Play-Doh Dresses

23 Apr

Play-Doh Dresses

Recently I got re-acquainted again with Play Doh. For Sairah’s sake of course, or maybe not. I admit, it can get pretty addictive. My parents had bought Sairah a play doh ice-cream machine some time ago after the little one relentlessly asked for it and after a few plays, it was stashed prettily in its box having not seen the day of light. It happens with most toys hence why I’ve stopped buying her toys no matter how much she would plead for a new one. So one day I decided to whip out the play doh machine after buying fresh new playdohs because as you know, playdohs have the tendency of becoming hard if let out for too long. And most of it had been literally shredded into tiny itty bitty little pieces and worst still – all colors mixed which is really like a pet peeve of mine for some OCD level.

Behold our machine and fresh new playdoh which I think is the Easter collection, if I’m not mistaken.

I decided to do something different with the playdoh however. So if you plan on doing this with the kids, you’ll need:

1) A plate (to roll out the playdoh because rolling on paper makes the playdoh stick on it for some reason)

2) Roller pin

3) Plastic fork and knife (without sharp edges of course)

4) Playdohs of different colors

5) Playdoh machine (or maybe not even)

6) And the main star: one naked barbie, all stripped off her pretty clothes.

And yes, newspaper laid on the table. Because this can get messy people.

Sairah’s task of the day: to knead out the playdoh and I have to say, I suspect she’ll be a good chapati maker in the future.

And to chop even…and it may look like we’re about to ‘cook’ or play ‘masak masak’ with it but in actual fact…

We were merely making play doh dresses for Barbie.

Sairah made her necklace while I worked on the dress and of course handbag coz every woman should carry a nice handbag as its our God-given right.

I should warn y’all, only the front looks decent….and this is how the back looked…but hey no one’s really looking. Not even Ken coz we don’t have one.

A beach look for Barbie

A second beach look for her with some modifications.

A new skirt design.

Sairah working on Barbie’s ‘blouse’

And she figured all Barbie had to do was use a nipple cover :) Not sure if most people would approve of this design though.

And after a few practice rounds watching me do it, I told Sairah to create her own dress on her own but I totally agree about this I saw on FB sometime ago:

So putting the control freak-ness aside, I let her do whatever she want (though I strictly told her NOT to mix the playdohs which she adhered to) and this was the final master piece.

Totally funky I must say but not too bad for a 3 year old ‘designer’…at least she got Barbie’s modest bits covered and that’s all that matters.

Sairah with one of her other designs all done by herself together with some ‘pastries’ for her hi-tea party with Barbie.

This is what I added on for her party because you definitely need comfy lounge chairs and a table to eat.

The first time we started on this project, we sat quietly for a good straight 3 hours kneading, cutting, ‘designing’ and didn’t realize how fast time flew. You can forget alot of problems this way. And the few times after that, took about 2 hours or so and eventually I let her do it all by herself so I could spend a few hours on the computer :) So this is definitely a good project for kids on a rainy day and to at least give yourself 2 hours of peace and quiet so do try it out. It definitely unleashed some creative side in me which I didn’t think existed in these old bones so thank you Play Doh for doing that!

Thank You.

14 Apr

Thank You.

Sorry if this has been the longest time I”ve gone missing. In a nut shell, I’ve lost the interest to blog or even post anything on Facebook. It may seem I’ve lost interest in life all together as well but I think that’s quite expected when you go through a traumatizing life changing event like this which is heart breaking and so painful to cope. I never knew how a heart could hurt so bad and I’m not even talking about the emotional/mental pain. There are days I can literally feel the physical pain in my heart where I am convinced a massive heart attack will follow suit and put everything to rest, but no – it doesn’t because that’s just the pain of my heart which is literally still broken and shattered from this big loss and I can feel it, every fucking day.

But what’s a girl to do right? They say life goes on….it definitely does, but there’s that constant emptiness like a puzzle that isn’t complete anymore, like someone had just stole that piece of puzzle without asking our permission and now have left us in a lurch.

