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When Prince & Princess of Darkness on date


Team Edward or team Jacob or not I must watch this sequel saga after finished reading the whole saga. Caught the earliest show at The Curve yesterday…our date after been so long doing this. When was the last time we had this movie date? Oh, now I remember we watched the wolf remake, The Wolf last time..that was our last date…..

**poor quality pic**

If you read the whole saga and yet to watch this Eclipse, don’t put your hopes too high. Of course, it’s triple better than New Moon. I was expecting the battle scene, ah well, emmm..leaves lasting impression but I thought it ended abruptly. Even hubs who were clueless the whole thing about this Vampire-Werewolf-Human Love Triangle, could fell the disappointment.

I personally think, they should:

  • Shown more the preps side & the join-effort Wolf-Vampire for the battle
  • How the newborn being created
  • Jasper reminiscence his long-lost life to Bella
  • Rosalie rendering her human life to Bella
  • More on Jacob’s heart-broken, perhaps?

Ooppss..did I tell too much?


We both in unison agree that Edward is the one suits Bella most. He’s matured, cool, very understanding, very loving, broad knowledge wherelse Jacob is very immature, so pushy, hot-tempered and selfish. Oh, did I mention that he has a sharp tongue too? Jacob may be buff and warm with his cute, adorable looks and charming bad boy image. But, personality wise, Bella who is also has the trait of pushy, whiny & hot-temper who seems to develop the attraction to Jacob, he’s far better off with Edward coz opposites character will click nicely just like hubby & me.

Before headed home, we went to IKEA. Needed to run some errands for office to check on things. IKEA is on sale currently, the crowd were that bad made me thought I’m in Pasar Malam of IKEA.. yup, I may say some items the price went on very, very low..you can’t believe your eyes.

Can’t help myself leaving IKEA with empty hands and at RM 3 per piece, I grabbed those in 4, for each of TheHoneybunch.

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July 12, 2010 Posted by | Hanz in Celebrations and Gifts, Hanz on Random Matters, Hanz's Boys | 1 Comment

Baby Hanz

Hehehehe…while still drafting Advertorial Chat for today as keeping promise to my list of sponsors, mari jamu mata with these piccas.
Heeemmmm…the good old days!


Looking at all of them, don’t you think me resembled Baby Hambali?

Hanz’s : Happy TGIF everyone!

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July 9, 2010 Posted by | Hanz on Random Matters, Hanz's Boys | 5 Comments

Homeschool 201 : Adopting Montessori for toddler’s motor-skill activity (Part 2)




Have you read the first part of this Montessori approach toddler’s activity? Click HERE if you have missed it.

Activity #3 : Threading

Objective : Eye-hand coordination and improves concentration and dexterity

Steps:

1. We bought the ready-made threading toy last time from Pusat Sains Negara. Actually, you can make it yourself by getting a thicker thread like wool yarn or strings or even old shoelaces. Some art store or sewing store sells beads in various sizes but make sure you find the one with holes on both sides.

2. Show how it needs to be done for the first time for your toddler. This activity requires lots of patience and be prepared that your toddler may show frustration over failure attempts.

Activity #4 : Pincer grasp and colour matching


Objective :
Practice finger grasp and flexibility

Steps :

1. You just need medium-sized (toddler-sized better) thong, few colourful small hair tie-bands, a wide flat bowl, 1 colour pallette and few coloured papers and double-sided tape. Make sure the coloured papers match the coloured bands, like yellow paper with yellow bands. 6 pairs of colours will do as the coloured pallette only have six round spaces.

2. I prefer to paste coloured papers onto the spaces in the pallettes rather coloured the palletes. Colours may peeled-off over time and won’t last as well as contains chemicals.

3. As always, you need to show for the first time, how this activity needs to be done. Your toddler only needs to grasp the bands using the thong to the coloured pallettes.

3. Once all bands inside each spaces, toddler can do the reverse by putting it back to the bowl.

4. This activity can be tiring for toddler’s little fingers so stop immediately when your toddler shown irritant.

Hanz’s : Baby Hambali is not in the picture to model this time round since these two activities is the least activities he like especially the threading.

