Yum Cha

>Bad Times<

With the economy this bad, it’s a wonder if people are still spending money starting business. So many businesses are closing down, would you invest if you’re offered a very good franchise opportunity? For myself, I’m certainly spending less and trying to save up some money. A trip to the local hypermarket can make me end up with a few hundred ringgit less, and the trolley isn’t even full! I wonder when the economy will pick up again, and prices start going back to their un-inflated state…

Daily Happenings, Mommy

K.O.

Sometimes I kinda wish I can just knock (literally!) those 2 boys out by 9pm so that I can have enough time to finish all my daily tasks. Those two night owls just cannot go to bed like other little kids. They’re awake even now! I know it’s due to the late naps they always have but it’s really out of my control since I will be at work while they create havoc in the house during the day.

I think until I start making some changes to their nap time or something, I won’t be able to kick start this ole blog and get MY things done :(

Mommy

Gosh!

Who would’ve thought 2009’s zooming past at a speedier pace than 2008. It’s already March and I did say I was going to do some backdated posts about all that’s happened during my MIA days. It’s a roller coaster of things… Christmas, year end and working my ass off clearing shit before the new year comes, the new business, New Year, Chinese New Year, changing host for this old blog of mine and now finally, I think it’s safe to say that this blog can finally be revived!

More to come tomorrow.

Announcement, Photography, TwoPixels

A Little Respite

I’m here, still alive and kicking ;D

This week I am able to get a little respite from all the things going on around myself… namely a new baby (little Jolie’s not so new now :P), a new routine with the 2 boys (what with Ivan being on holiday), being back in the daily grind and of course, the most time consuming newbie in my schedule, a new business. I’m sure most of you would have read about our spanking new website TwoPixels Photography from Jazzmint’s blog.

TwoPixels Photography

Yes, we’ve definitely and finally made the plunge into our freelance photography business after numerous free photoshoots, photoshoots which I have been going around requesting from and offering to those I know. TwoPixels will be mainly focusing on a niche market, pregnancy and newborn photoshoots, with a few family photoshoots thrown in here and there.

I’m ever so thankful to those who have AGREED to have pictures of their baby taken during our early days, especially Christine, who was the very first person I approached to have her little Lyan Fung’s picture taken at 8 days old. I guess if we have not kick started this business, I would still be going around checking out preggy mommies and soliciting photoshoots of their soon-to-arrive newborn.

So folks, do drop over at our humble new business and have a browse. Maybe you’ll see something which you like, and book us!

p/s: I will be doing quite a number of backdated posts after this one, so if any one of you are interested to read what I wrote, do back track a little. Most of it will be updates on the kids which I have missed updating for the past *ugh* don’t-know-how-many months. Thanks!

Family, Ivan, Izac, Photography, Playtime

Euro Fun Park Revisited

Ferris Wheel

I spent the Deepavali weekend over at mum’s place with the kids. Yesterday evening, we decided to give the kids a treat and brought them to Euro Fun Park since we didn’t have anything planned for them for the long weekend. The park set itself up at Aeon Bukit Tinggi’s carpark, like the last time they set themselves up at the 1Utama carpark when we brought a duck-walking Ivan almost 3 years ago.

Ride #1

Like previously, they charged entrance fees of RM3 for adults and RM2 for kids 3 to 12 years old. On top of the entrance fees, we have to pay for rides as well… mostly costing 2 tokens (RM2 for 1 token). Needless to say, the kids had fun and for just a short 2 hours of fun we spent about RM140 in total.

Ride #3

I guess it’s considered money well spent, as going for a short trip away from home would cost much more than this. And what’s more, the photography buff in me just couldn’t miss this chance of trying out panning technique on the merry-go-round.

Izac on Merry-Go-Round

As you can see from the picture, I was wondering why Izac’s got that stoned face while Ivan was absolutely ecstatic! I was afraid that he got scared on some of the rides. It turned out that he was merely so tired that he conked out as soon as we reached home.

