New! Clean and Minimal Blog Design

New! Clean and Minimal Blog Design


Hello everyone! It's been a little silent on here but hey, I'm back, this time with a new blog look, clean and minimal. Ok maintain a bit of pastel-rosy shade, to maintain the mommy (or most of the time Mombie) mood and all other kids, travel, food and home and living content. Wanted to make it black, tapi macam serious pulak, tak sesuai dengan personality I hehe.

I really think that I need to start writing again, on this blog, bukan IG or FB, on daily basis (macam dulu but haha so ambitious kan) if not, weekly basis. Need to find the missing part of "old me" sebab being caught up with kids activities, baking, party works and endless housechores, kadang-kadang jadi penat and stress and macam not being my true-self. Let alone nak pergi spa or salon kan. 

This morning, in the midst of Monday morning chaos, Alana boleh datang dekat I and tunjuk dia baru tabur Koko Crunch satu rumah, tadaaaa meri krismes Mummy! Nak marah ke nangis pun taktau la haha.

Then tiba-tiba dapat ilham, jom la revamp blog ni. Like tiba-tiba out of blue kan haha. Padahal tengah banyak kerja sangat-sangat kot, and it's Monday! 

Ok lah. Nanti sambung lagi. Rasanya memang akan rajinlah lepas ni, sebab macam suka je rupa blog yang baru ni hehe.







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11 Streets Shopping Madness! TODAY!

11 Streets Shopping Madness! TODAY!




Spent hours browsing the website, checking countless of great offers and flash deals sampai macam ohmaiii banyaknya benda nak beli. But of course, being a mom *Asian pulak* haha mestilah nak stock up barang Alana, mainly formula milk and diapers. Then some household items and grocery.

Macam I, I browse through the brands sale, macam Nestle, Unicharm, sebab senang dah tau barang apa ada bawah brands tu. And senang tengok sebab each brand ada their own offering jugak, contoh Nestle ada 30% cart discount. Banyak ok?


Or in my case, memang lepas compare usual buying price dengan promo yang kadang-kadang ada online, nothing beats today's discounted price on 11 STREET untuk susu formula Alana. RM300 for 5+1 tins. RM60 je ok satu tin? Normal price dok beli RM87 haha sangat lah jimat weyy. Baby fair pun takda offer macam ni. (Don't forget to choose yang ada FREE SHIPPING hehee, kata nak jimat habis-habisan). 

Ni contoh, barang yang memang every month kena stock up, belum lagi barang dapur, home equipments macam cari toaster baru sebab yang lama rosak, new external disk and more. Time ni nak cari benda-benda yang diperlukan, sebab dapat banyak discount.

Tak cool lagi?

Travel items pun ada. Discount yang amat banyak untuk tickets macam Aquaria RM21 OMG, Sunway Lagoon RM70 OMG! and banyak lagi dalam and luar negara. Banyaklah, tak tersenarai, and lebih afdal korang browse sendiri. Kan nak cuti sekolah dah, sesuai la borong tickets theme parks and holiday package sementara tengah murah. Paling murah so far yang I dah compare. 


Ok? Malas nak type 11 Street takpe, nak click je sini 11 STREET SHOPPING MADNESS terus boleh pergi shopping online. Jangan cakap Sis tak share hehehehe. Bab penjimatan mak-mak, mesti share punya. Last but not least, jangan lupa download coupon macam ni. Dah la discount price, then guna coupon dapat discount lagi, kalau dapat free shipping, haaa memang win lah!


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Babyshop The Curve

Babyshop The Curve


Babyshop tu nama kedai ok. Yang SANGAT BEST. Babyshop ni kira leading baby store dekat Middle East la, started in Bahrain and lepas tu ke negara-negara lain.

Masa mula-mula kedai ni buka dekat The Curve, macam takda orang masuk pun. Like seriously kosong je, tak crowded pun even during weekend. Then ada hari bila tah I pergi The Curve, tiba-tiba tengok banner "SALE 60%". Ohmaiiii 60%! Dasar suka benda discout kan haha. So I masuk la kedai tu for the first time.

Surprisingly, the original price tags (most of the items) tak mahal punnn. Shirts, pants, prewalker shoes banyak je below RM50. Maybe sebab rupa dia very wow or the brand itself belum famous dekat Malaysia, so orang tak masuk, kot?

The best part is the toy section dekat bahagian belakang kedai. Macam orang tak tengok pun. Padahallll that whole place ada super cool toys at discount! Again, even tak discount still very cheap. Kalau rasa Barbie, Nerf, Hotwheels macam tu mahal, come get something similar to it (in term of design and quallity) dekat sini. Masa I pergi ni tengah 30% sale pulak, apa lagi borong laaaa. For future kononnya haha. Hopefully Alana berminat main doll la, jangan buat hal nak main Marvel toys ke Nerf ke apa pulak.



