Syafrein is the best.

He is such a wonderful father to Hessa. Plays with her, teaches her things, bathes her, gets up at night to make her midnight milk requests (haha!), hugs her, kisses her, remind her how to behave, gives her all the attention she needs. Yes, Hessa is a daddy’s girl. But she is also afraid of disappointing her papa. I used to get jealous that her reaction to her papa is so different from her reaction to me. But I thought, they have such similar traits and really really soft hearts, her papa is the best person to guide her. I step in when she gets too princess-y or whiney. Hurhur.

He is really a great husband. He helps out, he cleans, he nags at me to eat properly, he always make sure we have date nights together, he fetches me from my classes nearly every single time, he’s taken on most of the new house cleaning while I get my work/assignments done, he makes sure that he is there for me when I need him. His family is great and my parents really treat him like their own son, he got his birthday present 4 months early(!).

Even now, he quickly reminds Hessa how to show her empathy whenever I’m vomiting into a bag. He makes sure I eat, especially after my night classes. He lets me sleep when I’m not well. He tries to make sure I get food that I’m craving for. He still says he loves me when I’m all out of shape.

Yes, there’s another baby on the way and I couldn’t be more contented. If you have seen the way Syafrein treats Hessa and other kids, you would know he’s a really great daddy.

It’s a bit early to say this, but Happy Birthday darling husband of mine. You’re the best. I love you.


It’s January and already so many things have happened.

Work started. Big changes. Morning session is more like 12 hour sessions. Kids are more settled.

House is about 80% done. Need to start getting boxes and start moving things slowly. Excited but also anxious at the same time.

My daughter is speaking in sentences. Sometimes need to tell her to slow down. But I gotta love those moments where she does this

because she wants to accompany me as I do this…


Her motivation? The star stickers! Lol. Didn’t manage to complete the whole page of colouring, but demanded a sticker anyway. Tsk tsk.

Anyway, when did she grow so fast? Dunno where all the time went. I remember her being this small.

And now… She’s such a big girl!




Love you, baby… I’m gonna go and look back at more photos now…

Gold for 2015. Literally.


My bid to remain really on task. Make it bright and bring it everywhere.

Got the Kikki K planner earlier but contemplated between getting some Etsy-printables or just buying off the rack in popular. And yeah I ended up with the one from popular.

I realised I’m not the excessive decorating type of person, but I do need some colour and I have lotsa things to draw. Daily inspirations, newsletter layouts (plenty of rough sketches just for that!), doodles… So I have some washi on standby in one of the pouches and my go-to pens in another pouch.

This will follow me everywhere. In my new workbag for next year. Ergh. Okay. Need to get shoes that match the bag too.

Anyway, the planner has a few dividers but I’m mainly using the weekly, daily, monthly and the to-do sections.

Have a separate planner for my kiddos next year that is fully functional for teachers. That, in another post.

Planning planning…

I kid you not, planning for the house boleh buat gaduh ok. Hoosband made me draw up plans of plans of plans of plans. Ok I kid. Err. Not really.

I hated the piece of floor plan that came from HDeeBee. We plan to hack a wall and just make the kitchen a more logical place to be in. But just putting correction tape on that wall doesn’t cut it for me. So I got tracing paper and traced out the floor plan. My BFF, Li, is an interior designer and she drew the planning things onto tracing paper. Inspired by her. Then he made me draw in all the stuff we planned to have. 😐


Also made another super rough sketch of how I intend to organize my kitchen. Like… Where I want the spices to be. Where the pots and pans should be. Where the pantry will be. Where should the plates be stored. I guess it helps in telling the id what we want.

Found a couple of major defects like ponding in the common toilet and that thing to hang clothes won’t come down.

And then came the huge bummer. Changing the kitchen entrance would make it smaller. Haiyahhhhhh. Ok lor. Bo pian. Back to planning again.

Checked out ikea and other places, stumbled onto heritage/kitchen at imm and went back to planning using the ikea kitchen planner. One of the designers at heritage/kitchen was kind enough to show us the features they have. Hoosband and I were nearly drooling. Integrated kitchen modular systems and the most gorgeous colour combi ever. Definitely the dream kitchen for us.

With the dream kitchen in mind, I went back to the ikea kitchen planner. I made quite a few designs before this but that was before we saw all these problems.




One of the earlier designs. Getting a feel of the planner. Measurement all agak2. But doing this is time-consuming and addictive. You want to keep trying and doing everything until you somehow get a design you like. Feeling mcm id je. 😁 Most importantly, you get to visualize the kitchen that you have been dreaming of.

Meeting the id later today to decide on colours and see what he’s come up with…

Articulation Avenue for Ayu…


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