Yum Cha

>Faucets<

I didn’t know how expensive faucets are until we decided to renovate our home. In order to survey for prices before choosing materials, I decided to go looking at the taps and such from the stores near the house, but gosh! They’re all very pricey, but we have kind of decided on getting those which look similar to Moen faucets. They look really nice and modern, with nice clean lines.

Yum Cha

>Bookshelves<

I love reading books. These days it seems like time does not permit me such luxury. Even if the kids sometimes go to bed early, I still conk off early due to exhaustion. I specially love reading chick lits, they’re considered light reading and helps relax my mind… With all the books I have in my house, I’ve accumulated a few small bookshelves over time and it’s beginning to look cluttered. What I would really like is to have a built in shelf that spans across the wall in the 1st floor living room… now that would be a dream come true. That way, the kids would have a reading area with all their books there as well.

Yum Cha

>Girl’s Best Friend<

Ahh… I guess from the title above, you would know that I am talking about diamonds. In my case, it’s diamond rings. I love diamond rings (don’t we all) more than other types of diamond accesories because they tend to be more casual and wearable (less dressy). So far, I only have 2 to my name and wouldn’t mind getting more but it’s such a splurge. Moreover, I can’t possibly wear 4 or 5 rings on my hands, can I? It would be too tempting to the snatch theifs… I wouldn’t want to lose a hand…

Photography, Shopping

Canon Speedlite 580EX II

(Backdated post, purchase on 11th October 2008)

Canon Speedlite 580EX II

Finally, after thinking long and hard on this next purchase, I finally gave in and bought the Canon flash unit for my 400D. I have been waiting to get my hands on a external flash for the longest time. Don’t all photographers wish to have natural light all day long, but that’s just wishful thinking. As soon as the sun hides itself, I become frustrated on the blurry photos caused by low light. Now I can go on snapping even in the evenings, especially in my room at nights, when I am most free to camwhore my kids *LOL*.

Jolie, Milestones

Jolie @ 2 Months

Ugh… another wayyy backdated post on Jolie’s progress. I actually took her for her jab on the 14th of this month. Now looking back at her immunization card, I’m actually quite confused as per what jab she just took (see how blur I am!). Aigh… I guess as long as the Dr knows *keke*. I think I seriously need to ask the Dr in more detail next time I visit her.

Jolie @ 2 1/2 Months

Oh, and just for the record, I will not be bringing her back to Dr Lim’s clinic for jabs (I took both boys back to Gleneagles for all their jabs at Dr Iean’s), it’s just too far and time consuming since office hours have been extended and I am now a mother to 3 (hello?!?! I need to save up my leaves OK!). So I guess the next time we see Dr Lim will be at 6 months old, to do a review on her heart thingy.

Vital Stats:
♥ Weight: 5.1kgs
♥ Height: 58 cms
♥ Head: 38.5 cms

Jolie

Dietary:
♥ Her milk intake has just increased from 3.5 oz every 3 hours to 4 oz. This means mommy’s gotta work harder at pumping coz I am now pumping only just enough for her (lots of work in the office!)

Achievements:
♥ She has discovered her hands and slurps away at the “drumsticks” whenever she wakes up from a nap and no one bothers to carry her.
♥ Her neck has really strengthened a lot. Whenever we hold both her hands she will try to arch forward as if she wants to get up.
♥ She sleep very little during the day now, she has many catnaps but prefers to talk to people (such a little chatterbox!)
♥ She’s starting to be very alert on her surroundings, so when she’s not extremely hungry, she will be playing a fool and not sucking properly.

Jolie

Mommy Says:
♥ I find that newborns have smelly, sweaty hands as they always clench their little fists. But then, how come I love to smell stinky hands????
♥ I just love hearing her coo and coo and coo, it’s as if she has tonnes to tell, being cooped up in the womb for 9 months!
♥ There are some things I wanna compliment on this little girl but I’m afraid to jinx it *whisper whisper*…
♥ She cries whenever someone raise his/her voice… meaning I can’t scold her brother loudly. Maybe she’s protecting them… hmmmmmmm…

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