For mommy to be, this is shop is a must visit ok? Baby blanket comel, baby outfit comel, bedding, bathing items semua comel ok. And again, stroller dia murah. Stroller lawa tapi baru 400+. I dah terpengaruh ngan stroller pink ni, tapi we already have like ermmm 3 strollers at home.


And this is my favourite place now sebab I boleh beli macam-macam accessories dekat Alana, bracelet, hairband, necklace all in toddler size. Biasalah Mummy selalu over hehe.


Nah, gambar for reference. Lepas tu pergi visit sendiri ok kedai dia. Hari tu I tolong few of my IG followers beli dolls from Babyshop ni, sampai nak clear satu rak haha. Datang lagi lepas tu, staff dia dah kenal muka sisthur Shilashower ini hehe. :P
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PINKFONG Baby Shark Ice Cream

PINKFONG Baby Shark Ice Cream


"Baby Shark doo doo, doo doo doo doo" this song has been stuck in my head for months! Thanks Alana. You watch the video, Mummy dengan Abang-Abang nak makan PINKFONG Baby Shark ice cream dulu. You baby, cannot eat ice cream hehe.

Yup, you read it right. There's a new yummylicious ice cream in town and it is PINKFONG Baby Shark Ice Cream! Taste like strawberry milk in icy form hehe. Sedap and my kids love it. Every week mesti nak beli from the Uncle jual ice cream depan sekolah Adam & Aiman tu. Kadang-kadang beli dekat Speedmart (cheaper than stated retail price hehe), sometime dekat Petronas or Shell, basically senang jumpa la ice cream ni.




Last month, ada mini concert PINKFONG Baby Sharks dekat One Utama. Kita orang pergi hari Khamis, so crowd tak pack sangat. Still quite a lot of people but bearable, of course la kan it was Pinkfong, Baby Shark and friends, even the parents pun nak tengok sama. Excited Alana, first time tengok Baby Shark mascot right in front of her eyes, ok well so did the rest of us. And the highlight of the event of course masa sing dan dance the Baby Shark song tu la. Now dah ada baby, macam ni la activity kita orang hehe.


Last week baru I explore few PINKFONG's educational games and video apps on Apple Store. Download la satu dua app, untuk spare dalam kereta on the way balik raya kan. This household tiada iPad because Mummy says so haha so apps tu download dalam my phone. Adam dengan Aiman pun, sorang ada satu game je dalam my phone, strict much? Maybe. :P

Mula-mula tu I ingat ok Baby Shark dance on Youtube je, rupanya there's a lot of PINKFONG's educational games and videos apps as well. Not sure if its the catchy music, or the dance, or the characters itself but Alana memang hook habis dengan Baby Shark ni. She gave me this "mehhhh" face everytime I try to switch the video to the one macam "Hush Little Baby" hhahaha, macam so yesterday sangat lagu tu. Its Baby Shark era now. 

Try la download. I guna iphone, so download from App Store la. Kalau phone lain tak sure ehehehe.


Ni balik kampung raya ni, memang sesuai la stock up PINKFONG Baby Shark ice cream dalam fridge. Banyak anak sedara boleh bagi rasa. Harga pun tak mahal. RM1.80 je. Sebab sekarang cuaca panas, having PINKFONG Baby Shark ice cream as a treat to the little guests, memang win lah kan. But I bet, the parents will love it too. Sebab I suka, rasa macam frozenkan susu strawberry. :P

P/S: Dah alang alang korang download new apps from PINKFONG, apa kata korang try dengar lagu baru diaorang. Best tau, catchy gila! Click je link dekat bawah ni.





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Aiman Haris and Dual Language Program (Standard 1 DLP)

Aiman Haris and Dual Language Program (Standard 1 DLP)


AIMAN HARIS. AFTER ONE YEAR OF DUAL LANGUAGE PROGRAM

(Entry mainly based on personal experience, saya bukan Cikgu, bukan jugak parent yang bersungguh-sungguh push anak. Teachers maybe boleh provide better explanation here).

Dalam seminggu lepas, ada few friends whatsapp kita, tanya macam mana Aiman dengan DLP dia. Maybe ramai yang anak nak masuk darjah satu 2018 and dah pergi buat ujian saringan kan? Test untuk placing class tuuu. Or maybe test kepada nak tahu budak mana boleh membaca, boleh menulis, kenal huruf and whatnot.

Pemerhatian:
Banyak parents suka skip test ni. Entah kenapa. Nanti masa orientation tak puas hati pulak bila anak tak dapat kelas yang diharapkan (read: kelas pertama). Dah kalau semua nak kelas pertama, siapa nak duk kelas dua tiga empat lima haha. Go for the test. Senang cikgu nak evaluate, komplen-komplen di hari orientasi tak membantu apa pun, even if you bring results 5 stars 100% anak masa tadika.

