Thursday, June 28, 2007

Get Reviewed

I was blog hopping the other day and came across Dani's blog called "lonely day in Lonely Hurts". Just by leaving 3 comments and answering 4 questions, you get a FREE review and a chance to win a brand new iPod shuffle.
He has already done the review on Mamasbagoftricks, so I'm on my way to getting that iPod.

Of course, I'm NOT asking you to join in his little offer. My goodness, why would I want more competition to win that iPod? So remember, don't join okay, DON'T JOIN!

p.s. : You wouldn't happen to know anything about reverse psychology would you?)

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Tips for a Clean Table

Have a messy table?

Here is a quick solution:
Put a 5-6 month old baby on your lap as you sit at the table. Within 5 minutes, everything within his reach will be polished with saliva before being swept right off the table. Ta-dah... a clean table!

Unfortunately now you have to clean the floor. Sigh!

p.s. Have you heard of the "elevator" game? Baby drops/throws stuff on the floor, you pick up, they drop/throw again, you pick up again... WARNING: Side effects of this game are backaches, dizziness and irritation. Best to not play at all. Stay alert and don't let yourself be pulled into this game.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Baby Milestones: 5 months+

I just get a kick out of watching baby doing his 'stunts'. And I love his expressions too.
Well, what is baby up to these days?
  • Grabs everything and puts in his mouth. It's amazing how fast he can grab stuff off the table. Now eating with him on my lap is impossible. Well... it's possible but my plate has got to be like almost on the other side of the table.
  • Stares intently at people and what they are doing. Watching his sister and brother, he has probably learned that running around and screaming is normal.
  • As you can see from the scrap above, I tried to see how well he could sit on his own. We're almost there.
  • Baby also had his first taste of solid food about 2 weeks ago -- mashed potatoes. I know we are suppose to wait till he is 6 months old before introducing him to solids... but he seems so ready. He gets so excited when we sit around the table to eat. And you know what? He hasn't really spit out any of the food we give him... except when he doesn't want any more.
Mama's tip for babies of similar age:
  • Always have lots of handkerchiefs around to wipe all that saliva.
  • Milestones are great but each baby develops at different rates. Go with what you know is best for you baby. For example, I KNOW this baby is ready to eat. He doesn't have the extrusion reflex and is eager to grab the food of my plate.
  • Give plenty of opportunities to play with his hands e.g. toys with buttons to push, dangle something in front for him to grab. Of course, everything will end up in the mouth, so no teddy bears yet okay. Best is to have those teether toys.
  • Play peek-a-boo.
  • Always show him your smiling face.
  • Nursery rhymes and lots of knee bouncing to the rhythm.
  • AND lots and lots of HUGS and KISSES.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

To Tell or Not To Tell

When I had my second child, naturally I employed my eldest daughter to help me keep an eye on the younger. She had no problem playing the role of "Tai Kar Che" (big sister). However, sometimes it gets out of hand. In a way, I've led her to become "Miss Bossy". She constantly breathes down her brother's neck, barking out what he should and should not do. Sometimes I have to remind her that I am the mother around here, and not her. Hahaha. Then there is the habit of reporting everything the brother does. Everyday I hear:

"Mommy, do you know what D did?"
"Mommy, D blah blah blah..."

It's like her brother has become her obsession.
Now, here is my dilemma. I would like to know if the little one is getting into trouble, but I don't want my girl growing up to be a tell-tale. And I don't want the little one to grow up despising the sister.
It's good for me to know some things but I don't need to know everything. So how do I tell her where to draw the line?

Here are some tips on tattling:
  • Don't do it because you want to put the other person down and make yourself look good instead (e.g. Mommy, D made a mess in the room. I already cleaned up my mess)
  • Don't tell me if the problem can be solved among yourselves (e.g. Mommy, D took all the pillows and won't give me one or Mommy, D spilled his drink)
  • Don't do it just so you can get the other person in trouble -- revenge purposes (e.g. Mommy, D ate your last chocolate)
  • Tell me only if he is going to get hurt or in danger (e.g. Mommy, D fell off his bicycle and is bleeding)
  • Tell me if something is damaged (e.g. Mommy, D sat on the baby gym and broke it)
I guess the underlying principle to know when to tell and when NOT to tell is: Am I helping or hurting? And have I tried to solve the problem?

