2016 Movie/Book Target

I would like to set myself a target for 2016, just like I did in 2015.

I, O Kadhal Kanmani, Avengers Age of Ultron, Utthama Villain, Yennai Arindhaal, Masss, Jurassic World, Papanasam, Vaalu, Thani Oruvan, Thoongavanam and Naanum Rowdy Than, Spectre.

2014: 8 movies, 2015: 10 movies?
2015: 13 movies, 2016: At least 10 movies?

Sita, Palace of Illusions, A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Krishna Key, For one more day, Red Lotus, Six Suspects, The Secret of the Nagas and The Oath of the Vayuputras.

2014: 9 books, 2015: 12 books?
2015: 9 books too, 2016: At least 9 books?

Wish me luck!

Here’s the 2015 target.


Bye 2015…Hello 2016!

You have been good.
…With much gratitude, Jay.

The last three months saw me going crazy with work. I hope work front will be less crazy though logically I know for a fact it wouldn’t until I complete the project.

Life without a maid
The first few days (make it a week) was crazy. Without a maid and with MIL in the picture. I can’t say for sure what contributed to the headache. MIL realized she was old only then and was nonchalant about taking care of the kids.

I have set a routine for myself and things are going on smoothly. I do my own ironing as opposed to sending to the laundry mat like we used to. Had a shouting match with the iron as it refused to iron the clothes properly. Now we are on good terms after the initial hiccup.

I wash the bathrooms & backyard. I prepare all the vegetables (cutting & cleaning), fish are descaled, cut, washed and packed in different containers to ease MIL. Same for other non veg items. Weekends, I cook in bulk so that the food lasts for the week. Sometimes, the food finishes mid week and that’s when expectations arise though I reach home as late as 8pm.

I do have a standby weekend maid. She came twice before. Being elderly, I don’t expect her to do much. I have decided to call her once a month to do major cleaning of the house. Otherwise, I am handling the daily and weekly chores.

I miss having a maid, not.

D’s Birthday
My tiny baby is 3 today and I am at work. As hubby is on leave, he will get some satay for dinner and of course a birthday cake. Normally this time around (and for N’s birthday), I would be doing the planning and preparation on my own. Due to work and maturity (maybe), am just going with the flow and letting hubby arrange it. I even invited my parents last minute to the house for D’s birthday as I did nothing as yet.

If there is one thing I want to control or stop doing, it’s shouting and nagging. Please wish me loads of luck.

I don’t know how 2016 is going to be like. I just hope to have a year where everyone will be fine and see much happiness and success in their lives with their families.

Happy New Year!

Orientation Day

We had orientations for both the boys on the same day. Hubby followed N (my baby is going to primary one) while I followed D (my tiny baby is going nursery).

Both were excited to go to their respective school/kindy. D was so at home in the kindy. Obedient and started coloring the hippo the class teacher gave him. He didn’t cry.

I was emotional. I was the only parent there in his class. There I stood like an idiot looking at my child, not even once he looked at my side nor did he notice me leaving. As much as I was proud and happy for his adaptability, my heartstrings were tugging. Emotional, I know.



A Review of the Year

What can I say about 2015? Definitely, it’s a calm year. No major surprises anywhere.

  • The year which saw me upgrading my car to a SUV
  • I sent back my maid after two years of unpleasantness
  • Watched the most number of movies in the cinema. Husband was game to it as well.
  • Read with no qualms
  • Realized how hectic was life, juggling house and work with no complaints whatsoever
  • Convinced hubby to change his car as well.
  • How much the boys have grown and yet are small little fellows
  • I had the most number of meet up with girlfriends this year.
  • Zero overseas travel (business & vacation alike)
  • Took a local vacation to Penang in the beginning of this year.
  • Barely took the boys out to the mall. Maybe only once this year. Most time were spent at home.
  • Went jogging till the haze came back with a vengeance this year.
  • Rajini’s visit to Malaysia.
  • Baked 3 kinds of cookies for Deepavali.
  • The was uncertainty at work. A few people got laid off.
  • Juggling many projects in addition to my daily work
  • Two friendships were rekindled.