Tuesday, May 31, 2011

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HQ has fallen asleep while QQ was tossing and turning on her bed. I was on the lappie, Facebook-ing. When QQ descended from the bed to come to my side, I quickly scroll the picture that I'm looking at to the comments.

Me: Meimei, you are supposed to be sleeping. Go back to your bed.
QQ: When I see something beautiful, I must come and see one (she was referring to the picture that I'm looking at just now).
Me: There's nothing beautiful here, Meimei, just words. Now, go back to sleep.

And very quickly, my witty little girl responded:
QQ: Got... I come and see you, Mama! You are the most beautiful girl in the whole wide world!

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Monday, May 30, 2011

kiddos sports day

Back-dated post: 23rd April, Saturday

The day was sunny and bright... great for a sports day! It was cute watching the kids marching, singing and dancing as a ritual to warm up their little bodies before doing the real sports stuff.

HQ and QQ participated in 1 individual event and 2 team events respectively. From here, I noticed one big difference between them.

HQ is the sporty type. He's nimble. He's fast. And he enjoys removing his shoes and run barefooted like a carefree monkey on muddy ground. He's like his Papa, a natural sportsman :-).

For QQ, this is her first sports day.
She, on the other hand, is dainty and fussy. She cringed at the sight of slimy mud... And her moves were oh so feminine...Although my little princess tried all her might (her little brow was all knotted in concentration!), she was still one of the last to finish in the individual event. It's alright, as long as she tried her best :-).What's important is, she enjoyed herself tremendously :-). During prize giving time, she kept asking, "How come I don't get any trophy?". In the end, she did get one Silver trophy for a team event :-). Her first trophy, so proud of my little girl :-). The kids at the end of the event.
And of course, like last year, here's the makeshift toilet for the kids :-). (C) Lee Pei Yi. All rights reserved. Originally published for http://BoeyJoey.blogspot.com. All images and text can only be republished with links back to the article/ blog. Thank you :-).

Thursday, May 26, 2011

recently...

i have been cooking a lot of these...

bland no-rice soupy dishes for my kiddos during their fever days... and to use up all the petai that we bought when we went here, i've been cooking this dish 3 times! glad that hubs loves it as much as i do :-).
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

a farmosa resort

The tv has been showing advertisements on A Farmosa Resort in Melaka very frequently, and my curious HQ has been going on and on about checking that place out. I guess it's the animals and the waterpark that interest him :-).

So, hubby, the ever dotting Papa took us all one weekend. It was a few weeks ago, when the kids were well.

The first stop that we planned was the Animal Safari. However along the way, the kids spotted ponies and rides were available for kids!

HQ let QQ go first. She was smiling ear to ear from the start till the end! :-DLook at how pleased she was!
Next was HQ's turn; he kept patting the pony as he rode along. Here, he looks a bit too tall for the pony, isn't it? ;-PThe kids snapped a photo with the pony that they rode on. My little girl and me :-) When we arrived at the zoo entrance, a lady was holding an albino phyton and invited us to touch it. The lady let the phyton rest on Hubs neck, and HQ was most excited. Although he didn't want it on his neck! QQ stayed far far away. LOL! We took the tram for the safari ride. It was terribly bumpy! We saw many animals including tigers and lions out in the wild. Many of them were thin, looked dehydrated and had passed their prime. QQ spotted an old lion resting in a corner, and she exclaimed:

QQ: That lion is so poor thing isn't it? No friends, no children to play with, and no wife. After the ride, we walked around the zoo. We spotted some monkeys, and the kids wanted to feed them peanuts. After lunch at a nearby cafe, we went to the waterpark. Hubs and the kids had great fun playing with water, fountains, slides and waterfall under the blazing sun... while I sat on a beach chair under the shade, hand-stitching some brooches for this little store. It was a quiet relaxing time for me :-). We spotted a petting farm, and the kids had fun feeding rabbits and sheep carrots and long beans. HQ had no problems with the animals... As for QQ, I was quite worried that she will be knocked down by the sheep. They're acted as though they have not eaten for days! They came in a herd of more than 10 and sorround the poor child! QQ felt safer feeding the rabbits, which she loved dearly :-). I heard her talking sweet nonsense to them... very cute!!! Look at how the sheep chased HQ. In the end, HQ decided that instead of him being chased by the sheep, why not...

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he chase them instead!!! LOL!!! With QQ cheering at the background, I really had a good laugh!

All in all, the kids had a great time. After the A Famosa visit, Hubs drove us to Melaka town for a dinner of satay celup (which the kids did not eat much) and later chicken rice balls. It was tiring, but the kids had great fun, especially HQ :-D.

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Monday, May 23, 2011

teacher's day handmade cards

If there is something that I applaud everytime, it would be HQ's initiative to make something as a gift. I think it is means so much for someone to put his time, effort and love into making something for another person. Be it a card or a drawing from HQ, I am always appreciative :-). He even tried making an origami frog before! Which was based on his own folding design and it really did hop a little :-).

He got to know about Teacher's Day when he saw his friends giving out Teacher's Day cards to his teachers. When he got back from school, he began brainstorming with his Popo in making Teacher's Day cards for his teachers. (I love that he suggested "make" and not "buy". Not that I'm kiamsiap la, but I really love his handmade spirit :-D) He asked Popo to cut some papers into heart shapes, and he wrote on them wishes for his teachers. He made 8 altogether.

Here's the outcome: Although they're pretty simple, I'd prefer this handmade card anytime than those readymade ones picked up from the shelves. And I am very thankful that my Mum is happy to partake in his little project as well :-).

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

my mother's day greatest gift

HQ: 5y 11m old when the incident happened

HQ, my son, can be quite hurtful in his words sometimes when he's upset. This only shows how frank he is and how well he communicates his displeasure. One thing that I need to teach him though, is to be more tactful and mellow when communicating his dissatisfaction.

