Saturday, 16 September 2017

It has been an exciting weekend. We started it on Friday morning, meeting the eldest brother and his wife at the bus-stop just across the road, opposite our block. The girl was clueless because we wanted to surprise her, of course, and also I do not want her to be asking me throughout the week.

And so we took our 'adventure' a notch up by taking the public bus into JB! The bus-ride from our place to Wooodlands check-point was pretty smooth and we had wanted to take the 5 minute train ride but didn't have enough time to catch the next train at 10am. So we obediently queued up at immigration and caught the next bus across the causeway. It is pretty much a breeze travelling into JB on a working day. 
This time, we stayed a night as the 4 of us have always talked about. After clearing immigration at our neighbour's, we went straight to Doubletree Hilton by foot and managed to get early check-in. Then we took grab to our usual mall for our usual Japanese lunch. We didn't spend much time there though because the 2 man kept saying we could shop back at the malls near the hotel. But I think I would have bought more from there. I only bought a pair of flats for myself, this entire trip and then of course, toiletries. Anyway, thankfully I convinced the hubs to bring along the trolley bag, the one which went on it's own vacation, and it proved so convenient when we could put the shopping in and not have to carry plastic bags when we have to cross immigration again. The eldest SIL too ended up buying a cabin bag too, although on hindsight, I am not sure if she could have gotten it cheaper from here instead.

And today, K had a very short soak in the pool after the buffet breakfast with the eldest brother and hubs. Whole of 20 minutes because it was so windy at the pool area and the water was cold. We rested a bit then checked-out at almost 1pm. 

It was at the mall that the SIL spent a bit more time to choose a cabin bag while the hubs, K and myself went to the girl's section and ended up buying a pair of platform princess slippers for her. We enjoyed shabu shabu lunch before heading back towards the check-point. We had wanted to take the train back into Singapore but they were all sold out for the whole day! So we went back by the same route as the way we went into JB. 

All in all, we had fun. The SIL enjoyed herself and I'm sure K too when she saw the pool. She was so excited when we went to check it out before heading back to the room to change. The eldest brother is now contemplating a 2-night stay .....lol.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

The hubs had a very early work event yesterday and only came home slightly before we had to leave for the girl's ballet class. While he was away, I brought the girl to 2 fairly new playgrounds within walking distance from our place. We managed 2 because she woke up so early and had been disturbing me until the skies opened up. 

After the playground, I signed her up for abacus class and she will start on the 1st Saturday in October. Ballet class will remain as it is in the late afternoon. And then we went home. I was able to wash the balcony before bringing her out, which really explains how early it was, and so came home to put her laundry to wash and mop the house.

She took a short nap and as I woke her up to prepare to leave for ballet, the hubs returned home. Poor him. Such a long day for him. We took the bus to the train station,which is only 1 bus-stop away, where I walk to every morning because I didn't want the hubs to feel 'inconvenienced' because of the car situation. We arrived rather early for ballet and after the lesson, took 2 trains and a bus to reach the Victors'. They had invited us over for their younger girl's 11th birthday. We arrived slightly late but was still ok.

The girl enjoyed herself with all the other girls making slime and made 3 while I made 1. We got to bring them back so that was the goody bag. It was nice also catching up with the other ladies and the hubs with the man. It has been a while.

We left at 9ish and took a grab cab home.

And today, the 3 of us were back on the train then bus again for the journey to church. The girl, who usually doesn't have to walk much because of the car, developed blisters. But she soldiered on with the plasters. It's all an adventure to her because she has been in the comfort of the car ever since she was born!

After church, together with the eldest brother and wife, we took a bus at the wrong direction and ended up somewhere for lunch. That much for an adventure. Lol. The eldest brother is also no longer driving but has been so the early part of this year and yet, they are very comfortable with public commute. The eldest brother has been driving at least 30+ years of his life so if he can manage it, we shouldn't be missing it so much.

The Victor couple came by in the evening with their younger girl and we had dinner nearby our place. While they came, the girl and I were napping....must have been from yesterday and all that walking. Lol.

Friday, 8 September 2017

The hubs has decided to let the car go.

It happened on the evening we touched down, when the hubs decided to send the SIL back home after dinner. The car experienced some problems on his way home and for the rest of the week, he was commuting to work and back home by public transport. He did send the car to the workshop at the end of the week and we did get to use it during the activity filled long weekend. 

However, the hubs felt that the car was not right again on his way home on Wednesday evening and this time he decided this is going to be IT. He is not going to waste anymore money fixing it already. We were supposed to dine out because the hubs had wanted to buy a new pair of working shoes but he changed his mind when he felt that the car wasn't stable and thankfully, he was able to get home in it.

I had to pick the girl up from school yesterday and today, the school is closed again and it is the hubs turn to take care of her. At the same time, it is the girl's follow-up at the hospital so the 2 commuted by bus, just like the previous time. I guess because there is no longer the use of the car, the hubs brought K straight home after the follow-up. Otherwise, he would always detour to his parents'.

The weather was so good that the 2 had a very good nap and K didn't want to go out even when I reached home. It is a Friday and we usually eat out the the nearby malls. But we eventually took a bus ride to IMM for dinner and to finally, look around for a pair of shoes for the hubs.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Although I got the girl to start early on the gifts she wanted to make for her teachers for this year's Teachers' day, she still didn't get to give it to them the day before school closed for that 1 day. Perhaps it was because of my business trip followed by the holiday, there was no one to follow through with her.

The girl decided that she wanted to make bracelets again for her teachers. As usual, I helped her knot them up when she finished each design and then helped her packed them. We had bought some beads when we were in Melaka. As she was 3 bracelets short, I made her do them during the long weekend.
Initially, she was wasn't keen on it anymore because in her own words, Monday will not be Teachers' Day anymore. I told her that 'it is better late than never' and thankfully, the eldest brother said the same thing to her when we met on Sunday.

I asked the hubs this morning if he reminded her to give the teachers the bracelets but he too forgot. When I checked her bag when they came home in the evening, I am glad to report that she has distributed them except for 1 because the teacher did not come in today.

Teachers in childcare centres spend more time with our blood. Indeed they also need to be well looked after.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

K's school closed on Thursday for Teacher's Day. And since the hubs and I just returned from our trip on Monday, the SIL offered to come over to take care of the girl. So she stayed over on Wednesday evening and the girl, went to sleep with her without even asking.

The eldest brother joined us in the evening when we had dinner at the club. 

With my body or mind still adjusting to the time zone difference, I slept 12 hours on Thursday night to Friday morning.

Firday morning, we went marketing at Jurong West and had late breakfast. The Victors invited us for dinner as well as a 'private' tour of their new home. Lol. I really like their new home. Smaller than their previous but cosy and more 'modern'.

I think I clocked in another 10 hours or so of sleep on Friday night.

