Lim, Sieu Ee, Juvyn, Kai Siew and Chileng.  They bluffed me it was a surprise birthday party for Juvyn and told Juvyn it was a surprise for me cos our birthdays are six days apart hahaha. Thank you girls <3

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My favorite aunties also threw me a surprise birthday + CNY dinner!  This one also I was completely fooled cos like a week before only we discussed meeting up before CNY and everyone sounded completely casual!  Like simply decide on venue and date and it was pretty last minute also!

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Styled by the fabulous Hui Wen and Soiree Lab as usual! Hahaha FML birthday theme is Chinese New Year wtf.  And we’re all decked out in Azorias qipaos!

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Birthday celebration with Suet and Jammie!  This was actually after CNY cos before that we just didn’t have time to meet and we all had marital obligations.

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With these two who I’ve known since we were kids.  (18-19 counts as kids right wtf)  We knew nothing then but we thought we knew everything wtf.  And now we’re all married and exchanging angpaus and realizing we don’t know everything hahaha. How much we’ve grown. 🙂

On my actual birthday, Fatty asked me what I wanted to do.  I felt a bit lazy so I told her just dinner between us will do since all my other friends already celebrated separately for me hahaha.

We were supposed to go to a fancy Japanese restaurant, Oribe for dinner, which is actually located below Colony.

Before we stepped into Oribe, Fatty told me he had to go up to office to pick up some documents first.  So I was like why now! Why not go eat first documents can get later.  But he just strode off WTF.

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So ok lo I also follow.  In front of the office lift I stopped to take an ootd pic hahaha.  Fatty loitered around so I told him he was in my photo wtf and why doesn’t he quickly go get his documents. So he was like orh and walked off.

After I was done, I stepped into the Colony cafe area….

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And saw this bunch waiting for me. <3333 Not in this specific pose of course wtf.
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My loves.  (some others couldn’t make it!)

I actually saw these balloons already when I was taking my ootd hahaha. But I thought oh someone left their baby shower balloons in the office ah WTF.  Really didn’t expect it to be a surprise party!!!

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With all my favorite food!!!! My taste is normally damn simple one hahahaha.  So I had dai chow dishes, crab noodles, fish head curry, and braised duck rice hahaha.  Although I was a bit sad no sashimi for me that night hahahaha but these totally made up for it.

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With my big ass A.

Not enough photos but thank you everyone for coming together and chipping in. T____T Fatty was master planner of course and Sieu Ee got the cake.  My parents picked up the fish head curry (and cooked white rice LOL), Hui Wen brought the balloons, and our driver rushed around getting all the other food hahaaha.  Drinks was from our cafe, Bold Grains. <3

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This was my cake! Since the theme of the night was Aud’s favorite foods, they had to give me a McDonald’s cake la hahahaha.  I eat McDs a lot less now since I don’t want the critters eating it too much so this jelly cake is an awesome idea.

The nuggets damn real can!?

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Then it’s CNY! This Fatty super bo chup CNY one and I was raised in a family where everything we wear must be new.  So every year I gotta go out and buy him a few new shirts for CNY as a compromise wtf.  Whereas the kids get everything new. :3

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Penny and I in matching Azorias qipaos!  Azorias don’t actually make kids clothes (although they totally should) but Hui Wen customized a mini one for Penny so we’d twin. 😀

See this girl and her stupid face lolol.

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Most enthusiastic one is the smallest one hahahaha.

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One  more with my Mochi.

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Mochi just sticks to everyone wtf.  Hahahaha Tobe took this pic of them and I loveeeee.

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One of my handsome boy.  I shot and directed this photo okay! Hahahaha.  He’s sooo easy to photograph.  Penny also la, just that she keeps doing her peace sign pose only, some more her peace sign is three fingers not two hahaha.

A couple of days back I had a mini flea to sell the clothes the critters have outgrown.  And some of the moms who were buying were saying that if got girl die, cos means will spend a lot on clothes.

