November 24, 2010
years have gone by
we grew up
at times we grow apart
we chose each other
despite our differences
we stayed together
claiming our success
admitting our defeat
renewing an oath
over and over again
was it chemistry?
King’s Island breeze
sheer terror of roller-coaster rides
the cold ice-cream of forgotten flavor
torn and faded blue jeans
with a mismatched top
was it bits of infatuation?
when we walked together
and the time froze
like short-lived winter frost
waffles in the morning
the almost empty dining hall
the noisiest place would be the laundry room
was it destiny?
the shine caught my eyes
a round diamond on the ring finger
mounted on a white gold band
when white wedding was all I asked
staying together ever since
when love is supposedly to steer
a bittersweet journey ahead
accepting flaws and forgiving one another
is everyday normalcy
November 10, 2010
adalah kurnia dari syurga
permata berkilau sejak mula
mengajarku erti sebuah penantian
tanpa ragu dan berpaling
adalah rahmat dan belas Tuhan
pengganti semua kehilangan
penyuluh laluan perjalananku
agar dapat ku lewati
setiap inci kehidupan
mencari barakah sebelum menemuiNya
adalah pelindungku di dunia
srikandi yang tak mengenal tewas dan kecewa
tetap menyayangi dan menyanjungiku
tiada berbelah bahagi
walau ke mana aku melangkah
kasihnya tetap ku bawa bak azimat
adalah puteri kesayanganku
yang hidup dengan tawa
yang redha dengan ketentuan
yang berbekal doa dan restu
yang solehah lagi cekal
pelengkap segala hikmah buatku
July 13, 2010
We look forward to Tuesdays and Thursdays as Liya will teach us new words or phrases in Chinese. She is really into the language. After English and Arabic, thought the next language will be quite burdensome for Liya. No way, Jose. She has taken the challenge and proven that she could do it.
July 5, 2010
Ajib and Liya had a great weekend. They insisted us to buy magnifying glasses. They searched high and low for tiny things. They checked the kitten named Tiara’s fur and nostrils. They magnified fine clauses and glitters. During mid-day they used the magnifying glasses to focus sun rays and cause a controlled fire in Opah’s lawn.
We later bounced a tennis ball and played catch. Soon, they both will try tennis.
No weekend is exciting enough unless we cook together. We baked vitamins enriched cookies. Since I couldn’t find any wheat germ and soy flour, I substituted triple rich formula with choc milk powder fortified with DHA, Taurine, etc.
Ajib also got himself a new bike. He learned to ride a bigger bike.
They also amazed at mom’s skill to get the ripe rambutan fruits from the high branches. In the evening, with daddy’s help a new tropical refreshing drink was invented.
The kids also had enjoyed maksu’s cooking. Ajib learned the proper way to eat with his hands. He keeps on chanting maksu’s techniques.
July 4, 2010
Change is good. Be focused and stay positive. Feng shui may be great in the new place. New bright ideas might pop up. New people to meet. New climate for the better.
“Change is inevitable.”
Let’s be the CATALYST of change – to speed the transformation process, to lead and motivate others, to stay ahead for the objective is clear.
Parenting is all about living around changes all the time. Changes in our habits, behaviors and routines. Manage the changes so that you’ll be happy and informed parents. In no time, you’ll be surrounded with happy and cuddly children.
July 4, 2010
It seems so easy to pick up a dress and accessorize it every time. Well, not so easy as I can tell you. When many of us growing up, strict parents would determine your clothes, schedules, etc. As I am parenting, I try to give choices. Being a psychologist, I want to see the thinking process and discover how kids learn a new skill called negotiation.
Robert Frost’s ‘Road Not Taken’ shares that decision-making can be difficult. Not knowing what at the end of the road is does freak quite a number of us.
To be a good negotiator, one has to have a good communication skill. By this, a child keeps on improving his or her language ability. Of course as parents most of the times we want things to go our ways but it is fundamental to raise confident, determined and principled children. The skills and experiences are priceless. Those that lay found foundation to many relationships, career choices and others.
July 3, 2010
After grieving over Danny and Saffron, Ajib and Liya is now entertained by Tiara, a female kitten with short bushy tail. Tiara likes to play with the kids and loves to be pampered. She purrs.
Liya has become more helpful. She feeds Tiara and changes the water supply.
Ajib learns to play gently with Tiara too. Guess having a pet at home nurtures good habits amongst children as they learn to be responsible and to show emphathy towards others.