We had a lunch invite to Janice's new home yesterday and after that, headed back to the west for the girl's ballet lesson. The hubs had wanted to explore Tampines hub but thankfully we didn't. There simply wasn't enough time so we spent the extra 15 minutes exploring the new community centre that the girl's ballet lesson is held at. Incidentally, they even have a bowling alley there!

And today, we had Indian fish head curry as the eldest brother treated us for lunch, in celebration of the SIL's birthday.

Tomorrow onwards, it is really, in the girls' word, back to normal. 

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Landed yesterday, back to work today. The girl was so reluctant to have the eldest SIL go that she cried. Apparently, she didn't miss us that much. I told the hubs, she didn't have time to. She did ask me why didn't I bring back baby no. 2 though. Ya, like it's so easy.

The hubs and I celebrated our 10th year anniversary on this trip. We went Amsterdam, Brussels, Brugge and Rotterdam. I must remind myself when I plan our future itineraries, to allocate more time in between. The hubs with his knee problem and I, with my back, cannot walk as much as we used to anymore. We need to take more breaks when his knee start to ache and my lower back, inflamed. I've joked that we may need to get 1 walking stick for him which doubles up as a stool when I have to sit. This may well become reality.

Thankful for the business class upgrade, I can still work today. When I got home yesterday, I put the girl's laundry to wash, did a bit of unpacking and more today while the hubs rested a bit, as usual, before he went to buy dinner for us.

Routine starts today, again.....thankful once again, for the short week! Hurray!

Monday, 28 August 2017

Just as I said that we won't be travelling as much this year, I had another business trip to make to the HQ at Norway. We still won't be travelling as much as last year though. Since the business trip was only going to be for 2 pathetic days, pathetic because you travel 30 hours in total for a 48 hour trip, I planned for a short vacation with the hubs at the stop-over station, Amsterdam.

The boss and I met at the check-in counter last Saturday night and although we sat on the same row, we were along the aisles separated by 2 other passengers in the centre block. Thankfully I had been so busy the whole of Saturday that I could sleep a little on the flight. 

While we arrived in Bergen, Norway, our bags did not. Our initial thought was perhaps due to the tight connection so we were not overly worried. Then we proceeded to an ex-colleague's home for lunch. He was previously our MOO (Manager Overseas office) and he prepared a good spread for us. Typical Norwegian spread, I suppose? 
After spending a few good hours at his home, the boss and I cabbed to the hotel. We decided to go to the mini-market to pick up some toiletries which was very limited and I only ended up being able to get cleansing tissues and cotton pads, which I ended up having no use for. Eventually, our bags did not arrive. And the shops do not open on Sundays!

So we arrived in the office, Monday morning in our Saturday wear. We had to explain to all the other overseas HR colleagues who were staying at the same hotel as us why we were dressed the way we were. Me in my Puma track pants, Mickey top and Adidas sneakers while the boss in her jeans and walking shoes. 

After the Monday's meeting, the whole bunch of us had dinner at the mountain before we headed back to the hotel. And because our bags decided to take a vacation from us, we had to rush to the shops and at that point in time, we were left with a grand 1/2 hour to shop because the shops close early. It is no fun to shop under that sort of pressure and the pressure that you need to buy something. We literally only had the clothes on our back! 

Day 2, still no sign of bags and after the meeting, I headed to the airport with 3 Dutch colleagues while the boss stayed on 1 more day. I caught up with the hubs at Schipol airport with just my sling bag and a H&M plastic bag. I was joking that immigration may think that I am a asylum seeker!

I never saw my bag throughout my holiday and had to spend time to shop for clothes and toiletries. It was never my intention to do any shopping other than souvenirs for this trip. But having said that, the hubs and I did enjoy time spent together. The girl did not want to join us and we are thankful that Ivy volunteered to stay over. The girl had a lot of fun too with Bev and the eldest brother dropping by on separate days to surprise her. She also went over to their home over the weekend.

I was eventually upgraded to business class on the return flight and never had the experience of sleeping for 7 hours straight on flight before. It was good and I do not think I will have the opportunity to travel business again. Lol. The hubs stayed in economy. 
At arrival in Changi, I didn't see my bag at the conveyor belt and went to the Lost & Found to make a report. Somehow, a staff brought my luggage over to me. Hiaz...such a rebel it was. Reuniting with me after going on it's own vacay.

And so, I left for my trip with 1 bag and returned with 2. Hey, I am not going to be carrying plastic bags around for the rest of my holiday. Besides, the airline has given their word that they will compensate us for what we have spent during the delay of our suitcase.
A tale to tell? Definitely!

Saturday, 12 August 2017

And so M joined my family and the eldest brother together with his wife on our road-trip to Melaka this time, for the first time. Since we didn't have the usual National Day family gathering this year, the way to escape it was to go away for a short trip.

We left the house before 8am on Thursday, the day after watching the live telecast celebration on tv and dinner with Jeremy's family. The hubs rented a mpv which was rather comfy because the mechanic advised against taking the long drive up north with ours. 

As usual, we stayed at the usual peranakan boutique hotel, ate and shopped. It was just a 3 day short trip but was refreshing nonetheless. 
We will probably not travel as much this year compared to last. And honestly, the travel bug this year is not biting as much.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Happy National Day all!
This year, we had a smaller gathering at home. Ivy's sister, who lives in the US is back again. Because of the emotional outburst from Jerry, our family is once again disjointed. :( So, I only invited Jeremy and his family as well as the eldest SIL's sis for National Day dinner at home. And I must say, it is so much easier to handle! But of course nothing beats family togetherness.

The hubs made curry with pork belly while I fried up a dish of veg and then we have a pre-packed Imperial Chicken dish. The hubs bought vinegar pork trotters that the 2 sisters love and I made jelly for dessert. So much food to go around.
I did not call my 2 other brothers because we were to have a road trip up to Melaka again! This time we travel the day after National Day with M joining us and the eldest brother and his wife.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

The hubs left work earlier yesterday to bring the girl for her review at the hospital. Although cleared of scarlet fever, the Dr has asked us to monitor for the next month and a half because scarlet fever may have effects. We pray that the girl is completely clear. 

However, the Dr found out another issue! She asked if the girl snores in her sleep and told the hubs that she slight inflamed tonsils. We hope that it's the fever and heatiness that caused the inflammation but on hindsight, the girl has been snoring in her sleep for quite a while already. The Dr has prescribed a nasal decongestant which contains steroids, which I am not too keen on but what to do. Let's see what happens after use, which will probably be a month or so. 

Yesterday morning, the 3 of us went for prata breakfast and the hubs allowed the girl to cycle to the shop, which delighted her. She was so happy to have me see her pedal up a small slope because I am usually at home cooking while the hubs brings her down for her cycles. And she is so happy with her achievement. But she does look so cute in the helmet which matches her red bicycle.

