Tuesday, December 30, 2008

lil penguin is 13 mo

Angie is now in the phase of “eat a lot, eat everything”During every meal, she can eat 1 bowl of porridge PLUS hal (even one) of a Chinese steamed bun. After that she still wants to eat. we don’t feed her more ... worry she might have too much and cannot digest it. 

Not long after meal time, she will ask for biscuit, fruit, or any kind of snack. Even she will pick up some snack packaging in our living room trash bin (!) searching for food! if her sis or cousin-bro drink some milk, Angie will also want to drink some .. or pick up the empty milk-pack from the trash bin. 

Oh my dear .. why you are so hungry all the time? Lol …  The funny thing is .. whenever she hears somebody tearing some snack packaging or opening a snack container, she will quickly come and ask for some .. impatiently (!) Sooo adorable…!

still doesnt speak many words, but now can also call new words like yeye(grandpa), nainai (grandma), ya (duck), er (ear), yi (one), er (two)

love to bring shoes to anybody who just come home.

if somebody says, "it's meal time" .. she will come and try to pull her own chair. she is more willing to sit on the meal-chair until finishing her meal. and eat from a spoon (as usual, impatiently). there was once, mommy called Crystal and Smarty to have some cake, but forgot to call Angie (though had prepared for her also), she stopped playing and also came hurrily.  

open all drawers, cabinets .. that she can. and get some thing out from it.

love to 'draw' with her sister's color pencils and 'read' her sis' books.

get jealous if mommy carry up her sis. she will come and 'beat' her sis. 

if mommy goes to toilet, she will cry loud at the toilet door until mommy is done. fyuuuhhh! 

she will be busy to want to pick up ringing phone

never bite people anymore. 

with 7th and 8th teeth came out.  

sometimes if other people sneeze, she said, "aaa chi"

pretend sitting on the potty and pee. after that, get a piece of cloth and wipe her own butt (with diaper on) 

there was once, after her sis pee on the potty, Angie brought the potty to toilet. (mimic what the adults always do). ok .. she messedup ... the potty dropped to the floor. she got a piece of cloth and tried to wipe the pee on the floor. oh dear ! 

Crystal is 3.5 yrs old

on sunday we walked with our girls to Carrefour. on the way near to her kindergarten, surprisingly, Crystal asked, "mama, have you locked our back door?" (*balcony door*)
my dear girl, mama never thought you would ask such question. 

last month there was a theft who climbed to our balcony. on that nite, my parents-in-law slept in the balcony bedroom and didnt lock the outer door, only locked the glass door. my FIL  found out that 2 pots of his plant were moved.  

just last nite, Smarty learnt to write 8. Crystal said she wanted to learn too. while she was practicing to write, mama washed Angie and prepared her milk before bed time.  

not like several months ago, lately if Angie annoyed her, Crystal never pushed Angie away. if she gets angry with Angie, she sometimes hit Angie with her hands, but only hits Angie slowly on her cloth. 

whenever seeing Angie tries to insert her finger into electric plug, she will remind her lil sister and scream, "do not insert your finger in it. there's electricity in it." 

whenever seeing Angie plays with small thing, she will take it away and say, "dont play with this. if you eat it,  you will choke on it." 

if she shares some cake or snack with Angie, she will chip a bit (into smaller slice) and give to Angie. 

still likes to cry out loud or yell when gets angry or disagrees on something. but okey .. the frequency is less than before. and when she gets angry she will say things like this: 
- i will throw mommy away, throw daddy away, throw everybody away
- i throw all your cloth from the window. 
- when i grow up, i will not buy a computer for you. i will buy only for myself (if she is angry that we stop her from playing with the computer) 
- i will not eat all grandpa's cook 
- you are stinky mommy .. stinky grandma, stinky brother (Smarty), stinky Angie, etc. 
- or sometimes when angry, she locks herself in our room 


likes to sing, dance, draw, write, read book, learn english vocabulary.

the other time she asked, what's her nickname in English. after telling her, she said, "Crystal love(s) mommy."  

last nite on bed, Crystal said, "Mama, deep inside, my heart is crying. i miss daddy." 

