Big news of the day … T has a big cut on the lip. He injured himself while he was trying to jump off a chair with four wheels. How stupid can he get? He promised not to do it again. I also reminded him many times not to put his fingers into his mouth over the next few days because he might introduce bacteria into the open wound and get himself sick.
The photos are of a poor resolution cos my camera died on me yesterday! Lens were already wonky for a while and I was kind of waiting it to die so that I can get a new camera before I go to London. I work my compact cameras very hard so they usually last me only 1.5 years to 2 years. Wondering if I should get a non Canon camera next and test how long another brand’s compact camera can last.
T won’t be able to celebrate his 5th birthday with his family because we’ll be away by then. So we decided to celebrate it for him a month earlier. He was mighty happy about the whole celebration! He loved the lunch box that he received from his grandmother … although that became an object of jealousy that made K cry.
Father and son spent another day bonding with each other. KL has a few days of break from school/hospital so he brought T out on Tuesday. Little boy was so happy to be able to skip school and hang around with his father (breakfast, swim, lunch, mall).
Whew, seven more days to my departure and I FINALLY secured my accommodation. I didn’t even apply for this Hall in the first place … because there are carpets in the rooms and I absolutely can’t stand carpets! So it was quite a shocker when the offer came through email.
I took 2 days to really convince myself that I can accept the carpets. And that was after I considered that the location is great, rent is cheap (for the location at least) and it’s only for 1 year. But what really sealed the deal was when I discovered there’s a Chatime outlet just 500m away! That’s such a frivolous decision breaker but now I won’t be missing bubble tea at all when I’m London =)
After that accommodation is settled, I’ll have to quickly find a primary school for T. My school is 2km away from the Hall and I’ll try to get him into a school that’s also within 1 – 2km from the Hall. If it all works out, we’ll be walking everyday and there’s no need to spend money on public transport in London.
Was sharing with T today that we might be very busy in our first few days in London going around to seek accommodation as I haven’t found a house yet. He offered me a solution: “You (instructing me) just go (to Google) and type UK Houses, then I help you to find it”. OMG, I burst out laughing! If only it was as simple as that …
About half an hour later, he told me that he’ll try to find us a house that “looks like a hotel” and that comes “with two beds”. He’s so sweet … and naive!
Boys have two more weeks to play together with each other before me and T fly off to London. I have NOT found my accommodation yet, so I guess the first few days in London will be rather hectic looking for a place to stay. K cried in the car journey to the park just now … when we discussed how we’re not going to see each other for three months and can only Skype with each other. With the remaining time left in Singapore, I’ve gotta bring the boys out to enjoy as much sunshine as possible!
KL and T spent the morning bonding with each other. They trooped down to Hort Park to feed the fishes … only to find that the pond is undergoing cleaning and the fishes are all gone!
K’s school organized a sports day for the lower primary students on Friday. The P1 students participated in an obstacle course and the school was nice enough to award medals to most of them. K received a shiny medal and he’s mighty happy about the first medal he’s obtained in his life!
Ever since K has learnt to travel by train on his own to the grandparents’ place, he has been going there on Fridays straight after school ends. Today’s another Friday where it’s just the three of us. And whenever it’s just the three of us, we’ll ALWAYS end up bringing T to eat penne because that’s like his favourite food in the world (for now). I super duper like the strawberry cream cheese dessert pizza that Pastamania serves. It’s crumbly and sweet and nice!
Boys hit the playground before their swimdate this week. T says he likes this playground very much!
We brought 婆婆 with us when we visited the Science Centre over the weekend. It’s her first time visiting the Science Centre. The boys wanted to bring her to the treehouse, but both chickened out in following her up the treehouse because they were afraid of seeing snakes there.
T discovered Oreo cookies on this swimdate and won’t stop eating them, hahaa! He usually swims after he’s had a light dinner but he’ll inevitably end up snacking a lot more than he swims at every swimdate!
Counting down to London … 30 days more before me and T depart but we have tons of things that are not settled yet … visa, accommodation, primary school etc! I am certain that the boys will miss each other a lot when they’re apart for so many months.
