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Hong Kong 2009

This is seriously very backdated I feel embarassed to put it up.😛
But for memories sake, who cares!

We, as in our family of 5 and my ILs, went to Hong Kong for vacation from 11 Dec-16 Dec. The children had been looking forward to the trip ever since they knew about it. Why? Disneyland loh! Weeks before the trip the Grandpa already encouraged him to check out the HKDisney themepark map on the website to see where he would like to go first. -_- As for me, I also look forward to the trip because I had not gone on vacation abroad for more than 5 years already! Worktrips don’t count ok!

We flew CX as we manage to get quite decent rate, and I figured we need not have to worry about check-in luggage weight and getting seats especially travelling with young children. I know I can always pay extra to get these but I’m just anal about having to even pay extra, you know? I’d taken no-frills flight from the States, they have seat number allocation also… so I don’t understand why these low cost airlines want to make us pay extra just to get seating. And since the rates (after add up all the extra fees for luggage + seats) is not a lot cheaper than CX’s promotion rate, we chose the latter.

Liam and I almost didn’t make this trip because the week leading to the departure date, L was running a fever which wouldn’t subside; so on the 3rd day of fever onset (that’s 2 days before departure mind you), I brought him to a 24-hour clinic. The doctor checked his temp (39 degC) and recommended me to bring him to hospital for further tests by writing referral letter. So, off we went to the hospital that night and got him admitted. Paed was called in and he ordered blood test right away. The report was ready around midnight; was relieved it’s nothing serious. He was only given one dose of PCM that night and the fever came down. Then next morning his temp got up to 38+degC again he was fed another dose of medcine. But after that the fever never came back pheewwww! So we managed to get discharged that evening. Afterthoughts of this episode is, this is what old wives called 相欠债. The illness won’t go away until you spent $ on it. See, in the hospital he was only given PCM, nothing more. Which was also what I did from the onset of fever. Sigh! $ for my peace of mind… still worth it lah. Guess how much the bill came up to?😛

I digressed.

Anyway everybody was relieved. I had to spend most part of the night packing for the children and myself -_-“, and did online check-in and printed confirmation. Then have to get up early because we were on 8am flight.

Checking in luggage was a breeze as the ground crew led us to special lane after found out we had checked-in online. Had breakfast at McD before boarding. Forgot about taking pictures (for this blog ahem) because I was holding Liam. He was a little cranky after take off and didn’t want to eat his inflight infant meal; presumably sleepy as he fell asleep soon after and slept through most part of the journey. Ian, on the other hand kept asking me about the inflight games that I had told him about (I forbade them lugging along their DSlite on this vacation and told them there is inflight games they can play :P). Apparently no games on regional flights, only available on long-haul flights. In the end he settled for watching cartoon.
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Happy Birthday darling! Although it’s been 9 years, I could still vividly remember the day I gave birth to you. Anyone who had asked how old you are after knowing it’s your birthday couldn’t believe you are 9 already; it just shows how time flies. However you are still childishly playful and don’t behave like a 9 year-old.:\

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I Baked

Apple Pie  

   

I forgot to put egg glaze on top, hence it didn’t look shiny. Nonetheless, hubby loves the crust cause it’s good and buttery!😉

Father said the filling tasted just like the apple pies grandpa baked, and would’ve been better if the crust is thinner.

   

Can you see the apple sauce?      

Served warm with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.

You all know there this book called “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” right? Now there is a version for children; it’s called “The 7 Habits of Happy Kids”.

The book actuallly teaches the same 7 habits as the adult version, but illustrated through interesting and easy-to-understand story. Ian enjoyed it. Even I enjoyed this book more than the adult version. It has got guides for parents too at the end of each story.

Now that we are done with the book, getting them and myself to practice the habits is another thing. I guess we just have to learn and do it together.

 

Conversation

If you are eating or have just eaten, I might suggest you to skip this post. If you still insist on reading, 后果自负.  

