What do you do with a loose pyjamas pants that once you put it on, it slips down immediately?

If my mum were to see me with that, she would either throw it away for me, or exclaim “Astaga!” Astaga means something like “Oh My God!”. I grew up thinking it’s a Malay word but I think it’s Indonesian.

I grew up with an Indonesian maid, taking care of me. There was a period where all the sisters of the same family worked for us. One sister works and then wants to get married so the job gets passes on the younger sister and so forth. My favourite “kakak” is very pretty. She’s funny too. She always runs with her hands holding on to her boobs because they are big and they bounce when she runs. She does that on purpose sometimes, running more bouncily to give us some laughs. She also boasts of having hairless armpit. We asked her why there’s no hair. She said, “Dulu masa kecil, saya gosok dengan batu.” Hehe.

She would always accompany me, like sitting next to me when I do my homework. Those were some good times until she met a jerk who became her boyfriend who impregnated her and she had to leave for Indoanesia and the guy fled.

I miss her.

So, growing up with all these “kakaks” and with so many illegal immigrants flowing in from Indonesia, there are bound to be terms and words which were used interchangebly. I always thought what I spoke was Malay until when you leave your state and live in another state that you discover some words are indeed not Malay.

For example, for pants, we call it “seluar” but back home, we always refer to it as “celana”. Plastic bag, we call it “bahai”. I know it sounds like some Chinese bad word but it really does mean plastic bag.

Back to my celana pyjamas, I like it. And thus to make it usable, have just discovered a way to wear it. I’ll slip it on and then gather those loose ends and tie it as a knot. Ada style juga tu.

Enough of cerita, tomorrow I’ve got to attend an interview. Aku takut.

Shine, Grace. Shine!

Milo Herbal Tea

Do you know what Milo Herbal Tea tastes like?

I was in SS2 yesterday for breakfast and ordered Iced Milo. Iris ordered liong cha and so did Pappy. Well, he wanted Chinese tea but the guy heard wrongly as liong cha.

When I was sipping my glass of milo, it tasted funny. Drinkable but funny. After a few more sips, I asked Iris if the liong cha she’s having is winter melon tea (dong gua liong cha).


I think some of the winter melon tea went into my glass of milo. I only managed to finish half glass of it.


I picked up a dead lizard from the floor.



It is a bloody hot day.

Pappy left KL today and I’m reading a book he brought from Jakarta. “Bule Gila – Tales of a Dutch Barman in Jakarta.”

Very interesting.

Suddenly, I feel like having Maggi Mee. Assam laksa flavour.


Getting to Know You

I was suddenly reminded of this song and I haven’t been listening to it for so long. This is a nice piece from Julie Andrews. Listening to her voice reminds me of The Sound of Music, another musical I can watch over and over again and will not get bored. The songs, they are lovely. Her voice, it’s lovely too.

It’s a very ancient saying,
But a true and honest thought,
That if you become a teacher,
By your pupils you’ll be taught.

As a teacher I’ve been learning
(You’ll forgive me if I boast)
And I’ve now become an expert,
On the subject I like most.

Getting to know you.

Getting to know you,
Getting to know all about you.
Getting to like you,
Getting to hope you like me.

Getting to know you, putting it my way,
But nicely,
You are precisely,
My cup of tea.

Getting to know you,
Getting to feel free and easy.
When I am with you,
Getting to know what to say

Haven’t you noticed
Suddenly I’m bright and breezy?
Because of all the beautiful and new
Things I’m learning about you
Day by day.

The King and I

Julie Andrews – Getting to Know You

Baskin Robbins

Had Chocolate ice cream today at Baskin Robbins for 99 cents.

Because we went to get a camera for Iris and so the receipt entitle us with that. Iris didn’t know how to break the news to Pappy that she wants a camera to bring over so that she could take pictures. So I brought up the request by telling Pappy that the dentist wanted Iris to take pictures of her braces when she’s in UK and she would have to email her pictures to him in order to receive the next instructions of what to do with her braces. I’m not making up stories because that’s what the dentist said.

After the purchase, I told Iris, “Later you say thank you to Pappy. You just go up to him and give him a kiss. Say you love him.”

“I don’t want to do that. Later he thinks I only love him when he buys me something.”

She got a point lor.

So I guess what she needs to do is go there and get her degree with flying colours and make Pappy proud.

Foo Foo has got a new toy today. A Baskin Robbins pink spoon.

Baskin Robbins


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I Don’t Like to Sleep Alone

This song by Paul Anka was playing while we drove home after dinner.

And it’s Pappy’s favourite song because this is the only song he can sing in the karaoke.

So the radio went..

I don’t like to sleep alone
No one does
Do you?

Pappy said, “Sometimes!”

I started laughing like a mad cow. Followed by Iris and Pappy.

I don’t like to sleep alone, that’s why I have Ducky!

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Paul Anka – I Don’t Like to Sleep Alone