Thursday, November 29, 2007

All about SOUP

Which soup is the GREATEST soup?

Hahaha.....funny post this is. But I reckon ABC Soup!

All hearty goodness with soft carrots and potatoes and tomatoes and onions and tender amlost falling off the bone chicken!

I think every one must have had this soup before, no?

It's one thing from my past, I hope to carry on to the next generation. So, betcha lil Christopher is going to get loads of this!

Maybe I will cook this when the weather gets rainy and then lil one will forever think fondly of this soup as comfort soup.

To me....ABC soup is the BEST of all soups! Whatcha say?

Sunday, November 25, 2007

First birthday

There are many firsts in this...

1) The birthday girl is celebrating her first year birthday!
2) This is the first time I am going to a child's birthday party!
3) This is the first time I brought my son to a birthday party!
4) This is the first time I am totally BUSY and not just sitting around talking and eating!
5) This is the first time I am eating the BEST coleslaw EVER!

My son is the youngest in the crowd! He is the only baby still lying on his back while every other kid is already sitting up, crawling, clapping hands, holding their own bottles, eating porridge, drinking 7-8 ounces of milk in one sitting...etc.

Hubby said to our boy "Betta catch up, son!"

Yes, he has indeed many milestones more to achieve.

Looking at all the other kids, I feel my little one is so vulnerable. He was lying on the mat initially but I had to rescue him in case any of the kids accidently "trod" on him! And while all others were playing with all the toys, all he wanted to do was sleep!

And then I start to give thanks.....

That all he wants to do is sleep
That he still hasn't learnt how to crawl yet
That he is still is content to lie in my arms
That I have Simon and wy (whose kids are already big) to help me take care of my son


Cherish every moment, every smile, every sleeping hour...for tender moments are but fleeting!

The other kids...........................and my son








Immunizations

My poor son! He screamed until his face turned red and until no more sound could be emmitted from his voice box. That was the extent of the pain!

The same thing happened previously actually...when he got his 2nd dose of Hep B after his Fullmoon and when he had to take blood to test for his jaundice.

And I think he has learned this new way of crying.


He now cries this way as well at home IF I don't attend to his demand for milk ASAP!
(Luckily it only happens when he wants milk!)


He has become quite a demanding little one. I guess it is that age, ya? Perhaps they will outgrow it?

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The number 38!

1. Name one person who made you laugh last night.
Cheah Kit, an old friend - who recently became a Christian and is planning to propose to his girlfriend next month!

2. What were you doing at 0800?
Feeding the baby

3. What were you doing 30 minutes ago?
Watching "Midsummer's Night Dream" (there was nothing else worth watching on Astro!)

4. What happened to you in 2006?
PLENTY! Got married, got pregnant

5. What was the last thing you said out loud?
"Oi oi loh" to the baby language (cantonese meaning "sleep loh")

6. How many beverages did you have today?
Since 7 am till now 12 pm - White Coffee and soya bean

7. What color is your hairbrush?
Grey

8. What was the last thing you paid for?
Opppsss...haven't been out in a while....so I think it would be lunch on Sunday afternoon!

9. Where were you last night?
With a baby, there isn't anywhere I CAN go!

10. What color is your front door?
Brown

11. Where do you keep your change?
In a little blue coin pouch - my change and hubby's change as well

12. What’s the weather like today?
Relatively cloudy! Looks like rain in the evening!

13. What’s the best ice-cream flavor?
Depends on my mood actually. But most of the time, I love MINT

14. What excites you?
A good conversation

15. Do you want to cut your hair?
YES. Anything to get out of the house and have some resemblance of life before baby poo, baby bottles, baby language, baby cries....etc.

16. Are you over the age of 25?
Gladly "Yes".

17. Do you talk a lot?
Ummm.....sometimes I do, sometimes I don't

18. Do you watch the O.C.?
Opppsss....sometimes lah. Like a little drama in my life sometimes

19. Do you know anyone named Steven?
Well....his name was spelled Stephen (if that counts)

20. Do you make up your own words?
In baby language????

21. Are you a jealous person?
Yes.

22. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘A’.
Ashley

23. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘K’.
Let me check my phone directory.....ohhh...Kathie, my new blog friend!

