- you enter a certain 'territory'.
- gotta get your lil 'troops' in check.
- constantly screaming while giving orders to your 'troops'.
- must make sure your lil 'troops' are safe.
- 'armed' with a list, it's a race with time to look for items on that list, with the help of your 'deputy'.
- at times must separate from 'deputy' to divide and conquer.
- must do all this before the 'tiny time-bomb' starts going off.
- at the same time making sure there's minimal damage to self, physically and especially mentally.
yup. war zone.
my troops comprise of khaleef, kahfi and kazim, and yes, my deputy is my trusted pillow-partner mr. khairul. haha. we usually do our shopping at geant (yes, it's giant kot, spelled geant) at ibn battuta mall because it's the closest to our place, and it's right next to the foodcourt.
try not to go grocery shopping when you're hungry - you'd be picking up more (food) than you need!
the grocery list
as the 'general' of the army, it's always my duty to prepare the grocery list. i think it's common that the mommy is in charge of the list, right? how bout in your home?
i always have a little notebook ready on top of the microwave, with a pen - so that whenever something finished up, or i noticed i needed something that isn't there - i straight away write it down. at the end of the week, the list should by then be filled with items to be bought!
having a grocery list is important!
- you won't forget anything
- this will avoid 2-3 more return trips to the store within 1-2 weeks
- helps you stick with what you really NEED, rather than WANT (like junk food)
- saves time without trying to think of what you might be needing
- try to group the items when you list them out - like frozen food, vegetables or cleansing product - to make it easier to go from isle to isle accordingly
however, mr. khairul always has a way of adding up to the list while we're there with his red bulls drinks, white choc toblerone or some vegetable he wants me to cook...
also, i'm lucky that khaleef and kahfi don't ask (or demand) for any chocs, cookies or ice-cream as we walk around the isles, and throw tantrums when they don't get what they want - and even when they do, they would just say 'owh, ok' when i said 'no'. i hope this doesn't change with age!
the shopping cart/trolley
we usually bring two strollers - one for kazim, and another one for kahfi. while grocery shopping, of course it's impossible to push two strollers AND a shopping cart so we would fold up kahfi's stroller which is smaller and keep it inside the cart.
the space in shopping cart is already taken by khaleef and kahfi, their shoes and the folded-up stroller, so we're pushing around a huge chunk of weight even before we start shopping!
however, this is a good way to make sure the boys stay safe inside the trolley while going around the hypermart, without me experiencing hyperventilation calling their names or worse - finding them missing!
fun facts when the kay family goes grocery shopping!
- from across the hypermart, i hear shouts of 'mak! mak! where are you, mak!!!' that's always how mr. khairul is able to locate me after we separate
- i sometimes feel like everyone within 5 miles radius of the hypermart knows my kids name by the end of our shopping trip because of my constant scream for them to stay put or keep quiet
- i could be at one end of the fruit section, and mr. khairul could be at the other end of the vege section, and he shouts, "ambik pisang!" ha? "pisang!" ape? "pi! sang! pisang!" oh! okay!
- i might find a box of winnie the pooh instant pasta, or strawberry milk and couldn't remember taking that from the shelf (khaleef!!!)
- when kazim starts crying, the race begins to push the shopping cart like mad, rush to the cashier, pay and leave!
war zone or not - at the end of the day, taking your kids to the hypermart is part of spending valuable time with your kids - with endless isles of so many different categories of items, the kids definitely learn -
- they learn about grouping the items
- they learn fruits and vegetable names
- they can count certain items like the number of apples you're bagging, or the number of sardine can you're taking
so far, after taking 3 boys for grocery shopping, i still came out sane - so, so far so good! please, please, please be this way for the next 15-16 years or so! hihi.