Friday, October 10, 2008

A Week Recap - Sunday (5.10.08) to Thursday (9.10.08)

Sunday (5.10.08) - Along and Ain's First Lunchbag To School

The new semester for school kids in Dubai this year started on 1st September which coincidentally fell on the 1st day of Ramadhan. Because of that, I did not need to prepare meals for Along and Ain's lunchbags since both of them were fasting. Alhamdulillah cukup sebulan. They were complaining, "Kalau ada kat Malaysia, mesti Atuk dan Wan dengan Atuk dan Nenek bagi extra duit raya sebab puasa habis". To make it up to it, their father had promised to get them lunchbags of their own choice and a wristwatch each. What are parents for if not to make their children happy...

So, since early Ramadhan everytime we went to Carrefour, they'd been eyeing for the many mostly pink lunchbags. Well...you could easily tell girls' taste. And they'd also been observing the kind of food their friends or classmates brought to school. (Maklumlah bukan aje anak-anak mat salleh tu je yang tak puasa, anak-anak Pak Arab tu pun majoriti tak puasa!) When they came back, they reported to me...he he so that, I'd have an idea of the kind of food to prepare for their lunchbags. At least, I was spared the headache of having to think of what food to prepare for their meals in school. So, since today is the first day of school after Ramadhan, Along and Ain excitedly bring their lunchbags to school. I made their favourite french toast with cheese. I also put in their lunchbags some cut apples and a box of fruit juice each. I guess that would be ample for the first day. If not, I'd have to add more menu in their lunchbox the next day...

Monday (6.10.08) - Along Gave Us A Shock Of Our Life!

Along had her first after school activity today. She has signed up for Environment Club and the activity is held every Monday from 2.30-3.30pm. Therefore, instead of taking the usual 2.30pm bus home, she had to take the 4.00 o'clock late bus. However, after she had texted me for the third time since 4.07pm telling the bus had not arrived and she was the only one waiting there, I was panicked. Could she have missed the bus..? I called the 2.30 pm bus driver asking whether he was going back to school to fetch my daughter, he said he was heading home and his shift had finished. I called hubby in Tehran asking him to give a call to the staff from Diamond Lease about the late bus. At that critical moment, I couldn't even find the number of either Diamond Lease nor the school reception counter! The person in-charge said the late bus had left at 4.10pm and according to him, the coordinator for after school activity had made sure that no one was left behind before the bus left!!! . How come?? My daughter texted me at 4.07 pm...meaning she was around before the bus left.

I tried to call Along wanting to tell her to just wait there and not go anywhere but she did not answer even after a few attempts, even from her father in Tehran. I was horribly worried, especially when thinking of girl kidnapping cases in Malaysia! OMG. Hubby's far away in Tehran, my house is far from school and I've no transport to fetch her. I wanted to take a cab but it might take me more than an hour to wait for a cab and reach school, and in that one hour, anything could possibly happen to her. And what if I were already in a cab, she managed to catch a school bus and already on her way home. I wouldn't know since I couldn't get hold of her. I could only leave her a message more than once telling her to please, please, please return call.

After being restless and boiled in a hot soup for nearly an hour, she at last returned my call at 4.50 pm telling she was already on another school bus and on the way home. Phewww...thank God. When Along reached home at around 6.00pm, I hugged her, avoided to even ask her about the incident and let her rest first.

That night, she related to me that her class teacher, Ms Kelly, saw her alone and took her to the reception counter. There, a helper from another school bus took her and brought her home. If only I had a driving licence and own transport, I would have sent and fetched my daughters from school (just like my routine in Malaysia) and did not have to unnecessarily go through all these hassles. Or should I put it this way...if only the Dubai government did not make our life difficult by making it damn difficult to get a driving licence!!! What an experience...

p/s - Syukur Alhamdulillah anakku selamat...

Tuesday (7.10.08) - At Last I Received 2 Raya Cards!

Everyone knows raya e-cards and sms-es are in-trend now although snail mail raya cards still do apply. So, I never expected to get any especially when I'm far from home and people might forget me or may think twice to send raya cards via air mail as it is more costly. This afternoon while waiting for Along and Ain coming back from school, I simply went to the guard's counter and checked if there was any mails for us, so far there was none. I was surprised when I saw two white envelopes with my name on them. I opened them and they were these brown and green raya cards. One from a good friend, Fuzah and another one from my loyal ex-student, Lim Leong Chye. This boy I taught when he was in Form 5 in 2006. We've been in touch ever since he left school although as far as I remember he never talked to me in class! hi hi...Thanks a zillion you two. The raya cards really made my day. I really appreciate it.

p/s - The sentimental value of the snail mail raya cards couldn't just be compared with the latest trend...