Without rumbling on more, I am drafting a piece on life, to pen down my thoughts about this shitty thing called life, but with each attempts I keep getting stuck half way because I either get too emotional to finish it off or I just lose interest. And words these days do not seem to flow as freely as they used to be. It is hard.

But that’s not what this post is about.

I’m just taking some time off to thank  each and everyone of you who took the trouble to comment and even email me words of comfort in such trying times. Words cannot describe how each and everyone of you have played a beautiful part in such times and for that, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am sorry I have not replied any one of you (esp those who sent me long emails) but make no mistakes that I have read them and am thankful that you took some time off your busy lives to send me (a stranger who you only know through this blog) a message to comfort me. Your simple but warm actions speak volumes because I can tell you there are an indivual or two in my life which I have helped out during their difficult times yet only offered me a single liner condolence message without having the common decency to check back on how I’m coping. But what can I say except life’s a bitch huh?  As much as that’s even painful, I shall leave that karma to them. But its true when they say in such times you will find out people’s true colors no matter how hard they’ve earlier tried to conceal it so the sooner you find out the better just so you can separate the rotten from the good.

Anyway, in a jist, THANK YOU to you, you and you over there. And to my Hot Mama group of ladies (you know who you are!) and to the warm lady behind Just Me, The Mrs, whom I had the pleasure of meeting and creating a strong friendship bond thanks to this blog – a huge warm hug and lots of love from me because all of you were there for me when I needed it the most and words cannot express how thankful I am to have you ladies in my life along with other kind spirited friends!

And seriously, one really does not need many friends in life but just a few good ones who will always be by your side and your pillar of strength when you need it most.

I shall end this blog post with some pictures of Sairah incase you’ve forgotten how she looks like. She’s growing up fast! There’s not a single day that goes by without her asking for her Grandpa and she would tell us how she wishes he was still here because ‘he’s the greatest grandpa everr!’. She has this habit now of looking at his photo hung on our wall to greet him in the morning and say good night before bed time. She constantly talks about him and even says how she wishes Grandpa would come back from Heaven. I am convinced that this child will grow up remembering her grandfather and will keep him alive always. Wherever she goes.

Till I find it in me to blog again….

Hope the rest of you guys have been good.

Goodbye Daddy

6 Mar

Goodbye Daddy

Dearest Daddy,

Exactly a week ago, we lost you my daddy dearest.

And life as I know it - will never be the same.

My heart is numb for it has been shattered into bits and pieces and I”m struggling to pick up these pieces to move on. But this will be the hardest for all of us for everything around us reminds me of you.

It has been a few months of roller coaster ride for the entire family and we always thought you would pull thru each time. But this time, GOD decided to be selfish and we’re now left to deal with the biggest hole in our hearts.

I wish I could turn back time. I wish I could have taken your place instead. I wish GOD would have given you more time with us. I wish and wish and wish that things could go back to what they were. Sometimes I just shut my eyes and wish so hard that it hurts. But wishes are pointless and a stranger in times like this.

Instead now we’re just left to live on without you, which will be the hardest thing to do. Its in many ways a living hell when the one you truly love is no longer with you.

Why do good people go so soon? Why did you have to go esp when you were so full of life and had the kindest heart? I”m struggling to understand this and my heart bleeds just trying to understand.

Sairah has been asking everyday about you. She misses you, she loves you so dearly, she even said she wants to go to heaven to visit you just so she can see and hug you once again. I know that’s how much love you both have for each other.

She is your biggest love no doubt, and you were most proud of her.Your phone is filled with many photos of her. I promise you Sairah will forever remember you and I shall mould her to be a great person just like you. As it is, she has so many traits that remind me of you.

And me? I just miss everything about you! From the way you used to cough, to our silly arguements, to you pestering me into having a second child….just.about.everything Daddy. Most of all, I miss calling you Daddy and relying on you for life advise.  

You were my greatest mentor.  You rescued me in my darkest and dumbest moments and for that I cannot thank you enough for EVERYTHING you’ve done for me.

