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Books - I Listened/Read to Anne of Green Gables Book Series (11 books)

I've been having some thoughts after finishing 7 of Anne of Green Gables book series, that, we will eventually forget our childhood excitement. That we will become tired and hardly ever feel excited about everything anymore. Here's a good comic about what I'm writing about. 



Anne starts the book with so much joy and excitement towards life, she is innocent, she has an amazing imagination, great friends and she is a big-hearted person. She cares so much about people around her, the trees, the animals, the littlest things. Those are the things that make me adore Anne so much. 


After more than 20 years (I only read 3 books when I was in school), I decided to reread these series and finally finish them up so I listened to her story throughout July. 


Afterwards in the series : she went to school, she graduated, she became a teacher, she got married, she became a mother, she had many children, then WW1 happened, her children were big enough to get listed to the war and throughout the war, there were many sadness and war anxieties, later there were grief. Anne wasn't the same jolly kid she was, she grew up and grew old. In Rilla of the Ingleside (the last book in the series), Anne & Gilbert were hardly there, or mostly just in the background. I'm a bit surprised by how seemingly abrupt their life stories ended. Where was dear Marilla? Where was Diana ? I need closure.  


Anne is one of my favorite character. What happened to her in the end? Did she die old and content among her family and friends? Did they get over the grief? I felt like it wasn't fair, life isn't fair. She had so much hopes for life and I wanted her to be happy in the end. 


But, that was written around 100 years back and nothing could ever be changed now, can it? What can I expect from the war ? It was such a terrible time and it was fairly expected. Nothing good can come out from such sadness. 


**Books in the series (based on the publication order)

  1. Anne of Green Gables (pub. April 1908) - finished
  2. Anne of Avonlea (pub. August 1909) - finished
  3. Anne of the Island (pub. July 1915) - finished
  4. Anne's House of Dreams (pub. August 1917) - finished
  5. Rainbow Valley (pub. August 1919) - finished
  6. Rilla of Ingleside (pub. autumn 1921) - finished
  7. Anne of Windy Poplars (pub. August 1936) - currently reading
  8. Anne of Ingleside (pub. July 1939) - can't find yet

Short stories/poems compiled (about residents of Avonlea) :

  1. Chronicle of Avonlea (pub. 1912) - currently listening
  2. Further Chronicles of Avonlea (pub. 1920) - finished
  3. The Blythes Are Quoted (pub. 2009) - can't find yet


I wish we had more. 

I know the WW1 was a terrible time and L M Montgomery was writing during such a difficult phase in the 1900s. Imagine having to write something so hopeful and innocent in the early years and slowly turning into something darker and sad over time. The writer went thru WW1, battled through depression, survived 'Spanish Flu' and didn't even see the end of WW2. 


Her final note found on her bedside :
... I have lost my mind by spells and I do not dare think what I may do in those spells. May God forgive me and I hope everyone else will forgive me even if they cannot understand. My position is too awful to endure and nobody realizes it. What an end to a life in which I tried always to do my best."

😢


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Side note :

So as a mother I feel like I need to freeze these childhood moments. We decided to record and compile them in videos, so we can see them again and again, especially when things are tough and we forget these little things that make us happy or excited. Eventually all these little memories that we are creating for Sofi will be gone or forgotten, she wouldn't remember them when she is all grown up.


This is where we keep our videos - her first Ikea trip, her first Kidzoona, her first Aquaria, her first dinosaur park, etc. I love sharing these videos with my family especially. You have no idea how many times I've rewatched these videos myself. I'm that kind of mother, I love to rewatch Sofi's videos like any normal mother would. Even my mom loves to rewatch Sofi's video over and over again when I share them in our family Whatsapp. 

Mommy Post : Kids-friendly Places in Klang Valley

Places we went to in Klang Valley after the lockdown was lifted:

Note : Most of the places we went to are outdoor, we also opted for weekday and at the earliest time possible (right when it is opened) to avoid the crowds. Usually people start coming in around noon (11am+).


