Brunch at KitaKita

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I started off November with a BANG! I had brunch with my girl friends at KitaKita, Bukit Damansara and had a really good time catching up although we do chat on WhatsApp like every.single.day!  Catching up over food is so much better. As the saying goes, food taste better when you eat it with friends!!! Between the 3 of us, we had Laksa Johor, Nasi Lemak, Cekodok pisang and Karipap! Word of caution, specify the parts of the chicken you want for your Nasi Lemak or you might risk getting a part you don’t fancy. The Nasi Lemak was so-so. Not that great. I didn’t get to taste the Laksa Johor (perhaps next time) but the Cekodok Pisang and Karipap were yummy and addictive too. (You’ve been warned.)

I realized that ever since I started working from home full-time for a decade, I missed out a lot on 1-on-1 human interaction with adults. (Gosh, I sound like a katak di bawah tempurung don’t I?)

But I am serious!

Before I started working from home, lunch time was fun because we always looked for interesting places to go to to eat. We looked forward to lunch time everyday.

Well almost.

And then I switched roles 10 years ago and started working full-time from home and then gone were my lunch outings. I ate alone at home, or with my kids but mostly alone.  I guess you can say that I am making up for lost time now because since I left my full-time job, I have been going out for lunches practically everyday with family, friends, ex-colleagues etc. It makes my eat-clean feat a bit of a challenge as you can see….

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So today, I am taking a break from my lunch appointments and had something simple at home instead (before my big lunch tomorrow again with a good old friend). See? It never stops.

What the heck?

Life is short.

Meet that friend.

Eat that nasi lemak.

Buy that dress.

Hug your loved ones fiercely.

Eat that cotton candy just because…..

What the heck!

How did you start off with November?

 

Hello November!

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It’s exactly a month since I left from my full-time employment of 20 years! It feels surreal to leave something which has been part of half my life! I sound dramatic don’t I? When my ex-manager asked me how it felt leaving a company after 20 years, I had mixed feelings. Till today, I subconsciously talk about the company I work with in present tense – as though I was still part of it. *rolls eyes*

Anyhow, how has it been so far for me?

G R E A T !

I love it.

I love the break.

I love being at home.

I love doing my own things.

I love being a full-time mom and wife.

I love the freedom.

I am so ready for November! Bring it on November!

 

I Love Being a SAHM

I just realized that today is exactly 1 month since I left my full time job of 20 years! 20 years! I feel old.  When I talk about the company I used to work with, I always talk about it as though I am still working at the company!

Anyway, so it’s been a month since I became a full-time stay at home mom. So what have I been up to?

Apart from the usual household chores (I am maidless. I am the maid.) and school runs (I don’t have a driver. I am the driver), I have been meeting up with family and friends for lunch. I have also been busy teaching people how to start a chemical-free life journey.

What’s that?

If you’re following me on Facebook and/or Instagram, you’d know that I am into Young Living Essential Oils. I was introduced to it 5 years ago by my sister. At that time, I thought she was nuts or possessed for paying RM600+ (then) for some oils.

Seriously.

Sorry Jie…if you’re reading this. Seriously. I thought you were nuts. I was like ‘Whatever….’ followed by some eye-rolling action.

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Then 2 years ago, a dear friend gifted me a Premium Starter Kit.

I was like ooooh! They look pretty, they smell great!

My interest wasn’t piqued at the time due to some distractions which I can’t really recall now. But you know, the timing wasn’t right.

Then recently, I started reading about it and you know, once you read something, you can’t unread them and I realized that these oils are so in line with our family’s natural health and wellness journey. So I jumped right into it.

To cut the long story short, in addition to what we are already doing now to support my family’s health and wellness with natural products, we now use  Young Living Essential Oils and NO, I am not anti medicine or whatever …like if my child’s leg is broken, hell yes I’m going to bring him/her to the hospital to be treated.

So because of my passion for these oils, I now teach people how to lead a chemical-free life journey. And yes, it is a journey. And I teach people how to embark on that journey one step at a time.

Do I enjoy being a SAHM?

I dunno about you moms out there but I LOVE it. Perhaps my circumstance is different from others but whatever it is, I LOVE IT (for now).

I am cherishing it every day. Counting my blessings.

