Friday, November 28, 2008

Transient Pet

Once awhile, one, two or three will drop by chomping away. Not wanting it to disfigure the little lime plant further, these little morphs are picked up, fed and kept. This one transformed after 6 days of reorganising in the cocoon.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


when provoked, the mind churns. A whiff of freshly brewed coffee, brings the yearn. Seeping Gingerly into the mind. That lingering want of a sip. A familiar tune and the mind transports back to the memories that had accompanied that sound. Took out my handmade apron, (which every girl had to make in primary 6) to show the girls and suddenly all the memories of my secondary days in the cookery room came flooding back.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Changes in the family routine comes next year. While the two teenagers await the results to their next phase in life, youngest will be in her final year of the primary education. But for now, it's the annual family getaway to Penang starting this weekend. A pit stop to visit the paternal grands before heading further north to the maternal grands.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Full of plastic

Upon being asked, his usual calm & cool composure turned to Panic. Frantically searching for the most important card. The Identity card. With a wallet full of cards, it takes time. Sieving through especially when it's slotted between two tacky cards.
Look into any purse/wallet, and there's the Identity card, the driving licence, the cashcard card (2 in just case) the Mrt/bus card(child & adult), the Library cards, the many retails/medical/supermarkets/bookshops/ restaurants/clubs cards and finally the bank cards. No wonder, it's credit payments. Just no place for cash and coins!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Green kitchen

Some new homes these days come without, if you so choose. After all if it's just reheating, there is really no need for a kitchen. However, here in our home, it's a place I spent the most time in. Cooking, learning, chatting and listening. Equipped with bookshelves, sound machines and most recently the laptop. In earthly colours of rustic green with woody brown trimming on country cream counter upon terracotta flooring tiles. Some days eldest would sit in the corner studying. Today, is no book day for her. Spent the morning in the cooking lab making cookies with youngest. With last paper on thursday, this must be the longest month.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Giving eldest a lift to school one day, two years ago, she was amused that both her daughter and eldest have the same chinese name in the same class. Then graciously she offered to pick eldest up every morning. And so she did. Some mornings with breakfast as she and her daughter nooch in the car, so would eldest. A load of my tight morning schedule. Feeling guilty, at every appropriate festive season, a goody bag would be presented as a token of appreciation. During this 'A' level period, she is driving the two girls to & back. Truly a remarkable kind soul. Am indebted to her. Hope she likes this crystal Vase.

Friday, November 14, 2008


Both the girls cried foul. On reading the headline, 'Malaysian worker killed after being attacked by white tigers at the zoo' (link) it gives strong impression that the tigers escaped from the enclosure and attacked a man. My sentiments the same. The wild beasts were defamed.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


For want of a book to read my stress away, I stumble upon this by Meg Hutchinson writing on her growing up years in the Black Country, England in the 1920s. The hardship of her mother raising 5 children surviving on picking coals and pittance dole as her father wears the soles out walking from place to place looking for employment, any job. How the entire carcass is polished off. "The only part of a pig you can't eat is its grunt." Even the bones became boney pies. It's about creative, honest, frugal and dignified living. An apt reminder for the days ahead.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Reading & Watching

Youngest wanted to watch the movie, 'Sing to the Dawn'. Reluctantly I agreed but not before she reads the book first. Eagerly she devoured the book within days. Previously in Harry Potter's first two movies and Charlotte's Web, she had done the same and found it more anticipating.
And so last saturday, a welcome request, when her school friend wanted to watch the movie with youngest. A first for her. Going to the movies with her friend. Of course, not before purchasing their tickets and dropping them off at the cinema and dutifully picking them up after the movie.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Easy Peasy

Easy peasy lemon squeezy,
orange jelly macroni
chocolate candy almond toffee
'A' is proofing much too tough for eldest as she trudge through. Sleeping and waking up at ungodly hours for last minute absorption into the already saturated sponge. Another two more weeks to go.

Thursday, November 06, 2008


Being a curious cat, when opportunity arise during a conversation, I would encourage and prod further on the subject discussed. Many a times into a one sided Q &A session. What intrigue me most, the huge wealth of knowledge and experience of life. The trials and tribulations of ones lifetime that mold the person into what, where and who he is today. It's sheer fascination how every individual steer their one life through turbulence, survived and many a times coming out stronger and wiser.
Want to spent more time listening and hopefully writing their marvelous journey for all to read.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

On the 44th

"When you wish upon a star, Makes no difference who you are," and in the United States of America this has come true for one man Mr Obama. And in the most trying times.