Saturday, April 30, 2016

What to do when your car is due for scrap.. Memories of xiaohei

You know the absence of some things make your heart ache. And losing you is one of them. 

You are one of the most memorable things in our life as you came into our life  at a important time. Right after we came back from our honeymoon. You were there.. A black knight in shinning armour waiting for us to pick u up.

You were there at our wedding.. you were there since when I conceive Isa.. You were here to shuttle me for all the pregnancies to the doctor.. You were there to bring me home when I'm so tired after a long day.. You were there to bring me to my favourite places.. You were always there on every single occasion..

But after today.. You will not be here anymore as we bade our last goodbye to you at the scrap yard on 30/04. Tears welled up in my eyes a little. But I had to bit my lips hard and fight back the tears. I don't even want to think I bear to see you being scraped! I think I'm one of the silliest person in the world to be so emo over a car. Or maybe tell me I'm not alone. It had been a jolly good ten years.

We have been calling her xiaohei (meaning Blackie) all these while. And only recently Dora has been calling her Xiao hei hei.. I'm sure I'm not alone to bear sending xiaohei for scrap.

What a journey.

By the way.. Ever wonder what u need to do before u scrap a car? Here are the simplified step by step administrative work you need to do before you proceed to drive your car to the scrap yard. I would recommend you should do this about 2-3 weeks ahead of the last day in which your car is due for scrap.

1. Apply for a PIN at for scrapping  your car. You should receive this PIN in your mail in about a week or so.
2. Settle all outstanding payments of the car. You need to go to your financial company (whether it's the bank or other financial company).
3. Call them the next day to make sure they release this thing called Form B. This is a very important as this procedure might take DAYS...... We called the bank like 3 times just to make sure it is done.
4. Look for the appointed scrap yards on the LTA website. 
5. Documents to bring along when u surrender the car at the scrap yard. 
- identify card, your PIN and a form to scrap the car (you can get a soft copy of this at the LTA website)
6. Say goodbye to the car!! Rem take some pictures at the scrap yard!
7. You will receive a stack of documents from the admin at the scrap yard office to tell you how to actually encash your the PARF value of the car at the LTA website, a letter to cancel your season parking and etc. 
8. Mulled over the scrap car just like me :(

And here was our finale goodbye.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A new milestone..Starting school at 18months old+

"Mama.. are you I am going to school soon?"

maybe if I pretend to be a princess, can I dont go?

Or is it a better idea for me to be a prince charming?

I think the teacher dont like if someone is too glutton right?

And I think I am too cheeky for school!

"Wait mama.. Did u say I'm going to school next week?"

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

One day short of 18 months..

Actually lil I has been taking a few steps by himself since 14mths or so  but it was only until yesterday that our littlest one decided that walking is a new freedom!
I smell more trouble soon! 

Way to go my little one!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Tween.. what?

Since the beginning of the year, I have a feeling that I am losing the grip with my eldest. I just could not pinpoint to what I was searching for. For a moment I thought I was being too harsh.. for a moment I think I was being too lenient.

Maybe it is the time that we spent were getting lesser, maybe he was getting less attention, maybe he was fighting for more freedom *gasp*.. 
whatever it is.. I know I am losing grip of this person in which I used to call him "the little man"..
Perhaps he is just showing budding symptoms of a tween! Like they always say that this man is a mature little man since from a young age.

so fast!!!

One of those nights at Daiso w the boys.
Love their matchy tees

At U Picnic about 3 weekends ago.

At legoland 2 weekends ago. Love it when the two of them show so much love for each other.

At the airport T3.

Slowly little man.. slowly.. I know you will be a fine man one day.

Friday, March 18, 2016

One last minute surprise for the kids.. Legoland Malaysia..

It was a rather hasty and last minute decision between 3 mummies that all (almost) their kids ended up with a good surprise to Legoland!

And in order to save the hassle of driving, we booked a Malaysia MPV to come fetch us at 745am (yawnnn) as we were worried of the holidays-anticipated-jam along the causeway.

And so after an hour of jam and after breakfast, we reached Legoland at 10.30am!


Isa very enthusiastic about car rides this time.

 Isa in action! Here we go!
We waited an average of 30 minutes for the ride. But I would say you would need enough manpower and some strategies to go Q for a ride.

