Youth Cooking Competition

It finally happened. Me and my brilliant idea of a cooking competition for my Mother’s birthday. I really needed to see how far today’s youngsters were willing to go to make an elderly (not that you’re old, mom…) happy and I was curious how they’d fare in the kitchen. The results as follows:-

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Chocolate Surprise by Me, me, me!!! It was a BIG hit, dish was cleaned out. But because it was dessert, it couldn’t really compete with the rest but my Mother knows what a great cook I am anyway. Ahem…

This is the best chocolate cake ever, topped with chocolate mousse/or pudding, then thick cream, then whipped cream, then diced Toblerone chocolate with strawberries and chocolate sprinkles. Refridgerated. Heaven….I could tell everyone was having chocolate orgasms all over my tiny apartment. Heaven and orgasms? Mmmm…..

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This is Chilli Chicken, an old time favourite family dish cooked by my Grandmother. Chilli Chicken is a Portuguese dish cooked purely with dried chillies and vinegar. It is an acquired taste and sends the backside burning (those kinky Portuguese!). I had cravings for this when I was pregnant (ate it every week, straight from the fridge, straight from the wok, whatever, as long as I had it) hence perhaps why my daughter is so fiesty and fiery *sigh*. My grandmother usually makes the best chilli chicken in the entire family but this time round it wasn’t so good. Maybe because she is now 85 years old or maybe because she had to cook this in the dark. Yup, there was a power outage when she was cooking this yet she chose to continue. Bless her heart.

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This was overcooked by my beloved brother. He is 31 years old, does NOT cook but found this Thai scallop vegetable dish from the internet. It was NASTY!!! Not only was it not finished, we threw it out. We kept asking him why it was so sour and he kept defending himself saying it was THAI. Well, it tasted more like errr…..7 day old fishball and beans gone off. EWE…so he has resigned to bringing the KFC bucket for our next pot luck.

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This beef strips and vegetable dish was also overcooked by my brother’s girlfriend. She apologised for the overkill on corn starch but the brocolli and carrots were a little soggy soaked too. Tasted alright, just didn’t feel perfect. 6 out of 10.

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This was a very interesting Chinese wine vegetable dish cooked by a close family friend who also does not cook. It tasted great but was a little overcooked because we nuked it just before serving, perhaps a little too much. It comprised red peppers, shitake mushrooms, ginko, Chinese red seeds, peas, snow peas, ginger and crisp radish.

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Cashewnut prawns cooked by another family friend of 31 years old who ALSO does not cook (now you know why I had the competition – they ALL don’t cook! HAHAHA). It was a winner (with my help….). The participant got the cashew nut chicken recipe off the internet and substituted it with prawns. When she looked into the recipe which said 1 onion, then saw in my kitchen that I had so many different kinds of onions, went into a little panic *roll eyeballs*. Then she asked me if she needed to marinade the prawns first. Huh? Lucky for her, I helped her but unlucky for her there were protests that she didn’t clean and peel the prawns herself. So she got disqualified.

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Thai mango salad cooked by my Mother’s maid. A little heavy on the fish sauce otherwise OK.

There was one more dish not featured here, a great Indian curry chicken (the winner by default) because it arrived late and I was too busy digging into the food by then. It was very spicy, just the way I like it and had like 15 different spices and a LOT of onions. Yum……

All in all, it was a fun evening with some conclusions made that today’s youth (those that surround me anyway) spend way too much time hanging out at cafes and restaurants. I’m sure they all learnt something about themselves after this.

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I leave you with my daughter singing Happy Birthday to my Mother just before we ended the evening with Pictionary and Charades. Thank God there were no complaints from the neighbours!

PLUS Mom said it was the best birthday party she’s ever had despite the huge surprise birthday bash we organised for her at a hotel penthouse for her 50th birthday with a hundred people dressed in themed outfits, emcee, music machine, tons of coordination etc. It was like a mini wedding! Yet, it was this simple labour of love from loved ones who went out of their way to do something they never do, that clinched her heart. It was funny. Watching people who don’t usually cook, cook for the first time, is damn funny. 

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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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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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Fat lady Insomnia

5am – I am not asleep.

Tomorrow:-

830am blood results arrive

930am window blinds supplier comes in for measurement

11am kid’s birthday party to attend

1600 help/supervise amateur chef’s cook in my kitchen

1800 final touches on my chocolate surprise dish

1900 guests arrive with their dishes – I’m holding a cooking competition. It’s my Mother’s birthday and she is the JUDGE!!!

2200 make sure Tee is in bed. Keep myself awake with lots of caffeine.

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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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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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Validation of a good day

7 blog posts in one evening. See?

Definitely a good 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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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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Some days are sane, some days are not

Today was a sane day. I could live with days like that. There have been moments where I’ve told the Hubs, “I can’t do this anymore. I’m not cut out for this. Help me….I need an outlet. Let me get back to work. Something. Anything!”

Yes. I’ve been that desperate.

Then days like today come. And I tell myself, all is above water. No sweat.

I gave Tee my almost all today. It’s funny how when I decide to give her my almost all, she doesn’t seem to be so demanding. I went through the alphabet book with her because SHE wanted to. So she tried writing her alphabet till she got bored. Then she did some stickers. We did her giant jigsaw puzzle one and a half times. Then I read her some stories. After lunch, we made cake together till she wanted to cut hearts.

My blood didn’t bubble at all today. How I wish I could have more days like these.

……………………..Zen……………………….

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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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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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Pee on Hearts

Whilst I was busy baking my mother’s birthday cake today (yeah, the cost of medical bills this month threw all plans to buy a cake out of the window. It was that bad.), Tee ran up with some blue paper that she’d rummaged from our study asking me to draw some hearts on it. She said she wanted to cut out hearts. Not thinking anything of it and wanting her to LEAVE ME ALONE, I did as instructed and left it at that; reminding her to be careful with her scissors.

Later, she came along again to ask me to help her open her glue stick. Again, I didn’t bother thinking she probably wanted to do her usual sticking paper onto paper.

But then for quite awhile, there was no pesky disturbances, no attention whining, no royal requests. Just the pitter patter of little feet running to and fro the washroom and the living room, which gave me a hint she was up to something.

So when I finally put the cake into the oven, washed my hands and went in search for her, I was greeted with an extremely excited toddler, chuffed as hell on her play potty (which she has never used).

And then I noticed the blue hearts stuck onto the pink potty…..

And then I saw the book where she got the idea from…..

What can I say? I thought it was SO cute…….she was SO proud of herself.

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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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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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Caught in the act

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This is Tee’s class on a Friday. They usually have uniform but this week is book week and they were asked to come in their favourite book characters. Tee was out partying the night before hence the yawn….can you see???

Hang on! Wait! What’s she doing now?

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Oh Lord, woman! Please don’t follow my footsteps. Certainly NOT at two and a half!!!

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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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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 little mermaid….

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Tee doing her best mermaid pose under duress…

And then came the protests…”Are we done yet?!!”

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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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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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Printing onto a mug can make you commit crime!

2 weeks ago, I walked into the neighbourhood print shop to order a mug for my mother’s birthday. It was to be a present for my mother from Tee. I had selected 2 cute photographs of Tee to be printed onto the mug and told the counter guy what I wanted in DETAIL. That is to say….I pre-selected the font, the colour, the font size, the font direction and the mug. I do this because I am an architect. I’ve been in marketing. I am a designer. I know what I want. I know EXACTLY what I want. And I also know that if I don’t spell it out CLEARLY in DETAIL, I would NOT get what I want. I was told it would be ready in 3 days.

7 days later, I went to pick up the mug. The mug was chipped. The words were in the wrong direction. The photos were not big enough leaving a lot of white space. I was totally dissatisfied with it. And it showed. I asked them to redo it. I didn’t mind paying for another mug but there was just no way I was going to give such an ugly mug as a present. I also offered to pay for the ugly mug despite the mistake, being the kind sucker that I am. Feeling bad, they gave me a discount.

I then suggested that I review the design of the mug after they inserted the images before it went to print and asked if we had time as I needed it latest by this Friday (today). Very well. I was told to come back in 2 days. I went back in 3 days and waited a whole 2 hours for the shop to open. When it finally did, the guy who serviced me was invincible. So I asked the visible guy about the mug design. Of course, in true Malaysian fashion, he didn’t have a clue. Obviously communication wasn’t a big prerequisite of this print shop. So I made him call the invincible guy who eventually rushed to work. Late. After waiting 2 hours, what was another half hour….

“Oh, can you please walk around? I’ll get it done now.”

