2009 is really an eventful year for me! In fact, from 2006 onwards, every year is an eventful one, hehehe. One person ever told me that we should always look back at what we have achieved and if what we have achieved is what we wanted. I agree to what he said. Let's see, what have I achieved in 2009:
1. Zach turns 1 month on 5th Jan 2009
2. Changed job in Oct 2009
3. Weaned Zach off breastfeeding in Nov 2009
4. Zach turns 1 year old on 5th Dec 2009
5. Yong Teck & myself held our customary at Goodwood Park Hotel on 26th Dec 2009
My 2010 Resolution:
1. Holiday at least once every quarter. That will be about 4 holidays per year. Going back to KL monthly don't count!
2. Lose some weight. If losing weight can't be achieved, at least get rid of the bye bye arm!
3. More bags and shoes? Bags difficult to justify but shoes is still possible cos I've thrown away quite a number of pairs due to 'wear & tear'
4. Keep Zach strong and healthy.. hope he will overcome his allergy fully and then mummy can save some $$ by not buying the super expensive goat's milk.
5. Own a private property at least. Looking at the property market, it will be a blessing if I can afford the downpayment even but it is still achievable if I stop spending unnecessary.
6. Work harder to earn $$$ and hopefully I will get a decent bonus in 2011!! Work resolution: Must implement 2 project in 2010..
7. Must own new gadgets, i.e. iPhone 3GS, laptop and a new camera! (sponsors are welcome!)
Welcome 2010!!! Let's all HUAT!
Happy Family with the ever cheeky monster
Yummilicious champagne spare ribs
'Kam heong' crab
We bought live crab on our own, my mom clean them up and we brought it to the restaurant for them to cook for us - only in Malaysia you can do that..
Boredom is killing me...
I started with a new job early Oct, which means I am 5 weeks into it. I should be happy with this new job considering there is a pay increase and the workload is lesser than my previous 2 jobs. Why am I not?
Put it simply, the past 2 jobs that I was in, I have alot to do for one person. Easily handling 2-3 persons workload for a single pay but I am happy!! I cannot have a single minute idling.. call it crazy but that's me. Before venturing into end user environment, I was with vendor and working till 2am most of the time but I don't' mind it.. it motivates me alot. I am happier, jumping at each opportunity to start a project.
Different is to be said about my current situation. There is work-life balance. I don't need to answer calls on weekends. No emails to check, nothing to rush.. Arrggh.. I must get used to it..else it will not be long before I leave. Crazy!
Besides our customary, Zach's 1st birthday celebration is also a grand affair for us. He will have 2 party!!! Lucky boy.. no expenses is spared for his b'day celebration and though he may not understand it all but all the photos and videos taken will be kept and shown to him when he is older.
I can't wait for both events!!!
I tried online shopping but only 10% of my purchases actually fits. The remaining, either sitting pretty at my wardrobe, waiting for me to lose the extra fat or I gave it to my younger sister. Lucky her..
The last straw came when I started with my new job and I had trouble finding and fitting into decent working clothes!! Arrgghh... I looked FAT!! Off to shopping.. and I came back with 3 bags of clothes - all bottoms but no tops! WAT??!!?? More shopping..haha
Hubby bought the new iPod Nano that comes with a video recording function at the last Comex show and no prize for guessing who gets to keep it? MUA of course..hahaha cos I am the one that is always so fascinated in taking photos and videos of everything and anything. Hahaha..
It was a good investment. Now I can take photo using my iPhone or trusty going-to-die-on-me-soon Sony camera and capture those endearing moments using the Nano..how come I sound like as if I am doing adv for them? Hmmphtt..
Got the silver colored one! A safer choice
When I am grumpy, he will be the one taking the brunt but he don't take it all without putting up a fight.
Looking back, most of our differences are quite petty and minor. Is it me that is making a mountain out of a molehill or is he trying to make a mountain into a molehill?
Things that happens the past weeks has taught me a very good lesson that we should not take things for granted, appreciate what we have, everyone is different and we are all brought up and grew up in a different environment and I should accept that I cannot keep forcing things to go my way..hmm.. how come I sound so matured?
Well.. so determine to keep the spark alive, we are going out on a date for a whole day tomorrow! Our little one will be at nanny's place while the big ones will be out shopping, eating and be merry. Just like old times..
1. Pair of shoes from Itti
2. Limited edition Le Pliage in Graphite
3. Ice cream bath from Sephora
4. Books from Borders
5. Chocolates from a shop in Wheelock, can't recall the name.
Overall, it was quite fun spending money like there's no tomorrow but when the bill eventually comes, then it will be "What? Did I actually spend that much?" Hahaha
More to come next week when my parents and sis are here for our food tasting. Keep a lookout for that post.
We had dim sum lunch at East Ocean @ Shaw. Yummy yummy.. we ordered a whole table of food fit for more than 4pax but only 2 of us. We end up packing the leftover for dinner.. What's nice? Egg tart, pan-fried carrot cake, deep fried fish skin.. I must go there again.
Next stop is to buy my stuff. I have not been shopping for quite a while. I know, kicking myself at the butt. I have been shopping almost everyday, be it at the mall or online but most of the time it is buying for my precious son. It is high time mommy start spending her own money on herself. I needed to get some shoes. Well, after 9 months of not wearing some of my heels, they are either out-dated, the leather is too dull and starts to crack, it is too tight (sob to my red heels!) so I decided to get some replacements.. my shoe cabinet looks empty..oops..hahaha. Went in to Schu, I skipped Charles & Keith cos their heels are not very long lasting and comfy. I came out with 2 pairs of shoes. The 2nd pair is 50% off! What a steal.. :)
I have a very important wedding dinner to attend early Aug. My elder sis is getting married. I need to find a dress that looks nice n yet comfortable. Manage to find one at Isetan Wisma. Cost me a bomb but it made me look gorgeous! Thinking that this dress could also be worn for my tea ceremony come Dec.. at least I can split the bill into 2x hence not that throat killing.