often fights with Smarty. and usually end-up with Crystal crying. Smarty likes to kick her. so we have to always be aware once both of them start an argument. but they can play and laugh together again in the next minute after the fight. 


this is the first video (ever) posted in this blog. (with Angie as the backing vocal, wanted to play with the digital camera)

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas! 圣诞快乐!



tight socks rubber

Sometimes socks that we buy are having too tight rubber, which are uncomfortable to wear.  
This is how to deal with it: 
1. Measure your leg/ankle circumference, according to the socks length, e.g. 20 cm  
2. Cut a thick carton paper with size 20 cm x 5 cm
3. Fold it to become 10cm x 5cm  
4. Wet the rubber part of the socks (with water) 
5. Insert the carton into the socks at the rubber part  
6. Iron it 'til dry  
7. Repeat step 4-6 for twice or three times

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

start to work in Fei Dong for 1 year

today officially lin will start to work for 1 year in Fei Dong District.
Hefei City is in the middle between Fei Xi District (West Fei) and Fei Dong District (East Fei).
it's about 2 hours from home .. means he can go home during weekend.

it's a kind of job training, or job rolling. i'm not sure.
he will work as a zhu-ren 主任. if translated into English, may be a kind of supervisor or director. dunno .. blur!

hope it will be a good experience for his career in the future.

Monday, December 22, 2008

crystal yang ngambek, angie yang jatuh di tangga

suhu di bawah minus 8 celcius. saat mau berangkat TK, crystal dipakaikan sepatu winter berlapis bahan cotton. eh, ngambek, maunya pakai sepatu kets biasa.  naik darah lah papa dan oma-nya. cyrstal pun kena 'hajar'. nih anak dasar kepala batu, dipukul pun gak takut tetap kekeh dengan kemauannya. sementara sepatu yang sebelah lagi gak ketemu. 

keluar dari pintu apartemen, masih aja nangis2 dan tereak-tereak dengan papa dan oma yang naik darah. 

karena pintu apartemen terbuka, keluarlah si Angie, yang baru bisa jalan. seperti di judul posting, Angie pun terjatuh di tangga, untungnya berguling 'cuman' 4 anak tangga. berhubung pakai baju winter beberapa lapis, (untung lagi!) kepalanya gak kebentur sama sekali.  

aduh nak, kenapa mesti kepala batu gitu! yang ada kan mak-mu ini yang sedih kamu kena 'hajar' papa dan oma. emang gak sakit? 

suka sebel sama suami yang terlalu keras begitu. oma lagi, malah nyalahin aku semua nurutin crystal. padahal gak demikian adanya. mereka saja yang gak tau cara nangani, terus nyalahin orang lain, nyari kambing hitam. asli sebel banget. 

Crystal kalo lagi ngambek, gak bakalan bisa diajak negosiasi, kepala batu .. biarin aja nangis/tereak2 .. kalo dicuekin juga berhenti sendiri. baru habis itu dinasihatin, dijelasin kenapa gini atau gitu. 

terus sebel banget juga, para orang dewasa teledor banget.. gak nyadar di rumah ada batita, yang baru bisa jalan. 

capek deh .. !
juga sembarangan naroh cemilan, bentuk kecil, yang gampang sekali masuk ke mulut Angie. kawatir aja kayak gituan paling gampang bikin tersedak. udah berapa kali kejadian sebelumnya, Angie masukin mainan kecil ke mulutnya. begitu aku sampai rumah, omanya ngadu dan ngomel2 (*seperti nyalahin si Angie*). lah .. anak kecil mana ngerti apa yang boleh dan tidak boleh masuk ke mulut. ngomong aja belom bisa! 

kalo diingatin, ujung2nya bete dan bilang, anak kalian.. kalian urus sendiri. kami gak ada kewajiban buat urus anak kalian. memang bener. tapi ironisnya .. begitulah di china. kebanyakan istri harus bekerja. anak dijaga oleh opa-oma. kalo istri gak kerja, ntar jadi gunjingan. mertua juga gak senang, menantu pengangguran. 


