My sweet daughter, T2

My sweet daughter, T2, presented a hand made notebook to me yesterday. After hearing the Hubs scolding me about how bad I am at managing my finances and not trusting me with managing my Izumio business (tsk-tsk, so little faith!), she took the initiative to staple some small pieces of paper together small enough to fit into my wallet like a little 555 booklet as the Hubs always, ALWAYS reminds me to do. On the front page, she wrote her name and drew a blue snowflake and at the back, she wrote T2 loves Mummy then drew a heart and a star representing T2 and Mama and at the bottom, wrote From T2.

Awwwwwwww…………

I was so touched!!!!!

Then she continued to advise me that with this little notebook, I should write down anything at all that I wanted to, such as how many Izumio boxes I delivered today, or how much money I got from that Aunty, or even what I did with her for the day and my feelings for the day. Wow!!! She understands the concept of keeping a journal!! So cute la!!!

This girl is a little charmer. Whenever she can sense that I am annoyed at something, she will quickly come up with a joke or say something funny that she knows will guarantee to get a laugh out of me. Now, is that being smart or manipulative? I am often being accused of being manipulative by my haters. Hmmm. As my BFF once told me after marrying her boyfriend’s friend, if you’re stupid enough to lose your girl then you probably don’t deserve her. What say you?

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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My Personal Assistant

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Guess who THAT is? Gee. I hope I don’t get caught for child labour but T1 is THE best PA I could ever have. She is ever obliging and if she ever gets too tired of helping her Mama, I will bribe her with some cash. This girl has had so much hands on experience in life in her 10 years that she is well equipped to go far. She can survive in this world. She can think. She can fend for herself. I feel that my first half of my job is done with her. Next will be the boys part. Damn!

When I used to be out of action due to my illness, she would cook and clean and care for her younger sister. When T2 needs help with homework, T1 handles it all. If I need anything doing, T1 is all up for the job. She is great. She comes out with good solutions too without me asking. Sometimes I will give her a task and she will suggest why I don’t do it in another way. Whenever I have a problem, she solves it. She always makes me feel that my life is so damn worth living. She is my Mother reincarnated. She has my Mother’s incredible soul. And for that, she is so, so loved.

T1 – she’s my mini adult PA. She really is!!!

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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The Power of BOWS – Jo’s Bowz

The Power of BOWS by Jo’s Bowz

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Do you like bows? I love bows. Ever since I was a little girl, I was a bow fan. Not just bows but ribbons too. All ribbons have pretty bows, do they not? Well, if you’re skilled at tying them then they do!

I was delighted to learn that Jo’s Bowz do CUSTOMISED bows for little girls and adults (and even for your male counterparts if you ask!). How awesome is that? All you have to do is contact Jo’s Bowz and tell her what you want exactly and she will whip out some magic. Ever since T2 accidentally dropped her pretty pink flower hairband that was presented to her by one of my close friends (it was my fault, she was sleeping and I carried her out of the car without checking her hairband so it must’ve fallen off without me noticing), she has been extremely upset. Until Jo’s Bowz made her her EXACT order of wanting a BLUE HELLO KITTY bow hairband. I was cracking my head at her request. Wasn’t Hello Kitty PINK??? As far as I know, Hello Kitty is pink. Where is one to find blue Hello Kitty?

But HECK!!! Jo’s Bowz made T2 a BLUE Hello Kitty Hairband!!!

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And as the icing to the cake, her name was on the bow of the hairband!!! In large capital letters, T2’s blue Hello Kitty bow hairband actually came with her name. So damn special. She loved it and it became her regular hairband to school and all day at home. Her signature look.

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And then when we visited Myanmar last year to visit our Children of Myanmar, I ordered some bows to give the children as Christmas presents and guess what? The lovely Jo of Jo’s Bows not only hand wrapped each and every individual pair of bows for the Children of Myanmar but she did not charge me for her labour. WTF. That is NOT ALLOWED. Do you have any idea how many pairs of bows I brought to Myanmar? And do you know how long it takes to make just one single bow? The girls of the Children of Myanmar LOVED their new bow clips. They wore them immediately when my girls presented it to them. So blessed to see their smiles we were. Greatest joy in the world and thank you to Jo’s Bowz for helping us make that happen.

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Please hop over to Jo’s Bowz on Facebook and LIKE her page. It is the greatest joy you could give to a little girl, giving her a starter collection of pretty bows to beautify her hair. They are also much, much cheaper than commercial bows that you see at the shopping malls plus these are HAND MADE with SO MUCH LOVE.

Nothing is greater than a hand made gift made from true love and passion.

Here are some of the bows that are on offer that I like (you know, in case you would like to get ME some bows *wink*)

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Pretty pink daisy bows

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Just one way you can decorate your hair with a big bow.

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Or bun your hair up like a chignon and still put a bow.

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Bow on a hairband.

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Pink Hello Kitty.

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Bows on a ponytail.

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Little clip bows.

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ELSA bow.

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Elsa hairband.

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HAPPY LITTLE GIRL!!!

The power of Jo’s Bowz really works!!!

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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T2 being SHY

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Last week, I brought T2 for her first play date ever. Yes, I know. The poor girl is already 5 and it was the first time ever that I brought her out alone without the overbearing T1 hovering over her, to her very own play date. Needless to say, she was shy initially and took time to blend in. T2 has the strangest personality. Some people she will just click with and most she will avoid. It has always been the same since she was a baby. A very few select people even upon meeting for the first time, she would allow them to hold her hand and walk her away or let them carry her but for most people, she would cry or run away. Weird huh? I could never suss out what kind of people she liked or took to versus those that she didn’t feel so comfortable with as they were all diverse as diverse could be. I could not form a correlation.

When T1 was a toddler, I had made the unaware mistake of calling someone else’s kid shy and the mother got very upset. It was then that I learnt why. Go on then. Google why you should never call a child shy. Apparently it makes the child fixated on the label and will actually turn out to be shy even when not shy. I’m not sure how much truth there is to that but we shall see, won’t we? I have seen T2 after not going to prepatory school, still being able to play very well with her new found school friends (and fighting too, haha). I have seen her very loud and boisterous amongst the friends she is comfortable with. So when she goes all mum and is quiet, I don’t think it is so much shyness but just being cautious and deciding if these are people who are safe.

So this exact thing happened at the play date. She was quiet but eventually managed to play independently with them but at some point, she suddenly came crying to me and didn’t want to return to her friends. I thought that was odd and that something must have happened so I asked her what happened or what was said to her but she wouldn’t say. She would just keep quiet and refused to go back to her friends which annoyed me as I was having a gala time chatting to the ladies. What is wrong with my child?! Just go and play already!

Long story short, she told me that evening that the girl who had helped her put on her swimsuit had accidentally zipped her chest and so I checked her chest and indeed there was a little chaffed skin. And that is why she no longer wanted to swim nor play with her friends. Sigh. She could have told me earlier and I could have fixed everything so they could all be happy and play together again. Not sure why she wouldn’t tell me or maybe she wanted to and I was too busy to care and didn’t really listen. *guilty* I felt really bad that night and decided to make it up to her this week.

As always, I need to remind myself to s.l.o.w. d.o.w.n. because my children need me and I love them more than anything else in the world. Life just needs to be balanced. All the money in the world without health, is a no go. All the health and money in the world without happiness, is also a no go. And worse, all the money and health and happiness in the world but you raise ‘bad’ children, is absolutely a no go for me. So come on down back to Earth, me. Let’s divide the time and set fair hours so that everyone gets a piece of you equally. Poor Hubs. I think he might be at the bottom of that list.

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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My Blessed Readers

When I first started this blog, it was a form of release from being a lonely Stay-At-Home-Mom because there wasn’t Facebook then and I didn’t have any Mommy friends being one of the firsts in my group to be a Mommy. The blog has evolved into a journal for my children and I found that looking back, I can also see how I myself have evolved over the last 10 years. Freaking incredible if you ask me! If I ever lose this blog, I will cry so much till tears would form a river and that is how much I value my blog as it contains the memories of our last 10 years as a family.

I always thought that my readers were my friends and family abroad as this is one of the ways they are kept updated with our lives here in Malaysia but then I started gaining a following from all over the world. At one point I had 20,000 Unique Visitors coming to my blog every month and I earned a decent income from that but then I started working full time a few years ago and stopped blogging altogether. What a waste! Now that I’ve started again, my readership is slowly climbing again but the best part is, I am now starting to get to know my readers and meeting them in real life. Wonderful!

I also used to think that apart from family and friends, my readers (bless you all!!!) mainly comprised mothers both working at the office and working Moms from home (yes, Stay-At-Home-Moms are working Moms too) and of course, working Moms with an income from home (the hardest workers of all but with possibly the best options?). But last year, a few young ladies approached me from recognising my children and were brave enough to come up to say hello. Amazing!!! I was thrilled that I was an influence to such young and upcoming ladies who were just starting out their adult life fresh from college. THANK YOU, LADIES!!! To all ladies, young and old and older (yes, I even have readers above retirement age!), thank you so much for your support. I would love to meet all of you and am loving the process of meeting some of you even now, by chance, by appointment, by whatever forces bring us together. I am glad that I have been able to be a source of inspiration in whatever way big or small, I am happy to help you with information that I am able to disseminate, and I am happy to be your walking directory when I can afford the time. Thank you, my blessed readers. I do hope to meet more and more of you in the coming months as is already happening now.

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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Blog woes

If you are a regular reader, then you would have noticed that this blog has changed design recently into what I do not want – LOL!!! I wasn’t happy with the old blog design as it was too messy but never had any time to play around with it so ever since I gave up my full time job, I’ve been telling myself that I must make my blog pretty.

And so I started fiddling with code and stuff and suddenly, POOF!!! The blog disappeared.

*HORROR!!!*

I tried undoing everything that I did without success and nobody could access the blog anymore, not even me, the owner. I called up my host to SOS and they managed to revive it after an hour but some things were already missing and I just couldn’t be bothered to start all over as things were urgent. I randomly picked a simple blog design to continue my postings but I don’t really like it either. Blog themes are difficult!!! I wish I could understand code then I could design it exactly how I want it because none of the current designs work perfectly for me. SO annoying.

Anyone with code knowledge want to do an exercise in re-designing my blog? I will pay you but I am a very fussy customer because I know exactly what I want. Till then, I will just have to continue with this ugly blog despite it scratching my skin every day…..

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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After School Routines

After School Routines

These are my 2 girls routines when we get home from school. They only have 3 hours to spare after which they are chased off to their bedtime routine that comprises brushing their teeth, changing into their pyjamas and whatever else they want to do for another 10 minutes. Such as reading or chatting or packing there school bags for the next day.

T1 – Shower, Snack, Homework, TV, Dinner.

T2 – Strips off her Uniform, runs to get a packet of IZUMIO, Snack with TV, Play, Shower, Dinner. She only gets homework over the weekends.

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Me – Serve them their Snack, Dinner Preps, Shower T2, Cook Dinner, Chase them to bed. Then start work again.

The Hubs will roll in about 9pm to have dinner and do the dishes, and the laundry. Can’t ask for much, can I? :-p

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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Sports Day at School

Today is T1’s Sports Day Heats at school. She has been complaining over the last few weeks about being too hot, too dehydrated, muscle ache from running and tiredness from a combination of standing in the sun, running and being dehydrated. She said she ran and came out last. LOL!! I told her I was a school runner for the 100m and 200m and 4x100m and I always got the gold. My 100m time then was 15.8s. Talk about pressure, right? I LOVE pressuring my kids yet no matter how much pressure I put on them, they are not doing what I tell them to. Something must be wrong in my approach. Damn!

Actually, I think I only pressure T1 because she is so thick-skinned like me that it wouldn’t faze her. T2 on the other hand, I would never undermine her weakness in her reading level and in fact, when her first exam Bahasa Paper came back and it was a C, I cheered her on to tell her what a great job she’d done! She was completely oblivious and does not know the difference between getting and A or a C so when I told her she did great, her eyes lit up and she said, “Really? I did great?” She was so happy that I was happy and I hugged her tight to tell her just how much I loved her.

On the contrary, and unfairly so (but you know, they say that Mothers will give to the child who needs it most), whenever T1 comes home with a lower A (she’s a straight A student), I will be asking, “So what happened?” LOLOL!!!

OMG, I’m such a bad MOM.

In all honesty though, I have explained to T1 that the expectation is much greater from her because we see the potential. It is what it is and it does not mean that we love her any less. Not at all. In fact, if we had to choose between the two of them, I’d choose T1 to T2 anytime. LOL!! Nobody wants to take care of T2!! Until T2 catches up, of course. Even their English tutor last year agreed with me that with T1, it is so darn frustrating because there is so much potential yet she’s just cruising…..and with T2, whatever she does, it’s still great with us.

Moral of the story – if you show people how smart you are, they will have smart expectations of you. But if you remain dumb, they will not expect much of you. HAHAHAHA!!! My poor children.

 

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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My Business Partners

When I first started, I signed up my Husband and my Sister-in-Law as my first business partners because I wanted total control of my business staying within the family. I’m not sure it made any difference but it is nice now to earn  weekly income from myself and also from the other family members that I have signed up since the beginning. It is all a numbers game and knowing where to place the people and only my Izumio Guru will be able to teach you that, how to maximise your earning potential by playing this numbers game.

In my 2nd month, I think I signed up a few more people and then by the 3rd month, these few people were signing more people and then those people were signing up even more people. It is so exciting that the team is growing below me and I do not even know how how fast or how far, and suddenly I have almost a hundred people in less than 5 months, out of which less than 20% is my own from my own efforts. I think that is pretty darn cool.

I have one girl who has only signed up ONE person yet we have placed 45 people under her already so she earns an income. We continue to place people under you as we grow because we are just that kind of team. You work hard, we reward you.

The ones who have helped me get to where I am to date include:-

1. Fabulous Mom of Three – British Grad

2. Fabulous Mom of Two – British Grad

3. Fabulous Mom of Three

4. Fabulous Mom of Three – Accountant at a Multinational Telco

5. Cheras Power Woman – Business Owner of several branches of an educational franchise

6. Mont Kiara Power Woman – Managing Director of a Medical Software Group

7. Melaka Power Woman – SuperMom

8. East Malaysia Power Woman – Chemical Engineer

9. Filipino Power Woman – SuperMom

10. …………..and the list goes on.

Please feel free to get your Izumio and Super Lutein from any one of my team members above.

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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The Challenge of an MLM Business

Hear the dreaded 3 letters MLM and your antennas are on high alert. We all hate MLM businesses. Why? Because it all just sounds so bloody unprofessional and unethical. It usually comprises con men with con products and well, the majority of folks just push you at a far distance with a ten foot pole. And suddenly now I am leading my own business and it happens to be an MLM business – LOL!!! WTF!!!!

Actually, I am not doing anything different from when I was the Country Director for a British Engineering Services firm nor am I doing anything different to when I was the Country Manager for another British Serviced Offices Group located at the Petronas Twin Towers. Both jobs required me to meet tons of people, present, build and maintain relationships, DELIVER, close deals and implement, manage staff. I am doing exactly the same thing now except that I am working from home and in my own time with my own flexibility. I can earn as much or as little as I want and I am learning a heck of a lot about health, medicine and psychology. I kid you not.

In my previous jobs, managing people had always been the top challenge. It is motivating them, it is correcting them, playing push and pull with the right balance, it is rewarding them, sorting out office politics, you name it. People used to drive me bananas and potty but I just had to do it as it was my job. It was well and fine with the people I recruited myself but the ones who were already there with personality problems, I had to learn how to manage with great difficulty because you know how it is. In every office, there is bound to be some bad hats. And so now that I have my own business, I am trying very hard to control and maintain a certain quality standard in the people that join us. Not an easy task at all when the group is growing so fast. I guess I just have to practise damage control if it ever comes up.

It has always been my dream to elevate women because I feel they always shortchange themselves for whatever reason. This is the perfect medium for me to do so. In bringing women together to grow a successful business together, I am confident that they would be able to move out of their comfort zone at some point to achieve. It is especially hard when there is a stigma attached to an MLM business but all the more it is a mind set that one needs to get rid off that this is a real business. There is a real opportunity here. Do you want to get hung up about doing an MLM business? Or do you want to seize the opportunity to do the job required of you to move you closer towards your dreams? The choice is always yours. I know what I’ve chosen. I didn’t have much choice because I had to quit my job due to my health problems. Having 2 leaking heart valves just doesn’t cut it for a full time highly stressful job. My aorta might just explode. And because I have to take the Izumio and Super Lutein to heal and because it has served me so well thus far, it only makes sense for me to make an income from it to offset the cost of consumption. But that aside, I am really proud that I am doing this MLM business and would love to take on the challenge of changing the mind sets of the general population.

It’s just like this, if you really like that magnificently stunning pink dress but it is sold in a grotty part of town (although you have bodyguards to bring you there), would you forego the pink dress because of it’s location? Where else would you be able to make a large income in such a short time? I’m not saying it is easy but it could very well be. A little luck with some hard work (I work very hard on some days and don’t work at all on some days) will certainly get you there. Under my mentorship, and under Malaysia’s Number One Leader for the Izumio Business, I’d say you have a pretty good chance of succeeding if you want, MLM or not. MLM is just an excuse for people who are afraid of failure. You could be doing anything else and you would still fail. What people say and think of you matter.

Look at me? I have been torn to shreds, bitched about in the highest order (yes, believe it!), had lies spread about me, yet I am still here. Unfazed. At the end of the day, I have a purpose. For being in this life saving business, I know that every effort that I put in will bring only better things to someone else’s life sooner or later. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is truth. So MLM business or not, I think I’m making a smart move. The Japanese have offered it on a platter with such amazing incentives. It would be daft of me not to jump in.

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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Little Monkey at Home

Can you believe it? Last week was the first time ever that T2 had school exams. It was a her mid term exam or whatever you call it. There was a schedule for when the exam papers were sat, another schedule for what will be tested. Freaking hell. Stressnyaaaaa!!!! How was she going to do an exam when she couldn’t even read?

So I just let it be……….

The weekend before her exam week, we went to watch Cinderella. It was such a fun and light movie but most importantly, my little princess loved it. She just loves all these airy fairy princesses. As long as she doesn’t turn out like one unless it comes with the perks, I’m good. I can be the wicked stepmother. I would be perfect.

And then the day before her Ejaan and Bahasa exam, which is the weakest of all her subjects, we spent the entire afternoon after school playing Pictureka. It’s quite a fun game actually. It was my first time playing it and little missy was actually quite fast and on the ball. She even beat me! But she didn’t beat T1 because T1 had played it so many times already and literally memorised the game. Unfair disadvantage.

