Everything from China is condemned

Ever since my MIL returned from a holiday in China, she’d been harping on and on about how dirty the way they prepared food was, how they put dogs into cans, how they used infinite amounts of chemicals in anything that can earn them an extra buck, how they fed steroids to pigs and fruit…..etc.

So………..we’re more than a little aware.

Last year, when I did my research on Baby Formula for a writing job, I also discovered that Baby Formula from China was suspect and made a note to myself that if I ever brought Tee there, to bring truckloads of formula for her safe consumption.

What about toys? Everything (well almost) is made in China.

I was even told by my friends there that construction time in China is three times as fast as here; simply because they are so poor and desperate. Quality? Just as good.

For the longest time, people were capitalising on China being the next big thing and everyone wanted to learn Mandarin. Whilst I believe that learning languages is useful, I wasn’t about to bend backward about sending Tee to a Chinese school. I don’t know Mandarin and I’ve coped just fine. In fact, I’d much rather her know French than Mandarin. OK, people condemn me that I don’t speak Mandarin so I pretend to be embarrassed about it. But really…..is knowing the language going to make me the next billionaire? I learnt French and Italian at University but my Mandarin stopped at the age of ten. The interest just wasn’t there.

We now try avoiding things from China that are potentially detrimental to our health as yummy as it may be. Today I read that the previous FDA hot shot in China is being hung for corruption.

Well, I’ll be damned.

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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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Ringgit devaluation in 10-15 years time

Oh My God. Please tell me this is not true.

One advisor to the Prime Minister says: that our Ringgit will be worth half it’s value in the next decade or so.

We are going to be close to another Indonesia!

Either you make tons of money now or you collect your money in other currencies. Or……

Migrate.

Let this be a rumour. Let this be a rumour. Let this be a rumour.

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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 lack of stroller and a heroic day

If there was ever a time I could be more wrong, it certainly was today. I had misjudged the need for a stroller when I brought Tee to the KLCC Aquaria (Tee is on school holiday these two weeks) thinking that if I could carry a 13 kilo toddler all the way from KLCC to The Weld (~2 kilometers) on a sweltering sunny afternoon, the walk from KLCC via the parking lot tunnel to the Aquaria (< 1 kilometer) was chicken feet.

It was.

On the way there. But because I am still ill, my body is somewhat weakened and the walk journey back was horrific. I felt my pulse vibrating, sweat showered me and my breathes were disappearing into the clouds.

I was about to pass out from carrying Tee when I realised the fucking, blooming, bastardly car was lost!

I put her down hand held tight and told her to be quiet as I needed to concentrate to find our car. She only panicked and bullets of questions started shooting out, “Is it lost? What are we going to do? How are we going to get to Nana’s house? Are we going to walk there? Is it really lost, Mummy? Where is it? Are you concentrating, Mummy?……”

“SHUT UP RIGHT NOW OR I’M NOT BRINGING YOU OUT ANYMORE!!!”

Of course the car wasn’t lost at all. I’d just passed by it in my blurred state of extreme exhaustion.

The little girl was exhumed in glee when we’d found the car and dared to suggest,

“Next time bring the stroller, okay? Then you won’t have to carry 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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Deportation from the United Kingdom (UK)

When I was a student in London, I’d travel in and out of the UK perhaps up to five times a year – trip home to KL, architectural school visit, trip to Italy (to visit ex-boyfriend’s family), and a holiday here and there if funds permitted. All throughout my seven years there, I had never encountered a problem with the British Immigration. It was almost like I was born there.

Until one fine day. When I got a bitch of a blond immigration officer.

She asked me how much money I had on me and I told her I had 40 sterling pounds (too little). She asked me what I was doing in the UK and I told her I was working as an architect’s assistant (There was no work visa stamped on my passport but as an architectural student, I didn’t need one – the lady just didn’t know the rules. Architectural students are allowed to work without a work visa in the UK for two years). She wanted to see some evidence of that and I had none.

STAMP. CHOP. SIGN. She made me follow a security guard into an isolated room.

The bitch had denied my entry into the UK despite the fact that I was legally allowed to be there. The least she could have done was to make a phone call, get a fax, check with her colleagues, whatever. But no. She just blackmarked my passport. And sent me to hell.

The first thing they did was to tear my luggage apart. Then they searched me and eventually slit opened a few packets of Indo Mee that I had brought along with me. After a gruelling hour’s long interview with a few good men, I was thrown into a room full of ‘real‘ crime practitioners. They were Nigerian con men, illegal workers from China and more illegal workers from China, in search of a better life. We were fed a miserable dry sandwich as our meal. And treated a million times worse than plebs. Actually, make that animals. They were animal abusers.

I begged and hollered. I did not want to take a 14 hour plane back to where I’d just come from! This was ridiculous!!! They couldn’t care less. There was a payphone in the room but they wouldn’t offer any change. The only calls I could make were ALL collect. And I had to fight amongst the other illegal immigrants for that one payphone. Thankfully, a dearest friend in London, was efficient and smart enough to get in touch with my University and my employers, who immediately faxed over the necessary documents. The Malaysian Consulate couldn’t help. My parents hadn’t a clue what to do. Alas, because my passport had already been blackmarked with that blasted stamp, I had to leave the country no matter what.

I suggested that I leave to Italy (which was a lot closer) instead of Malaysia, to which they agreed (for once, and to my surprise). I quickly purchased an airline ticket excitedly with my inherited bodyguards and then anxiously waited and waited and waited till it was time to get the fuck out of that room. I made arrangements with my then boyfriend (who was in Italy) and his family, to pick me up at such a time. Bear in mind there were no handphones then.

When it was time to board the Alitalia plane, my sense of relief exalted and I hurriedly knocked on the doors of the immigration officers. It was exactly 8.10pm London time. Nothing.

I knocked harder. And more furiously. They still completely ignored me.

I began thrashing the door when they finally came out to escort me to my plane at 8.30pm. But hey guess what? They’d made me miss my 8.45pm plane. On purpose.

I was fuming mad. I was reaking with hatred and disgust, for the unfairness of it all. There was no way I could contact my then boyfriend as they were already at the airport in Milan. I never thought it possible to feel so much anger but that was probably the most outraged time I’d ever experienced in my entire life. I yelled at them to the point where they’d ensured all their immigration officers knew of the rule for foreign architectural students being allowed to work in the UK without a proper work permit.

They had gotten their way, which was to send me back to where I’d come from and that was my 24 hours in hell.

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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 Secret

Have you all heard about The Secret?

It is all about the Laws of Attraction and how the Universe will give you what you want if you would only believe that you will get it……..

