Thursday, January 28, 2010

hubby cooked lunch

Hubby cooked lunch.

Nothing extravagant, just cooked instant noodles tossed in some sauce, topped with refried canned tuna and lots of fried shallots. And a fluffy omelette on the side. If you're wondering if it's edible, yes it was! And very yummy too! I had seconds and licked my plate clean... it was that good! Hahaha

I was busy washing, cleaning and all those works preparing for CNY, so his occasional cooking is really appreciated. Thanks, honey! ;-)

How do you like your instant noodles? Or do you eat them at all???

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

an onion joke, vege-verbal and a "DIE" threat

These are some of the snippets that tickled my funny bone and I want to note down in case I forget them (HQ is 4y 8m old, while QQ is 2y 6m old):

The onion joke
The kids were playing masak-masak where QQ was cooking her imaginary fish with meat, potato, rice and onion. And so:

HQ: Eee… I don’t like onion. It’s spicy!
QQ: Mmm… I like onion.
Mama: Do you know that onions come in many colours? There’s red onion, yellow onion…
HQ: Yellow onion?
Mama: Yes. And some onions are even white.
HQ: Purple onion… Blue onion…
Mama: Hmmm… Maybe there are purple onions. But I’m not so sure about blue onion.
HQ: Got! Got blue onions one! Made in China.
Mama: Made in China? Hahaha!

I thought he just said “Made in China” because he heard us said that phrase sometime ago. Looked like HQ has his own reason:

HQ: Made in China because it’s cold in China. There is snow… so all the onions turn blue! HAHAHAHA
Mama: Hahahaha (QQ was quite clueless but laughed along too)

That cheeky fellow… He must have remembered what the children said about strawberry turning blue in The Sound of Music :-)
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QQ speech is overall precise and clear. But these are her word mispronunciations that I find funny :-)

QQ pronounces banana alright on its own, but when she says banana with an “and” word in front, she mispronounces it as “thebana”. However many times she tries, it's still "and thebana"

Treasure is said as “pear-sure

And vegetables as “vege-verbal”. When we mimic her by saying “vege-verbal”, she’ll say “No, not like that. It’s vege-verbal”, trying hard to say it correct but not able to do so. It’s funny to see how she struggles… hahaha.
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We anticipated waiting for papa in the car for quite awhile, so I unbelted the kids. QQ climbed to the driver seat and pretended to drive. When QQ touched the gearbox, HQ yelled:

"Don’t touch that, meimei! If you touch that, our car will fly up the sky! We don’t have parachutes and life jackets! When the car crash, we will all… DIE!!!"

His facial expression, hand gestures, gumball-sized eyes, and the pause before he blurted our “DIE” practically cracked me up.
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Whenever QQ wants something, she’ll say please real nice. If we tell her we can’t give it to her, like too many cookies, she’ll retort “But I say please already!” She never gives up…
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QQ : Papa, please carry me!
Papa : Okieeee… Count one to ten first (trying to buy time/ delay in carrying her)
QQ : One to ten!
Papa: No… count one to ten.
QQ : One to ten! Hee hee hee
Papa : Cheeky girl :-D

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Monday, January 25, 2010

a cultural experience

I received a gift certificate for 2 adults for dim sum buffet at West Lake Garden, Sunway Resort & Spa, from Nizaa from Kancilbiru.blogspot.com. This smart cookie won the gift cert from Nuffnang Project Alpha Season 1. She even included a screen cleaner for me. Thanks for the lovely treat, Nizaa! :-) We went on Sunday and arrived at 11.00 am to enjoy the buffet for brunch. The kids had already taken their breakfast, so they ate little as their morning snack. Some of the spread from the buffet: We ordered plates of steaming hot dim sum (part of the buffet) This has to be my favourite for the day… egg tarts with the flakiest, lightest crust with the yummiest egg custard. The kiddo’s favourite – fishballs. But for that day, they called them jellyfish :-). Hubby’s favourite: A little while later, we heard an enchanting melodious tune of a guzheng. A lovely lady was strumming beautiful tunes that enchanted the kids, especially HQ. He asked me “What is the name of that piano?” (he concluded that the piano and guzheng are similar in function, but knew they were different), “Who is that jie jie?”, “How she know how to play that guzheng?” and “How long she learn to play that guzheng?” (I was surprised with his last question)

