Sunday, August 31, 2008

Clear Out

Is it me or are weekends going past a lil way too quickly?

I spent the better part of this evening organising my closet.

This has been a long time coming and the final straw came when I started spending an amazing amount of time looking for a particular item and couldn't find it.

So I sucked it up this evening and got the chore done and over with.

This exercise has taught me a lot.

Like the sheer volume of clothes that I have. The amount of unworn clothes that I should really be wearing.

And how much I've contributed to the rag trade, in particular Aussie designers.

*hangs head*

Sighz.. the next time round, I am sorting out the remnants of what I will never wear so that I can sell it at the Camberwell Market.

My husband would be proud. :p

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Purple Lemming

I know I have a few nice things in my closet but


Pic taken from Ebay - mypersonalshoppers

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

When Jake Turned Two

Dear Jakey,

Turning two is a momentous event in our household!

It is because Daddy and I both know that this is the turning point of you leaving the baby stage and moving on to the toddler/boy stage.

It is the time when you start to make your own decisions and start taking steps to become your own lil person.

So two years ago, you came into our world all rushed and angry. Daddy will always remember the dash to the hospital and how quickly you were delivered.

That kinda set the pace for the last twenty four months. As the littlest person @ home, you've got a big brother to follow around. And that was exactly what you did, you lil sponge. Everything your Kor Kor does, you will learn and grasp in an instant.

You love playing with Kayden and in return, he sees you as his lil partner in crime. Oh the mischief that you two get into! At times, he would exert his lil superiority over you by telling you what you should and should not do. (Not that you listen all the time!) Other times, he would attempt to feed you whilst sharing food with you. But there is no other child he would share his biggest laughs with.

I cannot tell you how much joy you brought to us all. You are like my silly lil bear. Always happy in the morning and that usually carries on to your bed time. We always wondered where your early morning routine and early bedtime habit came from. Neither of us are early sleepers. :)

Daddy loves it when he gets up and he sees you lying awake @ your cot … and how your eyes will light up when you see him creeping up, screaming Daddy as he approaches.

However, there is no question where you got your stubborn streak from. Sometimes you fight lil silly battles that have us cracking up in laughter. Mostly, you will stop after we offer you some lil treat. But you are rather good natured, generally.

All in all, pumpkin pie, you have made us so happy. You are truly one of a kind.

Happy Birthday, sweetheart!


Monday, August 25, 2008

Odd Shot from Rob and Lynn's Wedding

I knicked this from Mandy's facebook cause I think it's really funny (and rare) to see us dancing up a storm these days!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

The days that went past ...

Darien and I have always loved living in Melbourne. Every time the discussion to move back surfaces, it will always be peppered with a lot of heavy sighs.

Somehow, even though, the obvious is clear, we still find it a lil hard to start saying goodbye to a place that we call home for (almost!) the last decade.

When Bruce and Mandy came to visit last fortnight,we did a host of activities together. We snowboarded. Had multiple coffees at lil hole in the walls joints. Dinner and lunches.

It was a lovely time to get reacquainted again.

Seeing friends after a long while makes you miss the times that had passed. The times when we share an apartment, where he stayed across the hallway. The crazy times that we had with our ex housemates. The speech he made at our wedding. The times when we had a lil bit of a rocky patch cause of all the uncertainties.

And the period where he met his lady love. :)

(Hubbi and I adore Mandy. We think that she's the best thing that ever happened to Bruce ;p )

We tend to get nostalgic and chat for hours on end abot the crazy youthful past. And then, we started talking about the future. About how we can have dinner parties at our SG home. How we can go for short tropical getaways. How we can meet for coffees as and when.

Lil luxuries that distance hinders.

So now, as our season in Australia is slowly coming to an end... I think what makes the move a lil softer is the fact that we have our wonderful friends back home.

Maybe our mistakes are what make our fate. Without them, what would shape our lives? Perhaps if we never veered off course, we wouldn't fall in love, or have babies, or be who we are. After all, seasons change. So do cities. People come into your life and people go. But it's comforting to know the ones you love are always in your heart. And if you're very lucky, a plane ride away.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Obsession with the Odd Shaped Ball

I must say that for all my years of living in Melbourne, I have never had the inclination to embrace the AFL.

For one, I personally think the game is a waste of time and would not waste a minute of my life watching it. And two, it is the only game in the world, that I know of, that gives you a point for missing the goal post.

Basically, none of the teams are good enough to warrant my attention.

There. I've said it.

My husband is a sports buff. He's the kind of person who can talk to you about any sport. His favorite sport is basketball, of course and he plays it twice a week. He's the kind that would turn the ESPN as his top channel on Foxtel.

So there's been a bit of a tassle for channels when we are both home. I like my mommy channels. He likes sport. The kids pretty much win the battle with their kiddy programs.

HOWEVER, something changed in NZ. We went to an All Blacks game and since then I'm a rugby convert. I love how the game is being played. And it helps that the players are a bunch of eye candy. No prizes for guessing my fave at the moment. Mr Dan Carter.

Needless to say, my husband is very amused at my insistence on going home so that I can watch MY OWN game on telly the last few times. :)

We've finally agreed on one program. Who knew such a day would exist?

Don't laugh if you see me sporting an All Blacks jersey next time!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

What we did last weekend..

My boys concentrating on the Olympics

Steamboat dinner with friends

Almond Jelly Time

Brekkie at Cooper and Milla. Yumz

Secret Playground

Best invention in the world - Double Steering

Happy Trouper

My animated Hubbi. :)

Monday, August 11, 2008


We had such grand plans for this past weekend.

They include cleaning and packing stuff, meeting up with friends and spending time with the boys.

But alas, a bad dinner decision on Friday have resulted in the two of us getting food poisoning and spending the past few days in bed.


The one thing that shits (pun intended) me about food poisioning is the way it zaps all the energy out of you. I can literally spend hours sleeping.

It is still terrorizing my tummy and I swear if anyone cross my path in the next few days, I will wish the same thing for him.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Thursday Lunch

One of my colleagues took us out for lunch today as a way to thank us for helping out.

It was an all out wine and dine fest at a local italian place and we had such a lovely time.

Along with the vino, comes out all the silly lil catchups, that would never cross anyone's lips, on a typical work day.

And one of the sadder things I've heard, is one of the managers had a stillborn baby on the weekend.

My heart just stopped a second.

After all, I did see her burgeoning belly just a few weeks back and it's hard knowing that someone of that proximity has lost a baby this way.

That only makes me think about the times when the kids drive me up the wall with their crazy antics and stubborn streaks. And how angry I get when they misbehave.

It just seems so trivia in compared to her loss.

Ah well, the next time those rowdy kids of mine start to throw all their toys on the floor and make a mess out of the house, I will take a deep breath and remind myself that I am only this lucky to have a moment like that.

Sunday, August 03, 2008


Children are such random creatures.

If there is anything I learnt from being a parent, it is treasuring the lil pockets of time you share with each child.

A child never sees a day the same way as we do.

To us, a day is seen in hours, minutes or seconds.

To them, it's all about one activity to the next.

And so we learnt that, sometimes, we need to see things from their point of view.

That is why every weekend is spent bringing them to parks to let them run free.

To the markets so that they get to know their grocers and where their meals come from.

At home where snuggles are plenty and giggles are heard during bed wrestles with Daddy.

And if I'm lucky, sometimes, I get to sneak my own activities in. ;)
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