Thursday, May 31, 2007

Burst Pipe

This morning, the water pipe at my housing area burst. I wonder how long it had burst. No one seem to be around to fix it. That's such a waste of water.

Lucky plants got a free shower today!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Three Months of Heartbreak

It had been three months since our baby was diagnosed with Nystagmus. It had been three heartbroken months for me. The feeling of desvastation, desperation, disappointment, all roll into one, had been engulfing me for the past three months. It's hard to look at our baby and see her eyes in that condition. By right, she should be able to see clearly by now, to be able to reach out to grab things right in front of her. But alas, she rarely does. She can see, but from my observation of her, I do not think that she can focus properly. She can see things that are close up but for things further away, let's say about 1 feet away from her, her eyes will jiggle uncontrollably when she tries to focus. It's so heartbreaking to see her this way.

It's not easy being parents, especially parents of a child who has some problems, be it serious or not. Though Nystagmus is uncurable, we find comfort that it is painless for our baby. But it's heartbreaking all the same. I frequently put myself in her shoes, thinking that if my eyes jiggle that way, what can I see? The answer to my own question is I can see nothing clearly. The most I can see is some blurred vision of things around me. The more I think about it, the more my heart sink. How should I handle my emotional health?

Please help me pray for a miracle. Thank you.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Town Kid Syndrome

A few days ago, I begin to have the "town kid" feeling again. My friends were chatting gaily in the car about the life they had when they were little. They talked about alot of trees and plants that they played with. I never knew that trees and plants can be such fun toys to play with.

They were talking about some kind of tree where the small branch or twig could be used as "lastic". They were talking about a wild grass that could be used as a toy to have a duel to see whose grass is stronger and won't break. They were also talking about another kind of wild grass that looked like seaweed, where you can break one part of it and fix it back to another part of the grass and ask your friend to guess which part is the fake part.

My gosh! I feel so out-dated. There were also wild plants that you can extract certain parts of it to be eaten. There's also rice cooked in pitcher plant. Heck! I have not even heard of rice cooked in pitcher plant before, let alone eat it. They said that it's delicious.

I'm also embarrassed to admit that I did not know that old coconuts have a core that can be eaten and according to them, it's crunchy and delicious.

To add to my ignorance, here's another example. My friend gave me some "kampung chicken eggs" the other day.

Friend: Here, this is for you.
Me: Oh, thanks. Salted eggs ka?
Friend: No, la. Kampung chicken eggs.
Me: Why look like salted eggs one?
Friend: Kampung chicken eggs are like that one la!
Me: Oh... (face abit red)

Duh! She must be thinking that I'm hopeless. I'm also very embarrassed to admit that I have never noticed before this how "kampung chicken eggs" looked like. I thought that the eggs looked like the normal eggs that we usually have. Turns out that they are a little smaller and have a lighter coloured shell.

Okay, I'm beginning to learn more about those wild plants and grass. I have given an errand to my friend, that if she goes back to her village, she should pluck out and bring back whatever that she has mentioned in our conversations before this to show them to me. So, I'll learn and hopefully would not embarrass myself in the future.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Early Morning Shock

On my way to work this morning, I had a shock when I heard a loud explosion from the car right in front of me. It turns out that the left rear tyre burst. I had a fright as it sounded like a small explosion. Luckily, I was not driving too fast or too near. I think my car was about 2 metres away from it when it burst.


Saturday, May 26, 2007

Two Teeth

Two weeks ago, at five months old, our baby's two teeth finally emerged from her gums. You can see the two middle bottom teeth jaggedly protruding from her gums.

It's rather hard to get a clear photo of her teeth. These 2 photos are the best I can manage. Anyway, before this, she has the habit of biting me when I am breastfeeding her. Even with gums only, it hurts alot. Now with two teeth coming out, I cringe at the thought of breastfeeding her.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

HR Form

Recently, I found out that I had to go to my organization's HR Dept in order to have my personal details updated. Since giving birth last year, I had not had my personal details updated yet. In other words, I had to inform the HR Dept that I have a new addition to my family.

So, the other day, I went to the HR Dept and they gave me a form to fill in. The only column that I had to update was my baby's information.

Well, you see, it's just a normal form right? With 9 lines to fill in, if you have 9 children that is. One thing caught my attention though.

The footnote says (translated) "Please use appendices/attachments if the space provided is not sufficient."

What the heck??? 9 lines still not enough??? How many children do you expect a normal person to have???

If I need to use an attachment to provide the information of my tenth child, I think...

