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MPR1 Day #22 Getting Better In Jumping Rope

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Monday, September 13, 2010

I managed to non-stop jumping 80x in 1 minute, an upgrade from 30-rest-30 per minute emoticon Monday, 13th day of September 2010, marked my record of 80 jumps-rest-80 jumps-rest-80 jumps in 3 minutes, so total is 240! And I think my jumping rope endurance (if there's such a thing, hehe) is getting better, I still needed to take long, long breath after 1 set of 80 but my calves muscles were doing fine, not too much "fire" after finished my jumping and by the time I wrote this, I didn't have terrible aches like last Friday, the day after jumping rope battle with my brother (blog MPR1 Day #18 Battle of Jumping Rope www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo

It's time for me to take next step - add one more day of jumping rope (now is at 2 days weekly).

Bonus: I gave Eid homemade biscuits to my colleagues and the comments were good! Flattered by the praises on behalf of my mom, haha. (Of course I also contributed in baking the biscuits, hehe)

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THEEXERCISER 9/14/2010 9:20AM

    It sounds like you are doing great!!!! Keep up the great work!!!
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EVER-HOPEFUL 9/14/2010 4:30AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon2 days a week.here you come. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MPR1 Day #21 More Relatives Created & In Process, hehe

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Sunday, September 12, 2010

(Still in my dad's hometown) As my parents, aunt (father's sister) and me plan to do our Hajj this year, we had a family gathering where we pray for our safe trip and complete our Hajj with no obstacles then ask for forgiveness from relatives and lunch. It was packed with relatives from my father's side, no surprise as we are quite a lot, noisy bunch, more like a clan instead of normal family, haha. I've lost count how many were there and my head just swirled with faces and names - one of my weakness is hard to connect names with faces, haha. There seemed to be more offsprings, additional to our already big Akhbar Khan Clan and some women were pregnant, one even 8 months! Lots of gossips and info to be shared, trying to eat safely without getting knocked down by some running kids and lastly, photo sessions! It was for offspings for the Akhbar Khan 's eldest child and daughter who was my grandma (passed away in 2004) and that side is keep growing bigger and bigger. Just imagine if we managed to take picture for all relatives, I don't think we can do capture all inside the house, had to be somewhere more spacious, haha.

Back to my hometown, the whole family was so tired - stuck in a cramped car, even though just 3 hours, never a fun experience, haha. But my dad, ever a busy guy, on his computer till very, very late - reported by my brother, hehe.

Still managed to drink 3 litres of water (or maybe more!) as if to wash off the sweet taste from my mouth. Unfortunately, not much fruits and veggie, even though I helped to cut the watermelon for lunch. I should sneakily eat some of the fruits while cutting but didn't think it hygenic, haha.

Bonus: My cats seems to still recognize me after a day and night away emoticon

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SABA_MALI 9/14/2010 6:36AM

    sounds like a great eid:) n congratulations already for planning for hajj:)

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EVER-HOPEFUL 9/14/2010 4:35AM

    alhamdullah,sounds like you had fun.lucky you.i really misse4d my husband and the kids this eid.it wasnīt the same.inshallah next eid you will be on the hajj,what for a great eid you will have maīshallah.keep up the jump rope as you will need to be fit for the hajj.just think not long now inshallah.

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MPR1 Day #20 Visiting Relatives Is Fun & Challenging, hehe

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Traveled to my dad's hometown, which was about 2 and half or 3 hours drive from our house. Such a very big cramp car with 5 adults, 1 4-year-old girl and a nearly 13-month baby girl. And when traveling with a baby and a small kid, it will definitely with lots and lots of varieties of bags - plastic-coated, leather, environment-friendly, all those types. And I had to take long nap in the car as nothing to do without making me more car sick - I drank lots of water when I awake but nothing in the world couldn't prevent my back and side aches from getting punched by my eldest niece, so had to pretend to nap and eventually became real emoticon

First house we visited (for Eid) was my dad's youngest sister's family but they also planned to go out visiting our relatives. So, off we went like a small troop and when we arrived to our second destination, it was all noisy with greetings, hugs and kisses, haha. Met some of my unknown-connection relatives who I haven't seen in my whole life or maybe it was just me who's hard to remember people's faces! And there were lots of Kek Lapis Sarawak (aka Sarawak Layered Cake), one of the most popular food in my state. Most of them tasted almost same - though one felt minty - but the main reason why this food quite famous throughout the country is the design. Usually layered cake is one colour layered on top of another colour. But this layered cake have spiral, zig-zag, unique lines and some even spell out words or numbers!

Then third house to visit - my dad's great auntie who unfortunately has problem with her memory - kept asking who's me, gave me hugs and kisses, felt warm and fuzzy but at same time, sad. This house had less cakes than previous house but many biscuits to try. Wish I had taken pictures of cakes and biscuits from both houses but didn't want to be rude to the host.

So, what's so challenging about visiting relatives? Controlled my intake of carbonated drinks, sweet, buttery cakes and biscuits and tried to answer questions about my single, never-been-married, not-yet-have-children status without burst with anger or being sarcastic. I kept drinking water between visits as just needed to wash off the sweet taste but the questions, it was so hard to keep smiling face when answering, my common answer was, "Do you have candidates for me?"