And on one of the days when I woke up from a nap and came out, she was seated on the floor watching TV with her iPad on her lap. This is after us telling her that this is EXAM WEEK so no TV and iPads!!!!!

She just quickly closes the iPad and sniggers and when I tell them to turn the TV off, they do it without noise. They got that few hours whilst I was asleep anyway. For free! Cheeky bums.

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How much screen time do your kids get at home? T1 isn’t addicted to the screens at all. She somehow prefers books. She’s just such a sensible girl, that one. But T2, OMG. She LOVES her princess stories on the iPad and the TV. If I allowed it all day, she would probably be on it all day. But I am on my gadgets all day too so who does she learn from, right? The children always follow the parent. Generally T2 will spend at least an hour daily on her gadgets, exam or not. She has an excuse to eat whilst she watches as she calls it multi-tasking, a win-wn situation. Because the Hubs comes home late from work every single fucking night, the girls eat first at about 530pm and I will join them. He will roll in around 9pm and gets to wash all the dishes after that as punishment. Already he gets to work at 8am after dropping the kids off at school…..

Chis. Life of a Stay At Home Mom again.

 

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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Wearing a Tudung

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Check it out!!! Yes, as of last year, I have started to wear a head scarf whenever I visit my late mother’s grave, which is every weekend. I am not an expert in tying a head scarf and have never worn the pins because I just do not have any nor would I know how but ever since a dear friend gave me the insert for the head scarf, wearing one has become so, so much easier. The Hubs does not like me in it though he respects that we need to respect the Muslim cemetery but I get a real kick out of it. I wish I could wear one every day!!! It is oh, so stylish ala Grace Kelly. Wearing it for all the wrong reasons…..

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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Towards my monthly USD10,000 salary

As all of you know, I have started a new life saving business and am now working towards my monthly USD10,000 salary. It still follows slightly behind my last drawn salary (of which all savings went WHOOSHHHHH into my late Mother’s death complications) but I have been determined to earn it all back because I have a commitment to my Children of Myanmar and I still want to go on nice holidays frequently. That is what makes this such an awesome business. If you are hardworking, they give you FOUR global holidays every year. Just like that. ON TOP OF YOUR SALARY. It’s like 4 company trips in a year.

So it was my birthday last week and it was one of the happiest birthdays because I got to spend some time with my sister last Friday (Ahah! You didn’t know I had one, did you?), I was loved lots by my three besties from home (including some wonderful presents), and my friends threw me an awesome Party. Actually, I organised it and they just came. Haha. There were about just over 20 of us and darn it, I didn’t get the memo to wear red. My beautiful aunt made the effort to attend too, bless her, I love her so much.

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But my best birthday present?

I got a call from my big boss who told me that I am well positioned to earn the above salary (USD10k per month) by THIS YEAR ITSELF. 2015.

Heck, I’ve only been doing this business for 5 months. My last salary I had to work how many years to get? Trust me, it was at least 15-18 years. And now within 5 months I am almost earning that same salary? It is unbelievable. Only this type of business will get you there that quickly.

No wonder my big boss’s son who just graduated from University in Melbourne has not gotten himself a job but just started this life saving business straightaway. Yes, but you have to be under this big boss’s corporation to know how and he has been an incredible source of inspiration to me. I have learnt so much about humility and caring beyond my capabilities that I am now poised to break a world record. A world record???

Me??? MEEEEEE????

Yes, me……MAMAPUMPKIN, whether you hate her or love her, it is all about your perception, your mind and whether you truly know her. Fact of the matter is, I am still just me and I have not ever changed. The people whom I have known since my childhood, I think they pretty much know me and can tell you I am still the same old simple girl with certain values being raised by a very traditional Mom. Even when I carry an Hermes bag. (NOTE: I just had to add that paragraph in because recently I found out that some Facebook people who were removed from my Facebook Personal Page due to legal reasons just after my Mom’s death, were upset and bitching. I did not personally inform them that they were going to be removed because I did not have the time to contact so many people. I even removed practically everyone from my secret MMPK group so what is the big deal? I’ve even removed childhood friends. It was a temporary measure that needed to happen whilst the lawyers sorted my Mom’s estate matters. It was not personal. You have done no wrong, my silly girls. The thing is, people get upset without knowing the whole story. Yet they don’t bother to ask. And then they go bitching about you that I am desperate for business and what not. Please get it right. I am NOT desperate for business. In fact, I will not admit any negative personalities into my organisation. If you were the CEO interviewing new staff, would you let through someone who was negatively slagging his old company off? So yes, please get that straight. I am NOT desperate for business. I will only grow my business in the most professional and ethical manner as every single customer of mine thus far can testify. *rolls eyes* Unhappy ladies at work again….)

I am sure that my Mother is orchestrating every bit of this success of mine. And I will be damn sure to continue her legacy in helping ALL my team members and business partners to get to exactly where I am.

When I was first told that I could earn a FREE 5 day holiday to Club Med Maldives if I shared successfully with 10 intelligent people, I laughed and said no way…….not within 3 months. But then I did that within 2 months. And then they said, hey since you’ve won one ticket, why not go for a second? I said, “Are you fucking NUTS?????!!!!!!” But then miraculously, I did another 10 smart ladies within the next month. I’m starting to see the trend. Now my boss is saying earn USD10,000 monthly and I’m thinking, yeah……it is so very achievable in this business.

My big boss in this life saving business earns RM150,000 per month (it’s true, I’ve seen his payments from the company). I want to be like him (His big boss in Japan earns RM1 million per month – LOL!!!). And I can see now how he can freely offer us girls (I have a team of 100 girls) shopping money of a few thousand as incentive if we work hard to qualify for our next holiday. I myself have qualified for TWO TICKETS to Club Med Maldives and as a result of the Hubs not being able to get leave, my family cannot go. My big boss generously offered me to convert my tickets towards a bigger holiday to Japan instead (so I can join my working team of girls) and he would top up the balance for my Japan trip. He is kind and with the money he earns, he can afford it!!! But I declined. I told him no need. I want to earn the holiday to Japan myself and still go to The Maldives so I’ve appointed one lucky girl in my team to go with me FOR FREE!!! Anyone who is in my team who works hard will surely get rewarded and this girl coming with me has. Club Med Maldives, here we come!!!!!!!!!!! And then to Japan with even more successful smart girls.

Towards my monthly USD10,000 salary is such an unbelievable dream. When I first started this business, I didn’t really take it seriously. When I started learning about it, I slowly saw the incredible potential it had. I think you must have a certain level of intelligence in order to understand the business. I started sharing it. And suddenly look at me now? I obviously have damn smart friends, no kidding. Forget the stigma of MLM. MLM is bad because you have dealt with unscrupulous people who have ruined the entire industry. But if you deal with professionals like us, we will not be cheating you for sure.

I am on my way towards earning a monthly salary of USD10,000. And what have I done? I don’t even work a full 8 hours daily. I am still the maid of the house, I am still the chauffeur, I am still the chef and I am still the wife and Mom. How is this possible?????? Just like that, it’s possible if you trust me and work hard like me. I can show you how every bit of the way.

Thank you, God. Thank you, Mom in Heaven. I will always, always love you both. And thank you to all of you who support me in getting there. I love you all so much!!!!!!

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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Blessings come my way…..

Do you believe in what goes around comes around? I totally do. My late Mom, bless her kind, kind soul, she has alway taught me that you do unto others what you want to be done to you. Treat others how you would like to be treated. Karma will run it’s course. When I went crying to her about some really awful people last year, she smiled and said nothing. And she was right. Everything comes together. They always do. Blessings come my way……

For my birthday this year, I requested on the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia, a wish. My birthday wish. And that was to buy soya bean milk from the SoyAi Team in Myanmar who comprises the Children of Myanmar grown up and running their own little business. Buy the soya bean milk to be distributed amongst little children in Myanmar for their nutrition.

This is what I posted (so I don’t have to write it all over again!):

This year my birthday wish is to invite all of you to join me in giving back to the Children of Myanmar.

In 2012, I brought Tessa to Yangon to visit some 200+ orphans living in horrendous conditions, eating close to nothing. They taught us the biggest lesson and we vowed to be with them as support for the rest of our lives. Today, the Children of Myanmar have come a long way. Their living conditions have improved, they are now nourished with more nutrition and best of all, are given a chance at education.

The bigger kids have started a soya bean milk making business to learn self sustenance and this milk goes back to the many orphanages in Myanmar to feed them protein.

I would like to ask all of you to search The Children of Tomorrow Youth Centre on Facebook and LIKE it.

This SoyAi business is completely run by Tessa’s underprivileged (depending how you see it really!) friends in Myanmar, and I would like to help them keep their business running this year through my birthday gift, or your birthday gift to me.

Please go do a SEARCH on the right hand column in the search box and type in CHILDREN OF MYANMAR for the long story (and photos from the Children of Tomorrow page) and join me in buying some SoyAi soya bean milk for the little children of Myanmar.

Each 1 litre bottle is USD1.00 (yes, that’s how cheap they are selling it for and the soya bean milk is of much better quality than any that I’ve ever tasted in KL!!). It is also made by soya bean machines that we personally carted to Yangon from KL last Christmas and we have seen them making it with our own eyes. I will be accountable for all funds going towards this cause, you can be assured of that.

Please state how many bottles of soya bean milk you want to get for them, and if you know which orphanage you would like to feed, please let us know or we will just spread them out accordingly. The aim is to see the children get a regular weekly supply of milk to get at least some protein into their little bodies.

My bank account numbers for the SoyAi milk is as follows. Please WhatsApp me your contribution to feed the Children of Myanmar at 012-2333840 or email me (mama pumpkin at gmail dot com).

Public Bank: 6-0384847-10
Maybank : 1644-9025-6705
HSBC: 359068285025
CIMB: 7053664314

I thank you all for your support!!!

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I already have big plans for the Children of Myanmar and the SoyAi Team at the end of this year to buy 1,500 bottles of 1 litre SoyAi Milk for the Children of Myanmar to last them an entire year. My partner and I are working on this initiative so watch this space. But this Birthday initiative hopefully will run concurrently till that happens.

And then the most amazing offer comes my way. Blessings come my way indeed. Someone offered to part with their business income on a regular basis to SoyAi. How wonderful is that? A Facebook group with almost 20,000 members. Bless the owners of that group really. I just couldn’t contain my excitement thus had to put it down on paper as a mark in history for my birthday 2015.

The SoyAi Team told me that they will put my name on the bottles of the soya bean milk so the little Children of Myanmar know who is sponsoring them the milk. Cheh! No need! This year all the more I will be giving since I am so free but seriously, nobody needs to know the details. It is none of anyone’s business and I do not need any acknowledgement from anyone for God is my witness, and that is enough. Thank you to the person who reminded me this fact.

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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My Bridal Veil

T2 loves playing with my bridal veil just the way T1 did when she was the same age. I let them play with it because what else am I going to do with it? It’s not like I’m ever going to use it again, right? Out of fashion already by then!!

Bride's Veil 1

She twirls in it pretending she’s the fairy princess…..all flowy and pretty….

Bride's Veil 2

Actually my bridal veil is special because my Mom hand sewed it for me. There are shimmers of tiny pearls and a tiny bit of sequins dotted around very subtly. It was very simple. I loved it.

Bride's Veil 3

I wonder if I would ever be doing such things for my girls next time. Hahaha. I’ll probably say, “Here’s the money. Go do it yourselves.”  O_o

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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Attracting the man you like

Attracting the man you like is easy if you know how. First and foremost, please make sure he is available. Don’t go around breaking up marriages. But if he’s only boyfriend-girlfriend with someone else, hmmm……I still wouldn’t mess because it’s just not nice. If it is meant to be, it will be, know what I mean? Would you like it if you were dating a man and someone else kept calling him to tempt him? It’s just messy. If anything like that happened to me and my man (married or not), I would expect the man to delete the girl from his life. Delete number, delete contact, delete any form of communications, delete forever. If the man can not do that for me, he is out. No man is worth it if he cannot do that for you, ladies.

Not even if the girl is “JUST A FRIEND.”

I am ruthless like that. I have high self-esteem and am worthy so if you love me, put your actions and money where it’s worth. Period.

So let’s say the man is available. What next? Well, it depends on how well you already know him? Is he a friend? Is he a mutual friend that you’ve just met? Is he a stranger? Is he a blind date?

My first advise is to be yourself and be confident and NOT show that you fancy him at all. Men like the thrill of the chase and the harder it is to get you, the more they want you and the harder they will work to keep you. Serious!!! If you give in too easy, they also give up more easily.

So. You need to be a little sharp with your observation skills to learn up as much as possible about him.

1. Watch his shoes. Are they clean and neat? Or scruffy and dirty?

2. Watch his attentiveness to you. Does he check his phone every now and then? Or do you have his 500% attention?

3. Watch what he says about his Mother and the rest of his family. Men who glorify their Moms are Mommy’s boys.

4. Watch how he treats the waiters. Is he polite? Does he care?

5. Watch what he says about his career and life goals. Are they in tune with yours? There is no point pursuing this any further if he is dead set against children and you love children. DON’T expect a man to change. Although some men do change, they are few and far between and require a lot of work.

Assuming they pass all 5 questions above, you need to learn how to play the string of pull and release in the right amounts.

1. Stay mysterious, don’t tell him your whole life story all in one date!!! Only answer the questions that he asks you.

2. Don’t tell him much about your past boyfriends. Leave it open and vague. Men really don’t want to know.

3. Don’t tell him your personal stuff. Leave that for much later. He can tell you his personal stuff but not you. Talk about traveling, your career, hobbies, whatever but keep it light and/but interesting.

4. Bring him food. Find out what he likes to eat. Cook for him. Food always works 😉

5. Be presentable and clean with a little sexy/sensuous touch. Email me for more details 😉 I offer grooming advice too.

Come back for PART TWO later………….I have to go sleep now.

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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Procrastination is the thief of time

Procrastination is the thief of time

My Principal Mrs Bhupalan first wrote that on my report card. She was always pushing me to not waste time on boys but to use up my potential instead. Alas, I chose boys over my studies. Hehe. Why? Because I was starved of love and attention growing up. My parents were never there for me and I grew up with maids and my younger brothers. This is a lesson to ensure that my girls get lots of parental attention and guidance. Those days, I don’t think parents knew much how to give attention to kids anyway but mine weren’t even home. Most of my friends parents were home. I think being home is better than not being home. But many other factors come into play. For example, no point being home if all you do is abuse your kids! So yeah, I still think that being present in your child’s life is very important. It doesn’t matter if you have to work out at an office or be a Stay at Home Mom, the key is to be present in your child’s life. He must feel that he has FULL ACCESS to you ANYTIME, EVERY TIME.

Just to add, despite choosing boys over my studies, I still managed to do very well for my SPM and A-Levels (not that it meant shit) and got into a top University. I just flashed my boobs! Yeah, right. That’s what some people would like to think. Seriously. We will save the topic of jealousy for another day.

I’ve always been a procrastinator because I am just a lazy person. It is in my genes. Yet, I work best under pressure. Seriously!!! It’s been tried and tested SO MANY TIMES at all my work places. I can work magic when I am under pressure. But darn, when I am not (like now, since I am not working), I am just taking a long, long stroll in the park. I could be a millionaire next year. I know I can. But here I am just lepaking instead…..

WHICH IS BAD.

Because there are things to be done. Even if you do not like doing the things that you need to do, such as laundry and cooking and ironing and tidying up the house, it has to be done, right? Like today, my goal (and it is a big one!!!) is to clear out my linen cupboard. Currently, I have no idea what is in there and whenever I need to find a bed sheet, I have no way of knowing if it is a Single or a King. So clever of us to get the same coloured sheets, eh? So once and for all, my goal is to finally get that cupboard sorted after about 10 years – LOLOLOLOLOL!!!! Yes, I am laughing out loud to myself.

So you know, little niggly things like that are so easy to put off. They are at the bottom of your priority list. But if you never get to it, then what? We all have Task Lists that we need to accomplish but instead of only doing the money making objectives or whichever drives you (for some, it is gossiping), keep in mind too that the ones at the bottom of the list need to be completed or they should not be on your list in the first place. Even if you spend less time on it, that’s OK. But make sure you spend SOME time daily to do the unimportant things too. Just to get it OUT of the way. OUT of your task list.

So as I excuse myself now to go organise that blinking linen wardrobe of only 2 shelves (see? ONLY 2 SHELVES of bedsheets!!! It can be done in 15 minutes SURELY!!!) yet it has taken me YEARS to do it.

Oh crap. Do I really have to go organise that linen cupboard? This is much more fun. But…..but…..OK.

Over and out.

Linen cupboard here I come.

What ‘unimportant’ task will you achieve today?

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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Fake Milo in Malaysia

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Fake Milo in Malaysia, well, are you surprised? Not that Milo is good for you in the first place even if it is from the original source. If people were to take time to question and visit the food factories or know people in the food industry, then they will know why. So many people are ignorant about their health and I was one of them. I just didn’t care. Look where that has brought me.

The authorities have found people in Negri Sembilan packaging fake Milo. The Milo was probably stolen and mixed with God knows what, they are investigating anyway, and taking the samples to the laboratories. First and foremost, how did it happen? Was it stolen? Was there someone who knew the recipe and reproduced it? Who cares. Just stop drinking that lovely, lovely drink Milo if you do not want to be at health risk. It will be tough for me as I love Milo and I have it every day. Heh. DESPITE knowing how bad it is for me!!!

What more at the coffee shops and mama shops…..they’re probably worst there! Stick to water. And I even have the fake Milo in Malaysia right there in my kitchen. Freaking pisses me off. Fake Milo in Malaysia. Well done.

So how do you tell if your Milo is fake or not? One way is through the packaging – see image above. The jagged edged packaging is fake and I get my groceries from BV Village Grocers. Another way is the taste and colour. Check out Milo Malaysia’s Facebook page for more information. Stay off the Milo if you care about your health. Stick to real Cocoa. No fillers.

 

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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Happy Birthday to me!!!

I asked the girls last week about going to visit an orphanage to celebrate my birthday this year. I tend to like doing that. But they flat out said no. WHY???!!!! T1 said, “No. I just want to celebrate it with you and us this year.” Awwww. Poor kids. I think that last year has been a challenging year for all of us and now that they are at school, they see me less and perhaps they just want a little more of me. I don’t know. Or maybe it’s because I no longer work that they know I should not be giving to others but myself first. Or maybe they just miss me so much. Heh. I wish.