~ I would be so horribly out of shape that my mother won't even recognize me.
~ I can't fit in one chair.
~ I can't walk through one door.
~ I can't fit into my friend's Perodua Kancil.
~ I have to buy a bus to bring all my kids to school.
~ When people bumped into me, they can bounce back a few metres.


Monday, May 21, 2007

Study Group

Yesterday, we had a 5-hour marathon study for our induction exams.

Wish us all the best in our coming exams this Thursday!

Friday, May 18, 2007

Coconuts Again!

I just came back from a shopping spree again. You see, my friend, she is at it again. She's hunting high and low for coconuts again. This time round, there's even papayas and bananas.

Visit to a Village House

When I was in Bau a few days ago, my friend and I went to visit a good friend's village house about a few kilometres from the Bau main road. It was really fun. It had been a long time since I last went to a "kampung" house. The house was surrounded by small areas of home vegetation. There's vegetables and fruits all around. There's also a jungle-like area for a backyard. This is a picture of the backyard, behind my friend's house.

At the backyard is a steep slope and below the slope is a small stream. My friend told me that she used to fish there when she was little. She used to tell me stories of her life when she was little and it sounded so fun. Seems that she experienced a lot of things in her life that I've never experienced before. My husband used to label me "town kid" because there were alot of things that I never knew about village life. He knew much more than I did as he used to follow his father to "kampung" areas when he was little.

After going to my friend's village house, I felt even more like a "town kid". I can't even differentiate the different kinds of plants and trees. And I was terribly afraid of dogs. My friend's dog "Ah Phak" was in fact not like the fierce town dogs. To my relief, it was just sitting there in the porch, not even acknowledging my presence.

I took some pictures of the surroundings at my friend's house. This is her durian tree. It's a very big and tall durian tree.

This is the view of the sky in front of my friend's house. You can also see her coconut tree in the photo. Nice eh?

Now guess what this equipment is for?

It's a tool to pick papayas from the papaya trees. My friend was kind enough to pick some papayas for me because some people say that cooking papaya in chicken soup can increase the production of breastmilk. After taking it for a few days, I don't seem to see any improvements though.

Anyway, on our way back, we stopped along the roadside to check out some plants. There's alot of pitcher plants along the roadside.

I really had a great time. Thanks so much, my friend. If I have the chance, I would want to visit your village house again.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Training Camp in Bau

Bau is a small town about 33km from Kuching. The town is famous for its "Tasik Biru", a big lake which used to be a gold mine years ago. I drove to the town one evening to take some photos of the lake around sunset time. The view is rather breathtaking.

Besides Tasik Biru, Bau is also famous for its caves, Fairy Cave and Wind Cave. I did not go to the caves though. No time for that.

Our organization has a training camp there for staffs to attend courses from time to time. This time round, we went to attend the induction course. The training camp is rather well-equipped.

This is our seminar room.

Accommodation is also provided there.

This is my room.

There's also a small lake with jogging track behind the seminar room, just outside the eating hall.

The eating hall, is not a hall actually, just a small room. Haha!

Apart from that, there's also a leisure room, where there's TV to watch, sofas to sit and relax to read the newspapers, a pool table and some carrom boards. They also have table tennis tables.

What we did this one whole week was not just attending courses and briefing. Every morning at 615am, there's aerobics exercises. After that, we have breakfast. At 745am, we had to gather outside the seminar room to sing our organization's song. This is then followed by public speaking sessions, where every participant has to give a 5 minutes talk. Our sessions will then start after this. There are 4 sessions a day. These 4 sessions are punctuated with lunch, tea breaks and dinner. In the evening, when the session finishes at 5pm, we have some light sports activities and games like dart, carrom, pool and table tennis competition. The last session will then resume after dinner from 8-10pm. There's even supper after that.

Anyway, our activities are carried out in groups. One of the very first activities we had was to build the tallest, most stable and nice tower. Our group has the tallest and most stable tower but the ugliest. LOL! This is our group's tower.

This is a picture of all the groups' towers.

It's rather fun but tiring. Wish all of us the best for our induction exams next 2 weeks.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Induction Course

Starting tomorrow, I will be attending an induction course for a period of one and a half weeks, after which, I will be sitting for the induction exams. The course will be held in a training camp in Bau, where food and accommodation are provided. When I looked at my timetable, I was shocked to see the meals provided.

My gosh!!! Six meals a day!!! I'll be SO FAT after one and a half weeks!!!