Hmmm…….I’ve never been big on these self-help, get-rich idealogies. I believe that everyone and anyone CAN get rich if they wanted to. Some need a little bit more help with the ropes. The rest of us are just too darned lazy. We are all dream and no action.

Many suggestions of getting rich tell you to visualise what you really want. Do a collage. Touch it. Feel it. Smell it. Make it real. So that is what I shall do.

I know EXACTLY what I want.

Do 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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Toddler Headaches

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“Not now, Mummy. I have a headache.” 

*In case you were wondering what the discolourations are on her face, it is make-up which Tee has put on herself. Without my permission.

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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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Judging a Book By It’s Cover

A few years ago, the Hubs and I moved into our current home but chose to keep our other house, just in case we decided to return living in that sentimental place we first played nookie. We hired a property consultant to find us some tenants and soon enough, he brought us a sweet middle aged Malay couple whom we later learnt had five good-looking kids.

Hmmm……it would be nice to have a stable family rent our house rather than some stud swinging bachelors or worst, psycho pressured students. Images of uncleaned vomit and other bodily fluids, broken doors from drunken tempers and damp rooms from clogged toilets; were all sure signs that we should accept a family and nothing else.

They seemed like the nicest people on Planet Earth – Salleh was a Director of a Securities company, Rosie was his well-spoken wife who’d run several cafe businesses, knew all about high-tech coffee machines and took charming care of her kids.

We said yes. Immediately.

Over the months, we’d kept in touch by visiting once every six months or so. Just out of courtesy, we’d bring them some fruit and took the opportunity to catch up with our old neighbours. We’d given them advise when their eldest daughter was about to go for national service training during one of the first batches, since she was going to Kelantan and the Hubs is from Kelantan. We trusted them. They seemed like nice people.

Eight months before they disappeared, they stopped paying their rent. We chased them politely but Rosie had a story that her husband had lost his job and they were in the shit house. She kept promising that if we could just be patient, they would repay us back all that they owed us as they were so embarrassed that they had to owe us money. What to do? Evict them? They had five kids….

So we waited. Alas, when we decided to sell the house and asked the property consultant to value it, he shocked us that there was nobody living there. Zilch. Zero.

Great.

Rosie said they had to leave on emergency because Salleh had found a job in Kedah. They were back in Penang, where she is originally from. She promised that they would come back to KL to get the house cleaned up and pay us back every cent that they owed.

I finally saw the house recently.

My heart broke.

I couldn’t believe the state it was in. The fridge we left for them was completely ruined. The parquet flooring of every room and public space had popped. It was a five bedroom four bathroom house, so imagine how much parquet reconstruction we have to do. One of the bathroom’s sink has vanished. The walls are as dirty as hell with stains and drawings. Nevermind the drains and the garden…….There were water leaks from the water tank in the ceiling. They had left behind all THEIR junk, including a dirty six feet long aquarium. Gosh, I could go on forever.

To think that when we left that house, it was in pristine condition – we even have photographs to prove it. And now…..

What more, not only do they owe use months of rent (even after deposits deducted), we are now left with unpaid Indah Water bills etc amounting to XXX dollars. I am not happy in the least. And of course, they are uncontactable.

In fact, I am totally appalled.

I just cannot believe why they would be so inconsiderate to do such a thing. Was it all planned? Or did they just change their minds about being responsible tenants?

WHY?

In order to sell the house now, we have to spend another XXXXX dollars to get it back to a decent condition before anyone would even give it a second glance.

So much for the mask of integrity.

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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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I’m as sick as a dog…

After 3 weeks of having Tee’s school flu, I woke up this morning coughing out *shock, horror!* blood!

Oh dear, I thought to myself. Can’t avoid the Doctor anymore. I had a fever that I didn’t even feel but the Doctor told me I had one so I took her word for it. I’m all drugged out.

And guess what??? This Hong Kong break I’m supposed to be having? Well, it turns out my Mother doesn’t trust the Hubs to take care of Tee so insists on bringing them both along.

She said,”I KNOW this girl so well….She will be crying and crying all night long and she won’t get any sleep!!! She’s not ready to be left without you yet….”

So much for my breaking out of prison. Can you imagine the feeling? You have hope that there is chance for escape, you count down the days till you can actually smell some fresh air and then your escape buddy breaks it to you that you’ll be transferred to Alcatraz before freedom day.

OKAY. So now I have to search for baby friendly hotels in Hong Kong.

Does anyone have any recommendations?

My mother suggested the Shangri La or Conrad (Hilton Group) because she has stayed there before. We want somewhere with big enough rooms for a toddler to run around, a nice pool she can swim in with Daddy whilst the ladies go shopping and with decent food she can eat. A hotel with a playroom would be all the better.

The last time I went to Hong Kong was five years ago. I don’t even remember where I stayed! It was a business trip at a posh hotel. I wish I remembered!!!

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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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Barbie wears Christian Dior 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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The Hubs and his fucking card!

After a hurried last minute grocery stop because my little princess just CANNOT live without pears and Farley’s Rusk biscuits with milk, we loaded the car boot and strapped our pet monkey in.

Whilst reaching for the Lemonade, feeding Tee her pretzel at the same time and taking out my Ventolin inhaler for a puff before the engine started, I heard the Hubs mumble miffedly, “God damn it. I can never find that fucking card!”

And before we knew it, a little voice went, “Is Daddy looking for his fucking card?”

“Farting card, Tee. Farting card,” he added as he tried desperately to conceal his faux pas.

Nice one, Daddy. NOT.

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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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One way! One way!

“Mummy, Daddy’s dwiving on a one way!”

“One way?”

Yes, it’s a one way!”

“Yah, Okay….whatever.”

“One way! One way! It’s a one way!”

“One way street? It’s not a one way street?”

NO! One way….like the aewopwane one way!” (aeroplane runway)

*roll eyeballs*

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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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Enforcement and Corruption in Malaysia

I’m not sure to what degree this happens in other cities around the world because I have lived only in London and KL for a long enough period to justify knowing the ins and outs of a city’s soul, but in KL, two things that stick out like a sore thumb is enforcement and corruption. Sure, we have a lot of rules. But they’re all made to be broken.

Today, I found myself on a construction site: Level 13 Menara TA One. Nobody had a hard hat on. Just as someone in front of me walked on, a bundle of steel bars fell out of nowhere and missed her by inches. The noise deafened my ears. The lady had angels watching over her…..

Then I went downstairs to a completed floor, Level 11 to be exact. A recent renovation showed that the ceiling had been lowered without the existing sprinklers lowered (eg. if your sprinkler is usually 10 centimetres from the ceiling, it was now 2 centimetres – they just built around it). It is all about making money and cutting corners.

I wonder which contractor Alicia is using these days.

No wonder I gave up architecture in Malaysia.

