Monday, 29 September 2008

Happy Holidays

We are off for this week.

We will be down in Singapore. It seems a couple of friends are heading there too, so we are gonna meet up.

For ourselves, we will be driving down with the boys and my mom and will be staying with my sis. It's suppose to be quite a happening trip, with a birthday party for a 4 year old girl, plus it's suppose to be Children's Day in Singapore on October 1st.

Have a good week, every one,
Selamat Hari Raya to our Muslim friends.

My sister's family

Sunday, 28 September 2008

Moans and Groans

I lay on the bed feeling my muscle tensed.
I arched my back a little and then back down.
I moved my hips slowly, up and down...
My eyes closed, feeling every little sensation.
I was panting.

Gadget-daddy rubbed me a little on the belly.
"You OK?"
"Mmm... yeah," I whispered back.
He brush my hair back a little with his fingers and looked at me most lovingly.
Both the boys were asleep downstairs.
We are at last alone in the room.

Well... my dear readers... it's not what you think.
Just teasing you a little...

Just before the lying down on the bed,...

I had just changed the sheets on our king-size bed. Mind you, a non-spring but firm mattress is a lot heavier than a spring one.
Then I mopped the floor and mopped the stairs from downstairs to upstairs. (Reason being that my bucket of water is from the bathroom upstairs and I did not want my footprints left trailing on the wet stairs. And I was ready to head for a nap.) That's really putting a test on the back.

And while I was doing all that, Gadget-daddy was also getting ready for a nap:
unwinding with a round of some stealth game (Splinter Cell) on his X-box.

Yeah, we get ready for bed (nap even) very differently.

He finished and came into the room just as I was doing a back-roll, trying to relief my back off the backache. Oh, could I feel every creak and crack of it. It's hard to mop the floor being 4.5 months pregnant. But I know I'm only half way through this 9 month marathon! Phooof.

And then we fell asleep within 5 minutes.
This is the bit of just before the whole house was asleep in the last post.

(And now as I am getting ready for bed, Gadget-daddy is again on his X-box - the same game. We are all creatures of habit. Hehehe... Good night.)

Saturday, 27 September 2008

All Snoozes

We took the boys out late this morning.

As we were heading out, Gadget-daddy's bro pointed out that we have a flat.

The boys were already in the car, so Gadget-daddy quickly put on the spare and the boys had quite an exciting trip to the mechanics. They were fascinated by all the jacks, the cars without tires, the testing of tires in water to looks for bubbles and all the electric screwdrivers (not really, sorry, don't know the actual term) that screwed and unscrewed the tires.

"Look, Mom, just like Guido in a pit stop."

Then (the original plan) we headed to the Science Center to return some books, only to discover that the library is already closed for the upcoming Raya break.

After a long time of exploring, we finally managed to get the boys out of the Science Center. Mommy and Gadget-daddy were already tired, especially after the tire drama in the morning. Still the boys wanted to have their favourite lunch at their favourite restaurant: pasta at Marco's Pizza.

After that both boys fell asleep in the car on the back.
By the time we got home it was 3pm.

When we got home we found both Grandpa and Grandma already started on their nap while we were out. So we put the boys in their hammock swing and we too climbed into bed and snoozed.

The whole house was asleep...except maybe one of the dogs.

What a quiet Saturday afternoon in our house.

P/S: We were suppose to go for a wedding but we were actually too tired to think of dressing up and heading to a not so familiar place. We shall make up for it at the wedding dinner tomorrow night. Sorry, Min.

Friday, 26 September 2008

Funny Cuties

My boys can sometimes be very fun and funny, especially when they are trying to escape sleep. Here are a few clever dress-ups.

My Jedi Knights:
Not like they know anything of Star Wars yet, but they were playing with Daddy's raincoat.

Funny Bunny:
Max started this when he insisted he was going to put on his own pajamas.
He had no problems with the pants, but the shirt was tricky.

After that both of them decided they would be a couple of bunnies with floppy ears (the sleeves).

Recently I ordered a 3-D book through Micah's school.
Here are they boys taking turns having a look at Polar animals in 3-D.
(Mommy used her hair band to help hold the glasses down.)

Have a good weekend.

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

A Good Night Indeed

Oh, I can't believe it. They boys were both asleep by 9.30pm!!

Micah skipped his nap and Max only has a short nap - the journey back from Micah's school. He woke up just as I turned into our road.

