Tuesday, July 29
1 收音机： See me fly, I am proud to fly up high....
I was in search of cook books for cute children's bento but I ended up buying these 5 books for Jaimie.
Jaimie is a big fan of Maisy. She can asked her daddy to read to her the same book over and over again and she can recite some of the Maisy stories which we borrowed from the library! Every time we had to return the books to the library, Jaimie would be quite reluctant to part with the books.
Hence, I was really thrilled when I found "Maisy Likes Driving" among the second hand books and it only cost $3.90! I went through the mountains of books and found 4 more with the help of the stall owner. The total amount I paid for these 5 books: $22.50.
When I gave Jaimie the books, she was thrilled too! She pulled out one book after another from the plastic bag and requested Clement to read to her. On our way home, she even wanted to hug her plastic bag of Maisy books.
The conditions of the books are not fantastic-- about the same as those we borrow from the national libraries. I think for the price I paid, it is very worth the money and seeing the joy on Jaimie's face is priceless.
Jaimie has not been sucking her pacifier for the past 2 nights. We had wanted to wean her off but we just didn't have the chance to do so. On Sunday when I was unpacking our overnight bags, I thought I forgot to bring back Jaimie's pacifier from the chalet! When I broke the news to Jaimie, she was all panciky and requested us to get a new one for her. I was panicky too because I wasn't sure if she would be able to sleep well without her pacifier. I was quite relieved when I found the pacifier which I dumped in another bag but Clement suggested we put it away.
As Jaimie was very tired after the chalet, she fell asleep quite soon and slept for 2 hours without her favourite "jeet-jeet". When she woke up, we praised her for being such a grown up girl. However, as the evening approached, she requested that we get her a new pacifier. I told her her pacifier was with Uncle YS and I pretended to make a phone call to YS to ask him to safe keep Jaimie's pacifier until we meet again.
Jaimie was somewhat pacified with my phonecall which I sounded as if I was really talking to YS.
For the 2 nights without the pacifier, Jaimie took a long time to fall asleep and she couldn't sleep well. She would wake up in the middle of the night and got angry with everything. I had to give her some milk so that she could go back to sleep again. So poor Clement and I now have even darker circles now due to serious lack of sleep for the past few days.
Jaimie still gets to suck her pacifier when she takes her afternoon nap at por-por's place. We had no "reason" to tell her she cannot take her pacifier there since she knew that it's available at por-por's house. We thought it was also a less drastic change for her. Her afternoon naps are usually easier to handle. If she can wean off the pacifier at night, we think it'll be easier to wean her off in the afternoon.
According to my best friend Happypig, she shared with me that her daughter took about a week to get use to it. I am hoping Jaimie will take not longer than 1 week too! I need my beauty sleep!
The internet is truly a wonderful place, where you can find just about anything under the sun. You just type a few words, hit the "Search" key and voila, you get what you were looking for. So, here is the colour song in its complete form. The coloured words are the ones we weren't sure about after hearing Jae's rendition of the song.
The Colour Song
(To the tune of "This Old Man")
Red, red, red, touch your head.
Blue, blue, blue, tie your shoe. (I think Jae sang it as "touch your shoe" since she doesn't know the word "tie" yet)
Brown, brown, brown, touch the ground.
White, white, white, take a bite. (Now I why Jae exclaimed "Umm!" after this line)
Black, black, black, touch your back.
Purple, purple, purple, draw a circle.
Pink, pink, pink, give a wink. (I'd earlier thought the word was "blink" 'cos she pointed at her eye when she sang this line)
Grey, grey, grey, shout hurray!
Sunday, July 27
After cycling for 20m or so, Jaimie hopped off her tricycle and declared that she had enough of the 3-wheeled vehicle. She did a little hip hop dancing and she thought it was cool.
Jaimie couldn't get enough of the stage so she decided to perform another song which she learnt in her childcare centre. It was something like "Red, red, touch your head, blue blue, touch your shoe, brown, brown, touch the ground!" and something else I couldn't remember. Apparently Clement could understand what Jaimie was singing because they were both singing together happily.
Just when I was rolling my eyes at Jaimie for not cycling and lamenting that we should have gone swimming instead, Clement saw a playground behind the pavilion. Wow! It was a big playground! As we walked further in, Jaimie exclaimed "Another playground!" many times because the playground had about 5-6 stations. Each station was one playground on its own and they were all different. So you can image, this place was huge and it was certainly a playground paradize for children!
Jaimie was super excited when she saw the coulourful maze. She loved the little playhouse and the gigantic beads.