1. KL Bird Park 

  • Ticket : RM 35 (adult, Mykad) , RM 15 (children + senior, Mykad) , below 3 is free
  • Opening Hours : 9 am - 6 pm, open daily

Extra notes :
  • Wear light & airy clothes, it is hot, some places are shaded, some are open under the sun
  • Drink water, there is also several little cafes/shops inside.
  • The place is huge, we spent almost 3 hours inside the park
You can see the clip starting from 8:30 - KL Bird Park Outing from this video. During this time, it was our first proper outing and we didn't make any dedicated video for it :


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2. Farm in the City, Seri Kembangan 

  • Ticket : RM 39 (adult, Mykad) , RM 32 (children + senior, Mykad) , below 90 cm is free
  • Opening Hours : 10 am - 6 pm, closed every Tuesday (except on public & school holiday)
Extra notes :
  • Wear light & airy clothes, it is hot but mostly shaded. 
  • Drink water, there is also an indoor cafe in the farm to rest.
  • You can have direct interactions with the animals so wash your hands frequently, there are a lot of sinks in the farm.
  • You can buy foods for the animal/birds/fishes 
  • We spent 2 hours at the farm.
So far, this is the best farm/zoo experience that we had. It is not too big and not too small, it is hot but mostly shaded, there were a lot of direct interaction (we were in the huge cages with the animals), it is near our home, it feels very interactive and personal. 

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3. KL Tower Mini Zoo & Blue Coral Aquarium 

  • Ticket Zoo : RM 45 (adult, Mykad) , RM 35 (children + senior, Mykad) , below 3 is free
  • Ticket Aquarium : RM 15 (adult)
  • Opening Hours : 10 am - 9 pm,  Monday - Sunday
Extra notes :

    • At the zoo, wear light & airy clothes, it is hot.
    • Blue Coral Aquarium is a small aquarium, it is a bit depressing and dark, indoor but no aircond. 
    • Prepare yourself for the toy shop in the middle of the zoo
    • Love the entrance, direct interaction indoor petting zoo, that was fun

    We didn't really like it. It was hot and Sofi didn't cooperate much. There was a shop in the middle of the zoo and you know how kids react to toy shop - it was her biggest distraction and she started to throw tantrum because she wanted something. Usually toy shops are the last stop before we go out and it should be, with that exact reason. 

    Well, it wasn't a good experience for us.

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    4. Aquaria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur 

    • Ticket : RM 52 (adult, Mykad) , RM 42 (children + senior, Mykad)
    • Opening Hours : 10 am - 7 pm, closed every Tuesday (except on public & school holiday)

    This was one of the place that we went with 'many people', even though we went on weekdays at 10 am and after the school holiday ended. We couldn't avoid the crowd, so most of the time, we walked fast and didn't enjoy as much as all the other places that we went to before. But Sofi enjoyed the experience so far, there were a lot of sharks and huge fishes and it was her first big-tunnel aquarium experience. 

    Unfortunately we only spent around 40 minutes inside.


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    5. Kidzoona 

    • Ticket : RM 14 - RM 18 (kids, weekday) , RM 22 (kids, weekend & holiday)
    • Opening Hours : 10 am - 7 pm, closed every Tuesday (except on public & school holiday)
    Extra notes :
    • Need to bring your own socks, or buy at the entrance
    • Fill in a form before entering
    • Guardian can enter for free
    • Maximum 3 hours per entry
    We went to the IOI Putrajaya one, right after it is opened at 10 am. The place was empty, no kids except for Sofi. It was her first time so she explored the place first. The place was clean & very organized, all toys were arranged neatly, we even put them back nicely after play. I looooooved it and Sofi seems to enjoyed it too. We spent around 1.5 hours in there, oh, there is a massage chair inside as well, so I had the chance to get a short 10 mins massage when Sofi was playing. 

