Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
And so we, Shan and I went for the movie at balestier on saturday while the rest opted for "Night in the museum". I was quite apprehensive at first but, to my surprise it actually turn out to be a delight. Dakota Fanning makes all the difference. A simple heart warming story of an unlikely friendship.
I am glad I went for the show. Yes, the movie had followed the book as close as possible except for the crows. They were not in the book.
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Friday, December 22, 2006
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
Well, it does not work. I should know. Dad drove me to school during my secondary school years. The air was tense while dad inch his way through the jam. I would keep very quiet so as not to distract his attention. My heart would thump harder on days that I was late. Through no fault of mine but the traffic of course.
Truly not a time to listen, reflect or advise.
On the contrary, action speaks louder than words.
Spending time wrapping the child's textbooks and writing their names for them on all the textbooks and exercise books is one way my dad showed his pride for his children.
Personal touch goes a long way.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Friday, December 15, 2006
Thursday, December 14, 2006
He finally agreed to an aranged marriage after all the siblings were able to established themselves.
However, the Tan clan family photo was still not complete. Never managed to yet. 1st aunt left Penang to Hong Kong in the 70s while 5th aunt to Uk for nursing. 2nd aunt was given away and now residing in Ireland, 4th aunt seattled down in the States while 4th uncle received the Colombo plan to further his studies in Germany. 6th uncle is now station in Shanghai while 7th has just retired from the Singapore airforce. This time around 1st uncle and 7th uncle 1st, 2nd,4th and 5th aunt could not make it back.
I remembered when grand ma and grand pa died 25 years ago not all made it back.
Needless to say the cousins are scattered all over. Some I have not seen for the last 20 years.
Monday, December 04, 2006
Schools of mantra rays swimming around the touching pool has my 9 year old daughter all excited as the mantra rays actually swims up to your hand.
Lunch at the beach was indeed another experience. Having a cool cloud weather helped. It was a delightful lunch by the beach watching children play. Prices were to my surprise reasonable and the food actually taste Good. Especially the indian fare.
I am glad I took up my daughter's strong request to see the rays in sentosa. Despite of all the works and the upgrading that is...
Thursday, November 30, 2006
I have no sympathies for these reckless drivers.Weaving through heavy traffic, cutting in and out of lane without prior signalling, tailgate when cars are driving within the road speed and most of all running red lights. I too had been victim of one of these impatient, road weaving youngsters. They should be taught a lesson. Not only do they endanger their lives, they are responsible to the lives of other road users. A life is taken, the driver get away with a fine and ban from driving for 2 to 3 years. Is this enough to wake them up. Be more responsible?
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Indeed life as in fashion is a merry go round. Take the latest spec craze. It's now back to thick bold coloured frames. That was in the 60s.
The realisation of the satisfaction and pride nurturing young ones especially when they are your own. Who better than the educated mum to explain to them the wonders of nature, the fabric of life and importance of culture custom and religion.
Sunday, November 26, 2006
As for MDS, he is scrubbing his fingers raw. He does nothing but scrubbing the baking tins, trays and all the washing no one wants to do at the bakery.
Monday, November 13, 2006
Friday, November 10, 2006
It has been a week now since MDS started his part time work. Comes back from work, Plong!! on the couch exhausted but full of stories to tell of his 6 hours of serving, cleaning, mopping, serving, cleaning and packing. His lesson so far "must be seen busy Always. Look for something to keep one busy All the time otherwise you risk being reprimanded as lazy"
Monday, November 06, 2006
After spending a week at home lounging around, MDS has gotten himself a part time job. At a nearby bakery. He started work this morning. This is definately better than the previous year where he spend 10 days moving around singapore selling book mark for donation. Me, a mean mum to encourage him to work? No. I think not. The school system in singapore has kept many students very busy 1st thing in the morning and staying back till late afternoon. Suddenly to have so much time in hand is definately hard to kill. On computer games, lounging in front of the television set, going for more enrichment courses or loafing around the malls is definately not my kind of programmes during the much deserved break. I am proud that he actually made an effort to look for a part-time job. I do hope he'll have the will power to stay on.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
MDD is going nuts with anything and everything Korean!!! The latest being the korean serial on the tube every night at 7 p.m.
What draws the masses into a new culture?
The suave looking guys, the saccharine sweet pixie faced gals or the heart rendering tunes
The old familiar fairytale like story?
From J pop to K pop. What's next I pop?
Monday, October 30, 2006
It's true, our beloved nation is slowly being invaded by bugs. Can be found everywhere!!! Biggest tell tale sign, trails of synthetic exoskeleton found literally eveywhere as they molt into enormous cute rotunds. Due to lack of active self clean up ability, they are apt to grow into even bigger size. How did it happen?
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Time is the culprit!!!!
You miss the bus, late for work be reprimanded , your promotion may be at stake. All because you took time to greet your neighbour whom you have not seen for ages.
Late and the driver will be chided for not keeping the scheduled time, keeping all the other commuters waiting. All because the kind bus captain waited patiently for a commuter on the other side of the road to catch the bus
Late and you'll never find a parking space, pacing from table to table looking for a seat at the hawker centre. Finally to stand in the long long queue just to get a quick bite for lunch. All because you were gracious enough not to squeeze into a sardine packed lift at lunch time.
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Saturday, October 14, 2006
With less then 5 days before the 'O' level exam commence, most secondary 4 students are taking a break and going shopping. JC shopping. MDD visited most of the top JC to, get a feel of the atmosphere, the enviroment and the Toilets & libraries!!
Most JCs are having their open house today and tomorrow.