“Whaddya mean you’ll get it done now? You were supposed to have done it by Monday night!!!”

“Yeah, err…I had so many problems. You know, my printer wasn’t working….and then…blah blah blah….”

You know, what does creating a design have to do with a bloody printer? The prick thinks he’s dealing with a lemon. I know exactly what it takes to create an artwork in the software that he was using and here he was spinning me a tale.

The fact of the matter was, I was given a date that it would be done. I had gone all the way to see it. It wasn’t done. I was mad. So he quickly resolved our dilemma and offered to email it to me. Fine. I asked again if it could be done by Friday. No problem.

I got the email that very day, approved it and emailed back to say go ahead and print. I did not hear back and wondered if all was going ahead. Assumingly so.

Apparently NOT. I went to pick up the mug today and GUESS WHAT??? It was not ready!!!!

The idiot said I had not come back to confirm the order. So I brought up the email and he asked how I could rely on email, what if he hadn’t received it? I should have called. WHAT THE FUCK???!!!! The bugger has so much time to loiter about with his young Malay girlfriend but has no time to work on my mug!

I totally lost it in front of Tee and some other customers and started talking very calmly, firmly and sarcastically to the bugger who by then began arguing with me to try and turn things around. So instead of arguing further which was going to get us nowhere, I gave him one last chance to resolve the matter. He said he could either go to the headquarters right now and get it within the hour or to come back tomorrow at half eleven.

Well, I had to rush home to put Tee to bed so I couldn’t wait another frigging hour and the next day, we had a birthday party in the morning and then my Mother’s birthday party in the evening. Quite a busy day. But nevertheless, I told him I’d collect it tomorrow and walked out. When I asked him to deliver it to my place, the bugger said it was out of the way. For your information, I live 8 kilometres away (a 5-8 minute drive). We shall see if they charge me for it tomorrow.

I have half the mind to call up the owner and get the bugger sacked!

When we walked back to our car, the Hubs asked why we were diverting. I told him that it was because if I saw the little fucker’s face, I would kill him. And it wasn’t something I wanted to do before my Mother’s birthday.

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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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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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Sharing toys – Don’t Undermine Your Kid

What do you do when your kid snatches a toy away from another kid or vice versa?

For the longest time, I’ve made Tee give in. Give in to anything. Just because it is the simple solution. If she takes a toy away from another, I make her give it back. If someone else takes a toy from her, I tell her to play with another toy. For the most part, it has worked. She may grumble a little but I can usually whip up a story good enough to make her forget the old toy. I know some mothers who just remove the toy in question so both parties are denied.

But since that boy punched my daughter at the Thomas the Tank Bouncy Castle at BSC, I’ve been thinking…..

Why didn’t I take action there and then because I really regret it now. I guess I was just stressed by the situation and it seemed like everything happened so fast. She was bawling and all I wanted to do was comfort her so comfort her I did.

But what COULD I have done? The boy’s parents weren’t there. They were hidden away and did not see what happened. Would I have scolded the boy? Would I have told his parents to sort him out? Would I have punched him back (BOY, is that what I want to do right now!) What do you do?

So I had a chat with my paeditrician, the child psychologist. The professional says that I should not undermine my child. If Tee had the toy first, then I should make the other kid wait for XXX amount of time, then make Tee share it once she is done. Likewise, if someone else has the toy first, Tee has to wait XXX amount of time before she can play with it.

The question then is, what is XXX amount of time?

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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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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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Depression – A Mommy’s Burnout

You know you have it when you don’t feel like lifting a finger to do anything. I mean….. ANYTHING.

I have tons to do. A house to sell. A house to rent. A proposal to pitch. Some articles to write. A house to clean. Some furniture to design. A house to organise. Food to cook. Emails to send. Phone calls to make. Oh, and a kid to raise. Friends don’t even come into the picture. Nor myself.

I’ve been feeling lifeless for about 2 months now and today was the black bang (you know, when you hit the bottom of the hole….).

I struggled out of bed this morning. Again. Then struggled to get Tee to drink her milk. She didn’t finish it but I didn’t have any energy left so I packed her off to school without breakfast. She wouldn’t eat. I don’t know what else to do.

I parked a distance away from my destination thinking I’d save some money AND get some exercise. The blinking shop I was visiting wasn’t open till 11am so I hung around and had breakfast. Alone.

When the time came, the guy who serviced me wasn’t there. When he finally arrived, the work he was supposed to have completed by YESTERDAY, wasn’t done. Did I flip? You bet.

Picked Tee up from school and rushed her to the dentist. Again she fought lunch. I am so tired of these food fights. So the dentist discovers a mega huge cavity in her lower right molar. A big hole visible with my naked eye. My mother, who was present because they had the same appointment, acted surprised that Tee had too much candy. My mother, the grandmother who feeds Tee in one day – a Bob the Builder Lolly (size 7×3 cm), 15 chocolate balls (size 2cm diameter), 25 Hershey’s versions of M&Ms, a cup of fresh whipped cream, a Chuppa Chup Lolly and 2 Jelly Beans. IN ONE DAY. Within 5 hours. Then the kid can’t sleep. Then the kid can’t wake up. It’s a viscious cycle I hate.

Then when it’s my mom’s turn at the dentist’s chair, she tells him she has ACC. Her tone is patronising and she spits, “To put it bluntly, my cancer is terminal.”

What the fuck was THAT about?

It made me realise that my Mother is very alone in this fight for her life. She obviously feels she needs some pity but I just don’t know how to dish it out. How?

To make matters worst, some bigger kid punched Tee in the face whilst she climbed up the bouncy castle at the mall. There was a bruise and a scratch on her nose. I didn’t see it happen so I didn’t do anything, which I now regret. I was mad at the Bouncy Castle lady because I said I didn’t really want Tee going in it because it looked like she was a lot younger than the rest and she reassured me that there were some even younger than Tee and it wasn’t a problem at all. Sure enough as soon as she stepped in, she got punched. I got a refund.

My mother’s parking ticket wouldn’t register at the paying machine. La didadida…..she gets into a really foul mood every time she visits a dentist as her cancer is at the tongue area and holding her mouth open for any length of time is pure torture. After walking to the ticketing office to sort her spastic ticket out, the ticket wouldn’t work again at the boom gate. She started yelling at the innocent security guard who got so terrified, he opened the boom gate immediately for her without any checks. Mind you this is a mall where women have been abducted and murdered.

I forgot to add….my Mother also came down after her dental treatment to yell at the Bouncy Castle people for not operating professionally enough and causing her precious grandaughter grievous harm (her version). Only that the person she scolded was totally innocent as well – he had just changed work shifts with the previous lady. Nevertheless, he got the disappointed attention of all the surrounding shopkeepers. And shoppers.

For some reason, I had like 8 heavy bags to carry out when I arrived home. What the fucking fuck! And 3 had to be carried out immediately because they had to be refridgerated. Tee was asleep. I tried waking her because I was mad at her for sleeping at the wrong time. You know how it is? Eat at lunch. Eat at lunch. Eat at lunch. Nooooooooooooo. Then 2 hours later, “Mummy, I’m hungwy. I need to eat now. I’M HUNGWY!!!” Same thing. She wouldn’t wake. So I struggled with her on one arm and the 3 heavy bags and the car keys and the house keys and using my toes to open doors and press lifts, I did this all with a smile. Sweating like a wrestler on WWF. Or is it WWC?

I throw her onto bed, dump the groceries into the fridge and head down for round two. Once all is settled, I sit and stare into space. I feel sad. I feel bushed. I feel overwhelmed. I feel tired. I ask myself…..when. I stare into space till Tee wakes two hours later. Then I put on my happy face and we have a shower. I ask her what she’d like for dinner as I’d not planned anything and she happily suggested we go out for dinner.

So whilst we’re chatting away in the car, I miss a turn and we end up in Chow Kit (prostitute city) and I am worried. I don’t know the area and it is filled with one way streets and dead end cul de sacs. I call the Hubs for directions. I panic and Tee panics. The area is clearly different from what we’re used to. She is suddenly quiet and helps me with directions as per the Hubs. When I finally find my way out, I rejoice and we start our banter again. I told her Mummy wasn’t concentrating hence why we got lost.

The little imp sniped, “Concentrate next time, then!” To think that SHE was the bane of my concentration or lack of.

After Tee sleeps, I tell the Hubs I am depressed. “So am I! You think I have anytime for anything???” 

WRONG ANSWER.

He starts getting defensive. I start recoiling.

