The Sweet and the Bitter Chocolate in the Family

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

mayonnaise jar, golf balls, pebbles, sand and coffee

I was cleaning my inbox and stumbled upon this interesting email from a friend. Please read:

When things in your life seem, almost too much to handle,
When 24 Hours in a day is not enough,
Remember the mayonnaise jar and 2 cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students, if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was. The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous 'yes.' The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

'Now,' said the professor, as the laughter subsided, 'I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.
1) The golf balls are the important things - family,children, health, Friends, and Favourite passions – Things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, Your life would still be full.
2) The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, house, and car.
3) The sand is everything else --The small stuff. '

If you put the sand into the jar first,' He continued,there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

So...Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. 'Take care of the golf balls first --The things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

'One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled.' I'm glad you asked'. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.' Please share this with other "Golf Balls" I just did......

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Selamat Hari Raya Part 2

daniel, deena, me, mak, bapak, dinie, azhar and delailah

Eid Mubarak away from family (parents n brothers and sisters) is of course a sad scenario. However, work, time and money play a role. As the saying goes, we cant always have everything we want. Anyway, after 2 rayas in Bangi/Penang/Tg Karang, I'm back again in Sabah and the rotation will be Sabah / Penang / Tg Karang / Sabah ... and the cycle goes round until me and family move (if we do move).

Being in Sabah, I am lucky because since end 1998 (the first time I moved to Sabah), me and family have found a place to call kampung/home on the first day of Eid Mubarak. Each time we do not go home to Penang/Tg Karang, we will surely head to Tuaran (last time it was nearer - Tmn Nelly, Kelombong) after prayers. This year is no difference except that my friend (mak and bapak eldest child) is not around this year.

All in all, where ever you I spend my raya, it's okay with me cause I have my hubby and children. I got friends and neighbours to visit too and they visit me too. Sometimes I wonder why people quarrel on where to spend the first day of raya. To my memory, alhamdullillah, I have never been in that situation yet.

Selamat Hari Raya. Maaf zahir batin to whoever is reading this 'luahan hati'.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


at Penang airport a week before Raya. ( spend 3 days there )

Time flies... with the kids growing very fast, my raya celebration this yr has changed too. Raya has always been a special celebration especially for children... After fasting for 30 days (or 29 days this year). My kids has started to appreciate and understand raya better this year. The first two has started demanding baju raya, duit raya, kasut raya etc this year (not forgetting bunga api/mercun). Because of this, the preparation for raya was done early (unlike previous years where shopping etc were the in the last week of ramadhan).

The house is a bit more cheerful with the kids noise and bunga api/mercun and the colour of the blinking lights around the house and the traditional pelita...

Eventhough we spend the Raya away from our parents / the kids grandparents... it was still fun. My parents came for three days. This year also was the first time I made my own ketupat. I also had our open house on 7th raya. (Haven't done one for the past two years because we were in KL).
Lembah Impian Resort (raya ke2)
Lembah Impian Resort (raya ke2)

Open House Preparation (outside)

Dinie and daniel waiting for tetamu

Hampers from tetamu. (the green one is special from a politician)

Daniel penat melayan org till midnight sampai tak sempat pakai baju after mandi

Friday, August 7, 2009


Kek Lapis Asam Manis - baked by a friend (July '09)

Big Apple Donuts

Homemade cake (Putatan)

Manhattan Fish Market (QueensBay, Penang, early June '09)

Home cooking - steamboat n seafood BBQ (Tg karang, early June '09)

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Huraz J Farm Enterprise

Sunset at Huraz J Farm Enterprise

It has been more than a month that I have not visited my own blog. Busy with work, and family.
Me, hubby, and his two brothers have a new interest now... Huraz J Farm Enterprise. Anyone interested in buying cows - look for Huraz J Farm Enterprise in Tanjung Karang or email me. We have more that 15 cows to choose from.

Saturday, May 23, 2009


Do you want to enjoy a certain amount of discount off retail price on all Tupperware Brand products?
If your answer is YES! then come and join Tupperware today! All you need is a Starter Kit that cost only RM60.

Starter Kit consist of
1. 1 Kit Bag
2. Tupperware Business Opportunity Presentation DVD
3. Tupperware Business Opportunity of Choice Guide Books
4. FREE: Tupperware Modular Mates Oval II (1 set) + Modular Mates Round II (2 sets) [Worth RM47.10] Tsk… you get more than half your $$ back!
5. Others (order, product, membership list, calendar)

By becoming a Tupperware member aka consultant, you’re entitled to purchase all Tupperware products at a discounted price (except nett price item).

If you’re interested to earn some money from Tupperware, then all you can do is to invite 2 other friends to join Tupperware. You’ll get more discount privilege and commission. But if you’re not interested, then it doesn’t matter.

To join Tupperware email me at, your information as below & I will direct you on the procedure etc.

