Category Archives: 33 months

Valentine’s Day

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CNY and Valentine’s card hand made by Ryan (assisted by teachers of course). Now I totally know how one feels when receiving something hand made by our own kid. Sooooooooo sooooooo ’lum‘.

That day, hubby and I sneaked out for some ‘pat toh’ time. We went for Sincere private sale at Suntec. Just when we thought economy is bad, we were greeted by a long queue outside the showroom. For a split moment, I thought of leaving but the kiasu effect sunked in. We joined the Q.

After 10 minutes we joined the crowd inside. Brands like Cartier, Franck Muller, Bvlgari, and some Italians brands were going at 50% – 80%. I saw a nice Bvlgari watch that I quite like. It was going at $3000 after discount but it was a boy’s size. The girl’s size are all sold out. It was not easy to get close to the display glasses. Singaporeans really does have higher disposable income than most Malaysians. One lady was calling out to her friend happily after paying for a $8k Franck Muller watch as if she had just striked lottery (canto: chap to po). Then I overheard a bunch of uncles demanding the salesgirl to show them Franck Muller watches with at least $50k price tag. They wanted nothing but only the big items. I guess they have ‘high maintenance tai-tais’ to ‘feed’. Blehh… 

Since I can’t get the Bvlgari, I went over to the Franck Muller counter. I was really hoping to get a steal buy from at least the Long Island collection but arrghh.. we came too late. 3rd day into the sale, most of the value items are gone. Then I saw one from the Chrono collection. I absolutely love it but even after the 80% knock off, it will still burn a big hole in hub’s the pocket. I chose to return the watch to the salesgirl and never turned back. We left the showroom empty handed. :(


Cantik or not? *picture from FranckMuller*

After spending an hour in the showroom, our tummies were rambling. We went to Bakerzin for a very unromantic lunch. Hahaha.. I ordered chicken curry and hubs had pasta.

We stopped by Toys R Us before heading home. Bought a plastic dart game for Ryan. Something for the little boy on the Valentine’s Day.


Plastic dart toy. If you see this, word of advise is, don’t buy. It doesn’t quite worked as it supposed to. Complete waste of money. Now it’s hanging on the wall like a picture frame.

*Updated. Few days later, hubs went for a business trip to Jakarta. He bought us belated Valentine’s day pressie. Ryan got a green dinasour and Mac Truck and wifey gets another SKII Miracle Water. Thanks B. Wifey is sorry she did not get anything for hubs because wifey is unemployed now… but it’s the ‘lurve’ that counts right… :D

   

CNY 2009

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24th Jan (Saturday)

We started our journey from Singapore around 8.30pm on the 23rd Jan (Friday). We took our own sweet time eating our dinner and checking the live traffic feeds at the Tuas checkpoint every 10 minutes or so. At around 8.30pm, the traffic at the checkpoint seemed to ease a little. So we packed up everything and left home for our journey home.

Traffic was not smooth sailing all the way. We were made to Q for about 20 minutes before we could cross the border which frankly wasn’t too bad. There was once we spent 45 minutes at the checkpoint which otherwise will only take 10 minutes to clear.

The North South highway was busy and there were a lot of cars on the road. Nevertheless, there was no bumper to bumper jam which some of my friends had experienced that morning itself. It took us approximately 4 hours to reach our home in Cheras.

As usual, Ryan woke up when we got home. YehYeh was still wide awake. He usually does when he knows we’re coming back which is understandable.. am sure he misses his son and grandson lotsssss.


One of the things that Ryan was looking forward to do at home.. yes.. watering the plants.. :D


That night we had our first ‘Lo Sung’ at Pek Wah Restaurant, which serves one of the yummiest Lo Sung in town (in our opinion).

CNY Eve, 25th Jan (Sunday)

We spent the chinese new year eve at home. MIL was busy preparing CNY reunion dinner.  MIL is a good cook. So whipping up 5 dishes,1 soup for 8 pax is easy peasy for her. It has been a while since we had such full spread of ‘chue ka soong’ (home cooked food. We normally just have 2 -3 dishes plus soup in Singapore).


