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Today’s Teaser : Knowledge is POWER!

Why I feel so suck today? It’s Friday & I should feel great, isn’t it?

Feels like to up several chat to participate few bloggers’ contests that I had my mind on but why am I being so lazy today??!!

Plus..I…am..so..sleepy….maybe blame it to the fact that the lack of sleep as Baby Hambali & Hanafi are not so well currently..Sigh…they’re having cough & fever & tonsilitis.

Anyhow, just entertain yourself with my nonsensical ramblings with these 2 teaser’s pics…

I’m seriously on it & I am seriously still far in this journey…and with this valid reason, gaining knowledge as much as I can by reading relevant books…fuh,fuh..

Got those books from among my favourite online bookstore here.

October 30, 2009 Posted by | Attachment Parenting, Green Living, Hanz in Reading, Hanz's Feelings, Natural Parenting | 4 Comments

Terima Kasih :> : Customer Service applies everywhere, right?

Terima kasih atas pendapat kengkawan tentang isu semalam tu..

Untuk Situasi 2, me rasa nak let go jelah..but seriously me takkan beli dah produk dia..sedih gak sebab kita sebolehnya nak support dia, kan..me memang tak terbuka mulut nak minta ganti rugi walau dah bagi tahu kat penjual ni coz masa bagi tahu ingat (dalam hati) dia offer apa2 kan..tapi since dia just say thank you & tak apologize..itu yang buat tawar hati…me tahu bukan salah dia coz dia pun tak jangka supplier bagi bahan yang boleh buat produk dia cenggitu, kan..too bad-lah pada dia just hopefully next time dia berhati-hatilah..nasib baik dapat customer macam me kalau yang nasty tu..ha-ha, tak pasal2 jer kan..boleh buat rosak business..

To the penjual kot2 terbaca chatterbox ni, rest assured, me tak hold grudges dah..dah let go..cuma semalam tanya pendapat kengkawan, nak sedapkan hati kot..kih,kih..

Me ni particular pasal customer service coz me background ni dah bertahun dah..me pernah attach in hotel & tourism industry lama and in fact, kerja sekarang pun banyak customer relation management..itulah omputih cakap, “Old habits is not easy to get rid of” (lebih kurang camtu ler bunyinya..,he,he..)

About Situasi 1, oh susah jugak ni..itu yang kadang2 wish kalaulah me ni mulut laser bagus jer sound terus tanpa rasa ‘guilty’..he,he..tapi me khuatir outcome mamat ni bengang & simpan dendam pulak..hemm..me rasa akan tegur dia cara gurau2 & sebolehnya akan memaniskan muka lebih manis dari madu tapi point tetap direct..nak pakai 3rd party, takut me dikatakan takder tulang belakang & lembik but in case mamat ni buat jugak perkara sama..ha! me terus mengadu jer kat bos! AHAKS!…moi bos dengar cakap me coz me ni selama kerja kat sini, takder repot2 kat dia tau walau dia sedaya-upaya nak korek2 tanya me if me nak bagitau ada apa2..coz dia sebenarnya tahu perihal staf2 dia sorang2 cuma nak mintak kepastian kot dari me & memang me ada tak puas hati kat orang tu, orang ni..tapi me biasanya bising2 belakang & hubby jadi mangsa tukang dengar, kih,kih..pastu habih camtu jelah..to me benda2 tu tak heavy, masih boleh dihadapi..yelah kan mana ada office environment yang perfect tak..kena tolerate benda2 remeh..tak suka tattling

Customer Service ni sebenarnya applies everywhere coz bukan saper2 pun customer kita ker? Kalau ikut logik, kita interact dengan saper2 pun dalam life and we will doing our level best nak treat orang ok..if kita jaga customer beli produk & service kita ok tapi dengan staf sendiri teruk, still tak jamin business akan maju, right? And, kalau kita employee..promise itu ini kat customer untuk ambik hati so boleh maintain goodwill tapi dengan rakan sekerja takder nak hormat-menghormati pun tak elok jugak,kan?

Itulah jer my ngomel di pagi hari ni..terima kasih sekali lagi..semua pandangan me terima dengan rasa terharu and semat dalam ingatan untuk panduan akan datang.

THANK YOU!!!

October 30, 2009 Posted by | Hanz's Feelings, Hanz's Muse | 1 Comment

Serba Salah

Kalau koranglah aper yang korang akan buat if situasi camni happen kat korang?