So I have already done my happy visits to my fellow blog buddies and now am ready to sleep...

Well, still waiting for my friend to call to update me about her side of the world.

Already said my good night to my beloved across the sea.

Good night.

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Ready, Set, Sleep.

6 pm and both the boys are asleep!!!

I had tried to coax them to nap from the time we got back about 1.30 pm. But they played, then said they were hungry and ate noodles, then played some more.

By 4.30 pm, I decided that it'll be good to keep them up till maybe 8pm and have them knocked out. So we went to play downstairs. Unfortunately Micah was already feeling the tiredness in his head, so he was whiny and did not play well with his brother. He asked for milk in his bottle. A sign of "I am going to sleep now" definitely.
He fell asleep at 5.30pm.

Then I saw Max yawn. He too became whiny. Moaned about wanting to watch Cars on Youtube, but the moment we got to the room, he crashed onto the bed and asked for "nan-nan". He was asleep within the minute.

Now I wonder what time are they going to wake up, what till will they sleep tonight and how am I going to get them up tomorrow for school.

These are the days their clocks are just a chaos.

A Mommy-brain Funny

It's been said that when a woman is pregnant, or when she is dealing with a new born, a certain part of her brain fails to function properly because of her pre-occupation with an additional demand for attention.

Last Friday, before we went to bed, I removed my contact lenses, placed into the "baskets" and then realised I had run out of solutions.

So I took out the new box, decided it was time to change the jar and "baskets" (comes with ever new bottle but I only change mine with every 2 or 3 bottles of solutions). I replaced the contact lenses, filled up the jars and screwed in the baskets.

The next day when I went to put my lenses on, to my horror, the "baskets" were empty!

I went to look under the sink (keep some stuff to be recycled in a bag till it's full and send it off) and discovered I had "thrown away" my lenses. Somewhere in between the changing of baskets and squirting out the solutions, with a couple of bottles and containers on the sink, it was like a puzzle.

Well, got them back, but had to re-soak them into the solutions. So was without my contact lenses for the whole of Saturday.

Sunday, 21 September 2008

I Want Daddy

This whole week Gadget-daddy was with us.

It was great as the boys got a lot of time with him. Now Max wants daddy to brush his teeth and night and not Mommy.
When it comes to brushing teeth before bedtime, Max would say, "Koh-koh first"
Then after I had finished with Micah, Max would then say, "I want Daddy. I want Daddy to brush for me."
(Ahh... one little job redirected to Daddy. :D)

Of course the better part and those that made a big difference was also that the boys got to go to the park some of the evenings when it was not raining. The mornings were also great: Gadget-daddy drove Micah to school, then he gets off to his office and Mommy spends the rest of the morning with Max until it was time to pick up Micah from school. Only once did we go home with out Gadget-daddy as he had some people to see in the office till later.

(We should have made some luncheon plans with friends working near his office, like you, Ann, but Gadget-daddy usually have to rush back to be on a conference call.)

Of course, with Gadget-daddy driving, Grandma stayed home in the mornings and did her own things. She must be relived too.

The only things was when Gadget-daddy when to refill the petrol yesterday, he realised the car was performing badly. I teased and said it must be the way he drives as he was driving us around the whole week. Then we remembered that the day before that he discovered that the tires were a little out of air. That had caused more friction, requiring more gas to go. I for one am glad he was driving this week. I doubt that I would have noticed it and thought something wrong with the engine.

This coming week Gadget-daddy will be off again. We will all miss him very much.

Saturday, 20 September 2008

Gadget-Daddy On Duty

Mommy's down with the sniffles. And because of nose-block last night, This morning I woke up with a bad sore throat and cough.
All these due to high stress for a couple of days.

Today I went to the doc's to get some medication, and after my first dose about 6.30pm, I went off to bed and slept till 11.30pm.

Instructions to Gadget-daddy:

The boys have porridge in the pot, but they should eat only after 8pm, as they had a snack about 6.30pm.
Only Micah will want yaw-char-kuey (a kind of fried dough usually eaten with rice porridge, dunk into coffee or just to munch) with his porridge.

I was totally knocked out. I knew the boys came into the room a couple of times, then they went off to play again. By the time it was 11.30pm, Gadget-daddy got their teeth brushed and into their diapers and PJ's.