    Sofi at Kidzoona, IOI City Mall Putrajaya :


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    6. IKEA 

    • No tickets needed
    • Sofi explored and tried out the kids' room setup
    • We ended the playful exploration with soy ice-cream & frozen yogurt

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    Other places we haven't visited together with Sofi :

    • Pusat Sains Negara
    • Zoo Negara
    • Butterfly Park
    • Kidzania
    • Petrosains
    • KL Forest Eco Park

    Little Story 243 - The Pixie Cut

    Photo by Giorgio Trovato, Unsplash


    I am 35 and I pixie-cut my hair last month.


    I think it would me my first, it's my first time that the hair stylist ever used a hair clipper on my head. I still touch my hair behind my neck because it feels odd, new, alien. My hair is so short, and I'm still surprised when I look at the mirror (it's been 2 weeks). 


    It is so easy to wash my hair now, less shampoo and less maintenance. I don't have to comb my hair (well, I hardly do because my hair is naturally so straight and thin, I don't really need a comb before). This is so liberating. The short hair. The last time I cut my hair was during the first lockdown, it was shoulder length and done at home.


    When the hair stylist asked me for a sample photo, I showed her Zoe Kravitz's short hair. I said I needed a less maintenance hair, very-short, pixie, and I don't want to have to use products for a hair volume, but I needed my bangs to almost reach my eye-brow because I do still feel insecure about the wide forehead style. 


    But eventually I look more like Elliot Page than Zoe Kravitz, Af been jokingly calling me Elliot or whether I'm in a boy band. But I now have hair volume, something I've never had before because my my hair type and I appreciate the chance to see a hair volume on my head even though it does look like a boy's hair. 


    Ohh, and I also got hair wash and hair treatment (the firsts to everything). 45 minutes of blissful silence and I read The Inheritance Games the whole way. 


    It is still new and odd. 

    Sometimes Sofi come to me and touch the hair behind the neck, "short hair" she said. 


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    The hair salon to go : D Aura Spa Salon Muslimah, Putra Walk, Seri Kembangan

    Books - Halfway through 2022

    Photo by Cristina Gottardi, Unsplash

    It's July now, more than half of 2022 already.

    I still read and listen to books, almost religiously lately. 

    The book slump is over. 

    By now I've finished 53 books.


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    My current read :

    • physical book : just finished The Silent Patient by Alex Michealides
    • audio book : Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney
    • ebook on kindle : Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown

    My favorite ones this year :
    • The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes - I haven't enjoyed YA fiction for so long. This book is written in short chapter, so it was easy to keep on reading just to finish a chapter, nothing worth remembering, just pure entertainment. 
    • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller - Beautiful prose, simple innocent love story.
    • I'll Show Myself Out by Jessi Klein - Relatable mommy story, this book make me feel seen and connected and not alone. 
    • A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara - Just a 700 pages of beautiful & painful stories of these 4 boys throughout their life.
    • Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman - Beautiful prose and a nice fiction to enjoy for the day, I think I finished it in a day or two. 
    • The Unseen Body by Jonathan Reisman - Nice anecdotes during his medical years, I love reading about medical-related experience. No medical jargon, easy to read for normal people like me. 
    • How to Make Disease Disappear by Dr Rangan Chatterjee - I love nutrition, I love his easy to follow guide in life, I followed his podcast on Youtube afterwards and enjoyed his free content there.
    • The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by VE Schwab - Same as Magic Lessons, it has a lot of beautiful prose and enjoyable fiction of the day. This book made me think for several days. 
    • Any non-fiction books by Ann Patchett - I read them all. 
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    I love it.
    I love the entertainment, I love finding good stories, I love reading beautiful prose, I love discovering great authors, I love anecdotes, I love the written words. I wish I can get access to any books that I want, I wish books are cheaper, I wish I can borrow and exchange books more than I've been doing now. 

    This year I read a lot of fiction, essays, parenting and health related books. 