Situasi 1

Your colleague / opismate selama kini amatlah jarang masuk opis tapi lately ni tersangatlah kerap masuk opis. Dia nak masuk opis lantaklah asalkan tak mengganggu kententeraman…sebabnyer dia ada habit yang menjengkelkan!

Mamat ni kalau bercakap kat handphone tersangatlah kuat sampai u buat donno & sebaik mungkin pekakkan telinga masih boleh terdengar dengan jelas butir-butir percakapan. Tak cukup dengan itu ditambah pula denagan jalan mundar-mandir berdekatan dengan u siap tangan2 merewang-rewang penuh aksi. Lagi menjengkelkan bukan satu phone call dibuat tapi at least 3-4 call berturut-turut.

U tengah nak concentrate or perhaps on call jugak terganggu dengan ‘pencemaran’ bunyi dan pandangan tu. Apa yang u akan buat?

=> Beritahu dia straightforward dengan cara penuh berhemat yang tabiat dia tu sangatlah menggangu?

=> Secara berjenaka / gurau kasar indirectly inform dia yang u terganggu?

=> Beritahu 3rd party, maybe member rapat dia agar orang tu boleh nasihatkan dia?

** Buat masa ini, the only temporary solution me buat ialah keluar dari opis bila dah tak tahan..me merayaulah ke mana kaki mahu melangkah..tapi me seboleh-bolehnyer tak nak buat cenggini coz tengah office hour kan, kerja takkan nak buat slalu, tak pasal2 kena pulak me orang kata tak buat kerja.

Well, please bagi pandangan if say this happen kat korang. Me ni penyegan sikit (he,he)..itulah masalahnya..(eih, macam cerita Impian lak)

Situasi 2

Another serba-salah. Korang baru beli satu produk ni & dah pakai one time, ada isu tentang kualiti which u have to stop using it.

U dah bagitau kat penjual tentang benda ni dengan cara paling sopan..penjual take note & say thank you inform dia. Itu saja.Full stop. Walhal at your side, u memang dah takleh pakai coz kalau u pakai perkara sama akan berlaku. Adakah korang akan

=> Mintak ganti rugi? Tukar dengan barang lain atau pulangkan duit?

=> Kecohkan kat blog / facebook barang dia tak kualiti?

=> Diamkan saja? Kira let golah ni..

Okey, dear hubby suruh me mintak ganti rugi after me dah inform penjual tu..me sekali lagi penyegan..coz barang tu bukanlah mahal coz satu keping jer tak ok..the rest ok..tapi sekeping tu dah tak guna, consider me masih rugi..

Entahlah..susah betul nak decide..situation macam ni happened to me few times..& most of the time me tolerate depends lah tapi kalu macam servis kat kedai makan tak ok..me direct jer inform / sound tapi kalau barang beli online?

Hemm…please bagi pandangan yer kengkawan..coz me serba salah & buntu…

Hanz’s Note : Kejap tadi blackout & today x dapat nak berblog & chat-hop ke tempat kawan2..me got to rush back home.

October 29, 2009 Posted by | Hanz's Feelings, Hanz's Muse | 11 Comments

TheHoneybunch Marketplace is here for you!!!

Friends…..

Please make way & welcome the launching of my so-called Blogshop! hahaha..

I’ve created this “to-sell-things” blog since August this year but only, finally materialise it almost beginning of November. Lots of books, some maternity wear & nursing wear, some baby items & other stuff as well.

Just go to http://saleathoneybunch.blogspot.com
or click here =>
TheHoneybunch Marketplace

Please….a lot of hiccups & nitty-gritty stuff is still under the way. Nevertheless, it is ready for you and do take note all items I have posted up to this point is preloved. When I said preloved, meaning that I took care of ‘them’ with tender loving care.

Rest assured, I am letting it go as some I believe needs a new home & can benefit others & as for the clothing..I outgrew them (ahem..I lose weight).

More items even new items will be announce from time to time and in fact I will offered few services that I am capable of (credential & gift from Allah). Just stay tuned, ya!

Psssttt…I offered price as low as RM 3.00. Tak mau ka? :>

October 28, 2009 Posted by | Hanz is up to..., Promotion / Sales, The Honeybunch Marketplace | 9 Comments

Clay for Kids Workshop

Me dah registered for my big boy, Hanafi for the 7th Nov, 09…

Anybody want to join in as well? 😀

Boleh kita gether-gether after that…

Click details here => Clay for Kids Workshop

October 27, 2009 Posted by | Arty-Crafty, Hanz's Boys, Meet-Gather | 2 Comments

Bestnyer bila rumah dekat sesangat ke tempat kerja!!

KAMI DAH PINDAH!!

