Out to the WIC office this morning not realizing that the overnight snowfall resulted in a new ginormous pile.
Till the first sight of daffodils, Ayman will be having a snowy birthday this year so it seems!
The kids are back to being their healthy selves hence the house turning chaotic once again indicating that things have resumed back to normalcy..
After dua kali bawak snow masuk rumah, and dua kali jugak KO demam batuk selsema, Ibu decided that there will be no more of bringing snow inside. It is counterintuitive that they don’t fall ill when I let them play outside but get sick when the snow is played indoors. Anyway, after almost 4 nothing-but-white months, I guess it doesn’t hurt to not let them play with snow anymore.
Therefore, here’s the entertainment for the week:
Ayman’s version of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Heh. Heh.
Climbed down from his bed in the middle of the night and said he wanted to accompany me do my schoolwork. I wanted to put him back to bed but he was very adamant about “taking a rest” on the floor of our study room.
I’m going to work harder, just for you baby. So we can have more time playing at the park come spring, every single morning!
This I promise you.
Had to bring Ayra to the urgent care after we heard her starting to wheeze in the wee hours of the morning today.
We always joked about how she doesn’t take even an inch of my looks, but seeing how prone she is to contract acute bronchitis, it is so sad to now learn that above other things, my asthma genes may have been passed down to her. (Bronchitis is completely unrelated to asthma though).
It has been 3 consecutive days that mummy and daddy barely get any sleep through the night, and we don’t mind not getting any sleep for as long as you get nursed back to health, beautiful baby!
Just glad I didn’t make the long trip down to Champaign to meet my advisor yesterday. Things could’ve gotten worse for her.
Family always comes first, no matter what.
Baru semalam happy, as early as subuh this morning, we’re back to the heavy snowing.
On a different note, I’m joining the bandwagon of the stemcell hype to combine with my habba & honey and juicing routine. Anything, anything at all to keep me alive to the finishing line without jeopardizing my own health. For ample sleep, is a luxury I can’t afford for now. Resorting to trying even the randomest of things like this stemcell stuff is my ultimate cry for help. Fatigue is just not enough to describe me right now.
Thanks mom, for this. Placebo pun placebo lah.. Asal jangan kejang otak sudah!
Have a good day/eve, all!
It is warm and very spring-like today we’re able to have both sliding doors wide open.
Then I checked the weather, no wonder!
So happy, even if this is just for today. So happy, I feel like I want to be one of these goats!
And soo happy, because we received yet another huge package from home! The beautiful weather is enough a celebration for Nashriq’s birthday today. He has a lot of schoolwork due this week we couldn’t even afford to have a dinner outing to celebrate. Till later.
These cows won the lottery! Dairy cows jump for joy after release from their slaughterhouse fate into a big green pasture. This is the first time I saw any cow being that happy, and how much they appreciated being free..
I can’t wait to be like one of those cows come spring. And most importantly, how I wish I could stop eating red meat!
The time is approaching 3:00AM Saturday morning but this man is still working hard on his Stats assignment. I on the other hand have struggled to remain focused with my schoolwork the past two hours and have instead went surfing the internet reading every single little thing about Jeffery Dahmer as though the success of my dissertation depended on it in its entirety.
Well hats off to you my man, for always working ahead of time with your due work. I’m admitting defeat (as always) and joining the kids entering dreamland now. Hope I don’t get horror dreams though. Otherwise, I’d put the blame on Katy Perry for bringing this whole Jeffery Dahmer thing up. Hah.
I just wanted you all to know that our school mate Azlina has successfully underwent a spinal implant surgery and is now miraculously walking. Alhamdulillah.. This is so grateful to know..
Each time when I feel like breaking down (which I really do, right now), thinking about her always gives me a surge of strength. My days have been truly trialing the past several months. I seem to face one stumbling block after another that I really don’t know how much more I can take in.
But reading Mum’s latest email to me teared my eyes to no end. Among others she mentioned,
“..tak apa Yong…hidup ni tak semuanya indah dan mudah ada kalanya kita diuji Allah supaya kita lebih beringat supaya tidak diuji dgn perkara2 yg lebih besar.”
“..itulah gunanya Ayah/Ma menabung supaya blh kita gunakan ketika berlaku perkara2 sebegini…. kita ada simpanan jadi tak perlu nak meminjam ke bank dan banyak pula syarat2nya. Tak ada masalah tu…tumpu je pada thesis tu…”
“..cuma harapan Ma/Ayah ayong bersungguh2 siapkan Ph.D tu dan Ma akan sentiasa berdoa moga semua urusan pembelajaran Ayong juga Abang dipermudahkan Allah SWT.”
To those who just knew me in here, technically I am just 2.5 years into my supposedly 5-year PhD program. But I am already on second extension status now with no funding provided by my sponsor as they will only pay for my tuition fees this time.
To each, his/her own PhD path. And this is mine. InshaAllah, I am in the redha.
*Back in 2009, I was offered to do a 5-year PhD program hence the standard 4-year scholarship from SLAB/KPM. When I got here, an Early Research Requirement of the PhD program required a Master-thesis level research hence the need for me to first, complete a 32-credit hours, mixed-mode MSc program of which I graduated in 2011; leaving me with only 2 years of the remaining scholarship to work on my PhD (another 84 credit hours of coursework, a Master-thesis equivalent research project, a research specialization project, 2 candidature exams which includes written exams, several research projects, and oral defense, and a dissertation, again with oral defense during proposal and final submission). I have been granted a 6months+6months extension from KPM until this August, making a total of 3 years for the PhD. However, funding will not be provided for the second half of the 6 months, starting this month as per their standard policy, regardless my unique case, regardless how ahead of time I am in making progress towards completing the degree.
But this is not the end of the world. So I guess I’ll be just fine, so long God does not take my family away from me. PhD, after all, is a great test of EQ. Not IQ. As long as you persevere, you’ll survive.
Pantang ibu ayah terleka sikit. There you have it. Paint everywhere. Even on the carpetted floor of a *rented* house.
[Insert loudest cry out loud emoticon here].
And it was just 8:00AM.
Less than an hour after that, we received a call from a Private Number. It was the Milwaukee County Sheriff calling (polis ler). We got notified that “your kid was playing with your phone and dialed 911″.
As a self-proclaimed Queen of Soups, I hereby would like to share a self-invented recipe of my most favorite comfort food, wontons, as posted in my IG last weekend
Here’s what you need:
And here’s how to make the fillings:
To wrap the wontons:
For the soup:
Nota kaki cagu: Actually you can be creative with the filling. You can literally put anything, but just bear in mind the filling mixture will have an effect on the taste of the soup (so that’s why I have roasted seaweed to have a smokey note to it). The traditional Chinese filling recipe is normally a combination of shrimp mixed with daging che bab.
May you find it as comforting as I do!
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