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Parenting : 3 Basic Principles of Mannerism We Instill in Children

1 September 2014 – 12:45 am | 2 Comments

The other day, I was listening to an audio sermon on Chinese Philosophy (by Rev. DR. Stephen Tong), and this statement caught my attention:
The younger generation today tend to IGNORE basic mannerism.
Well, I have to …

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Checking out : West Coast Park

The last time we visited West Coast Park was at least 2 years ago.

And somehow I couldn’t remember doing anything much there, except for snacking at its McDonald’s!

This time round, our visit to West Coast Park with our friends was completely different though!

The kids had lots of FUN there!

They played at the playground (heaps of equipments to choose from!), tried out its ‘flying fox’ facility (only two were working out of the four), climbed around, and of course, they all had a nice and long sand-play time!

The weather happened to be nice too.

Cloudy and slightly breezy.

No, we didn’t fly a kite that day though.

But we saw LOTS of them up in the sky!

[Info]

- Click HERE to read more about West Coast Park (on National Parks’ website)

- If you’re driving and you’re coming over the weekend, be prepared to spend a bit of time finding a space to park your car.

- HUGE playground areas. The park is really great for kids of all ages. Toddlers can crawl around and play. Bigger kids will find climbing the ‘high pyramid’ all the way to the top a nice challenge!

- Bike and pedal gokart rentals are available.

Random Shots from My Camera Phone

10 November 2010 | Posted in: Daily, Photography | 4 Comments

I don’t know about yours, but my mobile phone (Nokia E63) doesn’t produce good quality photos.

I mean, they’re very grainy, and the overall colour is just … dull.

[Which explains why I almost always go out and about with my Canon Powershot S90 with me]

They’re still useful to have as my ‘emergency camera and video camera’ though!

Anyway.

I was backing up my camera phone photos earlier today when I saw these shots.

And I just thought of sharing them with you today.

Random precious family moments.

[Colours have been enhanced, but none were cropped]

Top Left: Big biker, small biker.

Top Right: Night time buddies.

Bottom Left: Rollerblading to the market.

Bottom Right: Vai while on an international call with grandma (Yes, he’s upside down on our sofa, HANDSFREE, with our cordless phone strategically placed on his ear!)

Ah, you see.

Photos are still precious regardless of the quality, because they capture THE moment.

(Though of course, having a mobile phone that captures good quality shots will be BETTER, heh)

The Day I had to Become a Dentist!

8 November 2010 | Posted in: Daily | One Comment

Well, sort of.

You see, Anya lost her first baby tooth close to two months ago, and I was just SO glad that it fell out on its own! (read: without MY intervention)

The thing is, her second wobbly tooth (top front) gave us a completely different situation.

One Monday, it got VERY loose.

BUT, this little tooth kept on hanging on, all the way till Friday!

I mean, it was very VERY wobbly!

Anya chickened out this time round somehow.

She REFUSED to use the tooth (let alone use it to bite a fishball or an apple!)

AND, she REFUSED to brush her top front teeth! (for fear of pain and blood!)

The worse thing was, I started seeing food bits getting stuck in between her gum and that loose tooth!

NOT GOOD.

So for the sake of her gum’s health, I gave her three options and a deadline.

Push the tooth out herself with her tongue, or pull it out herself by that Friday night.

OR, Mommy would have to pull it for her!

And you know what.

In the end, we went with option number three!

(I was VERY reluctant, but I managed to maintain my cool in front of the kid!)

Anyway. It all happened in a split second.

I was so proud, haha.

And let’s just say, ice cubes (before and after) and a clean towel (instead of holding onto the tooth with your bare hand) REALLY helped!

A lot.

Baby no. 3 : “What Husbands Do to Make Pregnancy More Enjoyable”

5 November 2010 | Posted in: Marriage & Relationships, Pregnancy & Babyhood | 2 Comments


[At 9.5 weeks pregnant]

The other day I had a message from a male reader, and this was what he wrote:

I really am happy that men are unable to ‘give birth’ =)

Having said that the least I could do is appreciate how to care for my wifey when she does become pregnant.

I was wondering if you could share what your hubby could have done or could do to make the pregnancy more enjoyable – he must have done a good job as you are willing to score a ‘turkey’ or a ‘hat-trick’ together’

I thought that was an interesting question!

And I just thought of sharing my replies with you.

Personally, I think it’s what a husband does in general for the family (and for the wife) that can make her feel more comfortable (ready) about having a child (or two, or three), ie. not just when she’s pregnant.

I ‘know’ my husband has always been a supportive partner, who’s willing to help out with housework, with looking after the kids when I have to be busy with other works / commitments.

Throughout our 9 years together as a married couple, I’ve seen how he does his best to provide for the family, without ‘neglecting’ us. I mean, many men work hard and clock in super long hours at work, and thus he leaves the family with minimal time, all the time. With my hubby, even when he has to work for long hours at times, he’d make sure he spends time with me and with the kids whenever he’s with us.

And, when I was and AM pregnant, I can see how he tolerates my taste buds too =)

He doesn’t complain when I can’t cook. And when we need to go out to eat, he lets me choose and decide where we’ll go (because right now, I’m still at a phase where I’m very picky with what I can eat), eg. if eating a mini pot noodle for lunch is what I can tolerate that day, then we’ll look for a hawker centre where they sell it =)

Anyway, my hubby is not perfect. But, I can see he tries his best. And for the fact that we’ll be at it together when there’s another child in the family, I’m simply grateful. It’s something I appreciate a lot.

Just wondering, what can YOUR husband do to make pregnancy better for you?

Starting her Nursery REAL soon!

16 November 2007 | Posted in: Daily, Parenting | No Comment

Can’t believe Anya’s going to start SCHOOL next year!
I mean … MY kid is starting school! It’s like … I suddenly feel she’s growing up so fast before my very eyes.
And I’ll soon be one …

Psy Music Videos : Not for Kids To Watch Please

16 April 2013 | Posted in: Parenting | 2 Comments
Psy Music Videos : Not for Kids To Watch Please

I will probably get his video clip on Youtube some extra views by writing about it like this.
But anyway, here goes.
Psy has just released a new music video. And I must say, this time round …

Teaching Children Good Manners : Not Easy!

1 April 2014 | Posted in: Inspirational, Parenting | No Comment
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The other day, a close relative – who has spent a few days with our family – said to me,
‘Your kids are very well-behaved.”
He was referring to what he saw.
My kids ate all on their …

Through thick and thin for the past eight years

7 July 2009 | Posted in: Marriage & Relationships | 12 Comments
8anniversary

This is my Facebook status today :
… and so today marks the day when I’ve gone through thick and thin with the same man for EIGHT years … and they say, it’ll only get better!
[and …

A little ‘Me-Time’ for Mom

31 May 2008 | Posted in: Marriage & Relationships | 9 Comments
leo_wil_wedding

I was reading some articles the other day on today’s busy Moms and how everyone needs some ‘Me-time’ to recharge.
One article says:
“When we are stressed, overwhelmed and tired, we have a shorter fuse. We …

Happy Father’s Day

19 June 2011 | Posted in: Marriage & Relationships, Parenting | No Comment

If you ask me,
I’d say there’s no such thing as a perfect Dad or a perfect Husband.
But there is a Dad
who gives his best for his family
who makes time to play Lego bricks, tell bedtime stories …