Friday, February 28, 2014


It's Friday and my heart is absolutely singing!

Firstly, we survived our first week of CA (test week) for K and, second of all, school's out for the weekend for the boys. And I'm really relieved the former is over because it has been an intense fortnight of studying. It's hard making boys sit for a long period, especially when their instincts are always in play mode.

I was nagging him so much at one stage that I totally expected him to go "There she goes again." But, when I checked in on him one day when I was out,  I found him sitting through and doing the assignments that I threw at him. (There was quite a bit to go through.)

You know how there are scenes in your life when you acutely know that the paradigm has shifted and a change has happened? Well, this was one of those.

It made me pause and and  think. My heart ached a little as well because I saw my little boy being aware that he is now responsible for his own studies and grades. It totally shouted out "He's no longer a little boy!"

A part of me acknowledged that this is part of the growing process and he's really "growing up". And thus the heart ached. Some day I will have to let go but for now, I'm glad he's still at a stage where he listens to the things we tell him. I often ask D, "Do you think they know we love them?" And he's like "Don't be silly!! We do eeeevvverrrrything for them!"

I guess we are doing ok.

So we are taking it easy today and this weekend. There's a violin grading coming up soon. But you know, that's a story for another day. =)

Thursday, February 27, 2014

This Valentine's

This Valentines, I received a beautiful bunch of peonies from the husband.

If you know him, you would know that he's better at gifts than flowers but overall he spoils me very rotten. And this year, because we didn't get to do dinner proper on the day itself, he got me the most beautiful bunch of posies from my favourite florist, Floral Magic. (I'm very very fussy about my flowers so I'm really happy he knows my floral style)

One thing I'd tell ya about the husband is, he has a lady/person for everything. A diamond lady. A car mechanic. A wine distributor. And now, he's got a flower lady!! (Yay!)

So yes, he's quite sorted out in all of life's departments.

And as for me, I'm happy to be receiving all kinds of flowers from you, any day! =)

Thank you, baby!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Bai Nian

One tradition we love to impart to the kids is the traditional Pai Nian.

It's the very first thing we do on the first day of the new year. 

We get the kids all dressed up and they would take turns to say their new year greetings to papa who would in turn bless them with a little red packet to kick off the lunar new year. 

Secretly, I think Daddy really likes this practice. He always have such a wide beam when they greet him and a massive cuddle after. 

Too precious a sight to miss. 

Now I'm thinking, I gotta prep me some ang pows to experience that too! (and put my camera down!) 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A Day in the Kampung

On the third day of CNY, we took a road trip up north to visit the husband's paternal side. In a kampung just outside of Melaka.

My kids always look forward to the visit because it means that they get to play with fireworks and mingle with their second cousins that they only see once or twice a year. It's funny how they can communicate despite my kids speaking english and them, Chinese.  Quite heart warming to watch them interact!

Showing her auntie and cousin her playlist on her iPod.

For me, it's about hanging out in that grand old house. Filled with all the memories of the generations past. Which in a way reminded me of my own childhood home. 

Time passes very slowly there. There really isn't much to do there, other than just pottering around the house. Recently, they've added Wifi, which is really really exciting if you ask me.

But yes, this annual visitation is really for my kids. I love that they still have this part of history that exists in such modern times. (They normally bring their new gadgets to share with their cousins. Which I am pretty amused as it seems like a cross cultural exchange. =) )

Meimei chilling out.

Kayden lives for the fireworks. He was literally outdoors all the time until the fire crackers were all exhausted. Needless to say, he had a blast (pun intended) and asked when are we visiting next. 

Harry Pottering. Just like magic!
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