waktu mau tidur, Crystal sikat gigi, oles cream wajah dan cuci tangan. namanya anak kecil, mana ngerti cara cuci tangan yang hemat air! habis tuh mak mertua marah2. sementara aku lagi urus si Angie yang lagi mau tidur. dan kayaknya Crystal gak keterlaluan banget. aku tau banget, dia memang sedang cuci tangan dan bukan main air. 

aku prefer mendidik Crystal supaya lebih mandiri dan apa-apa bisa ngelakuin sendiri. dulu pernah biarin Crystal makan sendiri, oma-nya ngomel2, katanya bikin kotor baju. hasilnya, Crystal lebih cepat bisa pakai sendok daripada Smarty (yg 10 bulan lebih gede). barulah opa buru2 ajarin Smarty pakai sendok. dulu kalo makan sesuatu, Crystal juga pegang dan makan sendiri. sementara Smarty, mesti dicuil-cuil dan disuapkan ke mulut.. sampai ada saat di mana Smarty disodori makanan ke mulutnya, gak tau kalo harus digigit! 

waktu dah umur setahun, Smarty minum susu dengan botol masih  dipegangi oma atau opa (*jadi malas dan manja*). akhirnya, aku yang ajarin dia untuk pegang botol susu sendiri. diajarin bentar juga langsung bisa. Smarty juga suka merintah-merintah opa omanya untuk ambilin sepatu, sandal, dll. kalo pas ketauan olehku, nih anak langsung aku 'tatar'. yang bener2 bisa nangani/kasih pengertian ke Smarty (dan dia mau dengar/nurut) itu justru aku.  orang tuanya sering malah gak terlalu peduli, gak tau cara ngadepin, atau apa2 diturutin. sekarang maknya si Smarty begitu pulang dari kantor, habis makan malam, langsung online, sibuk main game internet yang mobil2an gitu deh. (*gak ngarti game apaan*).  

satu hal lagi yang selalu jadi unek2... bokap mertuaku tuh bener2 pilih kasih. contoh paling menggelikan .. setiap hari sibuk urusin Smarty, "kamu belum pup kan hari ini. kamu mau pup?" sementara Crystal, even 3 hari gak pup pun dia gak mikirin atau gak nanyain atau gak tau. yah... gitulah opanya Crystal. memang begitulah kebanyakan orang china (terutama generasi tua), anak laki kayak harta karun. anak perempuan, gak terlalu dipeduliin. 

abangnya pendarahan otak

pernah menulis 2 posting tentang orang ini karena saking bete diriku dibuatnya .. akhirnya isi salah satu posting aku hapus begitu tau suaminya diopname gara2 sakit jantung dan paru2 kemasukan air (gara2 berenang). dan itupun yang kala suaminya diopname, nih orang masih sempet2nya pergi berenang. 

pernah berapa kali super bete pengen cari kerjaan baru, pengen buka restoran indo aja .. juga karena orang ini. 

beberapa minggu lalu, abangnya masuk rumah sakit karena otaknya mengalami pendarahan dan nyawa sempat terancam. yang kalo dioperasi risikonya lebih tinggi karena abangnya mengidap diabetes. akhirnya satu2nya cara adalah berobat jalan. sudah agak baikan dibanding beberapa minggu lalu, dah mulai bisa memakan bubur. mudah2an bisa lekas sembuh.

penyebabnya: kecanduan minuman beralkohol ! 

mudah2an menjadi pelajaran untuk kita semua, jangan sampai kecanduan alkohol .. bisa dibayar dengan nyawa lho!

 

Sunday, December 21, 2008

stickers

picture taken by nokia mobile

7th and 8th teeth

finally the 7th and 8th came out. 
the canine teeth (cuspid) seemed to grow since last month .. but not come out 'til now.
she was cranky last nite, woke up so many times during sleep .. i thought bcoz of her teething stage. 



At what age will my baby start teething?Most babies begin to teethe when they are 4-6 months old, but there is no "right" answer. Babies begin to teethe when they are as young as two months and others as old as a year. If you have specific concerns, ask your pediatrician or pedodontist.How long does teething last?It may take your baby up to 3 weeks to cut a single tooth. Once the process begins, it will continue until all 20 baby teeth have come in, usually by the age of 3 years, although every baby is different.What can I expect when my baby is teething?
Crankiness and irritability.
Excess drooling or crying.
Waking up at night or difficulty sleeping.
Babies may also gnaw on objects or rub their gums.