More toys for Zach?? Yeap.. all shopping trip must include some stuff for Zach. I got him some new toys, DVDs and CDs and a book as well.. Isetan is having 20% off their toys so it is a good buy, I suppose. Aiks.. Zach's playmat is full of toys, everywhere he turn, he will hv something to play. Hahaha..
We reached home ard 7pm and I was dead tired!!! Zach was tired too..he slept like a little baby :)
It was a great dinner - with good char siew, yummy double boiled soup and many more.
What did daddy get? Few things.. AX belt, Samsung handphone and a cake! Though the cake came later (because mummy left it in the office for few days) it was better late than never.
Happy family!Our next project? Zach's 1st birthday party, our GDL and a wedding to plan..
Hubby got me a new gadget. I kept telling him I do not need anything for Mother's Day nor anything at all at any other day but he insist on bringing me to Sony Gallery and showed me what he wanted to get me. I really wonder if he is the one that wanted it or I need it?It's a new Sony Pocket Style PC Vaio P. My current Fujitsu lappie is onie 2 years old but I must admit the keyboard is getting abit weird..the alphabet 'P' needs extra few hit before coming out and the response time of the keyboard is killing me (hei, i m a typist hence i need fast-response keypad).
GREEN! The keyboard is good but the screen is really small! I must go for my LASIK soon else i will go blind playing with it. As for now, I only uses it when surfing in the room. :)
Thanks dearest!! Took loads of pix before, during and after our lunch buffet at Straits Cafe. Enjoy..
Resume expressing milk for Zach. It's a tiring affair but I know I can do it. It was quite stress expressing at work, having to absence myself every 3 hrs (I am pumping every 3hrs to get the supply up) for 45minutes. Milk isn't flowing out smoothly and Zach is increasing his milk intake daily..first it was 150ml every 4hrs then 160ml every 4hrs then 170ml and now 180ml!!! Crazy or what... I need to pump like 4x a day in order to meet his demand and I could sense my boss is not very happy about it. Sigh.. I prepared myself to resign so that I could stay home and pump exclusively for few months just to stock up on frozen breastmilk that can last Zach for few more weeks or months (depending). I talked to her (my boss) and I was pleasantly surprised that she actually allow me to take leave to stay home and pump and come back when I am ready!!! Happy happy.. milk supply went up as well!! I am not going to give up anytime soon.. drinking papaya fish soup with pork ribs, steam cod fish, fish slice soup, warm soya milk, milo, fenugreek! Doing all I can to up my supply.. the result is showing soon and I am positive about it.
We're going to Genting next Fri!! It's been years since I last went there. Come to think of it, not that long, max 3 years? Hmm... it will be Zach's first holiday trip with his parents and hubby will be driving there with his parents n bro. Wonder will he let me drive..itching to drive on the highway. So many to pack for Zach and my mind is alr working on what to bring etc. Hubby say just bring the whole house along.
I watched a few movies on my iPod during expressing - Marley & Me, Bride Wars Out, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. All of them were nice and it was especially so for Marley & Me. It was so touching that I cried n cried in the end. Now that is the main reason hubby do not want me to get a dog!! I will be too sad if something were to happen to it. Oh well.. wait till Zach ask him for one in future.. mummy will psycho him to ask daddy to get one. Haha
Went shopping yesterday with hope of getting some business shirt for work. Most of my working shirt cannot be buttoned up at my boobs area. On the other hand I shouldn't get new shirts since I will prob stop breastfeeding in another 10 weeks and by then I hope my breast will shrink back to its pre-pregnancy size..hehe. At the end of the shopping trip, I am poorer by few hundred cos I bought a Kate Spade wallet, 2 pairs of shoes at Charles & Keith both items that are not in my shopping list!
Daddy & Zach relaxing after Zach's feed
Zach still relaxing when daddy is checking us in
Let mummy take a photo with her precious darling
Zach enjoying the king size bed
Zach wants to test the firmness of the mattress by flipping! Good mattress and comfy bedsheet
Zach n his duckie - thanks Unc Jack for blowing this up
Family pix - too bad Zach is flinging his hands ard..will wait for nicer pix!
Sunday was shopping day again.. since Zach do not wake up early, all of them left to Compass Point for breakfast and when they came back, Zach is still sleeping..that sleepy head. They waited till quite restless and decided to take an MRT to Suntec first. Who knows, we reached before them (we left the house immediately after Zach woke up).. time check, 1.30pm! First stop, Gap where mummy went crazee seeing those cute rompers and shirts. Grabbed a few pieces and daddy was standing beside her couldnt believe his eyes seeing the amount displayed at the cash register. Oh well..I guess I hv to put aside my intention of shoe buying frenzy till 1 month later.
All the cute shirt and rompers mummy bought - I love the orange & blue striped romper
Zach with his teether
Family pix before the rest arrive
Roma feast shared between me and hb
This is how Zach loves grandma to carry him
One minute a happy boy
And he has grown all quiet - trying to fall asleep
Grandparents with moody Zach
Our son's first captured on camera smile
Yummy steamboat dinner on 7th day of lunar new year
Mouth-watering pork rib at Crystal Crown Hotel