Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Korea! Here we come ..!

Yup, we are flying to Seoul,Korea next week for a short time of 3 months!! Hubby is getting deputed there...so I hope I can get all my unfinished business done hopefully! Many people to meet! Many places to see! Its going to be winter but still...
So here we come! Am soooo happy!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Cant pick a title!


So what has been happening all this time? Not much! I think I am going to become mad sitting at home coz I cant go out in this hot weather. And so all the time I jus keep wondering how it wud have been nice if we had just been in Seoul.

We finally gave the vaccine shots for Iniya. Here in kuwait, we have to get the vaccines in the Govt hospitals. They are free. They just stick to their schedule. If we have any other vaccines on our list, we will have to go to the private hospitals. Wich is almost 10-15 times coztlier I would say. Why so? Coz in the govt. hospitals, you will have to pay just 1 KD(Kuwaiti Dinar) for anything, be it a small fever to a big surgery. normal delivery or C-section. The same healthcare is free for Kuwaitis. Ofcoz all this is possible if we pay for the Kuwait health insurance which is also not much.

Anyways the only problem I find here is that people are not very courteous or pleasing enough. I dont want to say more.

Iniya has been growing tremendously at a fast pace. Wow! Its just so nice to see that! The only problem sitting in my head is how to potty train her with the whole house carpetted. Have to browse more.

After so much waiting, I gave fish to Iniya and she loved it. I dont eat fish and so I dont know how to buy fish. There are a certain variety of fish that I wanted to give her and I did not know how to find them in Seoul. but here, its easy to find them coz people know the indian name of the fish too!

I made Sear fish fry(Vanjiram meen in Tamil). But for iniya I jus gave Steamed fish.
Here is the recipe for Sear fish fry:

Sear fish pieces
Garlic paste
Red Chilly powder
black pepper powder
Turmeric powder
salt to taste
lemon juice

Method:

mix all the ingredients to make a paste ( except fish). Use the lemon juice to make paste. no water should be added. Now coat the fish with this paste marinate for 30 mins.
Take a flat pan, pour 2-3 tspns of oil, and fry the fish each side for 2mins or until cooked.

Thats it!! This is a very tasty fish. It has only the middle bone so its easy to eat it without fishing for small bones.
The last time I ate fish was when I was in my 2nd grade. After that I ate fish now! It was yummy!


Will post soon!


Thursday, June 23, 2011

In Kuwait

So after a long waiting time of 3 months I landed in Kuwait with Iniya. God, I just hate being separated from Arul. All I want is to just be near him whatever happens. But these visa procedures are forcing us to stay separate fr some days. I told Arul I dont want this to happen again. But he said that if we have to move to some place else we will have to go through it. Huhhh...

Anywayz we have kinda settled down here.Before we came Arul had rented the house and bought furnitures and other house stuff. So it was kinda easy fr me. But poor Arul he must have had a tough time going around in this hot place to set up the house.

Kuwait is so damn hot. Ofcoz coz its a desert. As of now all I can say is the place has everything that you need to cook Indian stuff, coz that was the main problem when we were in Korea. There are many malls around. And transportaion is the main problem for us as we have to get the driving license yet. His company's rul changed this year saying that they will give the letter to be submitted fr DL only after 1 year. So we have to use taxis which are not so easy like in Korea. We cant walk anywhere coz of the hot sun. So if a taxi has to come near your doorstep they charge more.

I will have to wait till October to take a walk outside. All in all, Arul knows I am not quite happy with the place. But we do have good savings here. And Arul likes the workplace. But I have told him that we will have to try to relocate somewhereelse after 2-3 years. Lets see what happens.

Iniya is going to be 17 months now and she is growing up so fast! She understands most of what we say and its amazing! I just cant believe the baby that small has grown up in front of my eyes yet she looks like the same Iniya on day 1.

I just feel I dont know hwo to handle her and her tantrums most of the time.
Now a days she asks me to play with her all the time and am finding it difficult. So I am looking around for daycares so that she can start socialising. She likes kids bigger than her and tries to call them. So I hope I am able to find a place for her.

And now a days I seem to be cooking daily in a proper schedule more because the internet here is not so fast as in Korea and so it is taxing to browse.

The best thing about coming here is that Arul comes home at 3.30 PM everyday like clockwork!!!!! I love it. In Korea he used to leave home at 6 30 and come home by 7 30PM. If he had more work sometimes 10PM. Here he leaves at 6 40AM. So Arul has a lot of time to play with Iniya. I dont know when I can get some time alone with Arul.

Was in a hurry typing the post coz I have to do it before iniya wakes up from her nap. I will try to make a post sooner!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Moving!!!

I know that I have not been writing any posts for a long time now. Iniya is just not allowing me to sit with the laptop for a long time. She is 11 months 3 weeks old now! And her latest activity is learning to jump!

I wanted to post today coz I would like to share the news that we are moving to India in 2 days! And then may be after 2-3 months to another country after we get the visa processed! My husband has got a job there and the reasons we are moving are not much! More earnings and English schooling for Iniya. In Korea, the international schools are not affordable, and the local schools only teach in Korean.

I think I will be missing Korea a lot! I have not gone to many places in Korea and I think I should atleast try to explore the next country we are going to. And also try to blog more. May be I should take an oath or something to do that!