Friday, December 19, 2008

4 things that you cannot recover

yesterday morning a girl in our office asked me, "have you listened to the song?"
i said, "which song?"
she said, "our dance song .. oh... i didn't forward it to you."
(our office females are going to perform a dance for new year party)
in the afternoon, i was sitting in our company bus on the way home.
i said to the girl: "you haven't forwarded me the song."
she said (in a very high tone): "Jenny, you are so annoying!! i was very busy just now, my head is gonna blow up."

why do people can't control the way they speak, hence hurt other's feeling?

RESEH abis yah nih anak?!! orang baru di kantor, which is 11 tahun lebih muda, yang bener2 gua perhatikan lho .. bahkan waktu ada pameran penting, gua tuh ajukan nih orang ke boss gede buat dibawa juga ke pameran biar nambah pengalaman (dia sendiri bilang pengen banget ikut serta).

kayaknya genre baru di china sini (single child in the family) emang banyak (gak semua) yang 'manja' dan gak mau kerja, ngomong seenak udel, tanpa memperhatikan perasaan orang lain. hal simple seperti misal mau kirim kartu natal aja tuh yang berdebat siapa yang ngedarin kartu buat ditandatangani. gak ada yang mau gerak, dengan alasan: "sibuk" .. padahal ada waktu buat latihan dance, browsing internet, dengerin mp3 di komputer... dan tidur (!) saat jam kantor.
atau emang gua aja yang terlalu 'lunak' ...

bisa baca juga tulisanku di sini tentang contoh lain agak parahnya kelakuan genre anak tunggal di china.

i just remember some chain email saying:
There are 4 things that you cannot recover...



Saturday, December 13, 2008

interior baru

sodara-sodari ...
belum sempat ngumumi peresmian 'interior baru', yang aku impi2kan sejak dulu.

cantik yah?! 
Crystal senang lihatnya. si Angie belom ngarti ... heheheee..!

dekornya dibantu salah satu rekan blogger, dengan request bernuansa kiddy. diriku gak terlalu canggih dalam hal html. selain itu, di kantor gak install photoshop. gak bisa edit2 foto. 

kalo di rumah mah gak usah ditanya lagi .. waktuku HANYA SEMATA-MATA buat kedua pasukan bodrex tercinta. kala mereka terlelap dalam mimpi, maknya pun turut tepar, sebelah kiri ada Angie, sebelah kanan ada Crystal yang kudu story telling sebelum bobok. 


hayo tebak... foto yang pertama itu Angie apa Crystal ! 

Friday, December 12, 2008

restoran indo ?


dari kerjaan yang super bikin bete .. jadi pengen banget bisa buka resto indo di sini. 

ada teman kantor yg mau ngenalin iparnya buat ngajarin. iparnya juga buka resto dan sukses!  

mungkin gak yah? mampu gak yah? gak pede euiii... modalnya dari mana euiii... !!!  


thanks buat input dari teman2 semua, baik yang dukung maupun yang ngingatin untuk pikir panjang.
pas aku utarakan impian ini ke suami, kata suami, jangan resto.. modalnya gede banget (tempat, karyawan yang banyak.. koki dan bumbu2 mungkin kudu import, dstnya.) ini sih yang bikin ragu2. karena gak ada pengalaman sama sekali. 

kata suami mendingan toko kue, mengingat gak ada toko kue yang enak di hefei, skalanya lebih kecil, risknya juga lebih kecil. 

bakal dimodalin belajar dulu. wah, ntar rekan2 blogger yang pada jago masak2 dan baking2 .. bagi2 resep yah ....! (*dibook dulu nih .. minta resepnya .. hahahaha...!*)  

realisasi masih lama sih .. belom mateng pertimbangannya, dan belom kekumpul modalnya.  sekarang masih sebatas impian. 
tapi boleh toh punya mimpi ... ?




Gadsby

just knew it ... 

A happy lad.