We had never seen this anywhere else and it took us a while to figure out the handle there was for us to pull so that the thing rotates. Boy, this thing needed some grease!
We realised that Jaimie was a control freak. She would instruct us (her daddy, especially, because currently she is daddy's girl) to sit down, stand up, hold this, turn here, take that, go up, squat down etc. If we defy her majesty's wish, she would kick a fuss and be very crossed with us. This was an example of her insisting her papa to sit down while she tried to rotate the little vessel.
This is the third evidence. Poor papa was instructed to place his hands on the knob and turn his back at Jaimie while Jaimie scooped sand and pour on the bench.
In case you are still not convinced that Jaimie was a control freak, here's one more evidence of her highness getting upset with papa for not following her instructions. If you need more evidence of Jaimie being a control freak, please do not hesistate to email me or contact me.
Jaimie always does this monkey trick before she goes down the slide.
Ahhhh~~~she realised that it was more fun scooping the sand and threw them on the slide.
Bouncing on the sofa and the bed was not allowed at al times. Hence, the only place Jaimie could jump would be the trampoline.
There she was jumping and bouncing to her heart's contend.
Jaimie told us that she would like to invite her friends to play together in this playground. When we asked who were her friends, she rattered names like "ZiNi mei-mei, Cherrlyn mei-mei, Ezra gor-gor, Seraphine jie-jie, Izzy mei-mei..."
Recently, we saw many of my friends' children wearing crocs shoes and they look so cool in it, I am a little tempted to give in and bend my principles.
Shall I buy it???
There are other reasons which stopped me from buying crocs shoes: (1) safety reasons. We have read enough of crocs got stuck in escalators. Our blogging friend, Astee's son, almost had an accident at the escalator earlier this year. (2) children cannot run in crocs. Jaimie is an active girl and I'm afraid she'll trip herself in crocs if she runs in them.
Maybe I should not buy crocs afterall. Or I should? Or not? Maybe? Perhaps not?
Ohhhhh~~!!! Come on, Angie!! It's just a pair of shoes!!!???!!
Saturday, July 26
I know precisely why I bought the PS3.
I know that the Nintendo Wii is certainly enough to occupy whatever gaming opportunities I can squeeze out each night, betwee the little one's sleeping time and my own.
I know that the reason why I had still gone ahead with the acquisition of a second gaming platform is not so much for gaming purposes as it is for me to finally be able to play High Def videos on my Full HD Panny. With its ability to play Blu Ray discs, the PS3 is as capable, if not more so, than many dedicated Blu Ray DVD players that are retailing at a couple of hundred bucks more than it. Its very powerful internal processor designed and built to render increasingly sophisticated games has put some of these costlier players to shame when comparing movie loading speeds. That the PS3 has in-built HDD (which I intend to use to store/playback/backup my growing photo and video collection) and has gaming capabilities are just sweet bonuses.
I know these, because it just doesn't make sense to spend more to do less. Right?
But Angie, she insists that the real reason I had bought the PS3 is because of this game here.
Metal Gear Solid 4 - Guns of the Patriots. The final chapter in Solid Snake's heroic tale. Having completed the earlier 3 installments, I must admit I am a big fan of Hideo Kojima's work.
As I watched the superb introduction cut scene, the wireless sixaxis controller gripped expectantly in my clamy hands, I now know another thing...
I know that Angie is right.
Wednesday, July 23
Yesterday as we were leaving my in law's place after having dinner there, we were walking up the towards our car when we heard Jaimie utter "Dee, Aye, Ee, Age, Aye!". We quickly realised that she was reading out the letters of the word "AHEAD" that was painted on the road. What surprised us was that she could recognise the letters upside down, as from the direction that we were walking, the word was inverted! However, when we proceeded erm....ahead and reached the upside down "HUMP", she gazed at the letters intently but appeared to be stumped. We guessed she was trying to figure out if these letters were to be read while inverted like the ones before, or were the first two letters "d" and "W"?
Nontheless, we were actually quite impressed with our little girl!! :)
Thinking back, it was about a month or two ago when she started to display her keeness in letters identification. I remembered Clement passed her an advertisement postcard that he wanted to discard together with the other mail trash. The card had the word "SALE" printed on it, in bold red letters. The little one surprised us then when she read out the letters correctly and clearly as she held the card in her tiny hands. She has been doing this since, and appears to be now more familar with her 26 ang-mo friends.
