Friday, November 30
My father in law was down with high fever on Sat. He thought it was a viral fever and so did the family doctor. He seems to be recovering after taking the medicine. On Monday, my mother in law was also down with high fever. She thought my FIL passed the bug to her. It was until Wednesday evening that she felt terribly unwell then she went to the A&E at NUH to see a doctor. And she was diagnosed with dengue.
2 days after she was admitted, my still-not-feeling-very-well FIL had rashes on his body. He went to the A&E and he too was diagnosed with dengue.
2 victims in the same family!!!
FIL's condition seems to be more stable than my MIL's. His platelets count was 40 today and his fever subsided. My MIL's platelets dropped from 80+ to 28 today and her temperature came back. However, the doctor thinks there is still no need for platelets transfusion yet. Normally platelets transfusion takes place if the platelets count dropped to 20.
It is really worrying to see my in laws lying on the hospital bed. They haven't had their usual cheerful smiles on their faces. It was replaced by frowns of discomfort and sighs of anxiety. They only smiled when they saw Jaimie visiting them in the hospital and the cheeky grand daughter of theirs sang and danced.
I hope my in laws will recover real soon...
Tuesday, November 27
今天，我“痛定思痛”，跑去看家庭医生。因为我妈妈要出门拿她去旅行的票，所以我得带着媛媛一起出门。尽管我之前就一直告诉媛媛是妈妈要看医生，不是她，她一进到医生的房间，就开始不安地闹了起来，拼命叫我“回家”。医生一拨开我的头发，就说:"it's a boil."开了抗生素给我，还有一条药膏，就了事了。这个过程少过1分钟，我还了30元。
Sunday, November 25
Even though we deliberately set off earlier, parking (the 5 of us car-pooled - 爷爷 drove) proved to be difficult. All the road-side carpark lots along Old Parliament Lane, which were nearest to the event venue, were unavailable. While 爷爷 drove off to locate alternative parking spaces (eventually found them at the Parliament House public carpark), the rest of us alighted to take for some photo opportunity along the Singapore River.
The book launching event started at around 9:15am, when the GOH Minister Lim Boon Heng showed up. There was the usual routine of opening address, ribbon cutting, photo-taking, presentation of tokens of appreciation, more photo-taking, before the GOH and his entourage was ushered to tour the Asian Civilisation Museum, which incidentally was having an open house today - free admission for all members of the public.
It was only after the GOH entourage had left for the museum tour, at around 10am, that they started distributing the complimentary books (and goodie bags) to the contributors and invited guests. The counter set up at the basement of the museum was really packed with people, some of them old folks (the grandmas and grandpas) and their family members (such as myself) who went ahead to collect the stuff on behalf. After a bit of shoving and getting shoved at, I managed to pick up the complimentary package, which included two deluxe edition copies of the book (one in English and the other Chinese, handsomely gift-wrapped) as well as other cha-pa-lung items from the Gentle Walk event (floormat - which would come in handy at the next BayB gathering, bottle of New Water, disposable poncho, post-its, assorted discount vouchers, advertisement brochures etc.).
奶奶 also went ahead to the sales counter to purchase 2 extra copies of the regular-print, chinese edition "给孙儿的信", of which a copy was given to us.
It is indeed endearing to read the article that 奶奶 wrote to her dear granddaughter 媛媛 featured in a publication. This book certainly will be a treasured addition to the Time Capsule that we have prepared for Jae. Oh, the accompanying photograph is courtesy of yours truly (claim a bit of credit here :P).
Added on 12 Dec 07
Saturday, November 24
Friday, November 23
Huh? Mom, you didn't tell me the bus ride on 970 from Bt Panjang to Great World City was about an hour long! We are running late?!
When we reached there, I was already very tired after the long journey. I need time to warm up!
Hey, I was having so much fun!! There were so many activities for me to try out. I particularly liked to walk on the beam, and and ride on my best friend, Mr Doggie.
Aunty Vivian, Aunty Doris and Aunty Laura were chatting happily while Aunty Joyce, Aunty Jocelyn and mommy had to chase behind us around the gym. I kept hearing them asking when could they be like the other aunties who could sit down and let the children explore the place themselves. Any time, mom!After an hour's play, the mommies who chased behind us were exhausted. I wonder why because I was still feeling very energetic! Mommy had to drag me out of the gym although I protested that I wanted to stay longer. Hmmp! The mommies proceeded to Kenny Rogers for lunch.
"Mommy, can you order rice and cheese pasta for me, pleeeeezzeeeee?"
That's me and my mom.
That's Aunty Jocelyn and Darryl gor-gor. Mommy's not-very-intelligent camera decided to focus on the water bottle. Grrrr....