Max came to nurse and that woke me up.
By 12am both the boys were asleep.

I took another round of meds and had something to eat.

Now I can't sleep. Still sniffing a little, but wish the doc had given a tonne more of lozenges as that would really make me feel better immediately.

Anyway, I checked with Gadget-daddy what they did. The boys:

Took their dinner, negotiated for a cold sparkling ribena,
watched Gadget-daddy on the Wii Fit for a while,
then played with the camera,
played with their toys.
Fought a little, but settled things between themselves.
Then came up to get ready for bed.

One things about the boys is that they know Gadget-daddy is stricter when it comes to getting to the job. They are never dawdling. Also they know negotiation is harder with Gadget-daddy, so they behave a lot better than when Mommy's the one calling out the orders.

Kids. They are just so smart. They know what they can get away with with whom.

OK.. should go lie down now.

Have a good weekend, fellow bloggers.

Micah took this shot:
Gadget-daddy set the camera on the tripod
and Micah angled the camera,
set it on the timer and got his bro to sit with him.

Thursday, 18 September 2008

Mommy Freezes Time

The last two days I have been watching my boys even more carefully and absorbing the wonder that they are.

When they are asleep, they are just perfect little angels.

With another one on the way I am certain that soon, sooner than we can imagine, I will have a lot less time with them. Already we are slowly talking to Max about starting school next year in January.

He would be just a little over 3 but at least he will be in the same school as Micah and they will be in the same class.

Micah's school is a small place where they do a cycle of a different syllabus each year, and they have like 6 in their file. So a child that goes to the school, regardless of age, will be learning the same as everyone else. Of course the expectation and assignments would vary according to each child's ability and progress. For this year there are only 12 students and 3 teachers plus 1 helper. Loads of personal attention and the teachers are properly trained on top of that. I am glad we got Micah into this place, although it's a 30 minutes drive from where we stay.

Of course if Max feels he is not ready for school, I will not push it. Actually, I think he will do pretty well there...but I am not sure about separation anxiety. As for right now, maybe because I am expecting, he is super clingy.

Anyway, sorry I digress, I have been watching the boys and am just drinking in how wonderful they are.

Micah is a sweet and sensitive boy. Today, while I dozed off on the couch for a 15 minutes catnap, he came and kissed me twice and said, "I love you, mom." Just because. Sometimes he will laugh at Max when he does something funny and say to me, "Isn't Max funny? He's so cute! I love you, Max," and cuddles his brother.

Micah is a lot more excited about babies than most kids his age. This is evident whenever his cousins visit from Singapore. He loves the little one and would wash his hands hundreds of times so that he could touch his face and tickle his chin.

Micah's tender-hearted towards animals too. He is especially fond of the cats and kittens in the back lane. Not too crazy about the dogs because the puppy tends to jump on him and the old one just stares from his lazy pose. So he will fuss over the kittens, try to get something for them to eat. Carries them about. Pat them and scratch them behind their ears.

Max is a total cutie. He plays so well by himself that it's really amusing to watch him talk to the cars, or pretend to cook something for you in the kitchen. Sometimes he will repeat conversations from the cartoon and giggle to himself, then come look for you and repeat the same joke again.

Today he was busy pretending to be a doctor with a make-shift stethoscope. It's actually one of those suction hooks Grandma uses in the kitchen to hang some light utensils, i.e. peelers, etc., and that thing was attached to a lanyard normally used for name tags at conferences. So he hangs the "stethoscope" around his neck and says, "I am the doctor. Come, let me check you now." And he would put the suction pad end on the belly, on the back and on the chest. Then he would declare, "Ok. You're ok."

This little one has got the cutest and cheekiest grin that just makes all of us want to give him a bear hug, and often ask if we could "bite him". Hahahaha..

Time flies. Soon, it will be March 2009, and we will all be fussing over a new baby that demands more attention than these two. Then the boys will be going off to proper school and have loads of activities.

You two are a real miracle for Mommy and Daddy. We love you guys so so much.
There is never a day we forget to thank the Almighty God for you.

Monday, 15 September 2008

Wise Saying To Pass On To My Children

These were some things my late father had said to me over time at different periods of my life. Most of the time, I did not welcome them when said to me, as I felt he did not understand me nor what I felt.

There are also statements he made at random too, sometimes after reading the papers, sometimes in our late night drives across town for his cravings of a certain noodle, etc.