24. Who’s the first person on your received call list?
Hubby's office number

25. What does the last text message you received say?
"Now have to earn more money and save for family!" - from another working mum!

26. Do you chew on your straw?
Only when I am bored with the company I am in.

27. Do you have curly hair?
Nope

28. Where’s the next place you’re going to?
Tesco....got to stock up on ummm....baby diapers, baby wipes, shampoo, eggs, garlic...hehehe...that is as far as I can think of right now!

29. Who’s the rudest person in your life?
Can't think of any actually! Waste of brain power!

30. What was the last thing you ate?
CHOCOLATE...Rose Chocolate to be specific with orange flavoured filling!

31. Will you get married in the future?
Nope.

32. What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the past 2 weeks?
On Astro....The Triumph (I guess that is also called a movie right?)

33. Is there anyone you like right now?
I like everyone.

34. When was the last time you did the dishes?
2 hours ago!

35. Are you currently depressed?
No....coz baby doesn't allow me to.

36. Did you cry today?
No...coz baby doesn't allow me to.

37. Why did you answer and post this?
Hahaha...because I have nothing else to write about with BABY around and me stuck at home!

38. Tag 5 people who would do this survey.
Ummm.....let's see....
Kathie
wy talks
pony tales
msianmominny
daddee yah

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Something about the lyrics....

I know I may get some "WHAT!!!" comments by saying this...but I actually love watching the show Grey's Anatomy. It's all about the romance, I gotta admit...since they don't really show much about the saving lives part (unlike ER).

Perhaps it is not all about the romance, it is also all about life. I admit I love to analyse (over-analyse, hubby thinks) emotions, our pyschological makeup etc.

So, why did I bring this up? Mainly becuase I have been seeing the song clip (if that is what t is called) of the closing of the previous season and I didn't like the song. The singer really just mumbles some mumbo-jumbo and the tune is all dull.

BUT...I loved the little scenes that were shown together with the clip. So, decided to YouTube it and search for the lyrics as well. AND surprisingly.....the lyrics are really meaningful.

I still hate the tune though...

"How To Save A Life" (The Fray)

Step one you say we need to talk
He walks you say sit down it's just a talk
He smiles politely back at you
You stare politely right on through
Some sort of window to your right
As he goes left and you stay right
Between the lines of fear and blame
And you begin to wonder why you came

Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life

Let him know that you know best
Cause after all you do know best
Try to slip past his defense
Without granting innocence
Lay down a list of what is wrong
The things you've told him all along
And pray to God he hears you
And pray to God he hears you

Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life

As he begins to raise his voice
You lower yours and grant him one last choice
Drive until you lose the road
Or break with the ones you've followed
He will do one of two things
He will admit to everything
Or he'll say he's just not the same
And you'll begin to wonder why you came

Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life



***
It's REALLY all about LIFE in the end.....

Monday, November 12, 2007

Being "mummy" and "daddy"

It is a fact of life that once anyone becomes a parent, they are refered to as "daddy" or "mummy" instead of any endearing names previously rendered after marriage!

Perhaps it is that the title "mummy" and "daddy" holds greater weight than perhaps any "dear" or "darling" will ever carry. Or perhaps it is the first effort to teach the baby the word mummy and daddy. It is, after all, recommended in any child teaching books to constantly refer to each other as mummy and daddy instead of using names or any other terms. And the term just gets stuck on even though the baby is not around!

I found this "name-calling" an easy change actually. But I come to realise that it is not just the names calling that needs to change. TALK after all is the easy part.

The hard part is the action that comes with it!

When you are no longer just a wife, you become a mother.
You are in a family, not in a two-some relationship.

When everything you do you have to consider the child first.
When you are no longer first, but second.

