Sunday, July 15, 2018

Report card day

I went to get JE's report card last week.  Her results are about the same as the previous year - roughly in the top third.  (I used to do much better myself, but that was NOT a Chinese school!)  I'm just happy JE is coping well enough.

She looks forward to report card days. Coz Mummy will take her to the canteen and buy her what she wants to eat/drink.  Then we will go to the book sale part, which they always organise to coincide with report card days, to buy some stuff.

Oreos and a strawberry drink

The actual meeting with the teacher was short, also like in the previous year.  I don't speak Mandarin, I don't trust my Cantonese and it'd be weird to be speaking in Malay.  So halting English it was and that was the whole reason why it was a short one haha.  JE is well-behaved anyway so there are no complaints.  Only an encouragement for her to speak up more in school.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Ikea visit

When we go to Ikea with the kids, the visit is not such a relaxing one.  The kids will STICK everywhere and it takes effort to get them to MOVE.

JE: Check out this oven
Me: We are not buying ovens. Let's go

SE: Don't forget to check that also
Me: Oi come let's go. We are not buying anything here 

SE: Check the fridge
Me: COME!!

Repeat that many times, all over Ikea.  They must go touch, open, pull out, fiddle with, sit, lie down, play...


Oh all right fine.  Since that poseable human figure does look interesting, let her buy it.  She calls it "Mr Guy-guy".

Let's type something, Mr Guy-guy

The world is a playground indeed, through the eyes of kids.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Apartment again

We have stayed a few times now at our apartment.  After the benchmark of the first night, it can only get better!

Checked out the swimming pool area.  This is the jacuzzi pool:



The kids love the pool. That was during Raya time though, when nobody else was around.  Hubby said he saw the pool FULL when he was there earlier.  Must go again to see the trend.  Thing is, for normal weekdays, we don't have time to go.  

Friday, June 29, 2018

Fitting in

SE's kindy has some themed events.  A recent one was 'footballers and cheerleaders'.  I don't like buying a costume that would be worn just once, and anyway couldn't find any cheerleader costumes for kids online.  So the good 'kakak' (our maid) improvised.  There's a number "9" pasted on the front and back of her shirt - err the bottom somehow fell off a bit.  And those are pom-poms made out of paper strips.

And how did SE feel going to school in that?

SE:  I don't want to go to school!
SE: Why I cannot get a nice costume!  Why do I have a FAKE cheerleader shirt and FAKE pom-poms!

I made her take some photos....

I don't like my costume. Or these pom-poms
Smile. With my fake pom-poms.

But when we walked into the school, she tried to hide behind me.  Haha poor kiddo.  I went to talk to the teacher to point out the home-made costumes, hoping she would praise it.  She did so hopefully SE was happy enough after that!

Just yesterday, it was a 'Hari Raya'-themed day.  We totally forgot about it until we arrived at school and noticed others were NOT in uniform.  Drove to my parents' place and tried to find suitable clothes.... SE rejected all the options as they were NOT HARI RAYA CLOTHES!  Hehe.  In the end she wore cousin Erin's dress.   And complained all the way back to school.  And insisted I go and speak to her teacher to explain why she wasn't in Hari Raya costume.

This is so not a Hari Raya costume...

She could have worn CNY clothes instead if we'd remembered.  Oh well, what to do.  It would have taken over an hour to drive home and retrieve those.  While my parents' place is only 5 mins away.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Jungle gym

Cousin Erin's birthday wrapped up the activity-filled kids' birthdays for this year. Jungle gym this time!  The girls were so excited.

We are here. Where is everyone else?

Take a picture first before going in

This time I totally forgot about passing a camera to my maid Jane. Sigh. No pictures of what they were doing inside.

It was a fun experience for the kids.  They went in at 11am, came out for lunch and cake, went back in and would only come out again at 5.30pm.  Hubby thought of driving home first. But what if someone had a little emergency and needed us?  So we stayed. And stayed... haha.  There are only so many things you can do in a small-ish mall like Atria.

Cake time!

Finally coming out of there

The kids asked to stay longer.  But the adults were too tired haha.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

How come

I'm living with a drama queen.

When she can't find an eraser...
SE:  How come this whole house got NO ERASER!

When she can't find her colour pencils...
SE: How come there are no colour pencils IN THIS HOUSE!

When kakak has put her schoolbag in the car...

Kakak how come my bag is not here?

I want to put my book in my bag!

How can I put my book in if you don't bring my bag??

Even though she was about to go into the car herself.  Apparently she can't bring that book to the bag already there.

Monday, June 18, 2018

First night

We bought a small apartment near my parents' house.  It's a good half-hour drive each way, in decent traffic, between their house and mine.  Hubby doesn't want to move from our house, so this apartment is a compromise.

Like my previous post, this is just to remember.

The girls were so excited about spending our first night at the apartment. So after dinner at my parents' house, off we went.

Arrived within 10 mins.  While unloading the car, noticed that SE was doubled up with tummy pains. Debated between dragging her to the bushes and trying for the apartment.  Decided on the latter.  Took a few steps, SE suddenly crouched down and vomited. A LOT, and on the road near the entrance to the lobby.

Poor kid still didn't feel better after that.  We didn't have any medicines or thermometer.

We couldn't find the remote controls for the air-cons. Our maid Jane managed to switch the ones in the living/dining area on by poking the switch with a long mop handle.  But this didn't work with the one in the bedroom.  Hubby came online (he was away on 2-week holiday in the Balkans) and told us to switch on the compressor on the balcony.  But... we couldn't find the keys to get to the balcony.  So we pulled the mattresses to the living area where it was cooler.

With all this going on, SE was completely quiet.

 Still pain-pain

Around 11pm, she was still writhing around and felt warm to the touch.  I decided to take her to the doctor and got changed.  Suddenly she vomited again.  Luckily we have a beer ice bucket.  And after that, she looked distinctly better.

Play ipad with Jojo
(In foreground is that useful ice bucket)

Phew.  I decided to drive out and buy Panadol anyway, since she still felt warm.  Went down and the security guard asked if we could clean up that pile of vomit.  Aiyo how... we didn't have pails or water or rags or anything. Told him I needed to go and buy medicine for my child, then I'd think how to clean it.

Speedmart was closed but I found chewable Panadol at 7-11. SE took it without fuss.  And I'd figured out a plan for the pile of vomit - scoop it up and put into a bag.  So down we went leaving the kids alone - Jane with some cardboard from unpacking boxes and a paper bag, me with that ice bucket filled with water.  With that, we got the job done.

It was past midnight already.

SE would vomit once more after bedtime.  By the next morning...

Look, the bear is playing with the bunny!

Mummy, take a picture! The babies are so cute!

All better already.  Haha.  Oh what a night.