Daddy, you were truly a gem – a man who was always helpful, so full of life and ALWAYS smiling. Words cannot describe what an awesome man you have been during your 65 years of life and this for the great man you were, no one can ever come close to being like you. Absolutely no one. They just don’t make men like you anymore Daddy. I want to write more about you, the man who has done so much for me,  for his grand-daughter and my marriage and one day I will sit down and do that in your honor/memory.

For now, I am a very broken and lost person for I”ve lost just about the greatest person on this earth and I’m just wondering, how does one deal with something like this? How to go on in life??

It is something I’m struggling with so badly every day and it just about hurts every  millisecond of the day.

Sometimes this just feels like a really bad dream where I”m waiting to wake up…..will someone please put me out of my misery and wake me up and tell me it was just all a bad dream, please?

Daddy, I know you’re looking from up there (and laughing at how we sing the hymns so badly during prayers - we’re trying and will do anything for you Dad), I just want you to know, thank you for being YOU, for guiding me at every step of the way on this shitty thing called life, for worrying about us all the time (even when you didn’t have to but hey, that’s a father’s job you say) and for being the absolutely greatest Father a girl could ever have….I am eternally grateful to you and I must have done something right in my past life to have you as my Father and if there’s one thing for certain in life, I have and will always love you , a million lifes over.

And until the day we meet again, you will always be loved and remembered.  Forever and Always. Our only consolation for now is, you’re up there with your mom, dad, brother and uncles…..say hello to them for me esp to Amma (grandma) for I’ve missed her immensely and I know you’re in good hands with her around for you even saw and called out to her before you left. 

I cannot wait to be reunited with you though I know its going to be a long painful journey for us since life will be so empty without you around Daddy.

I love you to the moon and back.

Sincerely,

Your Eldest Daughter

Sofia The First Singing Doll

17 Feb

Sofia The First Singing Doll

11 days of not blogging!

I’m currently laptop-less since my pink lappie got temporary snatched away from me by the very person who bought it for me :( – well you know men, one minute they’re buying you stuff, the next they’re asking it back from you! I used to do all my blogging there esp when Sairah was fast asleep. But now that I”m laptop less, I have to depend on using the desktop which is far away from our bed room and I guess the only time I can squeeze in to blog (or rather ATTEMPT to) is when Sairah is happily playing downstairs where the desktop is. And I’ll be damn lucky if she’s actually busy playing and NOT pestering me with her thousand and one questions!

ABSOLUTELY TRUE (and annoying!), why this, why that, why why why!

With all the questions they ask, wonder why they don’t turn into a walking encylopedia by the time they hit 18?! That way, they wouldn’t need to go to Uni and can save us thousands of $!

Fine. I kid. Very un-motherly thing to say, but it’s a damn good thought you gotta agree, heh.

Anyway, please bear with me for a bit if I only am able to blog once or twice (IF i’m lucky) for the time being as it really takes extra effort and many times I find myself blogging bit by bit before getting distrupted – mommy I want you, mommy I want to pee, mommy I want to poo poo, mommy I want water, mommy I want to pee again, mommy what are you doing, mommy, what is this and that, mommy…err mommy, oh I forget…mommieeeeee!! I could freaking go on but I think I must have already drove half you crazy with that.

Must.calm.down.and.savor.these.moments.they.say.

And then there’s the subject of craving for normalacy which we’ve been lacking in the past few months. If I could turn back time so everything would go back to where it was, I would.

But for now as they say, toughen up lil soldier! Am praying for the best.

With Sairah’s father leaving us, things have been a lil different. I’m now the father AND the mother to my baby girl. When we go out to the mall or have lunch/dinner, the only person I have with me is my lil girl.

Who was also my lunch date on Valentine’s Day. It was as romantic as romantic gets with serious discussion about the future of our country and high rates of crime around KL :lol: Helped there were no tantrums to deal with and she had agreed with everything I had to say before that dreaded, BUT WHY question :)

Every conversation needs to end with a ‘but why’ thesedays. You have to go sleep now. But why. Shall we eat. But why.