2015 – after an exhausting but still very memorable and eventful year last year, this year is full of positive excitement activity-wise. The girls have gone back to school. I have quit my high paying but highly stressful job so there is no more fly by wind expenditure. We are in the process of trying to sell my Mom’s property and I will be doing a big charity project this year (plan to raise even more than our last Kids for Kids Charity Bazaar) in order to build the SoyAi business in Myanmar that the Children of Myanmar run. I have started blogging again as you can see. I’m at 2 minds about whether to just blog purely for money or do both (as in, retain the blog’s intention in the first place) or maybe just start another blog just for money. I am also continuing to share the wonders of Izumio and Super Lutein. If you have tried it and felt nothing, you probably didn’t have an adviser who cared enough to explain the correct information with regards to dosage etc.

We continue to visit Mom’s grave weekly but I know she’s always with us wherever we are. I know because she is paving such a clear path for me in so many ways.  The kids are doing well. We have had no dramas at all from the little one going to school. She is truly enjoying it although there are bloody freaking exams for a 5 year old. OMFG. But you know what, if you don’t let yourself be stressed out about it, so be it. Who cares if she gets an F for her Bahasa? Know what I mean? Not that she did, I’m just saying…..I’m really not one of those kiasu insecure Moms who needs a straight As child. In fact, I think that education should be child led. Children should just be allowed to play and be happy and explore the world around them and then by the time they are teenagers, start thinking about what they would like to start doing with the rest of their lives. As in what they would do to earn a living? It’s really quite simple. If they wanted to pursue a path where formal education is required such as being a Doctor, then they perform the steps required to get there. But if they decided instead to pursue some technologically advanced job, then again find out what is required to get there and take action.

Having said that, T1 is a straight A student just by natural default. She doesn’t work very hard at all yet manages to get it. T2 on the other hand is developing at a much slower rate than T1 ever did. And yet, there is no love lost. None at all. They are both different and special in their own ways, just like we all are. Honestly, having a child who gets an F for all subjects throughout his school years does not mean the child is stupid or untalented or dyslexic or lazy or whatever. Likewise, having a child who is a straight A student throughout her school years does not mean the child is brilliant or will be successful or is happy. If you don’t see that, you obviously have not seen enough of the world, enough of Harvard, Cambridge and MIT graduates acting like complete dick-heads or enough unknown people who are really magnificent and successful. The truly very, very rich are humble and low profile, you won’t even know. I myself hail from a good University so I should be singing praises of UCL, and more so The Bartlett, yes? But no. I’m just an ordinary Mom who loves my kids to death.

We will be visiting another new country this year. In fact, 2 new countries, insyallah. It all depends on whether the Hubs can get away at the Maldives dates in May or not. Otherwise I will need to think of what to do with my 2 Club Med Maldives Holiday tickets. I’m trying very hard to convince him to make a short trip back to Europe just so I can help my Godsister with her baby but I’m not sure we have enough school holidays to cover it.

This year’s birthday marks a weird feeling in my life. Weird because suddenly I am faced with death lurking and it’s a grim thought which I try not to think about. 10 years. In 10 years, T2 will only be 15, T1 will be 20. I cry buckets when I think about this. So we change the subject and not think about it. Technology might be more advanced by then. And miracles happen. They do. Look at my Mom. They gave her 6 months, she got 14 years. I have lived a great life but I do want to see my children grow up into useful adults and better still if I could experience being a grandma and say, nyeh-nyeh-nyeh……it’s payback time, you little monkeys!!! Hahaha. My girls think that I will be around to help them babysit their babies, can you believe it?! They already have a plan. And whilst I am thinking of gallavanting the world after the apron strings are cut, the Hubs has other ideas of following their every move!! Crazy man.

The old man in Kota Bharu is getting old and is all alone. We need to find a solution for him too. I wish and wish that he would just move to KL. That would be perfect for all of us.

Happy Birthday to me. I thought I was starting the day with someone special but at the 11th hour something came up. People with genuine hearts are truly hard to come by. I am so very grateful that I already have what I have which is so much more than so many. The least I can do is to help others as my own Mom did throughout her life. It is her legacy. People still come up to me today to speak about her. People whom I don’t even know and who just discovered that she has passed on. She has touched many, many poeple in her own way somewhere, sometime, somehow…….

Mamapumpkin and T1

Thank you, God. Thank you, all. Happy Birthday to me 🙂

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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Balenciaga KLCC

Balenciaga KLCC

For years I have wanted a Balenciaga bag but for years, the Hubs keeps telling me that he doesn’t like it. He likes classy bags and he wants me to carry classy bags, and I do!!! But I still want MY BALENCIAGA BAG!!! I LOVE IT!!!! Yet, because the Hubs heart isn’t in it and because it cost RM5,000 then and it felt flimsy and all, I never got it. Even when I went to Europe, I still resisted even when they were going for RM4,800 when in KL they were approaching RM7,000. But suddenly, I couldn’t tahan anymore. He had already gotten me all the classy bags that I needed. I wanted my biker chick Balenciaga bag and I told him.

And after my Mom passed away, he got it for me. I love it so much. And I love him so much. But I got cheated by Balenciaga KLCC. Why? How? Not being a Balenciaga in-the-know kind of girl, I didn’t know my Balenciaga facts and depended on the sales staff there for advice.

BAD MOVE.

I liked the Giant Velo and was deciding on different colours but noticed that they didn’t have the same tassels as the City, for example. SO I asked them, “Where are the tassels for this bag???”

They said, “Oh, don’t worry you can buy it separately but this colour now we are out of stock.”

Phew. I wasn’t going to buy a Balenciaga bag without tassels!!! The tassels are what I am loving about the freaking Balenciaga bag in the first place!!! So I asked them when stock was arriving etc and they said not sure, but usually in 1-2 months. I made the move and bought the bag on the premise that the tassel stock would arrive and I would just get it then.

THEY LIED.

When I called them a month later, there was still no news of tassels in my bag colour. I got fed up and started asking my friends abroad (who went to Italy, Germany, Singapore, Thailand, Japan to search for the fucking tassels) and finally, I even wrote to Balenciaga in France to ask about those fucking tassels. And guess what THEY said!!!???

Dear Madam, The Giant Velo does not come with tassels and as such, we do not make the tassels for them.

WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was seriously pissed. I called Balenciaga KLCC and fucked them up nicely and asked them to get me those darn tassels. The girl said OK, she will order right now no problem. I was thinking, even if they didn’t make the tassels for the Velo, the other bags still come in the same colour, right? So technically, I should be able to get extra tassels in my colour!!! I get annoyed at all these ignorant idiots. So the order was made.

APPARENTLY.

Because when I walked into Balenciaga KLCC last week in search of my tassels, nobody knew anything of it and I was told that the girl who served me had left. Wow.

To cut a long story short since thinking about it makes me so angry, they promised to order it for me again. And they cannot promise how long it will take. That’s just great, isn’t it? Something like up to 6 months. Fucking fabulous.

I might as well just get another Balenciaga bag from another country. Been contemplating going back to Europe.

Damn Balenciaga!!!

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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Chanel KLCC

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T2 dragged me to Chanel KLCC last weekend, can you believe it??? I kid you not!!! We were in KLCC to run an errand and I went to Balenciaga to check on the status of my fucking tassels (oh, I have not told you the story of those fucking tassels??? Wait. I will tell it to you another day, the story of my RM7,000 Balenciaga bag that came WITHOUT tassels!!!). T2 also dragged me into Ferragamo (she can even pronounce it) to see shoes. For her!!! And she wanted to try them on!!! So malu!!!

There wasn’t anything that took my fancy though I’m still waiting to add the green and purple Vara to my collection. I decided against the black because I already have a low kitten heel Ferragamo in black, so getting a black Vara would be a waste. And lo and behold, I found a very similar pair of patent black shoes just like the Vara!!! SCORE!!! For a fraction of the price of the Vara’s and Made in the UK. Heh. I was happy!!!

So Chanel. The Hubs gave me a little ang pow recently for Chinese New Year so I am ready to spend! But heck, we couldn’t even get into bloody Chanel!!! It was too crowded!!! Shish!!! It’s becoming like Japan now with people queuing outside!!! What the hell??? The both of us really wanted to get in but really didn’t want to queue so I kept telling myself, it’s fated. Not meant to go in. Better still, don’t buy. So off we walked despondently away from Chanel KLCC and did not go back. All these China people scouring the branded boutiques……

Oh, we also went into Louis Vuitton to check if they could repair my LV Mahina bag. One of the leather what do you call those things? The ones where you have on your leather watch strap to keep the strap down? The belt strap kind of thingie? Yeah, it fell off. So I need to get it replaced but guess what? LV said I needed to give them my bag for 2 months. TWO MONTHS!!! Just to put a small piece of leather back on!!! And apparently they will send the bag to Singapore which is where the LV factory is. And to replace it would cost? Jeng-Jeng-Jeng. It’s OK. I’ll survive without it.

I’m now waiting for my Balenciaga tassels to arrive like maybe in 6 fucking months if it ever does??? Several of my friends have been all around the world to search for the exact same colour and truly, I consider myself cheated by Balenciaga and am so frustrated over that whole saga that I just want to get another fucking Balenciaga just to satisfy my soul. But they do not have the colours that I want right now. I think I will just go to Paris instead and hop over to Rotterdam to stay with my Godsister for awhile to help her with the baby.

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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Aortal and Mitral Valve Regurgitation (AVR and MVR)

Of all the fucking things to get, I MUST have not one but TWO defective heart valves, an Aortal Valve Regurgitation AND a Mitral Valve Regurgitation. Really WTF right? I mean, already one is serious. You have heart disease. But two? OK, OK, I should not complain because my best bud, he’s had a 5 heart by-pass already and we’re of the same age. And his heart is at much greater risk than mine. Sigh. What did we do to inherit such problematic hearts? Smoking in our youth? Too much life time stress? Who knows. As for me, the Doctor says it’s just one of those things. You never know why. It’s just degenerative. Oh well.

I remember the time I told my Doctor friend that I had a leaky valve. She asked, “Which one???” And when I told her it was the Aorta, her face dropped. She obviously knew it’s severity more than me. But then she panicked me!!! Not good!!!

I learned to live with it and overcome my fears with positivity. I didn’t tell many people because what is the point. Me broadcasting it here is not the same because I don’t know most of you, hahahaha, my virtual buddies. And last week when I was told that I had another leaking valve, I went numb. Surely this just increased my risk and exacerbated my condition? I asked the Doctor some questions and did some research and this is what I found.

Mitral Valve Operation – According to this article, it says that you should operate the mitral valve earlier rather than later. Reason being you should solve the problem now rather than wait for it to get worse. But that goes against what my Doctor told me. I guess I come under the category of ‘watchful waiting’ which is why I am routinely checked on a regular basis. It is when the leak is of a certain size, then the Doctor will say OK, now!!!

Aortal and Mitral Valve Regurgitation – Having both becomes slightly complicated as you can see in this video. It’s a double leak thus even less oxygenated blood enters my large body. My blood pressure is high and my heart is working over time. Add a little bit of stress and kaboomz!!! Sigh.

Haiyo. Why? Why? Why?

OK, I will focus on bigger and better things now. Fuck the heart.

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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Institut Jantung Negara (IJN) Malaysia

Institut Jantung Negara (IJN) Malaysia – that’s the National Heart Institute in Malaysia at Jalan Tun Razak, for your information. I am a patient of IJN.

I never in my life imagined that I would ever have had to enter that spectacle of a building known as Institut Jantung Negara (IJN) Malaysia standing grand as all other spectacles on Jalan Tun Razak. It was for old people. It was for serious heart patients. It was for Tun Dr Mahathir, for goodness sake. I was fit and healthy and even if I was sick, our usual port of call was Pantai Medical Centre just 5 minutes away. So when I first had to go to the Institut Jantung Negara (IJN), I had to think twice about how to get there, look it up the map in case I had to rush there, and ask them how it all worked. RM500 deposit for all patients to be topped up as and when. OKAYYYYYYYYYYY. Without insurance, that’s real fun.

IJN 1

My first visit to Institut Jantung Negara (IJN) Malaysia last year was impressive. I valet parked because I was not familiar with the building and it was HUGE. My first impression as I stepped into the grand entrance lobby was fuck, how many hundreds of thousands did they spend on the paintings on glass art work on the walls and ceilings? We hired a glass painter previously to do a 6 x 3 foot painting for one of the biggest insurance offices in town and that alone cost tens of thousands. The one at IJN was hmmm…..only about 20-30 times larger? OK, to be fair, the artist might have done it for free. Who knows right? Maybe someone’s nephew or something. Never judge.

IJN 2

Anyway to cut a long story short, I had to go at 7.30am last week to Institut Jantung Negara (IJN) Malaysia for my full medical again. Cost me just under RM1,000 but get this, the Doctor’s fee was only RM60 out of that. Bless her indeed. I love that woman. I really chose well.

It turns out that I don’t just have an aortal valve regurgitation but a mitral valve regurgitation as well. That’s two different valves leaking. OKAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY. After seeing 4 different cardiologists, it has come to this. I am so afraid that if I were to go to Singapore, they’d tell me something entirely different!!! Some of my friends say that the Doctors in Singapore are much better, Malaysians moved to Singapore. But I like my Institut Jantung Negara (IJN) Malaysia Doctor. She’s a girl and she’s from London.

The amazing thing about Institut Jantung Negara (IJN) Malaysia is that they have the latest technology and the latest gizmos. Their machines are just out of this world. NO WONDER the cardiologists at the other hospitals didn’t detect the Mitral leak as well. Cannot see with the old machines!!! Seriously!!! With the Institut Jantung Negara (IJN) Malaysia machines, the echocardiogram was literally a laser knife cutting into my heart and you could see a blown up clear picture of my freaking aorta, OK???

Like fuckkkkk!!!! How the hell do they do that???

SO FREAKING AWESOME!!!!

And the difference is that at Institut Jantung Negara (IJN) Malaysia, they have trained machine technicians to do all this machine manipulation whilst at Pantai and Gleneagles, the individual Doctors actually do it themselves. I had a chat with the machine girl and asked her what qualifications she needed to be able to operate this super cool machine. Diploma in Nursing, Medical Technician or Biomedical Degree, none of which made any sense to me but she sure looked like she knew what she was doing. It was a fascinating experience.

The good news is that I still do not have to operate just yet.

PHEW!!!!! THANK YOU, GOD!!!

But I still have to monitor it regularly and this will continue for the rest of my life. Let’s just calculate how much I would need on these routine check ups alone for the next 40 years assuming I can live till my 80s, not taking the surgery cost into consideration. Terrifying.

The Doctor wants me to lose weight. Yikes. She was quite serious. Although valve function has nothing to do with diet and lifestyle, for my own good, she needs me to lose weight. Yes, Doc. I hear you. Valve function is actually a mechanical failure of the heart, interesting huh? Cutting out all the fatty food in the world is not going to make a difference but if you eat it, then of course, you could start being at risk for a heart attack.

I told her about my tiredness attacks becoming virtually non-existent ever since I started taking Izumio Hydrogen Water and she said good. Continue taking it. She said that they even had Hydrogen and Oxygen supply and water at the Hospital. Really??? She seemed pretty switched on anyway.

So no surgery. Alhamdullilah.

More time to make money for that heart op.

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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Cute Cafe at Publika Courtyard

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Have you guys been here? This cute little cafe at the Publika Courtyard? It’s so cute that I want to make an appearance there soon. Wah cheh!!! Like I’m a celebrity only….LOL. Yeah, I wonder what they serve and it’s been awhile since I’ve gone to Publika so why not? My birthday is coming up. I might just spend it at this cute little cafe at the Publika Courtyard with someone special or two. I don’t want a big group, oh no. One or two very special people, real people, are all I need for my birthday this year. 2015. I just had to use the calculator to check how old I was. Heh.

My girls are already planning THEIR birthday parties this year. Bloody hell. Such entitlement. Chis. But they are good kids so they shall get their birthday parties. T1 wants a small pool party at our home so I can make that really special. T2 on the other hand, has high demands. After her mega pink party last year, she now wants a blue Elsa party *cries*. How??? Anyone done an Elsa party yet? I do have lots of time to plan these parties but heck, like I have nothing else better to do???

Parties? Me time?

Parties? Me time?

Parties? Me time?

It will cost RM3,000+ to hire a party planner. Hmmm……shall I? shall I not? shall I? shall I not?

Man, life is really tough these days when there is no work!!!

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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This is MY GIRL

Yep. This is MY GIRL. My first born, my number one, my one and only loyal friend. This is MY GIRL who gave me the happiest, absolutely HAPPIEST day of my life. I still remember that day oh, so vividly with great detail. Noon. 13 September 2004. Loudest and hairiest baby in the nursery of Pantai Medical Centre. I could hear her screaming from my single bedroom when she was more than a hundred feet away and I told everyone, “Gosh, I hope that’s not her!!” But that voice just kept getting louder and louder and louder till it arrived at my doorstep. Shit. Little girl, I think you woke up all the other babies and all the other Moms, maybe even all the other patients in the entire hospital!!!

And when she was sent back to the nursery for bath time, you could spot her INSTANTLY. You only needed to flash a glance and you would see the baby with a full head of BLACK hair with a few strands of BLONDE. YEP. That was MY GIRL. My hairy, loud little monkey baby.

Fast forward a few years, she was the most precocious little girl at playgroups, at play school, at home. Gosh, she was a hand full. Make that two hands full and two feet full. Actually make that 4 hands full and 4 feet full because both the Hubs and I could not handle her. She was LOUDDDDD!!!!!!!!!! And the slightest turn of a page would wake her into hysterics!!!

And she had zero for attention span when she was 18 months old running around the classroom like a mad raving lunatic. Yet she absorbed everything. She was not shy. She was super confident. She was a happy kid.

And then she grew up…….

Tessa 1

Into a young lady…….

Only too soon. *sobs*

Last year (2014) was a tough year for her. Incredibly tough, my poor, poor baby. She had to grow up super fast. It started off with a great year of Homeschooling followed by the most amazing 6 weeks to Europe ever.