We are unsure though as to what contributed to her learning. It might be the Leapfrog Letter Factory DVD, or perhaps that "Maisy's ABC" VCD, both of which she'd enjoyed viewing. Maybe the stimulation from her childcare centre activities helped? Whatever it is, we find it very exciting and amazing. Mama's next big ambition for the girl could be....learning to spell!?!?!?! Errrrr.....? Let's try!
Monday, July 21
Sunday, July 20
This afternoon we went to Cityhall because Clement made an arrangement to meet a seller. He was getting himself a SONY PLAYSTATION 3. Cost: $500.
"It was an extremely good deal. The price was compellingly cheap!" said the buyer.
I do not understand a thing so I will let Clement write about his perfect deal, if he has the time to move his backside away from the sofa which is placed across our TV.
This evening we went to Thai Village Sharks' Fin Restaurant at Yung Ho Road to celebrate my dad's 61st birthday. We had sharks fin soup(This dish cost $150!) (sorry, I love to eat shark's fin soup! Not a very environmental friendly person I am), abalone and sea cucumber with spinach, crispy tofu, black peppered rice vermicelli with crab, seafood noodles, prawn balls, thai-styles cod fish, salt-baked chicken drumsticks (that's all I can remember at this point of time...). Yummy yummy yummy!!! The bill: $391 after 10% discount with UOB credit card. It wasn't as expensive as I thought and in fact, it's quite reasonable for 5 adults. Plus, the serving is quite generous and the food is really good!
We spent quite a bit of money today but it's worth it.
(Jaimie and Clement walking round the fountain of wealth to gather more $$$$$.)
(Ok... let's pose in front of the fountain like all the other tourists....)
(My brother and Clement playing the playstation 3 game after dinner. Clement passed his PS2 to my brother so that my brother can continue his journey as a Dynasty Warrior.)
Friday, July 18
Wednesday, July 16
我：哈哈。一样好听啊？你的EQ还真高哦！那我再问你 - 爸爸，妈妈唱的好听，还是媛媛唱的好听？
Monday, July 14
Weather was fine at the time we reached at around 8.30am. Sunny and slightly breezy. Place's not too crowded either. Everything's just perfect for us to take a leisurely stroll and snap some photos.
Actually, most of our one hour in the park was spend at the children's playground. Jae loves the slides (the one pictured below, and the aluminium one) and went on them countless times.
By the time we decided to head home, Hort Park had become Hot Park. The sun was baking us mercilessly, and the number of people that continuously streamed in over the past hour was truly incredible. Macam hot tourist spot. When this group of 6 kids appeared at the playground and started lining themselves up along the aluminium slide, then putting up V signs with their fingers and getting into other assorted poses, choreographed by the couple of accompanying adults each armed with a camera in hand, we knew that was the cue for us to leave.
Despite perspiring profusely, little Jae didn't think she has had enough of the place and protested when we told her it was time to go home. She only agreed when we promised to bring her back soon.
Oh, this place is FULL of catepillars (kaka to Jaimie). Lost count of how many of them I (accidentally) squashed to death (or half death).
Jae has always fancied pandas. Her fav Maisy has a stuffed one. Her affection for the black and white creature grew after watching Kungfu Panda in her first cinema experience.
Jae attemped to slide down on this same panel that she climbed up from, and obviously got a bumpy descent that ended with a painful landing on her butt. No wonder she favoured the other slide afterwards.
Jae recognised these fungi from the wall paintings at her CCC. "Mars Room!", she exclaimed.
On the see-saw (L) and practising her ballet moves (R).
Jae made a trip to Oz and made friends with a jie-jie, a lion, a tin man and a scarecrow. [When I took the photos, I actually told Jae these are characters from "Alice in Wonderland"! Blur sotong!]
Jae finally succumbed to the heat wave at the very hot park.
Sunday, July 13
Gathering at Liana's house, Liana's house, Liana's house.
Gathering at Liana's house, we sing, dance, be merry.
*to the tune of Are You Sleeping*
Uncle Jeff and Uncle Chai San, play guitar! Play the flute!
Uncle Jeff is rocking, Uncle CS is charming!
They are good. They are good.
*to the tune of Old McDonald Had a Farm*
All the kids are having fun, bing bing bang bang bong!
and they clap clap here, and they jump jump there, here clap there jump everywhere they have fun.
All the kids are having fun, bing bing bang bang bong!
*to the tune of pauline put the kettle on*
Liana treats us to a tea, chocolate fondue and pastries. Ice cream, youhurt and fruities. It's yummy yummy yummy!
See the complete story in Meekfreek's blog.
Saturday, July 12
Excuse me, 是我和老公被骂。