That's Aunty Laura and i-didnt-get-his-name gor gor. Too many boys, too little time~~
Last but not least, that's Aunty Doris with Nathanael gor gor. Aunty Doris is such a funny person. Oh! And she is teaching in the same school as mommy's sec sch/ JC/ uni friend, Aunty Geok Cheng!
I had so much fun today. Thanks aunties, for meeting up with mommy. I heard that the next gathering will be in the outdoor playground in IMM. I am so looking forward to it, CAN!
Thursday, November 22
The ball-pit was so much more accessible than the one at O'Kidspot, and Jae managed to get up to the 2nd-level of the kids-maze structure. When we suggested the even higher levels, she declared (quite fiercely) that she was "怕怕". Oh well...we shall see if she could progress higher in future visits.
After about an hour's play, we went over next door (the restaurant that sells Ben & Jerry's icecream) to have lunch. Fed Jae a bit of the 'Meat and Mushroom Spaghetti' and the little girl ended up like this... 肮脏猫~
Jae didn't have any naps in the morning, so during the journey back home from Demsey Hill, she promptly fell asleep in the car. Continued to sleep for quite a bit more when we reached home.
There're just so many children videos out there, so the rule that I've applied when picking up new titles is this:
When in doubt, go for the best!
How to know which are the best? Simple. Get those that spot the words 'Best of..." in their titles, lah! These are currently among Jaimie's fav videos (of course, she still loves her 'Baby Genius Mozard DVD).
Recently Jaimie has been getting more and more talkative. Well, she doesn't really talk in the sense of speaking coherent sentences. Most of the time, she'd just be babbling in Jaemish. On top of that Jae's desire to perform also seems to be growing stronger. Thankfully she isn't picky when selecting her audiences when she needs an outlet for her 表演欲.
Here's Jae performing to her ever-loyal fan, Teddie. In case you're wondering, this is what she thinks she's saying:
When Teddie isn't available, for example during a car journey, poor little froggie gets victimised...
Wednesday, November 21
Glade, In my
Jump like the
Listening to the
Vine tree at the
Water's side, and
X marks the place 'neith the
Yellow moon where the
Zulu chief and I did hide.
We simply love this song by Kermit the Frog!!
Wednesday, November 14
When feeling blue, press PLAY.
Note to Jae-Jae:
Thank you for all the joy, happiness, smiles and laughter you bring into our lives~!
Note to blog readers:
Should you be keen on viewing the MV of this interesting piece by 花儿乐队, or that you simply couldn't make out what the heck they are babbling about without the help of lyrics (like me), click here.
Tuesday, November 13
媛媛在Baby Jumper Gym上课的小同学中，有一个名叫“快乐” 的小女孩。可是，我看到的她却一点也不快乐。
Monday, November 12
Anyways, while I've gotten past the stage where I would be shiverish even wearing two sets of t-shirts and cuddled under a thick blanket (that was Saturday), I took my temp this morning and realised that I was still a little warm at 37.8 degrees. I made up my mind then to 'bring some fairness' to this turn of events - I mean, where would the JUSTICE be if I am to allow this fever that had already deprived me of my precious weekend to hang around while I continue to drag my aching body to work, right? An MC is the least I'd scrape off this whole sh*thole affair. Of course, the 'politically correct' way of putting across such things is that the sick one has be responsible and sensible enough to excuse him/herself from work so as not to spread the contagious disease to other co-workers.
And so I went to HTA, settled some administrative arrangements with my colleagues (I still need to ensure that things run smoothly without hiccups while I was away, mah), and then headed to the nearby medical centre at CDA. Which was when I found out that the medical centre is now no longer at CDA. It was pouring cats and dogs when I asked a Provost Guard (who was falling asleep at his very obscurely located guard post) where the centre has been relocated to. He told me BRTC. Right. Just next door, literally. I hopped back onto my car and only on the second round the compound found the new slip-road that now joined the CDA to the newly opened BRTC.
The sparkling new (and huge, too) medical centre at the BRTC was the first thing that greeted me when I crossed over from CDA to the BRTC. Wow. Very posh and modern looking, it also boasted multiple consultation rooms, a triage room (where patients are pre-screened before they are sent to the Medical Officer) and numbered queuing system with display panels above the doors to each of the consultation rooms, the dispensary and the triage room. There was a large notice posted prominently at the spot where I pressed the queue number dispenser for my queue ticket (#26) that announces that patients would not be seen according to the order of the queue number. I knew that to be good (to me, at least), cos being of senior ranks have got its priviledges in some circumstances (such as this one here).