We went to the CC next, with the intention to pay for her next session of ballet class but was told it is locked. And on our way back, we witnessed a rehearsal for the National Day Observation day for our constituency. A uniform group from a secondary school was doing the drills and a band was playing. It was quite an experience for the girl but then again, at 5, almost anything is an experience for her. :)
If we wake up early enough on National Day itself, we may just go down to be part of the ceremony.

The hubs then attended a wedding lunch while the girl and I was home. We tidied up her room because the baby NIL who came last Sunday, messed up and literally drooled on her toys. And then I also moved the ant bait we bought to another part of the kitchen.

Even if my kitchen top was clean, I've been seeing ants gather again. They just appear out of nowhere! Finally when I moved the bait and accidentally spilt it, a while later, I saw a gathering of ants around the bait. I hope they bring the bait back home and kill them all! 
In the evening, we attended the 1 month of the Nepalese baby, born to the hubs' cousin. While I packed aside a packet of booties, mittens and socks for the new baby, the girl decided to gift the baby her baby headbands. She had wanted to gift them all until I told her to keep some for my memory sake. Lol.
Thankfully, there's a 2 week break before the girl's ballet class commences again. Some time to our normal free schedule.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

The hubs fetched his father from the hospital late last night. Since when do hospitals discharge patients in the evening? The hubs said his father probably insisted and 'made' the Dr discharge him. And so the youngest BIL sent his mother back home too. Although the hubs left after dinner, after 8ish, he didn't reach home till 11ish and apparently, he was waiting for his mother to return home before he left. 

So it's back to normal for all the households today and the group chat between the 3 'out-laws' has also quieten down. Lol....it's good riddance to all.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Today is the wedding of the daughter of the hubs' distant cousin-married-to-the-French-man. 

Yesterday evening the hubs was telling his mother what he had planned to do. Leave the house earlier to send her to the hospital, because she had told the hubs yesterday while we were at my brother's that she wants to 'take care' of the FIL. But she quietly said she wants to attend the wedding instead. Full of lies this one. Anyway, she brought along 2 tops and asked for my opinion which to wear to the wedding.

When I asked the hubs what are the plans for tomorrow, since it's a work day and that she's 'afraid' to be alone, she says she has asked for her nephew to stay over and he will go to in the evening today and proceed to work the next day from her place. Fine. 

So we attended the nice wedding lunch and we invited the 2 brothers and their family over since their mother was at our place. The youngest NIL played in K's playhouse and almost wrecked it while the older NIL showed how ill-disciplined and total lack of sportsmanship he has when I opened up the new box of table snooker for them to play. He sat on the floor for a good while throwing a hissy fit because he did not manage to enter any balls.

Anyhow, we went for dinner somewhere near the in-law's at the suggestion of the hubs. On the drive there, the MIL called her nephew who didn't answer the phone. And then she started complaining. So I told her to either call the house or the hubs' aunt. Perhaps the boy is sleeping? She finally called the house and managed to speak to the boy, who did not seem to have the idea that the deal was for him to stay overnight. So he went on to say he's got work tomorrow and asked if she would like to go over instead. I thought it was nice of him to offer because my 20 something self would not have thought beyond that. And then somebody got angry. When she put the phone down, I asked her if anyone had communicated to her that he was indeed going to spend the night at her place? And how exactly did she ask him? Aiyo, that young man has his own life please! And she goes to say because he wants to play games and usually does so till the wee hours in the morning.

So when we arrived at the coffee-shop, the youngest SIL, her son, K & I sat at a separate table from the rest because simply there wasn't any bigger table. So the hubs, the 2nd BIL with his family and the MIL were 'discussing'. The youngest BIL who left for soccer training after the wedding only joined us later. And when he did, we shooed him to that table and the 2nd SIL came to join ours instead. Leaving the 3 sons to deal with their mother.

The hubs had offered for her to stay over our place but will send her back home early tomorrow morning but she declined. I suspect it's because the hubs did not offer to turn on the air-con for her yesterday evening and she was half-angry about the truth I said about the so called arrangement she thinks she has with her nephew. She also rejected the 2nd BIL's offer to stay at theirs. So it concluded that she will stay over at the youngest BIL's place. Splendid planning on her part because the youngest SIL cooks for her son and the entire family sleeps in air-con comfort. Although also, the BIL leaves for soccer training during the later part of the day which means the MIL has shorter hours to pass out from an asthmatic attack, if any.

Such scheming, I cannot! But good anyway for me.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

The hubs' task for today was to vacuum our bed. While he was going to do that, he cleaned the girl's mattress as well as all the pillows. Everything was what it should be until he reached our bed. 

We have been sleeping on this and the sight made me take out the filter from the air-con for a wash too. Thankfully, the air-con filter is pretty clean.
It was the usual ballet classes today. Or rather, the girl went for her ballet class while the parents whiled the 45 minutes away in air-con comfort at the mall opposite the CC. M has not come along for the past 3 Saturdays and hasn't called either and we had activities for the past 3 weeks anyway.

For today, I had wanted to attend the wake of an ex-colleague's husband. I've known the both of them in my 1st job and even traveled with her to Rome, Paris and London. It was shocking when I saw her FB post on her beloved's passing. Although we have not kept in touch after leaving the airline, I felt I wanted to show her my support. Afterall, we were close once. While I was at the wake and thankfully chanced into another ex-colleague couple, the hubs and K waited for me. 

The 3 of us then proceeded to Jeremy's home after since the wake was at Tampines. We bought dinner and the hubs always over-buy in his typical fashion. They were so happy to see K as usual and glad that she has recovered.

During our visit, the hubs received a call and what ensued was that the MIL was going to spend the night at our place. Right. FIRST. TIME. EVER. What happens is the FIL has been hospitalised since Thursday and the MIL is afraid to be alone in case she gets hit by an asthmatic attack. And so the hubs called her to tell her that we'll reach her block by 9:30pm, already pass K's bedtime but we ended up waiting for another 1/2hour when we reached their block. So it's a good 1 hour of 'I do not know what she was doing'. K was already knocked-out in the car.

When we reached home, I was busy with K, wiping her down while she sleeps and instructing the hubs to bring out the mattress for his mother in K's playroom. The only thing I did was to pass him a mattress cover. After that, I too slept.....it has been a long day.

Friday, 28 July 2017

This has been a very challenging week for the hubs and myself.

K's fever was still going up to 39 degrees but with every dose of panadol or ibuprofen after a soak or bath, it gives her some respite. Thankfully she wasn't moody throughout and at times when her temperature went down, she was almost back to her normal self. 

The worse was when her fever spikes in the wee mornings and on 2 occasions, the hubs had to bring her under the shower at 3am. Thankfully, she didn't scream like how my colleagues responded when I shared with them. On hindsight, we shouldn't have done that. A colleague shared that in the worst case scenario, fits or pneumonia may happen.

I took Monday and 1/2 of Wednesday off and had to take mc on Thursday because I had a fever on Wednesday night but was almost immediately better when the hubs came back late in the night and fed me 2 panadols. Love or the medication, you decide. Lol. The hubs took the other days off. 