Dengan rasminya kami menjadi warga Kota Damansara, Shah Alam no more!

Selalunyer, kul 8:00 pagi dah terkejar-kejar kami anak-beranak berbondong-bondong keluar rumah tapi pagi ini, kami lenggang-kangkung keluar rumah! BEST WO! Kul 9:00 pagi pun sempat lagi!

Sesaper kat area ni, boleh contact me kita gether-gether Yam Cha!

Hubby dah mention, nanti weekend boring2 boleh lepak2 Curve, Ikea..

Amboi! Boleh…itu cara-cara nak kopakkan duit, Yang! He,he…tapi janji kami banyak save…Bukan setakat wang ringgit, masa & tenaga tu yang penting. My boys nampak happy sesangat..diaorang takder ler melangut pegi balik dalam keta berejam..cuma bezanyer, dulu2 Baby Hambali akan dibacakan buku 8 ke 10 buah oleh Mama nyer dalam keta, tadi sempat 4 buah jer…nenen pun sepantas kilat..dulu2 sempat tidur lagi..

Segalanya berubah! Hopefully penghijrahan kali ini lebih menyelesakan our living day by day.

October 26, 2009 Posted by | Hanz's Feelings, Hanz's Muse | 21 Comments

Review on Baby & Toddler Educational Videos

Baby Hambali is also homeschooling & among age-appropriateness tools we used for his HS are books, toys and educational videos. Initially, he was not so into watching videos as he is more mobile & active than his brother at this age. Plus, Baby Hambali’s attention span is lesser.But, I’m still keen on getting him to sit still (fully focus) for few minutes to enjoy the show & educational purposes in mind.Finally, now he’s addicted! Ha! Ha!

Baby Hambali : Tulah Mama nak sangat Adik tengok VCD, kan? Kang adik dah ketagih. Asal balik rumah vcd adik mesti on..bangun pagi pun vcd adik mesti on. Padan muka Mama tak dapat tengok tv…he,he..

This review is based on Baby Hambali’s preferences & from the eye of certified educator cum mother. :D


Bee Smart Vocabulary Builder

Age range : 2 months to 36months

Duration : 28 minutes

Features : This video series will helps infants begin to categorize objects & to build word meanings by providing multiple & varied examples of examples of each vocabulary word. These cognitive skills will impact your child’s language development for years to come. It is a great intoduction starter pack for setting your child on the road to learning & discovery with wonderful classical music by Mozart, Handel, Haydn & more.

Verdict: Baby Hambali can stay watching those for 5 minutes then off wandering about. I found it bored too as the background music a bit slow & no graphic illustration with bright pictures to pass on. And, I don’t get it why it must be repeated the whole session before the videos end. Baby & toddler must do revision, is it? Gosh! They should know that a very young child’s attention span is very short.

Rating : 2 star out of 5


Brainy Baby

Age range : 6-36 months

Duration : 45 minutes

Features : The Brainy Baby Learning Library is the pioneer in infant development videos. It is the first video series that can help stimulate cognitive development.

Verdict : Though the duration is long, we found it never bored us till the end. We love that it features other babies as we know babies love to watch & learn from other children at play. Also entertining as brightly colored objects help develop cognitive skills & spatial reasoning. Additionally, featuring fascinating animation with real life objects babies recognize.

Very entertaining, simple, straight to the point. I love it that the fact it has range topics chosen age-appropriateness. The background music too is catchy. Baby Hambali will dance when he heard upbeat music is on.

Rating : 4.5 star out of 5


So Smart

Age range : 3 to 36 months

Duration : 30 minutes

Features : Bright, bold animated scenes & an appropriate pace for little ones totally suits young babies. A playful music soundtrack young children & parents will love. Simple stories without any voice / narrator as it needs the parents / child-minder to do the interpretation, interaction & improvise the subject that grow with the child’s age.

Verdict : The first & foremost videos I’ve introduced to both my boys & it never failed to educate & entertain them! Hanafi loves it since the age of 4 months till now at 5 years old & his little brother feels the same way too since 6 months old till now. Feeding time would be less stressful if we just on this videos for Hambali & he seems ‘moved’ by it. I must emphasise it’s the bright illustration that captures any child’s attention span. No interruption of human voice in it!

Rating : 5 star!


Baby Einstein

Age range : Varies according to topics

Duration : 20 minutes

Features : Combined topics with funny puppet shows & sound effects, computer animated clown & captivating real-world visuals & accompanied by the beautiful classical music.