However, now I’m realising that this applies not only in the construction industry but in all aspects of our everyday life. Pharmaceuticals give Doctors lots of presents to push their drugs. Judges are sent on holidays. Products are sub-standard, houses especially. Now, even cars.

Where is the Quality Control? Where is the enforcement for those that break the law?

Frustrated.

I don’t like bringing up Tee here.

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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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Poking little orifices

If you didn’t already know, Tee and I and the Hubs have been taking turns getting sick. It first started when Tee brought home a bug from school 2-3 weeks ago. Then we got better, then she went back to school, and we got ill again. And the whole cycle just repeated itself every week. Now I have contracted a chest infection and her nostrils are still coloured with green snort.

During lunch today, I left her on her high chair with some tomato capellini and a fork because she likes twirling her own pasta. I went back into the kitchen to chop some vegetables up for dinner. Chicken soup tonight for us sick souls……

Periodically, I would pop my head out of the kitchen to check that she hasn’t made her pasta bowl a hat or wear spaghetti necklaces. But who am I kidding, right?

Because the second time I popped my head out, she had her fork poked up her nostrils.

“Why, God? WHY???”

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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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Terry Fox Run, Kuala Lumpur

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This is Tee at the TFR last year. We woke up bright and early at 6am and headed to Lake Gardens for the run together with friends and family. This year’s TFR is being held at Bukit Jalil because it is expected to be even bigger. Mark your diaries now for this year’s Terry Fox Run!!!

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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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Our love transaction

This morning, after allowing me a lie-in because after having 3 days of straight 8 hour sleeps, I still felt like a bus had smashed into me. Tee played beside me in bed all morning till 10am, all by herself. Alone! For a whole 2 hours!

Till she woke me up because she was hungry.

Then she asked, “Mummy? Are you happy?”

I nodded. Definitely happy since she left me alone like a good little girl, in my desperate need of rest.

“Why? Why are you happy?,” she smiles up at me.

“I’m happy because I have such a special little girl as my daughter! You, you, you!!!,” and I kissed her and hugged her tight and swung her around till I felt her happiness and giggles of laughter penetrate my body.

“What about you. Are you happy?,” I asked as our eyes met at same level.

“YES!”

“Why? Why are YOU happy?”

“Because I have such a lovewy Mummy like YOU!”

She loves me, that girl.

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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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Gulp.

My lawyer told me today that they are reviewing options because the fee owing to me is so small, only RM15,000.

Gulp.

Small to them.

I cannot just let it go. Even if I don’t make the money back, I want the world to know what they did.

It isn’t fair.

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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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A harsh reminder that my toddler is only two plus

Today, a friend of mine reminded me that Tee is only two and a half. Only?

Yes, only.

I was verbalising my frustrations about Tee; how she has this innate talent in augmenting MY voice (I don’t even know how to augment my own voice!), how she knows just how to boil my blood at a certain temperature, how she wears me out till I feel like a shrivelled 1000 day old dried apricot……..the list goes on. Nevermind the good bits.

Di, the child psychologist, reminded me that a toddler does not understand the concept of ‘now’. She will not do what you want now yet she will want everything NOW. So it is pointless to get angry at her because firstly, it’s not even her fault and secondly, I am getting all riled up for nothing.

“Practise patience,” she said.

A cloud of guilt started forming over my head as I nodded. Yes, easier said than done. But I will try harder. I will try harder in making this challenge a turnaround with some out of the box thinking.

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Tee woke and asked for milk. She drank 10ml when I made 120ml. The milk magically flashed sour and she was not having any of it. All stories of growth, strength and calcium, including MY happiness, were chucked into bin city.

*lightbulb*

I told Tee that the 10ml that she drank was the Milk’s Mummy. Now the remaining Baby Milk (110ml) missed his Mummy so much and was sad and crying. Would she help Baby Milk be together with Mummy Milk?

*glug-glug-glug-glug-glug*

“Are they together now, Mummy?”

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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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Ahhh….the look of love….

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Breastfeeding in the 22nd century – I can’t begin to tell you how funny it is when Tee searches for her hidden nipples to feed her baby milk. I mean, at this age…their tummies are so big and round that their lack of tits are really just that. LACK OFF.

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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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New writing contract

I just got my 2nd writing contract yesterday to write children book reviews and a few parenting articles. What do you as parents want to learn about? Tell me, tell me, tell me…… For me:-

  1. The effects of long term yelling at your children
  2. How to make money from home – for real
  3. Ideas for feeding fussy eaters (actually, this one, I have ideas to give but welcome more)
  4. Is there a right way to read to your children?
  5. Mummy cloning – unchartered territory of the 21st century

As for my lawsuit, I am currently negotiating legal fees and then we start the suit next week. Initially, we were awaiting settlement but it looks like the other party is too busy and hasn’t given their lawyers a mandate. I ain’t waiting forever.

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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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Fitness First – the first flim flam of fitness in Malaysia

I joined Fitness First KLCC a couple of years ago only to be the bearer of unfortunate circumstances that prevented me from going further. I changed my membership status to an absent member and paid RM35 monthly. After paying my absent membership fees for more than a year, I decided to cancel my membership knowing that I will never have the opportunity to go back, since I am a full time mom now, without a babysitter. I was paying RM35 every month for nothing.

So imagine the impact of the blow when I called them up to tell them of my predicament and they told me I had to pay RM300 to cancel my membership and oh, by the way….you have been paying full membership fees ever since errr…..after you paid one year of absent membership fees.

WHAT THE FUCK!??!!!! You mean, I have been paying RM160 every month all this while without knowing? Why didn’t you inform me that you were going to deduct a different amount off my credit card? (The Hubs never told me of the bills on the credit card either, he doesn’t question) Don’t you think I have a right to know?

I was SO PISSED OFF. It’s the principal, you know. I threatened to go to the newspapers to warn fellow citizens to be careful and not get conned because they never tell you what they don’t want you to know. Another point to note is, once you decide to join Fitness First, they make you list 10 phone numbers (mobile numbers) of your friends so they can spam them into coming in for a trial. It’s like……make the sale first, then throw in the surprises. I find that totally unethical.

When I worked at Regus before, I used to warn people of all the items in the contract that they needed to be aware of. It was a very tight contract that worked towards the favour of Regus, naturally. But still, we made tons of money. By being upfront and honest.

So people out there! If you want to join Fitness First, be warned.

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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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Three ants sleeping

There were three ants that lived in the bathroom. It was time for bed, so they each chose where they were going to sleep. One slept in the sink, one slept in the bathtub, and the last one slept in the toilet.

The next morning, they discussed their sleep. The one in the sink said his sleep was comfortable. The one in the bathtub said his was great. Then they asked the ant that slept in the toilet.