I couldn’t answer all his questions. He was so curious that he asked me to accompany him to ask that jie jie. He was really shy at first, but he got his answers. That talented and pretty lady is Ms. Lum and she started learning to play at 5 years old. Due to integrity, she did not disclose the name of her music centre but said that if HQ is interested, he can start taking lessons as he's going to be 5 in May. HQ even went ahead and asked whether he can strum on the instrument. And Ms. Lum was so nice to said yes! So, for the rest of the dining time, the kids ceased running around and sat at the front table. Ms. Lum earned two new admirers :-). West Lake Garden, Sunway Resort Hotel and Spa is a good place to have dim sum buffet, with its good services, a wide spread of delicious food and lovely ambience. We will be coming back :-).

We left at 12.30 pm for Sunway Pyramid to do a little Chinese New Year shopping. After our shopping, we were lucky to catch a Chinese acrobatic show. Needless to say, the kiddos were impressed! HQ gasped and clapped after each notable act was done :-) Next came the scary bits… kids, don’t try this at home… After the acrobatic show, which lasted half an hour, we had a little snack of xiao long pau and piglet buns at Dragon-i before leaving for home.

So on that day, we enjoyed a mixture of our rich cultural inheritance - dimsum (thanks to Nizaa), a little bit of Chinese traditional music and a little Chinese acrobatic show. And of course, HQ had lots to tell his grandparents the next day :-).

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Friday, January 22, 2010

school updates

in general
HQ has been attending his new pre-school for 3 weeks now (as of today).

He's enjoying school and more willing to speak more Mandarin to the teachers and students compared to last year (He started school at 3 for the second half of 2009 at another pre-school).

Today he is taking his first ejaan for the following words - rambut, lelaki, perempuan and gigi. I think I only knew how to write those words when I was in Primary 2 or 3. And again, I knew naughts about this until mum updated me. Thanks mum! :-)


on teachers

"Teacher Yong says I cannot speak English to her, must speak Mandarin only, because she teach Mandarin."

"Teacher Shuba teach us 1,2,3... but no plus and minus yet."

"Teacher Hew tell us a Mandarin story. I tell her I don't understand and ask her to tell the story in English. She say I must learn to listen more Mandarin."

"Teacher Harjit asked a boy to keep quiet today. I think Teacher Harjit likes me." :-D


on breaks
"I eat 3 bowls of mee hoon today."

"The chicken porridge in school has lots of bones. I put the bones in my hand, and when I finished my porridge, I put the bowl in the basin and wash my hands. I eat one bowl only because got lots of bones. I like your porridge better, popo."

"Today we eat bread and drink Milo. I don't like the bread because got butter and kaya. But Teacher Mages say eat a little if don't like. So... I eat one piece only. I tell Teacher I want only kaya on my bread next time."


on friends

"Qing Qing is also in my class now."
Qing Qing is a schoolmate from HQ's previous school. Looks like Qing Qing changed school as well. HQ has been telling us "I will marry Qing Qing when I grow up." *rolls eyeballs* *slap forehead* *sweat*
(I am VERY tempted to put up her photos here, BUT I must practice restrain.)

"Koh Soon Yi has a big water bottle."

"Yiet Ling wears spectacles in class. But when we go to PE, she don't wear anymore."

"Kai Lin... this Kai Lin is another Kai Lin, not the Kai Lin-Kai Wen Kai Lin."
Kai Lin and Kai Wen are twin girls from his previous school.

"Sabrina..."

"How come all your friends are girls?"

