Monday, August 29, 2005

Some people kan....

My twins trying to make friends! Opps! Sangkut sket..

Ever wonder why washing machines were created? Well...wonder no more!!

Hiyarghh!!! Hiyaarrghh!! Faster adik! Mama tak nampak, we can do superman style if we are fast enough!

Alamakk!! Kantoi gue! Ok laa...ok laa! No superman style laa!

Ishhh...why laa Mama doesn't allow me to do superman style....

What is he thinking? Apa-apa pun, hensem mesti mau kontrol....

Hausnyaaaa! Oits!! Jgn lupa tarik nafas pulak!

1. We spent half of the Sunday in our living room. Everybody was sleepy after a good breakfast Mama prepared. Then, after zuhur it was time to go out to get some photos of the helper for yearly renewal of permit. Then we went for some snacks and drinks, kids had a good time at Sugar Bun's in-house mini playground. They enjoyed the food too. After that we went grocery shopping. The complex was quite crowded since its Sunday and the school holiday is still not finished.

What I have been observing since the day we stayed in this area, people here prefers to use the escalators instead of the elevators. On the other hand, we - me wifey and our kids - would use the elevators only if we are using the walkers/ strollers, coming up from or going down to the parking basement. When we are in the complex we seldom use the elevators and opted for the escalators instead....for the sake of not making the traffic there becoming even worse lah.

Today, we had to use the elevator going down to the basement, since Naufal was in the Quinny. We had to wait our turn since only one of the two elevators was functioning.

While waiting, along came a family of 5, Malay, all healthy (i.e. able to walk the stairs easily if needs be) and they waited behind us - ok fair enough. When the door opened, in we go and the family also came in. The lift was already occupied, about 3 persons including a 4 years old (or around that age) kid. Yeah it was crowded but we did not mind since it is the only way for us to get down to the basement.

We arrived on the Basement floor fast (just one floor down) and at least one member of that family was actually blocking the doorway. I had to ask them to make way for us to get out! I could just pushed the Quinny and let it roll on their feet but I was not brought up as an idiot lah.

It appears that they were hitching the elevator from LG (as mentioned earlier, just a floor up the Basement) and they didn't even blink an eye to the rest out there in the basement waiting to go up to the shopping floors. There was one pregnant lady waiting outside the elevator. I just could not believe how selfish insensitive that family was. Hampeh punyer Melayu. Tak pernah jumpa lift ker hapa?!

Anyways, the pregnant lady had to wait for another round - no idea how long it would take if there are more people like that family in the lift lah.

2. We then went to that Bangi playground, the one that we have not visited for many months. Alisya & Naufal really sweat everything out. They attacked the slides, ran around non-stop until they were thirsty. That was when they decided to call it half-time. Then they continued with the slides....for almost an hour!

The playground was crowded - standard laa...weekend and school holiday lagi. But I am happy to observe that my kids can tolerate and give ways to others when it comes to sharing things. They are not 100% perfect laaa but when they were about to do something that is not quite polite or not being tolerant enough to others, what we need to do is just say 'No, don't do that, let your friend go first' and they will obey.....if not they will get lectured and punished on the spot or later at home laa. Bottom-line is - if you are dealing with the public, bear in mind that you are expected to be a civilized human being, no more, no less.

Now having said that, I do expect parents with proper educational background or at least 'ada bachaaa' will do the same. Well I am very very very wrong!

There was this one kid, about the same age as Alisya & Naufal, who was climbing the slide instead of going down from it properly. Not just once or twice, but all the time! People there were annoyed but being Melayu harmony must be there at all costs lah. Well....silap haribulan laa beb...I was there, my wife was there, harmony or no harmony, the playground was not made for that kid alone. He was creating danger to himself and where’s the fooking parent of this kid? Nobody knows.... I was busy snapping away images of my kids when I realized that kin in yellow tee was really creating a mess on that slide. I asked politely, whose son is this and nobody answered. There was a boy nearby who took the kid down a few times after parents around there told him not go up the slide the opposite way because the other kids are waiting to slide down. I guess that big boy was the big brother of the kid lah. Bertanggung-jawab jugak but where the fook is the parents? Mama later told us that the father came there and actually tried helping the kid up the slide. Mama stopped the kid and said, "If you want to play here play properly like the others do, nanti sendiri bahaya". The father took the kid down. Tara bachaa punyer bapak ker hapa dia tu?

Arrghhh!! Why laa that kid is there....

After a few rounds, the kids memang tak makan saman. So, I guess my kids pun are just like me wanna mess with me, you better be ready lah...guess what happened?

