Archive for June, 2006

New shoes

 

Braedyn is wearing a set of new shoes, a full-moon gift from my ex-colleagues. I just took them out recently for Brae to try on. The shoes are actually meant for 12-18 months old toddler and to our surprise, the shoes were a bit tight for Brae already! Looks like this will be the one and only time he will be wearing this pair of cute shoes! No point buying shoes before he starts walking because he will outgrow them very fast.

 

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Friday, June 30, 2006 5:31 pm at 5:31 pm 8 comments

My first card creation

Hubby has a friend whose wife delivered a baby girl last week. Hurray! I now have a reason to try out my card-making skills. I told hubby that I was going to make a personalised card for them.

Popped into the bookshop to look for a card-making magazine. I found one which I liked and headed to Papier to buy the necessary papers to make the card. To my dismay, I couldn’t get the exact cards, which were green pearl and green glitter cards, shown in the magazine so I ended up creating the card design on my own.

This is the end result of my first card creation:-

Friday, June 30, 2006 5:18 pm at 5:18 pm 6 comments

Tag of 4

Tagged by Vien

Four jobs I would stink at:

  • Navigator – My hubby would always go ballistic when I have to play navigator. Fortunately for all, he is very good at directions and can remember places after having been there just once. Myself, I just let the driver take me places. Just like a “tai-tai” (Cantonese for rich man’s wife)
  • Chef – Since my mother passed on when I was a little girl, there has been no female influence on my life. Dad couldn’t cook for nuts and I guess ditto for me too. Hey….at least I have a good reason. Just the other day, hubby was showing me how to use the end of a spoon handle to remove skin from young ginger. He had a good laugh when he caught me using the peeler to get the job done.
  • Teacher – Though I quite fancy teaching, I have ZERO patience. Unless all my students are bright ones (and let’s face it, if they were so smart, I wouldn’t have to teach them), I’d rather not have them test me.
  • Proof reader – Can’t write well. Have trouble constructing long sentences. This post, got hubby to type while I ramble on. Bad English, my fault. Good English, then forward your compliments to hubby.

    Four pretend nicknames I make up for myself:

  • Amy – My 1st English name but stopped using it after some Malay rock group had a lead singer by the same name. He looked weird.
  • Lulu – What my hubby calls me. According to him “Lulu” conveys the impression of someone extremely blur. Apt description for me.
  • Yuen Wong – Cantonese for “implicated” or something along those lines. My Chinese name has a similar ring to it.
  • No 4th one, sorry!

    Four movies I have watched over and over:

  • Don’t really watch movies over and over. Well, I did watch many versions of Harry Potter, LOTRs, and Star Wars. Do they count?

    These days, if I can watch 1 movie in its entirety in 1 sitting, I will be thrilled. We (hubby & I) have Memoirs of a Geisha in the DVD player for the past month. We watch 10 minutes at the first attempt before Braedyn woke up. Haven’t continued since.

    Four places I have lived:

  • Tapah – Where I was born
  • Chenderiang – Lived there with grandparents for a while after mum passed on
  • KL – Moved here after my SPM to work and study part-time. Met hubby here too.
  • No 4th place, poor me.

    Four things I love to do on my weekends:

  • Sleep – Actually, I like to sleep more on weekdays too. Very sleep-deprived these days
  • Baking – Heard that under-utilised ovens can bring disharmony to the household. However, must find a way to relocate the family of spiders who have made a corner of my oven their home
  • A spot of gardening – My garden can now be best described as a “jungle” Imagine…..grass at certain areas can reach your knee. Hubby refuses to let the grass cutters come in to mow HIS lawn. Loves to say, “If I can afford a house with a garden, then I better find the time to mow it myself.” Yes, that is why I guess we will never engage a maid.
  • Spending more quality time with hubby – I know we need more time together.

    Four TV shows I geek out to, or used to geek out to:

  • Anything-Idol – I just “love” William Hung wannabes
  • Fear Factor – Love to see the Caucasians roll their eyes over durians
  • Friends – Complete with Malaysian censorship cuts. Don’t we all love our Malaysian censors?
  • CSI

    Four alcoholic beverages I’ve enjoyed on offshore vacations:

  • Firstly, no vacations. Secondly, husband does not fancy people who drown themselves in alcohol. Lastly, can’t afford it 馃檪

    Four things I could NOT live without (besides oxygen, H2O, and miscellaneous life-sustaining substances, included our kids and hubby and family member):

  • PDA – My entire life is dictated by it.
  • Mobile phone
  • Internet access – I hate Telekom Malaysia’s monopoly. Hubby refuses to give them our business
  • No 4th item
  • Four of my favorite foods, partnered with people with whom I enjoy eating said foods:

  • Japanese food
  • Roti Canai
  • Indomie Goreng
  • Italian food
  • All enjoyed with my hubby

  • Four places I would rather be right now:
  • Melbourne – Hubby studied there for a while and he brought me there for a friend’s wedding. Lovely place
  • At a restaurant – It’s close to 9pm and we have to eat dinner
  • At home in bed – Need more sleep
  • In the cinema – Need some popcorn and big-screen action. The man in the red cape and underwear is premiering today.
  • 4 people I mercilessly tagged:

  • Ashley
  • Sue
  • Magictree
  • Zara’s Mama

  • Thursday, June 29, 2006 7:53 pm at 7:53 pm 5 comments

    First swim

    We brought Braedyn for a swim at Ma-Ma’s condo last Sunday. For the big day we had everything packed in a bag; a small towel (for Brae’s head), a big towel (for Brae’s body), hubby’s towel (unfortunately no towel for me because….I CAN”T SWIM!!), two arm floats, and a set of clean clothes for Brae.

    Midwife told us that we could let Brae swim after all his jabs. Brae is allowed to swim or play in the water for not more than 15 minutes. Most importantly, after he gets out of the water, we have to dry his hair quickly, provide him a warm drink and cover him up. This will prevent him from catching a cold.

    We did exactly what the midwife told us and we are happy to report that Brae did not fall sick.

    Brae’s swimming experience

    Brae appeared apprehensive when hubby put him at the edge of the pool. Hubby then patted some water on Brae’s chest before placing him in the water slowly. As soon as he was in the water, Brae’s expression changed to one of shock. He started to whine and cry. Hubby quickly tried to distract him by bringing him for a spin round the baby pool. After which, Brae stopped crying and started enjoying himself.

    Thursday, June 29, 2006 3:59 pm at 3:59 pm 6 comments

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    Thursday, June 29, 2006 3:20 pm at 3:20 pm 3 comments

    My guiding light

    From the time Brae was 3 days old till he was a month old, she would come every week to check on my wound and Brae鈥檚 condition. When my wound was not healing well, she would make the extra effort to drop by our house to check on me.

    Without her I would have given up hope on breastfeeding Brae. Her unfailing support and guidance has helped me reduce Brae鈥檚 intake of formula milk to full breastfeeding.

    As first-time parents, we are very grateful and honoured to have her share her experience on how to take care of, bathe, and feed the baby.

    With all the conflicting comments on what to do or what to buy from relatives and friends, we are thankful that she cleared all our doubts and set our minds at ease.

    We are glad that she was there to advise and guide us on how to handle Brae when he was down with fever a few weeks ago.

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank our midwife for all her support and guidance.

    Thank you so much, Ai Ling. You have been a great source of inspiration.

     

    *For those who want to know some of Ai Ling鈥檚 tips, she has recently co-authored a parenting book with her colleagues on Asian parenting.*

     

    Friday, June 16, 2006 7:50 pm at 7:50 pm 2 comments

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