Then as true soulmates, we talk. We talk and I realise that my husband is still the only person on this planet who can talk me out of the blues and actually make me feel happy. The old grouch still has his magic. I hope he has it forever.

x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x

Tomorrow is another 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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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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Super Healthy Fish & Vegetable Pasta

I modified this dish ala Annabel Karmel (who is great with baby/toddler food) and it turned out real yum, not only for Tee but for the Hubs. So here it is if you want a really nutritious meal for baby that tastes fantastic enough for Papa. Apologies that it is not in conventional recipe format but this is coming out of my head direct. 🙂 And I admit. I am a lazy arse.

1 piece of lemon sole fish 200g poached in 150ml milk with 10 peppercorns, chopped parsley and coriander plus some spring onions, if desired. Remove the cooked fish and keep milk liquid aside.

Cook leek (5 inches) in a dollop of butter. Then add in chopped up carrots (half a carrot), broccoli (8 sprigs) and 1 chopped up tomatoe. Add water just enough to cover vegetables and boil till vegetables go soft (15-20 minutes). Boil some pasta shells (5 fistfuls) separately. Grate 50g of cheddar cheese.

Once vegetables are cooked, combine vegetable water with fish liquid and simmer. Turn off fire and stir in cheese to melt. Then pour in vegetable mix, pasta and flaked fish and mix, mix, mix. Add black pepper, salt and chilli flakes (if you wish – I am an addict). VOILA!!! Delicious.

Recipe makes enough for 2 adults and 1 toddler. It offers more than your daily dose of Vitamin A and C, 65% of your iron and calcium requirement, lots of fibre and low in salt.

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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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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 Little Miss Bossy Boots!

Tee invited a school friend round today. The girl had been asking Tee for the last few days if she could come over so we finally invited her. She came with her Mommy and her elder 5 year old sister.

The girls had a blast playing really hard and drinking lots of Ribena and eating more snack at wipe out pace than I could dish out.

Whilst I frantically prepared more grapes, I heard a scream.

Then a wailing cry. I immediately popped my head out of the kitchen to check if Tee was OK only to be shocked that it was the 5 year old that was crying. Oh dear…..did the two under threes’ cause this?

The other Mommy was already on the way to find out what the problem was. Apparently, younger sister had pulled away a stethoscope from elder sister whilst they were in her ears. Okaaaaaaayyyyyy………

So the Mommy starts warning them that they need to play together and share toys. All this while the two girls in the toy tussle kept interrupting their mother in explaining themselves whilst my little Tee looked on, turning her head to each voice that spoke. Then the Mother tells younger sister to return the thing to elder sister and goes on and on in an authoritative tone of voice, and at one point said, “If you two girls cannot learn to play together, I shan’t bring you to Tee’s house anymore!”

“YES. This is MY HOUSE. This is MY TOY!!!” sprung a tiny familiar voice trying hard to be important.

I burst out laughing in the kitchen and the Mother who was quickly prompted by Tee continued, “Yes. This is Tee’s house and this is Tee’s toy so you shouldn’t even be fighting over it in the first place. I am giving the toy back to Tee now.”

When I popped my head out of the kitchen again, little Miss Bossy Boots had both her hands on her waist with a smug expression on her little round face still observing the trio debate.

What a little opportunist!

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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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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 Pet Peeve of mine

For as long as I can remember, I simply CANNOT stand it if somebody comes over my shoulder to read the newspaper that I’m reading; or grazes my arm to peer into the magazine as I turn the pages, or watches my pen move as I write or sketch. I don’t mind giving it to you if you want to read it first but I do NOT want to read it together!

Same applies with my laptop. I do not like people curiously watching what I type or where I go in cyberspace. You can check back later if you need to know or read what I write later but for now, PLEASE! Just leave me alone!!!

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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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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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Advanced toddler speech

I took Tee for her Hepatitis A jab yesterday and her Paeditrician was really impressed at her level of speech. She is forming grammatically correct sentences of 7-10 words and he was just like “WOW!!!”

I wasn’t sure how to feel. Pride would be the most natural thing to feel, right? But I didn’t feel anything.

I guess it is because I believe that any kid would be just as advanced with his/her speech if his/her parents spoke up to them and not use ‘baby’ language. When I was single and babyless, I remember being terribly impressed with my friend’s four year old girl using the word irritating. My goodness! That is such a big word for a little girl, I exclaimed to my friend who laughed explaining she told her daughter frequently not to be irritating.

But now little Tee at two and a half years old, uses four syllable words in the correct context all the time. Words like observation, stationary, invincible, necessary. No wonder people fall off their chair sometimes when they hear her speak! Her pronounciation’s not quite there yet though. She cannot pronounce her ‘L’s and ‘R’s still so it’s quite cute and funny when she speaks. Also hospital recently gets muddled up as ‘hostipal’.

I guess making the effort to talk continuously to a baby really does pay off.

Bloody exhausting!!!

But if you want a toddler that talks a LOT, start talking now to that baby in the womb. Non-stop!

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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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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 view outside my Lanai

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This is my Lanai – the covered indoor balcony that looks out into lush greenery, the reason we bought this place. We used to have lots of parties here sans baby. It is very cool being next to the jungle and in the evenings, there is no need for air-conditioning nor the fan. The view is so stunning, one can just sit on a lazy chair and watch the squirrels, birds or monkeys on trees. After Tee came along, we used it as a breakfast area, reading space and chatting corner.

Now Tee has overtaken the space to put her new toy which I shall show you soon. It takes up half the Lanai. And definitely blocks the view out!

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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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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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Tee’s Playground – part 1 of 3

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This is Tee’s play area – one of…..She is the luckiest girl on the block. Practially everything here has been given to her by her Nana or presents from Birthdays – just in case you were wondering what an over-indulgent Mom I am. I only buy her books. The Hubs made her the petrol tank that you see on the extreme right with the ESSO logo. It’s made out of foam board and a plumbing hose. She uses it to fill up her car. She also has a bicycle. She is awaiting a motorbike. We don’t even have space for her to ride around in her vehicles yet…..she will be getting a motorbike. There are already 2 other vehicles – a fire engine and an animal bus. The motorbike will add to the grand vehicle total of five. We don’t live in a house. People who have been here lately say my home has more toys than a kindergarten.

Someone stop my mother, 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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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 should have been a Doctor

I always wanted to be a Doctor. I wanted to be a Doctor because I wanted to be in control of life. Medical life.

As a young girl, I had several ailments – sinusitis, asthma, hemaphlegic migraines, stomach cramps, anaemia. I saw a lot of Doctors. Throughout my life, I always seemed to have some medical problem or other. I got tired of depending on Doctors and wanted to be one myself.

Yet when I finally signed that UCCA form for University application, it was not Medicine I had applied for but Architecture. 90% of my A-Level class were applying for Medicine. What happened? I decided I was too lazy to mug for a whole 6 years. Laziness is in my genes. I am more a thinker, an analyst. So the thought of reading and reading and reading…..completely put me off. Little did I know that Architecture took 7 years albeit 2 are training years. If I had known, I probably would’ve stuck with Medicine. I certainly had the Grades for it.

I spent RM500 on Doctors today. Mind you, I’d already spent close to that 2 weeks ago on Doctors. If I was a Doctor, I’d be getting free consultation and discounted medication. And I may not even have to have seen so many Doctors.

Nose cauterisation – painful. The Doctor never warned me that once it was cauterised that the problem wouldn’t recur. He told me AFTER the procedure that it may recur. Hell, if I’d known, then I wouldn’t have put myself through it! He wasn’t a very good Doctor. He gave me medicine without teling me what it was for or how long I should use it. He said it was painless. It was not. My nose still hurts today.

Twisted Ankle – the problem is improving. The Doctor sent me for physiotherapy but do you know that it cost RM110 per 30 minute session and they wanted me to come 3 times a week for a month? I told them straight that I couldn’t afford it so tough shit, ankle! So the Doctor made me buy some special slipper today for house use. It helps. And he told me to get more Birkenstocks – ouch! I have flat feet. Period. And I need to lose weight.

Thyroid problem – still awaiting results.

PAP Smear – to make appointment.

I should have been a Doctor.

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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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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After watching Spiderman 3

I take back what I said about our DPM’s wife. I really shouldn’t judge or comment. I came to this after watching Spiderman who said “We have a choice, to be good or bad.”

I choose to be good.

Although it’s so much easier to be bad. MUAHAHAHAHAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!

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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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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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Protective Mother

I got news today that there have been FOUR ‘incidents’ outside Tee’s school in the last 2 months. House opposite was robbed at knifepoint, maid’s bag outside school got snatched, mother in car waiting for kid with engine on got mugged, teacher’s car got stolen. WTF! So the school has stationed THREE security guards outside the school.

