Wednesday, March 28, 2012

My Middle Child


This boy probably gets the least mention in this blog.

It is not because I love him the least.

But he is my most laid back kid. Happy go lucky is the term to describe him. Very fuss free. (which is needed when you have three kids)

For him, he's ok if he is under the radar. He doesn't ask for any classes to attend and he prefers to just chill at home.

He loves to play with his trains and cars. Read his Tin Tin comics. And sing and dance. You should see Kate and him doing the Hi 5 dances. It's amazing how choreographed they are.

I won't say that he's the most docile child because he won't allow anyone to bully him. We have had instances where he would tell kids off if they cross the boundaries.

I'm not sure if he sees the world differently because of his vision but he's just whimsical in his own ways. He loves to draw and man there are plenty of details in his work.

After a bit of a jaunt with his violin, we stopped lessons for a while cause he wasn't enjoying it. So now he's asked to play the piano. Which I happily obliged. It also helps that he's got a really sweet and pretty teacher. =)

Lil K and him spend the most time together. They play and, yes, fight during the day. Sometimes it's over the scooter that she has. Sometimes, it's over little silly toy. But still they are best mates who share silly giggles during the day. It makes my heart glad.

I love having three kids. Even though they drive me batshit crazy sometimes. But it's still a whole lot of joy at the end of the day. Especially when they are sleeping. *wink*

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Diaper Cakes


So I have discovered that I have a little talent for making diaper cakes.

It started as a gift idea for the husband's client and because I couldn't order one in time, I thought I would make one.

It was fun putting it together. And I loved shopping for newborn stuff. It's something that I loved doing when the kids were  young. I miss that!

I thought it looked pretty spiffy.

Last week, I made another one for a newborn baby girl. It's a slightly different look but still so much fun to do!  =)


Friday, March 23, 2012

DVF for Gap


I cannot resist the ad campaign that Gap had for their DVF collaboration.

Usually, I steer clear of these for kids because the quality is usually quite dispairing but it's just too colorful and bright so I was tempted to get a piece of two for the lil one. Especially after seeing A posing pictures on her website.

Not knowing what the response would be like, I went bright and early when it launched and found a few other mummies scampering around the display set.

What was really surprising was the price point. It is very similar to what is available online.

The thing to note is the sizing runs small. Lil K couldn't get into a romper meant for a 3 year old. Thankfully, I managed to exchange that for another dress.

The lil miss got two dresses in the end. I was happy with the quality. Might hop online to see if I can get her a romper too. =p

The sizes run small. This was a size 4-5!

His First Violin Grading

So the boy finally sat for his first violin grading.

It has been six months of prep with lots of practising. And a whole of blood, sweat and tears.

Thankfully, he's been quite a trooper with all the additional classes when it was closer to the exam.

I never thought I would say this but he was actually pretty independent with his practice sessions lately. Popping his own exam CD in the audio system and playing along with it.

It makes me very grateful that we hae com to this stage of his violin journey.

We've just changed teachers so maybe that brought on his new change in attitude.

An affirmation that all this hard work is paying off is how he's happy to continue with his lessons and he exclaimed to my girlfriend about how much he likes his violin when she asked if he would like to learn the piano instead. =)

Anyhow, the day of the exam came and I was all worried that he would be scared and freeze but that didn't even happen. He was cool as a cucumber. I was just his worried mother. Sitting out there waiting for him. And the pianist who accompanied him on his pieces said that he was calm and played well.

That makes me happy. Regardless of the results, it's always about the attitude. And I'm proud that he has the confidence to pull this off.

Job well done, Kiddo!

Potato Potarto ... Potato Head


Potato Head is this stunning of a beach club a few doors down from Ku De Ta.

It is almost impossible to not be wowed by its architecture when you approach the driveway. A grand wall filled to the brim with colored window frames greet you as you arrive.

It gets even better when you get inside.

The lush landscaped grounds filled with generous day beds just makes one wanna spend the entire day lounging there.

We loved it so much, we went back twice in two days.

This trip, I brought along a couple of swimming floats along so that the kids can splash around in the water without us hanging onto them.