"Oh, got boys also. Chong Ju Fan shares biscuits with me." :-)

"Jaden... Kelvin... didn't give me anything. But we all play together."


a fight
"I fight with a boy in school today"
"Why?"
"Because I want to go in a room, my friends all say cannot go... so we fight. But we play-play fight only, nobody get hurt. Nobody cry." *grin*

*phew*

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

red gold restaurant

(wah... the name so canggih one... )

Red Gold Restaurant is one of dad’s favourite breakfast place… food is good, place is airy and not too crowded, service is quick. But nothing that resembles red gold :-) Fishball noodle at RM 5.50 per bowl. Fried ingredients at RM 0.90 per piece. The stuffed fried cruller and fried siu gau were nice. Other yong tofu choices... stuffed lady fingers is my favourite :-)The kids loved these fishballs... bouncy and tasty :-) A bowl of greens to balance the meal.
Red Gold Restaurant
CG-1 & CG-2, Jalan Kasturi 5,
Taman Kasturi, Batu 11,
Cheras 43200, Selangor.
Tel: 9074 2785

If you are around this area, do try this restaurant... nothing too fancy, just good old healthy yong tofu. The map: © Lee Pei Yi. All rights reserved. Originally published for boeyjoey.blogspot.com. All images and text cannot be republished without express written permission.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

morning at the pool...

... means FUN for the kids
... exercise for the papa
... mama crazily chasing the kids for photos
... less teevee time... YAY!
... crinkly hands and cold wet feet
... and lunch eaten quickly without fuss (YAY!)

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Monday, January 18, 2010

update on previous article

In my previous article, it just dawned to me that I had actually put it across as we assume QQ is fibbing. Well... I think I was being unfair to QQ there...

No one actually saw how the Bluetooth broke. Just because she's the one who highlighted that it was broken does not mean she has broken it. She may or may not have broken it. I'm so sorry, QQ honey, to have written the article that way...

Therefore, we did not punish her, but just reinforced the importance of telling the truth to her :-)

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getting away...

My mum looks after my kids while I work during the weekdays and alternate Saturdays. I am really blessed to have my mum as babysitter. She truly loves my kids and dedicates her days to my kids’ well-being. She even takes the initiative to teach my kids many nursery songs and poems, making sure HQ does his homework and... so much more. I think she does a great job; I would not have done as well :-). And likewise, my kids love their popo to bits.

Sometimes when my kids misbehave, I will hear stories from mum when I get back from work. Mum will tell me discreetly without the kids’ knowledge:

Incident 1
Hubby left his Bluetooth at mum’s house unintentionally before going to work. When he came back, he asked whether anyone has seen it. Guess what? The Bluetooth was broken into two at the “ear clipper”.

Mum’s story:
While HQ was in school, mum was busy with her morning chores. QQ was as usual, watching her Hi 5. QQ must have found the Bluetooth and played with it. Suddenly, she ran to popo, cupping the “broken” Bluetooth in her hands.

QQ: Popo, look! Broken already.
Popo: Hah? What happen? Why is it broken? *took from QQ’s hands*
QQ: Popo broke it!!!
Popo: No… I didn’t. When you brought it to me, it’s already broken. Who broke it? *feeling suspicious*
QQ: Koko broke it.
Popo: No… koko is in school. Did you break it?
QQ: No…
Popo: Then who broke it?
QQ: I don’t know…

2 and a half and already fibbing! Oh dear… even after mum taught her that bluffing is wrong, must always tell the truth, told her “The boy who cried wolf” story, bla bla bla, she was still adamant that she did not break it. Stubborn, right? *wipe sweat*.

We only smack her buttock/ hand when she’s being naughty on purpose, so I think her real reason for fibbing is she was afraid she may get scolding and that we will be angry with her. *sigh*

Update: It just dawned to me that I had actually put it across as we assume QQ is fibbing. Well... I think I was being unfair to QQ there...

No one actually saw how the Bluetooth broke. Just because she's the one who highlighted that it was broken does not mean she has broken it. She may or may not have broken it. I'm so sorry, QQ honey, to have written the article that way...

Therefore, we did not punish her, but just reinforced the importance of telling the truth to her :-)
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Incident 2
HQ told popo to go and cook and he will take care of his meimei. While mum was cooking, QQ rushed to the kitchen crying. When asked what was wrong, QQ explained that koko scolded her and pushed her head. Why? Because she did not know the answer to 1+1.

