My daughter was ill

What is more frustrating for a mom than her baby being ill?

Last week, it was a hard week for me. First, she got some light fever. Then, she got hives. And, last, I found out that she got an infection.

My husband and I brought her to the pediatrician last Saturday. Then, we went for some pizza at Izzi Pizza. She loves Pizza so much, I don't know whether it was the medicines or the pizza that made her get well.

About the infection, I have to's my fault. Previously, I was so busy with deadlines and I let the maid took care of her. And, it seemed that the maid doesn't really care about health and hygiene.

So, now, everything about my baby is under my control. She's my everything and I hate it when she's not feeling well.

Know what, one of those nights, I didn't sleep until 2.30 am, watching her breathing like a paranoid! I bet I'm not the only one doing that, am I?

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By Nadiah Alwi - Write at Home Mom On Monday, March 24, 2008 At 8:51 PM | 7 opinion(s), wanna share yours? |

American Idol, YouTube and Me

Why do I care so much about AI? Or, any other singing contest?

I've been asking myself the question for such a long time.

But, today, watching those AI Top 11, I found the answer.

I shed a tear when Simon commented on David Archuletta and Syesha Mercado--I felt their happiness. I felt for the others who got some critics from the judges. It was like I was the one who was singing on that stage and got commented.

I thought, previously, it was simply because I loved Simon's comments--whatever it would be. But then, why did I also try my best to watch Indonesian Idol? Obviously, there was no Simon there--well, it was nicer to watch after Anang became one of the judges.

So, why?

The answer that I found out today is that I wished that I could be one of the contestants. Yeah, call me silly. I never take any courses on vocal or any other musical instruments. But, I love to sing. Singing makes me feel better when I'm sad. Singing makes me more excited when I'm happy. Well, maybe the fact that my Grandpa was a musician back then in his era might also be a good excuse for my passion in singing--BTW, it seems like my brother follows his path, not by singing but in music arrangement.

I wish I could sing in front of people and brought them into an atmosphere just by listening to my singing. It must be wonderful to do.

And, in any singing contests, not only can you perform but also learn from the judges' critics and learn from your mistakes. And, do better on the next performance.

So, yeah, I love to see the singing contests, seeing me in those contestants, pretending that I'm one of them while watching the show. Silly least for me.

Now, what about the YouTube thing that I mentioned on the title?

Well, in my country, the show is held every Thursday and the result on Sunday on local TV. On Thursday, I'm mostly still busy with my work or playing with my daughter, so I keep accidentally forgetting the schedule. On Sunday, I mostly go out, so again, I miss watching it.

But, thanks to YouTube, I can watch the show. And, I even can repeat it! Haha! This week, those whose performance I saw more than once were David A. and Syesha--last week, it was definitely Brooke's.

I should've not been depending on YouTube should I have cable. But, I don't. In my office back then, the company subscribed to cable. So, my bosses (one Indian man and two Indonesians) and I watched the show together. It was fun because we had our own idols and I tried my best not to shade a tear whenever I got touched by a performance or two because the bosses might have teased me and I hate to get embarrassed.

Oh, singing contests are always emotional for me...

And, besides YouTube, thanks to this nice man who always reminds me (accidentally, of course through his journals about AI) to watch the show...I never miss it...although through YouTube. And, thanks to all those people uploading the performances.

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By Nadiah Alwi - Write at Home Mom On Friday, March 21, 2008 At 10:10 AM | 1 opinion(s), wanna share yours? |

Ramiele Malubay and David Archuletta Will Go to the Top 2!

Ramiele Malubay and David Archuletta Will Go to the Top 2!

I have just seen Ramiele's performances and I like her!

But, know what...she looks like an Indonesian artist, Happy Salma!

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By Nadiah Alwi - Write at Home Mom On Sunday, March 09, 2008 At 10:50 AM | 2 opinion(s), wanna share yours? |

David, You Ease My Rough Day

I had such a depressing day, yesterday (Saturday). So, I thought, some blogthings quizzes might help:

You Make a Good First Impression

You probably are making a much better impression than you realize.

Social situations can be a bit awkward for you at times, and you tend to over think what you say and do.

If you make a social faux pas, you remember it a lot longer than anyone else does.

Just relax and do your best. There are little things you can do to improve your social image.

Express more of an interest in the people around you, and be a good listener.

The secret of fascinating people is that they find everyone else fascinating!

How You Life Your Life

You seem to be straight forward, but you keep a lot inside.

You tend to avoid confrontation and stay away from sticky situations.

You tend to have one best friend you hang with, as opposed to many aquaintences.

You have one big dream in your life, and you never lose sight of it.

People Definitely Like You

You are very well liked, and many people admire you.

You are friendly, well mannered, and fun to be around.

Of course, you're not perfect... but that's okay.

Your friends are usually willing to accept you for who you are!

What People Don't Like About You:

People don't like that you can't defend your values and beliefs. You seem unreasonably stubborn.

People don't like that you seem unnatural and stiff at times. You sometimes give off an impression of being standoffish or fake.

People don't like that you secretly are annoyed by them. You may think they can't tell, but they can.

What People Like About You:

People like that you take responsibility for your actions and admit your mistakes. They appreciate your maturity.

People like that you're interesting and intriguing. You always have something interesting to say.

People like that you don't gossip or talk poorly of others. They trust that you will speak positively about them too.

You Follow Your Heart

You're romantic, sentimental, and emotional.

You tend to fall in (and out of) love very quickly.

Some may call you fickle, but you can't help where your emotions take you.

You've definitely broken a few hearts, but you're not a heartbreaker by nature.

Your intentions are always good, even if they change with the wind

The Keys to Your Heart

You are attracted to those who are unbridled, untrammeled, and free.

In love, you feel the most alive when your partner is patient and never willing to give up on you.

You'd like to your lover to think you are optimistic and happy.

You would be forced to break up with someone who was ruthless, cold-blooded, and sarcastic.

Your ideal relationship is open. Both of you can talk about everything... no secrets.

Your risk of cheating is low. Even if you're tempted, you'd try hard not to do it.

You think of marriage as something that will confine you. You are afraid of marriage.

In this moment, you think of love as something you don't need. You just feel like flirting around and playing right now.

You Are 57% Passionate, 43% Compassionate

You possess an ideal balance of passion and compassion.

You definitely can get swept away and lose your head a little.

But you're rarely a fool for love!

What Your Pizza Reveals

Your appetite is pretty average. You don't go overboard - but you don't deprive yourself either.

You are a very picky pizza eater. Not any pizza will do. You fit in best in the Northeast part of the US.

Your taste in food tends to favor what's rich and comforting. You prefer food that will definitely satisfy you.

You are generous, outgoing, and considerate with your choices.

You are carefree and friendly. You should consider traveling to Hawaii.

The stereotype that best fits you is geek. You're the type most likely to order pizza to avoid leaving your computer.

In a way, they did help a little bit.

But, it was David Archuletta's singing that made me feel better!

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By Nadiah Alwi - Write at Home Mom On Sunday, March 02, 2008 At 12:55 AM | 3 opinion(s), wanna share yours? |

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