 

 

Be Thankful

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When the littlest one is taking a nap and all you want to do is chill and enjoy a cuppa hot chocolate at a cafe but the littlest one refuse to sleep anywhere except on my chest. I had to juggle her and the notebook last weekend while we are at a cafe while Aidan was at football practice.

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See?

Did I get anything done?

Not really.

But I remind myself to always look at the bright side of things i.e. to be thankful for every moment.

Have a great Tuesday everyone!

 

 

I Am Officially a SAHM!

So a lot has happened since the last time I posted in this blog in August. For starters, I am now a stay-at-home mom (SAHM) and I am loving it so far. I left the company I worked for for the last 20 years at the end of September.

It was bitter sweet.

Bitter because I was going to miss being part of family and miss working with my colleagues. Sweet because I get a taste of being a SAHM after 20 years.  Just to be clear, I didn’t hate working with the company I worked for. I loved the culture and the flexible work arrangements which was why I stayed on with them for 20 years!

Yes. 20 years.

I feel old!!!!

But rest assured, I feel young ok!? I am young at heart. Always. Age is only but a number. Bleh.

It has been 3 weeks and what have I been doing?

For starters, I have been waking up late. It isn’t as nice as I thought. In fact, sleeping in sucks because I feel that I’m wasting precious time. It’s tough waking up early in the morning but I feel so better afterwards for being productive.

Before my last day of work, I had big plans. But when the time came, I didn’t expect to be so slack in managing my own time! Seriously. When I was working full time, I worked (at home) from 8.30am-5.30pm (officially) and managed my personal time around working hours. So in a way, my time was managed properly. Then came 1 Oct, my time management went downhill.

LOL!

How?

Well, I figured since I am a SAHM now, I reduced AK’s time at the daycare from full day to half day which is 5 flexible hours. But once I sent her off to daycare, I lazed around and sometimes sleep again,  slip into the social media black hole and that’s it. Before I knew it, I had to pick her up, pick the 2 bigger kids up from school, prepare dinner and that’s it.

But I am cutting myself some slack. After all, I’ve been working for the past 20 years. I do deserve to slack a bit right?

Anyhow, I have started spending more time with my oily obsession passion. I teach people how to kick chemicals to the curb and start their chemical free life journey 🙂 It is something that I am very passionate about. What is this about? Well stay tuned! If you follow me on my Facebook, you’d see more regular updates on what I have been up to.

Till then, take care!!!

Be warned, you may get more rants from this newly SAHM here. heheheheh

 

 

 

Sassafras Creek and Kokoda Memorial Park, Melbourne

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In May, we made a trip to Melbourne and stayed there for about 2.5 weeks. We loved it there –  especially the kids. I could so see us living there.

Sigh.

I am leaving it all up to God. If he wants us to be there, we will get ourselves there. If not, I am sure God has other plans for us.

Meanwhile, let me share some photos!

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We stayed at my brother’s place most of the time.  The kids had roasted marshmallows. It was their first time roasting marshmallows by a fireplace. It’s definitely an experience they will not forget for sure.

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On our first day, we took a relaxing drive to Sassafras Creek. It’s a little village located at the Dandenong Ranges with  lots of speciality shops. If you’re a tea lover, you can drink at  specialist tea shops where they’ve all kinds of tea. I am not a tea drinker but I would imagine this little village will be heavenly for tea lovers.

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If you are up for some hiking, there are trails which you can go on. We weren’t up for hiking so we ended up taking a stroll at the village, bought some ice creams and pies  and had it at  a nearby park. The weather was gorgeous. Not too cold (12 C) and it was sunny.

It was perfect.

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After spending about 2 hours at Sassafras Creek, on the way back, we stopped over at Kokoda Memorial Garden. The  kids went to the playground to have some fun. There are also a lot of walking trails at this place but we weren’t up for it. I was told that this place was similar to the TTDI park at KL where people usually go to to exercise. Since it was a weekday, there weren’t many people there then but I was told that it can get very crowded during the weekends.  Because we are such impromptu travelers, we weren’t in the right mindset to do any exercise or hiking that day.

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Sunset was at 5pm. So our days were pretty short.