On Tuesday, he brought K to NUH on my suggestion. Just to rule out anything. And despite the girl being sick, they amazed me when they took a bus-ride to NUH and then train back home. The girl was diagnosed with Scarlet Fever....something that is pretty rare nowadays. Anyhow, she has been given a 10-day course of antibiotics. And we were asked to continue with the panadol/ibuprofen if required.
Although the fever broke by Wednesday, the red rashes were still visible mainly on K's torso. And we were hesitant to send her back to school because the teachers maybe 'concerned' when they see them. I felt that she was ready to go back to school today but the hubs was against it. So he ended up staying home and I zooming off earlier from work to relief him as he had another event after office hours, at work.

Thankfully, the hubs and I are pretty much ok other than fatigue. The hubs got up in the wee hours to sponge her and we had to give her medication too while all she had wanted to do was sleep. Thankfully, alls well now.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Early this morning, the girl was whining a lot in her sleep and asked for me to lie down with her. I felt a very hot body but didn't think much about it until later, I felt that it didn't feel right. At 3am, I woke the hubs up and I gave her panadol. 

In the morning, she seemed to be for the better and we even went to church. However, in the lift at the church building, the girl felt queasy and wanted to throw up which she did into the garbage bin outside the lift, which thankfully was quite clean.We stayed for Sunday School but had to leave during the break.

The girl didn't have much of an appetite but thankfully took in a few mouths of char-siew pau before I administered panadol to her again. And then she started playing. 

Since today's routine is away from the norm, the hubs decided to test out the UV vaccum I had bought. And check out the filth from our 2+ year old sofa! 
What was under the sofa was just as bad! Thankfully, the hubs practiced some initiative and pulled out the sofa and guess what we found underneath. I've been getting pine nuts whenever I used a magic clean to clean through the gap and always accuse the hubs of dropping them between the sofa when he snacks there but little did I realise it would be a handful! They were clustered together and look like some insect eggs! I gave a directive to No eating on the sofa from then on. It was disgusting. Anyhow, the hubs did a big clean-up of the sofa and around it....now the sofa feels less icky. Psychological? Just look at the dirt accumulated.

Anyhow, the girl's fever goes off and then spikes again. I had to let her soak in the tub and then she'll get better after the meds. 

The hubs was so worried he went to buy barley to boil from the market as well as dinner. Then I had a buyer for K's pink bicycle. The girl is such a trooper that she followed me down even though she was feeling out of sorts. But she wasn't up to it when I asked her if she wanted to ride her bicycle one last time or wait for her daddy downstairs. 
In the evening, we noticed rashes on her body and these spots. But she doesn't seem  to be affected by it. Hopefully, they are just heat rash. :(

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Last Thursday evening, we caught up with the cousin of the hubs' from Nepal, who took some time away from her seminar in KL to drop by Singapore to catch up with the relatives. She was here with her future daughter-in-law. Although it was supposed to be a dinner meet-up together with the 2 Nepali aunties, the 2nd BIL and his family as well as the youngest BIL, the 3 of us took our dinner without them because as usual, there was no one there yet when we arrived.

The hubs for one, did not give his aunt an appointed time and the youngest BIL had to go back home to pick up the car because one of the aunts called him to send the other aunt back home with the guests who were staying the night before they take the flight back to KL.

Anyhow, we had this so called 'special fried beehoon' which it's special in it's own right.....because so flat.
And this morning, the hubs decided to bring the bicycle to the shop to pump air but the only bicycle shop at the market nearby was closed. So we drove further up and at the same time, took a walk around the Jurong West estate. We spent almost the whole morning there because there were frankly, quite a lot to see.We had breakfast and then later, chendol dessert there before moving slightly up again because the only bicycle shop is at the next estate. 

To think that there are so many cyclists now but when you need the bicycle shop, it's like treasure hunting. Finally, the girl can safely ride on the bicycle which has ample space for her to grow.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

After church today, we went to Hong Lim for lunch because I had some stuff to bring home from the office which I had delivered to the office. Like a fire extinguisher because I am worried with the flat being 30 years + a bit old, a UV hand-held vacuum for the bed and sofa which I had ordered through a group-buy in a  FB TB page and at the same time, an umbrella that doubles up as a walking stick which I took from a colleague who doesn't need it at all for the selectively frail MIL. Yes, I still think of her. *myowneyesroll*

It was as well because the eldest SIL had been 'requesting' to go to Chinatown Point for the ice-shave dessert. 

On our way home after the office run, the hubs' youngest SIL called to ask if we were home. And I thought they had wanted to drop by so I said sure, we could have a pizza dinner but when she added that the MIL was joining, I suggested IMM instead. So I had to force K to take a short nap again and then we took a bus to IMM.

We had dinner there and then walked around a bit before eating again. 

The NIL is still so ill-disciplined in my opinion, it's the parents. We walked into Nike because the youngest BIL wanted to check things out but ended up buying a pair of sneakers for the son. The NIL ended up wearing the pair out of the store but not before the BIL commented to me that what he had on was still new and now he wants another pair! I do not know how he wanted anyone to respond but I said that he allowed it anyway. Isn't it right? He's the paymaster, he's the one who allowed the boy to try it on so if he thinks it's unnecessary, why even start? Well, I guess they can afford it. I fear everytime we meet that the girl will pick up something rude from the NIL. During dinner, the youngest SIL was sharing with us how the NIL was being bullied in school and in his description, he seemed to enjoy some of the bullying and even told us what the bully said. At the back of my mind, I do not pity him. That's how he speaks at times too. Over dessert, he was so rude to K when he raised his voice at her and said something like killing her. His mother ended up twisting his ear and asking him to apologise which he refused and the youngest BIL simply told him not to speak like that. Sigh.

We took the bus home after dessert while the youngest SIL sent the MIL and the 2nd BIL and family back home.

Another week that I couldn't mop the house. I need to schedule next week for that.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

This morning, we all slept in till about 9am because the weather is oh so good! But we had to hurry because the hubs arranged to check out a kid bicycle with training wheels for the girl as she has outgrown hers. According to him, her legs are hitting the handle-bar when she pedals and it's quite a sight. I wouldn't know because he brings her down with the hand-me-down while I cook. 

And little did I realise how much she has grown until we brought the pre-loved bicycle back and she sat on the previous one for photo memory sake. The hubs cleaned the new bicycle and then realised that the tyres needed to be pumped, probably due to not using it for a while. So now, it's my turn to re-sell the little pink bicycle.
After a forced nap, the girl was up for her usual routine for ballet lessons has resumed!

The new water playground beside the CC that the girl's ballet class is looks set to be opened because we have been passing by it and finally today they seem to be testing it with water coming out from the play area. It looks very fun. The train slide even has water coming out of it!
M did not come along with us today though. Because we were going to the hubs' friend's place for a Hari Raya invite after ballet. The Salahudeens will be moving to Perth next year so this could probably be our last Hari Raya gathering at their home.