Gadsby

A Story of Over 50,000 Words
Without Using the Letter “E”

by Ernest Vincent Wright


http://www.spinelessbooks.com/gadsby/ 

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Tips for Better Life from ISHA YOGA

a friend mailed me this.. which i think it's nice to share here.


Take a 10-30 minutes walk every day. And while you walk, smile.

Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.

Sleep for 7 hours.

Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.

Play more games.

Read more books than you did in previous years.

Make time to practice meditation, yoga, and prayer. They provide us with daily fuel for our busy lives.

Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.

Dream more while you are awake.

Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.

Drink plenty of water.

Try to make at least three people smile each day.

Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.

Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.

Don't have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.

Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.

Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a beggar.

Smile and laugh more.

Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.

Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.

Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about. Don't compare your partner with others.

No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

Forgive everyone for everything.

What other people think of you is none of your business.

However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

Stay in touch with your friends.Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. 

Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

The best is yet to come.

No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

Do the right thing!

Call your family often.

Your inner most is always happy. So be happy!

Each day give something good to others.

Don't over do. Keep your limits.


If one can do it .. u too can do it.

If none can do it .. then u must do it ..

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

our little penguin

we have new nickname for Angie... little penguin... 小企鹅.
that's bcoz of the way she walks with her winter outfits .. makes her look like a penguin.. soooo cute! 

my lil penguin was sick on the day mommy came back from guangzhou (28-Nov). the reason was bcoz grandpa/ma fed her with 2 bowls of chicken soup. maybe it was over-oily. so she got slight diarrhea. when she almost recovered, the temperature got warmer on tuesday, so grandma took off  her vest. 

after that in the afternoon, when i came home, she walked towards me happily (!).. but at the same time she vomited quite a lot. oh.. it felt like one piece of my meat were being cut down from my own body to see her vomiting and being ill! and she vomited again on around 11pm. i almost didnt sleep the whole night to look after her.. changed her diaper 3 times whenever she pooped. 

took her to doctor this afternoon. and she already got better when i got home.  puji Tuhan! 
the doctor said that she got "stomach flu" (which remind me of fino, who also got stomach flu  during thanksgiving holiday ... lisa's blog).

Monday, December 01, 2008

Crystal is 3yr 5mo

My dear,
lately grandpa reported to mommy that according to Ms. Cai 蔡老师 you've made a lot of progress in kindergarten. now you are willing to greet your teachers when come or leave your class. also make a lot of progress in class activities.

previously, during drawing session, you often didn't want to draw or color a picture. Now you could do it very well. Even yesterday, grandpa said you could color the scarf picture almost the same as sample from Ms. Cai. And when at home, you could describe to mommy completely how you decorate and color the scarf picture.

In every English session, you almost get an award (a flower sticker) every time. Yesterday you told mama, “Ms. Liu asked what mi-feng was. And I said BEE. Other kids didn't know it. So I got a lil red flower.”

Every night since 2 weeks ago, Crystal and Smarty perform songs, poems, nursery rhymes or story telling in front of grandma, grandpa, uncle, auntie, daddy, Angie and mama after dinner. Lil Angie will even clap if her sis or bro finish their performances. Lol … !

Same with Smarty, his teacher also told Grandpa that he made a very big progress in his class. During winter, Smarty, his mom and dad mostly stay at our apartment. This is to avoid Smarty easily catching a cold because of the cold air. Usually, his mom and dad will take him home after dinner.

Thanks to my hubby for his idea on this sort of performance. =)


Cyrstal's other progress:
brush teeth by herself (since these 3 months)
count from 1 to 100 more fluently
do simple addition such as 1+2, 4+5, 8+6, 7+9 ... (and taught Smarty how to do it)
do simple subtraction such as 4-2, 9-2, 8-5, 10-2 ...
understand that 4+5 = 5+4, 7+2 = 2+7, 6+3 = 3+6 ...
love to do coloring on the computer.
tell story (often by your own imagination .. or you create a story by yourself)
draw a person (kiddy style picture) , apple, pear. yesterday she drew a hedgehog. lol...!


Okey ... my dear, the hardest part .. meal time!
you also make some progress on it. you are now more willing to have a meal by yourself.. not too demanding on mama to feed you anymore.


mama always love both of you!