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July 7, 2010 Posted by | Adore HOMESCHOOLING, Hanz's Boys, Lifestyle on Parenting, Notes on TODDLER | Leave a comment

Raising boys for first and second time

My boys, Hanafi and Hambali are 4 years in age gap. Starting from carrying them in my womb, then gave birth and caring them, they differ lots!.

  • While preggie with Hanafi, I was energetic, no qualms, no morning sickness, no craving & at later stage of pregnancy, I enjoyed buying last-minute baby items and went out on my own by taking the public transport with both hands full of shopping items. With Hambali, I stopped working as a principal at a prestigious kindy because I cannot endure the constant headache, the mood swings and the cravings of crazy-hot-spicy-food, cheese cake with apple juice and laksa, laksa, laksa…
  • It took me from 7am in the morning when my water broke to finally 7 in the evening to make Hanafi out to this world by induced labour. Intoxicated with epidural, I vomitted whole lot right after the stitching. It was not a good memory of giving birth. Hambali provided me the exact feels like having the contraction and labour pain. Ascending labour pain throughout the day finally ends at 3 in the morning and only Etonox to decrease the burst. And yes, the second time around, hubby was at my side unlike the first time.
  • Breastfeeding was not immediate for Hanafi as he was separated from me for close monitoring due to the prolonged labour so he tasted formula before finally had Mama’s Colostrum. And, I was anxious and lost for the first one month having to endure Hanafi’s crankiness during feeding and my painful swollen boobs. Hambali as if has been taught to nurse as once I put him on my chest right and ushered him to my boobs, he immediately sucked and nurse very, very well.
  • Hanafi never got the chance being cloth diapered as there was limited cloth diapers available and the awareness was not there yet. To Hambali, he has been cloth diapered almost entire of his age.
  • Hanafi never got the chance to being wear in slings although Mama did bought Ring Sling by MomsInMind from The Baby Loft and it was collecting dust as I was discouraged due to lack of knowledge. With Hambali, he had the opportunity to be in Ring Sling and SSC almost all the time.
  • Hanafi is a late-talker.Thanks to Baby Sign, Hambali speeds up when comparison made with his Abang. For words he did’nt clearly pronounced, signing lessen the guessing by us towards Hambali.
  • Both Hanafi and Hambali being exposed with learning since in the womb. Books reading, Quran recital, Classical music and Educational videos and they don’t differ much in this. But, in terms of subjects preferences, Hanafi is more technically-inclined which Maths is his favourite subject while Hambali loves dancing! Hambali can even do sommersault!
  • Hanafi is a cheesy-guy loving anything with gooeey cheese. But to Hambali, fruits is his favourite. Serve Hanafi cheese to make his day and serve Hambali banana to make him sit still.
Hanz’s Note : Despite their differences, can witness the close bonding between them. They may screamed at each other, fight over toys but when they apart, you can see they seem lost. By the time I’m typing this, I feel my eyes began to watery…

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June 24, 2010 Posted by | Hanz's Boys, Lifestyle on Parenting | 6 Comments

It is not easy finding a likeable present for a Birthday Boy

Unlike last year, this year we had a quiet celebration. Last year I did a giveaway…maybe some of you did remembered that giveaway where I requested an advise from my fellow contestants finding a perfect gift for that boy soon to be 1. Then, he celebrated his birthday by sharing it with other June babies.

Last Saturday, on the 12th, my lil tot turned 2! Instead having a party on our own, we attended a birthday party of a little girl soon to be 3 on the 20t at Alamanda. We did’nt buy one whole cake for Baby Hambali knowing he is unpredictable when it comes to ssomething sweet. So I ended buying 4 slices of cake from Secret Recipe – 2 Tiramisu, 1 Strawberry Cheese & 1 Chocolate Cheese. Baby Hambali ended up eating 2-3 spoons…sigh..glad that my hunch was right on buying in slices rather than 3 of us having to finish one whole chunk. Besides, it won’t do any justice to my workout regime.

And, talking about present…since we were at Alamanda on that particular date, from Parkson Toy department to MPH, none caught my interest until last-minute decison before we made a move. Hubby suggested The Toy Shop upstairs and ah, alas…we saw something….


Baby Hambali been watching Baby Einstein : Left Brain and been liking all sorts of toys featured there. And, this really suits his interest…..

