Art projects after exam

When we were young last time,we looked forwards to days after year end exams. I would bring chess to school to play with my classmates. Nowadays, kids ain't so lucky. They were occupied with so many art projects assigned by the school.

I saw my April spending so many evenings at home just to get her art work and history folio completed after her UPSR.

Her teacher told that if they were not doing these art work, their moral paper exam mark would be deducted. Same goes to their history folio.
I like this art work, she used shoe box, clay dough, ice-cream sticks and color papers to make a 3D bedroom. She did all these on her own. 
I printed those corals from internet and she pasted them on paper that she colored. 

A wooden toy car that her dad helped her to fix, and she colored it herself.

Those wiring and batteries were also fixed by her dad. Her dad is a handyman. 
Besides, she is having a singing competition next week and she only has time to practice these few days.

She can't wait to have a break and go for a holiday. 

Mother and daughter bonding trip

I am going for a 5D4N holiday in Perth, Australia with my elder daughter, April. This is the tour package that I signed up just for she and me. My husband will take care of our younger daughter, May that time.

The purpose of this mother and daughter’s trip are,

1.       A reward trip for her hard work and good result in completing her 6 years primary education.
2.       A compensate trip for her to give the standard 6 students and teachers trip to Singapore, KL and Malacca a miss.
3.       Creating good and bonding time for just her and myself.
4.       Giving a kind of motivation to her kid sister, May that I will take May to the two person trip too after she has done with her UPSR in another 2 years.
5.       A good memory in her childhood before going into her teen. 

We are now counting down to the trip. 
I hope that we have an enjoyable and relaxing time during the Perth trip.

Happy birthday to the gold medal dad

I love him because he always cut fruits into small cubes at those hours that I only want to eat nothing, but fruits. 
You would say that this was such an easy job and Yannie is so easy to be pleased. Muahahaha!

My girl took back her craft work from school, she folded cranes and others.  She went to her dad for help to stapler the whole thing to make a wind chimes. I heard no compliant but I saw him in action completing the assignment together with her daughter that afternoon. 
You would say that this was such a simple task, but not many men have the patience to do that. I am pretty sure.

Again, the girl wanted to create a poster by using all recycle papers and items. The teacher only gave her short timeline. Her dad promised to help up. He brought those items to office during his stand by duty hours. He sent images through Wechat to his daughter showing her the progress of using straw to make flower on toothpick. 
I don’t think you would say this is just “sap sap water”, even me as a woman does not like this type of task. It is quite tough actually, what say you? 

He cut paper into tiny small pieces, stick them on words, people, plants and background.
He spent hours on the dining table to finish the poster until very late at night. I salute him. I would definitely dare to say that he is a rare species of men. 

Today is his birthday, we celebrated his birthday in advance and April posted two pictures on her Wechat.  
“Celebrating my past life lover’s birthday in advance, thank you, I love you.” - a short and sweet note from April to him.

I am blessed to find a gold medal dad for my daughters.

To my loving husband, “Happy Birthday my white knight, I love you forever, till death do us part. “ 

Ladies maxi dress night

Weeks ago, I attended Ladies Maxi Dress Nite which was held at a club in Ipoh. I registered myself just a couple of days before the event. It was on a weekday, it was on my daughter’s UPSR exam date, it was on my Zumba lesson day, and it was no close friend attending. Therefore I was a bit hesitated whether I should attend on my own.

I made up my mind to attend finally when I had got the support from my husband. All registered members would have free coach to chauffeur us from Taiping to Ipoh, free flow of drinks and buffet dinner.  Besides I had got a maxi dress ready in my wardrobe.  First and foremost, I know that I would have no problem to meet some new friends there. My curiosity made me want to see how well I was able to carry myself in a totally new environment with many new faces.

I was lucky enough to get to know a lady the minute I stepped on the coach. She invited me to sit next to her as she was also alone that trip. She is a friendly lady. During the journey, she told me that she was an ex-nurse. Apparently her husband is a doctor and also the vice president of the club. I am so lucky to know her, as she shared with me so many things about the function and the club. She is very humble and down to earth. We had no barrier keeping each other company at the event. We both won ourselves a prizes too from taking part in the games. 

Because of her help, I could leave the function earlier in her friend’s car, otherwise I might need to wait till very late and return home by the coach.

After the night, I had a few new contacts in my phone, one new wechat group, several new FB friends and many beautiful pictures. 
Since I was not familiar with anyone there, I needed to selfie in toilet to snap a picture of  myself.

The lady in red is the friend that I mentioned here.

My favorite junk food

I would say no to all sorts of junk food, titbits and snacks, especially those with high calories and high sugar content. As long as I know it is fattening, I would be able to resist its temptation. I would not invest in those food myself. You must be salute with my determination and discipline, right? Or you might laugh at me for not feasting on those heavenly tasted food.

There is still something which I really like and I can’t say no when I see it. 
What would you call this pack of assorted nuts and Indian murukku? I call it “Kacang Puteh campur”, sometime I heard people calling it murukku too.  

I tell ya! I like it so much. I would keep munching it non-stop when I had it. I would forego a tub of popcorn, a piece of cheesecake, a bar of chocolate or a scoop of ice-cream with a small pack of this Indian junk food. I love smuggle it inside the cinema. I would finish the whole pack all by myself. 

Each time I saw the store selling it at the Pasar Malam, I needed to gather will power to refrain myself from buying it, because it is fattening too. Many times I failed to control my urge, because I would say to myself, “Just once in a while ma! Never mind la! Tomorrow do more exercise to cover back lo!" 


You cry, I cry too

I am actually a person who can cry so easily. I cry when 1. hearing a sad story. 2. watching a sad movie/drama. 3. feeling sad.

This picture of Dato Lee Chong Wei wiping away his tears discreetly moved me. He actually did this very quickly, but the camera shooting was even faster.

The world seems so cruel to a person so persistent like him. My heart is aching seeing him heart wrenching.  I hope that by now he has been brightened up by his lovely wife, sons, family and friends. 

Pending down my emotion after watching the badminton men’s singles final in Rio Olympics last Saturday. 

Gathering with friends during festive holiday

Throwback Raya holidays

So good to have 1 week plant shut down off working days during Raya week. So happened that I had gathering and meet-up with friends which were scheduled on that week.

These are all the Zumba dance members who are in the same lesson with me. I meet this bunch of people twice a week.
Once in a while, we had to treat ourselves to good food and forgot about the calories.

These are all my hiking buddies, I meet them once a week on weekends.

Hikers bring only healthy snacks up hill to share.

I truly enjoy the moment that I spend with friends, Get-together with friends is key to stress-relief. When people get together, the feel good hormone is released that combats the negative effects of stress. Therefore, no matter how obsess I am exercising in the gym, I will squeeze in time for these kind of gathering in group. When friends get-together, it's a time to gossip, relax, unwind and countless pictures were taken for the album.  Therefore it is a powerful contributor to health and well-being.