FOUR units at my apartment block have been robbed too. At broad daylight. And we have a handful of security guards doing their rounds throughout the day. And we pay RM700 a month to the management for WHAT???

It is not news to me that the bad guys are targetting Mothers and Babies EVERYWHERE IN KL. And if you think it wouldn’t happen to you, think again because it has already happened to more than a handful of mothers I know, in various locations – while strapping the kid into their car seats, while crossing the road, while shopping, while dining. Mothers are easy targets and the buggers have caught on.

Whilst I know I cannot watch my two and a half year old’s every move, I am still concerned. Very, very concerned.

What happens when petty theft like this happens and the assailant gets caught? He gets thrown into jail for 6 months. That’s it. Big shit. He gets free food and accommodation for 6 months, then he’s out free to start disrupting society again. No wonder it is so rampant in big city KL!

Think. Think. What can I do? What can I do? What can we do to make KL a safer place? What can we do to ensure the safety of Mothers and Babies? Think. Think.

Ideas welcome. I’m desperate. I want to do something.

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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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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Is the grass really greener???

There are times when I tell myself enough is enough – I really want to live somewhere else.

Times like today.

I got news about a road accident I witnessed yesterday on my way to work. For some reason, God has given me the spy camera eye for witnessing accidents because I seem to be doing a lot of that in the last year. Or maybe, there are just so many fucking accidents in Malaysia that one just brushes it off, you know…..like taking a dump. Whichever. Whatever.

Yesterday. On my way to work on a Public Holiday, there was a traffic jam on the highway just outside my home. What the fuck. I’m going to be late! As I drove closer, I saw policemen, ambulances, tons of curious Malaysians and 1 dead body. He was an old Indian man in his 50s, black wavy hair, dark grey office shirt with black pants. Sprawled on the ground. Definitely dead. You might wonder why I can describe him or why I even looked – it was because the cars in front of me weren’t moving and in a stationary car, I was as nosy as the next person. I also happen to have a photographic memory.

He didn’t look like one of those psychotic Mat Rempits (illegal Malaysian motorbike racers) who fly down the highways ala Superman with their legs straight back in the air and bellies perched on bike seats. He didn’t look like a burly, rough, Harley rider who drank Guinness and has black leather as skin. Nor was he an innocent, underaged lad trying out his Daddy’s bike unknowingly without a helmet. No. He looked like a decent, responsible man with a decent job and responsibilities. But of course, looks can be deceiving.

It must’ve been a recent accident as they hadn’t yet covered his body as they normally do with dead bodies. Yet I was perplexed that if it had been recent, then how is it there were already 2 ambulances present? (familiarity with Malaysian response time to emergencies, which I hear is miles better than the Indonesians – but that’s another story) So I remember that it is because the nearest hospital to the accident site is only 5 minutes away. But of course…we couldn’t have progressed this fast.

Today, I was told what happened and it really affected me.

Along Jalan Semantan as you come down CIMB on your left and hit the big roundabout and then Jalan Duta? Well, some dumb maggot infested brain fuck (and believe me, there are SOOOOOOO many in KL as I have witnessed first hand and I do not exaggerate) was driving down Jalan Duta from the Indian High Commission direction and realised that he’d missed his left turn into the roundabout. In true Malaysian fashion along a 110km/h highway, he suddenly stopped and started ‘inch’ reversing, so he could make the missed left turn rather than drive along, and make another round to get back.

No. Short cuts are easier. After all, I’m reversing soooooo slowly, what harm can that be, right? WRONG.

Mr Innocent on his motorbike comes down the roundabout and because the sun shone brightly that day, and because cars on a highway move forward, not backward, didn’t expect to crash into a dumb fucker’s reversing car. And then if that wasn’t enough, a car flying down the highway from behind (again from the Indian High Commission direction) is suddenly shocked to see these stationary blurs in front of his fast vehicle, SLAMS his brakes, but unfortunately not fast enough, and sends Mr Innocent flying up his career ladder as an acrobat in his new life in Heaven (I’m sure that’s where he’s headed).

But wait. Guess what happens next?

Dumb Maggot Infested Brain Fuck speeds off. He what? HE SPEEDS OFF, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!!!!!!!!!!

So what does this have to do with me wanting to move away from this madness? Well, for one. If signage had been better placed, perhaps Mr Dumb Fuck needn’t have missed his left turn. If perhaps there was a better education system, maybe Mr Dumb Fuck might’ve been more accountable, more responsible, more intelligent? If the Government actually penalised offenses more severely, or rather…..penalise at all, run enforcement as per the law, maybe people would’nt be so quick to do wrong. I mean, as it stands currently, anyone can commit murder and get away with it. Malaysia Boleh!

I am patriotic. I am patriotic to the core. And I love Malaysia for so many reasons. Always have. But having lived in London, Milan, Paris, San Francisco…..I can’t help but wonder. If the grass is greener…..

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Let’s take what I did today as an example. I organised a fashion show for an event for which the Guests of Honour were the Malaysian Queen and our Deputy Prime Minister’s wife. So many things, where do I start?

At rehearsals, the hotel, my cosmetics client, and everyone else involved in the event, were totally inefficient – it seems to be the Malaysian culture of ‘lepak’. They talk slowly, they run through the protocol of how to greet the Queen, they discuss who ushers the Queen to the washrooms, they discuss sequence of events that they are unsure of. Like hello? You’re supposed to have thought about all this BEFORE the rehearsal and not keep the rest of us waiting. Honestly, after working for International corporations locally and abroad, I would just kill myself working under these lackadaisal attitudes.

All I could think of was the thousands of dollars that were being spent on the flowers for the day. And how half the population suck up to the Datins that day, and every other day for that matter. It was grossly sickening. Maybe it’s just me.

I’ll give you an example. The washroom outside the ballroom was reserved for the Queen only. Fair enough. After all, it is not right to share bog seats with a Royal Bum. But then, at the washroom maid’s pure discretion, ladies who appeared to dress ‘Datin’ enough were allowed to have a sneaky “pee” before the Queen’s arrival, whilst the rest of the non-Datiny guests (who were really the VIPs for the day as the event was commemorating Mother’s of Achievement) were told to go to other washrooms in the hotel.

And then I thought. With all the socio-economic problems that we are facing here locally, what the hell is the Deputy Prime Minister’s wife doing wasting precious 4 hours at a party when she could be helping her husband do something more useful for the country!!! Pardon me for saying but her one foot tall hairsprayed hairdo must’ve taken another hour to style. And how old is she exactly? Her plastic surgery in London was paid in pound sterling which I hope to God isn’t part of our tax money. With so much speculation about her husband and the Altantuya case, I would certainly lie low if I were her. Oh, I could go on and on about her and I’ve never even met the woman.

Gosh. There is more but I will continue later as I am so tired now.

xxx Good Nite.

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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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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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Embarrassing moments of armpits and groins

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I was told this was a true story of an Australian Mother.

She has three kids under five and is busy as hell. One evening, she is just too bloody exhausted for her daily shower and sinks into bed without even brushing her teeth. After a great nights sleep, she bounces out of bed LATE the next morning, in taking her kids to school and then rushes to an appointment with her gynaecologist. But before that, she rushes home just to have a quick wash of her private parts. In her haste, she uses the first bath sponge at her nearest reach and is out the door feeling more confident. There is just nothing like having bad breath when you visit your dentist. The same goes when you visit your gynae. At the gynae, the Doctor inspects her legs wide open, pauses. Then takes a closer look and sums it up, “So we’ve gone the extra mile today, huh? You have the all clear. I’ll see you next year.”

Feeling relieved that she had made the extra effort to go home to wash before seeing the gynae, she made her way to pick the kids up. While preparing lunch, her three year old asks, “Mom, have you seen my paint sponge?”

“What paint sponge?”

“The one I use for my glitter glue…I can’t find it”

Mother goes with three year old to look for paint sponge. Negative.

Later that evening, when she is about to have her actual shower, she notices her daughter’s paint sponge. She picks it up and turns it over and sure enough, it was drowned with silver dust.

Slowly remembering that she had used that same sponge earlier this morning to wash her vagina, she sprung out of the shower in search for her compact mirror and AAAAKKKK!!!!

Her vagina looked like a sparkly silver decorated Christmas Tree!! She went through the Yellow Pages in search for a new gynaecologist that very day.

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As far as I can remember, I have always used talcum powder on my body after a shower. It’s just a life long habit that has made me feel more silky, more fresh. I use it on all my joints, including my underarms. For those of you who do this, you may know what happens when there is too much powder mixed with sweat. Not a pretty sight.