Okay, don't think I'm a smarty pants and came up with this solution on my own. Just so happen I still have 1 copy of the Joy Berry book on Tattling. If you want it, you can get it at my bookshop whilst it's still available. Only RM10.

Well, it's definitely a lesson I will have to repeat often. My daughter's "reporting" habit is quite deeply ingrained. Hope I am able to teach her to make good judgement when it comes to making the decision on whether to tell or not to tell.

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Friday, June 22, 2007

I say again and again...

They say children learn through repetition. And so, this is what you hear almost everyday at my house (usually in the screaming mode):
  • OI! I'm talking to the wall ah? (Even the kids have learned to use this phrase)
  • No playing with water. You have 5 minutes to bath... (after a while)... are you putting soap yet?
  • Don't play so rough, someone is going to get hurt... (usually followed by) See, when I say you don't want to listen. Now you get hurt, you come running to me.
  • Oooooi... too noisy, too noisy.
  • Aiyoh, look at this mess. Clean up, clean up. You guys like living in a rubbish dump ah?
  • You have eyes to see right? (referring to papers and what not left on the floor)
  • Oklah, I guess this is going to the time-out box. (Things that are not kept in their proper place will be put in the time-out box. The kids can't take them out until they do something good to redeem the items).
  • It's late, calm down already. Stop running around. Go do something quiet, like reading.
  • Don't wake up your baby brother ah.
  • D, stop moving so much. You're like a 'cacing' (worm) you know.
  • K, can you please turn on the bathroom light for your brother.
  • Finish your food pleeeeaaaase. How to grow? Junk food you can eat so much. Good food don't eat so much.
  • Yes lah, yes lah, 'loyar buruk'. Usually directed at Koko-D coz' he have answer to everything. (loyar buruk = lousy/crooked lawyer, usually used for smart mouths).
  • Yes Boss. Usually directed at Jie-jie K coz' she likes to tell everyone what to do, including her parents.
  • Keep your hands and legs to yourself (to control the fighting).
  • Enough both of you (also to stop the squabbling).
  • Nooooo, don't put that in your mouth (directed at baby).
Even with all that repetitive screaming, the best repetition comes at night.
"Good night, I love you".

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Backup Your Blog

You've invested time, effort and brainpower into building your blog. It would count as a catastrophe to suddenly lose it all due to a technological glitch or human error. That's why backups are important. If you have a blogger account like me, you already know that there is no backup feature. So here is a solution I stumbled upon -- BlogBackupOnline.

It is really easy. All you have to do is create an account (50MB free) and then register your blog(s). Then you can make a full backup. You can also schedule automatic daily backups. With the backup, you can download it to your hdd in the form of RSS 2.0 format. Not just your blog entries are backed up but also your comments and embedded images. This feature is also useful if you want to move your blog somewhere else.

At the moment, BlogBackupOnline supports the following platforms:
Blogger, WordPress, TypePad, Friendster, LiveJournal, Serendipity, Windows Live Space, Movable Type, Terapad, Vox, and Multiply.

Okay, this is my good deed for today. This is NOT a sponsored post but a community message from Mamas Bag of Tricks. Hahahaha.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Father's Day Tribute

It's Father's Day and so, like many others, I'm dedicating this blog entry to my dad. I did some scraps for my dad last year. I'll share them here this year. The scraps were not just to honor my father, but also a way for my children to know a little bit about their grandfather.

Here he is during his college days at Pakistan Veterinary College. He still remembers the food, the bed and the boring subject of domestic animal's anatomy. I also remember his stories of how he and his friends would sleep on the roof under the cool night sky.

Sports run in my dad's blood. At college it was athletics and badminton.

Later on, it was bowling.

Oh, and I'm sure you're not surprised... golf.

My dad is the greatest contributor to my golfing success.
Never pushy, ever patient, always encouraging, amazingly patient.

Here I am at the airport with my family. They were sending me off to further my studies in U.S. Look how we all don't have tummies yet. Hahaha. As we gained our tummies, dad lost his.
Anyway, it was my dad's vision that made all of this possible. Thanks Dad!

