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First "Fieldwork"

We had the "garage sale" yesterday at Section 15. Crowd turnout wasn't that good. Not enough promotion I think. Anyway, we managed to sell half of our cupcakes and surprisingly, the half sold actually dapat balik modal and got a bit of profit. Interesting... The other half of the cupcakes we actually give out as samples. Also managed to sell off 3 pairs of Aliyah's shoes - in very good condition and branded too - Kickers, Garfield and Adidas, and a few books.

It was tiring but it was quite fun.
Our stall. We sold cupcakes both with icing and without, the cotton baju kurung for kids, some old clothes of mine and Yatt's, my old magazines and books.
Kasut Aliyah tinggal ni je!

Our cupcakes - yang green tu coconut, yellow tu lemon and last ones chocolate.

Yummy Yummy Cupcakes for Sale

I've become a little bit domestic lately. In a business-like manner that is. Dah letih lah buat training nih. Bukan apa, we know people want to attend, we know people need to attend, but people can't attend. There was a directive on the papers last week saying no more attending any meetings, trainings, etc at hotels. Only international events can be held at hotels. Sigh...

Anyway, our baju kurung cotton for kids business is doing OK. By now, dah dapat jual dalam 8 pasang and terus dapat balik modal for the 1st phase. Interesting. I didn't really promote them. Now dah ada enough stock, we will begin to actively sell. Our first "selling activity" will be next Sunday. There will be a jumble sale at residences of Section 15 near our office. We'll be joining. I actually have never done this kind of thing before ie opening a stall and selling stuff. But then, at this age and at this stage in life, what the heck. I want to try stuff.

So, we plan to sell our kids baju…

A Nice Long Drive to Kuantan

I had to go to Kuantan for a presentation last Monday. As the invitation was last minute, all other alternatives are out of the question except to drive there. The last trip there I went with my eldest sister. This time around, even though she volunteered to come along, I kesian lah pulak. And hubby, being hubby, applied for leave to drive me there.

We borrowed my nephew's car - MyV - because our Latio windscreen crack la pulak. Kena mandi bunga la kereta tu!

The presentation was good, even though at first I was warned that some ass will be kicked that day by the ICT Exco including mine. Some 40+ reps came from all departments and agencies. I came well-prepared - before I get any comments on our translation work, I give some facts first. One thing that I have learned these past few years of presenting to the powers that be is that - get to know the power that be's personality first. I had a little chat with a lady from the IT department about the Dato'. With butterflies and …

Father's Day Lunch

It's Father's Day. As usual yang suka celebrate these kind of days are me and my eldest sister. This year, decided not to buy a cake and celebrate the usual way. I suggested a lunch treat, so we went to San Francisco Pizza at Bangi. Only the 4 of us - me, Aliyah, my sister and my father.

At first we wanted to have tea at Secret Recipe because my father dah pegi kenduri kahwin, but then lalu kat Section 8 tu my sister saw the super huge bunting of beef steak promotion kat San Francisco at just RM12.90 and terus rasa nak makan sana sebab beef steak murah (my sister ni super kiasu sikit). Masa tu jugak la my father confess yang dia tak berapa makan sangat pun kat kenduri kahwin tadi (ye ke...?). And masa tu jugak la my daughter teringin nak makan spaghetti. So, makan la kat sana...

It's nice to belanja my father eat-out like that once in a while. Time for us to just listen to his stories. After that on the way back we stopped at a nursery to look around for fruit trees. Tanah m…

I Miss Her...

School starts again today. Last night before Aliyah slept, she kept asking when I won't be busy this week hoping I can pick her up from school. This morning, susah sikit nak bangun, but then she already promised me yesterday not to make a scene this morning, so she dutifully got ready for school.

When I reach the office, hmm... rasa sunyinya... It was a full 2 weeks of having her at the office - with the mattress all laid out for her Barbie dolls to sleep, her books and stationery, her many artwork depicting me with words "I love you Mami", her messy table full of scraps of papers, her arguments with Auntie Linda, her songs from Narnia playing over and over again... This place felt really empty.

I miss her so much...

Books: Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

As with other Murakami books, I have read it twice, back-to-back. This book - Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World - is in same leagues as Kafka on the Shore and The Wind-up Bird Chronicles, with elements of fantasy, reality, comedy...

Here's a quote that struck me and made me wonder about life. It was a thought by the main character whose life was going to so-called end in a matter of hours.

"Were the stars out when I left the house last evening? Stars? Who remembers stars? Come to think of it, had I even looked at the stars recently? Had the stars been wiped out of the sky three months ago, I wouldn't have known..."

We always forget about the little but significant things. We go about our lives without pausing much to take a few steps back and look at things. We actually need these little pauses to remind oneself where we are in this world, whether what we are doing is worth it, etc.

That night I went out to the lawn and looked up at the stars...

Felt Like Being Thrown Into a Pit

I was not among the thousands who thronged the petrol stations 2 nights ago trying to fill up my car's tank at the last lowest price of petrol the country might ever see. Not that I didn't really care, just that I passed by an empty Petronas at 6pm, got SMS from Hajar at 6.15pm when I have reached home, tried my luck at 7.30pm at Seri Putra and drove back home after seeing the queue has congested the normally quiet road. I can be kiasu, but not that kiasu.

And for these past 2 days, I felt like being thrown into a pit with these faces of the powers that be shoveling dirt into my face, slowly burying me alive. Burying us all alive. Isn't there any human with humane feelings in the powers that be? Isn't there anybody with brains over there?

Know what, I'm really tired with all these stupid charade. Just a few days ago someone said the price hike will be in August, and then suddenly the boss said it's going to be today, yes today, like there's no tomorrow. Just …

Promo Baju Kurung Cotton for Kids

Promo, promo, promo... I've updated the range of baju kurung cotton for kids at http://kurung-cotton.blogspot.com. Dipersilakan lah tengok ya...
Aliyah wearing one of the "collections" recently...
A close-up of the beads at her neck. Nice little red flower beads. Err... yang sebelah dia tu is her Mommy yang pakai baju yang sama dengan dia. Macam zaman dulu2 je anak-beranak pakai baju sama. Serious promo baju kurung cotton!