Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Crochet: Chevron Hanging Planter

I've been wanting to crochet a holder for my small potted plants for indoor. Finally found this Chevron Hanging Planter pattern by https://www.hellohappy.net/ which was simple and easy to make. However I do not have bulky yarns so managed to make a mini one with my acrylic yarn.
What I've used:
  • 100% acrylic yarn
  • some crystals
  • a mini glass
  • an indoor plant
Looks like I need to look for bulky yarns to make more for bigger pots :-)

Thursday, 28 May 2020

[MPOV] The Kite Runner

My rating: 4/5
Goodreads rating: 4.3/5
Published: May 29, 2003
Author: Khaled Hosseini
Genre: Asian literature, family fiction

This novel is about Amir, narrated from his point of view, from his childhood days in Kabul with his best friend Hassan to his adulthood in USA where he settled down and married Soraya. It's a journey about friendship, brotherhood, family, dignity, honour, and regret.

This was the author's first book in which I find that it was written fluidly, as though it is his own memoir. So much details incorporated but with clarity that only a person who has witnessed firsthand would know. Apparently part of it was from the author's experience, the remaining plots and characters in the book are a work of fiction.

There were a few harrowing moments like when Amir was on the run from Kabul to Pakistan with his father and when Amir returned to Kabul to look for Hassan's son. Not forgetting what happened to Hassan when they were still boys that led to Amir's self-distancing and regret. All in all, it was an emotionally charged novel and upon reading chapter 13, it was the hardest as it made me cry. I loved how it ended, that tiny little hope that made it all worth it.

We have always read about the war in Afghanistan in the newspaper or watch it on the news but through this novel, I was introduced to Afghanistan before the war. It truly was a beautiful country with such wonderful culture and legacy. Too bad that the war has destroyed most of it. If you are like me, curious of it all then this novel is up your alley. Also Malaysia was mentioned once towards the end ;-)

Some notable quotes:
"For you a thousand times over."
"There is only one sin and that is theft... when you tell a lie, you steal someone's right to the truth."
“Not a word passes between us, not because we have nothing to say, but because we don't have to say anything”
"A boy who won't stand up for himself becomes a man who can't stand up to anything." 
"I read once that, in Malaysia, they use kites to catch fish." 

Thursday, 21 May 2020

RMO: day 65 CMCO: day 18

Another hot and busy day, I have finally reached a point where I have nothing to write about. My mind is blank except for some thankful and grateful thoughts, triggered by a dear friend's thoughtfulness when she messaged me. I am so thankful to have her as my friend. Aside from the faint pain ebbing from my chipped molar tooth, I am also thankful for having a salaried job, grateful for a roof over my head, thankful for food on the table and grateful that my family is with me during this pandemic time. 

So this will be the last of my RMO/MCO/CMCO post, mostly because my routine is the same almost everyday and I will only post when I do have an irregular day. During this CMCO, I have only been out of the house 3 times thus far i.e. twice visiting my family doctor and once for playing Pokemon Go with my family LOL! Nothing much to write about my dull life except for my melancholy thoughts and wandering mind which I find it quite boring too so better to stop than to bore all of you out there LOL!

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

RMO: day 64 CMCO: day 17

The weather this morning was gloomy and raining hence triggered my melancholy mood. Then I realised my chipped molar has started to ache :-( Gosh, I never liked going to a dentist! You could have read my previous post of my sad history with dentists. Found it, you can read it here:

Well, have to tahan first lah while I try to calm down my phobic self. I thought I was over the fear but no, it returned instantly! Looks like I'll have to do some crafting in the evening after finishing work these few days. Yes, crafting has a calming effect for me. Anyway, I've been resting my arms and shoulder as it's been aching due to my laptop's position - laptop high and hanging so can't rest my arms while typing. So have to probably opt for cross-stitch which can be done lower or resting on a pillow. A self-reminding mantra: stay calm, cool, collected and no fear.

