Saturday, December 30, 2006

All Summed up

OMG we've officially hit the last day of 2006.

Time has seriously flown by, like a flutter of an eyelid.

We've been thru different highs and lows this year. Most certainly, it has been an eyeopener for me. From a single working adult to being a fulltime mom, it has been one hellava transition for me.

The boys bring a lot of joy to us. At this stage, my older one is going thru his exploration stage. He is quite capable of entertaining himself alone. Most times, he would be playing happily on his own. He is capable of mimicing our every movement, just by observing our actions once.

Baby J, on the other hand, is starting to be aware of his surroundings. He laughs so much these days. Loud chuckles that make me smile.. And the best part is, when he wakes up.. he would silently wait in his bed till someone wakes up.. no cries at all.

There were, of course, times when I question my own sanity on my decision to have kids. These usually happen during the trying moments when both boys are demanding and clearly insistent on havin' their own ways in things.

Sometimes I look to the other half and wonder aloud about how different our lives would be, if it was just the two of us alone. He would then tell me that he does not regret a single moment since we've had our lil ones in our lives.

The following year would be packed with lots of transitions. Perhaps it would bring us to a different level altogether. But I know that we would be able to go thru it as a family.

My husband is one that I know I can lean on for all things. And I am thankful that I've the opportunity to live my life out with him. He affirms his love for me on a daily basis and has certainly given a lot of himself for us and our lil ones. I love ya babe... just wanted u to know.

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In a wider spectrum of events, 2006 marked a couple of highs and lows.

24 November was the day that my ah-ma passed on. No other news have ever shocked me to my core or left my heart aching for such a long time. I still miss her till today. I remember seeing her in her coffin and her un-dyed hair roots just reminded me of how unexpected her passing must have been. But I am grateful for the wonderful times that I had with her and that I had the honor to speak of her at her funeral, alongside with my cousins.

Barely a month later, my disabled auntie passed on as well. She was 56. I guess my mum was the hardest hit among us cos it was her sister. We didn't rush back for the funeral this time round. Instead, my sis was the one who kept me informed of all the proceedings.

My dear friend, Kinks, got married to a wonderful man. And they are expecting a baby boy this coming year. Great stuff.

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So here's to a wonderful close to an absolutely fantastic year. I sure hope that you all have had great memories of 2006!

Friday, December 29, 2006

My Christmas Gift!

My hubbi has bought me the most divine pair of shoes for Christmas.

Aren't these Bottega Veneta's an absolute beauty? Okay, so it's a bit hard to see from the back... I love the color and the intricate details... I sure hope I can fit into them..

Can't wait for them to arrive!

The man spoils me silly and I love him for that, and so much more!

St Nick's

Kayden's Take on the Claus

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Vegan

They say good eating habits are developed from young.

Darien and I are pretty keen on teaching Kayden the wonders of eating his vegs. I think we are quite successful so far. The lil one has no issues eating them in any given form, raw or cooked.

BUT we may have been a lil too enthusiastic.

Kayden is now almost a pseudo vegetarian. He loves his vegs and donates his meat to his doggie whenever he can.

I was wondering what would turn him off eating meat. It can't be that bad or awful tasting.

Then I realized...

I was tickling him last night and he flopped his head backwards while laughing. There in his mouth were four white spots... The lil dude is teething...

Aiyah... four @ a go. No wonder he's not too keen to chew..

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Dresses

Had my eye on a gorgeous tweed-like dress from Scanlan but I didn't rush to buy it becos it was still pretty pricey.

So I hopped in yesterday and tried it on. The hubbi loved it. Offered to buy it for me for Christmas. [Dude had no clue what I wanted. I dun even know what I want. So no prezzie till later.. ]

I declined.

Went to the Armadale store. Tried it on. Liked it but still no further price reduction.

Then I went to the counter and I saw their list of further reduced stuff and it was there. Down by $150. My goodness. What a difference a day makes.

The SA, however, was reluctant to give it to me at the reduced price so I left and promptly called the city store to put one on hold for me.

However, the dress there had some pulls so I told them to tranfer the one from Armadale down. And the lovely SA complied... and they got a dress down from Brisbane, the tank dress that was sold out everywhere.

Been to the Armadale store twice, and both times the service is terrible.. *shakes head* How hard is it to please a customer. Seriously!