Having a blast on the pebble stones just before reunion dinner.

Hubs bit his tongue and managed to complete the walk. For me, I sucks.. I can’t complete the walk without jumping out of pain. On the other hand, this boy of mine can walk up and down many rounds. Oh dear.. I hope I don’t have any hidden illness inside my body.


Ryan, still monkey-ing around at the dinner table

Just before bedtime, Ryan received his first angpow for the year of Ox. It is believed to bring good luck if you sleep on the pillow with the angpow inside. Not sure how true but we complied anyhow. :D

Day 1, 26th Jan (Monday)

Ryan woke up around 8am. After dressing up, we went downstairs to pai nin (greet elders with cny greetings). After exchanging angpows, we were all geared to visit Great Grand Uncle for vegetarian breakfast. It is a tradition for us to abstain from meat for half a day on the first day of CNY. Last time we had this tradition to go Genting for half a day on the 1st day of CNY but in the late years, that tradition seemed to be getting less support. Quite a pity.

 
Family photo and the three generations of YehYeh, Daddy and Ryan

That night we went out of tradition and decided to have Malay food. Hubs suggested this Malay restaurant in The Gardens.

 
Nasi Kerabu

We all had Nasi Kerabu at this Restaurant Belanga since hubby went hyping about how yummy the food is for days since he had it the first time last Saturday. It turns out.. haiz.. so so only in my opinion. Maybe I was equipped with too high of an expectation.

Day 2, 27th Jan (Tuesday)

Yippee… we went to Spring Gardens at Mid Valley for breakfast with Por Por. Didn’t quite have a plesant visit there as we were made to wait for 1 hour before they serve our pre-ordered dim sums due to a boo boo made by the waitress. On normal days I would have lost my temper but that day I only made a small remark. Give them chance…

  
Breakfast at Spring Gardens Mid Valley with mom, sis and cousin Wei Wei.

That night, we went to Tony Romas, Pavillion for dinner. Another non chinese meal on CNY. Hahaha.. this time it was my brilliant idea.  

 
Very sinful food @ Tony Romas. Ryan on the other hand had his usual home cooked meal and fries from our portion.

Day 3, 28th Jan (Wednesday)

Hubs told me he wanted to go Sg Wang to stock up on some computer peripherals. Little did we expect Sg Wang was already packed with people when we got there around 11am. After stocking on what’s needed, we decided to take a quickie chill at Coffee Bean. It’s been awhile since we had Coffee Bean’s Ice Blended Pure Chocolate. 


With whipped cream.. argghh.. fattening I know :(

At night we met up with some good buddies for steamboat at one of the restaurants in Kepong near Pak Leng’s house. Food was average, nonetheless the companions were superb. After food, we adjourned to Pak Leng’s house for some ‘games’. We left his place around 2.30am, with abour RM100 damage to our pockets. What a bunch of ‘lan to gwai’. Heehee..

Day 4, 29th Jan (Thursday)

I woke up around 8am despite sleeping very late the night before. We paid a visit to Por Por’s place again this morning. Ryan had another blast of time with all his cousins and second cousins.

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Group photo (L-R: Atiqah, Ryan, Adam, Aisyah and Wei Wei)

At night, we went to Kopitiam, Jusco Selatan for dinner. FIL was craving for their kuey teow noodles. I chose to have sinful Nasi Rendang instead. Arrghh… lost count how many sinful food I had these few days. Well, the strategy is, ‘eat first worry later’.

After dinner, we went to the games arcade inside Jusco for Ryan to have his round of fun.

 Day 5, 30th Jan (Friday)

We had some friends over for visiting so we stayed home the whole morning and afternoon. At night, we went I- Dragon, Mid Valley for dinner.

Day 6, 31st Jan (Saturday)

Saturday started off with yet another excitement. I was really looking forward to the buffet lunch at Cititel Mid Valley gathering about 15 of us, ex Convent girls, some of whom I had not met since school days (not that long ago.. LOL). Speaking of time flies here.


