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Friday, August 22, 2014

National Day of Mourning

Few months ago, hubby and 2 of his friends were chatting casually over whatsapps in the wee hours of the morning when he heard a plane en route to China disappeared. He typed “I hope you wife is not on that flight?” but it was followed by a worrying silence from that friend. 

I woke up that morning with hubby’s phone call (he went out early to get water basins cos of water rationing)  frantically telling me she was indeed on that flight.  We heaved a sigh of relief when we heard about the emergency landing in Nanjing. But that was untrue and it turned out to be the beginning of hours, then days, then weeks of the whole saga – and feelings of pain, hope, despair, anger, bewilderment, hope against hope, disbelief, over and over again. We followed the event very closely, glued to our tablets to get the latest information.                           

Not only was she the wife of hubby’s friend, she was also the mummy of Elyssa’s best friend.   Both girls hit it off since they started kindy at 4yo and have remained best of friends till now. The girls also meet outside school cos in the past year, our families (together with others),  have celebrated housewarming, Christmas, birthday and bbq parties at each other’s homes.  Plus the neighbourhood and school events that we attend together.   

I cried and cried thinking of the little girl and her elder brother.  Far too young to be deprived of their mummy’s love  L

I cried when Elyssa came home with nicely tied hair few weeks after that incident. Why?  Cos there was no mummy to tie her best friend’s hair.  (their teacher tied for the little girl.  Then tied hair for some of the others so that she didn’t feel singled out)

I can’t help looking at the playground near my house without thinking that not too long ago, Elyssa and Erin played happily with Elyssa’s best friend and her brother, while hubby and I chatted with their mummy. We talked about badminton rackets, bicycles and don’t know what else. It was just an ordinary event on an ordinary day.
Or so we thought.  I never imagined that it would be our last conversation together. And that it would be the last time I see the 2 kids at the playground with their mummy. 
5 months on, I still think about MH370 often. Sometimes a little guilty that my life goes on as normal but for families of those on board, their lives will never ever be the same again. 

The one thing that I keep telling myself these days is “don’t sweat the small stuff”.  Cos often, the things I complain and rant and get myself worked up are really nothing at all, when considered in the bigger scheme of things.
May those who perished in MH370 and MH17 rest in peace.  And may their families have the strength and faith to carry on with their lives.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Rainbow Loom

We finally tried Rainbow Loom recently. Pretty fun actually.  Thumbs up to the Malaysian born designer!

Elyssa received a set for her 6th birthday but for some strange, strange reason we just couldn't find it despite searching through the entire house. Waited for a few months hoping it'll re-surface but it never did.  Bummer.

So I bought a new set from the newly opened Spotlight store at Ampang Point. (side track a bit - I super LOVE that store.  I went gaga during their opening sale!)

Elyssa was so excited when I got the loom home-

Concentrating hard

Looping the bracelet
She can now make the simpler designs on her own
(but I help out at the beginning and the last bit of attaching the c-clip)

Tada.... started off with the "Single Loop" bracelet
Then proceeded to the "Fish Tail" bracelet

"Star Burst" bracelet
This one I did on my own. Took me 3 attempts before I got it right! So there I was sitting on my bed struggling with the loom, when I tot - eh, is this loom for Elyssa or for me??  hehe.

Both girls love wearing their bracelets, sometimes a few on one hand. Erin likes to wear it as an anklet too. Wonder how long this craze will last! 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

I wish...

These days, Elyssa likes to say stuff like : “I WISH I have a frozen doll”, “I WISH I can go to Genting”. “I wish this ……” I wish I that…..”

Cos she knows if she starts it with “I WANT …….” then mummy starts talking about “you cannot have everything you want, mummy daddy works hard for the money, some children don’t even have a portion of what you have bla bla bla”

I tried this lecture once when she said “I WISH …..” and her immediate response was “ but Mummy, I just said I WISH, I didn’t say I WANT. Its something I wish I can have only but it doesn’t mean I want you to buy for me” and she said it with a sweet smile.

Oh boy, oh boy! I just couldn’t help smiling. She found a way to tell me what she actually wants without actually saying she it!

And her strategy kinda worked.  I just bought a Frozen Elsa doll online for her last night cos I know how much she really wants err…..wishes for it. J 


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Another ballerina

Elyssa stopped going for her ballet classes when we moved house a year plus ago. We were busy most weekends with the packing, moving, unpacking, furnishing etc etc.  Then her regular class got full.  Then she seemed to have lost interest. Also, I bumped into her ex ballet classmate's mum who mentioned that classes were getting tougher and it may be difficult for her to catch up.  Hmm...

But when I started bringing Erin for her class, Elyssa got all interested again. After much pestering on her part, I let her attend the free trial class. She LOVED it, and yup I signed her up for classes.