I beg to differ though!  I feel like I actually spend more per piece for Fighter’s clothes than Penny’s.  Cos pretty girls’ clothes are literally a dime a dozen – cute girls stuff are basically everywhere ok.  It’s harder to find fashionable boys clothes (especially if you don’t want clothes with cartoon characters on them lolol) and the trendier items tend to be pricier.  Plus I like dressing Jude like Justin Bieber WTF.  So I buy lo hahahaha.

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One with Le Fats.

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And one with Fat Her who looks super weird cos Pitu erased all his wrinkles and added a “cute” filter to his face.  He looks like someone’s aunt here wtf.

And if you follow my blog closely, you’d have realized that Fat Her has salt and pepper hair.  But right before CNY, Mummy Ooi decided his hair is too grey and whipped out a box of black dye.  FHL his hair came out jet black.  So black it looks like a wig HAHAHAHAHA.

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Grandma and the critters.

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Selfie in between nagging the world’s slowest eater to eat his lunch.

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OK this is a story worth telling wtf.  Why am I at the police station you ask?

Okay so basically if you’re traveling on a domestic flight (in Malaysia at least) you need to bring your IC with you.  Kids have a special IC called MyKid and if they don’t have it, they can either bring their passport or birth cert.

Fighter has his MyKid but for some reason when Fatty went to register Penny’s birth they told us they’d call us when her MyKid was ready but they never did.  And I also never follow up with them la wtf.

So when we flew domestically last time, I brought a copy of her birth cert and they allowed us in.  But apparently the law is it must be original!  So this time I again brought a copy.  Cos dowan to lug around such an important document which is basically a sheet of paper la later become kiamchai how.

So… the check in counter let us through.  But they stopped us at security check wtf.  The officer told us I could either just miss my flight…or go file a police report saying I’d lost Penny’s birth cert and use that to board.  This was half an hour before takeoff FML.

So I ran la wtf.  While Fatty, Fighter and Gaston our helper went to board, I was pushing Penny in her stroller and running.  Thankfully there’s a police station right next to Penang airport so that’s where I ran.  There was a flight of stairs I needed to descend.  And Penny was still in her stroller.  So I flagged down this random uncle nearby.

“Uncle, can you help me carry my stroller down the stairs?”

“Uh my leg pain but ok.”

FML and F the poor uncle’s life!  I spun around and saw a young man.  No leg problem I’m sure wtf.

“Excuse me, can you help us carry my stroller down the stairs? His leg got problem.” *pointing at the poor uncle

So the three of us lugged Penny in her stroller like Cleopatra down the stairs.

And from then I made a 100 m dash to the police station wtf.  The policeman saw me coming at full speed and hurriedly yanked the door open or else Penny would have smacked into the glass hahahaha.

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So that’s why we ended up at the police station la hahahaha. The policemen reassured me that it would take five minutes but see this girl.  I think she understood what was happening so she’s here looking very worried about her situation hahahahaha.

Some more so poor thing she’s dressed in her pajamas, ready to sleep on the plane one hahaha.

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We made it!  Fighter was super worried I wouldn’t get on the plane but here we are, beeches!  Here’s the both of them lying down drinking milk on the plane lol.

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Passed out wtf.  Really same genetic factory – sleeping positions also the same.

 

 

 

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Fighter’s first crush

So I thought at four and a half years old, I’d have at least eight good years before I’d start hearing about girls from Fighter.  I guess my schedule is off by eight years WTF.

So Fighter’s teacher, after a few weeks, swapped all the kids around so every child would sit with a new classmate and make friends.  Remember this!? I remember my teacher would pair kids up boy and girl according to height.  And I’ll always sit with the shortest boy hahahaha.

Anyway Fighter is really sitting with the shortest girl in class and she’s sooo cute I wanna kidnap her and bring her home wtf. #jokingorami.

One day, I packed a raisin bun in his lunch box for him to take to school.  School provides food for them but he likes to bring something sweet from home anyway.  When I picked him up from school, I asked, “So did you finish your raisin bun?”

“Uh, no.”

“Why not?”

“Because the girl I sit next to ate it.”