Mama : Adik…u still a Baby to me!

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June 13, 2010 Posted by | Hanz in Celebrations and Gifts, Hanz's Boys, Lifestyle on Parenting | 8 Comments

Donald Duck waddled about in our house last night

Am not kidding. His bum was just like Donald Duck! It’s my lil tot that I’m referring to…- Baby Hambali wearing for the first time new fitted diaper and new wool soaker. Lucky that he has a flat bum and last night, his Papa kept teasing him that there’s a Donald Duck in our house.

I give it a go for woolies before saying goodbye on this Cloth Diapering journey. And, give it a try for fitted after not much success with preloved Snuggleshugs Fitted Sherpa and preloved Kissaluv Fitted.

First I bought preloved via Diaperswap Forum these well-reviewed fitted especially for nighttime.

Although it is Onesize fitted, it fit too snug for my boy and not much room to grow. In the long run, it won’t be worth keeping. You see Baby Hambali has a unique body structure and measurement. Flat bum, chunky tight, broad waist and quite tall…that’s my Baby Hambali alright!

With much reluctance I sold it back although BBH OS Bamboo Fitted & BBH OS Hemp Fitted won’t be easily to get locally nowadays. Cloth-Addict Diaper Mommas knew this, it’s more like a commodity…ekekekeke.

So, when MyCheekyBoo brought another type of BBH Fiited which BBH Night Nappy Fitted, I grabbed it after gotten assurance from Bonnie that the sizing is far generous. Yup! It’s true. It is not Onesize and I got L size for Baby Hambali and he can fit it at the very first setting last night.

See him in action!

See what I mean? He looks so bulat! ;D

And, since fitted must be worn with cover…I team it up with woolies. I ordered this from another Cloth Diaper Momma, Sharine. She is my CD-Sifu actually. Her blog, Cloth Diapering Journey was the one I kept referring before venture into the world of Cloth Diaper.

These was how Baby Hambali’s bum looked like.

Tried to capture him in action while he’s waddling about but he’s too quick on minding his own business. Not much a model Baby Hambali can be..hehehe…

This dipes is very bulky but I was satisfied with it’s performance. After last night, the woolies not even wet! And, not even wet outside the fitted dipes either. If saying that Baby Hambali is a light-wetter, with other dipes, it’s quite soaked but with this…hemmm….next time I should give it a try without putting on the wool soaker.

The dipes looks like these…..

Like an oyster, right?

The soaker can be folded to many,many layers…up to 23 layers! Worth for heavy wetter I think especially to be used at night.

And the woolies look like these….

Baby Hambali : Mama ni, asyik amik gambar montot Adik jer…malu oranglah!

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June 10, 2010 Posted by | Adore CLOTH DIAPERING, Hanz on Random Matters, Hanz's Boys, Hanz's Products Reviews | 8 Comments

What is Baby Hambali’s favourites?

Just for fun and recording my cheeky lil tot, Baby Hambali’s FAVOURITES! :D. He’s approaching 2..and oh my, I am missing his babyhood already.. :(

His favourite Cloth Diapers

Mama : He loves most the Mutt AIO 3SR, next is checkered AIO & the 4 Antsy Pants, he prefers to pull-it down by himself.

His favourite must-watch Videos daily

Mama : I must say that even we as one whole family enjoyed songs by Hi-5. It’s catchy very happy song & the lesson it provides are very creatively attempted.

His favourite book



Mama : We even have the videos by the same book. I strongly believe, that this book and the videos helps a lot on getting Hambali knowing his ABC really well.

His favourite song

  • Overture : William Tell by Rossini
  • Piano Sonata in A Major, K.311-Alla turca:Allegretto by Mozart
  • Rasa Sayang
  • Bapaku Pulang Dari Kota

Mama : Hambali has a classic soul..hehehe

His favourite toy

Mama : Most of the time, he would reach for these two


His favourite activities

Mama : Those activities that can really make Hambali stay put and focus. He can do them over & over again.


Hanz’s :
Adik…Mama miss u so much!!!

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June 3, 2010 Posted by | Hanz's Boys, Lifestyle on Parenting | 4 Comments

I think my tot is…

I think my tot is clever because he is breastfed baby. He feeds according to his needs, he is alert with his natural instinct and his tastebud is at his peak. Thanks to Mama’s breastmilk that came with various flavour, my tot is not a fussy eater.

