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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Goblin: The Lonely and Great God (도깨비 - 쓸쓸하고 찬란하神)

What have I been doing throughout CNY? Binge-watching the hugely popular Korean drama "Goblin: The Lonely and Great God (도깨비 - 쓸쓸하고 찬란하神)" of course! I absolutely had to watch it as there were so many good reviews going around about this drama.

Sure enough, I was hooked! From the crisp and refreshing cinematography, to the awesome actors and actresses and the hauntingly beautiful OST, I knew from the beginning of the first episode that I was doomed to chase it until the end.

I think the main reason that draws the ladies to fan-hype over this drama is the main character - the dokkaebi (도깨비). Who doesn't wish for a boyfriend who is almighty (almost), has super-powers, is charming, rich (can transform gold bars from thin air), owns a big mansion and a Maserati, opens doors to wonderful places, appears instantaneously whenever you summon him (by blowing out a candle), saves you from awful situations etc etc?? Also, not to mention that this all-powerful guy has only eyes for you, is so tender to you, doesn't mind that you're not pretty, always calls you pretty, and says that you're his first and last. Sure enough, it also helps that this dokkaebi is Gong Yoo and is not some ugly green goblin. 

One scene that especially spoke to my heart was when they were arguing over something petty, Gong Yoo turned away and turned back to pat her head and say something lovey-dovey to soothe his bride. 

The beautiful postcard-like cinematography also reminded me of my days in Korea. It is so realistic, the washed-out colors of the coast, rainy spring season, sakuras blooming at night, first snow, colorful bookstores, long walks along the coastal walkway etc. 

Spoilers ahead:-
I cried my heart out watching the last episode. Sure, I thought that episode 13 when the dokkaebi died should be the last and ending episode. But, when I watched episode 14 when the two lovers were apart for 9 years and then reunited, it felt even better than the previous episode. And during the last and final episode 16, it actually provides a premise for a happy ending that even though separated by death in this life, the dokkaebi and his bride would be able to live happily ever after in her second reincarnation, and her third, and her fourth; after which they could leave this world and move on into the afterlife together...

As the saying goes in the drama:-


On good days
On bad days
On days that are just right
Every day is good with you. 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Shopping day with Hayley

Hayley is 2y7m now. She has grown into a sensible and cute little girl. 

Last Saturday, Hubby wanted to go to Bukit Mertajam to fit a new AV system for his car. So on the way, he dropped us off at Design Village Batu Kawan for half an hour, he said... 

I first went to hunt for cheap clothes at Padini. She was a good little girl who stayed in her stroller, while looking chic with her sunglasses. Although she did drop her sunglasses at some point, luckily the guard at the store recovered it for us. 

After grabbing the cheap clothes from Padini, Mama was very hungry so we stopped for a bite at Wendy's. I sat her in a chair facing the store's glass window. She was such an amazingly good girl and had so many good observations of what was happening outside the store. As she can converse very well now, she asked me stuff like "What is that man doing?" And I replied her that the worker is watering plants and she understood perfectly. And when the children's train passed by the window she was so excited and said "choo choo!" in her loudest voice. 

Next we went to Cotton On but there was nothing much to buy. Onwards we went to Cotton On Kids which was perfect heaven for the both of us! The store was so bright and new and clean and there were hundreds of cute outfits to browse. The best thing was they not only sold clothes, but also toys and stationery and all sorts of fancy and whimsical accessories - fairy wings, magic LED wand, bear night lamp, unicorn coloring activity set, masks, bouncing ball, drums, you-name-it etc. We had a ball of a time in there. 

Luckily Cotton On Kids was already open, if not Hubby would have a bashing by the time he came to pick me up... 3 hours later. 

And now all I need is to go there a second time to shop for some shoes. :-P

Friday, January 13, 2017

Church Camp at Taiping

We had our company's annual year end shutdown; this time it was 11 days. I didn't plan to go for any overseas trip this time because I was having travel fatigue, haha! Yet, I didn't really enjoy myself fully during the shutdown because I was worried about some tasks that I was having difficulty to complete. 

Nevertheless, it was still a good break! We attended our first ever church camp as a family over Christmas. The Sunday School kids performed two song-and-dance numbers during the hotel's Christmas dinner. Despite it being Hayley's first time performing on stage, she really stole the show! I was half-expecting her to get stage-fright and refuse to get on stage, but she went ahead and finished the dance and even gave a cute little bow at the end! Papa and Mama were beaming with pride at the end. The buffet dinner was also delicious, they served roast turkey which I was not expecting. 

We spent 3d2n in Taiping for the church camp. It was good since we got to know other members of the church better. It was also fun during the outing, Hayley had a swell time riding the bus! Even though it rained heavily, we still enjoyed our little tour of Taiping visiting the cookie factory, coffee factory, museum, Lake Gardens, and the seafood dinner at Kuala Sepetang. 

I thank God for granting my wish. I had been so longing to join a church family camp ever since university. Always looking at people joining church camp and I didn't even have a church to call my own then. Thank God that hubby was very participating and supportive of me. I'm so truly blessed having Leonard and Hayley by my side! 