The girl had fun catching up with the other girls, creating slime and playing with more. Unfortunately, she also had her finger cut a little when she put her hand into the slime while 1 of the girls was cutting it and I won at Bingo, my 2nd time at the Salahudeens. :)

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Today is a scheduled break for K's ballet lesson. Last week's was unscheduled and so we didn't have lessons for 2 straight weeks. And because today is scheduled, we planned for a day trip to JB with the eldest brother and SIL. This time, we had Bev join us because she doesn't have any flight.

We had lunch at the usual Japanese restaurant that my brother likes, did some good shopping and had dinner at Nandos.
I managed to buy 2 pairs of working shoes, which were not cheap. But it's a habit already to buy my shoes from that same brand. I've actually cut down on my shopping here by a lot since we travel so often across the causeway nowadays. Why pay so much more? But I guess I also do not shop as much generally since I still have 2 closet, full of clothes! And some not even worn yet.

The only thing I will probably still spend on is for my hair, I guess. Once you find the one who can do magic for your hair, just stick with that person. And that was what I did yesterday. Instead of joining my colleagues for a team-bonding event that the social committee, which I have since stepped down from, I made an appointment with my hair-stylist. 

Anyhow, back to the JB trip. We had fun as usual, came back at about 9pm and I can guess already the 3 of us having a glorious nap after church tomorrow. Lol.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

While I was in the middle of my 2 day course yesterday, K's school called me to say that she was running a fever of 38 point something and asked if I would like them to give her a cold shower. I said yes and told them I'll call them again later to check because I was on course. I messaged the hubs and as usual, he was worried. Eventually he picked her up after her lunch and brought her home.

We did go to the clinic in the evening when the clinic re-opened at 6pm. Dr gave 2 types of meds for the girl's tummy as she had been complaining about stomachache since the day before.

And today, I had to take the day off. And it was such a productive day.

We ran through her work, watched 2 episodes of a Mandarin edutainment show on Toggle, did 2 craft work, did phonics and then went for a walk to the market to have porridge dinner. I had cooked lunch for the 2 of us and then the both of us napped.

I didn't even need to switch on the television for any entertainment.

But still, I do not think I am a SAHM material. Just the 2 of us facing each other 24/7 would drive me crazy and poor girl will suffer. But I'm glad she is cooperative and does her work when we get her to.

So it's a 2 day work-week for me this week......thankfully, the girl is well again.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

I finally decided to pass this bag on. My first bag from this brand and was the first time I spent so much on a handbag for work.
I've been telling myself it has served it's time. It is perhaps no longer in the original colour which I first bought it. Some parts of the fabric are worn because of friction and the insides are dirty. Sentimental, the only bag I carry every Mondays to Thursdays to work. I've got many other bags but do not have the habit of changing. And then I have bags only for weekends.

I tell myself the next time the flyer comes to ask for unwanted items, I should donate this. It is not broken in anyway. As if to justify, I showed the hubs the bag and he says such a pity but I showed him the insides and the parts caused by friction. 

Still has got a long life ahead but first world problems, I can now use my more expensive leather handbag. :p

Goodbye bag. You have served me very well.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

The hubs had a full-day meeting at the workplace today and coincidentally, the girls' ballet lesson is cancelled and will be replaced at the last week of the lessons. 

So I arranged a play-date with her friend from her previous childcare. But of course not without the usual morning chores and lunch for the 2 of us.
Scallop egg noodles with cod fish, carrots etc in chicken stock soup. We bought a tub of this noodles so we will probably be having this whenever it's just the 2 of us. Easy to whip up a dish.

The girl skipped her nap today because the other party was able to meet us at 2pm, which in fact was a bit of a rush for us but we made it in time. But we ended up waiting for them for a good hour! While waiting initially, I was trying to occupy time by visiting the adjoining arcade with K. And ended up letting her play a few. This is a children's arcade and not as noisy as the regular ones which we shunned because of the noise level. I ended up letting the girl into the indoor play area because she was seeing other children going in and out and I wanted to surprise her when her friend eventually comes.

And so they did and it's amazing how some people don't seem to feel bad for turning up so late, past their appointment time. Nevertheless, the mum and I caught up, having not seen each other for at least more than 2 years. The girl's parents are our friends too but so many things have happened to them, we haven't caught up in ages.
The girl and her friend here. It's not that she's puny. Her friend is BIG. Lol. So cute.

In the evening, at the girls' request, we took a double-decked bus and sat upstairs to meet the hubs at the hospital. His Nepalese cousin's wife had given birth to a baby girl. Yay to another baby girl in the family. K has 2 cousins from the hubs' family. Both boys from his immediate brothers. So a girl is especially welcomed by K. 

We left about 1/2 hour later and went for dinner at a nearby food court with the MIL, before sending her home.

K definitely had fun today. First time playing for 2 hours in a indoor playground. Speaking of which, she still has a train ride to take, provided by them, before it expires end of this month.

Friday, 30 June 2017

I managed to score myself a complimentary seat for a terrarium workshop jointly organised by the building management and HPB. I think it's lovely. :)

Monday, 26 June 2017

M has been coming along with us to send the girl for her ballet lessons lately. When lessons start, the hubs, M and I would cross over to the nearby mall to take in the air-condition and window shop. And when it's time to pick the girl up, we usually drive somewhere and have dinner before we send her back to Jerry's.

I guess you can call that time we spend with her now, once a week. Better than none. So, that's what our Saturdays is all about now. Except when there is a ballet break.

And after church yesterday, the 3 of us headed home after lunch so that the girl could nap before the 'guests' arrive. We've asked the eldest brother, the SIL and Tim to come over for dinner. Bev was on flight and M happened to want to pop by too.

It's been a while since we invited the family over. After the 3rd brother's outburst last month, I think family gatherings are going to be uncertain. Anyhow, the girl asked the eldest brother and SIL if they could stay over the night and to her delight, they did.

Yesterday's dinner was roasted wagyu beef, air-fried saba fish, cream of musthroom soup, salad with mozarella balls and the usual pesto pasta. Having a smaller group is easier. I do not have to worry about needing to mop the house when the guests leave because the cooking is not a lot and there's contained mess.
Although the eldest brother and his wife stayed over and intended to go back after lunch today, we ended up spending the whole day together. The girl played memory board game with the 3 adults while I pottered around the house. And then we had lunch at the club.

We went Parkway Parade after lunch because the hubs said that he hasn't been there in ages. And he ended up buying a pair of walking shoes and I threw in a pair of sneakers for the girl. Lol. But now we need to change the girl's to a smaller size because it is way too big!

Anyhow, after shopping, we all went back to their home and stayed till dinner. However, we managed to plan for a holiday together for next year. In fact for 2. That is if they do not change their minds. It'll be fun and I'm so looking forward to it!

