How Do You Pamper Yourself?

~ Posted on Monday, October 18, 2010 at 3:30 PM ~

Some people go for holidays, some people go for massages, some people go for shopping therapy...

I'm not the type that goes for massages, I only had facial massage ONCE in my 30 years of life, hated it and I think it's a waste of my RM100 (around USD32+) and I've never did any manicure or pedicure in my life.

As for shopping, I window shop instead and then I find more pleasure in mumbling to myself 'how expensive that clothing is?! such rip off!' and etcetc. And when I do shop, I go for the bargain stuff, like three T-shirts for RM50 (around USD16+) or a nice comfy bra for RM10 (around USD3+).

I don't do cosmetic make-ups or fragrance too. (**Please read a footnote below on cosmetics)

Shoes? I only wear comfy sandals nowadays. I mean, as a SAHM I don't have to go out and about much. So a pair of nice comfy sandals is good enough for me.

Holidays? With Ben now, we don't really plan for any overseas trip within these few years, I mean, Ben wouldn't remember it yet. Local trips? Maybe, we're thinking of some eat all the way trip or something... still in the pipeline...

Come to think of it, I'm a simple person really (hubby is so lucky to have this low maintenance wife heheheh)

Anyway, back to the topic of pampering myself...

#1 - Books

I love books! Prior to having Ben, I think I'll be happy curling up on bed with a good book in my hand (and falling into sleep halfway reading sometimes hehehe). By good books, I meant, one of Stephen King's or Dean Koontz's books. I am such a fan of horror books. I could finish up a Stephen King book in a few hours time. In fact, I have almost the entire collection of his books, until Ben came along and that's when I stopped getting his books.

With Ben in our lives now, I think it's still the same. I still like to curl up on the bed and sleep/rest as long as I can, or just read a good book. But now, by good books, I meant, parenting books (mostly) or cookbook. I am also happy reading e-books (eco friendly!). No more horror books for me cos' I don't want to influence Ben into horror books at this young age, reading habits yes, but not horror books or monstery/ghoulish images (not that the books I read have it but the some of the cover page were) My good ol' horror books are all safely tucked in hubby's office room now.

Now, another thing I like to pamper myself or give myself the nice treat (to boost up my morale and spirits every now and then hehehe) is:

#2 - Eating

Ever since we have Ben and probably because I'm still breastfeeding this 19 months old boy, I love to eat! And I eat A LOT.

Recently when hubby and I were out for our family outing, I'm surprised and genuinely touched when hubby told me he'll bring Ben out to play or see stuff and let me enjoy my meal. Yes, it does look very odd and weird to be seen with baby chair and sometimes stroller around me and that I'm eating alone. But I really appreciate the gesture from hubby as most of the times, when we were out eating, we'll end up taking turns eating - either I'll be feeding Ben or keeping him out of mischief while hubby have his meals and then he'll take Ben out for a stroll around.

So yeah, that's about the few ways I pamper myself... pretty simple I guess. Just rest, read and/or eat.

What about you? How do you pamper yourself?

** And btw, if you have the time, do watch this short video about the story of cosmetics.

Learning To Walk...

~ Posted on Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 12:47 AM ~

I stumbled upon this childhood picture of mine few weeks back...

Yeap, that's me alright... me with my fluffy yellow pom-poms hairband, standing in between my brother and my beloved mummy. This picture was taken at this gigantic football field in my mum's hometown. I can't remember much about this picture other than my mum brought us to the field and taught me how to walk.

Yeap... at that age (sorry can't recall how old I was in this picture), I am still not able to walk... hehehehe... traditional and pro-superstitions Chinese would rejoice at this slow milestone of mine cos they believe, the later a child learns to walk, the better their life would be in the future... Uh-huh...

I remember the bright sunny day and my cousins hanging around the football field with us, watching mum trying to get me to walk. Apparently, football field is a nice place for me to learn walking in case I fall down and the injury will be minimised (grass you see)

There's another picture which I can't find anymore, it shows mum's friend who was also present and trying to teach me to walk as well... hahah...

I can't remember much of the earlier childhood memories and I've tried asking my brother, no help there... This is one childhood memory that I will always treasure in my heart...

What about you? Any particular childhood memories that are very dear in your heart?

Good Things Keep Coming!

~ Posted on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at 12:14 AM ~

Was supposed to post this on Monday which was the day when the good things all came rolling but could only write it up on Monday late night and scheduled for it to be published today. So here it goes:

#1: A whopping TEN books came on the same day for me to review!

The above was the first 9 toddler books which arrived on Monday morning. I was at the kitchen showing the books to my MIL when the 10th book (a parenting book) arrived via UPS delivery. If only you could see my non-stop grinning and happy face!

With this latest addition, I have on my hand now the following items to review:

* Hardcopy: 9 toddler books, 1 parenting book

* Softcopy: 2 cooking books

* 1 baby product, 1 household product

I need to mention there are some more books and products which are making their way to me... God is awfully good to us! God, thank you so much for all this opportunity! Keep em' coming!

#2: Blog followers / visitors using Internet Explorer are able to post comments in my blog now!

Previously, I had this pain in the arse bug in my blog engine which disallow my blog readers to leave their sweet comments in my blog if they are using Internet Explorer. No matter how I tried and test, it just doesn't allow me to leave a comment. The screen just tried to submit the comment and hang after a while. It has been going on some time and I ended up installing the Google Comment widget as a temporary fix while waiting for miracle to happen the bug to be fix.

During the weekend, I took out some widget codes on my sidebar and next thing I know, I was browsing some websites using Internet Explorer and decided to post a test comment on my blog comment and voila! I couldn't believe it myself either and had to test a few rounds before finally accepting this great news! I'm going to let my Google Comment widget remain for a while longer before I take out the code as well (just in case...) so, please do drop me a comment if you're using IE to surf Net so that I know the bug is really gone for now!

#3: 19 months celebrations!

My little man turns 19 months old on Monday, which also marks my 19th month of breastfeeding him!

#4: Potty training mini milestone!

Hubby and I do not wish to force Ben into potty training unless he's absolutely ready for it but one of the books which came on Monday is a potty training book for boys (I'm a sucker for childrens' books which geared towards each side of the gender) and I requested for this particular book so that I could read up and be prepared when the time comes one day.

Since I have 10 hardcopies of books waiting for my review, I was just flipping through the pages and making up my own version of the story as I go along the book with Ben.

When we're done, he walked to our bathroom with me trailing behind, and he sat on one of the potty! (We had two different potty for Ben to try which we just leave in the bathroom so that he gets familiar with seeing it) I was so excited with this sight cos' previously, no matter how we coaxed him into trying to sit on it, he would just shake his head and walked off. But on this memorable day, he walked towards one, sat on it, then walked to the other, sat on it. And walked off and continued playing. Leaving me dumbfounded and wishing I had taken my camera along to record that... never mind, I have not started the review for the book officially anyway, just want to note down that it's pretty amazing to have such a positive milestone!

To end this post, I would like to thank God again for blessing us with all these!

Read: John 1:16 (NIV)