Friday, November 28, 2008

pandan indonesian cuisine 香兰印尼餐厅

found an indonesian restaurant in Guangzhou (!), which according to my boss, it's the only indonesian restaurant in southern china area. (is this true?)

since i never had indonesian food in china (except indonesian fried rice, which i can also cook it by mysel), for me it was very tasty! with some wayang and batik decoration for the interior, the place was nice and quite comfy. the price level is also acceptable.

Open 11:30am-10:00pm

averagely: RMB 58/person .. Rp 75,000/person



some food prices (roughly ) that i could remember:
ayam bakar RMB 30/RMB 48 (half or whole)
udang cah buncis RMB 30
nasi uduk RMB 6
nasi kuning RMB 7
gado-gado RMB 24
kangkung plecing RMB 28
sayur asem RMB 24 (without 'sayur asem' only the taste of the soup)
soto ayam RMB 24
nasi goreng RMB 28


Pandan Indonesian Cuisine
Huanshi East Road No. 475
Dong Du Building Block A 16-19
Yuexiu Area, Guangzhou City
Phone: (+86-20) 8760 5258
pandanGZ@hotmail.com



about 500m after the Zoo South Door


last nite, i went there with friends from our Hefei office (Sandy, Gary, Huan, Neil and Johnson). Sandy, Gary, Huan and Neil expressed that they liked it a lot. we finished the food within 30-40 minutes. they said they couldnt stop eating! Huan said, "Jenny, you can open an indonesian restaurant in Hefei!"

i wish i had the ability and the money! if i really open an indonesian restaurant one day, maybe it will be mainly as a hobby! ;-P



belom pernah gua makan sekalap ini ..hahahaa...! 

and here are some pictures of food we ordered ..
(all pictures were not taken by myself .. taken from blogs or other websites)

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Hurray ... Qiqi is 1 year old today!

happy bday, my lil dear!

mama feels so bad that couldnt be by your side today! mama is having a 4-day-training in Guangzhou. only can be back by tomorrow evening.

75cm; about 9kg; head circumference: 46.3cm

according to daddy, Qiqi can walk quite far now. on 26th, grandma wrapped-around her belly with a piece of cloth only as security. and let her walk by herself. on 27th, grandma didnt use the cloth anymore. (so eager to see it!)

still loves to pull other people's hair. especially during sleep time!

loves to hold a stick or anything that is long, with mama carrying her, she will hit all decoration lanterns one by one that we hang on the door frame .. with the stick. that will make her laugh happily.



(*the wording on the birthday cake shouldn't be this way! including the pigs color ..*)


can get jealous
if mama carries her big sis. she will move towards mama. even try to push her big sis away.

if she has a cutton-bud on her hand, she will aim it at her ear. if she has a toothpick on her hand, she will bring it to her mouth. of course we will prevent her from doing it. she will try to comb someone's hair if she has comb on her hand. if she has a piece of tissue paper, she will wipe her own mouth or nose.

on the morning of 25th Novgember, she woke up and called, "mama..mama.." when waking up, mama saw her staring at mama's eyes and smiled. oh dear... mommy loves you so much!

loves to pick up the phone and says, "uh...". then climb up the phone cabinet, reaches everything on the shoe cabinet, throws all of the things thru her shoulders.


loves to 'dance'. for slow music, she will move her head left and right. for faster beat, she will move her legs and butts.

likes to point on her own fingers as if she were counting 1..2..3..4..5..

she is good in eating and drink water. milk also! can be very impatient during the beginning of a meal. she will pull our hands impatienly to move the spoon to her mouth. much easier to be fed compare to her big sis! (the same case for feeding medicine)

if she sees anybody eating anything, she will always want a bite too

she is very fond of oranges. she can bite the orange peel, or try to peel with her fingers.

she likes to throw an egg (*plastic*) to the floor and said, "zha..!" (means: squeak). we usually purchase 100-200 eggs at a time. since we cannot keep them all in the refrigerator, my parents-in-laws keep them under the bed in the "balcony" room. okey... Qiqi once crawled to the bed and played with the eggs! at that time mama was busy, daddy was making a phone call and didnt watch her at all. yes.. she broke 2 eggs, and cracked 2 eggs. if we have breakfast, she will do the same with the cooked-egg on the table.