But today, many of these wise words are carried in my heart and memory, and they have proved to be true.

My children, here are the words of your departed grandpa.
Here's what I remember (at random):

Do not trouble Trouble unless Trouble troubles you.

As you grow older, you will have less friends. You actually need only a few good friends.

The people that you love is precious. But it's like a bird in your hand. Squeeze it too hard and it'll die. With no care, be careless, and it'll slip out of your hand, never to return.

There is nothing new* under the sun. Life is a cycle, like a fashion that comes back round after a few decades.

If you think you are so smart, then you're quite stupid, because there'll always be someone smarter than you.

You cannot always have what you want, but you can be happy with what you have. When you're at the sea, don't yearn to see a tiger. When in the mountains don't expect to see a whale.

Friends will fail you. So sorry. Move on. Your family is the only thing you'll have at the end.

Every one (everything) must die one time or another. You must move on until it's your turn.

Sanity is all that counts. People are just crazy or not crazy.

Don't pressure anyone into a dead end. Always let them have a way out. Like any animal that is cornered, it'll turn around and be vicious.

Sometimes in life, you need to backtrack and take a different path (apparently he said there's this Chinese saying about taking the corner again but on the second time, things have changed. Kinda like that phrase about jumping into the same , but a different river every time you take a plunge, come out and jump in again. It's this whole time and cosmic thing concept).

Don't blame anyone for your mistakes. Don't blame God and don't use God's Name in vain. So many wars were declared in God's name and all kinds of evil and wrongdoings have been done in the name of God.

Fear God and love your wife. But some men love God but fear their wife.

Those who can give financially, give money; those who cannot, give sweat.

Your past will eventually catch up to you.

Self-pity is no pity.

Watch how you talk, especially in your tone. Don't always stir up a fight. Don't make people so angry that they want to kill you.

Anger is temporary insanity. That's why you have manslaughter.

You must have self-control. You cannot simply kiss someone you like and you cannot just beat up someone you dislike.

I don't know why all these men want so many women. One woman is trouble enough.

Money is always the first reason family fight about.

Always take care of your mother.


I am sure there are more that will surface at some unexpected time, but shall leave this as it is for now.

*I am sure he did not refer to technology, but rather with regards to life and the challenges and triumphs of living.

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Pampering Our Men... and Vice-versa

Was reading this post at Mumsgather the other day, and I have to say:

These are the things I do to pamper Gadget-daddy:

Greet him at the door when he gets home, unless I am engaged with the kids, or did not hear him come in.

Get him his dinner, as in, dish out the rice and make sure what Mil cooked is OK for him (he is one Malaysian who does not take chilly and is 95% carnivorous). Otherwise, I will make him a couple of fried eggs or fried rice.

Get him water after meals and whenever he requests for one.

Make him tea, pour him juice, herbal tea, etc.

Make him a late dinner/ supper even after I'm already all ready for bed.

Cover him when he's asleep in case he gets cold in the middle of the night.

Be his pedicurist.

Give him a massage - back. legs, shoulders - where it's hurting, whenever needed. Usually after a strenuous badminton or basketball game.

Make sure there's a never ending supply of soap and shampoo and hair gel in the bathroom. (Isn't it like magic that these never run out? :D)

Make sure laundry is done in time for his travels.

Pack his bag for him when he/we have to travel.

Stay up to keep him company if he has to work late - Hahaha... that's when I go visiting you blog buddies.

Pampering Mommy, Gadget-daddy will:

Give a back rub frequently, especially these days.

Give me a good back scrub in the showers.

Do chores willingly upon request: laundry (excluding ironing), changing bed sheets, feeding the boys, bathing the boys, picking up after the boys.

Let me choose what to do on a Saturday.

Watch the boys so I can have lunch with a friend.

Attend to all my fuss, whines and cries regarding glitches on the computer.

Sit up in the middle of the night to lend me a shoulder to cry on and hear my complains.

Pour water for me after meals, should he finish first.

Make the effort to get us out on a date when the boys are taking their nap on a Saturday.


I'm sure there are more to list down, but, Oh... need to hit the hay. Actually promised Gadget-daddy I'd sleep early... Opps.
Sorry, Honey.

Anyone interested to put up your list? :)

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

How to Play

Micah: Mommy, I want a new train set.