*Tupperware Malaysia membership is open to Malaysian only.
Name as in IC
Preferred Name on Authority Card
IC no.
Race: Malay/Chinese/Indian/Others
Date of Birth
Language Preferred: Malay/English/Mandarin
Postal Address
Mobile phone/house phone/office phone
* You must purchase at least 1 Tupperware product when joining Tupperware.
You will receive member card & Inspira magazine delivered to your home from Tupperware HQ.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Work and Family!!!

Dinie in his Tok Wan's buggy (p surau lalu sawah)

My bedroom with the colourful window panels and aircorn

Bye Kids : peace and quiet for awhile (off to hunt for durian)

The Kids outside on the anjung

The bending coconut tree on the right side of the house

Green, green land of paddy (view from the anjung)

"To work or to be at home... that is the question".
It has been a long and tiring month for me and the kids as well. It all started on the 18th of April when my maid took leave to go home for her sister's wedding. She was supposed to take 1 week leave and it turned out to be a 'forever' leave. Since that, I had to juggle between home and work. That was the time when all leaves were frozen because it was exam week. (3 weeks). Luckly, hubby was still on leave. But came 30th April, he had to leave for Jakarta (planned much earlier, thanks to airasia). So, I decided to leave too... leave for penang on the 1st of May till the 4th of May. What a relieve it was to have home cooked food and no house work. At the end of the 3 days, I decided to leave daniel and delailah with their Tok Wan till the 8th of May (Azhar picked them up). Imagine me, deena and dinie in KK. I had meetings and markings to attend. There were days when they came home to an empty house.

Now, my life is back to normal since the 6th of May when my previous maid. My maid was with me since dinie was 6 months until mid 2007 when dinie was 6 years old. She didn't want to follow me to KL. Now she is back after I paid her present boss for her 'release'.

Susahnya being a wife, mother and a career woman at the same time.... However - no regrets!!!

Sunday, May 10, 2009


Happy Mother's day to all mothers in the world. It is my 9th year celebrating Mother's Day. My kids are too young to go out shopping but I have been getting handmade mother's day card since 2004 from Deena and Dinie. However, I am sad to say that for the first time this year, i am away during mother's day. Right this moment, as I am typing this, I am in Keningau invigilating a Reading Test for UMS off campus students. I came to Keningau on Friday and will leave for home around 2pm today. I am teaching PLUMS, Keningau English for Academic Reading and Writing. How I am looking forward to going home (not only because it's mother's day). Actually I haven't seen Azhar since 30th April and Daniel and Delailah since 4th of May. ( Deena and Dinie last seen 8th May ). Why? ... Will tell you later, because I need to go round the room to see my students answering my paper.

Before I leave (got this nice but funny SMS last night)
It's NORMAL when you're in your 20s, you'll look very 'MENGANCAM'.
When you're in your 30s, you begin to behave 'BERMACAM-MACAM'.
When you turn 40s-50s, you'll feel 'TERANCAM' & sadly,
when you reach above 60s, orang lansung tak boleh 'CAM'!!!
Anyway, Happy Mother's day!
Hope we'll all maintain 'MENGANCAM'!!!

Deena Turned 9

24th April 2009 - Home Sweet Home

Monday, April 20, 2009

Anak Ku Sudah Besar!

How time flies? It feels as if it was just last year that my daniel was a baby - who needed help and was always holding my hand and following me around. Now he is already 4 years and 5 months. He has started his kindergarden this year. Three weeks ago he had his first sports day. How he enjoyed himself. I can see that he has grown up. In 2011, it would be Nurdelailah's turn to go to Kindergarden.
And without realising, soon, it will only be me and Azhar at home!!! How scary thinking about it!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

What I have most in my kitchen?

My love or more like my obsession with Tupperware Brands started about 13 years ago. It was initiated by my sister who was in Perth. She had nothing to do besides being a housewife and joined the Tupperware business. The products there are not all the same with the ones being sold in Malaysia, so I started buying. When I got married, I already had about 4 big boxes of Tupperware. Then, when I came to Sabah in 1998, I had nothing to do during weekends and I joined as a member under my friend, Kak Sarina in 1999. In 2001, I qualified as a Tupperware Manager and after that it was Tupperware all the way.
What is it about the Tupperware products?
1) It's classy
2) It's safe from toxic / chemical reaction
3) It's colourful
4) It has a life time warranty
5) It's ... just great
Now Tupperware has gone a long way from only having plastic containers, it now has stainless steel cookware, beauty products, health products and also household products. Now it is called the Tupperware Brands.
Tupperware is now not only in my kitchen, but also in my toilet, in my office and also part of my childrens' toys.
My mother is a user of the beauty range known as BeautiControl. My hubby is a strong believer in the health product known as Lacto Fiber. My youngest, Nurdelailah loves the smell of the hand wash. My eldest, Nurdeena loves the body wash. As for me, I love most of the Tupperware Brand products. The stainless steel cookware taught me to cook Pizza in just 10 minutes and also a simple Chicken Rice in also 10 minutes. I also learned to make my own Kaya with its double boiler. As for the Berry juice with collagen-I just love the taste. The fiber works wonders with my affort to slim down.