Tuesday, February 28, 2012

canteen, daily allowance & our failed plans

What's selling at the canteen
On top of daily packed food, we gave HQ a daily pocket money of RM 2 per day. On his first day of school, since we have 30 minutes to kill before his 15 minutes Di Zi Gui briefing at 12.45pm, we went to the canteen to explore. I wanted to see how's the pricing like and to point out to HQ the food that's good to buy for break.

Horror of all horrors!

The school canteen sells all kinds of junk! It's like a junk heaven for kids! All kinds of gassy drinks, sweets, and packet junk food available! Fried burger meat, fried sausages, fried nuggets, instant noodles in plain watery soup, fried instant noodles.

I nearly fainted.

I couldn't believe a school canteen is allowed to sell these kind of food :-(.

So before school even started on his first day of school, HQ spent all his pocket money, on a bottle of Solivite and 3 pieces of nuggets.

Of course there are good food as well like fried rice, porridge, mixed rice, vegetarian mixed rice, and fried chicken rice, but HQ said he will not buy those because he's afraid he may not be able to finish up within the given time. Sigh...

Daily allowance
At first, I did doubt that his daily allowance of RM 2 might not be enough. Food is expensive.

A small packet of french fries is sold at RM 1. Solivite/ Vitagen/ Nutrtigen is sold at RM 1 per bottle. Plain porridge/ plain noodles in soup (including instant noodles)/ fried plain noodles/ fried rice with egg are priced at RM 1 per bowl. Added with 4 pieces of fried fu chok costs RM 1.60 per bowl. Bigger portion at RM 2 each. Chicken rice with 1/2 piece of fried chicken at RM 2 per plate. RM 3 for chicken rice with whole piece of fried chicken. (I really feel very "housewifey" now :-S).

On the first day, he finished his food super fast. This, I believe was purely due to hunger.

However, on the second day of school, I made sure he left for school in a full stomach. During reccess, he ate super quick too. This time however, I noticed is because he wanted to have a chance to buy canteen food to eat o.O". On top of his packed cream bread, he bought a packet of french fries and a bottle of Solivite.

First Plan
To encourage HQ to eat more of my packed food and less bought food (canteen food), I packed more food into his tupperware. I tried to put in more variety of his favourite food, and instead of unpacking food from their original packing, I included the packaging. I'm sure he will take more time fumbling with the packaging, but I made sure to let him know that I've already cut one end of the packaging so that he can access to the food.

Some pictures of his packed food for school:
1st: chicken floss bread, rice biscuits, seaweed sachets, mini tangerine. 2nd: peanut butter & grape jelly shaped sandwiches, mini tangerine, seaweed sachets, multi-grain snack.3rd: peanut butter sandwiched biscuits, seaweed crackers 4th: "ma lai kou", caramelized walnuts, haw flakes as snack5th: waffle, rice and barley crackers, multi-grain snack, seaweed sachet (he only ate the seaweed and multi-grain snack :-( )6th: Gardenia waffle, sunflower and sesame seeds snack, haw flakesSure enough, he told me he could not finish up the packed food in time. Therefore, no more time to buy food from the canteen :-D.

However, my plan only worked for 2 days :-(. On the 3rd day, he started to eat his packed food in Popo's house before he left for school. Thus eating less lunch that Popo prepared, and getting the chance to buy canteen food during break :-(

Second Plan
Hubby started a system to encourage him to save money. If HQ does not use his RM 2 allowance for a day, he'll receive another RM 2. He can put this RM 4 into his piggy bank. If he manages to bring home RM 1 for that day, he will get another RM 0.50.

Once his piggy bank is full, he can keep half of the saved money in the bank. He is allowed to buy anything with the other half. Everyday he gets a new RM 2 disregarding how much he save the previous day.

He told us he thinks that saving RM 2 per day is more worth it :-).

How did he flare?
At first he was very excited to save the extra money in his piggie bank. We were all smiles :-D

Later he started bringing the money that he saved to school and spent it on redundant stationaries at the school bookshop *shake head*

Now, the novelty wore off, and he has started to request not to bring packed food to school, but to be given the chance to buy food from the canteen to eat :-(

Ah well...