Micah loves train and is always asking for a new train set. The thing is...

Mommy: But you already have so many trains. More than you can play at a time. And you always break the tracks. Some of your trains can still go, but they have no tracks, so they can't run. And some of them are broken because you crash them. So how to buy you new ones? It's just wasting money.

But at the back of my mind, a little voice asks: But isn't this how play is suppose to be? Toys aren't meant to last forever anyway.

How now brown cow?
Anyone? Guys, especially, is this how play is to be - I mean for the boys?

Photo taken: July 2006

Photo taken: July 2007

Monday, 8 September 2008

The "If" Tag

5"If"s that would have made your life somewhat different today.

1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. List 5 things that could make your life very different should it come true.
3. Tag 5 other people.

1. If Gadget-daddy and I had not courted so long we'd probably be having our 5th or 6th kid now.

I had always enjoyed being in a 5-kids family and love kids. Gadget-daddy loves them too, and if we had started out having kids earlier, I guess I'd be carrying maybe our 5th or 6th one now. Of course I can't imagine what a circus it'd be, but it'd also be heaps of fun.

2. If Gadget-daddy had gotten posted to Belgium right after he graduated, I suppose I'd be ice-skating, skiing and speaking French today.

He had a job offer, they really wanted him, but the work permit could not go through. It was quite exciting at that time for us to think of staying in Europe, but my Dad was also getting pretty sick at that time, so I must say God works everything out well for all of us somehow. The more important things anyway.

3. If I we were staying on our own, I'd probably be cooking more like Lia. :)

Lots of home made bread and milk in the fridge. Healthy meals baked in ovens and easy recipes to whip up. I'd do this one thing I learnt from my MiL: boil a good pot of soup which is used as base for cooking vege or making rice porridge or eating noodle soup. She even uses the soup to cook our rice in sometimes so that it's extra tasty and nutritious.

4. If I had insisted on changing school in my pre-U days, I would never had met Gadget-daddy.

I wanted to do English Literature and heard it was not offered in St. John's (where Gadget-daddy and I met). But due to government's red tape, I was informed that I could only make a school transfer after school strted, and that it would take up to 6 months to actually change school. Too much time wasted, I figured and stuck to where I was. And in the end, I did manage to do English Lit in St.John's, though it was more like a private tutorials with a couple of friends and some students from 2 other schools. Well, the rest is history.

5. If I had not stopped, I'd have ended under a bus.

Here's the story:
I was taking the public bus to school. I usually head out while it's still dark, abotu 30 mins before sunrise. One morning, as I had cossed a road, I made a jump for the curb, as I saw a bus speeding down the road. As I jumped up, my school bag's strap snapped and my bag fell onto the road. I was going make a jump for it when I felt something* made me stop short. Right at the edge of the curb when I stopped, I saw my school bag crushed under the bus. That could have been me. I was actually in a state of shock, and just picked up my bag - what it had become, and hugged it the rest of the way. Only when I got to school I broke into tears when I told a few friends what happened. Everything was wet from a crushed water bottle I had in my bag. Amazingly the calculator in the bag still worked, despite a crumpled durface.

So what are your 5 "if"s:

* Actually I would say I felt it was the voice of God that rang an alarm in me that said STOP, while my human instict was to jump and grab my bag.

Friday, 5 September 2008

Tagged by Infant

Tagged (by Infant)

Name: Kin

Sisters: 2
Brothers: 2
Shoe size: 8/9
Height : 5'4"

Where do you live: With my in-laws, or they with us. Either way to put it.

Favourite drinks: water, tea, milo.
Favourite breakfast: Nasi lemak/ chee-cheong-fun.

Have you ever been on a plane?: Y
Swam in the ocean : Y, just not in the middle of it.

Fallen asleep at school : Y
Broken someone’s heart: Not that I know of...

Fell off your chair : Y
Sat by the phone all night waiting for someone to call: Y

Saved e-mails: mostly

What is your room like : Kids stuff and our stuff all over

What’s right beside you: Bed

What is the last thing you ate: Nasi lemak for lunch. Mil bought from market this morning.
Ever had chicken pox: Y
Sore throat: Y

Stitches: Y
Broken nose: N
Do you believe in love at first sight: N
Like picnics: Sure
Who was the last person you danced with: Micah and Max

Last made you smile: Micah

You last yelled at: Micah

Today did you:

Talk to someone you like: Y. Hubby called from Jakarta

Kissed anyone: Y (sloppy kisses from Max)

Get sick: N
Talk to an ex: No ex.
Miss someone: Y. Gadget-daddy

Eat: Breakfast and lunch.
Best feeling in the world: When the boys cuddle and say "I love you" at the end of the day.
Do you sleep with stuffed animals: Sometimes- Micah or Max might leave s toy in bed.
What’s under your bed: Dust.
Who do you really hate: No one.