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

RMO: day 63 CMCO: day 16

Gosh! It has been a very very very hot day! My laptop was really hot and the weather was extremely burning! I am so thankful to have air-con at home. I know I'm pampered but mind you, I only switched on my AC when it is truly burning! If I can tahan with the fan, then I'll stick to it until when I can't stand it anymore then only switched on the AC. Must save and conserve whenever possible.

Anyway, remember my previous post about my first Shopee experience? You can read it here:

Well, hubby actually ordered Minnie's treats way earlier i.e. early April. It was during the initial RMO/MCO so we couldn't go out more than 10KM and our housing area doesn't have a pet shop selling dog food and treats. We have ran low of supply and noticed that neighbours have been receiving their parcels daily so hubby decided to purchase online via Shopee. He has ordered through https://shopee.com.my/pettopetto and the delivery date provided was 2 or 3 weeks later, I can't recall. I was aghast though as we needed it fast and the date provided was later than anticipated. Hubby reasoned it's probably due to the lockdown plus it's not considered as essential items so we waited patiently. When they had delayed it yet again, hubby messaged them. There was no response nor reason given. In the end, hubby gave up and thought his order has gone cold turkey. Suddenly, there was movement last week and happy that it was packed and posted! After what happened with my order last week, I didn't have high hopes for this order lah. Lo and behold, it has finally arrived safely today after waiting for more than 1 month!!!
Arrived safely and nicely packed
This was delivered via J&T Express, so much difference as compared to Poslaju. I would like to think that if my earlier order was delivered by J&T, it would have arrived as nice as this and no complaints from me except for the huge delay.

Also I noticed that most of the deliveries to my neighbours are via LEL Express which was managed by Lazada. So it got me thinking that we should have bought via Lazada instead of Shopee. The reliability is of utmost important to me be it the shop or the delivery partner.

Honestly, if the shops or Shopee couldn't fulfil the orders as usual then they should highlight it upfront on their respective banners! It is so misleading with the many adverts and free delivery hokay! Also please provide an answer as the silent treatment was totally uncalled for. This lockdown was your opportunity to shine but the opposite has happened instead. Many first timers like me would definitely turned away from this unsavoury experience. Leaning on the reviews alone is definitely out of the question now. 

I definitely have learned a lot being a customer alone and I have diligently updated my own website. This is a MUST if you asked me. I may not received much reviews for my online shop but at least I have done an ethical job and served my customers right. No regrets here!

Monday, 18 May 2020

RMO: day 62 CMCO: day 15

Woke up on the wrong side of the bed with gastric this morning. Maybe it's the Monday blues but I honestly didn't feel good. How to go on MC lah while working from home? I definitely felt like curling up on the bed trying to sooth my poor upset tummy. So many restrictions from the Health Ministry until I'm not sure which I can do. The clinic I go to is more than 10 KM away and I have to pass the toll to get there. There are clinics nearer to me but my record is with this clinic more than 10 KM away plus I trust this doctor more. Not sure if you have the same thinking as me but I prefer going to my family doctor than any other GP. Anyway, took some probiotic and thus far no purging whatsoever lah *fingers crossed*

Sunday, 17 May 2020

Cross-stitch for greeting cards

I was so excited to do this but then both my arms, shoulder and neck were aching badly whenever I started crafting. It was as though both my arms were falling off anytime so I had to slow down on my crafting be it cross-stitch or crochet. Probably too much time on laptop...

Anyway, by the time I finished this, it was already Mother's Day weekend. Luckily the greeting cards I had were blank so it can still be used for other festivities like Teacher's Day or Birthday or Valentine's Day or etc. So here are 4 that I've managed to make thus far; pattern from books that I have at home:

Saturday, 16 May 2020

Crochet: Baby Hat

I've recently crochet this cute baby hat and I've enjoyed it a lot as the pattern was really simple. I was able to finish it within a day! I've gotten this pattern from www.sewrella.com
What I've used:
  • Milk cotton yarn


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