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

I was supposed to be attending a 2-day course today and tomorrow. A break from the norm routine. When I arrived, there wasn't anyone in that room that the class was supposed to be conducted in and so I sat at the lounge area eating my hokkaido bake cheese tart. 

It seemed strange because I was there on time and decided to approach the staff only to realise the course has been cancelled last minute because the instructor was sick! While they were trying to reach out to as many participants as they could, they only had my office number and email. I had to do a U-turn, go home change and pick up my office key.

Fair enough, people do fall sick especially with this hot weather. I was perspiring while making my way back home, did a change and out I went again. Hiaz....

Sunday, 18 June 2017

The hubs and I took the afternoon off work on Friday because the girl's school had organised a 'Parents day' event. When I saw the memo in the girl's communication book, I felt that we could pass this. And when she asked, I told her perhaps not but she was so sad and cried. The hubs said that I should not reject her so directly. Fine. Unlike him, I do not know how to beat around the bush. 

The day before the event, K's classmate's mom messaged me to ask if we were going because she wasn't and she also felt bad. Because her son had been sick, she had been taking leave recently too but thankfully, she managed to make it. I agree, this meant so much for them. The children performed a song and dance number and then there were 5 game stations where the child and parent teamed up to play. We ended up winning 2nd prize. The other 2 prize winners were also from her class.

There wasn't any ballet class yesterday and in the morning, the hubs made pancakes for breakfast. We then had lunch at IMM before heading home for a nap. And in the evening, we were off to attend the little nephew-in-law's 1 year old birthday. After several changes, they had decided to use the function hall of the usual relative's condo and there were quite a number of people they had invited. There were quite a few kids too so K had some fun playing with 2 other girls, 1 a year older and another a year younger than her.

After church today, we went to Changi Village for lunch and took a short drive to the coastal area and found the perfect spot where the planes were landing. We were there for just 15 minutes before we left to send the eldest bro and wife home and then home.

Because the girl napped in the car, she didn't at home but the hubs did, as usual. And because he napped, he did not see a message from the youngest bil who had invited us over to their place for dinner. By the time we went, after picking the PILs up, we had dinner at about 8pm. But we all had fun spending time together. :)

Monday, 12 June 2017

Instead of a Monday blues, a lot of us in the office had a 'wake-up' Monday when the charming Norwegian chap who is Manager of our local office announced his resignation and had to leave immediately. It's easy to fall in love with this guy. He is so personable. Now, everyone is hoping his successor is just like him.

On another note, the baking tin that I ordered on-line for our air-fryer arrived today! I only placed the order last Thursday. It looks exactly the same as the one that came with the air-fryer though. I guess I should now line it with foil or baking paper to prevent rough washing from the hubs. Even the innerpot of our rice-cooker wasn't spared but thankfully, not as bad. Check out the used and new version.

I also picked up some clothes I had bought on-line from the store, back at the building where my previous office was. I think it's pms. I bought some clothes for K too last Friday from H&M. Momentary joy.

In the evening, I also managed to hand-over K's balance bike to a buyer and met her and her son at Chinese Garden train station, carrying the clean shining red bike on 1 hand and holding K's hand with the other. Not bad, I only put it up on Saturday.
The hubs wasn't too happy because he said he had promised his 2nd brother that he will pass the balance bike to his baby nephew. But I told the hubs that I feel that they do not deserve it. It just seems that things they receive are of no value to them. The youngest SIL had passed them her son's cot and the 2nd SIL's son is not even 1, they are giving the cot to someone else. Same goes to the stuff I've passed them. A friend had passed them a food steamer and not even a year old yet, they have passed it down. The SIL commented to me why do they seem to be in such a hurry to 'get rid of things'. 

They are celebrating their son's 1 year old birthday this Saturday. It makes me very curious because they have quite a guest list while for the MIL's joint birthday with another relative last month, this same BIL told the 2 brothers that he will not be able to put in his share because of his situation. Aka not holding a proper full-time job. 

We actually bought the boy a gift for his birthday but I guess, I'll keep it for Christmas. Like what the youngest SIL said, just give them ang-pow. Anyway, the money from the sale of the balance bike, I passed it back to the hubs...since in his own words, he bought it.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

We visited a book fair on Friday after dinner at the clubhouse. Thankfully it was not crowded, unlike the bookfairs which my father used to bring us when we were younger. There was also the IT fair going on which was pulling in the crowds. We ended buying 6 more activity books for K and will start her on them once we are done with the current lot. 

K enjoys doing them and in fact, always asks to do more when I say that we can stop. Although I've missed that age of 3-4 years where they say their brains are like sponges, I hope to be able to catch up on teaching her and having her get used to the idea of learning. Some children do not adjust well to formal education because doing homework and reading up is so foreign to them. Even K's childcare teacher shared the same thoughts as me. 

We had PTM on Saturday morning but the hubs was unable to join us because he had a course at work. On the whole, it is a good report and the teacher commented that K's memory is not what I thought it to be, thankfully. It was even indicated on the report, that she has good memory! (Whut?!)

We went for Mac breakfast, went home, ran through work with her, prepared lunch and then made her take her nap. The hubs, who was supposed to be on a course the whole day actually left half-way through and came home. So our train journey to ballet lessons had to be cancelled because the official chauffeur was back.

While waiting for K to finish her ballet, the hubs and I took a walk around the pasar malam beside the CC and then because of the hot, hot weather, I ended up getting a migraine. K wasn't any better. She had complained of a headache after waking up from her nap and didn't want to attend ballet. We did anyway and instead of going out, we drove back home after ballet. While she lied down, I did too and did it from almost 6pm to today. Although I did wake up for a short while in the evening to help the hubs a bit when K threw up. 

We woke up pretty early today because we all slept so early and I quickly put K's laundry to wash. Otherwise she will have no uniform come Monday. But the hubs decided we should not attend church because the girl was still feverish and complained of a headache especially when she walks. It was quite bad on Saturday when she cried and pounded her temples. Thankfully for me, I felt so much better.

In fact, we were able to attend the Victor's eldest daughter's 'confirmation' lunch although we were late. 

Came home late afternoon, rested a while and then we went IMM for dinner. Hopefully, the fever and headache goes away for K although she now complains about sore throat. Sigh....I blame it on the weather.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

We are now in the middle of the year. And K is 5, in K1. She goes up to K2 next year and before we know it, she's in for formal education. I feel like I have no time or rather she is running against time to prepare herself for Primary 1.

Thankfully, I have been pretty disciplined in sitting down with her after dinner and going through 'assessment books' which I call activity books with her. They are so fun and are more of an activity than the assessment books of yond. I can instruct her with what to do and then go hang the laundry and she calls out to me when she's done. I'm so thankful for now, she's disciplined and honest like that.

But she also forgets what I taught her even after doing it 1234 times. When we relax on some days, it gets even worse. At times, I raise my voice and then feel bad. I tell myself 1234 times too that she's only 5 and still learning. That's why they can ask you to read the same book every other day. Repetition, refresh and remind. But she's smart too..she picks up quickly. She can read fairly well now.