“My sleep was horrible. First it rained, then it thundered, and if I hadn’t had jumped on a log, I could have died!”

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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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“Don’t yell at your children.”

Says our Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, today.

“…let us correct them with love and care and not by yelling at them,” he advised parents.

That’s it. Tee is doomed. I might as well start a fund for her future therapy sessions……..

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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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TM Net and their Debt Collectors

TM is the country’s leading integrated telecommunications company in Malaysia. Or so they claim.

Many years ago, before I moved out from my Mother’s hotel, I subscribed to a TM Net line so I could practise patience with slow internet access. My monthly bill never showed more than a hundred ringgit and in fact, stayed much lower than that. I paid my bills religiously.

When I could take no more of bad service in the hotel, I moved out. And cancelled that internet line.

Lo and behold! Five years later, I got a letter from TM saying I owed them more than 700 bucks. As far as I knew, I had no outstanding bills with them. I called them immediately to dispute but according to their records, I definitely owed them money.

I chose to ignore it because no way was I paying for something I did not use.

Then one day, two big rough looking thugs showed up at my office. Sure scared the living daylights out of my secretary. They claimed they were TM’s debt collectors. Fine – I told them it wasn’t my bill but they kept insisting I pay up. Subsequently, they kept calling me to harrass me with threats, smashed my windscreen, broke my side view car mirror (I have no proof but….), they followed me everywhere.

At that point, I couldn’t believe that a quasi-governmental organisation could behave in such a way. So I went to see them at the TM headquarters. I pleaded innocence. And then I saw the files. Files of thirty debt collectors, all working for TM.

I can’t remember what happened exactly now but I eventually paid them off to stop the harrassment. It wasnt fair.

My brother just received a letter last week from TM saying he owed them 3,ooo Ringgit for a whole year’s worth of phone calls. My brother still lives with my Mother and he does NOT have a phone line. Yet, on the phone bill that TM sent him, it was clearly his name but not his address. Someone had used his identification number and had access to his details somehow and applied for a phone line under his name. The address was in Subang. My brother has never lived in Subang. He is now going through the same process with TM but so far no debt collectors yet. Just investigations…….

Scary.

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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 Rags to Riches

My MIL told me this story.

There was once a girl called Rain who hailed from sunny Kota Bharu, Kelantan. She married a teacher and was often seen riding on a motorbike. Rain was very ambitious and hob-nobbed with potential suiters often despite already being married. She had quite a voice which she used to serenade men with her eyes till their knees got wobbly.

One fine day, a very important man who was related to the former Prime Minister fell in love with Rain and paid the teacher off so he could live happilly ever after with his new found love.

It was a win-win deal. The teacher had never in his entire life dreamt he could have achieved so much wealth and Rain followed her new love back to start a new exciting life in a different world.

As wealth accumulated, Rain began putting on weight and suddenly, she was no longer the apple of her Man’s eye. She ate more. And more. And more.

Till she decided to kill.

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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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It would be so nice….

It would be so nice

If Tee could leave me alone for only a day

It would be so nice

If I didn’t have to decide what to eat or feed today

It would be so nice

If I could stimulate my brain without distractions

It would be so nice

If I had some ‘me’ time, even for a fraction 

It would be so nice

If I didn’t have to brush her teeth, bath and clothe her

It would be so nice

If every moment would just be filled with laughter

It would be so nice

If I could overcome all that I lack

It would be so nice

If I could have a bit of myself back

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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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Shouting at your toddler

I just did.

*gulp*

It was an all out yelling voice shout as well. Like a hysterical mad lady who’d just got her handbag snatched.

*gulp*

She has been climbing all over me while I read on the laptop and whining when she is supposed to be sleeping. She is lucky that I am even here beside her whilst she falls asleep. Why is she so demanding? I’m still recovering from the flu she brought home, I’m tired and irritable and she is just being bloody annoying! PEST.

Do you ever shout at your kids?

I know it is wrong but sometimes I just snap. It doesn’t happen very often but right now I just feel like giving her a big smack!

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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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Nosiness – A Barracuda Woman activity

Heard whispering at the Baraccuda Women’s Club today:-

“Hey, have you seen that woman before ah?”

“Where? Which one?”

“There….the one sitting with the three men.”

“No, don’t think so.”

“I wonder if she is a member. She doesn’t look like a member. I think she is not a member.”

They stretch their heads to peep further.

“Oh, she shouldn’t be here then.”

“Yeah, let’s complain. Huh? Shall we make a complaint?”

“Yeah, let’s go and make a complaint.”

And the two in their tight gym gear walked towards the reception to lodge their complaint.

It really pissed me off. What business is it of theirs? The woman was not doing anyone any harm, and surely if she was there and not a member, then a member would have brought her in. How come they didn’t have a problem with the MEN being members? And how do they even know if she is a member or not? Grrrrrr………….*sei paht pohr*

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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 I don’t have a maid

Having a maid (full-time or part-time) in KL as a Mother is like wearing underwear. Everyone has them, they get changed often and only a select few choose not to have any.

I am one such Mom (err…the maid part, not the underwear).

I have never had a maid. Having a maid would make me lose control because I am particular in that I like the sink cleaned with exactly 27 rubs clockwise with a 20 cent coin amount of Jif. And I am a control freak. Anyone who’s ever seen me begin to lose control knows that I start having epileptic fits. And asthma attacks. And I physically pull my hair out till I can make new scourers with a bit of glue on it.

So you can imagine. With the track record of 98% of maids here, if I had one, I’d very soon be in the headlines as Malaysia’s Most Wanted Mother. On Interpol even. For psychotically skinning a foreign maid.

Plus, the Hubs likes his privacy. We live in a 1800sf apartment after all. Having a maid would put an end to his boxer strutting. She might even try seducing him. Friends suggested I get an old maid but what I don’t need is a post menopausal bitch with attitude telling me how to raise my kid.

So rather than subject myself to pay a monthly wage to a potential runaway, I’d rather suffer the abuse of being a maid myself.

Total control, money in the bank AND I get to seduce my husband on the job.

Stupid, I know. It must be that parental lack of attention thing that causes me to afflict self-abuse on myself. To have to continuously talk to a toddler after getting an ounce of sleep, to have to upkeep a germ free environment when my muscles are perpetually begging me to stop, to have to prepare delicious meals for the family when all I want to do is feed them cat food.

WAH!!! Poor me!!!! Someone buy me some good quality panties, please! PLEASE!

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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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Where did I come from?

When I was 10 years old, my Mother bought me this book titled “Where Did I Come From?”