Group photo

That night we went to Pek Wah restaurant again. Another round of ‘Lo Sung’ and Shark fins soup to go with out meal. Slurpss…


Ryan said he wanted to hug Ni Hui during the photo taking. Little did I expect him to be so rough. Look at the poor girl. I think I can hear her screaming from her heart out..  

Day 7, 1st Feb (Sunday)

This morning I decided to pay Ryan’s nanny a visit. She was obviously delighted about us going over and called Fei Mui to drop by. Ryan used to be very close to nanny. I dare to say he was closer to nanny than his own mommy during his baby days when nanny was still baby sitting him. This day, what was left was just vivid memories. I asked Ryan if he remembers nanny. He gave me a sheepish smile and shake his head. Hope he won’t say the same to me when he’s a grown young man many years later.

  
Ryan absolutely adores young children so much so that he can never get his hands off them. See how Ryan harrassed FeiMui (who is growing into a really pretty young girl :D ). I asked Ryan why he touched FeiMui’s face. At first he said he wanted to test if her face is ‘hard or soft‘ then he said he wanted to know if her face is ‘hot or cold’. What a silly excuse. *faint* 

Day 8th, 2nd Feb (Monday)

We left KL at about 11.45am. Traffic was very smooth and it only took us about 3 hours to reach Singapore.

That was how we spent out week long CNY holiday in KL.

Bullied to Bully

@ 33 months 3 weeks 5 days

For the second time this week (and today is only Wednesday) Ryan’s class teachers told me this boy of mine had been aggresive towards his friends. The first time happened on Monday. Ryan had pushed his friend down because this friend apparently used his hand to deliberately covered Ryan’s eyes repitively during story time. Apparently Ryan tried pushing his friend’s hand away several times and when all his efforts failed, Ryan decided to push his friend causing his friend to fall. Sigh…

Today I went to pick Ryan up as usual during dismissal. The teacher saw me and quickly came over to speak with me. Actually from far I know something must be amiss. I could tell from the teacher’s face. It’s just a matter of what went wrong. 

According to the teacher’s feedback Ryan had grasped his friend’s neck causing the friend to choke a little. I was stunned, flabbergasted, stoned, speechless and seriously, I thought I would faint at that minute. What??????? That’s SERIOUS!!!! The teachers said Ryan was eyeing a trainset Z (the victim) was holding. Since they only have 5 sets, the students were taught to share. When it was finally Ryan’s turn, Z had refused to let go. Some snatching ensued and subsequently one thing led to another. I’m not finding excuse but err.. I can’t stop to wonder how this could happen right under the teacher’s nose? Haiz…

Anyway, back to Ryan. All along Ryan has never demonstrated any of such violent behaviour at home eventhough we have noticed an obvious change in behaviour in him eversince the biting incident last week. Since that unlucky day he has become more short fused and obviously overly protective over his belongings but apart from these we see no other symptoms that alarmed us. I really want to ‘pengsan’ (faint) now.. :( 

Ryan can be quite possesive during play time but generally he’s quite well mannered and a shy boy all along. I’m not sure if the incident has affected him so bad emotionally that he now realised the only way to survive is to protect himself and the only way to protect his interest is to turn bully button on hin him (note: all names incl the word ‘bully’ is just a name given to protect the parties involved. It has no relation to any other incidents or 3rd parties outside this incident).  

In less than a week my boy has turned from being bullied to a bully. He’s now taking his beauty nap. I am so ready with all the bullets for punishment time later! I really want to know why the sudden change of nature in him. Wish me luck.

Bitten in school… :(

@ 33 months 2 weeks 5 days 

Ryan resumed school yesterday after 10 long holidays break. He was all jovial and couldn’t wait to be in his class. He greeted the teachers Gong Xi Fa Cai and was smiley all the way. I gave him the usual goodbye hugs and kisses and made my way out of the classroom. He made no fuss. Yippeeeee!!!! He’s happy, mommy is happy.

but…..

This morning he woke up and told us he doesn’t want to go school. It was the first time he said so since school started last month. I was quite surprised to hear that as he has never said those words even during the first week when he was still crying out of separation anxiety. Anyway, after some coaxing he was happy and all geared for school.