    Moving forward, I want to borrow more books to read and possibly read more classics. I think I need more reader friends to exchange/borrow books. Anyone ?

    Books - Reading Slump and Random Stuffs Stuck in my Mind

     

    I've been stuck in a reading slump. After 'A Little Life', I haven't been able to enjoy reading. Sure, I finished 'The City of Mist' by Carlos Ruiz Zafon and 'After the Quake' by Haruki Murakami soon after, but I didn't enjoyed it. I'm also trying to continue my current books : 'Less' by Andrew Sean Greer and 'Love from A to Z' by S. K. Ali. But I can't seem to enjoy them.


    I hate reading slump.


    This usually happens after a great book. I feel like there is nothing else worth my time.


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    Random - 

    • It's raining heavily since 4 pm (right now it's almost 10 pm)
    • I'm tired everyday due to the fasting month. I don't do well with less food intake. I'm exhausted, I'm tired, and I'm cranky. My blood pressure is low, I feel like blacking out every time I stand up. Sure, I didn't lost that many weight, maybe just 1-2 kg. But if I lose more weight than that then I'll be underweight and I'm trying to avoid that.  
    • But my skin is clear, there is almost no acne. Actually, it was since February. Since I decided to change my skin care to Aiken Prebiotic, everything went smoothly. I stopped having random acne, and I'm happy. I don't really wear make-up so having clear skin is my dream (or maybe I'm just older now so I suddenly stopped having adult acne?). 
    • I've been watching 'This Is Us' new season on Hotstar+. It is so amazing. I always tell Af that I want to write stories about normal life and normal people, and this is the exact representation of what I imagined it should be. Complicated stories and daily dramas of normal people. I can't really share with anyone that I know about the series because I don't really know anyone that watches this. But man, I really love the series. The story and character developments are just amazing. 
    • And yes, I enjoyed Bridgerton Season 2 for the pure love of love-tension between those two. I enjoyed it so much too. I giggled like a school girl, I can't remember when was the last time I felt so excited with romance series (I bet it was in my school years). It's been awhile and I'm happy that I felt so entertained by Shonda Rhimes' creation again. 
    • I think I had 5 interviews and 2 design tests this month. I hate trying to prove that I can work, I hate selling, I hate having to explain. I'm not sure whether I should start working full-time again. I seriously don't want to prove anything to anyone. 
    • Well, it's 10 pm now. I'm sleepy and I am so tired. I'm glad we had this random chat. Good night.

    Books - Slow Reading Month in March

    I think this blog soon to be a blog dedicated to my reading habit :F 

    I have nothing else new in my life except for these books.

    1. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke (letter collection)
    2. Hunt, Gather, Parent by Michealeen Doucleff (parenting, non-fiction)
    3. The Hard Tomorrow by Eleanor Davis (graphic novel)
    4. The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrick Backman (novella)
    5. Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman (novel #1/4)
    6. The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman (novel)

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    Journey with 'A Little Life' :

    When I first started to write this post, I just entered the second chapter (The Postman) of A Little Life, roughly just finished the first 10% of the thick book. I realized that I might not be able to finish the book this month because reading physical book while taking care of Sofi is a challenge. But I promised that this month would be my slow month, so I'll try to enjoy the process. 

    Here is the only paragraph that I underlined in the first chapter :

    But these were days of self-fulfillment, where settling for something that was not quite your first choice of a like seemed weak-willed and ignoble. Somewhere, surrendering to what seemed to be your fate had changed from being dignified to being a sign of your own cowardice. There were times when the pressure to achieve happiness felt almost oppressive, as if happiness were something that everyone should and could attain, and that any sort of compromise in its pursuit was somehow your fault. (page 41)

    It is so beautiful !  This is the reason I wanted the physical copy and bought a preloved one, I wanted to underline, make marks, write notes and make the story mine.

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    Update on Journey with 'A Little Life' (in early April): 

    Like I've predicted, I will need more time to finish this book. I've been slow reading this almost every day now. Imagine me sitting on my bed, usually I read for 1-2 hours. This is the life. This is what I missed the most from my younger years, the time when I stayed on bed reading. 