if mama gets home from work, she will start to whine until mama hold her up. in the morning, when mama goes to work, okey .. she is still willing to wave goodbye. mama believes, there will be time in the next few months, she will cry if mama goes to work!

likes to drive a kind of glider / kid cart (*i dont know how to call it. see the picture here*) but as always, she sits and plays with it not more than 1 minute.

could notice all family members outside our apartment building from our 4th floor window.

she will be so busy to climb down from the bed and brings her diaper to the trash bin once we change her diaper. sometimes her daddy give her some orange bill and said, "throw it to the trash bin." she will do it happily.

loves to bring sandals or shoes to all the people.

sometimes likes to try to press the light switch. wants to play with computer mouse.

if on baby walker, likes to explore all the drawers.

can drink with a straw or from a sipping cup early of this month.

bites when angry or fussy. but she seldom does it anymore.

starts to recognize her own left and right foot.

enjoys a lot when i rub a baby-cream on her face or clean her ears.

can take off her own shoes and shocks.

try to press the on-off switch of mama's mobile phone.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

mamak-mamak pelupaan

belakang berasa kok makin pelupa yah. kemarin waktu dah di bus kantor, aku berlari balik ke lobby. ngerasa ninggalin bungkusan di situ. pas di lobby, kok gak ada yah. sutralah .. balik lari lagi ke bus. terus nelpon teman kantor yg lagi lembur, bilangi tolong simpeni..kayaknya aku ninggalin dekat water dispenser. tadi sebelum pulang sempat minum dulu sebentar. 

teman kantorku nelpon balik bilang gak ada tuh. pagi ini nemuin ternyata masih di kolong mejaku. gara-gara teman kantor ku juga, yg dengan yakin bilang aku menenteng bungkusan waktu keluar. 

ternyata ada yang lebih parah lagi pelupaannya. maknya teman kantor. suatu kali dia mau memanaskan susu dengan panci. nyari-nyari korek api gak ketemu. terus ke kamar nyariin korek api, karena gak nemu juga, dia pun lupa. tiba-tiba si mamak teringat dan bilang (*dengan nada agak panik*): "waduh .. gawat ... jangan2 susunya dah kering dan pancinya dah hangus!" 

pernah lagi kawanku itu nanya ke maknya, "mama, kamu lihat tas merahku gak?" maknya berpikir sebentar. karena gak bisa mengingat, jawab maknya gini: "kamu mana punya tas warna merah." 

kocak juga mamak satu ini! 

Pak-bos ku yang baik

Pak-Bos ku tuh harus diakui emang cukup baik padaku. Ada training group kerjasama bareng P&G. 2 tahun lalu aku gak dikirim buat training ini. Tahun ini, kepala pabrik mengajukan nama2 .. tapi aku gak didaftarkan. Padahal aku amat sangat berminat.

Saat Pak-Bos lihat, namaku pun dimasukkan. Ada beberapa nama yang dicoret karena gak bisa bahasa Inggris, sementara trainingnya dengan pengantar bahasa Inggris. Terus dia suruh aku nambah satu hari di pabrik Guangzhou buat lihat2 (kasih masukan, katanya) dan akan mentraktir aku makan di salah satu resto indo yang kebetulan dia tau ada di GZ.

Pak-Bos ku yg memang dasarnya sangat friendly ini adalah salah satu faktor yang membuat aku masih bertahan. Walau sebenarnya dah mulai males nih. Cuman di kotaku ini, mau dapat kumpeni yang suasananya enak dan mau menggaji orang asing tuh gak gampang-gampang banget.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

self check-in

i went 2 days to Chao-an, a district between Chaozhou (Tiociu) and Shantou (Shuathao). 
it's about 45 minutes by car from Shantou airport.  
Shanthou was the hometown of my grandparents from mother's side. 
While Chaozhou was the hometown of my grandparents from father's side.

feel kinda familiar somehow to hear people speak chaozhou language. though it's a bit different than chaozhou language i spoke in indonesia.
 

and finally i got a chance to try using the self check-in facility in Guangzhou Baiyun Airport. (feel like a sua-ku* myself .. hehehehe...) 




you could choose where you want to sit (available seats). 



di kampung halaman dah ada belom? 
mudah2an indo bisa makin maju yah! 
ada teman kantor yang pernah kerja di indo, bilang bandara Soekarno-Hatta jelek. ah... mesti gimana jawabnya yah .. 