“What!? Did you tell her she could eat it?”

“No, I only thought it.”

And I’m like ???? So I asked again, “Did she ask you before she ate it?”

“No.”

*loss for words hahahaha* “Ohhh.  Well, it’s good to share, darling.  But next time you should tell her to ask first before taking anything.”

“Okay. Mommy, you know she tried my bun TWO TIMES.”
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So I opened his box and found really two bites taken from it hahahaha.  Posted this on IG and people said she bit it into heart shape HAHAHAHAH.

Could this be the first sign of love? wtf wtf

Anyway a couple of weeks later, Fighter told me he found out her name lol.  Let’s call her SY.  So SY is apparently as chatterbox as Fighter and tells her mom everything so her mom and I have been communicating and sharing their stories between us.

So one day, SY’s mom told me that SY told her she wanted to play with Fighter in the playground.

Me (turning to Fighter): SY wants to play with you in the playground! Did you play with her?

Fighter: No…

Me       : Why not?

Fighter: Because Chase didn’t let me.

Hahahahaha this Chase cock block his friend wtf.  So I told him that it’s okay, next time, ask Chase and SY to play together with him.  And apparently, SY was pretty disappointed Fighter didn’t play with her and her older sister asked her in disdain, why she wanna play with a boy?! SY answered because “Jian Li is a very cute boy.” Hahahahahaha.

Then Fighter asked me how I knew SY wanted to play with him so I told him I was talking to her mother.  He perked up. “I want to talk to SY!”

O_O Er how ah like this.  How to tell a mother that my son wants to talk to her four year old daughter. *prepares shield* Anyway I went ahead and told SY’s mom that he asked to talk to SY.

SY’s mom replied that SY was too shy to talk to him! But that she kept peeking at her mother’s phone anyway.

Hahahahaha I cannot.

Me: Jude, SY is too shy to talk to you. So tomorrow you go to school and talk to her okay?

Fighter (indignant): Shy?! Why shy to talk to me!?

HAHAHAAH I cannot!

Anyway this was a few weeks back and I think they’re pretty good friends now.  I thought it was adorable…until what happened next.

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Over CNY, we went back to Penang.  One afternoon, some family friends came over to visit.

Fighter saw the daughter, rushed over, and gazed at her in delight, with his hands clasped in front of his chest WTF.

I didn’t think much about it, because shortly after that, the little kids retreated upstairs to play by themselves.  Fighter was busily engaged with his cousins in play when he suddenly looked up and said, “Mommy? Where’s the girl I like?”

I was like huh? what girl? what like?

Before it dawned on me that he was talking about Lynette.  Took him downstairs again to see her but she had left.  Again I didn’t think too much of it…

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Until dinner time also he was still sighing and going, “Lynette…. I like Lynette…. I love her so much.  Also Chase and SY and Penny and Mommy.” Hahahaha #exactquote

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To the point where Fatty had to call Lynette just so he would shut up about her hahahaha.

The hilarious thing was Fighter before that was just whining and saying really loudly, “I want Lynette! I want Lynette!” But the moment Lynette answered the video call, he was suddenly simpering, “Hi Lynette…” in a very soft shy voice unlike his usual tone hahahaaha.  And he answered all Lynette’s questions in the same soft, gentle voice LOL.

Then his father said, “Hey Fighter why you suddenly talk like that a minute ago you were shouting!” Seriously, dads.

Oh yes. And Lynette is twenty years old.  A full fifteen years older than her admirer LOL.

Later, we asked Fighter, “why do you like Lynette?”

He answered straight from the bottom of his little heart, “Because she looks like a Korean girl.”

And there we have it, ladies and gentlemen.  Fighter’s first crush.

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What doing we.

ZOMG updates!

Since I’ve stopped being so active on Dayre now, lemme do my daily updates here!  (and my category AudEveryday can come back into action kelian this category wtf.)

These are all photos taken and stories from the last two months or so!

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So this was a day when I realized all of us were matching purely coincidentally so I dragged everyone to take a picture.  Fatty’s not happy cos I made him late for work LOL.