At night, went to the first house with my family, had our dinner there. Instead of move on to my relative's neighbour aka my dad's cousin, my family just stayed back and had info-swapping session as it was quite a long, long time since we had this chance. So, of course, by the time we went back to our hotel - usually stayed with relatives but this year, we didn't want to burden them with our presence - we just crashed in our bed, haha. Especially, sometimes between the afternoon visit and night trip, my parents and I had 70-minute walk and my brother's extended family had swimming trip in the hotel's kiddy pool. Lots of energy spent, hehe.

Bonus: Of course meeting my relatives, laughing together, share our latest updates!


MPR1 Day #19 First Day of Not-Overindulge-At-Festive-Season Challenge!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010

The first day of celebrating Eid and lots and lots of relatives to visit. Well, more like 3 main family but lots and lots of expanded family, hehe. Things to worry? Visiting close relatives meaning instead of we just get served with biscuits and drinks, we get the MAIN COURSE - special rice called lemang and ketupat (google yourself), chicken or beef curry and rendang (whichever the host know to make or order), lontong (tempe, long beans and cabbage cooked with milk coconut) and other varieties. Sounds like horror to someone who started to learn the rope on managing her food emoticon And the hardest part, somehow, with this special rice, I don't get easily full like normal rice! So, what I did, I tried to get as little as possible without offending the host, munched slowly and got second servings after several minutes passed, instead of dive in again. It didn't help that during Eid, people will served carbonated drinks (especially my relatives in my state) or very, very sweet cordial drinks. Good thing I have my habit of bringing 1-litre water bottle everywhere (which I drank during the car ride and almost finished by the time we arrived home) and when I couldn't resist of tempation of just sitting at my uncle's living room and refill my empty glass, I asked them for water. And man, I drank more of water at someone's house than I expected, must be to wash off the carbonated drink!

My colleague/friend visited my house with her husband - I wish more of my colleagues were around, made the house more festive but it was 4-days of off from work and people like to take advantage of that, haha. Served her with my homemade biscuits (the one my mother and I spend 2-days of batch baking). Got her compliments about my biscuits, which of course soared me to the sky, haha.

At night, when there was no sign of guest, I did a quick spin with my jump rope - 2 minutes of 80x-rest-40x then end with 5 minutes stretching. By end of the stretching, my calves burnt baby burnt, haha. Guess my recovery from previous day wasn't enough, should gave my body rest from jumping rope, probably do other workouts like toning or just hop on elliptical.

Bonus: My family and I, that is parents, brother, sister in-law, two nieces and me, the maiden auntie, took studio photo with our new clothes as this year, we have additional family member since the last time we took our picture together. Had a great fun, especially when the photographer tried to coax my 4-year-old niece (the other one 13 months old) to smile wide instead of close-lip. We ended with me taking picture with my eldest niece, also trying in vain to make her smile showing her teeth emoticon

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MZDOLPHIN 9/11/2010 9:59PM

    Happy Raya ~

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EVER-HOPEFUL 9/10/2010 8:47PM

    eid mubarak my friend.i know what you mean about eating at eid i have still lots of left overs.think i will be eating them for days.hope you post your family photo for us all to see.

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My #1 10 Things About Me

Friday, September 10, 2010

1. I love reading quirky, cheeky, funny or all three of romance book, keep me sane after long, serious job, haha.
2. The idea of big, loyal and supportive family fascinate me.
3. I wish I can learn how to be more independence and elegant like my cats, even after a series of misfortune events.
4. Fresh bananas are my favourite foods!
5. Drinking water is getting easier day by day, hehe.
6. Jumping rope and elliptical machine are my favourite cardio.
7. After got long lectures of shouldn't buy too much books (again and again), I end up buying unnecessary things like makeup and electronic. Better buy books!
8. I like living in my hometown but always worry if I have to find jobs outside or worse, at big city where it's hard for me to resist temptation to do lots and lots of shopping!
9. I wish my hair is long, thick, shiny, soft and easy to manage, something like just comb hair with fingers. Instead, I've medium-length, thick, coarse, very black and easy-to-tangle.
10. Love my hair no matter what people say and very thankful that I don't get hair loss and dandruff!

(Got this idea from a forum in team A Promise To Myself. I think this will be the best way to dig deep about myself that I sometimes forget or didn't realize it!)

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FATHINSN 9/12/2010 7:57AM

    Those books sounds interesting compared to those we have for children here. But they are improving and started to get more fun to learn for the young age. My eldest niece is learning how to read Al-Quran, guides by her mother aka sis in law.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 9/10/2010 9:01PM

    i have just answered a thread with this post on my positive mental attitude team.guess it is going the rounds.been at an eid celerbration tonight where there was someone selling books on islam for children.needless to say i spent a fortune but got some really lovely books .a shame i couldnīt get them in english though.had to buy them in germany.one is a colouring book on hadiths,it is written in german first.then in thick arabish for you to colour in then it is written in phonectics for you to pronounce it propably if you canīt read the arabish.on the opposite page there is space for you to copy the german and arabish version down.so you are like revising it.i really like that book.then there is a nice one about how to prayer.explaining why we prayer and when,how to do wudu ,the actions of the prayer and what we are suppose to say at each point.all stages are with pictures showing you what to do.like the other book it has the meaning in german,the written arabish and the translititation so you would be able to say it in arabish even if you canīt read the arabish script.i also brought a goodnight stories book and a book on sunnah for children.i brought an morricanish cook book as well,salads and vegitarian.so you and me both for books i think.

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