What time is it now? 2:40pm

Is there a person who is on your mind now: Y. Hubby.
Do you want children: Hope to reach 4.
Do you smile often: Yes
Do you like your hand-writing: Yes. Had good training and influences from friends during school days.
Are your toe nails painted: N.

Whose bed other than yours would you rather sleep in: None.
What color shirt are you wearing now: Black.
What were you doing at 7:00 p.m. yesterday: Giving the boys their dinner.
I can’t wait till... : Hubby gets home tonite!
When did you cry last : Maybe yesterday...

Are you a friendly person: Y
Do you have any pets: Y. 2 dogs, some fishes and a terrapin.
Where is the person you have feelings for right now? Jakarta.
Did the last person you held hands with mean anything to you now? Y
Do you sleep with the TV on? Not usually, but have fallen asleep in front of the TV.

Have you ever crawled through a window?Think I did when a kid to help unlock a room from the inside.

Can you handle the truth? Y
Are you too forgiving?Maybe... guess it depends. Time does heal all wounds.
Are you closer to your mother or father?Last time father, now mother as dad's gone now.

Who was the last person you cried in front of? Gadget-daddy

How many people can you say you’ve really loved?: Besides hubby and immediate family, most of my friends.
Do you eat healthy? Not really by the way MiL cooks. Lots of good food, but not as healthy as before I got married.
Do you still have pictures of you & your ex? No ex to begin with.
Have you ever cried because of something someone said to you? Y
If you’re having a bad day, who are you most likely to go to? Gadget-daddy, Sisters.

Are you loud or quiet most of the time? Depends on the dynamics of a group, or if I am yelling at the kids or not. Hahaha...
Are you confident? Mostly appear to be so, but when I am nervous I'd say the most nonsensical things. It happened a couple of times in front of my last boss and director.

5 things I was doing 10 years ago:

1. Teaching in HELP Inst.

2. Working on my MA.

3. Wondering when it'll be best to get married.

4. Taking Dad to the hospital frequently.

5. Teaching in Sunday School.

5 things on my to-do list today: (make it tomorrow)
1. Go to Science Center to return library books.

2. Laundry.
3. Mop the floor.
4. Run errands.
5. Hope to catch a movie.

5 snacks I enjoy:
1. cream crackers dipped in milo.

2. peanut-butter and jam sandwich.

3. prawn crackers.

4. apple pie

5. cashew nuts.

5 things I would do if I were a billionaire:
1. Take my family on a holiday to North America - USA and Canada - to visit friends and relatives there.

2. Take my some friends for a weekend stay in Redang/ Bintan Island, or Maldives.

3. Run a restaurant that gives free soup everyday to everyone and anyone.

4. Start an NGO that offers free literacy classes to street people.

5. Build a retreat chalet at Fraser's Hill for anyone who needs some space to retain their sanity.

5 of my bad habits:
1. Grind my teeth when I sleep.

2. Nibble at the table before I sit for my meal.

3. Cry or keep silent when I am very angry.

4. Pick my teeth with my pinky's nail.

5. When overexcited, tends to interject into people's conversation.

I wanna tag:-




A Good-nite Note

Worked on a post, then thought it over exposing myself - not ready for that just yet...may or may not be published...

Caught up with buddies on my blogroll...had a good time. Was inspired to start on something...did start, just 2 lines, looked at the clock on the right corner of the screen...

Ok. I need to sleep. Tomorrow is Friday. Micah's favourite day of the week, because it's the "last day" of school. And me happy because Gadget-daddy comes home tomorrow.

Nite-nite for now...

Both my beautiful boys were asleep (at last!) at 11pm.

Hope no traffic jam tomorrow...


Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Tagged: With Memories

Got tagged by Ann.

1. In which month and year did you meet your husband for the first time?

Maybe August, 1990. Can't remember the month, but remembered the incident very clearly: It was at a Christian Fellowship meeting in St. John's and I was taking attendance.