Wednesday (8.10.08) - Layan Sindarella the whole day

Thought of updating my blog today but suddenly I just felt like logging on tv3.com to keep me updated with the latest shows on TV3. I saw Sindarella and only then I remember that I had missed the last few episodes. I had been the fan of this series before leaving for Dubai on June 13th. So, layanlah Sindarella that day from episode 17 or 18 can't remember. Ingat nak tengok sikit-sikit je tapi terrrtengok till the very last episode pulak...! Apalagi esoknya sampai merah-merah mata tak cukup tido sebab layan Sindarella sampai tengah malam...sampai tak cukup tidur. Ha ha ha...tak penah buat keja ni before.

p/s - I enjoyed the most episode 21 which was aired on June 24. So cute and romantic...very the!! (Ingat nak embed the video kat sini, tak reti pulak).

Thursday (9.10.08) - Hubby's coming back from Teheran...

Waiting for my beloved to come back from Tehran...

8 comments:

Kakak Tiri said...

Rajinnya Kak Zila apdate. My journal here dah dekat dua bulan tak berapdate.

Anyway, bila Along dengan Ain nak bawa nasi lemak pulak kat skolah :)

domestic engineer said...

Sebab tak rajin la I 'jamakkan' skali 5 hari punya entry...hi hi hi. Kalau rajin baru update everyday.

Nasi lemak is already in the list tapi tak tau lagi bila nak buat. Maklum la nak kena bangun lebih awal dari biasa sebab nak perah santan...

DaNaSh said...

Salam Ziela...luckily along is fine. I experienced the same thing too, twice in fact. Tapi nasib baik pakcik van tu baik hati pusing check kat sekolah dua kali.

Eh..ingat tak kita dulu2 lunch box tu dari kotak besi..box of steel yg sebenar2nya..mine tahan beberapa hari aje masa kindergarten...kemek sana sini, tinggal sana sini..ganas la katakan..masuk primary dah x nak bawa lunchbox..takut kena ejek dgn kekawan. La ni lunch box dah fancy, mcm beg galas...

ALong and ain, auntie pun gi sekolah jugak...hadiahkan lah satu...teringin pulak...

Wiz said...

Ya Allah Ziela, mesti panic you dibuatnya. I know the feeling too. Iman pun pernah tetinggal bas sklh. And she went out of school trying to catch it. Imagine a 9 year old berkelana kat luar! Then she called me via the public phone booth outside! Aiyo. Asked her to hurry back to school. I drove like a mad person that day trying to get there asap. Alhamdulillah she waited in the school vicinity. Been telling her not to leave the school compound and try to be wary of her surrounding all the time. Sometimes kids forget due to their innocence.

And yes out of paranoia, I drive them to school everyday. Hati manyak susah oooo.

Mahfuzah Azahari said...

Phehh....kalau terjadi incident tu, sure i dah pengsan..alhamdulillah everything went well kan. hehe you bestnye tgk sinderella. i dulu every tuesday menonggok kat TV nak menghabiskan cerita tu.hmmm...ni kena cari2 video utk ditonton masa confinement nih, tapi tak pe dah ada hobby baru dah nak buat masa confinement.

Imeirda said...

Salam...

I baca citer u, I can feel the 50minutes agony not knowing where were ur child. MasyaAllah, kesian kat Along... Kalau I mmg dah lama panicky. Anyway Alhamdulillah she is fine. Ermm Auntie Wiz...mamas kat sini mmg kalu boleh nak drive n atar anak sendirik tapi nak amik lesen kereta tu tedious. Hv to rely on the school buses. Anyway u marah tak kat drivers tu Ziela?

domestic engineer said...

Salam Naza, lunchbox dari kotak besi? I tak penah ada pun. Tu la kan, tengok lunchbox and lunchbags yg fancy2 tu rasa macam nak sekolah balik. Apa kata cikgu pegi sekolah bawa lunchbags macam gitu, ok kot...??

Tu la Wiz, Allah saja yg tau perasaan kita kan...If only I could drive here just like in Msia...

Jeda, camna I nak marah driver tu? Sbb my daughter ditumpangkan naik school bus yg lain. So, tak dpt la jumpa bus driver tu. Anyway,I x marah the bus driver but the after-school activity coordinator and the bus assistant should be blamed. Takpa la yg penting anak I selamat Alhamdulillah.

domestic engineer said...

Tu la Pujah, masa confinement nanti you menonggok la puas2 depan laptop tu tengok the past TV series kat tv3.com ke, or update blog ke? Pujah, kat SDASA SIRUSA tu takleh citer personal. Start a new personal one la, you have the ability. Boleh sok sek sok sek, brok brek brok brek sikit...he he. Ok I tunggu...

Anyway, take care of you and the baby.