Back then, it was the ONLY book which described the birds and the bees to children. I brought it to school one day to share it with my friends, who subsequently borrowed it. And then the book was lost forever. I was terribly upset as my Mother had lugged it back all the way from England and getting a replacement locally was as difficult as getting my Mother’s consent to sex at 10. Even at 10, I already had the idea to keep the book for my own children one day because it explained everything to me. Everything finally made sense.

Then I borrowed another book from a library for Tee – can’t remember the title now but it was similar to the above, humorous cartoons with cute explanations. I’m sure there are many of these now.

Tee has been bugging me to have a baby brother and I keep telling her that she has to ask her Daddy. But one fine day, she asked me how babies get into Mummies tummies. I was totally unprepared and said that Daddy has to make love to Mummy, then a baby will enter Mummy’s tummy. Knowing how long it has taken her Daddy to give her a baby brother, she sighed,

“Let’s not wait for Daddy, Mummy. I will make love to you so you can have a Baby!”

Today, I found this. (click on book pages to see story)

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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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A typical Saturday morning for the Lees

I knocked off at 5am this morning. Woke at 9am. It’s like being back in Architecture School .

Brought Tee to a “pink-pink” themed birthday party at Caterpillar. I love parties like these – short and sweet, because really….how much excitement and sugar can 2-3 year olds take?

All the presents presented were……one guess? Duh, pink! They looked real pretty stretched out against a long counter, various prints, ribbons and textures of wrapping paper. The kids had face painting, enjoyed cookie art, did some boogie-ing in the dance studio, had a treasure hunt and had tons of cake and jelly.

Met an old friend at the party – senior executive of Hwang DBS. He asked me if I would like to do some technical writing for him. On financial stuff? No thank you. Not only am I NOT qualified to write about finance, it is so dry la….macam ikan kering. But how I wish I knew how because he’d pay me good.

After that, we went to do our week’s groceries. Now, for the longest time, my Fairy GodMother has paid our grocery bill (because if she didn’t, we’d be living on bread and sardines like in the Bible and there’s no way she’d have any of that) but today, I wanted to do a full week’s groceries at the supermarket to know how much it would really set us back if we did not have a Fairy GodMother.

RM389.18 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So I have a resolution. I will be wet marketing from next week onwards. Because RM4.50 of Pak Choy can be obtained for RM0.70 at the wet market. I kid you not. My friend tells me she only spends RM70 per week on fresh produce from the wet market. Then some additional at the supermarket for processed food. Once I go to the wet market, I will tell you what my adjusted bill is. Gotta save money.

Just as we were to leave for home, Tee insisted on having a pretzel to which we refused. Because. She not only had tons of sugar already at the party, she had a donut at the supermarket AND asked for a muffin as well.

Meltdown.

Asked for my phone. Pressed Speed Dial 2 and the Green Button. She knows how to call her Nana and her Daddy, when confronted with a problem. On Speed Dial. Whined. Cried. Pleaded. Taled to Nana.

But we stood firm. 

That was our morning.

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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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Barracuda Women

Where I gym at the local club, between 9-11am, I have the veteran crowd for company. This is not a problem for me as I get along well with people of all ages, from gurgling babies to waffling grandpas.

However, I have such passion and arousal when certain ladies in their 50s and 60s wearing tons of make up, coiffed dyed hair, jewellery and wait.

Tight. Skimpy. Leotards. (ala Flashdance)

……approach me.

NOT.

What ARE they thinking???

These are no ordinary leotards. Thin fabric for nipple protrusions. High cut thigh to emphasize their different bulges. At that age, it is no longer sexy. Then with matching tights that sillhouettes their cellulite.

They don’t come anywhere close to looking like Goldie Hawn or Jane Fonda.

A friend’s Mom (who happens to own a sexy 60 year old husband) once told me, “I don’t allow Uncle L to go there to exercise. It is full of Barracuda Women.”

I didn’t quite ask her what Barracuda Women meant but now I know.

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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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A Royal Wedding

It was a marriage of convenience.

He and she have been very good friends for the longest time and she has royal blood. The other doesn’t.

5 years ago, they were beside me at a restaurant. Definitely good friends.

Not lovers.

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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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London, a sweet breath of reminiscence and nostalgia

I spent a third of my formative years in London so London is very special.

The last time I was there with the Hubs in 2001, London had already metamorphosised from what it was when I was a student. I am sure when we go next year, London would have changed even more. My life in London was so dense, rich with experiences, it is almost as though I can categorise my life into three segments – Childhood, London and Motherhood.

We are doing a big family trip next September due to a wedding in Holland, thus taking the opportunity to visit old friends around Europe and tour England.

It will be so fun having all of us there together. Since I am a Stay at Home Mom and people think I have so much time on my hands, I have been given the monumental task of planning/designing/budgetting our month long trip. I’m going to make sure each and everyone signs a form with an arbitration clause before we leave. You know how it is when groups go on holidays….

“What do you want to eat?”

“Anything”

So you take them to ‘anything’ and the complaints start pouring in.

There will be 7 of us and Tee so really, we’d need to hire a minivan if we choose to drive around but otherwise we will coach or train it. As I remember it, all three modes were just as efficient. It is now a matter of cost.

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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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A much deserved holiday

Pray for me, EVERYONE!

The Hubs is close to agreeing to babysit Tee for 4 days and 3 nights whilst I take a much deserved all expense paid break to Hong Kong. I am SO excited, I can’t wait till he says YES!

Initially, my Fairy GodMother was going to bring Tee and I (and the Hubs, but he is too busy at work). Then after much consideration whether Hong Kong or Perth was more baby friendly, I joked “Why don’t we leave Tee with the Hubs and we ladies go ourselves???” Everyone laughed and nobody believed it possible since Tee has been joined at my hip since birth. She has not slept a single night without her Mama, her bedtime cocaine fix.

So I asked him tonight. Guffaws of laughter was his immediate reaction.

“It’s only 3 nights.” I pleaded…..”So let her cry for 3 nights…”

He has been having working conversations all night with Tee about what FUN they are going to have together when Mummy goes to Hong Kong. And I added the salt and pepper that Daddy would take her ANYWHERE she wanted to go and buy her ANYTHING she wanted. (Oops!)

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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 new toy

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Thank you to Apple and the person who gave this to me 🙂

My two year old is already eyeing it……

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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 emotional hole – lack of parental attention

A friend of mine told me the other day that I have an emotional hole due to the lack of love in my life whilst growing up. It totally threw me off guard. Surely if I had an emotional hole before, then it would have been filled up by now with the love I get from the Hubs, Little Tee and my wonderful family and friends. Even overflowing, causing a bulge!

She said the emotional hole never gets back to what it was. She is a medical specialist and has some training in psychology. Yikes! I am flawed.

