Thursday, December 31, 2009

Friendship Gift, Christmas Gift and Birthday Gift

Yes, it’s all about gifts again; this time not only the gifts are for Sarah but for me too. And this is the only way to show my appreciation and say thank you to all of you.

Friendship Gift from Ann

Ann has sent me some recipe books a few weeks back, and that really giving me more idea in cooking.


Christmas Gift from Amanda

Amanda surprised me with early Christmas gift (to Sarah). She said it is to reward Sarah for help out in decorating the Christmas tree. I think Amanda is too kind that she will find any excuse to give Sarah a present because the fact is, Sarah did not helps at all, LOL!


Christmas Gift from Kristie

Kristie sent us a Christmas card and also a Disney Princess Handkerchief Set. When Sarah saw the pictures printed on the hanky, she told me it is dirty already. Silly girl! She never has such a colourful hanky.


Christmas Gift from Angel

Just about a week after I sent my Christmas gift to Angel, she returned us with a lovely blouse and also a battery-operated fan. The blouse is slightly small for Sarah but the fan is great and useful.


Birthday Gift from siblings and parent

My siblings and parent will never forget to give me birthday wishes and also presents. By coincidence, I’ve got another fine watch from my youngest sister; as for my parent and other siblings, I get the cold hard cash (Ang Pao).

Monday, December 28, 2009

One Year Older

As certain as day following by night, it was once again my turn to become one year older – I turned 29 last Sunday. For me, this year birthday’s definitely a special one which I’ll never forget.

We planned to have dinner at TGIF, but unfortunately Sarah was down with flu since three days ago and she vomited, twice, during her nap time. Therefore, we have to cancel the dinner and have just a walkabout at nearby mall.

On a happier note, hubby has surprised me with a gift - a gorgeous watch. It is no way near as good as the likes of Omega or Rolex but it’s already fit enough for me.





He’s so sweet that he can’t wait to present me the gift on actual day (he gave himself up six day earlier). On price tag, this is the most expensive thing that I’ve ever received; but in term of value, I always knew I already possess the most precious gift (from above) in my family.

Besides, I am overwhelmed with the birthday wishes received from friends. That means a lot to me; thank you to all of you out there.

I don't really have any wish aside from good health for me and my love ones. I just want to count my blessing, one by one; and say a little prayer for whatever God has given me so far.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Saturday with Blogging Mommy

Last Saturday we went to Yugene’s son (Kyle) birthday party. I was excited about her invitation as I never seen her in person, although we have known each other for quite some time.

The party was held at a KFC restaurant. Initially Sarah was okay as she thought we were merely there for our regular meal; but she gets tensed up when seeing me greeting with Yugene and Yvonne, she then hesitated to join us until I showed her the party pack.

I quickly get her some fries and let her enjoyed it with ketchup; she seems to settle down, only then I have the opportunity to have some photo-session with mommies and kids.




She gets spooked again when the game-session started; she was shocked with the loud music and also the screaming from kids. She nearly cried for “help”!

Daddy has no choice but to bring her to the mini playground outside. She enjoyed her time there and later she does not want to come into the restaurant anymore.

And then she saw the mascot “Chicky” from outside at cake-cutting time. Looking at her scary face, I told daddy to let her stay inside the car until the party end (sigh).

For me, it was an enjoyable outing as I am able to catch up with fellow blogging mommy like Yugene, Yvonne, Rachel, Julie, and of course my old friend, Nicole; they are all friendly mommies.





As for Sarah, she has learned a new vocab from the event, which is “Chicky”!

P/S: Thanks Yugene and Yvonne for the gifts.


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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Manuka Honey

Sarah seems less interested in drinking plain-water as compared to when she was a baby.

One of the recommendations from friend is to add honey into the water, and they say normally kids like it. Therefore, we’ve bought Manuka Honey for Sarah to try.



Alas, she totally dislikes the honey taste. She kept shivering when she first have it, and then she stick out her tongue; so I guess mommy has to take over from here to finish the remaining two cans of it.

Honestly, I was not a big fan of honey but I am now! The other night after I have my first try with just small amount, I fell in love with it; it taste quite sweet but I like its aromatic flavour.

No wonder bees protect it and bears love it.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

1 to 10

Yes! Finally Sarah can count, from one to ten.

video

We did not really teach her how to count but I guess she learned it from daily life. We sometimes will recite the numbers during playtime or when she could not finish her milk;

Maybe this is what they call “Play N Learn”.