For people (like me) who require "some" attention (haha....not the best thing to admit), it can get quite hard taking in this change in ACTION.

But like in all things, there is a middle path, I guess. Where the road between husband and wife remains strong. And a third flyover is build on top of this road for the child.

Hopefully in the attempt to build the flyover, we road builders do not neglect to maintain the original road. Or we concentrate so much on beautifying the flyover, the original road is a pale comparison to the flyover.

Life is frequently about lessons, isn't it. About changes and adjusting. About communication and working things out.

Did parenthood hit you as "hard" as it hit me?

***
One morning's thought, one rambling moment.....

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Old movies' theme songs

One of those mornings....baby was sleeping so managed to relax a little, make myself my first cuppa (after 10 months!!!) and turned on Astro.

Cheers was on.

Not much of a fan of Cheers actually. But what struck me (must be one of those melancholic mornings), was that the theme song was actually very meaningful.

I knew this all the while, but never really gave a thought to it. And came to realise that there were some sitcoms during my early years whose theme song (as well as the show itself) had pretty meaningful words!

(Was also thinking, these were some short songs I could sing to Christopher!)

So, here is the "Cheers!" song...with lyrics

Where Everybody Knows Your Name (by Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart Angelo)

Making your way in the world today takes everything you've got.
Taking a break from all your worries, sure would help a lot.

Wouldn't you like to get away?

Sometimes you want to go

Where everybody knows your name,
and they're always glad you came.
You wanna be where you can see,
our troubles are all the same
You wanna be where everybody knows
Your name.

You wanna go where people know,
people are all the same,
You wanna go where everybody knows
your name.





And another I used to remember was "Facts of Life"



And there is "Full House"



Another favourite of mine..."Who's The Boss"

Brand New Life (by Larry Carlton, Robert Craft, Martin Cohan and Blake Hunter)

There’s more to life that what you're living.
You take a chance and face the wind.
An open road and a road that’s hidden
A brand new life around the bend.

There were times when I lost a dream or two.
Found the trail, and at the end was you.
There’s a path you take and a path untaken
The choice is up to you my friend.

Nights are long but you’re on your way
To a brand new life,
Brand new life,
Brand new life around the bend.




And so many more.....Growing Pains, Family Ties, Life Goes On, Perfect Strangers etc.

Ahh....those were the days!

The only current one I remember now that has quite a nice theme song is "Friends"!

Friday, November 2, 2007

First Qualified Opportunity

I always loved writing.

I love the play of words and always marvel at how words can evoke so many myriads of feelings and emotions. Every story that I wrote had to have a good ending. A good ending is what will remain in a reader’s mind longer than any part of the story.

But frankly all that I wrote was chucked aside and forgotten. After all, seldom do we write something and show it around for people to read…. except in school when we had to write essays and pass them up for correction!

But now we have blogs - Enormous areas for us in cyberspace to pen our thoughts and perhaps share them with fellow bloggers. There is no direct coercion for anyone to read your postings but a subtle invitation. And sometimes subtleness works better than an obligatory reading.

Then I graduated a step further…thanks to my other blogger partners. I found that not only do I not need to make anyone obligated to read anything that I write. But I can actually get paid to write with PayPerPost (fondly called as PPP).

Would getting paid to write take the joy out of writing? After all that is what “jobs” always do to us! I am not sure yet at this moment. But I must say it did not take me very long to write this excerpt.

Perhaps it is really the writing that I love….but the money that comes with it is indeed an added bonus. And I would be able perhaps to go on my dream holiday to Europe after a few years of writing for PPP.

After all writing can never be a job, can it?

I always loved writing…..





word of mouth ethics

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Desktop Tag

Ahhh...back in KL for a small break!

(More like to do my errands, go for all my health and dental appointments and clean the house for baby to come back permanently)



So....catching up with some tags! First one....the desktop tag. So...this is it!!! Created by hubby!



















It is not my son's best pose. But it is cute never-the-less.


AND....his photo is now on my phone and hubby's phone wall paper as well! hahahaha....