Looking sweet in her ballerina outfit
Her little curtsy
Her previous classmates have probably progressed to the next level. (next level is for 6 and a half years old onwards, or earlier if the teacher assess them as ready). She's 6 years and 3 months old now so I'll keep her at this level for a while more to let her to catch up and be comfortable with the class.
Every week, both girls look forward excitedly to their ballet classes.  And every week, I get this warm fuzzy feeling when I see them in their pink little ballerina outfits   :-)  


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Erin is THREE!

My little Erin is now THREE years old!
For her birthday, we did a simple birthday celebration for her at home. Ordered in pizza and KFC since hubby and I have been busy with the new restaurant. But no matter how busy, I kept up the little tradition of baking a birthday cake for my princess :-)
 Elyssa and Erin hard at work with the cake
(ahem.....making the job 5x slower) 
Didn't take any photos of the food tho (no need to take photo of pizza and chicken, rite?  hehe). But of course grabbed the camera for the birthday song and cake cutting session.
Birthday Song Time

The THREE year old birthday girl had THREE requests for her cake :
1) Minnie Mouse  2) Chocolate  3) Strawberries
So, mummy came up with this-

Oops, slightly blur pic

3 layered chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream

Family Photo
Ah Kong & Ah Mah with their seven grandkids
Happy Birthday my little Erin! You love saying "I am THEE years old already.  I BIGGG girl already".  But deep in my heart, you are still my little baby.  I love you, Erin!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Erin's first ballet class

I brought Erin for a trial ballet class last weekend. She was sooo excited when I let her try on her jie jie's ballerina tutu 2 weeks before her class!
I was a little worried how she would fare in class though. Afterall, this would be her very first formal acticity all by herself. When Elyssa started her ballet class, she already attended Gymboree classes for almost 2 years. Plus Erin's speech is still way behind compared to Elyssa at the same age.
So, when the class started, Elyssa and I watched nervously at the waiting area. (which brought back lovely memories cos it felt like not too long ago, I was at the waiting area watching Elyssa in her class, with baby Erin in my arms)
For the first 10 minutes or so, we were like "oh nooooo!".  Cos Erin sat down together with the others in a circle but stared blanky and didn't follow any of their actions.
For the next activity, the little ballerinas were given big colourful hoops. They were asked to run around with the hoops when music started, and then stop and lift one of their legs up when the music stopped.
It was during this activity that Erin started participating and enjoying herself.  Yay!!!
Running around with her pink hoop
All ready to Hop

Queing up for another round of Hopping

Hugging Activity

Dancing in a Circle

We were so thrilled to see her enjoying her class :-)

When the class ended, I asked Erin whether she wanted to continue classes and her answer was a confident "Yes"!!!! 

In her words :  " I yike (like) my class,  I yike (like) my teacher,  my pwen (friend) talk to me,  All Ewin (Erin) pwen,  I tump (jump) so high!  I wun (run), wun, wun soooo fast.  I yike my class!  Teacher so pweety (pretty), I not ked (scared) teacher.

and she went on and on and on....haha!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Family Holiday in Melaka

Somehow lost my blogging mojo for a while now. The "don't-feel-like-updating, don't- feel-like taking-photos" mode.
But this morning, I saw my sister's blog post about our recent 3d,2n Melaka holiday, so I tot why not write something. Afterall, I could (and did) pinch some photos from her  :-)
So here's a short post-

 Family Photo on the last day just before we headed back to KL
Everybody in photo??  Yes, ok Pass! 
We gave up on having a photo where everyone is smiling long ago!  haha

Water Theme Park @ Bayou Lagoon Resort
Sis, bro and I with the kids.  Err.... plus one extra kid behind my sis.

The very few photos I took from my phone:

Had our Chicken Rice Ball lunch here
Wanted to go the famous Chung Wah but gave up after seeing the queue there. With 10 adults and 7 kids, we had to settle for anywhere that could accomodate our large group without waiting.

A rather grumpy Elyssa with our Chendol
It was a terribly hot day and she wasn't feeling well. We almost didn't make it for this trip cos she was feverish the day before.  We departed for Melaka around 7pm on Sunday night after doctor gave the green light to go.
Final Day Portugese Lunch at Eleven Bistro
Lunch was supposed to have been Nyonya food at Nancys. We had our standard phone calls to each other before lunch: "Hello?  U know the place we planned to go? ok, go the one NEXT to it cos we don't have to queue"

Erin with a giant teddybear @ Eleven Bistro
Erin was super-super happy throughout the holiday!! Kept talking and singing away  :-) 
She was just a baby when we had our last family holiday, so this is the first one she can remember.
We are planning our next family holiday already (involving a durian feast. whoo hooo!)  Can't wait!