Visit to Ion Orchard

@ 41 months 6 days

MIL and Cousin Jasmine was in town for a short visit during the Hari Raya break. There was really no Hari Raya celebration feel in Singapore, which is by no surprise for the Muslims being a minority in this country. We only get 1 day public holiday. :( Don’t we miss Malaysia’s  holidayssssssssss…..

We went to the latest shopping addition along Orchard Road – Ion Orchard and did all the touristy thing. We snapped pictures, shopped like there’s no tomorrow (not us, MIL and Jasmine)..

Mommy with Ryan and little bun @ 21 weeks

Ryan had wanted a chrono watch (he loves my Swatch) but they don’t have kid’s size (fortunately.. :P)


Coach station @ Corpthorne Orchid Hotel – sending MIL and Jasmine off


3 generations


I have to giving up asking Ryan to smile in front of camera


It took me a fair bit of effort cherring Ryan up. He usually gets teary eyed bidding farewells. Phew……


Shicida Term End (farewell) Party

@ 41 months 2 days

Yesterday (17 Sept 09) marked the last day of Shichida class for Ryan and 3 other classmates (Marianne, Kieran and Ashley). After 2 years of attending the weekly class at Toa Payoh HDB Hub, we finally called it quit to make way for other plans.

We all each bought a gift for the gift exchange session. Ryan, as excited as ever, ransacked my bag the moment we walked into class searching for the gift we brought along and insisted to pass it his friend. What an impatient boy. I had to remind him we will only have the session AFTER class.

After class, Teacher Hui Min joined us. She was the kids’ sinseh for a year before Teacher CT took over after Hui Min was ‘promoted’ to join their kindergarten programme.

The kids gonna miss each other sooooo much!


Taken after class. Ryan with his trademark stare - holding on tight to the pressie we brought along to class….
(L-R:  Ciney & Marianne / Me & Ryan / Gina & Ashley / Jean & Verlynne / Tricia & Isaiah / Teacher HuiMin / Teacher CT

Finally got his pressie (from Ashley through draw lots)


Driver Wannabe

@ 41 months 1 day

Ryan is a big aficionado of cars. He could recognise and name most of the cars on the road these days. His interests grew over time and now he’s into asking us the functions and how the various buttons, pedals in the car works. Even the road signs are of interest to him now.

This happened when we were in KL last week.

…no, this is not our car.

Driving F1 style, leg on each pedal. LOL :P


Pressie from Daddy

@ 41 months

Ryan first laid eyes on this husky dog on skates many months ago at Build a Bear. I did not buy as I find it too expensive for a plush animal like this. Few weeks ago, we saw the same dog again from a different Build A Bear outlet in United Square. This time Ryan was very adamant to bring it home. I know he likes the dog very much but his interest is always short lived and the dog is simply over priced. After much pursuasion he agreed to come back another day to get it believing it was really a ‘non buying day’ and they would not sell the dog to him (our agreement that nobody could buy anything on a non buying day). Before we left, he told the salesgirl to write his name on the dog so nobody could buy it except him.

That whole evening and at night, Ryan continued talking about the dog non stop until Daddy gave in and promised we would go take a look at it tomorrow (Saturday).

Saturday came and there was literally no peace from morning until afternoon. Ryan’s persistently begging for us to go check out the dog fearing the dog may have been purchased by someone else. Finally we gave in to his unwavering harrassing and went to United Square in the afternoon.

While Ryan was showing Daddy his dog, I sneaked into Esprit. How pathetic, that 10 minutes or so were the only peaceful shopping time I could get nowadays eversince Ryan become my official shadow few weeks ago. When I came out, Loida gave me first hand news saying ‘sir said buy the dog’. I wasn’t too surprised hearing that knowing Daddy hardly say no to this Daddy’s boy. He wouldn’t agree to go if he had no intention of getting it for Ryan. Hehe…

The husky dog that he couldn’t get his eyes off


There were bears, wolves, but he chose the same husky dog.


The process of stuffing the dog with polyester fiber


While the dog was being stitched, Daddy and son were busy choosing the sound to go with the dog. We wanted the dog sound unfortunately they ran out of stock. Looks like we have to go back another round for it in a few weeks’ time.


Listening attentively to instructions on how to give his dog a good fluffy spa.


After the spa (scrubbing off fiber off the dog surface) it was time to choose for the shoes and skates. Ryan was disappointed he can’t get the sandal which looks like his old pair of Crocs for his dog. We need a pair of sneakers to go with the skates. We ended with a blue pair of skechers sneakers.


Clothing range. So many to choose from but the pair Ryan wanted was out of stock.


Time for the birth certificate. Ryan thinking hard for a name. At the end, he chose ‘CLIFFORD’. Hahah.. speaking of originality.


Putting the finishing touches on the dog (how can it be complete without a name on the dog tag).


Payment .. payment…. $120 a hole in the pocket

Linking Memory

@ 41 months

Ryan completed Shichida’s Brain Olympic Challenge successfully 2 weeks ago. The challenge was aimed to assess a child based on various activities such Intuition Power, Intuitive Image Memory, High Speed Memorisation, High Speed Auto Processing, General Class Perforance, Linking Memory Character Development (eg Photo Memory, Instant Memory, etc) during the course of 12 weeks with the exception of Linking memory which was assessed on week 10.

As part of the assessment, the child is required to link all 40 unrelated cards in the correct order, under 3 minutes. I started practising with Ryan 3 days prior the actual day. I’m so proud he managed to complete everything despite having limited home practise.


During home practise. His best try was 45 cards under 3 minutes.