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I enrolled Ariana to a piano class last February. She has shown her interest in piano since she was 4 years old (that was when we bought her a toy piano).

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The picture I used to pancing Enchek Kedek to give green light to buy a piano for Ariana. Thats the toy piano that we bought duluu..

The plan was to enroll her first and see how was her progression. Suprisingly, she always received good comment from her piano teacher (ketara jarang bukak report book due to penggunaan ‘surprisingly’ di dalam ayat). Her piano teacher even asked me whether we have a piano at home because Ariana played and memorized very well.

Then the we-should-get-a-piano episode started..

Both me and Enchek Kedek do not have any knowledge on piano so we started asking our friends who played one and we came into one conclusion, i.e. to buy her a digital piano. The price was okay and we were ready to buy one when her teacher told us that soon, when Ariana got her Grade 5 in piano, she needs to change into an upright piano. Gulp. Then we went home to have another series of discussion. So we think hard and we think long, ok lah.. Sampai bila mau berfikir. So last Tuesday, we bought one for her.

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As an appreciation for reading this entry sampai habis, Ariana belanja satu lagu.. But unfortunately, after few attemps to upload the video here, nda dapat pulak.. jadi belanja satu gambar ja lah.. hehe

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Mobil baru mommy

Saya gembira dan sangat bersyukur sebab setelah 3 tahun berfikir-fikir, timbang-menimbang serta bertahan ulang-alik Miri-Bintulu naik bas (perjalanan yang sepatutnya cuma 2 jam menjadi 3.5 jam), akhirnya sudah buat keputusan untuk menambah satu lagi keperluan kami sekeluarga, iaitu sebuah lagi kereta.

Ambil masa 3 tahun untuk buat keputusan. Hehe.

Actually June last year kami suda book satu kereta dari M**D*. Tungu punya tunggu, sampailah selepas raya, salesman dari company tu SMS bagitau yang dia sudah resign dari company tu so x payah contact dia lagi lain kali. Contact direct dengan boss dia seja. Then suatu hari, dia sms lagi, bgtau ada kereta yang baru sampai (dia masih di company tu untuk kemas2 barang dia) and by right itu kereta yang kami book sebab before this dia yang handle order list. So bila kami ke sana, tauke macam banyak berdalih. Dia cakap bukan kami punya. So kami terima seja lah. Tapi, selepas itu, tiap kali kereta yang sampai, semua bukan colour yang kami request. Means, memang betullah dia bypass kami dan men-jump-que kan orang lain untuk dapat kereta tu dulu. Bayangkan dari June kami tunggu, last2, bulan November kami cancel booking sebab fed-up. Lagipun, we aimed for the CBU unit with 19″ wheel, which supposed to be available only until end of 2012. Lepas 2012, only CKD unit yang ada. Jadi sebab rasa macam tiada harapan, cancel terus lah. Nasib booking fee dapat balik.

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Gambar ehsan google.

Selepas cancel tu, lama lagi kami tunggu and fikir-fikir. Macam-macam kereta kami pegi test drive dari proton preve ke civic euro. Kahkahkah. Sempat lagi si Sentra hilang kena curi dalam tempoh kami berfikir tu

Ada satu model kereta tu yang kami laki bini sangat minat. Masa tu belum ramai orang sini pakai. So, tiap kali kami terserempak dengan keta tu, kami akan cakap “its a sign!”. Sign kononnya kami kena beli kereta tu lah. Hehehe.. Padahalkan, salah seorang dari owner keta tu, tinggal dekat dengan rumah kami and tiap kali turun kerja, memang akan lalu rumah orang tu. Jadi, bayangkanlah berapa banyak ‘sign’ yang kami dapat.. haha

Sampailah bulan puasa hari tu Enchek Kedek bawak pegi book kereta tu. Dekat satu bulan tunggu sambil tahan hati. Tahan hati sebab excited beli kereta baru. Last saya beli kereta ialah 6 tahun yang lalu.

Last week, kereta sampai. Lepas huha huha, ngam2 lepas away day, jam 7 malam saya pegi ambik kereta tu, dengan bantuan Encik Amer and family.. hehehe.

Lepas ambil kereta, the next day, bawak mil & Ariana makan luar sebab mau jalan-jalan pakai kereta baru. Betapa paranoid nya saya. Lama tidak rasa beli kereta baru. Kereta parking tepi jalan, macam resah gelisah saya duduk dalam restoran. Kalau boleh angkat meja duduk luar supaya dapat tengok kereta.

