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Coz it’s ur bday M..coz it’s ur special day today..this post is for you my M!

Remember the 100 reasons I love you video I made you for our 1st anniv? Well now you get 100 reasons I hate you..ok not hate maybe let’s say don’t like. And also maybe not 100, that’s too many.. And you are not that bad too! 😉 So let me just start the list and then see how many reasons we get in the end. So here I go.. Read on!

Reasons I don’t like you

1) Why are you so unromantic at times (most of the times) that I end up getting mad at you! (Or do you do this on purpose???)

2) How can a guy be so calm and patient and not lose it at all? Not even once? When do I get to see you angry? Even a little bit..

3) I remember how your wardrobe used to be full of only black and blue! I dint like that. I still don’t like part of it ( you get the hint of what’s going to happen when I come yea?!)

4) You can stay awake for Football and manutd matches even if it’s late at night but not for my Hindi movies!

5) Why is it that you Cook like a chef in my absence but show a dumb face (well most of the time) when I am around??

6) Who sleeps at 10.30pm on a weekend night??

7) I totally don’t like how B always clings to you the min he sees you! (But now I will actually love it, he’s getting a handful by the day!)

Hmmm…Sigh dint know it would be so hard to make this list. Haven’t even reached 10..! Ah got one!

8) You can get up at 6am on a weekend to go play some sport at 8, but won’t do it if I asked you to for my work! (Not that I would get up at 6 but that’s beside the point..)

9) I hate, totally hate your one word oki text replies to my 10 lines!

10) I don’t like the fact that I am again not with you on your bday, to wish you, to gift you, to bake for u, to see your reaction on reading this! And it better be more than your oki!!

I think I will stop at this, (not coz I can’t think of more points, no no) but it’s your bday, let’s give you a break! 😉

HAPPY BIRTHDAYYY!! HAVE AN AMAZING DAY HUSBAND! 🙂

P.S. You can have a look at the 100 reasons I love you video again for an ego boost! 😉

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Our first 2.5 day trip outside NZ with B, and what a memorable trip it was! As the tag line says, Malaysia is truly Asia!

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We could not see the beautiful greenery but saw the truly Asian crowd, warm hospitality and traffic! Made you feel like you were back home (by home I mean India and not Dubai)! With just 2 days for sightseeing and B just 11 months then, we decided to just see Kuala Lumpur. We preferred to stay in the city so commuting wouldn’t be a hassle. Our hotel Swiss Garden is in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, just walking distance from the Golden Triangle. Golden Triangle or the Bukit Bintang is basically a shopping and entertainment destinations for tourist. Streets filled with one shopping mall after the other! It was a shopping paradise for me since everything seemed so reasonable (and cheap!) when converted to NZD!

Day 1

There was a merc waiting to take us from the airport to our hotel! Majority of the taxis out there are mercs! Yeah, exactly!! Reached our hotel by midday. we dint really plan out a busy day. We knew things wouldn’t turn out as per plan so we just went easy with it. As per our B’s routine.By afternoon we went around the city walking. Went to the very famous 48 storey twin tower, hotel and shopping mall, Berjaya Times Square. And I thought Dubai malls are huge! This one has a north, south, east and west end! Unknown to this, we would take any elevator thinking it would just take us up and down the same building. And then we got lost! Yeah, THIS one is HUGE!

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Our motto for this trip was to try out all diff types of foods. Had Malay lunch (approx 2-3NZD per person!) which was just yumm! There was a stall making something similar to waffles but on a big round upside-down steel vessel. They had approx 100 flavours for the filling. From fruits to veggies to non-veg to seafood. B had choc and strawberry. And he shared some with us! Had an early dinner at our hotel’s restaurant. Did a take-away so we could pack B off to bed and stretch our legs!

Day 2

This was a busy day! Began with an awesome huge buffet breakfast at our hotel. B seemed so pleased to be surrounded by food from all directions! Next we headed to one of the largest Chinese temples in South-East Asia, Thean Hou Temple. A 4 storey temple, it belongs to the Malaysian Chinese community of Malaysia.

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The Chinese architecture is beautiful. Huge fountains, statues of gods and lions. Spacious open grounds with benches to relax and enjoy the beautiful skyline of KL.

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Our next stop of course was lunch. Raju’s Restaurant. So famous that all you need to tell the taxi driver is Raju’s and he will drop you at its door stop!

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So famous and so super busy. But it was worth the wait in the end. They serve South Indian and Malay food. On a banana leaf!

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So they come and serve you their dishes of the day. You select what you want to eat and empty the plate on your banana leaf. their dishes are limited but really delicious! I really liked their fried chicken on banana leaf!

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Our next stop was Petronas Twin Towers. And what drama to reach there not-on-time! We were stranded in a heavily pouring rain for nearly 2 hrs! B and I waited in a shop (Bless the owner!) while M (getting drenched) was trying to get a taxi in vain. The traffic that time was just crazy! So finally reached 15 mins past our viewing time but they were kind enough to accommodate us in the next viewing slot. Phew!

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No sightseeing expedition is complete without a visit to the top. This was no different. Kuala Lumpur from top is breathtaking! Since we didn’t have enough days to see the city, this visit to the towers was certainly worth it! It is one of the most famous skyscrapers in the world. And luckily just a 10 min drive from our hotel. The shopping mall too is quite impressive with all the high-end brands under one roof.

