Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Family Vacation 2015 - Krabi Day 1

The day we have been waiting for so long. Family vacation.
 
Our flight was at 7AM on Monday morning. Since my nephew had chicken pox, we couldn't stay at my father's house and drove from there. Woke up at 3AM and drove all the way from TTDI to KLIA2. Met my brother there and he took our car home.

My children were so excited about this trip. It was my girls first time boarding on an aeroplane. Few times they only sent their daddy, now everyone are together and no one gets left behind. We had breakfast at McD an hour before we onboard.

Inside the aeroplane, my girls won't sit still. At one time my first daughter wanted to sit near the window, next she wanted me and next she wanted her daddy. My baby girl wanted to watch play doh on the Macbook. There are crying, fighting and screaming. Phew! I totally forgot to take out the M&Ms or the cookies I bought. Frustrated at myself. You better prepare yourself when it is time to go back Fara.

Our journey took about one hour and ten minutes. We reached Krabi Airport and the person who were supposed to pick us up is not there. We waited for about half an hour. Mr. Fruitheart booked a taxi from the Expedia website. It costs us RM200 (to and fro). They better be at the hotel lobby on time when we are leaving. The person in charge apologised and explained to us that they had some issues with Internet connection. And they didn't get our email confirmation. Hmmm..
 
 
It took us about half an hour to reached Holiday Inn Krabi. We waited for an hour for our room. Standard check in time is at 3PM. But we got lucky because we have kids. Their staff were friendly and nice. There was not even a person who did not smile. Sawadikap! We liked the hotel and no we didn't get the room on the ground floor. The pool is just right after the balcony. Safety reason. Don't want the kids to jump into the 1.3M pool. We got the 3rd floor instead.
 
 
After settling down, we had our first lunch at one of the shop near the hotel. 5 minutes walk. We have been told that 90% of the population are Muslim. It was not that hard to find halal food. And it was easy to find snacks and other things too because there were lots of shops near the hotel, Family Mart is like 7 Eleven in Malaysia. We went for a short walk along the roadside and booked a half day tour for the next day with one of the tuk tuk's driver. Wait for the update!

My kids couldn't wait until 4PM that they decided to invade the pool at 1PM. It was scorching hot! They were excited to see the slides and playground. Yeah, it would be a waste to sit inside the room and not spending time at the pool. The weather was very nice. Oh, I forgot to mentioned that our hotel is facing the sea.
 

They really liked the pool and only came out from it 3 hours later. They continued playing inside the room and fell asleep at 7.30PM local time. We didn't even had dinner. Exhausted to the max. Only Mr. Fruitheart went out for dinner.



P/S: As I am writing this, we have one day left to spend in Krabi. Vacation going to end soon. Sobs.

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Sunday, 20 September 2015

3 Goals for This Week #39 2015 + Update on Last Week's Goals


I'm in my vacation mood people. While having this free time for few minutes, I'm updating my goal for next week.I guess it would not be much, since I will be away for four days. Yay!

Here are this week's goals:

Mothering/Marriage/Family:
Less yelling and frustration with my children.
Have fun and quality time with the whole family.

Home management:
None.

Personal:
Continue reading Shopaholic novel.

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Mothering/Marriage/Family:
Less yelling and frustration with my children.
Continue the No Yelling Challenge for another week.
Plan something for our 5th anniversary, just us.


Home management:
Sort my children's clothes and donate or sell any that don't fit.
Collect 4 box (from office) for declutter.

Packing for our vacation to Krabi. Aim: to pack less.
Make a list of stuff and buy those we need for our vacation.


Personal:
Spend at least 30 minutes to study - consistently!
Apply eye cream and lip balm before sleep.
Continue reading Shopaholic novel.


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P/S: Sticking to goals can be hard. You can do it! Mind to share what's your goal?

Friday, 18 September 2015

The Stop Yelling Challenge - After A Week

I started this challenge on Monday last week and it has now been twelve days. So how is it going? Alhamdulillah, I DID NOT YELL or SCREAM at my children. Yay me!

I have to agree that, it is the most challenging task I've ever done in my life. (What have I gotten myself into? What was I thinking?) *Shut up you devil*
 
It challenges, the level of patience I had towards my children. You know how children say or do something that pushes your buttons and keep on testing their parents? They are very good at it. Next thing you know, you're yelling at the top of your lungs. And then, you regret.

I have been reading a lot about parenting, and one of the reason why parents yell is because they are FRUSTRATED. I don't feel like I have any other options at the moment in time when I lose it. I don't think about what I am doing, I just.. respond immediately. Yes, yell and scream. As much as we always tell and teach our children to behave, we must remind and teach our self the same too. After all, where did they learn it from right?

The three alternatives I have listed to do whenever I feel like shouting, well.. it worked. I drank lots of water, which is of course good. Few times I washed my face, makes me fresh. And the phrase that makes me realized “They are just kids and I love them.” worked wonders.
 
How do I feel right now? I feel great. I didn't have this guilty feeling anymore. Honestly, the first thing I realized was that I needed some space and relaxed a little bit after work. Why? It is the time where my emotions were triggered easily. Simple word - TIRED. 10 - 15 minutes of me-time would do.
 
P/S: Wait until pay day to get my Ferrero Rocher.

Monday, 14 September 2015

10 Goals for This Week #38 2015 + Update on Last Week's Goals


I have to admit, 'overwhelmed" has become my new normal. Even if it is for temporary, honestly it is exhausting. A good night sleep and a chocolate perhaps, good to end the day for me. Oh and I guess I'll have to delay my resignation again, until I find the job that has the flexibility that I want.

And here are this week's goals:

Mothering/Marriage/Family:
Less yelling and frustration with my children.
Continue the No Yelling Challenge for another week.
Plan something for our 5th anniversary, just us.

Home management:
Sort my children's clothes and donate or sell any that don't fit.
Collect 4 box (from office) for declutter.
Packing for our vacation to Krabi. Aim: to pack less.
Make a list of stuff and buy those we need for our vacation.


Personal:
Spend at least 30 minutes to study - consistently!
Apply eye cream and lip balm before sleep.
Continue reading Shopaholic novel.


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Mothering/Marriage/Family:
Less yelling and frustration with my children.
Facetime session with husband everyday.
Set timer +/- 20 minutes for chores I do.

Home management:
Sort my children's clothes and donate or sell any that don't fit.
Collect 4 box (from office) for declutter.
Organise bar counter and red drawers.
Remove boy's old school books.

Personal:
Spend at least 30 minutes to study - consistently!
Apply eye cream and lip balm before sleep.
Continue reading Shopaholic novel.

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P/S: Sticking to goals can be hard. You can do it! Mind to share what's your goal?