Then all of a sudden, my Mother-in-law passed away. Then I was diagnosed with my heart valve problem. That must’ve been so terrifying for her. The my own mother passed away and T1 cried for weeks. Bless her gentle soul. Due to my illness, she had to take over the role as Mommy and take care of T2, bathe her, feed her, cook for the family. She had to learn all these skills extra fast and had to basically run the household. At barely 10. But as she progressed, she became really good at it. Now she can handle the stove and the oven entirely on her own at 10. At that age, I had barely cooked my first fried egg!!! T1 can bake more than a dozen varieties of cakes/cookies/scones. She can even make local desserts such as Sago Melaka and Ondeh-Ondeh. All by herself. She can cook pasta, make home made noodles, chop anything there is to chop, she can cook rice and all sorts of dishes just by following a recipe. Any recipe. She’s my free maid. And although people think RM75 for pocket money is a bit much for a 10 year old, heck I think she deserves every penny of it. And guess what she has been doing with her money every week? Spending very little and saving most of it!!! This girl is SO SENSIBLE. Whenever I want to shop, she will stop me by giving me all the reasons in the world. SO BORING!!! Aiyohhh!!! Whereas T2 on the other hand would say, BUY!!! But I still love this girl to death. I really do. She truly is my BFF because whenever I have a problem, she will solve it. She just sees things from a young adult’s perspective and did I say she was oh, so sensible again???

She also taught herself to sew and recently sewed some pouches for her Uncle and Aunt in Chiangmai and one for me too. She started off with Barbie doll clothes for T2 and is now asking when she can handle the sewing machine. Heck, I need to find it first! I know we have a very good sewing machine SOMEWHERE in this 1,800 square feet called home but I just don’t know where exactly it’s hidden.

Tessa 2

This year she wanted to go back to school so we paid that hefty fees to put her back in school. Could’ve gotten a new car for it. Darn, we could get a new car every year. But never mind. It is a good education that they are getting, not so much the academic part of it, but their happiness and the camaraderie between teachers and friends, the discipline that they have to adhere to and the fun that they have at school. So much fun until they wake up extra early to bug us to take them to school. WTF. I have zero involvement in their school activities.

In fact, T1 is T2’s school home tutor – LOL. *hides in shame for this delegation* Every week, when T2 gets homework, it is T1 who advises T2 on her required homework (as T2 still cannot read) and checks it etc. Maybe I should pay T1 even more, huh? For doing that part of my job too. She is just amazing, my girl. I thank God every single day for her in my life. So did my Mom. So does my brother. T1, she just has these qualities (not all perfect) but born a really, really good person. She is just lovely, if I dare say so myself. And the thing is, I say it not with the belief that I raised her but that she is my gift from God. Really. Her wonders have nothing to do with me. It is purely God placing her in my care, as children are from Heaven, and I was blessed to be the chosen one to be able to learn from T1. God is amazingly kind to me.

Tessa 3

And apart from the many lessons that she imparts to me, she is also damn hilariously funny. And sarcastic. Uhuh. Pressing T2’s buttons ALL THE TIME. But I have to admit, some of the things she says crack me up so hard that I cannot even protect T2’s feelings because they are just too funny. Poor T2. Always getting the brunt of our jokes. It’s OK, it’ll only make her stronger and more independent with her emotions. Heh.

My dearest, darling T1, I know I have told you time and again how much I love you and I am sure I have shown you too how much I love you, but I just want to say it again and again and show it again and again till you start shoo-ing me away and call me the old broken record, and even then, I will still always love you unconditionally. Whether or not you can sing or get a part in your annual school production, whether or not you score only an average grade for your Cambridge Checkpoint Examinations this year, whether or not you choose to make tons of money or close to nothing, but if you ever not take great care of your little sister, I will kill you.

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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Medical Updates Soon….

So.

The time has come. Time has really passed by so quickly. Suddenly I am due for my heart checks again. Fuck.

The good news is that after taking Izumio and Super Lutein, I no longer get my attacks. The bad news is that I am still scared. I am still scared that the cardiologist will say that I will need to go for open heart surgery. Me, the biggest chicken on Earth who can NOT take pain of any sort. The thought of being cut up through my chest, sawed rib cage open with a real saw, heart stopped, fuck!!! TOO SCARY!!! I’ll just die, thank you very much!!!

But I have kids. And with kids comes complications. They need a mother. Hell, they only want this mother. They’ve told me time and time and again. Nobody else will do. Tough.

So we look to God. And we look for my late Mom who is sharing the same space as God. And pray for heart disease reversal if there is such a thing. I could be the first. Why ever not.

As for my colon, well, the pain is still there and I am not obeying Doctor’s orders to stop chillies. I have cut down though which is a big thing already. I am monitoring this, don’t worry. My heart is the more problematic problem. Chis. Damn heart.

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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The Lanna Wedding

To think I almost didn’t make this wedding because the Hubs was dead set against going to Chiangmai in my slipped disc condition. Praise the Lord indeed and everyone for all their help, including Izumio and Super Lutein for which without, I am sure I would not have made it; we got to attend the most beautiful traditional Lanna Wedding. Even the bride herself had never experienced one before nor many of the guests so everyone was very, very grateful to have experienced it first hand. Simply BEAUTIFUL.

Lanna Wedding 2

The Lanna Wedding began with being transported amidst the Kampungs of Chiangmai to a hidden treasure of which was the wedding venue, a vast expanse of timber on stilts, truly fitting of Chiangmai style architecture. A step over the threshold of bamboo with flowers on the ground invited intrigue after which we had to remove all our shoes to place on rows and rows of shelves built just for shoes.

We walked up a small staircase to see a small stage backed by pockets of sky and enclosed rooms where the bride and groom were being briefed by the wedding organisers. We hung around and started taking photos when a bevy of Thai beauties in pink and beige exited one of the rooms and we all took a photo with them because they were oh, so pretty!

Pretty Maids - Lanna Wedding

When more guests had arrived, I was wondering how everyone was going to fit the space, it’d be cosy for sure! But suddenly, we were all guided into a huge magnificent open air courtyard on stilts that had platforms everywhere with trees and a stage and oh, it was just BEAUTIFUL!!! It could fit 200+ guests no problem. And the cool evening breeze was lovely despite us all in our Thai silk gowns. Yes, I wore one in the end so as to not feel left out. I rejected it initially thinking that I would have to wear a sexy gown but once I saw sleeved ones, I agreed.

The wedding space was 8 times bigger than what you see below! This was just right in front of the stage and the emcee for the evening was just brilliant. She’d explain everything in Thai and English and would personally come to us (non-Thais) to explain every step of detail pertaining to the culture. Darn! I want have my second wedding there now!!!!

Lanna Wedding 7

Even T2 wanted to do her make up. Shish. And T1 agreed to put her hair up with flowers. Both girls decided to go contemporary and wear their brand new Desigual dresses for the wedding that they purposefully chosen themselves for the wedding. I think they just wanted a Desigual dress each and used the wedding as an excuse!

Lanna Make up  Lanna Wedding 5

The wedding began with cocktails Lanna style. They served fresh lemon grass and pandan tea, fresh sugar cane juice, chrysanthemum tea and of course, water and alcohol. I drank LOADS of pandan tea as it was so lovely. They served appetizers market style where you picked up what you wanted in little bowls made out of pandan or banana leaves (so darn beautiful!) from a huge array of little snacks and yummies. See T1 below and the little bowl she holds? So dainty and so perfect!!!

Lanna Snacks  Lanna Wedding 4

Lanna Wedding 1

The Lanna wedding follows a little bit of the Malay style procession walking in with the dowry from the groom’s side. All of us had to carry something and at first, due to my slipped disc I wasn’t allowed to carry anything but it turned out that one of the trays were really light, so I insisted on carrying it. I carried a tray of spices and beans. Not sure what the significance of that was but I will find out!! It was too busy that day to ask as everyone was so busy!!! There were about 30 or so of us from Malaysia and Australia carrying stuff along a long walk where we would get stopped by girls holding metal chains (now following the Chinese wedding Chi Mui’s style of prohibiting the groom from getting to the bride until he fulfils certain obligations in proving his love for her) and needed a translator. Too funny!!! All I gathered was my brother had to keep giving Ang Pows to all these young Thai ladies who were demanding in Thai. LOL!!!

Best Buddies

The 2 guys above are my brother’s best buddies since childhood and I have known them since they were 5 years old, I kid you not. We’ve been on holidays together and the guy on the right has been staying at my home since forever and my brother at his home, we basically grew up together. It was so perfect to see them band of brothers, true friendship coming together at my brother’s wedding all the way up in Chiangmai.

Lanna procession

So apart from giving away lots of Ang Pows (until they ran out and my Dad had to bring out his wallet to give cash!), my brother had to do pushups (poor thing, must’ve been hot in Thai silk, hahaha, but what to do, for the love of a woman, right?), he had to shout out in Thai for everyone to hear to his bride that he will always love her blablablabla (Well, how the heck would I know what it all meant, right?), and he had to answer questions such as “How much is your wife worth?” He answered correctly, but of course. Priceless.

The funniest part for me was when they asked him to sing a love song to her publicly. He turned to me and said, “Shit. I don’t know any love songs. I only know ACDC.” And the first thing that came to MY mind was the Barney song so I said, sing I love you by Barney. He gave me a confused WTF look. Then his best man said Bee Gees – How Deep is Your Love? I thought of Whitney Houston’s Greatest Love of All but it wasn’t exactly apt. Endless Love? Too sappy. Oh shit. Oh shit. Pressure on the spot whilst the bridesmaids waited. F*&”@. My brother decided on the Bee Gees but then said he didn’t know the lyrics!! LOL!!! So quickly, I googled it (thank you, darling Hubs for getting me data on the go in Thailand!!) and passed him the phone and yelled, just sing the chorus-just sing the chorus, since I had forgotten the start of the tune myself. But like a true champion, he took the mike and started…..

I know your eyes in the morning sun, I feel you touch me in the pouring rain

And the moment that you wander far from me, I want to feel you in my arms again

And you come to me on a summer breeze, Keep me warm in your love, then you softly leave

And it’s me you need to show………….

How deep is your love (we had background chorus too – how deep is your love, deep is your love….)

I really mean to learn, ‘Cause we’re living in a world of fools

Breaking us down when they all should let us be, We belong to you and me..….etc etc etc

SInging  Mike

I bet this will now be known as THEIR song. Aweeee……Did you have an OUR song when you got married? I rememebr several friends weddings and they had THEIR song. The hubs and I, we had quite a few because I had arranged for every song for every occassion during the wedding so each song brought back memories of the entire wedding. Love. Love. Love.

He also had to dance Thai style in front of everyone (what a sport he was) and make all sorts of promises to his wife in front of everyone and get down to a pair of little Thai girls of 5 to fulfill their wishes too! But look how happy his bride was…..waiting for so long as he crossed every hurdle cutting past those metal chains.

Happy Bride

After all that fun, we finally got down to the serious stuff. I was escorted to sit beside my Dad (as a representative of my deceased Mom) and both families flanked the bride and groom as the groom put on all the jewellery for his new bride, of which the ring did not fit!!!! The bride said, eh? Yesterday, it fit!!! Too damn hilarious. After that, the groom struggled in opening the clasp for the diamond necklace. Hahaha. Too funny. But it is exactly these moments that made the wedding all the more special and meaningful. Most memorable.

After that, the bride and groom had to go onto the stage for prayers and everyone had to go up to them one by one to offer blessings in the form of tying white strings around their wrists and sprinkle holy water onto them. After that very long process of queuing (thank God, I was the first for I wouldn’t have stood the queuing!), the family was taken back stage where they had a bed!!! Meanwhile, the guests were served their proper dinner and we had to throw money onto that bed. Then the bride and groom had to lie down on it and roll around the money. So cute.

Once all that was over, it was photo time for the bride and groom with all their guests and we just continued to eat and eat and be merry. There were several performances of traditional Thai Lanna dances and drum acts and stunts all in the name of fun whilst we ate and mingled. The bride and groom were too busy to eat as they had to entertain guests and take photos so they must have been starving!!! Never mind, only once in a life time. It was so, so worth it. I miss it already.

Lanna Wedding 3

It was a GREAT WEDDING!!!!

To the bride and groom, may you have everlasting happiness together and may your love grow each day stronger and more meaningful, may your loyalty to one another get stronger till you merge to become one and may you complete each other the way no other person can and experience the ultimate completeness in life. To your everlasting happiness!!!

Lanna Wedding 6

To Ben and Nun!!! Thank you for being a part of our lives. We love you more than anything in this world.

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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Teaching your kids CAUTION

Teaching your kids CAUTION.

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Teaching your kids CAUTION.

At which point do you teach this to your kids? Or do you wait and let them find out for themselves?

My T1 was hurt already when she was 4 years old being the mature 4 year old that she was, and already then, I sprinkled some thoughts in her little girl language that it is not her loss but her friends, in forsaking her. It has served her well.

Teaching your kids CAUTION.

Being the youngest in class now, up to 2 years, she does get bullied and taunted but it is no water off her back. She holds her own and takes it in stride. Some people are mean because they don’t get any attention from their parents or their husbands or are unhappy with certain aspects of their lives. There is no other reason to be mean otherwise.

I’m waiting now for T2 who has not really formed any loyal friendships yet. I think she’s still glued to me as her BFF!

Teaching your kids CAUTION.

But I have warned them both that just because someone is nice to you does not necessarily mean they are really nice, and then gave them examples of what people might say to them if they wanted to kidnap them, or hurt them. So sad that they have to have their childhood innocence ripped but in this day today, I’d rather be super safe than sorry. I want them to be gracious and pleasant to everyone yet be on guard and high alert. Unfortunately, this is the reality.

Teaching your kids CAUTION.

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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Teaching your kids the gift of giving

Teaching your kids the gift of giving

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Diane Harris from Parenting.com said that, “all kids are born with an innate sense of charity and compassion”, but sometimes both the kids and parents lose sight of that when they are presented with popular toys, sought after gadgets, and an abundance of clothes. It’s good to remind them at a young age about the positive impacts they can make by taking part in charitable causes.

There are various ways that you can introduce philanthropy to your kids, and turn your charitable giving into family activities. Check out the ideas below:

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Give back to your local community
Clothing drives are a great way to get your children excited about charity. That way, you can show them that they have more than what we need, and anything extra would come in handy for families that are short on resources. If there aren’t any clothing drives around at this time, ask your kids to take out clothes they haven’t worn in a while. Do the same, and together you can drop your items off at the nearest goodwill outlet. The same can be done with their toys.

Donate blood
The next time you’re going out to donate blood, bring your children with you. Explain to them why you’re giving blood and what the drive strives to accomplish, so in turn your kids could do the same in the future.

Donate to an international children’s charity
It’s important for your kids to understand that they’re receiving privileges that many children across the globe simply don’t have access to. You can teach them about child sponsorships and how to provide basic rights to food and education. UnaKids is a nonprofit organization that was founded in Monaco, and expanded to Iraq and other war torn countries. For just one euro a day, you and your kids can help a child finish their secondary education, and move on to university.

By opening their worlds up to philanthropy, you and your family can learn valuable lessons about compassion and giving back. For more ways to get your kids active in community service, The Confident Mom can help.

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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Izumio and Super Lutein Heals a Slipped Disc

Izumio and Super Lutein heals a slipped disc.

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You would never have imagined that Izumio and Super Lutein healing a slipped disc could be a reality but it certainly did just that for me and now I swear by this incredibly powerful antioxidant products, like really, really, really.

After attending yoga at 630am every morning for a month at Yoga Dynamics who were really good because they started me at the very beginning moving me up slowly and just when I was just beginning to love yoga, I had to break the daily yoga cycle to travel to Kota Bharu for the Chinese New Year and my month’s payment for the Yoga Dynamics classes were up. My yoga buddy suggested that we tried Celebrity Fitness when I returned as they had yoga classes too and membership was cheaper so off we went for a trial class together.

Bad move.

Firstly, the yoga male instructor did not show us the moves but merely talked with his mouth. Sure, instructions were pretty clear but I found myself looking around at the obviously more advance people around me as they were poses that I’d never even heard off before. Hello, I was merely a freshie and they were doing some serious strength and balancing moves that no way I could have done. I did not attempt to do them either fearing I’d fall flat on my face with my heavily imbalanced body!

In the middle of the class, there was a simple move where we had to stand on the floor with our legs straight and bend down to touch our toes, nose to the shins. Now that I could do, so happily did. Suddenly, I felt a force behind me pressing my back down into a deeper stretch. I’m sure this is a very common practice for yoga instructors but for some reason, something clicked and after that I felt pain. It wasn’t dying kind of pain but it was pain. Oops, probably pulled a muscle, I thought. I continued but as each pose progressed, the pain increased so I finally just laid down and did the corpse pose till the class ended. My back was too damn painful.

As soon as class was over, I hobbled my way to the car in agony and accidentally bumped into my BFF who was shocked at my kangkang limp. I told him, “Yoga injury….gotta get going as it’s really painful.” and rushed home. Thank goodness home was only 8km away, a 5 minute drive. But don’t worry, Izumio and Super Lutein heals a slipped disc.

I showered quickly with great difficulty as all I wanted to do was to lie down and not move. I texted the Hubs whom I was supposed to meet at the park with the girls (thank goodness, it was a Sunday) to let him know that I wasn’t coming after all and to sort them out for the day. I passed out in bed after that and a few hours later, I could no longer walk. Not only could I not walk, I could not turn my body from lying down on the left side to the middle and to the right. Every move was so painful that if I had wanted to move, and of course it didn’t help that I had a heavy body, was made with me screaming in pain.

I thought I was going to be paralysed!!!

That evening, I got T1 to tap my hips with timber chopsticks (my new pain relief method learnt from the organic farm following chi kung principles) and although my circulation probably got going a bit, the pain was not any better. The Hubs wanted to send me to the hospital but I was reluctant because the agony of moving to the hospital would have killed me. If I couldn’t even move in bed from left to right, how did he expect me to make the journey to hospital? I said, “Let’s see how I am tomorrow.” and quickly drank 2 packets of Izumio Hydrogen Water and downed 10 capsules of Super Lutein.

Mobility: Zero, could not walk, could not twist and turn, every move hurt, even lifting my right arm would garner SHIT PAIN.
Treatment: Tapping with chopsticks to improve blood circulation (LOL!)
Izumio and Super Lutein Dosage: 2 packets IHW and 10 SL caps.

