Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Ramblings

It's amazing that right now, as I'm typing this, it's raining very heavily. The weather was very hot and dry before the Hari Raya/school holidays. I heard that it rained almost everyday during the school holiday week. We were away for a rather spontaneous holiday in Bangkok then. It was very hot in Bangkok and we got sunburnt one afternoon after walking around on the streets of Bangkok. C had a hat on and her long hair also protected the back of her neck but I got slightly sunburnt around the neck, while E got burnt on more areas like his arms, neck and a little on the face.  I guess my arms are 'stronger' because I drive around daily and as those who drive a lot would know, your arms get exposed to the sun a lot. And I haven't gotten used to the idea of wearing those arm 'protectors' that you see many women wear when they drive, to keep their arms fair.....

So, it's back to the grind this week and there are many things that need to be worked on, settled, looked into, considered, etc, etc -- a never-ending story.....

Updating this blog with our recent adventure in Bangkok will have to wait although I'm tempted to spend all my time writing and rambling here, instead of attending to more pressing and important matters which are boring like writing for supplementary income, paying bills, cleaning house, ironing (a huge pile is waiting!), cooking, giving Rusty a haircut and bath, and the list goes on.

Thankfully, Friday is another holiday -- our Independence Day -- so we will have a slightly longer weekend. However, C will still have her extra-curricular stuff and a classmate's birthday party to attend. In fact, this party is the first of a series of three weekend parties consecutively....Birthday parties seem such a big thing these days. Caught a glimpse of a tv programme called 'Most Outrageous Kid's Parties' while I was surfing channels recently. This seven-year-old American girl was going to have a country carnival party with 500 guests, a ferris wheel, SUV limo, and she'd make her entrance dressed like a cowgirl on a horse, according to the synopsis. A professional party planner and the works had to be engaged to make it happen. Most outrageous indeed. What are these parents thinking??

Monday, August 13, 2012

Updates

Wow, it's been over three weeks since I wrote here.....ACE have been busy with daily routines and distractions.

Since the Justin Bieber fever (see previous post), the One Direction fever continues with daily doses of their hits in the car and in the shower by the young fan. Also, occasional sightings of another litter of four kittens at our back alley create distractions from homework, music practice or simply getting on with necessary daily functions like showering, eating, etc....This cat menace is not going to end as long as the neighbours keep feeding them.

A spate of break-ins in our 'taman' plus the efficient reporting of crime on a daily basis via social media networks has gotten the general public on the alert. Many snatch cases involving bikers riding up to your car window, smashing it and grabbing your valuables, hit-and-hijack cases where the perpetrators hit your car and when you get down to inspect the damage from the 'accident', they assault or kidnap you and hijack your car, and those who just rush up to you, put a knife to your throat and demand for your cash and valuables, etc, etc, etc.....

The fasting month of Ramadan is coming to an end. The Hari Raya holidays coincide with the one-week school holidays beginning 18th August. The capital city will very likely be deserted again with the 'balik kampung' exodus. The highways will surely be packed with crawling cars.

The London Olympics came to an end an hour ago. I caught the last half hour of the closing ceremony. This round, Malaysia bagged two medals -- a silver in badminton and a bronze in diving. Both wins were well-deserved and brought Malaysians together in the true muhibah spirit, much more than the lip-service 1Malaysia the ruling government has been harping about. Lee Chong Wei fought a good fight against Lin Dan in the badminton finals. ACE caught the entire game at home with C cheering her loudest for LCW and cursing Lin Dan when he scored. And she shed tears when he lost by two points. Didn't expect her to be so 'into' that game and reacting that way! We didn't watch Pandelela Rinong win her bronze in diving -- the first ever non-badminton medal and the first female to win one for the country. A great achievement.

On Saturday, ACE watched a homeschooled students' production of Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice held at the PJ Live Arts theatre. It was a good debut performance by the Histrionia Acting Troupe. Once again, homeschoolers have proven that their 'system' is not inferior to the generally-preferred mass education system.

Weekends come and go so quickly. It feels like we keep playing catch-up with all the things we need and want to do. I find this cycle hard to break, and it's very tiring. It's gone beyond burnout....ashes, maybe! Amidst the frustrations (dealing with a strong-willed pre-teen especially), complaints, tantrums, anger fits, I guess ACE do appreciate what we have, although C needs to be reminded ever so often how fortunate and blessed she is, compared to less fortunate children. I find that daily spiritual reflection helps. Breaking the routine once in a while like going shopping or watching tv helps a little although it is merely a temporary distraction.

On the house front, after 4.5 years in this home, some things need to be re-looked, but the extra cash for such projects is not readily available. Some problems with our kitchen cabinet drawer and door are being fixed, a minor renovation in our wet kitchen and backyard for better ventilation and security would be good, plus some wallpaper to brighten up our rather dark and dull living/dining area would be nice, the grass patch needs weeding and more TLC, and reliable part-time cleaners can never be found!

We're looking forward to the coming one-week Raya and school holiday break for a change in routine :)