Monday, September 29, 2008

Zoom Zoom

I must be getting old.

We stayed up to watch the Singapore F1 night race last night and it has totally cost me a day's worth of energy.

It is the second race we caught this year, cause we got sidetracked by UFC, Rugby and Olympics.

But what excitement! Definitely one of the more complicated and narrow circuits in the league.

What annoyed the crap out of me was the semi automatic lights that Ferrari used that bumped Massa out of the race!

Seriously?

And this is not the first time that it happened.

What is wrong with the man holding the stop and go sign?

Other than that, the race was thrilling and very exhilarating.

Anyway, we reckoned that Singapore did a great job hosting it. The set up was costly but oh so well designed and looked immaculate. Very fine, I'd say.

The global warming people are probably going to knock on the committee's doors today for the amount of electricity generated for the powerful night lights. ;p

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Saturday, September 27, 2008

TGI Weekend

I have never looked forward to a weekend in a really long time.

I have had some heavy news from work and am in the midst of contemplating my options.

The decision is rather apparent, to me at least, and the timing cannot be more apt than what it is.

And I am thankful that life always throw such funny curveballs, so unexpectedly.

God does have a sense of humour. :)

Truth is, I am rather relieved that it happens at such a perfect time. I actually am glad that this is happening. Strange, I know. My relaxed demeanour is probably an indication that I am making the right move.

My poor husband has been caught by surprise that my analysis came true and when I told him what the situation was, he got a lil overwhelmed by the news.

Thank God he came around the following day and he totally agreed that I should follow my gut.

Ah well, we'll find out in two weeks!

Banana Coconut Muffins



I found this recipe @ epicurious.com and this turned out to be such a hit!

Afterall, you can't really go wrong with banana and coconut!

I didn't modify much of the recipe, other than adding extra dessicated coconut and doubling the portions.

Ingredients
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 very ripe bananas, mashed (3/4 cup)
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted
2/3 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut

Special equipment: a muffin tin with 8 (1/2-cup) muffin cups; paper liners

Steps
Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 375°F. Line muffin cups with liners.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Whisk together bananas, butter, sugar, egg, vanilla, and 1/2 cup coconut in a large bowl until combined well, then fold in flour mixture until flour is just moistened.

Divide batter among lined muffin cups and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup coconut. Bake until muffins are puffed and golden, about 25 minutes. Transfer muffins to a rack and cool slightly.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Bringing up Children

I used to think that when I have kids, I would be the kind of mom that sits on the couch and watch all the old Disney cartoons with my children as I brush their hair and coo all over them.

Fast forward to now, when I have kids, I am the kind of mom who encourages my kids to watch lesser TV and to go outdoors to do some sports or play in the play ground. I try to raise them to be friends with technology but not be addicted to them. Yet somehow my kids are smart lil minks who knows how to work the telly, Foxtel and DVD player.

I am aware of the many perks that children have these days.

I also know that I can indulge them in a lot of extravagant ways but something inside me is holding off on spoiling my kids with material stuff.

Raising spoilt children is not really on our radar.

We have stopped buying big ticketed items for the boys a few months back when I realised that they have a really short attention span on toys. Somehow the more expensive the toys are, the rate of return on the interest level is marginally low. They tend to play with it for a bit and then it just gets mixed up with the rest of the toys.

What I do, nowadays, is enforce a play and clean up rule. They play. They clean.

That way they appreciate what they have.

I guess the good old hard working ettiquette is the best way to bring up grounded kids.

Afterall, Darien and I wouldn't want to be working our bums off to set something up for the children only to have them blow it in 2 seconds.

So, since the husband and I believe that kids should get all the fresh air they can, we have been actively bringing them out to the parks and playgrounds every weekend. It gives them the space to stretch their legs and make some friends.

That said, Hubbi and I believe that we got two great kids on our hands. They are the funniest and most random lil people who never fail to crack us up with their funny antics. Simple things make them happy. (which we should all take a leaf out of their book.)

And what makes us happy is they love us for who we are.

That is the magic of children. They give their all. Something that is so rare in society these days.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

You Belong to Me

I was waiting for Darien to arrive for our movie when this song came up on the sound system.

There are songs and there are songs. This was one of them.

It was a moment.

Like the time when he proposed. The day we got married. That smile on his face. The days when we had our boys.