Day 3

Our last day in Kuala Lumpur also went around the city. Had breakfast, checked out and went strolling around he city. We saw the hawker’s street (Street food for the foodies), and some more of Bukit Bintang.

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Streets filled with shops, alternating with shopping malls. There’s a mall just for media and technology! Went to the Pavilion KL, another large mall in Bukit Bintang area. The Christmas decorations were up and everything looked so picturesque! Just couldn’t stop clicking pics of B with all the props!

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Our last lunch in Kuala Lumpur (for then) was in Dome. And then sadly headed back to the hotel for the airport. Next time hopefully it’s Genting Highlands and lots more!

1st part of our holiday ended here just for the start of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th.

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It’s so good to be back in Dubai. And so good to be back to blogging (my first blog from my iPad)! After an almost 3 month break from blogging, I’ve got a whole list of overdue posts, memories to be typed out and moments to be relived.
The last three months have been quite eventful; B’s first international trip, his first flight experience, our trip to Malaysia, M’s first trip to Dubai, and the most imp, B’s first bday! It’s been 3 months out of NZ for B and me. And 2 more to go. B has travelled quite a bit in these past months. Malaysia, Mumbai, Dubai, back to Mumbai, Cambay and now Dubai again. And thankfully he has taken all the flight journeys quite well. He sleeps while the flight takes off!
But these posts will happen when it has to happen. for now, it’s a Friday afternoon with B sound asleep tucked in his quilt and all I can think of is I am back in Dubai, in my home! it’s time to sit back and relax, catch up with friends, gossip time with BFF, shop like crazy. For the next 2 months! The Dubai pampering begins!

B’s already half way into his 10th month, and i am so late for his 9th month post! he just keeps me super busy, searching and removing him from all the corners of the house!

last month was full of mood swings, crankiness and what not! B’s doc finally confirmed hes teething for sure this time. He gets these ear pains due to which he keeps pulling and scratching his ears. almost every morning we see a new scratch and blood clot in his ear! ouch..

and he’s becoming a fussy eater too! is it one of the side affects of teething? i don’t know, but it surely tests my patience (which i have very little of)! lunch is still fine but dinner is a roller coaster ride for us. hence i now handover B’s dinner bowl to M. its become so difficult to cook for him now. his one time fav veggies are no longer on his list. Sweet potato, squash, pumpkin..no no! eggs also didn’t go down too well with him. AND he will not repeat his lunch for dinner! every meal is my experiment and a hope that he likes it.

with the arrival of spring and days becoming longer, B has started his evening park trips. it’s a good walk for me and B loves the swings and slides.

B’s fascination with laptops continue. he jumps with joy on seeing a laptop and leaps for it. he uses M’s laptop for his hourly workout sessions! he goes on all his fours (crawling position), climbs onto the laptop, makes a bridge by going on his palms and toes..he discovers new ways to reach items, new body positions..its so fascinating to watch him do different and new stunts every time!

his latest fav room in the house (besides the kitchen) is the bathroom. he crawls off to the bathroom when he gets the chance and sleeps next to his bathtub!

and finally his activity of the month – he broke my headphones! 3 pieces! don’t ask how!

B turns 9. Last month he did a bunch of new stuff, ate a lot of new foods and expressed a lot of new emotions!

Start of his 8th month saw B sit in his new high chair he had won. What a pose he gave for the camera! He now has all his meals high up in the chair (I have to persuade him to sit patiently in there till his meal is over!) the restless guy that he is from his day one, it’s a tough task to make him sit in there for a long time. He just wants to be left on the floor so he can go swimming around everywhere. Yea sadly he still pulls himself on his tummy everywhere.

B’s 2 favourite places in the house are the kitchen and under-the-dining-table, besides his bed! He comes in the kitchen, does 3-4 clockwise turns on the floor and cleans up the kitchen for me! That’s my B!

He now also stands with some support. Prop him against the sofa with some of his toys or near the water feature (he loves looking at flowing water) and he will self entertain (for just about 5mins max!). And then he’s bored again!

As far as his food goes, he tried many new foods last month, from which parle g biscuits are his fav! He started egg but don’t think he liked it much. Infact the first time I gave some egg yolk to him, he took out his tongue and gave me a what are you feeding me? look! So now this also gets mixed in with the rest of his breakfast. He does not like broccoli, it’s a pain to feed him mixed veggies. He loved my bland version of cheesy pasta. So the second time I mixed his mashed veggies with pasta. I sometimes feel bad how he so enjoys my weird food combos. But hey till hes enjoying it and getting all the healthy stuff, I am not complaining!

He’s become more expressive with his emotions. he bangs his hands, opens his mouth wide and jumps when hes happy. he tilts his head on his side and looks at you to give his puppy-face pose. he will strongly shake his head no if he doesn’t want something or disapproves of your actions. no amount of distraction or persuasion will then change his decision! he screams LOUD the min he sees food and will stop only when he has tasted it.

And the grand incident of his 8th month; he tore his mink blanket! Yes he did, and I was shocked when I saw it. How did he do it?? How can a 8 month baby tear a mink blanket? But I guess this generation can do anything now! And sadly it was such a cozy winter gift from our couple friend..

Waiting for his other surprises lined up for me next month. Or am i?