We were discussing my huge craving for attention, now as a desperate mother. I admit that whilst growing up, I did a lot to attract some attention – getting lead roles for school plays, excelling in sports, doing well at school; then rebelling as a teenager, running away from home, cutting school. None of which worked.

So does my desire for a little attention now stem from a neglected past?

Surely not? I think it is understandable that if you were a stay at home mom with only a toddler for conversation, day after day, without the resources to go out socialising to indulge in some adult interaction, you would start feeling a little……out of sorts. Especially since I used to get so much attention whilst at work, and then now, apart from being a Mother, I am really quite useless.

Of course, I want some attention!

Apart from doing what I do, I feel as though I have lost myself. Who am I?

Nobody knows me anymore. Apart from bringing up Tee, I am not contributing to society (I suppose that is an arguable point since I am hopefully nurturing a better member of society), I am not known for any skills, I am not a somebody. I just feel like part of the wallpaper.

This is what being a stay at home mom does to me.

But I wouldn’t change it for anything……..

Because I’ll be damned if little Tee forms an emotional hole!

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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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While we’re still on the money topic….

I just found out that wordpress (the freebie blog platform that I am on) doesn’t support Google Adsense so my first attempt to *ahem* feebly earn an income has spiralled into the bog.

Maybe it’s just not my karma to make money online and I should just stick to what is true to my heart.

BUGGER!

In attempt to console myself, I am glad to hear from the Narcissistic Woman that after a year with Adsense, her monthly cheque was not more than USD85 and the woman probably gets like 400 visitors to her blog per 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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The journey of fat loss

I burned 380 calories this morning on the cross trainer. I had a 400 calorie breakfast. I had a total of 1100 calories today.

If I can keep this up, I have hope.

I learnt the kind of food I should be eating and the portions from here.

Right. NO WONDER I am as heavy as my husband.

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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 root of all evil

Everyone has their own ideologies about money – the all powerful entity that makes our world go round.

Money has shed blood, broken families, stirred contempt, yet brought gratification to many. It also feeds us, clothes us and shelters us – in varying degrees.

How much money do we really need? And how much money do we really want?

How do we go about getting and making money?

The adage that money makes money is fundamental and true but it is not impossible to make money from scratch.

In the following months, we will explore just how.

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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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Make money blogging – really?

The more I read about it, the more curious I get.

I mean, if I could buy a Starbucks by merely writing what I love, that would be pretty cool…..wouldn’t it?

I think I will start experimenting.

What’s there to lose?

Who’s up to throwing advise?

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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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Where am I going?

This has been a nagging cloud of late. Back in my heydays (yes, I did have them – where have they gone???), I had direction. I had purpose. There was a plan. All was well as I approached my estimable life goals. I was a confident, ambitious career woman, set to take on the world on a global scale. I was in control.

I even knew that I would be a working Mother one day, in my designer suits, juggling all factors of my life flawlessly to perfection.

*sigh*

Such idealism. I always knew there was a part of me perpetually in lala-land.

CRASH. BANG. THUD.

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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 mouth of defiance!

Rushing Tee to go to bed tonight as I had a date with a girlfriend (actually, I rush her to bed every night – y’know, I just can’t wait for that moment of peace; it’s like crossing the finishing line of a 10 kilometer marathon. With a GOLD medal.), I yelled out to her to clear MY bed of her toys. She was allowed to sleep with us tonight because I didn’t want to waste time negotiating. My mind was focused on 9.30pm.

“No, YOU keep it. I’m busy right now.”

“Excuse me, young lady. Do NOT talk to me that way and those are YOUR toys, YOUR mess, so you’d better clean it up quick.”

Sensing my authority, she mumbled and grumbled towards my bed and started packing her things away.

Then she came towards me whilst I was looking for what to get changed into and asked, “Whose is this, Mummy?” It was that catty expression that made me look up to see her holding onto my hair accessory.

“It’s mine. You know that.”

“Well, you keep it then.” she hands it to me and walks off with her folded arms.

Hmmph.

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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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CPR for Babies and Toddlers

As promised – a boring but informative post.

First and foremost, babies and toddlers (BT) are made up differently from adults so before you ever touch a BT in distress, read my lesson. Hollywood movies teach us to tilt the unconscious person’s head back and start pumping with both hands and your bodyweight on the victim. Don’t ever do that to a BT. You may end up with Baby Mash. Nasty….

CPR – Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation – used ONLY when someone has lost consciousness and is NOT breathing or when heartbeat/pulse/breath is slowing down. A healthy adult’s pulse is around 60 beats per minute. A healthy baby’s pulse is 120 beats per minute. When someone faints, they are still breathing thus do not need CPR.

When an accident happens or you find a BT slumped over unconscious, first and foremost, check that it is safe to approach and carry the BT into lying down position. Safe to approach means, if the BT looks like he’s been electrocuted, ensure no power is on. If the BT is involved in an accident, ensure no oncoming cars can approach; move dangerous objects away from BT. If oil/hot water is spilled, move BT to safe area. You get the drift. SAFE TO APPROACH.

Next, with 2 fingers, jiggle the BT’s chest lightly and call out their names for a response. Check for breathing and any other signs of life with all your senses. Put your cheek next to his nose to feel his breath. Look at his nostrils if they flair up. Look at his chest if it rises. Try feeling for a pulse on his inner arm at the inner side of the elbow. The pulse of a baby is extremely light so do practise feeling it now when there is no emergency till you become a BT pulse reader pro. The strongest pulse in a BT is felt on the inner thigh joint between the thigh and the groin but in an emergency, it is unlikely you would go there because you would need to remove clothing, diapers etc first, wasting time.

If you cannot feel a pulse or you feel a slow pulse (below 80 and dropping, although in an emergency you probably won’t have the presence of mind to be exact so just make your best guestimate), you need to CALL FOR HELP, then practise ABC – Airways, Breathing, Circulation. Are we OK so far? Remember again – Safe to Approach, Call for Help, ABC.

Get help. Call your husband/wife/mother/neighbour/anyone with some common sense in order for THEM to get the ambulance/hospital because you need to focus your time in saving the BT’s life, not give your address to the hospital. (If you’re in a public place, then just shout for someone to get help and pray they have common sense). For Malaysians, make sure that the nearest hospital’s numbers are programmed into your phone, not 999 or 911 or whatever the emergency number is, if you do not want to risk communication and language problems or worst, deal with snails’ response time. Better still, get the direct line of the emergency department of the hospital to save a transfer from the General Line. Make this number accessible to your emergency gang and for goodness sake, make sure your emergency gang knows your address and directions to your house at the back of their hands. Every second counts here. Brief them in 5 seconds what you think may have happened.