    Anyway, I'm already on chapter 4, almost halfway through the book. I haven't cried yet, but I felt the pain. I wish I can beg the writer to stop hurting the character. The past 3 chapters felt like a slow introduction to Jude and his friendships with Willem, Malcolm and JB, to get readers invested in them. I can imagine the back story, but I don't know how painful or complicated it is yet. 


    I've been recording progress video since April, where I share my progress, updates and just reading scenes. I'll edit it once I finish the book, which is taking longer now since the night to read is much shorter during Ramadhan and I've been too distracted in the day.



    Books - I Finished 12 books in Feb (month of novella, essays & personal memoirs)

     Books I consumed in February :

    1. The Guest List by Lucy Foley 
    2. This is the Story of Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett (Essay/Personal Memoir)
    3. On Writing by Stephen King (non-fiction)
    4. What Now ? by Ann Patchett (Essay/Personal Memoir)
    5. The Enchanter by Vladimir Nobokov (Novella)
    6. Aftermath : On Marriage and Separation by Rachel Cusk (Essay/Personal Memoir)
    7. Lord of the Flies by William Golding (Novella)
    8. I Came All This Way to Meet You by Jami Attenberg (Essay/Personal Memoir)
    9. Survival Lessons by Alice Hoffman (Essay/Personal Memoir)
    10. Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett
    11. The Woman in the Purple Skirt by Natsuko Imamura (novella)
    12. Marriage Story by Richard Russo (Essay/Personal Memoir)
    My fav book in Feb : Personal memoirs and essays by Ann Patchett.


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    Personal memoirs/essays are a new favorite genre of mine. This is the month I found : Ann Patchett, Rachel Cusk, Alice Hoffman, and Jami Attenberg. The books are honest, heart-breaking, loud, soft, witty, warm, and every human emotion mingled into one. I've never felt like I've been surrounded by female writer friends until I found them in their books this month. It has been a joyful ride. These books are written for someone like me, a woman, in my mid 30s, searching for the meaning of life, relationship, love and beyond all these. 


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    Random updates about books :
    • Feb felt really short and quick. I'm glad I decided to only pick : novella, essays and personal memoirs. My aim for this month was to at least finish 10 books, but on the last few days I manage to finish up the 'currently-reading' books in my list simultaneously and finished 12 instead.
    • I bought The Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara from @sukhabuku, I'm planning to read it in March. Am I ready to go on a whirlwind of emotional ride ? 
    • March is supposed to be a slow-reading month so I might turn-off Scribd for a month as well.
    • Ohh, my books from BookDepository arrived in a month. I got my copy of the last book by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (that I'm reading slowly before sleep at night) and also some of the Penguin Classics :


    Books - I Finished 12 books in Jan and my Fav One So Far is..

    I love to start a new year with consuming as many books as I can muster. This year I want to read more fiction, in hope of finding more good stories. Last year I ended 2021 with the best fiction I read in that year : The People of the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara, and then I reread Siddhartha by Herman Hesse because that's one of my fav simple philosophical fiction to wrap up the year. 




    Books I consumed in January :

    1. The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E.Schwab
    2. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
    3. Three O'Clock in the Morning by Gianrico Carofiglio
    4. The Upstairs House by Julia Fine
    5. Anthem by Ayn Rand
    6. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
    7. A Cold Trail by Robert Dugoni
    8. How to Make Disease Disappear by Dr Rangan Chatterjee
    9. The Maidens by Alex Michaelides
    10. These Precious Days by Ann Patchett
    11. The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima
    12. The Unseen Body by Jonathan Reisman, MD
    9 fictions, 2 health-related non-fic, 1 essay compilation. 
    9 audio books, 2 physical books, 1 digital book.

