Top Ten Things I Wish I Could Do...

~ Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 9:00 AM ~

I was being tagged in this meme by Carolyn, a bloggy friend I met not long ago and decided 'Why not, at least something to post in my blog... heheheh...'

Anyway, here goes my list in no particular order:

1. Be a WAHM

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I know this is not getting easier with my baby #2 coming in less than 2 months time but I do harbor (maybe one day when my children are all going to school) hopes of working from home (not hectic type of jobs of course!) while at the same time still be able to attend to the needs of my children.

It's not about earning the money (btw since last month, I'm starting to make use of my blog to earn me some $ and so far, God is so good to me!) or that we are in desperate financial crisis that I have to work or anything, but I guess it's more like to still want to make use of my brain and the feeling of generating my own income again (regardless amount)!

2. Go to Hong Kong again!

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I went to HK back in 2004 during a company trip and hubby went to HK in 2007 for a business trip. We were planning to go to HK together when we found out I was pregnant with Ben, then we decided to hold it off and wait till Ben is older enough to enjoy the trip. And now with Spicy Baby coming along, oh well... it'll be a few more years I guess... So Hong Kong, wait for me!!!

3. Really cook some awesome stuff!

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All my life, I have been lucky - no need to cook much (except for Ben, that too are not those difficult dishes to make at all). When my mum was still alive, she handles all the cooking. And when she passed away and I got married later, we stayed with my MIL and she handles the cooking (dinner time only), so I would really wish that I could one day, whip up some ingredients and cook some awesome stuff and surprised the heck out of everyone!

4. See my parents again...

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It's been 5 years for my dad and 4 years for my mum since they passed away... I always wish they could still be around today, to see me got married and settled down and having my own children. I'm sure they would adore Ben and Spicy Baby to death. But of course, I know God loves them more and they'll be happier up there with Him. And I trust we'll meet them again one day in heaven...

5. Parallel parking confidently

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Oh man... this is so embarrassing for me to admit but yes, I am horrible at parking car - parallel wise. I have no problem parking in one of those forward parking types where I just drove into the parking slot and be done with it. But at the sight of a parrallel parking slot, I will tremble and ermm... drove on... seriously... I am that lousy and terrified...

6. Go travel around the world!

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This is different from wanting to go to Hong Kong again cos HK is with family, while this travel around the world thing is kinda like a wish of mine... I want to go to Paris, Stockholm, Italy, Norway, those countries far far away, country style living, far away from the hustle and bustle of city living or just plain sit on a field enjoying the cool fresh air... ahhhhh...

7. Go back to one of those days during my childhood time and enjoy my kampung stay...

When I was young, my mum used to bring me back to her hometown whenever school holidays rolled around. I always enjoyed the trips (which can be 1 week to 1 month, depending on the duration of the holidays) cos I get to play with my cousins (5 of them), cycle around the village, catch fish, tadpoles and grasshoppers, play imaginary cooking (we actually go around the field and plucked out those cute looking plants and flowers and 'cook' them)

And every morning, I'd wake up at 8am and went to the morning market with my mum, and then had breakfast at this Chinese kopitiam with my grandma. We always sat at the same table, right behind the aunty who cooks the noodles and I'd never forget the yummylicious fishball noodle I had there. Never will I be able to find back the exact same good tasting noodle now...

8. Have superpower

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OK, this is of course far fetched and remains a dream for like ermm.. forever? Anyway, since the post is titled 'Top 10 things I wish I could do', of course I wish that I have superpower! What kinda power you ask? Oh well, I think I'll go for ability to heal things. I mean, wouldn't it be cool to be able to heal yourself or people around you whenever they fall sick? Of course, with great powers, come great responsibilities. I might have to end up having no time for myself or my family if word get around that there is this woman who can heal all sickness.

9. To be more outspoken and confident

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I am a shy person. Really, really shy at first time encounter. I'd smile and not say much unless asked but once you get to know me more, I'll be more talkative.

Just the other day while having dinner with my hubby and Ben at Sushi King, I was approached by this lady who said that she recognised me through Ben and asked whether I'm the lady from 'I'm a full-time mummy'. I had to be honest, I was a bit stunned at first (I'm really paranoid of people knowing too much details about me) and lots of scary thoughts was going through my mind then and I could only muster a weak smile and said 'Hi' back to the lady and gently shook her hand.

Hubby said I was acting kinda weird and that I didn't know how to handle my blog fans. I told him she's not my fan and that I'm not that popular and I think she's more popular than me! So, Farhana, if you're reading this post, please forgive me for my reactions when we met that day. I never intend to act all weird, it's just my nature to be really shy and paranoid. Hope you're not turned off or got freaked out with me...

