Monthly Archives: September 2010

Reflections for Anya’s Eighteenth Month

You are 18 months old! You have officially crossed into the next clothing size but you can still fit into your ’12-18 mth’ clothes! That doesn’t stop me buying you tons of new clothes whenever I get the chance though. :) I really wanna sit down and do a proper update about you since you are at such an important point of your life but I guess it’ll have to wait till I have more energy! For now, just some pictures of the month that has passed!

you trying to give Kinky a birthday kiss

you insist on feeding yourself

but it sometimes gets messy

at the singapore heritage fest

with singa

rocking outside epicurious

after a swim (and that’s not your ball!)

your first cable car ride

at baby loves disco

yam seng with ah ma

at ang mo kio

you finished your birds term at the little gym (and got a medal!)

waiting for kai-lan at the library

colouring fish at the little gym camp

posing in front of your zodiac sign at singapore river

This month, I’m reminded of how precious you are to me and how much I love you and cannot live without you. Thank you for making life so much better for me. Always know that I love you very much.

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Remember who’s in charge

It’s been a really rough couple of weeks for many different reasons. In the midst of all the craziness, Adrian gave me a little present with a note: Just so you remember who is in charge. -A

For the Lil People!

My dear friend Sharon, a pastor’s wife and currently a stay-at-home mom, has a blog shop selling Angel Pack carriers, Patapum carriers and Sack ‘n Seat portable baby seats. She sews really well and is also selling handmade items like diaper clutches and cute little dresses. Great for all mummies!

Ni Hao Kai-Lan!!

Was actually planning to take it easy on Saturday and just bring Anya for Little Gym, then go home and hang out there. But I saw in the papers that there was a Ni Hao Kai-Lan storytelling and meet-and-greet session at the library and I just had to bring Anya!! Ok, to be honest, Anya’s not super into Ni Hao Kai-Lan. She loves dancing to the theme song and she thinks the characters are cute but she doesn’t really bother to watch when the cartoon’s on unless there’s some singing going on. But I think Ni Hao Kai-Lan is super cute!! Hehe.

While we were waiting for the session to start, one of the Nickelodeon people gave Anya some tiny fuzzy yellow balls to play with. The two girls on my left (about 5 or 6 years old) and the boy on my right (3 years old) immediately starting grabbing the little balls from Anya insisting that she should share. It was really quite annoying. But when the girls managed to get some fuzzy yellow balls later on, they started whining loudly when Anya tried to touch the balls. Grr. Also, Anya got a bit restless right before the session started so I gave her my iPhone to play with. The same three kids leaned against me and kept poking at the iPhone. They even tried to take the phone away from her but I stopped them. Of course, their parents did nothing!!! And whenever Anya got excited during the storytelling and stood up momentarily, one of the girls would go hysterical and scream, “I can’t see!! I can’t seeeee!!!!!” ARGH!

Anyway, the storytelling bit was pretty good and quite interactive. The story was about Mid-Autumn Festival so the kids got to make little lanterns. They even gave each child a goody bag with a mooncake, a notebook, a lanyard and an activity book. The meet-and-greet bit was just lining up to take a photo with Kai-Lan. I thought the Kai-Lan mascot wasn’t very cute though.

Anya looking strangely tall

storytelling

stop! I don’t know how to make a lantern!!

with the strange-looking mascot

Secret Coffee Place

The Aug issue of CLEO had a very interesting article on ’45 places that let you get away without going away’ and one of the places is this ‘secret’ coffee place called Papa Palheta. Adrian and I went hunting for it on Teacher’s Day since we were in the area. They don’t really sell coffee there. You can drink the coffee and a tip of at least $3.50 for each drink is suggested but what they want is for you to taste the coffee and then buy the coffee beans. The coffee beans used there are certified by the Rainforest Alliance and are environmentally sustainable. The coffee is good so we bought a pack of Sumatra Mandheling for my mom.

the entrance is in the back alley

inside

ordering

cute seats!

the tasting bar: like someone’s living room

yummy coffee

‘The Thing Is’ by Ellen Bass

The Thing Is

to love life, to love it even
when you have no stomach for it
and everything you’ve held dear
crumbles like burnt paper in your hands,
your throat filled with the silt of it.
When grief sits with you, its tropical heat
thickening the air, heavy as water
more fit for gills than lungs;
when grief weights you like your own flesh
only more of it, an obesity of grief,
you think, How can a body withstand this?
Then you hold life like a face
between your palms, a plain face,
no charming smile, no violet eyes,
and you say, yes, I will take you
I will love you, again.

-Ellen Bass

Ikea Food!

Having trouble falling asleep so here are some pictures of the cute new food toys from Ikea that I bought for Anya a couple of days ago. I think the toys are super cute and oh-so-squishy! Adrian thinks I bought them for myself and not really for Anya.

first, a pic of Anya stealthily dipping bread into MY soup

basket of fruits!

dessert set

breakfast set