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Christmas Wear

My favorite boys... All dressed up for a special day

Boxing Day Sale

Okay... so Boxing day sale was blah this year.

It was not spectacular, at all. Gone are the days when things were mostly half off. We used to go bananas shopping on Boxing day and hurl big bags of inventory back home.

But it was different this year. The husband bought some nice things from Country Road. I bought a striped tank and a cardi from there too.

The only other things I bought were a belt and a gorgeous necklace from Body.

I've got my eye on a herringbone dress from Scanlan but it is too pricey at this stage. Just waiting for the price to go down.

Now I just can't wait for the NAP sale to start... Oh please let it be good!!

Sunday, December 24, 2006

The Dinner

Season's Greetings from the Tans.

Last night's dinner was really nice and simple.

Our turkey was a blast. We roasted it for three and a half good hours in the oven. And it turned out beautiful. The breast meat was succulent and tender. I then paired it with home made gravy and organic cranberry sauce.

We met up with some frenz and Darien got really excited that someone else, at long last, is pregnant and subsequently offered his fatherly wisdom onto them. Sighz...

The boys got some lovely books and clothes. They have been really blessed with lots of love and attention.

Most of all, we had time to just chill and relax with friends. Had a glass of wine and just enjoy the time spent.

Yuletide Greetings.


Friday, December 22, 2006

Wiring

I'd reckon that men function really differently from women. Duh..

We had a really full dinner at a Thai restaurant down at Church Street tonight with the usual group. Followed by sinful desserts, especially the creme brulee, at a french restaurant.

After two hours of wining and dining, we headed home. Bathed both boys and popped them to bed.

My tummy is still feeling the aftereffects of eating way too much. So much so that I dun feel like sleeping, despite my exhaustion.

My husband, who's consumed the same amount of food, or slightly more, is now sound asleep. He's pretty close to snoring at this stage.

Now why can't we switch places in times like this..

The Bird

We are having a Christmas dinner tomorrow night.

And I am in charge of turkey roasting.

I remember roasting a really yummy one two years back when we had a party down at Ashburton, when the old gang was still here. We also had two korean chicks, one of them really weird and speaks really loudly. And trance music. A whole lot of food and alcohol. No kids.

This year we are hoping to have a nice sit down dinner with a proper menu.

That said we have a pregnant woman to think of. No, it's not me, at last!

So no brie, no raw food, minimal seafood... The list goes on.

I asked the husband this morning, on the way to see the maternal nurse...

"So would a 2.5-3 kg turkey be enough for eight?"

"Dun think so."

"Oh dear we are going to need a bigger bird."

So I guess I'm off to the market now... to jostle with the crowds... so that I can tell my poultry seller that I need a larger turkey for this festive season.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Oh my...


Ok... so Santa came early this year...



And bestowed the boys with a whole new stack of clothes! and toys! and books!

Actually it's their mom, who could not stop buying them stuff. But they are so nice and adorable. I am not a fan of cute dressing. No superheroes and no overly excessive cartoons prints everywhere on an outfit. [Although I know things will change when they get older..]

I like the boys in clean and simple apparel. Like lil persons. So they are dressed in tees and shorts mostly.... until winter.

I also dun buy pricey clothes for them becos the kids dun care. They would soil every single piece of item that they wear. So I get good quality clothes that dun shrink. And looks relatively stylish...

So we had a lil fashion show this morning.

The boys got to play dress up. [not that they were happy with that.]

But they did put up with their photog crazy mother and managed a couple of poses for the camera...

Anything for their mommy.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

The Lake House


We watched "The Lake House" the other night on DVD.

It was one of those nights where both kids were thankfully in bed early and we had some time to ourselves.

I liked the show. That said, I am a big fan of both Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves. So that pretty much meant that it was a pretty high chance that this show would've tickled my fancy.

If anything, it shows that life is all of serendipity and romance. One slip moment and life would be absolutely different. How incredibly true is that.

Sometimes I wonder how life would be if I had taken a different route. Would I have met my now husband and have my two kids? Or would I be back home living a different life?

Who knows... I guess life pans itself out and what's most important is that we are all fine and happy. More surprises would come, I'd suppose.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Bcos he's soooo cute!

Cutie pie!

Check out his chumps! He's only 3.5 months!!