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Day One
I could still not move without pain but the night’s sleep had somewhat made me have more energy so I finally attempted to get out of bed very late at about 11am. The Hubs had gone to work and left the girls with me as they were still on CNY holiday. Being in pain, I asked T1 to sort their lunch and she heated up some leftovers (thank God we had some!) and sorted T2 out for lunch. I made it as far as the couch in a lot of pain walking very, very slowly and immediately had to lie down. I took another 3 packets of Izumio Hydrogen Water and 5 Super Lutein capsules hoping that the Lutein will lubricate the spine and slip that nerve back into it’s proper place. Even if it was psychological. Whatever to get the pain away!!!

That late evening, the Hubs had to help me shower (don’t laugh) because not only could I not bend down, I could not twist to the back and movement of my right arm in certain instances would zap a sharp knife into my spine. That night, I took another 5 capsules of Super Lutein and 3 more Izumio Hydrogen Water packets.

Mobility: Walk with great, great pain, still could not move left and right
Treatment: Tiger Balm Rub, not on area of pain but on surrounding areas due to swelling
Izumio and Super Lutein Dosage: 6 packets IHW and 10 SL caps.

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Day Two
I woke up with a burst of energy (must’ve been all that Izumio and Super Lutein from the day before!) and realised I could walk with much less pain. Woohoo!!! The girls were still at home from CNY holidays so I decided to make it up to them by offering to make agar-agar and fry the ning kou that T1 (and I) so loved. I also cooked lasagna (something requested by T1 over the weekend which I failed to deliver) and fried some simple fishball noodles. I felt really accomplished that I did all that in my painful condition but hey, at least I could walk albeit walk in pain!!! This only meant I was recovering!!!

However, I was still getting spasms in certain positions. At one point, I dropped a bowl of the hot agar-agar but thankfully, only a bit splashed onto me (ouch!) but man, I felt like crying. T1 ran in to help clean up but I told them both to stay away as it was boiling hot. I hobbled to get a rag and very slowly got onto my knees to wipe the mess up, not entirely clean as I imagine as it was too painful to bear to be in that position for more than 5 minutes. I got the Hubs to do a better clean up later.

That night, the Hubs massaged me gently with Tiger Balm without touching my spinal chord but just around the entire area of pain which was my lower left back radiating all the way to my hips on the side. I could feel my spinal chord in a lot of pain, it was a swollen kind of pain, probably from all that standing. Pain was just throbbing everywhere around that area. I told the Hubs that if he didn’t stay home the next day, I would divorce him. Here I was in so much pain, there was just no way I could handle the kids or even myself and how the hell was I to recover if I was not getting any rest.

I continued to take 6 Super Lutein and 5 Izumios. He mumbled and grumbled and said he had to bring his computer back to reboot it to work from home, cancel a few meetings, blablablablabla. WTF. This man wanted me to die before he would stop work for me!!! That night, I still could barely shower myself and I just broke down to cry because it was so, so painful.

Mobility: Walking was barely bearable but still got spasms of intense pain, could not twist and turn
Treatment: Tiger Balm Rub
Izumio and Super Lutein Dosage: 5 packets IHW and 6 SL caps.

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Day Three
I thought I was going to be paralysed again and wanted to go to the hospital but will you believe it, all the orthopaedic surgeons who came recommended did not have a slot for me!!! WTF again. The Hubs and I had a long discussion about what to do and he said we had to cancel our trip to Chiangmai as there was just no way I was in any condition to travel. My heart dropped. I couldn’t miss my brother’s wedding!!! We had been looking forward to this for months. And the kids were sooooooooo looking forward to meeting their bestest, most favourite Uncle and Aunty again. They might’ve wanted to see their dog more but heh. I told the Hubs, let’s wait and see. Izumio might work wonders.

And guess what? Whilst I attempted walking slowly, I suddenly had a spasm which made me scream out in pain and collapse to the ground!!! WTF!!!! I was SO ANGRY and SO FRUSTRATED that this bloody yoga instructor had caused all this unnecessary pain and I feared so much that I would never heal. Something we take for granted every day, simple mobility. It must be a lesson for me, I told myself, and prayed and asked my Mom to please help me get better because I really wanted to attend my brother’s wedding. Sneezing was crazy painful which also garnered loud screams. URGH!!! I would never wish a slipped disc on anyone. Anyone!!! Not even my enemy!!

The Hubs decision was to send me to the French Osteopath and so I saw this French lady Doctor (Dr Dominique) who was in her 50s, my first time with her and I explained to her what had happened. I could see that she felt so bad for me because her face grimaced in pain to watch me move in pain. I kid you not. Whilst adjusting my nerves, I told her just out of matter of factly for conversation that I suffered from heart disease. She was very interested and asked what exactly so I told her. She then suddenly stopped and left the room and after some discussion with MY HANDSOME FRENCH OSTEO returned with a thick, big coffee table book with large pictures of the heart. Wow. Talk about efficiency.

She then began explaining to me that when you have an aortal heart regurgitation, one should avoid performing exercises that required forward bending. Ooooooo…..really? Why? Yoga involved a lot of forward bending. Does this mean I had to stop yoga? She said no, not really, but you should avoid all forward bending poses. In fact, it is better for you to take up pilates, or just walk. WTF. Are you serious? 30% of yoga involved forward bending poses. Maybe 50%. Downward facing dog, hello??? My heart was crushed. Her explanation to me was that because my heart was already leaking oxygenated blood back into the heart, any forward bending position puts it in a position where it would leak even more and should someone press my body from the back even if gently, to the heart, it would be a big pump of pressure causing the blood to spurt and very easily cause damage to my nervous system. WTF.

The French Doctor was not surprised at all what had happened and thankfully, she was able to adjust me such that the pain was a lot, lot less. I could walk without pain after that but I could not lift my left leg and still could not twist. Getting into a high car was challenging as I had to scream just in order to lift the leg in. A lot of screaming this week. Even more than I scream at my kids.

That day, apart from the visit to the French osteopath, I slept in bed all day with an ice pack (for about a total of 6 hours) on my spinal chord (lower back) moving very slowly from left to right and back only whenever I really needed to. By night, I could already use my right hand and twist a little. We had my regular tiger balm rub and again downed 3 packets of Izumio with 6 Super Lutein and went to bed peacefully.

Mobility: Walking was painful but spasms were still happening, could twist and turn very slowly
Treatment: Tiger Balm Rub, 6 hours of Ice Pack and French Osteopath adjustment
Izumio and Super Lutein Dosage: 3 packets IHW and 6 SL caps

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Day Four
I had wished that the Hubs could help me for another day but he simply couldn’t. In any case, I was feeling slightly better and could move much better. I could walk and I could drive (just about, although wearing the safety belt was challenging) but certainly I felt that the spine was getting less painful. I decided not to push it and got food delivery that day so I didn’t have to stand or sit any longer than necessary. All I did was drive out to get the kids from school and rested all day.

That night, I could bend down to reach my ankles but I could still barely twist. Man, you have no idea how hard it is to wash your behind when you cannot reach it!!! Sorry, TMI (too much info). I still had my tiger balm rub and drank 5 Izumio Hydrogen Waters and 6 Super Lutein capsules.

Mobility: Walking was bearable and spasms were much less, could not twist and turn fully but there was huge swelling at the spinal chord that I could feel, not a sharp pain, just a throbbing swollen kind of pain
Treatment: Tiger Balm Rub
Izumio and Super Lutein Dosage: 5 packets IHW and 6 SL caps.

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Day Five
I was much, MUCH better and convinced that we could go to Chiangmai!!! Yippee!!! That morning, I rested and only got out of bed at 10.30am to drive to Cheras to pick the small one up from school. I was dreading the walk from the parking lot to the school but managed it slowly and got my girl into the car safely. Easy going day apart from the packing which made me extremely tired and suddenly I worried about my heart again because it was exactly this kind of tiredness that was a result of my heart condition so after doing the necessary, I had a shower and lo and behold I could twist and reach my feet! I was DEFINITELY getting better. Chiangmai, here we come!!! The Hubs finished off any last minute packing that I was unable to do and we slept that night very well and made it safely to Chiangmai. I must say though that the walk at the airport was taxing for me. Even though I could walk painlessly, it made me very tired so when I arrived, I decided to rest and not go out walking with everyone else.

Bliss. I have full faith that Izumio Hydrogen Water and Super Lutein vegetable capsules helped my quick recovery, something that would have taken anytime from 2 weeks to 6 months to heal, and something that my 3 friends with slipped discs shared with me in detail about their experiences; they were exactly the same but I healed the fastest and most amazingly, WITHOUT traction. All three said traction was the best treatment for a slipped disc and had the Doctors been available, I would have had traction too but it must be fated that they weren’t for me to see that I could heal myself without it. No hospital bills, no hassle to anyone (apart from one day Emergency Leave for the Hubs), minimal cost (RM250 for the French Osteopath) and zero cost for the Izumio Hydrogen Water and Super Lutein because I have introduced the products to enough people in order to consume it myself for free. Hey, if you want to heal yourself from a perennial health issue, you can too. You just have to rough it out during the first month (or if you’re lucky, a day) whilst the body detoxes and heals itself (things get worse before it gets better) to be fully cured (or at the very least have your symptoms improved by leaps and bounds to almost being cured), then Izumio and Super Lutein is the way to go. It is unlike ANY other water product that messes with the acidity and alkalinity of your body. Izumio and Super Lutein work at cellular level, this means they work on your cells at mitochondrial level. What better way is there to heal than to heal your body cells, right? It is from there that life begins…..

Mobility: Walking was OK and only mild pain felt left in the spinal chord, but I felt very tired
Treatment: Just rest
Izumio and Super Lutein Dosage: 3 packets IHW and 6 SL caps.

Izumio and Super Lutein heals a slipped disc

Alhamdullilah.

That concludes my slipped disc story. I am confident that as I continue to take the Izumio Hydrogen Water and the Super Lutein vegetable capsules, my cells within the spinal chord region will heal themselves and regenerate and I will be fully recovered in a few days? Weeks? Who knows? But I can certainly promise you now that every single day has been a positive move towards recovery. I can fucking really feel it!!! Thank you, God!!!!

Coincidentally, just as I finished writing this in Chiangmai, my Mom’s old friend who is gifted told me that she had just dreamed of my Mom. The dream started with Mom being unconscious at hospital and the friend in the dream told me to continue talking to Mom as she could hear me, then she saw Mom living happily and healthily at my home with me and my family, and then the friend went into a trance to pass messages. This friend was Mom’s friend who could always see and feel things and Mom would always go to her for spiritual advice. Anyway, her friend told me that Mom wanted her to pass me the message that she could hear everything that I had to say and to keep talking to her. She was happy where she was and was looking over us all, taking care of us and that she wanted me to know that.

Awwwwwwww. That just made my day. And again, Izumio and Super Lutein heals a slipped disc.

For more reading on my experience with Izumio and Super Lutein, please click on the following links:-

Izumio and Super Lutein heals Diabetes

Izumio and Super Lutein heals a Slipped Disc

Izumio and Super Lutein for KIDS

Izumio and Super Lutein for a Happy Family

Izumio and Super Lutein for WOMEN

My personal recommendation on Izumi and Super Lutein

The Izumio Super Lutein Business

Or just go do a SEARCH on my blog on the top right hand corner for IZUMIO and you should be able to find anything related to Izumio. I talk about Izumio everyday now.It is my life after my family.

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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Club Med Maldives, here I come!!!

Club Med Maldives, here I come!!!!

I freaking did it!!!!

In just 4 months, I managed to fulfill the requirements to win not one but TWO fully paid holidays to Club Med Maldives for a whole five days!!! I am so excited as I have never been there before. Thank you, Naturally Plus.

On top of these 2 holidays in April, let’s not forget that I also have an income now. A regular one. Uhuh. It’s not what I used to earn yet but it’s definitely a start and by the end of this year or earlier, I expect it to double.

Now that this is starting to get it’s groove, I will look at the Thermomix business. Another hot seller. I could do with a German maid anyway since standing for long hours in the kitchen does cause me a bad back. Heh. Now to convince my CFO to invest in a Thermie.

For now, I am off to Chiangmai for my beloved brother’s wedding. The boy just told me I had to sit on the floor! What? Floor? Did I hear right? Which wedding in the world do you get to sit on a floor??? Apparently a traditional Thai one!!! So much for stressing about what gown to wear. It was too funny when he told us because my Oz cousins and I were just in hits of hysteria. All were packed with high heels and gowns and had to UNPACK. No way were they sitting on the floor in their gowns. All wearing pants now. Hahaha. Me, in my slipped disc condition, I will not even be able to SIT on the floor so I guess they will have to make me a special exception and give me a chair. I told Ben that he’d better prepare some strong bouncers in order for them to pull all the fat asses off the floor.

My girls wanted to be different for this wedding and chose not to wear formal dresses and instead chose T-Shirt material dresses from Desigual. We’re the Desigual Family, yo. Honestly, if I was slim enough to wear one of those Desigual dresses, I would join them but currently wearing ANY dress just makes me look like a cute whale. So no. I shan’t be embarrassing my brother like that. And my Mom from above will be screaming till I could actually hear. She was ever the poised and polished dresser…..

It’s been a great start to the year thus far with this 2 fully paid holidays to Club Med Maldives for 5 days. I suppose I will DRAG the Hubs along (if he gets sacked from work, SO BE IT) and we shall just pay for my 2 little monkeys to tag along. How unromantic, right? It’s OK. I love them to bits and it is too dangerous not bringing them along anyway as we might end up with a Number Three. Fark! Choy! Choy! Choy!

In any case, the only way we would be able to go without the kids would be to ship them off to Chiangmai to stay with Uncle Ben. We’ll see. They would have to ‘ponteng’ 3 days of school too. Speaking of which, T1 has been wanting to join this year’s school annual production but the school has advised against it because she is due to sit for the Year 6 Cambridge Checkpoint Exams, so technically she has to study for it. But who the heck cares! It’s only a Primary Exam. Shish. So I told her to just GO FOR IT. I know she really wants to be a part of a production. Her Mother was always the lead role in school plays and her Father was always the guy behind the scenes designing the props. Hahaha. I guess she is choosing to follow the Mother.

Club Med Maldives, here I come!!! Adios Amigos!!!

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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What the Government does not tell us about our food and drugs

If you have 1.5 hours to spare, actually, make that please force yourself to put 1.5 hours aside to watch this very important documentary about what we put into our bodies. If you care enough about your loved ones, make them watch it too. Stop being so pro FDA and start thinking, for goodness sake.

This free movie is only valid for the next 10 days and will expire on 6 March 2015. Please click the link.

So make that time to watch it if you care what goes into your bodies whether it is tomatoes, or beef or flu jabs.

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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Back Injury

Hah! I could not walk yesterday and I was in excruciating pain. I have not had such painful pain ever where I would literally scream in pain. So embarrassing but a great realisation of how much we take our simple limbs for granted every day. We take our health for granted every day. And when I couldn’t walk yesterday, I prayed so hard. I imagined what life would feel like if I could never walk again. It was so painful that I had to just lie in bed all day and I could not even turn from left to right as it was way too painful. Every move was a shout and the Hubs wanted to take me to the hospital but what would they do there? That thought freaked me out so I decided to take extra Izumio Hydrogen Water instead and extra Super Lutein capsules and went to bed. Granted, T1 spent more than an hour massaging me as well. Bless her. One of the few people who truly cares about me.

Today, I woke up feeling much, much better. I could walk! And I could sit and stand without that sharp jab that felt like the most painful thin pinch in your life, more painful than a knife cut. I was ecstatic!!! So I became the hero to fulfill all my kids’ wishes, cook lasagna with lots of vegetables, cook noodles with lots of fishballs and vegetables, make coconut gula Melaka agar-agar, fry kuih bakul in batter, and did a bit of work including carrying a 7.3kg box. It was right at that point when I stood for a whole 45 minutes in the kitchen when the pain started coming back. Not as bad as yesterday but I could feel the pain as my day progressed, becoming a little worse. Darn it. More Izumio tonight then.

I need to heal within 2 days because we are off to catch a plane abroad again!!! I cannot afford to not walk!!!!

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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Contentment

Lying face up on a rickety bench with nails protruding within sight, I inhaled the sights around me. The very blue, blue sky peeping from the frame between the roof of the hut I was lying in and the edge of that rickety bench, the swaying coconut leaves of trees, and to make it even more meaningful, I had scrapped a real coconut just that morning using an antique coconut grater that was in our house in KB for the girls to make Ondeh-Ondeh for tea. In a distance, my girls were flying their new kites beautifully with the Hubs ensuring they didn’t go beyond the monsoon seas. The ceiling of the hut had a faulty light but the sun shone so brightly that it was not necessary. I was finishing up my book, Horror Stories by Tunku Halim, with the sea breeze slapping my right cheek when I suddenly felt it – contentment.

Everything I needed was here.

There was nothing else more that could make my heart sing with contentment. Even with my dearest and most beloved Mom not with us in presence, she really was felt everywhere we went. That was how strong our love was. I now lead a fearless life because I know I am safe. People ask me, the pictures of your kids are everywhere, don’t you care about their safety? There could be pedophiles lurking.

Let’s just stop to think of that for a minute. So what exactly is a pedophile going to do with my child’s picture? Masturbate to it? Find them and hurt them? Ruin their reputations? I’m good on all fronts, thank you. I’ve got them covered. I sincerely believe that everything in this world happens for a reason. When your intentions are pure and clear, no harm can ever come onto you. And besides, we have a lot of angels protecting us from above. I have been born lucky, I really do not spend sleepless nights worrying about things like that. Call me naive but I’m good. Thank you for your concern for me, as always.

Am I naive? For someone who has been through the depth of more than 40 years of real life experience of a coloured life, what more with a further 50 plus years of several first hand experiences, I don’t think so but you’re most welcome to judge. This brings me back to my solo conversation with Samantha Barlian, my best friend at University. We were both in tune with one another. We had gone through enough (and mind you, then she was only 21; but of course she had her Mom’s experiences to go by too). We had seen with our own eyes so much of the world there is to be seen. Perhaps that’s arrogant so allow me to rephrase. We have seen more than what many of our peers have. Sam herself has said, nothing surprises me anymore. Another person I’ve met in this lifetime who understood this is a girl whom I met through the UWC gang I used to hang out with. We were also very in tune with one another. We might not have been to prison, but we knew people who had. We knew the inside stories of Government and political power. We have mixed with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows and we have made our choices. I remember asking her once, you are a high profile lady with bodyguards. Why don’t you wear make up? She shrugged and said, “I just prefer to spend that time putting on make-up doing other things.” I love that girl. Always have, always will. And we are tight lipped. That much I know we are. Our secrets are forever safe with each other for I am the best keeper of one.