The kid was climbing up the slide for xxx time and Alisya decided not to wait, she just dashed down and imagine the momentum she has with her body.....that kid had a taste of Alisya's size 26 kiddie sandal! He laid there for a while. I went nearer and just looked at him. He was not crying but appeared shocked lah. I did not even apologize for Alisya. I just said, "Tak boleh buat apa laa kan kalau bapak dah tak pedulikan anak sendiri, nasib la kan. Alisya, come, let's go chase Naufal!"

Shortly after that the bapak came and took kid away. Good. If you don't know how to take care of your kid, don't bring him/ her to the playground. Now that the father has finally took away that kid, the other kids can play like more civilized human beings.

3. No wonder the cikgus & cikgis have problems with our students. Kalau sumer bapak macam that kid punyer bapak memang laa budak-budak tak reti nak berdisiplin. It may look simple and some may argue what's wrong of being creative and let him go against the flow? Of course it is wrong, I let Alisya & Naufal be creative too but when it involves public interaction, we must be clear of the do's and don'ts laaa. If you are the only one there tak kisah laa nak panjat slide ker nak panjat buaian ker nak jadik beruk mat yeh kee! Haiyaaa.....tarabachhaaa punyer orangg!!! Kalau dah rasa creative sangat buat laa theme park sendiri!

Anyways, the kid did not stirred even 1% of our intention of being at the playground, we had fun together and tonight after a round of building cameras with their mega-blocks (they are into photography this week!) the kids fell asleep much quicker!

Not the kid I mentiond but yet another sample of perhaps 'risk taker' kind of parenting style?

Sunday, August 28, 2005

The G-Punks

The G-Punk contestants
You may have heard about G-Punk motorbikes back in the 80's...originally it is GP-100, a Yamaha made motorbike. Well...on Saturday this weekend the Sg Kantan area had a G-Punk competition, but not the motorbike but bicycles that today's creative kids transformed beyond the original design (with the help of their pocket money or whatever!) and kinda look like the real G-Punk motorbikes!

Now this is a G-punker!
The competition was organized in-tandem with the Merdeka month by some seasoned cyclists around the area - one of them recently opened a bicycle shop, I got to know him recently when I dropped by to say hello to another well known seasoned cyclist who organized downhill weekend rides for enthusiasts in this area. To my surprise the shop owner is our neighbor on the next street, near to the twin's playground! Some seasoned cyclists in this area do realized 'my presence' few years back when I used to ride my old downhill rig...but that was like almost 3 years back!

Back to the G-punk competition....since we have nothing solid planned for Saturday weekend, we decided to take the kids to the competition.

Apa-apa hal pun, kita jerit Merdaka lerr dulu!

"Haaa korang nanti dah besar jgn laaa plak terhegeh-hegeh join lumba haram....aku jumpa muka korang sekor-sekor aku bobbit. Kut yer terer pun join laa pokcik aaa jadik rider VIP, macho tuu..."

Organizer working hard! Kudos!

Some of the "Pacak Category" guy got our flag summore!

Can you find where's the helmet?

Setting the stage for "Pacak Berhalangan"...see the guy in white top? He's a seasoned rider - seriously addicted to off-road & downhill rides, if you think you are already fit to be a mountain biker, try a weekend ride with him!

Warming-up for "Pacak Berhalangan".....damn....where'd they learn to do this stuff?!

The organizer also included a coloring contest to the menu and though the twins are not that good in holding pencils yet, I just let them join the contest for the sake of exposing them to competition. They did quite well, so to say! Well at least they did not chicken-out and they were eager to get the color pencils and papers from the organizer and sat together with the others who were years older than them and start doing they stuff right away! They had a great time.

The coloring contest

Look who's eager to compete!

Working her yet another masterpiece!

Pencil sharperner also can use........Hwahhh!!! How come Naufal can color the flag correctly?!

Oi! Time's up already dear!! Sampai tertonggeng concentrate! Ok...time to go!

The whole went quite smoothly and as you can see, since I brought along my tarak-class digicam, I just helped the hired photog to capture some of the happenings lah. Who am I to compare to the dude who carries a Nikon and a big bag of lenses laa kan?!!! But for the spirit of kampung-ites, I just hang around and composed whatever I can. The organizer promised to buy all my photos once I printed them but I made a deal with them - I will burn a CD for them and they don't have to pay me anything lah...cuz I may send my downhill rig to the shop sooner or later so, what is there to loose laa kan!

This is not a G-punk...but I think a Badut Circus would love to have this one! Creative siut budak kampung nih!

Thursday, August 25, 2005

my life

.....and it's 80% confirmed a girl!

She's active

We went for the monthly check-up on Wednesday morning. Baby Achoncho was asleep until it was time for the scanning. As expected, Baby Achoncho was active in there. Hands moving, legs kicking, head wriggling and it was not easy to get Baby Achoncho's 'thingy' on the screen but after a number of attempts, judging by 'the line' seen between the cute legs, the doctor concluded that it's high possibility Baby Achoncho is a girl!! Confirmation on that would only be possible on our next visit, providing that Baby Achoncho is more co-operative! (Maybe we should start calling it Baby Acheecha now.....)