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Here’s a baby villain lololol.  She looks like (a) The Joker (b) a slasher victim (c) all of the above wtf.  In reality, I was getting ready in the morning, she ran into my room to show me her makeup and it was this. Hahahahahah.  She found her baby lipstick and applied it all over her face cos she “wanna be pwetty like mommy”.

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Fighter’s homework!  Yea he has homework now.  And yea that’s his handwriting hahaha.  I can see his handwriting improve and get steadier literally day by day though. :O  And the pace at which he’s learning things – more Chinese, learning how to write, even BM – is astounding I’m so impressed by this school already. :O

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Before I remembered I’d bought him a little table that he can actually do his homework on instead of on the floor #uselessmom.

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Took a couple of short trips with Fatty!  This is our annual parents getaway to Langkawi.

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Should I cut my bangs again *asking the important questions

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We also went to Shanghai for a couple of days for meetings and to check out the coworking spaces there!

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Last photo wear so little here wear until I think I got nearly every piece of winter clothing on me hahahaah you name it.  Got thermal underwear, normal top, sweater on top, jeans on top of the thermal pants, boots, winter jacket, scarf, beanie, mittens (in my pocket).  Missing maybe ear muffs and a portable heater wtf.

Shanghai was really cold and I’m so not used to the cold already now!  In fact I’m so bad with the cold that every morning when I send Fighter to school I have to put on a cardigan.  Is this old age wtf.

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Hi Fats.

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Random OOTD. Yea those stripey sleeves are heat tech hahaha.

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Shanghai is pretty beautiful. T____T

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So cold that Fatty who normally avoids spicy food was nomming down malat soup by the pot.

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Came home to these two!  I’m really so glad we put down fake grass on the balcony cos it makes it so much nicer to be outside. ^^

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When we celebrated Mia’s birthday!  Penny 100% consistently says Mia is her best friend but I don’t know if she even knows what it means hahaha.  She’s super comfortable around Mia but I suspect she says it only cos Fighter says Chase is his best friend lol.

Anyway we went to the park and fed the fish!

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Fighter’s pants are cooler than yours.

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McDonald’s party for these four who only seem to need each other.  Birthday party also only the four of them hahaha.

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Aiyo these four <333333

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Mothers on the other hand were busy doing this. Plucking white hair HAHAHAHAHA. Eh primates bond by grooming ok what do you know.

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Penny potty trained herself! For a week. -______- After that she started school and I guess with the new environment, even though she’s doing really well she decided to regress wtf.  Now keep telling me she wants to pee in her diaper. T____T

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She was initially a bit wary of other kids, preferring to stick to the teachers but Teacher said she’s doing really well now!  She made friends with one particular girl recently and keeps wanting to sit with her and do stuff together lolol.

Oh yea then one day I think she couldn’t get to sit next to her favorite so she was whining about it.  They were in the middle of story time and teacher asked her to stay put cos she’s disrupting her class.  She burst into tears and threw a whole tantrum…. so she had to go into the naughty corner LOL.  I love it hahahahaha.  Not love punishing her la!  But I’m very appreciative that school is implementing the same standards and modes of discipline as we do wtf.

Teacher said she’s the most mature and independent in her class though. She does everything by herself and refuses help.  And she brings tissue to her classmates who cry hahaha.  She also tells them off for not following rules WTF Fighter also like that why my kids both so annoying one day sure kena walloped wtf.

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Found her sitting like this watching TV one random day.

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Just me wtf.

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Threw a bridal shower for Juvyn who got married recently!

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Congratulations Juv and hello happily ever after!

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Took the boys shopping one day while we were waiting for the two girls to finish school.  These two see each other every day but every day is like never see for years hahaha.

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A mommy sent me this pic of Fighter and his friend waiting on the bench before school to walk to class together.  Yea he so big boy already T3T I drop him off at the school entrance and he walks in by himself to his classroom.

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After school another day.

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Saw this one sitting quietly in the hallway one day looking at a wedding picture of me and Fatty. Hahaha.