2. In which month and year did you two officially starting dating?
17 February, 1994. After I finished my last assignment for that term, end of my first year in UM.

3. Where was the first dating place the two of you went to?
Erm.... can't remember...we were always together, like he would come pick me, or spend some time at my place or me at his place, involving family members, but mostly with other friends. How to count as date?
Maybe my 21st Birthday, but that was an accidental date, and we weren't officially dating... He came to take me out for dinner. Was suppose to bring a friend along, as a surprise, but could not contact her.

4. What was the most touching thing he did for you when you two were still dating?
Set up ICQ for me and patiently taught me how to use it before going off to finish his studies in UK.

5. How about after your marriage?
His presence and support during my father's funeral.

6. Share your lowest period of your life with him.
When I was going through a very heart-breaking experience...he never stayed away from me but braved all the storms with me and sometimes from me.
And also during my miscarriage in March 2008.

7. Share your happiest moment with him?
When we found out I was pregnant, for all 4 times!!.

8. Share your saddest moment with him.
The day he broke my heart.

9. Share your angriest moment with him.
There was an issue we had to sort out and he fell asleep. I woke him up with a bash of a pillow.

10. Share your funniest moment with him.
That time we went ice-skating at The Mines and he was suppose to pull me along for a "ride". Suddenly he went behind me and pushed me instead. Eventually I lost control and we both crashed on the ice.

11. Share your most frustrated moment with him.
When I couldn't get him to confirm a date for something I feel major. That was a project at my last work place which he volunteered to help. It was very stressful.

12. Lastly, when was the last time you two hold hands and walk under the moonlight, like how you used to do? kinda hard to come by as we are not usually outdoors by the time the moon is out. But we hold hand as often as we can, even in bed.

What about you?

Update on 5 Sept 2008:
Corrected the dates on Q1 and Q2.

Thanks to MRex.

Confusing Our Kids: Take 1

Scene 1:

Mommy (in an exasperated tone): Come on! Hurry up!

Child runs from the bedroom towards the stairs.

Mommy: Slowly. Slowly. No Rush. Remember, slow on the stairs.


Scene 2:

Grandma: Aiyo! Don't play with the cats. They have lots of germs.

The next day,

Grandma: Micah, come take the cat out of the kitchen. Quick!


Scene 3:

Grandpa: Wash your hands properly. Use soap.

10 seconds later,

Grandpa: Aiya! Why you play with the soap! (Puts the soap out of reach.)

------ End of Take 1 ---------

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Of Dreams And Imaginations

This morning Micah woke up calling for Mommy. I was already downstairs.

Then I met him at the top of the stairs and we sat there as he told me what he dreamt of:

"I dream that Rocket was my friend. He hugged me and I hug him back. He also rescued me.
And then Big Jet came and they wanted to fight. I told them they must love each other and not fight. Then we all became good friends."

"Ok. Let's go. Gotta get ready for school."

Ah, world peace for my little boy's imagine-playland.


Later in the evening, just as I put the receiver down having spoken to my sister in Singapore,
Micah said, "Mommy, you must call me now."

"Ring, ring. Ring, ring."


"Hello, Micah, where are you?"

"Hi, Mom. I'm on my way back from work."

"Oh? Are you driving?"

"No, I am on a train."

"OK. Do you need me to pick you up from the station?"

"No, the taxi man (Max) is here. I will take the taxi back."

"OK. See you soon. Bye."


"Hi, Mom, I'm home. Actually I took the plane back."

"Oh? where were you?"

"I was in Jakarta. See Daddy's here too!" (Points to the room's door.)

Ok. did you have a good plane ride?"


"Did you eat anything on the plane?"
(Max now climbing onto my lap, seeing us having so much fun.)

Micah, "Yes, I had a burger with fries, and something to drink."

Mom, "Wow."

Max, "I had some fish and potatoes and fish-ball, and chips and ribena."

Mom, "Ooo... tasty."

Micah, " I had black noodle with fish-ball and vege and garlic and onions."

Mom, "Wow, you did?"

Max, "I had black noodle with fish-ball and vege, no onion and no garlic."

Mom, "Ok..."

They then ran out to say good bye to their granduncle who was going home after fixing a few more pipes for us.

It's so fun to have imagine-play and have good "conversations".