Despite living a simple day to day life of minimalism, I’ve learnt that I am still admired. For what, I am not exactly sure. Perhaps not all fans are admirers. Some are possibly haters. And some are just gawking in fascination. I am not a millionaire or a billionaire’s daughter, but I have solid life values. I know who I am and what I am capable of. I know too my weaknesses. And I think that when you truly know yourselves and are truly true TO yourselves, contentment sets in. Nobody can hurt you.

My wish is for all women to get there. It always has been. Because I was not always here and it took effort and learning to get here. But I was blessed that I had a Mother who loved me enough to teach me the ropes very early on. Not everyone had that but everyone can still learn. Get rid of all your insecurities and believe. You need to live life to build upon such confidence instead of remaining cooped up at home. You need to get out of your comfort zone to speak to people real life. Lots of people. You need to learn how to think on your feet. Meeting people builds inner confidence. Doing things builds self-esteem. Do both. Clean your home, clean yourselves. Go out to meet a wide range of personalities in various settings. You need to have versatility to build upon that confidence. If you keep meeting up with only one class of people, you limit your ability to take on that beggar on the street, or the Prime Minister. Meet people from different parts of the world, different nationalities, different income groups, different artistic backgrounds, different nerds. Enrich your lives with knowledge and experiences. When you have so much experience, your confidence is strong and you will be able to be the best parent, leading by example.

Of course, not all women want to get there preferring to stay in their comfort zone of happy already. That is their choice too. We all have choices and we should never impose. We should never judge because you never know what goes on in another person’s life. What you see is not necessarily what their reality is. I have been trying to express that idea to women for the longest time but not many get it. C’est la vie.

Happiness and contentment – I do not react to many things because I see things with different sets of eyes. Do I have six pairs of eyes? Yes, I do when I choose to. Absolutely. You can too. Even my extreme joy is sometimes silent. Those moments are usually happiness and contentment to do with the bigger picture. I do not waste precious time with superficial unimportant matters. My good friend reminded me last year at a funeral, bless her, that you work for God and in Him, you serve. It hit home.

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Contentment, we can all have it in varying degrees. How much money do you have to make? Where do you want to go? What do you want to do? What legacy do you want to leave behind? Write it all down.

Love and light x

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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The art of Giving Gifts

The art of giving gifts: The Hubs and I are not big on celebrations. Whether I get him anything or not for any occasion and vice versa is irrelevant in our connected lives. Yet sometimes, we manage to surprise one another truly without expectation. I will never forget the day he collaborated secretly with my colleagues and got access to my LOCKED office at the twin towers and sent me on a love treasure hunt. It was spooky that there were all these love notes in my office from him when clearly he didn’t have the keys to my office!!! And I was the boss!!! Someone gave him the spare key, can you believe it??? Criminal!!! I could have flipped big time but I didn’t. My staff took a big risk.

Once T1 and I made him a special box of goodies for Father’s Day. It had all the things that were perfect for a Daddy to show how loved he was. Seriously, thoughtful gifts are the best. But of course, an IWC thrown in doesn’t hurt. Hahaha. I myself wrote a poem for my departed Mom (plus many other such gifts since she already had all material goods, what good would another material object do her?) and she framed it and looked at it every day…..my brother gave me the most wonderful card ever and I framed that too because the words in it were just so special. It made me all fuzzy and my heart just bloomed more beautifully from it. He also gave me a silver pebble once with the inscription STRENGTH on it. I loved it. Special thoughtful gifts will only come from someone who is creative, caring and gives serious thought to the art of giving gifts.

The Hubs and I, we have no expectations of each other and we have no expectations of our friends and family either. Whether it is our birthday or not, whether we get a present or not, it does not change the way we feel about anyone in any way. But I see people around me always giving gifts to each other and I wonder why? I give gifts too but I do not give it for any particular occasion. I get someone a gift when I am thinking of the person or when I see something that I know someone will love and I will get it immediately. Or if I am thinking about someone, I might even decide to make something for that person. Just because. Just because I love the person. With no other agenda in mind. Zero. No expectations either. That is just how my Mom has taught me to be. Just because someone keeps giving me a hundred gifts does not mean I am obligated to return the gesture. Likewise, I only give when I feel the sincere need. And even if I gave someone a branded bag, there is no expectation back. Even if the bitch stabs me in the back one day. It is her karma, not mine. I gave because I was happy to give.

So as you can see, if you actually get something from me, especially if I have baked it or boiled or cooked it, it’d mean you were pretty special in my life. Likewise, I will always, always, ALWAYS be grateful to the people in my life who have cooked for me over the years when I struggled. Thank you my dearest Dea, Mayumi and Alessandra; some of my oldest and dearest friends (since T1 was a baby) who have all cooked for me in our struggles as Stay At Home Moms. I remember doing the school run once upon a time when T1 had just started school at 5 and I was still a very tired SAHM and amazing Dea would cook me sambal petai rice (or lamb bryani, or crab curry rice!) all packed and perfect for me to eat in our waiting cars at school. Bless her indeed. She has cooked for me so many times and also made my Mother’s death experience the most beautiful ever. I will always, always love her. Mayumi, another gem, marinated roast chicken thighs for me when I was vomiting profusely whilst pregnant with T2 and still having to care for T1 without a maid so all I had to do was to stick it in the oven. Bless my very special Japanese friend. And Alessandra (being Italian German) cooked me spaghetti bolognese sauce for 3 full meals when I was so busy with full time work still managing 2 Homeschooled girls last year with the deaths and drama. Bless her. Bless them. My bestest, bestest darling friends whom I do not see very often at all but who are always in my heart. Of course, there are scatterings of others who have cooked for me. Elaine, who brought me soup when I was sick; and some others. Bless them all!!!

Coming back to the art of giving gifts, the Hubs surprised me this year out of the blue by giving me the best gift. Cash!!! Hahahahaha!!! Lots of it!!!!!! My initial reaction was that I should go get all my Varas now before the GST and get that part of my life sorted. I still have to get the purple green, black and the last one I have not decided. Maybe an orange or some other fun colour. SO shallow, right? What to do, they are the most comfortable shoes in the world for me and they make me feel like a million bucks. They are just me. Period.

Varas

He also got me a small box of my favourite Hawaiian Host Macadamia Nut chocolates. It had to be a small box because he knows me so well that I would finish the entire box at one go. And I did. Oops. So I’ve been thinking, what shall I do with my new cash now that I am no longer working and don’t have any of it? Considering that I have very little income for the next 12 months, I should really watch what I spend it on. Already I’ve blown my February salary from him and it’s not even the end of February yet. Oops. I’m just a big spender, what can I say? But if it makes people happy, why ever not, eh? I will do my usual……not sure if the Varas will eventuate. Sigh. Here we go again. I can just see another fight coming up about charity begins at home……

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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Why grains are bad for you

Why grains are bad for you: What are grains? Grains are the seeds of plants and anything made out of the small, hard, dry seeds, with or without attached hulls or fruit layers, harvested for human or animal consumption.

Whole grains (the best of grains but not good either) include ALL three parts:

Bran – the most outer layer of the seed containing fiber, B vitamins, minerals (magnesium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, selenium, copper) and phytochemicals;
Endosperm (don’t think of anything else!) – the kernel and bulk of the seed containing complex carbohydrates, protein and B vitamins;
Germ – produces the sprout and contains B vitamins (niacin, thiamin, riboflavin), vitamin E, minerals, unsaturated fats, phytochemicals and antioxidants.

Whole grains include: amaranth, barley, brown rice, buckwheat, kasha, buckwheat groats, bulgur (cracked wheat), kamut, millet, oats/oatmeal, popcorn, quinoa, spelt, teff, triticale, whole grain corn/cornmeal, whole wheat, whole rye, and wild rice.

Refined grains (very bad for you) include: corn flakes, couscous, cream of wheat/rice, crisped rice, degermed cornmeal, enriched macaroni or spaghetti, grits, pretzels, puffed rice/wheat, white breads, white flour and white rice.

Why grains are bad for you:

1. Going back in history, it has been noted that after the agricultural revolution took place, there was a steady decline in brain and muscle strength of humans. Hahaha. So if you want to be more clever and stronger, stop eating grains. Why grains are bad for you? It is because grains contain Phytic Acid in the bran of all grains (plus the coating of seeds and nuts), a mineral blocker that prevents the absorption of minerals. In the past, grains were allowed to sit in the fields allowing them to sprout and the sprouting process increased the nutritional value of the grains breaking down the Phytic Acid. But in today’s world like everything else, grains are not sprouted and are consumed in much, much larger quantities than before so there is no time for a quality grain anymore. People with osteoporosis are given calcium supplements by Doctors but they are pointless if the patient still consumes grains as they are then delivering Phytates that will block the calcium absorption into their bones.

Why grains are bad for you:

2. Although the medical fraternity and experts claim that we have been eating grains all our lives, and try to push whole grains as OK, it doesn’t mean that just because we are not experiencing symptoms now that eating grains (even whole) are really OK. Apart from putting Phytic Acid into our bodies via grains, we are also spiking our insulin production every time we eat grains. Every time sugar is available in our body, insulin spikes. Everything goes out of whack for a bit and cortisol and adrenaline are produced too to counter act the imbalance in your endocrine system. Do this enough times and your immune system lowers and inflammation starts. So stop eating sugars. Not just grains. Grains are just ONE type of sugar.

Why grains are bad for you:

3. Studies have shown that grains affect your fertility. Sperm count drops by 50% after regular consumption of grains. If you’re trying to get pregnant and have a family and are not succeeding, you might want to both get off rice and pastas for awhile. Instead of eating grains that have very negligible nutritional value, isn’t it better to get your nutrition from vegetables and protein, good fats and fruit? By eating cake, you have a double whammy of flour (grains) and real sugar. Diabetic Heaven! Perfect for throwing your system out of whack. Again, inflammation starts whenever you do this often enough……

Why grains are bad for you:

4. Many grains have gluten. GLUTEN. What is gluten? It is some sticky stuff found in the endosperm of grains. Something to do with the germination process of grains perhaps. Point is, gluten breaks down the microvilli in your small intestines, eventually letting particles of your food leech into your blood stream cleverly defined as LEAKY GUT. This causes allergies, digestive disturbances or autoimmune problems. HAH!!! There you go. Now you know why.

Gluten has a partner called Lectin that is a toxin that disallows repair of the digestive tract. Thus even more of your undigested food travels into your blood stream. When this happens, your body is under attack and retaliates and this is how allergies start. Something enters the body, and the body retaliates.

Later, this causes even more problems (it is a chain reaction!!!) to your gallbladder which releases bile salts to help break down your food to properly digest it. When your intestines are already damaged by gluten, the chemical responsible for bile secretion is not released so gets filled within the gall bladder. The cholesterol that is left there eventually crystallizes into stones.

 Why grains are bad for you:

Have you not figured it out by now? It causes inflammation to the body. It causes diabetes. Inflammation leads to cancer. It causes allergies and auto-immune disorders. It causes arthritis. So many problems with grains!!! But to give it up altogether? Is it possible? 99.99 % of you will say no way. But seriously think about it. Try it out for a few weeks and see how your body reacts to a no grain diet. If you don’t feel better, you could always revert to your nasi kandar and roti canai ways. But you owe it to your body to at least try.

I hope you now understand WHY GRAINS ARE BAD FOR YOU.

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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Is Rice Bad for You?

Is rice bad for you? Rice is the Malaysian staple, how can it possibly be bad for you?

I’ve been eating rice all my life. I LOVE rice!!! The Asian population, the biggest in the world, depend on rice for their sustenance. China, India, South East Asia, we all eat rice, if not daily, definitely weekly. So is rice really bad for you?

Well, rice is sugar. The moment rice enters your stomach, it converts into sugar. If you ate rice just 5 times a week, you are at increased risk of getting Diabetes Type 2 in your old age. It is high in calories but very little nutritional content. It offers a little bit of potassium being its highest nutritional benefit.

Because white rice is low in fibre, it is great for treating gastro problems such as diarrhea. So is rice bad for you?

A single cup of white rice (that’s about a fist worth of rice, my fist anyway. Small!) gives you already 17% of your daily recommended allowance (DRA) of carbohydrates. Bear in mind there is even carbohydrates in the vegetables that you eat, on top of bread and even some fruit.

So is rice bad for you? If you had to eat rice, it is much better to eat quality rice that could be brown rice, unpolished rice, mixed rice, red rice and such. The darker the rice, the healthier it is.

Unfortunately, rice is a grain and the latest research show that grains aren’t the healthiest things for our bodies. So ditch the nasi lemak, ditch the nasi kandar, ditch the banana leaf rice, ditch the nasi lauk, ditch the nasi kerabu and nasi dagang…….sounds crazy, doesn’t it? How will we EVER ditch rice??? Everything in moderation. Currently my family eats rice thrice a week. I plan all their meals.

Is rice bad for you? If you want to live longer and suffer less, the answer is yes.

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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All of 5 years old already…….

T2, my baby is now 5. I still pinch myself that it was only just yesterday, my little terror who came out ever so quiet and docile then turned out to be the biggest terror of them all!!!

We had a lovely day yesterday together painting old toiler roll holders. She is such a gentle, sensitive girl and I love her so much even if she drives me absolutely bananas.

Here’s an oldie but a goodie and how she used to scream for boobies.

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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Inspirational Stories from India

Last night whilst out with my BFFs at our regular joint, Fatty who is my long time BFF since I was 15 years old, reminded me of my purpose and how far we have come together. We have really gone through so much, the two of us.

Him, always being my rock solid supporter, me, always loving him for his true friendship and generosity in sharing his genius. For he is simply that, a genius. Whilst taking the mickey out of each other as we always do, he mentioned that he should hook me up with Dr Cletus Babu, one of his business partners in India.

Who?

This guy, Cletus Babu, started out with very little as a priest in India more than 30 years ago, today runs SCAD (Social Change and Development) – Helping Society; in bringing change to many, many lives in India. This guy now has international recognition and enough funds to retire a few lifetimes over but he only takes a meagre sum for his own sustenance and gives the rest back. Fatty works with him and has verified this fact. Yet, Dr Cletus Babu has haters. Just like Syed Azmi who has gone out of his comfort zone in making a difference to fellow Malaysians. He has haters too. I don’t get why people should bitch and bring others down.  Instead of wasting time hurting others, why not just do something positive and make a difference to another person’s life instead; or just plain shut up? I am nobody to judge but thankful, that in the bigger scheme of things, I will get a chance to meet Dr Cletus Babu one day in helping me to achieve bigger and better things. It is my hope that collaboratively, we can do something to get children out of cruelty in Myanmar.

The situation with children in Myanmar is much worse than people know. Nobody is doing anything. Not many people can nor want to. Not even the big guns like the media or the purported child supporting organisations. True story, as they have been contacted. But children are being used as pawns for self gain and are trapped to be used as slaves, soldiers and others. There are restaurants in Myanmar that house the kids in cages so they cannot run away. There are 8 year old children working as maids to high society as it is their culture. Many of these stories go unreported and unless you travel there frequently enough to get to know the people, we choose to remain in our cushy bubble.

This is a choice. And I have made it.

Cletus Babu used to teach children under a big tree as his classroom. Now he has many, many schools all over. He makes women buy fish from their fishermen husbands in a suppressed women society so that one day should the men leave, the women already know how to buy and sell for profit. Without practice, theory can only take you so far. Which is why I keep thinking how else we could teach the Children of Myanmar to fish. This is so real and so possible. My kids are now growing up alongside the Children of Myanmar. I do want them to continue this journey into their adulthood. By setting them an example to love unconditionally and infinitely, even to the haters for they need it the most after all, this dream is very achievable.

Get over to the SCAD website and read about some inspirational stories from India and some testimonials. Decide today how you will make a difference.

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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From KL to Paris with kids

From KL to Paris with Kids was a plan we have had for awhile ever since our T1 said she wanted to climb up the Eiffel Tower. She’s such a lucky, lucky girl. Ever since she was born, she has been blessed with so much love and so much of anything that she wanted that I used to worry if she would ever be able to make it in life. But now at 10, I have more confidence with that! Being blessed does not necessarily mean a screwed up life. I am blessed myself. *smiles*

Since the girls were both HomeSchooled last year, we took the opportunity to take off from KL to Paris with kids for a long, relaxing holiday. Little did I know that this holiday would begin with me last minute packing (for 5 weeks, mind you) and receiving a very upsetting text at the 11th hour. This was a big trip and I was already stressed and busy packing to ensure all was in order, the last thing I wanted was to spend another hour trying to clear up a misunderstanding. I had a few hours before we had to wake up so no, I told myself, as upsetting as it was, I will get on with my trip to Paris and deal with the problem upon my return. At that, the alarm bell rang soon after and we went down to catch our taxi to KLIA.

The girls were excited as hell. They get to watch the in-house videos on the plane! Just look at them. They were finally getting to climb the Eiffel Tower after reading them on Madeline, Eloise, and I cannot remember where else. Many children’s books feature the magnificent Eiffel Tower…..

Europe - Excited Kids

And boom! Already at KLIA, the anticipation of seeing the Eiffel Tower up front was calling out our names.

Fun in Paris 1

KLIA, check-in, MAS flight (a big thank you to C for helping us sort our little MAS hiccup), luggage, and we were on our way. It was a magnificent flight. We were comfortable, we watched movies, all was good.

Europe - Plane Ride

Not long after, we had landed in Paris Charles de Gaulle. Paris!!! My 2nd Home….I’ve been to many cities in the world but Paris is just one city that keeps calling me back.

Fun in Paris 2

After paying for the train from the airport to our rented apartment behind the Eiffel Tower, we checked in and were off again. We didn’t dare take a cab in case it cost RM1,000. The train was already a few hundred RM. I kid you not! It was 70 Euros! The apartment was nice. We didn’t realise it was such close walking distance to the Eiffel Tower so that was brilliant.

Accommodation near Eiffel Tower

After checking in, we headed out straight to meet some of our Homeschooling friends from KL. Hahaha. Yes, all the way to Paris to meet them. It is a completely different experience. And guess what? Our first meal in Paris was at Paris McDonalds!!! HAHAHA!!! Reason was we were so starved from airport to home to outlet mall to meet friends that we had no time to think what to eat and McDs was just right there. But my goodness, the cost to feed the 4 of us was about RM150. The McDs there is so cool. You can order at the little booths shown in pic below, then just go collect your order.

McDonalds in Paris

After that, we went shopping. Terrible, right???

Fun in Paris 3

Love that the outlet mall had a nice playground for the kids……..

