Today marks my one year of leaving the corporate world.
Time flies? Like I’ve not mention this like a billion times already coz it’s true!
Sometimes it feels like it was only yesterday that I tendered in my resignation after staying there for close to 8 years. 8 years is a long time. Heck even my marriage isn’t at that age. Yet.
Anyway, since quitting, I have a friend who would call me as having the ‘tai-tai’ lifestyle. And many times I have to assure her that I”m totally the UNGLAM version which makes me none. In short, a woman who doesn’t work and who depends on her hubby (okay maybe not all of em), Also, tai-tais usually lead a more glamour-fied lifestyle – think fancy lunches and meet ups in fancy hotels in their finest hair do and outfit. In a nut shell, operative word here is FANCY.
Now, I have NO idea where the tai tai lifestyle fits into my boring old poor life. In any case, it’s farrr from it. Unlike some of my ex-classmates who DO lead the tai-tai lifestyle by having brunches and hi tea in posh hotels (think Majestic and the works), my breakfast consist of just coffee. At home. Unlike some of these tai-tais who leave their kids with their nannies as they go on a ‘girl’s night out’ painting the town red with their fancy outfits, I’m stuck at home with the lil one and have my meet ups with others during the day. Most times, I drag Sairah along. Perhaps there are perks in marrying older financially more stabled men *shrugs*
And I just realized I don’t even own fancy clothes. Sob.
Like I said hardly. Poor’s man’s version of a tai tai and the only thing we have in common is the fact that we don’t work or contribute anything to the government (which is so totally fine by me, heh).
To proof my point, here are photos of my very un-glam un-tai tai lifestyle on a day to day basis. And I was also ’single’ at this point since the hubby had already left to Melbourne. This was of course, back in Malaysia. Lifestyle here is a lil different (but still unglam and untai-tai-ish lor) which I will blog soon of course.
So what is it that we do for most parts of the day.
Let’s see….we sleep alot I think I’m quite rested in the past months since quitting my job because I do sleep in really late (youtube videos baby!) and naturally also wake up late (tho I have to say, it’s not like my undereye bags are any lighter, blast it) Helps that my little one also loves sleeping.
A typical day consist of going out for a few hours. Don’t judge. It’s mostly on every other day or when I have vouchers to redeem. It’s the best time also to head to the malls on weekdays because there aren’t that many people around compared to the mall crowds on a weekend. Weekend is the only time we’re not out at the malls so it balances it out. For real. I cannot stand weekend crowds in the malls. They bother me. Even some times the weekday crowd gets to me coz of inconsiderate idiots around.
And as always, outings are usually for the lil one, like how she enjoys going to the arcade once in a while to play.
In shabby unglam clothes carrying plastic bag! If I”m not mistaken this blouse was bought on Ebay UK. Second hand sumore!
Horsie ride @ Curve
I”m an ice cream seller @ MV
I”m a pilot @ Paradigm Mall. And she just HAD to go on this three times too coz grandma was around and was willing to pay RM2 per ride!
Jump jump jump @ The School, Jaya One.
FREE, of course.
We eat out alot too. Just because there’s more time to move around freely. Also, we already knew we were moving so technically I was trying to make the best of it by eating all the food we might miss and also to spend time with my mom.
No.this.is.not.a.Groupon.meal Incase you’re wondering and I already know you are!
@ Dave’s Deli, One Utama. I miss Dave’s Deli food, grrr! Sairah is obsessed with their mashed potato. One of the better ones around in KL.
Satay run @ Papparich which fast became a favorite hang out joint before we left to OZ
Also one of our favorite coffee joint @ The Library. Since both Papparich and The Library is under one roof, heh.
@ Delicious, BV. Kids eat for free yo, heh.
@ Gastronomy 321 Square. Eating tomato is just for show
@ Detectable by Su. And yes this was from a Living Social voucher I must have stocked up a good 6 vouchers!
@Tutti Frutti, Empire
GROUPON DEAL. @ Lecka Lecka, E-Curve. Excuse the bad fringe, mommy’s fault, oops.
@ Red Mango, MV. As you can see the trend here, we tried to cover some yogurt/ice cream joints.