But I worry if we have enough prep time and if I'm doing enough. I do not send her for any enrichment classes at all. I do not see the need to when I can guide her at home. I want to be the one to teach her as much as I can. She is my responsibility and until that day comes when I fail to be able to teach her then there's really no choice by then. 

I just hope I'm worrying too much.

Monday, 29 May 2017

The girl had her 4th ballet class on Saturday. We enrolled her at the CC at CCK because most, if not all the CCs convenient to us have Sunday ballets. I've been on a search for one that falls on Saturdays and finally, after a long while. If the hubs is not available, the girl and I can take about a 15 minute train ride and the community centre is just opposite the train station. It's spanking new too. At the moment it works well for us and even without a car, which I foresee by next year. Let's see if the girl continues on her ballet journey and of course, the most important thing is, that she enjoys it.

After ballet on Saturday, we went to the hubs' cousin's new place. He has bought a resale condo in the east because he does not qualify to buy HDB as his wife is not PR and is expecting. They had a momo session and both K and her cousin had fun kneading and rolling the dough. We left at about 9ish, after my repeated urging to the hubs. I still do not like to have K sleep too late past her usual bedtime, which was the routine during our cruise and she fell sick after that.

We didn't have church yesterday which is really an exception because the eldest brother was taken ill. I was quite worried because he hardly falls sick so we bought lunch and went over. We spent some time there and Bev also happened to return from her Hong Kong flight and played with K for a while. The brother is a lot better now, thankfully.

And today at work, the cleaning auntie and a finance colleague gave me ba zhang! My lunch was settled. I love the zhang M used to make but unfortunately, she's not up to all these now. Thankfully she's still her active self, going out with friends and all. 

Thursday, 25 May 2017

I am quite troubled, worried and whatever way you put it.

Anna has been borrowing from me and started off with few thousands which she has paid up but I always have to be the one to ask for it. Last year, she came to me again. This time because she was setting up her catering business and being the salesperson that she is, made it sound like a sure-earn venture.

Initially I resisted and even told her why. I felt like a blardy loan-shark hounding on her ALL THE TIME for the repayment. But she was almost begging, promising it won't happen, she will pay me at least $10k every month and will pay up by September 2016. But as of today, she still owes me A LOT of money. 

I've kept the whatsapp conversation between us. She even signed several IOUs for each loan  and I've got records of my loan transfer to her. But all I ask for now is her to start repaying me after stopping for almost a year! I really think I need legal advise how I can recover my money back from her.

The hubs says he will create trouble for her blah blah blah. But what's the use? Will it bring my money back in an instant? I don't care if her reputation is spoilt, I just want my money back. I am surprised by the hubs who thinks of silly things sounding like an uneducated person. Even if she is threatened, what if she decides to file for bankruptcy? That's even worse right?

Oh please, return me my moolah! And yes, I am totally disgusted by what are some of the responses Anna has been giving me. Friendship? She ruined it herself.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

K's teacher called the hubs late Monday afternoon to inform him that her temperature was high. And he gave them the go-ahead to bathe her again. By the time he picked her up, it was almost like the usual time he would, only earlier by a bit. I met them at the clinic after work and we waited for the Dr to come in.

On hindsight, K was actually already running a fever on Sunday, when we returned home from church. When I was lying with her for our afternoon nap, she already felt hot but I decided to wait till later to decide. I thought it could be because of the hot weather that we've been getting. When she woke up, she complaint of a tummyache, leg pain and she did still feel hot. And she was whiny. We brought her down for a stroll, in her stroller, came home, gave her a dose of panadol and that was it.

Monday morning, she was fine so our regular routine started again. That was until the school called. K's temperature was around 38 degrees. No appetite, just like on Sunday but she claimed to have eaten in school. Dr felt her tummy and said it's likely constipation. K did not poo only since Sunday but well, since that's what the Dr says.

So I took the Tuesday off work. I allowed K to play in her tub, a hand-me-down which she never used as a baby, after her bathing her. While she was home with me, I still managed to get her to do some work and cooked lunch for the both of us. Pity her appetite is not completely back.
In the evening, she was talking to me while I was cooking and suddenly she said 'Mummy, nose bleed.' And there was quite a bit of blood. Not just a trickle. Thankfully as sudden as it came, it stopped as well. Still no poo after medicine and she was still running a temperature. We decided to go for a walk after dinner because the house was so hot and the 2 of us were kept in-doors the whole day. The hubs bought a papaya and some fruits. Thankfully, the poo made an appearance after K had some papaya.

So it was the hubs turn to take the day off, on Wednesday because the girl was still running a temperature. The whole day that they were at home, the hubs only got the girl to do 2 pages of Chinese writing. Faint. But the girl was a lot better by the evening.

And guess what happened next?! The 2 of them were playing after dinner and in the midst of 'escaping' from her daddy, K turned around trying to avoid the coffee table but hit the storage bench instead! 

Not only did she wail with blood oozing out from her lower lip, the hubs was almost wailing too! Aiyo. I had to stop him and immediately sprang into action. I got sugar and the girl, was so afraid of the pain, resisted us applying the sugar on her lips. So I had to say the tissue the hubs was holding was full of blood, and indeed it was, and needs to be changed. So swiftly, I dabbed the new tissue with sugar and the hubs applied it on her lips. It was quite a cut but thankfully, after the sugar and icing the area, the bleeding did stop. Phew.Praise God, we didn't have to visit the A&E.

This is truly an eventful week and it does not stop here. Sigh.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

We are just back from our almost 5 days cruising vacation with the Royal Caribbean on Voyager of the Seas. It is a Dreamworks cruise so we took quite a bit of photos with Mr & Mrs Shrek and some of the characters from Madagascar.

I have to say it's very tiring, sleeping late and waking up early. We did make use of the drop-off for K where she enjoy about an hour each the 2 times she went. A young family who stayed in the next room left their 2 kids in the drop-off almost the entire cruise and it was the kids who actually requested for it! As if childcare was not enough. K seems to inherit my love for the theatre for she enjoyed the few shows we caught and we even watched the ice-skating show twice.

We went on our own to Penang and Phuket for a couple of hours. Phuket being the longer day. We experienced intermittent rain at both places.

Although we escaped the local school holiday crowd, we encountered a crowd of another kind which pissed the hubs off a lot! But on the whole, I reckon we will still go on a cruise if time and money allows. :)

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

We didn't do much over the May Day long weekend.

We did, though, give a surprise to the eldest brother on his birthday on Friday. The eldest brother had mentioned a few times during the day to the eldest SIL that he thinks K will video call him later in the evening and then we turned up instead. The eldest SIL could not keep it from him much longer because they both went to buy dinner and the eldest brother was asking her why buy so much but upon knowing that we will be at their place, kept asking her to buy more. Lol. I bought a cake on my way to their place.