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Oh and this is a sneak peek of what else has been consuming my attention recently!  We’re working on the new Colony (location to be revealed later) and this is one of the 3D designs.  I’ll write a proper blog post about the design and inspiration at a later point!

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Fighter’s learning how to write!  His school is super good in that they really drill the kids with reading and writing and Fighter’s handwriting has developed by leaps and bounds.  He’s writing every day so his hand muscles have really strengthened.  Quite nice already his writing now.

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Oh yea decorated my house for CNY and for the first time, my house didn’t look like a complete failure hahaha.  I think it’s cos I decided to just not bother with traditional Chinese elements eg lanterns and firecrackers and pussy willow too much, and just focus on the color red and lots of flowers.

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Tadah!

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Speaking of red, here’s someone on Red Party Day at school.

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School pickups….

Oh that’s the end of my photos wtf. Hahahhaa till next time folks wtf.

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Our house tour is finally here!

I know I know! I’m so late with this.  But hor some people one year after moving in to their house also haven’t finished decorating ok wtf.  At least I have cushions on my couches (although they’re not even mine lolol my ID lent to me temporarily. :X)

But this is the long awaited blog post (and vlog!) about the final result of our house renovation.

Here’s the house tour vlog. It gives you a clearer insight into the layout of our place and our daily lives. ^^ Have fun watching!

And here are a bunch of photos I took of our place for illustrative purposes wtf.  A lot of people have been asking me about where I got this and that from so I’ll do my best to answer them here as we go along!

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Here’s our living room. Uh furniture is all mostly procured by our ID so I don’t know where to get sorry lol. :X Just after I said I’d answer here hahahah.

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Straight view of the TV.  Yea our house is Chinese New Year ready yo.

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The opposite side.  Our royal blue sofa is custom made by my ID and I love ittttt. I also love that little boy standing there hahaha.  Behind the sofa is the powder room, and stairs that lead upstairs *captain obvious.

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On the other side of the living room is the kids play room.  I banish all their toys here so they don’t make a mess wtf.  Shelves are custom made to fit the width of the wall.  (and yea they have a lot of toys.  Imma spring clean and donate some soon.  If you know anyone who needs old toys hit me up!)

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The playroom was originally part of the balcony so we had to install a new aircon.  Went for the Mitsubishi R410-R32 model cos it’s the latest technology from Japan!  Among its unique features is its super wide airflow system, which means that it’s really flexible when it comes to delivering airflow – it can handle a long narrow room or a wide open space with no problem.  Good for us cos our house is actually very open concept!

With a new noise-reducing design, the aircon is also quieter than other units.  But my favorite feature is the I FEEL control.  If it feels too cold or too hot, just tap the “Too Warm” or “Too Cool” buttons on the remote control and the aircon will adjust itself.  And it will remember your preferred temperature for future too! ^^

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This is the other end of the playroom.  Wall is white brick veneer from Suzuka.

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On the next wall (under the stairs) is an art piece made by Fighter and his friends for their art show last year.  The other kids did one letter each but Fighter did two – the D and the E – so I die also must win the auction for this wtf.  It looks so nice on their wall now!

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I like the white brick effect so much I used it on our balcony too!

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View from the opposite end. I love how low maintenance it is! Real brick walls can produce brick dust but no such problems with brick veneer.  Plus Suzuka quality is fantastic – feels and looks super real.

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Balcony view from the door.  Behind the wooden wall is our washing area – with washing machine and a sink.

Suzuka has a 20% off discount now running till end of the month btw for Kastone brick veneers so please go check it out if you’re interested!

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Our kitchen!  Yea damn messy la wtf.  The white counter peninsula is where the kids have their meals normally cos it’s the perfect height for their high chairs.

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Our dining area!  I chose black metal chairs contrasting with a cream sofa (which is probably an unwise choice with two toddlers in the house lol) for seating.  Table is one of my favorite furniture pieces – from Art of Tree.  They are an environmentally aware company that produces furniture out of whole pieces of salvaged wood (from fallen trees or trees marked for removal) from Malaysian forests.  Their wood is gorgeous too – solid and unmarked.