I think my tot is clever because he is cloth diapered baby. At a very young age, he is already aware whenever the nature’s calling and he asked to be changed when there is too much to be contain in his diaper. He gets to choose fancy print and happy with the soft squishy fabric touching his bum. Nowadays, he chooses his own cloth diaper to be wear. So Mama got extra work. No more plain diapers and have to get the funky prints one instead.

I think my tot is clever because he is signing baby. Crying to get what he wants is not his lingo. He signed for feeding, poopy diapers, watching videos, reading and etcetra..Mama & Papa is happy and yes, he starts to add more vocabulary. So who said signing will slowing down the talking department?

I think my tot is clever because he is babywearing baby. What Mama & Papa seen and done is part of his life experienced too. Never feel left-out and now he is a natural mimick and some lesson are better learnt by observing instead being taught of.

I think my tot is clever because he is homeschool baby. Starting early on exposure of books and lots of constructive play plays an important role in his growing. Ongoing stimulation and never let the day went idle. Ticking to think and he is well-off learning constantly!

Hanz’s Note : A musing by a contented Mama. This keeps me going and I believe on what I’m doing.

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May 31, 2010 Posted by | Adore BABY SIGN, Adore BABYWEARING, Adore BREASTFEEDING, Adore CLOTH DIAPERING, Adore HOMESCHOOLING, Adore NATURAL PARENTING, Hanz on Random Matters, Hanz's Boys | 6 Comments

Homeschool 201 : Adopting Montessori for toddler’s motor-skill activity (Part 1)

A bit of history on Montessori… Montessori approach in teaching children was founded by Maria Montessori. Initially was meant for the handicapped children but after sometime, she realized it can be good too for any children. Montessori basically & partially stressed on motor-skill in learning & would utilised specially created tools for manipulation on specifically-purposed activity.

I, myself was fascinated by its concept but not really well-trained in this area. Somehow, I managed to get hands-on experienced before by working in Montessori preschool. I made a mental note on few activities they catered for their students and now I adopted some activities as part of my younger boy’s activity.


These two are Baby Hambali’s favourite activities!

Activity #1 : Pouring

Objective : Living Skills on pouring water (spatial skills)

Steps :
1. You just need two small plastic jugs about the size of your child can manage & few balls.
2. Show your child how this activity to be done one time only. Then your child can do the same.
3. After some time, you can replace the balls with smaller objects and finally replace it with water.

The ultimate objective for this skill is to pour water without any drops missed.





Activity #2 : Spooning

Objective : Living Skills on spooning (spatial skills)

Steps :

1. You just need 1 ice-cube containers & marbles (quantity just enough to fit each ice holes), 1 plastic container & small spoon.
2. Place all marbles in the container & show to your child that he or she is required to spoon each marble into each hole of the ice-cube containers. 1 marble is per 1 hole.
3. Ensure your child only using spoon to do this activity & he or she is disallowed to use the finger to slot in the marbles.
4. After all holes filling in, then asked your child to spoon the marble back to the container.
5. This activity can be repeated few times & let your child decide on how many times he or she want to do it.


CAUTION : Be careful on attending small objects. Never leave your child unattended because it can caused choking.


Hanz’s Note : Next, threading & pincer grasp activity plus colour-match

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May 25, 2010 Posted by | Adore HOMESCHOOLING, Hanz's Boys, Lifestyle on Parenting, Notes on TODDLER | 8 Comments

Weekend’s Teaser : When my boys attended school

What school? Oh, just homeschool and
dear Mama & Papa is the teacher cum facilitator cum trainer.
All pictures below are norm to us
can be seen either weekday nights or weekends

Both boys are fully focus watching from educational videos till Baby Hambali could not stay awake being attentive with the lesson.

Each boy has their own writing board and here they were engrossed with doodle writing or perhaps recalling what have being learnt.

Favourite activity. Colouring….

Hanz’s Note : TGIF everyone!!!

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May 14, 2010 Posted by | Adore HOMESCHOOLING, Hanz's Boys, Lifestyle on Parenting, Notes on EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION | 4 Comments