Sot.

Sangat sot.

By the way, meet my new baby, Sharkie. Sharkie sebab antena bentuk macam sirip ikan yu.

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Splurge!

Enchek Kedek said to Ariana,

“Mai.. This month is mommy’s shopping month”

…dan Ariana mengangguk seolah-olah setuju dengan kenyataan yang di berikan oleh Papa nya.

Well, I did spulrge more than usual this month sampai my sister, Ica said, “Why are you soo spendy?” after receiving continuos pictures of showing her my new stuffs via whatsapp.

Here’s what I spulrge on this month.

Skin Care.
I changed the products that I used again. Previously was Biotherm, after series of dissapointment with Lancome, Etude & Body Shop.

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This time I go for local brand. My sister recommended me to use this when I went back to KK last month. So I used hers. Hehehe. I can see visible improvement on my skin, so I bought the whole set. It has been 1 month plus and I am still with Bio-essence Tanaka White.
Eh rupanya Tanaka ni sejenis pokok yg tumbuh di Myanmar & Nora Danish ada keluarkan product yang berasaskan pokok tanaka ni. I thought that ‘tanaka’ was connected to something from Japan. Hehe.

Collagen
Sana-sini cerita pasal collagen kan, tapi saya tidak mudah lah mau terpengaruh, kecuali this one brand of collagen, Ephyra.

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I first read about Ephyra from Kak Diana Green Apple’s blog. I think it was last year. And only this year I bought it. See.. Betapa susah nya saya untuk senang-senang terpengaruh. Haha. Actually, Ephyra punya harga ni mahal, sebab tu mengambil masa setengah tahun utk saya berfikir mau beli kah tidak :p.
So far, I can see the improvement, but, I had set my goal higher on something, and still waiting for the good result, barulah saya akan share here. Kalau tiada perkongsian di sini tentang Ephyra, means goal belum tercapai. Of course my skin ada improvement, kuku cantek, tumit kaki cantek, tapi semua tu obvious result that people get. Kononnya saya mau set higher goal because I did read some of the testimonials, and wanted to see the result my self. So every 3-4 days lah saya ambil gambar so that I can see the different, if any, dan photostream Enchek Kedek pun penuh juga dengan gambar-gambar saya. Haha.

Handbags
The last bag that I bought was 2 years ago and since that, as we all are aware of, saya ialah penjahit bag separuh masa and I sew my own bags. But lately, I was very busy with other things and I need new bags bag desperately. Reason mau bag baru pun masih samar-samar. Tapi yang penting, mau bag baru. So I bought a few.

The first one that I bought was on Enchek Kedek’s approval! Ala you know lah the relationship between husbands and handbags/shoes/clothes. So, upon receiving the green light from Enchek Kedek, My face was glued to my ipad. Scrolling and surfing.

After I purchased the first bag, I was in dilemma. Saya rasa bag yang saya pilih tidak cantik. Tapi sudah order, payment sudah buat. Lagi dilemma. Maka saya meng-gam kan lagi muka ke ipad dan jumpa bag cantek. I whatsapped Enchek Kedek. Enchek Kedek ni kan, jenis yang tidak boleh terima kalau tiba-tiba dapat gambar sesuatu barang dari saya dengan caption, “cantek kan?”, tanpa mensyakki sesuatu. So he suspected that I wanted another bag, walaupun banyak kali saya deny. Extreme punya deny pun dia tidak percaya. So I admitted that I liked that bag, and he generously sponsored for that second bag. Naaaaa…. Huge grin on my face.

And the third bag was just a percubaan. Percubaan mengorder sendiri from the website. After consulting from a friend who is very arif in customs handling, I proceed with my order, not known by Enchek Kedek. A week before my third bag arrive, ada package for Enchek Kedek from Italy. He helped his friend to buy something from there. I was the one who receive the item at home dan amat terkejut tengok cas dari kastam. Mahal. Mau menangis because harga barang tu murah dari bag yang saya beli, tapi tax suda beratus. And that was the day I told Enchek Kedek abt the 3rd bag. He’s ok. Cuma kasi ketawa. Then he explained to me how the tax was calculated. I’ll try to find time to make another entry on guidelines of calculating the tax. The third bag arrived safely without custom tax. Pheww!