So imagine my embarrasment when a friend asked in horror as though thoroughly concerned for my well-being when she accidentally caught a glimpse of my armpits during a group lunch, “Oh My God, what is THAT on your armpits???!!!”

It sure freaked me out. I immediately looked without being discreet and almost died of shame when I saw the white clumps of powder pattern lacing my foldy fat underarms.

“Oh, it’s just powder, haha…” and changed the subject with the speed of light.

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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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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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Nose cauterisation HURTS!!!

I just read that nose cauterisation actually hurts!!! The Doctor warned me of no such thing!!!

Shall I cancel? Shall I? Shall I?

2 more days to decide.

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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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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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Of Twisted Ankles and Nose Polyps’s

Finally!

After 5 weeks of off and on limping and spurts of sharp and dull pain on my poor abused twisted left ankle, the Hubs tonight found the exact spot where it appears to have twisted.

He massaged my left foot for two hours with some special smelly alcoholic oil that my grandmother recommended from the Chinese Medicine Shop. The foot feels much better. Let’s see how it feels tomorrow!

….and I thought I was going to have to face the inevitable of visiting a Doctor and then spending copious amounts of money on Xrays, orthopaedic fees etc. Phew.

I am also getting my nose cauterized next Wednesday. Wish me calm luck….as I am the biggest chicken ever.

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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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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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Childhood Reminiscence

I love being a Mother.

I listened to the Sound of Music every milli-second I was on the road today. It’s funny how when I was a little girl, the movie didn’t have such a big impact on me as other childhood movies did. I knew one song from the soundtrack that I carried for life only because I am a Grade 8 pianoforte student.

Yet now that I have become a Mother, I know the lyrics to seven, yeah SEVEN songs from the Sound of Music soundtrack. That’s pretty impressive, by my standards, considering I learnt it all within the last 2 weeks. And suddenly I feel so much more connected to the movie.

All for the love of T.

Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens……we have a beautifully illustrated book on My Favourite Things. We even substituted lyrics with T’s favourite things, some of which include Mummy always and forever, Daddy the Hero, Nana who loves her always, Bubbles in water and blowing bubbles, Ice-Cream Oreo sandwiches, Pink Wellington Boots……..

Oh, I so love Motherhood….*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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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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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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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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Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend

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Many little boys’ mothers have already decided that their sons will not be dating my T anytime in the future. This is because not only does T have an incredibly demanding personality, she knows how to sing the chorus to Marilyn Monroe’s Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend song. She even knows how to yell out “TIFFANY’S! BULGARI! CARTIER!”

Scary huh? At the rate she’s going, she’ll most likely end up a spinster. She learnt the meaning of diamonds before she could even crawl from her beloved Nana. I can’t say if it’s a good thing or not.

My brother on the other hand is currently searching a diamond for his sweetheart that he wants to propose to. His meagre salary from one of the top agencies will go as far as half a carat. That’s ten grand! I asked him why he is shopping for a ring together with his sweetheart and not left it to be a surprise. He said he didn’t want to get the wrong thing. I told him that if a girl loved you, she would say yes even if it was the wrong thing. And so the hunt for that half carat ring continues.

What is it with diamonds? My mother LOVES them. And so do many women…..

I have one but it sits in my drawer safely locked away. My personality doesn’t warrant the desire to wear one, so it is really quite a shame that it is sitting lonely. I can’t exactly give it away, can I?

I still remember the romantic soul of the Hubs many years ago when we first met. After I’d moved in with him, he plucked a weed out of the garden, tied it into a little knot and put it around my finger. Then he told me, “it’s just a prelude to the real thing”. Many months later while we were window shopping, he bought me a two dollar plastic ring. It was a pretty ring and I liked it. Then I saw this gorgeous Bulgari designer ring that had a blue and pink stone set in platinum and liked it for a very long time. Not exactly a typical engagaement ring but I didn’t care. It cost RM5,000. Eventually, he didn’t get it but instead got me the real thing……

Moral of story – great things come to those who wait 🙂

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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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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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Handphone relationships

Our dependence on technology is astonishing. Twenty years ago, a handful of KL-lites had a mobile phone. You know those large black ATUR hand carry sets that double up as weapons? Today, everyone has a handphone. Six year old children, maids, the bus driver, market sellers, babies, dogs…..What has happened?

Handphones have made our brains lazy. We take everything for granted that things are only a phone call away. We fail to plan in advance. I wonder to myself sometimes, how old will T be before she gets a handphone?

Then every handphone owner seem to have a unique relationship with their handphones. Whether it be aesthetic, function or pure entertainment. Some have Hello Kitty trinkets attached to their phones. Some carry their phones in baby blue furry phone bags/holders/cases. Some have glow in the dark stickers and funky hands free kits. Some have expensive multi-gadget type phones. Some use it only for their secret lovers. Some use it still as weapons ala Naomi Campbell. Some can’t get off their handphone game addictions.

What interests me most is whether you live for your handphone or if you live your life. I say this because I know people who cannot live without their handphones! They either have them around their necks or carry them everywhere they go within the house. In the shower, the loyal handphone sits on the dry vanity counter and watches your naked body. During a smelly poop, the handphone is privileged to revel in such personal space, albeit malodorous. Some people have to read every text message the moment they get it, like when they are in the cinema. They need to hear every call they get, as though their lives depended on it. Their relationships with their handphones are sacred.

Me on the other hand, depend on my handphone for emergencies or messages for quick communication purposes. I don’t like phones. Actually, I detest phones. I’d much rather talk face to face. My handphone burns up if anyone started talking more than five minutes to me. That to me, is already way too long. Sometimes, we (the Hubs, T and I) leave the house without my handphone. To me, as long as the most important people are with me, everything else can wait. Most of the time, my handphone sits in one location of my house. For all intents and purposes, I am not the best person to contact if you wanted an immediate response. My family knows how to reach me and that’s all that matters.

Just for the record, I was once talking to a friend who is an electronics engineer at Motorola during a function and asked him about the dangers of phone radiation. I said that out of the more popular brands (Sony/Ericsson/Samsung etc), it seems that Motorola is supposed to be one of the safest phones around in terms of damaging human cells. I asked him if all this talk about handphone dangers were really true. His answer was slightly worrying.

“Even Motorola handphones are bad for you”

*NB – Naturally the scenario changes if one is in business or the corporate world where speed of communication is the key to a done deal. Those were the days I had the phone around my neck. Thank God, those days are over.

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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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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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MILK rejection in toddlers

Little T has decided that she is now a big girl and no longer needs her milk.

My mother and grandmother had always stressed from Day One that milk was very important for babies and children. They warned me not to take away the bottle as it formed a risk of milk rejection. Unfortunately, T was only breastfed till she was 6 months old after which my milk dwindled into boob desert. Pfffftttt……

When she was nearing a year, other mothers told me I should start T on a sippy cup because bottles weren’t good for her teeth. They gave me all sorts of reasons and I wondered how resourceful these mothers were at researching what’s good and what’s not for their children.

So we introduced the sippy cup which she had no problems drinking from and then soon a proper cup. But her milk she maintained that she would only drink from a bottle. But at two, I decided to secretly stash the bottles away. There was a huge protest with her being the leader of the milk bottle union comprising all her teddy bear friends but I held firm.

Till this day, I do not hear enough nagging from my mother and grandmother about how I should NOT have taken away that bottle. When I try explaining that it might have destroyed her teeth, they regurgitate solid evidence of how my younger brother who was shamefully on a bottle till he was seven, has the most perfectly straight teeth. And not only are they straight, they are super duper tough. They can probably uncap coke bottles for all I know. Now at 25, a lover of dessert and cigarettes, he still doesn’t have a single cavity. And being the lazy sod that he is, I cannot imagine him taking that good care of his teeth.

I wish I had not removed the bottle because now I have the challenge of pumping calcium into this little willful imp! Milk, yoghurt and cheese…..it all depends on her mood. And she is 100% female, y’know…..moody as hell.

So really, the bottle and teeth thing is a myth. Does anyone have any milk bottle experiences to share?

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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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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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Inconsiderate Bastard at RSGC

It was a scorching afternoon with a hungry toddler in the car. I followed at 5 kilometres per hour, a big guy (Jack Nicholson with an extra foot) pushing his golf cart to his car and parked mine twenty feet away from him with my indicator on. And waited……

He opened the boot of the black Mercedes. Then struggled to fit a 4 foot golf umbrella into his golf bag. Then struggled to dismantle the golf bag out of the cart. Then wiped his golf bag with a grey tattered rag. And after about twenty three ‘thens’ later, placed the bag finally into the boot.