Anyways, we are not concerned whether it's a boy or a girl, we are just happy to know that insya-Allah in December around x-mas, Alisya & Naufal will be Big Sis & Big Bro!

After months of surveys, Mama has now started to list down the things we need to have ready for the delivery day. The jamu lists, the baby & mummy clothing & stuff lists, the 'must-always-be-in-the-vehicle-in-case-of-sudden-alarm pack for mummy, daddy & baby' list. Paranoid? I don't think so. We just try hard not to take things for granted when it comes to amanah as parents....and one part of that amanah is providing the baby with a good name. Have been updating the baby name list we prepared 2+ years back for the twins...

Alisya & Naufal has been prepped-up too, they know who is Kak Long and who is Abang Ngah of the family. They have been 'playing' with Mama's tummy, kissing the baby, singing and talking to the baby, offering their toys , checking the baby's heartbeat (Alisya got a doctor's play kit recently) short, they know they'll have a new family member soon.

Alisya has started saying like, "Nii baby ni addekk kakkak niii..."

Life has more meaning since the day we got Alisya & Naufal.....

Monday, August 22, 2005

Rainy Weekend

The twins spent the weekend with their cousin Aizat & Waiz who had to be baby-sitted by us. We planned a camping trip but due to the gloomy weather with bursts of sunlight now and then, we did not execute the plan....

So out came the monster toys!

Monstro & Trakster

Da playas

Alisya & Naufal still have a long way to go in mastering the radio controlled toys but they have been progressing. The only thing is...when I did the latter purchase (the monster truck) I did not realized that the monstro has the same radio wave used by the they cannot be close to each other else the control will be conflicting each other!


They have lots of other alternatives but their favorite are still the trike and the scoot. When it started to rain, they moved indoor and started building something....and destroying it soon...

Bob the builder cum destroyer

We went to Alamanda in the afternoon.....and guess who fell asleep half of the session....
It's their first week without 'sungai' but they seem to enjoy it though...maybe we'll have a camping trip next weekend....

Monday, August 15, 2005

We used to depend on these...

Rubber seeds

The biji getah one dah released all the seeds (floating on the stream below).

My family was brought up with these...all of my grandies were rubber tappers, rice planters and did odd jobs as orang kampung. I was 'programmed' by them (and parents...who also 'programmed' us not to just be educators) not to be like them when I was merely starting school. They did not allow me to help them in their daily 'operations' at all when I was a kid!

.....but that did not stop me from appreciating this wonderful plant, then and now. I enjoyed the times watching my elder family members coming back from the kebun, processing the susu getah turning it into sheets of rubber....I'd be happy to help them (out of curiosity laaa especially, still budak masa tu!) but as I mentioned above...I was not allowed to.

Note: I should find back those macines they used and take pix....rasanya still ada kat kampung tu....

Thank you rubber'll always be a part of our family's history....

Another round of cool dip

The twins were rather restless throughout the week, having to spend the days and nights inside the house. Thanx to the open burning heartless and brainless people.

So, on Saturday, we went to our favourite stream.....we never get bored of doing this over and over again.

After a few minutes in the floater, Naufal was confident enough to climb out and go freestyle. Shallow waters first and soon after that, syok sangat layan the little fishies in the stream, he did not realize he actually went into the deeper parts.

Alisya on the other hand was too disturbed by the little fishies that like to nibble on our feet. So, she decided to stay on her little boat most of the time! If she's not on her boat, she'll be riding on my back.....and ohhh my baby is really berat already!This time, Alisya did not concentrate on shooting others around her with her water pistol. Instead, she decided to collect rubber tree seeds floating in the stream.

Ohh! Baby Achoncho did not want to miss the fun too.....

Alisya, Mama & Baby Achoncho (submerged!) proudly showing off their catch. Lucky us, we do not have to depend on their catch...else we'd end up having a small bucket full of biji getah for dinner!

Not many people came to our favourite camping spot on that day, not until it was 5pm. We stayed in the water for as long as we want to.....sampai naik biru ler jugak bibir!

My girl tengah tekun berusaha.........too syok in the water until.....

Alamak!!! Too cold already cannot tahan anymore!

Naufal retired earlier than his sister...well, he did the right thing....

Heheheh! Nasib baik gue retired early kalu tidak sure jadik the same case lah!

After we had enough splashing, we took a nap in our hexadome tent. What a relief from the hazy and hectic weekdays. We had a great time together - as always!
.....and I can't think of a better way to spend the weekend.