Friday, November 26, 2010

温暖的窝


那天,我静立在窗前
欣赏着眼前美好的景色
望着那绿油油的草原
享受那柔风轻吹的写意

这时,收音机传出了一首让我感慨万分的。。。
“其实不想走,其实很想留。。。”
两句简简单单的词
说出了我内心无尽的依依不舍

再过几个月
我们就得离开这温暖的窝
搬家了。。。

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Monday, November 22, 2010

It was a special day

19 November 2010. Friday. Last day of school.

I put on my most decent outfit - one that didn't make me look so 'auntie'
slapped on some cheek powder - I've almost forgotten it's called 'blusher'
sprayed my bangs with some expired hair mousse ...

The dad put on his favourite shirt
gelled a few streaks of his hair carefully in front of the mirror...

I helped Kai put on his best shirt and pants...

Next,
we strode into Xuan's school
gleaming with pride and joy.

We were going to witness her Graduation cum Award Presentation Ceremony.
No, she wasn't graduating.
She was just in P1 and would be receiving her award for being the first in class.

In the school hall
we had to sit way behind (first-come-first serve sitting)
despite reaching earlier than the stipulated time.
There were more eager parents who arrived much earlier than us!

In the end, the photos and video taken of Xuan were too small and far too dark.
We didn't want to scramble to the front of the stage like what the others did
('image is more important' - haha!)

So, we only had these to show... (with some brightening and contrast editing)



It was indeed a special day
for all parents who attended the ceremony
who saw their children graduating from primary education
the pride. the joy. the fulfilment...

I am waiting for this day
5 years down the road
to be immensely engulfed,
by this incredible emotion,
called pride.
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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Results 2010

It's that time of the year when anxious parents get insomnia awaiting the release of their children's academic results. There are over-ambitious parents who couldn't do anything except to pace up and down the hall, thinking "will my child top the school this time round?"; there are also sotong parents who blurted, "huh? I need to meet the teachers today for your report book, meh?"

I'm neither here nor there. For this whole year, we have just let Xuan progressed at her own pace. No demand. No pressure. She played hard as usual but she was diligent to complete her school work on time. We guided her whenever she needed help. We were happy with her progress and diligence throughout the year.

On Tuesday, we met up with her form teacher.
I think our session was the shortest among all the parents.
There wasn't much feedback from the teacher except, "very good!" .... "good"... errr... again "very good!"
I wished we could drill more constructive feedback out of her, other than "very good"
Maybe we were such boring parents, we didn't know what to ask, and she didn't know what to say...

As for results,
Xuan has TOPped her class, and emerged the 28th position for the entire P1 level.
She has also won herself a "Queen Reader Award" for being a keen reader.
And her neat Chinese handwriting won her the first prize in her school's "低年级硬笔比赛"
We didn't know there were such award and competition in the first place!
They came as surprises to us. We were so overwhelmed... *sniff sniff!*

We were invited to attend the school's Award Presentation Ceremony tomorrow.
You made us proud, Xuan!
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

My guinea pigs

Once in a while, I like to torture the kids and the husband with some dishes that are not quite fit for human consumption. Deep fried prawns that are tough to chew, fried rice that is tasteless and undercooked...

I've enough said of how bad a cook I was.

But if you are new (to this blog) and need to know how bad, this is it:

Even if I have the best ready-made Tempura batter bought from the supermarket, and when all I need is to add water according to the instructions specified on the package, and when I just need to dip the prawns in the batter and then drop them into the heated wok, my prawns have never once resembled the ones shown on the package! Far from it, too far. The prawns are all botak (without batter) on one side. And they are tough to chew... OK, enough said.

However, once in a while, I like to put my culinary skills to test
Cos' I have ready guinea pigs ...
but who aren't very truthful (unfortunately) :
- Xuan gave flattering remarks no matter how bad the food tasted
- Kai ate up the food ignorantly
- The husband swallowed the food to the last bit no matter what

Thankfully, that was really ONCE IN A WHILE... haha!

Well, the idea is NEVER GIVE UP!!!
More to come, my dear guinea pigs!
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Friday, November 12, 2010

Simple pleasure: decorate your own cake

It has been a long while since I D.I.Y.
So yesterday, when Kai and I saw people decorating cakes for their loved ones in The Icing Room at Compass Point, we quickly followed suit.
Just nice for celebrating the dad's birthday today!

It was fun to have hands on the cake.
And it made a special treat for the dad!
Kai had as much fun as I did.
When the plain cake first came, Kai was too quick to touch it
Luckily he didn't press his whole hand into the cake!

This was our first D.I.Y. cake (more to come...)
I believe we can do a better job next time!

At the end of the whole session, Kai told me he wanted to eat the "hair" when he reached home
Obviously cos' it was made of chocolate!
We should have decorated the cake with more chocolate!!
Nevermind, there's always next time.

I really love the Decorate-it-Yourself concept.
It's simple!
You can blast the cake with your imagination!
Basic decorating ingredients are provided.



and best of all, there's no mess, no dirty hands...
It's fun. Try it!

Flavours & Sizes of The Icing Room DIY cakes:
2 flavours:
Vanilla
Blackforest

3 sizes:
4 inch ($12.80)
6 inch ($20.80)
8 inch ($28.80)
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Thursday, November 11, 2010

When nieces and nephews get together

They play madly...

such gatherings are few

such happiness is short-lived


Hope the school holidays bring together more of such madness

the more we get together
the happier we'll be...
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Weakness

Many times
we get upset when expectations fail

we were too caught up with the trivial things in life
so much so that
we lost sight of the bigger picture

we fall prey to the biggest weakness of mankind
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Monday, November 8, 2010

The not-so-smart way of defending his actions

One day, Kai brought his half-battered toy-car to me and said,
"Mummy, look at this... I didn't spoil it. It spoil by itself..."

If I were 70 and a little senile, I'd probably dismiss it as some mysterious strong wind has selectively blown that fateful car out of the basket of toys that it smashed so hard on the floor until its tyres came off.

Not a smart move, my little boy.
Need to polish up your skills of defending...

Remember Rule Number 1:
Never "tai-chi" to non-living object!!!

Kai has yet to outgrow the stage of dismantling his cars and toys.
His cars are mostly without tyres or wheels...
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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The two kids are constantly fighting

Mr Mischief was fiddling with Miss Fiesty's coin-bank.

Miss Fiesty fired up and stormed towards Mr Mischief, snatched away her coin-bank and shouted "Naughty Kai!" .. then marched towards Mr Mischief prized car collection and messed them up.

Mr Mischief dashed towards her with a "bang" like how Chick Hicks banged other cars.
Fighting started.

Mummy dropped all her tasks, stormed out from the kitchen with a cane.
Fighting stopped.

For little squabblings, mummy dropped her chores, emerged from the kitchen, gave both kids a little yell before returning to her chores again.

Sigh...
School holidays approaching = More fightings + More yellings.
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