As expected, I got called into the triage room and then very shortly afterwards, into one of the 2 consultation rooms that were operating this morning. The MO was a young man just past his middle twenties. He asked how he could help me, and I told him. I also informed him that for the past 3 days, I have been popping Paracetamol tablets religiously, but that didn't do much in killing the fever, which he at this stage told me it is very likely to be a viral fever. I added that since this morning, I have developed a little bit of a cough, and with the cough I've noticed some yellowish phlegm as well. He duly noted my ailments, scribbled onto my medical docket (which only today I realised I have got two - one at HQ and my original 11-year-old one right here with the new BRTC Med Ctr!), and proceeded to inform me that he'd give me a day of MC, a cough mixture and something for the fever ("Stop eating your Panadols. Eat mine. It contains Panadol, plus something else").
Well, that's that. I'm now home resting, having taken the first dosage of my prescriptions for the day. I now wait for the effects of the medicine to set in before I hit the decks (I was informed that both the prescribed meds would cause drowsiness).
Sick Man Of The East, signing off...
Saturday, November 10
It was Jaimie's call that woke me up. A quick glance revealed that Angie was still asleep. I got out of bed and joined the little one on her mattress.
With me seated on the mattress and her standing on it, we were almost at eye-level to each other. She was staring at me, wide-eyed. In her hands she held her little pink bolster.
“你要爸爸抱抱枕，还是抱媛媛？”, I asked her.
“抱枕。”she attempted. It sounded a lot like "报纸", though. With her reply, she thrusted the bolster towards my face.
I accepted her offer. After giving the stuffed piece an obligatory squeeze, I ventured, “爸爸要抱抱媛媛，可以吗？”
Tiny steps were taken in my direction, with little out-stretched arms. I couldn't resist but give her a momentory hug.
I feel better already.
Monday, November 5
Because her hair wont grow lor! =_=
Sunday, November 4
Pushing Jae on her pink tricycle, we ventured to a playground that wasn't too far away from our place (just one street away, actually), but where ah-girl has never been to. [Note: We'd very recently decided to 'boycott' the playground at Bt Panjang Plaza, after we noticed no less than 4 nasty looking insect bites on the poor girl's arms and legs immediately after a session at that location.]
As Jae was having fun at the slides, a mother who was with her about-a-year-old-son, asked me:
"How old is he?"
Previously, I'd have offered to correct the gender mistake in such questions, but I guess I've had enough of the same meek apologetic response, so I merely smiled and replied:
"Oh. One-and-a-half-years-old...", she demonstrated her mathematical prowess and went back to playing with her son.
I certainly do not hold the least bit against the lady, nor with anyone else who had popped the very same question in the past (the previous one was the balloon-sculpting clown at Sentosa who made Jae a nice balloon doggie yesterday). Watching Jae in blue t-shirt and shorts outfit, deftly navigating the playground structure and dashing around on the synthetic play area, even I feel like calling out "Ah Boy ah..."
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Saturday, November 3
"I'd set up a ploy of seduction. My beauty is unsurpassed", Cherr quipped. "You silly little girl.", said her mother. "美人计 wouldn't work on the Princess, my dear. She's a girl!"
"In that case, perhaps my charms might have a chance....", mused Ezz. "If even that should fail, I still have my Big Red Bag of tricks to fall back on. Mwahahaha~!"
But it was Jaemy Plotter who had the best...well, plot. "Little Plotter," the elder Plotter to the junior one. "Listen up. There are many who seek the Orb. But it is you, and you alone, who shall be the one to relieve the Princess of it!", he continued. "I've taught you all I know about the art of disguise. Yes...You look exactly like the Princess. Your skills are now complete. There is nothing more that I can teach you, my young Padawan. Now go get the Orb!"
"Father, I DID IT!!! I've got the Orb! I AM the Master of Disguise! HAHAHAHAA!"
"Wow that was a great piece of stealth work, Plotter! Better than Ethan Hunt in M:I:3! Bravo!"
"You might have fooled everyone else, but you CANNOT fool me!", exclaimed Id, elder brother of the Princess, who was blessed with not only the vocals of Mayday, but also the gift of True Vision. He made a vow to track down the elusive Plotter and retrieve the family heirloom.
"Oh-oh. I smell trouble...", chirped Jaemy. "...though no trouble too big for me - Jaemy Plotter, the Master of Disguise! See how easily it is for me to slip into another appearance, another persona. Completely seemless. Absolutely flawless! Catch me if you can, Prince Id!"
.......................EPILOGUE.......................Present day. "Lelong. Lelong...Cheap sale ah! Multipurpose orb that can be used as decorative piece and soccer ball, selling at below cost ah! 老板不在，乱乱卖! 来啊! 走过不要错过啊!", shouted Vinny to disinterested passerbys, all of whom oblivious to the colorful history of this ancient orb, and of the wonderous tales of adventures of countless heroes and heroines in a time long forgotten...
[Note: Epilogue added on 4 Nov 07. Photo of Vincent by stardust]
No more words (other than these ones). Just pictures.
也就是所谓的"hoop diok sai"。literally。
谁要跟我握个手吗？It's a golden handshake.