Kita orang masa bawa Aiman amik test tu, sempat la intai tepi tingkap (dekat nak habis waktu ujian), and ternampaklah soalan yang RASANYA lah, image rumah, bola and apetah. And rasanya jugak, murid kena tulis perkataan tu, kita orang tengok Aiman tulis maigoddddd panjang perkataan dia hahaha. So instead of BALL, dia macam AQYTRSQOAELLL something like that.


Amak redho lah anak apa pun jawapan muuu. Sebab masa tu, Aiman boleh tulis huruf perfectly from A to Z, tapi Aiman tak pandai mengeja dan membaca. BM paling kong, English certain words dia reti la. Math dia ok (addition & substraction) tapi dia tak pandai baca, so macamana dia nak faham arahan.

Aiman from Brainy Bunch. Not sure dia belajar apa, tapi Aiman ni pun kuat ponteng tadika haha. Sebab dia memang menangis macam kena dera everytime nak pergi tadika. Dia taknak sekolah. Nak duk rumah dengan Mummy. So kalau dia tak pickup as much as other kids did, tak salah sekolah sangat, dah dia pun selalu skip school hehe.


Bila results kedudukan kelas darjah 1 keluar, Aiman dapat kelas 1 Bijak (of course not the front one haha) dah jawab pun macam mambang tanah mambang air bagai. Takpe, no problem. Yakinlah pada cikgu Aiman nanti, maybe they have better skill to teach him later.

Then standard one kids ni ada another LINUS test kot, dalam seminggu pertama lepas masuk sekolah. Masa ni baru sekolah short listed children yang layak masuk Dual Language Program (Math Science in English). And Aiman dapat surat tu. Kita orang macam, "ehhh cikgu ni salah Aiman ke apa haha". Tapi pergi jugaklah briefing tu, dengar apa Guru Besar explain secara detail. Then I pergi jumpa Cikgu Kelas dia. Tanya, on what basis Aiman being selected? Cikgu dia cakap, "ohhhh Aiman ni results dia ngam-ngam pass je, tapi kita perhati dia boleh bertutur Bahasa Inggeris dengan baik. Tanya full sentence, jawab balik pun full sentence". (TQ Brainy Bunch for this hahaha sebab mother tongue di rumah ialah BAHASA KEDAH hahah).

The only problem masa tu, kita kena decide ON THE SPOT lepas briefing tu, setuju atau tak anak kita masuk kelas DLP. Ok, actually lepas Aiman bagi surat taklimat and tawaran tu, kita ada dalam 2-3 hari untuk decide. Tapi sebelum decide, mesti nak dengar dulu taklimat, apa benda DLP ni and macam mana masa depan program ni. Maklumlah, sistem pendidikan Malaysia ni kan ala-ala tak tetap pendirian sikit hehehe. 

So ini yang kita dapat fikir masa tu, the good and the not so good part of it lah.

Good: 

  • Science & Math in English. Hang masuk Uni nanti pun English jugak Haaaa berpandangan jauh sampai Uni gitu hehe. Of course la, I'm a mother. Mak kena visual yang elok-elok untuk anak, jadinya nanti doa yang elok juga. Slow macam mana anak tu, visual and doa jugak yang elok. Some kids are just late bloomer tau.
  • Competitive la sikit nanti, tak la melenggang kangkung ja Aiman tu. Sebab mesti kids dengan certain kelayakan yang terpilih, so Aiman nanti mesti nak berusaha catch up sama dengan kawan-kawan (part ni kita kena kenal pasti juga perangai anak, cepat give up ke, malas nak try ke macam mana ke).
Not so good:


  • Tak boleh switch class dah. No turning back katanya. Let say along the way rasa macam dia tak boleh catch up, TAK BOLEH TUKAR KELAS aliran biasa. Nak tukar jugak? KENA TUKAR SEKOLAH. Ok this one, I taktau kenapa. Mungkin tak dengar masa Guru Besar explain, tapi macam tu lah keadaan dia.

  • Standard 1 DLP, sampai habis sekolah menengah lah DLP. So kena make sure ada sekolah menengah area rumah kita yang offer DLP jugak. Otherwise, sila lah ulang alik ke sekolah yang lebih jauh.

  • Kalau nak pindah kawasan, pun kena cari sekolah baru yang offer DLP jugak. Ini sedikit parah. Tapi benda tak jadi, toksah dok pikiaq buat teruk. Pikiaq hat dok ada depan mata dulu.
  • Possibility of terms lebih susah bila in English especially bila dia move to upper primary and apatah lagi secondary school. But honestly, bila tengok buku Adam Haris darjah 1 dalam Bahasa Melayu, things already so complicated. Takda beza, so hadap je lah.
  • Kemampuan parents untuk bantu anak dalam pembelajaran nanti. I've met few parents yang terpaksa tolak DLP sebab "saya tak pandai BI, nanti macam mana saya nak ajar anak saya." Point to consider as well.

