Friday, March 28, 2008
This is what babyD discovered yesterday - a magic button. When pressed... music plays.
Now, hopefully 6 years down the road, that device called a radio alarm clock still brings joy. But I doubt it. It's still music but when it blairs in your ears at 6am in the morning, screaming for you to wake up for school or work, it's difficult to feel that same kind of excitement. Hahahahah.
Mamas Bag of Tricks
1. It's true that you are your child's greatest teacher, but you still have to give them room for self discoveries.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
I may or may not share recipe. This is because I don't follow exact measurements (unless it's baking). I will probably share what ingredients I use but how much to use is up to your discretion. Some people don't like so sweet, or prefer less salty or more spicy etc.... So, best way is to "agak-agak" (estimate) and do a lot of tasting till you find your preference.
Okay, so here was my curry chicken dish. Besides chicken, there were tomatoes, long beans, onions, serai (citronella) and ladies finger (okra).
I used my FIL's chili recipe (will share that another time), and added a bit of assam water. Walla! There's a bit of curry powder in there too.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Here he is being cheeky again, walking in slippers too big for his feet (and poor mommy so worried that he might trip and fall).
Many times as I am busy in the kitchen, he will come in and I will ask either grandpa or daddy to take him out. When he hears them coming, he will run and hide between my legs, grabbing on as tight as he can as he dodge their extended arms.
He is also an expert at climbing – that little monkey. Even using tools such as the kiddy stool to aid in his quest. Just the other day he took a chair, put it right next to the door, took the house key and tried to unlock the door. He also likes to climb to the kitchen sink. If he can wash my dishes, I wouldn't mind :)
He learns things really fast and understands many instructions. He will put things back when asked to. He will also get the things we ask him to get for us. He puts his dirty clothes into the laundry basket and likes to put his clean cloth diapers into the drawer.
He will dance to the songs of the tv cantonese dramas. It's really funny. He will swing his hands left and right until he lose his balance. Mind you, he only dances to these songs and not other songs. Go figure!
You can see he is one who simplifies things. Instead of calling us by our different names (e.g. mama, papa, koko, jie-jie), he just calls everyone kaka. If you ask him “who is this?” he will say “kaka”. If you ask, “who are you?” he will also say “kaka”. Simple yes?
Although only 14 months, BabyD acts like he is older. He is also one tough little baby who doesn't cry at cuts and bumps. He is also a strong little hercules.
You are a handful BabyD, but also a joy. You stress us out sometimes, but you also make us smile when we need one.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Now, I don't expect my mom to drive up all the way from Seremban just to return my camera and it's really not economical for me to go down either. So what to do, what to do? Just have to wait for my mom's next visit. She may be coming this way next week but that is tentative.
Why I'm all torn up?
- I was hoping to post some shots I took up in Taiping, especially the ones of the charcoal kiln I took at Sg. Kerang.
- Also wanted to quickly label the pictures of the kids grand aunties/uncles while the information is still fresh in my mind.
- Planning to digiscrap some of the pictures from the trip.
- Took a picture of a document that tells me who is my great-great-grandfather. But it's written in Chinese and I don't know how to read Chinese. Hoping to get a friend to translate.
- If my children do anything cute these few days, I won't be able to snap it.
- I can't take pictures of the books I want to sell at my children's bookshop.
Sigh! Didn't realize how much that camera is a part of my life. Feel a bit handicapped without it. It is so much easier to document our lives with pictures. Like they say, a picture says a thousand words. Talking about cameras, I guess I should add my parenting tip to this post.
Mamas Bag of Tricks
- If you have a digital camera, it pays to read the manual.
- Invest some time to learn how to use a software to touch up your photos and also learn to resize and optimize the pictures for web publication. A lot of people use Photoshop. But there are also some free photo editing software. Just do a google search on "free photo editing software".
- Many children are drawn to the idea of snapping pictures. Give them a chance to snap away. If you are afraid they might ruin your camera, get them a cheaper one they can call their own.
- Think now what is the best way for you to organize your digital photos. I organize mine by year and month. Don't just dump them all into one folder.
- Do housekeeping once in a while. Get rid of blurred photos and other irrelevant photos.
- Learn how to digiscrap. It is fun and soooooo rewarding when you are done.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
- Good - Doesn't have the "kiasu" attitude whereby she stresses herself out to get all 'A's. She's studying not for the sole purpose of passing exams but to gain knowledge. An exam is just an indicator of how much you've understood what you've been learning.
- Bad - Didn't bother to review past lessons.
I also didn't want to pressure her but did encourage her to go through her books with me. Actually, I go through her work quite regularly. First, I don't want her to think that studying is just for exams. Second, teachers do make mistakes you know.
For example, the first few days of school, K was asked to copy the "Rukun Negara" (Pledge of Allegiance). One of the principles is "Kedaulatan undang-undang" (The Rule of Law). Instead she wrote "Kedaulatan udang-udang" (The Rule of Prawns). The teacher gave her a check mark and a star too.
Another example is from her Moral class workbook. They were learning about the different religions and had to match the religions to the place of worship. She wrote "Kristians" go to "tokong" (temple) and buddhist go to "gereja" (church) and teacher marked it right. When I corrected my daughter, she was skeptical and hesitated to make the correction. Understandable because little kids always think teachers are smarter than their own parents.
And then there is another incident where she was correct and the teacher marked her wrong.
Anyway, the point is for parents to actively involve themselves in their child's learning. Don't just leave it to teachers or tuition teachers. No matter what, YOU ARE STILL THEIR FIRST AND MOST IMPORTANT TEACHER.
That's my tip for today.
Saturday, March 08, 2008
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The best place to eat Curry Mee in Seremban.
Your grandfather and what he did to survive World War II.
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Tuesday, March 04, 2008
My List of 12 Happy Moments
1. Holding a sleeping baby in my arms and gazing into it's cutie pie face.
2. When the kids play together without squabbling. Bonus when they actually help one another.
3. Hearing my kids say "I love your cookies Mommy" while gobbling down my burnt cookies.
4. I'm sure you will agree that sitting down to a scrumptious meal, especially with family or good friends makes the list of Happy Moments. It definitely makes mine. So below is my Chinese New Year happy moment. Yummy, yum, yum! Moms cookings is always best.
5. When my DH says "dear, take the day off at the spa and I will take care of the kids." Wait a minute. That hasn't happened before. Guess it was just a dream. But it would make a nice Happy Moment.
6. Digital scrapbooking is a hobby of mine. It's a Happy Moment when the scrap is all completed and it looks fantastic.
7. When my son wishes me "Good night biggest nen-nen mommy in the whole world." Eat your heart out Dolly Parton.
8. When I make a sale at my Children's Bookshop, or make money through affiliate marketing or through my blog. However the money comes, as long as it comes, it's a Happy Moment.
9. When a few of my friends commented "Hey, looks like you've lost weight." Thank you breastfeeding. You've given me a happy moment. But I gotta stop eating like a cow or else....
10. An empty laundry basket. This moment doesn't last long though.
11. Rain at night after a hot day.
12. When the kids are finally asleep and I get my precious time on the computer, blogging, checking mails and connecting with my online SAHP buddies :)
Monday, March 03, 2008
Now kokoD thinks we should keep on putting our caterpillars in the jar. He just loves it when the butterfly suddenly emerges. Hopefully tomorrow, we are able to catch the exact moment when the butterfly pushes itself out of the cocoon.