This is like the best souvenir for the kiddos.
And anyone knows what is class D?

Dora in da shark.

Mei mei.. you must learn how to dramatise more like Papa..

Dora and I in the boat ride!
See the tomato face?
Love our similar haircut :D

And someone is tall enough for MANY rides..

Liked I always say.. I will never save on this rental for strollers.
We rented one despite bringing one of our own.
And here it is, the single one will cost you RM$40 for a single and you are required to pay a deposit of another RM$40.
Doubles would cost RM$80 and deposit as followed.

And spinning cups make the children so happy!
And one of our strategies is when we have enough manpower, not all adults have to be on the rides?

At the entrance of some dungeons.
And dont ask me why Isa is posing such.

Dora is just into posing into a muscle girl.

And post lunch rain made me whip out raincoat.
And so another strategy is to bring raincoats for the kids as umbrellas are heavy to carry.
Isa was trying to swallow the mist from the fans nearby.

And so Dora followed korkor "swallowing" the mist.
But mei.. there is no mist.

Love the miniland section of Legoland.
And we literally combed only half of it as we only had about 5 hours for it as our transport came and picked up at 4pm and this includes lunch.
I would say quite a achievement for us.
Till the next round for more updated pictures.

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Some parenting experiences that we face..

Situation 1: food before meal 

Just one of those afternoons in the car that the kids decided to share a burger... Before dinner. 

What would you do?

Say no? We say "yes of course!" Anything to make the kids happy. Apparently this dream burger not only make the kids happy, they still had their dinner after that. 

Situation 2: the girl who is crazy about cutting

Another typical Saturday that Dora decided that cutting was going to the activity of the day.

What would you do?

We said yes of course. As long as safety is not compromised and she is supervised. Why not right?

Situation 3: celebrating birthdays and sharing love with someone who is not related to you

There may be people who don't celebrate their birthdays.

What would you do?

In fact we celebrated our helper's birthday just recently. Her 4th with us. Very thankful for her presence in our house really. And sometimes we don't need birthdays to remind us that we have to show our appreciation towards that person. We always tell our children our helper Auntie is our family member although she is not related to us by blood. 

Situation 4: Teach the kids to "fight"?

Not that we encourage our kids to know how to fight but teaching resiliency from young is very important. I was in fact caught in a situation last year when Isa's teacher called me up when he was caught for punching a school bus friend then breaking his glasses. We were told that we might have to compensate the glasses and may need to see the principal.

What do you do?

I stayed chilled thru out the whole conversation and I told the teacher I will place the matter in her hands for I believe the school will handle the matter professionally. I also gave the teacher the other side of the story on this particular dishonest and haughty boy's behavior towards my son in the bus. After a month of investigation, my son was let off with just a warning and we don't have to pay for the glasses after all! I didn't blame Isa for such behavior despite my first response was,"you are wrong because you strike first." We all know who is wrong in the first place but sometimes we have to bear with things at times in order for the truth to surface.

Situation 5: crawling woes 

Lil I is an avid crawler as he is not exactly mobile yet at 16.5mths. And just last week, he crawled so fast that his hand got caught under his knees and he went face down on the floor n bit his lower lip.

What do you do?

Let nature takes it course. We are still protective parents (like who is not) but we still thinking that crawling is such an important phase of growing. Not only it enhances his gross motor skills, it will always stimulates his left and right brain to work together. We know we can't stop him from crawling.. So to more bruises and falls and worries to come.. 

Cheers to more adventurous parenting experience ahead!
Have fun!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Finding back the time for the middle child..

Time always zips fast when we are busy. Ever since I had my third in 2014, time jus seemed to be move 3x faster..

But also at the same time, I am also monitoring the lost voice of the middle child. 

Dora has been a good girl, occasionally throwing her girlie tantrums is not uncommon I would say but also I'm very concern about her holistic development. So as Isa and her has quite a big gap of 5 years, I somehow lost touch of what is expected of children this age

Maybe I am guilty as charged for not spending more time with her.  Maybe I'm giving myself excuses but does the second (plus the middle) child always tend to be a little more laid back,a little more carefree?