The boys, though water confident, were not fully able to swim confidently so the floats help. Needless to say they had a splashing good time.

I was very thankful that the sun was up and we had a pool to let the kids muck around in and make little friends. It left us with a lot of time to just relax and have a drink by the pool. And also at the pool bar.

Kate decided that she HAD to have  drink at the pool bar so she made her poor obliging Daddy order a fruit punch. lol!

I have to say the cocktails were very delectable and the food was generously portioned and rather delicious. We had very full tummies every time we leave.

Sun, Food and Play... what's there not to like?

En route to the pool

The spacious landscaped lawn

Day beds galore.
Philly Cheesesteak with a Kookoobura

I spy a pool bar

Love it!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Ubud

Our last trip to Ubud only had us visiting Ibu Oka - the tourist joint for the infamous babi guling.

So this time round, we thought we'll make it right.

We got a driver for a day. I guess he thought we wanted to do touristy things like visit temples, the monkey forest and such. When he said that the first stop was at a clothing factory.. All alarm bells went off.

And immediately I exclaimed, "NO!" haha! And got him to drop us in the middle of the town so that we could start exploring it on our own.

I never got the hype about Ubud, even though a galfriend says she can spend days and days there.


But this time round, we did have a lovely time exploring the little hilly town.

We spent time lounging around the cafes, shopping in the lil shops around where they have good organic products, ate some of the best cupcakes ever and had a spa treatment where even kids had their own massages, before finishing up with an awesome dinner of ribs. Yumz.

Here's a few places we patronised.

Localista was this little cupcake store at Jln Suweta. It's a blink and you will miss it kind of place. Located next to a photography gallery, it is this laidback cafe that serves simple baked goods and drinks.

The highlight of the store is their cupcakes which are so divine! Those cupcakes which are baked several times a day are one of the best ones we ever had. Made without commercial colourings, it definitely tasted of homemade goodness. In fact, we liked them so much, we tried every single flavour they had there. My favourite was the green tea. The others liked the boston cream. Don't miss this joint when you are there.






Localista
Jl Suweta No 5, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia 

Naughty Nuri's

The infamous place for killer magheritas and bbq smoked ribs.

Unfortunately the drinks didn't happen cos the kids were there. But those ribs... man... we could have them everyday.

The selling point is the grill right up front when you step into the restaurant. Those whiffs of BBQ goodness makes the stomach growl for the food to be served quickly.

We wolfed down all the food that was served cause we were so hungry after our spa sessions. And it was all good. I thoroughly enjoyed the nasi goreng and the ribs. All washed down lots of iced tea and orange juice.

Yumz.

You must come here at least once.

 Naughty Nuri's Warung and Grill
Jl. Raya Sanggingan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Ku De Ta


So Day 1 in Bali was spent having a really late breakfast at Grocer and Grind before hopping to Ku De Ta for a day in the sun.

That kinda set the pace for the rest of the trip.

Thankfully, our friends had the same idea so we all kinda planned our activities around the kids. Or rather, my kids.

We've always liked KDT. It's such a safe choice for us. It's kid friendly. Has a beach up front for the kids to go wild in the sand. The cocktails are decent and food is pretty good too.

What I did was to pack an entire hand luggage of beach toys, swimming floats, and a good number of swimsuits for the kids.  It can be pretty tough buying beach toys there so I came prepped. And so when we hit the beach, all the kids have to do is just unpack and play. Works every time.

(But if you do forget, then Bintang Mart would be the place to visit to buy the pails and shovels.)

This time round, we managed to get a day bed. So whilst the big fellas were body surfing, the kids were busy digging up a storm on the beach.

Why is he making a mess, mama??

Back at KDT, a mini water slide set up for the kids during the day. The boys had a good time running up and down the slippery slide. Kate who just woke up from her nap was a bit of a grouch so she only had a go once and shook her head when I offered to help her up again.


They also took the opportunity to swim in the pool and made friends with the other kids playing there. Lil K had a wild of a time swimming up a storm. That one is a true water baby.

Meanwhile me and the gal friend were lounging on the day bed and drinking cocktails (well non alcoholic for preggo her). It was lovely. And best of all, everyone was doing something that loved.