Gosh! Koko! You think your little meimei is very big already? She’s only 2 years old!” *slap forehead*

Popo reprimanded HQ and made him promise not to scold/ punish meimei when teaching her.

HQ said sorry and promised he will not do it again. He also sayang-ed his meimei and gave her a sticker given by his teacher from school, to show that he was really sorry. The kicker?

He sheepishly requested popo not to tell the whole incident to mama.

Because, I think, he knew he was wrong and didn’t want to disappoint his papa and mama :-)

We normally do not scold or cane our kids after their naughty incidents, as mum and dad would have punished them already. By the time we come home from work, our kids would have known their mistakes and felt sorry, so no point punishing them again :-). Also, to let them know popo and gong gong are in charge while mama and papa are at work.

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When I heard the above from mum, I was really tickled. I am also thankful. If mum is just another baby-sitter, I may not hear these stories. Mum is my mother, and my kids’ grandmother. So she took her time to tell me these stories, which are so precious to me. And she took her time to teach my kids and showing them the right ways. I am so thankful. :-)

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Friday, January 15, 2010

handmade cheongsam

Both QQ and I were wearing cheongsam during our Chinese New Year celebration last year. QQ's was wearing a cheongsam dress, and mine a cheongsam blouse. Mine was bought, QQ's was handmade :-)
I used a Japanese basic dress pattern as the base, and widen the neckline and armholes. I also made the body of the dress wider for a more comfy fit. Unlike other traditional cheongsam dress which is fitted/ straight cut, I made the skirt A-line, roomy and comfy for a toodler. The fabric that I used was a light pink cotton fabric with sweet pink and purple flowers.

The raised Chinese collar and opening were based on my own pattern, and I was delighted that it turned out so well :-). I used 2 bars of purple satin piping and 3 sets of purple Chinese frog buttons to create the details. I also left small slits at the bottom of the skirt at both sides to complete the look. That was QQ's first cheongsam, year 2009.

I have some ideas for CNY year 2010, but nothing concrete yet... what would be nice this year? :-) See my other handmade projects.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

HQ wonders II

"How do people build houses?"

"How are cars made?"

"How the hot air balloon lift up into the sky?"

"Why ships sink into the ocean?"

"Why do people (astronauts) float on the moon?"

"How can aeroplane fly?"


At 4y 7m old now, he told me recently he no longer wants to be a policeman or a CEO... he wants to be a pilot now... must be a pilot for both aeroplane and helicopter, he says :-)

As he wonders more and discovers more about things around him, I'm expecting him to change his ambition again in time to come. He's still young and I think its great that he's exploring his options. I'm looking forward to see what may interest him for his next change in ambition :-)

See what HQ wonders in Aug 2009

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Nuffnang Friso Gold Family Day Out

Following my entry for Nuffnang Friso Gold Family Day Out pre-event contest, we received an invitation for 4 to the event at Kidzsports & Gym, One Utama on 2th January 2010. It was very well organised with fun activities planned to the brim for both parents and their kids. Kudos to the Nuffnang and Friso Gold team!

At the entrance
When we reached the location at 9.10 am, the queue was already very long. Posed for a photo first :-).

“Curious kids need to be tough inside” - the theme of the event.
Once in, it’s FUN time!

When the kids were in the play area, HQ quickly made his way up the big slide, followed closely by QQ. Only when I went to the other side, I realized that the slide was REALLY high and steep. As I watched HQ slided down, my heart skipped a beat. I was feeling really not good about this. I signaled to QQ to move down from the other side, but too late. My baby was already on top of the slide getting ready for the plunge… True enough, the momentum of the steep slide sent her backward and she knocked her head hard. She baaaawled. I quickly carried her and soothed her; luckily there's no big "bungalow" and she quiet down in less than 10 seconds. *phew*

For QQ’s age of 2.5 years old, the pool of balls was definitely more suitable. HQ joined her to cheer her up.
Briefing!
The emcee of the day, a handsome lad named Marcus, gave us a briefing on the list of activities lined up. I must say the activities were very well-planned and hubby and I were discussing how to participate in all… hahaha.

