Friday, November 30, 2007

First letter of my name...

Since Hui En tagged anybody who has the time, here’s my list…

Use the first letter of your name to answer each question.
Must be places, names... Nothing made up.
Can't use own name for boy/girl's name question.
If can't answer, skip the next one.

Mine's C:
1. Famous singer : Carrie Underwood
2. Four letter word : Care
3. Street : Center Street
4. Colour : Cyan
5. Gift / Present : Cup
6. Vehicle : Camry
7. Things in souvenir shop : Coasters
8. Boy name: Cyrus
9. Girl name: Charmaine
10. Movie title : Casablanca
11. Drink : Chrysanthemum
12. Occupation : Clerk
13. Celebrity : Catherine Zeta-Jones
14. Magazine : Country Living
15. US City : California City
16. Pro sports : Cycling
17. Fruit : Coconut
18. Reason for being late for work : Car broke down
19. Something you throw away : Cobwebs
20. Something you shout : Come in!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Cooking disaster

(Slightly overdue…)

Tuesday, 30 October 2007
I took leave to take care of Jordan because the babysitter was away. I decided to cook porridge for him – brown rice with carrot, potato and tomato. I used a different pot which is smaller than the one I normally use.

While he was sleeping, I cut everything and started to boil the porridge. I didn’t really stir much in between. Later, I stirred hard so that the porridge would not stick to the pot. I didn’t realize that the porridge is already burnt. When I wanted to serve to Jordan, I realized that there’s a lot of black stuff. No matter where I scoop, the black stuff was there. When I scooped the bottom, I realized the damage – the porridge is burnt!

I scooped as careful as I can and eventually managed to get a bowl for Jordan with no black charcoal. Unfortunately, Cheeky boy rejected the porridge.

I tried to cook again for dinner but this time with potato only because I ran out of the rest of the ingredients. Cheeky boy refused to eat as well.

What a disaster!

Saturday, 3 November 2007
For lunch, I cooked tuna pasta.

1 packet of Pasta
2 cans of Ayam Brand Tuna Chunks in water
1 can of Tesco Healthy Living Spaghetti sauce (recommended by Selvi through Aunty Sue)

Boil the pasta for about 10 minutes with a bit of salt
(Unfortunately, no olive oil to keep the pasta from sticking)
Mix the tuna and sauce together and cook

Add sauce to pasta.

It tasted ok. Seng Chor even had 3 servings. Why was it a disaster? Everyone except Jordan ate. How sad! He ate only a few scoops. Sob! Sob!

Saturday, 24 November 2007
Once again, I cooked lunch for the family. It was a very simple meal – ABC soup and rice. According to the babysitter, Jordan takes rice and soup everyday. He loved the soup that my mum cooked for him when we were in KK. He drank quite a lot soup, and ate soupy rice. That gives me the confidence to cook the ABC soup for him. Coincidentally, my sister was craving for ABC soup the previous day.

Early in the morning, before 7:30 am, Seng Chor got up and went to the market at Section 17. I asked my sister to write a shopping list for him. My creative sister even drew pictures of the vegetable next to the name.

The shopping list:
- Carrot
- Potato
- Tomato
- Big onion
- Drumsticks

Seng Chor bought 4 carrots, 3 potatoes, 4 tomatoes, 3 big onions and 6 drumsticks.

I prepared the chicken first. I removed the skin, and then boiled all 6 drumsticks in a big pot for about half an hour.

Next, I cut everything except 1 potato (3 is probably too many), and added them to the pot. The whole process took about 2 hours – from cutting until the soup was ready. Thankfully, Jordan was still asleep and I could prepare the food peacefully.

At about 10:45 am, I cooked the rice.

Jordan woke up before 12 noon. So, I scooped some rice into his bowl and mix it with the soup and some carrot. It was still hot. I was too anxious to feed him that I didn’t allow the soup to cool down completely. So, the first spoon was too hot for him and he cried a bit. Poor boy! He didn’t even want to taste the second spoon anymore. Even after it was cooled down, he still refused to eat. Eventually, he ate only 3 scoops, and at night, drank a bit of soup. How disappointing!

Well, once again, the rest of the family enjoyed the soup very much. The whole pot was finished. So, I will be cooking the same thing again this weekend but I am going to add fresh corn. Jordan enjoyed fresh corn at the buffet steamboat lunch. He held one and ate the whole thing happily. Hopefully, he will eat this weekend.


Whenever I cook, I always have Jordan in mind. I want to cook for him and see him finishing up the food. Even though all the rest of the family enjoyed the food, it’s not satisfying. When he was younger, he used to eat whatever I cooked even though it was tasteless but not anymore nowadays. Hopefully, one day, I can see him finish up the food that I cooked for him again.

10 Hot Tips for Parenting

  1. Love your kids and let them know

  2. Family fun time builds memories

  3. Teach them to appreciate gifts received

  4. Avoid yelling…it’s useless

  5. Remember that kids spell LOVE as T.I.M.E

  6. Groom them with loving and consistent discipline

  7. Leave them footprints you want them to follow
  8. Step into their world

  9. Share with them joyful and sad moments

  10. Assure them that you’ll always BE THERE!

(Focus on the Family)

Monday, November 26, 2007

Christmas Tree 2007

Finally, I got to set up the Christmas tree after almost 2 years. My main concern was that Jordan would pull the decorations out from the tree. Thankfully, he didn’t. He was attracted to the lights and often asked me to turn on the lights for him. Occasionally, he touched the decorations but didn’t really attempt to ‘abuse’ the tree.

We will be placing Christmas presents under the tree soon…

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Friday, November 09, 2007

Friends from OCF Wollongong

In my recent trip back to KK, I stumbled upon an old photo of me and some friends from the Overseas Christian Fellowship Wollongong, Australia. The photo has certainly brought back much good memories of the fellowship. Thankfully, I still keep in touch with them through email and facebook - Eta, Fer and Silia.

Front: Arieta (aka Eta)

Back: Me and Garfield, Jennifer (aka Fer), Silia and Pastor John Kohler

A Caricature of Dr Cabokia

Monday, November 05, 2007

How Cheeky boy amuses me…

Jordan amuses me when…

he applies lotion onto his face each time. Whenever he sees me applying lotion, he would request some from me. He would apply it onto his face first. Then, he would follow me and apply onto his hands and legs as well. I think the babysitter taught him to apply the lotion onto his face.

he talks before he sleeps. Often, he would speak out some words before he falls asleep. He would repeat certain words like – cockroach, car, turtle, apple. Occasionally, he would babble a lot to Seng Chor and I before sleeping.

he says “shit” repeatedly. He is not swearing. It is just his way of telling me that he has passed motion.

he says “thank you” unexpectedly. How he says it sounds funny – “tank kou”. He is learning to say, “You’re welcome”. Last Sunday, he said, “tank kou” after he was given what he asked for. It happened in a few occasions. Last night, he said, “tank kou” to Seng Chor after Seng Chor covered him with his blanket. Sometimes, Jordan can be really polite.

he says “bye” and “good night” repeatedly before he lies down in his cot. He would suddenly get up from his cot and say, “bye” and “good night”. He would wait for a response before lying down again. He would repeat this at least twice.

he hides somewhere and starts calling, “Jordan, Jordan”. He was imitating us because when Seng Chor and I hide, we call his name. So, he also did the same thing.

he shows his cheeky look. Seng Chor commented that his eyes are electrifying. Girls will be electrocuted by him. He does have a handsome and sweet smile. His dimple on the right cheek is so charming. We must really protect him at all times. Hahaha!