As each ‘then’ step progressed, imagine my excitement that the end of this golf movie in slow mo was nearing. My eagerness to dive into that parking spot trebled.

But wait. He has to clean his golf cart too. And then fold it. There’s more? Yes, he takes out a few mega plastic bags (the type you get from Toys R Us when you buy their largest sized toys) and puts them all over his cart before lifting it and placing it into the boot.

Surely you know what happened next? No? Let me tell you. He walked to the driver’s seat door, opened it, sat inside and did something with his shoes. Then the fucker came out, slammed the door shut and started walking in the opposite direction!

I was fuming like a dragon on heat who’s mate had escaped just before orgasm, floored the accelerator, made a big round just in time to catch Mr Fuckwit on the other side just about to enter the club. I horned and summoned to him. Then I ripped down the window and shouted across. The moron fumbled with his speech claiming he didn’t see me. I gave him a piece of my mind and dared him not do it again to the next person.

His car number is WLK 5151, by the way.

Bastard.

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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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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 scene from LA Law

Bring it on, I say.

I am currently in the process of taking legal action against a public relations company who tried pulling a fast one with me over a writing assignment.

I never in my wildest dreams imagined that I’d be entangled in a legal suit ala LA Law (well, I can dream; it used to be my favourite flick when I was 12).

The hours I have to put in into getting every single detail of what transpired is enough to send owls sleeping. I want the fuckers to rot in hell so whilst I am hoping we go to court, chances are we will possibly reach a settlement.

Watch this space……

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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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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 pretend you didn’t see me?!

You know the feeling. That when you are out in public minding your own business, doing your own thing, when suddenly you catch a glimpse of somebody you know. And that same person’s eyes dart away the moment your both eyes meet in a flash. Is that her? Sure it is. But before you can walk over to say hello, she either scuttles away avoiding your path or worse, totally ignores you as though she doesn’t know you from apple.

Have you ever wondered why?

These are some reasons why I do it. (see *guilty* on my forehead)

One: I don’t have my fake eyes on so I really can’t see you clearly hence haven’t the faintest clue.

Two: I am in a life-threatening rush and even a two second hello to explain I am in a rush would send me to the morgue.

Three: I really, really, really think you are a maggot-infested dead rat. So let’s avoid the confrontation because I have a caustic tongue.

Four: I feel like Barney without make up and unshaved armpits on that particular day hence don’t feel confident enough to approach anyone nor want to discomfort you with my foul BO.

Five: I’m feeling anti-social and down because I’ve realised that my fat arse really is here to stay, and I just DON’T feel like doing the smiley, chatty, how are you thing!!!

I am far from perfect. 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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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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SHAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaarRK !!!

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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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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 Little Rapper in Daddy’s Office

My little rapper made a visit to Daddy’s office the other nite and complained that his office was too messy with work in progress presentation boards and materials spread out all over the floor.

“Ooooh….this is a messy awea. Where am I going to walk?!! Do you think it’s messy, Mummy?”

So the next day, the Hubs told his colleagues what little T complained about and they burst into hysterics. Just a week ago, there was a request that the office needed a spring clean from the DC Lord (big boss of DC global). The office is now convinced that little T is a spy.

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Here she is arranging Daddy’s magazines to perfection.

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Figuring out how a compactus works

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I’d kill to know what goes on in that little head of hers. Just what on Earth is she doing to that little bear? Don’t kids have such an imagination???

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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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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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We have the same new hobby, my daughter & I…

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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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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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Slithery Snakes

While putting on shoes for school today, T stuns her father.

“Daddy, when you have more money can you please buy me a snake?”

Shocked and at the same time drowned with killer curiousity as to what his precious daughter might want with a snake of all things,

“A snake?” Perhaps he’d misheard her….

“Yes, a slithewy snake. Ssss…..Sssss……” she puts both hands in front of her little body (like giving a high five instead that it’s a high ten) and does a wiggly, jiggly, slithery snake dance. No amount of words can describe how ridiculously funny she looks doing her snake dance.

“Why in the world would you want a SNAKE?”

“I want to bwing it to school.” Ahh….a toy snake.

“Did someone bring a snake to school? Is there a boy in school with a snake?”

“Yes, a snake. I want to scare my teacher.” and she continues her wiggly, jiggly, slithery snake dance with sound effects, Sssss…..Sssss……Ssssss………

I am dying to ask the teachers tomorow what brought this about. Sorry, T…..but Mummy’s about to give away your delayed April Fool’s prank 🙂

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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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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’s April already???

  1. T has settled really well at school after 7 days. I owe it to her teachers, all British and Australian graduates in Masters of Education and Child Psychology; all well travelled. I expected her to take a whole month to get used to the school thing since she was soooooooooo clingy and has never really been without Mummy before. The Hubs was convinced it’d take a year. Well done, T. We are super proud of you.
  2. I have a new toy. *wink* A DSLR which I haven’t mastered. Yet.
  3. I have started exercising now that T goes to school 🙂
  4. My Grandmother is getting old (85 years). She stayed with me for a week last week and did not stop talking. At all.
  5. My Mother gave us a big interest free and time free loan. Bless her heart forever and ever.

I am going to play with my new toy 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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

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

Happy Birthday, Sam. I received a really nice surprise today. What a coincidence too, on your birthday? Did you set it up?

I hope you have a really happy sunshine filled birthday in your world. I miss you dearly, and needless to say, you will never be forgotten. Hugs, hugs, hugs and more hugs xxxxx

ps – I hope I dream of you tonight….

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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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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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Credit Cards, Golf & Photography

I asked T’s grandmother today if she had been teaching T about Mr Visa or Mrs Amex.

Negative.

Then she quipped that T needed no explanation as she was a natural information baby magnet. (*Note to self – no more bitching about anything that would cause me to want the floor to swallow me with super strength suction, if repeated).

We spent the last week in Kota Bharu on the East Coast of Malaysia at my in-laws. My FIL (the only dad I have ever felt some form of relation to) is an avid golfer who plays every single day. Rain or shine. Even if his dick were to fall off, he’d need his golf marijuana fix. That’s the way with addicts, you know. He is so tanned that you’d never believed he was pure Chinese. Hell, you wouldn’t even believe he was Indian. (pun intended)

After stealing a wonderful idea from scribbit, I made it my mission to introduce the world of golf to little T during our holiday. Alas, I could not emulate the perfect home-made golf set but we did the best with what little resources available, which wasn’t much at all. An unused section of a plumbing pipe of 1 metre (perfect length), a few golf balls and a metal dustbin placed horizontally. Hey, it’s the concept that’s important, right?

Wrong.

After five failed attempts of scoring a hole-in-one, T requested for a hole.

A hole? What hole?

“This one is not nice. I don’t want this.”

“It’s not good. I want a hole. A real hole.” T explains to her eager audience in exasperation.

Not ever having exposed her to golf before, we were perplexed as to what she was trying to tell us and kept reinforcing that the circle around the dustbin WAS a real hole. See? It’s a HOLE!

More head flinging shaking ensued whilst she got more flusterred.

“NO! I want a real hole!!! HERE! In the ground!!!” T said angrilly.

The Hubs and I felt like total idiots whilst both her grandparents scurried like slaves to a dictator, to search for a spade to DIG her a real hole in the ground. Not just any ground. It was the ground of a perfectly landscaped garden with a beautiful blanket of green turf.

Whilst trying hard to convince T that the dustbin really was more fun and dissuading my old in-laws to please NOT spoil their perfectly laid out grass, I was again perplexed as to where she had learnt about golf.

With glee and her newfound hobby, I immediately asked my mother if she had exposed T to golf. For T’s whole existence, I pretty much control what goes on in her life and thus know what she knows and what she doesn’t apart from those odd occassions when she gets dumped at my Mother’s. My mother again claims nescience so without us knowing, somehow or other, T must have caught a golf game on the idiot box.

Which brings me to this: my perennial problem with the Hubs. Being the nominated and accepted family photographer, he did not take any shots of our budding pro at her game. Can you fucking believe it? He did not even take a single shot of our whole week of holiday. Do I need a new photographer or a new 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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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What’s the youngest age for a credit card holder these days?

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On the train back from the airport today, I moaned to the Hubs that my slippers were peeling off at the front. He then cautioned me that I should be more careful about kicking things from here on as they were an expensive pair of slippers. Bugger….

Then chirped a little voice beside me, “You can buy a new slipper, Mummy?”