Fun in Paris 4

Whilst Mommy went shopping……….

Fun in Paris 5

And didn’t get anything at all. There was nothing that took my fancy and anyway, I only like the finest. *flips hair*

After that, we went back for a quick shower and headed out again to the Eiffel Tower for real.

Fun in Paris 6

But before we could reach it, the kids just HAD to go into the Eiffel Tower playground……see T2 wearing a chic scarf around her neck? When in Paris, do as the Parisiennes do.

Playground at Eiffel Tower 1

Finally. The magnificent Eiffel Tower. What a glorious first day in Paris it was.

Eiffel Tower 1

After that, we went to visit our Parissiene friends for tea, the girls did some rainbow loom, then headed out for a walk to the Natural History Museum and gardens. Loved that the girls bonded so well after not meeting for so long.

Best Friends in Paris

We also visited the Arab Centre where the windows electronically moved when the sun got too hot or when it got too dark. Just one of the French architect Jean Nouvell’s neat little tricks. It brought back memories of my first trip to Paris as a first year architectural student with my crazy course mates and it brought back wonderful memories of our honeymoon in Paris. The monkeys were really having a ball on their first day in Paris.

Kids at Arab Centre Jean Nouvell

Later, we visited my friend’s apartment that she lets out to tourists. If you ever needed a place to stay in Paris, her flat for rent is at the Latin Quarter. Very nice. Contact me for details.

Parisienne Flat for Short Stay

What I love about metropolitan cities is that you are where the real action is. The top of the top are usually located in these locations, places where if you wanted to be challenged, will be challenged. The people are smarter, more cultured (sure, there are bad hats everywhere but I can assure you that in a million people you pick in Paris versus a 3rd world country, you will have much better chances of finding quality, more educated and more cultured people in Paris). That’s not to say we don’t have quality people in Malaysia. We do. But if you were to compare population to population, you will just find more in Paris and to be fair, they are a much, much older city.

We chanced upon a Vogue shoot that was happening along our walk back to dinner and I couldn’t help thinking how cold the model must have been. We all had our jackets on by then but this model, she was twirling around in her sleeveless Maxi dress in chilly winds. Elsa theme perhaps? Maybe they are just more accustomed to the Spring winds…..

Fashion in Paris

We then had to cross the lock bridge and immediately T2 said that she wanted to put a pink lock there.  She bugged us for days about getting a pink lock to put on the bridge but everywhere we looked, pink locks cost no less than 7 Euros. Forget it. I wasn’t paying 7 Euros for a lock to be placed in Paris and just as well because when we were back in Paris after 5 weeks to catch our return flight to KL, the bridge had collapsed!!

Lock Bridge in Paris

This is a common scene everywhere on the streets of Paris, outdoor al fresco cafes and boulangeries. I always wonder how much pollution and dust go with the food and coffee, so to date, have done this no more than twice. Plus it’s usually been too cold to be seated outdoors! So yeah, we are indoor hermits.

Al Fresco in Paris

From KL to Paris. It was our most treasured holiday ever. Actually, that’s not fair because a month in New York watching the rocket launch from the Kennedy Space Centre, Disneyland Orlando and hanging out at The Hamptons was a pretty neat holiday too. Too bad T2 wasn’t around yet to join us but we will go back soon! Just no rocket launch…..

If you are interested in traveling from KL to Paris with children and need some advice about the city of love, please feel free to contact me at Mamapumpkin at gmail dot com and I will be more than happy to assist wherever I can.

Ahhhhhh……………….Paris. How I miss you already.

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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On Islam

Every afternoon when I wait for my girls to pick them up from school, there is the presence of this mosque peeping behind the trees as though it is calling out to me. Because my late Mother was a staunch Muslim, and because of my closeness to her, I gravitate towards Islam. Already at the age of 16, through my Mother, I knew that Islam was not what the rest had made it out to be. The haters, they just don’t have a clue and continue mocking the Muslims. Islam is gentle. It forgives.

I am drawn to the tudung women, not just the tudung women of course, but women who share the same religion and beliefs. The music of the Quran which I was forced to learn on impulse on the day my Mother left us, is soothing to the soul. The majestic architecture of mosques resonates with me being a non-practising architect. I believe in everything they believe in, and my most beautiful experiences were with Muslims. Even at my Mother’s death bed. The nicest people I know are Muslims. The ones I know, from the Homeschooling community and elsewhere, and I am so blessed for that, have the purest of hearts.

With the world so divided in hatred and anger, my wish is for my children to embrace all religion with full respect and consideration; to do good at all times, to have a sincere heart and be the light that will shine, to diffuse any darkness whose shadows may fall along their paths. La Ilaha Ilallah…..

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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US VISA for Malaysians

The Hubs has asked me to start looking into getting the little one a US visa so that when we need to go, we can just go. Has anyone done this recently? It’s been SO LONG since I did T1’s US visa but hey, look what I found??? So good for reference, eh?

T1’s first impromptu last minute trip to the US of A

I hate doing stuff like that. I hate bureaucracy. I hate queues. I hate filling in forms and answering security questions. I can think of so many more fun things I could do with my time. Like scrolling Pinterest, for example. Yes, that’s what us Stay At Home Moms do. Dang, it sounds so good. I’m a bum again. Feels liberating!!! Back to poop and cook and if I’m lucky, a book!

So yeah, can someone do this VISA thing for me, please? I’m too lazy to even call the US embassy up…….

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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Being an Opportunist

Do you think being an opportunist is a good thing or a bad thing? I would certainly like to think of myself as being an opportunist but I do not think I am smart enough. Let me give you an example. 15 years ago, I was the Country Manager for a British Multinational and had the opportunity to meet lots of people everyday. Although my salary was high allowing me the freedom to walk downstairs to indulge in a dozen pairs of Ferragamos every month (I was single and independent, what the heck!), I really could have made so much more money if only I was a better opportunist. Dang!!!

At that age, I wasn’t near entrepreneurial enough. I’m learning now though. If you’re young and just started out, please learn these skills as early as possible. Not like me, only learning now as an old lady….

Because I got to meet about a dozen new people every day and had clients coming out of my nose, the opportunities were ENDLESS!!!! Except that I never saw it. Chisss!!! The only remote opportunity that I saw was that a few clients offered me a job and I did eventually join one in secret. Why? Because I had a contract to fulfill which said clients weren’t allowed to hire their employees. So judge me. There are always ways around a contract unless you have it air tight. You just have to get creative.

Service to my clients as a service provider was top class, all above board, at top speed. In everything you do, speed is the key. But speed with perfection. And you will definitely do well. Even when you have the negative feeling that you shouldn’t do your job well because you aren’t paid enough, do it damn fast and perfect anyway. Because although your boss may not notice it (or do not want to), others will. And besides, it is for your own self-preservation and motivation. You should be proud that you do such an excellent job. One day, you WILL be rewarded for it. Not by this boss perhaps but definitely by someone somehow, the good things will flow inwards to you. Please trust me on this.

One of my Scandinavian clients were looking to recruit some locals and were asking me where I could find some good talent. Me knowing a lot of people said sure, no problem! I’ll ask around and pass you some contacts. And happily I went along not thinking anything more. But when I casually mentioned it to one of my friends, he asked me, what’s your referral fee?

Huh? What referral fee? 

You’re helping them find new talent. They should pay you a referral fee. Do you know that if they go through a headhunter, they’d have to pay something like 3 months of the new recruits salary? 

Really? 

Of course!!! Go ask them for a referral fee!!

Alamak….how to ask?

Just go and ask!! Say you are saving them money already by not going to a headhunter.

So you see, I never even thought about that and that is because I’m just not clever enough. I plucked up the courage to go see my very tall blonde client to ask if I could have a referral fee of 1 month’s salary since, you know, I would be helping them find good talent and since I know them so well as we share the same floor, I know best what they are looking for and to make the right match. Etc etc etc.

I wasn’t expecting anything at all but they said sure! Fuckkkkkk!!!! I couldn’t believe it. I was so happy!!! 1 month’s salary could have been just a free RM30,000 in my bank account just for finding someone!!! OK, it’s not RM30 million, but to a young single almost 30 year old, that was a neat sum for shopping.

Had I not casually mentioned it to my friend, bless him, I would have lost that cool opportunity. Opportunities are everywhere. It only needs some training to make your mind think in a positive way to make it become sharp enough to see them everywhere.

Yet sometimes it can become a bad thing, being an opportunist. This is when you have no moral compass and become ruthless in your operations and actions in getting what you want. That, I do not agree with. Many people have been opportunists with me and I have allowed it to slide. I am already blessed as it is, so I close one eye and allow them to earn behind my back.

So my little T2 of late, has been ever the opportunist!!! We go for movies every week (unless there is absolutely NOTHING to watch) and she is a little minx who just loves making our lives difficult in not wanting to watch ANY movie because she says she’s scared as it’s dark and loud.

No matter if Daddy holds me, it’s still dark and loud!!!

Come on. For someone who has watched the entire Harry Potter movie series like only a thousand times, don’t tell me even Big Hero 6 will freak you out? She puts on her pity face and whimpers her damsel in distress voice so we immediately offer her a small brown packet of M&Ms if she would just watch the movie with us. We’ve done that a few times now and she has enjoyed every movie, OK!?!

So this week, we went to watch Into The Woods which admittedly was potentially scary to young children. Please don’t judge. I’m not a conventional parent. We told T2 and she squealed with frightened eyes, “NO!!!!! I’ve watched the trailers and it’s really scary!!!”

Come on, T2. You can just close your eyes at the scary parts and we’ll close your ears. 

Suddenly she springs an idea. “How about if I get a toy and M&Ms??”

Now, THAT’S called being an opportunist.

At home, she has 2 spellings and 1 ejaan each week to study for and we will prompt her to do it so she won’t come home with chicken eggs. We never sit at the desk to do this. It’s always fun and games as it should be. A different approach each time. And the bugger, she would automatically ask if she could have a piece of chocolate every single time after she finishes memorising all her words of the week!!! Bloody hell.

So is it good being an opportunist? Certainly it is. When life is down and everything seems to be coming to the end of the world, only an opportunist will see the opportunity of what a situation could offer. The rest just go into depression, even suicide. Some people have taken advantage of me because I have a following to sell their products easily. I thought nothing of it until again, only an opportunist would identify with incidences like this, I was informed about it. Too late. But it doesn’t matter. I don’t mind being used and abused. It is my calling to serve and serve I do. I am everyone’s servant and very happily so! And I’m working at being an opportunist though really, I’m just not that smart!!!

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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How to write a great CV – for Malaysians

This has been a long time pet peeve of mine on teaching fellow Malaysian how to write a great CV. Honestly speaking, in the last 10 years of my working life as an employer having to review CVs and interview employees, I have not come across a single CV that has impressed me. Not a single one!!! Zero! Zilch! And mind you, I also review CVs from the UK and Australia and they are no better. Yet, for all the people who have asked me to help them with their CVs, they have gotten their job of choice. Which makes me wonder if I should start a CV writing service instead! Or start a Recruitment Company. Why ever not? After all, I should have earned about RM50,000 alone just from recommending people to companies in the last year. For free! Well, something for me to think about and consider and I know my Hubs is going to start rolling his eyes again at my itchy bum wanting to do so much. Heh.

So. How to write a great CV? I do this for fellow Malaysians as a service.

First and foremost, do a mind map on ALL your skills. Not just the work you have done in the last X amount of years but ANY skill that you have since you were a baby, write it down on a piece of paper. Anything remotely interesting about yourself, write it down. Anything you consider brilliant that you have done, write it down. It doesn’t even have to be work related. Just write down all the things that make you the most fantastic person on this planet. Can’t think of much? Well, think harder. You must have done SOMETHING good in your life and if not, then you don’t deserve that job. Go do something brilliant first. Of course, we all have various degrees of brilliance so just put what is brilliant to you. Hey, even my daughter T1 has a growing collection of skills and awards and she’s only 10. Her book of certificates from school is full. It’s not the number of certificates that you get that matters. It’s the experience you soak in that molds you into the brilliant person that make you.

1. Mind Map on Self

So yes, write it all down. For example, for me it could be bringing profit up for company X within just 5 months from X dollars to Y dollars. It could be being published in the newspapers, journals and online sites covering areas from business to finance to parenting to charity. It could be actually publishing a book appointed by the Government. It could be being a sharp negotiator with clients and employees alike (give examples and references). It could be raising two well grounded kids. It could be keeping my husband on his toes (haha, just kidding). It could be managing people well (show examples). It could be playing the piano for school. It could be lead roles at school year after year. It could be winning an International Competition based on 12,000 participants. And the list goes on….you get the idea, yes? How to write a great CV – for Malaysians, pay attention.

2. Chronological Order of Employment

Start listing down all your workplaces from the moment you started work anywhere till now. Fill in the gaps too, so if you weren’t working officially, then what were you doing with your time. Don’t be afraid to write down your stint at burger king either. Put everything down FIRST and we will edit it later based on priority.

3. Study the JOB that you are looking at

What is the job? What is the company? What are they looking for? Research. Research. Research. Come on, if you cannot even make the effort to learn everything there is to know about the company that you are about to start working for, why even bother? You should know what the job is about. Look at other places offering similar positions. Ask around. Read up about the company. Read up about their competitors. If you can, find out something about their recruitment process and the person who will be reviewing your CV. In fact, you could even cold call and probe. Just don’t say who you are. Pretend to be someone else inquiring. You’ll be amazed how much information you can actually get if you just dared to ask. You can even ask what type of person the person of relevance is. Seriously! And of course, use your network to dig for information. You need to use everything to your advantage if you want that job. For example, if the person likes black, please don’t go adding turquoise font into your CV. This exercise will be useful when you go for that interview too so you would be killing two birds with one stone. DO YOUR HOMEWORK. Plus if you do not know anything about the company, how would you ask any questions at the interview? You MUST have some questions to ask.

4. Organising and Prioritising the CV

OK, first rule of thumb. If you are approaching 45-60 years old, you’re allowed 2 pages max. If not, stick to ONE page. Seriously. If you do not know how to prioritise your CV and leave it at ONE page, you do not know how to be an efficient worker. And only if are you in a very specialised field that requires the employer to review the level of detailed skills such as which software tests you have passed etc, then only are you allowed up to 4 pages max. Anything out of that, get throws into the bin in my books. It truly shows that you don’t have much hence need to fluff about stuff to make your CV grow. It won’t work.

4A. Choosing what to add and what to chuck

So within those 1-2 pages, what do you think are the most IMPORTANT things that the employer would want to see? You can only choose enough stuff to fit into ONE page. How? If you have so much stuff, bite the bullet and choose what you think is THE most important. Maybe make your font smaller but not so small that I need a magnifying glass because that would warrant your CV into the bin too.

For me personally, the stuff I have done are so diverse that I really need to customise my CVs for each industry. So if you’re applying for a job in Management, focus on all the skills and employment where your management skills were exhibited. If the job you’re applying for is Creative, do the same. The rest? CUT IT OUT. If you still have space, then you can add in that you have won the short story telling competition organised by SHELL once upon a time. I did.

It is a reality that some employers (actually, maybe most!) practise discrimination. Really. It is a sad fact that employers categorise race and religion and generalise but what to do? It happens so we just have to live with it and work that much harder to get that job. I personally don’t. I like asking potential prospects questions that are completely out of whack just to shock them into an impromptu answer. It shows me how the applicant deals with stress. It shows me how fast he can think on his feet. I also like to test how he reacts to humour. Of course, I also ask questions to make sure he has really done what he says he has done in his CV because 90% of the time, CVs are exaggerated. I also call references to double check before I commit to an employee.

4B. Leave personal details minimal

In this day and age, it really is a waste of space to put ALL your personal details into your CV such as your IC number, your Nationality, your date of birth, your address, all your phone numbers, all your emails, your photograph, etc. No. In this day and age, I just need to know your name and your phone number (and maybe your email). What are you trying to achieve by offering all your details? You get to do that when you come for an interview and the receptionist gives you the form to fill in. All your shit can go there. Don’t waste it on your precious CV space. Besides, in Malaysia, you only open yourself to more scrutiny for discrimination. Like it or not, it happens. I have never given more than my name and contact number with email. They don’t need to know where I live (if they want to know, they can ask at the interview). They don’t need to know what religion or race I am (despite the name, I am a BUMIPUTERA, didn’t you know? And yes, that may win me some brownie points, but I prefer to win on merit).

4C. Neat Formatting

Designers are best at this. Sometimes engineers because they are very systematic. Please organise your CV in a neat and clean format so that it is easy to look for what I want to find if I were to glance at it. It is also best to put the most important things at the top and leave the least important things for last. Typically, you would have a section for your employment history (remember to remove anything irrelevant and only elaborate on the relevant jobs), a personal profile (this will be your winning attention grabber. Pay attention to writing this), your education (I only put the last and highest level of education because it is not important for people to know which high school I went to), your interests (this is a nice little extra to give the employer an insight to your life outside of work, which is also important).

5. Personal Profile

This should be no longer than 1 paragraph and a few sentences and should exhibit your greatest strengths and hopes and promise for what you want to do in and for that company. This will be your winning piece, that clincher, the first 3 seconds of your CV that will make your future employer read more. If you don’t win this, that’s it. So think about it. Why do you want to work here? Where do you wish to go? Why should I give you the job? How are you suitable? How are you going to do it?

6. Pulling it all together

There, you’re almost there. Once you’ve formatted everything nicely and put in all the right content into the CV, edit and read, then show it off to all your friends for a review of it. Make sure you write it in the language that follows your industry jargon. For example, you cannot write your CV in the way that I am writing right now. I am just simply writing from my head without any thought. You need to choose the right words when you write yours. You don’t have to use big words but be concise and precise and use proper English. Avoid slangs and short forms, and words such as stuff. Please. And for goodness sake, do a spell check and get someone to correct your grammar before you submit your CV. I throw out many CVs of people who cannot even bother to get their CVs spell-checked. It all shows your initiative, guys. You will be automatically deemed a lazy ass if you do not spell check your CV and check for typos. And shit, if I can help it, I will not employ a lazy ass. Alternatively, you could send it to me for a review. For a fee. Heh. I will soon set up my recruitment business!!!

Did that help at all? How to write a great CV – for Malaysians?

Next Up: Interview Prep…..