Do you find the food sold in your child's school canteen acceptable?
Do you mind your kids eating food from the school canteen?
How do you encourage your kids to eat your packed food and not buy junks from the canteen?

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Monday, February 27, 2012

an escape plan

When hubby was staying in the hospital, QQ missed him terribly. She kept sending SMSes and calling hubs, until it's way past her bedtime. Even hubs was already very tired and seriously needed to rest.

But QQ was adamant to make one final phonecall, which she insisted was very very important. She would not tell me what she's going to tell her Papa. And because she was crying urgently and in the verge of waking HQ from his sleep, I finally relented.

Here's what she said to her Papa on the phone:

QQ: Papa, please come back home now... I miss you soooo much! *whine*

Papa: {don't know what hubs said on the other end}

QQ: I tell you what you can do! If the doctor won't let you go home, you can escape from the hospital!

Papa: {don't know what hubs said on the other end}

QQ: You can come out slowly from your room. Crept, crept crept and don't let the nurse and doctor see you! Then you run to the lift! Then when you come down already ah, you can find a taxi and ask the uncle to bring you home! *grinned triumphantly *

LOL!

Well, she got tired of waiting for her Papa to reach home and fell asleep in the end. On the next morning, she was indeed disappointed when she found out that her Papa did not follow her plan to escape from the hospital... Hahaha!

QQ: 4y 6m old

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Friday, February 24, 2012

QQ's new look :-)

We have been putting off trimming QQ's hair... she has been telling us to trim only after her birthday (July 2011), then after her kindy concert (Oct 2011), after Christmas (Dec 2011), and lastly after CNY (Jan 2012).

So recently we brought her to Snips at Cheras Leisure Mall.

Just for comparison, this is a recent photo that we snapped during CNY, when her hair was still very long. The before hair, reaching almost her waist when let down. Getting ready... Hair snipped... 9 inches off!
The Jie Jie who cut her hair asked me for confirmation several times before snipping. She's more ngm seh tak compared to us :-).

Although QQ felt bored sitting still for the haircut, I think QQ enjoyed the experience. She was making monkey faces at the mirror, kept going near the mirror to check out her new look, and was picking her nose too. Look at how she sat while getting her hair cut... tsk tsk tsk

After the haircut, QQ looks like a totally different person...

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Hahaha!

The hair is correct, not the specs la! She was just fooling around with the frames in the shop when I went to collect my new pair of specs.

Here's a more accurate snapshot of her :-). Hubs and I think that she looks very much more cheeky with short hair :-D. Less girly now but chubbier. What do you think? :-)

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

she must have been terrified...

I brought both my kids for a dengue test recently. As hubby was already hospitalised that time for dengue, I needed to handle both kids on my own. Since the Pead's additional nurse did not come that day, I couldn't leave QQ outside, so I brought both kids into the Pead's office.

After checking on HQ's tempreture, lungs, ear and throat, I got the cue that the Pead is going to exract HQ's blood to test for dengue. I held him on my lap.

He started to get suspicious, and asked the Pead and senior nurse "What are you going to do?"

When he spotted the needle, he knew what was going to happen, and started to struggle. I asked him to look away, but he was too curious. When the needle was inserted, he screamed: "So painful!! Please stop! I beg you to stop! Please!!! I beg you!!!"

QQ who saw everthing unfold before her eyes screamed: "NO!!! Please don't do that to Korkor! No!!! Don't do that to Korkor!!!"

Among the din of both screaming kids, it took me awhile to realise that I no longer hear QQ's voice. After making sure HQ was ok, I couldn't see QQ anywhere in sight

She was hiding in a corner, behind a chair, and shaking with fear. She knew it would be her turn next.

The next thing that I was going to do was one of the hardest thing that I had to do as a mum. I carried a crying child, who's pleading me so pitifully not to have her hand pricked.

I will never forget the look of fear and helplessness in her wet eyes...

I'm so so sorry, my love...

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Monday, February 20, 2012

HQ and his PSP

When my grand nephew offered to let HQ play with his PSP, HQ declined. He just sat next to him and watched. HQ later saw some of his friends playing with this gadget too, and he started asking us for one.

Since he's already playing with iPad and iPhone games quite often, we told him "No".