@ Oh My Gas, Gardens …watching her ice cream being made. Did stock up on their vouchers and must have gone a good 4-5 times. I highly recommend their coffee, yums!
@ Moo Cow, buy 1 free 1 deal every 15th of each month
Ok la enough useless food photos!
A real tai tai would be spending money away. A poor ‘tai tai’ just window shops.
You like the jacket kid? Good me too, now let’s put it back, I ain’t splurging rm100 on it!
RM60 for this Jusco jacket? HELL NO, quickly give me a quick pose and let’s put it back, it’s too expensive!
You get the drill kiddo. Put.It.Back.NOW!
Same goes with all the toys she touches and simply must have. Actually wait, I do tell her to put it into her ‘birthday list’ and wait to get it then. Of course I’m a 1000% confident that by the time her birthday comes she will not remember half the stuff she wanted in her ‘list’. So.much.win.
Occasionally, we might shop. When we see a good deal. Like this one time from Victoria Secret @ Curve
But I have vowed never to shop at our local VS stores because despite spending quite a bit that day in their store, these people had zero samples or freebies to spare us ANDDD I went home and opened my box of perfume only to realize the bottle was half leaky!! With all that trouble of driving back to curve that night and braving the effin traffic, they still couldn’t give us anything to compensate. So F you la, imma taking my hard earned money else where.
Am I a typical Malaysian for expecting freebies then??? Shame on me.
Uh oh, somebody’s gonna get in trouble with Daddy.
Oh and before I forget, I wanted to share about this deal from Peacocks. If you do a first time purchase of items close to RM200, you can become a member which will give you a 50% discount store wide (on normal merchandise yo) on your birthday month! Meaning, you’ll be able to shop for RM1k worth of clothes in Peacocks and simply just pay RM500.
Sounds like a fab deal? I’d like to fucking think so. You can thank my sis since she became the member and didn’t find anything interesting in store hence I was lucky enough to take over the 50% privilege
I would highly suggest their jeans because it’s designed for Indian hips and ours certainly don’t lie!
I went over the budget a lil by shopping on their already discounted stuff. But all that was in preparation for our move here. *shifty eyes*
Weekday shopping brings you the best bargains.
Also went to Sephora (one too many times) and decided to splurge on this Too Faced palette. This is a must have for all you brown sistas out there coz not only are the colors pigmented, they actually smell of CHOCOLATE! I don’t usually splurge on makeup this much but when I do, it will last me a life-time. For sure!
Then occasionally we pull a tantrum so grandma would cave in and buy a minnie soft toy.
Tantrums and crying in public – a guaranteed way of getting what you want with grandparents. True story.
For most parts, we just cam-whore away in the malls, eat and drink lots of coffee.
@ Dorothy Perkins while we wait for aunty to try out her clothes
@ Borders killing time as we wait to watch our movie. Yup, we caught up with quite a bit of movies using the cheap Wednesday deals at GSC in Gardens. Just so we could avoid the different type of idiots in GSC MV :)
@ Gardens, just bumming.
Free reading at Borders. Helps that a Starbucks is just around the corner
@ Curve. I call this the shaniqueee look. Totally Bronx-ed out, hahaha.
If I were a tai tai, naturally I’d be doing my nails at Boudoir always since it screams glam! But no, my nail trips consist of one toddler tagging along, like so:
Oh hai, just here to help pick out the colors (which she ALWAYS insist on doing)
Before putting her legs up and making herself super comfortable. The horror.
Just some of the end results thanks to Sairah’s color choices. General rule is simple – she gets to pick just ONE color which I will put on my thumb or big toe.
Occasionally, according to Miss Sairah, I am allowed to have one color for all.
Oh and as an unglam tai tai, I do not shop at higher end supermarkets. Well perhaps just to window shop.
Grocery shopping time @ Giant. Always fun for her to be in charge of the basket/trolley.
Of course, we did a whole alot of other unglam stuff too but I’m highlighting these coz I took photos, heh.
The bestest part of our outings is seeing her smile happily of course…
And then doze off, giving us absolute peace and quiet on the way home, heh.
To an unglam un-tai tai lifestyle – wouldn’t want it any way else.
P.s: A lil more moneh wouldn’t hurt.