In case you can't read the poem in the last scrap:

What Makes A Dad
God took the strength of a mountain, The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun, The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature, The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages, The power of the eagle's flight,
The joy of the morning in spring, The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity, The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities, When there was nothing more to add,
He knew his masterpiece was complete,
And so, he called it... DAD

~author unknown~

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Math Exercises

I remember wayyy back in school, my teacher use to give us this mini math quiz called 'congak'. She would quickly rattle off 10 multiplication questions and we had to quickly write down the answer. Although it was a source of stress for my young soul, I admit it quickly embossed the multiplication tables into my brain.

Well, I want to give my children that kind of strong foundation in math. I don't want to be satisfied with their finger counting ways. I want them to look at a sum and immediately know the answer. At this point, I'm not talking about multiplication sums but simple addition. So, I've been giving K one page of sums to practice everyday. I'd write the time she start and the time she ends so we can monitor if she is getting faster.

Anyway, she was working next to me one night while I was busy click-clacking on the computer. After a while I paused as I heard this tap-tapping sound next to me. Whaddaya know... this little girl is quietly working away on her sums WITH A CALCULATOR.

Look at her cheeky laugh when I told her that that was not allowed. Although I reprimanded her for not using her brains to the sums, deep down I applauded her because:
1. She is ingenious enough to find something to make her work easier
2. She knows how to make technology work to her advantage

Sigh! This is one of those times you want to discourage but also encourage. So how? So do both lah:
"Hey, cannot cheat. You are doing this to train your brain. But clever-ah, you know how to take the calculator to help you. BUT cannot okay?"
Talk about a confused parent (shaking head).

Travelling Europe

Here is another blog entry about travelling. Many people I know love to travel around Europe. I remember uni friends who would save up money to backpack Europe during summer vacations or after graduation. My golf travels only took me to Europe once. I was priviledged to visit Belgium. It was a really good experience for me and I realized why some people are drawn to that part of the world (including my father). The buildings, the landscape (I got to visit a castle), the streets, the culture... just the whole feel of the place is so rich.

Anyway, if you are planning to visit Europe, you can go to to make hotel reservations. Actually, do that only if you are visiting Amsterdam, Barcelona or Rome. They've listed 298 Amsterdam hotels, 580 Barcelona hotels and 752 Rome hotels. They offer hotel discounts up to 75% and NO booking fee.

Well, here's hoping I get to resume my travelling one day.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Malaysian List of Bloggers

Okay, here is the latest list of Malaysian Bloggers.

Once Upon A Time
Money Making Blog
Bubba Stuff
Little Raymond's
quaint melody
Seraph Chronicles
Route Brumeuse
Coder's Talk
Reggae And SKA
Art Of ApOgEE
Coretan Pengalaman Mat
Diet & Detoxification
Karma Kameleon
Hsien's Dirty Little Secret
The Rojak Blog
My Life Online
Fun Stuffs
Donny's Bits
Nicholas Chan's Blog
dream of's DESIGN
strike freedom 115
Truly Malaysia
It's another new day
Lisan's Scribbles
Ramblings of a 22 years old
The Towering Joe
Life's a Breeze
Life's Roller Coaster
In His Time
in His time
The New Sanctuary
a life full of surprises
Sketches of Life
Shannon's Old Space
Pikey Dude
SEO & Online Marketing Blog
I am Who I am
yung . silent whisper
Simple Life
One blog.One girl.One story
The World Through My Eyes
Why Malaysia?
Giddy Tigers
Make Money Online: Exploring The Dark Side of Blogging
Xilly's Blog
Malaika Xiao Yu
My Home Recipe
SQKIKI’s Simple Tech
Nukilan Jejari Azhad
Just My Lil' Organic Life
Oooh La La...
Weird World of MerapuMan
Fibre Art
The World at My Fingertips
Organic Income
Organic Parade
Shopping Flavor
Daily postings of a chung ling student
Something about LAI
KennyP’s Technology Blog
Women Mumbles
Lyon & Wien
Under The SUN
Crumbs In Life
SotongZai's Flow In the Ocean
Christene's Kitchen
[ Wood ] [ Earth ] [ Cheap ] [ Flight ]
Ah Ling's blog
Memoirs.:*CRoSs mY hE@Rt
vivivava Design
My Mothering Corner
Shoppingmum’s Home Office
My Filling Station
Shopping Mum
All about Beauty
Shoppingmum and Kids
Notes from my heart
Joy Montessori
wahlau's online hut
Cedric’s Asylum
mott’s mutterings
Just My Thoughts
Incoherent Ramblings
Make Money Online with Malaysia Love AGLOCO
Funky Cookies
Earn Money Online
PabloPabla's Whatever
Make Money with Blogging
Paris Beaverbanks
Free Links Giveaway
Free Blogger Templates
Making a Living
How to be a Better Blogger
My Women Stuff
Hochiak! Delicious Asian Food
Best Recipes
Champagne Tastes on a Beer Budget
Daryl's Discovery Journey
The fluff must go somewhere