Putting on the best performances, are the CCAs, the students leaders and also the teachers.
With this, the students get a better idea on where they would like to continue their next two years of education.
With this, too students will, hopefully, work even harder to attain the require points to enter the JC of their choice.
Amazing how times have change.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Apart but then again not quite. The latest parting arrangement here in singapore. Legally divorced couples are staying under the same roof.
The modern DINK financial savy couples, it's head over heart. To disposal of the matrimonial home when and only when the property fetches a substantial profit.
While in another case, he pays the mortgage of the property and the household expenses, while she still provides the household services.
The full time mum, with no personal income, no personal savings she can only untangle herself from the legal obligation of a marriage.
Are full time mums making the right choice in life?
To depend on the husband to provide for her every need while she, devote her time on the children.
When things of wrong, what has she to be once again independant?
Once again to be depended on the ex-husband for the maintenance ?
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Being the youngest, she is a joy. My source of hugs and kisses. A great companion, keeping me informed with chatters. Most of all, always there to lend a hand when it comes to carting the groceries.
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
"Jamie brought a puzzle game to school today.
For 50 cents, Valeria and I get to play with the game during recess"
Have been pondering since.
Is this, entrepreneur in the making.
Should this be encouraged?
Then when does sharing begins?
When does the lesson of humanity begins?
Monday, September 25, 2006
As soon as new shoots emerge from the plant, Mrs butterfly will carefully deposit her eggs on the underside of the tender succulent leaf. The last time, the whole plant was stripped bare by just 4 caterpillars. The result, immense delight on the childrens' faces, seeing butterflies emerging out of the cocoons.
This time round, just as the plant is taking shape, one egg was found on sunday.
This morning, the cater pillar has emerged.
Will it be the kaffir or the butterfly?
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Monday, September 18, 2006
Saturday, September 16, 2006
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
My craving has been nothing but healthy all along. I just found out today. When St cinnamon, was still around, I would always grab two traditional cinnnamon buns for lunch that's until I saw how huge a butter dollop they diligent placed on the flatten dough before rollingup kneading it. I stopped. Much too fattening!!!
And an apple pie to finish off a scrumptious dinner. Esp when the pastry simply melts in the mouth.
Cinnamon has been found to help the body become more sensitive to the insulin produced by itself. Boosting the mechanism of dealing with sugar by as much as 20 times.This write up by micro biologist Pooja Vig can be found in the ST sept 13 of the MYB pg.17
One night, Tab instinctively woke up, the smell of rain in the air. The drain will be flooded in no time. Quickly she grabbed one at a time by the mouth, off she went looking for a temperorily shelter. Hastily, she deposited 1st born under a covering.
Next morning, Tab was rudely woken by a *beep* just above her. Quick out of the hideout. One at a time she shuttled them away. To her horror, upon her 3rd trip back to the spot, laid in the middle of the parking lot little kitty in a pool of blood.
Monday, September 11, 2006
Saturday, September 09, 2006
Out with the lap cheong, the fishcake and sausages
For colour it's the bag of mix vegetable
Heat up the heavy base wok till the water drops dance on the surface
Few quick dash of oil, in goes the an egg or two
Then the lap cheong, fishcake and sausages
Hmm... so fragrant now the rice goes in
A swift saute in goes the mix vegetable
A dash of dark soya, light soya. pepper
Fried rice for lunch.
Friday, September 08, 2006
300g of glutinous rice flour
2 tbsp of tapioca flour
200ml of pandan juice in water
Mix it, knead it , roll it into bite size balls, stuff a pc of gula melaka inside.
Drop them into the boiling water. As they float to the top, pick them up tumble them over the white grated coconut.
And What do you get? Ondeh ondeh of course!! My favourite nyonya dessert. If you like it cold pop them into the fridge. Promise it won't harden.
A busy friday in the kitchen with Shan.
After a day in the kitchen having a popping time, its the library the next day. Today it's the swimming pool. Spending time with Shan on this short break while keeping the house very quiet. Twinkle toe is turning into a recluse studying for her 'O' level prelimary exam, starting on monday next. Tomorrow? Ah...she is having her table tennis practise then zoomm.... off to her ballet.
Monday, September 04, 2006
Add the corn into the pan cover the lid turn fire on low and listen. After about 20 *pops* open the lid, Yikes!!! disaster. Most of the corns have not only not popped but burnt.
2nd try. Listen for the *pops* Same result!
Hurried to the world wide web for help.
3rd try. Only this time, 2 table spoon oil was added as instruced(silly me, should have known better). Then the corn. Listen for the *pops* Still burnt but this time more popped!! Guess, the instruction was not explicit enough or my corns were not fresh.
Nevertheless, I had great encouragement from the children who took handfulls each time they walk pass the popcorn bowl.
Thursday, August 31, 2006
This happens when bacteria creeps into the nock and crany of the broken jagged nails. Invades broken skin around the nail.
Telltale signs includes
Redness, Warmth, Swelling and Pain.
Hand infection such as necrotising fasciitis, starts as a skin infection and spreads and spreads resulting in skin loss. Skin grafting may be required or worst amputation.
My son is an insistent nail biter!!! What am I going to do? *sigh*
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Monday, August 28, 2006
In The sunday times yesterday. 1 set of parents in a 2 bathroom 3 bedroom maisonette no maid (I assume) has 4 lovely girls and 4 strapping boys provide 3 square meals minus unhealthy MacD and KFC with 5 pairs of hands to cart the groceries in 10 bikes divided by 10 users equates to
A family of love laughter and fun. My heartfelt admiration to the Kwok family in Pasir Ris.