Time To Unwind For A Not So Happy Homemaker …

A Happy Saturday to you, dear friends 😀

What better way to unwind from a busy schedule or destress than listening to our favourite songs, especially retro songs that bring back fond memories…..just let go and tune out whatever is happening out there, …. relax and enjoy the music.

This week, the Malaysians got hit by 2 pieces of bad news – a 41 % immediate increase in the price of petrol and a 18 % hike in electricity tariffs starting on the 1st of next month. Needless to say, these will trigger a chain reaction in everything getting more expensive soon. In fact, the transportation companies for goods are already asking for a 40 % to 60 % increase in their charges. Just do a simple math calculation and we get a pretty grim picture of things to come. 😯 🙄

As a homemaker who oversees the household/utilities, family and food expenses, this means I will have to be more frugal to adjust to the higher cost of living, while making sure that my family can still have a happy, comfortable and healthy lifestyle. Sigh….I am not happy this week and so are most Malaysians … never mind, it’s time for me to switch off these problems just for a short while, relax, listen to some of my favourite retro songs and things will surely seem brighter tomorrow …. 😆

1985 – Billy Ocean – Caribbean Queen

1985 – Stevie Wonder – Part Time Lover

1987 – Bon Jovi – Livin’ On Prayer

1984 – Rockwell – Somebody’s Watching Me

1986 – Wang Chung – Everybody Have Fun Tonight

1984 – Daryl Hall & John Oates – Out Of Touch

1979 – Electric Light Orchestra – Last Train To London

1979 – Kool And The Gang – Ladies’ Night

Good Night and Sweet Dreams! 😀


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  1. 1

    sweetrosie said,

    Dear choesf, we are continents apart but still sharing the same kinds of problems. Our prices have also skyrocketed, with more increases to come. Petrol and food are the hardest hit items. I am finding it harder and harder to make ends meet in a way that gives me satisfaction.
    I hate having to deprive my family in regards food. My decisions have been to try and serve 2 vegetarian meals a week – using lentils or beans or egg, and to cut out as much as possible things like crisps, biscuits expensive meats etc Not that we ever ate so much of these things before but now it will be even less 🙂 I am trying to spend no more than $5 per main meal on the meat/fish/chicken part of it. This is hard when you are cooking for 4!(Myf’s BF is over every night for his dinner…) I have also stopped buying fruits and vegies from the supermarket. I’ll go to the fruit shop now and choose whatever is in season and on special. I should buy in bulk more (onions, rice etc) but I really do not have anywhere to store anything.
    Milk I can’t cut back on, and you have to buy bread so that’s kind of fixed.
    dear choesf, I’m putting a couple of our weekly supermarket flyers in an envelope today to post to you this week. You can have a look at what our general prices are like.
    Isn’t it so hard?
    Happy Sunday dear – we’ll get through this – we’ll be fine. At least we are luckier than most and know how to economise in the kitchen. Some poor folk who can’t cook would be desperate.
    With love and a big *HUG*


  2. 2

    Kay said,

    Nothing is left untouch these days.
    One thing affect the other and it continues on and on.
    Just have to either cut back or do more planning.


  3. 3

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Happy Sunday, dear sweetrosie and Kay 😀

    The skyrocketing prices of things is a global issue, and everybody from the middle to lower income group will feel the pinch. Our staple food, rice, is almost doubled in price and these days, my family is having more pasta, bread and potato in our meals. Yes, planning for meals is getting more complex. Luckily, we have home cooked meals 90% of the time and I empathise with those that eat out mostly because that is going to cost a lot more.

    Hehe, sweetrosie, if I convert the prices of your foodstuff in Australia to the Malaysian Ringgit, I think I will faint (“pengsan” in Malay). 😆

    Yep, we are creatures of evolution and we will adapt and get use to all this. 😉

    With love and hugs,

    choesf 😀


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