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    My favorite fiction is The Invisible Life of Addie Larue. I also loved both the health-related non-fictions because I am indeed a very curious person. The essay compilation by Ann Patchett was also very enjoyable. 



    Random updates about my life as a book nerd :

    • A borrowed a bunch of books from my ex-English teacher, Miss Chin early this month. So I have physical books to read during the first quarter of 2022. 
    • I read all books I borrowed from @sukhabuku and considering to ask her whether she wants to sell her The Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara so that I can own it and treat it like my own because I think I'm ready to read the beast. 
    • I'm still waiting for Haruki Murakami's paperback - First Singular Person that will come out in April 2022 and I just ordered Carlos Ruiz Zafon's last book - The City of Mist online from Bookdepository.
    Here are the books I borrowed from Miss Chin. 
    I already finished The Girl on the Train and currently reading The Guest List :



    Little Story 242 : A Broken Toe

    I slipped on a wet tiles when I wanted to close the window. It was raining heavily and I didn't noticed the puddle of water. So I slipped and my right foot hit straight to the wall, I didn't fell down, saved by the wall but I heard the 'pop' and the intense pain from my pinky toe crawled fast to my calf and thigh right after. I don't usually curse, but that pain is the kind of pain that make you curse over and over again.


    My pinky toe was red, and it looked a bit farther than it normally located.


    "I think I dislocated my toe".


    The pain was unbearable, so I decided to go to a clinic to get it checked but it was after 5pm and so the x-ray station (at the nearest clinic we could find) was closed for the day.


    The next day, I went to the same clinic and got an xray :



    "You broke your pinky toe, and there's nothing on my part that I can do. So I'll write a referral letter and you can go to the hospital for further process". The doctor did a simple splint on my toe.

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    Here's the long process in summary :

    • I went to Hospital Serdang, and the orthopaedic clinic was closed for Thaipusam
    • I went again on the next day. The orthopaedic clinic sent me to ER
    • At the ER, I was x-rayed again. The doctor that checked me sent me to the ortho again with a referral letter, and some pain-killers. 
    • I went to the ortho clinic and only got a date for a checkup, 10 days later. On that day alone, I walked 3 km in total with a broken toe.
    • The next day, my stepmom brought me to Az-Zahrah Hospital in Bangi. The doctor was only available for a consultation because it was almost the Friday prayer time. 
    • During the consultation, he said that if I want to proceed with him, I can come in the next Monday to get it casted. He told me the price (around RM 350 per cast), then told be about 3 months MC, about recast every 10 days or so, explained that my fracture was clean and simple, only need to immobilize my foot to let the broken toe heal.
    • The consultation was a bit packed and messy (maybe because I came in the wrong time).
    • But even though I have insurance to cover the process, I decided to just proceed with Hospital Serdang because I didn't quite like the doctor and my family suggested me to just go to Hospital Serdang instead.
    • On the 9th day, I went to get my Covid booster shot.
    • I survived a broken toe with a simple splint made by the doctor from the first clinic.
    • On the 10th day, I went to Hospital Serdang. I waited around 4 hours, to get a consult, only to be told to get my pinky toe 'buddy-splinted' and let it heal itself over time.
    Sure the whole process at Hospital Serdang only costed RM 1, but I wasted at least 3 days walking to and fro, walked a lot alone, super slowly in pain (I can ask for a wheel chair but it was really awkward to handle the wheelchair myself so I just walked). Then I had to wait for 10 days, 4 hours of waiting just to get a 'buddy-splint' and a 5 mins consult. 

    Why couldn't they just do so on the first day I meet the doctor? I just don't understand.  

    The left one is when the doctor put a splint beneath my foot, did a simple buddy-splint and wrapped it. The right one is after I got a proper buddy-splint toes :


    After I got my toe buddy-splinted, I was in more pain than before. So I had to make an adjustment. I  put a hard long board beneath the toe so that it won't bend, and wrapped the broken to next to my 4th four as a double splint. Then I wore my hardest flat sandal so that my foot won't bend at all when I walk. 