This age thing

Gosh u know age is catching on when your husband scrolls thru his friendster page and starts asking you randomly who some of his friends are.

And then you tell him who they are and he goes, "O... now I remember."

This is what happens when you marry someone four years older... and he's not even thirty yet!

Silly doofus!

Saturday, December 16, 2006

A day at the beach

Building my first Sandcastle

All becos Daddy was playing Slam volleyball @ St Kilda

Touch me and I'll claw your eyes out!

Cool shades for a cool bub

Nothing beats a nice cold OJ with my Daddy..

Friday, December 15, 2006

The thing with two..


The other day, we had a lovely picnic at the gardens...

And I was the only mommy with two kids.

Needless to say I was busy. My toddler was busy chomping food down his throat and racing his truck all around the grass. And my lil kiddo wanted to be held all the time... Thank God it was a group of mothers so they were more than happy to give him cuddles.


We had fun... The husband joined us later and then we headed off to the night market.

I brought them to playgroup today and B came and said, "Pam, you dunno how clucky my partner was after seeing Baby J that day. He was talking to his mom on the way home and was just describing how much hair the lil one has."

It was funny. I can't wait for more babies to be conceived so that Baby J would have some friends to play with... or else... he would have to grow a lil quicker to play with his big brother's buddies.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Wedding Bells

A primary school mate has just gotten hitched!

Tis' the season to be merry.. and I cannot be any happier for her!

Congrats Michy! Here's wishing years of joy and love to you and your hubby.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

The red soled shoes!

Those gorgeous Louboutin shoes are on sale at Scanlan.

But they are all size 36!!!

Damn Damn Damn!

Oh why can't my feet be smaller!!!

This life

There were four things I wanted to do before I turned 25.

They are:
  1. Graduate from Uni
    Did that at 21. Could've gone on to do honours but didn't have the funds to do it. No regrets though. I have lots of fun working.

  2. Live overseas
    After uni, I stayed on in Melbourne to look for work and apply for residency. It wasn't hard at that time, as compared to the students now. Was really lucky and blessed to find a job that quickly as well. Thank God.

    It's been five years now and I still love Melbourne. Its lifestyle still suits us but we have plans ahead for changes soon.

  3. Buy a car
    Bought our Honda when I was twenty three. I was happy. It's such a great economical car that is fuel effient. And it's still running great! Although I have plans to upgrade once we get our house. There's just no space for anything or anyone else for that matter with the two baby seats at the back.

  4. Buy a house
    Well, that is still work in progress. When it comes to this hefty investment, the hubbi and I are just taking our time. We try not to get too emotionally attached to any of the houses that we see, lest we get disappointed.

    And so far, we're still looking. The right house will come soon, me thinks. We dun want to rush into the wrong house.

Along the way I got more than I bargained for.
  1. Marriage!
    Well I got wed to Darien at twenty three. I always call him a cradle snatcher. But it's been a ball. I never thought I would be fortunate enough to have a life partner like him.

    He's more than what I can ever ask for. He pretty much leaves me to run my life the way that I want it. No pressure on the household front. [We have to resort to a part-time help for household chores.] So if I dun cook, we would eat out.

    I guess we have a different approach to happily ever after. We dun take it that seriously. Like the commitment does not over run our lives. We just take things as it comes, like the rest of our lives. We tend to love our independence as individuals as well as a couple. It's true to a certain extent that the kids have held the union a lil stronger. We tend to want to be better human beings for them. And we want the best for them, that we are now thinking of our twenty year plan.

    A girlfriend commented that I'm lucky that I have a husband who gives me the option of not working. Cos it would be a different scenario in SG. The wife would be expected to return to work after maternity leave. However, I am thinking of going back next year to pick up from where I left off. And then she added that no man could tolerate my shopping aka spending habits. It's true I'd reckon.

    On the day that Kayden's in daycare, he would tell me to go and do my things. Not stay at home to catch up on the laundry, which is what I usually do.

    That said, we do have our fights and all. But we tend to make up before the night is over. He still annoys me with his mess and weird idiosyncracies but I've learnt to live with it.

    So yes that is the man that I married. Warts and all.

  2. Kids
    My gosh! If anyone told me that I would be a mother at twenty four... that person would've gotten a big smack on the bum!

    But it did happen.

