Friday, November 8, 2013
Thursday, November 7, 2013
It would be a pity if we didn't spend some time away from the city. A 2 hour drive out of Gold Coast to Lillydale farm, a place near Mount Barney area with no internet connection. We en-routed to Mount Tambourine on the way for a nice lunch up the mountains and checked out the glow worm cave.
Sunday, November 3, 2013
This year sometime in May, we went for a fantastic self-drive 8 day holiday in Gold Coast. Holiday is a time to recharge our batteries, be excited about and with the 2 little ones, less is always much much more. Shopping and crowds are not our cup of tea and if given a choice, i would very much prefer to be up in a mountain cabin.
gem discovered, the Fishermen's Co-op where the trawlers sell the freshest catch of the day. You can check online for updates on the freshest catch for the day, at what time. Hands up, we were there every single day.
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Shawn's love for animals has not wane since young. He's the kind of boy that lights up when he reads about the different species of elephants, tigers, crocs, etc (i know it's yawns for most). So instead of a birthday party this year, we planned a surprise (mummy is a sucker for surprises) right at our Singapore's Night Safari! We booked a Classic Safari Adventurer Tour with the zoo and swore everyone in the family to secrecy. The kids were chanting "where are we going?!?" X100 X4 all the way. Pasir Ris Park ? Kids Kampung? Polliwogs? Legoland?
To be frank, i thought the Night Safari would just be a repeat of the Day zoo which i am already too familiar with. But nope, it ain't quite the same (i am surprised by the less than stellar internet reviews). We were lucky enough to catch sight of a giraffe in rest "sit-down" position (!!) and glowing mushrooms amidst the dark. There is a reason for the dim, where the animals are active / comfy in their habitat, a sight to behold. All it takes is a little patience, keen eyesight and a good guide.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Well, i told him if you have kept that for close to 15 years, what's another 15 right ? Gee, so that got to stay. By the way, the number plate is kinda cheesy too, it's called "RAW". Gulp, what kind of number plate was that!
We were out of the room in just 2 days, a warped thought came to mind when I look back at the empty room. Never say quits to a relationship, coz you can really be OUT in just 48 hours. I digress.
We now call ourselves the refugees of 2nd floor. 8 weeks, counting down.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Dwindling blog posts, not coz not much been happening but rather too much, that it's been hard to catch up. First thing first. After the operation, we do see immediate changes. Shawn does not snore anymore, restful sleep and appetite has picked up. It's one of those, been there done that and wish we knew about it earlier (fear aside).
Work's running hectic. The bank is now running with 2 banking entities so loads is churning in the background. I have a wonderful team of people that has truly helped with my work life balance and sanity, thank you. I squeezed a trip to Oslo for work in between, met some incredible people at Head Office and catching sight of the sun setting at 8pm +.
We kinda hit a block with the renovation. Now going through designers/ contractors, trying to get everything started. Plus a holiday to the down under... ... Planning , planning, planning. J's been like the Indian chief for everything that he's falling sick all over . I seriously have to badger him to rest early.
Life is fulfilling. Life is eventful. Life is when you make it happen.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Some mothers have acid tongues. I do.
And often on bad days, words/thoughts like “I feel like ripping you alive”, “shut up” comes to the tip of the tongue almost spewing out. You just get tired of coo-ing at your “babies”
and it’s much easier to drive your point across by raising the volume. Seriously, sometimes it does actually
work. And at times when it doesn’t, you
feel like steam is being let out somehow. Terrible.
Another thing that came to mind was children are a part of me. It’s almost second nature that you want to correct them. After a while, you seem to have something to correct about them all the time (like how my mum does it too!). Boohoo.
Over the last couple of months, I started a “good job” book for the children. For me, a diary of seeing the good in my children, and for them, it’s a pat on their backs, “good job, I appreciate that.” I pen them down in simple english. It’s kinda one of those positivity vibes that i try to build for the children.
It’s a motivation for them and I don’t start the practice of rewarding children with material things. Come to think of it, it’s so much easier to unleash anger / annoyance than to keep up with this book. But i am glad to start this first step.
May we have many of these books in our library years to come.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The last 2 times we were up that early was for Shawn’s and Alyssa’s
birth which was filled with excitement and happiness. But today, it’s a mix bag of anxiety and
jitters. Daddy is all for the op and has
been looking forward. That’s how men and women genetically
differs? We’ve come a long way to this
decision, after 2 ENT specialists and Shawn’s consistent thundering snores (affecting
his teeth bite too) in the night was the final shove for Mummy to give the
I am glad this episode is now finally over and our family can start yaking about a holiday to the down under, Goldcoast next month J
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
How do i choose the reading list for my children? From blogs to homeschooling websites and in particular, i like the recommendations from Sonlight (one of the many sources). With the suggested booklist from Sonlight's cirriculum, i then hop over to amazon.com for reviews which often has a "quick look" function inside the book (i will always do this to see i like the book) before purchasing them from bookdepository.com.
In our home library, we do picture books, chapter books and readers. It's a mix bag but each has its importance. Picture books for greater understanding and enjoyment, chapter books for improving vocabulary & fluency and readers for his own confidence building.
If you too would like to have some good books at home, here's a quick guide for some ideas:
1) Booklist by age group
Take this quick reading assessment of your child, that can help you with the suggested level of independent reading. For Shawn, he's in between the Grade 2/3 set so that helps me in my purchase of readers.
Hope this is useful to anyone who would like a list or need one like i do so that i don't feel like i am searching in the dark.
Monday, April 1, 2013
In Bali Safari, where you could watch the animals have a good play with each other, frisking about right in front of our rooms. If you are big about animals, then this is uber cool.
It was very hot, humid and at most times, we are oiled from head to toe with sunblock, mozzie sprays and in our hat gear. Hey, I am a city dweller. I asked Shawn, isn’t it too hot for comfort? He was puzzled, hot?? NO!
Till today, they still talked about the lions the hippo and the meerkats at the breakfast place.