AIRWAYS (A) – You want to gently place two fingers (index and middle fingers) on your BT’s chin and the other hand supporting the top of his head. Shift the chin upwards very, very, very slightly so that the earlobe of the BT is in line horizontally with his shoulder from highest point of shoulder from floor. This is to open the airways of the BT. To check if you are doing this correctly, look for a chest rise NOT a tummy rise, when you breath a tight, surrounding breath into his mouth. You must press your mouth surrounding his mouth or air will escape and not get into his lungs. For newborn babies, your mouth will surround both his mouth and his tiny nose – that’s OK. Just make it tight.

BREATHING (B) – Give the BT TWO rescue breaths i.e. blow twice into his mouth. More often than not, unconsciousness is caused in BTs first and foremost due to failure in the lungs, then the heart, so these two rescue breaths may be all that is needed to revive the BT. After your two rescue breaths, try reviving him again gently with your two fingers and by calling out to him. If still nothing, then that’s when you go on to step C.

CIRCULATION (C) – With a newborn up to one year old plus, place your two fingers again (index and middle) one centimeter below the BT’s nipple line and press five times followed by ONE rescue breath. The amount of pressure to put on the chest is to press down one third of the BT’s body. It may seem harsh but believe me, BT’s are more resilient than you think and don’t worry about breaking any bones as their bodies are still quite spongy and flexible. You need that kind of pressure because you are helping him manually pump his heart. Do the five time pumping and one rescue breath sequence continuously for one minute. Then check his pulse rate again. If there is no sign of improvement, you keep doing this all the way till help arrives. Don’t give up. You can do this for up to 45 minutes plus minus.

If the BT is one year plus up to five years old, use your palm and apply the pressure with the base of your palm near your wrist. Do not lift up and lose contact with body. Keep palm on chest and pump five times followed by one rescue breath. Follow the same sequence above. And don’t forget when you give your rescue breath each time, to put the BT into open airway position or you will be wasting your breaths.

Remember, five pumps to one rescue breath. Five pumps. Rescue breath. Five pumps. Rescue breath. etc……..

The speed in which you do your five pumps is also faster than 1 second per pump since BTs pulse rates are faster.

If possible, go for a course – it is well worth it and you never know when you may save a life.

I hope this has helped. Somewhat.

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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 case of the missing McDonald’s Cheeseburger

After 5 hours of sleep (which is more than I get some days), I did the school run and determinedly headed off to the gym. Half way there, I get a distressed phone call from a friend who’s lost her way and is late to teach a Baby First Aid/CPR course at the Mummy-Baby organisation where I volunteer. I made a detour and offered to bring her there.

Anything to get out of the gym, eh? *bad girl, bad girl*

I sat through the First Aid/CPR class (which I will post later) which I found extremely useful but before the class was over, I looked at the time and shock, horror, I was late in picking Tee up from school!

Driving like a fearless teenager on speed knowing no danger, I raced every car on the road till I screeched the brakes at Tee’s school. I have always promised her that I will not be late, you see. And she has reminded me many a time at that.

Thankfully, bless her heart, Tee’s best friend at school and Mom waited with her in class till that mad woman with hair that came straight out of the washing machine spin cycle showed up. Me.

Tee was sooooooooo happy to see me. In whatever state I was. That is true love, ladies and gentlemen.

And of course, I hadn’t even thought of what to feed her for lunch by then so we impulsively made a trip to hamburger city.

Bad move.

There were no parking spots at peak hour lunch so I double parked (Sshhh….) and explained to Tee that we couldn’t eat in despite her really wanting to because there were no parking spots and if we parked here where the yellow line is, the police would take our car away. As quick as I could, snatched her out of the car seat, banged fists for burgers; almost stumbled with toddler, bags and burgers on the way out, then arrived back at car.

Then.

“I want to eat my burger now. I’m hungwy…”

“No, let’s eat it when we get home. It’s only 5 minutes.”

“Can I drink my Milo now?”

“Hurry, Tee…get in. Put your safety belt on. NOW.”

“I need to eat my burger NOW. I’m hungwy, Mama!”

Then.

As I hurriedly belted her up with my hippo ass sticking out of the backseat, a big tall burly man with an earing and an unfriendly, mean face approached us. Slow motion. Shit. My eyes met his as my hands fumbled on the belts (note to self – time to practise baby seat belt with eyes closed). My eyes did not leave him, and he walked composedly right past us. Slow motion.

Finally, when he was ten feet away from the car, my eyes diverted to the blasted seat belt. Click. All of me bounced into the driver’s seat, causing the car suspension to falter, then click again for the car lock.

Check pulse rate. I am dripping with sweat. Then from behind,

“Mummy!!! I need my cheeseburger!”

By now, I had stopped worrying of smeared cheeseburger on my car. I unwrapped the yellow and red plastic wrap and heard giggles behind.

We drove home whilst my mind loaded itself with a million unimaginable thoughts and all the things that I must not forget this week. Bloody traffic. Between pendulum swings of driving concentration and sneaking peeks at the baby mirror to check on Tee, my fingers tapped as I counted the minutes before we got home. It seemed like a lot more. All is cool behind for the next 15 minutes.

Then.

“Mummy, I dropped my cheeseburger!”

“Well, I’m driving honey. I guess you can kiss your burger goodbye.”

“But I need my cheeseburger. Can you get it for me, please? I’m hungwy…”

“Tee, Mummy’s driving right now. You will just have to wait. Anyway, you can’t eat that anymore. It’s dirty. I’ll give you Mummy’s burger when we get home, OK?

“No. I want MY cheeseburger. It’s not dirty….Daddy washed the car already.”

“I want my cheeseburger..!!! I WANT MY CHEESEBURGER!!”

Great. Exactly what I needed.

I practised my contortionist moves and tried searching for the fucking burger at the next red light. Negative. The whining continued. My ears could take it no longer. After I raised my voice over some private conversation between us, I pulled over at a taxi shoulder, climbed into the backseat to look for the fucking dropped cheeseburger.

“Where did you drop it?” My search got more frantic.

“Down there!”

“I can’t find it. Are you sure you dropped it? Where? Where exactly?”

“There!” She pointed but I gave up and got back into the driver’s seat. The whining escalated. I asked her if she had thrown her burger out of the window but don’t remember the window ever opening unless in my stressed state of mind actually missed the sound of wind heaving in. She started crying and begging me to find her cheeseburger because she was ‘apparently’ wayly hungwy. There was nothing more I could do but to focus and continue our journey home.

All this time. My mind was working hard to crack the code of the missing burger. We arrived home. I unlocked her and began the search for her dropped burger again. I must have removed the floor mat ten times. I looked under her car seat. I checked every nook in the back seat. I finally grabbed our bags and asked her if she would like some chips instead?