When we reached the school compound, he began hugging me tightly. The minute we reached the classroom, he started asking me not to go. I reasoned with him that mommy can’t stay and will pick him up at 11am. Teacher distracted him with some toys and I stepped out of the classroom after saying my goodbyes. I came out and peeped at him through the window as usual. Minutes later, he ran to the door and started crying looking for mommy. I went in and comforted him. After a few minutes he was ready to let me go for good. This time he didn’t cry and was back to his jovial self. Phew..

I peeped at Ryan for a litle while longer to ensure he’s all okay before making my way home. I was relieved he never cried when I left the second time yet I was puzzled at the sudden change in him.

I went to school a little earlier today to pick Ryan. I found out from some mommies who were there earlier that Ryan was bitten by a boy (bully) and he was crying loudly. OMG!!! I peeped through the window and true enough Ryan was being comforted by one of the teachers (still sobbing). I couldn’t be more relieved when Ryan stopped crying after a short while but I was determined to find out the cause.

After school, I asked the teacher. She told me the boys were snatching toys from each other and that was why Ryan cried. Huh? That was not what the mommies told me. Anyway, I asked Ryan if his friend bit him. He said YES and when I asked who bit him, spontaneously he pointed to Bully. Ryan tapped on his shoulder when I asked him where he was bitten. I checked, holy moly, true enough, there was a bite mark! I was super furious and confronted the teacher right away. She explained she checked but did not see the bite mark. Well, although the mark wasn’t really obvious unless you pull down the shirt to check (which I did) as it was at the back of the shoulder but for the teacher to be so careless, c’mon I cannot accept that kind of explanation. A child suddenly cried in class and you actually did suspect he may be bitten, wouldn’t it make sense to check more thoroughly to make sure the poor child wasn’t badly hurt elsewhere?? Especially the case when the teachers knew this boy has a history of snatching and biting other kids (Bully bit another girl last week though the injury was not as bad as Ryan’s). Duh!

Well after making my point, the teachers apologised profusely but I still couldn’t accept their ignorance. I lodged an official complain and will speak with the principal and the Bully’s parent tomorrow. I know this make me sound very protective of my son.. but as a parent, who isn’t? I want him to grow and learn to protect himself yet what kind of a mother I am if I allow my son to be repeatedly bullied right. I’m just hoping he won’t be too traumatised and start hating school. I wonder if that is the reason why he wants me to stay this morning. Sobsss….. poor boy.

Wishing everyone a Gong Xi Fa Cai…

@ 33 months 1 week 1 day

It has been almost 3 weeks since Ryan started school. Does he like his school? The answer is yes. He absolutely LOVES school. He can be so enthusiastic about school up till the extent he would tell me he wants to go school NOW eventhough we just got in the car on our way home from school. He will tell me who is who is his best friend, who is his fav teacher, whether he did go to the gym etc etc. His comprehension of the second language (mandarin) also markedly improved. He used to be very advese in learning new words but now he seemed more open.

In the last 12 days Ryan attended school, I made an effort to reach there at least half hour earlier before dismissal so to peep on the little fella. I am not sure I enjoy being a peeping Tom but I definitely take pleasure in discovering what my boy does in class without the mommy around. There was one time I saw him running after a bully (yes.. there’s a bully boy in his class who always snatches toys from other classmates) round and round (3 rounds to be precise) just to get back the toy this bully snatched from him earlier. It was quite hilarious. Glad I have a much handy camera nowadays that allows me to record all these on HD video. *yayyy!!!* 

Last Friday Ryan’s school allowed a casual wear day inconjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration. Most of the kids came in their chinese traditional wear. They all look absolutely adorable and gorgeous.


Ryan and classmates with Mrs Goh and Liang laotsi

 

Last Friday I went to fetch Ryan from school as usual. However, unlike any other day, that day I was greeted by a smiley tot running out of the classroom after spotting me, holding a handmade CNY card and wished me “????”.. and yes.. that was my boy. It was indeed special. That certainly made my day. :D

Last but never the least, here’s wishing all of you a Blessed and Happy Ox-picious Year too.

????, everyone :D