A great start to the vacation.

Friday, March 16, 2012

A long awaited break.

There is something about Bali that just keeps us coming back.

We love the sun, sea and beach kind of holidays and it's perfect when you have three kids that are just bustling with energy that needs to be let out.

This trip has been all kinds of awesome because the kids are old enough to be independent and we didn't have to lug along baby food or milk and such. They feed themselves, clothe themselves and entertain each other with their own sense of humour. What more can a parent ask for?

It was the best family holiday so far!


We rented a villa that was not quite what I'd expected. It was huge and had a pool but it was terribly out of the way and had pot holes along the small dirt road leading to the house. I wasn't a happy Jan but the owner refused to refund the remaining nights so we sucked it up and stayed.

Next time round though, it's going to be a resort all the way.

Anyhow, we literally ate our way through from Seminyak to Ubud. I think if we had stayed a lil longer, we could've packed more yummy food down our throats but, thankfully, we had to leave for home.



I can't wait to see you again, Bali. Hopefully, sooner rather than later.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Big Picture


As a SAHM to three, it is inevitable that everyday is a checking items off a list.

It is quite easy to get lost in the world of school, meal planning, enrichment classes and play dates.

I must admit that I'm on autopilot mode on most days.

However, lately, I have been reassessing the activities that my kids are doing and I realise that generally my reaction to things are immediate and directly concerned to the issue at hand.

Looking back, I was probably worried that if my kid didn't get into this class or do this activity now, he would be left behind. Or has more catching up to do.

This meant that either they got signed into a class too advanced for their learning stage (which I realise after reading through his file that day) or they have too many activities going on.

So like I said, I was reassessing.

I spoke to K the other day on the classes he likes to do. What he understands. Which ones leave him confused. How are the teachers in his class?

So after speaking to him, I've made some changes.

I've pulled him out of his English class. Stopped the art class cause they were more concerned about playing than drawing. Got a private Chinese tutor for K cause he needs help with the speaking side of things.

And I've started to realize that in the whole scheme of things, I might have lost sight of the bigger picture at hand. That they would need to take small steps to get to where they will be as adults. Not do the big leaps that we expect them to.

Kids will need to be kids. Yes they can be pushed to do certain things. But there is a limit.

Getting them to do work that is meant for Primary 5 is incredibly mindblowing, even for an adult like me. How do you get a six year old to explain linear or free spirit?

One day, he will get the advanced side of things. But for now, being in a Primary one state of mind works for me.

As for the other two, thankfully, they have their kor kor as a guinea pig. So I know what to expect and do for them repectively.

We all live and learn. Even as mums. Thankfully, these kids are agile and versatile enough to withstand the changes that we throw them.

End of the day, all this mother wants is a confident and social kid who's smart and witty enough to take on the world. Here's hoping.

“Everybody is a genius. But, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it’ll spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Happy birthday, Hun!


Great Ocean Rd circa 2002

My darling husband turns a year older today.

He is what I call in his glorious thirties now. A time where he's still young and full of charm.

I can't believe it's been a decade since we first met. He was 25 in that picture and I was just 21. Can you believe it? I can't seem to tell how it is that we've packed so much in ten freaking years.

I remember meeting him at a lecture theatre. I was in some awkward position behind a pillar. He was brushing past me trying to get out. We had a brief eye connection. But it was really through a project that we bonded. Ironically, he was the only one slaving through his section. Mine was *uh hmmm* a bit of cut and paste.

Anyhow, the first thing he said to me was, "I thought you were Malaysian."

Facepalm moment, can?

There was something about him. He was charming and yet super hardworking at that time. He used to fill his time with student union stuff and teaching gym classes. I never remember him slacking much during the day. And he was really quite fun to be with. Weekend road trips. Late night movie dates. Suppers. Street market dates.

I loved being with someone older. It was with him that my eyes opened up to a whole new world.

Up till today, it is still very much an adventure everyday.

I am very thankful to have him in my life.

I never thought I'd say this but love gets better as time passes.

Who knew, hey?



Happy birthday, Hunni.

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