Despite this, deep down, he's actually sweet, thoughtful, and caring. Let me relate my recent experience, which really touched me, and I want to document it down so that I can read again in the future.

On the Friday before Mother's Day, I was surprised (and disappointed) that my kids' school had not planned anything for the occassion. No card, no flower, no balloon like previous year. Granted that it's an exam week, but can't the teachers make a little effort as exams has already ended on Thursday? Although I was dissapointed, I did not say anything.

The day before Mother's Day, on Saturday, Hubs and I set-up our first nivniv booth at Pipit Craft Fair. We were exhausted at the end of the day. Exhausted was an under-statement... I actually felt I was going to pass-out... I slept very very little for a few nights before the event.

After Pipit, we went to Popo's house to fetch the kids home. HQ gave me an envelope with drawings inside. I really love what he drew specially for me - on the front, he drew some of his favourite things. There's a crab, pineapple in a pot :-), a plate of mee hoon with fork and spoon, falcon, angelfish and Saturday :-). And on the overleaf, he drew chocolates, handkerchefs and sweets :-D.
If that was not sweet enough, while kissing me and wishing "Happy Mother's Day", my little boy told me:

HQ: Mama, you are my greatest most wonderful mama in the whole wide world.

I saw that he really meant it. My eyes were misty then :'). After all these years being his mama, I have always felt that I do not measure up. That I do not give him enough time, attention or opportunities to maximise his potential. What he told me that night lifted my spirits. I may not be the best mama in the eyes of others, but to my boy, I am his most wonderful :').

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

HQ is s6x!

My little boy turns 6 today :-).

He's at a age where he's really excited about birthdays and celebrations. Not only about his own, but also others' :-) (I will blog about these later).

So this morning, HQ woke up to hugs, kisses, and birthday wishes from all of us. He was mighty pleased with the presents that we presented him, and was busy tearing wrappers soon after. Amongst the myraid of gifts, his favourites were Metal Fight toys from Papa, a Nat Geo compilation of animal articles in hardcopy from Kiu Kiu, a cool dinosaur pencil from Tai Yi, and a 3D animal puzzle from Mama.

As the kids have just recovered from a stubbon fever, and are still having very bad phelgmy cough and runny nose (5th time this year :-(. QQ is also wheezing badly), we did not plan anything extravagant. Hubs and I were discussing on the phone about getting cute little piggy buns from Dragon i so that the kids will not consume too much birthday cake, as eggs are major no-no for cough. You know, we are at a stage where we are very desperate to do just anything to rid of those cough and flu, including scheduling both Western and Chinese medicine into their medicine menu :-(

HQ told me that he would like to invite his best friends over for his birthday next year. I said "Sure!", but told him that I needed his help to plan some activities for his friends. My boy said "That's easy! We'll watch Nat Geo on tv!". I hope his friends are as crazy about animals as he is :-D. We'll see next year then :-).

Here's some photos taken during our simple cake-blowing session: The kids had fun whacking the cake and watching tv. Although it's a very simple celebration, to HQ, it was lovely because he got all his favourite things as presents! :-D.

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Monday, May 9, 2011

currently obsessed...

now that her hair is longer, i'm having fun braiding her hair (everyday if she lets me!). got to bribe her with potato chips though... i'm really loving this look on her :-D.

a very happy belated mother's day to all mamas, mothers, mummies, grandmas, and mums to be :-). ours was done at our favourite neighbourhood restaurant over sumptuous dinner and company of loved ones :-). how did you celebrate yours? :-)

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

updates on ishinomaki, japan

Sequel to: For the Children of Ishinomaki, Japan

Sometime ago, I posted an article on Japan disasters and thesleepytimegal's initiative on how we can offer some help. Our little family wanted to send a box of needful things over to Ishinomaki, and I mentioned on my blog that that should our readers would like to include some of their things into our box, we'll be happy to include them :-). I am touched by the responses given by fellow blogger mummies, friends and readers... they contributed some gently used items, but majority of the items collected were newly bought for this drive :-).

The collection process was spread throughout 2 weeks to accomodate logistics and timing issues... but the things collected were great :-)

- Stationaries - fleets of pencil colours (it's funny to note that nearly everyone who contributed includes this item :-)), boxes of pencils, boxes of erasers, a box of rulers, colour pens, a stack of write-erase boards, many stationery sets.

- Clothing - a stack of new tee-shirts, handmade fannel blankets, a pair of pink socks.

- Others - candles (for those nights where electricity is rationed), Dettol soap bars.

- Something to put smiles on the kids faces - boxes of cookies, packets of milk sweets, a stack of sand-art kits, water colour kits, toys and some kiddos' drawings :-).

All the above fitted snugly into this large box and sent to the children of Ishinomaki :-)
Some of the things collected though very useful, are too heavy to post over. It's impractical to spend postage fee that cost more than twice as much as the cost of the item itself. So, with the blessings from these generous contributors, I gave the packets of disposible nappies, bottles of talcum powder, May soap bars and toys to a local orphanage :-).

Many had also emailed to ask for the delivery address to Ishinomaki, and they have sent off the boxes on their own :-).

I would like to thank everyone for their thoughtful contributions :-). a mummy from a not so far away land roped in her friends, and she and her friends contributed a great variety of stationaries. Broccoli Ginger contributed money and this was used to pay for part of the postage fee :-). And to friends for coming all the way to my humble shack to drop off things, sorry, no petrol claims! (inside joke :-P).
The whole activity was really meaningful, and I'm so glad we are part of it :-). Thank you again thesleepytimegal for initiatng this drive. I'm sure the things that we sent over will make life a little easier for these kids in Ishinomaki :-).

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