We went out on Saturday evening for the hubs to buy his new mobile. I spent the day doing the usual Saturday morning chores and finally mopping the house after 2 weeks of not doing so. 

We went to the airport with them after lunch on Sunday, to give Bev a surprise. She is now a full fledged Singapore girl and was returning from Seoul. We then sat down for a drink and some for awhile before sending them back and heading home.

And on May Day itself, the hubs decided to visit his mother and so we arranged to meet the 2nd BIL and family there. The 3 of us had dim-sum breakfast before heading to the PIL's place and when the BIL came, the hubs and him went to buy lunch. I brought along a disc for the girl to watch, that the FIL had recorded for K,  a kids edu-tainment show that was airing during the week days. 

K had her baby cousin to play with while I was basically bored and wanted to nap. We left for home about 4 hours later and while the hubs and I managed to nap, the girl, took forever to do so! It's a replay since Saturday! Even in the evenings, she in bed at 9ish but ends up sleeping an hour later!

It's back to work today....*yawns* but 5 more days for our short get-away! Yay!

Thursday, 27 April 2017

I finally did it. After 6 years.

Some 2 weeks back when I visited the salon to have my hair done, the flipping of my hair exposed quite a bit of white hair, which were otherwise nicely hidden below the top of my thick mane. I have been diligently plucking the white hairs off whenever I see them, in my bathroom. So Tuesday's follow-up appointment at the salon was to bring to a stop my hesitation to colour my otherwise black hair.

6 years. Since I found out I was expecting till now.  Other than perming, I refused to colour my dark and very black hair. But being the conscious me, I scolded the hubs for not telling me that my whites could now be seen. My hair stylist gave me a colour and highlights. We love the results and I think I look very nice with coloured hair but I have to add it is not without sadness to lose my au naturel hair colour. So much emotions! Hahaha...but I've been maintaining for 6 years! No mean feat for someone who used to colour her hair every so often and in different shades each time.

Well, looks like now I've got more maintaining to do. That is the touch-ups when my black root shows. Anyhow, this is really my only indulgence now. I do not do as much shopping as I used to. But oh, the hours seated in the salon....that's another story.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

On Saturday, the hubs' distant cousin organised a birthday celebration for her step-mum as well as for the hubs' mother, both turning 70 this month. The hubs had gone off to pick his parents before coming back for us. I brought the girl down to play a little at the playground but the hubs arrived shortly after.

It was a lunch celebration at the clubhouse and I had insisted to the hubs that we leave at 3pm but of course, as usual, we never do leave early. After the lunch celebration, we all proceeded back to the home of the relative and thankfully, I have the youngest SIL to talk with. We eventually left at about 4ish and not without the MIL looking at me intently everytime the hubs came to talk to me about waiting a bit more. At the dining table where the seniors were all playing cards, I said to let his mother stay and not rush her if she wants to continue playing. Even the FIL commented that she was wishy-washy. After I came back up from the toilet, the MIL was staying because the 2nd BIL would send her back. At 1 point, I actually asked the hubs why his mother kept staring at me while he was talking to me. Irritating much!

After church on Sunday, the 3 of us rushed off to attend another birthday party. This time for a little girl turning 4. The girl, whose sister's 1 year old birthday recently, had zero guests turning up except for family, The White wife and us. But this time, there were more as they invited the girl's friends from her childcare and the venue was at a indoor play centre where K enjoyed herself with imaginary play.

When the party was over, we proceeded to the Victors'.They had asked us and invited another family for Easter dinner. After dinner, Gaye hid some chocolate eggs and had the few kids search for them in the girls' room. K would not have found any if not for the elder Victor girl's help at all. Lol.

Then she was given some more by the White wife and Gaye. Her first exposure to the commercial world of Easter.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Being the Good Friday week and having to take 1/2 the day off on Monday to bring the girl for her eye assessment made the week feel even shorter. 

The hub's bff asked us out to dinner with another 2 families. One of which is back on a holiday from UK where the husband is from and another is actually is a senior girl from my alma mater who has just returned from the States with her family. Initially looking forward to it, I didn't feel like going in the end and besides, being the non-social person that I am, felt that I hardly knew the 2 ladies which is true. So after dinner with us yesterday, the hubs went on his own. By the time he left the house, it was almost 8pm. Too late for K by then because she would have to report to her bed by 9ish.

This Good Friday morning, like every other Good Friday, we went to my father's grave in memory of him. It was just M, the eldest bro and his wife, the hubs, myself and K. For a moment, we were just looking at the tombstone when K asked what were we doing there. Hahahha...my father passed away at 51 years. Still young. 3 of my brothers are past that age now. 

We went for lunch after that and all went home after because we all felt so tired! 

In the evening, M came over to join us for dinner and I steamed promfret, stir-fried beef with carrots and fried 1 veg. Good thing we had M over because the promfret was so big that I had her bring the balance home and she said she will mix it for her lunch porridge the next day. :)

Monday, 10 April 2017

Few weeks back, a team from HPB was at K's childcare to conduct eye-checks, weight/height checks etc. It will be a yearly program from now on, similar to what we used to have in primary school last time. 

After the checks, we were given a letter recommending that we bring K for further eye assessment and according to her own words, her left eye was blur. Coincidentally, her good friend's right eye was blur too. The boy's mother and I exchanged several text messages and we rescheduled both our child's appointment but not on the same day. We were initially given a morning slot but preferred the pm slot so we can have the rest of the 1/2 day off free.

So, K's appointment was for today and she was showing signs of anxiety when we walked towards the room for her further eye checks. She has no idea what to expect and asked if they were going to inject her eyes. (!) When her number was called, she had to go in alone but it was what I had imagined. She will look through the eye-check machine for a more comprehensive reading. I could see another child in the room too but was going through another test. After about 10 minutes, the staff brought her out and told us, K's eye-sight is normal. Phew....although I was hoping that the school check was simply being cautious, I sort of resigned myself to the fact that we may need to get prescription classes for her. After all, it is genetics too.

I asked the staff why was it that the school check recommended that we go for further assessment and was told that it could be due to several factors. Like distraction. I would say influence, more like it because the other child went for the eye-check first and came out telling her his right eye was blurry. This I clarified with her. Anyway, at least our fears are now allayed.

Anyhow, since we have taken 1/2 the day off and the check was done very fast, I already made prior appointment at the hair salon and off I went while the hubs spent time with the girl. While they were at the library, the hair-stylist told me that she had some time and was able to do K's hair and so they joined me and K had her hair cut. I feel that she looks cuter with short hair but too mature with long hair so I had the stylist cut it. The hubs later told me that K kept looking at herself in the mirror at home and commenting that her hair is so short. Lol.

I spent 5 hours at the salon and by the time I reached home, the hubs was already patting K to sleep. I've made another appointment at the salon and this time, to colour my hair. It's been more than 6 years since I've done so.