Kitchen Experiments
Elliottwave Signal
Internet-Crazy Blog
Newopps Blog
Make Money Online Review Center
Little Penang
Healing tips and home remedies
Ornamental Fish
Grasp! Seize! Get hold of it!
Life Snapshot
Mental Freedom, Por Favor
Eat. Live. Be Merry!
Funny Junk Addicting Flash Games Pictures Video Clips
mott’s island
Clinke Bidding Directory Blog
Easy Home Cooking
Pink Poison Store
Show Me Health Biz
The Undeniable Beauty - Revamped
An Anonymous Journal
Blank Canvas
She Rambles On
Money Online | Adsense Money | Tips For Adsense
Belajar Cara Membuat Blog Wordpress
Usahawan Internet
Peluang Perniagaaan Internet
Made In Penang
Syaf The Geek
snapshots of life with Cheng Leng
Blogging Through Depression & Life
Trying to Save Money
novatech personal playground
Little World Of Thoughts
Sumber Dekorasi & Laman Anda
Sleepy As Usual
blogs">thoughts ---> blogs
Share Everything In Life
Value Bookshop’s Reading Notes
Tips and Tricks to Happy Parenting
life is beautiful
Adino Online
Penang Homes
A Mom's Diary
Health Freak Mommy - It’s hot
Tracking Movies
Voice of a Glass Doll
Online Article Directory
Wise Life Advice
Kaklong Online Portal
Down Memory Lanes
Sleeping Princess
Online Bisnes Forex Marketing Blog
Pigeon Card
KCLau’s Money Tips
The Great Swifty Speaketh
Mr & Mrs. Imran
If fate allow our destinies to meet
From chopstix to steak knives
Where's My Noose?
Duke Amiene Rev
Mum & Kids In Wonderland
Yum-Yum Cuisine
Software, Web Development and Technology
just another ordinary story
Mummy In Vain's Little World
How To Solve Your Question
add this to my life
Free Encyclopedia
High Paying Keywords
arshad's photojourney
Lovelymummy's Bay
My Yummy Cruise
Home Sweet Home
Lovely Mummy
OnlineBisnes Malay Blog
Purest of e2wen
MyAnimes MySpace
Blog Badruzamani.Org
Parenting Life
Forum Newbie Bisnes Internet & Blogger
Mohd Sufian
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
hcfoo's blog
Amazing Grace
The Sanctuary
Welcome To cHrIstInA_YY's Pink World
Defying Destiny
Dead Boredom Seeking Freedom
An amazing & adventurous journey
Fluffy's Day Off
My Fairy-Tale


I had something to do and so I asked the kids to look after their baby brother for a sec. When I walked into the room a few minutes later, I saw this little face peeking from in between his bro-sis. They were all sitting on a bolster playing motorcycle :) And the little bum squashed between his siblings looked like he was having fun too. They all looked so cute like DO-RE-MI. Hahaha.
Thank you 'jiejie' and 'koko' for being such good babysitters. Hope you guys are always this close and have more good times together.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Funny Faces

I'm usually taking pictures of the children smiling, trying to look cute or something. Well, decided to do something different this time. Told them to give me a silly face.