We forgot about the whole matter until recently we went to pasar malam (night market), and the kids chose 2 new wallets for themselves. The hook on HQ's wallet that he uses in school is tearing off, so we're buying a new one for him (and one for Meimei too).

The wallets cost RM2.30 each, made of cheap PVC and has 3 panels for notes and coins. The front section has the most colorful and attractive pictures of cartoon heroes. HQ chose a Ben Ten. QQ was torn between Disney Princess and Hello Kitty. In the end she went home with Kitty.

Now how do new PVC wallets connect to the PSP?

When the kids travel in the car, and have nothing much to do, HQ dished out his PVC wallet and started to pretend that it's his PSP.

o.O"

He'll punch on the imaginary buttons on his wallet with his thumbs, and move his body about as though enjoying a very interesting game of Ben Ten versus monsters on his "PSP". Sometimes its a game of ships, pirates and treasure. Other times, it's motor race, spaceships, war games or animals. Complete with very distinctive story lines and sound effects.

Very soon, QQ started to follow suit with her Hello Kitty wallet as well... of course playing with her imaginary princess game.

This morning, I heard HQ telling QQ that he's downloading Dora the Explorer II for QQ's "PSP", which is a newer version compared to the one she's playing.

(Really... I don't know at all if PSP can download games? HQ might probably not know too)

Although all the imaginary and noisy games that he plays on his PVC wallet may sound silly, I love the fact that my son is not demanding, angry or bitter about not getting a PSP that he requested. Instead, he thought of something equally entertaining, which is probably better for his eyesight and imagination :-).

PS: He has also asked if he does well in his exam, can he have a PSP as a reward? We are still thinking about it...

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

overheard...

HQ and QQ were discussing about something in the car, when some part of the conversation caught my attention:

HQ: Now, let me tell you about the mating season.

I immediatly moved nearer to better catch his words.

HQ: After the hibernation in winter, the animals will wake up, and some of them will begin their mating season. The males will do funny things to attract the females, and then they will get married. After some time, they will have new babies.

Now I'm sure he learned this from watching Nat Geo Wild, and I'm sure many of the details whereby he described as "get married" will be shown as well. The questions whirling in my head are how does he connect mating and getting married? How much more did he learn about mating from this show? And why is he not asking us adults any other questions with regards to mating?

Anyhow I just kept mum and hoped that he won't pose any awkward questions to me...

HQ: 6y 9m old.

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Friday, February 17, 2012

i am thankful...

:: for eventhough hubby was hospitalised many nights for dengue, his severe headache did go away. Although I was very aware of the danger of dengue, I was also relieved that the constant headache was directly related and nothing more sinister

:: for my kids who were having high fever much longer and volatile than hubby, were tested negative with dengue

:: that after trying my very best for so very long and feeling really helpless, things do get better

:: for thoughtful, helpful family and friends :-)

:: that hubby is recovering, albeit slowly

:: that the foreheads that I kiss on now are feeling warm, and not boiling

:: to be able to see humor in this article that greeted me this morning :-)

The weekend is coming, and i am really looking forward to it (one that does not involve sponging and going in and out of hospital) :-).

Do have a good weekend, and stay healthy, everyone :-)

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

i was...

the little girl who wondered how is the world like beyond the clouds over the hills
the little girl who marveled at the beauty of rainbows, dewdrops, frogs and walking barefeet on morning grass
who's happy to be sitting on the desk for hours, painting to her heart contend
who skips and dances to the music, without a care in the world
who dreams big
who stays true to herself.

i was...
the young lady who is ridiculously optimistics
clueless about living
but happy with just how things were going.

i was...
the meek new girl who's too shy to go out to lunch with unfamiliar colleagues
writing my dreams, thoughts and ideas for all to see (and steal)
the ambitious gal not afraid of taking chances
the no-nonsense woman typing furiously on her red laptop (the only red in the sea of black in the office)

i was...
bright eyed with love and excited with what's in store
in awe with the bundle of joy i held in my arms
so afraid for my little one, and hoping to be the one who's shoudering it all
relieved to find that it's not as dark as i thought
at my happiest with my perfect little family

those were the yesteryears...

right now...

i am...
the tired woman longing for some alone time
longing for more sleep than possible
longing for a healthy happy brood (and please stay that way)
longing for stability
longing for sureness
longing for calmness...

when will the storm end?

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