  • And ada parents yang doubt jugak kemampuan cikgu-cikgu. Guru Besar cakap, takde new teachers yang akan datang untuk handle DLP class. Still the same teachers yang ada dalam sekolah, cuma they will arrange for teachers yang lebih experience untuk ajar DLP class. Itu lah bahasa mudah dia. Maksudnya, takde la anak kita ni kelas DLP, tiba-tiba dapat cikgu baru Math Science dari Harvard, Oxford ke apa hehehe. Tapi kita orang takde masalah part ni. Bukan semua terletak atas cikgu, kalau mak pak pun malas tengok pelajaran anak, jangan la nak komplen-komplen memanjang. Kena sama-sama.

WHAT WE DID?


Eii. Ingat senang nak decide lepas briefing tu? Masa depan anak kita kot. Dia jugak nanti yang nak kena belajar. So lepas dah observed Aiman habis-habis, Aiman lebih mudah faham arahan in English. Kalau Bahasa Melayu baku, dia lambat sikit. Berbekalkan keyakinan dia boleh bertutur BI tu (walaupun ada grammar dia langgarkan aje haha), Inshaallah dia boleh faham la apa cikgu ajar nanti (Math and Science) dalam Bahasa Inggeris. Sebab masa tu takda beza pun mengeja membaca BM or BI sebab both pun dia tak berapa boleh.



And kita orang bagi dia DUA SET SOALAN preschool. Ala level tadika tu je. Both in BM & BI. Suruh dia buat, tengok yang mana dia lebih cepat faham and nak jawab. Walaupun some soalan dia tikam hahah. Then dia prefer BI. Lepas dah consider Aiman lebih cenderung nak faham Math and terms Science in English, and rasanya Inshaallah support circle dia strong jugak untuk ajar dia (read: Maktok cikgu BI hahaha) so kami setuju nak masukkan dalam kelas DLP. 

Tapi, sebab ni first batch, so nak cari buku revision amatlah susah. Which last sekali I beli from MPH ONLINE. Isk, kalau tau dari awal, takde la susah payah pusing sana sini. Sebab bila call bookshop tanya stock, some macam tak familiar je dengan buku DLP ni isk isk. Kita orang beli buku Sasbadi. Good one, boleh beli online. Takyah nak susah bazir minyak petrol yang mahal zaman sekarang ni, pusing-pusing cari buku. Online je. Now dah ada from Pelangi as well. So untuk standard one DLP 2018 tak susah dah, sebab dah ada few sets revision books. Sama je structure soalan, cuma beza bahasa.




Fast forward. Aiman punya performance now is beyond expectation. He entered standard one dengan tak reti mengeja dan membaca, then improve sikit-sikit then tadaaaa performed quite well masa final exam baru ni. WELL untuk piawai kami Mummy Ayah dia haha. Kita orang pun tak pulun sangat sebab malam sebelum exam kami anak beranak dok bergolek depan TV main Monopoly aahhahaha.

Tapi dalam kami dok rasa "Aiman Tak Kisahhhhh" rupanya dia kisah jugak. Dia kata, ala, dapat semua A pun, ada kawan-kawan lain dapat banyak 100. I swear. Kita orang tak pernah pun suruh dia score certain marks ke apa. Asalkan ada improvement, baru darjah 1 je kot, apa nak stress teruk. Apapun, memang berterima kasih sangat dekat cikgu-cikgu Aiman, from zero to hero in just few months, magis betul kuasa mengajar guru sekolah rendah ni. And sabar too I must say. Thank you, thank you. Siapa pun Aiman selepas ni, it started with his std 1 teachers yang ajar dia membaca dulu.

Not to make him feel bad, sebab dapat number 12 baru ni, Mummy raikan jugak. Makan Scampi Shrimp Pasta. Dia ni tau makan je haha. Belanja sama Abang dengan Adik, equal value. Takda sapa lebih, takda sapa kurang. Sama-sama pun good job. Sebab kalau Abang belajar Adik pun belajar. Bila Abang main game, Adik lagi sama naik main game.


So to DLP or not to, sama-sama bergantung kepada anak and parents. Push your kids excessively tapi parents taknak chip in, tak jadi apa. Jadi stress. Lagi stress kalau dok bising dalam group Whatsapp kelas anak. (Syukur group whatsapp parents kelas Adam and Aiman all ok, takde yang merepek-repek cerewet, all very helpful too).
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