Saturday, December 30, 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 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!
Thursday, December 28, 2006
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
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.. ]
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
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
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.
Friday, December 22, 2006
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..
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
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.
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
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
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Friday, December 15, 2006
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
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
Monday, December 11, 2006
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!
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!
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
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!
- 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]
- 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.
- 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.
- Changi airport is a dream. So many things to buy and eat inside the terminal. Melbourne has a lot to catch up on ... seriously.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
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.
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.