“No, Mummy doesn’t have the money to buy another pair of slippers.”

“I will buy for you, Mummy. I have lots of cwedit cards.” She smiles and nods adoringly….

Since when did this two and a half year old learn about credit cards??? It’s time I had a chat to her grandmother. And Daddykins? You’d better speed your shuttle into millionairedom fast as apparently your daughter has golden genes OR teach her the value of $$$ fast.

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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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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 crazy thing I used to do

When I was growing up, I was always left to my own devices. My parents were never around and didn’t have any rules for me so it is suffice to say that I turned out pretty good considering the circumstances.

I had an Italian Muslim boyfriend who lived in a mansion at the age of 16 whom I spent 65% of the year with on his bed. That’s a lot of time spent overnight on his bed considering we both had school to attend everyday. Our relationship was frowned upon from the start by the school and his parents. We were too ‘young’ to be in a relationship but being the rebel that I am, soon found ways to meet.

All I had to do was tell my parents I was sleeping over at a friend’s place – honestly, they didn’t care who, what, why or when. I would take a taxi out to his place just before midnight when people usually settled into their bedrooms. When I arrived, I’d stop the cab a few blocks away from his house and walked. I’d hide in the drain outside his house (it was a big drain which I climbed into and out of a lot!) and wait for his signal that his parents were safely in their bedroom.

Once the coast was clear, I would leave my school bag in the drain (too heavy with books) and climb his electrical gate that he had disconnected including all house alarms. It was like something out of Alias and I did it so well, watching quickly around for cars or people, even people looking out of neighbourhood windows, before I made the quick climb and drop off.

Then there was a detailed track that I had to follow in the grounds avoiding potential disaster areas to get to a huge overturned flower pot which encased the rope to my paradise. It was a one and a half inch diameter rope of eight metres long with boyscout knots at every two feet taught to us by a classmate of ours who was a pro at knot tying. Carrying the heavy rope along my treasure trail, I would barefootedly creep to just under his bedroom window at first level and wait for the next signal.

Directly below his window were the maids’ rooms windows which I had to pass vertically each time I made the army climb up which I mastered with my then athletic body. The knots allowed a grip for my big toe and second toe while I pulled myself up after he had released a nylon string with a weight so I could hook the rope onto and then he could pull the rope back up in order to fasten it to a construction piece on his planter box to take my weight. After I climbed into the planter box, we pulled up the rope and hid it in the high cupboards above just in case any of his parents decided to do a midnight search.

In the very early morning, I would make my descent in darkness and return the rope to the overturned flower pot and do exactly as I’d come in, except the opposite. I then got into my school uniform in the hidden drain and walked out to catch a cab to school. Hey, at least I didn’t miss school!

Once, a friend of mine who was so enthralled by the whole drama of my misadventures, wanted to try climbing my secret rope. We crazilly agreed but at first attempt, she had already swung and banged the wall which garnered immediate suspicion from the maids. Plan aborted pronto.

I wonder, what are some of the crazy things you used to do as a kid?

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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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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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Two things I’ve been putting off

  1. Seeing an ENT to check my nose out. I have suffered from sinusitis for the longest time and know my nose inside out pretty much. Of late there has been a perpetual scab on my right inner nostril that bleeds every now and then. It is not like a normal nose bleed that comes from within (which I have never had a problem with, by the way) but rather a bleed that derives from exactly the same spot each time. It is bleeding again now, alot. Previous casual enquiries to Doctors have suggested I have a nose polyps. I have no idea what that is.
  2. Seeing a Doctor to get my Thyroids checked specifically. I have tried reducing my intake of food phenominally and improved the quality of food too for a test three weeks but still not an ounce of weight loss. I also sweat when everyone else is cool or am cold when everyone else is hot. Some say I have a thyroid problem. We’ll know soon enough.
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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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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

Yesterday, I left T at school for an hour and a half by just walking out casually from her classroom. She bawled for a long, long time but because I only heard it, I was OK. At the end of the day, she was all swollen eyed but smiling. And even said she would come back to big school.

Today, without warning, two teachers unclawed her four limbs from my body, and as I walked out, her arms reached out to me as though she was drowning, her eyes terrified with fear as she screamed, “MUMMY, DON’T LEAVE ME!!!!!”

As I descended the stairs, my eyes watered and I wondered if I was doing the right thing. She is only 2 and a half after all. The teachers naturally assured me that it is normal. During playground time, I managed to spy on her and she was happily playing away, cackling with teachers and friends, bouncing furiously on the trampoline, picking jasmine flowers for a teacher and most importantly, smiling. Her face told me she was genuinely having fun.

However, towards the later part of the day (after 3 hours), she turned all weepy again so the teachers called me in for an early dismissal. She ran to me, hugged and held me as though it was our last day together. She now says she doesn’t want to go back to big school and regards her teachers as bad people (the ones who took Mummy away).

My saving grace is that at least she is adjusting better than I expected, which was to scream for three hours and vomit. Phew!

Tomorrow is another new 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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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 have so much money!

Oohlala!!!

In my thirty five years of existence, I have seen how money has the power to destroy relationships, the tightest of families and the closest of friends. Yes, money can be all-empowering like water or fire, when it gets out of hand.

Whilst reading one of the many tabloid gossip magazines that my beloved mother subscribes to, I had this sick inclination to slap some of the ladies sparklingly decked in Cartier and Bulgari, veiled in Valentino or Chanel, strutting in Jimmy Choos and Mahnolos. RM40,000 for a handbag? Excuse me? The latest must have?

Fuck, did these women ever go to school?

Some admittedly load generously onto charities, with whatever objective (yeah, not all charity givers have good intentions), but even then. Out of the 200 handbags that are locked in your gold plated ironmongered wardrobe, how many children’s mouths could you feed?

Think about it. This is relativity. Whilst an underweight child sick with pneumonia fights for his life, Madam is freaking out because her manicurist missed a millimetre of nail varnish on her last toe. Whilst a dying AIDS victim works to feed her three children with a stigma of abuse thrown at her on a daily basis, the poor lass cries a dozen buckets because Daddy hasn’t agreed yet to the new Aston Martin to replace the old Masserrati that she crashed. Whilst the blind man can no longer have the chance of watching his five children grow up and got robbed of his life savings, the celebrity downs Margharitas by day and cocaine by night for depression triggered by the lack of attention on the red carpet this year.

Seriously. Get a life.

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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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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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Hypocrite Type 1

Hyposcrisy n The practice of professing beliefs, feelings or virtues that one does not hold or possess.

Last night I perfomed my husband’s worst nightmare and tuned in to Konsert Akademi Fantasia, which is our local excremental version of American Idol. OK I really shouldn’t be comparing it to American Idol because it really is no comparison. And yes, I wonder too what my husband would do if he was mugged at gunpoint, got his entire belongings stolen, got buggered by an elephant then left stranded in a pool of quick sand, except it wasnt sand but shit.

This local flick consists of a daily diary where young wannabe’s live together in one house, practising their vocal talents or lack of, working their throat muscles, polishing their vocal cords, leading up to a weekly concert where participants are eliminated.

What I really don’t get is. EVERY SINGLE WEEK, there will be crying. It is perhaps understandable if the tears are of the family of the eliminated participant but no. These are tears from the remaining paticipants who were NOT eliminated. Every single one of them. Well, maybe not. But from the 29 inch screen, it sure looked that way.

Errr……..why are we crying? If we felt so bad that our fellow participant was leaving the competition, then why not give up your place instead, fuckwit? Doesn’t the fact that your fellow competitor gets kicked out mean you are on step closer to being the winner? Isn’t that why you joined the competition in the first place?

I just don’t get it!

So I must qualify that the reason I even switched to the said channel in the first place is because a friend of mine is in it. Not as a participant but as a tutor. I haven’t seen her yet but when I do, I hope to get some answers.

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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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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 first real fight – shame on me!

I love my daughter to bits. I really, really do. But there are days when I want to make her disappear. Such as last night.

After spending two whole hours trying to get T to sleep from 8-10pm, I finally lost it. I had things to do. Lots of things. And she really needed her sleep to be alert for school the next day. She was tired but kept pushing my limits, an inch further, every half an hour or so. Whenever I raised my voice a little, she would quickly scurry into her pillow and pretend to sleep. Minutes later, there will be movement on her bed, legs kicking like an octopus poked with cactus.

Another warning.

Then, “Mummy, why did Paddington Bear spill hs marmalade?”

I raise my voice again. This continues for TWO whole hours. Why did I even bother?

So I lost it, walked out of her room and shut the door behind me.