    We are now parents of not one child but two. It's been a ball. Only parents will understand what another parent is going through. The boys bring us so much joy.

    I remember the time they handed Kayden over to me at the OR. It was like we were just ready. There was so much love that this child invoked in us right from the start.

    Kayden is the independent soul who is really busy around the household. He loves his doggy. Likes to explore and is so big on cuddles.

    Baby J is my lil munchkin. He loves his kisses. A big cheeky grin is the reward of all those smooches. He's a lil different from his older brother. He doesn't like a noisy environment. And the hubbi said its becos we didn't play MJ while we were pregnant with him.
So yes... that all sums up the last two years of my life. Just some thoughts as the end of the year approaches. It's time to make a new list for the new year!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Suppa Thoughts!

The entire apartment smells of fried oil now.

Just deepfried some chicken wings for the hubbi and me. We had dinner at Dawn's house. Yummy BUT spicy assam laksa.

But it's not fufilling enough.. so I decided to have a lil supper treat for us both.

It was good comfort food but a tad oily for this time of the night!

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In other random news, Kayden is finally starting to walk on his own. I reckon it would be a couple of weeks before he can finally walk without leaning on furniture.

He is so cute at forteen months. I wish he could stay this way for a looooong time.

Every day he would kiss his lil brother. Try to bottle feed him. Share his toys with him. And he will sayang him.

His understanding of the environment around him is incredible. He was trying to drive our car that day. His bemused daddy was telling me that he would turn the steering wheel and then adjust the clutch. It was amazing to watch. And I heard him singing to himself in the bath that day. He could sing and dance with the telly as well. And he knows that the remote control is used for changing channels.

My brillant lil boy. How I love him so!

The Scanlan Sale

Scanlan started their seasonal sale today. The discounts were not as substantial as previous seasons. But oh well, it's back to the price versus size debate.

High price got size. Wait for lower pricing and the desired size is always gone.

So all I got out of the sale was one dress. [I think my husband would be really proud of me] It's so gorgeous. You can do it up in ten different ways.

The SA told me to bring it back after the sale so that she can show me the various styles I can try with the dress.

As usual, when I brought it home... I have no clue how she did it. sighz...

Guess I have to take her up on her offer. Gotta bring it back after Christmas for some styling tips.

I am still debating about a couple of pieces and this time round I think I have a lil bit more self control.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

This morning

Got up really early this morning to send the husband to the airport..

He's off to Sydney for the day. Have a workshop to attend to.

The morning ride was silent. I was too zombified to even think of words to speak.

Dropped him off and then I drove back home... and saw the exit sign for Brunswick Road on the way back.

It reminded me of the prata store. He used to bring me there for a roti bomb during our early dating days. The carnation milked infused roti prata... Yumz...

Ahh... those were the days.

Ok back to bed now.

Friday, December 08, 2006

A babycino a day...

keeps the naughtiness at bay.

Random Shots

My Ah -Koh and my sister. She's the aunt that I adore the most!

Daddy and me at Grandma's...

Mommy and Baby J. Can u believe he's only three months old!

Look at that impish look on Kayden's face. Spoilt by his Grandpa.

With Gareth... Kayden's cousin!

SG Thoughts

The trip back to SG has made me realize a couple of things.
  1. There are simply too many cars on the road. Even expressways are like roads. Seriously it takes a longer time to travel by car than by train. Quite ridiculous I'd say.

  2. Luxury shopping is nothing in SG. Even the Gucci store in Takashimaya is like a market place. They even leave the doors open and just let the crowds wander in and out. There is nothing exclusive about the shop at all.

    Chanel is an exception. It still felt like a really nice store to shop in. The bags are spectacular. They do have a larger range than the store in Melbourne. Service was fantastic. The husband thinks that this is a lil more exclusive than the Gucci store. Nothing took his fancy when we walked into Gucci.

  3. Food, as usual, was really really good. All diets went out of the window whenever we are back. We had our fill of local fare. All we wanted to dine in were the hawker centres. Hehe... no fine dining at all!

  4. It was HOT HOT HOT and HUMID. I almost died when Mom insisted that I wore jeans for my grandma's eulogy. I did it anyway but most times I was just decked out in shorts... much to my mother's dismay.

  5. Mobile phones are just everywhere. We upgraded our phones to the Samsung D900. The current phones are all having issues due to our phone sucking son. So we had no choice but to upgrade. Heh! Me like it heaps!