10. (Finally!!!!) Leave a good legacy behind when I'm gone...

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Okay, I still have a chance to do this while I'm still alive now, but yes, I do want to be remembered for something good that I've done in someone's life when I'm gone. I don't want the 'good riddance!' or 'finally she's gone! it's about time!' kinda thing that people said when I die one day.

Phew... what a list... now that I'm done with mine, I want to tag the following people:

~ Aurie from Welcome to Our Good Life

~ Uncle Lee from A Moonlight Rendezvous

~ Germaine from mom2kiddos

~ Sumijelly from Sumijelly Weblog

~ Mrs. T from Mrs. T, Naturally

Let me know if you decide to play along and drop me the URL so that I can check out your top 10 lists too!

Pok Chang...

~ Posted on Friday, July 22, 2011 at 8:56 AM ~

The post title might sound weird (especially if you're not Chinese) but this is the name of the pancake dish that I love love love love love the most and have yet to be able to perfect it. My mum used to make this for me when she was alive but sadly and regretfully, I didn't inherit her recipe. I asked my eldest aunt for the recipe and have been trying for years to make this as close as I can get to what I used to taste from my mum's cooking...

I've seen a similar recipe at Food 4 Tots website but my mum's recipe was without sugar and she used butter instead of oil. I can't share the exact measurements for the ingredients as I am still tweaking around and experimenting with the measurements. But all I can say is you will need the following:

- plain flour (I've tried wheat and corn flour)
- eggs
- salt to taste
- Water (if necessary)
- Butter

What I normally did was I mixed the flour and eggs and salt together and prior to frying, I will add a dollop of butter to the pan to oil the surface so that the pancake will not stick onto the pan.

This picture was taken during my latest attempt to make Pok Chang. All I can say is the look is almost exact to my mum's but the taste, not salty enough and the texture, not fluffy and thick enough... sigh... I miss my mum's cookings!

Do you have any memorable dishes that you love?

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"You can give birth in a taxi..."

~ Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 11:57 PM ~

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Was what I'm hearing at my 33 weeks pregnancy check up. Detail story as below...

Today our gynae was caught up with some appointments and was not able to attend to a few of his patients (including me... the last one for the day) and one of the nurse on duty asked me whether I mind seeing another gynae for today instead.

Thinking that it's already going to be 5pm (the clinic closes at 5pm) and I really don't want to reschedule my appointment, I just said 'Sure, no problem!' and went ahead to see this lady gynae.

So anyway, the gynae went through my records and then we did the 4D scan, confirming again that Spicy Baby's gender is indeed...

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XX (aka GIRL which reminded me I forgot to announce it on my blog! Whoopsss...), that her weight is now almost 1.8kg and everything is normal.

Then the gynae also asked me whether I had taken the MGTT (glucose test) which I did at 7 months pregnancy and she asked me what about a TT, and I went 'Huh? What is that?'

Now, for those of you who are as blur as me (I really have no idea and don't remember taking this when I had Ben though my hubby told me I did), here are some info I found on the Net:

* "Tetanus is acquired through exposure to the spores of the bacterium Clostridium tetani which are universally present in the soil. The disease is caused by the action of a potent neurotoxin produced during the growth of the bacteria in dead tissues, e.g. in dirty wounds or in the umbilicus following non-sterile delivery." Source: http://www.who.int/immunization/topics/tetanus/en/index1.html

* "The Tetanus Toxoid (TT) vaccine is given during your pregnancy to prevent tetanus to you as well as your baby. Antibodies formed in your body, after the vaccination, are passed on to your baby and protect her for a few months after birth. It also helps prevent premature delivery. " Source: http://www.babycenter.in/pregnancy/antenatalhealth/testsandcare/tt-vaccine-expert/

Back to the gynae... she then explained that it is an injection given to prevent tetanus, for example, we can get tetanus if we got wounds or cuts from rusty materials and non-sterile environment. She also explained normally if I give birth in hospital of course everything is sterile and I wouldn't need the shot, but what if I couldn't make it on time to hospital and had to give birth in a taxi or somewhere that is dirty?

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Which then brought us to my post title today... when she said 'so with this shot, you are protected and can give birth in a taxi' (Ermmm... woohoooo???)

So anyway, after finding out that there is no side effects or anything, I went ahead and got the shot. My left arm is still aching-kinda like someone sucker punched that aching area.

Other than getting this TT shot, there's nothing much to report for my pregnancy update for now. As for Spicy Baby's preparation, I've already dug out Ben's old baby clothes and will be rewashing them all again. Hubby's gotta get a new wardrobe for Spicy Baby by then.

Till then, thanks for reading and pray for my smooth and safe pregnancy & delivery!