T screamed bloody blue murder. If you ever saw a cat being skinned alive, she was it, in flesh. I have never heard her scream so loud before. Crying is one thing. But screaming the screech of hysteria was enough to make me mental. Poor neighbours. I let her out of her room (mind you, this only happened for five seconds) and locked myself in her room instead. I needed that separation in case I grabbed her and flung her out of the window. She ran around the home screaming for her Daddy, who incidentally wasn’t home.

When I came out I summoned her to face the wall, all this while yelling my head away. I was SO mad. I was SO mad that this two year old thing was stopping me from carrying on with life. I was SO mad that this two year old thing was totally disrespectful and disobedient. I was just SO mad.

She finally fell asleep at 10.45pm.

What am I doing wrong? Today, my paeditrician friend asked when she saw very clearly that T was totally oblivious to my commands, “Isn’t she scared of you?”

Are they meant to be?

I’ve tried the soft approach, talk to her nicely and get no results.

Do share….

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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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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 toddler’s definition of a fight

“I want to bathe in the bath tub.”

“No, we are having a quick shower because we need to hurry.”

“No, I want to bathe in the bath tub.”

“No, take your clothes off now. Hurry. We need to go soon. Hurry. We’ll have a shower in the bath tub, OK?”

“NO, I WANT TO BATHE IN THE BATH TUB!!!”

“WILL YOU GET YOUR CLOTHES OFF NOW BEFORE I LEAVE YOU AT HOME!!!”

“We are fighting, Mummy!” *giggles*

Infuriated and shocked at the same time, I said calmly, “No…..we are not fighting. We are just disagreeing. Can you say that? Dis…a…gree….ing.”

“Disa…ghee….ying”

“Yes, that’s right. We are not fighting. We are disagreeing.”

Later, at dinner out at a local kid friendly restaurant, I yell out for T to STOP climbing the wooden fence barrier meant to enclose kids and with legs perched on the 2nd horizontal bar balancing her hands on the fence, she sniggers, “We are disagheeying again, Mummy!” smiling away.

And so the journey of disagheements begin……..

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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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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 Discipline

Today I went for lunch with a Doctor friend whose little girl is exactly 1 month older than T. That’s two and a half years old (Gosh! Is my little girl that old now?). Mel since a baby, was the most well behaved baby I ever knew. Her mother being a doctor et al knew exactly how to train her to have good sleeping and eating habits from very early on. But surely, even a doctor would get resistance from the terrible twos? Apparently not.

Mel sat down with legs together on the restaurant chair for the whole time until the food arrived. She did not move, jump around, remove her shoes, bang her cutlery, whine, run around the restaurant, whine nor climb. The girl is two and a half years old!!! I was clearly embarrassed that my own daughter was the source of entertainment for everyone when she turned a deaf ear to my every request.

“What do you feed her?” I asked my friend for her secret.

She shared that she has just been extremely strict and denied Mel any of her favourite things should she disobey and to always follow through with what you threaten the kid with.

For example, if she takes her shoes off, tell her that if she takes it off again, you will take her shoes AWAY and do it. This will leave her walking all the way home without shoes and if you’re heading home from a shopping mall, would leave your kid walking on different surfaces, maybe the fear of toes getting stuck in the escalators, and then show how dirty their feet become when barefoot. Also explain how worms can go through their feet if barefoot.

Do the same thing for food if they refuse to eat. Tell them that if they do not eat, you will remove their food and no snacks till the next meal. They learn fast enough apparently. I don’t know. I haven’t tried but am dying to.

If they do not want to shower, give them the option of them walking right now to the bathroom or you will drag/carry them there and do it.

Do not make empty threats like telling the kid you will leave them when you are clearly never going to leave them.

What do you think? Does anyone have any tips for toddler discipline?

My problem with all her suggestions is that T will happily do whatever it takes to get her own way. She doesn’t mind not eating, she doesn’t mind not wearing her shoes, she will not listen if I tell her to sit and stop climbing. I am at the end of my tether. It’s just too tiring talking to a wall, repeating myself over and over like a recording. Do I have to raise my voice before she will listen? Even THAT doesn’t work!

Later in the day at someone elses home, I told T not to put something into her mouth. After warning her again not to put that blasted thing into her mouth, the girl put the whole fucking thing into her mouth on purpose and I had to jump over and hook my finger into her mouth to prevent her from choking. I went ballistic. I yanked her to the naughty wall and made her stand facing the wall. She threw a fit and ran off. I picked her up and placed her back angrilly telling her that she has to listen to me when I tell her not to do something dangerous. We played back and forth wall for awhile before I finally caved in when she displayed remorse and yell cried, “I’m sorry, Mummy…I’m sorry, I’m SORRY!!!”

Five minutes later, we’re back to square one and she is doing all the things I tell her not to do again.

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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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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Heartbroken

My heart crashed into a million crystal pieces when I heard of a couple whose family disowned the son because he is dating a girl not of his family’s choice. Typical of Indian upper crust society, this Indian family goes by the traditional cast system where one can only marry from one’s cast. A prominent Indian family of doctors with so much face to preserve and hearts as black as crows, this family has gone around demonising the couple beyond belief. They have even pulled strings in high places to ensure that their son’s life is a living nightmare. The son is completely distraught to the point he has drunk himself silly and struck the one he truly loves. Yesterday was the 7th time.

I want so much to help but I just don’t know how.

Why do people do what they do?

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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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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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Mummy Cliques

It is interesting how different people have different ideas and perceptions of the world. The Mummy world is no different. When I first heard of XXX (a local mummy and baby group), I asked around to find out what it was and considered joining it but was told only negative things about it. Naturally, I didn’t join it. But as my new Mummyhood gained me new Mummy friends, another group of Mummies explained how brilliant XXX was and how I should join it immediately! Being the most nosy chick on the block (subtly, of course – do it with style, babe) and having the curiousity that could kill ten cats, not nine, I joined XXX to experience it for myself.

I realised that it really is who you are and what you stand for that would make one perceive XXX to be a good thing or not. I gained a lot from the group and made many friends. Probably because I am so laid back and easy going that I don’t rub anyone up the wrong way. It has been the same for most situations that I have been in, whether in business or with friends.

Of late, I found myself being the floater of several Mummy cliques. I get invited to everything. Or perhaps, T is the one everyone likes. It gets akward when Mummy Clique 1 has a problem with Mummy Clique 2. Invariably, I don’t like lying, being dishonest or even avoiding the subject. So I speak my mind. For example, if I know that Clique 1 has an issue with Clique 2, I will outrightly mention to Clique 1 that I am seeing Clique 2 the next day; which almost always brings a moment of akwardness. But you know what? Life is too short.

If Clique 1 has a problem with me hanging out with anyone else, then they are most welcomed to stop inviting me to their parties. At the end of the day, I want to live. If I didn’t like someone, they’d almost know it because I am not good keeping up with pretenses. C’est la vie. Enjoy….

I am proud that I am strong that way. Yet I can’t say NO to helping out with the charity organisation that I volunteer with. Argh!!!

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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 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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 Day

It started off with the Hubs being late for work as usual. As we share one car, T and I have to rush like mad fools every morning that we want the car, to send the Hubs to work. Otherwise, no car. He gets really annoyed with us not because he cannot be late for work but because he just is so damn busy and has five million five hundred things to complete within a set deadline. Working for Middle Eastern clients, the deadlines are anal. Even if you told the client, this is not possible. They’d say, just do it (yeah, they take their cue from Nike, not very original init?). And because they dangle the gold carrot within sight, everyone just scrambles into mad mode. It’s crazy but it has also shown me how much you can really achieve when put under immense pressure. Remarkable results.

After dropping the Hubs off, we went to the hospital to accompany my aunt have her eggs removed from her ovaries. She is 46 and trying to get pregnant. I wish her well.

Then my beloved mother calls to give me this dreaded task of URGENTLY going to my old residence to collect mail that has wrongly been sent. I hate it when she does that. I have a baby in tow and it is not the easiest thing in the world to run your urgent errands, mother. It was only last week that I had to drop everything and run another urgent errand for my mother. I swear, not having an office job makes her think I am her PA. Which I am not.

For lunch we went to Bangsar for an Italian host playgroup where I finally got to sit and drink a glass of water. T had a wild time playing with four other kids her age and we finally ended up leaving at 7pm. Needless to say, she has not showered today but has already passed out cold.

*sniff* I think I’m sleeping with the Hubs tonight. Perhaps we can work on that new baby 🙂

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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and 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 with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from 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 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 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 LOL), 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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