  6. Men's clothing sizing runs small. Darien could not find anything that would seriously fit him, let alone flatter him. Only Zara had clothes that suit him and we are only talking about a small range. Damn.... that means no shopping at all for him if we do move back other than Hugo Boss. [which is pretty expensive for daily wear]

  7. Itz babies galore. I was just telling Ros that I see pregnant women everywhere. A lot of baby strollers on the streets. And kids all over! Seems like the government's baby bonus is working. But man! Too many, ain't it.

  8. Vivocity was a pretty nice place to shop at. It was huge by SG standards. And they had a pretty decent range of stores there. We stocked up on baby clothes and some stuff for the hubbi.

  9. Changi airport is a dream. So many things to buy and eat inside the terminal. Melbourne has a lot to catch up on ... seriously.
Well, that's about it, really. Not much time to really do anything. Just the last two crazy days that we had for ourselves and so that's how the above post came about.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

The Funeral

My entire family before sending my grandma off.

Darien and I headed back to SG for my grandma's wake and funeral.

I had to rush the application for Baby J's passport on Wednesday and thank God everything worked out well. I got his passport within the same day. Had some dramas with the people at the passport office and I will be dealing with that in the next two days.

We caught the flight at Wednesday midnight and arrived rather blurry eyed on Thursday morn. The folks were so excited to see the kids. After a short breakfast at McD's... my parents drove us to the funeral.

I met my sis and brother there. Everyone was just stoned from keeping the night. But we had a good chat and they were entertaining the kids.

I went to see my grandma. She looked so peaceful just lying there. But yet I knew that death caught her by surprise cos her roots were not dyed. And my grandma always had the immaculate black hair.

According to my auntie, Granny was feeling weak for the last three weeks after her fall. The day she went... she was just lying there on her bed trying to have a conversation with my aunt. However no words could come out of her mouth. She was just in agony. And then half an hour before she passed... her heart started pulpitating really quickly and then she started to breathe really heavily. After that, she shed a tear and mumbled, "Zhu ah*.." and just went.

*Jesus*

The wake was like a family gathering. We gave eulogies of our beloved grandma. And it clearly showed us the impact she had on our lives. She was the person that brought forteen of us up. And we all knew her idiosyncracies and her personality... It was a good recap of our growing up days.

We spent the last night at the wake. Most of my cousins were there and we had a great time just catching up and remniscing on the past. How much fun we had in those days of living at Dorset Rd.

Time may have passed but yet we all still stayed the same. Not a single ounce of pride has dripped into our personalities whenever we gather. We were just cousins and that was all that matters.

It drizzled the day we sent our grandma off... But the skies cleared when we were about to set off. It was hard. No one could prepare themselves for this day. It was like our grandma was always there. She was an institution that is always around.

My eight cousins carried her coffin. It was our way of telling her how much we love her and that we would always be grateful to her for bringing us up.

We set forth for the crematorium and then had the last service there before we sent her off.

But I realized that while we were mourning her, we were also happy that we've set her free to go back home to the Lord. After all, her body was just getting tired of all the pain and she was just feeling awful most of the time.

When we went to collect her bones, we were quite the chirpy bunch. And I noticed the stark difference btw us and another family who were just so sombre. The joy of the Lord was just apparent and all of us felt a sense of peace when we saw her remains.

Grandma was put to rest at Choa Chu Kang. We all said good bye to her on that Sunday morning. Plans have been put in place for the annual family gatherings. And I think she would've been pleased about the legacy that she's left behind.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

My Grandma

Mom called this arvo and said that Grandma has passed on.

It was the saddest piece of news I've received. I couldn't help but broke down when I heard it. She passed the phone over to Dad and he started to cry when he heard me sobbed.

It's hard to accept that she's gone. Itz like my grandma was always there. Thru all her sicknesses and broken bones, she's always been an alert lady.

The past few years have shown that age was catching up cos she started to forget certain things.

My grandma was the matriach of the Tng Family. She held her own against all the politics and never once let down her pride.

That said, she loves all of her grandkids. Her biggest smiles are left for her grandchildren and this can be seen on the photos that were taken.

Whenever we had the chance to visit her, she would always sit there and hold our hands and just ask us how things are going.I remember her kissing us whenever we are about to leave after visiting her.