And do look at the amazing turn up! :-D Next, Nuffnang’s country manager, Mr. Nicholas Chay gave a brief speech. Followed by Ms. Deddy, FrisoGold’s representative giving her warm welcome to all parents and kids.
Activities!
After the brief, all kids were so excited to start having FUN. HQ played some games with other kids, and later adjourned to the steep slide again. While QQ went to the baby gym with Papa. From Papa’s feedback and pictures taken, QQ had great fun experimenting and exploring around. She even asked a Kidzsports attendant for a chance to blow some bubbles :-). There was a also talk given by renowned nutritionist Ms. Ruth Liew, which I’m sure was really informative. However, I did not get a chance to attend, as I was busy running after my kids :-(

After the baby gym session, QQ joined HQ at the steep slides. HQ discovered that he didn't need to do much to balance himself by lying down :-)Well, we mummies had our fun coming down the slides too :-pThere was also a sand art station for kids who want to take a breather after all the running and jumping.

At the swing… whee! HQ exploring…
Lunchtime!
What’s this? QQ doesn’t want to leave the play area for lunch... she was having too much fun. But when I told her that there’s spaghetti in the menu, she brightened up :-DScrumptious meal for the kiddos. Adults had another food station, buffet style. Yummy!
Games & Magic Show!
After a filling meal, there was a magic show for the kids, which the kids thoroughly enjoyed. Before the magic show start, Marcus invited some kids to come forward. When HQ heard that there’s “presents” involved, he shot up his hand. I was surprised as HQ is normally shy among strangers (needs a lot of warm up). He went to the front and announced his name when asked. QQ wanted to be part of it too, and went to the front as well. She also told her name clearly to Marcus. “Good!” I thought :-)

Waiting for instructions. (QQ, missing her nap, was already feeling very tired and looking droopy…) The kids were told to dance, and... HQ started to sulk as he didn’t know he had to dance! *sigh* He shouted from the front to me “Mama, I don’t want to dance!” before coming back to his seat. Sigh… he enjoys dancing groovy moves at home with us, but with strangers... I guess he's still shy. (There were also Yan Yan and Heng Heng (Mummy Moon’s kids) as well as Didi (one of Chin Nee’s twins) in red)

After the dancing session, the emcee asked the floor who did the best, one kid after another (that cute little girl sitting at the far right won). When it was QQ’s turn, Marcus remarked “Ini macam nak gaduh ni”, which sent me reeling with laughter. Yes, QQ protested when Marcus Koko held her hands to dance. LOL QQ was really happy with her yoghurt drink… her first time participating in a game and first present from a game! :-) Actually, both HQ and QQ achieved their many firsts on that day :-D.

The magician finally arrived, and the kids were deeply impressed. I was impressed too... haha! HQ was very entertained! At the end of the event, the results of Nuffnang Friso Gold Family Day Out contest were announced. Here’s the ten winners for pre-event contest; each won RM 100 Toys’ R Us vouchers. Congratulations! The grand prize winner, for a trip for 4 to Hong Kong Disneyland pre-event contest, was won by Mrs. Nor Rosmini. Well deserved!I got to meet some familiar online mummies – Baizura, Mummy Moon and Anasfadilah. Got to know that Chin Nee and CH Voon were there too, but did not get the chance to catch them :-(. Also got to know later (a lot later) that the mummy I saw with Mummy Moon was Cynthia with her adorable Princess :-)

Besides the 2 nice t-shirts that my kiddos wore, there was also a huge bag of goodies we brought home consisting of a tin of Friso Gold milk powder, a bar of yoghurt drinks, notepads, Friso Gold filing box, and a pen. Thanks, Friso Gold!

Thank you again to Nuffnang and Friso Gold for organising such a wonderful event! We had so much fun, and are definitely looking forward to more of such events! :-)

Thanks to Nuffnang and Hubby for the pictures!

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