Well, I wish all my blog friends All the best for their future endeavors! And I hope we can stay in touch through the blog and grow! I will miss you all so much though we haven't met in person!

I shall start blogging again after I reach and settle down in the new place!
Wish you all a happy and healthy life!

Monday, August 16, 2010

6 months 1 week- Updates!!!

Yeah I know I had been lazy enough to just not sit and write some posts. But I do keep reading my friend's blogs. I always hope that I should keep writing frequently, but still...

Iniya is now 6 months old, and there have been so many developments! Its amazing to see her grow. At times, I just cant believe that she was the same tiny lil bean that I saw on the U/S screen when I was like 6 weeks pregnant!

Iniya has started eating solids. These are the foods that she enjoys (kinda):
1. Rice Cereal
2. Wheat cereal
3. Carrot
4. Potato
5. Pumpkin
6. Banana
7. Apple

She eats some 1/4th of the soft rice cracker that I got from E-mart. It is so nice to see her eating it by herself.



I will be introducing Lentils when she starts her 7th month. It is supposed to meet the protein needs. Also it is a major part of our daily food.
I will have to try the soup that my doc in India had suggested. Presuure cook a small pices of carrot, potato, beetroot along with 1 cumin seed, 1 black pepper ball along with water. Remove the cumin and pepper seed and then make it into soup. I will have to try this.

Iniya has started crawling and she does so many stunts. Most of the time I leave her on the playmat and she is happy to play alone with some toys. A few weeks back she was demanding that I should sit with her 24/7. But now she even allows me to cook and she watches me as she plays. She is licking whatever comes within a few inches of her mouth. And all that biting and pulling with teeth.
She is also learning to drink from her sippy. I had got the Nuby soft spout sippy for her. She just takes a few sips and then starts biting the spout and pulling it. When I say No, she smiles at me and does it again. And expects me to say No to her. She crawls all over the mat, but once she comes out of the mat to the wooden floor, she stops after a few crawls. Its slippery for her. Her motivation to crawl is to touch the table legs, chair legs etc and lick them.
She is able to pass toys from one hand to another which she has been doing for a month now. She has started to cry when we try to take away the toy that she is holding AND LICKING. If not licking, then no cries.





One major happening activity now is Potty training! Yayyyyy! It is kinda potty training. In India, very few use diaper and most of them are just with panties or bare. Yeah, they have panties for 1 month old babies! Cute lil ones. They keep wiping the pees and poops off the floor, and washing the bums. I was a bit scared to do all those coz I became hooked to the diapers from her birth. But there are a few babies and their moms who have been a big motivation for me.
My friend S's baby was like 8 months old when I saw her, and she never wore diapers in the house. And after a while, when she was like 1.2 yrs old, she was able to say that she was peeing wheile she peed in her diaper when we were in the park. It was amazing.
I have been reading Mama Seoul's blog for quite some time now. When I saw her post about EC, and her daughter Eva's pic , I thought, Why not?
From Iniya's birth, I have been associating the grunting sound whenever she poops. Whether she makes that sound or not, I do. Slowly by 4 months, she became aware of it. Her general potty time is 6 AM as soon as he gets up. If she had not pooped, I would put her on the mat, and make the grunting sound, and she would poop. I was doing this only whenver she had not pooped on her own. MOst of the days she would have ppop in her diaper coz I useually get up only after she gets up. cleaning all the poop off her bum was a tedious job, and she also lost her patience to be still. So I got an idea. I bought an infant toilet insert. And veer since then, I watch her closely for any signs that she does for pooping, and then I run with her to the toilet. Cool thing is she also waits till I put her on the toilet.
I am also doing this for peeing. big problem here is she pees every 30 mins or 1 hr. And am not able to figure it out properly still. First few days, I put her on the toilet, and opend the water. She peed. Then I just staretd making the 'Shhhh' sound and she now pees for that. If she doesnt get pee, she cries, so I take her off.
I have misssed a lot os peees and have ended up wiping the floor and washing her. But still I find using the EC kinda amazing. It gives me a sense of accomplishment :-)

Its ben a very long post already. And Iniya has woken up from sleep. I shall be back soon hopefully!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Monday, March 22, 2010

6 weeks today!

Yay! Iniya is 6 weeks old! She is growing up fast and she knows what she wants!! And she wants me to talk to her the whole time she is awake! And boy am I having a very difficult time getting her to sleep. Making her sleep in her crib has been a total failure. Every night I think that I should persist in putting her down in her crib. But by the time she sleep I get so tired that I don't want to wake her up by keeping her down!
She is now sleeping in the hammock that we borrowed from our friend who lives here. Their baby can no longer use it! So much thanks to them, she sleeps in it well. But still I don't think she can sleep in it when she grows. So I want her to sleep in the crib. How do I do the magic?? She just cant tolerate the flat surface of the bed or the crib. However tired or sleepy, she wakes up :-(
I had my 6 week check up and doc told everything is fine. And gave the go ahead for exercising. I just don't know how I am going to reduce my weight. I just don't feel like looking at myself. now I like the way I looked when I was pregnant :-D
I don't have the hope that my stomach will be what it used to be :-( I am not bothered about the stretch marks, but the belly! How will I be able to manage my time with her and do the exercise plus the house chores ??!$#@#!!!
Well, I guess I will have to be really efficient enough in planning my daily activities.

Here are some pics of Iniya!