I remember her as a funny grandma. She always ask me about my hair color whenever I see her. And then she'll say that it's a pretty color. "Very nice" were the exact words. Then I'll tease her by saying that she should dye her hair pink. To which, she would just shake her head and laugh... and called me crazy.

She was always so proud of our achievements.

She would encourage everyone to go to the university and make sure that we would graduate. Explaining to us that she would love to come to our graduation.. it's just a pity that she was too weak to fly by the time I got my degree.

She was also a picky eater. Loves to pick at food but not eat an entire meal in a go. We were always conscious of what food we would buy her whenever we visit and would urge her to finish it up.

My grandma left behind seven kids, eighteen grand kids and fifteen great-grandchildren. Her life has been filled with love by the children that she's brought up and her grandkids that she adored. I will miss her terribly but I know I will see her again.

The House

The thing about buying a house is the fear of making the wrong decision.

We are this *shows an inch* close from making an offer. BUT am scared shitless to do so...

It is a brand new three bedroom double storey house with a double garage & a courtyard. Located fifteen minutes from the city, in an up and coming area. Close to a shopping center and for a pretty reasonable price as well. All along with a fixed interest rate hike rebate.

Very attractive.

The contract is now sitting with the solicitor and when he gets back to us with an ok... I think we will be putting in our bid. My husband has been letting me do all the work. He's too busy with his job..

Oh gawd. I am soooo excited and yet afraid @ the same time! My first home!

Someone please take this responsibility off me. I dun wanna grow up... Excuse me for a sec, I think I'm going to run and hide behind my husband now.

Monday, November 27, 2006

THREE MONTHS!

My lil baby turned three months yesterday! It just felt like he's been here forever. That's the things with kids... they might just be in your life for a short time but yet it feels like you've always had them. That's why they call it a life changing experience!

We've had lots of ups and downs with this lil one. He was so perfect when he was born. Not an ounce of imperfection. Absolutely alert. I had the most amazing birth as well.

Then somewhere along the line, he's developed eczema. And that was a lil painful on both us as well as his skin. He was just irritable all the time. We tried all different ways to try and appease him but it wasn't working till the visit to the GP. And thank God we got that sorted. So now he's got baby smooth skin again!

This third month was special. He started to smile. It brought such joy to my heart when he responded to our finger teasing and cheek prodding. Every morning when he wakes up, he would excitedly kick his limbs when with a HUGE grin on his face! And he would smile and giggle when we pick him up for cuddles.

He's been a pretty big sized baby as well. Putting on the pounds rather steadily. Those cheeks are getting chubby. We are also starting to feel the impact of his weight especially after carrying him for awhile.

We are really pleased about how Kayden has taken to his role of being a big brother. He's starting to understand how lil J functions and would in his own innocent way wants to feed him or pet-pet him. It's quite endearing to see.

I can't wait for them to grow up and be best buddies. That would be my prayer.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Busy Busy

Things have been getting busier around the household.

With the lil one almost turning three months old, he's a lot more responsive and is now making his needs and wants in a rather obvious manner.

C R Y I N G H I S L U N G S O U T

On the plus side, he is just so chirpy and playful. Giggles when I tease his chin and smiles when his big brother is close by. This lil baby is starting to develop his own personality!

Kayden, on the other hand, is blossoming to be a lil boy. He's no longer that baby where we have to tend to 24-7. In fact, he's starting to be rather independent. We went for a small picnic with the other mommies of the playgroup. And towards the end, he went around to all the moms and gave them big cuddles. He made his mama so proud today... I really hope he'll grow up to be a boy who's sensitive to other people's needs and be an affectionate kid too.

I'm starting to plot my return to the working world. A call from the new boss two weeks back has triggered an awakening of career wants. And since then I've been chatting with the husband about the possibility of going back to work. And of course, that meant child care as well.

For now, I'm thinking of some part time work. And then when the kids get older, we can consider going back to the workforce full time. I do enjoy time with my kids. I love the fact that I see their every achievement. Needless to say, they share a really close bond with me becos I'm their primary caretaker.

But I think I need to fufil that working need in me as well. Hopefully, things will work out and I would be able to sort something out with work. *fingers crossed*

Itz house hunting again tomorrow. But I will have to do it alone as Darien has a course to attend to. Itz gonna be a loooong day, especially with the kids in tow. We just need to find that ONE house that we love, in our budget.