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The 1st and 2nd bag (bottom row) was purchased from Princess Victoria Stylo. You can search for her FB page or blog. So far, her price are the best. I compared with other personal shopper, and harga diorang ada dalam RM50-100 lebih mahal dari si Princess Victoria Stylo. And she have a lot of ready stocks juga. For KKians, you can personally go to the shop in Wisma Merdeka, ground floor. Check out her blog for the name of her shop sebab saya lupa walaupun sudah beberapa kali pergi ke sana.

The 3rd bag, I ordered from www.coachfactory.com. Every week ada special price and you will be invited to certain event. Tidak selalu dapat invitation tu.

Gadget
I just got back from Langkawi few days ago, and that is one of the reason that I bought this camera. Initially, I wanted a simple-not-expensive point & shoot camera and it has to be in PINK and I dont really care about the specs. That is typical me. But, I am married to this wonderful guy, Enchek Kedek and that ‘typical me’ does not applies on him. In fact, i was not even done with my survey on the net, he sudah gave me his suggestion.

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And behind this camera, there’s a story.

So I suggested to Enchek Kedek to look for the camera around Miri town first. We didnt go to every shop, but I did called most of the camera shop and too bad, they dont have this yet. Need to order lah. No stock lah. Kalau order pun, harga mahal RM500 than Shashinki. We did our survey on shashinki dulu. Then I emailed to Shashinki asking whether they can send the camera before 14 June because I need to learn how to use it first. So we ordered from them, and waited for 2 days, still no updates on shipment. I called them again, and they told me that they dont have stocks for that item. Enchek Kedek called another shop in KL, and they dont have it too. According to the person, habis stock seluruh Semenanjung. Kemudian, saya gundah gulana sebab xmau bawak dslr sebab besar & berat & xmuat dlm handbag. Shashinki did a very good job, by refunding our money, as soon as I sent them my account number. Very very effective. We found 1 shop that sells this camera, in KK. To be exact, nama kedai Photo Saga, location, Center Point. We always buy camera accesories from this shop whenever we went back to KK. Belikan kawan pun ada. So Enchek Kedek called that shop and told that auntie that my dad is coming that night to get the camera. Hehe. It was already Friday night and I dont trust any courier service to send in my camera on Monday, and Tuesday morning is already my flight to Langkawi. Then there’s Naomi, a friend who worked in Miri, tapi balik KK every week sebab family & anak-anak masih di sana. She helped me to bring the camera by hand and passed it to me! Punyalah my heart beat naik & turun on those few days starting from the day we submitted our order to shashinki. Pheww!!

Bracelet
So everybody are talking about Pandora. Pandora is an European Charm Bracelet and besides Pandora, there are other brands that selling this kind of bracelet, and of course less expensive. I was on Etsy, looking high and low for nothing (cuci-cuci mata ja) and saw a seller selling charm bracelet. Scrolling and surfing, then I found Pugster. Pugster is the name of their brand, and if you look it into dictionary, it is actually a type of dog. Kan ada chihuahua, rotweiler, bullgod and pugster is one of them. Anyhoo, i surfing and scolling lagi in their website, and the next thing I know, I was already adding items into my shopping cart.

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Jeans
The last pair that I bought was last year Raya. I managed to get in back my old jeans which I bought before I was pregnant with Ariana. Pendek kata, ada pengurangan kilogram lah. Hehe. But I still need another pair. So I bought 1 Levi’s, and picked it up on the next day because I need to cut it according to my height yang tidak berapa tinggi sangat. So the next day, I went there alone after I send Enchek Kedek for motorbike class. Sampai kedai rupa-rupanya, ada past season punya jeans yang on sale, which I didnt see on the previous day. Harga murah RM100 from the one that I bought, and they have my size too! This is something that is really hard to resist. So I picked one. Sekadar untuk cuba-cuba. Selesa pulak. Hmmm… Tutup mata seja lah!

Then I told Enchek Kedek about the jualan murah.

“Ada lah ktk beli?”, he asked.
“Beli pakai apa?”, I answered.

The next day, I tried it on and showed it to Enchek Kedek, “cantek kan?”

So that was my shopping haul and stories behind it. I realize that I didnt always buy things, but when I do, this is how I do it.

Pattern Testing : Nelia Dress by Popolok

I was invited for the 3rd time to join Alviana’s pattern testing for her new design, Nelia Dress. And I said YES!