    The 'buddy-splint' alone wasn't enough, because I still need to walk at home. I was taking care of Sofi and need to do the cooking. I think a recovery walking boot will help my foot tremendously because it will immobilize my whole foot and so a proper healing can happen faster. But I don't want to buy something that I will only use for a month :F 

    So at this moment, I'm just hoping it will still heal somewhat faster. Honestly 6 weeks is a bit too much and I really need my morning walks. But I really want it to heal properly to avoid osteoarthritis due to improper healing. We all know how my body isn't really in good shape lately, I don't want any more physical pain to add in the future and I really want to do a walking pilgrimage one day.  

    Remember I posted a post on IG asking for a pain-free 2022 ? 
    Well, I started the year with a broken toe. 

    Little Thing 251 : My Ergonomic Setup

    In Oct, after 4 sessions with a chiropractor and physical pain coming repeatedly every so often in the past 3 months, I decided to improve my working space *also by my chiropractor's recommendation*. He said that my working habit is possibly my main reason for the repeating problem, plus perhaps my sedentary lifestyle.


    Maybe my posture while working is bad, or when I work, I work non-stop for several hours, or everything while I'm working is wrong because the pain gets worst especially when I work. Although I studied the principle of ergonomic while I was a student and I remember those rules, I never really put that much thought on it because things were fine. Of course it is fine, until it is not. 


    10 years after my bad working habit, I now started having obvious outcome from it. The infamous neck strain, shoulder pain and lower back pain. 


    Anyway, I had to do something. 


    This huge buying decision came from my condition after several months in pain and the Samsung project's balance payment that came early in September. If it is not from these 2 reasons, I might still be working in my original working desk and old worn-off working chair. I would like to mention this, because I don't really like unnecessary buying and I hope everyone would consider twice before purchasing something :)


    1. The Anew Smart Desk - I preordered this early in Oct and waited almost 3 months for it to arrive. By preordering this, I get it for a promotional price + premium desk mat + anti-fatigue mat. 

    I think I needed a smart desk because my back pain get worst when I sit, so standing up while doing some of other works like packing or admin works might help taking the load off my back.

    Note : I paid using Atome - split the payment into 3 payments without interest.

    Here's how my new working space :



    2. Sunon x Apex ergonomic chair - it got adjustable armrest + head rest, 3 locking back function with lumbar support and also height adjustment. Supposedly everything a good ergonomical chair would be. I also added a 100% latex lumbar back pillow to support my back because I am generally a small person in a medium-sized chair and the space between my back and the chair isn't good for my back :F

    Note : My chiropractor reminded me about having a good back support - I thought good sitting posture is enough, but no, he said it is important to have a good posture and support because having no support means your body is still working hard to maintain the good posture. 


    3. iPad wooden stand - I am having second thought about using this wooden stand as my iPad stand while drawing. It is uncomfortable, but it is helpful because I don't have to bend so much while working on my ipad. It is supposed to reduce the pressure on my neck but maybe I need to do some adjustment to it.

    I haven't decided on recommending this yet. 


    4. Monitor Stand by Fine Grit Studio - I bought it on their Shopee with 20% discount. It is solid rubber wood, love the natural finishing, visually appealing and it is very sturdy. This helped me reduce my neck pain and made my table now look so organized :



    5. Wireless keyboard by Logitech and extended Monitor by Armageddon - I needed wireless keyboard because I'm using extended monitor. I totally forgot about Af's Apple keyboard when I made this purchase.

    The extended monitor were bought early in 2021 when I was working with the startup in Singapore. The original monitor was white, but it was faulty last Dec so I returned it to them and received a totally new monitor 2 weeks after I returned it. I am finally using the extended monitor for its original use (thank God for the 1 year warranty).