The water works at the Singapore Science Centre has reopened after months of restoration works. The place looks almost the same, save for a few pieces of new play things. Boys were happy to be out today to play with water and to play with each other. They’re going to miss each other so much when half of the family goes to London!
I was sick for a few days this week. While I still managed to get myself to work … I totally didn’t have the energy to bring the boys out to swim/play after work. I was well enough by Friday and finally, we went out for some much needed sunshine!
The schools in Singapore celebrated Racial Harmony Day on Monday. Boys wore costumes from their past year’s concert performances. K’s costume is definitely a Malay costume, while T’s costume looks cheena so I would conclude that it’s a Chinese costume!
K was given a set of hand made five stones (his school is always giving them freebies) which we had fun throwing around but not succeeding in completing the game =)
Baby C is a regular on our weekly swim date. She’s always very well behaved and cheerful while watching the older boys swim. Today, T played with her …. allowing her to touch his hair/eyes/face/swimsuit and even allowing her to sit on him. Wow, that’s a first for him cos he rarely plays with babies so well! And Baby C looks super happy in all of the pictures =)
T was sick last Friday. I picked him up at noon time to see the doc for a child sick MC. I’m not a medicine kind of parent so I refused to get any medicine from the doc, and just brought him home to rest. All in all, he vomited thrice, napped multiple times in the day and was super lethargic. However, lots of fluid + one day later, he was on the road to recovery. He went out to play by Saturday evening and went to school all normal today (yakking non stop beside me now). Children do recover very fast, don’t they?
Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for our elderly folks at home. 公公 is warded yet again, this time to check his stomach. 爷爷 received a cancer diagnosis last Friday, and is due to go for further scans now to find out the severity of the cancer.
T had swollen eyes (left side is visibly more swollen than right side) when I picked him up in school today. He said that it’s because he “rubbed his eyes”, but it looks suspiciously like an allergic reaction to me. I’ve gotta ask his teachers what happened or what he ate today.
I like bringing the boys to parks and Hort Park is by far our favourite park in Singapore (well, at least it’s mine). NParks was nice to set up two water coolers at the children’s playing area!
The boys and me spotted a squirrel at the bus stop today! This was a feisty one that didn’t scuttle away even though we walked really close to look at it.
I’ve not been buying books for the boys lately because we go to the library so often. But flip-the-flap books are something you don’t usually find at the library (or even if you do, the condition of the book may not be great). This week, we started reading Usborne’s “See Inside Inventions” and it was quite a fun read. They were eager to flip the flaps and I myself learnt a lot from reading the book to them. The boys’ favourite page was about crazy contraptions. It’s morbid but they were especially interested in the man who died from jumping off the Eiffel Tower in a parachute suit.
The book was purchased on NoQ store. What I liked best about the store was their range of cheap books! If I have known about this site earlier, I would definitely have gotten the first three myself, except that these are already on home bookshelf for quite a while. I’m slightly tempted to get the Frozen book because it’s less than $5 and I’ve not watched the show before … I need to see what the hype is about, hahaa …
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Back to school this week, yeah! We didn’t have any major problems switching from a “holiday mode” back to the “school mode”, so double yeah! T is very chatty nowadays. He likes to tell me stories he’s heard from his school friends. So and so went to Korea (you have to take an airplane, night turn to day and you’ll reach), so and so went to Legoland (can we go also), yadda yadda yadda …
T taught me just that that I cannot pronounce Bukit Batok as “Bukit Buttock”. He’s such a funny child! He said if I forget, I can always ask him again.
Our red fish died today. We’ve had it for four months already. Henry the blue fish is still alive and well. Wonder how long more it would live.
For two hours on Thursday evening, T could not stop talking. He yakked and yakked non stop. We were so irked that we asked what happened in school. Did the school feed him coffee? You know what he said? He said YES. Of course I know they didn’t, so I asked him how coffee looked like. he said it “looks like milo”. Hahaa, anyway he continued to insist that he drank coffee … on Wednesday in school. He’s really a very funny person.
T: Do you want to sell this house and buy another house with a TV? And then pay money for Cartoon Network?
J: Oh course not! This is a ridiculous question.
(Silence for a few seconds)
T: Do you want to buy another house with no TV?
(T suddenly burst out crying after seeing the look on my face!)