THIS is their silly face. Aiyoh, so kayu. They didn't know how to make a silly face. One just open the mouth and play with her tongue. The other one just open mouth and laugh and laugh and laugh. I think we need to work on our 'drama' skills a bit. Next time maybe I'll ask them to give me a scary face, see what they come up with.

How about you, what silly faces can your children come up with?

Costume Fun

A few years back, we had a children's Halloween party at church. We thought it would be fun to let the kids dress up in funny costumes. We don't get much chance of doing that around here in Malaysia. Anyway, I made a cape for my girl and she became Little Red Riding Hood. That cape is still around, though heavily abused. It's been used for all sorts of things according to their imagination -- blanket, superhero cape, carpet etc....
My boy was lucky to be loaned a tiger suit. He didn't like to wear the head-part of the suit. But he looked real stripey cute.

Anyway, my point is children like to dress up. It fuels their imagination. Some people have a whole chest of old clothes to play dress up. And if you don't want to end up like me, sewing disasters instead of wearable costumes, you could look out for costume sales.

Apart from Halloween, when would you wear funny Halloween costumes? How about having a costumed theme birthday party? Ooooh, I'm sure all the little girls would want to dress up as a princess or an angel. And the boys can be a fire fighter or a Harry Potter. If you need more ideas on children's costumes, you can refer to
They also have costumes for adults. Hehehe. Imagine dad in a spiderman's costume. You don't have to buy the costumes, you can rent them for such special occasions.

Well, next time you're thinking of a party, consider having a costume party.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Fathers Day Idea Kit

I hear many parents with young children ask, "eh, what activities can I do with my child ah?" Well, Father's Day is coming up and I've put together a Father's Day Idea Kit.

What's in it?
  • There is a very simple, inexpensive gift idea
  • 4 easy recipes you could help your child prepare to treat daddy
  • Lyrics to some cute Father's Day songs
  • Ready to print Father's Day book
  • Ready to print blank Father's Day coupons
The gift and Father's Day book will require some craft or art work. How much and how difficult depends on you. Of course, with young children it is best to stick with basic cut and paste. I've posted some photos of what I did with K at my Value Bookshop Reading Notes blog.

Meanwhile, download the Father's Day Idea Kit and let me know if it was beneficial to you. If you think it's a good tool, pass it on to your friends.

Baby Can Grab

Itchy hands, itchy mouth... aiyoh! Baby now likes to grab everything to put in his mouth. No, he is not teething. But it's quite entertaining to see him trying to reach out for things: The focus, trying to zero in on the object and moving his uncoordinated little hands and fingers.
The best part is when he grabs and hangs on to your fingers. Aaaaah, feel so loved.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Food Around The World Tag

I was tagged by Health Freak Mommy to do this food tag. Finally am able to do it as my mom came to visit and I got her to "tapau" this favourite food of mine all the way from Seremban. Now I have a photo to go with the tag.

So, what is it? HAKKA MEE

There are two shops in Seremban that makes this. The owners are related, brothers I believe. One shop is on the upper floor of the market, whereas the other is opposite the post office in front of the market.

The noodles are homemade and so far, I have yet to find it anywhere else. Sorry, it's not halal. The noodles are mixed with a slightly thick sauce with minced pork. It's really yummilicious. I usually order the medium bowl. If really hungry, the large sized bowl.

The shop outside the market cooks the noodles longer. It's still chewy, but not that chewy. Unfortunately, you have to wait longer for your order.

Now, I tag:
1. Min (again, I know you have an eye for good food)
2. Lion City Girl
3. Lyanne
4. Sandra (care to share some fantastic East Malaysian cuisine?)
5. Marsha


**Start Copy**

Proposition: What is your favorite food in your state or country?

Requirements: Find some info about the food and show delicious pictures of it?

Quantity: FIVE PEOPLE.

Tag Mode: You leave their blog and post link and add to the list below.

Mybabybay loves Asam Laksa from Penang, Malaysia
JustMyThoughts loves Penang Char Koay Teow
My Lil Venture loves Laksa Sarawak
Montessorimum loves Teluk Intan Chee Cheong Fun
Health Freak Mommy loves Dim Sum from KL, Malaysia
Mama's Bag of Tricks loves Hakka Mee from Seremban, Malaysia