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    Little Story 241 : Surviving Sofi's first Flu


    Sofi had her first viral flu - her first cold and cough. The last time she had fever was more than a year ago. We aren't fully equipped in managing Sofi while she's sick because she hardly fall sick (Alhamdulillah), so it is expected for me to deal with this with anxiousness and worries. She's 2.5 years old and we are so glad that it took this long for it to happen (I've been anxiously waiting for the time). She needed her body to react and create antibodies for the future :F


    She was weak at times and active when the medicine kicked in. She was fussy, clingy and very picky when it came to her food intake, but she still drank her milk. We fed medicine through her milk and yogurt - it was not ideal but at least she won't throw up.

    There were nights when we hardly sleep and I was in alert mode, catering to her needs and uncomfortableness. The night when her nose was stuffy and she can't breathe. When we can hear her fighting over her phlegm and fever. 

    On day 4 of her fever, we went to the doctor, got her blood and covid test, got cleared from dengue, covid or bacterial infection. So the doctor said it was most probably a viral infection.

    What helps other than her medicine :
    • Kool fever baby (refreshing mint) - to help her breathe and reduce the heat
    • Nasal spray (Sterimar Baby) - to unclog her nose
    • Nose aspirator - haven't used it yet, at this moment the nasal spray helps a lot
    • Essential Oil (Eucalyptus, peppermint, lemon, tea tree) - to diffuse throughout the day
    • Vicks Baby Balsam (the pink one) - also to help her breathe
    • Small napkins (a lot of them) - to use for snot and what not, wash daily


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    It took 6 days for the on-off fever to go away and today is day 11 of her cold and cough

    She is still on medication (twice daily), I'm still using the nasal spray twice daily to help her unclog her nose and I gave her honey when she cough too bad. 

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    Our go-to children clinic is Klinik As-Salam in Bangi (24 hours).

    First visit : RM 164 - Consultation, medication, blood and Covid test.
    Second visit : RM 96 - Sofi's fever spiked to 38.9 °C at 3 am , so we went straight to the clinic, doctor inserted suppository (anal paracetamol). I also bought the nasal spray and aspirator there.

    There is no clinic more friendly, more welcoming than Klinik As-Salam, in handling worried parents after midnight. I went here twice after midnight and I'm always thankful for their hospitality. 

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    She hates to cough so much because it made her puke and so she always restrains herself from coughing by clenching her teeth. It is odd and uncomfortable to see her so determine to not cough, we can hear her breathing through her phlegm. So I always tell her that it is okay to cough it out, and it is okay to puke. We are still using the nasal spray to help dissolve thick mucus. She only refused to get her nose sprayed during the first 2 days, then later she seems like she enjoyed it (like a game).

    Here are all the random toys I bought to bribe or calm her when we had to go to the clinic, or asked her to try the medicine, or when she puked all over. 



    Little Things 250 : Let's Embrace Our Nerdiness - My Book Club





    Here I share my thoughts on books that I consume (sometimes with spoilers so read at your own risk). This year I'm trying to make a habit of taking some time to write my thoughts on the books that I read or listen, to practice honing and expressing my personal views. 

    For years I stopped thinking critically about people's creation in respecting 'the work of written art' but I realized that in doing so, I stop thinking critically all together. So I would like to change that. I got this idea from : Jordan Peterson's - The Best Way To Learn Critical Thinking. What he said was in order to teach yourself to think critically, you need to write. Writing helps you to think. We need to learn to be articulate, so we can express our thoughts better and improve our thinking.

    I will edit these posts from time to time, depending on whether I have something to say after thinking about it more, or finding errors or change in opinion.

    I'm using Notion for this book club, I'm not sure how it works when it is shared on web yet, but I made it possible for you to write comment as well. So if you have some thoughts on these books, please do share. I want us to be nerds together. 

    Here is the link again : My Book club. This year I will read more fiction.

    Note : These are all personal views, I usually think my personal views don't matter to the internet. But in this sharing session, I would like to just pour my personal thoughts out to try to be a better thinker. That's it. It is okay to agree to disagree and all the writings are not final.