Note to self : The next time we go to Sassafras, we should gear up and explore the walking trails!

Ditch and Switch Chemicals

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Ashley has recently developed an interest in making her own natural, chemical-free products for her own consumption. It’s good that she realizes how our everyday products like hair care, face care and cleaning products at home may potentially contain harmful chemicals that eventually go into our blood stream and causes havoc to our bodies.

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I brought her to a friend’s little party a few weeks ago and she made all of these.

  • Peppermint foot soak with epsom salt. I love epsom salt. This whole jar has been used up when Aidan had influenza B a few a weeks ago. It really helped to relieve his sore muscles and joints.
  • Makeup remover – tried and tested! Pass!
  • Anti bacterial spray – this is really handy. We use this to spray on public toilet seats, dining tables, supermarket troller handles, handphones etc.
  • Muscle relief roll-on – great to sooth the aching muscles after a workout.

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Since then, she has made lip balms, mozzie repellent and hand wash too. It’s fun and really easy to make.   You should try it too.

 

Half Day Tour in Kota Kinabalu – Kokol

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Last week, the girls and I went back to Kota Kinabalu (KK) for a short break to spend time with grandma and grandpa. Going back to KK is always nice for the heart and soul and tummy too (for sure!). My friends at KK commented that when I am in KK, I eat as though I have been starving  in Kuala Lumpur (KL).

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During our short break, we spent sometime at Kokol. I didn’t know of this place until a dear friend told me about it recently  that they had bought a piece of land there for their retirement. This place is really charming. It took us 30-40 minutes from Penampang to reach the place where the photo was taken (Kokol Haven Resort) by car. The air was cool and refreshing and the view of KK was spectacular.  I could just sit there for hours just to soak in everything. Kokol has alot of potential for the tourism industry however there  are still  a lot of room for improvements . Some renovation is currently being done at Kokol Haven Resort at the moment and it’s not the best time to go there right now unless you are ok with the noise.

After Kokol Haven Resort, we headed to Kasih Sayang Resort and had something to eat by their restaurant which overlooks the mountains.

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If you’ve half a day to spare at KK and would like to enjoy the peaceful surroundings and fresh cool air, head up to Kokol. I am sure you’d be charmed by the place as much I was.

How to Deter Cats from Garden?

This morning, I opened the front door and was greeted by a whiff of cat poo. Thanks to my neighbor, whoever you are, your cat has its golden nuggets nicely snuggled on the grass.

I don’t hate cats.

I am allergic to it but I don’t hate cats.

I do however do not like it if cat owners do not train their cats properly (Sorry if you are a cat owner/lover and you’re reading this). All I ask is for your cat to not poo in my garden.

It is not cool.

Toilet train it.

Do whatever it takes but allowing it to poo anywhere except its litter box is not cool. Not cool at all. Sigh….

I have been sprinkling cat deterrent sand on my garden regularly but I guess that doesn’t work. So I have resorted to using my essential oils instead. I googled and this is the combo I made this morning. I sprayed it all over my garden. Let’s see if the cats will come out to play in my garden. Wish me luck!

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Where Do I Start?

 

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I have neglected this blog for way too long and it wouldn’t be  fair to AK if I didn’t continue to blog about her. Ashley and Aidan have their fair share of milestones in this blog already.  I’ve also not blogged about my recent trips  and I intend to blog about them here (soon) so that I don’t forget about it in another 10 years!

So many things have been on my mind lately – Like ALOT! – personally and professionally but no matter what, we continue to pray for guidance and trudge on.

First things first.

Allow me to  share how delighted I am that the daycare AK goes to have taken the initiative to toilet train her 3 weeks ago – which was about time because she started to dislike a wet and heavy diaper. 3 weeks on and she is doing pretty well. She still wears a diaper to sleep at nights but she is generally ok during the day (provided we are at home).  It is indeed a milestone for AK. We never pushed her to be toilet trained and allowed things to take its course because eventually, we knew that she’d be toilet trained anyway. So there was no pressure whatsoever.

AK has gotten used to going to the daycare every morning as well so we are all very relieved. No more dramas. No more cries for mommy either. No more heartaches and feelings of guilt for me. She now waves at me every morning when I walk away from her at the daycare.

Well done AK!