Monday, January 09, 2017

New Year's Resolutions

I think I have abandoned my blog for year 2016. But I will try to revive it! 

Here are my resolutions for the New Year:
1) Have a second baby.
2) Drop 5kg if (1) is not met.
3) Run 3x a week, swim 1x a week. 
4) Go to work earlier.
5) Toilet train Hayley and teach her to self-feed.
6) Think of a business to earn more money.
7) Update my blog at least once a week. 
8) Do devotion with Hayley at least twice a week.

I think one of my resolutions for year 2016 was to find a church and cell group and stick with it. Praise God, I have found the right church and cell group for my family and I attended the family camp in December. Will also start serving in Sunday School ministry this year onwards. Praise God for all that He has done and pray that I'll have perseverance to accomplish my New Year's Resolutions for 2017. 

Friday, July 29, 2016

[Baby Diary] Cow eats Hay!

Hayley has begun to show her defiant side prior to stepping into her Terrible Twos.

Nowadays, it's "No way!" instead of just plain old "No".
Mom: "Do you want to eat porridge?" 
Hayley: "No way!"
Mom: "Do you want Mama to bathe you?"
Hayley: "No way!"
Mom: "It's time for you to go to bed."
Hayley: "No way!"

And like I mentioned previously, all the clothes picked out by nanny are "not nice!"


Three days ago, out of the blue, she suddenly bit my finger in the car while we were driving home from nanny's place. It wasn't very painful so I ignored it, till it happened again at night. She lifted my nightskirt and bit me on the thigh! Just like SJ's bunny which bit me on the thigh too a good many years ago. 

I yelled out loud, it was such a pain, and she cried. 
I asked her, in between tears, "Hayley, are you a crocodile? Why did you bite Mama?"
She nodded and said "Yes. (I'm) Hayley-dile."

I didn't know whether to cry or laugh hearing that!

Another funny incident happened while she was watching TV. The narrator said, "This is a cow. Cows eat grass and hay." She thought "hay = Hay" cos she has been referring to herself (Hay) in short-form lately. She thought the tame old cow was gonna eat her! Hahaha my goodness! Can't wait to see what's yet to come from the second year onwards!

Monday, July 18, 2016

[Baby Diary] Cute interjections

Hayley has been learning so many words and expressions from the children's shows she watches on YouTube. The way she uses interjections are particularly adorable and funny!

When she accidentally drops something on the floor she'll put her hand to her mouth, look at me with her big eyes and cautious expression and say "Oh no!" This has progressed from when she used to say "No no" as a baby.

Sometimes, she'll say "Oops." or "Uh-oh!"

Yesterday, she picked up a new word "A-ha!" while I was reading to her. She looked gleeful and kept practicing the expression over and over again.

She's so funny when she sees something she likes and says, "Oh, nice!" When she turns her nose up at something, like when I pick out a dress she doesn't like anymore, she'll say matter-of-factly, "Not nice."

When she's enjoying herself she'll say, "Oh, fun!"

And yesterday, she spritzed my L'occitane perfume all over her face and said, "Smells good!"

Monday, July 11, 2016

[Baby Diary] Things Hayley says at 23mo

This post is about things that Hayley says.

Hayley has spent one week bonding with her daddy while mommy was away in Europe. Every morning when she woke up she would ask for mama "Mama? Mama? Mama?" When papa asked her, "Where is mama?" She said, "Mama sit big airplane, flyyyyy..." Papa asked, "How long?" She said, "Six nights." When papa fetched her to babysitter, she said "Papa drive Hayley in mama's big car." Amazing feat for a 23mo to be able to form a 7-word sentence, don't you think? :-D

Hubby told me she was veryyyyy manja with him while I was away. And when I got home, she opened her arms wide and said, "Ma hug Hayley", looked up with her big round eyes and said "big bus". OMG she has been asking me to sing "Wheels on the bus" every single day for a few weeks and she still hasn't got over the song after I came back from my trip. Her favorite part is "the baby on the bus goes..." And she'll do a fake wail like she's the baby "waa waa waaaaa waa waa waaaaa" and "the mama on the bus goes..." And she'll go "shh shh shhhhhh" hahahaha.

Hayley spent a few days in Melaka over the Raya holidays and also celebrated her second birthday with both sides of the grandparents present. She can say "Papa, mama, gong gong, popo, jiu jiu (my brother), che che (his brother)" but still can't pronounce grandpa and grandma yet. She said "papa drive che che's car." And my brother told me that she said to him "You, go there, byeee", so naughty!

She loves to play with the family cat, Ginger. She'll greet the cat ever so politely, "Hello, Cat", "Bye, Cat", "Come here, Cat", and gingerly touch the cat with one finger. When grandma asked her, what is cat doing? She said "cat eat."

She can also do a little bit of counting along with us. "One two (three) four five six (seven) eight (nine) ten" with the ones in brackets spoken by us.