“OK!!” she grabbed the whole pack of chips and headed towards the lift door. Why didn’t I fucking think of that earlier?! DUH…

I came in to unload the bags only to discover that they had missed out on MY fries! Not that I am a fan of fries but I paid for it. I resorted to calling the store to complain, to finally yell at somebody. Really, really yell. But I realised I didn’t even have the fucking receipt to get a phone number and really couldn’t be arsed to search another source. A few minutes later, I found my fries which they didn’t leave out after all. Shit. I was really losing it.

When the Hubs got home that night, I told him that he might find a piece of cheeseburger in the car and related the events of the day. Before I could even finish, he disapprovingly rushed off to search for the missing cheeseburger (a stickler for no mess, no dropped food and no dirt. We have a toddler, like HELLO?). 15 minutes later, he was back. He couldn’t find it either.

We formed the conclusion that the only logical explanation for the case of the missing cheeseburger is that Tee had eaten it all up.  

For sure.

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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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Worshipping your Chinese Ancestors – Cheng Beng

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Every year we go back to Kota Bharu during Cheng Beng to pay our respects to the Hub’s grandparents who have passed on. This year Tee got to come along and had a swell time helping us.

The routine is to clean out the graveyard site, then place food and whatever else the person whose grave is likes, or should I say used to like, and then pray to the tombstone. On the grave itself, we cover the whole grave with gold paper (symbolic of wealth/money – I think!), topped up with flowers and fragrant leaves.

The reason Tee is holding a spade is because we had to pour sand and rocks over the ‘paper money’ to keep it all from flying off into the wind.

Tee had a great time and worked really hard. It was her first time ‘meeting’ and ‘speaking’ to her Great Granparents. She now only has one last living Great Grandmother (my Gran).

I know….it sounds morbid.

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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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Kuala Lumpur on a bad day

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Ladies and Gentlemen,

Directly to the left of the lamp post, stands the majestic Petronas Twin Towers of Kuala Lumpur. Only you cannot see it on this hazy day. It disappears into the clouds, soaring to great aeroplane heights. So if an aeroplane were to crash into it, can we really blame the pilot?

This was taken along Jalan Tun Razak crossing a flyover around the National Library area.

A picture really does paint a thousand words. Doesn’t it?

Bleach.

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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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Laughter, the best medicine

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We go through this on a daily basis. 

Actually, it happens for the most part of our day.

For the muscles strength and toning, weight lifting exercise is done. Different types of bars are used for muscles building. One such form is curl bar which have many curls and used for isolating development of muscles. Another form is olympic bar which are made sturdy and accommodate any condition or body type.

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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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You know your toddler has reached a developmental milestone

…..when she allows you to have a crap all by yourself.

For the last 2 and a half years of her life, Tee never liked being alone. What more, she’d rather be stuck in a cubicle of tarantulas with such a stench than be alone, most especially in a thunderstorm. She isn’t called my shadow for nothing.

Today there was a thunderstorm. We were in the living room doing whatever we do and suddenly, I felt the urge. I told her that I had to go and asked if she’d like to follow me or wait out here.

“No, no…Mummy, you can’t go!! I’m scared of the thunder!”

“Whaddya mean I can’t go? I can’t control these things! You decide. Are you in or out?”

Like a little girl who’d blossomed overnight into a young lady, she announced, “I’ll wait outside in the bedroom. I will bring my toy.”

So she follows me into the bedroom with her ABC machine and tells me rather politely that she will wait for me on my bed. Really? Nodding rather self-assuredly. Yes, really.

“I don’t want to smell stinky poo!” she exclaimed with her little fingers wriggling in front of her nose.

Oh my God!

This is my passport to freedom! I’ve got to start having daily craps now. Hey, maybe twice or thrice daily! I’d bring my laptop, ipod, junk food, nail polish and just hang out!

Now if only my bathroom was that of the Peninsula Hong Kong penthouse gazing the views of the ocean.

*sigh*

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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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Separation Anxiety at Playschool – part deux

I swear by this theory.

I spent close to 10 days observing Tee’s playschool when she first started and observed the whole play of what experts define as separation anxiety. In particular, I observed the kids who had one parent carers, that is to say, they have been with only one carer from the day they were born, hence know none the better about being left with anyone else.

From what I observed, kid’s actually settle quite quickly into the new environment, considering all else is good, but only make a play of Mama’s attention that they get physically and mentally abused at playschool. For the first and second day, and sometimes the third but rarely, the kid goes into shock and clings onto the carer with claws, even drawing blood, the instant they realise they are about to be flung into Darth Vader’s dungeons.

Here the school plays a part depending on how creatively their Princess Leia’s have been trained. What they usually do is tear the child from the carer, then distract the child, except that some refuse to be distracted just like Tee. A point to note is that the person who tears the child away should NOT be the class teacher that you want the child to bond with. Get them to use someone else, another teacher, the cleaner, the garbage man. It is important that the class teacher becomes the GOOD guy who saves and protects the child from Darth Vader’s dungeon. Be prepared that you will see a look on your child’s face that you have never seen before. A look of horror. A look that penetrates deeply from the soul of their eyes, and cuts into your heart strings and twists them like a clothes wringer……

Fear not. It is only temporary. Fifteen minutes max. The child will scream and all hell breaks loose. But only for fifteen minutes after you leave. Then throughout the day, there will be intermitent sobs for five minute intervals, but for most part, the child is actually curious with the fun that the rest of the kids are having. Teachers usually make the children draw pictures of their carers and talk about their carers when the child starts sobbing and missing their carers. As long as they have one loving person beside them to console them, they will be fine.

From the fourth day onwards, and up to a whole year, your child may still cling on to you and cry everytime she gets dropped off but I assure you, it lasts only for as long as you are there.

If you do not believe me, send in a videocamera to record the class or better still, get the school to install CCTVs where you can observe from the comforts of your home.

No shit.

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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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Earn an income from home online

That’s a fantasy of mine.

Now that I’ve settled into Motherhood slipping farther and farther away from the corporate world, I wonder when my next income will materialise. If ever.

For the last four years that I have not stepped into an office, I have been doing bits and bops to put some money into the bank. But it’s pittance. Not even a quarter of what I used to earn before. What hope left is there for Moms like myself?

I read abundantly on the internet about people making it big online but it sounds too good to be true. Even if I were to make some big bucks eventually online, I’ll bet it doesn’t come quite as easy as it sounds. I’ll bet that to make that kind of money, you’d have to be working 12-16 hour days. So it is no different then from having a ‘real’ job. Almost.

So I’ve almost come to the conclusion that there are no short cuts. If you want to be a Mother, you cannot earn a sizeable income. That’s just the reality of it. If you did, then surely time would cut into your Motherhood role.

Am I right?

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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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