Our moments. :)



You Belong to Me - Kate Rusby

See the pyramids along the Nile
See the sunrise from a tropic isle
Just remember darling, all the while
You belong to me

See the market place in old Algiers
Send me photographs and souvenirs
Just remember when a dream appears
You belong to me

I'll be so alone without you
Maybe you'll be lonesome too

Fly the ocean in a silver plane
see the jungle when it's wet with rain
Just remember till you're home again
You belong to me

I'll be so alone without you
Maybe you'll be lonesome too

See the pyramids along the Nile
See the sunrise from a tropic isle
Just remember darling, all the while
You belong to me

Intelligence is Relative


I swore when I was watching it. "WTF?" was constantly flashing in my mind.

But then again, I didn't realise that I was watching a film by the Coen Brothers. (Hubbi had preview tix.)

I did enjoy the movie, although some parts of me is screaming "Did I just waste 2 hours of my life watching this?"

Nonetheless, I totally thought Brad Pitt's comedic effort is well worth the ticket price itself.

Monday, September 22, 2008

When the Weekend Beckons

GOAL!!

I must admit that every time Thursday swing by... my heart gets a lil excited about the weekend.

The first thing that pops up, God bless the shopper in me, is where can I go to shop? The endless quest to find another item to add to my already bursting closet. :)

But the tale always ends up being told ohsodifferently.

How do you say no to memories like these?


The new basketball player in the house

Cajoling Jakey to come play

Putting his serious side on

Lantern Fest @ Federation Square

Catherine McNeil

credits: thefashionspot

Isn't she gorgeous with that dress and the caviar classic? I am in lust.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

MUST STOP EATING

I am on a mission to lose a few pounds.

See I never fret about my weight before… If I feel pudgey I'd eat less but most days I dun really care, la.

Afterall, organic eating has served me quite well. I tend to be around the same region on the weighing scale.

UNTIL I bought a pair of jeans ONE SIZE TOO SMALL. (Should've listened to the website)

And I am too lazyarse to send it back to exchange it.

I tried it on casually and it obviously wouldn't budge.

So I jumped and held my breath…. Sucked in my tummy till my face was flushed.

The husband, who was watching closeby, was cracking up like there is no tomorrow. ("ONE WEEK OF DETOX WILL WORK, BABY", he said)

Plus it doesn't help to have an enthusiastic 3 yr old hopping behind me.

So after 5 minutes of held breath and sufficient manipulation techniques, I got the button on. Barely. ;p

Hahaha… oh well.. I can 1. Lose some bit of tummy (which will be great for the summer) or 2. exchange it.

I think I might go with the former. (Well there has to be some thing in it for me as the wife of a personal trainer.)

Wish me luck!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Day @ the Beach

The sun came up on Saturday morn and didn't set till late in the evening. So what do we do?

Grab the chance and bring the kids to the beach!!



Like some sand, Dad?



Jakey the sand blaster - Lil Bugga' threw sand all over us!!



My lil water fetcher


Relaxing




Kayden and his tools

Lil Bits of Love

Last night, when we were lying in bed, Kayden cuddled up to me, to peek at my laptop ,whilst I was surfing the Net.

The boy had his head on my shoulder so I gave him a lil peck on his forehead.

He grinned when I did that and proceeded to give Mom a series of kisses on the cheek.

Oh the amount of love I felt!

One can never replace the innocence of a child's love. It's simple and generous. And a lil ticklish.

It made me struggle as I woke up for work this morning. My heart felt a lil tug when I left him sleeping and the lil one with the nanny.

The privileges of being a Mom.

I just wish they're not growing up so quickly cause I want to cuddle them in my arms always.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Who needs a pram ...

when you've got a wheelbarrow?

Champions!

CARTER!!!

How good were the All Blacks on Saturday night?

The boys came back from 7-17 to clinch both the Bledisloe Cup + Tri Nations at 28-24.

Great Game. Thoroughly enjoyable. And Carter scored a Tri.

I screamed till I almost had no voice. Too hardcore.

Now I want to go to Hong Kong in November to see them. ;p

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Vanessa Bruno




This is my latest obsession.

Vanessa Bruno hails from France. Her very simple and well fitted clothes suits my lifestyle at the moment. No fuss and quick to assemble. And oh so girly. I love the lil frills and colors that she uses.

Melbourne recently opened its own maiden boutique and I love it that we can hop in whenever to try on stuff! :)

Gosh what was I thinking when I agreed to move back to Singapore. *bawls eyes*

Monday, September 08, 2008

Screw You

Some one ever said that they can forgive BUT never forget.

And, funnily, this sentence has been replaying itself in my head, over and over again, for the past 24 hours.

Isn't it strange how people can really have double standards when it comes to judgement?

I will remember how people treat me when we first meet. Good behavior will always beget trust and continued friendship.

I believe that respect goes both ways. I do not appreciate being yelled at or treated badly. And no.. You do not get a second chance when you have erred too many times.

I will not hesitate to shut off all communication if I find that the lines have been crossed.