 

Of course, her daddy decided to make a lil card to show us how much he’s missing us on this special day. So I guess every day is Valentine’s Day for him since he misses us everyday? Now that’s a thought :D

But it’s all not that bad being hubby/daddy-less – Sairah and I have gotten so damn close that we’re starting to look like sisters hanging out now :lol:

Okay, imma pushing it a lil perhaps. But yea, we’re very close and I’m grateful for this opportunity to create a strong bond together.

Anyway, we first went to the Sofia The First preview some months ago and ever since then Sairah has grown into a HUGE Sofia fan! Then again, just a few months ago she was crazy over Doc McStuffin! She has memorized every song, can repeat every conversation from the cartoon (since they do bloody repeat the same episode every morning!) and even walks like Sofia when she’s wearing a dress.

So naturally the next thing for me to do was to get her a doll. Not just any doll but a Sofia The First Singing Doll because I knew this would make her absolutely nuts!

Aight, I just had take someone to the bathroom coz she wanted to poo and when we got there – NADA! Story of my life :o

The doll does not resemble Sofia 100% but to a true Sofia The First fan, it obviously doesn’t matter coz she’s still ’sooo prettty’ and still is decked in a tiara, and in her signature gorgeous flowly purple dress with her amulet and best of all, she sings too!

Mr Postman came early this morning to delivery this special parcel for a very special princess…

And as you can see, the look on her face was absolutely priceless!! I told her this was a Valentine’s Day gift from her daddy, considering I took all the effort to find this doll for her but hey, that’s what wives usually do isn’t it? Make their hubbies look good.

O.M.G – SOFIAAAAA!

She started squealing in delight like what most girls do, lol

Standard must-hold-onto-heart pose when given a favorable gift….be still my beating heart.

Oh mai, you shouldn’t have…

But you did, and I’m HAPPY!

This is the start of a beautiffulll friendship Sofia

Muax! I’m gonna love you long time.

She turned around to me and said this is the ‘best gift everrrr’ not before proclaiming moi as the ‘best mother everrr’, LOL so hey, I guess this kid just knows when it is the mother’s effort but daddy’s money for securing this :D

Sofia next to her other favorite Chop Chop doll from Hi-5 show. Also bought thanks to her mother :D As you can tell, we’re I’m big on getting her dolls from her favorite shows! Definitely makes her happy and as any mother will tell you – there’s always a huge pleasure that comes with making your child happy and seeing that look of excitement on their face.

Sofia The First Singing Doll retails for USD29.50. I got it off this local seller who had shipped it in from the Disney Store for RM140 (ready stock purchase, woots) but I do believe she’s having a spree from Disney store which is a total heaven for Disney fans (and other US stores too) incase any momma is keen. Just get the hubby to pay :lol:

Till the next post! Over and out! Till then, tell me you’ve missed me, coz I’ve missed you guys.

Kodaikanal, India

6 Feb

Kodaikanal, India

Sharing the final remaining photos of Kodaikanal and some of the places you should visit if you’re thinking of heading that way. Its  interesting to  know that when I showed some relatives these photos, they never in a million years guessed this was in India!

First stop: Coaker’s Walk

And yes its tempting to pronouce it in a very crude manner :D

Cocker’s Coaker’s Walk is basically a narrow pedestrian path which was constructed in 1872. Its a one kilometer mountain road which runs along the edge of steep slopes.

When you see this, you’re at the right place.

I gotta admit, the view from here is absolutely stunning.

You can see most of Kodai from up here

On the left, you see half of the city…almost reminds me of Santorini, well almost (a girl can imagine and dream for dreams do come true, sometimes!)

And on the right, you see nothing but vivid greens

Along the path way there were little booths set up selling lil tricklets and what not and guess who made a quick stop to shop (hey its rhymes!) and insisted she pick up a few pieces for herself.

Very pretty handmade earrings with gorgeous variety of colors which were dirt cheap.

Mommy and baby with the stunning view of Kodai at the back

Look ma, we’re like the angels up in the clouds :D

Man, just look at that clear blue skies and those soft white fluffy clouds…makes me want to sit and float on em while eating cotton candy!

And a shot with Daddy and Baby. I know you’re still staring at those clouds. And thinking of cotton candy.