Actually we found one but we just need to look around to make sure. So far the houses that we've seen are pushing us towards the one that we've got our mind on.

Well we will decide soon I hope. We'll see...

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Updates

The boy who likes to eat
An entire sushi platter for me

Auntie Jules and Lil J

Monday, November 20, 2006

The Search

House Hunting is probably the most tiring thing anyone can do.

We spent the weekend prowling the papers looking for a house to buy. Got a couple within our budget and we were off to see what we've got.

It was a tedious job. Two entire days spent holed up in the car. Eating all the crap that was out there. Seeing houses that are quite appalling at times.

Becos it will be the most expensive thing that we've ever put our money on, we had to make sure we are certain of the place that we are getting.

So far, only one caught our eyes. Itz a lil out of our budget, especially now that we are on one income. So we are still looking...

And I hope the search will end soon.....

Can I just say that....

U2 is probably the greatest band on earth?

My gawd! The concert was spectacular.

Six months after rescheduling their concert... Darien and I hopped to Telstra Dome for an awesome awesome night of entertainment by U2 and their opening act, Kanye West.


Kanye was all that the papers say he was. I was clearly taken away by his rapping. He performed a forty five minute act and it was a good ensemble that he's put together...but I must say that he does like his crouching position quite a fair bit.

We went off for a short munching session after the opening act and then headed back in for U2.


There is no one greater than BONO in my opinion. He was simply the consummate performer. Worked the crowd. His voice was identical to what we listen to on his CDs. It was a political concert by far but he kept it real thru out.

We crooned to the familiar songs. Danced to the more upbeat ones and most of all, just sat at the edge of our seats enjoying them.

Good old days, mate... like when we were dating!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

A Child's Food

When Kayden turned one, we had to make decisions about his diet becos it was time that he cut back his dependence on milk.

So Darien and I had to make a decision on what goes into his digestive system.

We started him on organic when he was six months old. The payoffs were his glowing skin and his health.

He is a happy kid who would chomp down most things offered to him. In fact, his biggest peeve is being hungry. He would go ,"mamamamama" when his tummy is growling.

So since food was going to his main staple, instead of milk, we thought we would have to see what is good for him.

We decided to continue his diet with fresh produce and vegs. None of the bottled baby food.

He gets stuff like a good aged cheddar, organic vegetables and fruits, finger food, porridge, fish and stews. He laps whatever that is offered to him in a good manner usually. Me, a proud mama, is happy to say that he eats his vegs!

Occasionally he gets a choc muffin, ice cream and treats that kids get... My dad used to go "ICE CREAM" and that would stop the lil boy in his tracks. He would do anything for ice cream...

Just today, we had sushi and sashimi for dinner.. and the boy just goes for the cucumber ones. Funny as.

I'm just glad that he's not a fussy eater. Another four more months and Baby J joins the wagon. I can't imagine my children not loving their food. It's just too good to miss.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

C.O.L.D.

We are staying in today.

The weather is C R A Z Y.

It started out warm this morn. Then it started raining heavily. The winds are strong. There is hail in some parts of the state.

O the joys of living in Melbourne.

Both boys are sleeping right now. Cos the room is warm with the heater running.

Jules is in town! She's out at the Great Ocean Rd right now. I sure hope that the journey is smooth, considering the weather..

Anywayz I better get back to me chores!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Brothers in Action

Kayden sayang-ing his younger brother

Chirpy Baby J

Not a day goes by without a smack!


Baby J in his full chubba-ness




Saturday, November 11, 2006

Belinda Emmett

I dun normally write about current affairs. This is seriously starting to be, oh wait... it is a baby blog! Aiks!

But I read something that made me feel so sad that I have to jot this down.

Rove McManus' [of Rove Live] wife, Belinda Emmett, has passed on early this morning. Itz so sad because she's only 32 years of age. Had battled cancer for the last eight years. Met her husband in the midst of her fight and they'd only just got married last year.

They were unlike any other celebrity couple. They had a private life. Some thing so rare these days. He was fiercely protective of her in every way and yet... showed the public how wonderfully blessed he was to have her.

He was once quoted, "I would give every single award back, just to have her get better."