* kampungan, a hick, unsophisticated

Monday, November 10, 2008

Purslane or Krokot for curing diarrhea

Portulaca Oleracea

English name: purslane 

Indonesian name: krokot  

Chinese name: 马齿苋 mǎ chǐ xiàn  or 马齿菜mǎ chǐ cài


Can be used for reducing inflammation, curing diarrhea, newborn jaundice, avitaminosis, chincough, leucorrhea (whites), and for detoxification purpose. Also can be eaten like spinach or as salad.

Di China, tumbuhan krokot terkenal manjur untuk menyembuhkan diare. Caranya: daun krokot segar direbus dengan air dan ditambahkan gula merah secukupnya. Diminum 2 atau 3 kali sehari.  

  

diarrhea: 60~90 grams fresh purslane, boil with water for about 10 minutes, add brown sugar. Drink twice a day.

leucorrhea (whites): 60 grams purslane, 2 egg-whites; mix it. Pour boiled water into the mix, drink it once a day.

newborn jaundice: fresh purslane, blend into juice. take 30 grams (around 30ml), pour boiled water into it. drink twice a day.

urinary system problem (e.g. blood in urine or stool) : Fresh purslane, blend into juice. Take about 60ml or half glass, drink with water from rice-cooking. drink twice a day.

  

For further readings:

Purslane has a slightly sour and salty taste. It has more beta-carotene than spinach, as well as high levels of magnesium and potassium. Historically by European and Asian cultures, it has been used as a remedy for arthritis, constipation, and inflammation of the urinary system. Chinese herbalists found similar benefits, using it in respiratory and circulatory function, also for curing diarrhea or dysentery.

Recently, it's been found that purslane contains more alpha linolenic acid (a type of omega-3 fatty acids) than any other leafy vegetables plant. Researchers see evidence that these substances lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels as well as make the blood less likely to form clots. It also containes vitamins (mainly A and C, some B and carotenoids), as well as dietary minerals, such as Mg, Ca, K, Fe.

And, purslane has only 15 calories per 100 g portion.

Also present are two types of betalain alkaloid pigments, the reddish betachanins (visible in the stems color) and the yello betaxanthins (flowers and slight yellowish cast of the leaves). Both of these pigment types are potent antioxidants and have been found to have antimutagenic properties in laboratory studies.

  

Some source:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portulaca_oleracea

http://www.prairienet.org/pcsa/recipes/purslane.htm

http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/Plants.Folder/Purslane.html

http://landscaping.about.com/cs/weedsdiseases/a/purslane.htm

Mimi .. 米米

introducing cute 'lil Mimi .. Mama Rika's daughter, who is about 4.5 months younger than Qiqi. 

look at picture no. 3, she posed like Sun Wu Kong, the Monkey King. lol ... !

* Rika is my colleague. 





Sunday, November 09, 2008

Angie's slumber time

During bed time, Angie always likes to pull mama’s hair until she falls asleep.  And around 3 or 4 am, she often would unconsciously hit mama’s face with her arms. As she grows bigger, mama is more afraid of her. Because it hurts more than before. The only thing mama could do is hide below the quilt.

Besides that, when she turns herself aside, her hands will search for mama’s hair. She needs to pull mama’s hair her to turn back into her sleep. Oh dear …!

Mama considers putting Crystal’s doll next to Angie next time.  And let’s see what will happen. Erica (Guo-Guo’s mom), my colleague, also gave the same suggestion.

Pulling hair is one of Angie’s favorite to-do-list. =)  

Actually this is not Angie’s problem. The problem is, four of us, still sleep in one bed! Crystal still always wants to sleep with us. Though sometimes she sleeps with her grandpa and grandma. So you can imagine .. sometimes Crystal’s leg is on my belly, or even on his daddy’s face.

We still love to cuddle Crystal and always miss her while she sleeps with her grandparents (even only one room away).  =)