Last night in the car on our way back, big boy urged me to drive faster as he was going to have bowel movement. Below was the conversation (translated from Hokkien) that took place in the car.

Big boy: Ma, when can we arrive home? I want to pang sai liao!

Me: Soon… soon.

At this point, girl decided to offer her thoughts.

Girl: Koko, just like me, this afternoon I lao sai after coming back from school! And so much too!

Big boy: Lao sai is different.  Lao sai the sai is soft and loose (hokkien: nua nua); pang sai the sai is firm and hard (hokkien: teng teng). *spoken in a matter-of-fact-ly tone* 

Girl: First time the stool is firm, then second time it’s soft… *also in a matter-of-fact-ly tone*

Big boy: bla..bla..bla..

Girl: bla..bla..bla..

Couldn’t recall the conversation after that because I was tyring hard to stifle my laugh! Hahahahaha😆

I don’t know about you but I find it very funny.

You must be thinkning what a weird person I am… -_-“

… since I last update. I know, my bad…😦

I don’t have time to craft a proper entry. Just hope to jot down whatever is on my mind. So here goes…

L has entered toddlerhood since 2 months ago. He walks quite steadily, occasionaly trips when run walking faster. On speech development, he’s been picking up a lot of words, especially the last syllable of any words. Although he didn’t get some of the pronunciation correctly, we understand what he meant because of his gesture/action when he says the word.
Just some examples:
-braa *while pointing to picture of zebra*
baa *while stretches out hands* = bao-bao 抱抱 carry
frog
min *points to vitamin C bottle*
papa, mama, che che, ko ko, ah ma (3rd sound for paternal granny, 4th sound for maternal granny), kung (grandpa, grand-uncle)… although he knows all these quite a while ago, it was difficult getting him to call me. It was as if he is holding a piece of gold nugget in him mouth, no matter how many times I asked or entice him with food he just won’t say the word. But one day (couple of weeks back) when I came back from work, he was standing at the grille door calling “Mama! Mama!” very excitedly. Just imagine my joy!🙂 Even after 2 kids, it’s still a very special moment to hear from my little tot.🙂
-yee..aaaa *refers to papaya; he will continue with yee..aaa after we say pa..pa…
good *he says this whenever he tastes something he likes, and nodding his head at the same time
book *he loves to flip/read books*
teet-teet = pacifier
-mo *refers to elmo*
no = nose
nen-nen = milk
walk = go down and walk
go *haven’t figured out what he meant :P*

expression by gesture:
shaking head = don’t want
nodding = want, yes
whenever I say chao-chao(smelly), he will go “yeee……”*fanning hand in front of nose*
point and make noise = i want *whatever he is pointing*

He understood
no no = no/cannot
ear, eye, nose, give, keep, want or not? (in which he will nod/shake head), mum-mum or chiak (eat); baby cot, onh-onh (sleep), pom-pom (bathe) etc.

L loves food, good food for that matter. Once, my mother was cooking bak-kut-teh, he smelled the aroma and ran to the kitchen to tell granny he wants soup LOL.

As for brother, he has just completed his 3rd school assessment; got improvement in BeeEm but I need to send him for Chinese tuition. He has interest in Science as that’s the subject he scored highest. I’m majorly pissed by the cabinet’s decision in reversing the learning maths and science policy.😡

Sister, J, on the other hand, has got a concert coming up. Apparently this year her class will be singing instead of dancing. She has started JMC lessons, enjoying the class but I have to spend more time on practicing with her.

Both brother and sister are watching HSM over & over again, imitating the dance moves of “Bop to the Top”.🙄 I think my kids love to perform… I know big brother loves to perform for sure because he asked to take part in some action song dance where his team (representing school) got 1st runner-up.

Well that’s all for now. Will update photos in another post. I will password protect though… don’t worry, will give hint.😉

Studio Shots

Didn’t get any feedbacks at all on which brand of portable electric cooker is good.😦

I’d really appreciate if you can share your experience on portable electric cooker.

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