How terribly endearing is that?

I told Darien that it only shows the fraility of human life and asked if he would be devasted if anything were to happen to me. He just said, "No... Can we not talk about all these sad things tonight?"

It's a tough subject to broach. But one day we will have to talk about it. Maybe not now but some time soon...

RIP Belinda.

Sick

Haven't been feeling 100 percent lately.

The nose is stuck and the throat is scratchy.

Both boys are feeling it too. And they've got mucus-ey noses and are coughing a lil.

Not Good.

Oh well... at least we've got Baby J's eczema sorted out so he's a happy trooper now. No more dry itchy flakey skin. It's back to baby softness and goodness now.

AND I'll try not to jinx myself BUT he is starting to sleep through the night. Yippeez! I am so excited that I cannot tell you how elated I am.

Anywayz am feeling a tad better but still a bit woozy. Better go off to bed now!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Tsubi

Me Tsubi jeans [a gift from the big man] arrived bright and early this morning. Sent by dear Harold from Startrack Express...

I wasn't that pleased to hear the intercom ringing at eight but someone had to wake up to pick the parcel up.

Anyway took it out of the bag and it fit nicely around the thighs and legs but it wouldn't button up. Plus I wasn't that in love with it. It simply wasn't the look that I wanted...

So off it goes back to where it came from and the gals from mycatwalk.com has kindly replied my email about the exchange for the Tsubi Vintage Scooter 05.

Just to make sure that I would fit into it, I went to FAT and tried it on and it was a dream. Just wat I wanted. So hopefully this would be it...

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

The Wiggles

I have to say... that I normally dun really support commercial children's TV.

I think it probably stems from the product endorsements and toys that follow the program. This kinda turns me off.

It just reminds me of the days when McD's would advertise to children so that they would convince their parents to bring them there.

Anyway Kayden watches Baby Einstein Dvds a couple of times a week. They play classical music while flashing images of actual objects. He's learnt quite a bit from that.

Today I was turning on my Foxtel when I decided to peruse the children's section. Turns out they were going to show "The Wiggles" in a couple of minutes. So I decided to curb my curiosity about this kids phenomenon. How can four grown men be that attractive?

So I switched the channel and they were singing and dancing @ the start of the show. I got Kayden to dance with the songs and HE LIKES IT! Oh man...

He actually sat on my lap for almost the entire show, and stood up when the songs came on and wiggled his lil bum to them. Funny as.

The show turned out to be rather educational. They were teaching the kids about healthy eating, not that my son understands. But it wasn't as bad as what I thought.

Told his Daddy about it and he just laughed.. We just might've created a Wiggles fan today. Oh dear...

F.O.U.R. Years!

Who would've thought it has only been four years?

Darien and I have just celebrated our anniversary. And it was Cup day!

It was just a simple day with the kids. Coffee in the morning at Providore. Followed by takeaway lunch and then catching up on the Melbourne Cup! And then it was DVDs time.

We couldn't make it out of the house for a good intimate dinner becos we didn't have a sitter. So the husband promised to make it up when we head back to Singers.. now that I can't wait...

But we spent a lot of time just chilling out and enjoying each other's company. It was the nicest day with no agenda.

IT has been an intensive four years. Itz like our lives had gone on the fast track. He has been a wonderful husband. The easiest [though the messiest] person to live with. He gives the best bear hugs ever...

I never thought that Darien would be the kind of Daddy that he is. Loving, patient and playful.. he has always been there for the kids. And I think that blows me away.

Above all, he is a great friend. Someone whom I have a silly time with. He comforts me when I'm feeling down. Listens to my words when I wanna speak and gives me the space to grow into the woman that I'm meant to be. Sometimes drives me up the wall with his funny research findings and all.

I love you, babe. Oh gawd! Who's to know what will be thrown into our laps in the years to come. But I'm pretty sure that there's nothing that we can't handle. After all, what can be harder than juggling two kids within a span of two years.

I'm glad that I've got you, even though you annoy the crap outta me sometimes. And I'm probably the only person who can understand your crazy lifestyle and occasionally weird dietary regimes. But opposites attract, I suppose. Especially in our case.. *winkz*

Anyway I can't wait to spend the rest of our lives together and see how it all turns out. I'm sure we will have a crazy unpredictable ride, as we always do.
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