Churches are abudance here in Kodaikanal considering this hilltop area was established by the American Christian missionaries and British bureaucrats in 1845.

I’m not sure which Church we visited but I know for a fact its old enough. Sorry ah, these brains are getting a lil rusty :)

No idea why Sairah is pulling a ANTM pose here, lol

Outside the church.

Next stop: Pillar Rock

Pillar Rock in a nut shell is a three giant rock pillar which stand 400ft high. Very the straight forward place this one, lol. The viewpoint is simply amazing, just like Coaker’s Walk.

Now this scene right here would almost look like we’re in New Zealand or something if it wasn’t for the annehs looming around behind :eek:

All of a sudden I”m reminded of this song that goes ‘move bittccch get out my way’, LOL

But look, isnt this sooo pretty???! Esp without people around it.

Knock knock, knocking on heaven’s dooorrr

Would have made a nice photo if it wasn’t for an uninvited guest in the shot. But I think when in India, photobombing is just bound to happen :lol:

And yet another one.

Of course no trip to India is completely without temple visits. It would be a sin not to go!

Sairah making a donation, bless my baby girl.

This is the Kurinji Andavar Temple which I like to call a temple with a view and for reasons you will see below. This temple is a famous shrine dedicated to Lord Muruga and is associated with the Kurinji flower which carpets the hill side and blooms once in 12 years.

What can I say except this temple was extremely peaceful and serene and I can almost feel that my prayers will be answered. *rubs tummy* hah, okay I kid!

Check out the boobie mountains behind, I”m thinking 36DD y’all.

And then there is Poombarai – a village you could say that was the highlight trip, at least for me. This is basically a village located in Palani Hills about 18kms away from Kodai. To get there, you have to pass a forest which curves through small lanes for a good one hour. For lucky people like us, we get to ride in a car, but for those living in the village, they walk for hours. The journey there nevertheless was absolutely scenic.

See the villages down there? That’s Poombarai, with a population of about 1-2k people only, living by the hills and making do with what little life has to offer there.

You can’t expect much when you get there…there are no clean toilets, there are no proper roads, there are no proper water, because its one of those places that will make you count your blessings. The little things that we often take for granted. Nevertheless you will feel more than welcomed here because people are warm and friendly and just happy to see new faces. I saw a bunch of kids literally studying while sitted on the road under the hot sun because their school was still work in progress and that made me admire their drive for life which we all take for granted sometimes. I do believe, it is when you have more in life, that’s when you start taking the small things for granted. And its always the small thing that gets forgotten isn’t it?

Agriculture is how what most people here do. They cultivate potatoes, english vegetables but their main source of income is by harvesting garlic.

The women here are a force to be reckoned with, because they work so damn hard, most times carrying heavy buckets full of harvest over their heads, never once complaining. And to think they do this for a mere few rupees just to make ends meet and will do the same thing over and over again for the rest of their lives. Without.a.single.complain.

We visited the clinic where my FIL volunteers himself once a week to give free medical treatment to these villagers here. And to hear their struggle to get to bigger hospitals during an emergency is quite heart-breaking.

Baby girl attempting to play the sitar.

In this little village also lays the Kuzhanthai Velappar Temple which has an amazing three thousand years of history and has been dubbed one of Kodaikanal’s holliest and powerful temple.

Hubby inspecting the age of the stones :D

And I gotta admit, the backdrop scene at the temple was absolutely soothing, which reminded me a little of the favelas in Brazil.  A real out there far-fetch comparison but please let me have my moments okay?! :lol:

I can be anywhere I want to be if I just close my eyes and really believe in it :D

“The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.” – G.K Chesterton.

Sairah once again sending her prayers and important message to HIM. And in style I should add, heh.

And that’s the end of my little tour of Kodaikanal and places you should visit :)

I shall leave you with this red ixora flowers,  just because the world needs more flowers and red for passion and L.O.V.E.

Oh and not forgetting a photo of a Subway outlet, spotted in Kodai town

AND drumroll….a photo of a very suprised face of a man who couldn’t believe there’s freaking Dominos in Kodaikanal!

That is all.

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