I may be nice but I will not tolerate crap from anyone.

So … if you find that yelling at me would help you get your point across, I strongly recommend that you rethink the treatment that I received in the beginning. You may want me to forgive AND forget but it is not happening.

Too bad you yourself is a lil touchy when it comes to discussing your own family issues. It's not my problem, that, that is the situation at your home. It's pisses me off that you have no guts to tell them what I think.

I don't need this bullshit and I am expecting an apology.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Work and Fun

Room with a View

I thought that I was going to have a relaxing time at the company's off site in the Mornington.

Wrong was I.

Two late nights and two eaaaarrly mornings really did my head in.

And sleep I did for the last two days!

Moonah Links is a beautiful golf resort down at the Mornington Peninsula. We had a pretty intense agenda, that left my head swirling by mid day on Thursday. Thank God for the team dinner and drinks. Had a lovely time catching up with all the workmates and having a drink or two.

The party continued to the wee hours but I had to bow out at midnight, with a 630am start the following day looming on my mind. Party pooper me. :(

Needless to say, by the time we concluded the conference... I was most definitely looking forward to home.

Anyhow, pics from the partee!

The gals
My fave girl.. Dee

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

One Sunny Day

I always wondered why the weather is always beautiful the day you send someone on their final journey.

Blue skies and warm weather greeted us as we made our way to Ballarat.

In fact, it is a perfect spring day.

I am sitting here with two snoozing bubbas as I had just dropped Darien off to attend a funeral for one of his clients/friend.

I met Merryn a couple of times and she struck me a generous and kind soul. According to Darien, she was working really hard to keep her cancer at bay and it worked for a while till a relapse in the last few months.

She passed on at home on Monday.

He is rather saddened by it when I met him for lunch yesterday. I asked if he wanted me to come along and at first, he declined. But, after chatting with him for a bit, he said that it would be lovely if I did.

The initial plan was for us both to go alone and leave the kids with the nanny but, alas, she was sick today so I'm left here sitting in the car park waiting. Ah well.

Anyhow, the death of someone in your first degree tends to spark off thoughts of your own time on Earth. How inevitable death is. How worthy are you living your life now. How you want your funeral to be.

Hubbi was tossing some ideas on his own plans and some things we can't see eye to eye with.

So I said, "You realise that I will be deciding anyway, rite?"

He just smiled at that mention.

Some things don't change in life, or in death. ;p

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Boo Boo!

Having a coffee after 3pm is a no no for me.

More often than not, it will make my head spin into a vortex of blinding pain.

Guess what I did today?

I am really regretting my afternoon cafe latte now.

Resting on the couch and watching "The F Word" has never been more painful.

Boo!

Betta go to bed soon.

I wanna go away again...

How many people does it take to figure out a GPS?

Gusto - Lovely chicken soup and deli.

Paddington Market

Tetsuya's famous Tuna Confit

Us @ Tets

Boys gazing out at the Bondi coast view from Icebergs

Monday, September 01, 2008

When Kayden was introduced to Cayden

The other night, I was on showing Kayden pictures of his cousin, with the same namesake, on FaceBook.

Me: *points to Cayden* This is Cayden
K: Noooooo.....
Me: Yes it is. It's Cayden.
K: Nooooooo....

He then got a lil frustrated with me and walked away.

So tonight my sister called and we spoke for a bit.

I told her about our lil conversation.

Then I put Kayden on the phone.

She asked him the same question.

And he went "Nooooo" again!

Boy, was she amused. *tee hee*

Clearly my child has the notion that he is the only kid on the planet with this name. Too cute!

Scones and Such

Over the weekend, we hopped up to Mt Dandenong for a pinch of some scones and tea at Ms Marples.

Along the way, we drove past some cyclists as they were trekking their way up to the top of the hill and saw one of them almost giving up by the side of the road.

I teased the husband about his ex-cycling days. *gazes at the unused Bianchi sitting @ the corner*

Too soon, I'd say.

He hasn't used it for months!! (and he better use it soon, or else, EBAY here we come! That would make a lovely contribution to my purple chanel ;))

We laughed about the distance he previously covered and all the funny things he's experienced and saw.

My husband - man of many hobbies. Sometimes he drives me crazy with all his new ideas and funny thoughts and all his dreams.

As you can tell, I'm the more passive person in the relationship. I am pretty much the creature of habit that does the same thing day in and out. Boring! My only vice is shopping and food.

My boys tend to take after their Dad, in this aspect. They love adventure and outdoors. And doing all those silly antics and stunts that sometimes makes my heart stop. They are very hands on kids who like mimicing our lil tasks at home.

Ahh… the revelations of life!
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