Verdict : I enjoy it too! Simple, catchy, bright illustration & this is the videos that Baby Hambali can stay watching till it ends. Very,very entertaining & educating.Must get more as varieties of topics available & age-appropriateness!

Rating : 5 star!

Hanz’s Note : Previous chat, I have shared on tips to introduce & getting your child to utilise the videos wisely. Click here :=> The Idiot Box Can Babysit Your Child.

October 23, 2009 Posted by | Hanz's Products Reviews, Just Baby, Just Toddler, Parenting in General | 9 Comments

Cloth Diaper for Sale!

Hi All! I am letting go all these diapers as they are in wrong sizing for Baby Hambali. Barely wear on Hambali as I found they looked ‘funny’ on him. Besides, want to make room for new size diapers. Baby Hambali is upsizing most of his CDs now…All prices stated already inclusive shipping price (RM 5.00) Details as follows:-

Dream-EZE AIO


Original price : RM 75.00
Size : XL
Colour : Light Blue
Letting go at RM 50.00 only
Note : This is trim & fit style of diaper.
If your baby is on L size for other brand either pocket or AIO,
this one will fit nicely.

Mommy’s Touch Easy Clean One-Size Pocket


Original price : RM 67.00
Letting go at RM 40.00 only
Colour : Magenta
Note : Insert not included.

Wonder Works One-Size Pocket

Original price : About RM 50.00 above
Colour : Light soft green
Letting go at RM 30.00 only
Note : Insert is not included.

Special price: Buy all 3, pay only RM 110.00.

Interested buyer, kindly email me at thehoneybunch@gmail.com.

October 23, 2009 Posted by | Promotion / Sales, The Honeybunch Marketplace | 4 Comments

Toddler Monthly Notes: Your 17-Month-Old

Separations & that special blankie

Has your toddler yet chosen a special teddy or blankie to help him weather life’s more stressful moments, like your leaving him with a babysitter or taking him for shots? If it hasn’t already, that special lovey or ‘comfort’ object will become one of the most important, if not the most important items in your household for some time to come.

Somewhere between the ages of 15 & 19 months, a toddler becomes capable of forming a mental image of you that he can conjure up when you’re around. Unfortunately, that mental image may not always be sufficient to sustain him emotionally during even the briefest separation like you need to run upstairs to grab a diaper.

A comfort object won’t magically stop child’s tears or prevent your child from feeling anxiety, but once your’re away, it can make your absence that much more tolerable.If she can’t always rely on you to be next to her at every waking moment, well then your child may as well turn to the comfort object.

To enhance your toddler’s comfort factor when you’re not around, encourage your child to use the object for role-play. Say,”Time for Teddy to go to sleep.” Together, tuck the teddy inside a blanket, read him favourite book & give him a hug & kiss. Then allow him to help you turn off the lights & say good night.

Let your child take the comfort object along with him on those errands & trips that can seem disconcertingly unpredictable to your toddler. If you deprive him of a comfort object, you send a message that he’ll just have to cope when he’s feeling uncomfortable or you’re not around. Your child is unlikely to outgrow his object of affection at any time soon.

More comfort

Sometimes, it can seem as though your 17-month-old is on a roller-coaster ride with his emotions- deliriously happy one moment , cranky & distressed the next. That’s perfectly normal & what he needs is for you to stay close to him on that ride. At 17month, your child obviously has an intense need for a great deal of attention & affection from you. Here are few more ways to achieve that:

* Graduate to hide & seek. The simple peek-a-boo game that your child adored as a baby does’nt mean that it does’nt appreciate it any more.Chase your toddler from one room to the next. Act extremely surprised & delighted to see him.

* If you’re pregnant, feel free to talk about the new baby coming. Your 17 month old may not comprehend the event, there’s no harm in talking casually about it & sharing books with your toddler that may help familiarize the concept of becoming a big brother.

Hanz’s Share : The Lion, the soft cuddly toy & 2 pillows are Baby Hambali’s comfort object. Orang tua2 panggil bantal busuk, kan? The bantal is more towards sleeping & substitute of Lion at his Nursery as we don’t want him to bring the Lion there due to many reasons. But, to other places, yes, we bring the Lion.It does help him to understand as sometimes, we use the The Lion to teach. For example if he is reluctant to sleep, we said out loud,”Lion nak tidur.Adik tak nak tidur dengan Lion?” This gesture, to the extent, he handed his Lion to my boob so the Lion can get fair share of Nenen as well. Hilarious!! But, it does make sense.

October 21, 2009 Posted by | Hanz's Notes, Just Toddler, Parenting in General | 12 Comments