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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The Best of Kelantan

The best of Kelantan

After a whirlwind year last year, we are back in Kelantan again to visit our dearest Kong-Kong (the best of Kelantan) despite the fact that we will be here again for the Chinese New Year in just two weeks. And whaddya’ know? The house keeps going through changes. The first thing we noticed was that he has a brand new gate! Why? Because some wanker was speeding down the road and crashed into our gate. Can you believe it??? The entire gate and pillar with the huge postbox within was crushed and Kong-Kong had to spend a few grand just to rebuild it. Fulat betul. Plus the guy who drove into it had no money to pay for any of it.

Oh well. The new gate is very nice and he’s pushed the location of it inwards the driveway so that it makes more sense upon entry and exit into the main road. Little opportunities. Alhamdulillah.

The house is also much less cluttered as Kong-Kong has obviously thrown out a lot of Amah’s stuff. I myself am still going through Nana’s stuff, slowly but surely. Keeping clothes for T1 to wear (as she can already fit into them!) and deciding which bags we want to keep or not. I LOVE wearing Nana’s stuff (earrings, scarves, etc) because it makes me feel so close to her. Love, love, love…….

T1 finished her homework over this long weekend yesterday itself but T2, hahahahaha. She does not want to do her homework. Let’s see, she has 3 pages of Maths which involves counting stuff, colouring the correct numbers and some addition and subtraction exercises by 1 unit. In total probably about 30 units of countings to do, 10 per page. Like they would give 9 beetles and ask you to write down how many beetles there are. Or write down what happens to 15 if you add 1. Easy stuff. But my girl is not interested. At all. Die.

On top of her Maths homework, she also has Science, English and Bahasa homework. Poor, poor girl. Science involves labelling body parts on a drawing of a boy and crossing out the object that doesn’t match in a sequence. English is drawing lines to match objects and some colouring based on instructions given. There is also the writing exercise of writing the alphabets D and E, 18 times per alphabet; unlike Chinese School where you fill out the entire page with boxes! Bahasa is matching objects and colouring too. It sounds like a lot but I think if you do it all at once, it will be TOO MUCH for a 5 year old at one go. Bear in mind though that she doesn’t get this much homework every weekend. It is only because it is a long weekend and she has 5 whole days to do it. So half an hour every day. Oh, I forget, there was also Mandarin homework to write 2 words twice. So we’ve had to lug her entire school bag to Kelantan almost because Missy refused to do her homework yesterday and I’m just not one to force her if she’s not up to it.

I am passing the homework responsibility to the Hubs because he is the one who spoils her!!! To think we have to do this homework monitoring thing for a good 4 years as it will take T2 that long I think to get the hang of homework! With T1, after Reception, I never checked her bag anymore. If she didn’t do her homework, it was her problem. T2 needs more of a hand though as she cannot even read yet. Nor count!!! Aiyo!! How to do Maths!!???!!

On the plane ride here, we hit an air pocket and the plane did a sudden drop that completely freaked me out but the girls were loving it cheering, “Again! Again!!” When looking out of the plane window just before we were starting to descend, T2 said, “Oh my Goodness!! Look at the flood!! There’s still a flood in Kota Bharu!!” And T1 went, “That’s what you call a river, T2.”

Ahahahaha…..

On the plane, T2 was saying how she missed Amah….“I miss Amah, Daddy. Now there will be no more Rainbow Cake and Sponge Cake and Apple Pie and Chocolate Cake.”

That certainly got my floodgates opened because I realised too how soon it will be before our first Chinese New Year without the family Matriarch who used to organise the entire feast of what was the Reunion Dinner. I was thinking that SIL and I could whip up a replica Reunion Dinner meal (we are more than capable) but Kong-Kong said he had already ordered Roti Jala for CNY. Did I hear right? Well, we will find out soon enough. Hahaha. Another interesting point to note was that Kong-Kong officially instructed T1 to sit now at Amah’s old seat at the Dining Table. I’m not sure what Chinese culture is with respects to the Dining Table and the significance of always sitting at your own place but yup, T1 was instructed to change seats and now sit on Amah’s seat.

We’re off to visit Amah now at the Temple so adios for now, peepers!

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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Fridays

I love Fridays. Dang, who doesn’t? I love Fridays because it’s the last day of the week that the Hubs has to work and we get to have him for a whole 2 days. I have insisted for him to quit his job over and over but he is such a responsible bloke that it’s not even funny. OK, it’s good to be responsible but he’s underpaid. He is!! I was earning more than him last year at some point!! I don’t care about GST and the downturn. If you’re worth X amount of dollars, you’re worth X amount of dollars. That is all there is to it. Always know your worth, people.

Fridays is when T2 finishes school extra early and previously I’d go all the way to school to get her just so she doesn’t have to wait 2.5 hours for her sister to finish. Then we’d go meet Daddy for lunch so she gets us all to herself which is a rare occurrence for her. Now the girls want to make Fridays a visit Daddy day. Both of them! T1 is saying, wait for me before you go visit Daddy!!! See how much they miss their father who comes home late every night and gets in extra early every morning? Fish.

I wish there were good movies every week so we could catch a movie every Friday evening but unfortunately it’s always hit or miss. What else can we do on a Friday evening now that we no longer visit Nana at her home on Fridays?

Oh, Fridays are also the days when the girls have to wash their kasut!!! Darn, I’m wondering if I should get them an extra pair of shoes just in case they don’t dry in time for school on Monday. Why am I blabbering all about nothingness? I have been working all day and I need to go to bed……

A toast to Fridays!!

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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Being Strong

Being Strong

My late Mother was extremely strong both physically and mentally. You would not imagine that a petite lady of 5 feet 2, slim and beautiful with a tremendously high forehead could hurt a man. She has punched men in jest and they have squealed in pain. She could pinch hard, run fast and put up a strong fight. My Dad used to say she had powerful legs. *chuckle*

Despite not attending a tertiary education, she was clever enough to bring down an entire Government. She was the woman behind closed doors that ran the show away from the limelight. Yet people hurt her for no reason at all. If men couldn’t sleep with her, they would spread lies. And women, well there were just women who couldn’t handle a strong woman who had a lot going. And too spread the lies.

I will always be grateful to my Mother for training me to be strong. Even if it got her heart in knots, she let me fall deep knowing that the world could be a cruel place and I had to survive it. You never know who has your back. People think they know me but even my best friends know barely 50% of me. Because I have truly lived, that fact is assumed. And who cares anyway, right?

Sincere people have a certain glow, an aura, and you almost know it in your gut; and the alternative can do lots for you but if your antennas don’t pick up their agendas, then time will. Being strong requires training and my Mom has trained me hard. The people I knew were getting divorced, have gotten divorced. The people I felt would fall, have fallen. Those that I knew would fly high, have flown high. Being strong sharpens your intuition. And no, it is not something to gloat about, being strong. It is just as OK to be weak. No judgement at all from me. Although personally, I would like to see all women being strong as much as possible. To overcome all obstacles that hinder their paths. If you have been abused, know that there is a future for you out there. A brilliant one. If you do not know how to be strong, learn.

My only challenge now is passing that onto my girls. Being strong is being kinder. Being strong is having more compassion and empathy. Being strong is forgiveness and still being able to love in adversity. Being strong is being able to walk away from backstabbers without picking a fight. Being strong is flooring a man in one move. Being strong is being able to get negativity flung at you yet continue to inspire positivity. Being strong is being able to give generously without expectation. Being strong is seeing past the people who hurt you. Being strong is seeing the good in everyone. Being strong is soaring towards your passions. And the list goes on.

There is only a set amount of time to impart these lessons to my preciousness before they start taking on the world by themselves. In that, it is important for me that I am available and thus have resigned from my full time job to give T2 the same full time Mom attention that I offered to T1 previously for a whole 7 years. Bye bye Ferragamo and Hermes. Bye bye Zermatt.

May my girls be strong to lead a pack of wolves.

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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Living Beside A Jungle

Living beside a jungle has it’s pros and cons. Pros – it’s beautiful view, the cooler weather especially when we are located on a hill, being close to nature means witnessing the monkeys eating red berries, the squirrels chasing one another from branch to branch and the amazing array of birds that stop by.

The cons? Mosquitoes!!! We’ve had to mosquito proof our entire home when T1 was born and it cost a painful 11 grand. Why are Mozzie screen so damn expensive!!!??? The fuck I know. I think it is because we needed the frames to be powder coated back to match the original window frames. Sigh. Another con? We discovered it today…..

Our Mozzie net in the bathroom had a hole. It wasn’t torn per se but the frame had dislodged itself leaving a small gap for creepy crawlies to enter and enter they did. The 3 girls in the house screamed for what appeared to be the tiniest snake in the world. It was all of 2 inches. Actually, it was less than that. It was actually a worm. Honestly, how it got in, I have no idea. But scream they did and me? Well, I didn’t scream but I might as well just have. Because the bulu on my hand stood with total geli-ness watching the worm move sliding forward in its contract expand motion. OMG.

We called Daddy immediately. His first question laughing was, how big is it? He mocks us all the time and is evil because when he catches them, he usually chases after us with them!!!! How incredibly mean, right?!!!! WTF. I told him we could die of a heart attack right there.

Since he he wasn’t leaving his office at 7pm for us, we decided to kill the worm but nobody wanted to touch it. We tried water, it swam. Freak!!!!! We tried shampoo foam (since I was in the middle of a shower), it continued to swim. We tried Dettol Liquid Soap (not that we use it but the girls use it for masak-masak in the bath), it swam slower but it still moved!!!

T1 was shouting, “Google it, Mom! Google it!!!!”

So I googled it. How to kill a worm. So damn stressful because T1 would interfere, “well? What does Google say???”

It’s downloading, Honey!!!

“Hurry, it’s going to climb out or go into the drainer!” I quickly gave T1 a bottle of minyak angin to drizzle over the smallest snake in the world out of desperation. It seemed to work a little.

Google says vinegar!!!

I ran to the kitchen to grab my vinegar from the fridge but T1 said she thought the minyak angin was working. “It’s coiling itself now, Mom. Don’t waste your Tarragon Vinegar.”

Then T2 suggested, what if it’s actually Nana?

Fish!! What if it was indeed??? Suddenly T1 blushed in a rush of guilt and asked if Nana would be angry if it was indeed her?!!! I assured her that Nana would never get angry at us. Not unless we were destroying ourselves.

Living beside a jungle has brought us such drama that I’m not sure my heart can take it. We left the coiled smallest snake in the world for Daddy to clear. Heh. And made sure we were locked in our rooms when he did.

Living beside a jungle adventures…..

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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How to Improve your Health

How to Improve Health: Ever since my mother-in-law died, followed by my heart diagnosis, then my Mom’s death; I am suddenly dead serious about health. How does one improve their health? My Mom fought 14 years of cancer. That didn’t scare me. Having heart disease does. And now I am trying to understand what went wrong with my Mother’s cancer and how things could have been better, to make my own body better. Heck, my kids are only 5 and 10. Despite the fact that I will have open heart surgery to be fine again (though hopefully never!), I have also been told that I could go in my sleep from the lack of oxygen in the blood stream. Like what the fuck, right? That’s not very comforting at all. I started googling How to Improve Health.

So far, I have only been once on Emergency to the hospital to load up on oxygen since the diagnosis. But I do have my down days where I struggle to breathe. Those days I will lie down to rest and usually things sort themselves out after a good rest. Things are much better these days ever since I started taking Hydrogen Water and after researching for a year about health, these are my findings:

How to Improve Health: Good health seems to boil down to Reduction and Oxidation and a good balance between the two.

Now I finally understand what the Chinese Sinsehs talk about when they say the body is too cool or too heaty. It works under similar concepts of balance.

The energy from our lives comes from food and oxygen that is released into our cells through the oxidation/reduction chemical reactions that take place in our mitochondria (the energy part of our cells that help our cells do their job). The hot byproducts of this energy creation are called free radicals. The name of the ‘coolants’ used in our cells to extinguish those free radicals are called reductants or antioxidants. Serious problems arise, at a molecular level, if reductants and oxidants are not balanced and that is when people get sick. Please pay attention to understand How to Improve Health.

In order to have balanced amounts of oxidants and reductants in our cells, which means we have plentiful energy for an active, fulfilling life, and not plenty of free radicals attacking our molecules and cells to age us and cause degenerative disease, we must ensure that our cells ALWAYS have sufficient oxygen, hydrogen and other antioxidant molecules to balance things out. Failure to support this balance in cellular activities is a definite choice for death and disease. But how would we know?

Oxygen – most people are not aware that cells can have oxygen deficiencies but the truth is that cancer is always the result of a cellular deficiency in oxygen. This is a secret people must learn to ensure that cells have enough oxygen to stay healthy and deliver energy when required.

Hydrogen – this universal ”antioxidant” (free radical reducer) is universally undersupplied and this causes us to age too fast.

So if we needed more Oxygen, then we just breathe more, right? No!!!!!!!!!!

Most people think they can get all the oxygen they need by breathing more air (deep breathing, yoga, exercise) or even by breathing pure oxygen or taking oxygen-releasing supplements. This absolutely can help, but is not sufficient. Athletes get cancer too. So how to improve health?

The challenge is that getting oxygen into the blood stream isn’t enough. It still has to go from the blood into the individual cells. This involves going through the cell membranes. If the cell membranes are built from oxygen-resisting oils (most supermarket oils), then oxygen won’t get into cells as easily as it should, and cellular oxygen amounts may be less than they should for optimum health.

Supermarket oils have been purposefully made oxygen-transfer-resistant in order to achieve long shelf-lives. Freaking hell but yes!!! So, in the name of profit, many oils have been made into dangerous substances that should not be eaten (yet, most people are unaware of this danger). Symptoms of eating these oils are very slow, so slow, that people don’t put two and two together. The major symptoms are lessened energy and eventually cancer. One of the first things to consider when energy is low is increasing cell oxygen. Darn, and I have this heart disease that already gives me insufficient oxygen. …

Drinking active hydrogen water daily is an ideal health practice that not everyone can afford (though Alhamdulillah, I can) and it is definitely one of the top five health habits recommended. A person who has not tried drinking Hydrogen rich water does not understand the opportunity that atomic hydrogen provides in maximizing health and longevity. Human nature is such that people most often hang their hopes for health success on complicated, more expensive things and overlook the simple but more important things and not for a moment do they think how to improve health. The truth is, however, that out of simple daily habits (the very ones that may seem insignificant now) grow the wisdom of enjoying great health with lots of energy, and that is to drink good quality Hydrogen water with high amounts of Hydrogen daily.

Hydrogen enter the body and spreads to extinguish free radicals, slowing down aging and disease and giving us a lot more energy. Quenching Free Radicals is extremely important as it is them that cause inflammations, diseases, aging, and ultimately, death; slowly but surely. By extinguishing free radicals with good quality Hydrogen water, we are actively making a great choice in life.

There you go, how to improve health.

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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Kids are Loving School

Yes, it has been a couple of weeks now with my kids back at school and I can tell you quite honestly that my kids are loving school. YES!!! They are absolutely loving school!!!

After more than a year of Homeschooling and being at home 24/7 with their Mama, they asked to be back at school and now that they are back, they don’t ever want to leave school again. Hahahaha!!! What excellent strategy on my part.

Even T2 who has very little exposure with school and attended school even without reading fluently or knowing how to count having never been exposed to ANY Math, is loving school. At Reception, they teach them all they need to know thus I’m glad we didn’t have to waste any money sending her to Pre-School or Nursery prior to starting BIG SCHOOL. Instead, she got to play, play, play and more play. She got to brush up on her emotional skills, her confidence, her self-esteem, her self-directed independence, her knack for being naturally curious as a child, and most of all, she felt loved. With only this, she has bounced with ease straight into a real school system where there are almost 2,000 students and up to 16 years old in a big, big, big overwhelmingly sprawled space of what is her new life.

Every morning, they wake at 5.40am because they are THAT excited to get to school but still have to wait for us parents to wake at 6.15am because we are NOT excited to get out of bed. At All. By 7.15am, they’re out the door to the bus stop where they catch the big bus to school. At school, they go about their lessons of the day and have break and lunch there and then take the bus home to the bus stop whereby I have to pick them up again and they’d be fighting to tell me all about their day at school. I just love hearing their chitter chatter about their day at school. They sound like they have so much fun at school.

And you’ll never believe this. Yesterday, T1 had a tooth problem so she had to skip school to go to the dentist. She followed me around all day to run errands and finally after we picked T2 up from the bus stop (yes, T2 took the bus by herself without big sister taking care of her, I am SO PROUD of her!!!), we came home and T1 got a call from her school friend where she IMMEDIATELY left my side and went to her bedroom to chat quietly to her friend. Hrrmphhhhhh. Need some privacy, girl??? Anyway, I was eavesdropping and heard my T1 saying to her friend, “You know, today I didn’t go to school and I missed it SO, SO MUCH!!! I miss all of you. Yeah, I know….Staying at home is so boring, right??? Yeah, I LOVE SCHOOL SO MUCHHHHH!!!!”

Bloody hell, I freaking hope so after the kind of fees we pay for……… <school.>

T2 on the other hand is also loving school despite having homework once a week over the weekend and having to study spellings and ejaans. Goodness me. Her class teacher is really, really good and inspires the kids to do thing by themselves, motivates them and brainwashes them into thinking they are such champions for learning their spellings. LOL!!! So much so that yesterday, whilst T1 was baking chocolate chip cookies in the kitchen with me cooking dinner, T2 chose to enter the kitchen to study her spelling in the form of playing teacher. We have a white board in the kitchen for me to write down grocery supplies required and she used it to play teacher teaching us the words YOU, ME, IN, IS and TO. Hahahaha. I swear, she had so much fun playing teacher that she actually learnt how to spell all the words by heart. So we shall see if the result is a 5 out of 5 next week.

Meanwhile, T1 comes home to teach me Science, History or Geography, all things that I never knew because I went through the Malaysian education syllabus, and heck, I was in the Science Stream. She has taught me about World War 1, the definition of weathering and the various processes of weathering and its’ different types and some facts about our blood. The good thing is I know she’s paying good attention during class to be able to regurgitate all these facts after school. The bad thing is she’s starting to wonder how come her Mom knows nought!!! Freaking hell. I’m going to start having to pretend that I am actually GOOD at something before she starts telling everyone that her mother is only good for loving them. And oh, facebook…..

Praise the Lord. Thank you, Nana, for helping the girls adjust so well at school and for making it such an enjoyable and fun journey for them. I could not be happier seeing them truly enjoy their schooling life. It is in fact an exciting adventure and journey that will shape them into being useful, successful adults; as prescribed by the school. My kids are loving school so much that it is such joy to have them at home now.

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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