Monday, August 09, 2010

ROI on Teka Oven

What you see in the photo is two delicious 9" pizza baking in the oven. Mrs World is cooking a pork pepperoni pizza and a BBQ ham pizza. They tasted really good and both my family as well as hers enjoyed them.
Over the past 3 months, ever since we have a domestic helper, she has been utilizing the oven. I'm beginning to see a ROI :)
She has made the following:
butter cake, asam fish, buffalo wings, chicken baked in mushroom Campbell soup, macaroni lagsana and now pizza. Next up is some cookies.
Yum yum!

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Little sen 1.2 - frozen

Last weekend was one of a tramatic one for us. Little sen came down with a throat infection and had fever. We took her to a doctor in the morning who gave us antibiotic and fever medicine. No problem - we were vigilant in measuring her temp every 30-60 minutes - and bathing her to help cool her temp.

At about 7pm, Mrs World put her to bed. I went downstairs and was about to go out to buy dinner. I decided to check my mail and then I heard this blood chilling scream from Mrs World - "dear, sen is in a fit!!!!"

I read a lot of novels. I read many description of fear such as blood chilling scream, hair standing at the neck, etc but when you read a book, it's just a description and you imagine what it must be like. At that moment, on that evening, I experienced such fright that I am sure Mrs World's words will forever etched into my brain.

She came rushing down, with little sen very limp and Mrs World's finger inside her mouth. Little sen was expressionless. She was not focusing on anything. I quickly grab my keys and we rushed to the hospital.

In the car, Mrs World shouted "we will fight this.. we will win over it" and she started chanting "Nam Myoho Renge Kyo" over and over.. after about 5 minutes, little sen just snapped out of it and begin to focus back on her mother but she was still limp and weak.

We reached the hospital at about 20 min (damn traffic jam - note to self.. plot your trip to hospital in advance), the doc took one look at sen and asked us to put her on the bed. Little sen was grabbing her mother in terror but after we told her that she must listen to the doctor and be brave, she nodded her head and stayed calm. The moment the nurse started sponging her with cold water, she started screaming on top of her lungs. Poor baby. Her temp at that time was 39C and they put the stuff up her anus.

The doc said that it is not a fit as fits equal uncontrollable knee-jerk arm-jerk reaction with the pupil going up into the eyes. However, that temporary "hang" (like how our PC hang) is due to overheating and he said it's pretty common.

Still it was a fright to both of us.

Now little sen is ok. She's her usual self. That stuff up her anus immediately brought the temp down and she was alright the whole night.

Honestly, it's not easy being a parent!

Maid Phone Home Part 2

My post titled Maid Phone Home has received numerous reactions from my avid readers, including new Anonymous readers. It prompted me to contribute my comment as an update to the situation. I know many readers do not continue to check on comments of previous post. I decided to put them up here today. I made a couple of grammar correction and changed word in the last paragraph from "we" to "I" as the dilema and paranoia was mine alone and not the missus.

The comment was a answer to a reader who was surprised that Malaysia is still so 'backward':

I believe it is not about being backwards or not. And it's not about being cruel either. Generally, Malaysians are good people. Honest! Sadly, events in the recent 5 years have changed people's perception. The streets are not as safe anymore. There are break-ins, rapes, scams, snatch-thief, etc. It used to happen to friend's friend's friend's relative. Now, the frequency of it happening is frightening and that it hits closer to home. I can name you a couple of aunts/uncles who had their houses broken into or their hand bags snatched.

The bad economy and general state of fear has cause people to be paranoid, myself included.

I could also name you many experiences from friends where they caught their maids being 'courted' by strangers at the door. Usually they started by having friendly chat and then inviting them to come in and then rob the houses. Or cases where the bad people would pretend to be a plumber or electrician or something to cheat their way inside the house.

Or there are cases where when you go out with the maid, these guys would operate such that they will pass their telephone numbers to the maids in public toilets and then start to court them.

There are also cases of maids suddenly getting pregnant and employers are forced to send them home and wonder if they made out in their beds.

Yes, paranoid.

Yes, I should not think that way... and yes, I cannot help it.

But for the record, I let our maid phoned home. Not only that, in her first try of phoning home, she managed to talk to her sister and mother but her daughter was not home. The following day, I let her call again and yet daughter was not home. The following week, another try and again, timing is such that when she called, her sister (they don't have land line and I have to call mobile and the mobile belongs to the sister) is in the farm and can't reach daughter. We are going to let her make a few more tries. Hopefully she will reach her daughter.

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