Alviana’s designs are supported with coloured pictures which makes it easier because, there are “seamstress-words” that I cant understand. Hehe

Anyway, The Nelia Dress can be made up to your creativity. It can be a top, a knee-length dress or a maxi floor length dress. Sleeveless, long sleeve of bubble sleeve. Collarless, peter-pan collar or tie-bow collar.

I choose to sew a sleeveless, peter-pan collar maxi floor length dress. The fabric that I have in stock are very limited. So I have to squeeze my brain to think & visual a perfect combination of 2 fabrics.

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Print, paste & cut out patterns.

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Sizes that I used for Ariana’s dress.

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I sent this picture to 3 person, to make sure that my eyes are functioning well on combining printed & colour blocking fabrics for Ariana’s dress.

And the final outcome…

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The button that I used for this dress is a plastic snap button. I managed to get myself a set of snap button plier on the day before closing date. It is very easy to use, compared to the common traditional button where you need to handsew it on to your clothes and not forgetting the buttong holes.

I am satisfied with this finished product and wish to sew the other options for this dress pattern when I have more free time.

Ariana’s Babbies

Saya kan, minat main anak patung masa kecil2 dulu. Time umur lingkungan sekolah rendah, sanggup simpan duit untuk kumpul jadi RM10 dan beli sendiri look-a-like Barbie doll di Our Mini Market (satu kedai di Fajar dulu). Dulu-dulu tiada main Barbie Doll original tu pasal mahal. asalkan ada. Criteria pemilihan patung tu, paling bagus yang paling banyak baju supaya boleh tukar-tukar. Satu untuk pegi dinner, pegi kerja, pegi pasar beli ikan etc.

Fast forward ke sekarang, saya sudah ada anak perempuan yang sudah berumur 3 tahun 3 bulan, dan sudah pandai main anak patung. Saya lah yang paling suka sebab lama sudah tiada anak patung. Hehe.

Last year, I bought a Baby Alive for Ariana’s birthday present. Lepas tu, Ariana pandai tengok-tengok video review mainan di Youtube. Kemudian, pada suatu hari, kami pergi ke Toys R Us, Ariana terus sambar satu lagi Baby Alive. Rupa-rupanya video review yang Ariana selalu tengok tu betul-betul memudahkan Ariana in making decision which toy to sambar.

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Look at the HAPPY FACE 🙂

Now that she already have 2 babbies, Saya fikir2, best ni kalau ada tea party set. Boleh main-main minum tea 🙂

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Eh.. Did you noticed the new addition to the family?

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Taaadaaa…

I was looking at ebay for other available version of Baby Alive and just found out that Baby Alive wujud since zaman dolu-dolu and they are people selling vintage collections of Baby Alive in ebay.

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So, three of them all together and Ariana named them SATU, DUA and TIGA respectively.

And since that Ariana hijacked all they throw pillows for her babbies, I decided to make a bedding set for the babbies.

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Throwpillows and Ariana’s blanket.

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Then next day, we (read: Me, Satu, Dua & Tiga) send Ariana off to school together.

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And after that, the girls (read: Satu, Dua & Tiga) followed me to the Post Office, bank and craft supllies store.

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PS: Ariana got a lot of toys from me this month, so she should at least fast from buyying toys for the next 3 months. Hehe.

PS: These Baby Alive pandai makan & minum & pakai diaper, but, I didnt tell Ariana about this yet. not until mommy knows how to sew baby’s cloth diapers. Bankrupt mommy beli pampers baby alive nanti.

My New Toy :)

So the title says it all.. 🙂

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This came in the mail last week, when I was already anxiously waiting for it.

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We ordered it from applestore online, so that we can get the engraving, and yes, its free 🙂

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The Hello Kitty Ipad Mini Case that I bought a week earlier because the shopkeeper kind of treatening me by saying, “saya tidak tau lah kalau ini colour masih available by the time u punya ipad sampi”. Demmm.. Terus beli!

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And see, how cute the mini ipad is!

All the features of the ipad mini are still the same as Ipad 3, only the size is FUN-er & lighter.

And because of this, I ordered an ipad-like learning toy for Ariana so that she wont rebut with me 🙂

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Vtech Innotab 2, that features a motion game, learning activity, big memory capacity & external SDcard memory slot to put in music & movies annndddddd a 360 rotating camera. Dasyat mainan budak sekarang. Purchased it online from UK Amazon, brought back to Malaysia by Enchek Kedek’s cousin and I saved about RM200 from buying it locally. Hehehe.

YES.. I am that SMART in spending money 🙂