Friday, July 27, 2007

tagged by maryam aka wegra

1) A person is only as good as they mean

2) Friendship is to be cherished

3) To love is to give one's self

4) Money makes me nervous

5) I miss my childhood, when things were so simple and uncomplicated

6) My way of saying I care is by touching (i'm very tactile!)

7) I try to spread love and happiness by caring about others

8) Pick the flowers when they’re in full bloom

9) To love someone is to stick through thick and thin

10) Beauty is from the 'inside'

11) When I was thirteen, what I remember the most was being away for the first time from my family

12) When i was twenty one, what I remember the most was being hopelessly in love

13) I am most happy when with my family

14) Nothing makes me happier than having a meaningful conversation and a good laugh with family or close friends

15) If I can change one thing, I will change the world! ok, let's not be too ambitious - may be the country!

16) If smiles were gold then I'll be pretty rich

17) Wouldn't it be nice if I have a home that I can call my own

18) If you want to French me, I say "pardon, je ne parle pas francais!"

19) Money is not everything but too many people don't realise that

20) The most touching moments I have experienced is the first few moments of being a mother

21) I smile when I'm happy

22) When I am happy, I can't stop smiling!

23) If only I don't have to pretend sometimes

24) The best thing I did yesterday was taking Imran for a stroll along the street where I grew up in and dropping-by a neighbour's house to catch up on the lost years

25) If I ever write a book, I will give it this title - ? (wouldn't it depend on what it's about?)

26) One thing I must do before I die is go to places I want to and haven't had the chance to go to

27) Doing the meme, I feel like I’ve known myself better!

it's nice to be home

I have been back in KL for almost 3 weeks now and it hardly feels like it. Imran took about 6 days to fully recover from the jet-lag and we have been spending a lot of time with family, giving Mama the support and company that she needs and also catching up with Dino's side of the family.

Imran has adapted well to the life and weather here. In fact he is definitely going to miss having lots of people around when we eventually get back to France. He has also developed a lot since we got back in terms of mobility (he is climbing anything he can reach to stand up and also is doing cross-pattern crawling at last!), vocally (his official first word is Mama, although Dino insists it's actually 'mamam' - he's a big eater remember?) mentally (he's constantly checking out his new surroundings) and emotionally (he 'flappers' with happiness when he sees us coming back from an outing)

Life here with a baby is completely different than in France. I miss having the endless green parks and clean air to take Imran for a stroll. But it has been such a luxury having 'free baby-sitting services' at home! I can now just run somewhere quickly without having to drag him along everywhere. I have managed to go to the spa and do lunches without him, which was strange and difficult initially, as before I have only left him when he is asleep.

Overall, the holiday has been pleasant. We're off to Perth next week and as Dino has already left for Sydney first, I am slightly nervous to travel with Imran alone! With him being so active, it's going to be hard work for sure..

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

au revoir rue du coq gris

All things packed and moved to our new house, it is strangely sad to leave this place. Although it will be a relief not having to climb the three flights of stairs anymore, I will miss this cozy loft we've been living in the last six months. And although we will no longer have to bear with the noise from the pubs downstairs at nights, I have really enjoyed being in the center of town and being able to run downstairs to the shops.

No matter what, 4 Rue du Coq Gris will always be special for us, as it is the first home that we have lived together as a family - just us - which is bliss. It is where Imran learnt how to be mobile - from playing in his baby gym in the corner of the house to rolling around in the living area to crawling all the way to the kitchen to check what his Mama is up to! It is where we hosted the many dinner parties where we got to know our friends better, showcased our traditional cuisine and had many interesting conversations.

Well, I hope there will be more to come in the new house with an even bigger area for Imran to explore and bigger groups of friends to be comfortable in. For now, it is only two more nights before we get home - can't wait!