And somewhere last year, what caught me by surprise was that when she could unlocked my IPad password last year with verbal instructions. I was like..."hey Mei Mei!! You know your numbers!" She just grinned from ear to ear. 

So this year, I decided to take on a bigger step with this little girl. We are lap-reading a little more, writing a little more.. Even crafting (reading cutting) a little more. We merely just started this year and we are really not expecting anything too much. We still love her for being so laid back and carefree because we know childhood is so short and so precious.

Mei Mei.. Stay as happy as a lark.. Because your laughter is just so contagious. Because you are a mini me.

Yeah. This is Miss Auntie Low.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

CNY 2016.. What to say during lo hei..

Everyone loves a lo hei session during the Lunar New Year period but do you know what to say for good luck for the different ingredients for this amazing dish?

We all learn something new everyday.

And as for our small family of 5, we usually love to kick start our reunion dinner with a Lo Hei session.
So here was our mini lo hei on the eve of Lunar New Year.

Ungarnished version.

In which I think the kids have so much fun at it! Even Lil I had his bit of contribution! All the kids just love the 遍地黄金 isn't it..

Then we had another round of vegetarian lo hei at my relative's house yesterday and earlier this morning.

My personal preference is the one topped with abalone, how about you?

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Birthdays of these the two January kiddos..

Eldest: turned 9 on the 24th
Middle: turned 4 on the 31st

Birthdays in our family is a big event. And especially when the 2 older ones' birthdays are just a week apart. We had our first small celebration with our neighbours' kiddos on Isa's actual day. 

With credits to Petite Joy Bakes

Simplicity and tasty was just what we wanted this year. Thank you Petite Joy Bakes for taking my last minute order. Many raves about this triple layer multi flavoured cake.

Then we had another celebration for Dora in her school on Friday.

And see how much all of these children grown from Dora's 2nd birthday in school.
Aww... where did all the babies gone?

And the last and final celebration for these January duo on Dora's actual day..

Loving matchy outfit from my parents. 

Friday, January 22, 2016

Nov Holidays '15.. We are going to the Zoo, zoo, zoo..

And so.. Ray Papa's company organised this trip during the November holiday for their staff and family members were invited! It has been a good 2.5 years since our last visit to the Zoo.. Moreover Ray papa didnt come with us the previous time and now we have 3 kid in toll! Seriously.. come to think about it, dont ask me how I survived 7.5 hrs at the Zoo. And I will drop you a tip or two on how we survived anyway. But indeed we explored further places that we never been before and of course not forgetting water play at the Kids Rainforest. 

Tip #1: always have an extra hand: helpers or grandparents included.

Grouchy baby in the stroller.
Tip #2: bring a hardy stroller but how can I forget my portable fan!

Hello Inuka!

Us! ah.. where is didi?

My eskimo.

Serious.. all the the african painted dogs look alike to me.

Baby asleep!
Tip #3: bring a baby carrier!
Good for sleepy babies..

Trivia: anyone wanna guess why zebras always flip their tails around?

My favourite pic of the lot.
Tip #4: Just rent a buggy for tired feet.. or even put your load into it.
Dont save the money.

Ok.. this is another favourite. Love how Isa can act.. just like the Pop.

And soon, we reached the children area where they have some farm animals and a house full of antiques. Apparently there is a few HUGE fake cockroaches. And my dora was so scared.

Tip #5: spend a bit more money
Kids throwing tantrum is the LAST things you want to get from a outdoor trip like this.
We were very lucky to get the last two slots for goat feeding.
I think they were $5 per bucket and the money goes to charity, so why not?

Even papa had fun..

Apparently someone did not enjoy feeding the pets.

See how far she is away from the goats.

Look at her deadly stare.

"No.. mama..NO! I dont want to feed!"
"ok mei mei... okok!"
Tip #5: never force your child to do something she/he doesnt like

Baby ready for water play after applying sun block.. 
sorry no pictures cos all of us literally went to play.

and soon we met the guys from Aussie.

Hello.. I have a koala on my body too, you know.

Such good life.. in enclosed areas with air con.

Towards the end of the day. Quite an achievement. 
Dora didnt nap at all and she was still so energetic!
Tip #6: allow your child to exert even more energy!
because that night.. all of them slept at 830pm..

What a fun day we had at the zoo!

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