Actually the video was recorded few weeks ago and at that time, she’s still very excited every time we asked her to count, and she can do it correctly. But now her interest is slowly fading away yet we are feeling proud with this small achievement.

Well done, girl.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Miso Soup with Tofu & Wakame

My neighbour Kiyo loan me a book about Japanese cuisine when she got to know that I will cook Miso soup.



For me, Miso is something new so I’ve seeks a lot of advices from her. Kiyo also introduced me another ingredient, named Dashi; she said a Miso soup will taste better with it.

Since this is my first attempt on the recipe, I was extra particular with the measurement and it goes like this:

1 - 1.5 tablespoon of Miso
1 teaspoon of Dashi
2 cups of water



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Outcome:

The soup has a unique taste of itself (hard to descript). I am surprised that Sarah likes the soup when she first tasted it with rice; she ate quite a lot of it. She only stopped when the soup started turning cold.

Sarah dislikes Tofu but she is still okay with the Wakame.



On same day itself, by coincidence Kiyo also cooked Miso soup and she has invited me to her house for the soup-tasting.

Her version is much better than mine (of course) and Sarah kept asking for more. Kiyo asserted that I’ve got the right measurement but maybe she’s using the Red Miso, so it might tastes different.

Another recipe tried, another new thing learned.


She has “discovered” this method in drinking soup lately.

Monday, December 7, 2009

My (Merry) Christmas Tree

It’s beginning to feel a lot more like Christmas, I mean, ladies and gentlemen...this is our very first Christmas tree.



I was overjoyed once we decided to put a Christmas tree in our living room. I have to thanks Kristie for giving me advices in decorating the tree and where to shop for the ornaments; and finally we’ve got all the items in place.



Daddy has put up a great effort in setting up the tree, and I really like the way he bend and curve the branches to make it looks real. For me, I enjoy putting up ornaments the most!



The final outcome was awesome (to us) and we all love it. We are not a Christian officially, we just doing this to impressed Sarah, so we will make decorating Christmas tree a yearly tradition in the future.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Shy Girl Dancing

It is understandable that kids have all kind of fears. For Sarah, seem like her biggest fear is to socialize and playing with other kids. I am not sure if she is timid by nature, but we really hope she’s able to overcome her shyness to have great time making friends.

Therefore, we try to help by arranging her to attend some activity classes to boost up her confidents (as we think it is still too early to enroll her to kindergarten).

We’ve actually went for trial class last week at a music studio in the neighborhood (and she enjoy it). The class mainly consists of children at Sarah’s age, which is good for her to mingle around easily.

Then, yesterday we went for our first class.



Sarah was comfortable at the reception area initially, but later she burst into tears when being asked to go into the classroom (to our surprise); she just wanted to stay outside.

I have no choice but to get daddy into the room together with her. Sarah sat real close to daddy at the corner when the class started; she left me alone by dancing and singing with other kids and mommies.

After much persuasion, Sarah was finally okay to join me in the group (and watching daddy sneak out of classroom)…we really hope she will do better in coming classes.




P/S: Just wondering did any mommies know of playgroup available in Kemuning or Subang area? I would love to let Sarah join too.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Goodbye Pacifier

I always know it’s tough to wean off one’s pacifier, I heard of horrified tales about the weaning process; therefore, I feel so hesitated to start as Sarah still need the “Zui Zui” during her nap and bed time.

But I guess it is better to begin early as I think the elder she grows, the more difficult the process will be. So I decided to start it with Sarah on last Tuesday.

My trick? I told her the “Zui Zui” is spoiled by “ant-ant”.



And here is some progress in the first two day:

Day 1 – We showed Sarah her “spoilt” pacifier. She was shocked, but luckily she buys our story and sleep well during her nap and bed time without the “Zui Zui”.

Day 2 – She started to show some “symptom” of the addiction. I had a very tough night as she was unable to fall asleep after woke up for milk in the midnight. She stayed awake for two hours and only went back to sleep at about 5am.

But thank God, since then she has no problem at all during her sleeping time.

We thought that Sarah will rant and rave for her pacifier during the transition, we have prepared our self for the worst case scenario; but she makes us so happy that she did not shed one tear about it.

Not only she showed no frustration but she’s also done some funny acts when she is unable to fall sleep (to comfort herself, I guess), for example sing songs, playing with her fingers, clap hands and etc.

It has been a week now and Sarah is doing fine without her pacifier; she has makes us proud, really. This is totally unexpected.

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