I love it so much in fact I’m sitting right here writing this blog post hahaha.

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Our hallway (which leads to Fatty’s siblings’ units).  We custom built the cabinets on the side for storage.  Right now they’re used to store tools, shoes and random household things.

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Shelves I used for books and decorative knick knacks.  Bottom shelf is kids books and they’re always pulling out books that’s why so messy. -_-

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Fighter’s room!  The walls are dark blue cos it was supposed to be a night ski/outer space theme but all the star stickers I stuck dropped off WTF.  Stupid taobao shit hahahaha.

His house bed was bought from a local IG seller but aiya I know it’s from China too.  I wouldn’t recommend it though because you basically need a power drill to assemble it, it took forever to arrive, the quality of the wood is pretty bad, and the measurements all slightly lari one wtf.

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Opposite his bed is his bookshelf for his school bags and books.

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Bathroom!  We didn’t touch the bathroom in the renovation – just cleaned it up and added Daiso stickers to the toilet bowl lol.

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Now Penny’s room!  It’s super girly – I chose a mint green for the walls and added pink/peach accents for a more girly feel!  Her stuffed animals around her bed also I purposely chose the white and pink ones to add to the decor hahaha.

Canopy is from Ali Express.

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Stuck gold stars on her wall as well.  Also from Ali Express (as is the laundry basket at the foot of her bed) but these stars better, never fall off hahaha.

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The opposite side we painted a pyramid in dusk pink just to add more interest to the walls.  Her shelves are from Ikea.

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The window facing her bed.  She has her doll’s cradle there and a baby puzzle box.

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Her bathroom!

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Upstairs is our study/guest room!  Everything in here is from Ikea hahaha.  Except my chair which is from a shop on Jalan Bangsar.

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My desk!

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Fatty’s side of the room.  His desk is exactly the same as mine except in manly colors wtf.

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Our room!  Bed was custom made by our ID.  Penny is crying cos her hair got caught in her bag strap HAHAHA.

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Side view with Bunny Bun Bun and that fugly La-z Boy hahaha.

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Walk in closet!  ID basically designed a lot of shelf space cos she thinks I got a lot of bags to display hahahaha. (I don’t wtf.)  I don’t remember where she got the transparent chair though.

Our walk in closet (and all carpentry in the house actually) is by Daruma Sdn Bhd.  They do the carpentry and paneling work for Colony too!  They’re a sweet old couple with no online presence so if you’re looking for a carpenter contact, it’s 012 200 9613.

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Another look.

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Bathroom!  It’s always been my dream to have double sinks (cos I hate sharing hahahaha) so ta dah!  Our bathroom is in an entirely colonial feel

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Oh one nice feature that complemented our bathroom style is our old fashioned brass fixtures!  They’re from Premtex if anyone is wondering and were on sale some more when I bought!  Shower and our taps and towel rails are all in this matte brass. <3

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Oh but the best feature of our bathroom is this Geberit toilet!  Hahahaha I learned so much about bathrooms this time wtf.  Geberit is a Switzerland brand with an awesome name in bathrooms.  Comes in white, red, gold, silver, navy, black and even patterned designs but I chose black to go with our bathroom.

I love how sleek the toilet tank is!  It’s only 11 cm so it saves a lot of space, in addition to just looking damn cool.  Traditional toilets normally can’t be less than 15 cm so this is considered groundbreaking hehehe.  Like other modern toilets, it comes with a dual flush, depending what your business is ahem.

Full name is Geberit Monolith Puro and I got it from Bina Warehouse.  They have other brands as well so you can go check it out.

Some of the items here are sponsored, others are not.  Thought I’d write a blog post to share at length cos I got tons of DMs asking me where I got this and that and where are the showrooms I visited.

Bina Warehouse was one of them.  I also got my lights from various lighting shops in Kota Damansara, and visited furniture shops along Jalan Tun Razak.

Leave any other questions you have in the comments! I’ll ask my ID and get back to you hahahaha.

Aud.